Monday, October 23, 2017

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan-Oct.23

Start Nama-Smarana and Acquire Love For God.

One who has no selfishness will always have enough; for, where there is selflessness, God would certainly take care of all the needs. The world will not love you unless you give it your love. One who forgets himself in his love for God will be unmindful of everything else. Just as a thief will run away the moment he finds the owner back at home, the 'body-am-I' feeling must make itself scarce if a man cultivates love for God, and thereby he becomes happy. If your imploration to God is so earnest as to bring tears to your eyes, God will also respond with tears in His eyes.
That the company of the saintly will generate love for God there is no doubt, but it may not be the good fortune of many to come across a saintly person. An alternative way is to associate with good thoughts. That God may shower His grace on all, that He may shower good and welfare on all, that all should learn to love Him – to carry such good thoughts always in the bosom, and to contemplate on the teaching of the saints, helps oneself as well as others.
But we often find that our thoughts do not always follow an even tenor. Everyone of us has personal experience of unholy thoughts crowding the mind when we try to compose the mind for nama-smarana. So, it is not in our control to hold holy thoughts in the mind.
The third means is nama-smarana. That is the only thing that you can do with your volition. So all should resort to it with a doubt-free mind. Do not listen to anyone who has something to say against it. Do not split hairs about how to chant it. Straightaway begin chanting it; you can rest assured that you will be filled with love for God. Stick determinedly to nama. Take my word for it, Rama is sure to be wherever nama is being sung. Saints are bound to ensure the spiritual welfare of a person who does nothing but determinedly, persistently chant nama.
Nama is a spark that can be fanned to grow and pervade the whole world. Let us keep this spark alive. One who chants nama naturally burns up all desire and ends indigence. So keep this nama earnestly on your lips, and then you may live normal worldly life happily.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-Oct.23

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-Oct.23

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan-Oct.22.

-Namasmarana, Morality, Love of God at Heart
One who has nama on his lips certainly has Rama in his heart; I look on him as Rama Himself. Life is definitely incomplete until we enrich it with God. Let us not be slaves of prapancha, but let us live as its masters. How can a slave ever be contented? Pleasure is given by others, but contentment is a state of one's own mind; it is not dependent on others. It cannot be given by one to another, nor can it be derived from another person or thing or circumstance. It can only exist where desire is absent; one who lives for God can alone be free from desire.
I never ask you to quit worldly life, because I am convinced, that is not the way to attain spiritual progress and God. One can do with it as well as without it. What is essential is an attitude of contentment. Keep nama constantly on the lips, observe strict morality in your behaviour with others, and bear love of God at heart. Love will be able to achieve what no other means can. Bear love for God similar to what you bear for your parents, or your children.
Let alone Jnyaneshwar, for he is in a class by himself, being a very repository of the highest knowledge; in fact, he was God incarnate; but what erudition did Saint Tukaram have, except intense love? That was so strong that it still induces lakhs of people to go to Pandharpur to have darshan of Vithoba. Learn to love God with corresponding intensity. Let the conduct of the entire household be such that everyone learns to love God. See that mutual talk is always, soft and sweet like butter. This will be easy, natural, if everyone is genuinely selfless. Even rebukes will be couched in sweet words. Financially the house may be modest, but it will be replete with contentment and happiness. True, selfless love for God will be the mutual bond. Such love will never ask for anything. When a thief asks for success in a theft attempt, he is doing nothing worse than a man asking for something for his prapancha, for neither is asking for pure love for God. Remember, there is no sin greater than forgetting God. So let us always remain in nama, simultaneously discharging our duties conscientiously.

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Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Marathi-Oct.22

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan in Kannada-Oct.22

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sri Maharaj's Pravachan-Oct.21

We Ascribe Unknown Conditions to Destiny
The difference between man and other animals is that man has the capacity to fix the goal for himself, despite external circumstances. Both have to go through the destined pleasure and pain; only, a man who has God to back him can alter their timing. The law of destiny applies equally to the individual and to the world.
It will not be possible unconcernedly to leave the body to bear its destined pleasure or pain unless you quit the idea that whatever you earn is the proper reward of your own effort. If, however, you assign to God everything you possess, the action will go on as normal, without giving rise to a sense of doership.
There are things for which we can point out the cause; and there are many whose cause we are unable to trace. In the latter case we ascribe them to 'destiny.' 'Destiny,' then, may be defined as matters for which we cannot ascribe a plausible cause. Even saints have to bear the effects of destiny, but they care nought for them because they are able to face both pleasure and pain equably. If an illness comes, one should not neglect to take proper medicine but bear the pain cheerfully. A person having some divine or occult power, should not use his power to cure or to evade anybody's illness. It may give some celebrity to the person who performs such acts, but it is not in the interest of the person making use of such powers, nor of the one who avails himself of it. Suppose a person comes across a high value currency note lying in the street; that is destiny; but it is his volition whether or not to pick it up and pocket it; destiny does not dictate this. So, it is in our hands to regulate the mental response. Even God has the same law to face when He assumes a tangible form.
Improvement even in the congenital nature of a person is possible if he strives for it. For spiritual progress purity of heart is necessary. Just as farmland has to be cultivated before sowing, all pollution of the heart must be cleared before God can enter and reside in it. Once it is so purified, it is comparatively easy to maintain constant awareness of God. So aim at doing this, and let other things conduce to it. For this everyone should chant nama and live happily, without worrying.
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