Freedom & Contentment — how to experience them

By Prashant S. Shah;

The spiritual tradition in ancient India talks in terms of karma and dharma. When you act with personal or selfish motives you generate some imbalance, which is called karma. When you do what is proper and act without personal motives you generate balance and harmony, which is called dharma. Freedom and contentment are built on the foundation of Dharma.

In society the acts of dharma are fairness in dealings; balance in rights and obligations; restricting individual freedom where it transgresses the freedom of other people; subordinating personal benefit for the benefit of the team, group or unity; and serving the genuine needs of others.

True freedom and contentment are inner-life attainments. And to experience them you have to make some adjustments in your attitude and assumptions according to the rules of dharma or proper living. What are these changes and how can you make them?


  1. Make the necessary inner changes
  2. Freedom and how to achieve it
  3. Approach life as a banquet
  4. Act well the part that is given to you
  5. All advantages have their price
  6. Our duties are revealed by our relationships
  7. Control your interpretations
  8. Serve the greater purpose




1. Make the necessary inner changes

The ancient sages believed that there is a pre-decided element regarding all the major events of our life. The events are outcomes of past actions; other players are involved with the events; and there are hidden intelligences in the interior worlds that have their own agenda. Hence, it is said that we arrive at the events of our life. Our efforts in the present only make some cosmetic changes or adjustments.

So, whether we like it or not we have to accept the happenings of our life. We can do it in the same way as we accept other things that we cannot control – like the weather, the past, the market behaviour, etc. When we can do that, we can live peacefully and without experiencing frustration. On the other hand, if we keep on protesting or defying the situations of our life, we only hurt ourselves.

Whereas we cannot control the events that are happening now or are decided for us, there are many things that we can control. For example, we can control our expectations and how we respond to other people and events. We can always choose how we interpret the happenings in the world. Hence, instead of crying over the things we cannot control, we have to focus on controlling the things we can control.

First let us distinguish between what is under our control and what is not under our control: Our actions are always under our control, but another person’s actions are usually not under our control. We can influence other people’s behaviour by how we relate with them (by how we regard them, take interest in them, etc.) but we can never control them sufficiently. We must accept this reality just as we accept the other things that we cannot control.

When we keep our focus on controlling the things that are under our control, our attention is automatically directed to our own actions. We become more aware of our attitude, beliefs and actions; and the effect they have on other people and the happenings in our life. When we can observe all this, we become intensely aware of the inner changes that we need to make to be able to live a more peaceful and contented life.

You begin by becoming clear about what changes are under your control and what changes are not under your control. Then you accept the things you cannot change, and focus on making the changes you really need to make.

Here we explain the rules of dharma so that you can know the changes that you need to make.

2. Freedom and how to achieve it

Is freedom doing whatever we please, or does our freedom arise from understanding the limits of our power and the limits set by society, the natural law, and a higher authority?

To appreciate the idea of freedom first we have to understand how our wants control our actions: When we want something desperately, we get totally focused on having it irrespective of whether it is good for us, appropriate for us, or morally right for us. The only thing we see is the object that satisfies our want. We disregard other things or undervalue them. In this way our wants control our actions.

To experience freedom first we have to weaken our bondage (slavery) to our wants – to the cravings and compulsions that arise from within our nature. To do that, we have to deliberately regulate our wants. We have to give due regard to what is proper for us in society (according to the moral law) and what is enough (according to the natural law). We have to accept our limitations and the inevitable; and learn to work with them rather than try to fight them.

If we become easily obsessed by the desire to do things that are not right for us or which are not within our reach, our freedom is actually lost! If we cannot exercise control over our wants, the desires in our mind and body will enslave us. Then we cannot perform the duty of our roles properly. Then our actions will become out of sorts and we shall experience helplessness and frustration!

True freedom is not having ease and comfort; it is not bossing over others; and it is not doing whatever comes into our mind regardless of others. To experience true freedom you have to be able to conduct yourself according to the existing situation without giving in to your personal tendencies or temptations. You have to accept the limits of your power and the limits that are set on you by a greater authority.

3. Approach life as a banquet

Sometimes we think that if we don’t grab our share in life we shall miss out; if we don’t horde our wealth we shall get depleted. We think like this when we feel insecure; it causes us to grab things.

However, as a human being we are a part of a larger network that is governed by a greater intelligence and authority. We are connected to others on the inner planes; there is a law governing human life; and there is a greater intelligence in the inner worlds that administers justice and looks over our affairs. As a result we are only given things according to the needs of our roles or according to what we have deserved (according to the law of karma).

So, when we take the roles that we are given, we have to also trust that the greater authority will provide us with what we need to fulfil our roles. It will not make us struggle unnecessarily. When we understand this fact we can behave graciously in all situations. We know that we shall be given a part to play in the drama of life on earth; and that we shall be provided with what we need to fulfil that role or part.

When we understand this, we can approach our life as a BANQUET: When dishes are passed on to us, we take a moderate portion. If a dish passes us, we enjoy what is already on our plate. Or, if the dish hasn’t been passed on to us yet, we wait patiently for our turn to arrive.

When we choose to act according to dharma, we can never become jealous of others. When we find that someone has succeeded, we consider that today it is their time to succeed. Our time will also come. However, if we become impatient and grab for things before it is their time to arrive, we spoil everything.

The rule is: Always behave graciously in life and keep an attitude of polite restraint. Trust that what is due to you will come to you in the natural course, when your time has come.

4. Act well the part that is given to you

We get to choose only some of our roles life. Most of the roles that we have are given to us.

We are like actors in a play. A greater authority has assigned us with some roles without consulting us! Some people will act in a short drama, and others will act in a big movie. Some are assigned the part of a poor or retarded person and some are given the role of a celebrity or a leader.

Although we cannot control which roles are assigned to us, we are always responsible to act our given roles as best as we can, and to refrain from protesting them.

This brings us to the classical issue of dharma: Should we crave for different or better roles or should we seek to perform well in the roles that are given to us? Does our true satisfaction arise from getting into positions of great opportunity or does it arise from how well we perform in the roles we are given?

To choose here we have to see things in the correct perspective. We must understand that our true happiness does not arise from the roles themselves. It arises from within us as we perform the roles.

Thus, true fulfilment arises when we perform well in the roles that we are given. The outer conditions only provide us with the situations in life. However, it is up to us to make ourselves happy or sad as we pass through these situations.

Thus, it is a deception to think that our happiness arises from getting better or more attractive roles. Further, if we keep on craving for better roles in life, we shall remain continuously dissatisfied.

Hence, seek to perform the roles that you are given as best as you can – without protesting your situation. In whatever circumstances you find yourself, give an impeccable performance. If you are a teacher, teach well; if you are a maid, serve well; and if you are leader, lead well.

5. All advantages have their price

Does somebody enjoy the privileges, the opportunities, or the honour that you desire? Does it make you feel jealous, envious, inferior, or unfortunate?

We become jealous of others when we think that they got it easier or they did not deserve what they got. However, this is a deception. It arises because we have a partial or limited view of things.

When we take a wider view of things, we can see that people get authority and resources according to the needs of their roles or they get it according to their karma. The law of justice has no favourites — it works invariably for all.

If we look at situations carefully, we can find advantages and disadvantages in every situation. Hence, no situation is absolutely more favourable or unfavourable. Further, authority is not merely a privilege. Authority and responsibility always go together. They are like the two ends of the same stick. When we pick up one end, we also get the other.

Still further, our happiness also does not really depend on the situation we are in. It depends more on what we make out of the situation that we are in. We can never earn the same reward as others without employing similar methods, or without investing a similar amount of time and effort. It is unreasonable to think that we can have the rewards without paying the price.

Hence, we should not envy those who have more than us. They had no real advantage over us. They have simply paid the price for their reward.

The true reward that people get in real life can also be very deceptive. The saying is, “The roses come with the thorns”; but the thorns are not always apparent to a superficial view. A man may have a beautiful wife, but she may crib all the time because she was used to having too much attention. An actress may have to show a happy face even when she inwardly feels degraded by what she is asked to do.

In our life it is always up to us to choose from the opportunities we get; and to decide how much we shall invest in it. For some things we may consider the price as too high: It may cost us our integrity; we may be forced to praise or appease someone whom we cannot respect; we may have to do the work for which we are not apt; or we may have to convince the people of things that we ourselves don’t believe in!

The truth is that all privileges have their price. So, before you demand something, ask the golden question: What is the price and are you willing to pay it?

6. Our duties are revealed by our relationships

In society we are not an isolated entity, but a unique and irreplaceable part of a network in a perfectly ordered human community. Hence, it is important to know where we fit into this web or network.

Our duties in society are defined by our relation with others. To know our duties we have to look carefully at the people we are connected with. Our duties emerge naturally from our family, our neighbourhood, our workplace, our community or our nation. Our role as a parent, a child, a wife, a neighbour, a manager, a citizen, etc. arises from our duty. Once we know our role to the people we are linked with, we can intuitively know what are the right things to do.

For example, if a person is our father, certain emotional and practical claims follow from this relationship. There is a natural link between us, and accordingly, we are obliged to care for him in old age; to listen to his advice even when we think differently; and to regard him with respect.

However, let us suppose that he is not a good father — that he is uneducated, crude, or holds outdated views. Then we have to ask ourselves: Does nature give everyone an ideal father, or just a father? When it comes to our duty as a son or daughter, whatever our father’s nature may be, whatever his personal habits are is secondary. The greater authority has not designed people or circumstance according to our tastes. Whether we find this person to be agreeable or not, he is still our father, and so it is our duty to live up to our obligations.

Suppose we have a brother or sister who treats us badly. Why should that make a difference? We still have a moral obligation to recognise and maintain our fundamental duty to him or her. The key to dharma is not focus on what he or she does, but simply look to ourselves and try to serve the role the greater authority has assigned to us – and to do it to the best of our ability.

True and authentic freedom places demands on you. It requires that you accept the obligations of your role and perform your duties sincerely. So, let others behave as they will; that is not within your control anyway, and so it should not concern you very much. The only question that should concern you is: “What is your duty and are you serving it?”

7. Control your interpretations

When we carry out our actions according to our duty, the greater intelligence or authority will support us. Then, we shall not feel victimised by the words or deeds of others. If others are selfish or ungrateful, we should take it that they are performing their duty poorly. Why should we let that bother us?

