Hi friends lets dip into our depths and interpret the quote below meaningfully. Of course there are no right or wrong answers. Feel free and share your thoughts.

The real.......

My own understanding is that what is permanent in life is ‘real’ and that which can perish is unreal. To be in a state of perpetual happiness and bliss even in tough times is to have implicit belief – in our ‘inner self’. It is our ‘inner-self’ that is permanent. Every other thing that we possess is temporary and on losing it we feel pain. Will it not be wonderful to seek our identity in our inner-selves and remain stable and in peace in all situations – good or bad?

This does not imply that we become recluses. It means if we believe our inner-selves are eternal and we become fearless. With this belief we can our lives fully and joyfully without attachment to the temporary. For being attached to something that is short-lived can only cause pain. You buy a beautiful car a BMW or a Mercedes and feel happy but the next day it gets dented and your happiness is gone. So lets enjoy life in full awareness of the ‘real’.

Lets remain anchored to the permanence in us.

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. maureenrose7 says:

    how beautifully this is explained very nice to read🙂

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  2. Great interpretation and love the quote!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh yes this quote is by an enlightened soul who has awakened many followers from India as well as in the world at large. He himself lived as a commoner in a ordinary street in a town near Mumbai.

      Thank you dear Indah for drawing attention to this eternal wisdom and refreshing my thoughts on this.

      With respectful regards!

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  3. Reblogged this on dog biting its leg and commented: ❤ Gratitude🙂

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  4. Gaurav R Arora says:

    Reality is what actually exist and unreal is like a dream where it’s only the thought that alone exists. Mind is very powerful; making dream (unreal) into reality can be done through the power of determination and Positive thinking (The Secret). We just unnecessarily complicate our life. I agree with Melissa and Dheeman that real joy and happiness in knowing who I am on the inside, we just have to choose to be happy and keep choosing it everyday.

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  5. luchaniktravel says:

    Absolutely wonderful quote! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Madhu says:

    Well said! And great advice for an increasingly materialistic populace🙂

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  8. manju says:

    This post is certainly thought-provoking!

    I agree with you that ‘what is permanent in life is ‘real’ and that which can perish is unreal’. Yes, our inner-self is permanent and thus real.

    It is said that “Brahman is the only truth, the world is unreal”. And sages have said that ultimately the individual’s inner self and Brahman are one. So the inner self is real.

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  9. Excellent post Dilip! It is always good to be reminded of what we should be seeking for and not what society tells us will make us happy. Because of my spiritual beliefs, I find real joy and happiness in knowing who I am on the inside. I think if more people could understand that real and eternal happiness comes from knowing who you are and where, hopefully, you will be one day, there would be a great deal more peace in this world.
    I think what is “real” are those things that can’t be defined by the measuring sticks of society: love, peace, good relationships, and our spiritual natures. Because to me, what is “real” is what lasts eternally, just as the quote implies.
    Blessings to you for a wonderful 2013,
    Melissa

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hello Melissa,
      Your response reveals your own deep understanding of the Inner Being. And that is exactly what the quote tries to convey.

      Thank you for enlightening and enriching this post.

      With kind regards,
      Dilip

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  10. This makes me think too hard, LOL! margie

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  11. suhas says:

    You said it, my dear sir. YOU SAID IT. You told the highest truth.
    Be happy; be your own self. Every one has a role to play in this world Play own role honestly ..
    This world has enough to crave for, but do you need all that??. Introspection is an answer.

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    • Dilip says:

      Suhas I entirely agree with you – ‘Introspection is an answer’. And yes we all must play our roles faithfully to be in Peace.

      Thank you my friend for your kind response!

      Cheers🙂

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  12. dheeman says:

    Dear Sir,

    Nice Car example🙂 Well, it is a very interesting quote you have got there. I realize it truly by looking at our society now a days. The idea of materialism, and possible access to the lifestyle of a few fortunate are the drivers of ambition now a days. It is one thing to progress, and to designate the possession and consumption of goods and services which do not conform with the needs of the individual as progress. I would like to give the example of Warren Buffet here. He purchased a five-bedroom house in Omaha in 1958 for $31,500 and has lived there ever since. Buffett doesn’t spend his money on electronics and reportedly doesn’t carry a cell phone or have a computer at his desk. Now, the volume of information needed to make a decision to invest billions of dollars into a company is certainly more than the volume of information needed by a teenager to live! Buffett could afford a whole fleet of limousines to be at his beck and call, he prefers to drive himself and owns a Cadillac DTS, which comes in at a modest $50,000 or so. When it comes to entertainment, the investment mogul shuns splashy parties and trips and spends his time playing bridge.

