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 Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

A blog based on Swami's words from Prashanti Nilayam

Aum Sri Sai Ram

April 10th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

We humbly offer an insight to the Thought for the Day as read out each Thursday at Wembley Sai Centre (UK) devotional meetings. The views are presented by Bro. Ashok Shah and are based on teachings and quotations from Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s books and discourses.  The daily Thought for the Day from Prashanthi Nilayam can be found here

Thursday 22nd August 2013

August 25th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Intellect loves to revel in discussions and disputations. Once you yield to this temptation, it takes a long while for you to escape from its shackles and move on to enjoy the bliss, which you can attain only from its nullification. Your feelings and emotions warp your thought process, and convert reason into an untamed bull. Always be aware of the limitations of reason and logic. They must give way and yield to devotion. After a point in time, your spiritual path must be illumined by devotion and intuition. Hence, be aware – your intellect can help you only for some distance along the Godward path. Very often, egoism tends to encourage and justify one’s actions, for a person is led along the wrong path by one’s own reason, if that is the path the person likes! You often come to the conclusion you want to reach! So make a careful choice on the path you tread!

-BABA

The Upanishads compare the human body to a chariot, the sense organs to horses and the mind to the reins. But the body, the mind and the sense organs are by themselves of little use, however beautiful, efficient or fine they may be. It is only when the charioteer is present that these become of value and useful.

In the life journey, the Buddhi (Intellect) is most important. In our daily life, many problems and difficulties arise like waves in the ocean; without the intervention of Buddhi none of our problems or difficulties can be solved.

When Buddhi is enveloped by Ahamkaara (Ego) it becomes dull, does not shine and itloves to revel in discussion and disputations which arise in the mind and not the “HEART”.Why is this? Atma is subtle than Ego; Ego is subtle than Buddhi; Buddhi is subtle than the Mind; Mind is subtle than Senses; Senses are subtle than the Body.

Buddhi is very close to the Atma, and is therefore well situated to get illumination from the Atma. The Buddhi receives its energy from the Atma. The mind derives its power from the Buddhi. The mind in turn activates the Senses. The power of senses is spread over the body. The illumination emanating from the Atma to Buddhi to Mind to the Senses and to the Body gets considerably dimmed by the time it reaches the body. If the Buddhi is kept totally pure and untainted, it will be possible to transmit to the body the full power of the Atma.

The Gita declares “Sukham Aathyanthikam Buddhigraahyam Atheendriyam” – everlasting bliss can be secured by the Buddhi by transcending the senses. True happiness which is permanent and real can be realised only through the intellect which is characterised by earnestness and steadiness.

In the Taithiriya Upanishad Buddhi is compared to a bird. The Upanishad has described the bird’s head as “Sraddha” (earnestness endeavour); the two wings as “Sathyam and Ritham”; tail as Yogam (control of senses) and the body as “Mahat-Thatwam”.

Sraddha comes first because without it no undertaking can be accomplished. Rithamrepresents the triple purity of thought, word and deed which transcends time and space and is equated with Sathyam. Yogam (the tail) is essential to maintain the balance betweenSathyam and Ritham – these are needed to maintain the balance in our body and regulate the course of life both in mundane and spiritual spheres. The Buddhi (Intellect) can function properly only when it is governed by Sathyam, Ritham and Yogam.

Mahat-Thatwam is the recognition of the Buddhi of the true nature of the Self. A person of intelligence is the one who has realised the true self. The Buddhi is not an ordinary aspect of the mind but an image of the Atma, a reaction and echo of the Atma. It is only after understanding the true nature of the Buddhi that one be able to know whether one is guided by intelligence or by mental delusions.

 

“Mind is the overall instrument which controls and directs the senses. It is the mind that builds up the body strong and shiny or wastes it to skin and bone”.

 

-Baba

Thursday 15th August 2013

August 17th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Krishna declared in the Bhagavad Gita, “Mamaivamsho jivaloke

jivabhuta sanathana (Every being is an aspect of My Divinity).” When

God considers you as part of Himself, you should also consider others

as your own self. Love All, Serve All. See no difference between

individuals; do not think of one as a pauper and the other a millionaire.

