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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:04 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the barometer for a good student and a teacher?

Teachers who teach with the salary paid to them in their minds, and students who learn with the jobs they may procure as their focus are both pursuing wrong paths. In fact, the task of the teacher is to discharge his duty of instructing and inspiring the students so that they develop their latent talents and advance in the perfection of their skills. The task of the student is to unfold the Divine in him and equip himself for serving society with his skill and knowledge.

Love is the solvent for the hardest of the hearts.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2010 1:49 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the barometer of the path chosen by the intelligent?

Liberation is the realisation of awareness, achievement of oneness with the Divine. Each and every living being has to attain this consummation, this goal - the Brahman. That is its true destination. Some day or the other, the urge to win release from the shackles of grief and joy, and the bonds of “I” and “mine” will awaken and emerge. The path that is taken then inevitably leads to freedom (moksha). Seeking that path is the sign of the intelligent person. Instead of this search, when one considers the objective world as all-important and feels drawn toward its charm, life is barren and is of no consequence.

Be Good, See Good and Do Good. This is the way to God.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the root cause of anxiety and calamity?

The root cause of all anxieties and calamities of man is envy. We can find from the Bhagavad Gita that Krishna warns Arjuna repeatedly to be free from this negative trait. Envy is invariably accompanied by hatred. These two are twin villains. They are poisonous pests. They attack the very roots of one’s personality. A tree may be resplendent with flowers and fruits. But when the inimical worms set to work on the roots, imagine what happens to the splendour! Even as we look on admiringly at its beauty, the flowers fade, the fruits fall off and the leaves turn yellow and are scattered by the wind. At last, the tree itself dries up, it dies and falls. So too, when envy and hatred infect the heart and set to work, however intelligent and highly educated the individual may be, he falls. He is turned into an enemy of society. He becomes the target of ridicule because he is no longer human!

Start Early, Drive Slowly, Reach Safely

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What are the subtle ways through which envy raises its hood?

No enemy can be as insidious as jealousy. When one sees a person more powerful or knowledgeable, or with greater reputation, wealth or beauty, or even wearing better clothing, one is afflicted with jealousy. We may find it difficult to acknowledge and accept the situation. Our mind may seek means to demean and lower them in the estimation of people. Such propensities and evil tendencies should never strike root in our minds. We must be careful such that our character is not polluted.

Start the day with love, fill the day with love, spend the day with love
and end the day with love.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:47 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we cleanse our minds and keep it focussed on the Supreme?

Force your mind to breathe the grander atmosphere of the Eternal. Do this by reminding it of God and His Glory every second, with every breath, by repeating any of His Names. Or engage in some work, which will take you out of your narrow self into His vast magnificence; some task where you dedicate the fruit to God, or where you devote your time and energy to share your skill, joy or knowledge with your fellow beings. Or keep yourself surrounded always by persons devoted to the higher life; persons who will encourage you to move forward along the road towards the goal. Through these means, you can achieve Chittha Shuddhi (cleansing of your mind).

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

In our life we may remember or forget many events and experiences we witness. But what are those things we cannot afford to forget?

Human beings are endowed with memory, as well as the faculty to forget. Both are useful skills. Perhaps, the power to forget is even more important – otherwise people will lament over the loss of millions of parents and kinsmen from previous births, and also the insults and injuries they suffered in this birth. Luckily the power to forget helps with all of these. People often remember only those things that have impressed them as significant – their birthdays, wedding days, their debtors, etc. Tragedy is that people forget the most critical thing about their earthly career – the key to happiness and liberation. Man cannot afford to forget the questions - “Who am I? Where am I going? Where did I come from? What is the nature and purpose of all this?”

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:11 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we win divine grace? What effort does it call for?

When you achieve Chitha Shuddhi (purity of mind), Truth will be clearly reflected therein. For this, good company is essential. Company of pious and holy people leads gradually to withdrawal from entangling activities. When a cold bit of coal is placed in the midst of glowing cinders, and when the fire is fanned, the coal too starts glowing with the fire. The Jnaana Agni or the Fire of Wisdom operates similarly. Individual effort and Divine Grace are both interdependent. Without effort, there will be no conferment of grace. To win that Grace, you only need to have faith and virtue. Knock - the doors of Grace will open. Open the door - the Sun’s rays waiting outside will flow silently in and flood the room with light.

Command the mind, regulate your conduct, keep your heart straight and clear, then you will get the grace of God.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should we do to attain undiminishing happiness?

People are eager to get happiness and when there is a prospect of earning undiminishing happiness, many people jump at the idea. But soon they are tired of the effort required, and seek shortcuts. Sometimes they lean on others to carry their weight and aspire for much fruit in return for very little cultivation. Some efforts here and there, such as listening to discourses or making speeches will not be sufficient. Rigorous discipline and steady faith are absolutely necessary for success in the spiritual journey. You must control your senses, which drag your mind towards the attractions of the external world. To have steady faith, one must control the wayward mind that paints attractive pictures in false colours to lure you on from birth to birth.

