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This Christmas Season




The Christmas season has become so commercial, hurried, and even stressful at times. There are so many things on our to-do lists. At the same time, it is the season to cherish family and friends, to experience joy by giving gifts and to enjoy the lights and Christmas music. Each year, as I think about Christmas, I become joyful, and at the same time, anxious. My senses bathe in the Christmas sights and sounds, and yet I fret over what I should buy everyone on my Christmas list, when I know they already have everything.

This year I thought about adding God to my Christmas list. Now, that is someone who definitely has everything He wants. What could I possibly give God? Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is to give God thanks for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me. I have much for which to be thankful. I decided to Google Bible verses about giving gifts to God and what kind of gifts please Him. Do you know what came up? Lists of gifts God gives to us! There was one verse that I remembered from Psalms 51:16-17:

For you have no delight in sacrifice;
    if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.


A broken and contrite heart is when one experiences sorrow for the sins he has committed, a deep genuine sorrow causing one to become humbled. I have felt this many times, more than I can count. I pray that God will forgive me and guide me in the future. I know in my heart that all God desires is that we love Him and love our fellow human beings. He asks us to be kind and compassionate, generous and caring. In the hustle and bustle of this season of Christ’s birth, I have decided to make it a priority to truly enjoy and appreciate those who He has placed in my life, my friends, family, co-workers and all the students He has entrusted in my care. I will enjoy even the passersby in my life, who I may only meet once in my life, my fellow shoppers, salespeople, drivers, everyone. I will slow down long enough to experience the joy of the Christmas season.

This means that I will forgive the crazy driver who cuts me off, almost hitting my car, to take the parking space I was pulling in to. I will politely forgive the shopper, who jumps in front of me to hurriedly grab the last item on the shelf that I was reaching for. I will forgive the rude salesperson, who becomes impatient with me because I cannot find my credit card in my purse. Forgiveness is the greatest gift we can offer God, especially if we forgive those who have hurt us deeply without cause.

Christ is our example. He never sinned, which means He never hurt anyone. He was always kind and compassionate, full of love for everyone. Yet, He was rejected, mocked, beaten and crucified. Some were offended by the truth He spoke, but even the truth did not warrant such hostility and violence. As Jesus hung dying on the cross, He forgave His executioners and all those who hated Him. His heart remained pure. This is the purpose of forgiveness. We forgive to keep our hearts pure, free from bitterness and hatred.

Join me this Christmas season in giving a gift to God. Appreciate all those who He has placed in your lives. Spend quality time with your friends and family. Thank God and thank all those in your life who have blessed you. Show kindness and compassion to everyone you meet. Forgive everyone. Reconcile with anyone from whom you may be estranged. Put the bitterness and ill-feelings in the past. When you do, you will truly experience the joy of Christ and have greater cause to celebrate his birth.    

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Blocks to Freedom

Why many don’t truly break free from their addictions is because the things being used are usually addressed as what needs to be changed. When what causes the reaching is changed, the addictions fall away.

Our true essence underneath all this false identification is always there, it’s just not known because it’s blocked out. It can be likened to our arteries becoming clogged and blocking the blood to our heart, which keeps our heart from operating properly. This is what happens to us when we block our true nature from arising, we don’t operate in properly. Both blockages are detrimental to our physical and spiritual well being. They both lead to death unless the blockage is undone. In the physical form when the arteries become clogged the heart will eventually stop. In the spiritual form our blockage leads to the death of our spirit. Both cases are equally as deadly and it isn’t always known that its occurring until it is to late.

Many things contribute to our blockage and if this isn’t understood, the blockage will remain. The blockage cannot get undone on its own, hence a broken mind can’t fix itself, when it’s realized the blockage is there, steps can be taken to alleviate it. When you change what causes the blockage, the blockage falls always. You don’t change the actual blockage, you change what causes it. Why most people don’t change is because they are trying to change the blockage instead of what causes it. This is the exact reason why many don’t truly break free from addictions, the things being used are usually addressed as what needs to be changed. Understanding why there’s a needs to reach for anything is the only way the true freedom from the bondage of addiction will ever truly be experienced.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/30/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am pressing my imagination for my ideal future with inspiring images, inspiring music, and inspiring history for a healthier life! I am pressing forward with healthier thinking, healthier communication, and healthier living supporting my imagination! I am thriving better when I encourage myself to be, think, and live healthier during my present moments…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros
Life Guide and Author

