Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Possibility to Realize God - for Householder. ?

Neighbor: “Sir, is it ever possible to realize God while leading the life of a householder?”
Master: Certainly. But as I said just now, one must live in holy company and pray unceasingly. One should weep for God. When the impurities of the mind are thus washed away, one realizes God. The mind is like a needle covered in mud, and the God is like magnet. The needle can not be united with the magnet unless it is free from mud. The tears wash away the mud which is nothing but lust, anger, greed, and other evil tendencies, and the inclination to the worldly enjoyment as well. As soon as the mud is washed away, magnet attract the needle, that is to say the Man realizes the God. Only the pure in heart see God. A fever patient has an excess of water element in his system. what can quinine do for him unless that is removed?
Why should one realize God while living in the World? But sa I said, ‘one must live in the holy company, pray to the God, weeping for his grace, and now and go into solitude. Unless the plants on the footpath are protected at first by fences, they are destroyed by cattle.’
Neighbor: ‘Then householder too will have the vision of God. won’t they?
Master: Everybody will surely be liberated. But one should follow the instruction of the guru; if one follows a devious path, one will suffer in trying to retrace one’s steps. It takes a long time to achieve liberation. A man mail fail to obtain it in this life. Perhaps he will realize God only  after many births. Sages like Janaka performed worldly duties They performed them bearing God in their minds, as a dancing girl dances, keeping jars or trays on her head. Haven’t you seen how the woman in northwest India walk, talk and laughing while carrying water pitchers on their head?
Neighbor: You just referred to the instruction of the guru. How shall we find him?
Master: ‘Anyone and everyone can not be Guru. A huge timber floats on the water and can carry animals as well. But when a peice of worthless wood sinks, if a man sits on it and drowns him. Therefor in every age God incarnates Himself as the guru, to teach humanity. Satchidananda alone is guru.
“What is knowledge? And what is the nature of this ego? God alone is Doer, none else, -that is knowledge. I am not the doer. I am a mere instrument in His hand. Therefore I say: “O Mother, Thou art the Operator and I am the machine, Thou art the indweller and I am the house. Thou art the Driver I am the carriage. I move as thou movest me. I do as Thou makest me do. I speak as Thou makest me speak. Not I not I, but thou, But Thou.”

Sinful Tendencies !!

A Neighbor: “Why does a man have sinful tendencies?”
Master: In God’s creation there are all sort of things. He has created bad man as well as good man. It is He who gives us good tendencies, again it is He who gives us evil tendencies.”
Neighbor: “In that case we are not responsible for our sinful action are we?”
Master: Sin begins in its own result. This is God’s law. Won’t you burn your tongue if you chew a chili? In his youth Mathur led a rather fast life; so he suffered various disease before his death.
One may not realize this in youth. I have looked into the hearth in the kitchen of Kali temple when logs are being burnt. At first the wet wood rather burns well. It does’t seem then that it contains much moisture. But when the wood is sufficiently burned all the moisture runs back to one end. At last the water squirts from the fuel and puts out the fire.
“So one should be careful about the anger, passion, and greed. Take, for instance, the case of Hanuman. In a fit of anger he burnt the Ceylon. At last he remembered that Sita was living in the Ashoka grove. Then he began tremble lest fire should injure her.
Neighbor: “Why have God created wicked people?”
Master: That is His will, His play. In his Maya there exists avidya as well as vidya. Darkness is needed too. It reveals all the more glory of light. There is no doubt that anger, lust and greed are evils. Why then, God has created them? In order to create Saints. A man become saint after conquering its senses. Is there anything impossible for a man who has subdued his passions? He can even realize God, through his grace. Again, see how His whole play of creation is perpetuated though lust.
Wicked people are needed too. At one time the tenants of an estate became unruly. The landlord had to send Golak Choudhary, who was a ruffian. He was such a hard administrator that the tenants trembled at the very mention of his name.
There is need of everything. Once Sita said to her husband: “Rama, it would be grand if every house in Ayodhya was a mansion! I find many houses old and dilapidated. ‘But, my dear,’ said Rama, if all the houses were beautiful ones, what would the mansion do?’ God has created all kind of things. He has created good trees, poisonous plant and weeds as well. Among the animal there are good, bad and all kind of creatures - tigers, lions, snakes, and so on.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Holy Company ??

