JKY e-Magazine, Issue No. 10                                       April 2010

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In This Issue
Gems of Wisdom - Shree Maharajji
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Kaamanaaye-Desires - Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana - Swami Mukundananda
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Trivia Time
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Those, whose hearts and minds are engrossed in Shree Krishna's love, are so contented that they do not desire anything else.  Even the greatest worldly achievements, the ultimate glory of mayic realm do not attract them.
The path of devotion is free from all conditions of time, place, rituals, manners, etc.  All that is required is to love Shree Krishna selflessly with a simple heart.
Remembrance or chanting is not a mechanical repetition of the name without love. It should be with a heart filled with love and eyes wet with tears.
Finding faults in others has two harmful effects.  Firstly, that fault will enter our mind and make our heart dirty and impure. Secondly, finding faults in others increases one's ego and pride.  This is one of the biggest obstacles in devotion.
By selflessly loving God and Guru, a devotee can never fall down in the path of devotion.  By following God and Guru's instructions one can speedily progress in this path.
Having respect for others without seeking any compliments, being humble and always forgiving, all of these virtues can be expressed in one word Humility. It is the foundation of devotion.  Devotion starts, stays and develops only on the basis of humbleness.

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Silver Spring, MD
May 2nd - May 8th

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May 9th - May 14th

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May 16th - May 21st

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May 22nd - May 27th

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A spiritual picnic was organized on April 10th at Lal Mandir, Delhi.  Swamiji spent a fun-filled day with all devotees gathered there. Devotees participated joyously in singing kirtans along with Swamiji.  There was a bhajan competition, Shree Radha's childhood leela narration, prasadam, parikrama  and Q & A session.


Swamiji gave a captivating speech on the topic "Spirituality in Management" in NALCO, Bhubaneshwar on April 15th.  The talk was followed by an enthusiastic session of Questions & Answers.

Leadership Conclave of
 IIT Delhi

The Alumni Association of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, organized a "Leadership Conclave" at Sheraton, New Delhi, on April 17th. 

Alumni of the prestigious Institute who had attained exceptional leadership position in industry and society participated in it.

Swami Mukundananda, alumnus of 1982 batch, was invited to speak on the topic, "Alumni Success and Social Responsibility."  His talk was warmly applauded by the delegates of the conclave.

Haridwar Sadhana Shivir

A three day Sadhana Shivir was held at Prem Nagar Ashram in Haridwar from 23rd to 25th April.  More than 2500 devotees from different centers of Orissa, Gujarat, Delhi, Indore, Nepal and Haridwar took part in this Sadhana Program. 
From early morning till late in the night, devotees were fully immersed in Bhajans & Kirtans, Yoga a
nd 'Roopdhyan' Meditation, under the guidance of Swami Mukundananda.

The highlight of the shivir was an enlightening series of discourses on
"Narad Bhakti Darshan", by Swamiji, every morning and evening.


A special
'Ganga Aarti' was done by Swamiji along with thousands of devotees. Devotees also had the golden chance to do seva in the ashram during the sadhana program. They felt fortunate and blessed to participate in this program in the blissful presence of Swamiji.

Devotees in USA!  Do try to attend the Philadelphia Retreat and be a part of the special spiritual holiday with Swamiji.
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by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj


Continuing from the previous issue....

When we realize the true knowledge that the material world is made for the body, the soul is Divine and a part of God, and that God is the real subject of the soul, we will then desire for God.

Here is another example.  Till the age of 18 years, a girl stays at her father's place.  She considers her father's property as hers - the car, house and all the luxuries at home.  If anything is lost, she will feel equally bad, as her father does.  When she brings home her friends, she tells them that everything is hers. Now, when she gets engaged and married to a person she never knew before, and goes to his place, she claims that his house is hers and his car is also hers! How is this possible? We get attached to objects where we perceive our happiness.  We do not have to try hard or practice, it happens automatically.

If a theft occurs at her husband's place, the new bride will get equally tensed about this, as she considers his possessions to be hers. Hence, the moment our intellect decides that this material world is not ours and only God is ours, and that we are souls and the soul's subject is God, the desire for this material world will end, and the desire to know God arises.

The desire for God is not created as we desire for material objects. This happens because our knowledge is limited, and we think that we can find happiness in this material world. We say that our father, mother, wife are not good, but we still believe that we can find happiness in this material world.  When we take the decision that, everybody is looking for happiness and how can they give us happiness when they themselves do not have it?

What can a beggar do when he feels generous?  The best that he can do is give his empty bag and the meagre earnings he has. We need to understand this fact and leave the bondage of this material world.  We cannot leave it by just talking or by reading about it or by being told by the saints. 

