Sunday, October 4, 2009
Rather than smearing the body with mud and then undergoing the trouble of washing ,...is it not better to keep at a safe distance from mud ?
Spirituality depends solely on continence..when there is no continence,the mind becomes restless, it does not reflect the vision of the chosen Ideal. Therefore , one should always be on the alert to keep one's senses under control.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Real Happiness is self realization, unless you achieve this , will always search for external happiness.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Meditation is not against the worship of form, but ultimately every form of worship must resolve in the formlessness.
Your concern in meditation is not on what thoughts arise-but in whose presence those thoughts surface upon !
Meditation is like a flower blooming. When we plant seed,we can water it and nurture it,till the seedling grows. Then finally one day when the bud comes it has to bloom by itself. We cant do anything to force it open. When we understand our thoughts,perceptions meditation automatically happens. You cannot get out of it!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Swami vivekananda has liberated his soul from body on 4 th July 1902...he lived only 39 years.but still he lives many of us heart and awaking us to do good things for society.His life teaching us the spirituality on Kaliyuga.If you fell fear in life at any part of your life time ,read swami vivekand books and you will come know that real meaning of life and power with in us.
“Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin ? to say that you are weak, or others are weak.”
Prayers of swamiji
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
“There is neither this world nor the world beyond nor happiness for the one who doubts.”
“One who has control over the mind is tranquil in heat and cold, in pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor; and is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self.”
Monday, June 8, 2009
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
The kingdom of Heaven is within.
A blessing I will condense and pass on to you: May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace.
~Bible, Numbers 7:24-26
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these
~The Bible: Mark 12:30-31
With God, all things are POSSIBLE.
~The Bible, gospel of Mark 10:27
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; year, I will up hold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Monday, June 1, 2009
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Monday, May 25, 2009
thine ear; forget also thine own people, and
thy father’s house; so shall the King greatly
desire thy beauty” (Psa 45:10,11).
We do not see Ruth receiving any special calling from God but she realized that all she had learned of this great God, she learned from Naomi, and that there was nowhere else to go. “To whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).
“Intreat me not leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me” (Ruth 1:16,17).
Look at the background and the circumstances in which Ruth made this consecration. She has a home where her parents will be more than willing to accept her back, nourish her and find another husband for her to settle down with in life. In Canaan nothing was Guaranteed − no house, property, job, money, friends, relatives and no bright future. Her mother-in-low is repeatedly discouraging her − six times Naomi spoke discouraging words (vs. 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15). She could expect nothing good from such a mother-in-low. And there was the bad example of Orpah who returned to her land. In spite of all this, forgetting the things which were behind, Ruth decided to reach out to the things before her. From these, it is clear, Ruth was not following Naomi, but Naomi’s God. “The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the lord God of Israel, under Whose wings thou art come to trust,” Boaz was able to say (Ruth 2:12). To make a proper consecration, we need a proper revelation of our God. Without this revelation, we, like Orpah, will reach a point where we will no longer follow.
Making a consecration is ‘covenant-making’ with our God. Like a bride and bridegroom who make a covenant at marriage, a true child of God enters into a covenant with god. The couple says, ‘…till death do us part’; as for us, even death does not part us from our Load. On the contrary, death brings us into an eternal relationship with our Bridegroom.
The consecration made by Ruth are in particular the ones required from one who wants to serve God in a full-time ministry.
“Consecrate me now to thy service, Lord
By the power of grace divine.
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope
And my will be lost in Thine.”
“Whither thou goest, I will go”
When Rebecca was going to be the bride of Isaac, her parents asked her, “Will you go with this man?” “I will go,” she replied (Gen 24:58). This should be our decision. Isaac is a type of Jesus, Rebecca, of the Church, and Eliezer, of the Holy Spirit. We should willingly surrender ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit till we become the Bride of Christ, (ie.) till we attain the perfection of Christ. Rebecca knew that a rich bridegroom (Isaac) was waiting for her, but as for Ruth, being a widow, she had nothing to expect from her poor mother-in-low whom she was following.
Once we get started we should keep going. A man of God once said, “Our ministry is like a flying aircraft; if we stop, we drop.” We should always have a ‘go’ in our sprit, an urge to go forward.
“I am determined and made up mind,
I’ll serve the Lord;
I’ll leave the world and its pleasures behind,
I’ll serve the Lord;
I’ll follow wherever He leadeth,
I’ll pasture wherever He feedeth,
I am determined and made up my mind,
I’ll serve the Lord.”
