How to Overcome the Mind

What is the mind? The mind means the many desires that you carry within you. Nature knows very well the number of desires you drag and carry as a burden within you. Nature sees how tightly and feverishly you hold on to your desires, so sometimes it grants those desires and sometimes it does not. But when we remain happy and centered whether our desires get fulfilled or not, then you can say that you have killed or overcome the mind.

Suppose you are going to a cinema theatre to watch a movie and you stand in line to buy the tickets, and you get to know that the theatre is house-full. Do you feel angry or frustrated about it, or do you feel “Oh, it’s alright. Never mind”. and simply move on ahead.

You may also think that since you did not get a ticket for the cinema hall, so you might as well go to a temple for some time ; or sit in a satsang for some time. When you are able to do this (skilfully), then know that you have killed and overcome your mind.

Have this unshakable faith that whatever is the best for you, that alone will happen in life. Nature will only give you that which will uplift you higher in life. Keep this deep faith.

When does this knowledge dawn in you? It happens when you give your 100% effort in whatever you do. If you simply sit idle and think that God will anyway take care of everything, then that will not do.

Usually, you do not think twice when you are about to do something wrong. But when you have to do something good or beneficial, you think “If God wants, then it will happen”. Many people tell me, “Gurudev, only when you wish or call us will we be able to come to the Ashram”.

Why do you need an invitation? Does God ever send you an invitation asking you to come meet Him? When we have to do something good, we leave it to destiny (instead of making an effort to do it). But if you want to fulfil some desire or aspiration of your own, you put in every bit of your strength to achieve that. You put your heart and soul into it. This thought process needs to be reversed.

You should know that whatever situations you are currently undergoing in life is because of your Prarabdha Karma (Karma that bears fruit in the present). And whatever you deserve, you will surely get that in life.

You must think, “What do I have to do in life?” And then you should just go ahead and do that with all sincerity, without thinking about what results you will get out of it. You should not worry about that at all. Just do whatever you have to do. Then a deep sense of contentment

Om Namah Shivay

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Every Saint Has A Past & Every Sinner Has A Future

Many people go through their lives carrying the burden of guilt or regret over past mistakes. For some, the weight is such that it crushes their sense of self-worth and they are unable to live a normal life, and they go to their grave haunted by the wrongs they have done.

Most of us know, even if we do not remember it all the time, that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and that we reap what we sow.This universal law warns us of the consequences of bad karma, but it also encourages us to do good karma. If one has done something bad, repentance cannot undo it. But one can learn from it and direct one’s energy to doing good.

Positive and charitable actions lift our spirits and bring benefit to others. They keep the mind engaged in a healthy way, help one forge good relations and, when done repeatedly, create a habit of doing good.

Soon, a time comes when good deeds outweigh past mistakes, and the person not only feels happy himself, but is also a source of support for others. This is how character transformation takes place.

There are several examples in history of people leaving behind an ignoble past and achieving greatness. St Augustine is perhaps the most famous. A hedonistic party goer who fathered an illegitimate son, he eventually heeded the pleas of his devout mother and became a Catholic priest. Today, he is regarded as a Doctor of the Church, a title given to saints of particular importance.

Similarly, Angulimala, a serial killer, became a monk after an encounter with the Buddha, and Valmiki gave up life as a robber and meditated for years in penance before he went on to compose the epic Ramayana. He is now revered as `Adi Kavi’, or first poet, as he is said to have invented the `shloka’, the first verse, which defined the form of Sanskrit poetry .

These examples show that no one is beyond redemption, and each one of us has the potential for spiritual progress regardless of our background.

As Oscar Wilde said, `The only difference between saint and sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.’ This is one reason criminal justice systems in some countries encourage the convicted to do something charitable to make amends for a mistake, or do community service fully or partially in lieu of other forms of punishment, such as imprisonment or paying a fine. Even where such a provision does not exist, convicts get reduced punishment if they show true remorse or cooperate with law enforcement agencies, and sentences are commuted if the convict has a record of good behaviour. Such measures aim to encourage reform, so that convicted criminals emerge better persons from their experience of crime and punishment.

While one cannot change one’s past, its negative influence on the present and the future can be eliminated by changing one’s way of thinking and behaviour. The key is to turn over a new leaf. A mistake does leave a stain on one’s life, but repeatedly thinking about it only darkens the stain. Instead, do good, so one can create bright spots that will eventually shine such that no one notices the stains.

Om Namah Shivay

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शान्त हो जाओ चुप हो जाओ

एक बहुत श्रेष्ठ, बड़ी सुगम, बड़ी सरल बात है । वह यह है कि किसी तरह की कोई इच्छा मत रखो । न परमात्मा की, न आत्मा की, न संसार की, न मुक्ति की, न कल्याण की, कुछ भी इच्छा मत करो और चुप हो जाओ । शान्त हो जाओ । कारण कि परमात्मा सब जगह शान्तरूप से परिपूर्ण है । स्वतः-स्वाभाविक सब जगह परिपूर्ण है । कोई इच्छा न रहे, किसी तरह की कोई कामना न रहे तो एकदम परमात्मा की प्राप्ति हो जाय, तत्त्वज्ञान हो जाय, पूर्णता हो जाय !

