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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:13 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How should we go about achieving the objectives of our lives?

There are four F's that you will have to fix before your attention. (1) Follow the Master, (2) Face the Devil, (3) Fight to the End and (4) Finish at the Goal. Follow the Master means, observe Dharma (Right Conduct). Face the Devil means, overcome the temptations that beset you when you try to earn Artha (wealth or the wherewithal to live in comfort). Fight to the End means, struggle ceaselessly; wage war against the six enemies that are led by kaama (lust). And, finally, Finish at the Goal means; do not stop until the goal of Moksha (Liberation from ignorance and delusion) is reached. The F's are fundamental for the pursuit of the four Purushaarthas (goals of man) - Dharma, Artha, Kaama and Moksha (Right Conduct, Wealth, Desire and Liberation).

Only when man upholds morality, can there be equality, fraternity and freedom in the society.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How do we fill our lives with peace and love? Swami tells us today.

Your lives are essentially of the nature of Shanti (Peace); your nature is essentially Love; your hearts are saturated with Truth. Rid yourselves of the impediments that prevent their manifestation; you do not make any attempt towards this, and so, there is no peace or love or truth in the home, the community, the nation and the world. The husband and the wife do not live in concord; the father and his sons are involved in factions; even friends do not see eye to eye! Twins take different paths. For, they live in a competitive waning world of passions and emotions. It is only when God is the Goal and Guide, that there can be real peace, love and truth. The Divine must be revered at all times and what pleases the Divine must be understood and followed.

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

- Divine Discourse.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should be our New Year resolution?

On this New Year Day, we should resolve that we will start every day with Love, spend the day with Love, fill the day with Love and end the day with Love. There should be no difference of caste, creed, color, religion or nationality. Love knows no distinction of any kind.We must wish every one to be happy. Fill the heart with Love. Cultivate good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds with the broad view that everyone in the world should be happy.

Love all serve all; help ever hurt never.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:37 am Reply with quoteBack to top

A mother is ready to sacrifice everything, even her life, for the sake of her child...It is for this reason, that a woman is described as Thyagamurthi, an embodiment of sacrifice...In this world, all things are transient. Only righteousness and good name endure. How is one to acquire a good name? By revering the mother. Never go against the wishes of the mother. The child who causes pain to the mother can never be happy. Hence, earn the blessing of the mother.

If you honour your mother, the Mother of the universe will guard you against harm.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:49 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we facilitate the blossoming of divinity within us?

People today are totally immersed in self-interest, multiplying desires without limit. They are not content with having what they need for essential purposes. They wish to accumulate enormously for the future. They are filled with worries and discontent. Thereby they forfeit their happiness here and in the hereafter. Birds and beasts are content with what they can get. Man alone is afflicted with insatiable desires... He forgets his natural human qualities and behaves worse than animals. When these tendencies are given up, the inherent divinity in man will manifest itself.

The truly human qualities are calmness, forbearance and compassion.

- Divine Discourse.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:00 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is our primary duty in life?

Despite the striking progress in the fields of science and technology, there has been deterioration in morals and social behaviour because of the growth of selfishness. Self-interest is predominant in every action. If one's entire life is governed by selfishness, what happens to society? Every individual has a responsibility to society, from which he derives so many benefits. Society is based on the principle of mutual give and take. Your primary duty is to show your gratitude to your parents, your kith and kin, your friends, teachers and others who have helped you in various ways to make you what you are.

The quality of true love is to give and not to receive.

- Divine Discourse.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 4:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is real education? What should it confer on the students?

In the educational system today, the spiritual element has no place. This cannot be true education. Education must proceed primarily from the Spirit to Nature. It must show that mankind constitutes one Divine family. The divinity that is present in society can be experienced only through individuals. Education today, however, ends with the acquisition of degrees. Real education should enable one to utilise the knowledge one has acquired to meet the challenges of life and to make all human beings happy as far as possible. Born in society, one has the duty to work for the welfare and progress of society.

The end of education is character.

- Divine Discourse.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we create the Society of our dreams?

