Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:55 am

Why is it that there is still unrest in the world in spite of all the material progress?

In all countries, the emphasis is on the standard of life, not on the quality of living. Once you turn towards the path of worldly happiness, you will be led on and on to greater and greater discontent, competition, pride and jealousy.

Just stop for a moment and examine your own experience; whether you are happier when you grow richer, and whether you get more peace as and when your wants are satisfied. Then you will bear witness to the truth that an improved standard of living is no guarantee of happiness.

Neither do education, the mastery of information or the acquisition of skills, guarantee mental equanimity.

As a matter of fact, everywhere you find the educated man more discontented and more competitive than the uneducated. So the re-establishment of righteousness (dharma), is the urgent need in all parts of the world today.

- Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961.

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in character. If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:37 am

Why should we introspect on the usage of this precious human body, and how should we use it?

The Divine has endowed you with a body and so every limb and sense-organ is worthy of reverent attention. Each must be used for His glory.

The ear must exult when it gets a chance to hear the wonderful tales of the Divine. The tongue must exult when it can praise Him. Else, your tongue is as effective as that of frogs on the marshy bank which croak day and night!

An animal fears; a beast terrifies! Being afraid of someone or something is an animal tendency and bullying others is a demonic tendency. You should have neither!

Your human body is gifted to you for a grand purpose – to realise the Divine within. If you own a fully loaded car in good running condition, would you keep it in the garage? Would you not drive it to where you need to go?

So too, learn to use the faculties of body, senses, intellect, and mind, and achieve your goal!

– Divine Discourse, Sep 2, 1958.

Your thoughts play a vital role in shaping your life.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:59 am

At times we despise some ‘pre-defined’ duties? What benefit accrues by doing them and what’s the right attitude with which we must approach them?

The root-cause of all troubles is the uncontrolled and ill-directed mind. Like the river in floods, the mind rolls along, causing slips and slides and devastating vast areas on both banks.

Discrimination and non-attachment are the two banks that tame the mad energy of the flood (your mind) and lead the raging waters into the sea (Divinity), which is really the destination they seek.

None of you should make any attempt to run away from the duties of your station and status. Instead, remember to do those duties as worship, as offerings of your intelligence, skill, qualities, and thoughts and feelings to the feet of the Divine, in a spirit of thankfulness for the chance given, without any trace of egoism or a sense of attachment to the fruits of the actions.

Obligatory actions must be carried out, wherever you are, with care and sincerity. When you do so, they bestow upon you with the much-needed discrimination and non-attachment.

– Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961.

The one who discriminates well before engaging in any activity will naturally be righteous in conduct and behaviour.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:15 pm

What benefit accrues by doing "pre-defined" duties and what’s the right attitude with which we must approach them?

Meeting with fellow-pilgrims and kindred aspirants is a piece of rare good fortune. Every one of you is a temple, with the Divine installed in your heart, whether you are aware of it or not.

The Divine is described in the scriptures as ‘thousand headed’. It does not mean that He has just thousand heads and no more, no less. It means that he is present in thousands of heads as just one loving heart, and gives life and energy to all!

None of you must consider yourself separate from others; all of you are bound by the one same life-force, the same blood that flows through countless bodies.

This is a precious message, a very special teaching of the Eternal Religion, which most of you have unfortunately forgotten.

This is what the world needs today! Attach yourself to the Divine fervently. Then all people on all days will be holy and special to you!

– Divine Discourse, Feb 18, 1966.

All are one, Be alike to everyone.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:40 am

Why don’t we feel progress despite pursuing spiritual practices?

You see death snatching away persons from all around you, but you do not train yourself to meet it calmly, bravely, and gladly when it comes to you.

Majority of people get glimpses of discrimination and detachment off and on, but they soon forget the call, ignore it or cover it up with excesses or excuses.

One step forward and one step back — the journey does not take them far. Even if some do take up spiritual practices, steadiness is absent.

Like a ball of thread that slips out of the hand onto the floor, and comes off loose because the grasp is not firm, practices fade away. Only steady effort will bring success here, as in every other case.

How can you expect quick success in the control of the mind? It is very difficult to overcome its vagaries, for it is many-faced and very adamant.

Steady perseverance alone will tame your mind, and it is only through a tamed mind that you can experience the Divine.

– Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961.

Anger breeds danger. Remove the roots of the weed of egoism from the field of your heart; that is true Spiritual Practices.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby iam802 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:18 pm

What are the simple means to suppress the ego?

