Be a Bug

In Blog 82: Get yourself a head-start, we understood the importance of giving ourselves a head-start and start working towards the ideal we’ve set to achieve. And in Blog 81: INTENTional Living, we already saw that the first significant step to change your life would be to set yourself on fire, burn with high intensity, or in other words, it is to set an INTENT!

To set an INTENT, however, you need to consider your ignorance. Do we know whether we’ve set an intent that leads to growth? Of course, any movement is better than stagnation, but that does not mean we should be lazy in our thinking, make poor decisions and set foolish goals. [By the way, I’ve also written about what aspects of life are the most important and it is those that one should consider while setting an INTENT, in my book.]

However, this calls for a certain attitude towards everything in life. You need to enter a different mode altogether. THE SEER MODE – the path of awareness.

This is not the same as the student mindset people talk about. It is not just about curiosity and humility. They play a major role too. But this is beyond that. This is the purpose of your intellect and intelligence, and this is you practicing to use it. It must become your nature. It is already in our nature, we may have forgotten it.

Just like a bug. It does not move towards light because of humility or curiosity, it is just its nature to move towards the light. That’s how we need to train ourselves, to be in that natural state, to always seek and move towards awareness.

If you choose to stay ignorant, beware! Being ignorant is also a Karma. It catches up with you.

Ignorance is bliss. You might have heard people say that. It is true, but it is a half-truth, again, like most, popular nuggets. The full version of it would be this – Ignorance is bliss until there’s a glimpse of light. And the glimpse of light is natural and eventual.

Moreover, just like you’ve heard this quote – “You may be born poor, but you must not die poor”, you must also realize and remember that you are born ignorant, but you must not die ignorant. If not enlightened, let’s at least die trying the path.

Put simply, with such an attitude, you don’t do something for the sake of it, or, because you believe in it, or, because your family did so for generations, or because society says you do so. You do something out of awareness.

I’m not saying you do something after you’re totally aware and enlightened. All I’m saying is to interrogate, and self-interrogate every action of yours.

Observe your thoughts, words, & actions. Question everything. For example, if you said you hate someone, ask why. In reality, there’s no such thing as hate. If you had felt offended by someone’s viewpoint on a societal norm, ask why & deeply reflect till you realize the truth. There is no place for feeling offended when you become aware of this non-dualistic reality.

Start eliminating words and actions in your daily life, which are originating from these reasons:

  1. You blindly believe it to be true
  2. Doing it for the sake of it
  3. Your family told you that’s tradition
  4. Society says you be that way

You can add the prefix “blindly-” to all of those reasons. You can keep doing the actions you are doing for those same reasons if you are aware of the actual reason behind it.

Someone told me, you are asking too many questions, once you stop that, everything makes sense. It didn’t fit into my belief system, but I took it in and analyzed it to look for the truth. And then I realized two things:

That person wasn’t someone who should be giving advice to a Jnana Yogi or a Seeker.

He had mistaken or misspelled “Stop” for “Subside/reside”.

I now know what he may have meant. Questioning will eventually fade, with awareness. But stopping one from asking questions is a crime. You should not do that to yourself either.

I even wrote a poem in Kannada a few months ago (May) to convey the same

ಬೇಡವೈಯ್ಯ  ಯನಗೆ  ಆ  ಜನುಮಾ

ಕಣ್ಣಿಲ್ಲದಂತಿರುವ ಆ ಬಧುಕು ಬೇಡವೈಯ್ಯ

ಬೇಡವೈಯ್ಯ ಯೆನಗೆ

ಚಂದ್ರನಿಲ್ಲದ ಇರುಳಿನಲಿ

ಕತ್ತಲಿನಂತಿರುವ ಆ ಜನುಮಾ

ಅಂಧಕಾರದೊಳು ಮುಳುಗಿರುವಾಗ

ಧೀವಟಿಗೆ  ಬೇಡವೆನುವ  ಆ ಜನುಮಾ

ಎದುರಲ್ಲಿರುವುದನು ಕಾಣದಿರುವ

ಅಜ್ಞಾನ  ಸಾರವಾದ  ಆ  ಜನುಮಾ

ಸಿರಿವಂತನೂ  ಆಗಿ  ಬಲವಂತನೂ  ಆಗಿ

ಮೂಢನಾಗಿರುವಂಥಹ  ಆ  ಜನುಮಾ

Translation (Of course the beauty is lost when translated):

Let there not be such a lifetime for me, like there are no eyes.

Like the darkness in a moonless night, let there not be such a lifetime…

Like the state where one rejects a torch while sinking in the darkness, let there not be such a lifetime…

Like the state where one cannot see what’s in front due to ignorance, let there not be such a lifetime…

Like the state where one is rich, one is powerful, yet is a fool, let there not be such a lifetime…

Basically what I’m trying to say is whether you become a soldier who serves the country with pure patriotism, or you may become an artist who serves with pure love and passion, but before & within all that, nurture the soldier within, who’s striving for truth, who’s constantly working to seek awareness, all the time, forever.