Celebrate Life

We are here simply because of the Universe. Life is the Universe’s celebration in the manifestation of our human form and love is our true nature. To awaken to this is to awaken to the celebration of life…

We need not wait for the holidays to celebrate life. Everyday is a holiday because being alive is a celebration of life manifested from the love of the Universe and we are the gift; the present of the Universe to the world. If you don’t think this is so it isn’t because of life, it’s because of the way you are viewing it. You’re probably saying if the Universe is love what about all the unpleasant things that occur in life, or the unloving nature of some of the things experienced. None of this is produced by the Universe, they’re a direct result of the conditioned behavior of humans. The Universe doesn’t directly produce anything. Everything naturally arises as a manifestation of its love because it’s only capable of love. Humans on the other hand are another story. We have the capacity to cause so much destruction, but no matter what we do it will never be our true nature. That will always be based in love, it’s just the way we’ve been conditioned that makes this unknown.

Our celebration is an everyday occurrence and although one day our celebration will not be manifested in this form, our true nature as love will always be. This is the way it is because this is the way the Universe is and since we are a present of the Universe, our nature is always love. When a gift is given to someone in the spirit of love, no matter what happens after the gift is given, it will never take away that it was given in love. No matter how hardened one becomes by their conditioning, love will always be their true nature. Know this truth and you will make everyday a holiday and life will be the celebration that the Universe intended it to be.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/29/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am blessed with this breath to enjoy my life how I desire and communicate how good I feel while enjoying my life! I am blessed with this mind to amuse my life how I desire and to positively think how good I desire to make my life! I am blessed with this body to take action upon my thoughts while enjoying my life, sharing my bliss, and celebrating my success…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros
Life Guide and Author

Limits of Thinking

Human behavior hasn’t changed much over time, it may have actually gotten more conditioned. Thinking is just the way the Conditioned Mind keeps one in its prison to the delusional self.

To truly live one must learn to be true to thyself and this will require an entirely different way to view life. For the current view to become different so you’re in harmony with life, our heart must open to a view that touches the unlimited resources of the Universe. This means you will have to let go of the small minded limited self who thinks and thinks and thinks and holds onto thinking as the foundation of life. If you must think, think about this, where do all the issues you have with life formulate from and does your thinking about them constantly really solve anything? If it does than go ahead and think, but don’t waste you time thinking about things that have no solution.

Thinking is just the way the Conditioned Mind keeps one in its prison to the delusional self. You justify what you’re thinking about, but it doesn’t solve anything, you just become more engrained to your subconscious false “I”. You make what you think about soooo important, but it’s really only important to your small self because you’re not in tune with the unlimited resources of the Universe. Human behavior hasn’t changed much over time, it may have actually gotten more conditioned. Because of the small minded limited view that’s developed, you think what you think about is so important, but its only important to the small minded limited self. Wake up, nothing you think about is so important except to the Conditioned Mind. This is the delusion created and until one breaks free of this hold, you will be walking around not living in a loving manner. Basically by not living life in a loving manner, you are not truly living and you will remain blind to just how limited you truly are.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/28/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am willing to continue forward for every reason I have to accomplish and achieve until I am completely and genuinely satisfied! I am strong enough to continue forward through my continued hard work, dedication, persistence, and perseverance! I am more than capable and able to continue forward as I have been…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros
Life Guide and Author

I AM CHEAP, AND I AM PROUD OF IT !!!

