A friend on Facebook, Elmari Fourie, wrote a note titled "Vital questions" with some questions to consider and tagged me on it, I wrote a comment with some quick answers and thought I would put them below for those that value the perspective,

Her note,

"Am I this body, mind and intellect? Do the pleasures of this world give real happiness and peace? Are the objects of this world permanent? Are my actions bringing happiness, joy, peace and harmony to others, or are they bringing them pain, unhappiness and misery? Reflect thus and enjoy peace.

- Sri Swami Sivananda

What a nice way to start the new year. These questions are vital to find out what we really want to gain throughout this year. Inner peace is the most important. With inner peace you can reach all your goals and bring more joy and happiness to this planet.

May you all have a blessed 2009!"

 

My answers,

> Am I this body, mind and intellect?
Yes you are all of that AND MORE (much much much more, you are far far far more than you can see from a physical body perspective)

> Do the pleasures of this world give real happiness and peace?
The real happiness and peace you find is within, that can be as a result of or despite the world, the choice is what you do within

> Are the objects of this world permanent?
Only as long as you focus on them, put your attention on something else and that becomes 'permanent'

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  1. Posted January 11, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Am I this body, mind and intellect?
    You are consciousness. The body is the vehicle. Our lower intellect reasons about things where our higher mind the intuition is the spiritual link with our soul. Our higher mind also has the ability to reason though our intuition is the key.
    Do the pleasures of this world give real happiness and peace
    All this is a perception on how one views the world. You cannot have pleasure without pain, happiness without sadness, peace without war. We live in a quantum universe there is alway 2 sides.
    Are the objects of this world permanent?
    Broken down object are energy. These are all reflections of the mind. It is only permanent to the person that views it to be so
    Alida Fehily
    Wisdom Consultant

  2. Posted January 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Are the objects of this world permanent?
    This question reminds me of something my son told me years ago, “Mom, when I’m not with someone I feel as though they don’t exist…”

  3. Posted January 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Alida! :)
    That’s totally accurate Dora, when we look away things change,
    And when our attention/focus goes on them there they are :)

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