Happy Janmashtami!

Wednesday August 21, 2019

It has been more than 3000 years now that Lord Krishna was born. What is the reason that even today, we celebrate His birthday with so much of enthusiasm and happiness, and worship Him with all the reverence and adoration in our heart?

It is because Lord Krishna has given to the world a very wonderful thing namely “Nishkam Karma”, which is the essence of the holy Bhagavad Gita.

What is Nishkam Karma?

Nishkam Karma means to do everything but without expecting anything in return.

Say, you receive some income from your farm, and some from the printing press too that you have started. So you estimate an income of twenty to twenty five thousand a year from both these sources put together. However, actually an income of only five thousand happens this year. What happens then? You will immediately feel you’ve made a loss of twenty thousand, isn’t it? And if you had not kept any expectations at all, would you feel the pinch then? No!

Lord Krishna has therefore advocated 'Nishkam Karma Yog' as the ideal path to ultimate liberation.

Perform your duties selflessly, without any kind of selfish motive or desire for particular fruits or specific results of the action done by you.

However, Param Pujya Dadabhagwan clarifies,

“When a person does nishkama karma with the belief of ‘I am Chandubhai (please insert your own name here)’ there is binding of new (punya / merit) karma. Doing such karma makes the worldly life smooth.”

But until there is binding of new karma, how can one attain ultimate liberation?

Dadashri solves the puzzle as he further explains,

“Nishkam Karma cannot be done without first knowing ‘Who am I’. To believe, ‘I am doing Nishkam Karma’ in itself is bondage. As long as there is a doer of nishkam karma, there is bondage.”

One’s bhaav (inner intention) in this lifetime creates new karma. And as long as we have it in our bhaav (intent) that ‘I am the doer’, good or bad karmas continue to bind.

Only when we attain Self-Realization, we realize that, “I am Pure Soul and my nature is only to see and know”. With this, our belief that, ‘I am indeed the doer of Nishkam karma’ also drops. And as a result our anger, pride, deceit, greed, desires, attachment, hatred get onto the declining curve.

So come, on this auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, let us all gift Lord Krishna on His birthday our determination to make Self-Realization the ultimate goal of our life so that we can do Nishkam Karma, as Lord Krishna has propagated, in its true spirit!

RAKSHABANDHAN

Tuesday August 13, 2019

Rakshabandhan is a day dedicated to celebrate the unique loving bond between brothers and sisters. It is a day when the siblings pray for each other’s happiness & well-being.

‘Raksha-bandhan’ means a ‘bond of protection’. By tying a band, the brother assures protection to his sister from all the external enemies and obstacles that she may encounter in life; and the sister in turn, prays for a long and healthy life of her brother.

But what about the internal enemies and obstacles? Who will protect us from those?

Our belief that we will perish at the hands of the external forces keeps us in constant fear.

When a sister ties raksha-bandhan onto her brother’s hand, she has a prayer in her heart that, “Dear brother, please protect me from the obstacles that may come up in my life.” And on tying this ‘bond of protection’ the assurance that her brother gives to her puts all her fears to rest. But how much ever a brother may strive to safeguard his sister, ultimately we all are helpless in front of Nature.

So is there a surer way to overcome our fears?

Yes, there is! If the very source wherefrom all kinds of fears originate is uprooted and destroyed, fear would automatically vanish, isn’t it? So let’s learn some more about this.

Say, you’ve gone astray in a foreign territory. And you suddenly find yourself surrounded by enemies who are determined to rob you off all your valuables, even if that means taking away your life. Just imagine the kind of fear you would experience in such a state.

You would want to escape but you can’t, for the enemies have erected huge obstacles on your way. You know your brother, or for that matter any loved one, are more than willing to help you, but how? They too cannot combat these enemies. And you are scared that they may get hurt. All you would want to do in such a situation is to somehow escape from the enemies and make your way home, right?

Likewise, every living being in this world too is experiencing terrible fear for we are outside our home named ‘Soul’ and have got surrounded by the internal enemies of anger, false pride, deceit and greed and there are huge obstacles of the worldly pleasures derived from five senses, which are not letting us escape from the enemies so that we can reach our home.

Who can help us out now?

Gnani (an Enlightened Person) alone can make us realize our eternal Self and get us free.

According to Pujya Dadashri, “Fear exists because of the ignorance of the Self. One has never seen or realized the domain of the Self. That is why there is perpetual existence of fear in the relative world. Fear vanishes with the understanding of ‘I am the eternal Self’!”

Pujya Dadashri further assures that, “Those who have received Gnan (Self-realization) from me will constantly experience samadhi (remain undisturbed) in every situation, regardless of its type.”

Self-Realization destroys the fear from its source of origin and leads us to ultimate liberation.

So come, on this pious day of Rakshabandhan, let us decide to set ourselves free by realizing our eternal Self, and seek protection of Gnani from all types of internal enemies and obstacles to live a life full of bliss and void of all stress!

For this, we shall earnestly pray to Gnani today, “Please protect every living being on this Earth. Help each cross over the obstructions that are not allowing them to attain Self-Realization. Please protect us from the internal enemies that obstruct our path to ultimate liberation.”

In Ujjain, India 900 new people took Gnan Vidhi (Self realization ceremony) on 9th August, 2019

 

Happy Friendship Day!

Friday August 2, 2019

Friends are our fantabulous buddies whom we’ve selected of our own choice and have made them a part of our family.

They are the ‘Eveready’ batteries that instantly charge you up when you feel low. And if you ever happen to feel lost, oh gosh! Friend is the only way to go!! Friend is like a cool breeze that makes you forget all your problems in life. But when you get into a problem with your friend itself, your life is in utter disaster.

There was once when you could not resist yourself talking to this person. Then how come today you are avoiding the same person? Friendship is a relationship which is all about sharing, caring, having fun and helping each other in good and bad times. Then how can bad times ever overshadow this self-chosen relationship?

The reason is: the clashes between the two friends. Where there is excessive love, expectations arise, and misunderstandings and differences of opinion soon follow suit. Each of these generates negativity which eventually leads to clashes. If clashes are allowed to continue, slowly and surely it destroys the friendship completely.

What do we do to not let this happen?

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “Maintain a constant intent to avoid clashes. That indeed is what should be done!” So, to keep our friendship safe and intact, we must use Dadashri’s special key, which is, “AVOID CLASHES”

What about clashes that have already taken place?

No issues! Owing to the clash, you got to see your faults that were all along hidden inside you, didn’t you?

Param Pujya Dadashri, sharing his personal experience, gives us a beautiful insight. He says, “In my case, whenever clash occurred, I made a note that I have gained some good knowledge today! Clashes prevent you from slipping; they keep you ever aware! They are a vitamin for the Soul. Therefore, there is no problem if clashes have happened. To not develop a distance (between you and your friend) after clashing, is considered the right effort. If you begin to develop a mental distance with the other person, then do pratikraman* and set it in order. Pratikraman* should be done and a friendly spirit should be maintained towards that person! If the conflict occurs again, then once again do pratikraman. Because when one layer (of mistake) leaves, thereafter another layer leaves. They (our mistakes) are in layers, aren’t they?”

*Pratikraman is done in 3 steps:

  1. Apology. I have done so and so mistake
  2. Repentance. I ask for forgiveness for my mistake.
  3. Promise. I decide not to do this mistake again.

Pratikraman does not mean, “Oh! I have made this mistake, why did I do this mistake.” No, this will bring in another kind of negativity. Instead, you can directly connect with the Pure Soul (God) residing in your friend, and ask for strength from the Pure Soul to not do the mistake again. Then the negativity or the guilt-feeling will automatically dissolve.

Friendship calls for understanding, not necessarily agreement. When you do pratikraman, you will soon see good results and your friendship will once again blossom with all its beauty. When enmity leaves, then real love arises. Thereafter, there will be no clashes, there will be natural forgiveness.

To conclude, just like any other relationship, sometimes friendship too goes through a downside. It doesn't mean you stop being friends. Rather, ‘Avoid Clashes’ is the key. It will keep your friendship safe and intact!

            140 new seekers took Self Realization through Gnan Vidhi Ceremony in Los Angeles, USA on 29th July. 

                        

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