Friday, May 31, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.31

Total Surrender to God
He is a true and sincere devotee who, does everything with the genuine faith that it is service to, God. One can only free oneself of doership by being such a devotee. To, desire nothing but God is the mark of a devotee. Actions, even good and kind ones, lead to, bondage if done with a sense of doership. Therefore, perform every act in the remembrance of God. It is no breach of ritual if one forgets the prescribed daily ablutions because of being engrossed in nama-smarana. Only the time spent in the contemplation of God is spent happily. We forget ourselves while enjoying sensuous pleasures; it would be far better to, forget ourselves in meditation.
Implicitly obeying the sadguru is tantamount to surrendering one's volition. Such obedience effortlessly wipes out pride of doership. In the early stages, our volition often raises its head and tries to, defeat the attempt of passive obedience to the sadguru, but stubborn determination overpowers this volition, which then gradually dies out. Never disobey the sadguru even if it costs you your life. Obeying the sadguru is the means par excellence to stamp out body-consciousness.
Take care of your duty as well as of your morals, and keep company with the godly. Saints and householders may both lead a family life, but the former attribute doership to God, while the latter claim credit for themselves. If you assume doership, you will naturally have to, bear the good or bad consequence.
If a man's wife falls ill, he spends sleepless nights to, nurse her; can he not then similarly forget himself and strive tirelessly for God? This is certainly possible where there is real yearning for God. To the question, "When is true liberation obtained? " Shri Samartha Ramadas has given a very cogent answer in the words: "the moment you forget yourself in remembrance of God ". To forget oneself thus is to, realize nirguna.
Association with a person generates affection for him; will association with God not create love for Him, then? The essence of religion and the shastras is to achieve complete surrender to Him and live solely for Him.
Our true self is distinct from both the body and the mind. Try to live so, by engaging yourself in nama-smarana. Nama is so potent that it will achieve that end; no other means can achieve that.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-31

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May.31

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-30

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan - May 30

Remember Only Rama, Forgetting all Else
The only way to make God our own is to do everything without assuming doership. Harbour neither hatred nor jealousy towards anyone, see our Rama in everyone. Avoid slander and rather, look critically at yourself, to foster good qualities and eradicate defects and evil tendencies. Behave so with others that people hanker after you. This can be achieved if you have a liking for none but Rama. Rama's grace will lighten even great physical pain. Rely on Rama as your saviour, and keep your mind from being affected by anything. Never entertain pride, and be fearless at heart. Whatever pain or sorrow Rama chooses to inflict, accept cheerfully.
Leave the body to suffer its destiny; take care to see that you do not stray from your sadhana. To belong to Rama – let this be your unswerving goal. The body may suffer pain or pleasure under the sway of fate, but keep your mind fixed on Rama. Keep your knowledge concealed under the plea of ignorance. Look not for faults in others, but improve your own. Make it a rule not to harm anyone. Be devoted to Rama in your heart, and see God in all.
He who holds Rama as his master should neither whine nor cringe. Never beg for anything; keep your faith firmly in Rama. Remember we have to turn even unpleasant things and situations to our good. Forgetting the Lord makes us succumb to temptation; so concentrate on devotion and nama; listen not to other "knowledge."
It is Rama who creates all circumstances; so see His hand in everything. Our thoughts will be on the right track if we remember that Rama is the doer of everything. Pay no more than casual attention to worldly gain or loss. Conduct yourself cheerfully in life, with unflinching faith in Rama. Strive for that, glorious moment when Rama alone occupies the mind to the exclusion of everything else. Give no quarter to any inclination or desire that does not pertain to Rama. Never forget that you belong to Rama, and in that thought always be contented. "Now that I truly belong to Rama, I feel perfectly blessed." Stabilise this conviction, and you may be sure that Rama will be pleased.
Nama is powerful enough to take and secure you to Rama. To this moment I have been asserting that your true interest lies only in nama.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May-30

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.29

Ardent Yearning for God Is Essential
A man is pleased if we do what he likes. God wants nothing but love. To beget love for God, we should cultivate attachment for Him. We should resolve not to rest until we attain Him, no matter what others say. Where there is a will there is a way. Earnest longing does discover the way. Saints are eager to guide us, provided we surrender our ego.
I shall cease seeing faults in others only when I myself become free of all faults. The root cause of all faults is that I forget God. To forget Him is indeed the prime sin. When we commit a sin we take care to see that we are unobserved; the remedy is to remember that the Supreme Being is everywhere and sees everything.
Any deed performed with expectation of a return becomes harmful. That act alone is good which brings God closer. What is the use of observing religious rituals if we resort to malpractices in life? Keep faith in God, and expect nothing from whatever you do. Dedicate your mind itself to God instead of engaging it elsewhere. If the mind so dedicated subsequently takes pleasure in sense-objects, it is no dedication at all. Pray to God with all sincerity, saying, "Lord, let my worldly life be as it may, but grant that I may never be unmindful of Thee." In doing anything, recall the thought that you belong to Him. One who holds fast to God even in adverse circumstances is daunted by nothing.
What calamities befell the Pandavas despite the Lord Himself being with them! One may well ask why the Lord did not avert the calamities rather than letting them come and, then helping the Pandavas out; the simple answer is that if the calamities had been warded off beforehand, one may feel they were not of much consequence at all. Calamities are merely the fruition of our own past deeds. Consciousness of God enables us to face calamities more equably and keeps us contented. Even those who are favourably placed do not enjoy contentment. So those less favourably situated need not be sorry, because contentedness is not a function of circumstances at all. Discontent is, in fact, an ill common to all, and the remedy, too, is common for all – remembering God.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-29

