Moment to moment, let go of the past. Leave worries of the future to God. Use the present moment to do your devotion. It's your doorway to God.
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If the faults of others are becoming more visible to our mind, it is a symptom that the defect of pride has increased in us.
Wherever the mind wanders, realize the presence of God there. This will at once neturalize raag and dvesh (love and hate) towards the world.
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Celestial Gods and Goddesses
Goddess Saraswati is the consort of Lord Brahma and is the Goddess of wisdom and learning. She
is considered as the personification of all knowledge - arts, sciences,
crafts and all skills. Saraswati is the Goddess of knowledge,
music and all the creative arts. Saraswati is also called Vak Devi, the goddess of speech and sound. Schools
and libraries are her temples; books, pens, all tools of the artist and
musical instruments are the items used in pooja to the enlightening
goddess of wisdom. Students worship Saraswati to perform well in examinations.
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The Dangers of Asking God for Worldly Things
by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Everyone knows that worldly attainments are transient, and that God is the only reality. When a death occurs, we say, "Ram Naam Satya Hai (The only reality is the name of God)." So, when we know that the world cannot give us happiness, then to make material demands from God is indiscrimination. Let us understand why it is wrong to askGod for worldly things.
First, we must love God, only then do we have a basis of asking Him for anything at all. Even
in the world, we ask only from those people whom we love and with whom
we have a relationship, not from just anyone and everyone. It would be a joke to ask God for something when we have no love for Him. Therefore, we should not make this mistake as long as we still love the world.
There is an incident about Ramakrishna Paramhans. He developed throat cancer. Everyone knew that the Saint's death was imminent. He was famous in Kolkata and all over Bengal as a Saint who had transformed many lives. So, people went to him and said, "You have attained perfection. To rid yourself of cancer is child's play for you. Just ask God to cure you, and your cancer will disappear." Ramakrishna Paramhans replied strictly, "Should I divert my mind from God to worrying about cancer? And how can I ask God to do such dirty work for me? I have loved God only with the desire to serve Him. I cannot engage in such pettiness and ask for His help just for the sake of this wretched body. Moreover, even if I am cured, I will still have to leave my body at the appointed time."
Whether it is a sage, an ascetic, a yogi, a Saint or even God, everyone has to leave the world at the appointed time. The world may say that so-and-so died of heart attack, or cancer, but the fact is that his time to die had arrived. Even God does not stay a moment longer than the scheduled period of His descension. Then how can anyone else stay beyond his appointed time? You may have heard of an incident in Ayodhya in this context. Yamraj came to Lord Ram to tell Him that the period of His descension was over. When
Yamraj comes to God and the Saints, he places his head at their feet
and says, "I have come to inform you that the period of Your descension
is complete. You may choose to stay or leave. I am merely fulfilling my duty." He cannot force them to leave as he does for others. Yet, the supremely independent Ram did not stay a moment longer than His planned 11,000 years. At the exact time, to the second, He left the world. And this is true for every descension of God, and every Saint, whether it be Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera,orKabir. Seeing
that even God, who is the lawmaker Himself, does not violate this rule,
then why should the Saints, who are His servants break the law?
When we say we do not wish to die, it can be for two possible reasons. One
reason is that we are too attached to the world-to wealth, home,
father, mother, wife, son-and still wish to enjoy them, and so do not
wish to leave. On the other hand, elevated aspirants have a sensible reason for not wanting to die. They think, "I have not attained God as yet. If I had some more time I could achieve my goal." They want more time, just like students who become very happy when given a few extra days to study for exams. But, God and Saints have nothing to attain. They leave at the appropriate time, without any reluctance.
