मैं भगवान्‌ का हूँ

वर्षोंतक सत्संग-भजन करते हुए भी निरन्तर भजन नहीं होता‒इसके अनेक कारणोमें बहुत मुख्य और बड़ा कारण है कि आपने अहंताके साथ साधनका सम्बन्ध नहीं जोड़ा है । साधन तो करते हैं और संसारका चिन्तन होता है । जो होता है वह असली है और जो करते है वह होता है नकली । असली होगा वही अखण्ड होगा । नकली अखण्ड कैसे होगा ? नकल करेंगे, छूट जायगी; फिर होगी, फिर छूट जायगी । तो हम क्या करें ! यदि अखण्ड साधन करना चाहते तो ‘मैं भगवान्‌का हूँ’ इस बातको समझें, चाहे मान लें । प्रभुके साथ सम्बन्ध जुड़नेसे आपपर जिम्मेवारी आ जाती है अब और करना ही क्या है, साधन ही करना है । मैंने उस कहा था न कि ‘साधन ही करना है, साधन भी करना है, यह नहीं ।’

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यह सर्वथा सत्य है कि मनुष्य-जीवन आत्मकल्याण के लिए है | अतः उसके लिए भगवान् के चरणकमलों में मन लगाना परम आवश्यक है | सद् गुरु की शरण लेना भी बड़ा अच्छा है, पर यह भी समझना परम आवश्यक है कि हाड़-मांस का शरीर सदगुरु नहीं है | महापुरुषों का जो दिव्य ज्ञान है, वही सदगुरु है | अतः साधक को चाहिए कि जिसपर उसकी श्रद्धा हो, उसके दिव्य ज्ञान का आश्रय ले | ऐसा सदगुरु यदि प्रत्यक्ष में दिखलायी न दे तो पूर्व में हुए किसी महापुरुष के दिव्य ज्ञान का आश्रय लेकर या भगवान् का आश्रय लेकर साधनपरायण हो जाय |

इस कार्य के लिए विलम्ब करना आवश्यक नहीं है, न कोई सोचने की ही बात है | जहाँ और जिस परिस्थिति में आप हैं वहीँ तत्काल साधन आरम्भ कर दीजिये | मायाजाल कहीं बाहर से नहीं आया है, आपका ही बनाया हुआ है | अतः इससे निकलने में आप सर्वथा समर्थ हैं | इस मायाजाल से छूटने के लिए भगवान् के शरण होना चाहिए |

Om Namah Shivay

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Selfless Teaching Yields Results

There was a king who had five sons. However, they had a hard time learning anything. They did not take their work seriously, clowned around, and did not want to learn a single thing.

One day, the king sat down with his queen and discussed what they should do with their children. After all, one day one of them would have to succeed him and he did not want to entrust his kingdom to an uneducated son. They had tried many tutors, but with no result. 

The royal couple announced that anyone who could educate their sons would be rewarded with one-half of the kingdom. One after the other, teachers, tutors, scholars, and learned people came forward to educate the five princes. But each one left disappointed. The princes simply refused to learn anything.

The king and queen were frustrated. One day, a renowned scholar and teacher came to the palace and asked the king’s permission to try to teach the boys. The king agreed and the teacher tried something new; he taught them by telling them interesting stories, which captivated them.

The boys enjoyed the stories. Four months passed. They looked forward to their lessons with the teacher. But at the end of the four months, when the teacher tested them, he found not one of them remembered a single story. They would enjoy the stories for the moment, but nothing was sinking in. So the teacher tried another approach. This time, after telling the boys a story, he told them that if they wished to hear another one, they had to retell the story to each other as a way to remember it. He warned them that if they could not retell the story, they would not be told any more stories.

The sons started listening more attentively to the stories, but not enough to remember the story. Finally, the teacher took the princes to a well.