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 29

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 29

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May 28

Treat Your Family Life as Belonging to God
What is vairagya but discontinuance of desire to have this or not to have that? If a calamity comes, instead of wishing it away, we should remember God and pray, "Lord, do not let me ever desire to ask for anything." While you should not deliberately cause suffering to your body, if suffering does come in natural course, accept it calmly, ungrudgingly, cheerfully.
If one feels or knows that prapancha is unreal, is it not inconsistent that one should wish or expect it to be comfortable, or to relish it? Let it be as it may; let us do it only as a duty, as an actor's part in a drama. Do not arrogate to yourself credit as doer, whether in prapancha or in sadhana; for, while the former is the fruition of prarabdha, the latter is really the prompting of the sadguru. Worrying about either is therefore futile, and it is best to accept cheerfully whatever happens. The moment you give yourself up to the sadguru, your past actions and sins become his concern, and he takes charge of your future as well. So cease brooding over past sins, and give up all anxiety about the future; live in the present in joy and contentment.
Spiritual life is nothing but leading worldly life as a proxy-holder for God, the proper owner. To maintain constant remembrance of Him, to ascribe all ownership and doership to Him, to do everything only on His behalf, is true dedication. To say only at the end of an action or episode "I dedicate this to Thee" – does this not imply that I had been unmindful of Him the rest of the time?
So we should pray to God thus: "O Lord, call me Thine. I lay down my mind and heart at Thy feet. Let me never feel the desire to ask anything of Thee." Asking for anything but His name is like begging the King for a broom. If you pray to God in right earnest, He will surely guide you. As we walk in the dark at night, a lightening flash lasting only a fraction of a second may show us the entire way ahead; similarly, if we pray earnestly to God, He does not withhold His guidance. Assure Him that you will like whatever He bestows on you, and keep His constant remembrance. Can there be any other way to meet Him?

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-28

Sri Brahmachaitanya Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada - May 28

Monday, May 27, 2019

Sri Maharaja's Pravachan in English-May.27

Prideless, Selfless Good Turns are Service to God

It is essential for everyone to have an obliging nature, but discretion must be used in deciding who should help and when.
The primary need of every field, for instance, is enough water for itself. Only if it has any to spare should it think of passing it on to another field that is in need. Similarly, those alone can be true philanthropists who have first liberated themselves; they re-incarnate themselves only to uplift others.
Now, does that mean that the common man should not at all think of doing anything for others? Not so at all. Everyone must have an inclination to make oneself useful to the deserving so far as one can, but there are the obvious limits of one's capacities.
Real altruism consists in exerting for others, not with selfishness or pride of doership, but purely as service to God. This, naturally, is free from undesirable consequences. However, this is not easy; a common man feels self-righteous and falls an easy prey to self-esteem and pride of doership. Therefore, whenever a chance arises to do something for others, one should avail oneself of it but in a spirit of thankfulness to God for this grace, and begging for further similar opportunities to serve Him. If we fail to keep this thought in the forefront of awareness, there is no knowing when pride of doership will sneak into the heart and cause a downfall. One must maintain constant vigil in this regard.
The straightforward meaning of philanthropy or altruism is doing something for others. This evidently calls for two persons; the obliger and the obliged. The common man thinks in terms of two entities: himself, and the rest of the world. This "world" is obviously different for each individual, peculiar to each person. When we get a chance to do something for another, we feel elated at having obliged someone, thus falling an easy pray to a sense of superiority, and to egoism and pride. Even those reputed as philanthropists, but without firm faith in God, will sooner or later fall a prey to expecting or seeking public esteem and honour. All saints have therefore cautioned us to be specially vigilant about this. If we remain constantly in nama, egoism is naturally ousted, vigilance becomes easy, and the mind attains contentment and placidity.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-27

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May.27

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.26

To Remember God is Righteous ThinkingWhy is it that not everyone feels God's existence although He pervades all creation? His existence is apparent only to those whose faith and feelings are mature, not to others. Such faith and feeling can be generated only by constant remembrance of God. I feel that one who repeatedly chants nama lays me under an obligation, because such a one uplifts himself and to that extent, all creation.
A question that haunts many so-called 'rationalists' is that if it is God who grants reason to man, then how can man be blamed when his reason leads him astray? The answer is that, while it is perfectly true that man's reason comes from God, we must see what causes its proper and improper exercise. To give an example: light and darkness are both caused by the sun, the one by his presence, the other by his absence. Similarly, reason functions aright where there is remembrance of God, and goes amiss where God is forgotten. We thus see that although reasoning is a gift of God, it is upto man whether it works well or ill. Its working will not be tortuous if guided by His remembrance; therefore, man should always maintain His remembrance to avoid his reason going astray; this is achieved by nama-smarana. One should live in nama wholeheartedly. Better still it is to do one's worldly duties and maintain awareness of God all the time. This day, every day, we owe to His grace, and we must therefore use it in His service, His remembrance. If we spend our days in this manner, every day will be happy, like the festival of Diwali.
This state of spiritual union with God is related to neither age, sex, wealth, nor any other circumstance. Constant awareness of God achieves what other sadhanas seek to achieve. This, indeed, is the distinguishing trait of kali yuga.
This constant awareness of God, means concentration of the mind on a single subject, to the exclusion of all other things. Such unbroken consciousness of God is punya, spiritual credit, or merit; it is the fulfilment of human life. Achieve it, and all noble qualities will follow. Pray to God in utter submission, "Lord, happen what may to the body, I implore you to see that I never, for a moment, miss awareness of You."