Now if you do something for your father he will love you but when his purpose is not solved he will get angry on you. When you accept all that your wife wants, she will love you but if you don't accept it, she will get sad.  This is the selfishness of this material world and we need to remind ourselves about this every time.  Friendship or enemies, attachment or detachment has to be made firm by its repetition. Think about this again and again and make the decision firm that there is no happiness in this world, and we are not separate from that.

At the funeral service, Hindus chant "Ram naam satya hai" which means, "The only truth is God's name and this material body is not true."  If we truly realize this and believe in it, the attachment for this material world will fade away.  If we do not desire for the material world, we do not have to create the desire for God, it is created automatically since we cannot desire anything else. 

We have to create the desire for God since we cannot find happiness in this material world.  This material world is for the body and God is for our soul.  Everything has a different subject - like the eye are required to see, ears to listen and so on.  Now we cannot listen through our eyes or see through our ears. People will say that we have gone mad. 

Similarly if you desire happiness of the soul in this material world, how is this possible? This is the reason why it is said that, "remove your mind from this material world and concentrate it towards God". If your mind thinks about pure things, it will get purified.  We need pure water to wash dirty cloths. It is not possible to wash dirty cloths with dirty water.  It will become dirtier.

The material world is not pure, it is under maya.  It is under three types of qualities - Satvagun, Rajogun and Tamogun.  If the mind gets attached to any of these three, it will degrade further.  If the mind is attached in pure things it will become pure. That is the reason we need to remove it from the material world and concentrate it towards God.  If you are not able to attach your mind towards God immediately, practice to do so.  Concentrate it towards God every time it gets diverted.  Slowly and steadily, your mind will get attached to God. 

You smoke a cigarette, have a drink and lie to people. After regular drinking, you get so habituated to it that you cannot leave it.  The mind thinks that it is not possible for us to leave the material things as well. God is an ocean of Bliss. Concentrate towards God again and again.  You will gain a lot of happiness, and soon, you will not be able to leave Him.
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda


Continuing from the last month...

These are the next lines of the series "Sadhana Karu Pyare".

boolihooṁ durbhāvanā kahuṁ, ho na sapanehuṁ pyāre
lakhahuṁ jani paradoṣh kabahuṁ, doṣh nij lakhahu pyāre
jagat te man ko haṭā ke, lagā hari meṁ pyāre
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj further reveals a very important point here.  Each line of this kirtan series gives us a very important message that all devotees need to implement in their lives.  Further more, we should never harbor any ill-feelings for others even by mistake.  It is very beneficial to have positive thoughts for others, while it is harmful to have harbor negative thoughts about others.  Our thinking shapes our personality.   For example, if we think negative about others by saying, "He is a bad person", it does not harm the other person.  Instead, it harms us. It is equivalent to shooting ourselves in the foot. 

We are advised to have a feeling of 'Godliness' towards others. This attitude is considered to be of the highest order.  This means, we should see God in all entities.  We should think that God resides in every being.  If you cannot bring yourself to see God in someone, then you should at least think positive about that person, and in no case harbor negative thoughts.  The normal human tendency is that we develop a feeling of 'negativity' towards a person who has wronged us.  We keep thinking about how to get back at him.  We derive happiness from this.  This is known as Tamasik Sukh.

Our attitude is, "He used foul language against me, so I slapped him.  He will never forget the lesson." Irrespective of whether the other person remembers the incident or not, you are recalling it in your mind.  This negative thinking spoils your mind.  We may think that our negative thoughts harm the other person, but the fact is that we end up harming ourselves by making our mind dirty.  This is the reason that Maharajji tells us not to have any ill-feelings towards others.  Further, he says that we should never find faults in others.

There is a saying in Urdu -

"tu jo auroṁ kī or karatā hai aṅguste numāi"

If we find faults and point our fingers towards the other person, three of our fingers point towards us.  Our saints teach us not to see the negative aspect in others, instead we need to focus on their positive qualities.

You might have heard about an incident in the life of Saint Eknath.  He was a saint from Maharashtra.  He made a great impact on the culture of Maharashtra, which exists even today. "Naath Bhagvad", a manuscript by him, is very famous.  Once he was returning after a bath in the holy Narmada River.  A pathan came and stood in front of him.  He filled his mouth with water and spat on him.  Eknath did not get angry on him or say anything.  He kept quiet and then said - "Jai ho Rukmani Vithal". He then had a bath in Narmada again. When he came out, the pathan spat on him again. This sequence continued many times.  The moment he came out after taking a bath, the pathan would spit on him.  This continued from the morning till the evening.  People gathered on both the sides of the bank to see who would emerge victorious.  At last the pathan gave up. He asked the saint, "Maharaj, what are you made of?  Wood or stone?  I spat on you so many times, but you did not even ask me as to why I spat on you?"  The saint said, "Why should I get angry with you? You are doing good to me.  It is because of you that I could take bath in this holy Narmada River."  This is how saints think.  If someone thinks bad or does bad things to them, they don't get disturbed.