Except for extreme physical abuse, other people cannot hurt us unless we allow them to. If we don’t consent to be hurt, we won’t be hurt. Whatever happens in the world outside, it is always up to us to choose how we interpret it. So, our interpretation of events is a choice over which we can have absolute control!

People think of events or people as being good or bad, but we can ask: “What is a good event?” or “What is a bad event?” There is really no such thing. If there is a fire in our enemy’s camp, we may call it a good event. If there is a fire in our camp, we may call it a bad event. Otherwise the event by itself is value neutral. It simply happens. In the same way, there are really no ‘good people’ or ‘bad people’ out there. Each person has come to earth with his or her purpose. For some time destiny brings some people together. Then we find some people to be agreeable and some to be disagreeable.

Hence the rule is: Never react to events. Instead, exercise control over your interpretation of the events. When you can exercise that control, the events cannot hurt you or make you feel sad

8. Serve the greater purpose

When we consider the future, we must understand that all situations and events unfold as they do regardless of how we feel about them. Our hopes and fears sway us, but not the events!

Hence, a wise person does not project his hopes and fears onto the future. Such projections can only generate fantasies. There is a place for planning and making provision for uncertainties. But true preparation for life consists in developing self-control and good personal habits. And to make this preparation, we have to review our actions from time to time so that we can keep them free from the hold of fear, greed, jealousy or neglect.

Do not allow the happenings in your life to distract you from serving your greater purpose. To serve the greater purpose, just keep one question in your mind: “What is the proper thing for me to do right now and how can I get on to doing it?”

For information on the book: Solving the Problems of Life, click here:

BookCoverFor details on the correspondence courses for implementing this philosophy, click here



Advanced Workshops

By Prashant S. Shah,


  1. The Cosmos according to Occult Philosophy
  2. The Cosmic Cycle and the Sign of Our Times
  3. The Way of the Mystic
  4. The Wisdom of the Tao
  5. The Hidden Side of Spiritual Practice
  6. EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy

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The Cosmos according to Occult Philosophy

This workshop gives you an insight into the place of the human being in the cosmos. Here, the human being is a microcosm, a miniature of the cosmos; and the growth of the human being is related to the development of the inner bodies and faculties on the interior planes of the cosmos.

The questions for the workshop are: What is the spiritual purpose of our human life on earth? What are the inner worlds? What is the correspondence between the inner worlds and our subtle bodies? What remains of us after death? How do we grow on the inner planes? What is the cosmos in occult philosophy? What is the law of correspondence? What is the place of ‘the occult’ in spiritual life? What is the nature of occult experiences?


  • How Charles Darwin made a monkey out of us. The evolution of consciousness. The four stages in the evolution of life in the cosmos.
  • The occult constitution of the human being. The inner planes and how we function on them. What develops as we grow spiritually?
  • Occult cosmology: Placing a human being in the cosmos. Microcosm as the little world. Using astrology to illustrate the law of correspondence.
  • The place of ‘the occult’ in spiritual life. Understanding occult experiences.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. An excellent exposition with many sets of examples symbols and charts. Paul Czkevianianc,
  2. (It was) a great course, but there is lots to digest. Very insightful. It gets better and better each time I do this course. Elizabeth,
  3. Prashant’s physical presence and his simple way of saying it wins my trust. The course answered many questions and raised many more! David,
  4. This course was an eye-opener. The discussion was very profound and subtle. I enjoyed the discussion on the correspondence between the planets and the emotional energies the most. Carmen,
  5. Everything was very clear. You have retained the flavour of ancient things while making them accessible to the modern mind. Frank,
  6. (This course was) very interesting. I pointed out the gaps in my practice. When you say these things they seem to be so simple, but when we do the practice we find it is a lot harder. Ludy,

The Cosmic Cycle and the Sign of Our Times

Modern humanity, in the age of science, has made a lot of progress; we all can see it. However, we don’t see what humanity has lost in the process of making this progress. In this workshop we begin by showing this. We evaluate the progress in the modern world from the point of view of the spiritual purpose of human life. The aim is not to be critical of modern developments, but to make you aware of the nature of the challenge that is coming in the near future.

In particular, we show that the world is on the brink of a change in consciousness; and we, as human beings, can either participate in making the changes in ourselves and in society, or we can resist these changes. Further, to participate in these changes we have to prepare ourselves, since the new era demands ‘higher level’ solutions of a different kind. The message of this workshop will be most valuable to people who wish to serve as spiritual workers for the new era.


  • Introduction: The two basic levels of human consciousness; the cosmic cycle; understanding the ‘men of antiquity’; why the present time is called the Dark Age.
  • Spirituality lost: What makes an idea sacred or profane; what is more important, knowing the whole or knowing the parts? Uniformity as the opposite of unity; the false supremacy of reason.
  • Counter spirituality: The decay of religions; confusing the super-conscious with the subconscious; mistaking the occult for the spiritual; the mushrooming growth of pseudo-cults.
  • The New Age: The ending of an era; how to participate in the coming of the new era; towards a change in consciousness; some expected changes in society.

This program is based on the speaker’s book: The Crisis of Modern Humanity.

Some Opinions received:

This was the most vibrant of all the teaching I experienced this time around. It felt as if you reached me directly with no filters. It helped to bolster my optimism about what is coming. I am thankful to be in a state to receive this powerful message. Frank,

The Way of the Mystic

Behind the superficial existence of a leaf there is a greater existence of the tree; in the same way behind our individual and personal consciousness there is the greater consciousness of our soul and then over-soul. The mystics hold that we are spiritual beings, and so our greatest purpose is to bring the soul (our spiritual being) forward in our everyday life. In this workshop you learn how to do that.

You learn to install a presence of the greater consciousness in your mind and involve it in the affairs of your life. When you can do that, you will be guided by the promptings of a spiritual intelligence. It will show you that way; and you won’t be lead astray by the desires of the mind and body. Here we show the issues that arise on the path of mysticism.


  • Basic assumptions of mysticism; relationship between the personal consciousness and the God consciousness
  • The technique of mysticism: making a personal God and learning to attune our mind with it
  • Devotional meditation: making God a reality in our life; living for God’s sake
  • Stages in awakening; stages on the path; dying to the personal self; the doctrine of the mystics

To know more, read the book: ‘The Art of Awakening the Soul’ by Prashant S. Shah. The URL is

Some Opinions received:

  1. This workshop has reinforced my spiritual practice. Now I turn to the Deity often. It has led me to see things from a totally new perspective. Frank,
  2. This is my favourite course. It has really made me go for it. I could rename it as ‘mysticism for practitioners’. Ferdinand,
  3. I have taken this course several times and it has become a major basis of my spiritual practice. Bob,

The Wisdom of the Tao

The Tao is the universal awareness that underlies all things. By aligning our way with the Tao we attain inner freedom, transcendental peace, and deep contentment. However, that is not easy to do since the Tao is very subtle and it can only be grasped when the mind is without personal motives. So, how can we pursue the Tao?

The book ‘Tao Te Ching’ by Lao Tzu points the way: It says, first follow the law of heaven and purify your motives. Next, find a Sage or living master. Then try to follow the ways of the Sage, for the Sage naturally follows the Tao. However, the difficulty arises because the Sages remain disguised in society. So it is not easy to find or recognise a Sage. The master, Lao Tzu, guides us in overcoming this difficulty. He addresses the questions: How do the Sages behave? What is their guiding principle? Why do the Sages value things differently? What is their true attainment? What strategies do they adopt? How do the ways of the Sage differ from those of ordinary folk?


  • On the origin and interpretations of Tao Te Ching; The Taoist concepts
  • Comparing Taoism to other systems; the nature of the Tao; the law of heaven
  • The way of the Sages; Taoist leadership and strategies; and
  • The basic Taoist practices; the need for a spiritual master; spiritual experiences

This course is based on the insights that are developed in the speaker’s book: The Ways of the (Taoist) Sage (under publication) see under Books.

Some Opinions Received:

The old Tao translations I own come nowhere near this exposition. This is seamlessly connected with the rest of the teaching I have been privileged to attend. Frank,

The Hidden Side of Spiritual Practice (Sadhana)

Spiritual practice is not about worshipping Gods, performing rituals; or following some moral precepts. The main aim is to clear the impurities from the mind so that you can mirror the calm, intelligent and balanced state of the higher consciousness.

In this task the techniques of concentration, prayer, meditation, breath control, gazing, etc. can only help you to an extent. To have a real breakthrough you have to overcome the forces inside your nature that RESIST the ways of the higher consciousness. Here you do not work to learn new things. Instead, you work to unlearn many things and to break away from the mindset that binds you to the lower consciousness.

In this workshop first you understand the psychological side of spiritual growth. Next, you observe the mental tendencies that seem to obstruct your spiritual awareness. Then, you learn to overcome these tendencies and clear up the faults in your perceptions. When this work is done you will be able to see yourself, the people and the situations of life better. You will not merely see things as they show themselves, but you will see them as they really are.


  • Introduction: The nature of spiritual quest; quantum learning; place of purification in spiritual life.
  • Working with emotions: Observing the emotions; balancing your perceptions; emotions in relationships.
  • Working with thoughts: The outer mind and its deceptions; introspection and disillusioning.
  • Cleaning the subconscious: The conflicts inside the mind; breaking habits; releasing suppressed emotions; overcoming the mental-self; towards direct awareness.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. This is a great course that makes us aware of where we really are and where we can get to. It has made me aware and watchful of many things. It has removed so many of my illusions! Elizabeth,
  2. (It was) an extraordinary course with a superb presentation. The need to control the emotions instead of justifying them impressed me the most. Some of the exercises were remarkable and I can see some positive changes in me. Carmen,
  3. This course was AA++. There is an immediacy about it — a direct connection, like being plugged into a live source of energy. Frank,
  4. (This course was) very interesting. I pointed out the gaps in my practice. When you say these things they seem to be so simple, but when we do the practice we find it is a lot harder. Ludy,

EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy

EKS is a ‘holistic approach’ to managing your affairs in an ‘open system’. It shows you how to conduct yourself so that you can have sure growth and remain always wanted. This method was originally devised by Wolfgang Mewes of Frankfurt. It is a concerted (simultaneous) application of the energy laws, cybernetic control and a benevolent strategy. An outline of EKS and how we do it is given under ‘TALKS’. Click here

The Course Contents

Course-1: The Basic EKS

Session-1: Introducing Cybernetics and Systems Thinking.

