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ARE YOU REALLY AWAKE, OR DREAMING THAT YOU ARE AWAKE? Life on this earth is actually very easy and simple, provided we are willing to see it, as it exists, in reality. Unfortunately, we tend to see life, not as it is really, but through the filter of our thoughts, beliefs, conditionings, perceptions, ignorance, ego and more - all of which constitutes what we call the mind. Hence, even when we are physically awake, we are dreaming and seeing the world through our minds. This book is intended to be an eye opener, to help you see and accept the reality of life, as it exists. The words and thoughts expressed in this book seek to penetrate deep into your being and awaken you, so that your life can overflow with happiness, peace, joy, purpose and fulfillment. This book focuses on various issues in life - general issues, issues relating to love, ego problems, beliefs and conditionings, problems of old age, emotions and qualities that we possess, happiness, God, religion, blind faith, and truth. The book is written in simple language, and is interspersed with quotes from various scriptures and enlightened human beings, and also contains plenty of short stories, examples and situations from day to day life. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. P. V. Vaidyanathan is a practicing Pediatrician, born in 1963, and living with his family in Mumbai, India. He is the author of three books - Make Your Child Stress Free, Managing the Unmanageable Child, and Spirituality Bytes. Arise, Awake is his fourth book. He does not follow any specific religion, guru, discipline or organization, but tries to read and imbibe knowledge and wisdom from any person, scripture, religion or organization that appeals to his conscience, logic, common sense, intuition, and which rings true in his heart. This wisdom is also seen in his articles which get regularly featured in the column Speaking Tree of Times of India. His dream is to finally see the world as one, without divisions and borders, where every human being is unique but an equally important cog, in this cosmic wheel of life.

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  • 1. ARISE AWAKE A call to wake you up from your unconsciousness By DR. P. V. VAIDYANATHAN
  • 2. A WVPD PRESENTATION Books from Wisdom Village (Publications Division) envision to enhance and enrich their readers with life changing experiences from the business, mind, body and soul genres. They strive towards holistic development. Edited by Mrs. Krishna Ahuja Copyright Dr. P. V. Vaidyanathan, 2011 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. ISBN 978 93 80710 136 Published in 2011 by: WVPD is a part of Wisdom Village 649, O4U, Udyog Vihar, Phase V, Gurgaon, Haryana 122001 www.wvpd.in To Book Your Orders: Email: wvpdindia@gmail.com Or Call: +91 9810800469 Published by Anu Anand for WVPD; Cover Design by Glimmerize; Page Setting by Mamta ; Printed by J.K. Offset Graphics (P) Ltd, C-21, O.I.A, Phase-1, New Delhi-20.
  • 3. CONTENTS DEDICATION 5 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 9 PREFACE 13 THE NEED TO AWAKEN 17 TOWARDS ONENESS 24 THINKING ABOUT THINKING 30 LIFE IS LIFE A PROBLEM? 41 WHAT IS YOUR ACCEPTANCE THRESHOLD? 52 HAVE YOU ACCEPTED YOURSELF? 58 PERSON WITHOUT PERSONALITY 66 LIFE IS ENERGY 78 OUR BIGGEST ENEMY US 84 CONSCIOUSNESS AND COURAGE 93 BEING UNPRETENTIOUS 97 HOW UNDERSTANDING HELPS 100 DISCOVERING YOURSELF 103 THREE STAGES TO NIRVANA 109 HAPPINESS WHY WE ARE UNHAPPY OVER OTHERS HAPPINESS 115
  • 4. SEEK HAPPINESS, NOT SORROW 118 EXPLORING HAPPINESS 122 RE-DEFINING HAPPINESS 127 HAPPINESS AND MONEY 132 GOD, RELIGION AND BLIND FAITH UNDERSTANDING BLIND FAITH 139 WHERE IS GOD? 143 RELIGION: POISON OR NECTAR? 154 RE-DISCOVERING THE HUMAN BEING 168 GOD WANTS US TO BE HAPPY 173 GOD IS NOT FOOLISH 176 TRUTH TRUTH IS NON-TRANSFERRABLE 183 THE TRUTH ABOUT ULITMATE FREEDOM 187 TRUTH DOES NOT NEED ANY SUPPORT 189 ATTAINING THE TRUE SELF 191 MEDITATION THE FINAL GATEWAY TO THE TRUTH 194 RELIGION AND TRUTH 197 WHY YOUR BELIEF OFTEN BECOMES YOUR TRUTH 201 ISSUES WHEN YOU ARE OLD RETIREMENT: THE VEDIC PERSPECTIVE 213 BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP 219 LONLINESS VERSUS INDEPENDENCE 222 ABUSE OF ELDERS 226 RESISTING CHANGE AND SUFFERING 231 THE GREATEST FEAR 237 CONCLUSION 244
  • 5. THE NEED TO AWAKEN The first question that automatically comes to mind on reading the title to this book, or for that matter when you pick up any spiritual book is Why do I need all this spiritual insights? Im quite happy with my life the way it is. Yes, it has its ups and downs, it has its happiness and sorrows, it has its assets and liabilities, but isnt that true of everyone on this earth? Why cant I just carry on my job, my life, without getting into all this spirituality nonsense? Anyway, half the things about awakening, meditation, soul, inner self, atman, bliss, nirvana seem too farfetched, lofty and dont really seem to make any sense at all. Cant I just live my life the way I want? This question is very valid and a very important one, for a spiritual awakening or awareness is not mandatory for one to go through life. One can go through life living it at the basic level, eating, drinking, sleeping, getting married, having children, growing old, and of course, eventually leaving this world. Unlike an education or a profession, or a set of moral values or character, one need not have even an iota of spiritual insight or knowledge, to go through life. Animals and birds do it, and so do a vast majority of humans. The journey from birth to death needs a lot of things that are compulsory but spiritual knowledge or insight is not one of them. THE NEED TO AWAKEN 17