There was a Mahatma, great man who was always opposed by a person. People used to say that the person was condemnable, but the Mahatma never said anything to him.  One day, the man died and Mahatma came to know about this.  He started crying when he heard this news.  People said, "He was a bad person and always disturbed you, and derived happiness from that.  Now that he is no more, it is good for you, he won't be able to disturb you anymore."  The Mahatma replied, "It was due to him that I could increase my tolerance. He helped me increase my humility and reduce my ego.  He used to do good for me.  Now that he is no more, I am tensed as to how I will be able to progress spiritually?" 

This illustrates that great people do not get affected by opposition; instead they feel happy about it.  It is a very unique quality not to find faults in others.  In fact, each one of us has faults in us since we are under the influence of maya.  When we see faults in others, our ego prevents us from realizing our own shortcomings. This is very natural.  We are not able take any initiative in correcting ourselves and our own faults keep increasing.  Hence, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says that if you want to see faults, see them in yourself.  Once we implement this philosophy in practice, we will find a lot of peace.  Secondly, stop judging others and everything will move on smoothly.

There was a man who had two sons.  He taught them to get up early at 4 am and practice sadhana.  Both of them tried to get up early, but only the elder one could make it.  He took bath and then sat for meditation.  The younger son slept on till 7 am.  The elder son complained to his father about the carelessness of his younger brother.  His father said, "If you wanted to wake up at 4.00 am to find faults in your brother, it would have been better if you had slept on like him." 

Similarly, if we are to go to a satsang to find faults in others, it is better to stay at home than to participate in satsang.  The more impure the mind is, the more faults it find in others.  The day our mind becomes pure, we will stop finding faults in others.  According to the scriptures, there are only three people who have the right to see faults or judge other people.  The first is a doctor.  It is his duty to find physical faults.  Next is a lawyer.  He is paid to find faults and the third is a teacher, because he imparts education.  No person other than these three has the right to find faults.

Shree Kripaluji Maharaj further gives us the solution of  one of the most important questions.  Everybody complains that we cannot concentrate our mind on God.  Please give us some magical formula with which we can concentrate.

Once a person asked Maharajji that he is not able to concentrate his mind on God.  Maharajji said, "Which fool told you that you will be able to concentrate on God? It is a great achievement if you can concentrate in God.  You are still doing sadhana.  By sadhana we are trying to concentrate our mind in God, and you think you would be able to do it automatically!" We have to try and make an effort to concentrate on God.  Maharajji says that we must detach our mind from the materialistic things and turn our mind towards God.  But do not expect that your mind will continuously concentrate on God. It will naturally lean towards the materialistic world.  You may wonder why this happens. 

Maharajji replies that, "Our mind is mayic in nature, and the world around us is also mayic.  Hence, it is not surprising if the mind is attracted to the material world.  It takes effort to concentrate our mind on God.  It is difficult to throw a ball upwards, but it takes absolutely no effort to throw it down.  Just release the ball from your hand and it will fall down. In sadhana, we have to concentrate and make a firm decision using our intellect that, "My goal is God.  I am related to Him and with the help of my intellect I will detach my mind from this materialistic world."  If your mind gets diverted towards the material world, bring it back towards God.  Every time the mind deviates from the path, we have to bring it back towards God. We need to sustain this effort continuously. 

It is similar to the Mahabharat war.  If we want to find God, we need to fight with our mind.  If someone discourages our effort and tells us to let things be the way they are, we will continue to revolve around the 8.4 million species.  We will not gain freedom from the cycle of birth and death.  Hence, this is the only way to attain complete freedom.  It is known that any work seems difficult in the beginning, but with practice, it becomes easier. Initially, it is a bit difficult to concentrate our mind on God. Keep doing sadhana sincerely and continuously, and it will become easier. This way, we will progress slowly but surely.


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The Arrogant Swans


There was a lake behind a palace in which lived great many golden swans. Every swan used to leave a golden feather on the lake bank every six months.  The soldiers of the king used to carry away those feathers.
One day, a big bird came to the lake to live. All the swans cackled, "Hey! You cannot live here. It is our lake. We pay a feather to the king every six months. Thus we have bought this lake."
Brothers, I am a homeless bird. Please give me shelter," begged the bird.
But the swans ignored its pleas and drove it away.
The arrogant behaviour of the swans angered the bird.  It made up its mind to teach a lesson to the arrogant swans. It went to the king and complained, "Lord! The swans in your lake are very impolite. I went to them as a refugee and begged for shelter in the water of the lake of the gracious king. They refused to give me any space. One of the swans even said that the king was no body to order them to do anything.  They claimed that the lake was purchased by them with golden feathers. They think that the lake was purchased by them with golden feathers. Thus, they think that the whole lake is their private property. I was insulted and driven away.  Such injustice in your otherwise kind rule is bad.  I seek your justice, O King."
"Don't worry. You will get justice." The king announced and ordered his soldiers to get the arrogant swans and bring them to his presence.  It was clear that the king would punish them severely.
The solders rushed towards the lake. The swans saw the soldiers and were frightened.  An old swan said, "Friends! We better leave the lake. It is time we paid the price for our rude behaviour. We will be punished if we stay here."  Very soon, the swans flew away.
The king allowed the new comer to live happily in the lake for the rest of his life.
Moral: Arrogance and rudeness will never help us. We must always be polite, helpful and humble to others.  If the swans had shared the lake with the new bird, they could have lived together happily.  But their rude behavior caused their own downfall.

