The world itself is a teacher that is always teaching
the individual soul by constantly showering unhappiness and pain, thereby
feeding detachment. This detachment from
the world constantly pushes the soul towards God. Maya is like the loving
mother who slaps her child so that the child does not walk on the wrong path,
and pushes the child towards God.***********
One who aspires for Divine love should aim to be more humble than a
blade of grass and more forbearing than a tree. Believe all to be
superior to oneself, and
believe oneself to be the most sinful of all.
This feeling will destroy the ego and give rise to true humility, only
then will the mind and heart be purified.
Do not bear ill-will toward anyone, even those who bear ill-will toward you.
Remain neutral. Even if someone
has committed sins, a true aspirant should not think or speak of them. Prior to God-realization everyone in the world
is a sinner. It does not take more than
a moment for a great aspirant to fall and for a sinner to rise.
*************Just as by watering the root of a tree, its
branches, leaves, flowers and fruits etc. automatically receive water, in the
same way all the various gods and goddesses are automatically worshipped when
the Supreme Lord Krishna is worshipped. But on the other hand, if one puts water on all the leaves, flowers,
branches and fruits of a tree without watering the root, the tree would dry up
eventually (in a very short amount of time). Likewise, even if one worships all the heavenly gods and goddesses, this
worship is absolutely useless unless and until the Supreme Lord Krishna is
Devotion exists in all, in the offender as well as
the virtuous. It is natural for devotion to be in the heart of the
virtuous ones, but it is also within the wrongdoer. In other words, if a
very evil individual practices exclusive devotion, he should be regarded a
pious man, for he has understood the truth. His evil ways will come to an
end with the grace of God.
Reserve some time for God every day. Never miss an appointment with Him. Besides, thinking of Him while you perform
your daily chores, spend some time alone with Him. Do not think that this is craziness and mere
imagination. The fact is that God alone
is real, all else is imaginary.
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The purpose of this contest is to promote a sound understanding of our
Vedic culture so that children will be able to apply teachings from the
Vedas, Gita and Upanishads in their day-to-day life.
Swamiji successfully completed his lecture series in
Bhawanipatna, Orissa. It was held in Lal
Bahadur Shastri stadium. Swamiji was
visiting this town after a long gap of 12 years. It was very nostalgic for many of the devotees
to meet Swamiji and listen to his Divine words after so many years.
Swamiji delivered a
captivating lecture on the topic, 'Aim
of Life' at Saraswati Science Institute in Bhawanipatna, Orissa on 30th
On the last day of the program (5th
December) a 'Nagar Parikrama' was organized. Hundreds of people participated, dancing in the procession through the
whole city for over 2 hours. Joyous
kirtans and bhajans filled the streets of Bhawanipatna and the general public was happy to join in and sing along.
Swamiji delivered a lecture on the topic, 'Raj Vidya' in Govt. Autonomous
Orissa on 1st December. It was attended
by hundreds of students, staff and faculty of the college. Swamiji was felicitated by the Principal of
the college and the other dignitaries present for the occasion.
Swamiji spent a fun filled day with
devotees at a special spiritual picnic in Bhawanipatna on 6th December.
Devotees were treated to joyous kirtans
and exclusive time with Swamiji. There
was a bhajan competition, quiz competition, leela description, singing, and dancing
to keep people of all ages engrossed and entertained all day long!
Swamiji is currently in Berhampur, Orissa for a
fifteen-day lecture series. The venue is
overflowing with over 10,000 people attending the lecture everyday. The program will be completed on the 23rd of December
after which Swamiji will proceed to Rairangpur, Orissa.
Swamiji delivered a remarkable lecture on the topic 'The Spiritual Art of Good Health Through
Yog, Meditation and Devotion' on 8th December at MCKG Medical
College in Berhampur,
Orissa. Many students and professors were
thrilled to learn about the deep insights that spirituality can offer in
treating disorders that affect the human mind.
Swamiji was at the 'Saraswati Shishu Mandir'
in Berhampur, where he addressed a large student gathering. Swamiji
spoke about the importance of moral and spiritual values in today's
life, and how to inculcate these timeless virtues as a part of the
character buidling process.
