Just 7 Days

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 (Second Edition-2013)

Just 7 Days to Excellence:

                The whole purpose of life is to live a happy, healthy and contented life. All of us strive for it; work towards it and deep inside feel that it is the ultimate goal.

Somehow, somewhere the right knowledge about the basic principles governing our lives on Earth got missed and we are left to drag on with whatever we have learnt from our parents, environment and school education. Sermons and advices also don’t work as they are difficult to be converted into practice.

Have you ever introspected and felt that you could have achieved more in life or wondered why despite everything being well things don’t work out to your satisfaction.

People often complain about lack of time while the real problem is lack of direction. In addition to the basic sources of knowledge, thousands of books are available in the market, yet it is difficult to choose which book could give proper direction and put your life on the right track.

Just 7 Days to Excellence’ and its counterpart in Hindi Keval 7 Din Aapke Jeewan Ko Badal Sakte Hain’ is a unique book of its own kind. Step-by step the book unfolds a practical philosophy for everyone’s day to day living. The guidance runs through a fictional story-a beautiful blend of fiction and reality. It is written in the form of a story of a young IIT graduate, making the reading interesting from beginning to the end.

The facts of existence: The Supreme One (God) governing the Universe, His Creation, Yuga Cycles and the trio Body, Mind and Soul have been discussed together for the first time in a book for general readers. A practical guide to the right way of living.

Whoever you are and whatever age or level of achievement you are, from Nadir to Fakir, you will feel inspired and would like to keep this book as a daily guide on your shelves.

Where to find?

The book is available, English (Hard Bound) and Hindi (Paperback) for Rs. 200/- and Rs.150/- respectively, from the following sources:

Publishers-Unistar Books Private Limited, SCO 26-27, Sector 34 A, Chandigarh, India. Phones;91172-5077427, 5077428, 5089761.

Capital Book Depot, SCO 2, 1st Floor, Sector 17, and all leading booksellers in Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Ashoka Copy House, SCF No.7,Sector 15, Chandigarh (near Rama Flour Millls) Phone nos.0172- 2595598, Mob: 9815046698.

On line from www.flipkart.com and www.amazon.in.

What some of the readers say about the book:

-The psychological miseries and dilemmas brought out in the book remind us of Chetan Bhagat’s novels, which unfold the hollowness lying beneath the colourful surface of careerism. The difference is that Bhagat’s novels deal more with the problem, while the present one has been written to convey solutions. ——————-Review by The Tribune, Chandigarh.

a spellbindingly brilliant book.

-Highly inspiring.

-One of the best books I have read over a long time. It made my ‘Top 5 Books’ of all times.

-The book is a presentation of nuggets of wisdom.

– An absolute delight to read. Can’t put it down. Very inspiring. Very moving—–      M.T.Curtis, Phd Physics, London UK

-I love the book. I am so inspired by it. It is one of the best books I have read——-   C.Rogers, Essex, UK

-I think it is a very important book that tells a worldwide story—–  Zackharrison, Atlanta, USA

-Thank you very much for giving me your treasured book. There are so many pearls of wisdom in your book——Anna Marie (ex- Air Hostess) Atlanta, USA.

FOREWORD  TO THE BOOK

     Just 7 Days——-to excellence

                             (A practical guide to the highest goal of human life)

The process of life from childhood to old age brings its own rewards and challenges. Life’s governing machinery ‘mind’ pulls it on its even and uneven roads depending upon its own development. In a normal human being this wondrous faculty of mind remains focused generally on world perceivable by senses. Its emotional involvement further complicates the process and affects our decision making capacity. Despite knowledge of many details of the psychophysical realm the mind lacks knowledge of fundamental truths.

The lower types of humanity in all nations’ finds pleasure in the senses while the cultured and educated find it in thought, philosophy, in arts and sciences. Spirituality is still on a higher plane as the subject in this case in Infinite Force. The pleasure here is the highest for those who make efforts and appreciate it.

Swami Vivekananda said:

The main string of every race lies in its spirituality; the death of that race begins the day when spiritualism wanes and materialism takes over. If we read history of all the nations between the lines ,we will find that rise of the nation came with an immense increase in the number of men pursuing spirituality and the fall began when the pursuit of the Infinite ceased.

The goal of human life cannot be mere taking birth, maturing to childhood, adulthood, marriage, children, acquiring house, property and then disappearing into oblivion. There must be some higher purpose which becomes visible only when we start connecting ourselves to the Force which enlivens and sustains our lives and gives it a direction to satisfy all our needs and aspirations.

Mind control thus becomes the most important learning factor in the school of life. The Book besides placing before the reader practical ways of mind control, purely on scientific basis, also attempts to give fundamental knowledge about the Supreme Force, its Creation, the Yuga cycles affecting lives on earth, knowledge about Bodies, Mind and Soul, Balanced living and achieving excellence in all walks of life. 

The contents in the book’ Just 7 Days'( Published recently and available on www.flipkart.com) go through the story of a young IIT graduate entering into the world and getting confused and lost. Participation in a spiritual workshop for seven days inspires him and puts him on a journey to achieve all around success.

 

c Introduction

 

Common man on earth is bewildered and confused in the dark alleys in which he finds himself at this time of history. Being a child of God his one side pulls him to his home in God and the other side keeps him engaged in fruitless activities born out of ego. Greed, hatred, jealousies have become a part of his life on earth.