All men are kith and kin, one family, one aspiration, one attempt at one acquisition. They are all equally Divine; all form the Universal Body of the One God. All are heirs to the Aanandha (bliss) that this awareness can give. Of course, society does not happen when people gather by chance, or get together with no common goal of good. The many-faceted skills and intelligences that are contributed by the many must flow pure and clear, untarnished by egoistic desires along the channel of the spirit; then, they will feed the roots of truth and goodness; they will ensure peace, for, all ideas, of high and low will disappear. This is the criterion for a stable, strong and sweet society; not, mere numbers. Be conscious of the God in each and in all; then, inner equality will impress each so indelibly that the awareness will stay undisturbed. Peace will reign in each and all.

Hands in the society, head in the forest.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is the single most important facet that we must comprehend about this creation?

Doubts are raised whether God exists or not. Those who affirm that God exists and those who deny are equally incompetent to say anything about God if they know nothing about the nature of God... God is Omnipresent. There is no need to search for Him anywhere. Everything that we see is a manifestation of God. Wherever we are, there is God. There can be no greater folly than to deny the existence of God when the whole cosmos bears witness to His handiwork. Everything in creation must be viewed as a manifestation of God. Only with this basic faith can one develop one's human personality.

Without firm faith in the omnipresence of the Divine, devotion has no meaning.

- Divine Discourse.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What is our real nature and destiny?

Man is Sathyam, Shivam and Sundharam (Truth, Goodness and Beauty). That is why he is drawn by the true, the beautiful and the good. He hates being labeled a liar or an ugly person or a bad character! Man has to go out of his way, take special pains, to tread the path of falsehood; it is more difficult for him to sustain a lie than support the truth. So, man is turning back on his destiny when he revels in falsehood, ugliness and wickedness...Man is bound to God, by the same destiny. He can get sound and sweet sleep only in the lap of God. Separated from Him, he can only wail.

Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence are verily the five life principles of man.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:42 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The true path to eternal happiness.

Man is a bundle of bones clothed in muscle and fitted with communication nerves. As a base of this gross body, he has a subtle body too. It has its own hunger and thirst and life cannot be happy unless these too are fulfilled - the hunger to return to the Source, a thirst for the nectar that confers immortality. In the search for something to allay this hunger and this thirst, man meets with countless obstacles, for, he does not know the road and is easily misled by his own senses which profess to show him the road. It is only when some disaster or distress overpowers him that he becomes aware of the true path. The true path is the path that reveals the Aathma (self) within.

Removal of immorality is the only way to immortality.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:37 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What should be our attitude while engaged in our duties?

While engaged as you are in seva karma (service activity) as sadhana (spiritual practice), you encounter many hurdles. But, that is the nature of the world in which you act. It is a world of dual characteristics - good and bad, joy and grief, progress and regress, light and shade. Do not pay heed to these; do what comes to you as a duty, as well as you can, with prayer to God. The rest is in His Hands.

Surrendering the fruit of action to the Lord is real sacrifice.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:15 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How can we make our life a saga of love?

Love is the fruit of life. The fruit has three components - the skin, the juicy kernel and the seed. To experience the fruit, we have first to remove the skin. The skin represents egoism, the 'I' feeling, the excluding, limiting, individualizing principle. The seed represents 'selfishness', the 'mine' feeling, the possessive, the greedy, desireful principle. This too has to be discarded. What remains is the sweet juice, the rasa, which the scriptures describe as Divine, the Love Supreme.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

How should we integrate the five human values into our lives?

Human values cannot be promoted merely by repeating the words - Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence. In practicing righteousness, there should be no secret desires. Actions performed with such secret motives result in bondage. Truth and right conduct should be adhered to with pure intentions. Both of them are rooted in the Eternal. A righteous life leads to peace. Love is to be experienced in the depths of peace. Love should find expression in non-violence. Where love prevails, there is no room for doing harm or violence to others. All these basic values have to be demonstrated in action and not limited to preaching.

Love is the common denomination for all the human values.

- Divine Discourse


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:06 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Is it okay if we revere and respect our own diety zealously?

One individual may elect to worship the Divine in the form of his favourite Goddess; another may worship God in a different form and derive bliss from such worship. Each one should note that the forms in which the Divine is worshipped by others are as important to them as his own chosen deity is to him. If, on the contrary, he criticizes or casts a slur on the deities worshipped by others, he is committing a grievous sin, however well he may be performing his own worship. Likewise, an individual should show equal regard and reverence for mothers of others as he/she shows for their own mother.

Learn to respect all. Only then will you earn the grace of the Divine who is the dweller in all beings.

- Divine Discourse


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