May 31, 2009
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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May 30, 2009
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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