Hanuman Jayanti

Thursday April 18, 2019

Scriptures of Ramayana has given us an Ideal symbol of Strength, devotion and celibacy in form of Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Jayanti is birthday of this celibate God. His devotion towards Lord Ram has not met any comparisons. His devotion includes in being best example of using his talents and capacities to the fullest in the Lord’s service. When Lord Ram’s wife, Sita was kidnapped by the demon king Ravana, He jumped, across thousands of miles of fathomless ocean to warn Ravana to release her just being the messenger for his Lord Ram. Taking the initiative, directing and participating in the construction of a bridge across the ocean to Lanka, to lend path for army to march across the sea. This bridge, who’s every stone showed the ultima of his devotion, as it was built by inscription of Lord Ram name on it. These are very few examples showing his great devotion towards Lord Ram.

Devotion is something that will allow you to sail across even if you do not know the way. Let’s learn something more about devotion through vision of Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan.

What is Devotion? There are two paths of devotion. One is indirect (paroksh) devotion, which yields worldly fruit while it gradually elevates you spiritually. The second is direct (pratyaksh) devotion, which is directed towards the One in whom God has manifested.

Devotion should be towards whom? Devotion should be towards those who are higher than you. You cannot worship anyone without first knowing their attributes. One cannot have devotion if there is no compatibility and in the absence of a strong liking for it. Bhakti cannot be done without a liking for it.

What is Nature of Devotion? You become like the one you worship. If you worship marble you will become like marble, if you worship a black stone, you will become like the black stone, if you worship a picture you will become like that picture and if you worship ‘Dada’, you will become like ‘Dada’.

Importance of Knowing god before bhakti

Dadashri : Dear lady, do you want moksha or something else?

Questioner : Instead of moksha, it would be nice if I get to do Bhakti.

Dadashri : Do you know the God whose bhakti you are doing at the moment? Where does he live? How tall is he? How many children does he have? For countless lives, you have done indirect (paroksha) bhakti, without knowing God. You do not achieve anything by doing that.

Devotion and  Faith

Questioner : Is there a difference between bhakti (devotion) and faith?

Dadashri : Faith is established in the words by reading scriptures. One will develop devotion for Lord Krishna if he develops faith in the words of Lord Krishna. He begins with an adjustment with a sentence from someone, then he develops faith on that, and then the bhakti begins. Then if he develops faith in someone else’s writings, he will not be able to adjust with the former and his faith in him will become unstable. Here in Dada’s satsang, the faith is established with you in the initial experience of the Self (nischay) and such faith is conviction (pratiti) which remains with you until final liberation.

Devotion (Bhakti) and Liberation

Questioner : Does a person have to do bhakti in order to be liberated?

Dadashri : Bhakti helps one acquire the tools for the path of liberation. Bhakti of the vitarag Lords is only for liberation.

So let us all collectively on his birthday, pray and ask God Hanuman to instill the true devotion as of his so as to progress not only spiritually but also towards our goals in life.

MAHAVIR JAYANTI

Wednesday April 17, 2019

According to you, who is ‘God’?

Is it someone who is mighty and strong? Or the one with the super natural powers? Or someone with good looks? Alternatively, someone who has won over his inner enemies of anger-greed-deceit?

God is within whom the attributes of God have manifested completely.

Some of the external powers might be possible to develop with some efforts. But the real victory lies in overcoming our inner enemies of anger-pride-greed-attachment-desire. It is easy to identify our external enemies and protect our self from them but the real challenge lies in recognising what lies inside and being vigilant against those.

Lord Mahavir, which means, the victorious one, did exactly that.

Every year the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir is celebrated as ‘Mahavir Jayanti’ by millions of people across the globe. What makes Him so great? The world celebrates His victory over all sensory pleasures and inner weaknesses. He also laid down the following five fundamental vows for everyone’s spiritual progress.

  1. Ahimsa (Non-violence)
  2. Satya (Truth)
  3. Achaurya or Asteya (Non-stealing)
  4. Brahmacharya (Celibacy)
  5. Aparigraha (Non-possession)

Out of these 5 doctrines/vows, He laid special emphasis on Brahmacharya. Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan who has revealed to us this science of celibacy says that rather than mere suppression, celibacy should be practiced with right understanding. He says, “Sexuality is not poison. Fearlessness in sex is poison.”

Practising celibacy might not be so easy in today’s time cycle. But Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says that even married people can practice celibacy. Through the science of Akram Vignan, He has extensively revealed to us the dangers of illicit sex, benefits of celibacy, how to overcome sexual attraction, celibacy for married people etc. Millions of people across the globe are practising celibacy with this understanding. He says, “If you win over sexuality and sexual impulses, by practicing celibacy, then you win over the world. You no longer remain dependent on anything in the world.”

Isn’t this real power? The one that make us all, MAHAVIR.

 

In Harrow , UK 160 new people took Gnan Vidhi (Self realization ceremony) on 14th April.

61 new seekers took Self Realization through Gnan Vidhi Ceremony in London, UK on 11th April. 

Happy Ram Navami!

Wednesday April 10, 2019

The Hindu festival, “Ram Navami”, is celebrated to rejoice the birth of Lord Ram. He was born on ninth day of the Shukla Paksha in the Chaitra month as per Hindu calendar. That is why it is named as “Ram Navami”.

Lord Ram is known for His righteousness, which is also considered one of His heroic qualities. Going through His life’s incidences, we can infer how He righteously dealt with every relationship and circumstance in His life, whether that of a son, a brother, a husband or King. Today let us understand righteousness (Dharma) through the vision of Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan:

Param Pujya Dadashri says, “What is dharma? It is anything that remains in and results in its own intrinsic properties. Dharma means one’s intrinsic nature and properties. For example, when can you call gold, gold? It is only when it exhibits the properties that are intrinsic to gold. Another example is if these grapes are bitter, then you could say that it does not exhibit its intrinsic property. Brass can look and shine just like gold if it is polished enough. But if a goldsmith were to test it, he would be able to tell that it is not gold from the intrinsic properties of that metal. Similarly you can say that a thing is in its innate nature, goon dharma, if it exhibits its innate nature. The belief of ‘I am the body’, or to believe the body, the non-self, to be your real identity is par-dharma (dharma of another). To believe the Self (Soul) as the Self is swa-dharma (own dharma). That is Atma dharma, dharma of the Self.” Thus, we are able to learn the definition of actual righteousness (Dharma).

So on the auspicious occasion of Lord Ram’s birthday, let us pray to Lord Ram to grant us to lead a righteous life and eventually attain the heights that He was able to attain.

 

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