If you wire your mind that way, nothing is just suffering and pain. Everything transforms into an opportunity for you to get closer to the light! And whether you get enlightened or not, this path definitely brings you a great life!

Thank You

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Wrap! (November)

Monthly Wraps are blogs that are up on the last Sunday of the month which include:

  1. Blogs of the month
  2. Book recommendations 
  3. What did I curate? Resources I’m binging on – of course, I’ll be choosing the major ones. Just a brim of how much I curate!
  4. Reminders & Reflections to ponder – Of various of my reflections of the month, I’ll choose one or a few. And some re-realized reminders!
  5. My writing journey/ my book updates 

Here’s November’s “Monthly Wrap!”

Blogs I wrote this month:

  1. Blog 80: Becoming Deep
  2. Blog 81: INTENTional Living
  3. Blog 82: Get yourself a head start

Book Recommendations:

This month I could read 5 books:

  1. This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin is an interesting book. I knew most of the musical effects on the brain by reading Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks. In this book, however, the author nudges you to think about various specific aspects of music. Can be helpful for music producers.
  2. Kundalini: An untold story by Om Swami. This is a myth-buster. It provides clarity on what kundalini actually is and removes any inaccurate notion we have picked up from the noisy internet. Moreover, the author’s specialty is to tell you everything as though you were his friend. It is easy to read and inspiring!
  3. Daily rituals: How Artists Work (Audiobook) by Mason Currey is a monotonous yet useful book. I say it to be monotonous not because of the narration. The narration is good. But it is just a compilation of the daily routines of various great artists. No inferences, making connections, or conclusions. You need to focus and work on it mentally to take something out of it. I found it a helpful read.
  4. Death – A must-read book by Sadhguru. Incredible read!
  5. Art Money Success by Maria Brophy. Good book but I wouldn’t buy it if it were not for the free credits in Audible. But these kinds of books will definitely nudge you to think in the direction of self-promotion, sales, money, etc which can be helpful especially as most of us (Artists) tend to think less about such aspects of our life.

What I curated:

Movies:

1. Mike, 2. Wish Dragon, 3. A simple Favor, 4. Dear Zindagi, 5. Searching, 6. Vivo, 7. Karthikeya2 , 8. 100, 9. Secret Obsession, 10. Ocean’s Eight, 11. Ocean’s Eleven, 12. Ocean’s Twelve, 13. Ocean’s Thriteen, 14. Kanthara

Series:

  1. Manifest Season 4
  2. Zootopia+
  3. Young Sheldon S6 Ep7

Trailer:

  1. Avatar: The Way of Water
  2. Zootopia+ (Series)

Must watch YouTube videos:

  1. Inspiring home studio
  2. Irrigation pivots
  3. Nuclear Submarine
  4. World’s Largest Digital Camera
  5. MrBeast Burger Opening (One of a kind event)

Reminders & reflections to ponder:

  • There exist great compositions created by great people. But no matter which composition you choose to recite, it can never match the joy of creating your own!
  • You may not do what you imagined to do, but you may do what you couldn’t even imagine
  • Two kinds of people based on forgiveness – One, They forgive themselves immediately but do not forgive others until they’ve vented out or lectured them. Two – They understand and forgive others easily and quickly but find it hard to forgive themselves
  • You can keep rowing a coracle at the same place or if you can work hard the same way with intent, you’ll at least reach somewhere. Hard work for the sake of it is stupidity.
  • Hard work for the sake of it is stupidity

My Writing/Book update:

  • I’ve made some progress in both the books I’m writing.
  • I realized how we are trapped by our karmic cycles and make the same mistakes we already did. Just like I did with my first book, I had abandoned writing itself and I resumed writing again, realizing how important it is and also that the best way to come up with a great book is to make writing a consistent habit.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Get yourself a head start!

I know, this whole thing about setting a New Year’s resolution has turned out to be a poor joke to many. And it’s probably because you set a too ambitious goal [If that’s even a real thing], or it was just because you didn’t want it that badly. If you introspect deeply, you’ll have to admit that the latter seems to be the case for almost all of us.

That’s where the role of setting an INTENT comes in. [ Whenever I say INTENT, just assume I said “very strong” as a prefix to it, let that prime your brain that way]. Once you set an INTENT, that’s it, it is done! If you’ve failed after setting an INTENT, it is most likely, that it was not an INTENT, to begin with, unless your intent was such a difficult task as consecrating a Dhyanalinga or something similar.