Jesus told His disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matt28:19). Of those on Mount Zion we read, “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth” (Rev 14:4). Ruth did not have any particular place in her mind to which she could go. Ruth’s willingness, or rather eagerness, to go with Naomi is unique. She had never been to Canaan. She did not know what the place would be like, what she could expect there, and whether the Jews would accept her or reject her, she being a Moabitish woman.
Abraham obeyed and went, not knowing where he was going, we read (Heb 11:8). But, Ruth’s willingness and dedication are more prominent than Abraham’s Abraham was an elderly man when he left his homeland and went to Canaan. But Ruth was a young woman; she could have gone to Moab and got married to someone there. Abraham left his land and country and went out because God directly told him to do so. Ruth received no such direction; she must have got to know a little about God from her mother-in-low and she willingly surrendered herself to go with her. Abraham had his wife and nephew to go with him to canaan; Ruth had no one but her mother-in-low. Abraham did not go to canaan immediately; he wasted some time in Haran. We do not see Ruth delaying-she did not say, “I’ll go and consult my parents; you carry on.” Abraham made the mistake of going to Egypt after going to Canaan. Ruth never went away from Canaan; she kept her dedication and devotion to God and to the truth to the very end.
“Where thro lodgest, I will lodge”
Naomi was going back to her hometown after many years, without a husband. Would there be a home for the young Ruth to live in? Ruth’s decision revealed her understanding that it did not matter where she was; so long as she was with Naomi, she knew she would be preserved. The basic purpose of a home is to shelter us, and Ruth realized that she would be best protected by being under the covering of Naomi.
This shows abiding in God’s will, living in the presence of god. This is a beautiful life. Many have a wrong understanding of the consecrated ministry. It is difficult to run in the wilderness. But consecrated ministry is the experience of having the Lord carry us through the wilderness. “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto Him; if thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence” (Exo 33:14,15). Living in the presence of God makes all the difference. If the presence of God goes with us, then God will carry us. In doing God’s will we do not have to walk or run. “When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy own hands, and another shall gride thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not” (John 21:18). ‘Stretching forth (our) hands’ shows surrendering our own will. To do God’s will, you will be carried. But when you do your own will you cannot abide in His rest. ‘Young’ shows being spiritually immature. When we are young, if we want to do something, we do it with our own strength. But when we are old or, ‘spiritually mature’, someone else girds us and carries us. Whether we are sleeping, walking or talking, the presence of God should cover us. This is rest, and we get it in the wilderness.
Jesus, speaking of His place of stay, says, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head” (Matt 8:20). The Creator God Who created all things, had no place to rest his head. What a consecdation! Love to live in the presence of God. Then, no matter what the problem or difficulty you are facing, you can be restful.
“ZION, I LOVE YOU!”
Zion is the name given to the Lord’s dwelling place. “For the Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation. This is My rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it” (Psa 132:13,14). Servants of God are chosen to stand on Mount Zion with Jesus. “Where I am there shall also My servant be,” said Jesus (Ju 12:26). We are called to dwells. We should therefore have this desire ─ “Lord, You dwells in Zion. I also want to dwell in Zion. Where You are, I want to be.” If you are diving a car, you should have a destination in mind; otherwise through you may drive all day, you will end up nowhere. We should love Zion.
Why should we love Zion?
Only those who love Zion can be humble. Zion, the highest place in Eternity, is meant for those who take the lowest and humblest place on earth. Before Jesus ascended far above all heavens, He descended to the lower parts of the earth (Eph 4:9,10). ‘Far above all heavens’ is Zion. Dear servant of God, do you want to be found with Jesus in Zion? Then take the last, lowest and humblest place on earth. Always think you joined the ministry only yesterday. Why do we something get hurt, offended or wounded in heart? It you are proud, you will be offended when you are admonished and rebuked; but if you are humble, you will be happy.
If you love Zion, a special glory will shine on your face. When we love Zion, our whole character will change. Only those who love Zion can keep their lives pure. “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined” (Psa 50:2). The beauty of Zion is the beauty of holiness. “Greatly to be praised…in the mountain of His holiness” (Psa48:1). Now we praise God for healing, health, food, etc, but in Zion, we are going to praise God for His holiness. Holiness should therefore be like a mountain in our life.