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-26

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 26

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan- May.25

Achieve Joyfulness by Directing Desire to God

All in the family should live cheerfully and joyfully. We should have such a disposition that whoever desires joy and cheer should hasten to us. Distributing largesse may impoverish the donor or may not suffice the recipient's need; cheerfulness of disposition, on the other hand, is a fund that is inexhaustible.
Life has its origin in God, Who is all bliss; so life should really be endlessly blissful. It is only acquirable, however, when the 'body-am-I' conviction dies. Bliss, being natural, is easy to acquire; it only needs that we, too, become simple, that is, free of 'conditioning' or upadhi, which has weighed us down. Everybody is in search of bliss; so learn to be joyful in all circumstances. Bliss is basically ever-lasting, but we seek it in sense objects, which are transitory, and therefore we fail to find true, lasting bliss. A pustule of scabies causes itching; the scratching gives a kind of pleasure but draws blood and causes irritation; does the pleasure justify the scratching? A dog chews a bone, under the impression that he is tasting the marrow; but he is actually tasting his own blood from his mouth, some of the blood actually falls on the ground and is lost to his body, but he does not let go the bone. The joy obtained from sense-pleasures is exactly similar. God manifests Himself in the bliss that comes without the help of any material thing.
If a man withdraws his desire from the material world and turns it to God, he experiences nothing but bliss. Desire is like fire. Fire helps to give us fresh, tasty, warm food; but, applied to a house, it can burn the entire edifice to ashes. Similarly, desire turned to God can make a man blissful; whereas, if applied to sensual pleasures, it lands him into misery and grief. Desire offers varying sensuous enticement to us every day; or, rather, the pleasures are not new, it is the desire that renews itself. Desire, which is synonymous with pride or ego, is the archenemy of man, and effectively obscures divine bliss; it deprives the human mind of contentment. Even when man understands this, desire is so overpowering that it haunts and continues to lure man, to his last breath. There is nothing to equal the effectiveness of nama in vanquishing desire. When desire ends, what remains is sheer bliss.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-25

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 25

Friday, May 24, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May 24.

Value Nama as Your Life
God has endowed man with the unique gift of speech; will it be proper to employ it for anything but the chanting of nama? How can we afford using the tongue for futile chatting about mundane matters, instead of employing it for nama-smarana whereby we can attain God? You buy books for the purpose of study; if you merely use them for a pillow, how can that impart knowledge? Therefore, I say, employ this precious gift of speech for nama-smarana. God has blessed us with sound health and robust legs; had we rather not be legless if we do not employ them for the attainment of God?
You have before you the example of Brahmananda. He devoted his entire life and energy to nama-smarana, to which he stuck heart and soul. You may not be able to emulate him, but the least you can do is to love nama no less than you love the body. In the present times of Kali yuga, every day means further digression from faith in God. Be vigilant lest you lose faith. If scepticism overtakes you, resort to nama-smarana with redoubled vigour. Trust in me in this regard, if not in worldly matters.
Do not exploit nama for a worldly motive. Nama-smarana should be done for its own sake, and you shall get genuine bliss from it. Take stock every day of how much time you devoted to nama; resolve to spend at least part of the day in practising nama and thereby your faith shall become firmer. True contentment will be fostered by repeating nama. Nama is self-existent and natural; persist in it despite doubts and distractions, for they will disappear in course of time. It is the master remedy to uproot doubts and distractions. It is like money deposited in a bank; you can depend on it in times of need. Approach the Lord in all humility and complete surrender, and earnestly implore Him to grant you love for His name; this will definitely beget that love in you, and you will see Him in the true sense.
Desire destroys, or steals, one's joy. It deprives one of the contentment which is the objective of life. Nama-smarana directs desire to the proper path, so desire will gradually die out, leaving pure bliss with us.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-24

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 24

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan- May.23.

Forget Yourself for God
Do you not forget yourself at least once in a day? You do, but it is in mundane matters. We sometimes hear highly welcome news, sometimes very disconcerting news; both so disturb us that for a time we are beside ourselves with jubilation or misery, and do not know what we are doing. In other words, we forget ourselves in emotion; this is so also when we are in a towering rage or passion. It is admittedly undesirable to forget oneself in worldly subjects, but nothing is better than forgetting oneself for God.
When singing bhajan we should get so lost in it that we become unaware of the body. Is it so today? If a co-singer commits a fault in rhythm, we instantly fly into a temper; that is not true bhajan. It should be performed in the feeling that there is none else but God and me; then alone will it be true bhajan, and we may then lose awareness of the body. In worldly life, never forget who you are in reality; that is, never be subservient to sensuous subjects. If we go through life with an awareness of our true self, it will never prove harmful.
In worldly affairs you may have passion, anger, greed, and such other emotions, but they must always be under your control; you must not be a prey to them; then body consciousness will gradually die out. This can be achieved only by complete surrender to God, which again, is brought about by nama-smarana. There are some who find no advancement even after being in sadhana for a score of years and more, and therefore give it up as unfruitful, ineffectual. This fruitlessness is evidently their own fault, not of the guru.
If you want to enter sannyas-ashrama, evidently it cannot be done unless you give up living with your wife. Similarly, you cannot be said to have really met the guru unless you go to him divested of worldly desires. So first purify your heart by practising the sadhana prescribed by him, and then you can meet him in the true sense. What you should ask of him is genuine contentedness. If you get that, there remains nothing more to ask for, and thereafter you cheerfully accept whatever situation he chooses to keep you in. Then you cease to care for the body and what happens to it.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-23

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-MAY 23

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May 22.

