August 30, 2016
“Suppose you have a weakness of getting angry easily. Now, what you should do is this: Once you become normal again, go and sit in the family shrine room if you have one, or sit in solitude; then regret and repent your own anger and sincerely pray to your beloved deity or to Mother Nature, seeking help to get rid of it. Try to make your own mind aware of the bad outcome of anger. When you are angry with someone, you lose all your mental balance. Your discriminative power completely stops functioning. You say whatever comes into your mind and you act accordingly. You may even utter crude words at your own wife or children, or your own father or mother. Once you lose your discrimination you may even kill someone. By acting and thinking with anger you lose a lot of good energy. Become aware of this great truth, that these negative feelings will only pave the way for your own destruction, and sincerely try to put forth effort to overcome them.”
August 27, 2016
Fighting the wounds of the past will only deepen those wounds. Relaxation is the method that heals the wounds of the mind, not reaction.
August 25, 2016
This is how Meher Baba describes karma (in Vladimir Stojakovic’s book):
The Sanskaras (impressions or accumulated imprints of past experience) deposited by speciﬁc actions and experiences render the mind susceptible to similar actions and experiences; but after a certain point is reached, this tendency is checked and counteracted by a natural reaction consisting of a complete change over to its direct opposite, making room for the operation of opposite sanskaras.
A person soon realizes the incompleteness of the experience of one opposite, and unconsciously seeks to restore the lost balance by going over to the other opposite. Thus the person who has had the experience of killing will develop a psychological need for and susceptibility to getting killed.
In killing another person he has appreciated only one portion of the total situation in which he is a party, namely, the part of killing. The other complementary half of the total situation, namely, the role of being killed, remains for him an unknown, which, nevertheless, has introduced itself in his experience.
Thus there arises the need to complete the experience by attracting on oneself the opposite of what one has personally undergone, and consciousness has a tendency to fulﬁll this new and pressing need. The person who has killed another will soon develop a tendency to get himself killed in order to encompass the entire situation with personal experience.
Like the shuttle of a weaver’s loom, the human mind moves within two extremes, developing the warp and the woof of the cloth of life. To use a geometrical metaphor, the development of our psychic life is best represented not as a straight line but as a zigzag course.
The amount of oscillation becomes less and less as the individual approaches the goal, and it completely subsides when he realizes it.
August 24, 2016
“Never ask for anything, never demand anything. Let Him decide what to give and what not to give.”
August 23, 2016
According to the prarabdha of the jiva, the Supreme makes the jiva act until the prarabdha comes to an end. Efforts made will be a failure due to prarabdha; even in spite of obstructions, the prarabdha will bear fruit. Therefore remain silent without trying to oppose one’s prarabdha is best.
– Sri Ramana Maharshi (Guru Vachaka Kovai, v. 1190.)
August 21, 2016
You will also be tested by God for your sincerity and patience. He will make you utterly helpless and watch and see whether you have devotion or not?
– Swami Chidananda
August 19, 2016
The Shrutis have said that Surya can be worshiped as Vedasvarupa (of the form of the Vedas). Worshiping Surya is an integral part of our Dharma.
– Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal