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On Awareness-Proactivty and Unconsciousness-Ego-Reactivity....

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Teachings of the Masters on Awareness-Proactivty and Unconsciousness-Ego-Reactivity....


Act. Do not react.

--Sri Ravi Shankar



Sin is never in action. It is always in reaction.

-- Swami Chinmayananda



Virtuous ( proactive) action increases intelligence, while sinful ( reactive ) acts decreases intelligence.

--Vidura Neeti ( Mahabharatha )



If you want to progress in your life and grow, act not to react.

--Harbhajan Yogi Bhajan




Respond. Do not react.

--Osho



Just stay focused. Don't react. Just be a witness and you will see the magic of it.

--Swami Chidanand Saraswati



Be proactive. Do not be reactive.

--Stephen Covey ( Author of 7 habits of highly effective people )




Habitually we react to external stimuli, that is we are generally overwhelmed by retaliatory emotional forces within us demanding appropriate action. But surely this cannot be called 'action' , it is in fact ' re-action' . Discipline of the reasoning mind controls the reactive forces and results in appropriate 'action' rather than 're-action', one should endeavour to establish control and avoid retaliatory behaviour.

--Acharya Mahaprajna



Quality of life depends on what happens in the space between stimulus and response.

-- Stephen Covey



Because of the space between stimulus and response, people have the power of choice; therefore,leaders are neither born nor made — meaning environmentally trained and nurtured. They are self-made through chosen responses, and if they choose based on principles and develop increasingly greater discipline, their freedom to choose increases.

-- Stephen Covey



Reaction is unconscious. You do not know exactly that you are being manipulated. You are not aware that you are behaving like a slave, not like a master. Action out of consciousness is response.

-- Osho



You can act in two ways -- one is reaction, another is response.

Reaction comes out of your past conditionings; it is mechanical.

Response comes out of your presence, awareness, consciousness; it is non-mechanical.

The ability to respond is one of the greatest principles of growth. You are not following any order, any commandment; you are simply following your awareness. You are functioning like a mirror, reflecting the situation and responding to it -- not out of your memory from past experiences of similar situations, not repeating your reactions, but acting fresh, new, in this very moment. Neither the situation is old, nor your response -- both are new.

-- Osho



One who is obsessed with worldly pursuits, one who is body-oriented, cannot really go into this. We need to develop a distance from our mind and not give in to impulsiveness. Those who react are the ones who are living mindlessly. So in a way, we can say that living mindfully is being in meditation.

-- Anandmurti Gurumaa




So action which is born of reaction breeds sorrow. Most of our thoughts are the result of the past, of time. A mind that is not built on the past, that has totally understood this whole process of reaction, can act every minute totally, completely, wholly.

— J. Krishnamurti



Action which is born of reaction breeds sorrow.

— J. Krishnamurti
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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Hi All,

Quoted above are a list of teachings of various masters which I compiled myself for a better understanding and contemplation of the message of proactivity and reactivity around a decade back.

Through study and analysis of the master's teachings, I had come to the understanding that it is proactive action which is what is known as virtue or good karma while reactive action is what is known as sin or bad karma.

While proactivity is what stems from a state of awareness or mindfulness , reactivity on the other hand stems from the ego.

Living in the present moment reveals awareness, while living in the past or future due to strong desires or craving/aversions (resulting in incessant thinking or emoting) is what generates the ego.

The state of awareness generates peace and joy, while the unnatural state of the ego generates pain and sorrow.


This is why the Buddha had said thus ," Mindfulness ( constant awareness ) is the true virtue."

And why Eckhart Tolle had stated thus. " Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness."



Writing this in my notebook and constant study and contemplation of these teachings from time to time helped me to become a more self-aware, proactive and less reactive person. This understanding brought a deep sense of calmness, peace, contentment and well-being in my life.

The study of the works of spiritual masters helped me a lot in increasing my self-knowledge and hope the reading of the above mentioned teachings will do the same for you or help in bringing perspective on the nature of the mind.

I have deep gratitude to the Buddha, Bodhidharma, Padmasambhava,Suzuki, Dilgo Khyentse , Metta Zetty and other Buddhist masters all over the world for their insights and wisdom, which helped me a lot in increasing my self-knowledge and hope the reading of the above mentioned teachings will do the same for you or help in bringing perspective on the nature of the mind.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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You know this one:

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.
-Sri Krishna, Bg. 18.66

This is the final word in the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna by Krishna, before Arjuna’s acceptance of Krishna’s order and Arjuna’s Nirvana.

