Happy Children’s Day!

Monday November 12, 2018

“Children’s’ Day” is celebrated on 14 November, every year. It is in honour of India’s First Prime Minister, Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, whose birthday is on this day and who loved children dearly. The day in itself creates excitement in every child. They feel that it is, “My day!” A day when they can celebrate their existence as a child.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says this regarding children, “This [today’s] generation is open, receptive and healthy-minded. Keep positive intents (bhaavs) for your children. This will bring good results. They will change for the better and this will happen naturally. Today’s generation is the best that has ever been.

Therefore, it becomes our duty to help these children become the best versions of themselves. In fact, a child resembles a small plant, which if well nurtured flourishes and blossoms to its fullest. If we want a child’s mind to grow, we have to plant seeds that would help them become a good human being. This nurturing includes provision of a proper education, a good support system, a loving and safe environment, values, care, freedom etc. Moreover, nurturing has to be variable to a certain extent. Because every child is unique, his/her nurturing also has to be unique. This is of utmost importance because children sow new seeds in whatever they do, even though the harvest may not be visible right away. Hence nurturing them requires great care and patience.

Another very important task that lies on the shoulders of parents is to watch out for the weeds that also tend to grow. Weeds are the unwanted plants that grow and steal the nutrition from the actual plant, thereby harming the growth of the actual plants. Param Pujya Dadashri says, “A child indeed brings his values (sanskar) with him, but you have to help with that, as it is necessary to nurture those values. He [the child] is looking for knowledge. Each time he does something wrong, explain to him that this is wrong. It should come into his realization. Otherwise he will believe that what he is doing is correct. That is why he ends up on wrong path. [Parents] should understand when to encourage, when to discourage, how much to encourage, and how much to discourage the children.

So this Children’s Day, let us all keep positive intents (bhaav), be determined to encourage seeds and discourage the weeds not only in our children but also within our own selves.

Wish you all a very Happy Children’s Day!

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Happy Diwali!

Monday November 5, 2018

Diwali, also called ‘Deepavali’, is derived from the word deep i.e. "lamp" and avali i.e. “row”, to mean “the row of lamps”. Every Diwali, we light small oil lamps (deepak) and illuminate our worldly home, our house. This Diwali, come, let us light the real deepak within, and illuminate our real home (the Self)!

The stories related to the celebration of Diwali vary within different traditions of Hinduism. Yet, each one explicitly marks Diwali as the festival of light and joy, celebrating the victory of light over darkness. In every story, people light the ‘deepak’ to symbolise the light that dispels the darkness and illuminates the path. So what is this light, which darkness does it dispel and which path does it illuminate? Come; let us try to understand this, on the auspicious day.

As children, on the occasion of Diwali, you, along with your siblings and cousins, must have surrounded your grandparents; and eagerly and attentively listened to them narrate the legends about the battles between good and evil, light and darkness. Do you remember how joyous you felt, when at the end of it all, Lord Rama, Lord Mahavira, the Pandavas, Guru Har Gobind, Nachiketa or Goddess Lakshmi finally triumphed and returned back home?

However, at that tender age, little did we know, what are our ancestors were trying to make us learn through the medium of these wonderful stories. Diwali is actually the celebration of the triumph of the inner light over spiritual darkness, of knowledge over ignorance, of love over attachment and hatred, of the right belief over various wrong beliefs, of permanence over impermanence. 

These stories of the enlightened Souls try to kindle within us the importance of knowledge, self-inquiry, self-improvement and seeking the right path. So for how long will we wander around in darkness? We have been walking in darkness for countless lives, but have not been able to see the light. And this darkness prevails because of the layers of ignorance over our real Self.

Say, a glowing 1000-watt light bulb is placed in a clay pot with its lid tightly closed and numerous layers of thick dense cloth cover it, would we be able to see any light coming out of the bulb? No. This is exactly the case with us. Within us, there is infinite light of real Knowledge (the Pure Soul), but the darkness prevails because of the layers of ignorance over the Self. With the grace and special powers of the Gnani Purush, the enlightened One, a tiny hole is made in the clay-pot covering the light bulb (our ignorant Self), therefore filling the whole room with light. 

In Akram Vignan, when the Living Gnani graces us with Self Realization (Gnan), the light appears. All it takes is for a lit lamp to light our lamp. So, come, let us celebrate this festival of lights by getting our lamp lit from a lit lamp, and thus fulfil the real purpose of our life!

With an earnest heart-felt prayer that, ‘This Diwali and every Diwali thereafter, may the light of the Self glow brighter and brighter within You’, Dada Bhagwan Parivar wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Diwali!

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Amba Maa or Goddess Ambika is one of the Goddesses who is worshipped and accepted by many religions in India. She is also known by other names like Bahuchara Maa, Kalika Maa, Durga Maa etc.  

The festival of Navaratri is celebrated in honour of Amba Maa throughout India. It is known by different names like Ramlila in the North, Durga Puja in the East and Kolu in the South. It is an occasion to express our devotion to Amba Maa (Mataji).

Goddess Ambika is adhya shakti i.e. the original energy force. She has the divine power to destroy your worldly obstacles and grant energy to your worldly self (prakruti), thus helping it become natural. She enables your prakruti to become natural and spontaneous (sahaj). When your personality remains and behaves in a natural state, then it is referred to as sahaj prakruti

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “You can have peace by worshipping Mataji, and your prakruti (one’s worldly Self) can become natural.”

To become natural means to do what comes into your mind without any interference of the intellect and ego. He says that this is what happens while we do garba. Our body is in a natural style (sahaj), hence, it removes the impurities within us and makes space for right knowledge to enter. If our prakruti becomes natural and spontaneous (sahaj), then it helps us progress in our path to liberation.

Navaratri is a festival of devotion and by worshipping Amba Maa, our prakruti becomes natural, powerful and is energized.

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Self Realization Ceremony In Perth

Saturday October 6, 2018

On 6th October, 70 new seekers attained Self Realization through Gnan Vidhi Ceremony in New Zealand.

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In Sydney, 310 new people took part in the Gnan Vidhi (Self Realization ceremony) on 30th Sep, 2018

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