Keep Implicit Faith in the Guru
Exercise builds up physical strength; solving difficult examples develops intellectual capacity; similarly, spiritual strength is enhanced by facing difficult situations boldly, coolly. Spiritual strength is gauged by the degree of diminution of body-consciousness. It is for this that God sends calamities. It is wrong, therefore, to be scared by them. God knows well wherein your welfare lies, and it is not in your interest to request Him to withdraw calamities. It is valorous to endure coolly whatever situations arise. Do take medicine if you are ill. But is it not God who endows the drug with its curing property? And, after all, it cures one patient, fails with another. So remember that whatever God brings about is best for the particular person. Therefore, approach God in genuine submission, and pray for strength to bear the situation with courage, pray to Him to bless you with contentment, and live in His remembrance. If illness comes, bear it cheerfully, for to that extent you are redeeming yourself from what you owe to prarabdha. Do not give much thought to it, then it will affect you less.
You feel indisputably sure of your existence as so-and-so; you should feel equally sure that God exists. When you have the conviction that your guru is the same as God Almighty, then alone you can be said to have true regard for him.
When you think you are serving me, it is only with your body-consciousness; for, you do only what you yourself like to do. To do what I like, to obey me passively, to be in nama-smarana, not to hurt anybody physically or emotionally because God dwells in every being, and to believe that it is He who does everything – this would be true service to me.
My preaching may be ineffective for one of two reasons: one, that I lack the power to bring about the mutation of your mind; and the other, that you do not practise what I tell you. But, after all, a sudden spiritual metamorphosis is not desirable; for instance, if fever suddenly drops from 40° c to 35° c, it may indicate a collapse. So, too, if one who is prone to fits of anger becomes very docile in a day, it is not desirable. The change should be gradual, and be brought about by deliberation.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 22

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 22

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.21

Exert Yourself to Remember Nama
There is no sadhana so subtle and yet so gross as nama. One who wants to say anything most earnestly, says, "I tell you this from the bottom of my heart (or, literally 'the navel'.)". So nama, too, should be taken from the bottom of the heart, or the navel, because all desires spring from there. When it is made the seat of nama, it will gradually dislodge desire and totally extinguish it in the end. Nama should be practised not superficially, casually, but sincerely and insistently. Let us not worry as to how we shall respond to sensuous pleasures when all desire becomes extinct.
It is easy to realize God when we realize His omnipotence. He is a saint who has realized God. When we go to a town, we inquire about the local gentry and the Mayor. We can meet them because the residents can point them out. The Supreme Being, however, is without form, without attributes; how can we reach Him, meet Him? But then do we always take things which are not perceptible to be unreal? Our yearning for God is a yearning for the perfection that is God. This yearning can be quelled only by attaining to Him. Every being has this fundamental yearning; only, it is misdirected. Because it is directed to the satisfaction of sensuous pleasures which are only evanescent, it never really comes to fruition. Because birth itself is a result of desire, it is desire that we yearn to satisfy. To withdraw our yearning from there and direct it to God – it is in this that man's peculiar competence lies. 'What can I do to attain to God?', this is the yearning that every human should entertain, else he has failed in his special mission and opportunity. All sadhanas aim at creating this longing; and where genuine longing is found, God extends His helping hand.
There is no sorrow, no pain in the world that can ever overshadow the bliss that is God. Everybody hankers after bliss, because it is His nature, His very essence. We should try to inculcate its sweetness in ourselves by study and practice. It may be asked ,'If I spring from God, what is the need for such study?' The need arises because we have forgotten our noble origin. Because God is all love, let us strive to fill our heart with love.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-21

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 21

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.20

Maintain Remembrance of Rama in Worldly Life
The root cause of all sorrow lies in forgetting God, forsaking Him. Life is sorrow incarnate, unless enlightened by remembrance of Rama. Coal will certainly blacken the hand, for that is its very nature; we feel sorry for the blackening because we lose sight of the nature of coal. Life, likewise, is bound to be sorrowful and futile if we keep God out of it. Worldly prosperity and public esteem fail to yield contentment if our concept of life is devoid of the divine. Forgetting the Lord is the seed from which spring anxiety, egoism, fear, longing. How can we expect sweet fruit if we plant a seed of a bitter fruit? Anxiety and fear spring from forgetting God. Worldly gain and loss both keep God away. Worldly wisdom, charitable disposition, spotless moral behaviour, public esteem, worldly splendour – all these come to nought in the absence of devotion to Rama. One who conducts himself cautiously in the world without forgetting Rama will alone be happy.
Surrender yourself unreservedly to Rama, and entirely forget 'me' and 'mine': this is all one needs to do. One who acts without a sense of doership will not be affected by Kali. Do not be a prey to Kali, avoid being a victim of pride. Where Kali enters, Rama will forsake that place. All that the householder needs to do by way of sadhana is to follow his business or profession carefully in the remembrance of Rama. He should attend to his duty in the conviction that Rama, not he, is the doer. He heads for ruin who considers that his welfare lies elsewhere than in the hands of Rama. He cannot apply his mind to Rama so long as he considers himself to be the doer. He who gives up 'I-ness' and pride, rest assured that happiness will come in search of him. 'I-ness' will cease to exist for him who dedicates everything to Rama. There is nothing that will tend more to one's welfare than service to Rama. Therefore go in utter surrender to Rama, for there is no better way to get over sorrow and misery. It is only he who dedicates himself completely to Rama, makes his life really meaningful.
Think what you ought to do, rather than what others are doing. When you attend to Rama, understand that you are on the way to spiritual knowledge.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May.20