Many millionaires today are engaged in filling their own belly. They are

not prepared to give even a morsel of food as alms to a beggar who

stands at their doorstep. What is the use of having such rich men in

our country? They are rich only for name’s sake but in reality they are

the poorest of the poor. Pursue the path of charity and righteousness.

Consider others as your own brothers and sisters. Rather, consider them

The entire Cosmos has emanated from the Atma, is sustained by the Atma and

ultimately merges in the Atma. This truth is expressed in a sutra in Brahma Sutras:

“Thath Ja-la-an” – “From THAT it is born, merges in it and is sustained by it”. Human

beings also come from Brahman, grow in Brahman and merge in Brahman. Thus GOD

considers us as part of Himself. Therefore, we all are part of GOD and hence there is no

difference between us – we are ONE.

The differences that arise in our mind relate to the physical aspect because we do not

know or do not want to know out TRUE SELF which is DIVINE. In the eyes of God

everyone is equal, whether a pauper or a millionaire. We may feel or think, based on our

experiences, God discriminates but He does not.

We have to start our journey inwards to realise our true identity – the ATMA which

is free from the body and attachment. To progress on this inward journey we have

inculcate certain qualities and values, observe them regularly in a disciplined way treat

these as our Dharma irrespective of what others think or say about us. We have to be

independent of the outside forces in order to depend on our inner self.

What these values – LOVE, COMPASSION and DHARMA. There are seven facets to

Dharma just as there are seven colours contained in the rays of the sun:

• GOOD CHARACTER

• RIGHTEOUS CONDUCT

• SENSE CONTROL

• PENANCE or AUSTERITY

• NON-VIOLENCE

When we adhere to the seven facets of Dharma we will sacrifice bad traits and

weaknesses and pure LOVE will automatically flow from our hearts towards ALL. We will

THE LIGHT IS IN ME

I AM IN THE LIGHT

THE LIGHT AND I ARE ONE.

This will result in Charity, SERVE ALL, which is much greater than all the possessions

“Just as the water bubble originates in water, is sustained in it and ultimately

merges in it, the entire world has originated from Truth, is sustained by Truth

and ultimately merges in Truth”.

“Truth is the ornament for the neck. Charity is the ornament for the hand.

Listening to sacred scriptures is the ornament for the ears. What other

ornaments does a man need if he has these three”. (Sanskrit saying)

- BABA

Thursday 8th August 2013

August 17th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Picture this inward journey as walking through a four storied building

to get to the top – the ground floor being the union with God through

action (Karma Yoga), and the other floors being Devotion, Wisdom and

Detachment (Bhakthi, Jnana and Vairagya). When it is just a nascent fruit,

it is karma. That is, all are capable of the activity, and so it is the first step

in spirituality as well. When it matures and is rendered free from egoism

and greed, it becomes worship, and so, it leads one onto the second

floor, Bhakthi. When it is ripe and sweet, that is to say, when the devotee

achieves complete self-surrender, then it is the acquisition of Jnana

(Wisdom). When the fruit drops from the tree, it marks full detachment

(Vairagya); the fourth floor of God’s mansion is then reached.

Life is journey from self to SELF, the physical self to the INNER SELF, Atma. We are

engrossed in looking after our physical self, amassing wealth, attaching to our kith and

keen that we do not have time to think of our true reality.

We think that this physical body of ours is the truth and give it all the importance.

In the process we become our own enemy and bring to the forefront the undesired

characteristics of ego, jealousy, greed, anger, pride, selfishness and so on. These

create obstacles, darkness that hides the bright effulgent light that we are.

Our inward journey has already started the day the Atma took residence in this physical

body. Are we aware of it? It is because we are entangled in this life cycle of death and

birth as a result of our karmas. In order to reach God’s mansion, be ONE with HIM,

we have to concentrate all our efforts on this inward journey. The journey has four

phases, as described by Swami above. It starts with Karma Yoga which then leads to

Bhakti Yoga and from there to Jnana Yoga and finally we reach the stage of Vairagya,

Swami talks about SAI philosophy of unity of work, worship and wisdom. The first letter

S in the name SAI stands for service (work), A stands for adoration (worship) and I for

illumination (wisdom). Therefore we have the Triveni Sangam of:

• Ganga: Karma Yoga, Work (Hand); SERVE ALL (Selfless Service)

• Yamuna: Bhakti Yoga, Worship (Heart); LOVE ALL (Universal Love)

• Saraswati: Jnana Yoga, Wisdom (Head); ONENESS OF ALL (Non-dualism)

It is very important to get the first stage of this journey on the right and solid footing.

