In all the lands may all the sufferings of living beings come to an end!
May the beaten be freed from blows!
May those who are threatened with death be restored to life!
May those who are in tribulations become free from all pain!
May those who suffer hunger and thirst receive food and drink in abundance!
May the blind see and deaf hear and women with children give birth painlessly!
May sounds of pain be nowhere heard in the Universe!

Monday, November 11, 2013

CONTACT THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS

CONTACT THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS

 

If you really want to succeed in life, you must contact the source of success – God. God is the source of success. So many people came and say to me: "We have done our best. But why have we failed? Why have we not succeeded in life?"

 

I narrated to them the story of a little boy who was moving on the road, with his father beside him. The son found a huge stone lying in the middle of the road. And he said to his father, "I want to remove this stone, lest some pedestrian should trap on it and get hurt."

 

"Go ahead son," said the father.

 

The little boy tried to lift up the stone. He struggled hard; he perspired; he put his very best. But try as he might, he could not lift the stone. Dejected and frustrated, he said to his father, "I have put forth my best efforts, but I have failed."

 

"Where have you put forth your best efforts?" asked the father, "Here I am, I have been standing by your side all the time. All that you needed to do was to turn to me and ask me to help you. And my strength would be your strength. In that added strength, you could have effortlessly lifted that stone."

 

Our Heavenly Father is always by our side. All we have to do is to turn to him for help and we will never fail us.

 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Deepavali Message !!!


Deepavali Message !!!

 

"Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya"

 

"Out of darkness lead me into light," is a prayer offered by millions all over the world.

 

All around us today there is darkness – the darkness of selfishness, hatred and greed.

 

The human birth is an opportunity to behold the Light of the Light of lights, the ever living light which keeps on burning in the cave of the heart. Not all the hurricanes and tornadoes of the world can extinguish the Light.

 

I close my eyes, I see darkness. I sit in silence. I sink deeper and deeper in the silence of the soul. I pause for a few minutes, several times a day, to contact the diveine center within. I behold a patch of white light in my forehead. The patch grows into a full orbit of light which illuminates the plexus of a thousand petals and my entire being is filled with light. And I sing the Deepavali song:

 

Wherever I turn

I behold Thee

And Thee alone!

 

This it is to celebrate the Deepavali. It comes to remind us that I and my neighbor are not apart from each other. We are parts of the One Whole.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

25 Life Lessons from Ramayana


  1. Power of Bad Association: It was a known fact in Ayodhya that Kaikeyi loved Lord Rama more than his own son Bharath, then how could she become so evil. It is by her bad association with Mantara.
  2. Attachment to service & not to the position: Lord Ram was willing to become the king as a service to Maharaj Dasarath and He was also willing to go to the forest as a service to His father.
  3. Mission of Life should be to vanquish the demoniac tendencies in our heart: Lord Ram's purpose to kill the demons was fulfilled by His banishment to the forest.
  4. Even extreme reversals if taken in the proper spirit will help us fulfill our mission in life: For example, Law of gravity is only in effect in the Earth's sphere and not beyond. So also Laws of material nature act only in material consciousness not in spiritual consciousness.
  5. Ram or Aaram, A test for every seeker: Citizens of Ayodhya wanted to go with Lord Ram to forest and leave behind all the comforts (Aaram) of the City Ayodhya.
  6. Alertness in Spiritual Life: Lord Ram leaves Ayodhyavasis when they were asleep. If one is inattentive or lazy, one will loose taste in Bhakti.
  7. (Sometimes) Saintly persons might cause pain to others not to hurt them but benefit them: Bharat disowns Kaikeyi, or Prahlad disregards Hiranyakashipu, a Doctor may cause pain (operation) to patient to cure him.
  8. Goal is to please the Lord: For Bharat, he wanted to stay in the forest which was easier than to return and rule the Kingdom but he did it to please Lord Ram.
  9. Lord is the Proprietor: Bhoktaram Yajna tapasam (Bhagavad Gita 5.29). Bharat was ruling the kingdom on Lord Ram's behalf by keeping the Paduka's on the Throne. We are only caretakers, He is the real proprietor, He can give and take away. The Caretaker acts according to the will of the owner.
  10. Anybody can make a show of greatness: The reversals test us who we are. When Lakshmana cuts Surpanaka's nose, gone was the charming form, gone was the facade and then the real ugly form manifested. One's greatness is tested by one's ability to tolerate provoking situations.
  11. Bhakti (Sita) cannot be achieved by Deception: Ravana wanted to kidnap Sitadevi by deception, but he gets Maya-Sita at the end. Greed and lust are never satiated, they lead to arrogance and envy.
  12. Attachments can creates traps and make us suffer: Marichi takes up a golden dear form to which Sitadevi developed deep attachment to have it and thus trapped Sitadevi. We should see the substance through the eyes of the scripture. Marichi was all about false promises. For example, spider web is most attractive to the fly but actually it's a trap.
  13. Maya knows our weaknesses: She can make our strength into weaknesses and take us away from the circle of instructions of great souls. Ravana uses Sitadevi's attitude to serve great souls to disobey Lakshmana.
  14. Always stand by the Right: Jatayu's integrity. Real success is to please the Lord. Jatayu lost his life fighting for Lord Ram but achieved the purpose of Life to please the Lord. It is better to lose & win than to win & lose.
  15. Patience, Determination & Enthusiasm: Example of Shabari. Long time ago, Guru had asked her to wait for Lord Ram while all other disciples and Guru himself went back to Godhead. She showed her enthusiasm by working hard everyday to clean the place, plucking flowers &  fruits for the Lord. She had complete faith in the words of Guru and patiently waited with determination. The Lord reveals only when He wants.
  16. Honesty, We can't put a facade before the Lord: Hanumanji disguises when he went to meet Lord Ram. Lord knows within who we are, we have to be honest to receive the mercy of the Lord. Lord Ram didn't speak to Hanuman for four months.
  17. Obstacles on the path of Bhakti: The demons who came to stop Hanuman during his jumping across the ocean. Mainaka (Gold Mountain) - temptation to seek comfort before achieving our real purpose. Simhika (Shadow catching demoness) - While striving for Bhakti, people will chastise, criticize and misunderstand us, we should have the willingness to tolerate. Surasa (Serpent): Being envious of people in higher position and try to stop their progress. This is jealousy of the mind. By devotional service, we have to devour Simhika who represents Envy.
  18. Arrogance cannot understand wellwishers: The world is a mirror of our own consciousness. Ravana was thinking Mandodari was envious of Sita, but actually he was envious of Lord Ram. Ravana was thinking Vibhisana was disloyal and taking the side of Lord Ram, but he was disloyal to Kubera, his cousin brother. When we think we know, we are not willing to listen to good counsel. Spiritual progress means simplicity and humility. If they are lacking, we won't listen thinking that we know better, that was Ravana.
  19. Big or Small, we can swim the ocean of Samsara by chanting Lord Ram's holy name: Big or Small, all the stones floated by writing Lord Ram's name.
  20. Pride or Attachment leads to loss of intelligence: dhyayato visayan pumsah (Bhagavad Gita 2.62). Every stage of this sloka was exhibited by Ravana. Loss of intelligence - Even when all his stalwart warriors including Kumbakarna, Indrajit died but he still didn't give up.
  21. Hearing about the Lord - Revival of dormant love: Lord Ram being Paramatma in the heart of everyone including Ravana could have killed him just by turning off Ravana's heart. But the Lord and His pleasure potency Sitadevi went through this whole ordeal so that we can hear about the Lord and revive our dormant love.
  22. Righteousness: Vibhishana comes to take shelter of Lord Ram, all the monkeys were against, except Hanumanji. Vibhishana was willing to be misunderstood or even chastised to surrender to the Lord.
  23. Counsel and Advise in battle against Illusion: In battle against Illusion, at every stage association of devotees to put us straight without which we will fall. Lord Ram doesn't need but takes the counsel of Vibhishana.
  24. Grace of a Sadhu needed to kill demons within: Agastya muni had given a divine arrow to Lord Ram. That arrow was used by Lord Ram to kill Ravan by piercing his heart.
  25. Welcoming the Lord in hearts with lamps: That is Dipavali festival. Lord Ram is welcomed back into Ayodhya with lamps. Dipavali is not just physical fire but lighting the hearts with light of Lord's grace and process of devotional service. When heart is fully illuminated, then we can experience Lord Ram within ourself. When our love awakens, in that love, compassion for all living beings awakens. Then Ramrajya is awakened within the heart and then without (i.e. out in the world).
Above lessons are extracted from a talk given by HH Radhanath Swami.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Baba's Letter to you

