Pravachan – Day 23

BE AWAKE

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Stop your thoughts, but be awake, and you will experience the great ocean of peace beyond the mind. We have to be on the alert to recognize our prime at whatever time of our life it may occur.

There was a new Singer with lots of expectations. He was about to sing for the first time in front of 1000’s of audience and he started singing. He sang once and when he was about to finish the song, the audience started shouting “once more”. He sang the same song thrice on audience demand. Now he got impatient why the audience wanted to listen to the same song and liked it so much, as he had four more songs to sing. The reply from the audience was that only when he sings the first song properly he can move on to the next song.

Similarly, in life, until we live our life properly, karma in existence (कर्म सत्ता) would say Once More. Dogs and donkeys also open their eyes, but as we are Human’s, opening of the inner sight is very important.
If we want to Be Awake in the right meaning, there are four things to implement in life:

1. Importance of Place:



It is important to keep in mind what type of environment we are in when we do something right or wrong.
We might go to theaters, beer bar, hotels, clubs and something wrong might be done, but atleast when we are in holy places, we must avoid doing wrong. Our inner conscience has to remind us that we are in a holy place and stop us from doing wrong. When we visit someone’s house as guests, we have to remember where  we are and act accordingly.
For eg, A 26 year old pregnant woman expired and she was being cremated. The whole family was in grief and sorrow. Their tears would not stop. In a corner there were around 10-15 people who were commenting and laughing about Share market on their mobiles. They did not even think in which place they are at that moment. Where have the sentiments gone from our heart? Humanity has ended! Where are we heading towards?
So in case any we feel like doing wrong, at least we should remember in what type of premises we are. Like, if we feel like criticizing anyone, we should remember the place. We have to switch the mobiles or keep them in silent mode in the grave yard  or holy places, so we can express our sentiments for the other person and pray silently.We do evil in evil places, but why evil in holy places?
There was a Trustee who went to the temple to worship God. He had removed his sandals outside. When he came back he did not find his sandals. He then found one of the workers there had worn his sandals. The Trustee then thought about the premises(holy place) he was in, went to the worker and said, ” Friend, these are my slippers. I have worn them for 5 years. You are working in the temple and I am the trustee here. For whatever reason you could have stolen my slippers but I just want you to come along with me to the market. I will buy you new slippers as there is no use in wearing the old slippers.
In case we were in such situation, what would our reaction be?
So in which place we are, we have to remember the requirement of the place and we should know what we can do in this place.

2. Importance of Time:



Three things in life that once gone, never come back: Time, Words and Opportunity. Always to remember to slow down in life; live, breathe and learn; take a look around you whenever you have time and never forget anything that has the least place within your heart. Importance of time and duty is different during childhood, young age and old age. Even the Sun remembers its duty. It is extremely hot in the afternoon  The Sun cools down in the morning during sunrise and in the evening after sunset. Likewise, once man has crossed the age of 50, he has to relax. We keep going on and don’t take the name of stopping somewhere.
A 26 year old man was hospitalized and was in his last stages. Acharyaji was asked to come and utter the name of God so that he can die in peace. When Acharyaji stepped into the hospital room, the man’s 23 year old wife was sitting beside him. As soon as she saw Acharyaji, she aggressively said,” Acharyaji, you have come so that my husband can die in peace. But what about me? This man has ruined my life and he has no rights to do it. I have a one year old kid as well. My husband has been eating tobacco since 5 years and now he has cancer. He will die but what about me and my kid?”  She asked Acharyaji to spread to all the people who take tobacco,” If you are consuming tobacco, don’t marry as you do not have any rights to spoil someone’s life”. The man held Acharyaji’s hand and said,” It is my mistake that I was consuming tobacco. I cannot even ask sorry at this stage for what I have done.”
This man did not understand the importance of his time and duty.
So for all the youngsters, just one message, ” Stop consuming tobacco and drugs, stop smoking and drinking as your life is just not yours, there are others also who are dependent on you.”


3. Importance of Duty:



“Duty is worship”
Duty is the most sublime word in our language. We have to do our duty in all things. We cannot do more. We should never wish to do less.True happiness is to understand our duties towards God and Man; to enjoy the present. without anxious dependence on the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears. but to rest satisfies with what we have, which is abundantly sufficient. Every duty is great, great, because it tries our principles; great, because for the time it tries our loyalty to conscience, and our energy and will.
We might know the importance of place and time, but if we don’t recognize our duties, it is of no use.
Today, a son has forgotten his duty. He does not have 15 minutes for his father because he is too busy. Have we forgotten our duty as a son, daughter, wife, husband, daughter in law? What is our mentality in this field? For eg, A man was on his way to the temple. A poor lady met him outside and said that his daughter is getting married and she does not have anything to give.It would be great if he could give at least 2 saree’s for her daughter. The man first worshiped God and then asked the lady to come along with him to his house. The man called his wife, narrated the poor woman’s story and asked his wife to give 2 saree’s. She gave the poor woman 20 new saree’s and also some gold ornaments. The man saw his wife’s generosity and told that he will take the entire responsibility of the poor woman’s daughter’s wedding.
This is called duty towards family, society and nation!
A man who refuses a duty, is not punished, but forsaken, and he will never know love or honor or happiness again.

