Gaur Gopal Das is one of the most popular and sought-after monks and life coaches in the world, and has shared his wisdon with millions of people.
In his debut book, Life’s Amazing Secrets, Das distils his experiences and lessons about life into a light-hearted, thought-provoking book that will help you align yourself with life you want to live.
Here are some of the profound lessons by Gaur Gopal Das that will help you find balance and purpose in life:
Just like our tongue can be obsessed with something stuck in our teeth, our mind has a default setting to be obsessed about the negative.
Stop and reflet on your life regularly. Pressing a pause button to practice gratitude is the way to make it a constant in your life.
Gratitude is not merely an emotion; it is a way of life which can be learnt and practiced. We must prioritize the time to practice gratitude, and one of the many ways to do is by writing a gratitude log daily.
When things are beyond your control and there is nothing you can do, why worry?
Think: Is it in my control? If yes, you can do something about it. If no you cannot do anything about it. Therefore, in both circumstances, why worry?
Spiritual practice is the foundation of our happiness. It guides us in times of our turmoil and grounds us in times of joy.
We need to understand the hierarchy of connections. Ultimately, we must connect to something above ourselves such as God. This can give us the power to spread happiness and joy around the world.
We should deal with each other sensitively; our attitude towards life affects how we act in our relationships.
We must be sensitive with our words and actions. Being sensitive means to think about how the other person may feel before we say or do something.
One’s instinct or general attitude does not discriminate between things and people. Treating things badly can affect our attitude negatively, which may percolate into our relationships.
There are many ways to perceive others. We should start choosing the one which magnifies the positive and avoids the negative.
Seeing the best in people can be challenging at times, especially when we are in constant proximity to them.
It is strange that sword and words have the same letters. Even more strange is that they have the same effect if not handled properly.
Forgiveness is a complex concept. We must understand it thoroughly to be able to internalize it.
If we are hurt by someone’s words, try to understand why they spoke them. When people act harshly towards us, most of the time they are suffering too. This is empathy.
Rather than being affected by the emotion of guilt by saying, ‘I am wrong,’ or anger by saying, ‘You are wrong,’ we should separate the I or the You and deal with the wrong.
Our relationships are stronger when they contain a spiritual component. There are three different ways to become good friends with someone.
At work we tend to compare and compete with others, instead of comparing and competing with ourselves.
To find your purpose in life, you must go on a journey of self-discovery.
Spirituality helps develop good character. It is character that shines bright when words fail to do so.
Live your life in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God, will come to know God because they know you.
You can be completely selfish, completely selfless or any of the combinations in between. Life is a journey from being selfish to becoming selfless.
The philosophy of an ice cream is: Enjoy it before it melts. The philosophy of a candle is: Give light to others before it melts. In order to be happy, we should shift our attitude from being an ice cream to a candle, from being selfish to selfless. This is shown through service.
That’s all folks!