Mahatria would often say, “If you define, you confine.” In a world, where everything has been compartmentalized – spirituality or materialism, success or happiness, contentment or ambition, Eastern or Western – Mahatria seeks to help millions of people to come up with their unique definitions to live an integral life.
For over 25 years, millions of seekers have grown through his weekly webcast of the Sunday morning growth sessions and his vision to awaken humanity to a higher level of consciousness.
He went on to be very successful in his software business until one of his friends committed suicide. Despite all his high qualifications, his friend yet took a drastic decision of committing suicide for not being able to handle the emotions.
This situation raised the question within him on the significance of the education system if it does not teach a man how to handle failures.
Over some time, he realized that for every problem, there is a solution that lies in the spiritual evolution of human being. To solve them, everyone should pursue a path of holistic abundance.
And this path is called infinitheism.
In this Mindvalley podcast episode, Mahatria Ra talks about happiness and love as an innate human state of being, shares his wisdom on relationships, the world’s biggest challenges, and how we can co-create Paradise on Earth.
He tells the story of how he started to grow his hair.
When he was 40, he had his first grey hair on the mustache; it was bothering him so much that he pulled it out.
He realized how, in the same way, a little blemish in our exterior look bothers us so much.
Yet, internally we have so many blemishes like lust, jealousy, envy, negative emotions, and because they are so implicit, they don’t bother us as much as external ones.
The bottle must be cleaned from the inside, – says Mahatria.
So ever since, he started to have a practice of not looking into a mirror for 2 months every year to remind himself that who he is is more important than how he looks.
And this practice had a dramatic impact on him as it put him in profound touch with the reality of who he is; it made him more mindful of his thoughts and emotions.
Here’s another story that depicts the essence of his work in the world.
The father was busy reading the newspaper when his daughter came over and asked to play with her. He didn’t want to interrupt his reading, so he saw a world map on one of the pages and tore that pages in pieces. He told his daughter to put it all together like a jigsaw puzzle, and once she’s done, he would play with her.
She came back in 10 minutes, having all the pieces of the map put together.
He asked her how she managed to do it so quickly. She confessed that she saw the face of a man on the other side before he turned it into pieces. Although she had no idea how to match them all into a world map, she knew how to fit all parts of the human face.
So Mahatria’s philosophy boils down to the idea that it doesn’t matter what happens in the world, what matters is what happens inside of you, and if everyone makes it right, then the whole world will change for the better.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese proverb:
He explains that the educational system teaches us how to be competitive, but it doesn’t teach us how to deal with failures, and competition doesn’t help us in relationships at all yet life is all about building relationships.
“There’s so much focus on learning languages yet nobody teaches us communication skills.” – Mahatria
He points out three main human obstacles to living in a better world: scarcity, religion, and compartmentalized life.
He believes that scarcity has created all the problems in the world, including wars and terrorism. And it has a political agenda because poor people are dependent on the government, so the more poverty, the better for the governments.
That’s why governments will only keep talking about poverty, but they won’t do anything to eradicate it.
So the key message that he believes we must teach our children is that abundance is our birthright.
He says that a child of a King can’t be a beggar, meaning that we are as creations of abundant God don’t have to live in scarcity.
And it goes beyond material wealth; it implies abundance in health, love, and spirituality.
If we learn how to become abundantly loving, we will become above Gods, as the old saying goes, even Gods have problems with relationships.
In essence, infinitheism means to seek such holistic abundance.
Mahatria says that spirituality has nothing to do with religion. Unlike religion that’s a cult, spirituality is a science.
Though religion was created to improve people’s lives, it has become a single reason why people lost who they are.
So the question is, how do we bring this science to people?
The answer is to find your own religion.
“When over 7 billion people have their own religion, we will eradicate any scarcity, including the scarcity of religions.” – Mahatria
We live in a mighty Universe with a countless number of Galaxies, where our Milky Way Galaxy is only a speck of dust. Our Solar system is a speck of dust in the multiple solar systems that are present in our Galaxy.
Our planet Earth is a speck of dust in our Galaxy, and humanity is a speck of dust in the multiverses, so is an individual a mere speck of dust…
Yet there are no two similar persons among over 7 billion people, who would see the world in the same way.
So how 7.3 billion rare extraordinary masterpieces be fitted in 6 boxes? They simply can’t be confined in 6 boxes, called religions.
How do you find your religion?
Mahatria explains that, in essence, every religion is based on 4 things:
- How to develop the concentration of the mind;
- How to develop a mature value system so that your intelligence is discriminating well;
- How to develop emotional maturity to be able to choose the right emotions with which you want to live your life: peace over extremism, love over hatred, happiness over sadness;
- How to anchor these three in your faith in God.
“There is no one guru in the world; we are all gurus as we learn from each other.”
Finding your own religion means to find your unique way to develop yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually by choosing any wisdom from any religion or philosophy and use it in your life.
Mahatria says that the higher you go in life, the more integrated your life gets, and the lower you go, the more compartmentalized your life is.
Don’t compartmentalize your life, but live a holistic life.