In my blog 72: Scrap your book, I talked about considering discarding your past and envisioning an ideal future. And I recommend you read blog 81:INTENTional living, where we saw the importance of setting an INTENT. And I recommend you re-read the second chapter of my book to let the truth of an INTENT, really sink in.

Anyway, suppose you’ve already set an intent with clarity/self-awareness, then the next step is to get yourself a head-start. That’s what we’ll be seeing in this blog.

This is very well-known by most of us. People know it & use it in all fields. People wake up early to get a head start for the day, they log in to work, an hour earlier to get a head start on their day’s work, they start working on a project months/weeks earlier than their expected deadlines, great wise stock investors of all time like Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger suggest you invest as early as possible, even before you are at the required age, if possible.

So, why don’t we apply the same to our lives? Of course, we can’t go back in time and plan or work on our lives before we were even born and come to life with a huge head start. That’s not possible, or at least, most of us are not that aware.

However, what’s possible is to give a head start for the next 365 days. Especially now when you have almost more than a month of time to the change calendar.

Ok, we have to admit that we all have our own energy cycles. We have seasons we are high in energy & productive, and we have seasons that aren’t for us, we stagnate. So do I. I have my own energy cycle, creative cycle, and/or productive cycle. I’ll be more productive & consistent in the first 3/4th of a year, and on average, it is usually at peak levels in the month of May [Probably because of added INTENT or resolutions on my birthday], and January [New Calendar].

To be honest, I’m the kind of person who’s looking for any unique date that happens yearly, so that I can convert it as an opportunity to encash the power of the compound effect by building a habit around the intended aspect of my life. So it doesn’t matter what dates or seasons you choose to work.

Of course, it’s not just me, every spiritual seeker, or every person who’s trying to transform himself, in general, is trying to and are evolving constantly on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis.

Getting a head start is something that really helps if you’re such a person. It is simply to start working towards whatever the ideal Life you’ve imagined and set clear INTENT off it before you are expected to show it to the world or you can say before you expect yourself to do it. So, why not just do that now? Why not give yourself a head start for the year 2023? Why not work on that project you had planned for January or February? I believe this blog pushes you to take actions that make your life great for the year 2023!

Thank You
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Intentional Living

Honestly, I didn’t know how to write this blog, I didn’t know where to begin, what to name it, etc. Because this is a topic that connects to many other major topics and it is easy for one to lose track of what’s writing.

I’m talking about INTENT today. And that connects to a lot of other concepts like the power of choice, purpose, essentialism, etc. I’ll try my best to convey all that’s connecting to INTENT, without getting overwhelmed by this inter-connectivity.

First, even though not in chronological order, we’ll see what’s INTENT. INTENT is a “FIRE”, I mention in my book. Of course, if you have already read my book, you know how a dream, wish, intent, desire, and craving are related. And you also know the candlestick analogy. I’ll paste an excerpt from my book itself to know what is INTENT.

“The intent is the controlled desire! And in my early days, I was confused with intent as desire, desire made me very miserable, and then I realized that it is the intent that you need to accomplish anything, something that has the intensity to push you to your maximum abilities and doesn’t burn you at the same time. You call it intent, purpose, the ‘why’ power, fire, determination, You can call it passion, whatever, but it is something that is of high intensity like a desire but at the same time in control. To make it simple, we’ll just call it ‘THE FIRE’. The intent is Productive restlessness, productive entropy or if you don’t like the word productive, let’s say controlled entropy.”

The power of intent can be understood by understanding the relationship between intent, purpose [life purpose, here], and choice. Essentially, PURPOSE is an INTENT for life. When you have INTENT in your life, there’s a certain energy or enthusiasm, or you can say DRIVE in your life. As mentioned earlier, it is a productive kind of entropy, it makes it easy to overcome inertia/resistance.

When we dissect what is actually working in your life when you’ve set an intent, in the now, we’ll notice it is the power of CHOICE. INTENT and CHOICE are inseparable. Your intent is influencing your choice, in the now. And the choice you make now is influencing your intent too. And again, as mentioned in the book, the choices you make every day will form HABITS. And habits can break or make a life, you know that.

And if you look at the core, you’ll see that the power of INTENT, is mainly, the power of FOCUS. Concepts such as the Dopamine detox (which has nothing to do with the neurotransmitter, it’s a pseudo-concept trying to imply intentional living), essentialism, or even minimalism, “The One Thing”, intentional or conscious living, etc are all just offshoots of this same core. But FOCUS is just one face of the core of an intent.

