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Issue 9: Jan/Feb 2010 The The I Inner nner Wave Wave News, insights and experiences

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Issue 9: Jan/Feb 2010 The The I Inner nner Wave Wave News, insights and experiences from
Issue 9: Jan/Feb 2010 The The I Inner nner Wave Wave News, insights and experiences from
Issue 9: Jan/Feb 2010 The The I Inner nner Wave Wave News, insights and experiences from

News, insights and experiences from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK)

Welcome to the Inner Wave. Happiness can be as elusive as it is universally coveted. How can we, no matter what our situation may be, make our lives more constantly happy? We hope to provide some practical answers here.

How to be Happy

Christine Miller

Dadi Janki’s visit to the UK in January 2010 included eight public engagements - in Oxford, Shoreham-by-Sea and various Greater London locations - as well as meetings with many groups and individuals. Christine Miller captured some of Dadi’s thoughts on happiness for The Inner Wave.

some of Dadi’s thoughts on happiness for The Inner Wave. Christine Miller ‘How to have a

Christine Miller

‘How to have a happier, more peaceful life?’ is one of the most frequently-asked questions of our time. We have material comforts, yet true peace still eludes us. On this theme, Dadi Janki recently shared her wisdom in London, delivered with her inimitable humour and grace.

Dadi explained that if we have peace and happiness, we have everything. In her own life she has found that tolerance and patience automatically lead to love and happiness, based on inner peace, acceptance and under- standing.

What’s

Inside

The

Science of

Happiness

Dr Prashant Kakoday

The fewer desires you have, the happier you

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will be.

Editorial Team

you have, the happier you page 2 will be. ” Editorial Team Dadi Janki sharing her

Dadi Janki sharing her thoughts about The Power and Protection of Good Wishes at an intimate gathering of around 140 people, with Sister Manda translating, at The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea on 13th January 2010.

She described how possessiveness leads to unhappiness, because we have expectations of our partners, children and family, and, if they don’t do what we expect, we are discon- tented. So, to have better relationships, we must first give love in order to receive it.

I’ve discovered that what is within us remains ours forever, whereas outside things, like money or possessions, can disappear.

Dadi further guided us to be content with our situation and bless it; never say anything to hurt anyone; show mercy, love and honesty;

and keep ourselves in a state of inner peace. Her words confirmed my own experience of finding peaceful happiness inside when I take time in stillness to reflect. I’ve discovered that what is within us remains ours forever, whereas outside things, like money or possessions, can disappear.

A merciful, honest heart will give peace and

bring blessings to others without any need to preach – we can then be ‘Virtues and Values

in Action’

Dadi Janki is Administrative Head of the Brahma Kumaris.

Christine Miller is a publisher, author and poet and Founder Editor of ReSource Magazine www.resourcemagazine.co.uk. She recently founded the ReSource Foundation dedicated to human development and beneficial change for people and planet www.resourcefoundation.org.uk.

change for people and planet www.resourcefoundation.org.uk. Inner Space, Glasgow opens page 3 In My Life Dr

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Inner Space, Glasgow opens page 3 In My Life Dr Ashutosh Deshpande page 4 “ I

In My Life

Dr Ashutosh

Deshpande

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I reflect on how I’m handling different situations and am learning to respond better to them.

page 4 “ I reflect on how I’m handling different situations and am learning to respond

The Science of Happiness

Dr Prashant Kakoday

The Greek philosopher Aristotle once said:

"Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." Scientists today have also begun to recognise its importance. So, what can science tell us about happiness?

Many observations are contrary to commonly held beliefs. For example, wealth beyond a certain basic minimum doesn’t lead to happi- ness. In fact, it’s been found that the happiest are those who’ve discovered their own strengths and virtues and use them for the greater good.

Studies show a significant link between good works and psychological wellbeing. Motivated volunteers are happier, regardless of personal circumstances. The link between exercise and happiness is also recognised. In some studies, regular exercise was shown to be just as effective as anti-depressants.

There are also some insights into the chemis- try of happiness. Serotonin, a neurotransmit- ter, plays a major role in our experience of happiness - high levels of it within the synapses are associated with a feeling of wellbeing. Conversely, most people with depression have low serotonin levels. If we artificially raise the level of seratonin, the body responds by lowering its natural

production. As a result, the ‘resting level’ goes down – when the external boost wears off.

Things like coffee, chocolates and cigarettes all artificially raise serotonin but with long term ‘boom and bust’ results. The same can happen with TV, Internet, sex, music, alcohol and violence. A lack of serotonin leads to a loss of self-control and increases negative feelings like anger. By rediscovering our inner source of happiness and freeing ourselves from even one main dependency, we can begin to raise our own serotonin levels.

Studies show that for many, one key relation- ship in life is often the key source of happi- ness. On the other hand, broken relationships are the biggest cause of unhappiness. As with other dependencies, we can use another person like a drug: our serotonin level becomes linked to the presence or absence of that person.

The fewer desires you have, the happier you will be.

The fewer desires you have, the happier you will be. ” So is there a formula

So is there a formula for happiness? May I suggest:

be. ” So is there a formula for happiness? May I suggest: The fewer desires you

The fewer desires you have, the happier you will be. Having the right information (truth) leads to contentment. Having the right under- standing of the self, our purpose, our origins and our true relationships should free us from the cycles of boom and bust and lead society to that ultimate happiness.