4. Importance of our Nature:



“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”. Law of nature is that, water flows down and fire goes up.First me make our habits, then habits make us. Lets check on our habits and see what are the habits for which we would never compromise in life, no matter what. There is little voice from the inside that keeps reminding what we should be doing. It does not depend on place, time or duty but our habits. When do you feel, ”  I will fall down or die, but I will never compromise on this.” It could be that we cannot be without donating or helping the needy, or getting up without praying to God. Everyone’s nature is different.
A man who stood for elections, was going on a Buffalo so that his photo comes in the Newspaper. Police asked him, ” Where is your helmet?” The man replied,” This is a four wheeler!”
This is to show what kind of nature we have. Knowing the importance of our nature will keep us in our limits.

So lets understand the importance of place while doing something wrong, understand the importance of time and duty towards everyone and understand the importance of our nature.
Don’t wait until everything is right, it will never be perfect, there will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what, get started now, with each step you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self confident and more successful in life.
Awake, Arise and Stop Not till the goal is reached!


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Pravachan – Day 22

 

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GOAL KEEPER
In any game, a goal keeper has to be perserverant, courageous, driven and a hard worker, always ready to take challenges. For a goal keeper there is no hiding place. To be a good goal keeper there are two conditions, we must have good connection with time and space. In football, eleven players play the game and the goal keeper does not do anything but saves the goal. Similarly in cricket, an umpire does not play the game but the whole game is under his control.

A boy went to meet a man at 9 am for a deal of 2-3 Crores. The man comes an hour late. It was around 11:30 and the deal was about to be finalized. Suddenly the boy stood up and started going. The man asked why was he going off leaving the deal in between. The boy did not feel necessary to reply and just went away. After an hour he came back to his house and the man was still waiting for him to finalize the deal. The man asked him the reason he had gone. The boy cried and replied that his father is mentally retarted and is hospitalized since 25 years. Every day he goes to the hospital at 11:30 to feed his father, even though the father does not recognize his son. The man said that he could have sent a driver or any other person to feed the father as the father anyways does not recognize any one. The boy replied,”You are right. My father does not recognize me, but I recognize my father and I know that he has done so much for me. So I make it a point to feed him with my hands”.

So in life, to become a good goal keeper there are some goals that we have to avoid, and they are as follows:

1. Ungratefulness(कृतघ्नता):



We often take for grated the very things that most deserve our gratitude. An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from. We must be grateful to God,  Gurudev, our Parents, the Sun, the Moon, trees, rivers, flowers, nature, society, government. In our busy lives, we are not even ready to remember those who have done good deeds for us. Gratefulness is a segment of sudden realization of the need in the eyes of the ones who once guided our steps into this world.  Gratitude is a way of life, we take responsibility of our seniors, not just in our homes, not just in our neighborhood, not just in our community, but globally by creating a circle of like minded people who have a philanthropic attitude.
Lord Mahavira said, “Live and Let Live”.
It can happen that we might not be grateful to God or Guru, but what about our parents who have done so much for us from the first day in our life? We apply logic in this as well. Forget Gratefulness, many of us don’t even believe in gratitude. A son does not have time for his father, new generation compare their parents with dustbins and do not want them to interfere in their lives. How can we forget the gratefulness of our parents? The day a child comes in a mother’s womb, from that day the child is obliged towards his parents. What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. We must truly appreciate the loyalty, encouragement and helpfulness our near and dear one’s have done for us.
It might happen that our parents have done injustice with us by saying us No sometimes when we wanted to some things in life. But lets take an oath that we will not speak bad or criticize our parents in front of any third person.
” My life is successful when someone has tears for me, and my life is unsuccessful when someone has tears in their eyes because of me”
How many people are there who would cry for us? Where there is wealth, success, power, there is always an uproar.
About 50 years back, Guruji’s father used to own five garments shop. One day Guruji’s uncle caught the servant stealing in the shop and said that he will hand him over to the police the next day. Guruji’s father called all of them and asked, ” How much do you earn from the shop? And what is the salary of the servants?”  Guruji’s Uncle replied that they earn around Rs 3000/- and pay Rs 700 to the servants”. Guruji’s father asked when they take around Rs 3000 every month for their living, how can they expect the servant to  manage with Rs 700/-. So he doubled the salary of all the servants instead of handing them over to the police. The servant fell on Guruji’s father’s feet and started crying. A servant has a feeling of gratitude towards his master but we do not have any feelings for our parents!
Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in our life actually attracts more of the things that we appreciate and value into our life.

2. Roughness(कठोरता):



Lord Mahavira  said, ” Be soft and polite even while hammering a wood with an iron nail because if we can be rude to wood today, tomorrow we might  be rude to other lives as well.” How far we go in life depends on us being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. It is important to quit roughness and become soft. We have to treat everyone with politeness. But being rude and aggressive to everyone has become our habit. A man who is rough does not have balance of mind. Lets try not be rude to anyone, be it our parents, our employee’s, or our drivers. In a holy place if there is a long queue to worship God, and another man from behind goes before us, what is our reaction? What is our behavior towards him? Politeness is benevolence in small things

3. Miserly(कृपणता): 



If water does not flow and is stagnant in one place, it might decay, but if gutter water flows, then it can meet the sea. A Sage does not hoard. Having bestowed all he has on others, he has yet more, having given all he has to others, he is richer still.  Likewise, do we have interest in saving our money or donating it?
An 80 year old man used to come to Guruiji to take his blessings. He used to come in the same white uniform everyday even though his son was the head of the diamond market. The uniform he used to wear did not cost him more than Rs 5000/- every year. Upon being asked he said, ” He does not spend much on clothes but donates minimum of Rs 40 Lakhs every year.” A man’s identity is not done by his clothes.
We spend money on ourselves but when asked to donate we say there is no savings. When will we be generous towards others?
“What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal”.

