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deva_mathan
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear Gopenath,

A small suggestion. The Insipration Column can be on General topics in the web site, than under Badaga Community folder. Pl think it over.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear Anna,
Thanks for your suggestion. I did not post this forum thinking that I just post it for sake. I thought it would be worth for our community as I know most people view this BADAGA COMMUNITY forum than other forums. That was the only reason. There is no problem at all posting this in the general column. Only thing is that I would be glad if people recognise their trueselves and come forward to serve the community which adds upto their Divinity without their knowladge. MAKKALL SEVAI YE MADHAVAN SEVAI:
So I dont have any arguements in posting the issues in the General Column.
Thank you.

Gopenath.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:03 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Please note that from today i.e 13th November 2007, the postings under DAILY INSPIRATIONS IN THE PATH OF SPIRITUALITY and GET INSPIRED will be available in the General Topics Forum. Suggestions are always welcome.

Gopenath.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 2:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear Gopenath,

Nice to see the postings and your opinion. Go ahead and succeed in making more brothern the use of technology with spiritual inclination.

Let the light of Diwali illuminate some enlightened persons and such enlightened persons thoughts illuminate millions of people to think wise for betterment.

Cheers!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:53 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we be blessed with permanent peace?

In their life-long quest for happiness people forget that they can secure enduring bliss only by pursuing the spiritual path. Towards the end of their life, when all other sources have failed, they turn towards God. One cannot secure real happiness by relying on worldly objects. Only by turning towards the Spirit can one secure bliss. In the quest for bliss, the Vedas have pronounced a caveat. God is incomparable. He cannot be comprehended by logical proofs. All kinds of proofs are of no avail for recognizing God. He is beyond the reach of mind and speech.

It is only when the body, the mind and the spirit are in harmony that peace will prevail.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:59 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Dear Anna,
I am sorry that today i had to post the inspirations in the BADAGA COMMUNITY COLUMN. I was not able to post it as a topic reply under the same heading due to some reasons. It says that there is an error in posting the items under the post reply. Once the problem is cleared then I shall post it in that forum.

Thank you

Gopenath.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should our attitude be when we worship the Lord?

People are of three types. First, Bhakthi rasa-aathmakam (emotional type). The second, Kriyaaathmakam (active type). The third, the rational type. The emotional type of persons are engagedin activities like worship of idols, bhajans, etc. They offer worship to an idol or picture in the faith that God in a certain form has shown to mankind the means to liberation. However, you may worship a picture as God, but not God as a picture. You may see God in a picture, but the picture is not God. No object exists with a form without the immanence of the Divine in it. Hence every object has to be elevated to the level of the Divine. Treat every object as a manifestation of the Divine. But do not reduce the Divine to the level of material objects.

Prayer must come from the depths of feeling; the Lord looks
for bhava (sincerity of feeling), not bahya (outward pomp).

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the relationship between devotion and harmony in society?

One who is lacking in love for fellow beings will not secure God's love. Without love for God, one will not have fear of sin. In the absence of both of these, a man will have no sangha neethi (social morality). Neethi means right conduct. It implies right behaviour in harmony with the conditions of the particular time, place and society. You have to subordinate yourself to the mores of the community. You should not violate the norms of society. Hence the Veda (ancient Indian scriptures) enjoined observance of social disciplines.

True sacrifice consists in sharing with others oneís wealth,
strength and qualities, which are derived from society.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:43 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the kind of fearlessness that we must possess and exhibit?

Through very small effort great things can be accomplished. A huge serpent can be destroyed by a large number of small ants. Do not consider yourself small. Seek to acquire the strength and determination to carry out your duties. In the world, difficulties crop up from time to time. Jealousy towards one's betters is quite common. Crows have animus against the cuckoo. Cranes jeer at swans. But neither the cuckoo nor the swan is worried. The world has many such envious beings. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed by such experiences. You have to confront them boldly and stand up for truth.

One filled with Divine Love will be fearless, will seek nothing from others,
and will be spontaneous and selfless in expressing his or her Love.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:19 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the vitamin that is needed everyday to keep us healthy in every way?

Bhakthi (devotion) is not like lime pickle, to be used only when you have fever; it is man's daily substance, the vitamin he must have for physical and mental health. The contemplation of God is like the main rice dish; the rest are side dishes, appetizers, fillers. Take the tablet of Naamasmarana (constant thought of the Lord), and all the experience of your daily life, the good and the bad, will be digested nicely. You don't eat paddy, do you? You have the sense to remove the husk and then boil the rice before you eat it. So also, why do you take in nature as it is? Remove the allurement it has to the senses, make it just an expression of the Divine Will and then assimilate it.

Love is the fruit that grows on the tree of the Divine Name.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should be the basis of our life?

To realise the Divine, love is the easiest path. Just as you can see the moon only with the light of the moon, God, who is embodiment of love, can be reached only through love. Regard love as your life breath. Love was the first quality to emerge in the creative process. All other qualities came after it. Therefore, fill your heart with love and base your life on it.

Only Divine Love is immutable and permanent.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Whom does the lord consider worthy of receiving His Grace?

The lord searches for goodness only, not for faults and sins. Those are based on the standard of the Gunas (qualities) of each. He will not examine the wealth, the family, the Gothra (lineage), the status, or the sex. He sees only the Righteousness, the Sadbhava. Those endowed with such Sadbhava, He considers as deserving His Grace, whoever they are, whatever they are. Therefore, develop Sadbhava, goodness and righteousness. Live and act in joy and love. These two are sufficient; salvation can be attained without fail.

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

- Prema Vahini.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What can confer us permanent peace?

The world has to be brought back to the rails. Only love and peace can achieve this. Fill your thoughts, speech and actions with love, truth and peace and engage yourselves in service actions. We aspire for peace and comfort all the time, but where can we find it? Is it to be found in the material world around us? Experience shows that the peace or happiness got from external objects is not enduing. It is like a mirage, which cannot quench the thirst of the deluded animal that runs towards it. The real source of peace is within every individual and it is this inner peace that can confer real joy.

Manís primary duty is to uphold the human values of truth, righteousness, peace and love.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the most important harmony that we should strive to attain and maintain?

The most important element in man's existence is sankalpa (firm thought). As are the thoughts, so is the speech. As is the speech so are the actions. The harmony of these three will lead to the experience of Divinity. Words come out of the heart. They should be filled with compassion. The heart is the abode of compassion. It is the source of love. Hence whatever emanates from the heart should be filled with love. That love should express itself in speech. The flow of love in speech should find concrete expression in action.

It is only when the body, the mind and the spirit are in harmony that peace will prevail.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 2:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

There is a debt that everybody has to discharge? What is it and how can it be done?

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Divine which has not only endowed us with this precious human body but which also sustains it. We shall be able to enjoy these gifts of the Divine only if we discharge this debt to the Divine. How is this to be done? It is by rendering service to other bodies saturated with the same Divine, by doing righteous deeds and consecrating all actions in the service of society. The debt to the Divine has to be discharged in full in this life itself or during many future lives. The earlier we repay this debt, the sooner we shall realize Divinity.

First and foremost, you should show gratitude to your parents, love them and respect them.

- Divine Discourse


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