My Gift To You….

Hello Everyone,
Last day of 2016 and it is that time of the year, when we all actively reflect over the last 364 days and reset our hopes and aspirations for the coming year. We generally tend to set goals for the year ( I know I do) and attempt to see through them as the year continues (unsuccessfully most of the time)
I have read somewhere recently (sorry didn’t take note at that time) to set intentions for the year in all small increments rather than setting sweeping goals that cannot/will not be achieved. This made sense to me.
So I have prepared a 52 week Intentions Schedule Planner 2017 in order to achieve Well-Being in all the 5 personality domains – Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social and Spiritual domains.  More on this in a later post.
Weekly intention setting and weekly check in will hopefully keep us motivated and stay focused to make the changes in all the personality domains. It also allows us to reset as required.
Attached below is the “Intentions Schedule Planner 2017” – my gift to all of you (you may or may not chose to use it, entirely up to you) This planner can also be used as an accountability tool with your family and friends.
You may wish to use it digitally or print and fill.  Call me archaic in the digital age but personally I feel inspired to use Pen and paper (there is actually a proven scientific reason why Pen and Paper is better), but it is entirely up to you.
Watch this space – I am planning to be more active on this blog and bring you podcasts and youtube videos on topics of ‘Practical Spirituality’  Please let me know if you have any specific topics in  mind.
Thank you very much for all your love and support through the year. I really appreciate it.
May 2017 bring you all the joy and prosperity that you deserve, need and want.
Until next time
With Love and Respect
Padma Ayyagari

What Is In Your Medicine Cabinet?

First Aid Sign/Label
First Aid Sign/Label (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you have a medicine cabinet? A First-Aid Kit perhaps?  A drawer or a basket set aside to hold all the medicines that you may or may not need – pain killers, paracetamol, band aids, bandages, Vitamins etc., if you are not ailing from any particular disease….I have a basket like that and my husband has a bedside drawer for his medicines, a few more he needs to keep him going.

Science has advanced very far and we have lots of medications available for all sorts of ailments from allergies to angina, coughs to cancers, diarrhea to diabetes.  You name it.  There are medications available for physical pain to mental illness and they all work undoubtedly.

Did you ever question if there are any medicines for Spiritual diseases? Did you even know that there are Spiritual diseases?

Spiritual diseases are the ones that erode our spirit gradually and make us feel helpless, circumstance driven, choice-less, fearful, hard, unsympathetic individuals desperately searching for Love and meaning in life.

Spiritual Diseases make our hearts look like Swiss cheese – full of holes, at least 6 in number. They are the holes created by Lust, Anger, Greed, Attachment, Pride and Envy. 

These 6 are the driving forces of 21st century spiritual illnesses that manifest physically.  The Rapes, Domestic Violence, Wars, Global Financial Crisis, right through to Global Warming and Climate Change related issues are all the direct results of spiritual illness and disease sprouting and taking root from this 6 holes.

Greed caused Global Financial Crisis

Lust & Anger causes violence of all kinds

Pride, Attachment & Envy are the reasons for breakouts – personal to global, resulting in wars of all sorts – micro and macro.

The underlying reason behind all the 6 forces is our quest to find love and meaning. We flutter helpless desperately trying to hold onto the Source of our creation.  Not having an adequate support structure for that Source to sustain and nourish us, we fall like an autumn leaf that gave in to the gush of the wind.

We all know and understand the importance of diet and exercise to maintain good health and generally we strive to maintain a regime of diet and exercise – some more than the others.

What Spiritual diet and exercise are we undertaking to cure the 6 diseases progressing and invading us?  I will not ask what we are doing to prevent the 6 diseases from attacking us because we all, the entire humanity, is already infected by these diseases to various stages like cancer growth.  We have to look at what medicines are needed to keep them from completely invading us to the point of destruction. No matter what stage these diseases are at, there are medicines available to begin the cure.

What are these medicines?

Sai Baba gave the prescription – He says:

In the garden of heart, plant and foster the Rose of Divinity, the Jasmine of Humility and the Champak (Frangipan) of Generosity.

Also keep a medicine chest – tablets of Discrimination, drops of Self-Control and three powders – Faith, Devotion and Patience.”

Yes we all have to have these medicines in our cabinets or baskets of our heart and minds and take them like we would take multi vitamins or exercise – daily.

Discrimination here is not as popularly portrayed and used in the framework of anti racism etc.,  Discrimination here is employing our highest faculty which is called “Buddhi” in Sanskrit, translated as Wisdom, discrimination of right to wrong, truth to untruth and justice to injustice.  Even the slight seeds of discrimination sowed will give rise to Self-Control.

When that tender sapling is watered with Faith and Patience, Devotion (Love) blooms in our hearts.  Faith and Devotion here do not necessarily represent a religious adherence or practice.  Faith that my discriminatory capacity is the truth and Devotion here is the Love that would ignite as a result of undertaking right action.

