Happy Janmashtami!

Monday August 10, 2020

Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of this revered God. Today He is worshipped and known in various forms and by various names. Many people lead their lives in his devotion, worshipping him, yet it has been seen that they worry a lot even after having sought refuge at the feet of their beloved Lord Krishna. His devotees chant, “I surrender to Lord Krishna.” Why is it so and does this, show our true surrender and devotion? Is not this a point to be thought-off?

Lord Krishna has said, ‘Why do you worry? Krishna will do what He wants to.’ This understanding needs to be maintained. Though many feel and few say, it is easy for Lord Krishna to say this but how can one run his daily life without worrying? and thus worry unnecessarily.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says,” If a true devotee of God has worries, he would even scold his God, “You have always told us not to worry, yet I still have worries, why is that?” This is what he would say out of his true devotion and surrender for his dear Lord. He would by this means give his worried piece of mind to Lord Krishna and this way gets relieved of his worries by way of his true love and surrender for Lord, which is hard to find these days.

Not only Lord Krishna but all others have said the same thing about worrying. Even Lord Mahavir has said one should not worry. He has said that worrying brings animal life form and it is considered as highest form of ego. Many of us know this yet why do we worry even after surrendering to our dearest Lord Krishna? The reason behind this is explained by Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan, “When there is a perpetual sense of, ‘I am the one, who runs all these things,’ thus worries will arise.” Hence, we continuously have sense of we are running everything and we have to make it well, keep going or improve. We feel if we do not do something it shall not happen. This is something where we silently keep on breaking our surrender and thus worry rules our life.

Let us gift our complete surrender to Lord Krishna on His birthday and become His true devotee by leading a worry free life.

Happy Parents Day!

Thursday July 23, 2020

Who is the one –

  • whom we first meet when we step into this world?
  • who teaches us the basic skills of living?
  • who cares for us at all times, be it highs or lows?
  • who stands by our side always, no matter what?

Yes! It’s none other than our parents.

Parents hold an unmatched and irreplaceable place in every person’s life

They are the reason for our existence today. And they are the reason for what we are today! Parents’ Day therefore is the day dedicated to recognize, appreciate and be grateful towards the most fundamental and pivotal role that the parents play in our life. 

Every parent constantly strives to give the best to their child

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan therefore urges us to serve our parents. He explains that serving one's parents is one's moral duty. Being their child, it is our religion to serve them. And the rule is, if you give happiness to your parents, you too will receive happiness. Those who make their parents happy will never be unhappy whereas, the one who sees faults in his/her parents will never prosper. Such a person may be materially wealthy, but s/he will never progress spiritually. So, one should never find faults in parents.

If we’ve hurt our parents, it’s time to take a U-turn through Pratikraman

And in spite of having the best intention of serving our parents sincerely and dutifully, if we happen to behave offensively with our parents sometimes, or we hurt them by being mean or rude to them someday, Param Pujya Dadashri suggests that we must do PRATIKRAMAN.

Pratikraman means apologizing for our mistake and seeking forgiveness for it with true repentance in our heart. It is best we bow down and touching their feet we seek forgiveness. But if for some reason this cannot be done, we can remember the Pure Soul residing in our parents, and pray to them, “Oh God, I have done the mistake of hurting my parents through my rude behavior. With true repentance in my heart, I seek forgiveness for the same. Please pardon me and grant me strength so that I do not ever repeat this mistake.”  

In today’s times, the thoughts and ideals have sharply declined. Hence, it may happen that in spite of resolving not to hurt our parents, we may commit the mistake of offending them yet again. If that happens, do pratikraman once again. And if we feel it has become our daily habit to misbehave before our parents, we must introduce the practice of doing pratikraman too every day. Before going to sleep, for ten minutes, we’ll close our eyes and introspect where all we hurt our parents through our thoughts, our words or actions today. And remembering every such instance, we shall whole-heartedly do pratikraman, as explained above, and wash off our daily mistakes.

Let’s express our gratitude towards parents through our resolve to keep them happy

No matter how high we rise in life, we can never overlook the fact, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world’, can we?

On contemplating the fact of how we owe our very existence to our parents and also our achievements in life so far, I’m sure we’ve all got very eager to express our endless gratitude towards our parents! So come, on the occasion of the Parent’s Day today, let’s give our parents their due share of love and appreciation in all our achievements; and resolve to sincerely serve them and keep them happy, today and everyday throughout their life. Happy Parents’ Day!

 

 

Global Forgiveness Day !

Monday July 6, 2020

Global Forgiveness Day is a day to rivet our attention on a very important act, which is that of forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of the greatest virtues. And therefore, almost every religion preaches in favour of ‘forgive and forget’, and teaches how we can live a happy and peaceful life by ‘allowing the act of forgiveness to supersede one’s feelings of revenge!’

But even while we may like to endorse these preachings, we generally have so many complaints for people around us, “My family does not understand me, my boss does not involve me in the project, the pickpocket robbed me, etc.” And we strongly believe that ‘it is because of them that I had to suffer!’ The biggest glitch therefore while forgiving someone is, ‘why should I, or how can I forgive him / her when I had to suffer so much due to that person’s fault(s).”

This is where Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan shows us the light by serving the wonderful science of:

‘The Fault Is Of the Sufferer’

According to the worldly law, the one who inflicts pain is at fault, while as per God’s law or the Nature’s law, ‘The fault is of the sufferer.’

When our pocket gets picked, then who is at fault? Our neighbour’s pocket did not get picked. Why it is that only our pocket got picked? It is because the regulation as per God’s law, the real law, catches only the one who is at fault. This law is exact and precise - the fault is always of the sufferer. The one who inflicts pain will have to suffer some day for this deed of his. However today, it is our own wrong and faulty past deed which has been caught, and hence being punished for by Nature.