4. Cowardness(कायरता):



The human life is made up of choices.Yes or No, Love or Hate, to be a Hero or to be Coward. We have to choose wisely. In life, incase any unexpected tragedy occurs – like a disease, death of some near one, someone criticizes and puts us down, or any such situation we should challenge the situation and be prepared to face it with courage. We should not become prey to Cowardliness.Past always seems good to us.Tomorrow will be worse than today, but we have to have the strength to face it. A man who is cowardly either goes into depression or commits suicide. True Heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.

In life, as a goal keeper, lets be grateful and thankful, soft and generous in nature and courageous in tough situations. By doing this, we will win the game of life as life is a game.

Pravachan – Day 21

 

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Lets Both be Silent (Teri Bhi Chup Meri Bhi Chup)


 काल करे सो आज कर, आज करे सो अब
                                                 पल में परलय होय, बहुरि करोगे कब? “

Have we ever wondered if we have the courage to do the right things when it matters most? One of the most tragic things about human nature is that we tend to put off the good things for tomorrow. We are all dreaming of that day over the horizon and waiting to do the good things later, instead of doing them right away. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike. So if your waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if Tomorrow never comes, we’ll surely regret the day.

Yudhistar was known for his generosity. He never used to send any one empty handed. Once a man came to Yudhistar to ask for something. Yudhistar asked the man to come the next days as he is going to have a bath now and  it would take some time. The man was going and Bheem met him on the way. Bheem asked the man what had happened? The man said that he has been asked to come the next day. Bheem then started to bang the big bell in happiness. Hearing this Yudhistar came out of the bathroom. He told, ” Bheem, you know very well that this bell is rung only when we win any battle. Then why are you ringing it now?”. Bheem replied, ” Brother, You have asked the man to come tomorrow and this shows you have won over death and time for the next 24 hours.” Hearing this, Yudhistar called the man back and gave him what he had asked for.

There are four points to ponder upon for those who always put off the good work for tomorrow:

1. Disease call:



The greatest wealth is health. We squander health in search of wealth, we scheme and toil, and save, then squander wealth, in search of health, and all we get is the grave! We never know what’s in for us tomorrow. A 5 year old kid can also have cancer or diabetes. Because of the support of earth, we can walk. Similarly, life is healthy if our body is healthy. If an 8 year old boy becomes a saint, we are against it, but if an 80 year old man watches TV, movies, we are never against it. We can become religious at any age, but stop doing sins right away.Today while sleeping,lets imagine that we might get paralyzed tomorrow. Then what will we do? Do all the good things today itself – Love, forgiveness, donation, simplicity! We have not seen tomorrow so lets do it now. We keep all the good things in life pending and do the wrong things right away. What is the logic behind this? Who says that we have to become religious only when we get old? We don’t have an age for sins, then why for religion?
“More you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war”.
As long as we are healthy, let us do all the good things in life as we will never be able to do anything when our health deteriorates. Even a batsman cannot say whether he will make a century or not after 98 runs because he might get out.
The two most important words to remember are “Now and Here “. We cannot say when Nature will make us silent.

2. Deadline call:



We might be healthy, but there will be a boundary or limit when we will not be able to do anything. We might do yoga and exercise and keep ourselves healthy but there will be a deadline at sometime in our lives. A man who was able to eat 12 chapati’s earlier is able to eat only 2 now. A deadline comes when a son does not listen to his father and asks his father not to speak. Our eyes that can see today will not be able to see when we grow old. When such a deadline comes in our life, when no one would listen to us, what is our preparation? How would we balance our mind?
A man in Rajkot once went to Acharyaji and cried,” My father is in his last days. He feels cold in the night, but my mother opens all the windows and doors purposely.  My mother gives milk to my father so that he suffers from diarrhea. When I asked my mother why is she being so cruel towards my father, she replied that she is taking revenge of what his father used to do when he was healthy. My mother said that my father used to get drunk and beat her. She said now she is going to see his father suffer and die.”
Have we ever thought about such a deadline? What would happen to us when we become weak tomorrow?
An 80 year old man who has three sons and daughter-in-laws wants death as none of them listen to him or serve him. He has to eat whatever they cook and sit where ever they want him to sit. Have we thought that such situations can come in our life also? During our stay in this world, if we travel somewhere, we make sure we book the place to stay but do we know the address where we would go after death?
“In eternity, nothing has come, whatever has come, has come today! If not now, then when?”