Session-2: Using Strategy and the Energy Laws: Growth, concentration and gap behaviour.

Session-3: Energy Laws continued: Developing into the depth; bottleneck orientation; settling on a target group.

Session-4: Leaning to value of intangible assets; centralised versus cybernetic control; deciding your growth strategy.

Course-2: Advanced Applications of EKS

Session-5: The hierarchy of problems; Specialization; The growth spiral.

Session-6: Socially oriented specialization; finding your social basic-task; demarcating your target group.

Session-7: Locating the bottleneck; having outward looking behaviour; motivation through feedback.

Session-8: An overview of EKS strategy and problems solving.

DURATION: Each session is of two hours. The total duration of Course-1 and Course-2 is 16 hours.

About the Program:

This course was originally devised by Prashant Shah to assist students of the ‘Advanced Management Diploma Program on Energo-Cybernetic-Strategy’ (called EKS), which was then conducted jointly by the Baroda Productivity Council and Mewes Systems of Frankfurt, Germany.

Over the years he has conducted this program for many groups in India and USA. He uses this EKS method to help people solve their personal, professional and business problems. This method is very striking, simple to understand, and easy to use. The best part, however, is that if you follow it consistently, it always works.

What Our Participants Say:

  1. You got all of us charged up. Now we use ‘bottleneck’, ‘concentration’, ‘gap’, ‘feedback’, etc. in our routine discussions. We look forward to having a refresher program when you visit next year. (Asheem Aggarwal, Chief Guru, New York).
  2. I took your workshop only because a friend had recommended it very strongly. I expected to get some up-to-date ideas. However, I was totally amazed. This is a totally new way of looking at the issues of growth and success. Your presentation was very clear and enjoyable. The catchy words that you use make these difficult concepts easy to grasp. I’m happy I took this course. (KS, Management Consultant, Bombay).
  3. This systems approach to management makes the issues of our business extremely clear. The program was much superior to the other (management) programs that we’ve had. It has really boosted our confidence. (N. C. Mehta, CEO, Bell Ceramics, Baroda).
  4. Your course was very insightful. In many places it consisted in simply putting already known, but disparate concepts, in one cohesive framework… It has opened my eyes to the fact that things happen of their own, and more often we are facilitators to a process that is happening with or without us! (A.H., Partner in financial business, New York).
  5. Your words are now engraved in my mind: “Develop your unique strength, grow into the gap between others, find superior solutions to the problems of your target group, and concentrate your efforts on removing the bottleneck.” Truly, I feel very confident. Thank you very much. (NMD, Works Manager, Bombay.)



Introductory (Spiritual) Workshops

Participants in New York, 2011

Conducted by Prashant S. Shah,


  1. Understanding Karma and Destiny
  2. Concentration and Mind Training
  3. The Art of Succeeding with People
  4. Holistic Health and Healing
  5. Living by intuition
  6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus
  7. The Biochemic Way to Health

 1. Understanding Karma and Destiny

People often ask: “Why are we born in a particular country or family? Why are some people healthy, rich or successful whereas some others are handicapped, poor or unfortunate? Why do we easily forge bonds with some people and find it so difficult to get on with some others? Why do some of us have an easy life while others have to struggle all the way?”

You can understand many such things by considering the Law of Karma. The law tells us that much of the destiny we experience today is the result of what we had done in the past; that we have all along been shaping our destiny, but earlier we were not aware of the process. In this workshop you understand the law of karma and how to use it to remove the unnecessary suffering from your life.

When you are ignorant of this law you make mistakes that violate the law. Then you suffer the consequences. As you develop some awareness of the law you conduct yourself better. Then you make fewer violations, and it reduces your suffering and helplessness. When you acquire mastery over this law you become the CAPTAIN of your ship. Then you can steer around the obstacles in your life and become a source of happiness to yourself.

The discussion is directed to the questions: What are the causes behind the events of my life? Is there natural justice or do I have to fight for my rights in society? When I faced with different choices, what criteria will guide me in making the correct choice? How can I learn to live a happy, meaningful and a fulfilling life?


  • Law of cause and effect. The necessity of making the correct choice.
  • Justice and the law of exchange. The moral law, laws of nature and man-made laws.
  • Predestination and free will. Karma in public life. Karma and the art of living.
  • Karma in relationships; nature’s memory; karma and reincarnation; the law of providence

Some Opinions received:

  1. I see some karmic debts that I have to repay and I’m going to set right some balances. Frank,
  2. This course has great wisdom. It’s very well organised and you explained these very subtle issues in a very simple and interesting manner. Ludy,
  3. Excellent – I understand that we are not here to move around as an unwinding doll. There is a cause and effect for everything and we how we play always makes the difference. Carmen,
  4. This is my favourite course. I’ve done it again and will do it again in the future. It has put my whole life in perspective, and now I understand how to give direction to my life. David,
  5. Each time I do this course I hear it from a different angle and so it has grown to be much more valuable. Bob,
  6. This course shows how our current thoughts and actions create our destiny. Hence, we can overcome anxiety of the future by exercising control over our present actions. The course is deep and profoundly transforming. Madanda, mgmachayya

 2. Concentration and Mind Training

The fine art of succeeding with yourself

In this workshop you learn the art of concentration and use it to develop your inner life. The inner life is important since your happiness and well-being depends more on your thoughts and emotions, and less on your external circumstances.

First, you learn to concentrate and take control over your attention. Next, you become aware of the influence of thoughts and emotions in your life. Then you exercise your control over the negative thoughts and emotions that occupy your mind. It will develop your ability to think clearly, to understand things better, and to be more focused on whatever you do.

In this workshop you learn to:

  • Concentrate the mind through chanting
  • Use concentration in everyday life
  • Develop your will-power through steady gazing
  • Deal with negative thoughts
  • Use thought power
  • Overcome negative emotions

This program is conducted in 8 hours (4 sessions of 2 hours each). If you need assistance in implementing these ideas, kindly read Mind-Training and Meditation under ‘Correspondence Courses’. We also have an interesting book on the subject: ‘Solving the Problems of Life’ by Prashant S. Shah; the URL is

Some Opinions received:

  1. Shah is a cheerful teacher who shares his knowledge in a light hearted and easy-to-learn manner. I highly recommend his sessions. Edrina Rush,
  2. Shah is a true master of his teachings. You have to see to believe. Yvette Koshab
  3. I’m very happy with the delivery and content of this workshop. I got a lot of benefit from doing this workshop. Shawn Edwards,
  4. The topic was difficult, but it was delivered very simply and very well. Tokes Coker,
  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and recommend it highly for life enhancement. Jessica Hothersall,
  6. This course on spiritual yoga was actually what I was seeking for furthering my spiritual journey. Now I’m really looking forward to the advanced course. Beryl Ross,
  7. Shah is the real deal. He is precise and has crystal clear clarity of thought. It is a great program for those who are ready for it. Marcus Ubl,
  8. The speaker was very clear and concise. I think I will be able to use these practices to bring changes in my life. Please organise other workshops with this speaker. Sri Spencer,
  9. This was the best speaker. Dr. Shah puts over complex ideas in an interesting way that allows them to be easily grasped. Linda Camping,
  10. I was surprised at how useful the course content was. The whole concept of dealing with thoughts and emotions was mind-blowing. Shana,
  11. This course made me appreciate many things that I used to take for granted. Elizabeth,
  12. Now I have a clear focus — yoga is for achieving something greater than the ambitions of the mind and body. It is like going beyond the mind. Ludy,
  13. I understood the importance of withdrawing from the outer noise and focusing on my inner life. I think now I know how to put my inner things in order. Carmen,
  14. You’ve given us a very refreshing and unusual insight into Yoga. I’m eager to put all this wisdom into practice. David,
  15. This time (third) it was a relearning experience. It has inspired me to renew my commitment to my practice. Bob,

 3. The Art of Succeeding with People

Learning Interpersonal Skills

Most of our life is an INTERDEPENDENT reality. We have to work with people, live with people and deal with people. At work we work with partners, in teams and with associates. Very often our situation is that we share responsibility with others, but we don’t have the authority to direct them. Hence, if we are not skillful, we experience many difficulties in getting things done through others. The saying is: “The people problems are the worst!

Skill in dealing with people is very valuable for everyone in society — for a businessman, a professional, a colleague, a housewife, and a member of any group in society. This ability becomes increasingly important as we occupy the higher positions in the social system. Businessman J. D. Rockefeller once said: “I will pay more for that ability (to succeed with people) than for any other under the sun.”

In this workshop you learn the art of dealing with people effectively to generate win-win solutions. Further, you learn to leverage your skills such that the rewards are much greater than the effort. The guidelines are easy to understand, but they will make a BIG DIFFERENCE in your relationships at work and in your personal life only when you apply them consistently.


  • The importance of interpersonal skills
  • The psychology of the other person
  • The art of negotiation
  • Man and woman relationships
  • The win-win option
  • The stages in maturity
  • Teamwork

Some Opinions received:

  1. This was the best course. I got the most from it. It really answered the questions that have been puzzling me for years. This workshop was practical, useful and a lot of fun. (Robert Leyster of Lester Watson Inc. New York.
  2. I’ve stopped wanting people around me to change to fit to what I want. Now I try to see what they want of me. I also see the importance of giving space to other people to be as they want to be. Frank,
  3. This workshop goes far beyond the obvious. I’ve learnt to be more tolerant, tending and caring. Elizabeth,
  4. This course was really empowering. All my faults in dealing with others have become obvious. Now I’m going to change some things. Carmen,
  5. This is the second time I’ve done this course and I am glad to say that it has really helped me in fine tuning my ability in deal with people. It has made me much more effective. David,
  6. You really tied up these things very well. I’ve been reading this (self-help) stuff for a long time, but your course has cleared up most of my doubts. The ideas are very clear now and I feel confident that I can get them to work. (N. C. Mehta, CEO, Bell Ceramics, Baroda).
  7. I like your style of presentation — very direct, precise and to the point. You made these very complicated and confusing things seem very simple. I really enjoyed both of your programs. However, I wish I could have you convey this message to my boss! (KYA, New York)
  8. I found this course to be very revealing. I’ve read many psychology books, but the understanding that you provided here was very clear. I felt you were speaking directly to me and addressing my issues. (S. Gopalkrishana, Plant Superintendent, Baroda)

4. Holistic Health and Healing

A Simple Solution to your Health Problems

Your health is always your concern and not the doctor’s concern. However, today people are given to believe that their health depends on doctors and the medical system. It has made them very dependent on the medical profession. On the other hand the health care system has become very expensive, highly specialised and too technical to be comprehended by the common man. Hence, the people feel helpless, confused and vulnerable.