Without fault, suffering cannot arise! Over and above, when we choose to blame others and try to prove that it is indeed the other person’s fault, we are committing further more faults. More faults means more suffering to come! Thus, the sequence of our suffering keeps multiplying! One creates constant pain and worries by pointing out faults in others. This is what creates suffering day and night. And on top of that, we feel, ‘I have to suffer so much.’

When We Can See the Other Person as Innocent, the Forgiveness Is Spontaneous and Genuine

So, to curb our sufferings, we must first begin by forgiving all those people whom we have regarded to be faulty so far, for we now know that it was we who were really faulty. Our intellect will show, “This person did this mistake and he spoilt my work.” But after knowing the science of, ‘The fault is of the Sufferer’, we will be able to forgive the person very easily as we realize that scientifically the other person is merely a post-man chosen by Nature to deliver the result of my wrong deeds. It was only to punish my deeds that Nature got him to do this!

Next We Go Further and Seek Forgiveness From God For Our Faults

Param Pujya Dadashri says, “The suffering exists to the extent that a fault exists. When the fault comes to an end, then no person in this world, no circumstance, will be able to give us suffering.”

Thus, on this special day, at home, in business, at work, everywhere, to find out, ‘Whose fault is it?’, we shall investigate, ‘Who is the one suffering in this?. I am suffering; so it is my fault. Hence I seek forgiveness from God for this fault; and ask Him for strength so that I do not repeat this mistake.’ This will help wash off our mistakes, one by one.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan says, “If you are pure, no one can do anything to you - such is the law of this world. Therefore, if you want to break your mistake, then you should break it.” So, why not break it then? And on what better day can we begin that other than today, the Global Forgiveness Day!!!

So come, let us today determine to apply the above understanding at every step in our life, adopt this virtue of forgiving others for the visible mistakes and seeking forgiveness from God for our own faults, and thus set ourselves free from suffering so that we can live our life very happily.

 

Happy Gurupurnima !!

Friday July 3, 2020

Guru Purnima is celebrated as a festival dedicated to Guru. A Guru is the one who acts as a guide to their disciples and shows the path to salvation. Rooted in Sanskrit, the word Guru is derived from ‘gu’ which means darkness and ‘ru’ which denotes the removal of darkness. Hence, a Guru or a teacher is believed to be the one who removes all darkness from our lives.

There are two types of guru, one who guides in worldly life and another who guides on spiritual path. Both are equally important in one's progress.

Param Pujya Dadabhagwan says, ‘Guru is the one whose very sight makes our heads bow.’ Just upon seeing him, our head will bow. That is why if one is a guru, then he must be such that he dissolves all egos. Then you can attain liberation, but not otherwise.

Guru is a lighthouse with whose help we navigate through the obstacles and safely reach the port (our final destination). If you are at the level of twelve cents and he is at the level of fourteen cents, then you should sit with him, because only the living guru can show you your faults. You must always be open and ready to accept whatever faults your Guru shows you, do not retaliate nor protect them or get angry. 

Guru looks after you in every situation that you get placed in, while in His association. He inspires you, guides you, protects you and ensures that you rise above all the difficulties that come your way and reach your ultimate destination. Guru is a beacon of light so that we don’t get lost; a beacon of faith such that we never lose hope.

Only the one who is living and present can help you, so on this auspicious occasion of Gurupurnima, let us all take this opportunity to resolve that we shall always be sincerely willing to listen, accept and introspect upon whatever our Guru points out to us, as His ultimate goal is our spiritual progress.

On this day, Param Pujya Dadabhagwan says that He is completely detached from worldly interactions and becomes one with ‘Dada Bhagwan (Enlightened Soul) that has been manifested within Him. Hence, one can ask for infinite strength and immense blessings for their spiritual progress on this day. Guru Purnima is thus a day, to ask for strength and take blessings from guru, to get the right understanding to have complete awareness and become one with the pure Soul.

Happy Mothers Day!

Friday May 8, 2020

Happy Mothers’ Day!

This is the day to honor and appreciate the importance and love of all Mothers. There’s no greater worldly love than that of a Mother!

A mother plays a pivotal role in the life of her child’s growth and development. Mother nurtures the future of the country with great love, care and good cultural values. She ensures that her child stands up, becomes a responsible human being and leads a very happy life.

Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan always said, his mother, Zaverba, was a very noble lady; and he described how his mother played an important role in his life since childhood; how she molded his character to make him an extraordinary figure. Let’s take a quick glimpse of one such incidence in Param Pujya Dadashri’s life to understand this.

One day, the little Ambalal (Param Pujya Dadashri) came home, having fought with another boy, who stayed in his neighbourhood. He beat the other boy such that he had started to bleed. When Zaverba got to know about it, she very lovingly explained to Ambalal, “My dear, just as you did, if someone hit and bruised you, I would have to apply medicine to you, isn’t it? Right now, that boy’s mother too must be applying medicine on her child’s wounds. He must be crying and must be in so much of pain! So, look son, from now on, never hurt anyone. If you come home hurt, I will take care of you.” Such was her nobility!!

She lovingly and compassionately made Param Pujya Dadashri understand why he should not beat others. She taught him the highest lesson of life, ‘never hurt others; not even when someone hurts you’; and thus instilled in him the virtues of nobility and non-violence. This is how a mother makes her child a Mahavir!!!

Since today is a special day, celebrated in the honor of that special person who brought us in this world, taught us moral values so that we become a good human being, inculcated in us great virtues to help strengthen our inner personality, and showered all her blessings onto us so that we can accomplish our goals and lead a successful life; so, let us all, greet our dear Mother today, feeling greatly grateful to her for making us reach where we have, in our life today!

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