There are always stories behind stories. Everyone has a karmic history which shaped their outlook and expression. It's not always easy to discern a victory from a failure. A deliberate, purposeful action born from awareness, may be perceived as failure, but lead ultimately to success. It is better to preserve and respect a worthwhile relationship than to express an expectation or egoistic judgement. It is essential to see beyond the immediate and the obvious and to remain humble and accepting.
Moral bankruptcy, or perhaps more accurately, moral degeneracy is mainly due to a selfish, negative detachment from nature resulting in violent, non-consensual use of animals and resources, corruption, and objectification of people. Man-made barriers such as bigotry and speciesism, feelings of a shrunken, limited existence, and a compromised conscience are its signs. Restriction is not morality. Acceptance, kindness, unconditional love and non-violence are what constitute real morality.
When we have clarity about our purpose, and about how an endeavor or project can benefit the world, then we must continue to pursue it with full application and intensity. We should believe in our mission. We must defend our inner space from negative input and not allow even the smallest amount of doubt, or fear of failure to enter into us. We must take action today, based on the conviction that we will do something great and that we have the capacity, resources, and support to make it happen.
It takes determination to move from doing repetitive, unfulfilling work, to doing something which yields deeper, more lasting satisfaction. Many people will neither understand nor approve of such a decision and one of the biggest consequences of doing it is that a lot of professional and situational relationships will disappear. We should respect and honor our past, but remember that as long as our conscience remains intact, nothing is lost in plunging into the unknown with good intentions.
Pleasure and happiness are different things. Happiness is perpetual and has to happen now, not later. Rather than money or material possessions, relationships are what bring happiness. Virtual relationships are artificial and fall short. Meaningful, fruitful relationships require the investment of time and energy, and the attitude of acceptance of everyone is essential, regardless of failures or successes. Here, quality supersedes quantity, and true wealth lies in well nurtured relationships.
The most essential element for avoiding degeneracy and deterioration is being alert and present to every aspect of our lives at every moment. This kind of alertness takes a lot of work and effort. Criticism, jealousy, anger, judgement and dwelling on the past are degenerative. Having a clear, positive purpose to work towards and focus on, along with acceptance, appreciation, and compassion are rejuvenating. We can decide what to emphasize; to be either reactive or proactive. Our attitude makes all the difference.
One of the best things we can do in this time of restriction and loss, due to the COVID epidemic, as a remedy to our anxiety, is look back at all the situations that we've experienced until now, and remember that they were all temporary; we've passed through them, they are over. We can emphasize positivity, as opposed to negativity and realize that whatever our current situation and resources may be, we always have the capacity to do positive work; plant a fruit tree, or say a kind word.
Everyone has 3 dimensions. The physical, the personality which we express and the inner, which is constant and isn't always visible to the world. Every aspect of existence has 3 dimensions. Past, present, and future. Creation, maintenance, and dissolution etc. Each of the 3 is available for exploration, but the best one to concentrate on is the current dimension, the present. That is how we nurture purpose, focus, and clarity, which create a great life and a great future.
We live in an age of confusion, when the unreal appears real and visa versa. It is difficult to discern one from the other. Many believe that they are connecting to Mohanji's consciousness and have spoken in his name, when they are projecting their own minds or manipulations. This causes upheaval and further confusion. In such cases, the best thing to do is to double check via official channels. The benchmark for authentic connectivity will always be tangible, life-changing transformation.
Having goals is important and the best goals are the ones which are effortless and in accord with our innate nature and also add value to the world. Getting there requires a clear and detailed vision, which means knowing exactly what we want to achieve, knowing where we stand and what the intervening steps between here and there are. Seeking input from trusted advisors and building solid relationships help a lot. Determination, perseverance and flexibility are the indispensable prerequisites.