3. Destiny call:



There are winds of destiny that blow when we least expect them. Sometimes they gust with the fury of a hurricane, sometimes they barely fan one’s cheek. But the winds cannot be denied, bringing as they often do  a future that is impossible to ignore. That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny, be it through intention or ignorance. Even after doing good, sometimes bad happens to us – this is destiny! Even after being friendly or right, people have enmity with us or do wrong with us? Why? It is destiny’s call.What is our mentality in this field? Have we prepared ourselves to be happy no matter what the result is? When such situations would occur in our lives, what would we do?  Today, people can’t take disease, younger generation commit suicide if they fail in exams! We have strength enough to commit suicide but not to accept destiny! We are helpless in this matter as we don’t have strength enough to accept destiny.
Try to imagine how life would be if we had a disease like Cancer. Did we think how life would take an U turn in such a case? Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

4. Death Call:



Everything begins only to end. The moment we were born, we began to die. Only by being prepared for our death can we truly live.
A rich man was once hospitalized and was in his last days. The doctors had said that it is upto God to save him. He was a Millionaire, had cars, bungalow and all the luxurious items in life but nothing could save him.
Death will definitely come but are we ready to accept it?  Even a 4 year old boy had 2 heart surgeries done. Parents are sad that their children are suffering at this age.
Another man who was an owner of Rs 2000 Crores had offices in about 200 countries in the world. His greed was like a banyan tree that keeps winding and winding. He once went to visit Acharyaji.
Acharyaji asked him,” If death comes or if you get an attack right away, what are your preparations?”
The man then brought his son to Acharyaji and said that he will wind up before March 31st and his son will handle the business if we likes to. He then retired and spent the rest of his life in religious work.
Another day will definitely come, but what is the guarantee that we would be there?
One can survive everything now a days, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.
So lets live life with love, forgive those who have hurt us and lets do all the good things right away.

Disease, Deadline, Destiny and Death will show us our real value within seconds. Blood tears might flow out of our eyes, but we will not be able to do anything. Lets take an oath that we will not do any more sin’s regardless of what sin’s we have done in the past. We will not do anything wrong anymore.
                                            Say No Entry to Evil. If not now, then when?



Pravachan – Day 20

 

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STRENGTH OF SIMPLICITY

Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple and the simple thing is the right thing. Sometimes we just need to know where to look for it or how to look for it. Nature is pleased with Simplicity.

A Shepard was once going with the flock of his goats. On the way the Shepard found a piece of glass. He tied it to the goats neck. After about 50 steps, a man stopped him and asked,” Can you give me the piece of glass that is tied to your goats neck?”. The Shepard asked,” How much will you pay?” The man said Rs 1/-.
The Shepard disagreed to give the glass piece. The man then asked it for Rs 5/-, yet the Shepard disagreed and said he would not give for anything less than Rs 50/-. The man still asked for Rs. 25/-. The Shepard disagreed and went away. As he walked further, another man came to him and gave Rs. 5000/- and took the glass piece from him. The first man who had asked for the glass piece came to the shepard’s house and asked the same for Rs. 50/- The shepard replied that he has already sold the glass piece for Rs 5000/- to another man. The man said,” You have been cheated as the glass piece was real diamond worth Rs one lakh. and you were given only Rs 5000/- for it.” The Shepard was smiling and he said,” I was not foolish to give the diamond for Rs 5000/- but you were as you knew the value of the diamond but still had asked me for Rs 50/- only!”

So what is the price and value of our life? God wants us to follow his path and principles and become like Him. Today all of us in the society want a high standard of living, but what about the standards of our thinking, feelings and Sharing.  Having standards is essential for determining the quality of the life we intend to live in.

1. Standard of Thinking:



People strive to increase their standard of living, but not their standard of thinking. A rich man wears only real diamonds and not imitation. If there is no space in the airport for landing a plane, the plane roams around in the sky until there is space in the airport. If there is no parking area for our car which is worth lakhs, would be park it in a garbage area? We don’t. Then why is our thinking so poor? We have wealth, cars, bungalow, good clothes and all the luxurious items in life but our standard of thinking is low.  We should have so much strength in us that we do not think or do bad no matter what happens. If someone driving a car splashes dirty water on us, what is our reaction? Once two friends met after a long time. One of them told the other that he has become healthier and is looking obese from far. As they came nearer, the friend said that he is not become obese but his body is swollen up. Likewise, a person with high standard of living might have a completely different personality. Our house, car, furniture, clothes, food are all of top class. Our standard of thinking should be of top class.
For eg. There was a man going on a cycle and another man was coming in his car from the opposite direction. There was no way to go. The man in the car got angry and said,” Can’t you give side to me? I do not give side to scoundrels.”  The man on the cycle replied that he gives side to scoundrels and gave way to the man in the car. This shows our level of thinking.
If we go to God’s temple and wish to put Rs 100/- in the donation box, and an old note and a new fresh note comes in your hand, which note would you feel like putting in the box? The new one or the old one? What is our mentality behind putting the old note in the box and keeping the new one?
In life, we have thought enough about what others have said or done to us, now it is time to think about ourselves and improve our standard of thinking.

2. Standard of Feelings:



The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. What are our feelings when we see a poor man? What were our feelings when thousands of people died in the Tsunami and the Kutch(in Gujarat) earthquake? A 26 year old boy was dead and his family members were crying, and some people were eating tobacco. Someone’s dead body is being cremated, and some people are playing with the mobile. Where are our feelings?  Our feelings are gone. There is no sorrow in our hearts for any of them. Just by wearing good clothes, we consider ourselves to be Gentlemen.
In the Gujarat earthquake many people died. Someone’s mother, someone’s wife, someone’s son were all dead. Some of their relatives from Mumbai went to Acharyaji to ask for the Chandan powder (वासषेप ) to sprinkle on the people who were stuck in the earth quake. They said their family members are dead but they want any sympathy . They want to immediately reach the place of earthquake to at least save other lives even if they lose their lives as there is no one behind them! Are our standard of feelings so high? We have so many cars, bungalows and all the luxuries in life but our feelings are NIL.