Once this is achieved then other stages become relatively easy to overcome. It all

begins with SERVICE – no matter what service it is, if it is done with LOVE and DIVINE

feelings and without seeking any reward or fruits thereof, it becomes Upasana (Bhakti).

What is Wisdom? All that is related to our senses, the fleeting objects of the material

world and our actions, speaks of our ignorance. Wisdom dawns the moment the mind is

withdrawn. The thoughtlessness state between two consecutive thoughts is BRAHMA

JNANA. True wisdom dawns when all thoughts are decimated.

A fruit can only be derived from a flower. The maturation of the flower into the unripe fruit

and then into the ripe fruit is the path of self-realisation. At the flowering stage the path

is KARMA, the path of activity. When it progresses to the unripe fruit it is called BHAKTI,

the path of devotion. When the fruit becomes ripe and full of the sweet nectar of wisdom,

then the path becomes that of Jnana, the path of self-knowledge. At that point of time

the flower of Karma has transformed itself through LOVE and DEVOTION into the sweet

“The best way to please Me is to see Me in all beings and serve them just as you

would like to serve Me. That is the best form of worship, which reach Me.”

“Bear all and do nothing;

Hear all and say nothing;

Give all and take nothing;

Serve all and be nothing.”

……………………………..-Baba

Thursday 25th July 2013

July 25th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

You may be sitting on a soft cushioned sofa in a safe, air-conditioned room, but your heart may be burning with unspeakable anxiety, distress and fear. The body is akin to the cart and the mind is the horse. Now people give first place to the cart. The body and its needs are given more importance. This is incorrect. The sages have known the mine of bliss in the human heart, and have discovered methods to develop and excavate it. They have clearly spelt out that if Mother Earth (Bhoo-Matha), one’s physical mother (Nija-Matha), the sacred cow (Go-Matha) and Mother Scriptures (Veda Matha) are revered, nourished and fostered and used as best as they should, then happiness is certain and liberation is assured.

-BABA

The ancient sages had been engaged in the quest for God and performed severe penance and observed austerities of many kinds. The great sages who realised the Divine thus declared that they had been able to see the infinite effulgence of the Supreme beyond the darkness of ignorance. This declaration is the first message given to the world in the Vedas.

In today’s world we want happiness, God and Liberation; but we do not make necessary efforts to achieve these. We tend to live in ignorance of our Divinity; are so much engrossed in pursuing material life that we do not have time for our self to contemplate on God, and undertake Sadhana. We seek permanent happiness without paying the price for it. The Lord offers only the appropriate reward for each action according to its nature.

We can achieve happiness, closeness to God and ultimately Liberation if we revere, nourish and foster the messages of the Mothers and form these as the basis of all our actions.

The search for the light of wisdom takes us to various places not knowing that it is already there in our heart. Swami has often said that Mother Nature is the best teacher for us and many valuable things can be learnt from the Nature. What can we learn from Mother Earth?

  • We are cutting Mother Earth to pieces to acquire knowledge and conduct experiments subjecting it to great suffering by digging and blasting. Mother Earth is not worried about this and teaches us to learn the spirit of Forbearance – whatever abuse or attacks others may level at us, we should bear them with fortitude. Treat praise or blame, good or bad with equanimity.
  • Water is one of the Divine manifestations and a vital element in Nature. Water by nature is Pure, Sweet and Cool – Purity, Patience and Perseverance are the three good qualities we have to cultivate.
  • Fire is another of Nature’s preceptors. It makes no distinction between Good and Bad; does not gain by burning one thing or lose by not burning something. It treats all alike. We have to learn to see the Divine in all things to gain the knowledge of the Self.

