H.A.P.P.I.N.E.S.S.

Tuesday March 19, 2019

Searching for happiness has become a global pursuit today. Our day begins and ends in the search of ‘HAPPINESS’. Google trends show that ‘Happiness’ is the most often searched word for every day. Amazon has more than 23,000 books with ‘Happiness’ in the title. New careers like ‘Happiness Consultant’, ‘Happiness Coach’, ‘Chief Happiness Officer’ etc. have started popping up on job portals also. The United Nations (UN) has been publishing it’s ‘World Happiness Report’ since April 2012 and based on a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly, March 20th is being celebrated as the ‘International Day of Happiness’. So what is all the buzz about?

Research says that people today are lonelier, unhappier and more stressed out than ever before. Some of the factors that contribute to this state are decreased social connections, increased dependency on technology, time constraints etc. Not to mention loneliness not only affects us mentally but it also has adverse effects on our physical health. So how can we combat this growing threat?

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, a spiritual scientist gives us a ‘shortcut’ to overcome loneliness, which is, obliging others. Happiness begins from the moment we do something for others. Dada Bhagwan explains the science behind this by citing trees as an example. He says, ‘Does the tree take into consideration whether a person enjoying its fruit is kind or unkind? For the tree, the fruit belongs to whoever takes it; its life is lived for serving others. By living in this manner, such living entities, like the tree, gradually progress to a higher life form.”

Studies also suggest that helping others helps us to regulate our own emotions and thus decrease the symptoms of depression, loneliness and ultimately, improve our emotional well-being.

Dada Bhagwan Himself lived by this philosophy throughout His life. He understood the science behind it. He says, “He who wants happiness should make others happy.” He adds, “Nature’s law is such that if you give the fruits of your own efforts to others, nature will take care of you. That is the hidden science.”

So why not try to apply this science in your everyday life too? Spending your time, money or energy to help others wouldn’t just make the world better, but it will make ‘you’ better as well.

Get ready to take your first step to help people.

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Pujya Niruma’s Punyatithi

Monday March 18, 2019

Pujya Niruma left Her mortal body on 19, March 2006. She achieved such spiritual heights, that people are able to feel Her presence, even now, whether they have met Her or not. They say, we do not have to keep on remembering Her, She always stays in our memory. They not only feel Her presence, but they also feel that She guides them in their spiritual path through various subtle ways.

In addition to Her unparalleled love and affection, the one thing to know about Her is Her State of Knowledge of the Self and what She did to achieve that State. One of the reasons Pujya Niruma attained extra ordinary spiritual heights is due to that fact that She carried the rarest of virtues. One of which was never letting Herself repeat a mistake again once She recognized it or it was pointed out by others. If we learn how She was able to do this, it will help us to apply and cultivate the same in ourselves so that we do not keep on repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

 

1. What Pujya Niruma did:  She was clear about Her goals and exactly where She wanted to reach.        

   What can we learn: Having clarity of your goals is as useful as a lighthouse in darkness. You are able to see where you want to go and not get lost, even in the darkest of nights. On the other hand, a lack of clarity leads to chaos and frustration.

 

2. What Pujya Niruma did: She used to analyze and understand what led to the mistake. This helped Her figure out exactly what point She was getting diverted from Her goals and that meant She could avoid it from before. 

    What can we learn: In order to walk on a path to achieve your goals, you should also know the paths that do not lead there, so that you can avoid  them altogether.

 

 3. What Pujya Niruma did: She would decide the correct course of action that She needed to follow so that the mistake does not occur. 

     What can we do: Spend some time and analyze the situation. Find other courses of actions and make a plan you can follow. Follow through until you achieve the desired results. 

 

  4What Pujya Niruma did: She also used to keep a prior awareness of what the right course of action is, so She did not deviate from the correct path. By keeping this awareness, She never allowed Herself to forget Her goal. 

       What can we learn: Keeping awareness beforehand is helpful. If you were passing through a gate you should be aware that once you cross the gate, you need to turn left to move ahead towards your destination.

 

5. What Pujya Niruma did: She kept a firm determination to follow through on the right course of action to reach Her goals and not get swayed by Her circumstances. 

