Jai Shri HariHar 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Those who do not understand or refuse to understand should know that there is no difference between Lord Shiva and Shri Vishnu. Shiva works for the benefit of everyone, and tries to help the living beings make spiritual advancement. This is also why he says, “Any person who is surrendered to Shri Vishnu is very dear to me." The sons of the King Pracinibarhi were going to practice austerities to worship Shri Vishnu and while searching for a suitable place happened to find Lord Shiva. Shiva is the protector of the pious and those of gentle behaviour. So he was pleased to speak to the princes. “A person who is directly surrendered to Shri Vishnu, in unalloyed devotional service is immediately promoted to the spiritual planets. You are all devotees of Shri Vishnu. I know in this way that the devotees also respect me and that I am dear to them. Thus no one can be as dear to the devotees as I am.” In this way, a devotee of Shri Vishnu does not disrespect Lord Shiva, but worships him as the greatest of gods. Shri Vishnu bhakta not only prays to Lord Shiva, but asks Shiva to assist him in attaining the favour of Shri Narayana , and not merely for material benefits. As we find in the Tulasi Ramayana, Lord Rama says “With joined palms I lay before you another secret doctrine: without adoring Lord Shiva, man cannot attain devotion to Me.” So in this way, Shiva can assist us in attaining devotion to Shri Vishnu and His Avatars!!
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Being grateful makes you happy. Yet being happy doesn't always mean you're grateful. Feeling gratitude helps you to feel truly happy. When you're grateful for what's in your life, happiness seems to come naturally. 🌻🌼 It's Transformation Tuesday, Beautiful Friends.🌿☘🍃 Yes, know that you don't need more than what you have. So Be Grateful. This doesn't apply to people who don't have enough to survive,but chances are, if you're looking at this on a smart phone or computer, you live a better life than billions of people worldwide. You have what you need. You can't truly be grateful for the people and things in your life if you don't exist in the present. Your blessings begin with the breaths your taking right now. The greatest thing you can do is find yourself grateful for this exact moment in life. And to be grateful for people in your life is also the greatest gift, the highest praise, that you could possibly give them. Maybe some people don't stay in your life forever, and that is okay. You can still be grateful for the fact that your paths crossed at all. we learn a little bit about ourselves and the world from each person we allowed into our lives, and for that, we should be grateful. When you experience gratefulness for everything you have, you immediately make it more likely that good people and good things will be attracted to you. You attract more flies with honey than vinegar, right? 😳😀
SHIVA gives and HE takes. Nothing I have is from myself, so when it's taken away I thank SHIVA for giving it to me in the first place.My life is not about being noticed by others, or being remembered by loved ones. My life is all about being loved by SHIVA so I remember Him in my every breath I take!
Respect every male in your life
A man is the most beautiful part of God's creation who starts compromising at a very tender age.
He sacrifices his chocolates... for his sister.
He sacrifices his dreams, for just a smile on his parents face.
He spends his entire pocket money on buying gifts for the lady he loves just to see her smiling.
He sacrifices his full youth for his wife children by working late at night without any complain.
He builds their future by taking loans from banks repaying them for lifetime.
He struggles a lot still has to bear scolding from his mother, wife boss.
His life finally ends up only by compromising for others' happiness.
If he goes out, then he's careless;
If he stays at home, then he's a lazy.
If he scolds children, then he's a monster;
If he doesn't scold, then he's a irresponsible guy.
If he stops wife from working, then he's an insecure guy;
If he doesn't stops wife from working, then he's somebody who lives on wife's earnings.
If he listens to mom, then he's mama's boy;
If he listens to wife, he's wife's slave.
Respect every male in your life. You will never know what he has sacrificed for you.
Q: I have been continually unwell since a very long time and have suffered numerous accidents in the past. I am not able to bear so much pain. What do I do?
Guruji: Listen, if you had really been so unwell, then you would have never been able to come here (to the Ashram).
We never notice how healthy we are. Rather we keep focussing on the small diseases and problems in life and become miserable. It is not possible that someone can be unwell all the time, or since birth. If that were the case, then such a person will not be able to come all the way here and speak during the satsang. So do not think that you have had to take a lot of trouble to come here. You are already very healthy and are smiling too. You need to bring a change in your mentality, and your outlook in life. See, the body has its own limitations but you must be strong in your heart. Sometimes in life you may suffer pain, or some disease, or meet with an accident. That is the nature of the body, and it is alright. Continue doing your seva, sadhana and satsang and everything will be alright soon.
This is why we have kept all types of facilities in the Ashram, to sustain and boost a person’s health, whether it is through Ayurveda, or the other techniques that we have that can help relieve the body from illness. The main point here is that you need to keep your mind healthy and happy.