Nothing great can be achieved without observing appropriate restraints and limits. There must be a clear limit to selfishness. To reach the Divine within, one has to qualify to pass through the gates of SAMA (Self Control – control of the senses and the mind), VICHARNA (Enquiry – discriminating between right and wrong, good and evil, the transient and the eternal), TRIPTI (Contentment – with what we have and get and look upon whatever we receive as a gift from God), and SATSANGAM (Company of the Good).

 “The trees yield fruits for the benefit of others;

The rivers carry water for helping others;

Cows give milk to benefit others;

The body is given to man to help others.”

BABA

Thursday 18th July 2013

July 19th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The attachment to sensual objects and to the pleasure they give is like the soot that sticks to the inside of the chimney and dims the light. Clean the chimney by namasmarana (repetition of the Lord’s name) every day and the flame will shine for you and others. Also do good deeds and be in good company. Proper atmosphere is very essential for the development of a spiritual aspirant. That is why spiritual seekers in the past left their homes and lived in the hermitages maintained by the sages. This is akin to keeping a pot of water immersed in water. That way, the water in the pot will then not be lost through evaporation. Therefore be careful, that the success you have won in the promotion of virtue, in the conquest of baneful habits and in the assumption of regular disciplines, are not frittered away by trite company, loose talk, cynical criticism or lackadaisical effort.

-BABA

Divine happiness is not our constant experience, for it is obscured by such activities of the mind as doubt, depression, hatred, jealousy, envy, and craving attachments to objects and persons; ignorance about our self, about God and about the world. These activities of the mind, like soot that stick to the inside of the chimney, dim our inner vision and take us away from our TRUE REALITY. Things get mirrored and produce images but the mirror, The Atma is not tarnished or even affected thereby. It remains as clear as it was.

We may be subjected to contaminating activities, to a small or large degree, due to our past karma but these should not tarnish or obstruct our present nature or activities. We have as our genuine, basic attributes: PURITY, SERENITY AND JOY. We are ebullient with these qualities.

In order to expel these dangerous and harmful tendencies from our life, we need to engage in Sadhana (spiritual efforts). All types of Sadhana lead to purification of mind and heart which in turn gets rid of the “anaatma” (that which bars the vision of the Atma). Swami says “I am God and so are you, but the only difference is that I know it whereas you do not know it”. Swami has proclaimed that in Kaliyug the best and easiest Sadhana is Namasmarana. Through Namasmarana we have to move away from dualism that God and we are different and start identifying our self with our true nature. We should start practising the Nine Point Code of Conduct every moment of our life and ensure that we DO NOT HARM ANYTHING through OUR THOUGHT, WORD and DEED. Always BE GOOD, DO GOOD, and SEE GOOD.

 All our Sadhana (spiritual exercises) are at mental level. By these means, the Atma cannot be realised. It is only by withdrawing the mind from sense objects that it can be made to develop an “inner vision” (antarmukham).

 Namasmarana has to be supported by the strong foundation of the requisite qualifications:

  • ·         DISCRIMINATION: between the temporary and permanent
  • ·         DETACHMENT: awareness that the objective world is of no lasting worth
  • ·         SELF CONTROL: of both outer senses and inner urges
  • ·         LONGING FOR LIBERATION: from delusion and the desires that delusion breeds
  • ·         GOOD USE OF THE FIVE SENSES: using the senses for the beneficent purposes                                                                                                                                                     for which they are gifted by God
  • ·         REFLECTION: on what is heard, seen, tasted etc
  • ·         PRACTISING: what is found beneficent.

 In order to get maximum benefit of our sadhana we need to create the right and appropriate environment and ensure that we maintain such an environment at all times.

 

“WHY FEAR WHEN I AM HERE” – BABA

Thursday 11th July 2013

July 12th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A millionaire pays income tax with tears in his eyes. A headmaster joyfully gives up the furniture and laboratory appliances of the school when he is transferred to another place. Why? Because the headmaster knows and believes that he is only the caretaker, and is not the owner. They are not attached to these articles, for they know that these belong to the Government. So too, every one of you must feel that your family, your house, your fields, your car are all the Lord’s property. You are just a trustee and must be ready to give them up without murmur, at a moment’s notice. Sacrifice does not mean that you should not attach value to things. You must indeed care for everything. But remember, that all of them are transient and the joy they give is very trivial and temporary. Know their real worth, do not overestimate them and develop attachment to them.