However, if you don’t look upon your health as something that depends on the progress of modern sciences, you can think holistically and learn simple ways to heal yourself and maintain your health. Here you learn how to maintain or restore your health WITHOUT depending on medicines or the medical profession.


  • Holistic healing: healing vs. curing; the complications that arise from suppressing symptoms
  • Understanding the process of healing in terms of the vital force and toxaemia
  • Simple ways to detox the body: Fasting; water cure; the cleansing diets; and the no breakfast diet

The workshop is based on the book ‘Healing without Drugs’ by Prashant S. Shah. The URL is

Some Opinions Received:

  1. (It was) a very interesting presentation; a most welcome and rare insight into the science of health and healing. I say it is A++. Elizabeth,
  2. I’ve read of the concept of toxins before, but now I really understand its implications on my health and recovery. David,
  3. The effect of not eating the right kind of food and the consequences of increase in the toxin level in the cells was very well explained. This certainly becomes more important in old age. Carmen,
  4. (It was) a superb discussion — very practical and accessible. Frank,
  5. Both the book and the course presentation were very good. However, the presentation filled in many gaps that arose when I read the book. Now the ideas have become very clear and more workable. Ludy,

5. Living by Intuition

Intuition is the guiding voice of the soul. When we listen to our intuition, our life becomes more interesting; we see a purpose to everything; and we feel a sense of wonder. Although everyone is intuitive to an extent, this ability can be greatly enhanced by doing some spiritual practices.

The basic step for becoming intuitive is to shift the focus of our life from our ordinary nature, which is governed by mental preferences, to our higher nature, which sees the ways of the soul. Once we get into a condition where we can spontaneously call for intuition, we can allow it to guide our actions and give a deeper meaning and purpose to our life.


  • Installing the spiritual seed; creating the necessary mental space; some preparation & results
  • Considering intuition as coming from a higher intelligence; how to make your intuition reliable
  • Purifying the mind and correcting the disturbances arising from the mental-self
  • The place of self-consciousness & intuition in occult philosophy

6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus

Traditional wisdom is concerned the knowledge of the higher worlds and its attainment; and insight into the higher purpose of human existence. This knowledge was originally uncovered through the higher faculties that were developed by the ancient Sages. They passed down this knowledge through a tradition, and the people know of it as doctrines, beliefs and practices.

The past century has seen explosive developments based on a materialistic attitude. Correspondingly, the interest in pursuing the spiritual goal of life has become lost. The light of the spiritual heritage in humanity has become dim, and it may become lost to future generations. However, what was so great about this heritage that it had been fancied by many great men through the centuries? Here we show the tradition of the men of antiquity that prevailed in ancient India.


  • The law of karma; whatever happens is justice
  • Dharma; freedom and contentment through dharma
  • Situating the modern times; seeing the modern world through traditional eyes
  • Marriages modern and traditional; traditional learning

7. The Biochemic Way to Health

Biochemic medicine was discovered by Dr. Schuessler (a homeopath) over a hundred years ago. From the ashes of the human body he identified twelve mineral salts that are essential for health. Whenever there is a deficiency of any of these salts in the body tissues, certain typical symptoms arise. You can use these symptoms to identify the specific mineral salt related deficiency in the body. Then all you have to do is to supplement the tissue-salt in a dynamic form (6X potency), and the body will on its own return to natural health.

Here you learn how different kinds of functional disorders arise in our body and how to relate them to the specific ‘biochemical remedies’. We take up some typical cases (common disorders) for discussion and show you how to use the book: The Biochemic Prescriber. (Kindle online store: and on Amazon online store:

The book can be read within one hour; you can begin to use it immediately to treat common ailments and constitutional disorders. In this way you can help yourself, your family and friends.


  • The concept of holistic healing and how the system of biochemic tissue salts fits in
  • An outline of the guiding symptoms and the leading remedies for common ailments
  • Treating constitution disorders with biochemic tissue salts. Some practical cases


A Pilgrimage Into the Higher Worlds

Copyright © 2010, Prashant S. Shah;

Our mind directs our attention outward, towards things in the external world. Hence, we do not see interior world or understand the realities of inner life. And as a result we are confused about what we have come to do on earth. To understand the deeper purpose of our life and the mystery of the interior worlds, we have to journey into our interior, into the deeper realms of our own consciousness. What happens when we undertake this journey?


  1. What is our condition at the beginning?
  2. How can we get control over our attention?
  3. What is the subconscious?
  4. What do we see in the subconscious?
  5. What happens when these entities are overcome?
  6. What is spiritual awakening?
  7. What is the main purpose of the separate awareness?
  8. What happens when our awareness goes beyond the mind?


1. What is our condition at the beginning?

We begin our journey by withdrawing our attention from outer things and directing it inward, towards our interior. At first this is very difficult to do. Our mind is like a restless monkey. It continuously distracts us with outer things. As a result our attention keeps on jumping from one subject to another. In this condition our awareness is superficial since we cannot dwell long enough on anything to really understand it. Our attention is continuously distracted by the hopes, expectations, cravings, aversions and fears in the mind.

2. How can we get control over our attention?

We change all this by learning to concentrate. The practice of concentration brings together all the scattered forces of our attention and integrates them with our will. And that develops our power of intention.

As our concentration improves we get better control over our attention. Then we can begin to exercise our control over the thoughts and emotions that dwell in our mind. We can accept the thoughts and emotions that we want and reject the thoughts and emotions that we do not want. Whatever we reject cannot hold on in our mind. With this practice we can remove many distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions from our mind.

Gradually we get concentrated at will. Our mind becomes calm and alert. We can dwell for a longer period on any thought and observe it carefully. Further, we can begin to look into the mind-set of ourselves and anything.

What happens when we can observe our mind-set? We can see the habits and tendencies that decide our behaviour. We see how the forces inside our mind decide how we think, feel and believe. Now we know that before we can perceive things truly we must become sufficiently free from the influence of the habits and tendencies generated by our mind-set. If we are not sufficiently free, the habits and tendencies will generate illusions that deceive us.

So we try to change these habits and tendencies through the force of intention. However, initially we succeed in only making some superficial or cosmetic changes. This happens because the forces at the surface of the mind are rooted in the subconscious, where we do not see clearly. Hence, we are unable to use our will power effectively in this region. We can change some things, but we are unable to uproot them.

3. What is the subconscious?

The subconscious is a dark region of our mind. It is called ‘dark’ because it is filled with forces that we cannot observe clearly from the surface mind.

Thus, when we take a superficial view of our nature, we cannot understand the complexity of the task. We cannot know how our thoughts, emotions and desires connect up inside the mind to keep their hold on our nature. We cannot see the forces that have developed our mind-set. We find it easier to assume that we are just made like that. And that attitude allows the forces in our subconscious to have a ‘free play’. They resist change and decide our behaviour, urges and philosophies!

However, once the power of our concentration is sufficient, we can take the light of our awareness and the power of our will into the subconscious. Then we can observe and act upon these forces.

4. What do we see in the subconscious?

The subconscious is filled with our hidden desires and suppressed emotions. These forces are involved with us, and hence we indulge in them from time to time and justify having them. And that further empowers these forces.

To change a small tendency may seem to be a simple task from the surface mind. However when we can see working of the forces in the subconscious we begin to appreciate the complexity of it all. We see the connections, associations and alliances the force has made in the subconscious.

Once our concentration is sufficient, we get the power to withhold our attention from thoughts and emotions. And we can use this power to entangle the web of forces in our subconscious.

We begin by observing these forces disinterestedly, without getting swayed by them. What do we see? We see the ‘entities’ or parasites that dwell within us. We see how they feed on our attention and the hold they have over our vital urges, inclinations, imagination and mind-set. When we can see this clearly, we can begin to exercise our control over them.

To control these forces, first we have to isolate them. We must find their connections in our mind and disconnect them. It will reduce their power. Initially these entities live like lions inside our subconscious. But as we reduce their power they become like mice. We cannot throw out the lions, but we can close up the mouse holes. Then these entities lose their power to move us by their suggestions; they cannot decide our behaviour or to make us dance to their tune.

However, these entities will not give in without putting up a fight. They may try to seduce us into believing that a life without indulging in them will be dull, dry and uninteresting. If we get taken in by such suggestions, we once again begin to entertain the related thoughts and emotions and give them power. Then these entities get the right to continue or persist. It is expected that there will be many battles inside the mind and for some time we have to endure the struggle.

5. What happens when these entities are overcome?

When we overcome some of the entities in our subconscious, it adds power to our will. Then it becomes easier for us to overcome other deep rooted entities within our nature. The process must continue until we have overcome all the contradictory forces inside our subconscious.

What happens when we overcome these entities? Then our internal conflicts, aversions and reactions disappear. The forces in the subconscious do not project illusions that deceive us and scatter our force. There is no wish or fear projection to disturb our perceptions. The light of our intellect will pass through the subconscious and allow us to see things as they really are, without adding to or subtracting from them.

In the earlier stages of our spiritual practice we had to make an effort to concentrate. Now our attention is free from the blind forces in the subconscious. Hence, the effort ceases. We can get into the concentrated state ‘at will’. Gradually our mind stays in the concentrated state.

6. What is spiritual awakening?

The concentrated state gradually develops a ‘Separate Awareness’ within us. Something separates within our consciousness and we can mirror it. Through it we become aware of everything from a wide and multidimensional point of view.

Initially the ‘separate awareness’ remains in the background and we can only access it by concentrating upon it. We use it to clarify our thoughts and get intuitive directions in our life situations. However, the intuition in the early stages comes to us in flashes or pieces. Then, we try to put the pieces together logically. However, in this attempt we often make the mistake of filling in with our preconceptions.

Our intuition becomes more reliable as we learn to function with the separate awareness and depend less on our mental inferences.

7. What is the main purpose of the separate awareness?

The separate awareness greatly enlarges the field of our knowledge and action. It allows us to observe the ‘mind of things’. We can perceive the inner quality and hidden motives. We can also act upon the balance of forces on the inner plane and influence the events that are trying to happen.

However, the true purpose of the separate awareness is not to get lost in the phenomena of the outer life, but to attune all the forces within our nature with the ways of the higher consciousness. This process lifts the state of our being and changes how we function inside.