QUESTION: Previously I used to do Japa andmeditation for 20 to 30 minutes both in the morningand evening but now I am not able to concentratemore than 10 minutes. My mind remains restlessand I cannot concentrate on the Ishtam (one’schosen form of God). Please suggest how my mindmay think of the Ishtam during Japa and meditationand not think of other things.
ANSWER: Japa and meditation alone arenot enough for spiritual advancement. In theYoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as in theBhagavad Gita, it is said that both abhayasa(repeated practice) and vairagya (dispassion)are required for attaining the goal of Yoga. Ifone does only Japa and meditation and has norenunciation, one cannot make any spiritualprogress. This is a mistake which most peoplecommit: they do Japa and meditation but donot try to detach themselves from worldly entanglements.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
QUESTION: According to my knowledge,‘yearning for God’ is spontaneous—we cannot force it on ourselves. Is it not so?
ANSWER: In some fortunate people,yearning or longing for God may be spontaneousand natural. However, in most of us,longing can be increased by spiritual practice.Some people turn to God and long for Himafter getting blows in life. Others developlonging when they listen to God’s glories. Stillothers by develop holy company. Reading ofnoble literature also helps in keeping longingfor God and higher life in general.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
In our daily life controlling the mind maybe possible by the following practices. Thesemay be considered regular techniques fordisciplining the mind:
1. Overcoming all desires for excessivepower and pleasure-hunting motives.
2. Associating oneself with wise andsaintly persons, and attending congregationsof scientific, creative and religious activities,like satsangs as and when possible. This leadsto transcendence of the mind from mundaneto sublime thoughts.
3. Practising dispassion, detachment,discrimination and judgement in a cool, calmand composed manner.
4. Engaging in fair, clean and transparentoccupation or avocation based on truthfulnessand honesty in dealings with people.
5. Maintaining cordial, harmonious andhumane relationship with all people.6. Regular and routine practice of Yogaand meditation as advocated by Patanjali. Yogais not merely a regime of physical exercises ascallisthenics, but also a discipline of mentalexercises like yama and niyama that makesbody and mind strong, conducive to attainingpeace and tranquillity
Friday, May 22, 2009
QUESTION: Most householders yearn for Godat a very late stage in life and that too only for ashort time. Can they realize God?
ANSWER: Seeking God is not the questionof when one begins one’s spiritual life but howintensely one seeks God. If one is intense, onecan realize God even if one begins the spirituallife late in life, that too, in a short time. Thereare examples of saints who led a fast life earlierbut when they turned towards God, theyturned with equal intensity and realized Godin a short time.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
All good actions of the mankind, allscientific and technological, all artisticachievements, etc., are born in great and goodminds of the inventors before they are madeand manifested as objects later on. Humanefforts need, therefore, be directed to educateand enlighten the human minds. This is thebest way to remove all evils in order to createwholesome human beings and a holistic society
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
QUESTION: In spite of knowing the fact that intensity and yearning is essential for God realization,we don’t have it. How to increase yearning for God?
ANSWER: There are two ways in which yearning for God can be increased. First, by developing disgust for worldly pleasures. This can be done by practising discrimination and thinking deeply about the ugly aspect of world pleasures, power and riches. In the Gita, it is said that one should meditate upon the suffering associated with birth, death, old age and disease. When we are convinced that the world is indeed ugly and full of suffering, we shall naturally turn towards God. The second method is to learn about the glories and greatness of God, etc., and thus, develop love for God. If one has true love for God, yearning will come naturally
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
1. Chronobiology and Mind:
Chronobiology is the study of the changing pattern of the mind that takes place with ageing. The mind matures as the years add on to life. It becomes enriched with experiences earned and lessons learned. It is a natural evolutionary process and depends largely upon one’s heredity and environment—especially upbringing and education. In ripe old age,gradual dwindling and decline of the mental faculties like memory, alertness and reactions to responses, occur. These are all normal biological events but have a bearing on the control of mind.
2. Mind and Heart:
Mind influences the body. Expressions such as love, well wishes,gratitude or the opposite of all these originate from mind. It is sometimes identified as coming from ‘heart’ but mind is the umbrella term containing both heart and intelligence.Scientifically heart does not produce these expressions but originate from the softer or emotional aspect of antah-karana or the inner instrument.
3. The Mind and Face:
The clichø, ‘the Face is an Index of the Mind’ is undeniably true The face expresses whatever is brewing inside the mind before it is expressed. The contours of the face express the thoughts of the mind as a mirror. So, by studying the facial contours and their expressions a person’s character can be made out to a large extent. In an interview a great deal of a candidate’s personality is revealed by his facial expressions even before he talks.
