Swadharma

Q: Guruji, what is Swadharma, and how do I know what is my Swadharma?

Guruji: Swadharma is that action which is in accordance with your nature. It is acting in accordance with your skills and talents, your own nature (svabhava), and that which you are responsible for (karma) . Any action that does not make you feel afraid or restless is Swadharma. That action which you feel compelled to do, without which you feel restless is swadharma. Now do not misunderstand this and say, ‘I feel restless if I do not drink alcohol’. No! Not at all. Every time you feel restless, it not always because of Swadharma. But at the same time not following your swadharma always makes you feel restless.

That is why it is said in the Bhagavad Gita, ‘Swadharme nidhanam shreyah paradharmo bhayaavahah’ (3.35). When we do something without authenticity, just to show off to another person, that is when we feel fear because such action is not genuine, it does not come from the heart. But when we do something that is authentic and from the heart, then there is no fear. When someone speaks lies, they definitely feel scared somewhere inside. But someone who speaks the truth does not feel scared at all. In fact speaking the truth and abiding by it brings so much strength to you, isn’t it? This is what Swadharma is.

When we follow that which comes naturally to us in our life, then it brings abundance and prosperity to us. When we flow in accordance with our nature, we grow from within. Any action that uplifts us is our Swadharma. Dharma is that which holds the mind, intellect, memory and our inner soul together in harmony. Growth comes when we follow our swadharma

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Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t question your devotion. I would say we should never doubt our devotion. Take it for granted that you are devoted.

No child ever asks the mother, ‘do you love me?’ The mother never asks the child, ‘do you love me?’

The baby has no choice but to love the mother and neither the mother has any choice but to love the baby. Similarly devotion is inbuilt in every one of us.

Sometimes it is covered with ignorance, hesitation, doubts and insecurity. One’s own insecurity covers one’s devotion. It is only a matter of time for that strip of ignorance and ego to give way and then the inner devotee will shine up.

Om Namah Shivay

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Heart Touching Story of a Little Boy

I was walking around in a Target store, when I saw the lady in the cashier hand this little boy some money back.

The boy couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8 years old.

The Cashier said, ‘I’m sorry, but you don’t have enough money to buy this doll.’

Then the little boy turned to the old woman next to him: ”Nanny, are you sure I don’t have enough money?”

The old lady replied: ”You know that you don’t have enough money to buy this doll, my dear.”

Then she asked him to stay there for just 5 minutes while she went to look around for a cheaper one. She left quickly.

The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand.

Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to

‘It’s the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much for Christmas.

She was sure that Santa Claus would bring it to her.’

I replied to him that maybe Santa Claus would bring it to her after all, and not to worry.

But he replied to me sadly. ‘No, Santa Claus can’t bring it to her where she is now. I have to give the doll to my mummy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.’

His eyes were so sad while saying this. ‘My Sister has gone to be with God. Daddy says that Mummy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister.”

My heart nearly stopped.

The little boy looked up at me and said: ‘I told daddy to tell mummy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the shops.’

Then he showed me a very nice photo of himself. He was laughing. He then told me ‘I want mummy to take my picture with her so she won’t forget me.’

‘I love my mummy and I wish she didn’t have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.’

Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly.

I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. ‘Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll!”

‘OK’ he said, ‘I hope I do have enough.’ I added some of my money to his without him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money.

The little boy said: ‘Thank you God for giving me enough money!’

Then he looked at me and added, ‘I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mummy could give it to my sister . He heard me!”

‘I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mummy, but I didn’t dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose.”

‘My mummy loves white roses.’

As I saw the old lady returning, I left with my basket as to not cause a scene.

I finished my shopping in a totally different state of mind from when I started.

I couldn’t get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to remove the life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma.

Was this the family of the little boy?

Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away.

I couldn’t stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was for people to see and make last wishes before her burial.

She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest.

I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine.

And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.

Now you have 2 choices:

1) Share this message with others,
or
2) Ignore it as if it never touched your heart.

The value of a man or woman resides in what he or she gives, not in what they are capable of receiving ….you will have an even better day after you pass this on…

Om Namah Shivay

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EIGHT LIES OF A MOTHER

Mother’s love

1) This story begins when I was a child: I was born poor. Often we hadn’t enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say, “Eat this rice, son! I’m not hungry.”

