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UNDERSTANDING REALITIES OF LIFE. A presentation by Kamaluddin Ali Muhammad Aga Khan university 15-10-2008. BODY, MIND AND SOUL. Human being is not only body but a combination of body, mind and soul. Health and sickness of body, mind and soul. SDD (Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome).

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Understanding realities of life

UNDERSTANDINGREALITIESOFLIFE

A presentation by

Kamaluddin Ali Muhammad

Aga Khan university 15-10-2008


Body mind and soul

BODY, MIND AND SOUL

  • Human being is not only body but a combination of body, mind and soul.

  • Health and sickness of body, mind and soul.

  • SDD (Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome).

  • Psychosomatic diseases.


We are spiritual beings

WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS

We are not physical beings having some spiritual experience but we are spiritual beings passing through a temporal experience.


Outer world is based on inner world

OUTER WORLD IS BASED ON INNER WORLD

  • Our external world (body) is based on our internal world (spirit).

  • Body is based on soul.

  • Language is based on meaning.

  • Our actions are based on thoughts.

  • Our actual life is the life of thoughts.

  • Intensity of a problem depends on our reaction to it.


Looking inward

LOOKING INWARD

  • There are many simple facts of life which teach us the meaning of life but we are too busy looking outward failing to look inward.

  • He who looks outward is asleep. He who looks inwards is awake.


Happiness comes from within

HAPPINESS COMES FROM WITHIN

  • The doors of happiness and satisfaction open inward and not outward.

  • Happiness is a byproduct and it comes to those who don't seek it.

  • Don't run after recognition. Let it follow you.


Five golden principles

FIVE GOLDEN PRINCIPLES

  • If you like something, and it is good and ethical, enjoy it.

  • If you don't like something, avoid it.

  • If you can't avoid it, change it.

  • If you can't change it, accept it.

  • Accept it by changing your attitude towards it.


The serenity prayer

THE SERENITY PRAYER

  • "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.“

    Reinhold Niebuhr's so-called Serenity Prayer

  • Knowing the difference is the most difficult part.


Lessons from life

LESSONS FROM LIFE

  • Life is like a university, (but) we all have our own individual curriculum.

  • God does not create copies. His each creation is unique and full of wisdom. It is foolish to compare.

  • Life is full of wisdom. Perspective is important. Example of embroidery.

  • Life is not fair but God is good.


Wisdom of crisis

WISDOM OF CRISIS

  • Adversities are teachers.

  • Blessing come in disguise.

  • When things are good we live a superficial life. When times are difficult, we go into introspection, reflection, thinking and learning. Respect the crises.

  • Language of God is different.


Be true to yourself

BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

  • To your own self be true. No compromise on integrity.(Example of nurse)

  • Don’t try to be someone else.

  • No integrity gap between self and ego.

  • All my life I wanted to be somebody,Now, I am finally somebody....but it isn't me.


Character vs reputation

CHARACTER VS REPUTATION

  • Focus on your character rather than on reputation.

  • Action speaks louder than the words.

  • What others think of you is their problem not yours.

  • Keep the whole picture of life before you and not just one episode.


Sharing

SHARING

  • Miracle of sharing.

  • Exhaling and inhaling. Closed fist.

  • Law of giving and receiving.

  • Give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you.


Five ways to happiness

FIVE WAYS TO HAPPINESS

  • Avoid worry

  • Avoid hate/envy

  • Live simply

  • Give more

  • Expect less


Contentment and acceptance

CONTENTMENT AND ACCEPTANCE

  • Contentment

  • Acceptance

  • Enlightenment is "the quiet acceptance of what is."

  • Truly enlightened beings are those who refuse to allow themselves to be distressed over things that simply are the way they are.


Gratitude

GRATITUDE

  • Live a life full of gratitude.

  • Be thankful for what you have rather than complain for what you don’t.

  • Count your blessings.


Stay connected with self

STAY CONNECTED WITH SELF

  • Practice silence and solitude. Stay connected with the source of being .

  • All men's miseries come from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.

  • Listen to the voice of intuition, it’s the voice of God within us.

  • Avoid materialistic lifestyle.


No self pity

NO SELF PITY

  • Don't regret, don't carry guilty feeling.

  • Forgive yourself before forgiving others. No one is perfect in this world.

  • The blessing of forgetting.

  • Don't carry ugly memories. Enjoy the pleasant ones.


Prayer power

PRAYER POWER

  • Never forget power of prayer.

  • Stay connected with the source of power in the universe.

  • When you pray, be prepared for the unexpected.

  • This is not what I prayed for; but it is much better.

  • We can’t understand the language of God.


Personal humility

PERSONAL HUMILITY

A central element in a truly religious outlook, it seems to me, is the quality of personal humility-a recognition that strive as we might, we will still fall short of our ideals, that climb as we might, there will still be unexplored and mysterious peaks above us. It means recognizing our own creature hood-and thus our human limitations.”

(His Highness the Aga Khan, Evora, Spain,12-02-2006)


Understanding realities of life

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Thanks

THANKS

Special thanks to

Mr. Amir Ali Kasim Ali

(HRD, Itreb for Pakistan) for his help in preparing the presentation


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