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May.20

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.19

Act only to Enhance Love for God
To give and take is a well-known necessity of worldly life. If two pieces of wood are to be joined, they have both to be suitably chipped and fitted together; this gives a good joint. Likewise, if everyone chips off some of his faults and idiosyncrasies, people will certainly fit together and live amicably. This calls for careful thought and mutual consideration. Constraint, whether in the home or ouside, should be by persuasion and love, rather than by intimidation. The juniors should be taught to love God, with love similar to that between a mother and her children, and we should also behave in a corresponding manner.
It is common experience that when one who is suffused with love for God and is dancing in ecstatic prayer happens to touch a person, the latter also dances with the love of God. The love of God is a very strong passion, a divine madness. Fortunate, indeed, is he who is affected by it ! Once a man is possessed by the love of God, his very speech acquires all good qualities.
The transitoriness of worldly life can never be adequately comprehended by mere reading, or by exercise of reason and logic. It is appreciated as love for God grows. One whose mouth is inflamed is unable to eat even though hungry, and his palate loses taste. Similarly, despite inherent love for God, we do not relish chanting His name because we are attached to tangible life. Just as the inflamed mouth has first to be cured before the patient can eat, to know the sweetness of God's name we have first to reduce the attachment for worldly life. This is by no means an easy task; the only three means for it are: kinship with God, His constant awareness, and company of the saintly. Because the Lord is multiform and omnipresent, there must be an endless number of approaches to Him. Each person can choose the approach most suitable for his temperament and conditions. In all these approaches, however, love for God must be a common factor; indeed, it is the very life of each of them. We should pray to God every day to grant us that love. One who gets that love will look on His creation with appreciation and admiration. Once a person acquires love for God, nothing can come in its way.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May.19

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 19

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.18

Keep the Mind Steady in God
It is not right to say that the body is an impediment in our way to God. There is not much substance in arguing either that it assists or hinders spiritual exercise. We should first introspect and see where the mind gets attached. Suppose a person proposes to spend his day in praying to God. Some friends come to him and ask him to join in their game of, say, cards; he agrees to do so, just not to displease or disappoint them. How can a person who allows his mind to be thus distracted from God become a devotee?
A mother may have brought up her son at great personal sacrifice. The son, who loved her dearly till he married, thereafter considers her a great nuisance and an obstruction in the way of his sensuous enjoyment. Here it is the mental outlook that has changed, not the physique of either mother or son. What can be done if a person prefers worldly attachment to God?
Although we know that worldly life offers neither undiluted happiness nor sorrow, we exercise our imagination and decide what will make us happy, without positive basis for such decision. This is sheer idle fancy. When we think that a certain person is out to give us trouble, half of it is a figment of our imagination. Regarding the remaining half, if we take the attitude of conniving at it, the matter ends there, does it not?
Our mind is fickle, constantly changing; so is the world. It is therefore incorrect to feel that certain circumstances cause us pleasure, certain others pain; for pleasure and pain are both mercurial in nature. The rules prescribed by the shastras are intended to stabilize the mind. Bhajan, reading religious books, raising temples, etc., should be undertaken to stabilize our thoughts; if this goal is ignored, these things may either become pastimes or bigotry, and may not be useful at all. The railway train runs to Kashi every day, but the merit goes to the credit of the pilgrims that use it, not to the train. Similarly, daily reading etc. undertaken as a mere routine does not uplift people spiritually. What is required is stabilizing the mind in God. For this purpose we can remember His name persistently, though we cannot thus maintain a vision of His form.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 18

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 18

Friday, May 17, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.17

Be Continuously Aware that You Belong to God
If we want a thing but do not get it, we fret. But if we consider God as the doer, there ceases to be a cause for worry. We say that there is God, but is that faith firm? A drowning man will clutch even at a stone if it comes to his hand, and sink with it. Our trust in God is thus shaky, only verbal; wherefore, otherwise, do we feel anxiety? With such shaky faith, we shall not get rid of anxiety, pleasure, and pain, even if God were present with us in tangible form.
God is omnipresent, all-pervading; therefore, as he is immanent in me, so is he in every other person. I should therefore not care what another person does to me. So live in the faith that you belong to God; He is your protector, and therefore there is no need to worry about anything. This belief you can achieve by nama-smarana. So resolve to do ceaseless nama-smarana from right now; approach God in all humility and pray for, Him to inspire and support you in this resolve. The mind may have to be coerced to some extent, to begin with, just as sometimes it is necessary to do when a child is first put to school.
We should make a rule to repeat the nama at certain specific timings, such as before taking food, at bedtime, on waking, etc. This will go a long way in life. You may continue to strive for amelioration in conditions of life, but telling yourself repeatedly that you badly need the Lord. It will keep you being hopeful of meeting God; the longing will steadily become keener, culminating in deep yearning. Suppose a man proposes to build a house; repeatedly reminding himself of it, he goes on saving money for this goal; if occasions arise to buy ornaments, he forgoes them, keeping himself ever awake to save money for the house of his dream. In a like manner, even by repeatedly saying "I want thee, O Lord," a man will gradually disentangle himself from worldliness and limit his passions down to a reasonable extent. When a hankering for God is aroused, he will feel restless until he attains his object.
He who trusts in God can depend on achieving contentment, that is on the stabilization of his inclinations; then one comes to live in God; that is samadhi.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 17

