by Pujya Guruji Shree Rishi Prabhakarji
Everybody wants to feel and look good, nobody wants to feel bad. It is very easy to shift from feeling not so good, to feeling very good. Anybody can do it. What is the process? I discovered it a very long time ago.
If you ‘Look Forward’ to something nice that you like: you feel good. It could be as simple as: you go and have a good dosa, or a good pizza, or you visit a friend, or you invite a friend and that friend is coming. This is very simple, and nothing elaborate like the Prime Minister has to honor you, so you can feel good. If you simply ‘Look Forward’ to something, you feel nice. So, if you can create ‘Looking Forward’ to something nice like a dosa, then whatever it may be, even a big problem, you will not be over shadowed by it.
Your boss may have said something that bothered you, or you may have cancer, but when you ‘Look Forward’ to a nice movie, or a nice dosa, or a nice time, then you start feeling good! No matter what insoluble problem you may have; when you ‘Look Forward’ to having something nice in your life – you feel good.
Once you understand this then you need not achieve big things. You can reverse many conditions.
Your State of Mind
Simply feeling good about something or ‘Looking Forward’ to something will change your state of mind from being depressed, unhappy, or not feeling good to – feeling good. Just create some small thing and ‘Look Forward’ to this wonderful thing.
You may be married but may feel: I don’t have much to live with. You may not be married, yet, you can ‘Look Forward’ to be married to the most wonderful girl.
All of life is anyway an imagination; whether it happens or not, is unimportant but ‘Looking Forward’ to be married to that woman, is in itself is an extraordinary elevation.
Whether you get the dosa or no, is not important. But you ‘Looking Forward’ to have a dosa, brings out the juices in your mouth.
This is called the parlova experiment. Whenever a bell rang, it indicated that the food was coming. This was done with dogs: as the bell rang, they all started to get saliva in their mouths. Whether the food came or not, it did not matter. But the very expectation that ‘now I am going to get nice food’, made the dog feel so good that saliva started to flow out.