“We laugh at the efforts of the musk deer to find the source of the scent which comes from itself and despair at our efforts to find the peace which is our essence” ~ Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa

Wild Chital Deer

To attain Peace and Joy we need to connect with our inner selves not seek it elsewhere!

Cheers🙂

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Asifa Zunaidha says:

    This is a very beautiful quote! Indeed, inner peace is the best source of happiness in this ever changing world of relations and materialism

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  2. Blood-Ink-Diary says:

    Spot on, dear Dilip! Thanks for sharing. Cheers

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh how gracious of you Shaheen. Coming from you truly means a lot to me.
      Good wishes coming your way for a joyous and peaceful New year.

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      • Blood-Ink-Diary says:

        I am so humbled by your generous thoughts on this post, dear Dilip! This is the vital reason why one continues to write — when I can try to ignite a spark in someone’s life by my two-pence of half a wit writings.
        Wonderful to see you here after a long hiatus!
        Wishing you abundance of happiness mingled with spiritual strength for year 2013! Do come by whenever you find time, I shall too. Cheers

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        • Blood-Ink-Diary says:

          Haye! look at me! This above was to be a reply on my post and I accidently wrote it here!
          Noooo — coming from YOU means much as well ! Shall respond the above on my post now! Lol. Cheers!

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        • Dilip says:

          Hello Shaheen कभी कभी ऐसा भी होता है its your good wishes that matter most. I would love to thank you again for your kind words.
          Cheers🙂

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  3. Midnighthues says:

    Very true….when you seek atman you seek paramathman… Self connected with the universe will attain peace and actualization.

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  4. shail says:

    Connecting with your own self is of utmost importance🙂

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  5. johndwm says:

    Says it all! love it!

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  6. suhas says:

    Excellent quote no doubt.

    We look for Peace / GOD in so many places.
    We (read Aam Admi) look around for God & see the world; we get involved with the world which is not lasting. Memories of the past are difficult to shed ; anxieties for the future worry us WITHOUT WE KNOWING THE FUTURE.
    The Lord said “Let your intellect decide and not the mind” because the mind drags the intellect just as a high wind drags a boat. (BG 2/67). Yet majority goes by the mind.
    How do you hope to get PEACE??
    Objects of pain & pleasure bother us or attract us. (Honour/Shame) [Success/ Failure ] etc
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    Easier said than done .

    “Khali pet bhajan na hove”

    Let us face the realities:-
    How many are sure they will get the next meal? How many lose their source of survival by just a stroke of a pen? “Khali pet bhajan na hove”

    Let me stop here .. the writeup will go on & on.
    Suhas

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    • Dilip says:

      Wah wah Suhas well said! Your knowledge of the ‘scriptures’ has given a wonderful interpretation to this quote. And I agree you on “Khali pet bhajan na hove”🙂

      Thank you so much for your comments.

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  7. gardenerat60 says:

    Dilip, as I read the Quote first response came into my mind was reconciliation and peace! ( before I read Sriram’s comment). It took decades for me to understand this, and even now, many a time, I go back to turmoil, and try to return to peace. Profound!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      What a lovely response – straight from the heart. Yes reading my young friend Sriram’s in-depth interpretaion I too felt the same way. Your reponse reinforces my resolve further to find Peace within.
      Muchas gracias!🙂

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  8. Bindu says:

    We all commit the mistake of searching for peace and happiness in the world around while actually it takes only a peep into our own selves. Thanks for sharing, Dilip.

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  9. Very wise words, indeed!

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  10. love this! and such a great visual!
    Vania

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  11. luchaniktravel says:

    Thanks for the inspirational thought, it definitely is something for us all to ponder.

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  12. Thanks for stopping in and liking my “Passing the Gravy Gavel” post. Nice blog you have.

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  13. jakesprinter says:

    Beautiful photography my friend🙂

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  14. Very true. I’ve lived with my inner self for a long time now and I’m still trying to understand her!

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  15. Keyuri Joshi says:

    Beautiful quote. If only we can still ourselves to find that truth.

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    • Dilip says:

      Welcome! What you say is the Ultimate Truth! And to still our mind I believe in what Eckhart Tolle says “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness”!

      With kind regards!

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  16. Keyuri Joshi says:

    I’m a believer that our answers are all within us. If only we can be still enough to find them.

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  17. Summer says:

    Hallo Dilip,

    I have nominate you for the very inspiring blog award. Keep on go the way you do : )
    You’re are a beautiful person.

    I wish you a nice day.

    Sweet greetings, Summer

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    • Dilip says:

      Gracious of you Summer and thank you for your kind words. Your blog is very inspring too and your own award is richly deserved.

      With kind regards and you too have a wonderful day!

      Dilip

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  18. What a lovely quote and words. Leanne

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  19. Madhu says:

    beautiful thought Dilip. And lovely image to match.

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  20. I have been looking for it here and there and then I realize its within me.. Thanks for reminding it in the days when we are so taken away by the charms of outer glory..

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  21. Roshni says:

    So very true!! A wonderful quote!!