We Indians are the cheapest tribe in this whole world. Even shopping for vegetables gives us fatal hypertension and maybe even a cardiac arrest. The price of any one vegetable has to go up by just a measly 5 rupees and the poor Indian shopper is tearing his hair, 'Why did I not horde up 10 kilos of onions last week when the price was only Rs 45? Oh my Merciful Lord! Why did you not guide me, when your guidance was required the most? I think I'm gonna kill myself !'
(And the amount the bugger would have saved is a measly 50 rupees, while his monthly income is more than 100,000 rupees. The savings are peanuts and almost inconsequential when compared to the fellow's income.)
But these can be very emotionally stressful and psychologically draining for the woeful and doleful dirt-cheap Indian shopper.
What if the prices of rice went up by 50 rupees? I think we shall all fast and survive on water till the prices come back to what we believe are reasonable.
But ask any Indian about their cheapness. 'No SIR, WE LIKE TO CALL IT BEING ECONOMICAL AND BEING THRIFTY'. But the fact of the matter we Indians are cheap like shit, and we are actually very proud of our cheapness and have made a virtue out it. :-)

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Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/27/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am the one responsible for measuring my worth, and I agree that I am worthy for awesome adventures and grand events I desire to experience! I am the one responsible for measuring my value, and I agree that I am valuable for loving relationships and blessed interactions I desire to benefit from! I am positively focusing upon my ideal adventures, events, experiences, relationships, and interactions…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros
Life Guide and Author

Taken By Surprise

When things happen to you that take you by surprise, will you be ready for it or will you revert to the self that’s based in the world and go in the opposite direction of your spiritual nature.

It seems that things always happen to other people. When the news is watched, it’s about other people. When there are stories at work, it’s about someone else. Others seem to be the ones that get sick, or have tragedies occur in their life. It’s even other people who are the ones that die, but what happens when it’s your turn? We’ll not the die part, but the other things, sickness, others death, loss of jobs, or things like house fires, or floods, these are but a few of the things that can definitely knock one off their spiritual direction. There are many hours spent practicing, sitting, reading, discussing beliefs, and philosophy, but what happens when push comes to shove and there isn’t time but to react to what occurs because it has taken you by surprise? Many times it seems the so called spiritual direction is thrown aside and the deeper inner psyche takes over. I know for me when I get caught by surprise, my reactions tend to revert back to the deeply rooted psyche of a self that has been in place for many many years. This self only deems things beneficial that are of world, and as far as spiritual direction is concerned, it doesn’t see it as much of a benefit.

It has been my observation that this self is what most people revert to in times of stress. I have found by being with life as it occurs, although one may not react in the way that has been practiced or is desired, what’s in the current psyche has to be accepted for what it is. This is because things don’t always happen to the other person, and this awareness that things happen to everyone is a reality that unless accepted with no if, ands, or buts, it will keep one assuming that things only happen to someone else. So the question is, when things do happen to you as they most certainly will, and you are taken by surprise, will you be ready for it or will you revert to the self of the world and go in the opposite direction of your spiritual nature.

The Same Space

Nothing is inherently who you are, but inherently you are all things. If you can truly sit and just be in the space of what is, you will see everything is of the same space.

I know the Law of Attraction states conceive it and you will achieve it, but what my experience has been is visualize it and it is done. When I sit and visualize something I am there. Whether it’s playing a musically instrument, singing, being rich, emanating peace, being love, or anything else, to me this is so because nothing is inherently who you are, but inherently you are all things. Read this slowly and allow it to sink in: Nothing is inherently who you are, but inherently you are all things. This requires the non attachment to any mental formation of what’s actually occurring or what’s being visualized. Because everything is inherently impermanent the only way visualization is blocked is by attachment to the emotional aspect of something. I could visualize a conceived reality or be with the given moment as it is and they are truly one in the same; that is as long as there isn’t attachment.

Because everything passes, yesterday’s dream is no different than yesterday’s memory of what went on and because of this it also includes whatever is visualized. The key here is in not needing the present moment any different than what it is. Don’t attach to it and just allow the energy to flow. Attachment is a story, the past is a story even though it may have happened, it’s not happening now so if there isn’t attachment to it, it becomes no different than a dream, a memory, or a visualization. You may or may not achieve what is conceived regardless of how much you conceive it, but if you can truly sit and just be in the space of what is visualized, you will see everything is of the same space.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/26/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I feel better knowing I have done a good deed where I can! I feel good knowing I have done my best regardless of where I am! I feel great knowing I have given and shared regardless of who it is! I feel blessed knowing I have loved, I am loved, and have the opportunity to continue loving! I feel thankful for all that I have received, for what I currently have, and for all that I am desiring to receive in the future…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros

Music of the Heart

We all hear what we hear. Some are fortunate to hear the music of love, but some only hear the same old song of the Conditioned Mind that blocks one from hearing the beautiful music of the heart.