3. Standard of Sharing:



Thousands if candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Likewise, Happiness never decreases by Sharing and there is no delight in owning anything unshared. So what is the mentality in the field of sharing? Are we rich in this area? If there are extra chapati’s left in the night after everyone’s dinner, do we feel like giving those chapati’s to the needy person or we roast them and make khakra’s? If there is extra milk, do we feel like making curd with it or feel like giving it to some dog or cat? If there are old clothes in the house, do we give them to buy new vessels or give them to the needy?
Once Acharyaji asked everyone to collect all the old clothes from people so that they could donate it among the needy. One boy came to Acharyaji and gave his bag and told to specially take care of it. Acharyaji asked what was special in his bag?  The boy replied,” I don’t want any privilege but I thought why not donate new clothes instead of old cothes.” When the bag was opened, there were such good shirts and pants and each pant had Rs 500/- in it pocket. When Acharyaji had asked him why he had kept Rs 500/- in all the pockets he replied that the needy person who wears these good clothes should also have money in his pocket. This is called standard of sharing!

Advanced technology had ended all the goodness in us. We say we cannot live without our mobiles, but have we wondered what had happened after mobiles have come into our lives? There is no relations, no time, no health, no understanding, no shame and no virtues.

What would we like to be? God wants to be rich in the area of thinking, feelings and sharing rather than think of having a good standard of living. What we do when everyone is watching us defines our personality and what we do when no one is watching us defines our character.Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him. Do we want to improve our personality or character? If standard of living is our major objective, quality of life almost never improves, but if quality of life is our number one objective, our standard of living almost always improves! This is the strength in simplicity!

Pravachan – Day 19

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Meeting With Mind

Mind is the intellectual or rational faculty in man; the understanding, the intellect; the power that conceives; judges or reasons; also the entire spiritual nature; the soul. The Conscious mind consists of everything inside of our awareness.

There is a difference between Mind and Conscious Mind:
A beggar comes to us begging for something. Our Mind says No, but our conscious says Yes. Here the Mind stops us from doing good and the Conscious wants us to do good.
There was once a Bullock cart rider. His bulls were not moving forward even after beating them. He was worried that if the bulls don’t move, how would he reach his destination? A Saint was going on the way. He asked the man,” What are you doing?”
The man replied,” My bulls are not moving forward even after beating them.”
The Saint said,” What you are doing is wrong.”
The Saint then kept green grass at some distance from the bulls and the bulls started walking. He kept doing the same until the bulls reached the destination of 3 kms.The man told the saint that he did not know this technique earlier. The Saint replied that a Man’s mind is like this. Our mind keeps running and running behind the worldly things until the day of our death.

Guruji has discussed the following points to understand the Mind:
1. Minds Demand – Religion or Sin?



We pray to God for Wealth, Health, Beauty, Success, Name and Fame. In case our wish comes true some day, then what are our plans for the future? Our future plan is to be happy or to be sad, or to give what we have got as charity or spend on ourselves for luxurious items? In future if something good happens to you what are your plans? What would we like to do? What would we like to be?
A 5 year old boy once came to Guruji along with his father. Father informed Guruji that his son has controlled his mind and did not eat anything after sunset. Son informed Guruji that he gets Rs 10/- from his father for not eating after sunset. This went on for 4 months continuously. After 4 years the boy met Guruji again and said that he did not get Rs 10/- one day as he could not control his mind and had an ice cream at a wedding reception. Now he was 9 years old and had collected Rs. 14000/-
Guruji asked him,” What will you do with this money?”
The boy replied,” I wish to build a big temple with this huge amount of money”.
This shows that a small boy also can have such pure thoughts. Then why not we?
Suppose someone else gives us Rs 1 Crore and asks us to spend it as per our wish, then what are our plans? What would we like to do? Does our mind want luxuries, car, bungalow or  does our mind wish to give the money in charity or for doing some good work?
When we don’t have Rs 1 Crore, our mind does not think of building a temple and even when we don’t have Rs 1 Crore, we think of buying a Mercedes!
We have to leave the sins that we are doing and delete those sins of mind, that we have not yet done or have not got an opportunity to do and do not invite them as well.
It depends on us what we want to be or do.

2. Minds Demands -No Sorrow or Perfection?





What do we pray to God – In my life there should be no sorrow or In my life there should be no imperfection? We always think of reducing our sorrows in life, but do we think of making our selves perfect or at least try to remove some defects in us? Only the person who has the strength to remove imperfections can meet God. A Saint’s life does not attack Sorrow but on Imperfections. A Saint always tries to make himself perfect.
If some one invites us to their house and insults us, then what disturbs us? The fact that they insulted us or the fact that we hungry for respect? Did tears ever flow our of our eyes thinking about the imperfections in us?
Tulsidas completed the Ramayan. Ram then asked Tulsidas, ” What do you want?”
Tulsidas then asked Ram,” Did you attack Raavan’s Lanka because of your wish or because of Raavan’s wish?”
Ram replied,” Why would Raavan want me to attack Lanka? It was due to my own wish that I attacked Lanka.”
Tulsidas replied, ” In the same way, I want you to attack my heart and sit in my heart and remove all the imperfections in me”.
So why is there so much of insanity(madness) to end sorrow?
A man on the lower berth of the train was smoking and the smoke was irritating the one on the upper berth. He then asked him not to smoke. But the lower berth man said that he cannot do anything as the smoke’s nature is to go up.
The Upper berth man then poured water on the lower berth man. The man below shouted and asked what he was doing. The upper berth man replied that he cannot do anything as the water’s nature is to go down.
The lower berth man then stopped smoking. Likewise, a man’s nature is also similar.
What do we want to do? Remove sorrows from our life or remove imperfections?

