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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:16 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the difference between an ordinary man and an Avatar?

Give away 'Love' to all; give up the ego; display heroism in service; with compassion to fellowmen, feel your intimate kinship with them. Visualize the Aathma (spirit) that illumines all; derive unending Bliss therefrom. All who come Embodied are Avatars, that is to say, advents of the Divine, manifestations of God. What, then, is the special feature of Rama, Krishna, Buddha, and Christ? Why do you celebrate their birthdays with such reverential enthusiasm? The specialty is this: they are aware; you are unaware of the Aathma which is the Truth. Awareness confers Grace, Glory, Majesty, Might, and Splendour. Awareness confers liberation from bounds, from time, space and causation; from sleep, dream and wakefulness. For you, sleep is fiction; dream is fantasy and wakefulness a many-directional storm. Avatars are ever alert, aware, and alight.

Life bereft of faith and love is meaningless and useless.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the hallmark of a true spiritual aspirant?

You must be like the sandalwood tree which transmits its fragrance even to the axe that is used to cut it. When an incense-stick is lighted, it is burning itself away, but it radiates its perfume all around. In the same manner, a true devotee, should see to it that he keeps his peace intact under all circumstances. He should radiate happiness all around. This is the primary sadhana (spiritual practice). Through Sadhana, try to get that peace. Peace cannot be obtained in the world outside. Our kith and kin, our material possessions or name or fame will not give us peace. Peace is something which swells from within you. It is not something which is gathered from outside. We desire peace, but we keep doing things, which, far from giving peace, cause anxiety and worry. Trifles are allowed to upset one's peace of mind. The true spiritual aspirant should remain unaffected by what others say about him.

All that you do with purity of heart will find fulfilment.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:15 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should be the guiding force in our life?

Whatever you do, deem it as God's work. This can be applied to every ordinary act in daily life, whether it is sweeping the floor or cutting vegetables. Every one of these acts can be turned into a spiritual exercise by the spirit in which you do it. To perform every act as an offering to the Divine is true devotion. The world today is suffering from disorder and violence because people have lost Aathma-Vishvaasa (faith in the Self). They are fostering attachment to the body and ignoring the Spirit. Man should not follow the senses which are wayward, the body which is perishable, or the mind which is fickle. He must follow the conscience, which tells him what is right or wrong.

The conscience is the form of the Divine within everyone.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:06 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the inner significance behind chanting "Shanthi" three times at the end of every prayer session?

The word Shanthi is pronounced three times at the end of every prayer, ritual or offering. What is the meaning behind this? The first Shanthi means: "May we enjoy peace for the body." It means that the body should not get heated by feelings of jealousy, hatred, attachments and the like. Whatever news you receive about any event, you should receive it with calmness and serenity...The second Shanthi pertains to the mind. You should not get worked up when someone says something about you which is not true....and the third Shanthi refers to peace of the soul. This peace has to be realized through love. This world has to be brought back on to the rails and it is love and peace alone which can achieve this. Fill your thoughts, actions, emotions with love, truth and peace. There may be people who may hate us but love them too.

A slave of the mind cannot achive happiness or peace.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:33 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What are the ornaments that can truly beautify us and confer peace?

"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 had these three? So says a Sanskrit saying. The ornaments which people wear today are a source of fear. But if the ornaments of truth, charity, and listening to sacred discourses are worn, there is no cause for fear. This is called Abhaya (fearlessness).

Love is the key to open the doors locked by egoism and greed.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is it that we must do to make the world a heaven of peace and prosperity?

If you want to transform the world, promote all-round prosperity in the country and make the prayer "all people should be happy" become a reality, develop faith in the Self. Never forget God. Without God there is no Universe. Let the non-believers have their way. But they have no right to question the beliefs of others. To ask for physical proofs of the existence of experience like bliss or love or for subtle things like the fragrance of a flower is impracticable. To deny the reality of love on the ground that it has no recognizable form is meaningless. Love may have no form. But the mother who exhibits love has a form.

Fortitude endows man with self-confidence. Self-confidence generates an immense internal power.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How should we use our faculty of reasoning so as to reap maximum benefit?

Like a drop of oil on water, every individual spreads; he reaches out and far. 'I' seeks other 'I's and seeks to become 'We'. Life is a march from 'I' to 'We'. But, it usually strays from 'I' to 'They'. And does not reach God, the 'We'. Intellect alone can direct man in the path of discrimination, between the true path and false, the proper step and the improper... The reasoning power of man is shaped, not only by the education he receives now, but more by the impact of past lives and the import of future events. If the power is used for self-aggrandizement, it feeds delusion; if it is used in service for others, it promotes the Revelation of Reality. Reason must examine the vagaries of the mind and make patent the Divinity that resides and shines in every individual.