8. What happens when our awareness goes beyond the mind?

As we progress spiritually our awareness begins to recede inward. It makes us more conscious of the interior world. Gradually subtle faculties arise and we can consciously travel in the interior worlds. The journey passes though many stations. At every station a new mystery is revealed, and our consciousness becomes more integrated and is less bound to our person.

At a certain point in the journey something turns over within our consciousness and we begin to see from behind the veil. Now we do not merely reflect the separate awareness, but are able to awaken in it. We find that this consciousness is a whole and complete, and that it is not limited by our personal nature in any way. Now the automatic subconscious processes of our mind get discontinued. Earlier we were led by social values and mental-inferences. Now we do not require them to function. We can draw contentment from the inner life and are not obliged to seek it through things of the outer world.

Alchemy through Yoga

Adapted from the book ‘The Art of Awakening the Soul’ © 2011, Prashant S. Shah;

Alchemy is the process of transforming lead, your ordinary nature, into gold, a spiritual being. How does Yoga accomplish the task of Alchemy? This article describes the actual process of transformation in very simple words. It will help you understand the Hermetic Wisdom as described in the Emerald Tablet.



  1. The world as consciousness
  2. What limitations arise due to identification?
  3. What are the two parts of our being in Alchemy?
  4. What is BONDAGE for the soul?
  5. What is SEPARATION in alchemy?
  6. What is PURIFICATION?

1. The world as consciousness

Consciousness is the basic stuff and the creative essence of the universe. The movement of consciousness creates the universe and all that is in it. The same consciousness that manifests as the universe also manifests as the soul of every individual form that arises in it. Hence, the metaphysical structure of the world is like a ‘woven fabric’, wherein the subject consciousness (as the essence) is the vertical thread, and objectified consciousness (as the substance) is the horizontal thread.

Since consciousness is everywhere, all true knowing is by consciousness in one form relating with consciousness in another form. Everything can be known in this way. However, in the human condition consciousness is limited due to its identification with the activities of a mind and body. With this ‘bound consciousness’ or the mental consciousness, we cannot become aware of anything directly.

Thus, with the mind we can only know things INDIRECTLY, through inference and interpretation. This indirect, semi-conscious and roundabout way of figuring things out is called ‘mental knowledge’. It reduces the awareness of our inner being (soul) to merely a ‘level of perception’. The particular level of our perception will depend on what our consciousness is attached to or associated with, and on our conditioning.

Alchemy speaks of purifying lead and transforming it into gold. In the spiritual context, it is the process of SHIFTING our awareness from being a narrow and inferring mental-consciousness, to becoming a wider and directly aware soul-consciousness.

2. What limitations arise due to identification?

Identification with the body causes us to experience physical fears and sensual desires. Identification with the mind imposes its habits and conditioning upon our awareness. Further, the mental-self that arises due to this identification keeps us engaged with personal thoughts, which reinforce our separate identity. Hence, in this (normal) condition we helplessly focus on ‘me’, ‘my story’, ‘my likes’, ‘my fears’, ‘my desires’, ‘my way’, ‘my possessions’, etc. All these things reduce the transparency of our mind and the clarity of our awareness.

3. What are the two parts of our being in Alchemy?

When we carefully examine the subjective experience inside our mind during spiritual practice, we can notice two distinct parts of our being. There is something that sees, which we take to represent our SOUL and there is something that thinks and does, which we take to represent our NATURE. We find the observer consciousness is calm and reflective, whereas the doer or thinker consciousness is restless and constantly trying to do something. We discuss the process of spiritual alchemy by relating these two parts of our being.

4. What is bondage for the soul?

In the beginning of our spiritual pursuit these two parts of our mental consciousness are connected, wherein the nature or the doer consciousness is active and acts out of its own impulse. Hence, our nature dominates and the soul merely acts as a witness of the actions performed by our nature. Thus, the soul is passive, like a helpless observer. It has very little say in the decisions and actions of our nature. In this condition the soul has to endure its association with our nature. Hence, it is the condition of BONDAGE for the soul.

5. What is separation in alchemy?

As we continue the spiritual practice, at some stage we become aware of the true nature of this inner relationship between our soul and nature. We find that although our nature acts out of its own impulse, it seeks and must have the attention of the soul. In the initial stages it would take or draw this attention automatically. However, once the soul begins to awaken inside our mind as a consequence of inner maturing, we find that the soul has the power to withhold its attention. We can identify with the soul and withhold our attention. Then we can also remain peaceful and unaffected by the movements of our nature.

To experience this soul consciousness we have to find something within us that is independent of the continuously changing forms of life and begin to associate ourselves with it. It will give us the power to withhold our attention from the movements of our nature. By keeping a hold on our attention, we can SEPARATE ourselves from the activities of our nature and become unaffected by it.

6. What is purification?

Once we have experienced the soul, we know that it is an independent consciousness, whereas our nature is a derived consciousness that arises from it and depends upon it. The new situation is that our nature needs the attention of the soul to sustain itself, whereas the soul has the power to withhold this attention. Once we know the power of the soul and the dependency of our nature, we can use the ‘seeing of the soul’ to approve or disapprove the actions of our nature.

Thus, whenever our nature acts against the wishes of the soul, the soul can disapprove and reject that movement. Our nature may resist our decision, but it is ultimately bound to obey and correct that movement.

In practical terms it means that we can PURIFY or refine the ways of our nature by withdrawing our attention from the predispositions generated by our body and mind. In this way we can make our nature act according to the wishes of the soul. Thus, we can use the power of observation to correct and remake the habits, tendencies and conditioning of our nature.

Spiritual Alchemy uses the alternate processes of ‘separation’ and ‘purification’ to TRANSFORM the ways of our nature.

7. What is transformation?

Gradually our nature begins to act according to the wishes of the soul, and the soul begins to sanction and accept all the actions that our nature performs. We must continue the process until there are no contradictions within us that divide our consciousness. Then our soul and nature dance to one tune. An inner unity arises in which the soul and our nature act with one consciousness. This process unites the divisions within our consciousness, and hence it is called ‘MATING’ in consciousness.

Alchemy uses this inner mating to break down all the divisions that exist within our consciousness. At a particular stage of this process a new and undivided consciousness arises, which is totally different from our earlier mental consciousness. Here the processes of thinking, willing and feeling that earlier sustained our mental activity become separate and our awareness is LIBERATED from bondage to the mind.

The Purpose of Our Life

© 2010-17, Prashant S. Shah,

There is a spiritual presence that stands behind our person and oversees our activities. It understands all things, and it also oversees the happenings in the world. We can learn to relate with this spiritual presence and bring it forward in our life. This is the spiritual purpose of our life.

Here, we refer to it as our higher-level consciousness. We contrast it with the ordinary (mental) consciousness to show what happens as the higher consciousness awakens in our (inner) life. Then we address the issues of finding our purpose in life and the conditions under which we are to do it.


  • The two levels of consciousness
  • The process of spiritual growth
  • The purpose of our life
  • The coming of the New Era
  • How can I participate?
  • On promoting a Spiritual Mission

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The two levels of our consciousness

Throughout our life on earth our mind reflects two levels of consciousness (the ordinary and the higher level). The ordinary level mainly reflects the desires in our mind and body; and the higher level mainly reflects the impulses got from our soul and the over-soul or God.

When we function at the ORDINARY level, we are attached to our mind and body. We experience ourselves as a ‘mental-self’, which is simply a self in the mind. This mental-self causes us to live mainly to satisfy the desires in our mind and body. Hence, we keep looking for comforts, pleasures, possessions and recognition in the outer world. We want to own a posh house; we want to eat tasty food; and we measure our success by how well we stack up against others.

In society, at the ordinary level we experience our ‘GROUP IDENTITY’. When we serve the group identity, we move beyond the boundaries of our personal selfishness and include the feeling of others in our group. In this way we identify with our family members, with our work associates, with the followers of our religion, and with the people of our community. Thus, the group identity enlarges our concern, and that causes us to think that we are serving the higher consciousness. That can happen sometimes, but more often the group identity merely replaces our personal selfishness. And the group identity can also make us behave in ways that are more degrading than mere selfishness (as in terrorism).

What happens when we can function at the HIGHER level? Then we experience a ‘sense of unity’ and we hear the ‘voice of our conscience’. The sense of UNITY makes us feel that as human beings we are like children of the same father. Thus, we feel kindness towards others; we cannot be cruel or insensitive towards them; and we cannot solve our problems by making them someone else’s problems. Even the idea of competition makes us uncomfortable. So we try to replace it with the feeling of cooperation and coexistence. The voice of our conscience on the other hand gives direction our motives. We learn to live a disinterested life and serve a higher purpose in whatever we do.

The Process of Spiritual Growth

Both the ordinary and the higher level of consciousness are always reflected in our mind. However, initially we function mainly at the ordinary level. That is, we serve the mental-self. It simply keeps us preoccupied with physical activity and egoistic pursuits.

Our spiritual being also shows its presence by mirroring a higher level consciousness in our mind. However, we give so little attention to it that in most of us it appears as something vague, hesitant or far removed. And as a result we do not experience the ‘unity principle’; our ‘truth sense’ is weak; and we cannot perceive any ‘deeper purpose’ to our life.

To grow spiritually, we have to REVERSE this situation. How? We can do that by simply changing our ‘point of view’! Instead of looking upon everything from the ordinary level, and giving an ordinary meaning to higher things, we have to begin to look upon everything from the higher level, and try to give a greater significance to higher things. When we can do it sufficiently, it changes our ‘level’ our perception. It changes ‘from where’ we see and ‘what depth’ we see from.

Gradually we begin to see everything as a part of a much LARGER PICTURE: We are able to situate everything correctly; we can find the proper place for each thing; we can look deeper into the happenings in our life and in the world; and we can recognise the true motives behind the actions of people and happenings. As a result we are not easily deceived by outer appearances.

The Purpose of our life

When we can mirror the higher consciousness in our mind we can intuitively sense a deeper purpose to our life, but when we function mainly with the ordinary consciousness, we only hear the voice of our mental-self. It says: “Play it safe and do as others are doing. Don’t try to be original or take unnecessary risks — you may face rejection or fail.” However, when we follow the ordinary consciousness we live as a pretender or worse, as a commuter — someone who gets up every morning with the crowd and does the job just to earn money to pay the bills. We may have a comfortable life, be able to pay our bills on time, and do everything by the book. But after doing all this we still feel that such a life is not worth living. We do not feel enthusiastic about living in this way.