Namaste.

Hare Krishna!
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Brahma Das wrote: Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:39 am You know this one:

Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.
-Sri Krishna, Bg. 18.66

This is the final word in the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna by Krishna, before Arjuna’s acceptance of Krishna’s order and Arjuna’s Nirvana.

Namaste.

Hare Krishna!
But this has been said by Jesus too....

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ~ John 14:6




Shivayogini Matha, a female enlightened master had stated similarly ...


After you have finished the day's chores meditate on me and read these words. Then keep the book next to your head on the pillow. When you wake up in the morning, meditate on me again. Read again the Amrta Vim. Prostrate at my feet and only then take up your work in the morning. Thus you should do everyday. — Shiva Yogini Amma




Same with Shirdi Sai Baba...

"Repeat my name. seek refuge in me." ~ Shirdi Sai Baba



So, who should we follow then, Krishna or Jesus or Sai Baba or Shivayogini Matha, and many other masters all of whom had emphasized 'me' !



The "me" when a master uses refers not to the personality. It is the consciousness poised in the Self, expressed through the
conditioning of a physical form and an individuation. ~ Nitya Menon



The Self is but awareness or pure consciousness. Hence all these masters are just exhorting us to take refuge in the Self or awareness within ourselves. This is all there is to it.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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I most like to call this Consciousness “Allah”, or God. Of course it is Jesus Christ or Krishna as well. It is within all of us, it is present within our Soul as the Supersoul, as the Holy Spirit, which connects us to the Divine in a miraculous capacity to Love to the point where we ourselves, in a moment of Enlightenment can become the Divinity we so seek to Love and Worship.

But it must be a selfless drive to understand Self. To be firmly fixed in the Self means to understand God is equally present within all beings and everyone equally. That is the view of equanimity. Jesus may have come many times, Krishna as well, many have played their part, but there is still only One Krishna, One Allah, and One Jesus, they are the Same person, but they do not withhold their Self from others, they want others to be exactly like them. We can become Sons and Daughters of God thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice. Enlightenment comes from Realizing that Allah is within us, and that very Source is Krishna, or Jesus, and although Jesus Son of Mary has a distinct personality, and Allah is even an individual distinct from God the Father, or Christ the Father, Allah is still their Source, present as them and within them equally just as that of within an mere ant an an atom, as Vishnu is present even within the atoms. So the Supreme Lord Krishna talks of in the Bhagavad Gita is fully Him, but it is also a Source present within all beings giving them the capacity to Love and become exactly like Him, which is the True Self and the Soul we speak of, and Enlightenment comes from accepting that this True Self, the Self that Krishna says He is, is present within all beings and all phenomena, then walking the Path to liberate all phenomena and beings from material nature in order for them to realize the True Self, their Soul, in the Realization of Allah, so they can attain the Immaculate Lord and become Enlightened and enter Nirvana. And beyond anything, full Buddhahood. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus Christ, but Jesus Christ is in all of us, yet, there is still a Jesus Christ which we must follow, because once we become Christ’s and Christs we will understand the full importance of Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the Flesh and His sacrifice on the cross, as well as His place in Heaven. We will have absolutely no problem going to Heaven through Him, and He treats everyone with Compassion. He is the Son of God who has only been helping the world. Enlightenment is finding Him within ourselves so we can enter Heaven even now, and that can help us reach Buddhahood. The Source of all Emanations is Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the Flesh, and He is within us all. Om.

Namaste!
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Guruji, please comment on this: Act, don’t react.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is very simple. When you react, what happens? You regret afterwards. Reaction happens through an emotional upsurge. When someone says something you don’t like, your emotions swell up. Anything you do in an emotionally disturbed state, you repent afterward. When emotions are on peak, the intellect goes in background. Your actions are from the intellect and your reactions are from emotions.
Emotions when properly employed can bring happiness and creativity in life, while improperly employed through lack of discrimination or discretion can result in reactions leading to regressive conflict and strife .

Through Awareness, one goes beyond the realm of conditioned likes and dislikes, attain better self-mastery, and cultivate a progressive positive attitude in all situations and circumstances in life.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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