4. Mind and Health:
The role of mind in regulating health is well known and is being appreciated more and more in modern patient care. In diseases, the disposition of the mind
and the prevailing emotional state, like happiness and cheerful state of the mind, help in the process of healing. If the mind is unburdened, free from all woes, worries, tensions, anxieties, fears, etc., one’s health is seen to be sound. A happy and peaceful mind begets a strong body.
5. Strength of Mind:
This means the capacity of mind. The term strength is used to assess a person and his temperament as a whole. The strength of mind is one’s capacity and calibre to tackle and interact with any situation adverse or friendly in daily life
Monday, May 18, 2009
The Challenge Before the Youth
There is no denying that youth is the best period in an individual’s life and the way the youth are educated and their capabilities utilized goes a long way in deciding whether the nation is on the way to growth and prosperity or decline and decay. So it is no surprise that all institutions and leaders, be they political, religious, military or social,target the youth as their main resource and try to utilize them to best advantage.
The Present Scenario We live an era of globalisation and knowledge explosion. Now the prospects for the youth in general are very bright; in fact the consensus is, ‘it has never been so good.’But nothing good comes unalloyed and the present era also poses its share of problems to face, such as stiff competition, a fast life, all round temptation for indulgence and licentious living, cultural shocks, insecurity and so on. Realizing these dangers many youth organizations and cultural groups conduct seminars, workshops and symposiums to provide the youth with proper guidance and also to mobilize their resources for constructive purposes.
But these exercises, however, often end up as mere fruitless rituals. This is purely due to lack of coordination and absence of a common cause for the youth to pursue. Some of them present them a rosy picture of a very bright future, highlight the prospects offered by booming economy, unlimited employment opportunities, growing demand for outsourced workers starting with five figure salaries and so on.Yet some others call all these only myth and draw the attention of the youth to certain realities like loss of ethics and morals both in the private and public life, adulterated food,indifferent health services, educational institutions in chaotic condition, rampant corruption at all levels and a distressing political situation—in short a state of affairs that will make any right thinking person despondent. So what is myth for one is reality for the other and vice versa.This brings us to the question: what is myth and what is reality?
The Myth Idea
The English word ‘myth’ in common usage stands for any fictitious story,unscientific theory or belief, something imaginary, person or thing not really existing.The word is derived from the Greek root ‘mythos’ meaning story or legend, generally of unknown origin, usually about the exploits of Gods and heroes relating to religion, customs,rites etc. Some say the word is derived from the Sanskrit ‘mithya’ meaning false or not real as it is used frequently in that context as well.Myth as a topic is very vast and covers all aspects of human life. Every society, every age and every civilization has its own quota of myths. Only some are short-lived while others continue for millennia, some confined to small groups while others cover the entire society or even the whole nation and so on.As one set of myths get demolished, another set arises to take its place. Further, what is myth at one time becomes reality at a later date, and what is myth for some people is reality for others and vice versa. Myths are an integral part of every society, and have a positive contribution to make.All the myths that we are familiar with are partly representations of how we seek the reality of be. They may be historically true or untrue, the whole idea that they try to portray is that there is a deep-rooted hankering in the human mind to seek a perfect model of life.They are an expression of a desire for perfection and excellence.In this sense these myths are not myths but real.Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), the eminent American writer and thinker who did a life long study of myths,remarked once that he trusted myths more than history, because ‘myth is truer than history.’
The messages contained in the advertisements appearing in the media, and many of the items they publish or broadcast as well,are only myths. The media men claim to be serving the public but in reality they make money by misguiding the public. And the fact is that they have become vital part of our present-day life and cannot be dispensed with. For most people, what is myth and reality of life, hence, cannot be clearly demarcated.Certain things may be real to some, and same things may unreal to others. What is real to a child may not be of any importance to a grown up and vice-a-versa. Is there a set of values or a set of ideas which, if a youth follows, he or she can come out of this apparent confusion and seek a clear course of action and thinking in life?
