Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Spirituality is my biggest indulgence...

I was going through the morning paper and the center spread was devoted to Gen-i wanting the latest gizmo, about designer clothes, yachts and what kind of passion drives people of this generation. This got me thinking, " what is my indulgence". What is it that I really enjoy. There were many things that I enjoy doing. I enjoy watching movies, I enjoy reading, I love to blog, I love to paint, I love playing with my children, I love just sitting quietly beside my man snuggling in his arms. There was so much coming to my mind. Then I thought indulgence might be something which I do only for my sake, for which I can forsake other pleasures of my life, what can keep me away from my children for a while and not make me feel guilty. Bingo...Meditation, what else! I realized THIS has to be my greatest indulgence. I am ready to pay what ever price I have to practice it. There are goals I have set, places I want to reach. I give it time and nurture it like a child. I am just like all those people in that article pining for something and aspiring for better and bigger. I am no different. Believe me I rejoiced in this feeling. Some times I feel abnormal. Some times I want to fit in. This dichotomy of being spiritual and materialistic at the same time makes it harder for me to be understood. I was always and a rebel and still am. I never felt the need to fit in till now. Ha, I guess age is catching up with me. well before I go on ramblibg about what I feel, I want to end this post with a question.

what is your ultimate indulgence ?

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

My latest indulgence has been my apple iphone. I am in love with this beauty. Super sexy.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anuradha,
I have visited your blog for the first time today. I like it a lot.I like your post about love.I can identify with divine love. We all love Jesus.Greatest indulgence will be my trip to India which I have been planning for years.

Love Marinaa

PS: there is some problem so I have to choose to sign in as anonymous.

Seeker said...

Anuradha,
This is a beautiful post. I face the same battle between spirituality and materialism. My method is delayed gratification i.e. I postpone buying something I want, I buy it only after a while when I know I really want it.
Most of all, I keep reaffirming in my heart that material things bring only temporary happiness and real happiness will come from inside.

Starfire said...

Heya Anuradha - another thought provoking post :-)

I have quite a few indulgences, I have to admit *blush*

Books are one of mine - so are movies. Meditation and guided visualisations too. Sometimes, even exercise is an indulgence for me when I approach it right...

Hmmmm, you know, I think that anything that stretches or pampers my mind is an indulgence, truth be known.

I'm not sure, with all of these, if I can point at one and say this is my ultimate indulgence... it seems to vary from time to time, and something that is an ultimate indulgence in one moment under one set of conditions is almost a chore under others...

I wonder if I'm the only one like that?

Blessings


Starfire

Fantasia said...

Dear Anuradha,
My ultimate indulgence has got to be writing. I feel most alive when I am writing about something I am interested in. Ideas just come dashing uninvited until there is a kind of overflow inside my mind. Once I finish a paper or an article I am working on, I experience a sort of mental orgasm, and there is this wonderful feeling of accomplishment.
Loved your blog. You simply rock! For sure I'll keep coming to indulgence myself every now and then.

Thoughtscape said...

I had a vivid dream many years ago, I was in a theater like a spectator and the stage had a giant head that resembled the devil’s head and it was illuminated in a reddish color, with its open mouth and a couple of stairs coming down from its lower lip to the floor. Suddenly from inside the red mouth a brilliant yellow light appeared and from under the stage from inside the open mouth I could see coming up a throne with Ozzy Osbourne (Ozzy is a rock singer legend and he was known as the Prince of Darkness throughout his carrier as a singer) sitting on it. Ozzy had a monk kind of white old, used cloth on him, barefoot, long white hair with a crown on his head, and a king scepter in his hand. He stood up and climbing down slowly the stairs he started singing a short sad ballad, only four verses that would depict the problems the World is facing now, then he stoped singing and I could listen to the approval voices of the overwhelming audience. Then he turned his face to the devilish giant face and aimed his scepter to it; suddenly a formidable thunder like sound I heard and the red glowing light of the head turned off. The next I could hear a short lead guitar, then Ozzy started to sing a rock song. When I woke up the dream was still vivid in my mind, I wrote the lyrics and the song so I won’t forget it and it is like this: “The Sun is rising in the West and goes to East. - It’s shinning down and smiling over seas. - Everybody talks about a New Age of Mankind, its God’s Will, - And drinking a cup of happiness is a real trill. – We love you all and in return, - Our love attracts your love, - Now we fulfill the God’s Will on Earth, in our World…. Etc. I wish my vivid dream to become true, the concert to become a reality, and the positive changes in the World to increase many times.

Lynda Lehmann said...

The dichotomy between materialism and spirituality is very relevant to modern life, as we have sold out a lot of our spiritual "receptors" by letting them atrophy in material pursuit.

One of my favorite authors is Krishnamurti, who talks about our need to be constantly entertained. I believe as he seemed to, that this need to be entertained distracts us from taking important perception into our core beings, the kind of perceptions that feed the growth of the intellect and the spirit.