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Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
Graces of God
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
There are many forms of grace, but three of them are
considered to be of great significance: attaining a human birth, having a desire
for God-realization, and meeting a saint. If we could realize the significance of human birth, it would not even
take a day to attain God. The human body
is so important that even Indra, the king of heaven,
who is worshipped by human beings, desires to be born as a human himself. The human body is a very complex machine and
there is no other body as complex as that of a human. We strive to maintain a
very healthy body, yet suffer from many an ailment due to improper
habits and the prevailing environment. In
addition, an average human suffers innumerable miseries as a resullt of illness
and death of loved ones. It is amazing how we humans are able to
continue living. However, there is a
wonderful power that we humans possess - knowledge. jñānaṁ hi teṣhāṁ adhikaḥ
There is no
other creature, with the exception of celestial Gods in heaven that can match the
faculty of knowledge that we human beings possess. We have the power to comprehend who we are, the
nature of our body, this world, God, bliss, sorrow, etc. We can inquire into what causes sorrow, and
how to eliminate the root cause of all sorrows.
We have the power to understand and take the appropriate steps to find
the cure. Countless fellow humans, like Tulsidas,
Kabirdas, Meera, Nanak and Tukaram, have accomplished this. It is the gift of knowledge that gives
immense significance and value to the human body.
possess greater knowledge than us, but they cannot do sadhana, or devotion. They are only permitted to enjoy heavenly
pleasures, which are temporary. Also,
heavenly happiness is not pure happiness.
There is a mixture of sorrow in it.
There is constant hankering to attain a higher level of happiness, very similar to
what happens on earth. The mental
diseases that torture us humans also befall those who dwell in heaven. Consequently, heaven and this world are similar,
since both are subject to sorrow, restlessness, dissatisfaction, lust, anger,
greed, attachment, envy and pride. The
difference is that, we humans can work on improving ourselves (by doing sadhana), whereas celestial
gods cannot. It is impossible to earn in
heaven, since one only enjoys the rewards of his past karm. There is no option of performing new karm in heaven.
So, the first grace
of God is that He gives us a human body. Just think how important a
grace this is.
Granted that we attained human birth due to our own actions, but it was
who took note of our actions, and rewarded us by making us human.
God did all this for us. Actions cannot yield results on their
own. Let us say you
donated $100,000. This act of charity will not yield fruit by
itself. God will have to intervene and give you the
fruits of your donation. So, God is
merciful in that He rewards us for our actions.
Otherwise, we would never have attained human birth.
kabahuṁk kari karuṇā nar dehī | det īśh binu hetu sanehī ||
gifted us a human body due to His compassionate nature. Reflect
upon this repeatedly; reflect upon
this fact thousands of times. We are
suffering because we fail to contemplate properly. What are we
thinking? "How should I spend my time?" We are constantly
planning on how to earn
more wealth, constructing a house and leaving behind a large fortune
and kids. There seems to be no concern
about our own spiritual upliftment. We
must think about why we have come to this world. Our lives are
wasted in planning how to make
the body happy, and we work towards those plans. Still, we fail
because our desires keep
tormenting us. We may sleep on a bed of
gold studded with diamonds, but we still suffer from inside.
Happiness comes from within, not from
So, there is no
question of attaining happiness from the objects of the world. In fact, this world is full of stress and
anxiety. The greater the wealth,
beauty and talent one possesses, more are the worries. Worldly
opulence does not bring about happiness. The power of knowledge that we have been blessed with in this human
form, should be used towards reaching our goal by surrendering to God and Guru. And we should be in a great hurry to reach
our goal. We have no idea how long or
short our life is. There are no
guarantees. A child may die immediately
after birth. A young man may die in an
accident right after graduation. We see
this taking place every single day. So,
we cannot afford to procrastinate.
to his little friends, "Do not wait for youth." Hurry up. It may never arrive. Similarly,
do not wait for old age. Do not think
you are too young. Life is uncertain;
death is certain. We say, "Dead sure." When it is time to die, there is no power on
earth that can save us. Abhimanyu, the
nephew of Lord Krishna and the son of Arjun was killed at a young age. His wife Uttara was widowed at the age of
sixteen. Imagine! even Lord Krishna, Arjun and Ved Vyas could not
save Abhimanyu. Everyone will die at the designated time; reciting
prayers will not help.