Whole of the humanity has been under the influence of darkest period (700BC to 1700 AD) of the Yuga cycle of 24,000 years. During this period man went into complete ignorance and was unable to comprehend finer forces of nature. Though he has now left behind that period and is moving into new light the legacy of earlier periods is hanging on to him. This is the time when he needs encouragement from liberated souls to show him way out of the darkness. Although natural working of the universe is that as we advance through life, we will be sent specific people and circumstances to teach us the lessons we most need to learn at that stage of life yet humans have to become aware of this reality through their own efforts and get serious in learning the lessons.

 

With the awakening of higher consciousness we find all around upsurge in spirituality. More and more people are gathering around spiritually enlightened saints to listen to their discourses. More and more religious places of worship are coming up. We often listen and read that surrender to God is the remedy for divine realization or that recitation of some specific mantras will help attain divine attunement. We are also taught to be sincere, honest and efficient, to love all equally, practice humility, practice forgiveness, to  be fearless, have positive attitude, be simple ,have no desires, etc. We, however find ourselves unable to practically adopt any such qualities. Our thoughts are mostly dominated by material desires and trivial things.

Sitting at the base and looking at the top will not help us to get to the top. We have to seek ladders and learn climbing. The ladders are with God-realized souls and they are the only one who can make us learn climbing to accelerate our progress in the realization of God.

Many people have talked about God, have wondered about Him and read about Him but few have really realized Him. Only those who have realized Him know Him. It is like being unable to describe the taste of an orange till it has actually been tasted.

Man because of his innate nature as soul often gets pulled towards God but is not able to make a real effort. He is not opposed to listening talks about God but finds himself helpless when those don’t lead him to conclusions. The delusion/Maya is so strong to an average man that most of the time he finds himself succumbed to it. Thoughts and talks of God remain only in flashes in the background.

Almost all of us find ourselves in dark alleys showing neither any path nor the goal to which we are heading to. The dogmatic beliefs in religions provide only some solace but not the satisfaction the soul needs. The twenty-first century man is not opposed to religion. He is rather indifferent to it and confused like Arjuna in the battlefield. He is not an atheist nor an agnostic, nor a skeptic of the nineteenth-century type. The change in attitude towards religion is mainly on account of coming up of higher yugas and abundant availability of books written by realized souls and also due to phenomenal advances in scientific thought and communication technology. Man’s conception of the Universe does not contradict the existence of God as Supreme Being beyond the range of sense perceptions. The modern man does not deny God but has a tendency to ignore Him.

The point is this. If we do not include in our scheme of life any higher existence beyond, our minds naturally become focused on the world perceivable by the senses. As a result the sensuous outlook on life prevails. Knowledge is cultivated for material ends. Sense appetites are insatiable by nature. If not regulated they debase the mind.

While the spiritual outlook on life tends to strengthen man’s moral nature, the sensuous outlook weakens it. Reason does not properly function unless the mind is free from emotional involvement. Mere intelligence without inner purity often turns a man into a clever animal capable of exploiting the world. Another deficiency of the modern mind is its lack of knowledge of the fundamental truths, despite its knowledge of many details of the psychophysical realm. We need the knowledge of the unseen in order to understand the seen. To realize oneness of the individual self with the Supreme Self is the goal of human life.

Connecting ourselves to God (The Supreme Force), the only Reality and the repository of all virtues paves the way for our own excellence. Connection to the Supreme Force presupposes love and love presupposes knowledge of Him. Without knowing we cannot love and without love we cannot succeed.

In order to develop love for God and make efforts to know Him this book is an attempt to place before the reader plain and known facts relating to the Supreme Force, His creative Force, the Universe, the World Yuga cycles and about man’s own existence on earth which normally remain ignored. Love for Him will prompt us to sit in meditation on Him and reap the highest benefits of life. The book also contains practical ways to do individual meditations as well as conducted meditations in groups.

Whole drama of creation revolves around the miracle faculty of mind. No doubt it is as hard to control as the wind yet the scriptures of various religions aver and the evolved souls tell us that the mind can be brought under control with practice and detachment. The mind is our tool to practice and struggle and it is also our goal on perfection.

The book also attempts to give practical knowledge in effective mind control and how regular practice and sincerity of approach can put it on road to excellence in all fields. All of us know that when the mind is calm, quiet and peaceful how it is able to take right decisions at right times. Also included in the book are glimpses and solutions leading to man’s overall welfare and happiness on earth. In just 7 days of an enlightening workshop it endeavors to place before the reader a blue print, a package of ways leading to realization of truth.

With the development of spiritual outlook on life a person clearly apprehends the true purpose of life. The world we live in, howsoever real it may appear to be, is far from an ideal existence. It gives no assurance even for the fulfillment of our legitimate hopes and desires.

The story revolves around a young IIT graduate, how he enters the world and joins Corporate Sector in Information Technology field, gets involved and then confused; how he is able to come out of it and in just 7 days finds his path to excellence and helps others to see the light and bring inspirational improvements in Corporate Sector.

As a human being like all others, my heart throbs with love for people. This prompted me to write and share with you experiences of my own life. This writing is a sort of prayer for the reader who may like to similarly pray for others when he goes through the lines of this book.

 

 

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