3. Minds Demand – Clarification or Purification?





Mind is that which has interest in clarification and Conscious mind is that which has interest in Purification.
If someone points out at our mistakes do we try to give excuses and clarifications or accept the mistakes and try to change ourselves? What is our nature? Why do we always try to give clarifications for our mistakes and not try to actually correct them.  Every man makes a mistake.But it is in our hands to correct them.
For eg. A man is trying to learn car for the first time. He puts an L board on his car to let people know that he is learning. Does his ego hurt in this case? Does he think of what people think about him?  The Man actually feels safe that no one will dash him and also others are aware that the man is learning and will give him way and go.
The person who gives clarifications is slave to 4 things in life:
a.) Argument
b.) Thoughts
c.) Mind
d.) Ego
A heart that wants purification is not slave to any of these.
Today, we point out our parent’s mistakes and blame them. We have a feeling of hatred against anyone who tries to correct us. We have to actually accept our mistakes without arguing.
For eg. Once Acharyaji went with his disciple from house to house to take food( गोचरी). Some mistake happened by one of them. Their Guruji pointed out at Acharyaji even though it was not his mistake.
He then asked his Guruji in the moon light,” It was not my mistake but I was punished?”
Guruji then replied,” I saw the ability in you and hence I pointed out at you so that the mistake will not be repeated. But if you want, I will never point out at your mistakes the next time.”
Acharya ji started crying and fell on Guruji’s feet that he will never argue.
Acharyaji is today in front of us giving the preachings due to his Guruji who made him strong.
What is our attitude towards the person who points out at our mistake. Todays generation go to rave parties, drug parties and dress up vulgarly. Their Parents are not aware of what their children are upto. Parents are no more proud of their children and do not even care what their children are doing as they are not ready to listen to them. Parents are dumb in front of their parents as they cannot say anything. Children are not ready to listen to anything. We give clarifications all the time and don’t like anyone who points out at our mistakes.
If a Guru becomes silent in front of his disciple, the disciple is unfortuante.
A charity was going on in a temple and people were telling how much they can donate. The father declares rs 5 Lakhs and the son sitting behind,declares 11 Lakhs. The father comes to know that this is his own son and is very happy that his son is ahead him and will definitely take his legacy(विरासत) forward.
Even Sachin Tendulkar cannot clarify in front of the umpire even if he is given Out though he was not. He has to leave the field without argument though he is a champion.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

4. Minds Demand – Wall or Bridge?





What is our interest in? To build a wall with others or a bridge? When we go somewhere, what is our identity? What do people recognize us as? Do they recognize us as the one who builds relations with others or the one who breaks relations? The common factor between God, Saint and a Noble person is that they build bridges. The one who is interested in building walls can never become God, Saint or a Noble person.
A bridge brings the far ones close to us and a wall takes away the close one’s away from us.
For eg. Lord Mahavira had a glow of serenity and compassion on his face. Chandkaushik was angry as Lord Mahavira was standing on his land. He became very angry and blew poisonous venom towards Lord Mahavira 3 times. He also bit Lord Mahavira’s toe. But Lord Mahavira was not disturbed by this and also did not become angry. Lord Mahavira had love and affection for him.
So similarly, what is our identity in life? Do we want to build relations or break them?

Mind is one that talks but does not listen and Conscious is that one that listens but does not talk.
Let’s try not to have jealousy, anger or hatred feeling towards anyone.
Lets Meet our Mind!

 

Pravachan Day – 18

 

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Devotion in Excellence

Devotion and Faith is the essence of the path, and if we have in mind nothing but the Guru and feel nothing but fervent devotion, whatever occurs is perceived as his blessing. It is only through devotion, and devotion alone that we will realize the absolute truth. Our lives is the only meaningful expression of what we believe in and whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith.

The following story of Arjuna and Duryodhana explains it all:

Once, Lord Sri Krishna was lying down, resting, when Duryodhana and Arjuna arrived. Duryodhana entered first and sat near the head of  Sri Krishna. Arjuna sat near the feet of Sri Krishna. After a while the Lord opened his eyes, and first, naturally he could see the only the one near his feet and not his head.
Lord Sri Krishna asked, ” Arjuna, how come you are here at this moment?”
Duryodhana interrupted and said that he came first and then Sri Krishna realized that he was also there.
Sri Krishna then replied, ” Duryodhana, you came first, but I saw Arjuna first”.
Sri Krishna then turned towards Arjuna and said, ” Arjuna, what made you come here?”
Arjuna replied, ” Lord, you know what is going to happen. The war has become inevitable. We want your help.”
Sri Krishna said, ” What can I give you? I have two things. I have a large army called Narayani Sena; if you want it you can take it, Otherwise I am here, unarmed, doing nothing. I will merely sit and discuss this with you. I will not take part in the war. If you want such a man as I am, take me.Or if you think this is not going to be of any utility to you, take the large army which will help you.”
Arjuna replied, ” Lord, I want you only”
Duryodhana thought how foolish was Arjuna that he did not ask for the army.Immediately Duryodhana asked for the army.
Sri Krishna said, ” Take it”.
On being asked why Arjuna chose Sri Krishna, he replied,” You are everything for me Lord and I have chosen you”.Arjuna chose Sri Krishna over the large army and won the battle with the help of Sri Krishna.