यह सबका अनुभव है कि कोई इच्छा पूरी होती है, कोई नहीं होती । सब इच्छाएँ पूरी हो जायँ यह नियम नहीं है । इच्छाओं का पूरा करना हमारे वश की बात नहीं है, पर इच्छाओं का त्याग करना हमारे वश की बात है । कोई भी इच्छा, चाहना नहीं रहेगी तो आपकी स्थिति स्वतः परमात्मा में होगी । आपको परमात्मतत्त्व का अनुभव हो जायगा । कुछ चाहना नहीं, कुछ करना नहीं, कहीं जान नहीं, कहीं आना नहीं, कोई अभ्यास नहीं । बस, इतनी ही बात है । इतने में ही पूरी बात हो गयी ! इच्छा करने से ही हम संसार में बँधे हैं । इच्छा सर्वथा छोड़ते ही सर्वत्र परिपूर्ण परमात्मा में स्वतः-स्वाभाविक स्थिति है ।

प्रत्येक कार्य में तटस्थ रहो । न राग करो, न द्वेष करो ।

तुलसी ममता राम सों, समता सब संसार ।
राग न रोष न दोष दुख, दास भए भव पार ॥
(दोहावली ९४)

एक क्रिया है और एक पदार्थ है । क्रिया और पदार्थ यह प्रकृति है । क्रिया और पदार्थ दोनों से संबंध-विच्छेद करके एक भगवान्‌ के आश्रित हो जायँ । भगवान्‌ के शरण हो जायँ, बस । उसमें आपकी स्थिति स्वतः है । ‘भूमा अचल शाश्वत अमल सम ठोस है तू सर्वदा’‒ ऐसे परमात्मा में आपकी स्वाभाविक स्थिति है । स्वप्न में एक स्त्रीका बालक खो गया । वह बड़ी व्याकुल हो गयी । पर जब नींद खुली तो देखा कि बालक तो साथ में ही सोया है‒ तात्पर्य है कि जहाँ आप हैं, वहाँ परमात्मा पूरे-के-पूरे विद्यमान है । आप जहाँ हैं, वहीं चुप हो जाओ !!

‒२९ जून २००५, सायं लगभग ४ बजे

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श्रोता‒कल आपने बताया कि कोई चाहना न रखे । इच्छा छोड़ना और चुप होना दोनों में कौन ज्यादा फायदा करता है ?

स्वामीजी‒मैं भगवान्‌ का हूँ, भगवान्‌ मेरे हैं, मैं और किसी का नहीं हूँ, और कोई मेरा नहीं है । ऐसा स्वीकार कर लो । इच्छारहित होना और चुप होना‒दोनों बातें एक ही हैं । इच्छा कोई करनी ही नहीं है, भोगों की, न मोक्ष की, न प्रेम की, न भक्ति की, न अन्य किसी की ।

श्रोता‒इच्छा नहीं करनी है, पर कोई काम करना हो तो ?

स्वामीजी‒काम उत्साह से करो, आठों पहर करो, पर कोई इच्छा मत करो । इस बात को ठीक तरह से समझो । दूसरों की सेवा करो, उनका दुःख दूर करो, पर बदले में कुछ चाहो मत । सेवा कर दो और अन्तमें चुप हो जाओ । कहीं नौकरी करो तो वेतन भले ही ले लो, पर इच्छा मत करो ।

सार बात है कि जहाँ आप हैं, वहीं परमात्मा हैं । कोई इच्छा नहीं करोगे तो आपकी स्थिति परमात्मा में ही होगी । जब सब परमात्मा ही हैं तो फिर इच्छा किस की करें ? संसार की इच्छा है, इसलिये हम संसार में हैं । कोई भी इच्छा नहीं है तो हम परमात्मा में हैं ।

Om Namah Shivay

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How to Attract-2

Narada smiled and said, “O Noble King! Shishupala merged in Krishna because he meditated on Him every moment of his life. Whether you meditate on something out of hatred or love, that is beside the point. Your mind does not distinguish between negative and positive, right and wrong, they are two sides of the same coin, it simply manifests whatever you hold onto. His whole consciousness was directed towards Krishna and that’s the sole reason he merged in Him.”

There is your law of attraction! It is the reason why negative people are able to give you enough examples of their fears actually coming true in their lives. It is why even crooks can be ultra successful. Nobility of intention is not a concept your mind understands. It is the concentration of a thought that matters, the more concentrated a thought, the stronger it is. From the perspective of manifestation, moral purity is not the most important factor, it is the intensity and persistence of the thought. Whatever you focus on resolutely, without any doubts in your mind, it starts to manifest in your life. Of course, your actions aid that manifestation.

Working towards a positive goal you have many doubts. Whereas negative is always there, present in your subconscious. You are not to be blamed though. It is the result of evolution. Our species has worked hard for its survival. It mostly lived in the fear of extinction. The total human population is minuscule compared to animals. Anyway, so the mind tends to cling to the negative, you feel strongly about negative.

