If more than 150,000 people die every month, and today none of your friends or family members is dead, then you have a big reason to smile.’ – Sadhguru, Indian Mystic
Before falling in love with esoteric philosophy, I used to be sad and angry about nothing. My focus on material possessions and the social status prevented me from noticing the infinite blessings I had.
I worried about not having more possessions than my friends, and I was angry at life because some people –who I thought were happy- despised me. This crap ended after I stumbled upon the above quote, meditated on it, and researched about the world’s death rates.
I discovered that more than 2,000 people die every day in car crashes, and, on average, about 1 million people die in road crashes every year. Besides car crashes, more than 2.5 million people die from diseases every year. In total, about 40 million people die every year
Moreover, I realized that the world has lost about 30 million people from January 1st, 2019 to July 15th, 2019.
These statistics enlightened me that more than 5,000 people die every day, and therefore, more than 10,000 people mourn every day. It then dawned on me that I am a blessed person who must be happy every day because all my family members are alive.
As well, the death statistics reminded me of how stupid I was since I always worried about lacking replaceable things (a nice watch, car, sofa set, etc.), instead of being thankful because the most precious people in my life are alive. People who are more willing to help me than the rest of the world.
I, therefore, shifted my focus from worry to being grateful for the amazing irreplaceable people I had; the only magnificent beings who can go out of their way to help me.
For this reason, I smile every day when I wake up in the morning and fail to receive death news about my family members. I know I will lose my loved ones one day, but for this period, that they are alive, I know I have a BIG reason to be happy and thankful for the mysterious grace that keeps them alive.
May the Infinite Intelligence bless all your family members, and enlighten you about their importance in your life so that you love and be grateful for them.
May Peace of Mind be With You.
8 Major Reasons Why Ego is the Enemy
Ego is an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Although it has enabled many individuals to succeed, its side effects have made it the main cause of failure, hatred, separation, and all other negative factors. Here, I’ll enlighten you about the disadvantages of the ego by providing the eight major reasons why ego is the enemy.
1.Ego is Competitive
The ego makes you competitive because it wants you to be better than everyone else. It wants to feel important because it hates equality. This competitive mindset induced by the ego makes you less creative and impatient. Besides, it makes it difficult for you to collaborate with people to achieve a common goal.
2.Ego Prevents You From Focusing on the Process
It’s difficult to build your skills when you are egotistic because the ego focuses more on the end-goal than the process. It mostly cares about results, showing off, glory, and admiration, hence increasing your chances of failure.
3.Ego Prevents You From Making Friends
The ego prevents you from making friends because it makes you arrogant and self-centered. Few people love arrogant, and self-centered folks because they are prone to envy and hate. Furthermore, the ego prevents you from making friends because it loves dominating all conversations to prove that you know everything.
4.Ego makes you Overestimate Your Abilities
Ego makes you believe you can handle everything on your own hence preventing you from working with others. It also makes you unwilling to learn from other folks because it believes you know everything. Moreover, it eliminates the desire to improve your skills because it makes you think you are too skilled for improvement.
5.Ego Makes you Give up Easily
The ego focuses on the outcome and therefore makes you give up easily when you don’t get the desired outcome after a certain period. Moreover, it wants quick success and will thus make it difficult for you to embrace patience when success seems far.
6.Ego results in Poor Decision Making
The ego desires acknowledgment and acceptance. For this reason, it results in you making decisions that align with the need for glory and fame instead of making decisions that will help build your career or improve your skills. Besides this, it prevents you from asking for advice when making important decisions because it makes you excessively arrogant.
7.The Ego Makes You Judgmental
The ego loves judging people so that it feels better than them. It makes you focus on finding faults with other people so that you feel superior to them.
Judging is bad because it disconnects you from love hence preventing you from aligning with Infinite Intelligence, which is a loving power.
8.The Ego Leads to Envy
The ego makes you believe you are the only one who deserves progress hence making you envious when you see other people make progress.
Read ‘Why Ego is the Main Source of Anger and Envy’ for more details on how the ego causes envy.
That being said, you must learn to control your ego because its negative effects can lead to unhappiness and prevent you from making progress.
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Three Amazing Factors That Prove God is Highly Interested in the Continuation of All Living Things
N/B – In the article, I use the terms, ‘God’ and ‘him’ to refer to The Creator/Infinite Intelligence/The Universe/The Source of All Things.
While meditating on the relationship between God and the physical world, it dawned on me that God is highly interested in all living things and ‘he’ can’t live without them.
He thus programmed living things in the following ways to ensure their continuity.
He programmed most living things to:
Many living things, including us, are programmed to fear death. For this reason, we run for our lives when we face death although we don’t know what will happen after we die.
Everything could have gone extinct if all creatures never feared death. The Creator thus ensured most creatures survive by making them fear death, and avoid it when possible.
The Creator could have designed sex to be the most boring thing on earth. After all, he can do anything. However, he made sex a pleasurable activity to make many living things want to engage in it. Besides, he designed the sexual urge to be so irresistible to many creatures that some kill each other and risk injury for sex.
Sex is unavoidable, and individuals who abstain for long periods suffer from cardiovascular diseases, stress, and a weak immune system. Some creatures, for instance, dogs become very aggressive if you deny them their right to mate. Besides this, even if you try to abstain, the sexual urge will make you desire sex. This urge wants you to preserve the human species.
If God could not have designed sex to be irresistible, all living things could have abstained from it, and the abstinence would have led to their extinction. For this reason, sex was meant to ensure the continuation of all living things.
3.To Be Harsh With Their Young
Many creatures are designed to fiercely protect their young. The Creator programmed animals to be protective with their young to ensure the continuation of all species. Many creatures would have gone extinct if their parents never protected them fiercely.
With this in mind, it’s clear that God treasures our survival so much that he doesn’t allow extinction. He could have allowed the extinction of all living things to happen a long time ago if he wanted, but he avoids doing so because he treasures the physical world. Maybe he can’t survive without us because he deeply loves us or he is us.
What’s your opinion on this topic? Why do you think God is highly interested in the continuation of all living things?
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