Individual Peace leads to World Peace

​A beggar came to an emperor and the beggar said, ‘If you are going to give me anything there is a condition. ‘ The  emperor said, ‘What do you mean? What do you mean by your condition?’ The beggar said, ‘This is my condition: I accept only if you can fill my begging bowl absolutely.’

It was a small begging bowl. The King said, ‘What do you think I am? Am I a beggar? I cannot fill this dirty small begging bowl?’ The beggar said, ‘It is better to tell you before, because later you can get into trouble. If you think you can fill, fill.’
The King called his advisor and told him to fill it with precious stones: with diamonds and rubies, emeralds. Let this beggar know with whom he is talking! But then there was difficulty. The bowl was filled but the king was surprised — as the stone fell into it, it would disappear. It was filled many times and each time it was again empty.

Now he was in a great rage, but he told the advisor, ‘Even if my whole kingdom goes, if all my treasuries are emptied, let them be — but I cannot allow this beggar to defeat me. This is too much.’
And all the treasures, it is said, disappeared. By and by the king became a beggar. It took months. And the beggar was there and the king was there and the whole capital was there and everybody was wondering what was going to happen, what would happen in the end. Everything was simply disappearing.
Finally the king had to fall at the feet of the beggar and he said, ‘Forgive me, but before you leave just tell me one thing. What is the secret of this begging bowl? All has disappeared in it.’ The beggar started laughing. He said, ‘It is made of human ego. I have made this begging bowl of a human ego: everything disappears in it,nothing ever fulfils it.’
Examine what is happening to us. It is not a story, it is our life. It is a Kingly quality to go on giving. We go on acquisition mode one after, another after… Again we are empty. No satisfaction, no contentment. It is a truth in everybody’s life, in man’s life.

We remain a beggar for mundane and materialistic achievement and our begging bowl remains empty. To fill the bowl again some how we again go and develop greed, enmity, hate , vengeance  etc; That’s why  there is so much of negativity, chaos, terrorism in this world.
 If we refine our ego by regulating our mind then,individual peace is achieved which will lead to world peace

Purpose of life is to excel in everything we do – Kamleshji

“Purpose of life is to excel in everything we do”.
Shri. Kamleshji, President, Shri Ram Chandra Mission

A German once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God…

Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby…
Surprised, he asked the sculptor, “Do you need two statues of the same idol?”

“No,” said the sculptor without looking up, “We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage…”

The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage…

“Where is the damage?” he asked.

“There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.” said the sculptor, still busy with his work….

“Where are you going to install the idol?”

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high…

“If the idol is that far who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?” the gentleman asked.

The sculptor stopped work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said,”I will know it…”

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not….

“Excellence” is a drive from inside, not outside….

Excellence is not for someone else to notice but for your own satisfaction and efficiency.

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8th Maxim of Sahaj Marg – Babuji

“Be happy to eat in constant divine thought whatever you get, with due regard to honest and pious earnings”.
Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj – Babuji, Founder President, Shri Ram Chandra Mission
 
 
Pidhamaga Bheeshma was completely pin-holed by Arjuna’s arrows and he was on the arrow bed.
 
After that Gauravas also could not sustain longer in the war field. So, War came to an end. Pandavas won the war. But Bheeshma was still on the arrow bed only.
 
Krishna and Dharma were very much aware of Bheeshma’s wisdom. So they had taken dharma’s brothers, relatives and leaders of the army and stood before Bheeshma for clarifying all their doubts. Bheeshma advised them all for thirty days right from how a King should behave and he covered almost all the details.
 
After all these, Sahadeva asked a sarcastic question to Bheesma. “You speak all justice now; but all these days you were with that bad man Dhuryodhana and fought with us? Doesn’t it mean that you fought against justice? Sahadeva asked Bheeshma.
 
Very true my Son. The food I ate these many days remains the reason for that, said Bheeshma.
 
Food? asked Sahadeva
 
“Yes. There is a saying that Food will have its effect on senses. I was eating the food of Dhuryodhana since long time so it made me forget about justice and made me fight against justice. But now Arjuna’s arrows had made that bad blood to ooze out and cleansed me. So I had come back to Justice’s side” said Bheeshma. 

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Insideout – Chariji

 
“In the East we occupy the house and then complete it. It must be completed from inside. That is the ancient principle, the holy principle, the spiritual principle. Nothing is complete from outside. It is a pointer to the fact that our spiritual occupancy of our heart must also be from inside. I think it also indicates quite correctly that we must begin spirituality when we are not yet spiritual, and then create a spiritual heart in ourselves, purify it sufficiently, and allow God to occupy it. And then let Him complete the job from inside.
So we never do things from outside, the real work is always from inside. This is the esoteric, spiritual principle.” 
Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, Shri Ram Chandra Mission
 
Once there was a rich man who like a King in a luxurious house with a beautiful wife and two children with more than hundred people to serve. But as he was stressed for quiet few days, he went in search of wisdom.
 
Usually those who go in search of wisdom go by walk; but as he was rich, he started in a horse cart. He went to all the places and met intellectual people, saints and teachers and offered gold and diamonds at their feet and requested them to bless him with wisdom.
 
But none of them was able to help this rich man. They have told him about a yogi who was living inside the deep forest and who only could help him.
 
The rich man thought for a while, took a bag full of money and jewels and rode his horse inside the forest.
 
After a long search, he found the cave where the yogi lives. He went to the yogi, greeted him and explained him his need.
 