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 17

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.16

Treat the Body as an Instrument to attain God

The proper mission of a saint is to extricate you from the bondage of body-consciousness and of worldly-mindedness, not to satisfy desires like curing you of illness, etc. The more you strive for spiritualism, the greater the pull of body-consciousness and worldliness. Even the so ­called 'thirst for knowledge' stems from body-consciousness; it should be sublimated. There is no better means for this than nama-smarana. A dog watches and guards the house at night; and yet, however dear and useful, he is not permitted to share your plate at the table. We should treat the body similarly. Just as the coconut shell is to protect the kernel, the body should be treated as an instrument for the attainment of God. However, man goes about in life treating the body as his 'self', while he also shows in unconscious flashes that he is in reality, the in-dwelling spirit. For instance, he uses expressions like 'my' hand, 'my' leg, 'my' eye, 'my' mind, and even 'my' life. In life, on the other hand,he behaves as if he were the body. What we ask from God is mostly what concerns the body. This is highly incorrect, undesirable.
The way to diminish this love for the body is to begin loving others. We more easily love those who have a human body, like ourselves. We do not feel much concerned at the wailing of a pup, as we do when we hear the wail of a child. Therefore, in order to be able to love Him better, We visualize God in the human from like ourselves. In order that our love for our own body may diminish, that the body-conciousness become attenuated, we have to conceive God and the sadguru in the human form. Advancing in this direction, we shall be increasingly unaware of our own body; when, finally, we transcend all body-awareness, we realise that the sadguru, like God Himself, is not merely the body but co-existent, identical, with the Supreme or Cosmic Spirit. The more oblivious we become of our body, the closer shall we be to the proper realization of the sadguru's reality.
One who has overcome pride and awareness of his body is to be envied even by the jnyani, for there is no deeper ignorance than to think 'I am the body.'

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May.16

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 16

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 15

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May 15

Give Love to all, Hurt Nobody's Heart

Whoever wants to save money should begin by never incurring a debt. After that, he should try to curtail his spending, and thus start saving. The same process works for love. Begin by 'burying the hatchet'; next, ensure that you hurt nobody; you can never be too careful in this regard. A physical injury may be healed in course of time, and if we beg his pardon, the injured person may forgive us. But if we hurt the feelings, restoration is next to impossible. It is hurting God Himself, because in recounting His various manifestations in the Bhagavadgeeta, the Lord says, "Of the organs and faculties, I am the mind."
The vow to tell "the truth and nothing but the truth" is highly laudable, but it must be tempered by discriminating thought. If a man says, "I will tell the absolute truth even disregarding the mother, the father, God, and the guru," he may land himself and others into an impasse. If observance of this vow involves offences against venerable persons how can we justify such a vow? Should we tell the truth to a person who has come for the purpose of thieving? In short, everything needs circumspective consideration.
Suppose a man has four sons: one has a sweet tooth, the second likes sour things, the third relishes fried dishes, whereas the last likes sharp-tasting articles. Now if they start quarrels on the score of difference of taste, they can never come to terms, and the house will become an arena of conflict. They can only avoid the situation by overlooking and tolerating the difference in taste. Secondly, they should build up mutual love by the thought that they are sons of the same father, who deserves their allegiance and affectionate regard. If each one in the family decides to live together amicably, the home will enjoy peace and contentmnent. The house of a spiritual aspirant should overflow with love. A guest or visitor should be so charmed with it that when departing he should long to return to that atmosphere.
There is nothing to equal the misconception that I am the body, whereas I am really part of the Cosmic Soul. Although beset with difficulties of one kind and another, one does not think of renouncing worldly life: what greater, more poignant instance of the sway of maya do we need?
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 15

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.14.

Give Up Pursuit of Sense-objects, Public EsteemWhen we attach ourselves to Rama, He undertakes to look after us. It is we ourselves, however, that hinder such attachment, because of our own liking for sense-objects and public esteem. It is a corollary of this liking that we have a dislike for Rama. Do we not disregard and set aside the needs and entreaties of the wife and children in order to attend the office punctually? With what justification, then, can we plead them as an impediment for sadhana?
The saints have been dinning it into our ears that woman and money are the enemies of spiritual advancement. On this one may ask why at all God has created them. The answer is, that, it is the use we make of a thing that commends or condemns it. The match-stick that can light a fire for cooking can also be used to set a house ablaze.
A certain person once said to me, "Domestic life disgusts me and makes me feel I should quit it." I replied, "Do you think quitting home life will create detachment? What you need for it is proper discrimination between good and bad, permanent and impermanent. What will suffice for the present is to give up the sense of ownership and doership."
Righteous acts may prove a hindrance in spiritualism. One may feel ashamed to own an improper act, but of a good one we boast with pride. People often say," The misery I am undergoing is owing to sins committed by me in a previous life; I perform good acts in this life so that I shall have a happier life in my next incarnation. " But does this not imply desiring for a re-incarnation instead of for absolute liberation from the almost endless cycle of births and deaths? A bad act may possibly lead to repentance and make one turn to God; but there is no knowing what downfall the pride of a good deed may lead a man to.
How can a bitter gourd yield a sweet taste? Likewise, how can sensual pleasure make life sweet and happy? It is begging the question to say that you will take up devotion when love for God will arise. For mere fleeting pleasures we toil and drudge; but we do not care to repeat the nama sincerely, and yet complain in despair that we still do not feel love for God!