Similarly what is our choice – God or Wealth? Mahabharata keeps going on in our mind. Sometimes we are Krishna, sometimes Ram, sometimes Duryodhana, sometimes Arjuna and sometimes Raavan.
If there is beggar begging us for something, our mind says No and our conscience says Yes. So here our mind is Duryodhana thinking of doing wrong and our heart is Arjuna that wants to do right.

1. Devotion towards Leader:



A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, we did it ourselves. The person who inspires others to dream more, do more, learn more and  become more is a Leader.

What is the difference between a Taxi and a Chariot(रथ)? In both, we sit behind and someone else drives.
But what is the main difference.? In a Taxi,we give instructions to the driver but a chariot does not move as per our wish. When Arjuna was on the chariot, Sri Krishna said, ” Have faith in me. I will take the chariot  where there is victory and you will win the battle.” Arjuna had faith in Sri Krishna and won the battle.
In our lives, who is our leader? Do we have devotion towards our leader?
A poor man makes a rich man his leader. Student needs a teacher, Devotee wants God, Disciple wants his Guru, Patient wants a Doctor. Even Gautam Swami had devotion towards Lord Mahavira,Shree Hanuman had utmost devotion towards Lord Ram, Arjuna had devotion towards Sri Krishna!
In any aspect of our life, we need the guidance of our Leader. A son needs the guidance of his father and a daughter-in-law needs the guidance of her mother-in-law. So who is our leader? Do we have devotion towards our leader? Even after possessing all the worldly materials, there is vacuum in our lives.We have to ask our selves whom do we want as our leader? Do we want to be independent or do we want a leader? Do we feel we are bounded when we have a leader or do we feel good?
When Indira Gandhi was shot dead, Rajiv Gandhi was filled with sadness that his mother was no more. But the same evening, he had to take the oath of the Prime Minister as the country cannot be without a leader.
In cricket, a captain is selected by the selection committee and the team has to accept and listen to its leader.
We know too much, but we feel very little. Parents are sent to old age home, we go to the temple without any feelings, we don’t want leaders in our life and don’t even want Parents to be our leaders!
But we are safe when we have a leader in our life. We do not have to worry as our leader is there to take decisions.

2. Border(मर्यादा):



In life, borders and limits are necessary. There has to be some principles in our life. As far as pleasures, we got to have limits. We should have limits while eating food, in spending money, while thinking, while seeing, while buying luxurious things.
The story of Sita crossing the Lakshman Rekha explains it all:
Before leaving Sita alone, Lakshmana drew a line that Sita should never cross. Sita promised not to cross, however, she crosses the line when Raavan disguised as a monk and came begging for food. Raavan fled taking away Sita along with him.
Another eg,., Draupadi once told Duryodhana ” Blind father’s blind son”. These words led to Mahabharata.
History is witness of Ramayana and Mahabharata for crossing the limits.
There is a boundary line even in cricket, kabaddi and society. Even a kite comes down after flying up due to gravitational force. This is the universal law and truth. Did we ever ask ourselves – what is my border?
On the road, there are traffic signals but if there is no police, we cross the signals as well.
In the olden days the dacoits also had their principles that they will not touch and hurt women and children, but in todays culture, sometimes even in a family, people are not safe.
Difference between END and AND is that if we have interest in END we are Worldly and if we have interest in AND we are Devotional.
Sometimes a leader is chosen under compulsion and a leader decides our border.

3. Order:



Order and simplifications are the first steps towards the mastery of a subject. On the road, if there is a traffic signal we cross it, however, if there is a police man, we are afraid of the penalty and don’t cross.
Do we have devotion towards Order of our leader? Acharya Shree asks,” What is my importance in your life- A traffic signal or police man as I am asking you to follow me and not giving you orders. It is upto you to obey or not”
Our thoughts are:
1. If I am good, Society thinks I am not as good as the society thinks I am.
2. If I not good, society thinks I am not so bad.

So lets Bring Leader, Border and Order in our lives to make our life worth living!

Pravachan – Day 17

 

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LIFE is BEAUTIFUL

Life is indeed beautiful for those who know how to live well. It is not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years that count. There are many things in life that will catch our eye, but only a few will catch our heart and we have to pursue those.
There are lots of beautiful things around us. It’s just a matter of how we see it and whether we’re able to realize it. In life, of course there are always some ups and downs. However, even in the most difficult situation, there’s always a beautiful thing. Everything happens for a reason.

