September 27, 2008
Remembrance is an Action
It is true that the guru should do everything; and that he unfailingly does. But we should examine if we are really worthy disciples. What else is required to transcend body-consciousness, except to abide by the word of the guru? If I reflect on the thought, ‘I am not the body’ I shall sometime transcend body-consciousness. Alternatively, I say, ‘God is mine.’ so that I forget body-consciousness.
I tell you on the authority of Samartha Ramadas, ‘take care of your moral discipline, and whatever be the circumstances, do not forget nama.’ He is a real devotee who says, ‘Whatever I do is for God.’ One has to become an excellent devotee for elimination of doership. To aspire for nothing other than God is the sign of an excellent devotee. That obstacle which holds God off from us is a true obstacle. That period which is spent in the remembrance of God is a happy period. Remembrance is an action and forgetting is a natural impulse. Remembrance is like an offering to the fire, and anhilitating ego is a complete final offering. The impulse must be submerged with God. We instinctively remember sense pleasures as they have taken complete possession of us. But remembering God has to be intentional. It is not so easy but not so difficult either. It is possible for human beings to do it.
Devotion to God is naturally achievable. It can be achieved by constant awareness of God. This awareness must be consciously maintained; then experience will come early. A sentry on duty is vigilant; similarly, if awareness of God is maintained consciously, worldly desires will be destroyed. There should not be the least slackness in this awareness; else desires will get an opportunity, like a thief.
Fever gives a bitter taste to the mouth, which remains even with rubbing sugar on. The bitter sense disappears only when fever is gone. Similarly, the sense of pain and sorrow leaves us only when we have unbroken awareness of God. So free yourself from the attachment to prapancha, then alone you will really enjoy family life. Just as a lamp kept on the threshold lights both sides, awareness of God throws light on paramartha as well as prapancha. Keeping God at the base of our attention towards prapancha is awareness of God or anusandhana.
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September 25, 2008
How to Maintain Unbroken Awareness of God
God has gifted us with intellect and we use it for our work; this means that God himself gets the work done by us. With the faith that everything happens only by His inspiration, you develop love for God. Do everything for God and you will not be affected with sin or merit.
Once Kabeer had some guests. There was nothing in the house. Tradition requires guests to be regarded as God. So Kabeer stole just enough grain to feed them. Stealing is a crime; but, in stealing for God, there is no sin. Remembering God, at least after a deed and dedicating it to Him, will reduce pride and develop love for God.
Resolve firmly, ‘I belong to God and not to the world.’ This resolution should be as firm as the conviction that, I am a human being. This, however, may be difficult to achieve. The next, simpler way is to maintain the faith in the heart that whatever is happening is according to the inspiration, power, and will of God. If this also is not possible, maintain unbroken remembrance of God by chanting nama aloud by tongue. In this process of awareness the mind is constantly attached to God. At present we are going in the opposite direction. We physically worship God, go for pilgrimages, etc; but our mind is attached to prapancha.
A daughter-in-law labours hard for everybody in the family, but in her heart she is for her husband alone. Similarly, we should do everything required for everybody in the family, but in the mind constantly maintain the awareness, ‘I belong to Rama’. When we enter a train, various things may happen, we may have to stand, we meet a variety of people; but later, we forget all this in the happiness of reaching our destination. Similarly, our aim is God, and we remain in His awareness; the difficulties in the worldly life get only transitory importance. Nama should be chanted for His grace, and not for fulfillment of worldly desires. Nama alone will help us attain the aim.
Like God, we should be aloof from prapancha while being in it. Learn to look at the body as a detached spectator. If this is not possible, while attending to the worldly affairs, maintain constant awareness of God. You may forget what you have read, seen, or done, but the awareness of God firmly held in the heart will never be forgotten.
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September 21, 2008
Mind Reading should Begin from One’s Own Self.
It is no great art or acquisition to be able to read the mind of others. If your mind is in tune with that of the other person, you can read his mind; but this will be possible only if your mind is pure. There is a certain discipline, for achieving this. So long as this discipline is practised this power exists. When it stops the power is lost. One who uses such power commercially, need not necessarily be graced by God; and it is worthless if God’s grace is not there.
It is not essential to know each other’s language for knowing the mind. Suppose a beggar from a different region comes to your door-step and sings in his language. You cannot understand his song, but you certainly understand that he is begging. Similarly, one may understand the broad outline of the thoughts in the other person’s mind. It does not matter if the actual meaning of the words is not understood. If the listener comes with a keen interest, he automatically understands the essence of the speech. However, if the listener is not keen, then in spite of the clarity of the speaker, he does not really understand. Philosophical thought is eternal, never-changing. It has to be expounded in different languages according to the needs of place and time. Suppose we are travelling in a train. We remain on our seat but are moving with the train continuously. Similarly, if we stick to God, we shall reach our destination.
The lesson to learn from Rama’s life is that while in this human body, you should do your duty properly in respect of everyone. Stand before Rama and tell Him, ‘I am doing such and such a thing;’ and then do it. Remember God while doing the work. You will then feel contented. If you remember, ‘whatever I do is due to the grace of God,’ how can pride grow? Focus the searchlight inwardly on yourself. Find out where you have gone wrong. Don’t learn logic and become merely argumentative. Do not scrutinize the sayings of saints, for they are based on their personal experience. Their advice is in very straight-forward language. People start their scrutiny from the question, whether God exists or not; they get confused; and ultimately their progress is thwarted. Scrutiny must be done accepting God as a fact.
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