-BABA

Detachment refers to realizing the temporary nature of objects and not allowing the mind to get attached to these transient things. It does not necessarily mean that we feel disgust or hatred from them; it means that we feel no mental attachment towards them. Totally giving up all the objects of the phenomenal world is not possible. However, we can give up our “myness”, our sense of possessiveness. When we give that up, then we can enjoy the various objects by striving to make the best use of them and appreciating them for what they are. We will not get joy by just recognizing the limitation and the sorrow the objects produce. We must also know how to properly use them to perform our duty in the world.

In the phenomenal world, everything, every person and every object undergoes change. The three types of change in the world are growth, existence and decay represented by Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. Our mind is the main reason for our attachment to the phenomenal world objects. It is very strong and yet very fickle but is determined to get its way. Arjun lamented to Krishna “O Lord, the mind is very powerful and wayward” to which Krishna replied, “Arjun, if you practice detachment you will certainly be able to control the mind”.

In the larger sense, it is really giving up worldly sorrow and gaining Atmic bliss that is true detachment. Giving up everything and going to the forest is not detachment. Swami says “Hands in the society and Head in the Forest”. Detachment is recognizing the weak aspects in the nature of the objects. To reach the Lord and be ever in the blissful state Vairagya, detachment is essential. When the mind is under control, the senses will automatically be controlled which then will give us the capacity to internalize our vision and dwell on the inner beauties.

Thursday 4th July 2013

July 4th, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Liberation is attained when the Soul shines in its own divinity. Liberation is not a nation or a suburb in paradise where aristocratic residents secure good sites. Liberation is the condition of one who has shed delusion. Shed delusion, then grief will be destroyed and joy established. Removal of Grief (Dukha-Nivrithi) and Attainment of Bliss (Ananda-Prapthi), happen at the same time. Your mind is the villain, its other name is desire! When you pull out all the yarn from a piece of cloth, there is no cloth. So too, pull out all the desires from the mind; the mind disappears and you attain freedom! Grief and joy are the obverse and reverse of the same experience. Joy is when grief ends, grief is when joy ends. Just as you must set the table for two when you invite a blind person for dinner (the blind person and his/her companion), so too, grief and joy are inseparable.

-BABA

The true purpose of life is to attain Liberation. Liberation is God seeing God. Liberation (Moksha) is not something tangible; it cannot be caught. It is a condition which can be attained by anyone at any time in one’s life. Moksha is the destruction of delusion and attachment; it is release from grief or absence of grief which automatically results in Ananda, Bliss.

Who is responsible for this grief that stops us attaining Moksha? It is the mind that is full of desires. As long as desires exist, the mind and senses will rule and stop one from making progress to attain Moksha.

Our life is like a turbulent river. To cross the turbulent river one should know how to swim. Without knowing how to swim, all our worldly knowledge will be of no use. In the journey of life, we are travelling on a rushing, unpredictable river, and we should know how to remain a float and cross that river. To swim safely across we must have the knowledge of Atma, and develop a strong power of discrimination, to know which is useful and which is useless for crossing the river of worldly life.

We have to attain external freedom and inner freedom to be able to enjoy permanent Bliss, Moksha. External freedom is being free from external bonds and limitations and inner freedom is liberation from the bondage of the sense organs.

The scriptures have declared that the mind is the cause of bondage or liberation. To achieve liberation one has to go beyond the vagaries of the mind and follow the inner voice, Antahkarana. We have to channel our vision from temporary and transient world to God, when Tamas will turn to Tapas. As long as we suffer from MOHA (infatuation), Moksha is impossible. Swami has given an illustration for this. If one wants to open a door, one has to put the key inside the lock and turn it towards the right; then it will open. But if the key is turned to the left, the lock remains closed. It is the same lock and the same key. The difference is in the way we turn the key. Our heart is the lock and mind is the key. If we turn mind towards God, we get liberation. If we turn it towards the objective world, we remain in bondage. It is the same mind that is responsible for both bondage and liberation. Therefore, the mind has to be directed towards what is holy and pure. Then we will lead a free, joyous and blissful life. One who has developed such an attitude will be in a permanent state of bliss, and will be the embodiment of bliss.