The other wing of the core is intensity. The intensity helps in two ways actually, one, you can do a lot in less time. But of course, the focus is also helping you do that. If you can recall the candlestick analogy, a blazing fire on a candle can burn up the wick faster. And spiritually that means, you burn up your pile of Karma at a faster pace, that’s super good obviously. And two, again coming to the candlestick analogy, if you can remember that magic candle we used to get as “FREE” for buying two chocolates, it wouldn’t go out if you blew it, it would relight itself. Similarly, intensity, keeps you upright, no matter how much your circumstance is pulling you down. This again connects to the previous fact that, with this intensity, you can handle much more in this life. Concepts like willpower, “so good they can’t ignore you”, etc are all offshoots of this core.

So, you can imagine intent as point-focused sunlight under a magnifying glass on a sunny day. It is point-focused, as you can see. And super intense if you happened to place your finger under that magnifying glass. Ok, so I hope you’ve got to know the power of intent by reading all the way through. But there’s still a key piece missing from this whole puzzle. And that is awareness. An individual sets an intent based on his awareness, right? And the questions like what intent to set? etc falls into the lap of awareness.

What I’ve mentioned in this blog is just the second chapter: THE FIRE in my book, THE FLOWER OF FULFILLMENT. It’s in the further chapters, that I help the readers answer the questions concerning the intent, as mentioned above. I would apologize to you for mentioning my book multiple times in this blog, but I plead not guilty because for one, this blog originates from my book and hence it demands giving credit to my book. And two, because, no matter how many times or how much I yell about my book, it’ll still be under-promoted, and hence remain an underrated book, in my opinion. Because if the insights in it could change my life, then it can do that to every reader.

Thank You
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Becoming Deep

In the blog: People don’t want good, I write something similar. However, this blog is practically more useful I believe. We are talking about depth today – from deep attention to deep personalities.

1 – Deep attention

Everything great arises from great attention – from artistry to liberation. From getting into the state of “Flow” to awakening your latent energy, everything requires great attention. When there’s no deep attention, how can there be deep learning? When there isn’t deep learning, how can there be deep work? And, what can anyone achieve without deep learning and deep work?

The role of attention is very well known to most people and yet people are getting accustomed to 15 secs of content to get knowledgeable or entertained or inspired. It’s only when there’s deep attention, can there be deep experiences. However, everyone’s attention span is decreasing a whole lot, day by day. Social media is definitely a major ‘blame’. But still, it’s a “blame”. Because don’t we agree that the power to choose, is always in our hands?

2 – Deep conversations

If not none, I have very less friends. Why? Because I don’t like to make superficial or even artificial conversations for the sake of it. It’s very hard for me. Asking tough questions and making deep conversations are how I make friends. Masking my personality in the hopes of making a friendship is not something I do. Unless there are deep conversations about various topics, how can you know the other person? The fact that someone asks deep questions and gets me involved in deep conversations itself tells a lot about that person, doesn’t it? But if you look around, or if you meet anyone, people are only having superficial conversations. They are unwilling to take off their social masks and be their true self in front of the other person and ask deep questions to make a deep conversation. Why? Most people are afraid they’ll lose that relationship. They want to “fit in”. Is any relationship worth it to fake yourself? How great it would be if we could talk about and try to solve each other’s internal struggles!

3 – Deep thinking

The problem, as mentioned in my blog: The Biggest Problem for Humanity, is that we don’t think, and not enough. And of course, everything is interconnected here. When one doesn’t have great attention power, how can he/she think deeply? It’s not possible because of 2 reasons: One, the obvious one, it’s because when one has a low attention span, he/she cannot concentrate long enough to think deeply, and two, since one hasn’t spent time in any form of deep learning, there merely exists anything in his/her mind to think deeply, let alone the ability to think deeply. *And here, as mentioned in that blog too, think refers to reflection, imagination, etc, all forms of thinking.

4 – Deep personality

When there’s less depth in one’s attention, hence experience, less depth in conversations, hence less deep relationships, and due to less deep thinking, will one’s personality be less deep. As I said, all of these aspects are so much intertwined. How can there be deep conversations when there’s a not-so-deep personality, to begin with?

This is not a rant, at least I hope it didn’t come across that way. By looking at these points, I think we can try to work on ourselves to deeply expand our attention, and hence learn deeply, do deep work, and have deep experiences. We can try to ask deep questions to make deep conversations. We can try to think deeply and hence build ourselves into great personalities. I hope this was a deep one 🙂

Thank You

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

Monthly Wrap! (October)

Monthly Wraps are blogs that are up on the last Sunday of the month which include:

  1. Blogs of the month
  2. Book recommendations 
  3. What did I curate? Resources I’m binging on – of course, I’ll be choosing the major ones. Just a brim of how much I curate!
  4. Reminders & Reflections to ponder – Of various of my reflections of the month, I’ll choose one or a few. And some re-realized reminders!
  5. My writing journey/ my book updates 

Here’s October’s “Monthly Wrap!”

