Tirthankaras (The absolutely enlightened Lords who can liberate others) are born due to the intent from their previous birth to perpetuate the path of liberation for all living beings. They have risen above all the impurities of anger, pride, deceit, greed etc. and have become pure for the salvation of this world.

Lord Simandhar Swami is a Tirthankar. He is currently present, directly accessible, has a physical body and at present lives and moves about in Mahavideh Kshetra. The Lord’s ego is completely dissolved and He remains in absolute awareness of the Pure Soul. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan has emphasized the importance of praying to Simandhar Swami. He says, by praying to Simandhar Swami and accepting His shelter, He can guide us on the path of achieving ultimate bliss and attaining ultimate liberation (moksha).

The Tirthankaras are free of all the mistakes and their lives are a great inspiration for us. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “He who has resolved once that, 'I will certainly get rid of the mistakes that are left in me', can become Parmatma (Absolute Supreme Soul).” So if we try to overcome our weaknesses, we can rise above them and continue to become better and better each day. However, the complete destruction of these weaknesses is not possible unless we attain Self Realization.

So on this auspicious occasion of Lord Simandhar Swami’s Janma Kalyanak (birth anniversary), let us ask for strength from the Lord to become free of all our weaknesses and pray that may our each and every step always be towards becoming a better individual and finally become one with our own Soul. May we all experience the complete bliss of the Self, that the Lord is an abode of and become completely independent.

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In Leicester, UK 105 new people took part in the Gnan Vidhi (Self Realization ceremony) on 8th April, 2018

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Happy Hanuman Jayanti!

Thursday March 29, 2018

Lord Hanuman is the embodiment of devotion and loyalty. Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu religious festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama. He is known for His unflinching dedication to Lord Rama. On this auspicious day, devotees of Lord Hanuman celebrate and seek His protection and blessings.

Lord Hanuman’s sincerity resonates the power of duty, trust, truth, devotion and loyalty. He was a celibate, and He had no one but the Lord on his mind. Let us ask a question to ourselves, are we completely devoted to our loved one? Can we claim fidelity? What would Lord Hanuman do? The answer is His life was completely filled with intense love for Lord Rama and he did not have the slightest distraction from His devotion and loyalty towards the Lord.

Nowadays it does not even take mere seconds for our minds to wander into forbidden territories. That happens because we have a belief that there is nothing wrong in doing so. We are not aware of and do not understand the grave consequences of doing so. We do not know the suffering that lies ahead because of this small momentary pleasure.

So let us resolve to shift focus onto the person we have already committed our life to, rather than wandering about seeking what is not rightfully ours. We may not be able to follow celibacy like Lord Hanuman, but at least we remain loyal and devoted towards one person. Let us try to show devotion to our loved one.

So on this felicitous occasion, with the blessings of Lord Hanuman, let us make a strong inner intent to be contented with what is rightfully ours and let our mind, speech and body be pure and dedicated to our one and only loved one.

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Happy Mahavir Jayanti!

Tuesday March 27, 2018

Mahavir Jayanti commemorates the birth of Lord Mahavir and is celebrated by reliving His teachings of humility, non-violence and simplicity. This day is of immense importance as Lord Mahavir was considered as a blessed child whose birth was preceded by his mother getting various auspicious dreams before His birth. At the age of thirty, abandoning all worldly possessions, He left His home in pursuit of spiritual awakening and became an ascetic.

Lord Mahavir spent the next twelve and a half years pursuing a life of hard penance to drive away His basic attachments. He decided to have no possessions at all, not even a bowl for obtaining alms or drinking water; He accepted alms in the hollow of His palm.

He strictly followed the principle of ahimsa or non-violence. He endured all the physical hardships of His ascetic life peacefully. People used to abuse Him verbally, but He had faced all such situations with a lot of courage. That is why He is called Maha-Veer.

Sangam Dev also perpetrated twenty death-dealing tortures on the Lord. However, in the face of all this suffering, there was the complete absence of fear within Lord Mahavir. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan explains, “When can one say that a person is vitarag (absolutely free from attachment and abhorrence)? When one does not feel fear of anything in this world one can say one is indeed a vitarag. What is the essence of being a vitarag? Fearlessness!” This world is so regular and orderly that if it is not in your karmic account no one can cause any harm to you, so do not be afraid. Not even Lord Mahavir could escape the effects of His past karmas.

Param Pujya Dadashri states, “I have seen that the world is faultless, no one is at fault. I had seen that. Not a single living being is at fault in this world and it will always remain in my vision. Whatever the fault is, it is the effect of only my karma. There is not a single living being that destroy your planned design. All these designs are only yours. There is no interference of anyone. The path may be filled with very rough robbers, and yet you will be able to go through it wearing jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of rupees without being robbed. This is how the world is. There is no reason to harbor any fear whatsoever.”

So why not try to rationally analyze any fear which paralyzes you - it could be bugs, it could be darkness, it could be your mother-in-law! Is it really worth living with these simple and dissolvable fears? How will your fear leave? If somebody can remove it, then only it will leave. Otherwise, it will not leave. Nobody’s fear leaves on its own. A Gnani Purush means the One in whom Dada Bhagwan has fully manifest. Dada Bhagwan is the Lord within.

So on this auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, let us grace ourselves by meeting a Gnani Purush and bid farewell to all our fears thus living a life full of joy, fearlessness and eternal bliss!     

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Happy Ram Navmi!

Friday March 23, 2018

Rama Navmi is a Hindu spring festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama. This festival is celebrated with great devotion across the world and every region has its own regional significance behind the celebration.

But do we know the importance of celebrating this occasion? It is to remind us to cherish the qualities of Lord Rama and learn from His virtues. It is to imbibe His teachings into our lives. Lord Rama’s heart overflowed with divinity, love, generosity, humility, and a sense of duty. Through His noble and divine choices, He teaches the world to choose duty over worldly luxuries, just as He did when he chose exile over staying in the palace and going against His father’s word.

He carried out all His worldly obligations with great care. As a son, He obeyed His father’s orders lovingly and sacrificed His comforts for His father’s dignity. As a stepson, He respected His stepmother and did not resent her. As a brother, He cared for His brother and remained loyal to him. As a husband, He fought for the protection and purity of His wife. As a King, He put His kingdom ahead of His own personal needs and convenience.

We are all bound to make errors. We get into silly meaningless fights with our wife; we say harsh things to our mother; we get into unneeded arguments with our father, we get into tussles with our employee and so on. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “If you give happiness to others, then you will receive happiness and if you give pain to others, then you will receive pain; that is considered as humanity.”

So on this auspicious day of Ram Navmi let us learn from the virtues of Lord Ram and take just one step forward towards becoming a better person in our worldly interactions.

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