So, Ramakrishna Paramhans said, "Everyone has to leave at the scheduled time. I have no objection to this hole in my throat. This body has nine holes anyway-the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, etc. So what if there is one more! It would be very wrong to bother the Divine Mother over it." Thus, asking God for worldly favours is the greatest folly. This should not be done even after becoming a devotee. It is said in Bhagavat:
yatpṛithvyāṁ vṛīhiyavaṁ hiraṇyaṁ paśhavaḥ striyaḥ
nālamekasya paryāpt tasmāttṛiṣhṇāṁ parityajet
"Even if one is given the wealth of infinite universes, his desires, cravings and longings will not reduce in the least."
tṛiṣhṇā tu taruṇāyate (Hitopadesh)
"When you try to satisfy desires, they grow stronger." Thus, worldly opulence, no matter how great, cannot provide true happiness. So, it is foolish to desire worldly objects. But, to ask for them from God is even greater foolishness. Devotion, which is practiced with the aim of attainment of material desires, has many dangers. Firstly, it is clear that, the devotee is not yet sure where true happiness lies-in the world, or in God? If it is in the world, then what is the need of God? If it is in God, then what is the need for this world? If
our goal is to attain happiness, then going to God, who is the source
of unlimited bliss and asking Him for the world, which is a source of
misery, evidently implies that we still have hopes of getting unlimited
happiness from the world. When our goal itself is not right, then how can we practice devotion?
the material realm, ninety-nine percent of the people desire worldly
things. These desires are often fulfilled by their own prarabdh
(destiny). When material possessions are acquired by people
according to their destiny, they misunderstand it as the blessing or
Grace of God. When people pray to God and wish for a
material thing, if that desire is fulfilled, people think that it was
due to the blessing they received from God. And, when
they do not receive these possessions due to their destiny, they start
cursing or criticizing God, and even think it as a sign of God's anger. This is dangerous as it has a harmful effect. A
person will be a believer as long as he acquires worldly possessions,
and when the material desires are not fulfilled, this faith in God
immediately disappears and he can even become an atheist.
Not even God can grant a person worldly gains, if it is not destined for him. Whatever worldly happiness is destined for each person is given to him according to his fate. The results of past actions are awarded in the present life. In Ramayan, the Almighty Lord Ram could not save His father Dashrath. In
Mahabharat, Abhimanyu's uncle was God Shree Krishna Himself, his father
was the great Saint, Arjun, and the person who conducted his marriage
was God Ved Vyas. Yet, they could not save him from being killed
in the battle. Then how can God change the destiny of an ordinary
Lastly, lack of worldly happiness is actually God's Grace, because in this state we remember God. Kunti
also asked for this wish from God, "O Shree Krishna! Give me sorrow and
pain, so that due to the lack of material pleasures, I can chant Your
God is all-knowing and whatever He does, is for our benefit, then why do we interfere and ask Him for anything? We do not know what is best for us. Therefore, if we always remember that God is Omniscient and leave everything to Him, then the disease of asking will never arise.
Secrets of Spiritual Sadhana
by Swami Mukundananda
Continuing with the next two lines of 'Sadhana Karu Pyare' series....
sadā sochahu jāne kab chhin, jāya tanu yaha pyāre
man ko māno śhatru usakī, sunahu jani kachhu pyāre
We have already heard many times and are acquainted with the fact that we are not this material body. But, we have such a close relation with our mind that we don't even realize that we are not the 'mind'. Whatever this mind thinks, we identify with that. Then we go to Swamiji and say, "Swamiji, why did I think like this? Why do I have this thought in my mind?" Now see, you are not thinking, but it is your mind that is imagining or thinking. You have identified yourself with the mind, and hence you are getting the feeling, "I am thinking; why am I thinking; I should not have thought like this." If you distance yourself a little from your mind then you will realize that you are not the mind. We will think, "I am different from my mind."