Wake up and see that life is too short. The realization that life is short will bring dynamism to your life.
Om Namah Shivay
My teacher always said that forgiving was not an act, but an inner state. Similar to light that falls upon whatever comes in front of it, when we are in a state of forgiving, we forgive anyone, without any judgement. We use the term 'I have forgiven'; my teacher used to say that the 'I' cannot forgive. Forgiveness can only be brought about with the dissolution of ego.
For us, forgiving is an act. We must strive to practice as often as we can. If we can observe ourselves a little, we will see how easily we take offence at the smallest provocation. We feel hurt and resent being criticized. Say, a child may feel she/he is not being appreciated, a husband may feel that his wife does not understand him, an employee may feel that his boss is overworking him, and so on. We also feel someone has been disloyal to us. We hold on to many grudges, which are like open wounds in the subconscious.
We continuously hold tension, remain volatile and angry, slowly leading to a neurotic state where our minds chatter all the time, narrow our perception, make us rigid, sour, bitter, revengeful, jealous, moody, and fatigued. This not only ruins our psychological health, but over a period of time also affects our physical well-being. Once we are in a highly strung-up state, we get caught in everything that does not go our way, in turn leading to irritation and holding a constant resentment that life is not fair.
Forgiveness is a conscious decision to let go of such resentment; to drop the act or the grudge that we are holding, to relax from within and enjoy letting go of the burden. Whenever we feel hurt, just pause, weigh the grievance, see the damage it will cause us, and will it away. We do not need to excuse or condone the act, we just forgive the other.
Another way is being in the other person's shoes. We never try to put ourselves in others' situation, and always want people to realise our difficulties. We must learn to empathise, true sympathy automatically follows.
If we keep practising in the small acts of living, one day the lamp will be lit, and forgiveness will become second nature.
All sensory pleasures in the world are like wrapping paper; the true bliss is the present inside. Divine love is the present, yet we are holding onto the paper believing we have already enjoyed the gift. It's like putting the chocolate inside your mouth with the paper still on. A little chocolate may seep into the mouth, but the covering makes sores in the mouth. Unwrap the present. The whole world is there for you to enjoy. The wise know how to enjoy the gift inside, while the ignorant get stuck with the paper.
Om Namah Shivay
Patanjali Yoga Sutras - 7
Are you looking for proof? Debating within yourself? Are you hanging on to 'wrong knowledge' of how things are? You do not know how things are because the world is fluid. There is nothing solid here. Nobody is solid. Nobody’s mind is solid. No thoughts are solid. The whole world is fluid.
Anything can change any time, in any way. The whole world is filled with all sorts of possibilities. But your mind tries to fix everything — thought, people, ideas and places — into definite items or quantities. This is how it is. Your mind has set ideas of yourself, using proof, wrong knowledge or vikalpa, fantasies or fears or dwelling in the past. The four modulations of the mind plus sleep, that is another modulation.
They can be restrained by practice or dispassion.
- Patanjali Yoga Sutra #12
- Patanjali Yoga Sutra #12
How do you get over that? One can overpower this vrutti (modulation) through abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (detachment or self-centeredness).
Tatra sthithou yatnobhyasaha
Practise is that effort made to steadily be there in the seer.
- Patanjali Yoga Sutra #13
- Patanjali Yoga Sutra #13
That which you do to be there is called abhyasa or practice. Abiding in the seer is abhyasa, that which you do to be right here, this moment is abhyasa. A little effort is needed to relieve you from the five modulations and just be here, now, now, now, now, now. Bringing the mind to the present and not dwelling on the past memories. That effort is called abhyasa.
You can do the following practise. Close your eyes. You are not going to dwell on any logic now. That means you are free from pramana. You are not interested in proof from anything. You just observe it. You relax. You are not interested in any wrong knowledge or right knowledge, whatever.
Often when the mind has wrong knowledge, it thinks it has the right knowledge. Retrieving the mind from knowing also (from knowledge). You are not anxious to see, smell, touch, feel, understand anything... let things be the way they are. Who cares? Right or wrong, no judgement. That means that you are freeing yourself from viparyayaya and vikalpa.
If the mind is on some imagination, fantasy, just knowing that it is imagination, fantasy is enough and it fades away. Just like when you know that you are dreaming, the dream vanishes. Then free yourself from sleep and relieve yourself from all the experiences of the past. Pleasant and unpleasant experiences are gone. The moment is free, fresh and full. Being here this moment totally is abhyasa.
The mind might try to go to the past, to smruti, or may try to go off to sleep and it can try to bring some logic and justification or some knowledge or some fantasies. Just knowing that again it is getting into the five vruttis, without aversion or craving, come back to the center, to the seer. This is abhyasa.
Om Namah Shivay