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gopenath
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the most important virtue we must cultivate and foster in the spiritual path?

Ancient Indian scriptures called upon each one to discover the truth about himself. Self-knowledge is the key to all knowledge. For this, you must approach the proper person to teach you the means to discover your true Self. If you are not prepared to undertake this self-enquiry, cultivate faith, if not in God, at least in your own Self. The man who has no faith in himself can have no faith in anybody. He cannot have faith in God. Make viswasa (faith) your life breath.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 2:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What can we cross the river of life without any impediments?

The flow of water in an ordinary river may increase or decrease, but the river of life, with ever multiplying desires as its water, knows no decrease. It may become so wide as to be a boundless expanse of uncontrollable, turbulent waters. To cross such a river, therefore, a boat is absolutely necessary. The name of God, is the boat that takes you across this river.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 12:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the awareness in which we must lead every moment of our lives?

A machine without the power to activate it, is of no use; so too, a human body without the Divine Spark is of no avail. Without that spark, every person is a tree that bears no fruit, a cow that yields no milk; one must become aware of the spark, he/she must know how to illumine oneself with it and cover oneself with its splendour.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 10:47 am Reply with quoteBack to top

hi i think u r an theist.............



i am an agnostic..........



do u need me to provide few atheist names who have lead as an examples to others??????????
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gopenath
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hello,
I think there is nothing to debate on this. I too know that there are atheists who have set good examples for others. But please remember that there are a lot of theists also. May be my post is helpful for them.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:54 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the quest that can fill our lives with joy?

As you grow in years, detachment too should grow; as time passes by, the fruit must get ripe and become sweet. Life should not be frittered away in accumulating riches; it should be spent in knowing about the glory of God and in realizing Him in the innermost being of oneself. No other intellectual exercise can give such joy. To discard this attempt as only seeking to discover the unknowable, as some men are prone to argue, is the height of foolishness. They are labeling the true as "trash" and cherishing the trash as "true"!

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:37 am Reply with quoteBack to top

the simple law of this universe

Men today seek the fruits of good deeds without engaging themselves in good actions. They wish to avoid the consequences of sinful actions while indulging in such actions. If you want to avoid the results of bad deeds, you should avoid such actions. If you desire the fruits of meritorious deeds, you must do meritorious acts.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:32 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Gentleman Coolguy,

There can always be a debate on any subject matter. No one stops individuals thinking and opinion, in this forum as long as it is not offensive and personally aimed to attack anybody.

I suppose, if we don't like certain writings of others, the best could be to ignore it rather than loosing cool.

Good or bad, Let us use our head, not to loose it.

When we smile, our face value increases.

Cheers!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the realisation that will put an end to all our tribulations?

When a man calls his body, "My body" who is the owner or the indweller of the body? If he is not the body or the mind, what is he? Without understanding who he is, is there any meaning in talking about "my body", "my mind" and the like? Is there any sense in seeking to acquire various possessions without understanding who is acquiring them and for what purpose? Once it is realized that the mind is the cause of this "my-ness", and that it is made up of desires, then one will strive to achieve the state of Samadhi (superconscious state of bliss) in which all agitations in the mind cease.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Is society in any way related to our individual spiritual growth?

Wherever men gather with a purpose into a society, there you perceive the Divine - the Sath, Chith and Aanandha (Being, Awareness and Bliss)! A personality has arisen; a clearer flash of reason is evident; a deeper joy fills the hearts. Immerse yourselves in them. This is real spiritual endeavour; not pining in solitude or reveling in the breaking of bonds with others of your kind, priding on your independence! Be with others; in others; for others. Be with all, for all, in all. But, nevertheless, be unattached, be the unfailing source of Love. Therein lies success in spiritual endeavour, the triumph of spiritual discipline.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 1:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Why is serving others so important?

Seva (service) is the highest of paths of Devotion which wins the Grace of God. It promotes mental purity, diminishes egoism and enables one to experience, through sympathetic understanding, the unity of mankind.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we live like true human beings in our society?

How are human qualities to be promoted in society? Society is made up of individuals. No person can be an island to himself. Living amidst fellow human beings, every person has to sow the seeds of love, rear the plants of harmony and offer the fruits of peace to society. There by his/her humanness is manifested.

Three things are most essential today - Fear of sin, love of God and morality in society.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:54 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How should we utilise the faculties God has gifted us with?

The Grace of God is not easily attainable. The feeling of I-ness, Ahamkaara, which makes one say ďI am the Doer,Ē should be plucked by the roots from the heart. Everyone, be he learned or illiterate, should feel an overwhelming urge to know God. God has equal affection towards all His children, for to illumine is the nature of light. Utilizing that illumination, some can read good books and others can do their daily tasks, whatever they are. So too, uttering Godís name, one can progress in the realization of God, another can even do wicked deeds! It all depends on how you use the light. But the Lordís name is without blemish, always and forever.

Service is the best cure for egoism; so, engage in it
to relieve pain and grief to the extent that you can.

- Prema Vahini


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the true meaning of Peace and Love?

Shanti or Peace denotes the capacity to bear success and failure, joy and misery, defeat and victory, with perfect equanimity. And, Prema or Love is the quality of Sarvasamaanatha (equality of every one), of not only Ahimsa (non-violence) but the conscious acceptance of the duty of love, because every being is a spark of Divinity, as much of a spark as you yourself.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 3:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the true significance of conducting sacrifices prescribed by our ancient scriptures?
Few people care to enquire into the nature of the inner yajna (sacrifice). The inner meaning of yajna is to recognize one's inherent Divinity and offer all of one's bad qualities as a sacrificial offering at the sacred site of one's mind. Yajnas have been prescribed for the purpose of enabling people to make a sacrifice of all their bad thoughts and actions. Fickleness, hatred, stealing and foolish stubbornness are not natural traits for man. The presence of these traits in man must be attributed to the legacy from previous births. The sacrifice which everyone has to make is the giving up of all bad qualities in him.

It is only when you develop love and the spirit of sacrifice
that you will realise the divinity that is in the human.

- Divine Discourse


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