  • 6. 18 ARISE, AWAKE The basic nature of life, as seen by man, is one of hardships and sorrows. Though we are all striving to be happy, to be joyous, and to achieve peace and harmony, from a normal human beings standpoint, life is a struggle, life has plenty of sorrows, plenty of heartbreaks, life needs a lot of thought and planning, life is full of worries, problems, accidents, and incidents. The moments of happiness or joy in life are small; the amount of time we spend feeling happy, enjoying ourselves, is limited as compared to the time we spend feeling unhappy or negative. The amount of time we spend thinking about a million things that can go wrong, worrying about what will happen to us, what will happen to our parents, our spouses, our children, our personal possessions, our health, to our country, our world this amount of time is much more than the times in life when we are totally at peace, totally happy, feeling no burden over our shoulders, feeling no heaviness in the heart, singing and dancing, without a care in the world. Children do it regularly, living in the moment and without a care in the world. Teenagers do it to a large extent, young people do it, but to a lesser extent than teenagers, but as a person grows older, the moments when he is totally happy, when there is a spring in his step as he walks, when there is a smile on his lips, when there is a glow on his or her face, when the world seems a nice place and when tomorrow or yesterday are completely forgotten, is rare. Invariably, as a person becomes older, he looks serious, sad, he is weighed down by the problems that life has thrown at him, he or she is struggling with most relationships, the joy is missing, and the worries go on increasing, from day to day, leaving the person despondent and de-motivated. Such a person is always yearning for a break, yearning for a vacation, and yearning to party, so that he can
  • 7. forget himself and his worries for a brief period. This is the normal state that most of us live in, a default state where sadness, worries, anxiety, tensions, guilt, anger, jealousy and stress are our foremost preoccupations. But the human mind is always looking for joy, always looking for the pot of gold, at the end of the rainbow, always looking for a heaven on earth. Such is the way it has been programmed. It is not that we have been taught, trained or conditioned to be happy. We have been told and conditioned for a lot of things but to be happy is not one of them. No parent, no grandparent, no teacher, nobody in fact actually sits down and teaches a child that it is necessary to be happy, or teaches the child how to be happy. A lot of things may be taught, but not the mantra of happiness. Seeking happiness is something that is innate, inbuilt in us. And when one does not find this sanctuary, this heaven on earth, when one does not find joy and happiness, and when the burden of life becomes unbearable on a day to day basis, people turn to a lot of things hobbies, fulfilling relationships, social service, creative pursuits, or to drugs, alcohol, or extra-marital affairs. These activities do bring happiness and joy, but come with their own set of problems. Eventually, man wants to know the meaning of life, the purpose of life, and wants to know how to get out of this sorrow, this misery, that seems to follow him or her like a shadow, not only when he is awake, but even in his dreams. It is then that one turns to spirituality, to the path of awakening, hoping to find the answers to a lot of lifes questions, hoping to achieve a little more happiness, a little more joy and a little more peace of mind. Man hopes to find a meaning to this life on earth, for he feels that it is only by finding some meaning, or having an understanding of life can he achieve happiness. THE NEED TO AWAKEN 19
  • 8. 20 ARISE, AWAKE As man gets a little interested in spirituality, he or she quickly realises that reading or understanding spiritual values immediately brings about some level of peace and happiness which he did not have earlier. He slowly comes to know about the working of the mind, about conditionings, about beliefs, attitudes, and about something that lies beyond the body and mind the soul or being. And as he starts off on his inner journey, to find his own true being, his life, his consciousness and his levels of awareness starts to improve. He soon realises that true happiness can only be found by going beyond the ego, by becoming aware, and by raising ones level of consciousness. Here is a case in point a lady, who was not very educated, and who had very orthodox values, had a nineteen year old daughter who was fairly well educated and smart. This girl, whom the parents were trying to marry off to someone from the village, against her will, ran away from home one day and got married to a boy who belonged to a different caste. In todays time and age, such things are quite common and are widely accepted in many households. But this was a highly orthodox family, and the parents of the girl refused to accept the marriage. They tried everything coaxing, cajoling, threatening, filing a police complaint but nothing would convince their daughter to give up her husband and come back. They even tried to pack off their daughter to the village, but the smart girl got off the train and came back. Not willing to accept this alliance, in spite of many people counselling them, the family decided to leave the city and go to the village. The husband and wife both had a job in the city, which paid them reasonably well, and kept them going. They left their jobs, di

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