Life plays its sounds in many different ways which produces very different music to each individual, and although all of those sounds arise from silence, the music that’s heard is dependent on one’s conditioning. What do you hear? For many years the sounds I heard caused responses that were very destructive and because of this, the beautiful music of life was missed more often than not. More and more this is seen today and it’s because more and more the lies that caused the beautiful music to be missed are being exposed. To me even though life is very visual, it’s interpreted through what is heard. One sees with the eyes and it’s interpreted through what the Conditioned Mind says which means it will not be heard as love. When something is seen without applying a label, it’s interpreted through the silence of the heart and it’s truly heard for what it is; one’s reactions are loving when from the heart. I’m learning more and more to hear what life is really saying instead of applying a labeling from the conditioning. One sees with the eyes, but labels from what’s heard.

When I see someone responding to life in a certain way, it can now be heard where it’s truly coming from; the heart or the head. When it’s from the head there is now compassion instead of labeling because as was the case with me, the Conditioned Mind is in control. This isn’t a judgement, it’s a fact. Life’s beautiful music can only arise from silence and when a label is applied, the silence is gone and so is the ability to hear what life truly has to offer. We all hear what we hear. Some are fortunate to hear the music of love and some only hear the same old song of the Conditioned Mind that blocks one from hearing the beautiful music of the heart.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/25/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am blessed to be here where I am with opportunities to continue enjoying myself as I truly am, enjoying loved ones as they truly are, and enjoying new interactions for new relationships for positive affecting outcomes! I am blessed to attend places I have never been and attend places I have been desiring to visit to positively affect my life! I am blessed to continue experiencing, adventuring, learning, and enjoying every day…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros
Life Guide and Author

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Please make a difference and good KARMA will come your way by helping others who have been neglected by Governments.

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Providing Light

A lighthouse is likened to a person who is awake. The design of both is to simply shine a light that provides those who may be lost with a direction to safety; that light just may be the only one a person sees.

A lighthouse is a perfect example of what it means to an instrument without needing to add a bunch of nonsense to it. All a lighthouse does is shine a light so a ship can get a safe direction when its needed. It shines its light in clear weather the same as when there’s a storm, but its usefulness has much more value in a storm. It’s foundation is solid so a storm doesn’t have much of an affect on it. It has but one purpose and that’s to shine a light to those who need it. It’s not concerned with those who aren’t in need of its light; matter of fact it doesn’t even notice. It just goes about its business shining its light. It doesn’t run around shining its light all over the place, nor would that increase its effectiveness in any way. A lighthouse is strategically placed where its effectiveness is maximized.

I look at my awakening as simply being like a lighthouse. What was revealed to me is what was revealed, I don’t try to make it into something else. I write articles to shine a light, who sees it sees it and who doesn’t isn’t really a concern. All I do is provide direction, I don’t have a way or method to be followed, I just provide a direction of a light. The usefulness of my experiences have more of an affect for those who are in the midst of a storm. My base is solid because there’s now an understanding of what I’m to do and that’s to simply be a light. I don’t have to run around and shine my light, matter of fact it is best to stand pat and just allow the beacon to shine so those who need to see it do. I am just the instrument for the Universe to strategically use me where it sees fit, the only thing I have to do is make sure the light is lit; that light just may be the only one a person sees.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/24/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am putting forth as much effort required from me to be happy, to be joyful, to be amused, and to live my life how I desire! I am going forward wherever I desire to be for my bliss, for my joy, for my amusement, and to live how I desire! I am sharing and celebrating my journey, my success, my bliss, and my desire with all who have interest along my way…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros

Natural Gratitude

Gratitude occurs naturally as does love when there’s an understanding of what’s needed to live from the heart. Although love is natural it’s not automatic, so cultivating love is when life results in gratitude.

Gratitude naturally arises from a loving heart. It isn’t produced by attaching to anything from the materiel realm. If gratitude was from the material realm it would coincide with one’s possessions and that would make a person of wealth more grateful than one who didn’t have much? The true measure of a wealthy life has nothing to do with possessions, true wealth arises from a loving heart, that’s what measures wealth. You can only be grateful when you are content with life as it is, not with the way you wish it was or how it’s wanted or expected.

