Steady

January 29, 2017

Do not blame your past karma; instead, be someone who purely and flawlessly practises the Dharma. Do not blame temporary negative circumstances; instead, be someone who remains steadfast in the face of whatever circumstances may arise.

~ Dudjom Rinpoche


Hidden Forces

January 24, 2017

“[Look] at what happened in 1914 – or for that matter at all that is and has been happening in human history – the eye of the Yogin sees not only the outward events and persons and causes, but the enormous forces which precipitate them into action. If the men who fought were instruments in the hands of rulers and financiers, these in turn were mere puppets in the clutch of those hidden [hyperdimensional] forces. When one is habituated to see the things behind, one is no longer prone to be touched by the outward aspects – or to expect any remedy from political, institutional or social changes; the only way out is through the descent of an [embodied] consciousness which is not the puppet of these forces but is greater than they are.”

~ Sri Aurobindo


Yoga

January 22, 2017

Yoga does not mean only practice. It is something different also. It is the energy of the whole cosmos wanting to befriend you, come to you, take care of you, possess you, unite itself with you, inundate you and ‘be’ you. That is the Great Yoga.

– Swami Krishnananda


Obstacles on The Spiritual Path

January 20, 2017

From “ETERNAL MESSAGES” By SRI SWAMI CHIDANANDA

With every problem is born its solution. Therefore, be not afraid when problems arise. Make God the Pole-star of your life. Overcome personal desire and aspire for Him alone. What is pleasant does not necessarily lead to supreme happiness. Live for Him, Who has brought you into this world. To know Him utilise every moment of your life well. You become what you think. God is the greatest wealth. Bliss is within.

The path of Yoga is no doubt difficult. One has to come across various temperaments. It is not unoften that the student of Yoga is confronted with disappointments, failures and set-backs. The earnest aspirant sees in all these the hidden hand of the Lord, an opportunity to perfect the imperfect nature. Hence all such so-called obstacles are converted into opportunities to triumph over our nature. Patience is necessary.

It is our duty to give love to all, even to those who tend to disappoint us. Love that is not given freely is not true, Divine love. Through such perfect Divine love you will be able to change the heart of your friend. Pure love always conquers in the end. It transforms the hearts of others as well as the heart of the giver.

Never fear about your spiritual progress. Your faith and devotion will help you at every step. Guru-kripa ever guides the faithful disciple. Live in the awareness of the Divine presence. Let your daily life be an unbroken stream of God-remembrance. See Him in and through all faces. Be worshipful at heart. His Name is thy strength and support, unfailing.

This mundane life is full of miseries. Pain is a blessing in disguise. Pain turns your mind towards God, in Whom alone there is lasting happiness and peace.

Incessant remembrance of God destroys the misery of the whole world and fills a person with the Highest Bliss.

The seeker, during spiritual practices will have to undergo different kinds of experiences. These experiences are part and parcel of Spiritual life. Sometimes the seeker feels joy and sometimes feels no taste for the spiritual life. You will have to rise above happiness and unhappiness. Let not these trouble your mind. They come and go.


No Words

January 10, 2017

No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better
It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all
It does not fall into any kind of category.

~ Dudjom Rinpoche


Renunciation

January 10, 2017

If deep down you continue to believe a tiny corner of samsara could be useful, or that it might even offer the ultimate solution to all your worldly problems, it will be extremely difficult to become a genuine spiritual seeker. ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

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Once ego lodges itself man’s mind, all false reasonings start appearing. Man starts thinking that none can resist him. He starts misusing his wealth, power, position and scholarship. The end results are sorrow and disaster. Realise that ego is your enemy and do not allow it to cloud your intellect.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

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Do not pay attention to the faults of others. It blurs the vision, defiles the mind, and adds to the load of the world’s sin. Therefore try to see only the bright side of things in whatever you perceive. It is the good and beautiful which are true and living, whereas the bad and ugly are only the shadow of what really is. Nobody ever wishes to be bad. When you seek the company of others, remember you are out to find the good and beautiful. Truly, if you are simple and sincere inwardly as well as outwardly, your head will be pure and full of joy, and your intelligence and reason sound and accurate. Then you will find good everywhere and nothing will appear to be evil. God alone is perfect; no person can be free from defects. By making a practice of seeing the good qualities in others, the same virtues develop in yourself, for as you think so you become. In fact it gives much greater satisfaction to appreciate the merits of others even than to dwell on one’s own worthiness. To take pleasure in thinking of one’s own excellence will only inflate the ego and magnify the faults and frailties of others. ~ Sri Anandamayi Ma (excerpt from small book Sad Vani)


Getting a Human Body

January 9, 2017
‘To get a human body is a rare thing – make full use of it. There are four million kinds of lives, which a soul can gather. After that one gets a human body. Therefore, one should not waste this chance.

Every second in human life is very valuable. If you don’t value this, then you will have nothing in hand and you will weep in the end.

Because you’re human, God has given you power to think and decide what is good and bad. Therefore, you can do the best possible kind of action. You should never consider yourself weak or a fallen creature.

Whatever may have happened up to now may be because you didn’t know, but now be careful.

After getting a human body, if you don’t reach God, then you have sold a diamond at the price of spinach.’

“To be born a human is more fortunate than to be born a deva. Taking birth as a deva is considered comparable to taking birth as any other life form. Birth as a god is attained by those who perform certain sacrifices and karma, etc. associated with divinity, with the intention to enjoy divine pleasures. The minds of the devatas wander incessantly because of the abundance of enjoyable things in the heavenly realms, and hence they cannot perform purushartha [actions consistent with the
goals of human life and evolution].

For this reason, the human birth is considered superior, because here, by doing as much purushartha as possible, one can eventually become one with God.

A human being is like a lump of pure gold, whereas gods are like pieces of fine jewelry. Having been perfected as jewelry, their progression is complete, and they cannot be further improved. On the other hand, gold which has not yet been crafted by the jeweler is completely unrestricted in its potential. Hence the birth of a human being is said to be the very best birth for action.

Having attained this birth, one should not act carelessly, but should conscientiously perform the best purushartha. Fulfilling one’s own dharma while keeping faith in Paramatma is the greatest purushartha. Strive to become one with God in this lifetime. Have firm faith in the Vedas and shastras and keep the company of those wise people who also have faith in them. Only then will the purpose of your life be fulfilled.”

“Do good works without hesitation. The jiva has been experiencing samsara for many, many births. It is only natural, therefore, that its tendencies have become worldly. To turn its tendency toward Paramatma [God] and away from samsara [worldly life] requires effort.

In reality, the aim of life is to stop the mind from involvement with this world. If one engages in the spiritual practice of Bhagavan and in thinking and speaking about Him, the mind will start dwelling on Him, and after some time, it will withdraw from samsara on its own.

In our daily affairs we should adopt a strategy of quickly attending to good works and things related to the divine. Should any wrong thought arise, on the other hand, we should try to postpone it to another time by saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow, or the day after next.” In this way, wrong action can be continuously postponed.”

Swami Brahmananda Saraswati