Rising Up, Up, Up

Saturday January 12, 2019

India is a land of variety. Each state in India celebrates it’s glory through diverse culture, traditions, festivals, lifestyle etc. One of the most auspicious festivals that marks the beginning of the New Year (as per the Gregorian calendar) is Makar Sankranti. It is celebrated on January 14, every year, across India to honour the Sun God, who is the symbol of energy, strength and power. People relate the festival with the harvest season, kite flying, bathing in sacred rivers etc. to absorb the power of Sun in different ways.

The power of the Sun is also associated to the qualities of a Gnani Purush (the enlightened One). The Gnani is said to have the dazzling majesty of the Sun-God. Those who come near Him can experience this strength and the Divine energy that is visible in His eyes. It is nature’s principle that, One becomes what one sees. One imbibes the virtues of a Gnani just by having faith in Him and being connected to Him.

What are the qualities that can make a Gnani great?

  • Infinite Compassion – His spirit of comforting and liberating all the creatures of the world from the agony and suffering is endless.
  • Pure Love – Whatever He does is for our own benefit. His pure love makes you complete and free.
  • Everywhere Adjustable – A Gnani can accept everyone’s viewpoints and hence can adjust with everyone.
  • Flawless vision – No matter what one does to a Gnani, His forgiveness is always the rewards he will get in return.
  • Purity – He doesn’t desire anything from the world and has unity and oneness with everyone.

These are just few of the 1008 qualities that a Gnani has.

This Makar Sankranti, as we look up at the soaring kites; let us also ask for strength to imbibe the qualities of a Gnani and rise higher in our life.

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On 6th January, 1050 new seekers attained Self Realization through Gnan Vidhi Ceremony in Adalaj, India



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Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan’s Punyatithi

Wednesday January 2, 2019

On 2nd January 1988, Ambalalbhai Muljibhai Patel, known as Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, left His mortal body. An emptiness was created due to the physical absence of the Gnani Purush (Self-realized person). However, even today He lives in the heart of all those met Him.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan attained spontaneous Self Realization in June 1958. His teachings are spread through the spiritual science of Akram Vignan. In this vast science, He has also disclosed the science behind death. He explains that at the time of death, the Pure Self goes into the next life and along with the Self goes the good and bad karmas in the form of a plan. From the human form, one can go into the animal form, to celestial form or even to hell and then back into the human form. He becomes whatever he binds (causes). It is only in the human form that one binds karmas. No other life forms bind karmas. In other life forms they only experience the effects of their karma. In the human form, one causes new karmas and also experiences effects of past karmas.

So how can we stop karmas from binding? Param Pujya Dadashri says, “Once you come into the nature of the Self, no new karma will bind. This happens when the Gnani Purush makes you aware of your own Pure Self. After that, new karmas do not bind and old karmas continue to discharge. When all the karmas have discharged, you will attain final liberation.”

So on the Punyatithi of Gnani Purush (Self-realized person) Param Pujya Dadashri, let us all make a wish to meet a Self-realized person, who can make us realize our Pure Self and guide us towards the path of Moksha (Ultimate Liberation).

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Good Bye 2018, Welcome 2019!

Saturday December 29, 2018

The year is coming to an end. It is time to bid farewell to 2018, and move towards welcoming 2019. We will all have various feelings attached to different moments we experienced in 2018 and we start imagining what we will do in the New Year.

When we look back at the year, we think to ourselves, ‘Oh! This was the happiest moment! This should have lasted forever!’, ‘Ah! Why did I do this? I shouldn’t have done this. It was not a good idea. Why did it happen at all?’ Like these many similar feelings arise. Some moments you want to hold onto, others have a hold on you, and yet others you wonder why they ever happened at all, you feel embarrassed, or depressed when you think about them and wonder why they took place in your life. In all of these incidents, you are stuck in a moment, which has already past. At this time, you are not living in the present and this is why you are not able to fully appreciate your present.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “People believe that karma is the external activities people do like eating, sleeping, hitting someone etc. People label all actions as karma. But in reality the activity they see is really the fruit of karma and not the actual karma itself. What does a child do when you give him bitter medicine? He makes a face! And when you give him medicine that is sweet, he will like it. When people do raag-dwesh (attachment- abhorrence) they are planting causes that give rise to new karma. You will have to experience karma that you like and also the ones you dislike. The ones you do not like will leave you hurting while those you like will leave you happy. The causes that were created in your past life bring fruits to you, in this life.”

Therefore, you can say that, the incidents you are holding on to of your past are simply the fruits of causes you created in your past life. So now what should you do with these memories? Param Pujya Dadashri says, “Now if someone bothers you, you should understand that you must have done something bad to him in your past life, and now he is returning the favour. So you must resolve the situation calmly and peacefully. But because you cannot remain peaceful, you end up sowing new seeds of karma. There is only one way to deal with karmas bound from the previous life and that is through peace and equanimity. You should not have a single bad thought about other people. You should simply feel that you are experiencing your account and that whatever the person may be doing to you is all on account of your own karma. You should understand that you are suffering because of your own previous bad deeds. Only then is there any freedom. As a matter of fact, he is giving you such a difficult time because of the unfolding effect of your own karma: he is simply an ‘instrument’.”

Let us, using Param Pujya Dadashri’s understanding, resolve to let go of, instead of hold on to those positive or negative incidents that already played their role in our life this year. Let us get ready to wholeheartedly embrace the new opportunities in the upcoming year. Wishing you all a Happier 2019!

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Merry Christmas!

Saturday December 22, 2018

Christmas is celebrated all over the world on December 25. With the arrival of Christmas, someone special comes to mind - Santa Clause! Children eagerly await his arrival. He truly comes to give something special to children and brings smiles on their faces. This tradition of gift giving gives us some valuable lessons also like, giving up ourselves to help others, to think of others before ourselves and how to bring happiness to others.

Once a questioner asked Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, “How does one go about making his life simple and ideal?” To which He replied, “Maintain an obliging nature. Give to others whatever you have. In this manner, your life will become ideal and harmonious (satvik).” He further says, Religion begins with an obliging nature. Happiness is found in giving to others. But instead people tend to take away from others. Do not do anything for yourself. When you do for others, you will not have to do anything for yourself.”

Many a times we are caught in situations, wherein we cannot actually go and help others, even if we want to. For which Param Pujya Dadashri says, “More important than a person’s external actions of obliging others are his internal intents (bhaav) to help. This intention [to help others] should always be present.”

After reading this we might feel is it really possible to develop such an obliging nature in us?  Seems difficult, right?  But Param Pujya Dadashri says, “If you make a decision that you want to maintain an obliging nature, the change will occur within you.”

So let us come together this Christmas and make a firm determination to maintain an obliging nature and find true happiness through giving to others selflessly.

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