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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is truly the measure of one's strength and how does one obtain that strength?

To tame anger and other negative emotions is a hard and slow process, which requires patience, persistence and time. There was once a huge wrestler who was strutting along a street, proud of his physical strength and victory over many rivals. As he passed by, an innocent middle aged woman laughed at his stature. The wrestler observed this, gnashed his teeth in anger and was about to pounce on her. The woman retorted, “How can you consider yourself strong when you cannot even take a woman’s laughter calmly?” The wrestler, in a split second, realized his folly and hung his head in shame. Forbearance (Sahana) is the best spiritual practice (Sadhana). Practice forbearance and fortitude - this is the foremost and greatest lesson from the scriptures.

Love, Forbearance, Kindness and Compassion are the essential qualities for spiritual transformation.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:44 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Can we ever attain that absolute Oneness with Divinity?

Every individual soul is destined to lose its separate name and form and merge in the Formless and Nameless. Some believe that since the particular, individual soul is caught up in birth and death, it can never attain the merger with the eternal. No! Using the opportunity of this birth, you must strive to break the bonds and cleanse yourself from sin. Attaining merger with Divinity is the only goal worth striving for. The scriptures have laid down the steps to attain peace, contentment and joy. Get acquainted with them through the learned people and experience these virtues. Never forget this – the first and most important step in the spiritual path is to remove the weeds in the garden of your hearts, by plucking away the bushes of lust and greed, hate and pride. Clear the ground thus and plant the fragrant flowering plants of pure love; the sweet fruits of virtue will then, soon emerge.

Consider all your acts as worship. Whatever happens, accept it gladly as His handiwork, a sign of His compassion.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Everyone desires for a comfortable and happy life. But what should we always keep in mind when pursuing wealth and comfort?

Earning wealth is one of the legitimate objectives of human endeavour, without a doubt. It is one of the four objectives (purusharthaas) of every human life, the four being - righteousness, earning wealth, desire and liberation. The order they are mentioned in, has a purpose too. Righteousness has to direct and control the process of earning wealth and liberation has to be the regulating factor for one’s desires. All wealth accruing through unrighteous means is to be treated with contempt as unworthy. All desires that do not subserve the one supreme need for liberation are to be given up as beneath one’s dignity. So the spiritual basis of righteousness and liberation must be the root of both the pursuit of wealth and fulfilment of other desires.

Your good conduct is your true wealth.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the true understanding that should guide and mould our actions?

You are on a journey through the stream of life from one act to another – it is one continuous activity, marked by karma all throughout. It would be a pity, if you do not know the right technique of performing karma (actions). Just as the fruit on a tree depends upon the seed, the soil, the manure, the tending of the gardener and the fence, the results of your actions too reflect a variety of factors, such as the tendencies and consequences of the activities in previous lives. A potter makes pots and pans from the clay in the earth and so it is called mrinmaya (material and ephemeral). But you are Chinmaya (spiritual and transcendental) for Brahma, the Divine Potter, has made you from Truth (Sath), Consciousness (Chith) and Bliss (Ananda). Understand this difference, and shape your actions. Act in accordance with what you profess to be; that is the real Dharma (righteousness).

If you want to enjoy life, fill yourself with good thoughts.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The concept of Karma through a very simple analogy.

Open your account with the Divine Bank which receives deposits and maintains your accounts in strict confidence. Every little transaction - a good deed, noble thought, or a kind word is accurately credited and accounted for. The bank also keeps a record of your debits – indifferent, bad or unkind thought, word or deed. Also this Divine Banker, truly cares for your feelings and consciously whispers warnings from the heart when you overdraw your limits, when truth and right conduct are infringed. It also warns you without fail when your desires enslave you or when your wealth is unchecked. No one can sue you for the deposits you make in this Bank. No tax-man can take away your earnings, nor can any crook lay his hands on your property in this Bank.

Tender hearts, holy thoughts and loving speech – these invoke the Divine at all times.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:42 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we live in peace and love, every single day, in such challenging times?