2) As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit more nutritious food for my growth. Once she had caught just two fish, she would make fish soup. While I was eating the soup, mother would sit beside me and eat what was still left on the bone of the fish I had eaten. My heart was touched when I saw it. Once I gave the other fish to her on my chopstick but she immediately refused it and said, “Eat this fish, son! I don’t really like fish.”

3) Then, in order to fund my education, Mother went to a Match Factory to bring home some used matchboxes which she filled with fresh matchsticks. This helped her get some money to cover our needs. One wintry night I awoke to find Mother filling the matchboxes by candlelight. So I said, “Mother, go to sleep; it’s late: you can continue working tomorrow morning.” Mother smiled and said, “Go to sleep, son! I’m not tired”

4) When I had to sit my Final Examination, Mother accompanied me. After dawn, Mother waited for me for hours in the heat of the sun. When the bell rang, I ran to meet her. Mother embraced me and poured me a glass of tea that she had prepared in a thermos. The tea was not as strong as my Mother’s love, Seeing Mother covered with perspiration, I at once gave her my glass and asked her to drink too. Mother said, “Drink, son! I’m not thirsty!”.

5) After Father’s death, Mother had to play the role of a single parent. She held on to her former job; she had to fund our needs alone. Our family’s life was more complicated. We suffered from starvation. Seeing our family’s condition worsening, my kind Uncle who lived near my house came to help us solve our problems big and small. Our other neighbors saw that we were poverty stricken so they often advised my mother to marry again. But Mother refused to remarry saying.. “I don’t need love!”

6) After I had finished my studies and gotten a job, it was time for my old Mother to retire but she carried on going to the market every morning just to sell a few vegetables. I kept sending her money but she was steadfast and even sent the money back to me. She said, “I have enough money!”

7) I continued my part-time studies for my Master’s Degree. Funded by the American Corporation for which I worked, I succeeded in my studies. With a big jump in my salary, I decided to bring Mother to enjoy life in America but Mother didn’t want to bother her son; she said to me .. “I’m not used to high living!”

8) In her dotage, Mother was attacked by cancer and had to be hospitalized. Now living far across the ocean, I went home to visit Mother who was bedridden after an operation. Mother tried to smile but I was heartbroken because she was so thin and feeble but Mother said, “Don’t cry, son! I’m not in pain!”
Telling me this, her eighth lie, she died ..

YES, MOTHER WAS AN ANGEL!
M – O – T – H – E – R
“M” is for the Million things she gave me
“O” means Only that she’s growing old
“T” is for the Tears she shed to save me
“H” is for her Heart of gold
“E” is for her Eyes with love-light shining in them
“R” means Right, and right she’ll always be, Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER” a word that means the world to me.
For those of you who are lucky to be still blessed with your Mom’s presence on Earth, this story is beautiful. For those who aren’t so blessed, this is even more beautiful.

Om Namah Shivay

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Mother


This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece.
Please read this at a slow pace,
digesting every word and in leisure…
Do not hurry….this is a treasure…

For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom,
this is beautiful.
For those of us who aren’t,
this is even more beautiful.
For those who are moms,
you’ll love this.

The young mother set her foot
on the path of life.
‘Is this the long way?’ she asked.
And the guide said: ‘Yes,
and the way is hard
And you will be old before
you reach the end of it..
But the end will be better
than the beginning.’

But the young mother was happy,
and she would not believe
that anything could be better
than these years.
So she played with her children,
and gathered flowers for them along the way,
and bathed them in the clear streams;
and the sun shone on them,
and the young Mother cried,
‘Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.’

Then the night came,
and the storm, and the path was dark,

and the children shook with fear and cold,
and the mother drew them close
and covered them with her mantle,
and the children said,
‘Mother, we are not afraid,
for you are near, and no harm can come.’

And the morning came,
and there was a hill ahead,
and the children climbed and grew weary,
and the mother was weary.
But at all times she said to the children,
‘A little patience and we are there.’
So the children climbed,
and when they reached the top they said,
‘Mother, we would not have done it without you.’

And the mother, when she lay down at night
looked up at the stars and said,
‘This is a better day than the last,
for my children have learned fortitude
in the face of hardness.
Yesterday I gave them courage.
Today, I’ve given them strength.’