“Look at this pulley made of rope with a stone tied to the end of one side of the pulley and a bucket on the other side. When the stone is thrown in the water it pulls up the bucket.” said the teacher. “See how over time the rope has made a deep impression on the stone. Just as the rope made a mark on the stone, I want you to go over each story mentally again and again until you remember each one. The stories should make a mark on your minds.”

The princes, wanting to hear more stories, did what the teacher told them to do. By repeating each story over in their minds, they eventually were able to learn the stories. With time their attention improved and they could learn whatever the teacher taught them.

The king was delighted with the teacher’s results. He offered the teacher half the kingdom. But the teacher refused.

The teacher said, “O great king, I am a teacher. What have I to do with owning and ruling a kingdom? I get my joy from teaching. I am satisfied that I have done my duty.” With this he went on his way.

This attitude of the teacher is similar to those held by the great spiritual teachers who come to this world. Their job is to help wayward souls learn. They are satisfied if they can educate us in spiritual truths. If we look at the lives of Buddha, Christ, Guru Nanak, Prophet Mohammed, Mahavira, Moses, and other great saints, we find that they gave of themselves selflessly.

Om Namah Shivay

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Five Dimensions Of Learning

Our education system ought to teach us how to live. 

Education that has prevailed in the past is very insufficient, incomplete and superficial. It only creates people who can earn their livelihood but it does not give any insight into living itself. It is not only incomplete, it is harmful too, because it is based on competition. Any type of competition is violent deep down, and creates people who are unloving. Their whole effort is to be achievers — of name, of fame, of all kinds of ambitions. Obviously, they have to struggle and be in conflict. That destroys their joys and that destroys their friendliness. I divide education into five dimensions.

The Five Dimensions

The first is informative, like history, geography, and many other subjects which can be dealt with by television and computers together.

The second part should be sciences. They can be imparted by television and computer too, but they are more complicated, and human guides are more necessary.

In the first dimension also come languages. Every person in the world should know at least two languages; one is his mother tongue, and the other is English as an international vehicle for communication. They can also be taught more accurately through television — the accent, the grammar, everything can be taught more correctly than by human beings.

We can create in the world an atmosphere of brotherhood: language connects people and language disconnects too. There is right now, no international language. This is due to our prejudices. English is perfectly capable, because it is known by more people around the world on a wider scale.

But it is absolutely necessary to create two languages — first, the mother tongue, because there are feelings and nuances which you can say only in the mother tongue. One international language is absolutely necessary as a basis for one world, for one humanity. The second is the enquiry of scientific subjects, which is tremendously important because it is half of reality, the outside reality.

The third will be the art of living. People have taken for granted that they know what love is. They don’t know…and by the time they know, it is too late. Every child should be helped to transform his anger, hatred and jealousy into love.

A sense of humour is important, too. Our so-called education makes people sad and serious. And if one-third of your life is wasted in a university in being sad and serious, it becomes ingrained; you forget the language of laughter — and the one who forgets the language of laughter has forgotten much of life.… A reverence for life should be the foundation of the third dimension and the realisation that life is godliness and there is no other god than life itself.

The fourth dimension should be that of art and creativity: painting, music, craftsmanship, pottery, masonry — anything that is creative. All areas of creativity should be allowed; students can choose. There should be only a few things compulsory — for example, an international language should be compulsory; a certain capacity to earn your livelihood should be compulsory; a certain creative art should be compulsory. You can choose through the whole rainbow of creative arts, because unless a man learns how to create, he never becomes a part of existence, which is constantly creative. By being creative, one becomes divine; creativity is the only prayer.

And the fifth dimension should be the art of dying. It will include meditations, so that you can know there is no death and you can become aware of an eternal life inside you. This should be absolutely essential, because everybody has to die; nobody can avoid it. And under the big umbrella of meditation, you can be introduced to Zen, to Tao, to yoga, to Hassidism, to all kinds and all possibilities that have existed, but which education has not taken any care of. 