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May.14

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May14

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan- May.13

Endeavour to Improve Yourself
To do nothing, not to feel that you are doing something or have something to do is real spiritualism. It has become a habit with us to be doing something physically and mentally. To sit inactively is difficult; to keep the mind inactive is more difficult; and to keep the mind detached, while keeping the body busy in action, is most difficult of all. Really speaking, the mind seeks equanimity, but it can only be acquired by dint of strenuous effort. Mental equilibrium is upset by one of three causes; a happening contrary to one's desire; recollection of the past; and anxiety for the future. As for the first of these, when we consider that everyone in the world wants things to shape after his heart, how can we expect that they take place only after our heart? Things are bound to go against our desires. So, to preserve our mental composure, we should train ourselves to efface all desire, not wish for a particular thing to happen, give up greed and expectation, and ascribe everything to Rama. Such ascription is equivalent to living in constant awareness of God.
How deep our ego has percolated into our thought! How casually we connive at even obvious facts when it suits us to do so! When a man's son goes astray, he blames some other person for enticing or misleading him; he does not want to blame his own son. If a man's son gets spoilt under his own nose, we can imagine the tremendous influence of association. How, then, can we explain why we remain unaffected by the company of the saintly? The plain, obvious reason is that we do not at all attempt to improve ourselves; Not that we do not understand what is good for us, but we lack the urge to improve ourselves. Therefore, born as we are in desire, we also die in desire. The only dependable means to extricate ourselves from the clutches of desire, is to repair to the Lord in utter surrender. Pray to Rama that now you have no other recourse but Him, that you will be content to live as He pleases to keep you, and that you desire nothing but love for Him; and ever maintain His name on your lips. Be sure that He will not fail to shower his bountiful grace on you.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 13

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 13

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.12.

Maintain Mental Equilibrium
Humility is a quality that manifests itself mainly through physical action. While trying for self-betterment or advancement, due regard should be paid to the merit or worthiness of others. Hypocrisy resides primarily in the mind. It should be employed only for a good purpose such as covering one's own nobility or greatness of heart. Ahimsa, or abstinence from mental or physical violence to others, is a quality that pertains to both the mind and body. It should be judged by the motive that prompts the action. Speech should be controlled so as not to hurt another's heart, and in action one should avoid causing bodily injury. To allude to or lay bare another's fault or shortcoming is meanness of mind. Hankering after popular esteem ruins a single life, but hypocrisy and violence ruin several lives. Hatred leads to violence, so we should never harbour a grudge or hatred in our heart. All passions are inimical to the attainment of God, but of them, enmity and hatred are the worst. Selfishness generates hatred; nama is the most potent antidote to selfishness.
The human tongue has a twofold function: speaking, and eating. We should employ the tongue to tell the truth and to talk gently, pleasantly, neither harshly, nor to teach others, nor to brag. Regarding the other function, namely, eating, the tongue should be used with great restraint. We should purify the heart, and attempt to practise the good qualities which the saints' behaviour exhibits.
Where pride or vaingloriousness threatens to attack, it should immediately be countered by nama-smarana. An evil thought or tendency should be immediately opposed by remembrance of nama. The Cosmic Spirit was no less immanent in the demon Hiranyakashyapu than in any other creation, but it was hidden to himself owing to his swagger, like a field with an overgrown hedge. The Lord had therefore to manifest Himself in a very unlikely place, the wooden post which he kicked to spite Him. So we should hold pride severely in its limit. Be proud that you belong to Rama, so that you do nothing unbecoming. Prahlad did not say that he would like to see God, but he insisted that he would not give up the nama. We, too, should similarly adhere steadfastly to the nama.
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Sri Maharaja's Pravachan in Marathi - May.12

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May.12

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 12

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sri Brahmachaitanya Pravachan-May 11.

Read Little, but Bring it into Practice
Many people have a consuming passion for acquiring "knowledge", and they feel unhappy if they cannot indulge this restless obsession, which amounts almost to an addiction. An opium-eater does not feel satiated until he is stupefied by the drug. He needs an increasingly large dose to create that feeling of satiation, until, at last, he needs lethal quantities. The passion for "knowledge" has a similar career. One may thus spend the whole life-time in acquiring "knowledge", without ever putting an iota of it into practice; what is the net gain of this?
It takes less than half an hour to eat a full meal, but five to six hours to digest it. If a man merely keeps eating, he will evidently have indigestion, lose his health, and eventually even succumb to death. Such, too, is the case with mere voracious reading to what one can put into practice. Self-improvement cannot be effected by mere reading nor even by understanding a subject, but by practising it in life. We should therefore attach importance to practical application rather than mere academic understanding. True philosophy aims at broadening the mind and outlook, eradicating our selfishness, and replacing it by selflessness. Principles of philosophy are not a matter of mere postulation, but are to be demonstrated by practising in life.
A material thing can at the most be a means of happiness, but we delude ourselves and treat it as happiness itself. As a result, instead of trying to be happy with things that we have, we endeavour to obtain more and more things, and only make ourselves more unhappy. Uncertainty of success makes us anxious and miserable in the beginning; during the endeavour, the travails of the effort make us miserable; in the end, we are frustrated if the expected result does not follow; while if we do realize the expectation, fresh hopes and expectations arise and kill the joy of realization. In brief, we thus suffer unhappiness throughout. On the other hand, if we work without entertaining any expectation, the very act of working becomes its own reward and gives us satisfaction. It is for this reason that saints unanimously affirm that the spiritual quest is like a cash transaction, not one with deferred and uncertain payment.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May-11