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  22. K Sriram says:

    Peace – the etymological source of the word suggests that it means ‘reconciliation’ ; ‘silence’ – which perhaps indicates that Peace is the ‘fruit’ or ‘end’ of a process. The Sanskrit Equivalent Shanti actually tells us something more – it is the indifference with which we deal with objects of pain & pleasure – that is shanti – So now it is no longer an END but the approach itself…

    Thus the English Language seems to Flounder in its shortcomings of labeling!

    The Musk Deer infact is RIGHT in being mistaken; atleast we can give it the ‘benefit of doubt’ – as fragrance is very likely to be from an external source than oneself! However, if peace is an approach – how can it ever be outside of oneself?

    That is where the english word misleads – making it a sort of destination – but if we give a little thought to those words as well – reconciliation – who can bring about a reconciliation but oneself? reconciliation of what? – one’s expectations & results? between one’s desires & deserves? Getting to Silence – is to remove NOISE; remove AGITATION; – both indicative of the fact that NO ONE ELSE can get us ‘there’….

    The Indifference to Pain & Pleasure is at the root of it… perhaps a fundamental shift in the approach to living is demanded … pain and pleasure as masters tell us is a result of labeling – based on the temporal ‘feel’ / ‘mood’ we are in at that instant… because what was ‘pain’ later turns to ‘pleasure’ and vice versa in all our experiences… Yet we do not get past this reacting to pain & pleasure …. thats why PEACE was made so PEACEFUL, to give us this INCENTIVE to go beyond…. but perhaps we get to glimpses & fall back as peace becomes pleasurable and not PEACE. perhaps we lack the persistence to see through; to go beyond and also perhaps we see that there are hardly a few who have gone beyond & majority is ‘similar to me’ we ‘reconcile’ and ‘accept’ the ‘incapability’ and therefore it becomes like the ‘darwinian’ ‘use & disuse’ of capacity leading to enhancement or reduction in the capability itself (in this case a sheer DROP in our capacity of persistence)

    Behavioral Economists tell us that we are extremely ‘lazy’ – we want to conserve energies a lot & hence by default do not ‘think’ and resort to habits, instant reactions to behave in the normal course of life. This is most appropriate for a lifestyle where your life depended on a HIGH energy RUSH once or twice a day & rest of the day being dormant or automaton driven – like the Hunter Gathers that we were… even now we are but we are hunting & gathering fame / power / wealth rather than food & these things require a different ‘pattern’ of thinking very different from the one required for food!!

    Getting to peace requires us to engage deeply with ourselves, reconciling our agitations; reducing our levels of ‘noise’ within, etc and it is a TOUGH habit to develop… But behavioral economists keep reminding us that just as we have got rid of most of our physical limitations by acknowledging them & then creating systems that make us work around them; so too can we get around our cognitive limitations of being ‘lazy’….

    The fathers of Behavioral Economics – Kahneman & Tversky – have observed that our brain works leveraging 2 types of system – System 1 – the default FAST AUTOMATON & System 2 – the deliberate, SLOW CREATOR. We need both; we needed system 1 more when we were hunter gatherers & now we need to use system 2 more….

    a small peek into their book Thinking Fast & Slow is in the link below – this is a book worth reading as it gives us loads of scientific insights into our limitations (of course the scriptures told us SO long long ago – but we need ‘hard evidence’ you see!!)

    http://lianagiorgi.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/our-lazy-brains-thinking-fast-and-slow-by-daniel-kahneman/

    So to get to peace, we need to become more deliberate with our way to life; we need to become observant & perhaps start living like TIME – the witness – who is indifferent to the ‘pains’ & ‘pleasures’ who has an ‘object’ oriented – lotus leaf in water like view of life….

    More Power to System 2!! (but it is a energy drainer – so keep all the Diwali Mithai’s & Dry Fruits Handy – so you don’t feel so drained whenever you live life as a witness till it becomes second nature & moves to System 1 – the energy con servant SELF!)

    Wishes on the Festive Season & Let us give PEACE a chance, a window to enter & fill our lives eternally with JOY / ANANDA / BLISS…

    Cheers!

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    • Dilip says:

      Sriram my friend your response goes in the very core of the term PEACE. You have bought out the essence of Peace in a very convincing way. From my side I am going to practice the following as faithfully as I can🙂

      “Getting to Silence – is to remove NOISE; remove AGITATION; – both indicative of the fact that NO ONE ELSE can get us ‘there”.

      “Getting to peace requires us to engage deeply with ourselves, reconciling our agitations; reducing our levels of ‘noise’ within, etc and it is a TOUGH habit to develop…”.

      Thanks my friend for this awesome response. Cheers🙂

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  23. Sooo true Dilip. Margie

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  24. simple truth of life and yet so difficult to attain.. we run after useless things ..

    lovely thought Dilip sir..

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  25. burgessart says:

    A simple truth with profound implications. Thanks Dilip

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  26. Lubna says:

    You are so right. Running after spiritual classes is not always the key, though it may work for some. One needs to look within.

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  27. very simple but yet very deep…

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  28. Binky says:

    True, though sometimes hard to do.

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  29. Very true. Thank you so much Dllip for reminding us!🙂

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  30. soumyav says:

    A real noble thought!

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  31. Seems reasonable as there ain’t gonna be no peace on the outside.

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