Blogs I wrote this month:

  1. Blog 75: The Tragic Drama
  2. Blog 76: Hardships & Pain
  3. Blog 77: Write, write better!
  4. Blog 78: “I am worthless”

Book Recommendations:

This month I could read only 2 books:

  1. The hidden powers of Gayatri Mantra by Om Swami. Books like these motivate a Sadhaka to get more aggressive in his Sadhana and continue with great patience.
  2. The Ancient Science of mantras by Om Swami

What I curated:

Movies:

1. Martian, 2. Lion, 3. Dejavu, 4. Thurthu Nirgamana, 5. Sita Ramam, 6. Lucky Man, 7.Chhichhore, 8. Cars 3, 9. A bug’s life, 10. Planes – 2, 11. Sing 2, 12. Orphan: The First Kill.

Series:

  1. Marvel’s Daredevil [Completed]
  2. Marvel’s She-Hulk [Completed]

Trailer:

  1. Marvel studio’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Trailer
  2. Gandhadha Gudi | Official Trailer

Must watch YouTube videos:

  1. The Origin & Rise of MrBeast | Full Documentary You can see the depth in him. So inspirational!
  2. MrBeast | Full story It clearly shows how he’s striving to be an artist. And of course, his studio is insane!

Reminders & reflections to ponder:

  • The truly wealthiest person is one who has the courage, (i.e ability to exercise his freedom) to live the lifestyle he wishes to and which in turn gives him health and the freedom to do what he loves, create art and serve mankind!
  • Maathadorige olle vichara kodu. Kelasa maaduvavarige kelasa. Or, in general, give great concepts to artists, and give work to one who has the urge to.
  • Ragas are way more dynamic for them to be labeled as to depict one emotion or one bhava or one rasa. And hence it is stupid to make rules not to play or practice certain ragas in certain times and seasons. Rules & restrictions have no place in creativity. They can be voluntarily put in place by the artist himself to deliberately soar creativity. But not externally. A prescription suggested for the best use case for a raga is acceptable. However, withholding an artist’s creative urge will do no good to anyone, does it?
  • The question is, do you want to die rich or do you want to live rich, or both?
  • The more you do something, the more you want to do it
  • Irrespective of what and how much you know, your progress in the physical world depends on what and how much you can do with what and how much you have.

My Writing/Book update:

  • The sequel to my first book hasn’t moved this month.
  • However, the other book I’m writing on learning music has made decent progress.

Thank You,

Yours Loving,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi

“I am worthless”

Have you ever felt like you are worthless? Or are you one among the few who feel it very often? Believe me, I’m one of them. But if you said yes or no, this blog sheds some light & brings some clarity. If not worthless, have you ever felt like no matter what aspect of life you want to work towards, you seem like a rookie or an amateur? If yes, continue reading.

First of all, even though this is obvious, it doesn’t harm to mention that, you need to observe when you feel that way and know what type of situations or people makes you feel that way. There can be various reasons you feel that way. Mainly:

  1. Comparing: When you see someone who has got something you want so badly, you start comparing that particular aspect of your life to theirs. And obviously, that leads to disappointment. 
  2. Perspective: When you start thinking in a third-person perspective, it may be your friends or relatives or even a family member, you might see how your life is not good, or even, worse according to that person. 

To solve these, is very simple, in theory at least. Like removing thorns by thorns, or diamond cut by diamond, we can eliminate these roots of disappointments in their own way.

WISDOM:

  1. COMPARE: We can solve the disappointments caused by comparison, by comparing with ourselves, our past self, instead with others. By seeing how we’ve moved in the awareness timeline, we can be grateful for our growth.
  2. CHOOSE: We can solve both comparison and third person perspective with one perspective shift, and that is, to see it as an INSPIRATION or an INSIGHT instead of it being intimidation. I mean, as I said, when you see someone who has got something you want so badly, you may tend to feel emptiness in you, or may even resort to envy or jealousy, etc. In other words, you are feeling intimidated by the greatness of the other person. However, when you bring back your rational and wise mind, you’ll realize, when you see greatness, it might be MASTERY, BEAUTY, WEALTHY (not just in money, being wise is also “wealthy”), you must get INSPIRED and take in insights rather than feeling intimidated. Don’t you think so? Moreover, intimidation doesn’t take you anywhere, whereas, strong INSPIRATION & great INSIGHTS can shoot you to great heights! So, it comes down to what you CHOOSE! By choosing to get inspired, you’ve turned “rookie for life” into a good thing, as it continuously drives you!
  3. TALLER TREES: We can solve the “I am worthless” problem by taking a peek into reality. And the reality is, no matter how much you grow in terms of anything, there will be “Taller Trees”. There will be a person better than you. So, if you make it this way that you feel great about yourselves only when you are the best in the world, then it’s time to acknowledge that the reality is not in your favor. 
  4. RACING TIME: The ultimate wisdom (if realized) you get from looking into reality is that, even if you compare with yourselves and choose to get inspired by others, you may still feel disappointed, because, you’re racing against time. Anything you choose in life that’s of great significance requires time. A great deal of time. And you have no control over time, and as of now, you don’t know time travel either. Whatever greatness you’re after, it is not something that happens overnight, right? An artist can’t become the epitome of MASTERY just after he decides to become that way, it’s PRACTICE every day, that leads to MASTERY. And if it helps, you can also adopt the mindset of a yogi, he knows that realization takes a lot of time, in terms of multiple lifetimes, depending on his KARMA and his eligibility in total. But still, he continues to meditate and does his SADHANA with full zeal!
  5. NOW: The above insights point to this, it’s the JOURNEY that matters. And what is a journey? A series of present moments, right? It’s only in the “now” that you get to beat time, as it is only in the “now”, that you get to be without regarding any significance to time. So, do not worry about the result, just focus on the work now!