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 11

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May-10

Dedicate Yourself Body and Soul to Rama
A mind dedicated to God is free from misery. A mind at peace with itself can really profit from devotional practice. Know that although the body grows old and incapacitated, desire continues to dominate as strongly as ever; so devote yourself to Rama. Rama resides with him who maintains in his heart a constant awareness of God, utters nama ceaselessly, does his duty in life, and scrupulously desists from hurting anybody's feelings. One who hankers after Rama and constantly thinks of Him, truly endears himself to me. I honestly feel that living without nama is virtual death. To live in the conviction that everything happens by divine will is true worship; employing the tongue in uttering nama, serving God by bodily acts, and bearing Him always in the heart, is true worship.
Dedicate yourself to Rama staunchly, unconditionally; this will bring steadiness to the mind. Always bear Him in your heart, for He is the master, the controller of your life. He is not only omnipotent, but also omnipresent and omniscient, and watches every thought and action of yours. Never lose courage, for remember He is watching you, backing you. Everything is controlled by Him, you are only instrumental. Keep your mind fixed on Him as your pole star, just as a worldly-minded person treats earning of money as his goal.
Devotees of God should be careful to ensure that no deficiency ever creeps into their devotion. They may listen with deference to others, but should take care to see that their devotion suffers no setback. Believe firmly that it is Rama who gives and Rama who takes, that He is always about you, that He is your all in all. To obey the sadguru implicitly is serving God.
All the great sages and saints took care to see that not even for a moment they became unmindful of Rama. Not fasting and such physical penances, but steadfast faith gives true company of Rama. God is only pleased by selfless service to Him. The staunch belief that Rama is the sole doer can alone impart perfect contentment.
In spirituality the saints should be followed rather than parents, because true guidance can only come from those who have a mind that is steady, well-controlled, and absorbed in God. Books written by them give similar help.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 10

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-May 10

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan - May-9.

Love for Everybody and for Nama
See that the atmosphere in your home is pure, peaceful, and holy. It should altogether be so agreeable and surcharged with affection that a visitor should feel reluctant to leave it. Acquire learning, all types of amenities, a good house, and all kinds of prosperity, live in royal comfort if you can afford it; but believe firmly all the while that it is all the will of God; keep your heart overflowing with love and gratitude for Him. Never waste time in futile argument. Public esteem is highly dangerous; one easily gets addicted to it and pursues it; in course of time, the action which gave rise to that esteem stops, and the esteem dies down, but not the hankering for it. Even the bravest of warriors is a victim of some passion or desire which ultimately leads him to ruin. He may outshine others in his particular prowess or skill, but to his particular weakness he falls an easy prey. Do not be trapped by sensuous love, nor succumb to envy and hatred; such love is as pernicious as hatred.
To forget God is always harmful, whether caused by comfort in life or by misery. Never play the hypocrite; I would by far prefer your doing nothing to indulging in hypocrisy; indeed, I would implore you never to pose as a saint.
Do your duty towards everyone, and always remember nama, and be ceaselessly aware of His presence and power. The company of the saintly is necessary for this purpose. Many of us assert being in saintly company; but, then, how can we justify our being no better than other, common people, in our behaviour? The obvious answer is that we have not devoted ourselves to what they love, namely, nama.
After imparting the Supreme knowledge, Lord Krishna directed Uddhava to go and meet the gopis (milkmaids) of Gokul. On seeing how indissolubly their identity was merged into God, he was so convinced of the ease, simplicity, charm and efficacy of the love for nama, that he returned to the Lord, praying for the grant of that love, in place of dry, harshly logical Knowledge. So I would urge you to implore Rama for nothing but true, intense love for His name. Love for nama should, indeed, be the sole and last desire of any person.
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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 9

Sri Maharaja's Pravachan in Kannada-May 9

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Sri Brahmachaithanya Pravachan-May.8

Maintain Constant Consciousness of God
An old, worn shoe needs repairs every now and again. Our body, in advanced age, similarly, suffers from one trouble and another. This is only natural. We should give it the treatment it needs, but should not worry. Indeed, the physical trouble and handicaps should be turned to good account by making us more aware of the presence of God. Illness and old age should be used to divert the mind from the body and the world and its activity, towards God and spiritual thought. If we can maintain awareness of God, we shall be able to enjoy happenings in His creation – even the perils and difficulties – as we enjoy watching the changing fortunes of a sporting event. One who knows swimming will not find fun in just tame, straightforward swimming; he will dive now and then, change his course, and so on, to create interest. Similarly, one who lives ever conscious of the presence of the Lord will enjoy even the devious course of events in His creation.
Once we recognize a thing and understand its nature it ceases to cause a feeling of dread. Similarly, passions and desires lose their dread once we recognize them and their nature. If we always remember that everything that happens is by God's will, all that we have to do is to control our reactions and responses. Actually it is we ourselves, that is, our reactions and reluctances, that obstruct our progress on the path of spirituality. Since God is omnipresent, He is also where our responses spring from; consequently, remembering the Name of God gives a proper direction to the responses. We should always remember the Lord or the sadguru and pray to Him in all humility, "These temptations I cannot resist and overcome except by Your grace. My experience has convinced me that there can be no peace or happiness but with You, and yet my responses, untrained and uncurbed, obstruct me in my approach to You. This is sheer ignorance on my part. I realize that my ultimate goal is to know You, that is in the last analysis, my own true self. Be You gracious and grant me that my mind and heart reside at Your feet. I desire nothing but what You will; let Your name ever be on my tongue. I shall try my best, but do You help me."

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-May 8

Sri Maharaja's Pravachan in Kannada -May 8