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The Great Classics

The importance of learning from the great classics and the need for role models

In every university, the library occupies a prominent position. Many of the greatest writers of our time, people who moulded the thought of our country, were students all their lives, pursuing their studies in libraries.  Nothing opens out your mind, broadens your horizon, as reading the great classics. Spend some time every day in the study of the classics, to take your thoughts away from the hurly-burly of politics, from the rough and tumble where we are lost in excitement and passion. We must be in a position to decide all issues with calmness, with composure and with good judgement. For that, there can be no greater preparation than an hour of study of the great classics.

Appeals To All

A classic is strictly a contemporary work. It is meant for all generations. It is not meant merely for the time in which it was written. When you open a classic, you will find there a sense of discrimination, a sense of judgement. You yourself grow; you are endowed with new eyes with which to look at the world. That is the true purpose of a classic.

In this poison tree of samsara, there are two fruits of inestimable value which have nectar quality: the tasting of the flavour of the classics and communion with great men. A university must bring the two together, must house the classics; it must also collect men of greatness of spirit so that the students by their study of the classics and communion with great professors and great celebrities who are bought together, get truly educated and civilised so far as their behaviour is concerned. Anger, greed, and jealousy are the baser side of our nature. These are things which we have to control. We can control them effectively and efficiently by the study of these things.

It is not necessary for us to think that science gives us this, art gives us that and literature gives us a third. The house of knowledge cannot be divided against itself. It is one indivisible whole. It is a particular spiritual direction — prayojanam tattva darshanam — of the shastras. All the sciences enable us to probe a little into the mystery of reality. Science is imaginative adventure; it is an adventure of the human mind to understand a little more of the mysteries that surround us. So also in literature: it gives us moral insight; it enables us to know the feeling and passions of men; it tells us what we should avoid, what we should not.

Nation-builder

A great writer, Thucydides, writing about the Peloponnesian War, warns us against the seductive nature of love of power and he tells us that if we succumb to its temptations, great men and great nations, both succumb, both fall down, both become prostrate. What builds up a nation are good qualities of humanity, fellowship and compassion; what destroys a nation are hatred, greed, suspicion and jealousy. Fellowship makes for life; lack of fellowship makes for death. In every individual you have chords of fortitude, heroism, passion and the capacity to lay down life for an abstract idea or a great cause. We must also give youth the right kind of leadership. If we have both great leadership and service, our country will become a great one.

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A Few Truths of life

We’re all looking for truth in life. What is right, what is wrong, what is best to have. If there are a few real truths to life I’ve learned along the way, they would probably look something like this…|

The first necessity: To communicate

The greatest happiness: To be useful to others

The greatest mystery: Death

The most beautiful day: Today

The easiest thing: Equivocate

The biggest obstacle: Fear

The gravest error: give up, to despair

The root of all evils: Egoism

The most beautiful occupation: Work

The worst route to follow: Faint-heartedness

The best teachers: Children

The worst defect: Bad temper

The most dangerous being: The liar

The most wretched feeling: The grudge

The most beautiful gift: Forgiveness

The most indispensable: home

The quickest way: The correct one

The most comfortable feeling: Interior peace

The most powerful weapon: The smile

The best remedy: Optimism

The greatest satisfaction: The duty done

The most powerful force: Faith

The most needed beings: The parents

The most beautiful of all: Love!

Life without love – loses meaning!

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The tongue can be your worst enemy

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power to create conditions in your life.
What you speak about, you can bring about.
If you keep saying you can’t stand your job, you might lose your job.

If you keep saying you can’t stand your body, your body can become sick.
If you keep saying that you are sick or ill, guess what, you will stay sick or ill.
If you keep saying you can’t stand your car, your car could be stolen or just stop operating.
If you keep saying you’re broke, guess what? You’ll always be broke.
If you keep saying you can’t trust a man or trust a woman, you will always find someone in your life to hurt and betray you.
If you keep saying you can’t find a job, you will remain unemployed.
If you keep saying you can’t find someone to love you or believe in you. Your very thought will attract more experiences to confirm your beliefs

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout.
Do you know why a Car’s WINDSHIELD is so large the Rearview Mirror is so small?
Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE.
Look Ahead and Move on.
When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you!
WORRYING does not take away tomorrows’ TROUBLES, it takes away today’s’ PEACE.

