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एक राजा को फूलों का शौक था। उसने सुंदर, सुगंधित फूलों के पचीस गमले अपने शयनखंड के प्रांगण में रखवा रखे थे। उनकी देखभाल के लिए एक नौकर रखा गया था। एक दिन नौकर से एक गमला टूट गया।
राजा को पता चला तो वह आगबबूला हो गया। उसने आदेश दिया कि नौकर को फांसी दे दी जाए। मंत्री ने राजा को बहुत समझाया, लेकिन राजा ने एक न मानी। फिर राजा ने नगर में घोषणा करवा दी कि जो कोई टूटे हुए गमले की मरम्मत करके उसे ज्यों का त्यों बना देगा, उसे मुंहमांगा पुरस्कार दिया जाएगा। कई लोग अपना भाग्य आजमाने के लिए आए लेकिन असफल रहे।

एक दिन एक महात्मा नगर में पधारे। उनके कान तक भी गमले वाली बात पहुंची। वह राजदरबार में गए और बोले- “राजन् तेरे टूटे गमले को जोड़ने की जिम्मेदारी मैं लेता हूं। लेकिन मैं तुम्हें समझाना चाहता हूं कि यह देह अमर नहीं तो मिट्टी के गमले कैसे अमर रह सकते हैं। ये तो फूटेंगे, गलेंगे, मिटेंगे। पौधा भी सूखेगा।” लेकिन राजा अपनी बात पर अडिग रहा।

आखिर राजा उन्हें वहां ले गया जहां गमले रखे हुए थे। महात्मा ने एक डंडा उठाया और एक-एक करके प्रहार करते हुए सभी गमले तोड़ दिए। थोड़ी देर तक तो राजा चकित होकर देखता रहा। उसे लगा यह गमले जोड़ने का कोई नया विज्ञान होगा। लेकिन महात्मा को उसी तरह खड़ा देख उसने आश्चर्य से पूछा- “ये आपने क्या किया?”
महात्मा बोले- “मैंने चौबीस आदमियों की जान बचाई है। एक गमला टूटने से एक को फांसी लग रही है। चौबीस गमले भी किसी न किसी के हाथ से ऐसे ही टूटेंगे तो उन चौबीसों को भी फांसी लगेगी। सो मैंने गमले तोड़कर उन लोगों की जान बचाई है।”
राजा महात्मा की बात समझ गया। उसने हाथ जोड़कर उनसे क्षमा मांगी और नौकर की फांसी का हुक्म वापस ले लिया।

Om Namah Shivay

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तीन बातें कभी न भूलें – प्रतिज्ञा करके, क़र्ज़ लेकर और विश्वास देकर

1 तीन बातें कभी न भूलें – प्रतिज्ञा करके, क़र्ज़ लेकर और विश्वास देकर। – महावीर
2 तीन बातें करो – उत्तम के साथ संगीत, विद्वान् के साथ वार्तालाप और सहृदय के साथ मैत्री। -
3 तीन अनमोल वचन – धन गया तो कुछ नहीं गया, स्वास्थ्य गया तो कुछ गया और चरित्र गया तो सब गया। -
4 तीन से घृणा न करो – रोगी से, दुखी से और निम्न जाती से। -
5 तीन के आंसू पवित्र होते हैं – प्रेम के, करुना के और सहानुभूति के। -
6 तीन बातें सुखी जीवन के लिए- अतीत की चिंता मत करो, भविष्य का विश्वास न करो और वर्तमान को व्यर्थ मत जाने दो।
7 तीन चीजें किसी का इन्तजार नहीं करती – समय, मौत, ग्राहक।
8 तीन चीजें जीवन में एक बार मिलती है – मां, बांप, और जवानी।
9 तीन चीजें पर्दे योग्य है – धन, स्त्री और भोजन।
10 तीन चीजों से सदा सावधान रहिए – बुरी संगत, परस्त्री और निन्दा।
11 तीन चीजों में मन लगाने से उन्नति होती है – ईश्वर, परिश्रम और विद्या।
12 तीन चीजों को कभी छोटी ना समझे – बीमारी, कर्जा, शत्रु।
13 तीनों चीजों को हमेशा वश में रखो – मन, काम और लोभ।
14 तीन चीजें निकलने पर वापिस नहीं आती – तीर कमान से, बात जुबान से और प्राण शरीर से।
15 तीन चीजें कमजोर बना देती है – बदचलनी, क्रोध और लालच।

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Patience

Patience is a reflection of the peaceful mind. My peaceful mind is able to cope with all situations without becoming disturbed and agitated. It calmly accepts the resolution of circumstances and, with this patience acquires the power to deal with all situations.