    We all need to look into ourselves, and analysre what will truely make us happy, rather than following gimmicks and adverts which claim that their products and services will make us happy. Only then, I hope, our society can transform into a true Utopian society.

    Regards,

    Dheeman.

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    • Dilip says:

      That is lovely response Dheeman. Yes you have amplified the essence of the quote very well. And Warren Buffet’s example is perfect in this context. Thank you my friend.
      🙂

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    • Dheeman,
      I did not know those things about Warren Buffet, what an excellent example! I have seen both sides of life. I have friends who are wealthy and think that somehow the next gadget, car, or materialistic object will bring them happiness. They confuse pleasure with real internal joy.
      Yet, I have also known many who live with almost nothing. They live in shacks and struggle for their daily food. But it seems almost as if those are the people who are happier because they take nothing for granted.
      I find real happiness in knowing who I am on the inside. I know where I came from, I know why I am here on earth and I know where I ultimately hope to end up one day. It doesn’t mean every day is perfect or that I don’t get sad sometimes, but I do think I have more peace than the average person knowing where my path will someday lead me.

      Blessings to you in this new year,
      Melissa

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      • dheeman says:

        Hi Melissa,

        Thanks for your kind reply🙂. It is really good to know that you live by your own principles and have shaped up your thought process so beautifully. In fact, it is a reality that many of us hanker after material wealth thinking that it will bring them happiness, and exhaust themselves looking for that.

        There is a beautiful poem by the great Rabindranath Tagore, a 19th century Nobel laureate Indian Poet :

        I traveled miles, for many a year,
        I spent a lot in lands afar,
        I’ve gone to see the mountains, the oceans I’ve been to view.
        But I haven’t seen with these eyes
        Just two steps from my home lies
        On a sheaf of paddy grain, a glistening drop of dew.

        What lies within us, is the essence of happiness.

        Cheers and have a great year ahead!!

        Dheeman.

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  13. Binky says:

    That’s a good way to look at it. Unfortunately I think we are becoming more and more materialistic, even though things do not matter. I like to think of things as tools. If it allows you to do something important, then it has value. But I think we would be a lot better off if we concentrated on what we do, not what we have.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Binky what you say is true! Being materialistic gives us a temporary feeling of satisfaction but on the other hand it makes us vulnerable to pain and despair (when we lose them).
      Cheers🙂

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  14. Otrazhenie says:

    Very well said, Dilip🙂

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  15. Arindam Saha says:

    Here is what I feel on the topic…

    I agree with the quote. ‘Unreal never lived’. On the other hand, I would say that “Real never lives” PLUS “Real never changes”. The only tricky part remains “What are the things which are born, live and die (like the car in the example cited)?” Apparently they are not real as they die; also they are not unreal as the lived…

    How do we explain those?

    According to me what I consider to be real is that “everyone seeks happiness”. This according to me is the (probably) sole reality. What is the car then (or the things which live and die)? They are ways and means adopted by the people to fulfill this real desire (the search of happiness). For a person owning the car; the car becomes the ‘form’ of happiness. But mind you! it is not the car which gives you the happiness. It is the pride of travelling ‘faster’ or travelling ‘luxuriously’ (ultimately it is the pride of boasting which matters) which gives you happiness. That is why a person is sad when his car is stolen or another person buys a ‘better’ car.

    Open for discussions…

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      So nice to read your interpretation Arindam. In fact when we apply our minds to the statements of Enlightened masters it opens our mind. You are right all material things are meant to be only objects for ‘use’ and not for getting attached to them.

      Yes perhaps the Master implies ‘Real’ to be the eternal soul. And anyone who connects with ‘That’ is in a state of happiness (ananda).

      Thanks for your comments🙂

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  16. You speak the truth, dear Dilip! And this is even more so when we strive to better our selves every day…
    Thank you for these wise words.🙂

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