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Ch-ch-ch-choices 6; Pick Up, Move On

Hari Om

Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality and become more congruent within our personality.

Choices come in all shapes and sizes. We have been viewing a few video presentations courtesy of the TED talks series wherein different aspects of choice have been brought out. When looking at choice from the spirito-philosophical point of view, we are really looking at what it is that we can do to improve ourselves holistically, therefore all previous videos contribute to this. The industry of 'self help' is large, and often bemusing. However, it does not take much investigation to notice that there is really nothing new under the sun! All 'new age' spruiking is actually ancient wisdom, stripped out of context and repackaged with an 'ownership' label so someone can make a few bucks. It is one thing to honour a good teacher with a stipend or similar material reward, so that they can keep the body functioning. It is quite another to be fleeced by profiteers for what is basic common sense, for the most part.

This is alluded to in today's video; Gurudev is discussing the 15th verse of 15th chapter of Bhagavad Gita wherein Shri Krishna states that He is the source of memory and forgetfulness. Gurudev expounds on the idea that we can get mislead as to what purpose forgetfulness - and its partner, forgiveness - serves in order to be able to function fully in life. We hold onto memories as we hold onto material property. Depending how attached we are to a memory, it can be easy, or less so, to let it drop. Some folk make a career out of bringing up 'old files' of experience, out-dated and useless, and even downright dangerous in the 'now' situation. Drop it! If you find it hard, then by all means seek assistance in that - but drop it you must if you are to progress properly in you spiritual career. Even in the deepest, darkest moments of life, we do have choice; sometimes we have to take several different steps of choice to pull ourselves out of our dwalm, but choice there always is. 

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