On the other hand when we reflect the higher consciousness in our mind we feel happy to know that there is much more to our life than being a commuter; there is some deeper purpose for which we have come to earth, and unless we can find it and serve it, we cannot be at peace with ourselves or feel fulfilled. When we feel like this sufficiently, we ask: “What is the deeper purpose of my life? What is my mission? What is the work I have come to do?”

Most people think of finding life’s work in terms of career choices. However, truly speaking it is more like involving the higher consciousness in our work or in the tasks we do. The aim is to simply make our mind receptive to the higher consciousness so that we can use it to reorganise our inner-life. The task is complex and each one of us has to uncover the complex answers, not intellectually, but through the process of actually living the life. We begin by finding the answers to our more proximate issues and, after our understanding has matured through this process, we can focus on the ultimate issues.

When people take up spiritual practice they often ask: “What happens if my practice is not successful?” However, when you pursue the goal sincerely, failure or success is not the issue. The task is to simply serve a higher consciousness. As you do that the effort itself becomes sacred, and the work itself becomes a privilege. Failure or success is only a mental judgement that you make against some expectation. In the true sense your failure is not pursuing what you have come to do here on earth!

The Coming of the New Era

In the book ‘The Crisis of Modern Humanity’ we had written extensively about the Cosmic Cycle and the Signs of Our Times. We indicated that the modern trend is to negate the spiritual or make it seem ordinary or psychological. This trend was expected to reach a ‘critical point’, at which a radical change in orientation was expected. It would transform the conditions and purposes with which people live on earth. Something similar has also been declared by many visionaries over the past century. We return to this discussion because the critical point is close. Our purpose is not to frighten our readers, but to help them prepare and the world through them for a smooth transition into a new era. We expect that the fear based systems that prevail today will be replaced in the next era by systems based on the conscience and higher perceptions.

At present the world is dominated by the ordinary-level consciousness. It can be seen in the selfishness, greed and falsehoods that prevail in our modern society. However, such traits are not expected to survive in the new era since the new era will be founded on the higher-level consciousness, which expresses a higher-level truth and the unity in human consciousness. Hence, to participate in the new era, we have to cultivate these spiritual qualities in our inner life. If we remain motivated by selfishness, greed and falsehood, we will naturally find it difficult to be sharing, caring and sincere. The extent of our difficulty will depend on the traits we have developed so far and on how enthusiastic we are in making the necessary changes. Thus, our difficulties will not be caused by the new era. They will arise due to our attachment to the ways of the ordinary-level consciousness, which is the modern life-style.

Today all kinds of practices thrive under the banner of ‘New Age Practices’. To name a few, you have past-life regression therapy, psychoanalysis, tantric sex, scientology, pyramid therapy, magic and elaborate ritual practices. Many shops have come up that sell the ‘New Age Products’ and there are many ‘New Age Gurus’ who market their ‘brand’ of spirituality. The symbols and techniques that were once used for bringing about spiritual purification have today been hijacked by people who use them with the opposite motives – to pursue their egoistic and mundane goals. The title of ‘New Age’ has also become a brand for generating business opportunities!

Much of the ‘New Age Information’ is propagated through the internet. Much of it is cleverly distorted and adapted to promote commercial interests or to gain cheap popularity. It is sometimes asked: “Why do you hold that true spirituality cannot become popular with the masses?” Popularity requires a wide base; and the masses, particularly in the modern times, are most uncomprehending. Hence, if something has to be made popular, it has to be brought down to the level of comprehension of the masses. Instead, spirituality seeks to lift up the level of consciousness; and that naturally makes it unpopular with the masses. It is admitted that the people who live by selfishness, greed, sensuality, corruption and falsehood will certainly find it difficult to function in the new era. Their personal value system will collapse and they will find it difficult to adapt themselves to the new (higher) value system. Hence, they will fall out.

However, there are many people who are willing to accept the terms of the new era. They want to participate in the change that is happening without getting disoriented. Here we address them. When the critical point arrives each one of us will have to make a DECISIVE CHOICE. Either we go along with the spirit of the New Era (by overcoming the obstructions caused by our lower nature and our attachment to the ordinary life) or we continue to live according to the ordinary-level consciousness. If we choose the former, we shall catch the current and be lifted. If we ignore this choice, we can face rejection.

How can I Participate?

Many of our students have asked us this question in one way or another. They want to know how they can participate in the arrival of the new era. Perhaps this is question is common to our readers, and hence we attempt to make a reply.

The ordinary-level consciousness that dominates the modern world today will become dysfunctional in the new era. When we function at the ordinary level without the higher–level influence, we become selfish and cunning. This trend in the modern times has dehumanised the social life. It has mechanised the life in society and generated monstrous growths that that are seen in the form of insanity, cruelty, corruption, and vulgar entertainment. These monsters are not due to the ordinary-level consciousness itself, but they arise from below. The ordinary-level consciousness only serves to cut off from person from a higher influence. Then the ‘natural sense’ is lost and the person is easily swayed by the influences that arise from below (from the neither worlds). Accordingly, many strange new things have arisen in the modern world, and they are being justified in the name of freedom! Such things only show the decay in spirit, the decay in thought, and the decay in public life — at least from the spiritual point-of-view.

We have to begin by reversing this trend within ourselves. Then we can extend ‘our presence’ in the society we are involved with. The tendency to pervert reverses automatically when we keep open our mind attached to the higher-level consciousness. Then the narrow concern, the inability to discriminate in matters of life, and the cruelty that is generated by the ordinary-level consciousness of our times quickly gets replaced by the wider concern, the truth-sense and the kindness that arises from the higher level.

The KEY idea of Spirituality is that wisdom and the higher values of life arise naturally in our mind when we make it responsive to a higher or spiritual consciousness. Thus, wisdom is not the result of developing our ordinary consciousness, as in modern education! It is the result of disciplining the mind and making it responsive to the higher consciousness. No amount of supervision or legislature can curb personal and social evils. It can only be brought about by involving the higher consciousness in our life. And we can do that by learning to serve the higher consciousness rather than remaining indifferent to it. The higher consciousness will then lift our thinking, our values and our inner worth. It will help us in reorganising our nature and use our presence to transform the social systems we are involved with. In this way we can participate in establishing the higher consciousness on earth.

On Promoting a Spiritual Mission

The primary aim of any mission is to spread its message so that it can REACH the people who are capable of using it. The auxiliary aim is to provide a ‘support service’ to those who want to IMPLEMENT the message in their life.

However, for a mission to remain genuine, it has to also employ means that are in harmony with its aim. And that raises the question of motivation: “Should the mission be run as a business for profit or as a non-profit (not non-profitable) organisation?

What is the difference? When a business gets focused on generating profits, it attract profiteers and people who side-track the organisation onto selling. A non-profit organisation, on the other hand, can focus on providing genuine value without indulging in false promises or deceptions just to improve the numbers. However, it will lack the means (money) to carry out its mission.

What are the implications? You have to invite people who want to ‘serve the cause’ and not encourage those who come with the ulterior aim of using the opportunity for business. The people should be shown the qualitative benefits and not the quantitative (financial) rewards. If their motivation is insufficient, it is better they don’t join. When people with ulterior motives are involved, many contradictions arise. Then, the ends seem to justify the means employed.

Courses for Spiritual Awakening

A Brochure describing the Spiritual Courses conducted through the Internet by Darshana Centre. Here you will get personal attention.


Introducing the inner life

The Courses:

1: Mind Training & Meditation

2: Mantra Yoga

3: Yoga-Mysticism

4: Advanced Spiritual Practice

Advantages of learning through Correspondence

About Darshana Centre

An Invitation

Guidelines for Admission


Introducing the Inner Life

We are born on earth with a mind that directs our attention outward towards things. Hence, we do not see the inner life and we seek our satisfaction from the outside — by having things of the outer world. Thus, we chase comforts, pleasures and possessions in our life.

We pursue these things thinking that by having them we shall get the deeper satisfaction that we really want. However, these things only give us some superficial satisfaction for a short time. Then we again become dissatisfied and start to chase something else. In this way the chase goes on.

However, our mind and body are only the instruments through which we function on earth. They are our possessions, like our house or car. Hence, by satisfying the desires in our mind and body we cannot get the deeper and lasting satisfaction that we really want. To have the deeper and lasting satisfaction, we have to satisfy something that is truly deeper and lasting!

The true satisfaction arises in our life when we develop spiritual qualities in our inner life. These qualities will transform the values and motives with which we live and act; and ultimately they lead us to experience our spiritual being.

On the Correspondence Courses

The spiritual practice is organised into four courses as follows:

Course-1 is preparatory. It will develop your concentration and overcome the wandering tendency of your mind. Then you become adequate for the spiritual pursuit.
Course-2 is the foundation course. It will set your spiritual practice and get you on the spiritual path. Course-3 teaches you have to develop your direct access to the higher consciousness. Then, instead of being led blindly by your desires and tendencies, you have guidance through intuition.
Course-4 prepares you to clear the faults in your perception that are due to the subjective nature of your mind. It will help you in overcoming the obstacles that arise on the spiritual path.

Course-1: Mind Training & Meditation

You learn to concentrate your mind and gain control over your attention. Then you use it to clear up the negative thoughts and negative emotions that disturb your inner life. This is important since your happiness and well-being depends more on how you handle these thoughts and emotions, and less on your external circumstances.

The practice of concentration will develop an alert, calm, and cooperative mind. It will enable you to think clearly, to understand things better, and to become more capable in whatever you do.


  1. Basic Meditation
  2. Concentration in the everyday life
  3. Developing the Will Power
  4. Using Thought Power
  5. Mastering your thoughts
  6. Overcoming Negative Emotions

Course-2: Mantra Yoga

Here you learn to meditate with a mantra. Then you use the mantra to organise your inner life. The mantra technique is a unique heritage that has been passed down through a line of Masters.

Any mantra can be used as a seed for doing concentration practice, but when you want to use it to get onto the spiritual path you should take the mantra from someone who has awakened it within himself. You can light a fire by rubbing stones, but it is much easier to light a fire with fire.

Mantra Yoga is a complete spiritual practice. Once you are settled with the mantra, a spiritual presence will arise in your mind. It will assist you and guide you at every stage on the spiritual path.