With these wise insights, I believe, you can come to the realization as to what to do when you feel “worthless” or like a “rookie for life”. Do what you’ve got to do, DO GOOD ANYHOW, in the NOW! That’s all you’ve got to do. Once you set yourself an INTENT, all you’ve got to do is move towards it, one step at a time, one after the other.

If you liked reading my blog, please consider reading my book – THE FLOWER OF FULFILLMENT.

THANK YOU

SANATH KUMAR NAIBHI

Write, write better!

Writing is like listening to you talk. The ultimate self-talk listening practice. And hence, you’ll discover yourself as you write and it magically works the opposite way. It not only unravels what you truly are but it can also transform you. In simple words: You are what you write! You write through what you are, and you can become what you write about.

Writing may change your life! I’ve tried to put that across through my first blog & blog 42: Reasons to write every day and even in my book THE FLOWER OF FULFILLMENT. However, I felt there’s still more I could do in embracing what writing could do, and specifically, in this blog, I thought of sharing a few practical points that might help you become better at writing.

First of all, when I say writing, it is writing your own words. It is something out of your own reflection. And it’s not something you write just because you have to. I’m not referring to content writing or copywriting here.

At first, I thought there is a split here:

  1. Writing for yourself
  2. Writing for people

But as I moved through my writing journey, I realized that there isn’t any split here. If you want to get better at writing, either for the public or just for yourself, it’s all about the simple practices that you do consistently.

How to become a better writer?

  1. Observe – It’s what artists do right? See what no one else could. But do they do that? Read further to know. 
  2. CaptureNote-taking changed my life!
  3. Think – Like I mentioned in my blog: The Biggest Problem to Humanity, when I say “THINK”, Reflection, self-interrogation, wondering, pondering, visualizing, whatever you may call it, I mean all of it. 
  4. Repeatedly repeat steps one to three – How can artists see what no one else could? Simply observing does not create that magic. The magic is in the loop. When you observe something with what you’ve previously captured and thought of and interpret what you observed based on that, that creates magic. [There is a risk here, of course, you may tend to lose sight of the truth. For that, you need to have to be great at discrimination (Viveka). But that’s an entirely different topic I’ll not touch on in this blog.] So, even though I’ve mentioned “observe” as the first point, I think it’s not in that particular order. Because even to utilize what you observe, you need to have captured, you need to think, don’t you think? Anyway, the order doesn’t matter. Because probably there isn’t one.
  5. Info vs Reflection – Write what I’ve realized vs write what I’ve read. Try not to write just because you’ve thought of something. Write what insight those thoughts led you to. Write around that inference. Without it, why write? Especially if you’re writing for a public blog, please remember that if someone has to trade their time for your writing, make sure it’s worth it. And understand that writing is not just a way to transfer information. It’s a way to move someone. It must either bring awareness or inspire people! 

And here are a few key practices that can help you observe, capture, and think.

  1. Log – Summarizing or even detailed writing about your day at the end of it. Or you may even choose to write in the next morning, or do it once a week. This will help you see your life from a wider perspective, recognize patterns in your behaviors and keep track of your life. It helps you both capture moments of your life and also observe patterns and can even lead to deep thinking sessions.
  2. Journal – This is the self-talk that reveals your ‘self’. It may be like a brain dump when you’re overwhelmed and feeling low. When you write why you are feeling how you are feeling, you’ll find answers, and you’ll meet ‘you’. 
  3. Note-taking – Note-taking is the practice used to collect everything from within and from external resources, but mainly, do this to capture your self-talk, which is noteworthy. That is, mainly use note-taking to capture those insights that emerged from within. At least, that’s how I use it. Then, of course, you can use it to capture “resources” from external sources. And to capture info that you don’t want to clog up your brain’s memory, I move such notes to the “Archive” category.  
  4. Blog – You can either have a personal blog or a public blog or both even like I do. Blogs are like writing prompts but blogs make you more committed. At the least, writing blogs will help you keep the practice going. Writing blogs helps especially when you are committed to writing consistently, as it naturally forces your brain to come up with ideas to write about consistently and when you choose to go public, it makes you socially accountable and provides valuable feedback.
  5. Big Project – It might be a novel, non-fiction, or a storyline for a movie. This is something very essential if you ask me. You may know how much I embrace people’s need to learn to use what they’ve learned and be what they were trained for. Engineers should build, artists must make art, and scientists must innovate. Similarly, writers must write! All the practices mentioned above should push you into this. If that happens, that means you’re on the right track! That means you are practicing the art of writing well! Very well indeed if you are able to complete such big projects.