 Freedom from negative thoughts is mental health.

Freedom from negative feelings is emotional health.

Freedom from pain is physical health.

Freedom from ego is Bhakti.

Freedom from desire is liberation.

Keep the name of the Lord always radiant on your tongue and mind; it will keep the antics of the mind under control. – Baba

Thursday 30th May 2013

May 31st, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If you want to attain God, cultivate love. If you promote love and look upon all with love, hatred will never be your lot. That is the one important lesson I teach always. I do not ask that you should become a scholar or a recluse or an ascetic skilled in recitation of holy Names and Meditation (Japa and Dhyana). God only examines, “Is your heart full of love?” Firmly believe that Love is God, Truth is God. Love is Truth, Truth is Love. For it is only when you love that you have no fear. Fear is the mother of falsehood. If you have no fear, you will adhere to truth. The mirror of love reflects the Divine Self within you and reveals to you that the Divine Self within you is Universal and is immanent in every being.

-BABA

There can be no human being who is not aware of Love. The universe is permeated with Love because it was only when Maya induced the desire in God to appear as Many that He created the universe. God’s primal desire was the desire for Love, the need to give Love and get Love.

 Love is beyond description, it is beyond the grasp of the mind and speech. Love is Righteousness. It is Truth. The universe is based on Love but we have forgotten this supreme Love Principle because we are lost in the transient pleasures of worldly life. Why is it that we have forgotten this supreme Love Principle? It is because Selfishness has taken over and it keeps growing at a tremendous rate whereas Selflessness is declining at the same rate.

 The values of sacrifice and Righteousness were enthroned on the highest pedestal by the ancient sages. But selfishness has taken control kicking aside these values resulting in every kind of trouble. A heart without Love is a cemetery. Love is the basis for not only human unity but universal unity. It is only when selfishness is transformed to selflessness that the faith in Divine will grow.

 Sage Narada declared: “Love is beyond the scope of words”. Love has no limits and the flow of Love is the life-giving water for everyone. How can this love be secured? God does not want us to become a scholar or a recluse or an ascetic skilled in recitation of holy Names and Meditation (Japa and Dhyana). God does not dwell in the Vedas and Puranas but in our hearts and He should be sought there. Become self-less, cut the ego, lock up for good the anger, jealousy and hatred, control the senses, serve the needy and we will be able to see DIVINE in ALL.

When Love once again has a place in the heart, it will expand and merge in the sea of Infinite Love. We should be in Constant Integrated Awareness all the time.

Thursday 23rd May 2013

May 23rd, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized
‘All that I can tell you about the spiritual disciplines have been told often before; the human capacity, nature, and talents are all ancient possessions and so the advice regarding how to use them is also ancient. The only new thing is the directions in which these talents are wasted, and the way one is playing false to one’s own nature. Man is essentially an animal, endowed with viveka (Discrimination). That is why one is not content with the satisfaction of mere animal needs. One feels some void, some deep discontent and some unslaked thirst, for man is a child of Immortality and so feels that death is not and should not be the end. This viveka urges man to discover answers to the problems that haunt him: “Where did I come from, whither am I journeying, which is the journey’s end?” To find answers to these questions, the intellect (buddhi) has to be kept sharp and clear.’
-BABA 

We, humans have the capacity to know our true identity, from where we have come and to where we are going. However, we tend to spend most of our time in pursuing pleasures of the phenomenal world which gives us temporary happiness and satisfaction. With it our Maya and Ahamkaara (the ego) also expands and takes us further away from our true self. Instead if we spend less time on material pursuits and more on the development of Buddhi Yoga (Yoga of Intelligence) we can bring about a complete transformation. We have to apply our discriminating faculties to constantly seek out that which is permanent and distinguish it from that which is impermanent; that which is sentient (conscious) from that which is insentient.