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Question:  Whenever I am in satsang I feel de-stressed but once I am out of satsang the stress level increases.  My question is, how to get relieved of stress?

People in present age are experiencing more stress.  We experience stress because we want something to happen or we get attached to some situation and think it should be like this.  If we surrender to God and think whatever God does, He does it for good, that feeling of surrender will get rid of our stress. 
Thus, stress is a symptom of lack of our surrender.  When we experience stress, the best medicine to cure it is to increase our level of surrender.  Now, what is the problem in increasing the level of surrender?  Worldly attachments.  We keep on pondering, "This should happen this way; that should happen that way." This is the main hurdle for complete surrender.  We need to increase detachment to increase the level of surrender.

The soul is not independent. It is not in the hands of soul to fulfill all of its desires.  By nature, the soul is a servant of God.  Now, what is the duty of a servant?  Whatever his master wishes, he must wish the same.
rāzi hain usi mein jis mein teri razā  hai. 
yun bhi wāh wāh hai tyun bhi wāh wāh hai.

So, by increasing the level of detachment and surrendering to God, we can get rid of stress.  
Before God-realization there will always be some level of tension within all because the percent of surrender will not be one-hundred percent.  God-realization is yet to happen, which means that the surrender is not yet complete.  However, by giving us tension, God is signaling us that something is wrong and we need to get it right by surrendering to Him.  This is just as when we put our hand in the fire, we feel pain.  What would happen if we did not feel the pain?  Our hand would burn without our knowing it.  The feeling of pain is, in fact, a form of Grace.  We are getting the signal that something is wrong, and we must take the hand out.  Similarly, stress is a signal that we need more of detachment, more surrender and more of devotion.
A spiritual doctor will prescribe you the medicine of surrender to get relieved of stress, whereas a material doctor will give you all kinds of chemical medicines.  But such chemical medicines will not help eradicate the root cause of stress.  By increasing the level of surrender, the cause of stress itself will be eradicated.  Shree Krishna states this in the Bhagavad Geeta:

karmaṅye vādhikāraste, mā  phaleṣhu kadāchana

"Work with full dedication.  Do not be careless while performing your tasks.  But do not get attached to the fruits of those works."  Else, you will definitely experience stress.  So, trash away the attachment to the fruits of your work.  Shree Krishna again says:

yoginaḥ karma kurvanti sangan tyaktvatm shuddha ye

"A yogi is one who can work without any attachment to the results."  If we follow this formula, stress will be abolished from its roots.
Trivia Time

Hindus view three cosmic activities of the Supreme Being, which are, creation, preservation, and dissolution and recreation. They associate these three cosmic tasks to the three deities, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.  Lord Brahma is the creator and represents the creative part of the Supreme Being. Lord Vishnu runs and maintains the universe and thus represents the eternal principle of preservation. Lord Shiva is the destroyer and recreator.  These three gods put together form the Hindu Trinity ( Trimurthy).

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are not without connection.  They are the same power (the Supreme Being), but have three different aspects. The Supreme Being is called Brahma. Vishnu, Bramha or Shiva when perform the three different cosmic tasks of creation, preservation, and dissolution/recreation.

Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara (Shiva) form the trinity of Hinduism. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver and Siva is the destroyer.  Their wives help them in their duties, who are goddesses called, Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvathi. Saraswathi is the goddess of knowledge while Lakshmi, is the goddess of wealth and Parvathi is called the Mother Goddess. All three gods rule three different worlds. Bramha rules Brahmalok, Vishnu rules Vaikunth and Siva rules Kailash.
Jagadguru Kripalu Yog



Stand-up straight.  Keep a distance of one foot between the legs.  Raise your hands in front to your shoulder level.   
1. Inhale (Radhey) and slowly bend your knees with your feet on the floor (as if you are sitting on an imaginary chair).  Remain in this position for 5 seconds.  Exhale (Shyam) while coming up to the standing position.
2. Perform this asan, while coming down to squatting position, if you can, for 5 seconds.
It strengthens knees and legs muscles. It generates vital energy in the body.

Women suffering from prolapse of the uterus should not practice this asan.  Do not try this asan after 3 months of pregnancy.