Whenever you want, it means you think life needs to be in some other way, this creates suffering. Gratitude doesn’t mean everything will be as wanted, but life must be accepted as it is if one is to be at peace and invoke a grateful heart; investigate this for yourself. Gratitude will not shield you from issues, it will allow you to not make them into problems. Be grateful for your given life and you will find your loving heart, and when life is lived from a loving heart there will be harmony with yourself and with all beings. When this occurs you can’t help but to have an attitude that’s full of gratitude for life as it is, not because of what you possess, but because of the natural love that arises from your heart.

Replica Life: ON WHY I DO NOT PROMOTE MY WORK IN ROURKELA, MY HOME TOWN

Replica Life: ON WHY I DO NOT PROMOTE MY WORK IN ROURKELA, MY HOME TOWN

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/23/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am moving pass worries and concerns with confidence and courage for my sake! I am moving past challenges and obstacles with faith and action for my success! I am moving past what was and who I was for my future and what will be! I am confident, courageous, faithful, and actively creating greater moments and greater days…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros

ON WHY I DO NOT PROMOTE MY WORK IN ROURKELA, MY HOME TOWN

Once, a well-meaning gentleman from Belarus, who had read my books and who appreciates them immensely, suggested to me that I should spend money and launch myself big time in Rourkela, because this is how all great authors like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens etc grow. First they become popular in their hometown, then in their state, their country, and then the whole world, in that order.
I replied to him that nothing would be more foolhardy and counterproductive than to spend my hard earned money in trying to promote myself in my hometown. The following excerpt from my book 'The Next Door Raghu' will amply illustrate and explain why, provided you have the patience to read on (And which I don't expect from most of you in this era of Acute Attention Deficit). I did not mention the so called 'Self Help' books that many in India buy n read in a vain hope that somehow their reading of the book will enable them to be able to manipulate, influence, and imbalance others, thereby making the reader rich and/or influential. I am yet to come across anybody who has become rich and/or influential by reading these so called 'Self Help' books. I did not mention this curious n dubious phenomena in the book, as it is a book meant primarily for children, and I do not want to obfuscate them. I will continue to reach out to the book loving world, as I know in my heart that the local territory is a barren wasteland. :-)
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Anyway, as is the norm in India, Rourkela also did not boast of any serious involvement or any robust interest in art or serious literature, and the reading habit was certainly not something that stimulated the minds or fired the imaginations of most people. Most Indians like to spend their spare time gossiping, arguing, and sometimes even coming to blows, while discussing about world affairs, world politics, military conflicts and standoffs in faraway and remote nations, and other local rumors, illicit romances of aunties, etc, and many such things which are in no way concerned with them or their lives. Settling down with a good book is not our natural numero-uno choice for either revving up a jaded mind, and neither is reading a book very popular for resting and entertaining a frayed and tired mind, for a vast majority of us. The only books that most of us have read are the text books that were forced down our throat, and we had absolutely no choice other than to read them, if we ever wanted to amount to anything in our life. So, like it is in the rest of India, the definition of books began and ended with academic and school text books for a vast majority of the general populace in Rourkela. And it was not their fault either. The constant strife and unending struggle to make both ends meet in a developing country meant that art, literature, music, and craft, all had to be given a go by. Parents took extra to ensure care that their wards do not wander off into the realms of art, music, craft, and literature, and then completely lose their way, only to end up as big losers and ciphers in the rat race called ‘life in a poor country’. This was unacceptable and untenable. Most parents banished radios, magazines, tape-recorders, story books etc. from their house, from the moment their kids started school. Prevention is always better than cure. The risk of a child wandering off and being waylaid by the world of art, literature, music, and culture, and even sports, was fearsome, humongous, scary and overbearing, and also very frighteningly ominous. Every effort had to be made to keep the kids away from all this rubbish that would eventually send them into a downward tailspin of abject poverty and inconsequentiality.