This mind often does unwanted thinking." God has made this mind as a machine that continuously thinks. According to the Geeta:
nahiṁ kaśhchit kṣhaṇamapi jātu tiṣhṭhatyakarmakṛit
"This mind can never remain inactive even for a moment." It is the inherent nature of the mind to constantly think. Hence, by considering ourselves as the mind we get tensed. And what does the mind do? It wanders around in the three modes of Maya. This world comprises of three qualities of Maya. They are, Tamo guna (mode of ignorance), Rajo guna (mode of passion), and Sattva guna (mode of goodness). The mind is made up of these three modes of Maya. The
particular mode that predominates at any moment depends upon the
exposure that you get from outside world and the outside environment.
For example, every morning you visit the place of worship at your home and pray to God. And because of the sattvic environment, sattva guna emerges in your mind and you are in a sattvic mode. Your mind becomes calm and pure. The mind starts getting absorbed in God. At that moment, you are approached by your son or your grandchild. He starts crawling on the floor and keeps his little hand on your back. You hear him, feel his loving touch and immediately you start thinking of your little grandchild. You say, "O my dear child!" Now see, the mind, which was chanting Hare Ram gets distracted and gets absorbed there. It means that the environment changed and your mind got dominated by rajo guna. You are still chanting Hare Ram, but your mind is somewhere else. You lift the child and place him in your lap. Just then, your neighbour comes in and angrily says, "What were you saying to me yesterday?" The moment you hear this, you become angry and go from rajo guna to tamo guna. You say, "Mind your language and speak!"
Observe how the outside environment affects the modes of every individual's state of mind. It shows the constantly fluctuating modes of Maya. Hence, these modes keep on changing in our mind. That is why you sometimes get a feeling from within, "I should practice devotion every moment." You say, "I will get up early morning at 4 am and practice devotion." And sometimes you say, "Why to get up so early, I will get up at 7 or 8." Sometimes you say, "Has anyone seen God or not? These saints keep lecturing day and night without reason." Just see, how the state of mind of an individual keeps changing. You
get nervous and say, "Swamiji, Why does this happen? Why does our
mental state keep changing; our feeling keeps fluctuating towards
Saints as well as God according to the three modes of Maya?"
The reason is the constantly changing state of individual's mind. Therefore, Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says, "Do not consider the mind as your friend. Consider it as your enemy. It will surely mislead you and will keep you in delusion. That is why, when you get up in the morning, curse your mind saying that you will not listen to it. Make a firm decision that you will not listen to your mind but listen to your intellect. The intellect is beyond our mind and heart. Therefore, we have to grasp the true knowledge in our mind. When we acquire proper knowledge, then the intellect will control the mind, and you will follow the spiritual path sincerely.
If you get devotional feelings by yourself, then it is the Grace of God. Because of good deeds of previous lifetimes, you are automatically thinking of God, and are attached to Him. If
these feelings are not present, then you have to forcefully attach your
mind towards God using the Divine knowledge and control the mind. This
is the sign of a true devotee. We should try hard to learn and realize the true knowledge in our mind constantly.
Shree Kripaluji Maharaj says, "Always remember - You never know when this life will be over. We may not get the next moment as life is transient. No one knows when it will come to an end. And when this life ends, you will realize that you lost this golden chance of progressing on the spiritual path. But
if we think that today could be our last day, then we will not
procrastinate in practicing devotion and we will strive to attain our
goal as soon as possible." And if you say, "What is the hurry? I am only 50 years old. I will do it when I retire and have more time." Later, you say, "I am now retired but my children still need my guidance. I also have to worry about my grandchildren. I will do it when my responsibilities to my grandchildren are complete." And one day we die, having lost a golden opportunity to uplift ourselves. If we become careless towards achieving our goal, then our devotional zeal will also reduce.
Once, two Brahmins of Janakpur were discussing that their king, despite his material opulence, is not attached to it. He possesses so much wealth, luxury and richness, yet he is detached from it. One of the two said, "Let us go and ask the king himself how he can remain detached amidst such wealth." The other Brahmin said, "No, we should not ask the king. Kings are not predictable." But, the first Brahmin insisted on going and meeting the king. So they both went. After
reaching the palace, they asked, "O King, we are curious how, despite
the many luxuries and the wealth that you possess, you don't have any
attachment to it?" The king got angry and answered, "How dare you ask me this question? I will sentence you to death." The king ordered the servants to take the two Brahmins and hang them to death the next morning. "But feed them nice tasty food tonight", he said.
