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Friday, July 17, 2009

Impart Understanding to The Mind - to Live and Lead an Impersonal Life

Whatever work is going on upon earth is all impersonal work! No work is personal. It is just like a machine that has many parts. All the parts work for the same machine. No part works individually. In this world too, all the people present are a part of that 'Creator'. They are all here to do the Creator's work, i.e. impersonal work. When God introduced a contrast mind inside man, all his work become personal. Due to this mind, the feeling of 'I' (ego) was born in man and all work took on a personal outlook. All this has happened due to this very mind.

But when man attains understanding, he realises that every work in the world is impersonal. Now, naturally a question arises, then why was the mind created? This is because even the mind is a part of that grand impersonal scheme. The mind has to come. It is due to the mind alone that man attains true knowledge and realises the Truth. If there is no mind in man, then all the work that is going on upon earth will not take place. It is due to mind that man can understand the difference between the Truth and the untruth.

A magician had some goats. Each day he would slay one goat. He had hypnotized all the goats and filled the thought in their minds through their ears that: You are a lion. Now that magician began to slay the goats one by one in the presence of all the other goats. Because they are hypnotized, none of them ever realized that their turn too would come one day. Every goat had only one thought in their mind: 'I am a lion. The others are all goats and hence are being slain.'

The mind too is involved in such a game. It has assumed a separate existence for itself and hence is under some wrong impressions. These wrong impressions get fortified with time, ignorance and upbringing. Whatever is happening all around is only strengthening its assumptions. If you look at the manner in which every individual speaks, you will realize that every individual is leading a personal life, thinking himself to be the doer. In this manner every person is living with a burden on himself. I am the doer - with this feeling of doership, every work of the person begins to become personal. Man has forgotten that he has come to earth as a non-doer: for an impersonal cause. But once he realizes this, his mind will immerse itself in selfless service.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To get the best, give the best to the best

To get the best, give the best to the best
A farmer always preserves the best part of the present harvest to be sown in the next season. He never keeps aside bad grains for sowing. He does this to reap a better, nutritious and wonderful harvest the next time around. But a common man does not follow this. The farmer opts for the best. He knows nature’s secret: To get the best, give the best to the best.
We need to ask ourselves, ‘What is the best that I have given from my side?’ When you visited the temple, what was the best that you gave? When you offered flowers and prayers with love and devotion, did you promise to give up any of your unwanted habits? Did you take any oath? Or did you just go for leisure? What are you offering to nature [God] from your side? Only when you give something [sow a seed], does God work on it to increase it manifold by turning the seed into a magnificent tree. God tells us, ‘First give me something so that I can begin to work on it and multiply it for you.’
Sow the best seeds (your qualities, skill, time, money, etc.) in the best land (to the truly needy) at the best time. Some examples are:
● donating money for some good purpose
● helping somebody
● listening to somebody’s sorrow
● giving someone your time
● praying deeply for somebody
● serving someone who is ill
● teaching an illiterate to read and write
● becoming a medium for someone’s growth and development
● helping someone monetarily
● solving someone’s difficulties using your skill, understanding and wisdom
● feeding the hungry
● arranging medicines for the sick
● educating someone about his ignorance
Wait after sowing your seed. Don’t give trouble to God by leaving the field; do not make Him run after you to give you your fruit.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The greatest freedom – the freedom to choose your response

The greatest freedom man can have is the freedom to choose the response he gives to any person, incident, situation or circumstance. You will experience the taste of true freedom when you are able to give the response that you want to give. Else, you will end up doing something that you didn't want to do, and remain a slave of the habits of your mind. For example, you might have often heard yourself say: 'I didn't want to hurt him, but I did.' – 'I didn't want to get angry, but I couldn't control my temper.' – 'I had decided to eat the sweets tomorrow, but I couldn't control myself and I finished them off today.' – 'I wanted to shut off the TV immediately, but ended up watching it for hours together.' – etc. Man is weak because he doesn't have this freedom. If Independence Day is able to remind you of true freedom, you will celebrate it with the right understanding; else your slavery will go on. Now the question is: How and where do we find this kind of freedom? Is there such a place, standing on which, we can choose the best response? Yes – it is in our heart, our tejasthan. The decisions we take with our heart take us to the ultimate liberation. There are two things in every incident – the incident itself, and your response to it. Between these two, there is an interval – a gap, space, emptiness, blank.

This interval is the place from which you have to take a decision about the appropriate response. Focus on that interval. Be alert in that interval. If you are able to remain onto your tejasthan during that interval and give the right response, freedom will be yours. But if you move even slightly away from that place, you will lose your freedom, because your response will then be a reaction. And that reaction will be according to the hardened habits of your mind (patterns). So always be alert and aware in the interval.. It is a very short duration of time; be awake in that duration. Do not get glued to the incident during the interval. Do not get identified with the incident. Detach yourself from the moment of unconsciousness.

Monday, July 7, 2008

A Living Maestro

Sirshree's spiritual quest began as a child. Immersed in his spiritual quest, he practiced many meditations. His quest led him to various schools of thought and teachings. His thirst to spend more and more time in the search for truth led him to relinquish his college teaching job. He undertook a long period of contemplation on the mystery of life till his quest ended on enlightenment. He came to the understanding that the missing link in all paths that lead to truth is 'Understanding' itself.Sirshree says, "All paths that lead to truth begin differently - but end in the same way - with understanding. Understanding is the whole thing. And, this understanding is complete in itself. Listening to this understanding is enough."

The true definition of rich and poor

Seeker: Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir were very kind-hearted. But, as a matter of fact, we have never heard that they built hospitals, schools, colleges, etc. for the poor like Mother Teresa, Maa Amritanandmayi or Shankaracharya have done.
Sirshree: First of all, understand the meaning of ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘poor’. You will work for those whom you regard as poor. Who were poor according to the Buddha? The Buddha did not consider those who do not have money as poor. For the Buddha, those who have forgotten their original nature, their true inner identity, were poor. He worked for such people. When you understand the real meaning of ‘poor’, then you will do something for the truly poor. What is the point if one becomes wealthy but internally the state of the mind is still the same – filled with ego. What is the person having political power thinking? There is hatred and jealousy inside him. What will you call such a person? Is he rich or poor? Such people are very poor in the eyes of the Buddha. He felt something should be done for them. Thus Lord Mahavir and Lord Buddha also worked for the poor – whom they considered to be poor. People of today are working for those whom they consider to be poor. When you understand the truth, you will understand the definition of ‘poor’.