Pass it on to next generation

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Time poses challenges, it is for you to see how you can benefit from these challenges. Every time a challenge is in front of you, see how you can make this challenge, an opportunity for your own growth.

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Q: Man creates wealth for security or insecurity?

Guruji : Wealth is the means but if it becomes a means in itself then it becomes insecurity. If it is used as means then it definitely will help people more.

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Q: How can one attain perfection?

Guruji : If you bring perfection in your love, in your service, in your being, then every thing will come to you.

You may know nothing about civil engineering, but you will be able to give guidance to very experienced civil engineers. You may know nothing about cooking , but you will be able to create recipes that will amaze even the best cooks. All these abilities in you are your subsidiaries. When the source is attended to, all your other abilities flower automatically and spontaneously.

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If the society is suffering today, it is because of the silence of the good people, and not because of the few crooked ones.

Om Namah Shivay

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How can I know what is my dharma (duty)?

Q: How can I gain the determination to face a situation? Or should I change my path? How can I know what is my dharma (duty)?

Guruji : See, we ask such questions many times. There is no dearth of knowledge about anything we want to know about. Nowadays, knowledge is available at a click of a button. Type your query on Google and you will get everything. But that is not the actual thing. There is something else. What is that? You need to just wake up and realize that everything is going to end one day.

Everything that has ever happened till this day, till this very moment, does not exist anymore. Whether pleasant or unpleasant, good or bad. No matter what happened till now, no longer exists. It is all finished.

As we go ahead in life, we will realize that everything is going to end. Nothing will remain. And yet, we still sit and go on thinking over it, worrying about this and that.

Shake everything off yourself, just wake up and see – there is nothing. Everything is nothing, that’s it. This very realization is enough for wisdom to dawn within you.

The nothing that remains is what everything truly is. You need to remind yourself of this again and again, so that it gets instilled in your memory.

After listening to the entire Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna says, ‘I remember now’. What does he remember? That all this is nothing! I am not this. If I was this then I would have ended. I have surpassed all this and moved on, this hasn’t even touched me. This we must remember again and again.

Everything is Nothing – this is called the Hridaya Sutra (aphorism of heart) as was told by Lord Buddha. This is also what Adi Shankaracharya called as the philosophy of Advaita. All the five elements are nothing. The five senses are nothing. I am nothing. You are nothing.

In the language of the knowledgeable, this translates to, ‘All this is nothing’. Devotees say the same thing in a different way – they say, ‘I am akinchan’ (I am nothing). If you just understand this, great awareness dawns within you.

So whenever something worries you, awaken yourself. Remind yourself that one day we all have to die. No matter how much you decorate and adorn this body, one day it will burn on the funeral pyre.

See every problem as a challenge. Take it as a challenge and see. Then there is no power in this world that can wipe the smile off your face. To know this, how many books will you have to read? What all will you do, where will you go? You don’t have to do anything. This is what you are learning – the art of doing nothing!

People have gotten so tired asking again and again, ‘What do I do?’ And the gurus who keep saying, ‘Do this, do that, do this’, have grown tired of saying it. So you have to do nothing – just know that all this is nothing.

Now this doesn’t mean you sit and keep chanting this. Then it will become a kind of a disease. They have caught a new kind of disease overseas – they call it ‘affirmations’. Think a particular thought within you repeatedly. In Switzerland, we had a workshop once. And after the workshop we went to a nearby hotel to have some tea and snacks. There, a couple was sitting and they asked me, what do I do. I said that I teach meditation. I asked them what they do. They said that they practice and teach affirmations.