  1. Reciting a mantra (Jap)
  2. Meditating with a mantra (Dharna)
  3. The mantra practice in everyday life
  4. Opening the spiritual path

Course-3: Yoga-Mysticism

Just as behind the superficial existence of a leaf there is a greater existence of the tree, so also behind our individual and personal consciousness there is the ‘greater consciousness’ of the soul and the over-soul.

In this course you learn to install a presence of the greater consciousness in your mind and involve it in your affairs. Then, instead of being guided by your egoistic tendencies or the desires in the mind and body, you will be guided by the prompting of a higher consciousness.


  1. Steady Gazing (Tratak)
  2. Installing a personal God
  3. Tantric Yoga
  4. Contemplation
  5. Devotional Meditation
  6. Living for God’s sake

Course-4: Advanced Spiritual Practice

The spiritual pursuit is not about worshipping Gods, performing rituals or following some moral precepts. The main aim is to clear the impurities from your mind so that you can clearly mirror the calm, intelligent and balanced state of the higher consciousness.

In accomplishing this task, the objective techniques like concentration, prayer, meditation and yoga-asana can only help you to an extent. To have a breakthrough you have to overcome the forces within your nature that resist the higher consciousness! This work is more of unlearning your mental tendencies and less of learning new things.

In this course first you understand the psychological processes that are behind spiritual growth. Next, you observe the mental tendencies that obstruct your spiritual awareness. Then, you try to overcome these tendencies and clear the faults in your perceptions. It will enable you to see yourself, others and situations of life not as they show themselves, but as they really are.


  1. The nature of the inner work
  2. Deflating the emotions
  3. The outer mind and its deceptions
  4. Self-observation and disillusioning
  5. Overcoming subconscious tendencies
  6. Awareness beyond the outer mind

Advantages of learning through Correspondence

Some people wonder how you can learn spiritual practice through a correspondence course. Hence, it calls for some explanation.

You do not grow spiritually by learning some philosophy or by following a belief system. To grow, you have to do spiritual practice under the supervision of a spiritual person. In our courses you learn the necessary philosophy and then you do the practices for implementing it into your life. In this way you build your inner life.

Our basic instruction is given to you through lessons. You study a lesson and do the given practices for a period of time. Then, you answer the questions of the lesson and mail it to us. The issues will become clear to you when you try to make out your answers AFTER doing the practises. On our part, we read your answers and give you appropriate feedback. Then, we give you the next lesson. We maintain your file and monitor your progress.

These courses are practical. Hence, you are only given the concepts and information that you need to do the practices properly. The practices will actually develop the skills and capacities that are necessary to build your inner life. On our part we ensure that you do not skip the necessary steps; for the spiritual practice is a sure process only when it is taken as a whole and not in parts.

We administer information to you in a stepwise manner so that you can accomplish the difficult things by taking small and convenient steps. You can also have your personal difficulties resolved as you go along. Further, you learn all this at your pace and have the convenience of doing it at your home. Further, you do the practice in your environment, where you will be really tested. In addition, we have a provision for a meeting with you in person or through the internet.

About Darshana Centre

Darshana Centre has been conducting these spiritual courses through correspondence since 1988. The courses are practical, practise based, and without pursuing any religious agenda. You are given personal attention and the help that you need to implement the spiritual message.

The courses have been devised and conducted by PRASHANT SHAH. He was educated in Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS), and University of California, (MS & PhC), and initiated into Mantra Yoga by Shri Nyaya Sharma — a Master of Shiva-Tantra-Yoga.

About Prashant Shah: He is an author, counsellor and a spiritual guide. He also conducts ‘Spiritual Awareness WORKSHOPS’ in India, USA and UK. He writes and speaks clearly, in simple language, and from personal experience. He is the AUTHOR of the books: The Crisis of Modern Humanity (1976); The Essence of Hindu Astrology (1987); The Art of awakening the Soul (2011); Healing without Drugs (2014) Solving the Problems of Life (2015). The books are available from the Amazon bookstore.

An Invitation

Dear Reader,

After carefully reading this BROCHURE, think it over. Do you feel there is some deep mystery underlying your existence and that unless you uncover this mystery you cannot feel satisfied? Are you willing to give up some superficial things in the outer life so that some deeper satisfaction can arise from within you? Will you be able to invest a half-hour every morning and evening for doing your spiritual practice?

Please don’t entertain unnecessary doubt, suspicion or fear regarding the spiritual life. In this pursuit you do not lose anything; you only get rid of what is unwanted. Your object in taking these Courses should not be to ‘have more’ externally, but to ‘be more’ internally.

In these Courses you will learn to control your attention; to stabilise your emotions; to develop your insight; and to clear your perceptions. Further, you do the practices in your existing situation and not in some artificial set-up. And during this time we shall provide you with the instruction and guidance that you need to accomplish these things.

If you have been doing some kind of spiritual practice for some time, but you still feel the need for personal attention, then these Courses are for you.



Guidelines for Admission

  1. Some REQUIREMENTS that make you eligible to take these courses:
  2. You should believe in the existence of an intelligence and power that is higher and greater than the human mind.
  3. You should not be deeply committed to any particular religious group or institution.
  4. You should have sufficient comprehension of English language to be able to comprehend our lessons and correspond with us.
  5. You should be able to provide sufficient free time and energy for doing your daily spiritual practice. The main aim of these courses is to help you in implementing the spiritual message.
  6. You should make your application in the APPLICATION FORM that is given on our site. Fill in all the details and email it to us. We shall read it and inform you if we think the Course will be suitable for you. Then you can pay the fees and take the admission.
  7. Upon admission you will receive our instructions through LESSONS. Our next lesson will be sent to you only after you have completed the answers of the previous lesson. You can also send your personal query along with your answers. We shall help you in sorting out your personal difficulties.
  8. Each course entitles you to one PERSONAL CONFERENCE. You can ask for the personal conference anytime upon completing the third lesson. There are two options. You can arrange to visit us at Baroda with prior appointment or we can discuss on the Internet through Skype. You aim should be to seek clarifications or sort out your personal difficulties.
  9. Each Course is to be completed within 12 months. If you are unable to complete the set of Lessons of the Course within that time, you have to make an application to continue and send a CONTINUATION FEE of Rs. 600 or US $ 10.
  10. In these Courses the instruction you receive will be one on one. You will get individual attention. We shall keep your correspondence confidential and on your part you must also not to disclose, publish or distribute our lessons, instructions or replies. In addition, we require you, our student, not to become a personal guide (guru) in spiritual matters. The purpose is not commercial, but to avoid spoiling it for others. This factor is incorporated as a “SECRECY CLAUSE” in our Application Form. It requires you to keep your spiritual practice private and to treat our correspondence as confidential.

The application form is given on our site under the tab of ‘Correspondence Courses’

Living by Intuition


© June 2016, Prashant S. Shah,

Intuition is the guiding voice of the soul. When we listen to our intuition, our life becomes more interesting; we see a purpose to everything; and we feel a sense of wonder. Although everyone is intuitive to an extent, this ability can be greatly enhanced by doing some spiritual practices.

The basic step for becoming intuitive is to shift the focus of our life from our ordinary nature, which is governed by mental preferences, to our higher nature, which sees the ways of the soul. Once we get into a condition where we can spontaneously call for intuition, we can allow intuition to guide our actions. It will continuously amaze us and satisfy our deeper aspirations.

In this article first we characterize the two natures within our being that we call – the higher nature and the ordinary nature. Then we learn to implant a seed of the higher nature in our mind and begin to nurture it. It will show us the ‘inner work’ that we have to do to grow spiritually and live a more fulfilling life.


  • Our higher nature and our ordinary nature
  • Installing the spiritual seed
  • Creating mental space
  • Preparatory exercises
  • The Practice
  • The steps
  • Some suggestions
  • Some results

Our Higher Nature and our Ordinary Nature

Sensual pleasures, self-preservation, and the survival instinct are the driving forces of our ordinary nature. When we follow them we become egoistic and selfish. On the other hand unity, dharma and kindness are the qualities of our higher nature. When we follow these qualities, we become ethical, kind, and act with a ‘sense of conscience’. Both these natures are active throughout our life and they are mirrored in the mind.

However, before we begin our spiritual pursuit we are largely guided by our ordinary nature. As a result our ordinary nature totally dominates our thinking today. At the same time we give very little attention to the aspirations of our higher nature. Hence, it is starved. And as a result it has become quiet and hesitant.HigherOrdinaryNatureThe aim of every spiritual practice is to reverse this situation in our mind. We have to quieten our ordinary nature and bring forward the higher nature in the mind. How can we do it? We can do it by simply withdrawing the attention we spontaneously give to our ordinary nature and its activities, and begin to give it to our higher nature. That’s it. Admitted there will be a lot of going back and forth, but if we persist with this task we can make the higher nature the default program in our mind.

Installing the Spiritual Seed

To begin our spiritual journey we have to plant a spiritual seed in our mind. We can do it by saying to ourselves (daily) as follows:

I am essentially a spiritual being;
I believe that there is a spiritual intelligence that is looking over my life; and
I am going to receive guidance and love from it.”

As you nurture this seed with your attention, it will sprout. Then your soul or the inner being will become active in your life. Then intuition and spiritual qualities will begin to arise in your mind naturally.

Creating Mental Space

The next step in our spiritual pursuit is to make space in the mind so that our higher nature can arise in it easily. Here are some things you can do:

  • Daily take a long walk alone or walk with someone who has friendly vibes.
  • In the evenings, avoid externalizing yourself by taking or making telephone calls or socializing.
  • Read story books regularly and reduce reading magazines and newspapers.
  • Always prefer reading and thinking to passively watching the TV (Don’t allow your attention to become passive).
  • Play with someone. You can do it with animals, with children and also with adults.
  • Daily do some work just for fun and not for earning money or getting favors.
  • Daily sit for some time near a window and just watch what is going on without being judgmental (without labeling anything as good or bad).

As you do such practices your mental habit will change. Your mind will begin to slow down; it will become calmer and at ease. It will not be like that when you are overbooked, juggling too many things at one time, or constantly playing the ‘catch-up’ game. When you rush, you simply miss the subtle insight and the healing touch that comes from your higher nature, the soul. The soul is the basis of your intuition, your joy your purpose of living. And so, if you want to live a meaningful, joyful and intuitive life you have to involve the soul in your everyday life. Let’s begin to do it.

