In the flow

It is a collection of personal learnings and private conversations.

The intention of these solo podcasts is not to teach, educate, advice or guide anyone.

This is a personal podcast. Any views or opinions represented in this podcast are personal and belong solely to the podcast speaker and do not represent those of people, institutions or organisations that the speaker may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity, unless explicitly stated.Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club , organisation, company, or individual.

The word flow in “In the flow” is not referring to a state of mind or an experience of any particular mental, physical, psychological or spiritual state. It is a flow as in flow of a river or rather flowing in a river. In the flow thus means that I am flowing in that river and you may choose to join that flow. Although it is not compulsory to join that flow. You don’t have to join thae flow. And even if you join the flow, you take your own stream and reach your own destination. There is no trick, technique, formula or shortcut when you are in this flow. It’s the flow of life , a movement from moment to moment in a river of life which is omni-present. Like any river which is always here, flowing in the right now. It has no past, it has no future. It is always in the present with its current flow.

The topics which get touched during this flow are connected to our relationships with others and most importantly with ourself. It includes understanding of our emotions, discovering our aspirations and a continuous inquiry of life itself.

You will never be happy

You will never be happy.

We define happiness as a function of money, fame, relationships, self esteem, societal status and self validation. Once we are settled with this definition, we start the search.

We say once we are get education we will be happy, they we want a job , then for some its life partner or marriage, then children, for some its to start their own business , once they cross 10M subscribers they will be happy, when they get the VC funding they will be happy for some others its the post of a Manager or CEO which they think will make them happy. Once none of all this gives anything closer to happiness, they ,move towards isms, rituals, mindfulness, meditation, yoga,Gurus, religions and drugs. None of this will make you happy.

You cannot just pick one end of a stick. With happiness , there comes suffering. The other end of the stick. This suffering may allow you to be happy else the suffering itself won’t get picked but then it will never allow you to stay happy. For its the nature of suffering. Happiness thus becomes a never ending chase to fix your habits, relationships,personal brand, financial status , spiritual being, mental caliber, physical fitness and on and on. You will never be happy.

When we say we want to be happy what we really say is we want freedom. Freedom from the mind and freedom from the suffering of life.

The Seekers

One who claims to be a seeker has to first understand what they are seeking.

What can one seek. One can seek only that what one knows either from their memory of past experiences or from the images they have created about it with their intellectual efforts like reading, listening or learning from someone.

You may be seeking truth, or the meaning of life , or happiness or Nirvana or Moksha or enlightenment or transformation. Fill in whatever you call it. How will you know when you seek what you are seeking. What is that indicator , that signal which will tell you that you have reached your goal or that siddhi. If it is that bodily sensation of vibration , or that trance state of timelessness or that inner voice. All of this is coming from your past. You have experienced something like this as a teaser or a trailer of it in the past. Now you are chasing that same experience using the same or similar or new methods told by some books, Gurus. You may have come up with your own methods based on your past experiences. All this may, not for sure, but may give you that experience again, that trance state which one gets by simple self hypnosis again, or that vibration again. But, it is not just superficial but its also temporary. People also get such experiences with some rubbish substances and medicines. The chase will still be on. A never-ending chase to attend enlightenment or nirvana. The more efforts you take , the more time you spend into the methods, rituals and the study of these processes seek the truth, the more engrossed you will be into that process. You then start getting validation from it, you start justifying the intellectual non-sense which comes from these processes and rituals. The quest to seek truth will end into a non-stop, never ending chase for methods, techniques, tools and processes.