Therefore, it must be
kept in mind that this human body is subject to destruction. A saint by the name of Narayan has said:
do bātan ko
bhuli mat jo chahasi kalyān
nārāyaṇ ik maut
ko, duje śhrī bhagavān
Along with God, keep death in mind. Do not wait or procrastinate. Procrastination has wasted countless lives of
The second grace
is that we have a desire for God-realization. We souls receive a human
form with the grace of God. This is the only form of life where a
can practice devotion and attain God. To
be able to practice devotion, we need the grace of God. This
grace comes in the form of 'desire for God-realization'.
If we have the hunger to meet God, only then will we try to attain Him. Only a few deserving souls have got this
hunger by the grace of God. We can see
all around us, there are nearly seven billions humans. How many of us have the real desire to meet God?
Most of us are
busy with our daily lives. We may have
even heard to the teachings of a great Saint, dispelling all our doubts. Yet, if we do not have the desire to progress
on the path of devotion, the human form of life will be a waste. Hence, we have to realize the grace of God and
try to develop the desire to meet Him.
We must understand that true happiness is not in this world, but in God
alone. This will help increase our
desire to meet Him. God will surely notice our efforts and grace us such that
the desire increases. And this will lead
us to the third grace, which is meeting a true Saint.
The last grace
is beyond both these graces, and is said to be millions of times
any other grace. And that is, meeting
with a real Saint - someone who has theoretical knowledge of the
well as practical experience of God. The opportunity to
meet a true Saint is very
rare. And it is even more difficult to
have faith in a Saint. Understanding the divine knowledge from
the Saint is even more difficult. After this, there is no further
grace to be
had from God or Guru. We have attained everything there is to attain -
form, birth in India,
association with a Saint, faith in the Saint, and knowledge of what to
do. If we still do not practice sadhana and attain God, then:
ātam han gati
īśhvarahiṁ mithyā doṣh lagāi
have been blessed in every possible
way, what are you waiting for?" Yet,
we humans come up with many lame excuses. "Oh, my time to
devotion has not yet come. When the time arrives, I will do
it." Another says, "When God inspires me
from within, it will happen naturally." Someone says, "It is not
in my destiny to practice devotion." These
excuses are preventing us from going towards God. This is why the
devotee says, "O Lord! You gave me everything, but I
procrastinated." We kept on saying, "I
will do it; I will do it," and saying this, we breathed our last.
We must no longer procrastinate. We must put our plan into
and begin our sadhana, or devotion at the
It is of prime importance that we realize
these three important graces of God and follow our Guru's instructions to reach
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda
Continuing from the last month...
These are the next lines of the series "Sadhana Karu Pyare".
sādhanā meṁ hai pramukh man, indriyāṁ nahiṁ pyāre
bandhan kā kāraṇ, ek man hī pyāre
hari dhyān man te, jaisī ruchi ho pyāre
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj now
begins to explain how we should do sadhana
or devotion. He says that in practicing devotion, the involvement
of the mind is the foremost thing and not the material senses.
Why does he say that? This is because, in this material world,
external behavior and manners take precedence. By external
behavior we mean etiquette. For example,
we say "Sorry" and "Thank You". These
days, people use these words without any feeling. A "Sorry"
denotes that a mistake has been
done. But there is no real regret, and we
merely say it as a matter of etiquette.
While walking, people greet each other, "Jai Siya Ram!", which means
Namaste. Similarly, people say, "How are you?" In reality, they do not
genuinely care how
you are doing. Now, if you start telling
all about yourself and your worries, they will get irritated.
They would wonder, "Why did I ever ask him in
the first place?"
So, in this material
world, etiquette is followed, and it is just an external act. When two
people cross each other while walking, they say, "Good Morning!", even
though they do not know each other. There is no feeling
from the inside; rather
it has become a mere formality.