Preparatory Exercises

  1. a) Take Mini Breaks

Take a mini break of about 20 minutes every day to spend time with yourself. During that time you can do anything that is not ‘work related’. You should also avoid reading the news or your emails during this time since such things keep the mind occupied with personal thoughts.

  1. b) Create some ‘sacred space’ at home

Begin by making your room clean, organised and well arranged. If you leave this space disorganized and cluttered for days, it will become a source of disturbance or negative energy in your life. So mark out some time for clearing up the mess and arranging everything properly on a regular basis. Let’s say, you will do it on Saturday morning.

  1. c) Keep a sacred spot

Put your favorite object, photo and or talisman in your sacred place. It may be a religious icon, the photo of a saint or master, or simply a rosary – anything that lifts your spirits. Then daily make some offering to it. It may be a fresh flower, the light of a candle, or the smoke of an incense stick. Further, chant a mantra or say a prayer to charge your sacred place with vibrations of peace and tranquility. Then when you sit in this place, it will immediately put you into a receptive mood.

The Practice

  1.  In the morning, sit quietly in your sacred spot and think you are in the presence of your guiding spirit (like a master or your soul). Then some questions on what is to come during the day will come into your mind. Verbalize them and put them one at a time before to your guiding spirit. Then ask for guidance. Something will come – now or later on.
  2. During the day, pay keen attention to the world around you. At every point of choice or interpretation, don’t get to it by yourself. Instead, refer it to your guiding spirit. It will send an image into your mind which will show the matter in a different light. Persist in this practice and you will come out of the ordinary world and experience into an extraordinary one – wherein the old rules of the ego don’t apply. It will relieve you.
  3.  In the evening, mentally speak to your guiding spirit. Speak just as you would speak to a dear friend. Tell what happened and what you are thinking of doing next. Then once again ask for approval or guidance.

The Steps

  • Open yourself to intuitive guidance daily
  • Expect intuitive guidance in all matters concerning your life
  • Once you get the intuitive idea or feeling, trust it and put your reliance on it
  • Then begin to act on the intuition instead of postponing the action.

In the beginning your intuition will not be clear. It happens to everyone. It is due to mental restlessness or your egoistic considerations. However, when you act on the little intuition you have received, it will be easier to receive more of it. As you persist with these exercises the balance will change in your mind and suddenly you will find that your intuition has become more reliable.

Some Suggestions

  • You have to ask for intuition. It usually doesn’t happen by itself. You have to value it. You have to want it above all things. Then it comes.
  • When you live by intuition, being right is not the goal; being sensitive to the truth or the higher nature is the goal. Some misunderstandings and misinterpretations will arise. Consider them to be a part of your development process.
  • Try to share your intuitive insights with people who are supportive. Don’t show off. Do it to reinforce this new habit.
  • When you use intuition, you don’t try to do everything by yourself. You only focus on doing your part and the invisible helpers will bring others to collaborate with you. You have to observe this.
  • Regard your intuitive message as a directive from the boss. Try to follow it even when it inconveniences you or upsets your personal plans. Consider your success as following your intuition.
  • Use intuition to inject a sense of wonder in your life. So, when the phone rings, mentally ask who is calling? When you need to park, mentally ask where is the space kept for you? When you receive mail, mentally ask what is the content? When you meet someone, mentally ask what is the person up to? When you go for a feast, mentally ask what is on the menu?
  • Always show gratitude for receiving the intuition. Verbalize it when you sit in your sacred place. Before going to sleep you can think of something good that happened during the day. Take the opportunity (and every opportunity) to thank your guiding spirit for its support. It will enliven your intimacy with your guiding spirit.
  • Daily use your connection with the guiding spirit to send a smile to the people you are connected with. It will overcome your indifference to people and events.

Some results

Living by intuition is simply listening to our heart or the higher nature before we decide or act. What happens when we do that? We get a direction or clue for searching the truth in any real-life situation.

The insight got through intuition comes from a higher level intelligence. Hence, will be more reliable and balanced than what we can get through mere rational inference. However, initially we can get intuition only in ‘flashes’ or pieces. So, we have to put the pieces together through mental inference! This becomes the source of our mistakes. However, as our intuition develops the pieces become larger; and they fit better into the greater picture.

There is a lot of inner work that has to be done before intuition can become a fact in our life. However, as we do this work, it will totally change how we make our decisions or interpret the happenings of life. Gradually a ‘truth sense’ will arise, which will point out the difference between what is true and what is false; between what is real and what is imaginary; and between what is valuable and what is worthless in all real-life situations.

Ultimately we shall perceive the action of a higher consciousness behind all the happenings of life. Then we know that the world is in safe hands; and we will be able to serve our purpose in life with grace and ease.


The Virtue of Slowing Down

© October 2015, by Prashant Shah,

Quote from a song by Simon & Garfunkel: “Slow down, you move too fast; you’ve got to make the moment last; just sitting around and kicking the corner stone; looking for fun and feeling groovy.”

In the modern world people try to get things done fast and play busy. Hence, we show the great virtue of moving slowly and not hurrying through life.



When we are at peace with ourselves, we rarely choose to be in a hurry. Hence, hurrying up is an egoistic movement that pushes us to get things done, as though that is all that matters right now. But when we keep on hurrying, our life becomes superficial. Although we can be satisfied with the results we have for a while, the joy does not last. Soon we become dissatisfied or bored and begin to rush into doing something else. Let us try to understand why this happens.

When we rush, we act like an automaton or a machine. Then we are consumed by doing things that can increase the ‘quantity’, but not the ‘quality’ of our life. Further, it makes us respond to the ego’s wants and not to the deeper wants of our true, inner being. Then, we don’t seek the joy from living, but we seek it from getting more money or more power. It can give us some temporary satisfaction, but we have to keep on chasing things to sustain it.

When we slow down our pace of life and combine it with a devotional attitude, we can access a spiritual presence that is itself joyful and filled with wisdom. On the other hand, when we combine hurrying up with personal ambition, we view our life through the lens of fear, scarcity and competition. Then we cannot trust life and allow it to look after us. Instead, we have to cope with our fears and insecurities by constantly pushing ourselves to do something. It gets us caught up in the ego’s world, where we can never be at rest or just be. It makes us we lose our touch with a spiritual presence which seems to tell us all is going to be well.

If we are truly thoughtful, we can understand that our life is much more than just getting things done; that there has to be something deeper and more mysterious behind all this outer activity that makes sense of the drama of our life. We can intuitively begin to understand that there is a spiritual presence behind the happenings of life; and that it is guiding us to move us naturally and spontaneously in various ways.

However, as long as we keep on hurrying through our activities, we march to the drumbeat of our ego. Then we don’t notice what else is there besides the ego’s voice in our head; and we don’t notice the spiritual presence at the core of our being that is continuously seeking to guide us.

Further, we don’t take the time to do the little things that this spiritual presence suggests — like just hanging around peacefully; being patient with other people; playing with animals or children, being present to the situation that you are in; or simply sending off a kind email to a friend. The ego doesn’t initiate such acts because it does not perceive any value in them. Such acts are motivated by our spiritual being, and not by our ego.

The strange thing is that when we slow down, we actually find the time to do such little things. We do them because it makes us feel good about doing them. We feel that doing such things is worthwhile. However, if we keep up a fast pace of life, we only amplify the ego’s voice that says: “Hurry up; you still have a lot more to do; you’ll never get it done in time; you didn’t do that well; you cannot have the time for doing such little things…

The voice of the ego not only disconnects us from the ‘quiet voice of our higher consciousness’, but it also keeps us stressed-out and not feeling too good about ourselves. So, when we find that we have gotten into such a state, all we have to do to regain our perspective is to simply slow down. It will make us look at life through different eyes and feel it with a different heart. Then, instead of being lost in the ego’s ideas about what our life should look like, we can accept life as it is and as it comes. It will make our life more joyful, meaningful and valuable to us and to others.

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The Five Stages In Spiritual Practice

An Autobiography

© 2015, By Prashant S. Shah



I took a walk in the street.
There was a large pothole.
I didn’t notice it in time, so I fell in.
Then I started to blame others.
I was upset, so I took time to come out.


I took a walk in the same street.
There was a large pothole.
I noticed it, but I didn’t act in time, so I fell in again.
I knew I shouldn’t have fallen in, but I still preferred to blame others.
I was upset, so I took time to come out.


I again took a walk in the same street.
The large pothole was still there.
This time I tried to walk around it, but still I fell in — it has become a habit.
I knew I shouldn’t have fallen in, so this time I accepted it as my fault.
I wasn’t upset, so I could get out quickly.


I still took a walk in the same street.
The large pothole was still there.
I was careful, so I could walk around it without falling in.


Now I take my walk in a different street.
There is no pothole.

Some Interesting Observations:

The narration of the five stages of improvement is SYMBOLIC. Read the observations by our readers:

By Ginger M:

What is so interesting about this ‘autobiography’? Well, it’s like a whack on the side of our head. It shows us what commonly happens as we try to improve ourselves! Our habits are rooted in the subconscious, and hence we are not sufficiently aware of how we act. We fall many times before we get things right.

By Frank Sanchez:

The chapters of this “Autobiography” are small, but they reveal a great truth. Here are my observations:
1. We can’t avoid what we don’t see. That is the beginner’s position. Hence, we blame other people for our misfortunes. Then our awareness does not lead us to make the necessary changes.
2. As we use our experience, we acknowledge our contribution to the making of our troubles. But still have to take the necessary action. Mere knowing does not change the reality. Hence, we keep on getting the same results.
3. In the next step we begin to make the necessary changes. However, we are so accustomed to doing things in our old ways that our patterns repeat. At this stage we know the real reason for our failure. Hence, we don’t blame others. We know what we have to do to overcome our problem.
4. Now we see the problem and we are able to overcome it.
5. Ultimately we become farsighted. Then we can avoid the problem from arising.

By Madanda Machayya:

The 1st line shows our habit.
The 2nd line shows the problems that awaits us in the outer world.
The 3rd line shows what usually happens as we try to change the habits. We keep on going back to it.
The 4th line speaks of our reaction or self-assessment as we make improvement.
The 5th line explains the extra difficulties we create for ourselves.

By Sanjeev Vaidya:

Initially all of us lack awareness. Hence, our habits rule us. Then we make mistakes; we blame others; and we suffer the reactions we generate! That is the human story. The autobiography illustrates the stages of improvement. The ultimate aim is to make the problem irrelevant!

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