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Personal Experience

Transformation through HOLISTIC SCIENCE

T.G.S. Rau (Jul 02, 2013)

I was brought up in a joint family environment and my grandparents inculcated the habit of chanting shlokas from Srimad Bhagawad Geeta and listening to ancient scripture stories. Little did I know that this was when the seeds of spirituality were planted in me. As I matured, the Jigyasu trait (curiosity) in me made me read books on several saints and sages like Shri Adi Sankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi, and Swami Chinmayananda, to name a few. My interest in spirituality deepened and my hunger to answer the question ‘Who Am I’ became more intense.

Seeking an answer to the question took me to some very important schools of thought throughout my life - Brahmakumaris, Ramakrishna Mission, Harihar Maharaj from the Geetha Ashram, and Chinmaya Mission to name a few. Swami Chinmayananda became my Preraka Guru and following his Vedantic study scheme resulted in my conducting Bala Vihar classes for children and study groups for adults. A friend who attended one of these classes introduced me to Aptaputra Bharatbhai (now Swami Bharatanandji) and Aptaputra Kamaleshbhai (now Swami Kamaleshanandji). Both Aptaputras introduced me to Akram Vigyan. Coming from a primarily Vedantic school of thought, my inquisitiveness about Akram Vignan grew when I started reading the Aptavani books given to me by the Aptaputras. Perhaps it was the perfect alignment of thoughts, but it just so happened that when my mind was brimming with questions about this science, I had the fortune of meeting Atma Gyani Param Pujya Kanudadaji. Not being one who is shy to ask questions, I recall that during my first meeting with Dadaji, I sort of monopolized his time with my questions which were answered with precise clarity and before I knew it I was blessed to receive Gyan Vidhi from Atma Gnani Param Pujya Shree Kanudadaji. This was a real turning point in my life.

With Dadaji’s grace, having practiced Vidhi and Kirtan Bhakti for the past 15 years, and having also been blessed to be able to conduct and participate in satsangs to enhance our knowledge, the expansive change that this science has brought in me and my outlook of life is noteworthy. Climbing up the corporate ladder and being at the helm of managing an organization comes with its own problems of being put in situations where conflicts, arguments and differing opinions become a norm. Prior to taking Gyan Vidhi, the ‘I’ or Aham Karta Ahamkar’ would surface often and result in negative emotions. The way I handled similar situations was drastically different after taking Gyan Vidhi. l would avoid clashes and make adjustments, mainly by being in Suddhatma Pad and Samabhav dealings. Staying within the five Agnas and mentally doing Kirtan Bhakti also worked wonders to stay positive while still being firm in my viewpoint. Consciously taking this approach needed lot of effort which I practice to-date in every situation of my life. Doing so results in a content, peaceful and calm demeanour which reflects in everyone around, and hence the quality of life is enriched.

Spiritual pursuit before Gyan Vidhi: Ekam Sad, Vipra Bahuda Vadanthi

One truth and many Religions, opinions and paths - This Vedic pronouncement took me to Advaita, Dvaita, Vishishtadvaita philosophies, shad darsanas, dharma sindhu, nirnaya sindhu and the stipulated sadhanas, anushtanas and Kriyas. And also the concerned Mahatmas and Sages - Ramana Maharshi, Swami Chinmayanand, Swami Dayananda, Daya Mata to name a few.

Spiritual pursuit after Gyan Vidhi:

This started with the scientific approach of Akram Vigyan, Atma Gyani Param Pujya Shree Kanudadaji and many Aptaputras, visit to Surat, Simandhar Swami temple etc. Also satsangs, seva and sadhana which include the Vidhi, Pratikraman, Samayik and Kirtan Bhakti.

Personal and Professional trait before Gyan Vidhi: Inflated ego, getting enmeshed in the web of kshayas, negotiations, arguments, one-up-man ship in professional life.

Personal and Professional traits after Gyan Vidhi: Deflated ego, humility, avoiding clashes, adjusting everywhere, accepting situations easily, dealing amicably with employer, colleagues, social circles. Knower-seer attitude day in and day out with all situations. This made the living of Akram Vigyan a practicality while Krama Marg is rather difficult in every way.

With the guidance and blessings of Atma Gyani Param Pujya Shree Kanudadaji, I hope, wish and pray to continue my spiritual pursuit and educate myself and others on the limitless knowledge of this powerful science.

Dada Bhagwan Na Aseem Jai Jaikar Ho. Jai Sachchidanand
Sources: From Article in Akram Vignan (English) (June-July, 2013, Pg.17-18)

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Personal Experience

Freedom from Worries

Manish Shah, Chicago (Jul 01, 2013)

Before I gained understanding of Holistic Science, I ran a small Printing and Publishing company. When I bought this company, I felt the intense burden of sustaining the firm’s success. On top of that I had to deal with an endless list of operational issues every single day - employee morale, employee retention, customer complaints, and so on.

I owned and operated the company for almost six years and all along I obsessively worried about one thing or the other. My belief was that all outcomes related to my employees, customers and vendors were under my control. With this egotistical view, I tried to intervene in every situation that confronted the company. Since I did not have an effective tool to deal with the stresses of owning and operating a company, I found myself overwhelmed. Because I was high-strung, I was exhausted when I got home. I had no energy to play with my daughters, who were little at the time, or to engage in a meaningful conversation with my wife. While the company prospered, my family life suffered.

In 2010, I was exposed to the principles of Holistic Science. Holistic Science helped me dispel numerous wrong beliefs, doubts and ignorance that cause human suffering.

One of the key understandings I gained from Holistic Science is that I am not the doer. I came across a simple but profound example that solidified this understanding. Making tea is a simple task. In order for me to prepare tea, several circumstances need to come together. I need tea leaves, utensils, stove, sugar, milk, water, spices and the list goes on. Just my mere presence does not get this task done. So it is egotistical for me to think that I made tea when I was one of many circumstances that came together to accomplish the task.

If I am not the doer as proven in the above example, I am not in control of anything that is happening to me or around me. If I am not in control, Why should I worry about anything? This understanding that I am not the doer helped me transform from an obsessive worrier to a calm observer.

Further, Holistic Science made me realize that worries always transported me either in the past or in the future. So my present moment suffered. When I was worrying about a customer complaint while balancing my books, I was not focusing on the task at hand. So I was making errors in balancing my books. Not only did I not solve the customer issue by worrying about it, I created more problems by incorrectly balancing the books. It was a lose-lose situation.

Holistic science has given me a powerful tool to effectively deal with situations that worry me. Whenever a worry is nagging me, I ask the worry to visit me at a set time, say eight o’clock in the evening, when I am free. Lo and behold, the worry pops up again at the appointed time. Since I am not pre-occupied, I can deal with the worry and put it to rest.

Dealing effectively with worries is one of the many benefits I have received from Holistic Science. The transformation from being a hopeless doer to a detached knower and seer has been nothing short of miraculous. It would not have happened without the profound teachings of Holistic Science.

Sources: From Article in Akram Vignan (English) (June-July, 2013, Pg.19-20)

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