The sum grand result of all this was that, even the Book Fairs in Rourkela were a place where people went into in droves, and after travelling from great distances, and after they had paid the entry fees, and then gone in, but only in the hope of landing some kind of a screaming cheap deal on some dirt cheap notebooks, cheap text books, and other school books and academic books. The Book Fairs here would be rife with parents jostling with each other, scouring for cheap note books and school books that were so prolific and available at such a throw away price, and also so dirt cheap in such a way that their initial investment of entry fees and the cost of transportation, both to and from the fair, would be more than adequately compensated and also even exceeded by the profits from the deals. The baying and hollering parents would wreak all hell loose at the Book Fair Grounds. The Book Fair would literally be taken over by the over-enthusiastic and edgy parents with their war cries of ‘Chemistry Books??’, ‘Physics Books??’, ‘Math, Math? Where are Math text books?’, ‘Cheap Notebooks?’, ‘Where are the Cheap Notebooks?’, ‘Where are the Russian text books? WHERE???????’, and so on and so forth. Every expectant father and mother would be extra vigilant that their ward gets the very best of study books and study guides. Another objective of the demanding and overzealous parents was to steal that deal on that very rare and very cheap and very hard to source text book, before anyone else could. The game plan was to create an unfair advantage for one’s children, while simultaneously disadvantaging the children of all the other rival parents. This was particularly true for the rare and highly treasured Russian text books on Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry etc. like the ones by Russian authors Irodov, Maximov, Daibov, etc. Only half a dozen copies would be available in the entire Book Fair. Sometimes an overzealous and overambitious parent with a very vile, deviant, perverted, scheming and deceitful bend of mind, would buy up all the six copies of the rare and extremely difficult to source book, just to ensure that nobody else gets their hand onto the ‘Holy Grail’. And for good reason too. The competition among children in India to get admission into a good professional course like medicine or engineering is so tough, and is so stiff, that even a minuscule advantage like the exclusive possession of one rare Physics text book by Irodov could mean the difference between success and failure, and sometimes even between life and death. The burgeoning population of India, along with its scanty resources, has made life one endless grating and grinding hellhole for most children of India, except may be in the case of the children of the very moneyed and the highly privileged. This is the harsh reality of our India, where more often than not, the weight of the child’s school bag exceeds the weight of the little child. Millions of childhoods have been robbed, millions of childhoods are being robbed, and several billions of childhoods shall also be robbed in the future, in this desperate country with a flawed value system and skewed education system. There is an abject lack of any social protection by the state, which spends the entire honest taxpayer’s money on anybody and everybody who do not pay any taxes and everybody except the tax payers themselves, and which has resulted in this woeful and pathetic state of the affairs. Democracy is the government by the majority of people, and the majority usually consists of an assorted bandwagon of crooks, scoundrels, scalawags, and shortsighted fools. The shocking and abysmal lack of absolutely any kind of governmental support for the honest taxpayer, including after their retirement, meant that for most among the Indian parents, the generosity and the largesse of their children was going to be their only pension plan, their only retirement benefit, and their only old age provident fund source. But in order to ensure this, they needed to get their children well established with ‘permanent jobs’, before they could expect any kind of gratuity from them. The inept governance of the country where the honest taxpayers, who are anyway in a hopeless minority, are treated like milch cows or the proverbial ‘The Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs’, and then completely neglected when it came to extending any kind of state support, has led to this appalling state of affairs and is directly responsible, for at least in a part, for the miseries of school and college students in this Great Nation of India.

And also while at the Book Fair, the children would be conspicuous by their almost near complete and curious absence! One would be lucky, if one were to spot even half a dozen kids in the whole Book Fair ground.
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Love You Are Given

As much as you think you love, a true measurement of love is in the love you are given. This is because no matter how much you love, you can never give as much love as you are given.

When others open their hearts to whatever gifts you have, it allows you to be a servant of love, and it is the servant that is truly blessed. If no one was there to allow one to serve and share their gifts, no hearts would be opened. The other day I crossed paths with an angel, not literally, but I was allowed to give someone some possessions that were no longer needed. By being allowed to give just for the sake of giving, a blessing was bestowed upon me. My heart welled up with love as I was allowed to be used in this way. This was not giving with an ulterior motive to gain something and that’s why my heart welled up. To bring joy to others is a gift given to the giver, not because one is giving, but because one is allowed to be the giver. There is no greater gift than to be an instrument of love, and although the receiver of what is given may benefit from it, it is in being allowed to give that one is truly blessed.