My greatest indulgence is that I am finally taking the time for my creativity to flow in a PROCESS that feeds on and reinforces itself. For this I am grateful.

Thank you for the interesting post!

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Seeker,
You are very right in saying that ultimately happiness comes from within us. Nothing in this world can GIVE us happiness. It is a state of mind which has nothing to do with what we have or don't have. Thanks for the feedback.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Starfire,
As I can make out your indulgences keep on changing but the common theam I can detect is that they all focus on feeding YOUR mind, body or soul.I love the way you stand out with your thoughts. Keep giving your feedback. God bless you.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Marinna,
I do hope your trip to India comes through. India indeed is worth seeing. If you need any help while you are here you are most welcome to contact me.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Fantasia,
I can really really identify with what you have written. I have a very similar feeling when I paint. The painting consumes me completely till I am able to get it out of my mind on to a paper.I am very happy that you like my blog . I loved yours.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dearest Octavian,
Such beautiful lyrics....I do hope too that all this comes true.I will be going to a two day meditation seminar and I would like you to try and sit for meditation same time as we do if you can manage. I shall give to exact date and time tomorrow. Take care. keep writing.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear lynda,
Thanks for your feedback. It is this flow of ideas that I really really love.I think all of us have indulgences that help us keep sane. right ?

Thoughtscape said...

Sure Anuradha, I love the idea you are very creative, I believe there is 11:30 hours difference between Chicago and New Delhi, India is ahead. Friday at 8 PM here in Chicago would be next day 7:30 AM in your place, or 10 PM here would be 9:30 AM in New Delhi. Choose any hour after 6 pm Chicago time (so we can get home from work). Also next week I will have the whole week off and you can choose the meditiation session any time on a daily base. I am happy for the people who attend your mother's group meditation sessions... It is great to have a World wide group to meditate and keep our mind focus onto you, the result should be the same as we would be in the same room with you, you have a very powerful mind and it would be easy for you to drown us into you. Just let your mind attract and melt with our minds. Although I do not smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs, still I drink coffee that has caffeine... Tell us how long would be the session and how to do it, in a few words. Love Octavian

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Octavian,
There is no problem at all with what you eat or drink. Although most (95%) of the people who attend mum's meditation classes are vegitarians and don't smoke or drink, few do, like I. I eat non veg and take a little bit of wine and beer too. I don't smoke. Mum says that there is no point leaving all these things and lusting after them in your mind. She says as and when you will reach that stage in meditation where all this will hamper your progress you will automatically let go of them. Our time and date will be as follows...New delhi date-23.12.2007 and time will be 11.00 am.I will try to hepl you to the best of my abililty. God bless you.

surjit said...

Hello Anuradha,
This is my first visit to your wonderful blog.The posts are very very informative and thought provoking.
I am making all out efforts to make meditation my 'indulgence' but some how I have not been successful.
I am,however, confident that one day I shall achieve my goal.
Thanks for sharing your insights.
God bless.

Thoughtscape said...

Dear Anuradha,
I read too late your message and missed your session, your date was 22.12.2007 11.30 PM Chicago time (Saturday). This hour would be perfect for me. Do you always meditate Sunday morning at 11 AM, New Delhi time? Give your mother a hug from my side and kiss her, OK? It would be nice if your mother has a predefined schedule all the time, in this case we would not miss it.
I always asked myself, we the humans have such a short physical life compared with the Universe age, on the other hand our Souls never die they live for ever, why many of us strive to achieve deeper states of mind when we all someday, after we die, we experience higher levels that would be impossible to think or imagine right now, even if our name is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi? Why I want to do this right now? In my case maybe because I like to travel North, East, West, South and because there are other dimensions…I want to travel there too. Or maybe because this is embossed in our genes to do it, I mean we the humans evolve and this is a next step in our progress and evolution.
Thank you for thinking of me, of all of us, definitely you have a front sit in my Soul. Love, Octavian

Ssuba said...

Dear Anuradha,

Very nice informations. Good work!
Can u add my blog to your friends list? Mine is http://directtoyourdoorstep.com/blog. I'll put urs in my blog:)

Tq.
Subha

darvish said...

Is love an indulgance? LOL, that is all I feel now that I am older, for family and friends and even strangers. Love to you and your family, and Happy New Year soon :)

Ya Haqq!

e said...

Wonderful blog. Have you ever considered that there may be something beyond this mobius of life - a 'non' existence where there is neither the awareness nor the need for an indulgence? Or denial for that matter :)

Bon Ami said...

I just found your blog and wanted to say "Hi":) Your post caught my attention because I find myself having an internal struggle with being spiritual and having materialistic inclinations. The catch 22 for me is that I am an artist whose biggest indulgence is to be surrounded by beautiful things.
-M-

paul m martin said...