What Youth Can Do
It is possible for us to chart out a definite way of life and thinking. The first thing to remember is that we should look within. This is where the core of spirituality lies. To many spirituality and self-improvement may be a ‘myth,’ but if there are myths all over, why not choose the ‘real’ myths, the myths that would lead to inner growth and fulfilment, both individual and collective? Myth in some form is inevitable and necessary for a healthy society. There are good myths and bad myths, like good bacteria and harmful bacteria or good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. What is required of the youth is to be enlightened so that they are able to distinguish one from the other and learn to protect themselves from the latter. Then only the immense potential present in youth will become manifest. How to develop this sense of discrimination from right and wrong?First of all the youth must learn to have faith in themselves. They often have a poor opinion about themselves. To all youth who suffer from this lack of self-confidence, one may refer to what Swami Vivekananda said:
‘He is an atheist who does not believe in himself.The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.’
With faith in oneself, they can face all situations and challenges in life. This is the first value they need to cultivate. There is an urgent need to restore our self-esteem. Withoutself-esteem, nothing worthwhile in life can be achieved.
Along with faith in oneself, one must have an ideal in life. With no clearly stated purpose of life guiding them, most youth simply squander away their precious energies.In order that one be able to channel one’s time and energy in a meaningful way, one shouldhave an ideal. Let us recall what Swamiji said in this regard. He said:Unfortunately, in this life, the vast majority of persons are groping through this dark lifewithout any ideal at all. If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that theman without an ideal makes fifty thousand.Therefore, it is better to have an ideal.
Indeed unless one has a destination to reach, where is the issue of losing one’s way? We must therefore have a destination to reach and never mind whatever difficulty we may face in order to reach that.As said earlier, the idea of myth and reality is so very deeply interwoven that one needs a sharp mind and a sound sense of values in order to separate grain from chaff.This is the real challenge before any youth.This requires that they re-educate hemselves.‘Education,’ said Swami Vivekananda, ‘is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested all your life. We must have life-building, man-making,character-making, assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.’
To re-educate oneself, one needs to understand the real purpose of education to be man making. Education is not a process of getting some degrees and then searching for a job. Education is the total training a human being undergoes in order to make his and others’ life meaningful. Developing the power of concentration and developing one’s personality are the most essential parts of a true education.
In a very significant statement,Swamiji says We hear ‘Be good,’ and ‘Be good,’ and ‘Be good,’ taught all over the world. There is hardly a child,born in any country in the world, who has not been told, ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not tell a lie,’ but nobody tells the child how he can help doing them. Talking will not help him. Why should he not become a thief? We do not teach him how not to steal; we simply tell him, ‘Do not steal.’
Only when we teach him to control his mind do we really help him. All actions, internal and external, occur when the mind joins itself to certain centres, called the organs. Willingly or unwillingly it is drawn to join itself to the centres,and that is why people do foolish deeds and feel miserable, which, if the mind were under control, they would not do. What would be the result of controlling the mind? It then would not join itself to the centres of perception, and,naturally, feeling and willing would be under control. Is it possible? It is perfectly possible.
In conclusion one can say without the fear of contradiction that though there may be numerous myths and confusing ideas around us, the best course of action lies in developing one’s personality for that is where the solution lies. We must begin from ourselves, not by criticising and wanting to correct others. One tested method of encountering myth problem is to always stick to truth. It is well-known that if such a person follows reason and truth for a while, it itself will lead him to what is beyond reason, and he will be enlightened.And if we have made ourselves strong, the others will also learn to change. A society is nothing but a collection of units. If we take care of units, the whole will take care of itself.And this is real, not a myth.
Mind or the capacity to think, feel and express, is what makes a human being unique.As is a man’s mind, so is a man. The possession of the mind and its diverse expressions differentiates man from other sub-human species. The mind makes us aware of the world around us and is also the source of our selfawareness.It is the mind that controls and guides our interactions with others and the world in general.
A Sanskrit saying states: mano matram jagat, mano kalpitam jagat-'the world is as the mind sees and feels it; the world is as the mind thinks of it.' Hence a study of mind can indeed be a rewarding and helpful exercise in order to make the world a better place to live.Violence, crime and unhappiness are all born of a lack of understanding of how the human mind works or reacts. If we want to control our reactions, and enjoy inner peace and joy,we must know how our mind works.
Being the storehouse of thoughts, the mind has the capacity for rational, analytical and discriminative thinking, and thus making possible our subjective appreciation of the objective world.Apparently, the human mind is or appears to be some kind of a formless ‘spirit’ or an energy source occupying no particular place of origin or location in the human body.Yet it possesses the capacity to oversee,influence, co-ordinate and execute the functions of brain. Several thousand years ago, the great Upanishadic rishis studied the human mind elaborately including its source. They rightly concluded that mind is different from the Self, the atman, that is at the root of all creation and activities
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In such circumstances even if someone points out our mistakes, we are likely to counteract them with our own self-righteous argument and explanations. We should never forget that selfjustification is often another form of self-deception.