God says that acts such as ostentation, craftiness,
artificiality, deception and superficial words are of no importance in the
spiritual realm. God says, "I will only consider the feelings in your mind."
You do not have to say the word "Ram" even once but you have to feel from the
inside. God will note the feelings in
your mind, and accordingly reward you with divine results.
There was a boy
in India. He was reciting the Hindi alphabet to God,
'Ka', 'Kha', 'Ga', 'Gha'. A saint came
by and asked him, "What are you doing?" He said, "I am praying to
God." The saint said, "Is this how you say your
prayers?" The boy said, "I do not have
the intelligence to recite a prayer, and hence, I am just reciting the
alphabets to God and asking Him to make a prayer of His choice. I
simply want to make Him happy." The saint replied, "All glories
innocence. God is attracted to such
innocent behavior, where there is no deception or pretence." So,
Kripaluji Maharaj says that in this
spiritual realm, the mind plays a vital role.
We have to train our mind to think in the right direction.
This mind alone
is the cause of liberation and bondage.
Our mind's attachment to the material world has kept us bound to the
cycle of birth and death. When we train
the mind to detach itself from the material world and concentrate on God, we
are actually attempting to cleanse our mind.
In this context,
let us take a look at the views expressed by philosophers from around the
world. John Milton said, "The mind is a thing of its own. It can make heaven out of hell, and hell out
of heaven." This mind is so unique that
it can give you the experience of heaven while being seated in hell, and make
you feel like hell while living in heaven.
It is through the mind that we experience happiness and sorrow. The mind gives us the feeling of pleasure and
Sigmund Freud, popularly known as
the father of Psychology, stated that the nature of the mind is to be tense and unhappy. This is a fact that
can never be changed. It is a waste of
time even to try it. Another well known
philosopher from the West, Arthur Schopenhauer,
said, "The mind keeps oscillating like a pendulum between happiness and
pain. It will always keep wavering
between these two states and nobody can change this principle."
of you may have heard the name of Bertrand
Russell, the famous English writer of the last century. He said
that the mind is constantly troubled. You can only do one thing,
engage this mind
in some work. By engaging the mind in
some work, it will be less distraught.
An idle mind is a devil's workshop.
This principle is partially correct, but it is no cure.
So, we see that without
the help of spiritual knowledge, Western philosophers lose the battle against
the mind. Shankarachaya said:
mano hī yen"Who
will be victorious in this world? The one who can control his
mind." This is a
wonderful example of the lofty thinking that our Indian philosophers
thousands of years ago. There is no parallel for such thinking in the
Western culture. In India, we have utilized spirituality
to control our mind. There was a saint
called Swami Ramtirth. He visited the United States
and preached a lot about hatha yoga
since he was a hatha yogi, or the one who practices severe physical austerities. His weakness was that he would get tempted by
apples. To beat this temptation, he took
an apple, placed it in front of him on a table and watched it. After three days the apple started to rot.
Yet, he kept that apple on the table.
The apple decomposed further. He
now said, "O mind! are you tempted by this apple? Eat this." So, these 'spiritual' hatha yogis do hath,
the practice of obstinacy or stubbornness on their mind and try to win the
battle against it.
Maharaj says, "This will also not work.
Your power of practicing hath
i.e. your 'will power' is limited and maya,
or the eternally existing, lifeless, cosmic power of God is unlimited. Therefore,
your will power is bound to fail in front of the power of maya." If you want to win
and control your mind, there is only one solution - surrender yourself to a
spiritual power. By surrendering to a
spiritual power, God will bestow His Grace and you can control your mind.
Shree Krishna says
in the Bhagavad Geeta:
daivī hyaiṣhā guṇamayī
mam māyā duratyayā"Arjun! This maya power of God is very difficult to
māmev ye prapadyante māyāmetāṁ taranti te
If you come to my shelter alone
and surrender completely to me, I will free you from the clutches of maya." How do we conquer our mind? By remembering and meditating upon God. There are innumerable organizations that
teach meditation. Some meditate upon an imaginary circle, some mediate upon the
pranas. It is intriguing to see
someone meditating upon prana instead of God.