True nature of a human being is divine. This innate nature is to be found in children; at that stage one is untouched by the pulls and stresses of the senses. So the child revels in its own reality - in joy, peace and love. As you grow make that stage steady, so that you may lead a dharmic (righteous) life. That is your duty. To discover your reality and to dwell in Divine Peace, you need not give up the world and take to asceticism. Detachment is the crucial boon you must win for yourself. You can cultivate it as easily at home as you can in the jungle! In addition, when you fix your mind on truth, you become dearer to God.

Consider all your acts as worship. Whatever happens, accept it gladly as His handiwork, a sign of His compassion.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:22 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can acts of virtue help or protect us in times of need?

While you should develop the habit of saving money in a bank for the sake of old age and rainy days, you must also start the habit of making deposits in the Spiritual Bank, so that you can truly be 'saved'. The currency and metals accepted in the Divine Bank are Truth, Love and Right Conduct. All words, feelings, actions, thoughts ringing with purity of these metals will be gladly accepted as deposits. So, as you take care of your savings deposit in the many worldly banks, you must make it a point to have an account and grow it in the Bank of the Divine too. When you are hard-pressed for money, you approach your bank seeking loans. The bank will help you, but only in proportion to your deposits. Similarly your Divine Banker will save you from distress and grief very quickly if you have deposited with Him the wealth of Truth, Love, Right Conduct and Peace.

A good character is the greatest wealth you can acquire.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:47 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What could be pointed out as the foremost reason for the troubles rampant in the society?

In spite of warnings, admonitions, advice and appeals that one should not submerge themselves in the trivial and the transitory, people are still drawn towards misery by defects in their understanding. Hatred, greed, factions and fights are prevalent because God is discarded as superfluous or as superstition. The scriptures are the records of the thoughts and experiences of pure and unprejudiced love-filled seekers of truth. You will do well, if you trust them. They clearly explain the following tenets: Love alone prevails, Detachment is your true wealth, Unity alone is the truth and God alone should be your goal in life. Just as when light from the oil-based lamp gets dull, its wick is adjusted or fuel is added, it is about time the nobler and higher impulses of all human beings are invigorated. That alone will save you from calamity. You must desire for your liberation from the bonds you have woven around yourself.

A heart saturated with love of God can never entertain thoughts of violence.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:49 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Sometimes we think that wicked people appear to be enjoying life and wonder if our noble acts will stand by us in difficult times.

When you are in need of money, you can borrow capital from banks, that is, if you mortgage land, jewels or property you have earned or inherited from parents or ancestors. The Divine Banker also lets you to draw upon the deposits made through noble acts from previous births. That is why, at times, you find some people, who are wicked and cruel, mean and miserly, appear to lead happy lives, free from pain and grief. These are drawn upon from deposits made in the past and they are entitled to that happiness. Overdrafts or loans help you tide over temporary crisis and will be available only in proportion to the value of mortgages or deposits. In the Divine Bank, you can be fully protected from distress and grief when you earn the Grace of God (Anugraha). Engage in noble deeds, good thoughts, good feelings, and good company and be in constant contemplation of the Divine, God’s Grace will be showered on you.

Dharma destroys the one who violates it. Dharma also protects the one who protects it.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the prerequisite for one to be able to enjoy and savour spiritual practices?

When a man is suffering from the effects of cobra-bite, they give him chillies to chew; the idea is that the ailing person will not feel the spicy taste, if the poison is still in his system. So too, when the poison of worldly sensualism is there, worship, japam (contemplation), and dhyanam (meditation) - all of this will taste drab and dismal. Above all, insist on the senses obeying you when you command them to desist from dragging you. Or else you are like a car without a brake. With the senses under control, your intelligence will become clear to reflect the Glory of God that pervades the Universe. That is the teaching of the scriptures. Steady faith alone can help you earn victory. Hold on till the realization is rewarded to you.

The spiritual path is the path of detachment, of sense control,
of rigorous mind training.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is true wealth? How can we acquire it?