Do not get involved in the mesh of I and mine. As soon as your ego is suppressed, that very moment two consequences immediately will follow: freedom from grief and acquisition of joy!

To achieve this great consummation, you must take one step after another persistently. Good deeds like ritual worship, repetition of holy names, meditation, observance of vows, etc., are the essential steps!

Good thoughts like prayer for greater discrimination, more chance to serve others, etc. will help you immensely!

Slowly and steadily cleanse your mind, sharpen the intellect, purify the senses, and you will win grace.

Treat the old and the sick that are amidst you with some special care. Those of you who are young and sturdy, comfort them and give them the chances they deserve.

Observe the disciplinary rules that are prescribed for your sake and be benefited! You have come to the Divine, prompted by Love (prema); cultivate it assiduously and live in that love.

– Divine Discourse, Feb 18, 1966.

Offer the Divine the fragrance of your virtues.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:04 am

What are the key steps every earnest aspirant must follow?

You must become your own tutor. Train yourself by using the spark of wisdom that has been implanted in you. Once you try with all your might, the Divine’s Grace will be there to help you forward.

The first step in spiritual discipline is to cleanse your speech. Talk sweetly without anger. Do not boast of your scholarship or attainments. Be humble and eager to serve. Conserve speech and practice silence. It will save you from squabbles, idle thoughts and factions.

Practice the attitude of joy when others are joyful and of grief when others around you are sad. Let your heart move in empathy. But the joy and grief have to be translated into service; they should not be mere emotions.

When the sun rises, not all lotuses in the lake bloom; only the grown buds open their petals. Others await their time. It’s the same with people.

Differences exist because of unripeness, but remember, all fruits will ripen and fall someday. Every being reaches its goal, however slow they walk or circuitous their road is!

– Divine Discourse, Apr 23, 1961.

Talk little, talk sweetly, talk only when there is a pressing need, talk only those to whom you must, do not shout or raise your voice in anger or excitement.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:46 pm

How should we handle infamy and unfair criticism as a spiritual aspirant?

Shower more blessings on those who decry or defame you.

Do not respond by defaming that person; then, the chain of hatred will bind both and drag both of you down.

Life will become a tragedy. Conquer anger by means of fortitude; conquer hatred by love.

Do not feed anger with retaliation; do not feed hatred with fury. Forget and forgive all that has happened amongst you until this very moment; start a new chapter of love and brotherhood from now on.

Goodness is Godliness. Never talk ill of others; spend your time in showering love, and in mutual help. Love, Love, Love, first Love.. Love as long as life lasts.

- Divine Discourse, Apr 28, 1975.

Love is the solvent for the hardest of hearts.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:54 am

Why shouldn’t we let suffering and pain bother us?

Truth is Divine, Faith is Divine, Love is Divine; Live in Love.

If only you cultivate these three, you can achieve anything.

You may encounter any number of losses and difficulties in life. You may undergo a lot of suffering. But, you should never give up truth, faith and love.

Loss, suffering and difficulties are like the waves in the ocean of life. They just come and go. But, the water in the ocean remains permanently. Hence, develop the faith of ‘water’, i.e., Divinity.

Your thoughts are like passing clouds. Hence keep your faith firmly fixed on the Divine. If you develop love and faith towards Him, there is nothing in the world that you cannot achieve.

By faith and love, you can even change the earth into sky and the sky into earth. The power of divine name is unparalleled. People often take it lightly. That is a mistake.

– Divine Discourse, Nov 13, 2007.

If you place complete faith in the DivineLord at all times, you will receive His Grace.

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Re: Life 28 (Apr 17 - Aug 17)

Postby winston » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:40 am

What should we do to make our days in this world a path of flowers?

Without delving deep into the significance of all that happens around them, people lead superficial lives.

If only people meditate on the reality of one’s own existence, knowledge and joy, they will establish firm contact with the Source of all existence, all knowledge and all bliss.

Without taking the first step towards self-inquiry, how can one derive self-satisfaction, infinite power and wisdom?

You have it in your power to make your days on earth a path of flowers, instead of a path of thorns. Recognise the Divine Resident in every heart and life will be smooth, soft and sweet.

The Divine will be the fountain of Love in your heart and in the hearts of all with whom you come in contact with.

Adore everyone as you adore the Divine. Allow the other person as much freedom as you like to enjoy; do unto them just as you would like to be done to you. That is the sum and substance of Spiritual Practices.

– Divine Discourse, May 11, 1975.

Duty must be done with skill, sincerity and selfless love.

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