Devotee: “What is the good of Holy company?”
Master: It begets yearning for God. It begets love of God. Nothing what so ever is achieved in spiritual life without yearning. By constantly living in the company of holy men, the soul becomes restless for God. This yearning is like the state of mind of a man who has someone ill in the family. His mind is in the state of perpetual restlessness, thinking how the sick person my be cured. Or again, one should feel a yearning for God like the yearning of a man who has lost his job and is wandering from one office to another for the search of work. If he is rejected at a certain place which has no vacancy, he goes there again the next day to inquires, “Is there any vacancy today?”

There is another way:” earnestly praying to God. God is our very own. We should say to Him.: ‘O God, what is thy nature? Reveal Thyself to me. Thou must show Thyself to me; for why else hast Thou created me?’. Some Sikh devotees once said to me, ‘God is full of compassion/’ I said: ‘But why should we call Him compassionate? He is our creator. What is there to be wondered at if He is kind to us? Parents bring up their children. Do you call that an act of kindness? They must act that way.’ Therefore we should force our demands on God. He is our  Father and Mother, isn’t He? If the son demands his patrimony, and gives up drink and food in order to enforce his demands, then parents hand his share over to him three years before the legal time, Or when the child demand some pice from his mother, over and over again ,’Mother give me a couple of pice, I beg you on my knees!’, then the mother seeing his earnestness, and unable to bear it any more, tosses the money to him.
“There is another benefit from the Holy company. It helps one cultivate discrimination between the Real and unreal. God alone is Real that is to say, the Eternal Substance, and the world is unreal, that is to say, transitory. As soon as the man finds his mind wandering away to the unreal, he should apply discrimination. The moment the elephant stretches out his trunk to eat a plantain tree in a neighbor’s garden, it gets a blow from the iron goad of the driver.”

What is the Way ?

A Devotee: “Then what is the way, sir?”
Master: “Prayer and the company of holy men. You cannot get rid of the ailment without the help of the physician. But it is not enough to be in the company of religious people only for a day. you should constantly seek it, for the disease has become chronic. Again, you can not understand the pulse rightly unless you live with a physician. Moving with him constantly. You learn to distinguish between the pulse of phlegm and pulse of bile.”

Monday, April 2, 2012

Devotional Song - By Ramprasad

I drink no ordinary wine, But Wine everlasting Bliss,
As I repeat my Mother Kali’s name;
It is so intoxicates my mind that people take me to be drunk!
First my guru gives molasses for the making of the Wine;
My longing is the ferment to transform it.
Knowledge, the maker of the wine, prepares it from me then;
And when it is done, my mind imbibes it from the bottle of the mantra,
Taking the Mother’s name to make it pure.
Drink of this Wine, says Ramprasad, and the four fruits of life are yours.
Four fruits mentioned above are Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.

God and His Glory

God and his glory. This universe is His glory. People see his glory and forget everything. They do not seek God, whose glory is this world. All seek to enjoy ‘woman and gold’. But there is too much misery and worry in that. This world is like whirlpool of Visalakshi. Once a boat get into it there is no hope of its rescue. Again the world is like a thorny bush; you have hardly freed yourself from one set of thorns before you find yourself entangled in another. Once you enter a labyrinth you find it very difficult to get out. Living in the World, a man becomes seared, as it were.”

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Goal of Life !!

The Master said, again: “The one goal of life is to cultivate love for God, the love that the milkmaids, the milkmen, and the cowherd boys of Vrindhavan felt for Krishna. When Krishna went away to Mathura, the cowherd roamed around weeping bitterly because of their separation from Him.”
Just now I saw a youthful cowherd
With a young calf in his arm;
There he stood, by one hand holding
The branch of a young tree.
“Where are you, Brother Kanai?”, he cried;
But “Kanai” scarcely could he utter;
“Ka” was as much as he could say.
He cried, “Where are You, Brother?”
And his eyes where filled with tears.
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