Dr Prashant Kakoday is a medical doctor, who has been studying Raja Yoga meditation for over 20 years. He co-ordinates Brahma Kumaris activities in Cambridge and lectures around the world on topics ranging from science and consciousness to the holistic principles of life and health.

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Inner Space, Glasgow

Glasgow’s new Meditation and Personal Development Centre was officially opened by Sister Jayanti, European Director of the Brahma Kumaris, on 29th January 2010. Addressing the 100 people who had packed into Inner Space, Sister Jayanti said, “This is a beautiful setting to allow people to experience the journey within. If a space is clean and beautiful, you are happy to spend a few hours there. We can make our inner world like that. If we learn to create contentment within, that is expressed in lightness, forgiveness and love.” Inner Space, Glasgow offers a variety courses and talks free of charge, serving as an introduction to personal growth and spirituality in daily life. See also In My Life - page 4

Inner Space, 277 High Street, Glasgow, G4 0QS www.innerspace.org/glasgow

0141 552 7446

RECIPE: Egg-free Mayonnaise

 

½ cup olive oil

½ cup milk/soya milk

Juice of 1 lemon Pinch of salt Mustard and/or asafoetida to taste (optional)

1. Blend together the olive oil and milk, using a hand blender

Blend together the olive oil and milk, using a hand blender The A-Z of Spiritual Living

The A-Z of Spiritual Living

The A-Z of Spiritual Living G is for Generosity My heart is full and open. Flowing

G is for Generosity

My heart is full and open. Flowing with pure feelings and good wishes for everyone, I follow my spontaneous instinct to give and I am truly happy.

2. Add lemon juice in very small amounts to the mixture and continue mixing with the blender. Stop adding lemon juice when the required consistency is achieved

3. Take care that the mayonnaise does not turn runny. If it becomes runny, add a little oil

4. Add salt and mustard and/or asafoetida to taste and serve

   

From Pure & Simple – Cooking for a Busy Lifestyle, available from www.bkpublications.com

From Self Mastery Cards – Self Empowerment and Self Management in Stressful and Changing Times, available from www.bkpublications.com

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United Arab Emirates: Dadi Janki presents a memento to His Excellency Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Al-Nuaimi, CEO of Al Ihsaan Charity Centre, at an event organised by the Raja Yoga Center, Dubai, entitled Wisdom and Will Power on 23rd December 2009 at Dubai’s Sheikh Rashid Auditorium.

on 23rd December 2009 at Dubai’s Sheikh Rashid Auditorium. Denmark: Brahma Kumaris’ European Director Sister Jayanti
on 23rd December 2009 at Dubai’s Sheikh Rashid Auditorium. Denmark: Brahma Kumaris’ European Director Sister Jayanti

Denmark: Brahma Kumaris’ European Director Sister Jayanti at a press conference entitled Spirit and Science in Agreement on the Climate Crisis at COP15, the UN Climate Change Conference, in December 2009. An interview with Sister Jayanti on Climate Change TV is at:

www.brahmakumaris.dk/webtv

on Climate Change TV is at: www.brahmakumaris.dk/webtv Australia: Thousands of people arriving at The Parliament

Australia: Thousands of people arriving at The Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne wrote messages of support and hope to the world leaders attending COP15 in Copenhagen in a 120 metre long ‘Great Letter’, organised by Brahma Kumaris (Australia) in December 2009.

Tobago: Youth leaders from across the Commonwealth, including Brahma Kumaris youth representatives, discussing Youth Involvement in Decision-making at the 7th Commonwealth Youth Forum, Trinidad & Tobago, in November 2009.

In My Life

Dr Ashutosh Deshpande

The last ten years have been constant change for me: finishing school, leaving home and

then the daunting prospect of finding my way

in the ‘real world. Many personal and profes-

sional challenges came my way and I was looking for a method to deal with them. I came across the Brahma Kumaris through their talk show on the Aastha International TV Channel. What struck me was the practicality of the discussions, which provided insights into how to deal effectively with everyday situations. Inner Space, which has recently opened on Glasgow’s busy High Street, has

proven a valuable resource.

I’ve had a number of philosophical questions

for a long time, but I’m finding a greater level of contentment by going deeper into under- standing who I really am. Meditation helps me to realise my true nature as a peaceful and powerful being and it’s having a very positive impact on my ability to be a good person and

a good doctor. Work can be very challenging

– dealing with difficult situations and making

decisions under pressure. It’s important for me to approach clinical problems with a clear mind, remaining calm and getting on well

Dr Ashutosh Deshpande

with everyone. It helps avoid unnecessary anxiety and stress. It’s something that has improved greatly through practicing medita- tion – and it’s changed my outlook on life.

I reflect on how I’m handling different situations and am learning to respond better to them.

I’m more positive and energetic. I meditate in the morning and at night, and take pauses throughout the day. I reflect on how I’m handling different situations and am learning to respond better to them. My family and friends have certainly appreciated the benefits! For me it’s an ongoing process of spiritual self-discovery. It sounds like such a simple thing, but it’s something I’m so glad I’ve found.

Dr Ashutosh Deshpande is a junior doctor in general medicine in Glasgow and a student of Raja Yoga meditation.

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