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Old 01-18-2017, 05:21 AM   #1
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On Awareness-Proactivty and Unconsciousness-Ego-Reactivity....

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
 
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Old 01-18-2017, 05:22 AM   #2
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Hi all,

I am Ajay.

My humble pranams and well-wishes to all of you here.


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.

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 generates awareness, while living in the past or future due to desires, craving or incessant thinking is what generates the ego.

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


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

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.
 
Old 01-18-2017, 06:34 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 63
It is the Way to act without acting
Hello and welcome!! The philosophy of Action, a great topic!!

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Hi all,

I am Ajay.

My humble pranams and well-wishes to all of you here.
Alláh-u-Abhá and well-wishing to you in return.

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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.

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 generates awareness, while living in the past or future due to desires, craving or incessant thinking is what generates the ego.
We have similar views in one of our books, the Seven Valleys, by Bahá'u'lláh. The book essentially lays out the spiritual journey in seven stages, or metaphorical "Valleys": Search, Love, Knowledge, Unity, Contentment, Wonderment, and Absolute Nothingness.

The second, the Valley of Love, is the stage of where emotion is paramount. It is also the most dangerous stage, since one can be lost in the "ego", as you call it, and many evils can come from such a Lover: "He hath bound a myriad victims in his fetters, wounded a myriad wise men with his arrow. Know that every redness in the world is from his anger, and every paleness in men’s cheeks is from his poison. He yieldeth no remedy but death, he walketh not save in the valley of the shadow;"

The key from moving from the Second to the Third, the Valley of Knowledge, involves overcoming emotion and ego: "And if, confirmed by the Creator, the lover escapes from the claws of the eagle of love, he will enter the Valley of Knowledge"

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The state of awareness generates happiness and peace, while the ego generates pain and sorrow.
I think (probably my background and love of the Taoist Scriptures talking) that Division is what generates pain and sorrow. The act of Dividing one's understanding of the world into different groups necessitates evaluation. It is the cause of seeing some things in the world as "good" and others as "bad". Once one thinks of the myriad things as "good" or "bad", one sees the world as imperfect, and from there originates discontent.

This is ultimately why, in the aforementioned Seven Valleys, the Valley of Unity leads to the one of Contentment. If one can see the underlying unity of it all, one sees the unity of "good" and "bad". If there ceases being a "bad", then the world is perfect. If one exists in perfection, discontentment is not possible.

Though, ultimately, I think this division that people so often see in the world is a thing that originates from ego. So I agree.

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This is why the Buddha had said thus ," Mindfulness ( constant awareness ) is the only true virtue."
Mindfulness, Detachment, Anatta, Wei Wu Wei: it has been given many names but indeed it is the virtue from which all others follow. Even, say, the Seven Virtues and Seven Sins of Christian Theology break down to being mere manifestations of Detachment/Attachment (to use Bahá'í terminology) or Awareness/Ego (to use your own).

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And why Eckhart Tolle had stated thus. " Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness."
We have similar views and Scriptures on the subject:

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Originally Posted by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace
God has never created an evil spirit; all such ideas and nomenclature are symbols expressing the mere human or earthly nature of man. It is an essential condition of the soil of earth that thorns, weeds and fruitless trees may grow from it. Relatively speaking, this is evil; it is simply the lower state and baser product of nature.
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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.
Aha, you're like me then, one who likes to study writings!!
 
Old 01-19-2017, 06:22 AM   #4
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Hello Walrus,

I would like to thank you for your intelligent and detailed post.

In fact I was hoping to get a post like yours where the teachings I have put would find their Bahai counterpart and perspective.

I also feel and discern a lot of peace and contentment in your writings, which itself advertise the substance that is there in the bahai religion.

Thanking you again for your beautiful and elegant post.

Deep regards and well wishes.
 
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