Dear Child,

      I see your loneliness and fears, your guilt and frustrations.  I see your endless search for love and fulfillment.  All this must be, in order for you to come to the end of your own understanding--then you can hear My voice.  Listen carefully amid the noise of the world and you will hear...

      I love you, I shed my blood for you to make you clean.  Give yourself completely to Me.  I created you to be just as you are, and you are lovely in My eyes.  Do not criticize yourself or become depressed for not being perfect in your own eyes.  In Me you have been made perfect.  I want you to trust Me one step, one day, one second at a time.  Dwell in My power and My love and be free, be yourself.  Don't allow other people to control you.  I will guide you, if you let Me, but be aware of My presence in everything.

      I give to you patience, love, joy, and peace.  Look to Me for answers for I am your Father and will lead you.  Follow Me only!  Do not ever forget this!  Listen and I will tell you My will.

      Let My love flow from you and spill over to all you touch.  Be not concerned with yourself - you are My responsibility.  I will change you without your ever knowing it.  You are to love yourself and others, simply because I love you.  Take your eyes off yourself, look only to Me, I lead, I change, I create, but only when you are not striving.  You are mine... Let Me have the joy of making you like Lord.

      Your only command is to look to Me, and Me only...  never to yourself and never to others.  Do not struggle, but relax in My love.  I know what is best and will do it in you.  Stop trying to become, and let Me make you what I want.

      My will is perfect; My love is sufficient.  I will supply all your needs...  only look to Me.

I Love You,

Your Father 

Friday, May 10, 2013

More than what we can hold..!!

Once a boy went to a shop with his mother. The shopkeeper looked at the small cute child and showed him a bottle with sweets
 
And said 'Dear Child, you can take the sweets...

But the child didn't take. The shopkeeper was surprised.. Such a small child he is and why is he not taking the sweets from the bottle. Again he said take the sweets....

Now the mother also heard that and said.. Take the sweets dear. Yet he didn't take. The shopkeeper seeing the child not taking the sweets... He himself took the sweets and gave to the child. The child was happy to get two hands full of sweets.  

While returning home the Mother asked the child... Why didn't you take the sweets, when  the shopkeeper told you to take?..

Can you guess the response: Child replies... Mom! My hands are very small and if I take the sweets I can only take few.. But now you see when uncle gave with his big hands.... How many more sweets I got!  

Moral: When we take we may get little but when God gives... He gives us more beyond our expectations. .. More than what we can hold..!!