Our Guru teaches us to mediate upon God, which
means we have to meditate upon the form of God. Along with this, we can also
chant His Divine Name and Pastimes, sing kirtans that will be helpful in the
remembrance of God. If we involve our
material senses in the spiritual area, it will be easier to attach our mind in
God. But this is not compulsory. If you
do not feel like doing kirtans, you can simply meditate upon the form of
God. But it should not turn out that you
neither contemplate on God nor sing His kirtans. So, to be safe, the best thing
is to chant His names, sing His virtues, listen to His Divine words, and
remember Him with the mind. This type of bhakti called tridha bhakti has
been accepted and taught by many saints, and Kripaluji Maharaj has also recommended
śhrī kṛiṣhṇaṁ smaraṇaṁ
manasā vachasā saras kīrtanaṁ |
nityaṁ tridhābhaktirgarīyasī ||
says, "Remember and contemplate Shree Krishna with your mind, sing the glories
of Shree Krishna by chanting kirtans and hear to beautiful kirtans." This tridha
bhakti is the best and most powerful. It is because of the power of tridha
bhakti that in this sadhana camp we are engaging in devotion day and night.
If we were practicing some other kind of devotion, we would not experience that
Bliss, and we would lose interest in 2 or 3 hours. For example, when we sit
to perform a yagya, fire sacrifice, we can hardly sit for a couple hours
without getting distracted. We start to think, "When will this get over? I
cannot understand the mantras that the pundit is chanting, nor am I able to
enjoy the Bliss of God."
is the grace of our Guru that he has gifted us this simplest and very sweet
form of bhakti that helps us attach our mind to God. Hence, tridha
bhakti is the easiest and best for people of this age since the three
primary senses (mouth, ears and mind) are engaged in remembrance of God.
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areas including poerty, moral stories, art work, etc. Their work may be
show cased on the JKYog website.
for the young is very important to develop their personality from
within. With moral and spiritual development, a child is better
equipped than his or her peers to tackle the challenges of today's
world and overcome them.
Here are some tips to encourage devotion in kids:
Think Krishna to be your best friend and imagine that you are playing,
walking with Him. Do all actions keeping Him with
you. When you are alone, just think of Krishna and do not feel
lonely. Keep in mind that He is always there with you, helps and
protects you every moment.
* When you are doing your homework, imagine He is sitting next to you and helping you.
You must believe in Him and believe that He will surely help you.
He is always yours. He talks to you in your mind. Krishna
never forgets you even for a single moment. The coolest thing is
that nobody will know you are talking!
* Don't think, "When I grow up, I will start remembering God." Start now.
Chant the Name of "Radhey Shyam" constantly and silently. Say
"Radhey" within your mind when you breathe in, and say "Shyam" within
your mind when you breathe out.
* Avoid bad company.
Every night before retiring to bed, recall and count the number of
wrong deeds you committed for the day and pray for forgiveness, whether
it was done knowingly or unknowingly. Resolve to correct yourself
and not to commit the same mistake again.
respect to everyone. Never fight with others and hurt anyone by
your bad behavior. Realize that God resides in everyone's heart.
* Never feel lonely or alone. Don't get angry. Try to be nice to everyone.
festivals are famous the world over for their lively spirit, vibrant
colors, exotic cuisine and the endless celebrations that accompany
them. Arranged below in a jumble are the names of the most famous
festivals from India. Find them!
2. KSRAHA BNADHNA
- A festival of colors and spring.
- A festival which celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters.
- The festival of lights and Lakshmi.
- Celebration of victory of Shree Ram over demon king Ravana.
- Birthday of Lord Krishna.
