Thursday, September 2, 2010

Treasures of a Conditioned Soul : Discovering the Wealth Within


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Thoughts are like birds flying high into the boundless skies of your dreams. Soaring towards the limitless horizon of your imagination. These are your personal treasures, so let this very real and beautiful place be one of never ending splendor, abundance and tranquility. -   Jai Krishna Ponnappan

In an age such as ours it can be extremely easy to get swayed by distractions that come disguised in every shape, size, form, guile and vice. It is equally hard to focus our 'Will' on the many abilities, gifts and faculties we posses on a single all enabling and empowering Truth. Devoid of all distractions a path to Self knowledge, that applies to you and has a personal touch, is crucial in developing a strong relationship from within, an intrinsic embrace of the whole, and uniting in harmony with the realization of our true purpose, significance, place and position in the grand scheme of all things spiritual, universal and material. Developing a conviction in something you uncover from within spawns the promising seeds of faith. Such faith is whole, true and far removed from the shadows of doubt. As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight, benefit and never ending progression. This positive cycle of progression is very different from what is very common in negativity and its many entanglements. A misdirected 'will' plagued by indecision and doubt beholds and crystallizes doubts into fear,  fear leads to anxiety, anguish, anger, deluded unsteady passions and a lot of suffering. The after effect of all this is often the weakening and numbing of our gifts, senses, awareness, independence, integrity and faculties. Again this lends itself to perpetuate both from within and around the viscous cycles of negativity. It reinvents the wheel of misery each time you live in ignorance of your best friend in the ‘Truth’ that escaped your attention. I always tell my friends that the first step to embarking on this journey is to discover and steady your personal ‘Will’. The goal of this first fledgling step is to set the course by giving your ‘Will’ much needed direction. You begin by understanding, taming and taking control of the very real and powerful mechanism that governs your thoughts.

 I was fortunate enough to have been able to read the early manuscripts and works of James Allen, and comprehend the meaning of his words at an early age. Much of my principles in Art, Writing and Life carry reflections of these tested, practical and true ideas that I hold dear and close to my heart. I'm currently working on the book titled 'Treasures of a Conditioned Soul: Discover the Wealth Within'.      
I wanted to share my favorite excerpts from the works of James Allen that have served as a guiding principle in my Life and my book.

The proof of this truth is in every person, and it therefore admits of easy investigation by systematic introspection and self-analysis. Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance. Bestial thoughts crystallize into habits of drunkenness and sensuality, which solidify into circumstances of destitution and disease: impure thoughts of every kind crystallize into enervating and confusing habits, which solidify into distracting and adverse circumstances: thoughts of fear, doubt, and indecision crystallize into weak, unmanly, and irresolute habits, which solidify into circumstances of failure, indigence, and slavish dependence: lazy thoughts crystallize into habits of uncleanliness and dishonesty, which solidify into circumstances of foulness and beggary: hateful and condemnatory thoughts crystallize into habits of accusation and violence, which solidify into circumstances of injury and persecution: selfish thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of self-seeking, which solidify into circumstances more or less distressing. On the other hand, beautiful thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of grace and kindliness, which solidify into genial and sunny circumstances: pure thoughts crystallize into habits of temperance and self-control, which solidify into circumstances of repose and peace: thoughts of courage, self-reliance, and decision crystallize into manly habits, which solidify into circumstances of success, plenty, and freedom: energetic thoughts crystallize into habits of cleanliness and industry, which solidify into circumstances of pleasantness: gentle and forgiving thoughts crystallize into habits of gentleness, which solidify into protective and preservative circumstances: loving and unselfish thoughts crystallize into habits of self-forgetfulness for others, which solidify into circumstances of sure and abiding prosperity and true riches.

   A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.

   Nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts, which he most encourages, and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil thoughts.

   Let a man cease from his sinful thoughts, and all the world will soften towards him, and be ready to help him; let him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts, and lo, opportunities will spring up on every hand to aid his strong resolves; let him encourage good thoughts, and no hard fate shall bind him down to wretchedness and shame. The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colours, which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.

"So You will be what you will to be; Let failure find its false content In that poor word, I environment, But spirit scorns it, and is free.
"It masters time, it conquers space; It cowes that boastful trickster, Chance, And bids the tyrant Circumstance Uncrown, and fill a servant's place.
"The human Will, that force unseen, The offspring of a deathless Soul, Can hew a way to any goal, Though walls of granite intervene.
"Be not impatient in delays But wait as one who understands; When spirit rises and commands The gods are ready to obey."

The circumstances, which a man encounters with suffering, are the result of his own mental in harmony. The circumstances, which a man encounters with blessedness, are the result of his own mental harmony. Blessedness, not material possessions, is the measure of right thought; wretchedness, not lack of material possessions, is the measure of wrong thought. A man may be cursed and rich; he may be blessed and poor. Blessedness and riches are only joined together when the riches are rightly and wisely used; and the poor man only descends into wretchedness when he regards his lot as a burden unjustly imposed. Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Their whims, fancies, and ambitions are thwarted at every step, but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food, be it foul or clean. The "divinity that shapes our ends" is in ourselves; it is our very self. Only himself manacles man: thought and action are the gaolers of Fate--they imprison, being base; they are also the angels of Freedom--they liberate, being noble. Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions.

- Love, Light & Blessings
- Jai Krishna Ponnappan :)