The grace of God cannot be won through the gymnastics of reason, the contortions of yoga, or the denials of asceticism. Love alone can win it Love that requires no requital.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 5:36 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Why do we get into this cycle of joy and sorrow?

How can man realize the Truth? Only when he experiences the Adhvaithabhaava (non-dualism). As long as he is steeped in dualism (that he and the Divine are different), he is bound to be racked by the opposites: joy and sorrow, the real and the unreal. All that exists in the Cosmos belongs to God. But man imagines that he is the owner of various things and is a prisoner of the conception of "mine" and "thine." In reality, all are only trustees of the property belonging to the Divine. This means that everyone has to consider himself as a trustee for the world's goods. A bank cashier handles an enormous amount of money. None of it belongs to him. He cannot use it for himself, but has to ensure its safety and right use. Likewise, all are trustees responsible for the proper use of the goods entrusted to them. No one can claim ownership. Hence one's life should reflect the unity of thought, speech and action.

Your life will be redeemed only when you involve yourself in the service of the society.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How to lighten and brighten our lives?

The flame of a lamp has two significant qualities. One is to banish darkness; the other is a continuous upward movement. Even if a lamp is kept in a pit, the flame is directed upwards. The ancients have taught that the upward movement of the flame denotes the path to wisdom and the path to divinity. However, the external light can dispel only the external darkness, but not the darkness of ignorance in man...The Vedas declare, "Anthar Bahischa Tat Sarvam Vyapya Narayana Stithaha", God is present within and around. So one has to be pure both internally and externally. It is the water that helps to keep your body clean. But it is love that keeps your heart clean. You should celebrate the festivals in full realization of their inner significance.

Only the light of service can illumine the spiritual aspirant.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 3:39 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Is there a relationship between our individual spiritual endeavour and society's development?

There are questions raised: Of what relation is society and social ties with spirit and its glory? Of what relation is the spirit with society's tangles and trickeries? Such questions arise from erring minds. Spiritual endeavour must aim at individual illumination, social betterment and the divinization of the human community. This is extremely urgent and essential. While in society, the divinity inherent in man can blossom more quickly, more widely, more fragrantly. You recognize the world, but, not God who is immanent in it! So too, you see the individual but, not the corpus that is immanent in society.

Your life will be redeemed only when you involve yourself in the service of the society.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Why should we do bhajans?

You do bhajans and think that you are doing it in order to please God. But God does not need anything. You do bhajans for your own happiness. Share your happiness with others. God is the embodiment of bliss. Hence, He does not require anything from you. When He is the embodiment of eternal happiness, what else is required for Him? He is not interested in worldly and ephemeral happiness. When you do bhajans, your heart becomes purified. The worship and the bhajans that you sing are meant for your own happiness and not for the happiness of God.

The basic quality of devotion is the yearning for realising oneness with the Divine.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we tap the source of joy that is within us?

Man has in him all the Bliss, as well as all the equipment needed to unravel it; but, he is caught in dire ignorance of his own inner resources. He can have supreme peace but, he does not strive to earn it; his attempts are weakened by doubt and indecision, and so, they are doomed to failure. Of course, there is the flow of water underneath the ground. But, how can we benefit by it unless efforts are made to dig down into that source? A good deal of 'desire-for-sense-satisfaction' has to be removed before that inner spring of peace and joy can be tapped.

He who is filled with desires is the poorest man in the world.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:43 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we find fulfillment in our lives?

All beings are manifestations of the Cosmic Divine. The forms are different but the spirit that animates them all is One, like the current that illumines bulbs of different colours and wattage. Cultivate this feeling of oneness and do not be critical of any faith or religion. Dedicate your lives to the service of your fellow-beings. Thereby you will be redeeming your lives.

Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:32 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we live in peace, unperturbed by tragedies and triumphs?

The mariner uses his compass to guide him aright amidst the dark storm clouds and raging waves. When a person is overwhelmed by the dark clouds of despair and the raging confusion of irrepressible desires, he, too, has a compass which will point to him the direction he has to take. That compass is a society that is dedicated to the propagation of spiritual discipline. So long as man is attracted by outer Nature, he cannot escape the blows of joy and grief, of profit and loss, of happiness and misery. But, if he is attracted by the Glory of God within him as well as within Nature, he can be above and beyond these dualities and in perfect peace.

Make the mind, the voice and the actions agree in harmony. That is the right way of life.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How to tame our mind and turn it to God?

Your mind is steady when it is engaged in other activities; but, when it is focused on God, it begins to waver. It does not like to stop its vagaries, which it will have to do, once God enters your heart. Tame it by Naamasmarana (Chanting the Divine name)... Have the Naamam (God's Name) on your tongue, the Rupa (Divine Form) in your eye, the Mahima (Divine Glory) in your heart, then thunderbolts will pass by you quietly.

Love is the very nature of life, as burning is the nature of fire,
or wetness of water, or sweetness of sugar.

- Divine Discourse


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