Monday, April 13, 2009
'Those who give up the world for the spiritual life are giving up the uncertain for the certain, the passing for the permanent.
All our power comes from renunciation. Only when we have given up our life do we begin to live. At present we are like prisoners. We may get a glimpse of freedom now and then but the world falls upon us when we are off our guard and drags us once more into our prison cells. As soon as a man finds out, however, that these little pleasures of the flesh are nothing compared with the infinite pleasures of the spirit, he wants to renounce, not for the sake of renunciation but because he has found something better. He realizes the hollowness of the worldly enjoyments and can be satisfied with the higher enjoyments only. Renunciation means giving up a lesser thing for a greater one.'
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sumati, a devoted wife, lived a happy life except for one problem—her husband’ssmoking habit. Anil, Sumati’s husband, was a compulsive smoker. He had been caught intothis habit for more than four years now and this had been the cause of the couple’ssquabble—Sumati did not approve of Anil’s smoking habit and seemed tired of asking himto change his ways. Anil too, at times,appeared to struggle to come out of his habit.Then, one day in desperation, Sumati decided to take help of their good old family physician,Mr Lal. A man of uncommon understanding of human nature, Mr Lal was well known toboth of them and was reputed for his wisdom and loving care.
‘What is the matter?’ asked Mr Lal.Sumati broke into a sob and expressed herinability to make Anil change his ways. ‘I am tired of telling him to . . .,’ she moaned. ‘Isthere no way out?’ she asked Mr Lal.
After a little thought, Mr Lal turned to Sumati and said, ‘If you want to help Anil,then do one thing: stop nagging him for two months.’
Though it sounded quite puzzling,Sumati agreed and returned home.
Next time she saw Anil smoking and as usual wanted to point it out to him, sherestrained herself. She, however, found it very difficult to keep silent. This went on—thisstruggle to not nag him anymore. It was a fierce battle but since she had given her wordsto Mr Lal, she kept on struggling. At the end of two months, she was at Mr Lal’s again.
‘How was it? Could you keep your words?’ asked Mr Lal.
‘To some extent. But it was so very difficult,’ replied Sumati.
‘Look here, Sumati,’ said Mr Lal with a smile, ‘how difficult you find to overcome yourown habit. How can you then ask Anil to overcome his? When it is so very challengingto overcome one’s own habit, how much more challenging it would be someone to overcomehis habit? He may find it equally hard and challenging.’
Sumati felt as if a great covering had been removed from her mind. ‘Indeed, Anil needsunderstanding. May be he too has tried but failed, like me failing to overcome my nagginghabit.I must be more considerate and careful in my estimation of Anil’s problem.’ Shedecided to turn to a new leaf. Her selfacceptance gave her an insight into howhuman mind works and she became more understanding and wise. She could no longerdislike Anil and this helped Anil to slowly wean away from his habit.
The moral of the story is simple: if we want to change others, we must begin fromourselves. First self-change, then changing others. May be a better way of saying it wouldbe: keep doing them simultaneously. On the one hand, constant self-analysis, selfamendmentand self-improvement, and on the other, helping others to do the same
Saturday, April 11, 2009
QUESTION: What is the relation between bodyand mind?
ANSWER: From the absolute point of view,body and mind are same, made up of the samematerial. This is what Advaita Vedanta says.(Even modern science says that matter and energy are one entity. But it does not knowyet, the equation between matter and mind.)
According to Vedanta, like body, mind is also subtle matter. However, from practicalviewpoint, matter and mind are different and influence each other. Mind affects the body,and body affects the mind.
QUESTION: When I say ‘I’, what does it represent: my body or my mind?
ANSWER: It all depends upon what you are referring to at the specific moment. Whenyou say, I am fat or fair or tall, you are referring to the body as ‘I.’ But when you sayI am happy, I am concentrated, I am unhappy,you refer to the mind as ‘I.’ The pure ‘I’,without any mixing up with body and mind,is SOUL(Atman).
