Is there anything like the past, present, and the future? All these three in fact mean one. And that one is called the now. This is a point of unification. This is a point of merging and melting. In an ordinary state it becomes very difficult to see this point of singularity. The mind is the instrument that takes us into the world of the past, present, and the future. Let us take the example of a simple pendulum. This principle of the pendulum is used in a pendulum clock. And as long as the clock is moving the pendulum is moving back and forth. And because of the movement of the pendulum, the rotating hands of the clock are showing the time. And the moment the pendulum stops the time also stops. The clock does not show any time when the pendulum is not moving. The backward momentum gains enough energy to move in the forward. And the tension in the strings is enough to move the strings back and forth. The same is the story of our mind. When the thoughts move in the world of memory, the mind moves in the past. And when the thoughts move in the world of imagination, the mind moves into the future. And the tension in the mind is so much that the present moment just comes and goes. We do not even come to know when the present moment has come and gone. We all know for sure that the present moment had brought us joy and happiness. And we always desire for more of such moments. Is my past responsible for my present and the future? If the answer is yes, then past, present and the future exist. And if the answer is no, then the past, present and the future become irrelevant. I know all for sure that I was yesterday, I am today, and I shall also be tomorrow. My yesterday has become today, and my today shall become my tomorrow. If my past has impacted my present, then with the same analogy my present will also impact my future. Then what becomes very important is to focus in the present. And when we focus in the present, we can be able to see our future in the present. Therefore, the three activities that go together are to take reference of the past, act in the present, and look into the future. You have to act in the present to unwind the past, and activate the future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf8PUAG2aYU You can’t do anything with the past. It has happened. There could be some tension left in the string to impact the present. You can’t undo the past. But you can always unwind the past. You can let it go. You can release the tension. And if you don’t, then it will impact the future. And then the same vicious circle continues. The whole purpose of a new and fresh life is to break this vicious circle. Is this really possible? In an ordinary state of the mind this seems difficult. Then what is the way? The answer lies in a meditation technique called “Right Mindfulness”. It is a method to be present in the moment and know the reality as it is. Let us again go back to the example of the pendulum. Let us look at the pendulum. Let us move from the bottom of the pendulum to the top of the pendulum. As we move up, we come to a point where the pendulum is joined at a point. At the bottom the swings are bigger and quicker. And as we move up, the swings become smaller and slower. And at the point of the joint there is nothing called the forward and the backward movement. It is a point where the past and the future stops and we enter into a point of now or present. This point is a point of mindfulness or witneesing. At the higher point the lower points come in control. It is like the point of a junction. It is a control point. The higher mind takes control of the lower mind. At this point the lower mind dissolves in the higher mind. They both mean the same thing. I can now see my past and my future from this point of now. This is a point of eternal present. This is how you can elevate your vision and look into the future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCKva76JpGE
You can neither take nor give enlightenment. You can only receive it. It is a gift from the divine. It is a “Prasada”. It is what you receive as a consequence. It is like a by-product. And it is not a goal.
You can’t desire enlightenment. You need to be deserving to receive it as a gift. There is a saying that says that God does not give you success but God estimates your success. If I am worthy I will receive it in no time. And if I am not worthy and don’t deserve it now then I will have to wait patiently. The word patient is very beautiful. It means a sick person. The sick person goes to a doctor for a cure. And the doctor tells the sick person to have patience. Because the cure will take some time. But the sickness is so much that the patient loses all patience. And there is no shortcut. The patient has to wait. There is no other way.
The same is the story with enlightenment. You have to wait endlessly. And in a ripe moment it happens. And it happens. It surely happens. How does it matter even if it didn’t happen? Who cares? What matters is that you loved the path. What matters is that the journey was joyful. What matters is that you loved the whole process.
The end of the process results into enlightenment. Just take the example of 24 carat gold. Look into the whole process of moving from the raw gold to 24 carat gold. From raw gold to 24 carat gold the whole process is intrinsically connected. It is one process. At the end of the process the raw gold transforms into a 24 carat gold.
What happens in the whole process? The raw gold is passed through the acid test and the fire test. And as the raw gold moves up the stream, in the whole process the impurities present in the raw gold are burnt and dissolved, and at the end of the process as a resultant is the 24 carat gold. The whole process is one. It is interconnected. The raw gold culminates into a 24 carat gold as a consequence. The whole process is a process of quality improvement. The 24 carat gold moves to a highest quality.
It is similar to the quality processes followed by the corporations in quality improvement. They follow many types of quality processes like ISO and Six Sigma. And at the end of the process are the world class quality products. The whole quality process creates a value.
The case of the Mumbai Dabbawalas has become world famous. This case is being referred by world famous universities to their students in their curriculum. The people of Mumbai Dabbawalas are very simple and down-to-earth human beings. They don’t have any ego. They don’t have any attitude. They are not professional people. They are not engineers. They are not MBAs. And probably this is the reason why they are able to create excellence. They are working above six sigma.
On the other hand take the example of many business organizations. They are rich and they have lot of money. They have technology. They have qualified people like engineers, doctors, MBAs, etc. They have pumped millions of dollars in their processes. And still they are not able to work above six sigma. What is the matter? The matter is lack of simplicity and ordinariness. A professional person thinks that he is extraordinary. An expert thinks that he is extraordinary. And this attitude becomes a barrier to quality. A quality product, a quality process, and a quality person are not three different compartments. All these three are part of a one big process. They are interconnected. They are not separate. They can not work in silos. You can not improve one without improving the other. This is where quality suffers. This is where quality becomes unsustainable. And this is the reason why the products and markets eventually die.
The goal of any organization is to create excellence. And this excellence can be achieved only through quality people. Happy people give highest productivity and greatest performance. And happy people create quality products and quality processes. All quality is a by-product of happiness. And all happiness is a by-product of Right Mindfulness.
Right Mindfulness is a quality standard for improving the quality of the individuals. We have various quality standards for improving the quality of the processes and products. But we do not have any standard for improving the quality of the individuals. The right mindfulness meditation improves the “Emotional Quotient” and the “Happiness Quotient” of the individuals. Right mindfulness is not being full of mind. Right mindfulness is just being in the moment and understanding the reality as it is. The art of right mindfulness helps in finding out and removing the root causes. The art of right mindfulness is a boon for creativity and innovation. Right mindfulness helps in creating excellence in everything that you do.
And eventually as the individual moves up the stream in his own inner being through right mindfulness, enlightenment happens to him as a consequence. It is a by-product and comes as a gift of the divine. And the by-product of enlightenment is a person of highest “Happiness Quotient”. And this person is always in a state of a Sachitananda. And this person has an excellence to lead the organization with love and compassion. Love and Leadership can go together. Creativity and Compassion can go together. Intelligence and Innovation can go together. Meditation and Management can go together. There is no conflict. And this person always follows the principles of Enlightened Leadership.