Tablets of Discrimination can be in the form of meditation, journaling or mindfulness and taking at least one of these tablets daily will strengthen our spiritual immunity. Think of these medicines as preventive like daily vitamins and/or exercise for a healthy physical body.  These spiritual medicines are a must in order to create not just a healthy, thriving individual, but a flourishing family, community, society and the world.

We cannot rely on cures only anymore, we need to get preventative and we owe that to ourselves.

What do you think? What Spiritual Medicines do you take?

Love to hear your comments and views.

Until Next Time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari

4 Fundamental Desires……….. Part 3

Desire path on Monken Hadley Common
Desire path on Monken Hadley Common (Photo credit: Kake Pugh)


You want to continue your life perpetually, a burning desire to live, to leave a mark, to create a legacy.

This desire is entrenched in you and you don’t even realise it

Every activity you undertake, every thought you have, every memory you hold stems from this desire to continue.

Deep down you know that your existence on this plane is limited and you want to stretch that.

The Desire for Continuity is rooted in thought, memory and word.

Thought, memory and word are of time – time either past or time in future.

Time – It doesn’t show any bias to anyone, it dishes out the exact same amount to each one of us.

We have 24hrs at our disposal – never to return once gone.

In that 24hrs you experience your own self projections created from your thoughts, words and memories – there is no freshness in this and time is wasted.

When you make plans constantly and live in your plans – you are trying to create permanency.

When you watch excess TV, surf internet, chat constantly etc.,- you are trying to hold time still and create permanency, all the while realizing that it is fleeting from you.

Result – Hurry.  Desire for Continuity is the fuel for the Enemy of Hurry.

By ignoring the present moment, caught up in either future plans or fears of executing the plans, knowing that you have wasted time, feeling guilty, you hurry to catch up with the present moment – a moment that just slipped into the past.

So, you eagerly look to the future moment waiting to arrive – with bated breath, holding yourself in fear, worry – comforting yourself at the same time that the future moment hasn’t arrived and slip back into your activity.

You suddenly realise that the future moment arrived, not only has it arrived but it already slipped into the past because you only realise when it is gone, you feel guilty etc., and the cycle repeats.

You are constantly hurrying to catch up with the present moment that is just past and leaped into the future, arrived into the present and gone again.  The catch up game never ends.

Desire for Continuity – rooted in thought, word and memory – a total mind game.

How do you hold time? Can you hold time?

The obvious answer is NO.  So what is the solution to avoid the ‘hurry and catch up game’?

Put a Ceiling on Desire on how you spend time.

Instead of watching same news at 3 different times on 3 different channels, limit it to one and instantly gain an hour.

Instead of endless surfing on the internet, limit the time that  you spend on it.

Instead of subscribing to countless number of blogs that sounded interesting at the time, limit them to a couple that are most relevant to you

Don’t let screens take over your life – (says me, who spends most of her waking time in front of a screen – my laptop, but hey! I am alerting you to the perils of it – on the screen –  aren’t I?)

You would be amazed at how much time you would gain in simply being aware of how you are spending it and where you can gain it.

Just becoming aware of yourself in your surroundings, bringing yourself to the present moment constantly – not only saves you from hurrying, but also gives you a presence in your life.  You become alive, not caught in the mental gymnastics that your mind constantly engages you in.

Living in the present moment does not leave room for guilt, fear, worry or hurry.

When you are not hurried, you have patience.

When you have patience, you become loving and kind.

When you are loving and kind, you are healthy  not just mentally, but physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Desire for Continuity is fulfilled as you are leaving a legacy of how good, loving and kind a person you are.

Same desire, two different results – all because you have decided to put a ceiling on how you spend your available time.

So what do you do with your available time?

You can work on yourself – creating a healthy you

You can spend it with your family – creating a healthy family

You can serve in your community – creating a healthy community

A healthy you, a healthy family and a healthy community creates a better world.

Think about it – all this because you decided to put a ceiling on how you spend your time.

Ceiling on Desires on Food, Money, Energy and Time –  is not about not having desires or not fulfilling desires.

Ceiliing on Desires is about recognising the excessive desires in these 4 areas that can take over our lives and then consciously putting a limit on fulfilling them, so we still enjoy those but in moderation.

The freed up resources of Food, Money, Energy and Time are then put to good use for the benefit of the individual, the family and the society.

Ceiling on Desires is a simple spiritual practice that is steeped in respect and love for oneself and for the world that one lives in.

Ceiling on Desires is a practice that is loaded with potential to create a loving, united and harmonious world.

Will you practice Ceiling on Desires?  I am………..trying to

Tell me where you can put a Ceiling on Desire on Time?  Leave your comments

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari