On Awareness-Proactivty And Unconsciousness-Ego-Reactivity....
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Teachings of the Masters on Awareness-Proactivty and Unconsciousness-Ego-Reactivity....


Act. Do not react.

--Sri Ravi Shankar



Sin is never in action. It is always in reaction.

-- Swami Chinmayananda



Virtuous ( proactive) action increases intelligence, while sinful ( reactive ) acts decreases intelligence.

--Vidura Neeti ( Mahabharatha )



If you want to progress in your life and grow, act not to react.

--Harbhajan Yogi Bhajan




Respond. Do not react.

--Osho



Just stay focused. Don't react. Just be a witness and you will see the magic of it.

--Swami Chidanand Saraswati



Be proactive. Do not be reactive.

--Stephen Covey ( Author of 7 habits of highly effective people )




Habitually we react to external stimuli, that is we are generally overwhelmed by retaliatory emotional forces within us demanding appropriate action. But surely this cannot be called 'action' , it is in fact ' re-action' . Discipline of the reasoning mind controls the reactive forces and results in appropriate 'action' rather than 're-action', one should endeavour to establish control and avoid retaliatory behaviour.

--Acharya Mahaprajna



Quality of life depends on what happens in the space between stimulus and response.

-- Stephen Covey



Because of the space between stimulus and response, people have the power of choice; therefore,leaders are neither born nor made — meaning environmentally trained and nurtured. They are self-made through chosen responses, and if they choose based on principles and develop increasingly greater discipline, their freedom to choose increases.

-- Stephen Covey



Reaction is unconscious. You do not know exactly that you are being manipulated. You are not aware that you are behaving like a slave, not like a master. Action out of consciousness is response.

-- Osho



You can act in two ways -- one is reaction, another is response.

Reaction comes out of your past conditionings; it is mechanical.

Response comes out of your presence, awareness, consciousness; it is non-mechanical.

The ability to respond is one of the greatest principles of growth. You are not following any order, any commandment; you are simply following your awareness. You are functioning like a mirror, reflecting the situation and responding to it -- not out of your memory from past experiences of similar situations, not repeating your reactions, but acting fresh, new, in this very moment. Neither the situation is old, nor your response -- both are new.

-- Osho



One who is obsessed with worldly pursuits, one who is body-oriented, cannot really go into this. We need to develop a distance from our mind and not give in to impulsiveness. Those who react are the ones who are living mindlessly. So in a way, we can say that living mindfully is being in meditation.

-- Anandmurti Gurumaa




So action which is born of reaction breeds sorrow. Most of our thoughts are the result of the past, of time. A mind that is not built on the past, that has totally understood this whole process of reaction, can act every minute totally, completely, wholly.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti



Action which is born of reaction breeds sorrow.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti
Self-awareness is yoga. -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The energy produced by conscious work is immediately converted for fresh work; energy used mechanically is lost forever." -- George Gurdjieff
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Hi all,


I am Ajay.

My humble pranams and well-wishes to all of you here. smile


Quoted above are a list of teachings of various masters which I compiled myself for a better understanding and contemplation of the message of proactivity and reactivity.

Through study and analysis of the master's teachings, I had come to the understanding that it is proactive action which is what is known as virtue or good karma while reactive action is what is known as sin or bad karma.

While proactivity is what stems from a state of awareness or mindfulness , reactivity on the other hand stems from the ego .

Living in the present moment generates awareness, while living in the past or future due to desires, craving or incessant thinking is what generates the ego.

The state of awareness generates happiness , while the ego generates pain and sorrow.


This is why the Buddha had said thus ," Mindfulness ( constant awareness ) is the true virtue."

And why Eckhart Tolle had stated thus. " Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness."



Writing this in my notebook and constant study and contemplation of these teachings from time to time helped me to become a more self-aware, proactive and less reactive person. This understanding brought a deep sense of calmness, peace, contentment and well-being in my life.

The study of the works of spiritual masters helped me a lot in increasing my self-knowledge and hope the reading of the above mentioned teachings will do the same for you or help in bringing perspective on the nature of the mind. smile
Self-awareness is yoga. -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The energy produced by conscious work is immediately converted for fresh work; energy used mechanically is lost forever." -- George Gurdjieff
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Ajay0,

Amazing quotes up there. Here is one more you should add to your notebook.

**Birth is localization of awareness. Death is expansion of awareness -- Deepak Chopra**

Make sure to read it everyday. And while reading it be sure to do it conciously. For doing it unconsciously will be the extreme manifestation of evil.
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A few questions to freethinkers here.

Why does so much BS get peddled around words like awareness and consciousness?

And what is with this nonsense about reaction and response? Is it just that these self-help gurus take advantage of the confusion around free will and determinism to sell their quackery?
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(05-Jul-2014, 05:33 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Ajay0,

Amazing quotes up there. Here is one more you should add to your notebook.

**Birth is localization of awareness. Death is expansion of awareness -- Deepak Chopra**

Make sure to read it everyday. And while reading it be sure to do it conciously. For doing it unconsciously will be the extreme manifestation of evil.

Hi Captain Mandrake,

Thank you for your reply. smile

(05-Jul-2014, 05:33 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Amazing quotes up there. Here is one more you should add to your notebook.

**Birth is localization of awareness. Death is expansion of awareness -- Deepak Chopra**

Thank you for this saying of Deepak Chopra.



(05-Jul-2014, 05:33 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Make sure to read it everyday. And while reading it be sure to do it conciously. For doing it unconsciously will be the extreme manifestation of evil.

Thank you for the suggestion. Laugh

I do make it a point to do all actions , as much as possible, in a state of awareness or mindfulness.

Reactivity stemming from unconsciousness, is something that can make life hell, no matter how well-educated and well-read you are, and play havoc with your relationships too. This becomes a source of great regret and pain later on. Face Palm

I am quite happy that I have come out of that phase of my life where I got angry or provoked to pick a fight due to an ego that got slighted easily it its terms were not met.

smile
Self-awareness is yoga. -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The energy produced by conscious work is immediately converted for fresh work; energy used mechanically is lost forever." -- George Gurdjieff
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(05-Jul-2014, 04:02 PM)Ajay0 Wrote:
(05-Jul-2014, 05:33 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Ajay0,

Amazing quotes up there. Here is one more you should add to your notebook.

**Birth is localization of awareness. Death is expansion of awareness -- Deepak Chopra**

Make sure to read it everyday. And while reading it be sure to do it conciously. For doing it unconsciously will be the extreme manifestation of evil.

Hi Captain Mandrake,

Thank you for your reply. smile

(05-Jul-2014, 05:33 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Amazing quotes up there. Here is one more you should add to your notebook.

**Birth is localization of awareness. Death is expansion of awareness -- Deepak Chopra**

Thank you for this saying of Deepak Chopra.



(05-Jul-2014, 05:33 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Make sure to read it everyday. And while reading it be sure to do it conciously. For doing it unconsciously will be the extreme manifestation of evil.

Thank you for the suggestion. Laugh

I do make it a point to do all actions , as much as possible, in a state of awareness or mindfulness.

Reactivity stemming from unconsciousness, is something that can make life hell, no matter how well-educated and well-read you are, and play havoc with your relationships too. This becomes a source of great regret and pain later on. Face Palm

I am quite happy that I have come out of that phase of my life where I got angry or provoked to pick a fight due to an ego that got slighted easily it its terms were not met.

smile

Are you sure you aren't just reacting to my post in a state of unmindfulness?
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(05-Jul-2014, 09:52 PM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Are you sure you aren't just reacting to my post in a state of unmindfulness?

Does it matter !

I am just glad you understood the underlying message of unmindfulness and reactivity . Wink

Sweet regards,

Ajay
Self-awareness is yoga. -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The energy produced by conscious work is immediately converted for fresh work; energy used mechanically is lost forever." -- George Gurdjieff
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(06-Jul-2014, 05:26 PM)Ajay0 Wrote:
(05-Jul-2014, 09:52 PM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Are you sure you aren't just reacting to my post in a state of unmindfulness?

Does it matter !

Nothing you say matters or makes any sense. That much is clear from the parade of evangelical frauds, quacks and snake oil salesmen in your first post and the mountain of inane bullshit in your next post.

For instance, what does the following even mean?

Quote:it is proactive action which is what is known as virtue or good karma while reactive action is what is known as sin or bad karma.

Quote:The state of awareness generates happiness , while the ego generates pain and sorrow.

Quote:Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness.

Quote:Self-awareness is yoga

These are all essentially meaningless definitions and unsubstantiated (and unsubstantiable) assertions.
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(07-Jul-2014, 09:16 AM)Captain Mandrake Wrote: Nothing you say matters or makes any sense. That much is clear from the parade of evangelical frauds, quacks and snake oil salesmen in your first post and the mountain of inane bullshit in your next post.

For instance, what does the following even mean?

Quote:it is proactive action which is what is known as virtue or good karma while reactive action is what is known as sin or bad karma.

Quote:The state of awareness generates happiness , while the ego generates pain and sorrow.

Quote:Evil is an extreme manifestation of human unconsciousness.

Quote:Self-awareness is yoga

These are all essentially meaningless definitions and unsubstantiated (and unsubstantiable) assertions.

And is it the sign of a scientific mindset to pass judgement on something without proper investigation and study of it !
Self-awareness is yoga. -- Nisargadatta Maharaj

"The energy produced by conscious work is immediately converted for fresh work; energy used mechanically is lost forever." -- George Gurdjieff
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(07-Jul-2014, 04:02 PM)Ajay0 Wrote: And is it the sign of a scientific mindset to pass judgement on something without proper investigation and study of it !

Meaningless definitions and unsubstantiated (and unsubstatantiable) assertions can not be studied. They can be dismissed outright.

The fact that you don't seem to understand that makes it clear that you do not know the first thing about science.
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A routine component in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the Thought Record, an exercise of logging entries in a table like this, that is recommended to those seeking counseling services. A key feature in the Thought Record that attempts to form a habit of impulse-control, is the critical examination of an 'automatic thought' or impulse and the formulation of an 'alternative thought' which is a more reasoned stance. In a manner of speaking, this CBT intervention maybe thought of as driving a shift from a 'reactive' to a 'proactive' behavior. This principle recognized in CBT, a class of therapies that is recently finding support in controlled trials, can plausibly be argued for on 'proof-of-the-pudding' grounds without resort to obscurantist mysticism.

Even staying within the motivational and mystic circles, a preference for 'proactive' over 'reactive' is far from universal. Speakers in such circles use the stock expression of "getting yourself out of the way" almost as often they insist on "being fully there", and often in the same spiel. A stock illustration for the need to 'get yourself out of the way' is choking by overthinking athletes, for which the recommended prevention and cure is to design habits in such a way that they can be relied upon without having to think during crunch-time. In higher-stakes settings than athletics, there is often a premium on reducing reaction times (quite the opposite of delaying reaction i.e. increasing reaction times that is recommended for say, bulimia), which is accomplished by methods like goal-setting, mental-rehearsal, self-talk and arousal-control. Terminology introducing dichotomies such as 'proactive' and 'reactive' is of little utility. Does one call a split-second decision-maker someone who has mastered skillful reaction or someone who is always proactively in control? If human performance is the concern, then the useful question to ask is not "Is the response proactive or reactive?" but "Is the response appropriate and timely?", and the right answer to that question may not always call for the mystic's counsel 'overcoming all conditioning' but may rather call for 'suitable conditioning'.

Even as instances abound for how perfection in some human endeavors calls for training oneself to perform 'subconsciously' rather than 'consciously' , the idea of 'being in conscious control of every thought' has historically elicited academic interest and simple curiosity even outside of traditional mystic circles. A theme underlying many works of the late author David Foster Wallace is a lifestyle of 'going through life fully conscious', contrasted via literary as well as journalistic devices with contemporary lifestyles which are critiqued as reflexive, unreflected and unexamined. David Foster Wallace's work maybe seen as a latter-day literary expression influenced in some measure by the philosophical movement called Phenomenology, which treats as its primary concern and means of study the 'stream of first-person experience'. Even when we recognize that 'keeping a watch on and record of every thought' as impracticable and not even desirable, the Phenomenologists' method is an interesting thought-experiment. Whether or not one literally attempts to go through life fully conscious, David Foster Wallace's challenge can be treated as an illustrative idealization that serves to highlight the inadequately conscious way many lives today are led, and motivates experiments to go through life more conscious even while recognizing the literal impossibility and manifest undesirability of going through life fully conscious. Engaging in such experiments involving degrees of attention on our routine activities, does not of course mean that those who suggest these experiments are our 'role models' or that our public and inner lives must be modeled along those of a phenomenologist like Heidegger or a fiction-writer like David Foster Wallace. It of course also goes without saying that the garden-variety motivational speakers spouting "Act, don't react." or "Don't act. Just be." mantras don't exactly have a compelling claim on any prophetic status.
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