Don’t forget to live the life that still exists….

The Beauty of Life does not depend on how happy you are!
But, on How Happy others can be because of YOU! ….

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.
Love the people who treat you correctly.
Forget about the one’s who don’t.
Believe that everything happens for a reason!

Never take someone for granted.
Hold family close to your heart.
Because you might wake up one day,
and realize that you have lost a diamond,
while you were too busy collecting stones!!

Never explain yourself to any one,
because the person who likes you doesn’t need it,
and the person who dislikes you won’t believe it.

“Happiness is not something u postpone 4 the future.
It’s something u design 4 the present.
Make each moment a happy one.

From every wound there is a scar tells a story. A story that says
“I SURVIVED”
BE CONFIDENT!
TRUST UR SELF!
NEVER LOSE HOPE!
Never Lose THE Ones WHO CARES FOR U!

Have a great day!!!

Om Namah Shivay

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Sense of Ownership Binds You

Possessiveness is delusion. It does not mean having a collection of things; it is the feeling of being the owner of those things. The ‘number of things’ therefore does not determine an individual’s possessiveness; it is the attitude he harbours towards those things, the way he relates to them that determines his possessiveness.

Our sense of ownership is not restricted to things alone. We display feelings of ownership even towards people. A husband tries to own his wife; a father his son and a teacher, his student. Possessiveness is just another dimension of violence because no one can own another without exercising violence by taking away his independence.

Perhaps because man has no authority over himself, he tries to make up for that ‘lack of command’, by ruling others. We wish to become independent by making others dependent on us. But we do not realise that dependence is on both sides; both parties get tied.

We become slaves to the ones we try to possess; we get bound to them because our sense of ownership is dependent on them. If the ones we claim to own leave us, with them goes our ownership too. If our ownership is dependent on others, then how can we be called their owners?

We collect things so that they can serve us but instead, we end up serving them. Does the treasure chest look after us or do we look after it? Objects are not to be blamed. We become their slaves of our own accord. It is our perception, our thoughts and beliefs that bring about this slavery. How can things make anyone their slave? They are not even aware that humans believe they own them. If you are filled with desire for things, you experience bondage. With no desire, you are free.

One who has no longing to make anyone a slave and does not wish to own anything or anyone — he alone is a real owner in this world. He alone whose ownership is not dependent on others is truly possessive and is truly happy, peaceful, settled and secure. This is the essence of ‘aparigraha’ or nonpossessiveness.

We accumulate things and relationships to fill the emptiness we feel inside. Since the inner deficiency could not be filled by the presence of external objects, then can giving them up fill the space? The problem is that first you wish to fill the inner chasm by collecting external things and having attained them, when you realise that they cannot fill the inner void, you relinquish them. However, what cannot be filled with the addition of things will not be filled by subtracting them either.

Nonpossessiveness does not mean giving up outer things. It means attaining inner completeness by realising the Self, abiding in the Self. Then the emptiness within is filled and the frenzy to collect outer objects ceases. Having experienced inner absoluteness, the desire to either hoard things or to give them up vanishes. Outer associations drop, on their own.

When the Self is realised, inner wealth is attained. Then alone, does one understand how vain the effort of collecting or renouncing outer things is. Once inner completeness is attained, the hold over external things is automatically given up. Realising that it is futile to hold on to anything, one becomes nonpossessive in the midst of all.

The meaning of nonpossessiveness is not to have the sense of ownership. It means transformation in one’s relationship to others. When the sense of ownership wanes, it results in nonpossessiveness.

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