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The Magnet

InheritenceThe relationship with the Supreme is often likened to a magnet. His power is such that it can draw and connect souls to Him easily. Just as a needle is drawn and connected to the magnet without effort.

However for this to happen the soul must be clean and free from rust. If rust has developed on the soul then no matter how powerful the magnet it will not be able to pull the soul. The connection will not happen.

The rust that develops on the soul, over time, begins when it starts to identify itself with the body. When body consciousness develops, the soul, starts to use the vices such as greed, attachment and anger for it’s ‘survival’ in the world. These vices are the the rust that slowly covers the soul completely until it forgets it was ever a soul at all.

Soul is an energy which is eternal and imperishable and therefore there is no need for ‘survival’ and no need for the vices.

As, I the soul, wake up to this reality and allow it to manifest practically into my life, the rust will begin to lift and I become available and attracted to the Supreme Magnet again.


Om Shanti

October 13, 2016 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

I am!


Originally and eternally my nature, my personality has always been one of virtues and qualities.

I, the soul, am born into a body and through that I perform actions. I play my various roles through this body as I act and interact with other souls and with matter.

As I do this a natural mechanism comes into play – An action that is repeated many times becomes a habit and when a habit is repeated of a long period of time it becomes a personality trait. Over time I also accumulate many experiences and memories that influence me in the actions I chose to do.
This process, that is at play, has made me who I am – the person I know and see and believe to be me.

This personality of ‘mine’ – the one that I have become – has weaknesses, expresses vices and generates so many waste thoughts and feelings. It causes sorrow to the self and others because of the direct influence this personality has on my behaviour.

However, originally and eternally this is not me, not really. Neither am I the body, nor the roles and thus I am also not the personality I believe myself to be.

Step away from the false belief and chose to be who you really are.


Om Shanti

April 9, 2015 at 6:32 am Leave a comment

Treating Illness


When the body is ill there is pain or discomfort and so we realise that it has moved away from its natural state of balance. We take responsibility to cure the body by treating it. Though it may have been triggered by something from outside, such as the weather, the cure is in the treatment of the body and not in trying to change the weather.

In the same way when there is hurt, sadness and sorrow in the spirit then certainly something has caused it to move away from its natural state of balance. It is my responsibility to cure it by treating the spirit. Sitting and blaming anther for causing sorrow will never heal me.

A foreign body enters and causes illness and disease of the body. With the spirit too, it is a foreign body that enters and gives sorrow. It is one of the vices that has taken hold within that then causes the pain and suffering.

Any form of sorrow or upset is a sign that I have moved away from my own truth. It is warning that I am doing something unnatural and perhaps against my truth. The truth is that I am a pure, peaceful and powerful soul. I am truth and I am love.

When my truth is lost I feel sorrow. Without any form of vice there is only truth. Understand this and maintain the truth by curing the self of the vices.


Om Shanti

January 30, 2014 at 9:56 am 1 comment

Ravan and his Army

Ravan is the demon in the great Indian epic the Ramayana. It is actually the story of what goes on within us each day.

Ravan represents the face of the vices within the human personality. It is the gross form of anger, greed, ego etc. which we see and experience.

The force behind Ravan is his army. Our battle is not only with Ravan but also with his army which is much more subtle and incognito than Ravan himself.

Hidden behind anger is an army made up of traits such as irritation, jealousy, insult etc. Behind greed is insecurity, fear and so on. There is a huge progeny behind each gross vice and these are what we interact with each and every day.

If we are able to recognise members of this incognito army as they make their moves, then we can defeat them. Ravan will then not be able to show his face in the gross form and thus automatically lose his power.

Are you ready for the battle?


Om Shanti

November 4, 2011 at 7:36 am Leave a comment


Along our spiritual journey we may get attracted to many things. The example of the flower is often used to understand the significance of attraction based on vice and virtue.

We get attracted to the flower. With its beauty and fragrance it enchants the senses. Then there is the desire to ‘own’ the flower.

Some flowers bear thorns. Thorns are many, they are often incognito, camouflaged and so we do not see them. Then in trying to obtain the flower we experience the pain of the thorns: each one ready and waiting to prick and harm. Not a single thorn is there to help me or give me happiness in any way. It is almost as if the flower is only an illusion to entice us.

Thorns represent the vices. If there is the experience of sorrow or pain in possessingsomething, then the basis of that desire must be some form of vice – lust, greed , anger, jealousy, ego etc.
Vices are not always in a gross form. Like the thorns they can be camouflaged and not easily seen: but their purpose is to give pain and sorrow.

Be aware of the flowers with thorns.

Om Shanti

September 4, 2011 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

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