      What can we learn: We need to keep a firm determination to stick to the right decision or course of action. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “Firm  determination is the only real spiritual effort.

 

These are just a couple of things that Pujya Niruma used to do, as a part of Her Real Spiritual effort to progress on Her Spiritual path. Let us take Her  example and try to follow what She did as much we can. It will be useful for us and allow us to achieve our goals, not to mention it will enable us to overcome our weaknesses as well.

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Happy Gnan Day Pujya Deepakbhai!

Tuesday March 5, 2019

AN ICON OF IDEALISM

March, 1971

A shy and an introverted, young engineering student comes to Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan on insistence of his elder brother, who had managed to convince him that the blessings of the Enlightened One will help him excel in his studies. He received the blessings but not just for His studies but for this life and beyond.

Little did anyone know then that this young man would rise to carry the baton of Akram Vignan and inspire millions of people around the world through his virtues and ‘real’ knowledge. This young man is none other than Pujya Deepak Bhai Desai aka ‘Pujyashree’.

Thousands of people had the privilege of meeting Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, but what made Pujya Deepakbhai attain the heights of spirituality is an inspiration in itself. It did not take long for Param Pujya Dadashri to recognise his special quality of ‘sincerity’ and one day in 1974, He told Pujya Niruma, “Deepak has a lot of sincerity in him. If someone were to develop and mould him, he would reach the pinnacle of any direction he is guided.” Pujya Niruma took over the responsibility and thus began the journey of perfecting the jewel. Pujya Niruma took special care in guiding Pujya Deepakbhai on the spiritual path, and his inherent qualities made the journey possible.

Here are some of the lessons from his life:

  • SINCERITYIf you remain 100 % sincere to the task or person, then they will be 100% sincere to you always.
  • HUMILITYThe more humble you are, the more worthy you become of knowledge.
  • PURITYWith purity arises the power of speech and strength to reach your ultimate destination.
  • FOCUSSED APPROACHBeing undeterred by external distractions will definitely take you to your goal.
  • TOTAL SURRENDERPlacing complete faith and trust in your Master will definitely make you worthy of His grace.

Isn’t he a living example of ‘idealism’ who has stood the test of time and lived by his goal? On His Gnan Day, why not ask for strength to imbibe these qualities within us and resolve to become great in values and not name.

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Happy Maha Shivratri!

Saturday March 2, 2019

Maha Shivratri or ‘the Great Night of Shiva’ is a popular Hindu festival celebrated every year in honour of Lord Shiva. Unlike other Hindu festivals, Maha Shivratri is also celebrated at night. The celebrations comes with a message of ‘overcoming darkness and ignorance’. Often the darkness persists because of mulling over the past and failing to see what lies ahead of us. In reality, living in the past robs us of the present moments of happiness.

Why do we end up living in the past?

  • It serves as an escape from our present situation
  • We are not confident and feel unprepared to face the what is to come and the past seems familiar
  • There is no uncertainty there
  • Fear of repeating the same mistakes all over again

But what most people don’t realize is that, living in the past won’t make their present any better!

Imagine you are asked to walk on a mile–long narrow bridge over the deep sea. Of course, you would be completely focussed. This means that you have the power of focused awareness to live in the present. You just need to apply it!

Does it mean that we have to forget about the past and the future?

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “No, you do not have to forget, you just have to remain in the present. Forgetting is a burden. You cannot forget even if you want to, and besides, the more you try to forget something, the more you will remember it.”

Is there a tool to live in the present?

Yes! There is. In the Self Realization ceremony, Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan gives us a powerful tool of knowing our Real Self and seeing the circumstances as the doer. This helps us to see beyond what is visible to our eyes and understand how things run, why they are the way they are and who is the real doer? Wouldn’t it be easy to accept any situation in our life if we knew all the circumstances that had to come together to make it happen, regardless of whether the situation turns out good or bad?

Sounds impossible?

Well, the good news is that, it is possible for us to live in the present if we attain the real knowledge of the Self and the doer.

So on this Maha Shivratri, let us turn our darkness into light by learning to live in the present by knowing our Real Self!

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 On 23rd February, 1500 new seekers attained Self Realization through Gnan Vidhi Ceremony in Jamnagar, India

 

                

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