A husband wakes up at 3am, sits on the bed and says, ‘I love myself, I love myself, I love myself’ to himself repeatedly. Does one have to do all that to understand such a simple fact? Our devotees and seekers, who were there at that time, said ‘We don’t have to do anything like that. We do meditation and we automatically feel that ‘I love myself’. We don’t have to say it again and again.’ Now you are here in Rishikesh, do you have to remind yourself that you are in Rishikesh? You know where you are. If you say this repeatedly then sometimes doubt comes. Then one may think, ‘Am I really here?’

Om Namah Shivay

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The Wise Man believes profoundly in silence

Whenever you feel upset, hatred, anger, or any negative emotion, give it to the Divine, and be happy.

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This world is full of names and forms. Fruits, flowers all have a name and form. Our ancestors realized this, and said that there were 1008 names and forms, all belonging to the One who had no name.

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Meditation and the ability to seek solitude for our healing, well being, and self awareness cannot be something we are afforded when we can go to the mountains, or create a special room with lots of crystals and incense. It has to become a practical application of daily life that fits seamlessly into our busy schedules and pursuits.

Peace is not something we find or create, it is a way of being. It comes to us when we stand with integrity in truth. It comes when we are who we are meant to be. It is a reminder that we are connected to the source of all knowledge and power.

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“The Wise Man believes profoundly in silence – the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his self-hood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence – not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree, not a ripple upon the surface of the shinning pool – his, in the mind of the unfettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life. Silence is the cornerstone of character.”
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To listen to discourses on God or Truth is certainly beneficial, provided one does not allow oneself to be moved by a spirit of fault-finding or disparagement, should there be differences of outlook to one’s own. To find fault with others creates obstacles for everyone all around: for him who criticises, for him who is blamed, as well as for those who listen to the criticism. Whereas, what is said in a spirit of appreciation is fruitful to everybody.
~ Sri Anandamayi Ma

Om Namah Shivay

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Difference between Parashakti and Adishakti

Parashakti and Adishakti are the forms of Supreme Mother Goddess. But is there difference between Parashakti and Adishakti? For a devotee who is immersed in unwavering devotion (Bhakti) they both lead to the same goal – Moksha or Liberation. For a devotee who is still struggling in the world of forms there is a difference.

The philosophy of various manifestations of Shiva and Shakti is associated with the Suddha Shaiva School of Shaivism.

As you might be aware that in Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism), creation, sustenance and destruction follow a cyclic path. Thus at the end of one cycle – after destruction, Parashakti evolves from Shiva when His boundless mercy wills. She appears for the purpose of next cycle of creation and removal of dirt (Adharma) from the world. From this Shakti emerges other Shaktis.

For the purpose of next cycle creation and to remove dirt, from a thousandth part of Shiva emerges Parashakti.

From a thousandth part of Parashakti emerges Adishakti.

This is the difference from a scholarly point of view.

A devotee should aim to realize that all forms are of That Supreme Truth – this is moksha.

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Differences do indeed exist on the path, but how can there be a difference of Goal?

Who is known as a Vaishnava? One who sees Vishnu everywhere. And as a Sakta? One who beholds the Great Mother, and nothing save Her. In truth, all the various ways of thought spring from one common source – who then is to be blamed, who to be reviled or suppressed? All are equal in essence.

Thou art Mother, Thou art Father,

Thou art Friend and Thou art Master,

Truly, Thou art all in all.

Every name is Thy Name,

Every quality Thy Quality,

Every form Thy Form indeed.

Yet He is also where no forms exist, as pure unmanifested Being – all depends on one’s avenue of approach.

Is it not said that what is viewed by the Saivas as the Supreme (parama) Shiva, and by those who inquire into the Self, as the One Self, is none other than the Brahman Itself? In reality there is no contradiction so long as the slightest difference is perceived, even by a hair’s breadth – how can one speak of the state of Pure Being?

For this reason, no matter what path anyone may choose, it is THAT . Vedanta* actually means the end of difference and non-difference.

While engaging in sadhana one must concentrate in a single direction; but after it has been completed, what comes then? The cessation of differences, distinction and disagreement. Differences do indeed exist on the path, but how can there be a difference of Goal?

Om Namah Shivay

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