I believe this blog was at the least a provoking thorn for you to start writing, note-taking, journaling, etc.

Thank You,

Sanath Kumar Naibhi  

Hardships & Pain

What comes to your mind when you read the word ‘pain’? Did you remember a movie line or did you remember your worst pain? If you said yes to the latter, what kind of pain was it?

Hardships are not just when it’s only slavery, imprisonment, poverty, etc, all that you’ve read about or watched movies that feature it. Of course, ‘external hardships’ seem the only real pain because they are more dramatic & cinematic.

However, internal hardships can be equal or even more hard and painful.

One is not poor just because he has less money. One may be considered to be in the worst poverty when one has lost all hope in life. When there’s not even one drop of hope left within, that’s when you are the poorest, that’s poverty!

And discrimination may not be evident as Blacks & White as in racism. Or as gender discrimination or by how you look.

People’s evaluation of a piece of work that has been created by an individual based on how many other people have viewed it and liked it or even based on ‘who’s offspring is that individual who has created this work’ is also a form of discrimination, don’t you think?

When you are in the system, and you want to escape, or when you want to lead through your work of mastery, but the system doesn’t let you, it tries to manipulate you to give up the excellence you’ve worked for. And there, you are indeed a slave, indeed imprisoned.

It is not just torturous when you are in a gas chamber. It is torturous when you are forced to drink mediocrity!

Ok, I’m not here to rant or ultimately to make you feel sad. Since now we have the same context on what hardships and pain are, I can continue to write further. And if you’re experiencing or have experienced an internal hardship recently, I want you to know I’m here for you. I’m all ears, pour out all the pain onto me, I understand your struggle was equivalent to fighting a war.

And by understanding that internal hardships can be equivalent or even more painful, we’ve got ourselves a practical tip, a virtue, a habit we can install in our lives: Install compassion towards all people around you. Acknowledging that, mental or psychological traumas can be highly painful, will give you the power to recognize and move to be there for someone who’s suffering from such hardships.

What makes hardships & pain?
It’s how we feel. Wait, I’m not saying ”you should choose to feel good or to be happy”. Yes, that is there, but not to avoid pain. That is when you’re done dealing with your pain. It is a hardship and painful because we’re not prepared, we are not comfortable, and we are unaware of something and the hardship & pain are your guides to moving towards knowing that you didn’t know, moving towards awareness.

Hardships are mere excuses, pain is the powerful catalyst ultimately trying to move you towards awareness. To move you from the dark to at least a glimpse of light. Even though it feels like the opposite, essentially, both hardships and pain are (maya) delusional, they are not real. But they are indeed a great tool if you acknowledge them as such. And this applies, especially to internal hardships.

Hardships are the initial ignitors, they are the situations that lead to you being in a highly uncomfortable state. Pain is the element that forces you to look into what the problem is. When you see it that way, you’ll realize how essential pain is. Without pain, we would altogether avoid trying to solve the problem.

Now, I’m not saying you should be grateful for the hardships as they arrive. No, instead you must face your hardships, feel the pain to understand from where it is originating, and understand what the universe is trying to teach you through them. And then, be grateful that you could move towards the light, and for the hardship and the pain that helped you do so.

In other words, do not assume or believe pain is good for the sake of it and keep living the same life. If there was a hardship and if there was pain, that clearly means your life got to change. Try to understand what that is and do something about that. It’s not gonna be easy, I’ll tell you. Sometimes it becomes very hard to decrypt what the universe is trying to say.

Overused words like “Hard work, work hard, or no pain no gain” has made us believe that hardships are good just for the sake of it. They’ve made us believe that ”working hard” or in other words, working in pain for something that is irrelevant and meaningless for years together is ok, or even good!

No. Pain isn’t good for you if you didn’t change. And if you’re experiencing the same pain over and over again, that means you didn’t grow and you are harming yourself. And as told in my Blog 69: The Biggest Problem to Humanity, it is not thinking enough that leads to such painful loops.