Friday, March 27, 2009
The reasons for this attitude of Sri Ramakrishna are many. Continual intellectual study resulted in vanity, false satisfaction and undigested knowledge, he said. Sacred books were beneficial if they helped in cultivating devotion to God and stimulated the desire for inner realization. A mere scholar has an exaggerated notion of his own spiritual progress. If one busied oneself with an outer display of scriptural knowledge, what time would be left for silent inward diving into the Ocean of God’s Beauty and gather the precious gems of spirituality—devotion, knowledge, discrimination and dispassion? After reading a few books man becomes conceited. Such egotism is begotten by ignorance, said Sri Ramakrishna. Through ignorance man forgets God and speaks always of ‘I’ and ‘mine’. On account of the barrier of ego one does not see God. Only the humble man, who surrendered himself to God, could attain knowledge
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Once as we played, both me and brother were energized by the great sun god and we turned into vapours and became parts of a big grey cloud. We moved over great distance and came over to another ocean. Now I found that only the make of the ocean had changed, but it remained the same as much as the ocean in which I was born. I wanted to be different and looked at the right moment. I saw an oyster with its mouth open waiting for someone to come. Seeing this cooled my heart and I immediately became a water drop again and descended down towards the oyster and lodged myself in it. My brother seeing me jumping down followed me but landed in the sea. I never thought this difference in decision would mean so much ultimately.
The oyster in which I took my place closed its mouth and sank down into the depths of the ocean. I enjoyed the new life of individuality inside the oyster. As days and months and years passed by, the oyster wrapped me with its secretion and my body grew in size with each envelope. Now I had a lustrous coating reflecting the outside.
I used to think of my little brother and wondered how he was doing. But I spent most of the time enjoying my growth and new veils that cover me. Suddenly one day, a diver picked up the oyster and cracked it open and picked me up. I was all splendor and pride reflecting the whole world. Soon I was taken to a market where a jeweler acquired me. He drilled a hole through my body which gave me intense pain. A thread was passed though me and I was dangled on as a jewel, where I stayed for some time. I enjoyed the attention, and swayed from one side to another. But alas I lost my balance and the thread tore and flung me on the floor, where I dashed with great force and broke to pieces. I cried at my dismemberment and wept bitterly. I became parched in spite of me being a water droplet. In this time of calamity I remembered about the only close relation of mine - my little brother who merged back with the ocean and is in a state of total bliss. Scattered and broken, I was destined to get back into the ocean - the place from where I started my journey.
Now replace the ocean with soul, droplet with a individual consciousness, the oyster as a new birth, the secretions as the wrappings of Maya and thread as the bondage with worldly pressures. We will soon discover that each one of us is that droplet which wants a different life and separate identity and forgets about the soul and ends with the gains and pains of life. The younger brother droplet realized soul who has found his unity with supreme god.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Having said this, we should also confess that like the importance of air-water-earth-and all-else, the message of Gita also needs to be restated again and again, until we are able to live our lives according to it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Unfortunately, we tend to the mistake the visible world, the outer world of the universe as reality. The Reality, which is the Divine Energy is not available for our eyes to see and therefore not perceived by the crazy human minds that keep yearning for acquisition and possession of worldly objects, imagining that they will bring happiness. Actually, possessing them may bring pleasure but their loss will only cause pain and sorrow. It is necessary to understand the futility of this and realize that happiness is not to be sought in the outer world.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Infinite is never lost and it can never be lost .Finite can never assert itself. Immortal is never dying or dead. Mortal can never be everlasting. Truth never deceives. Deception truthfully reveals itself through constant changes.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Slow and steady Process required
You will get the spark once you read the spiritual scriptures or books. However it won’t remain in your thoughts and action at least for a day .that is the human nature when we are in material world. we should not worry about that. Daily keep on read some spiritual scriptures or books. Slowly it will change your inner thoughts.We need constant progress effort to move on towards our Goal. Overnight growth is exemption in the spirituality for normal human being.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Today birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, His life teach us lot things to attain spirituality in day-to-day life..
Three things what i loved in his life.
Braveness :- when we read his book you will come to know that how much power you can get form his wordings. Alive words make thunder to your heart and heal the pains and motivate to positive approach in all.
Unselfishness:- His life shows Unselfishness. At the young age itself he dedicated his life for poor..I would like to remember his words “See the shiva in the poor and weak people, serve them” that is the really worships of shiva “. He is the inspiration for most of the Indian freedom fighters.
Purity: - he always says about the inner purity to attain spirituality .He lived asa a example for that and still his monks are doing their service to the world with purity..
I believe that still he is awaking the people to attain their goal.