They were taken to sleep on a comfortable soft mattress sprinkled with rose water. Now they both started cursing each other, saying, "We should not have come here in the first place. We have lost our lives." They were tense the whole night and couldn't sleep. The next morning they were called by the king. He said, "I have changed my mind. I am giving you both one more chance to save your lives. Take a bowl full of oil in your hands and walk around my capital city, Janakpur. Be very careful that not even a single drop of oil should fall down. Otherwise, you will be hanged to death."
Now, both Brahmins took a bowl full of oil and holding it in their hands, started to walk around the kingdom. When they came back, not a drop of oil had fallen down. So,
King Janak asked, "You roamed in my territory and came across many
attractive alluring things like restaurants, cinema halls, hotels,
gardens. Did any of these things distract you, or did you get attracted to them? They both replied, "How could our mind go elsewhere? It was alert with the fear of losing our lives if we dropped even a single drop of oil."
So, King Janak said, "This is the answer to your question which you asked me, despite these luxuries, how am I detached? You had this fear that you can die anytime. Similarly, even I always realize that this human form is temporary. It could be snatched away from me any moment."
Hence, we must always remember this fact and never procrastinate. We must practice devotion without any delay and try to progress quickly on the spiritual path. When
we constantly have this fear in our minds that life is transitory, the
mind will automatically come under control. This is what Jagadguru Shree
Kripaluji Maharaj says in these two lines.
Question: There was a Ram temple in our house; I was in the habit of hearing the Tulsi Ramayan, and meditating on the form of Lord Ram. But after marriage, in my in-laws' house, I began reading the Durga Saptaśhati and observing Navrātras. When I heard the Bhāgavat saptāha, I liked the leelas of Shree Krishna. How should I decide which God to worship?
Ram, Durga, Krishna are all different forms of the one Supreme Lord,
yet it is advisable to focus your devotion on a single form. There is a Hindi saying:
eka sādhe saba sadhe, saba sādhe saba jāya
"If you focus all your attention on a single activity, you will succeed in it. But if you try to succeed in multifarious things at the same time, you will fail in all of them." With the same logic, if you try to love all the forms of God, you will end up loving none. But if you devote your mind to one form, you will develop love for all of them. So you must choose one form to worship, which is called "Iṣhṭa Dev", or the devotee's chosen form of God for devotion.
Now the question you have asked is about how to choose your Iṣhṭa Dev. In deciding this, you must consider which form of God is attractive to the mind. If your Iṣhṭa Dev has a beautiful form, you will find it much easier to meditate on Him. Also, if your Iṣhṭa Dev has wonderful pastimes, it will be very helpful in your devotion. To turn your mind towards God, leelas also play an important role. By hearing and chanting those leelas, devotees increase their love for God. From both these view points, devotion to Shree Ram and Shree Krishna is both sweet and easy. Hence, They are also the most popular Iṣhṭa Devs in India. Their sweet pastimes are lovingly sung and remembered in temples and houses in every part of the country.
Amongst Them, Shree Krishna manifests four special nectars, above and beyond any other Avatar of God:
1. Exceptionally attractive form (His famous three-fold bending form with a flute on His lips).
2. Amazing sweetness of His flute that attracts even Lord Shankar.
3. The sweetest childhood pastimes that enchant the minds of devotees.
4. Leelas displaying the greatness of love, which reveal how God forgets His Almightiness because of the love of His devotees.
For all these reasons, I would highly recommend that you make Shree Krishna and His Divine Consort, Shree Radha Rani, as your Iṣhṭa Dev. However, if you decide to choose any other forms of God, that is also fine.
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