Whether love or hate, they are still emotions. It is when you are indifferent, you do not attract — desirable or otherwise. In a deeply profound and revealing quote by Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor and a Nobel Peace Laureate, he states:

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. 
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. 
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference between life and death.    

Whatever you feel strongly about, you will attract. For anything you have an emotion for, you will attract it in your life. You hate something strongly, that is all you will get. You love something strongly, that is all you will notice. If you hate people you do not want in your life, time and again, they are the ones you will encounter at every nook and turn of your life. You have as much chance of attracting something you hate as things you love. With negativity, fear comes uninvited. The strength of a negative thought is doubled by fear. It is tripled by self-doubt, quadrupled by attachment.

And what is the ingredient to double the strength of a positive thought? Faith. For tripling it? Persistence. How to quadruple it? Purity of the intention. Go figure!

Om Namah Shivay

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Are Past Lives Real -2

My own transcendent explorations as a healer and spiritual teacher have shown me again and again the profound relationships and circumstances giving rise to issues, challenges and problems in this life that can be alleviated through past life awareness, forgiveness and understanding. Lives turn around when very old issues are put to rest, and the changes are often dramatic and long lasting.

As well as all this, my belief in past and future lives gives me a great sense of justice and peace. I have an unshakeable belief that those who harm others will experience that same energy frequency of harm themselves in the future, and that the justice of the Divine is incredibly fair. Knowing that, I can let it go, have forgiveness and cultivate compassion for the wrongdoer.

Whatever is going on for us now, perhaps it is either a form of grace from earlier times, or a clearing of some earlier karma. Either way we can meet our destiny with composure, and learn the best ways to manage ourselves through it.

Without a spiritual path, we are lost, depressed, devastated and crushed by the adversities of life. With a spiritual path, we are shown how to deal with the situation so as to create a better future. By learning spiritual tools and practices, we can heal, take a massive problem and reduce it, or we can learn to live with it, growing in happiness, illumination and joy at the same time.

Truly, it is how we meet our obstacles that creates either ugliness, or beauty and greatness within a soul.

I think that the road to enlightenment is long, winding and gets narrower the further we go. Whatever our beliefs, we are all going to the same place eventually. I believe that those who strive to make the world a better place, who are peacemakers even in situations of great challenge and adversity, who are capable of noble actions, humanitarian compassion and personal sacrifice, really do get rewarded down the track.

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Q: How much sadhana is required to convert bad karmas into good karmas? How can I know that the account has been balanced?

Guruji: Unfortunately no one here has done the auditing of these (karmic) accounts. Perhaps Chitragupta (a Hindu god assigned with the task of keeping complete records of actions of human beings on the earth) would be able to tell you this once you leave the planet.

There is a saying in Hindi which means – Forget your deeds once done – whether punya (good deeds) or paap (sinful deeds), just drop them all. What use is it to keep an account of your actions? Just do your duty without worrying about the fruits of your action.

Om Namah Shivay

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12 Little Known Laws Of Karma That Will Change Your Life-2

6.THE LAW OF CONNECTION

– Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.

– Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on.

– Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.

– Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance,

– As they were both needed to accomplish the task.

– Past-Present-Future they are all connected…

7. THE LAW OF FOCUS

– You can not think of two things at the same time.

– When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.

8. THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY

– If you believe something to be true, then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.

– Here is where we put what we CLAIM that we have learned, into actual.

9. PRACTICE. THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW

– Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.

– Old thoughts, old patterns of behaviour, old dreams…

– Prevent us from having new ones.

10. THE LAW OF CHANGE

– History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.

11. THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD

– All Rewards require initial toil.

– Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.

– True joy follows doing what we’re suppose to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.

12. THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION

– You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it.

– The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.

– Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.

– Lack lustre contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it.

– Loving contributions bring life to, and inspire, the Whole.

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Satsang means two things:

1. Intellectual discussion, which is a left brain activity

2. Singing, which is a right brain activity.

Both are necessary.

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Q: Why did the same soul have to get enlightened again and again? First as Krishna and then as Buddha?

Guruji: Whenever anyone goes through enlightenment they see it as a part of Vishnu. That is why it is called leela – play of spirit. Even Ram had to go through a lot.

Om Namah Shivay

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12 Little Known Laws Of Karma That Will Change Your Life-1

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it.

This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning.

A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. Ignorance of the law is no excuse whether the laws are man-made or universal.

To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws.

1. THE GREAT LAW

– “As you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”.

– Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.

– If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship… Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.

2. THE LAW OF CREATION

– Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.

– We are one with the Universe, both inside and out.

– Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.

– BE yourself, and surround yourself with what you want to be present in your Life.

3. THE LAW OF HUMILITY

– What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.

– If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.

4. THE LAW OF GROWTH

– “Wherever you go, there you are”.

– For us to GROW in Spirit, it is we who must change – and not the people, places or things around us.

– The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES and that is the only factor we have control over.

– When we change who and what we are within our heart our life follows suit and changes too.

5. THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY

– Whenever there is something wrong in my life, there is something wrong in me.

– We mirror what surrounds us – and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth.

– We must take responsibility what is in our life.

Om Namah Shivay

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