Saturday, September 23, 2017

shrI Maharaj's Pravachan-Sept.23

Words of Scriptures, of Saints, and Self-searching

Once Uddhava requested Shrikrishna, 'You Yourself tell us how shall we attain You.' Shrikrishna told him, 'You will be able to attain me by devotion alone'. There are three-fold means of devotion; words of the scriptures, words of the saints (or seniors), and inward search by oneself.
Everything has become topsy-turvy these days. We have become so 'learned' that we are ashamed of putting faith in scriptures. Similarly, when the son is even a little more educated than his father, he thinks, "Why should I obey this ignorant father? What shall I gain by that? " The same is with our search. What is our research? Where did Pandavas reside? Where was Rama born? Where did the Mahabharata war take place? Now tell me, what shall we gain by this research? A professor once told me, ' I have researched a lot into Shrikrishna's life and now I am sure of the places of His birth and death.' What they are doing may be all right, but saints did not feel the need of being certain of Shrikrishna's birthplace. They made Shrikrishna their own by intense devotion to Him. Really speaking, with the earnest devotion Shrikrishna must be born in our heart itself; that is His real birth-place.
If we examine our behaviour and the thoughts in our mind, we shall be sure that people will not like even to look at us, if they are aware of our mind; in spite of this we are proud of our thoughts and research! Shall we attain love for God with this kind of knowledge? There is no need for someone else to tell us about our spiritual progress. We know about it fully well. Deep-rooted pride, no control over thoughts, laziness in spiritual discipline; with all this, how shall we attain God's love? Saints have prescribed only one remedy for this, and that is total surrender to God. With an earnest supplication, say to Shri Rama, 'Rama, I am now Yours; whatever happens henceforth, I shall regard it as Your will. I shall try my utmost to chant Your name; kindly accept me as Yours.' How compassionate God really is! Swallowing hundreds of offences, and wrong actions of people, He is ever ready to help those who surrender to Him. So concentrate on nama and forget your existence as a 'body'.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-Sept.23


Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-Sept.23

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan-Sept.-21

Mind Reading should Begin from One's Own Self.

It is no great art or acquisition to be able to read the mind of others. If your mind is in tune with that of the other person, you can read his mind; but this will be possible only if your mind is pure. There is a certain discipline, for achieving this. So long as this discipline is practised this power exists. When it stops the power is lost. One who uses such power commercially, need not necessarily be graced by God; and it is worthless if God’s grace is not there.
It is not essential to know each other’s language for knowing the mind. Suppose a beggar from a different region comes to your door-step and sings in his language. You cannot understand his song, but you certainly understand that he is begging. Similarly, one may understand the broad outline of the thoughts in the other person's mind. It does not matter if the actual meaning of the words is not understood. If the listener comes with a keen interest, he automatically understands the essence of the speech. However, if the listener is not keen, then in spite of the clarity of the speaker, he does not really understand. Philosophical thought is eternal, never-changing. It has to be expounded in different languages according to the needs of place and time. Suppose we are travelling in a train. We remain on our seat but are moving with the train continuously. Similarly, if we stick to God, we shall reach our destination.
The lesson to learn from Rama's life is that while in this human body, you should do your duty properly in respect of everyone. Stand before Rama and tell Him, 'I am doing such and such a thing;' and then do it. Remember God while doing the work. You will then feel contented. If you remember, 'whatever I do is due to the grace of God,' how can pride grow? Focus the searchlight inwardly on yourself. Find out where you have gone wrong. Don't learn logic and become merely argumentative. Do not scrutinize the sayings of saints, for they are based on their personal experience. Their advice is in very straight-forward language. People start their scrutiny from the question, whether God exists or not; they get confused; and ultimately their progress is thwarted. Scrutiny must be done accepting God as a fact.
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