A talk was going on between God and Darkness. Darkness was complaining to God that the Sun has been always after me even though there is no enmity between us”. God told this to the Sun. The Sun replied, ” Leave it to me, I will handle it, Ask darkness to meet me.”  But it is impossible for darkness to meet the sun, as where there is sunlight, darkness cannot exist.

In life, Money, Wealth, Power, Status etc., cannot bring us happiness. To make life beautiful we have to follow these rules:

1. Thoughts:



Situation, Things and People are not in our hands. In life any situation can occur, any thing can happen and people can also hurt, love or blame us. These are not under our control, however, our thoughts are under our control. Our thoughts have to be transparent like a crystal and clean like water.
A teacher asks his students to imagine this situation, ” Imagine you are locked in a room, no exit to go out and the room is completely dark and the building is on fire. How will you come out?”
One of the students replies, ” If this is the situation, why should we even imagine such things?”
Likewise thoughts our in hands. We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think. When the min is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Have we ever asked a Saint why he has chosen this path?
A Saint’s life is rough and tough but still they are happy because of the control on their thoughts. As days go by, a Saints thoughts become refined and in the end becomes pure.
There are two types of thoughts:
a.) Wrong Thoughts
b.) Bad Thoughts
Why so much of investment on wrong & bad thoughts.It is okay if we do not have money, wealth, status, power but we have to bring good thoughts in order to make our life beautiful. It is our responsibility to delete bad thoughts and it is not impossible to do.Bad thoughts do not come because of our culture.
We see a vulgar poster and it brings out the inner snakes out of us. We lie, cheat, hurt people for money which is never going to come along with us. Life’s court can forgive us for our mistakes but there is no forgiveness in the court of God.
If we do not want to disturb our thoughts the no one has the power to do so. Lord Mahavira did not disturb his thoughts even when a cow herder hammered nails in Lord Mahavira’s ears. Lord Mahavira did not bring Bad thoughts for the cow herder but instead prayed for him.
Every day at least for one hour lets try not to bring any bad thoughts to our mind and by chance if it comes then we have to take reverse action and stop such thoughts as thoughts do not come without invitation.

2. Sense(विवेक):



Sense is to know what is right and what is wrong. While buying vegetable, we pick up the good one’s, we remove stones from grains, likewise we have to choose the good and leave the bad.
We have to know what our eyes should see, ears should hear and tongue has to speak. For eg. Don’t watch anything on TV that challenges your sense, don’t speak or hear anything bad that challenges your sense.
In this generation, even an 8 year old has a mobile. There is TV in every room of our house. We have all the means and things in life that can spoil us. Why?  Is it compulsory? Think about it.
A Saint changes his walking path as a dog barks at him every day. The Saint changed the street so that the dog does not bark at him and he should not become the reason for the dog’s sins.
Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal Responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.

3. Trust(विश्वास):



Trust makes life work. We eat food prepared by others, drive on roads built by others, we rely, every day, actions of others, and we are relied upon in turn. Where trust fails chaos closes in. Our entire civilization relies on a singular faith that we can count on others. Where trust is thick, we walk out of our homes, go shopping, play in the park, knowing that we are safe, knowing that danger is rarity.
Think about 5 people in our life whom we trust completely. Today, a father does not trust his son, a husband does not trust his wife. People say that there is generation gap between a father and his son. There will always be a generation gap between a father and his son. A wife and her husband don’t have generation gap but still there is no trust or why do they quarrel? We are poor in the field of trust and not even confident in our selves.
Acharya Shree was travelling with his disciples on his way from Surat to Ahmedabad. But in the middle of his journey he got a mandatory message that they have to go to Mumbai. Acharya Shree took a diversion without any arguments or any question because of his unbeaten trust on his Guruji.
So we have to trust God. our parents, our family members and firstly ourselves.We should atleast have faith in them.

4.Love and Affection(वात्सल्य):



“Love all, Serve all”. We should have a feeling of love and kindness towards all beings – an ant, a dog, towards all other human beings and above all God.  A true believer is one with whom others feel secure, one who returns love for hatred, like a baby feels secure in his mothers arms.
If our son sits to have his lunch, we feed him with love. If two other of his friends come home, would we feed them with the same love? Why the difference?
An old man was so kind and filled with affection for all. His son gave him an overcoat as it was very cold. When he came back after an hour he did not have the overcoat. On being asked by his son, the man replied ” On my way back, few puppies were born and were shivering from cold. So I covered the puppies with the coat to protect them from winter.” Another day, the son’s wife does not find her expensive saree which was drying on the rope. She asks her husband about the same and the husband then thinks that his father must have done something. He calls his father and asks. The father replies, ” I was standing outside in the gallery and a beggar was begging for something. I found the saree on the rope and gave it off to the beggar.”
The son remembers his fathers good deeds after his death. He prays some virtues in him must be like his father.

5. Relax:



The art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in great men.  A person who flies the kite for the whole day, rests and relaxes in the evening.Birds that fly in the sky throughout the day also rest in the night. Similarly, Guruji says that all people above 55 years of age have to retire and dedicate their time for God. We can take out time to go to the temple.m blind school, old age home etc. We have to use this time to do all the good things that we thought of, however, were never able to do.
If we want to be happy, today is the day,
If we want to do some good deed, today is the last day!

All these above mentioned points are Universal Truth to make Life beautiful.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle and the other is as though everything is a miracle. Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when your riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts.put your vision to reality. Wake up and Live!

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