Answers to the Jumbled Words
True surrender to God
and a spiritual Guru is considered only when one
surrenders the (pure) mind completely to God
and the Guru. The most important aspect for any true seva, sincere devotion, spiritual
sadhana and true surrender to God and the Guru is attaching and
surrendering one's mind completely to God and the Guru. Then a logical question would be that how
can one categorize the mind to be material and not spiritual, when the
only prerequisite for any true spiritual activity, seva or sadhana, is surrendering the mind completely to God and the
confusions in philosophy arise not because of haziness in concepts, but because
of duality in the meanings of words and expressions. Some of your confusion
seems to be for the same reason.
The categorization of the mind as spiritual or
material can be done in two ways:
Whatever is connected with God
is spiritual and whatever is not connected with Him is material. So if the mind is engaged in worldly
thoughts, the consciousness and the mind are material. But if the mind is engaged in thinking of God,
then the consciousness and the mind are spiritual.
Whatever belongs to the realm
of the material energy, maya, is
material. And whatever belongs to the
realm of the Divine energy, yogamaya, is
spiritual. From this perspective, before God-realization, all of us possess a
material mind. It will become spiritual
only at the time of God-realization.
When God instructs us to surrender the mind
to Him, He does not expect us to surrender a spiritual mind. He
knows that we do not possess one. For example, when a primary
evaluates her students, she does so according to their level, and not
to college standards. She does not say,
"Why did you not write as well as students in college do?" Similarly
God too does
not say, "You will attain Me only when you surrender a spiritual mind
for He knows that all we possess is a material mind.
This material mind is made from the three
modes of material nature, sattva guna,
rajo guna, tamo guna, or modes of goodness, passion and ignorance. Because of the presence of these three gunas, it is considered impure. However, even such a material mind has the
capacity to think of God, and harbour devotional sentiments towards Him. That is all that God asks us to do in the
manmana bhava madbhakto...(Bhagavad Geeta)
Shree Krishna instructs Arjuna to, "Always think of Me." And when we follow His instruction, God
begins adding His Divine energy into our mind.
That is called shuddha sattva or
yogamaya. This Divine energy first destroys the modes of
ignorance and passion, and then at the stage of bhav bhakti, it destroys the mode of goodness as well. Then the mind becomes pure, or spiritual, and
the vessel is ready for the ultimate Grace. In that vessel of the spiritual mind, God
bestows Divine love to the soul, and destroys the bondage of maya for the rest of eternity.
In this manner, whatever may be the present
state of the mind, we must engage it, to the best of our efforts, in devotion
to God. This will gradually transform
its nature from material to spiritual. Once it is spiritualized, we will not
have to take it towards God; it will be united with Him permanently. I hope
that clarifies your doubt.
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Om (also spelled Aum)
is a Hindu sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras.
The syllable Om is
composed of the three sounds
a-u-m (in Sanskrit, the vowels a and u combine to become o) and the symbol's
threefold nature is central to its meaning. It represents several important
* the three worlds - earth,
atmosphere, and heaven
* the three major Hindu gods -
Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva
* the three sacred Vedic
scriptures - Rig, Yajur, and Sama
Thus Om mystically
embodies the essence of the entire
universe. This meaning is further deepened by the Indian
philosophical belief that God first created sound and the universe arose from
it. As the most sacred sound, Om is the root
of the universe and everything that exists and it continues to hold everything
In the Puranas,
the syllable Om became associated in various
ways with the major Hindu devotional sects. Shaivites mark the lingam (a symbol
of Shiva) with the
symbol for Om, while Vaishnavites identify the
three sounds as referring to the trinity of Vishnu, his wife Sri, and the worshiper. Om is spoken
at the beginning and the end of Hindu
mantras, prayers, and meditation and is frequently used in Buddhist
and Jain rituals as well.
|Jagadguru Kripalu Yog
Stand-up straight. Keep a distance of
about 2 feet between the legs. Interlock the fingers and stretch it above your
head, palms facing upward, inhale (Radhey) in this position. Now, exhale
(Shyam) and simultaneously bend from the waist sideways to the right. Remain in this
position for five seconds. Come back to the standing, upright position while inhaling
(Radhey). Repeat on either side, 5 times each.
Same as Tadasan. Stretches the sides of the waist, and tones
the muscles and nervous system. It releases vital energy in the body. It is the
second asan for Shankhaprakshalan.