In the journey of life, Buddhi (intelligence) is most important. It is like a charioteer, without whom the chariot, horses and reins, however beautiful fine and efficient they may be are of no use. Without the intervention of this Buddhi the many difficulties and problems we face in our daily life cannot be resolved. The Bhagavad Gita has laid two banks to channel its message, Sraddhaavaan Labhathe Jnanam and Samsayaatma Vinasyathi – The man of earnest faith acquires supreme wisdom and The one with doubts perishes. It is when our life flows between these two regulating principles that it will be blessed with peace and happiness. It is only when we are guarded by Sraddha (earnest faith) and Nissamsaya (freedom from doubts) that we will be able to reach the goal of life.

The Buddhi is very close to the Atma and well situated to receive the illumination from the Atma. The illumination emanating from the Atma when it passes through the Buddhi to the mind, from it to the senses and from them to the body, gets considerably dimmed by the time it reaches the body. If the Buddhi is kept totally pure and untainted, it will be possible to transmit to the body the full power of the Atma. The effulgence of Buddhi is reduced by Ahamkaara and Mamakaara (attachment). These have to be removed to make the Buddhi shed its light fully and for experiencing the Divine.  

Thursday 16th May 2013

May 22nd, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized
The mind must become bhakthimaya (saturated with devotion to God). The intelligence must be transformed into Jnana (divine knowledge). The body must be a willing and efficient instrument for the practice of righteousness. Such a life is indeed the crown and glory of humanity. The rest are merely contaminated, contained and caged lives! So sadhana (spiritual endeavors) alone makes life worthwhile; the rest are like froth which is fake and momentary. Join the company of the good, the striving, the yearning spiritual aspirants and you will soon reach the stage of peace within and harmony without.

-BABA

 

It is difficult to get human birth and having obtained this human birth we need make efforts to realise our own nature. If we go on deluding ourselves thinking that God is external to us that is the greatest ignorance. We have to overcome this ignorance and start the process now. Time waste is Life waste.

Our life should be a perpetual Sadhana; any day is a good for starting Sadhana. It will help us to move away from vasanas and slowly to realise our true self. The craving for sense objects cannot be given up fully, so we have to transform it into an instrument for worship. How? By dedicating all our efforts to the Lord; accepting all achievements and failures as proofs of the Grace of the Lord. We have to transform all the six passions into instruments for spiritual uplift.

We have to sow in our heart the seeds of good thoughts charged with humility, love, concentration it will yield the harvest of jnana, the eternal wisdom that He and I are ONE. We can fulfil ourselves only through the service of others without seeking any rewards or fruits thereof – Niskam Karma.

The Vedas proclaim the purpose of human birth to see God and merge in His Glory to be the final goal of man. The Upanishads declare the path. The Gita illumines it. Arjuna was thrilled with joy when he heard that man has means of saving himself. Krishna said “food is the formative force” which makes man strong in body. As the body is intimately connected with the mind, the strength of mind depends upon the strength of the body. Moral conduct, good habits, spiritual effort all depend upon the quality of the food.

Sathwick food should be capable of strengthening the mind as well as the body. In addition purity of the provisions, purity of the vessels and purity of the person serving the prepared food are also essential to achieve purity of the mind. The purity of mind has to be supplemented by the purity of the body as well as purity in speech. That is the real Thapas – physical, mental and vocal.

Mind should be free from: anxiety and worry; hate and fear; greed and pride. It should be saturated with Love for all beings; dwell in God and restrained from pursuing objective pleasures. Thoughts should be for elevation to higher planes.

Body should be used for service of others; worship of the Lord; singing God’s glory; visiting holy places. We should practise regulated exercises in breath control and develop control of senses.

Our speech should be soft, sweet and loving. We should avoid talking too much; desist from false statements; no backbiting and scandal mongering.

 “Asatho maa sath gamaya”

From this transient world of decay, lead me to the everlasting world of Bliss

“Thamaso maa jyothir gamaya”

Give me the effulgence of Thy Grace and illumine my soul with truth

“Mruthyor maa amrtham gamaya”

Save me from the torture of birth and death, destroy the cravings of mind which produce the seeds of birth

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