Saturday, May 31, 2008

Man As Infinite Spirit !

Each one of us is apart of the infinite spirit. As our mind and heart become pure, whether in the initial stage we believe in a cosmic spirit or not, we come to get hold of our individual inner self. As we move further and further, we find that we are all really parts of a greater whole and this is the greatest truth we need. We, as souls, we inseparable parts of the supreme spirit.
~Meditation and Spiritual Life book (page122)

Friday, May 30, 2008

To Stop Negative Attitude To Have Positive Attitude

Learn to become fully conscious under all circumstances and in all situations of life, and learn to recognize your own true motives in every understanding. Criticize yourself severely, but this criticism must always be constructive, and never merely destructive, if it is to help you in your spiritual striving and evolution. The negative attitude “I am a sinner” only makes you a sinner all the more, and takes away from all spiritual initiative.

~ senior monk of Ramakrishna order

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bible Verse about God Grace !

Romans 5:1-2 Grace is far more than a mealtime prayer or a popular name for girls. The word communicates the idea of blessing. As children of God, we're the recipients of His abundant grace. Let's examine how we experience this amazing benefit of His love.

We see God's favor in our salvation. Ephesians 2:8 tells us, "For by grace you have been saved." The blessing is undeserved and unearned. Nothing about your or me prompts God to save us. He acts purely out of His goodness. He sacrificed Jesus so we could be reconciled to Him and adopted into His family.

Grace is also the sphere in which we live the Christian life. Colossians 1:12-13 points out that salvation transferred us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Here, we live out our new identity as God's child and glorify Him.

The beauty of grace becomes clear when we consider our former condition, hostile to the Lord and alienated from Him. Ephesians 2:1 says we were spiritually dead and lived according to our selfish interests. Now, through faith in Jesus, God has justified us and given us new life. According to Romans 8:1, He's declared we have right standing before Him. All of our sins were placed upon Jesus, and His righteousness has been credited to our account permanently.

Picture yourself living in the favor of God. Accept this truth, and then give the Lord thanks.

~way of spiritual harmony book

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Inspiration To Young Monks !

My boy, Give your body and mind to worldly enjoyments, and the world will destroy them both. Devote them to God and his service, and you will enjoy bodily health, peace of mind and spiritual joy. Give all that you have –your health, wealth, youth, talents, everything to divine. If you give it to worldly life, the world will spoil it and leave you empty in the end.
~Swami Brahmananda (Direct Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Enjoying Everyday Life !

As long as the soul of man is restrained, he can't attain true happiness. Happiness doesn’t lie in external objects. It is the inherent nature of the self. Thus ignorance itself is the greatest bondage. Ignorance gives rise to egotism. Egotism gives rise to attachment, aversion and fear. All these bind the soul and prevent it from experiencing boundless happiness which is its own intrinsic nature. However, there comes a stage in man’s evolution when his soul awakes from its age-long slumber and becomes conscious of this bondage. When this happened he wants to attain absolute freedom by realizing his true self

~ senior monk of Ramakrishna order

he summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is. ~Erasmus

Monday, May 26, 2008

Be True To Yourself !

It is difficult to find the necessary sense of proportion in dealing with others. Be strong so that others cannot advantage of you. Don’t be touchy, sensitive, and nervous. The right perspective must be developed in every spiritual aspirant. Take things as calmly as possible. Try to see things they are. Have adjustment for the sake of peace, and think that we have to deal with human personalities. We often prick others. Some emanate good, clam, peaceful vibrations; others, bad vibrations and thoughts.

Try to be true to yourself and true to God, then it becomes easier to be true to others.

~Meditation and spiritual life (Page 652)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Spiritual But Not Religious !

God Is Love
Sri Ramakrishna says:" Know yourself and you come to know god." Everybody is drawing the same water, the waters of life. God is everywhere. Seek God everywhere! God is seen as different Forms. He is all this and more. In the end He reveals Himself as He is. Take up any aspect of God. Follow an aspect. But remember that each divine Form is an uncommon point. We have to outgrow the uncommon points, and discover the circle, the all-pervading infinite spirit. There is a law of growth. Follow it.