So, in short, infinitheism seeks to help people:
- Become holistically abundant
- Dare to create or choose their own religion
- Live a unified and integral life
New Definition – New Life
Mahatria’s profound impact on millions of people, especially among business leaders, lies in his ability to give people new definitions.
He says that your relationships with anything in this life and the world stems from the definition that you hold in your head about it.
It has nothing to do with the object but everything with the subject – it’s how you see it makes the difference. So to change your relationship with life, you need to change your definition first.
Definition of God
In his view, God is not what religions tell us about It by giving God different names such as Krishna or Jesus.
In whatever you have your faith is your God, and by having this definition, you can find your own unique religion.
He says, whether you call it God or nature, the greatest of all the creation is a human being.
Definition of Life
Mahatria says that life is a game, although, this definition is proclaimed by many, but only little truly live by it.
If you see work as fun, then you don’t need a separate hobby.
If you see your spouse as your best friend, you’ve got a soulmate for a lifetime.
The definition of life itself must be fundamentally changed, he says.
It can’t be a struggle, it can’t be unfair, and he calls it a game.
Definition of Success
Mahatria believes that charity will keep people poor. But education and employment can rescue you from poverty. He sees them as two gifts that everyone can take to get over poverty.
It’s not God or government that makes you live in poverty.
So in terms of any business, Mahatria says that the infinite growth has everything to do with the capability of the company to employ people.
“Only improving your profitability is a selfish growth, but growing your business to employ as many people as possible is the infinite opportunity for growth.” – Mahatria
This is what he calls the infinite gold that’s given to CEOs.
So he sees the solution for poverty in educating people to seek education and employment, and that’s how it can be passed on to the next generations.
He shares basic human DNA that can create Heaven on Earth:
1. No Blame is Allowed
“The quality of a painting is the responsibility of a painter, the quality of a statue is the responsibility of the sculpture, so is your life is you responsibility alone.” – Mahatria
So the first teaching of infinitheism lies in understanding that your life is your own responsibility, and this implies that you can educate yourself without seeking help from others or the government.
2. Don’t Seek Happiness And Love, Be It
He says that we have to shift our paradigm from seeking love and happiness to living from these two foundations.
The world seeks happiness and love in all their endeavours, but it’s all that there is.
He compares it with all the natural processes in our body that are happening involuntarily, so happiness and love are our natural state of being.
3. Seek to Give, Not to Receive
What if there is no selfishness in the world and we were all selfless naturally?
Selflessness means that you will go to any situation seeking what you can give, not what you can receive.
These three secrets alone: self-educating yourself, having happiness and love as the fragrance of your personality, and always look for what you can give in any situation and relationship – are the three basic DNA of humanity that can bring paradise on Earth.
4. Seek Being a Leader, not a Follower
“If everybody uses their intelligence to solve the problem and dedicate their lives to solve it, there would be no problems in the world.” – Mahatria
Mahatria says that our education system doesn’t prepare us to become leaders. It was created at the stage when we needed millions of people to serve the army, become farmers, and factory workers. So it is designed to create a mass of similar people, and the modern education system is designed to create followers.
But it doesn’t take away our responsibility to have an aspiration and ambition to serve the world.
“If the good doctor doesn’t go to work, people would go to a bad doctor.” – Mahatria
Mahatria believes that many people just want to be contented in life, so they aren’t ambitious enough to use their gifts to serve humanity.
Yet, every human being has a responsibility to be rich.
5. Own Responsibility For One Thing
Mahatria says that If everybody owns responsibility for just one thing, regardless of our age and background, we can solve all the problems in the world.
If you turn the street green on which you’re living by owning it, then you will leave it green for the next generation.
This is the legacy that you create that will continue even after you die.
Instead of talking about the problems, we must start solving the problems.
6. Celebrate Unpredictability in Relationships
Human beings are creatures of emotions, not creatures of logic so unpredictability is the very nature of a human being.
And most of the problems in relationships happen because we expect a predictable response.
If I appreciate you, I think you will appreciate me. But the beauty of relationships is in unpredictability, and it has to be celebrated.
7. Accept There Are No Perfect Relationships
Every human being is fundamentally imperfect, so they can’t give you a perfect product.
And the relationship is an amalgamation of imperfect individuals, so imperfection is the very nature of the relationship.
Once you accept it, your relationships will no longer be a struggle.
8. Drop Your Ego
Mahatria says that relationships have a direct impact on our lives, so it’s not about who’s right or wrong, it’s about your life itself.
By proving your loved one wrong, you can’t get your relationship right.
You can drop your ego and celebrate the relationship, or you can celebrate your ego, and it eventually drop your relationship. Either your ego or relationship can thrive as both cannot thrive together.
He tells a beautiful metaphor that illustrates this idea:
The crow holds a piece of meat surrounded by other crows; it realizes that they don’t chase it but the piece of meat. And when it drops it, all the crows start chasing it, and the whole sky becomes his.
This is what happens in relationships – by simply dropping your ego. The moment you drop a desire to prove anything, you become liberated.
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