The word Dhanam (wealth) means any valued possession, an object of affection. It does not merely mean riches and precious metals. The most valued possession of human beings is Self-Knowledge. Arjuna earned this, and hence was called ‘Dhananjaya’. Anyone can earn riches or money – even crooks, dacoits and pirates amass money. True wealth, worthy of deposits in the Divine Bank, is earned only by those who struggle to be virtuous, detached, humble and holy. Do not underestimate the value of this deposit. Your meritorious noble deeds, your purity, the selfless love that you manifest with your fellow beings – bring to God these precious commodities and He will readily accept them as deposits to your credit.

Consider all your acts as worship. Cultivate divine virtues, not riches,
comfort and luxury.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Often we wonder, what can we ask God and what should we not ask?

It is always preferable to approach God for the fulfilment of your wants, rather than cringe before others, who themselves are but tools in the hands of God. In his own silent way, God will transform the mind and turn it towards spiritual practices and successful spiritual pilgrimage. He cannot allow his children to lose their way and suffer in the jungle. When you approach God and seek his help and guidance, you have taken the first step to save yourself. You are then led to accept His will as your own. Thus, you achieve peace. God draws you to Him to re-form and re-shape you. God is a kind of smith, who repairs broken, leaky, and damaged ‘human-ware’. He is adept at fixing broken hearts, fragile minds, warped intellects, feeble resolutions and fading faith. Come to Him with hands that salute in prayer, hands that are eager to serve. Then, He fills them with loads of Grace.

Water flows from a higher level to the lower levels. God’s grace too is like that. It flows down to those who are bent with humility.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should we surrender in the locker (safe vault) of the Divine Banker?

To protect valuables, jewels, legal documents and precious metals like silver and gold from thieves, you go to the banks and deposit them in the safe vaults or lockers. Thus, you dismiss the anxiety in your minds, are freed from worry and are able to sleep in peace at your homes. So too, you must surrender to the Lord, your jewels of intelligence, brilliance and capacity to serve. Most importantly, you attach a lot of value to your ego – leave it also to His care. Then you will be very happy. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna advises Arjuna – Maam Ekam Sharanam Vraja - Surrender to Me alone. Then, He assures, Maa suchah - You need not grieve at all.

Surrender to the Divine and develop a heart filled with devotion and love, you can face all the challenges of life.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the cornerstone to live a life of happiness and peace?

Statesmen and elected representatives declare that they are trying their best to develop the resources, natural and human, and to provide on the basis of those resources, food, clothing, shelter, education, employment, security and health to the people. But the development of the moral and spiritual resources are neglected and the provision of peace and spiritual happiness is ignored. Happiness and peace do not necessarily follow when people are fed and clothed well, comfortably housed and highly educated, well employed or when there is no injury to health or security. There are quite a large number of people who have all these in plenty but are yet worried, in pain or discontented. Peace and happiness depend on what lies within and not on outer skill or riches. Every being is fundamentally Divine and so, the more one manifests the divine attributes of Love, Justice, Truth and Peace, the more joy one shall be able to give and receive.

To enjoy enduring happiness, fill your mind with pure thoughts and entertain fine feelings in your heart.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Why are efforts to control the mind vital in life?

This is an ancient observation true even today – that most people spend their childhood in pranks and play, their youth in sports, pleasure and pastime, middle age in plans and schemes to pile up a fortune, and old age in hospitals trying to bolster failing health through failing wealth. Earning and spending, one fills their time with work and worry. People are busy with a number of attempts to earn happiness, but success is little and short-lived. The only panacea for all ills, the effort that will result in total victory is the control of the mind, which is the master of the senses. Every sense organ is an outlet for energy that binds one to the objective world. The senses are induced by the mind to move out and attach themselves to objects. You must make the mind submit to viveka (wisdom), which discriminates between right and wrong. Then the mind, instead of harming, will help you.

Train your mind to develop a taste for the good and the godly,
not for money or material gains.

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