I write and I am the one blessed ten fold by those who my writings resonate with. I’m given so much love that no matter how much I give, it will never compare to the love I am given. I can only serve with what gifts have been bestowed upon me and since it really has nothing to do with me, it’s truly a gift. When one is given a gift of this nature, there’s no way it can be kept to yourself. Although not everyone will love you back no matter how much you love, it’s the one’s who do that make it all worth while. Not for any other reason than it’s in the love you are given that you learn what love truly is and never ever take that for granted.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/22/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I have faith that it will all work out for me for greater benefit in the end! I have faith that I will accomplish all that I adventure for one way or another with absolute trust in the processes and confidence in myself! I have faith in all who are involved, in all that is going on, and in the progress…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros

A Heart View

Seeing through eyes that have a default view from the head (intellect) presents many more questions than answers, but a heart view (love) needs no such answers because there aren’t any questions.

Although everything is seen through the eyes, it’s the filter that one sees through that makes their life what it is. There are basically two filters, the head (intellect) and the heart (love). Most people fluctuate between the two with the intellect being the default filter. The shift that occurs when one wakes from the sleep of unconsciousness is the heart becomes the filter in which life is viewed. The intellect will still be prevalent as it’s not something to loathe, but it just won’t be the default filter any longer. Life is much different when it’s viewed from the heart. Many of the beliefs, concepts, biases, prejudices, and the outright lies that are in place simply fall away when the heart takes over. This isn’t to say the view that comes from the head is gone forever, as it has been put in place by one’s own conditioning, but it will slowly lose its power over you.

I’m sharing this from my experience. This may not be agreed with by everyone who reads this, but my experience is mine and to me that’s the only thing that has real value, and that’s only if the experience is from the heart. Seeing through eyes that have a default view from the head presents many more questions than answers, but a heart view needs no such answers because there aren’t any questions. This is what happened to me and although I can only know what has been revealed to me, I share it because there is a peace within me that passes all understanding, and it’s always present, that is as long as I live from the heart and don’t let the intellect (my head) get in the way.

Today Self~Empower Self-Communicate – 11/21/17~

Today’s self-empowering communication to positively affect yourself:
Repeat with me: I AM SUCCESS EVERY MOMENT!
“I am attaining inspiration wherever I can to accomplish my goals and achieve my dreams! I am aspiring myself to be the best person I can possibly be, go places I desire to go, do as much as I can possibly do, and enjoy all that I possibly can! I am motivating myself to proceed optimistically, continue positively, move forward confidently, and lovingly live it up…”
to continue a greater life!
Great day to you, as a great day continues~
Edward F. T. Charfauros

The Labeling Process

The labeling process in place is all part of attachment and until there’s awareness of this, suffering remains. The degree of suffering is contingent on how attached one is to their labels.

All labeling processes have been instilled without any consciousness on an individual’s part. Think about all that you do, how much of it is done consciously? You may think you decided to be a certain way or formed certain beliefs, but upon further review you will see it all arises from the conditioning in place; this is how the labeling process emerges. This is done everyday all day long and all this does is create emotional swings that are caused by the applied labels. A label that’s liked is pulled in, a label that’s not liked is pushed away, each of these creates the same suffering, even if you don’t see it. What’s missed with this is you alone allow the things labeled to control you. The thing itself has no power, the label does. From Donald Trump, to catching a red traffic light, or not liking your job, and all the labels in between, they are given power by the one labeling.

What determines the degree of suffering is contingent on how attached one is to the label. Again: What determines the degree of suffering is contingent on how attached one is to the label. You may think you are as you are and it’s because that’s just the way you are, but if that was true no one would ever change. I’ve changed because of the awareness of how I was labeling things and how the process was stopped. You can’t suffer without labeling the moment a suffering one. The most misunderstood part of the labeling process is it has nothing to do with what’s being labeled, that all comes from within. Whether something is liked or disliked it comes from you and you alone. Agree with this or not, just understand it’s your labeling process that’s making that decision, not the article.