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Watch out for Karma

Karma, as defined by the internet, is (in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences. Therefore, the state of your karma can change from one body to the next. it is of one of the path ways to reach “Brahman,” or self realization of the “Universal Soul.”
Actions free from desire, hate, and delusion do not create karma. The enlightened being ceases to create karma and thus is liberated from rebirth.
This can be confusing to someone as movie as me at understanding this phenomenon, but I take it that karma will continue to designate until your spiritual-self being reaches the point of enlightenment, or Brahman and then is released of it’s cause and effect action. Karma from what I have read does not just apply to action or reaction, but by thoughts, words, intent, and so on. If anything else, I’d choose to believe that I had better adhere to it’s principals if I wanted to obtain another pathway of enlightenment.
That most likely will not come easy.

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What is a “Guru?”

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard the word before. A guru is somebody really smart in a particular area, right? A master of his craft, or profession?
Well hold on there. Maybe media needs to slow their role, and portray what a guru really is.
A guru is a religious or spiritual teacher and guider that can aid you in your path to “Brahman,” or the Universal Soul. The path to Self-Realization. A “Guru,” in Vedic tradition is looked upon as no less than a God. Fundamental knowledge is passed from guru to those who seek it, and part of what makes a Guru so very important is his accessibility to be able to teach. Some gurus accept “gifts” as a form of payment for their services, while others do not. These people are generally revered and praised among the community for their dedication to the teaching and their discipline in their devotion.

What is yoga to you?

Admittingly, many people I know associate yoga with a bunch of middle-aged women looking to remain somewhat in shape and limber, able to stretch easily in awkward positions and meditate.
The truth is, that is only one and very small part of yoga.
Yoga is broken up into 4 distinct paths or schools: Jnana, Bhakti, karma, and Raja.
Jnana yoga is the path of knowledge, wisdom, introspection and contemplation.
Bhakti yoga is a path of devotion, emotion, love, and compassion while maintaining a service to God.
Karam Yoga is a path of disciplined action, mindfulness, and remembering the levels of being.
Raja yoga Yoga, is a comprehensive method that emphasizes meditation, while encompassing the idea of self-realization and liberation.
Basically, to put such a deep system of connection between the union of different consciousness and equate it to a mall location with a bunch of floor mats, is really ignorant and doesn’t even begin to grasp the different paths that yoga can teach. Credit to Dr. Moro, for spending time teaching us the intrinsic details of each of these different pathways.

The process of Communication

As written in this article by Nick Sanchez, http://www.stfrancis.edu/content/ba/ghkickul/stuwebs/btopics/works/comproc.htm,
there is a process to communication that he states “can best be summarized as the transmission of a message from a sender to a receiver in an understandable manner. ”
Sanchez goes on to identify the steps in the process of sending/receiving messages, from the sender encoding the message, transmitting the message (via a medium,) and decoding the message at the receiver which orders some type of meaning to the brain to interpret the message. Finally, feedback is brings the process to a complete circle so that the receiver can respond to the sender in some type of way, evaluating the effectiveness of the message.

I think it is important to understand this process so that when in business, or organizing a plan for communication, one can understand how to target their audience (or receiver) and better pass on the information effectively.

India Diversity

I’m sure there are many people in the America that are unaware of the different populations of India. India is a culturally diverse, rich, and very old (if not one of the oldest) society is looking at the context of it’s cultural and religious makeup.
In http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_India, the Hindus take up 80.5 percent of the population as of 2001, Muslims a much lower 13.4 percent, Christians 2.3 percent, and Sikhs 1.9 percent. Buddhists, Jains, and all other make up about 2 percent total.
That’s a very broad spectrum considering many negative stereotypes of India from the West are that of Indian’s being only composed on Muslims and Hindus.
Granted these were taken in 2001 and times have changed, but those numbers would probably be very close to accurate and India has had one of the world’s largest concentrations of people for many years now.

Ahimsa! Ahimsa!

Many know Gandhi’s philosophy of peaceful and non-violent nature of his protests and prudence, also know as “Ahimsa.” Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” I think it’s very important to dive into this when constructing ideas on how to change society.
Taking a look at this piece http://www.examiner.com/article/mahatma-gandhi-and-ahimsa in the Examiner, a small number of Gandhi’s notable moments are recaptured to examine the principle of Ahimsa. What is also mentioned later if those he influenced. Two of the most notable names are that of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his influence on the Civil Rights Movement in the US, and Nelson Mandela with his trials yet peaceful movement in South Africa. The amount of respect given to these men across the world seeks the kind of attitude one I believe should aspire to do, approach your convictions nonviolently and face adversity with an open mind and heart instead of with a fist.

metaphorically speaking…

How many times do you use metaphors in speech a day? Hold that thought. I don’t actually want you to count those out, as people might look at you like you have a mental problem. But as I’m thinking in my head of all of those clever quips my Grandpa once said to me on the fishing boat, I ask myself; What makes a really good one?
Well I internet surfed my way over to http://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/famous-metaphors and did a little “looks” for myself. You see everyone from the likes of Van Gogh to JFK with their famous entries (Though those people did not enter these on their own.) I think a lasting metaphor is made if it touches something inside that casts a vision of humor or sadness, humbleness or triumph. Something that leaves an emotion and symbolizes something else with a common understanding or deeper meaning. It’s not as easy as it looks to make a lasting one that will “spread like wild fire.” But then, that would be a simile.