Master the Mind, Be a Master-Mind.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

What are the essentials to be taught to children and students so as to create a good nation?

The character of children must be made strong and pure. Give them all the confidence and courage they need, to become good, honest and self-reliant. It is not enough if they learn to make a living - the manner of living is more important than the standard of living. Children must also be taught to have reverence towards their religion, culture and to educational attainments. Children must learn well their mother tongue, so they can appreciate the great poetical works and epics written by the seers of their land. These will give them valuable guidance during the stormy days of their life. Above all, they must develop a deep reverence for their motherland.

Education is the means of unfolding the moral and spiritual potentialities of man.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:17 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we accomplish the overwhelmingly difficult tasks of freedom from sin and the final goal of liberation?

Steady practice will ensure you both results - freedom from sin and liberation. Never underestimate the importance and power of practice! You would have known examples of how practice makes even an animal execute difficult tasks – for example, look at the horses yoked to the carts, elephants on the battlefield! Those elephants have rendered assistance in battle which even man with the superior equipment of reason cannot do! Consider how this was made possible for docile elephants living in forests as herds? Fighting on the battlefield is not their nature. These are ample proof of the value of practice. Draw strength and confidence in the value of practice. Practice the withdrawal of the mind from the senses; it will slowly and steadily develop the skills which will release you from bondage.

Practice speaks louder than precept.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:11 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should we do to bring out and preserve the native goodness in children?

The human heart when young is very soft. It responds to grief and pain in fellow beings. It is the example of elders, the lessons they receive from parents, the company they get into, and the wrong training they receive in school and society that harden their hearts into stone. Parents must not find fault with others in the vicinity of children or show their hatred or envy before their tender minds. Children should be taught to share the grief and joy of others; and to be never jealous of others happiness or success. Instead of giving room to the feeling of envy, teach them to emulate the hard work of the successful, to pray for intelligence, or for a sharper memory. Keep those young hearts soft.

Good character is developed and sustained by constant practice of good actions.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What can we understand about the nature of God through scriptures such as the Geetha?

The Lord reveals Himself through the scriptures. The Bhagavad Geetha is one text from where you can get a complete picture of the nature and characteristics of Avatars (Divine incarnations). The Lord acts as a friend, companion, charioteer, teacher, guide and guardian of His devotees. The Mahabharatha war is not a chapter in ancient history – it is taking place in every human heart between the forces of good and evil. The one who recognizes the value of installing the Lord as his charioteer is certain to win. Others fail to foil the forces of evil and succumb to it. Accept the Lord as your Master. Surrender all activities to Him, dedicate your words and deeds and thoughts to Him as flowers at His Feet – In the Geetha, To the one who surrenders, the Lord assures: ”I shall Liberate You”; He assuages, “Do not grieve”.

The grace of God is like insurance. It will help you in your time of need without any limit.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:19 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Why should we respect and honour our parents?

You should be grateful to your parents. They gave you the body and fostered the intelligence and love that are embedded in it – so gratitude is their due. Everyday they pray for your health and wellbeing; they pray that you earn a good name. If you do not honour them who are your living Gods, how can you learn to honour the Almighty, the Creator of all? Parents are the ones that reveal to you the glory of God and the means of worshipping Him. They are the first representatives of authority a child meets, the authority executed through love and care. Learn to submit yourselves to them and you will learn how to submit to the Lord. You must conduct and behave in a manner that your parents are happy. That is your duty and it is only when you fulfill this duty, you are blessed by God.

First and foremost, express gratitude to your parents, love them and respect them.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the secret to true happiness?

In the path of devotion, for those who bargain and crave for profit, reverence is equated with returns; they sell homage at so much per unit of satisfactory response. They calculate how much they are able to extract, like paid servants clamouring for wages, overtime allowances, bonuses and so on. One must be a member of God’s family, a kinsman, a friend of God. You must feel that you are the Lord’s very own. Then your work will not be tiring, you will be able to carry it out in a better manner and it will yield more satisfaction too. In return the Lord Himself will maintain you in bliss. Leave the rest to Him. He knows Best. The joy of having Him is enough reward. This is the secret of human happiness. Live out your lives on these lines and you will never come to grief.

All work is God’s; He inspires, He helps, He executes, He enjoys, He is pleased.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is it we need to do, to attain Union with the Almighty?

The Lord does not ask you for penance or asceticism. He only wants that your mind be fixed on Him. Devote and dedicate your mind to God. If you plead that you have not the strength of mind to do this, ask yourself, where from comes the strength to dedicate yourself as you do now to hollow ideals and vain fantasies of family, fortune and fame? Can you not use this strength for that supreme dedication? People easily offer their all to poisonous objective pleasures, but squirm and protest when the call is made to dedicate their thoughts, feelings and acts to the Almighty! Those who are prompted by genuine desire for the fruit must overcome all obstacles and temptations, doubts and disappointments, and dwell on the thoughts of the Lord. Then the Lord will confer on you the blessing of Union.

Think God. Love God. Realise that there is no truer friend than God. Merge your love in His love.

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