And the next day came strange clouds
which darkened the earth,
clouds of war and hate and evil,
and the children groped and stumbled,
and the mother said: ‘
Look up. Lift your eyes to the light.’
And the children looked and saw
above the clouds an everlasting glory,
and it guided them beyond the darkness.
And that night the Mother said,
‘This is the best day of all,
for I have shown my children God.’
And the days went on,
and the weeks and the months and the years,
and the mother grew old
and she was little and bent.
But her children were tall and strong,
and walked with courage.
And when the way was rough,
they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather;
and at last they came to a hill,
and beyond they could see a shining road
and golden gates flung wide.
And mother said,

‘I have reached the end of my journey.
And now I know the end
is better than the beginning,
for my children can walk alone,
and their children after them.’

And the children said,
‘You will always walk with us, Mother,
even when you have gone through the gates.’
And they stood and watched her
as she went on alone,
and the gates closed after her.
And they said:
‘We cannot see her but she is with us still.
A Mother like ours is more than a memory.
She is a living presence…….’

Your Mother is always with you….
She’s the whisper of the leaves
as you walk down the street;
she’s the smell of bleach
in your freshly laundered socks;
she’s the cool hand on your brow
when you’re not well.

Your Mother lives inside
your laughter.
And she’s crystallized in every tear drop.
She’s the place you came from,
your first home;

and she’s the map you follow
with every step you take.
She’s your first love and your first heartbreak,
and nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time, not space… not even death!

Om Namah Shivay

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Mother

Lord, You knew what you were doing,
when you made Ma.
You knew you’d reached perfection,
and could never make another one.

You had made a one off model.
So you threw away the mold.
You gave Ma heart of pure gold!

You gave her eyes that never look
for fault in anyone.
You filled her soul with so much love,
and compassion by the ton.

You gave her sympathetic ears,
and such understanding too.
She always lends a helping hand,
if there is something she can do.

All the sacrifices she has made through the years.
for the family, always putting others first.
Lord. you must have felt so proud,
when you saw just what you’d done.

Those who love her know her worth.
When you created her,
you placed an Angel on this earth.

Om Namah Shivay

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माँ

एक दिन मैं कॉलेज से घर आने के लिये निकला आसमान में बादल थे… लग रहा था कि बारिश होने वाली थी… इसलिए सोचा कि घर जल्दी पहुँच जाऊँ पर रास्ते में ही बारिश शुरू हो गई और मैं भीग गया…!!!
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घर जाते ही बड़ी बहन ने कहा -: “थोड़ी देर रुक नही सकते थे…??”
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बड़े भाई ने कहा -: “कहीं साइड में खड़े हो जाते …??”
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पापा ने कहा -: “खड़े कैसे हो जाते..!! जनाब को बारिश में भीगने का शौक जो है..??”
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इतने में मम्मी आई और सिर पर टॉवेल रखते हुऐ बोली -: “ये बारिश भी ना… थोड़ी देर रुक जाती तो मेरा बेटा घर आ जाता…!!!”


‘माँ’ तो ‘माँ’ होती है..

Om Namah Shivay

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माँ को समर्पित…

माँ को समर्पित…
सुना है माँ हथेली में दुआऐं रखती है…!!!
चूम लेना उसकी हथेलियाँ, किसी आग़ाज़ से पहले,
सुना है माँ हथेली में,दुआऐं रखती है…
तेरे हर सफ़र में,सरगोशी होगी रहमतों की,
सुना है माँ लबों पे,सदायें रखती है…
उसे बताते ही ज़ख्मों का,दर्द काफ़ूर हो जायेगा,
सुना है अपनी फूंक में वो,ठण्डी हवायें रखती है…
गौर कर तू गुनहगार,होकर भी मासूम है,
सुना है अपनी नेकी देकर,वो खतायें रखती है…
कभी सोचा क्यूँ तेरे रास्ते,कोई आफ़त नहीं आती?
सुना है अपनी नज़र में वो,चारो दिशायें रखती है…
डर मत तुझे,बुरी नज़र नहीं लगेगी,
सुना है तुझसे दूर वो,सारी बलायें रखती है….
तू अकेला है सफ़र पे,कैसे मान लिया तूने?
सुना है ख़ुदा की जगह वो,तुझपे निगाहें रखती है…
सुना है माँ हथेली में दुआऐं रखती है…!!!

Om Namah Shivay

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