Personally, especially since becoming severely disabled, spirituality is a matter of survival.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Surjit,
The fact that you are trying is the most important thing. We can achive something only and only if we try. Wish you all the best. God bless you.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Ssuba,
Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I will surely add you to my blogroll.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Irving,
I thought you would surely leave a comment on divine love. I was disappointed. Kher, you are here now....love...naw not an indulgence. ONLY way to live I guess.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Ekarshi,
Thanks for the compliment.I do believe there is life beyond this life.Wether there is awareness or indulgence there or not is beyond my experience to know. May be one day I will. Till then lets enjoy what we have here.....and sometimes indulge..:-)

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear Bon Ami,
Surely be surrounded by beautiful things. After all beauty begets beauty. Just don't become one with THINGS. Become one with the beauty.Let the beauty and positive vibe penetrate your being.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Dear paul,
It is a matter of survival for all of us. A matter of beauty. I visited your blog today. Keep up the good work.

e said...

Some indulgence - like a little nonsense now and then - sounds interesting :)

I was speaking more in terms of a life beyond Life itself.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

explain ' life beyond life'.

e said...

A consciousness that transcends the known dimensions...do you know what a mobius is? Getting off the mobius is detachment.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

hmm..and what is your experience about getting off this endless strip to transcend the known dimensions. Have you tried meditation ? I am not being sarcastic, just curious. Thanks for teaching me a new word. I had to look up first what mobius ment.

e said...

I know it is there, this journey - and that there is a complete absence of duality, absolute oneness. I do meditate and have been doing so since I was a boy :)

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

hmmm..so all the talk is not just knowledge based. Great. What path do you follow, I mean how do you meditate. Do you follow any particular spiritual person.

e said...

Yes, a family guru - a sufi tradition.

e said...

It is a lot like resistance training to me - not a question of how heavy, but how many repetitions. Spiritual fitness is a bit like that too. That is the path I follow; and by that argument I am aware, and I am aware that I am meditating each moment I 'live'.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

good...sufi...for days i have been wondering who to turn to. please explain what khusrau means when he says ' mann kunton maulla'.

e said...

Well the hadith has been used by Kusrau in his rendition in the form of a qawaali. As always, it is in the interpretation; how it is different from 'Ahm Bramha Asmi" or "Anal Haq" is open to argument. To me it is merely an extension of the non-duality one can see in all things sentient or non-sentient. What is your take?

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

No take. Thats why I asked you. I didn't understand the words as such. Going beyound that and reading between the lines comes later. right ?

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Right now the playing on my i-pod all the time is ' chaap tilak' rendered by three different singers one after the other. I like the one by aabida the best. I feel as if I have written this, the words come from within me. My feelings put in to words.

e said...

It literarily translates as "He that considers me the Master ( Ali is his Master)- which to me is non-duality, the oneness basically. Seeing the Supreme in all things sentient or non-sentient.

e said...

Then it is a great number, it really touches your soul, there is resonance. abida is very good.

e said...

...who else has sung this that you like so much :)

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Hansraj hans and wadali brothers(better)

e said...

Will check them out now , thanks :)

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

hmmm...why have you suddenly become so quiet. " No comments please".....eh!

e said...

I left a comment on a later post of yours...and you did not respond :( Talk about being quiet - look who's talking ! (or rather not talking :P!!) You took so long to respond to my comments here, I thought I had transgressed....then again you won't write to me, so ....!!

e said...

Why was the latest post so difficult to write? Because it dealt with the carnal? I would not imagine you to be even "somewhat of a prude" - are you? And if you are why mention it as if you were making excuses for that :)

I liked the unabashed style in which you mention the erotic - you just made an already interesting person even more attractive.

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Nope....you left no comment on any latest post ...e....if you did where is it. I need glasses I guess.8-D

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Nope...not mentioned as any excuse. just my thoughts....I never re read or edit what I write...whatever I do comes from the heart as I am thinking at 'that' moment. Read my reply to Octavian as well. MAYBE you will get your answer........maybe

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

You haven't understood at all what I am trying to say because your mind is too involved with what you are trying to say.

e said...

So what ARE you trying to say? I think I am a good listener...try me :)

e said...

Anais Nin wasn't it who said, "We don't see things as they are, we see them as WE are". Which is why love is a looking together in the same direction and discord the sum total of what our discussion as above resulted in!

Anuradha malik Jagdhari said...

Why are you so stuck on this 'love is looking together in same direction' buisness. As long as you are together in the real sense, the direction of your growth can be any direction.YES, all of us what we want to see, hear what we want to hear. There is nothing mystical about this fact.
Discord is the mother of creation....ever heard that Mr quote guy ?

e said...

I thought Creation was born off Chaos - at least that is what the Greeks would have you believe. But again, Chaos is another name for discord really.

So what does this "real sense" entail Ms Togetherness? And what is this discord between a pretty Punju lady and moi creating?

Projection is the technique of letting your inner consciousness be realised in the external. Conflict, discord - these are born of a clash of Absolutes. What results then is "Maya" - an Illusion. Most of Creation is that.

I would much rather "look together in the same direction". Peace :)