I hope through this blog, you got some notion of how one must view their hardships and pain as.

Thank You
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

The Tragic Drama

In my blog 50: Are you a cog in the machine? I talked about the screwed system, but not very deeply. In this blog, I’ll not only go deep into what the problem is but into “why does it continue to exist?” and through it, try to understand our responsibilities in trying to solve it.

The current system of students going to educational institutions for the sole intention of making money after is definitely screwed. Students choose a college based on how good the campus selection is and how many students get employed after being through that college. And then there is another side of the coin, the employers naturally are not interested in your grades but your skills, but still, the degree is necessary, why? And since you are a fresher, they’ll squeeze you to the max. for the tiny fees they pay you.

Why is it screwed?
Because people in it aren’t living happily and not living the life of fulfillment. Whether it be a college student or a fresher (employee), they’ll not have time to do the vital things in their life. You ask them to meditate, practice an art form, write in a journal, practice yoga, or do something they love for at least a few hours a day (because anyway, they’ve chosen not to do that throughout the day), they’ll say they have no time. For the decision they should have made based on how the process will be, they chose it based on the final result. And that is always a plan to fail. Here, fail at living, they fail at living a life of fulfillment. That’s just the beginning.

What next?
If you ask a primary school student what next? Or what do you want to become? They may reply with some grand plans or highly set ambitions. If you ask a college student the same, they might say all they need now is a job and to make money. If you ask the same to a fresher, they might say they’re looking to jump from the current job or they might say they’ll start their own startup after so and so months or years but have no idea what it is, or even worse, even though they’re not able to live life to the fullest, they’ll say “This job is putting money on the table, I’ll do it for another x years and then enjoy my life”.

Why is the time frame of their thinking reducing? Why is there a decrease in their hunger, and the intensity of their passion to go after their ambitions? Or if not both, why have they forgotten their mortality and that they might be too late to begin the lap of “enjoying life”?

Having no clue about the future is not the problem. Having no clue of the present is.

Why do people become so less capable of reflecting and analyzing their own situation and what they are experiencing within? To be more accurate, why do people choose not to reflect?

One must ask themselves this: What’s your purpose? Your goal cannot be your purpose. A purpose is the higher calling. To simplify what is a purpose, you can look at it as so, How do you like to serve humanity till your last breath? Your purpose lies in that line of work. Whatever you’re currently working on, just think about what’s next. You think this way,
because this will clarify who you are, and what makes your life fulfilled right ‘now’ and forever.

Suppose let’s say you’ve set a goal for yourself to become a professor and teach microbiology, digital electronics, or any other subject for that matter. Becoming a professor cannot be your purpose. It is just a gateway, and hence it is just a goal. And by the way, what do you teach if you do not have experience in the field you like to teach? Presentation of any data or information is not teaching.

Forget the Future
And obviously, how can one’s future be great, when in the present, they’ve focused their attention and energies very least now on the essentials? How can they enjoy their life in the future, when they’ve not cared for their health now and when they’ve not cared to know the key aspects of a fulfilled life are and when they’ve subdued their creative self for years and when they know very less about money and mainly that it is just a means to freedom, not a purpose of life.

Why does the system continue to exist?
It’s linked like a chain. The system is continuing to exist mainly because of the lack of courage in youths. And the lack of courage is due to the lack of clarity and competence in their prime age.

In other words, by the time they realize that they are being forcefully pushed into the system, which has nothing they imagined their life to be, they’ll start seeking their passion, realizing doing what they love is one of the keys to happiness.

However, Passion is not something to be discovered, it is to be built over time with continuous effort and feedback. Hence, it takes a lot of time. But all this time, they’ve spent their time and energies on what society told them was valuable, not what their gut told them would lead to their life of fulfillment.

And to be successful in one’s passionate line of work is an entirely different story and a big ask. It will take years for one to be successful at what one loves to do. But the youths do not have that kind of time at their prime age, at least they believe they do not have time because by then, society will be sitting over their heads to ask where and how and how much money they’re earning.

And when the youth become parents, they fuel this vicious cycle even more. They’ll suggest their kids make more money by taking a secure job and working hard so that they can enjoy more freedom. It sounds as though it is the right thing to do, but is it?

And speaking of right things, Dharma is within us. The question is, are you listening? If you are cheating yourself throughout the entirety of your life, how does it belong to righteousness?

Again, as stated above, it’s mainly due to the lack of clarity and competence that all this drama exists. And when youths choose to and move towards awareness, this screwed system will eventually cease to exist.

By knowing all these, the responsibilities of parents, teachers, and students/youths can be clearly understood. And through this blog, I urge you to reflect on your responsibilities as a teacher, parent, and/or as a youth.

Thank You,
Sanath Kumar Naibhi

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