Yogi asked him, “How did you come here?”
 
I came in a horse, the rich man replied.
 
Yogi told, “Then why did you search for wisdom? Search for your horse first?”
 
“What Swamiji you are making fun? I already have a horse. Why should I go in search of it?” the rich man asked the yogi.
 
Yogi said, “In the same way wisdom is also there in you. It is useless to search for it outside. Search in you and realise what it is”.

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Avoid Laziness – Chariji

Avoid Laziness

“You have to train yourself into an attitude of keeping yourself occupied because it’s so easy to slip into laziness when you have nothing to do. “Oh! I have nothing to do.” When we have something to do we say, “Oh! I have no time.” That is procrastination. We say procrastination is the thief of time, precisely because we say we have no time when we have all the time that we need. Who is the thief? We are the thieves ourselves. And please remember, ‘Babuji’ said character formation is our business. Spiritual growth, he gives. Now, procrastination, laziness, these are all parts of our makeup, our character – we should change it”.
Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Sahaj Marg

Nothing would come as such

When you avoid doing everything stating that I have enough time to do it; later we would have been passed away without doing anything atlast. Laziness should be avoided.

In a fraction of second the world would put us under its feet and stab us and walk on us. How much competition? At what speed everyone is moving? Thousands of Scientists, Sports persons, Writers, Cinema Actors, Painters are there. There exist infinite persons in each field. Is each one of them successful? One who commits oneself completely into the work and put sincere and dedicated efforts only succeeds. Hard work plays a major role in the life history of each one who have toiled so much and breathlessly worked for their success among this large ocean of people. Their lives would have been filled with more insults and image tarnishing incidences. One who wipes off those insults and raises up are admired and appreciated by the world.

Van Gough is one among the world popular painter, whose name could not be avoided while preparing the world famous painters list. Vincent Von Gough was in his last ten years of life, when he started his career vigorously after passing many years leading a miserable life, full of poverty, unable to decide his own field to pursue, health problems, mental problems.

We would not have any identity until and unless we choose our field to pursue. Success and failure are in our hands only after making the career choice. Whatever happens we have to put our effort.

Von Gough is such a personality. He painted many paintings. Though he had painted more than 2000 paintings, the world did not recognize him till his death. He made money out of selling small paintings. But if had worried for that stopped painting, he would have gone without any identity. Von Gough felt that “If the recognition and identity comes to us when we are alive we would feel happy; else no issues”. He is the best example for “Whatever happens one should never stop rendering their effort”. Nothing would come as such is the fact remains.

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Certain amount of pain or bhoga is essential- Babuji

Excerpts from Shri Chariji’s speech…
“I asked Babuji, “you can clean everything. Why don’t you clean us totally so there is no more pain?” He said, “you know, certain amount of pain or bhoga is essential to learn our lessons from it.”
Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, http://www.srcm.org

Fishing Story
The Japanese love fresh fish. However, the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer.

However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price.

So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive.

Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark chases the fishes to eat, the fishes starts swimming vigorously and continuously to save its life and arrive in a very lively state to shore.

All our pains and miseries are like a shark in our tank, which keep us swimming to our shore with His Guidance.

 

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Humanity – Chariji

Humanity
 
“If the idea of brotherhood, the idea of love, mutuality of the human race, comes into existence, then like the Buddha, you will say, “Not for me nirvana now. I shall wait until the last human being is liberated before I go into my place in the brighter world.” That is true generosity. That is true love. That is true dedication to the human race”. 
Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, SRCM
Sahaj Marg
  
A luxurious ship was wrecked half way during the sail due to heavy storm. Two men alone have rescued their life and reached a small island after great struggle. Both of them differ in their status; one being rich and other being poor. But both have become friends as they work together in same hierarchy in the same organization.
 
Only grassland and shrubs were there in the island. It was very hard to find food or even tree for shadow. The two men were clueless about what to do next. Finally they decided to pray God. They also thought to identify whose prayers are more powerful.
 
Hence both of them have decided to stay at both the banks of the island. First, they both prayed for food. Some fruits came floating towards the bank of the island where the rich man was staying. The rich man ate fruits but the poor man didn’t get anything to eat and was hungry.
 
The rich man who had fruits for his hunger, felt boring and wished to have a woman as his wife nearby. Surprisingly as an answer for his prayers, a small ship wrecked near that island and a woman alone rescued her life using a wooden piece and reached the bank of the island where this rich man was staying.
 
On seeing her beauty, the rich man fell in love with her at once and married her. The poor man on the other bank of the island was starving all alone.
 
Like a magic, food and clothes as prayed by the rich man had come floating to his bank alone. But his friend on the other bank of the island didn’t get anything. He was totally shattered.
 
The newly married couple spent the week joyfully with the fruits and food that have come to them. One whole week was spent…
 
Finally the rich man prayed for a boat to reach his native place. For his surprise, the boat had come the next day to that bank of the island.
  
On seeing the power of his prayers, the rich man did not want to call his unfortunate friend who is in the other bank of the island and was all set to start to his place with his new wife. Without knowing all these, the poor man on the other bank of the island was starving.
 
The rich man thought that his friend is unfit for anything as he is unable to get blessings of God; none of his prayers were answered. Already he is poor. So this selfish rich man was not ready to take his poor friend with him.
 
On reading this we also get anger on God. Isn’t? When the boat was ought to start, there heard a voice from the sky.
 
Why did you leave your friend all alone in this island? It reflected!!!
 
The rich man replied that “I prayed God and he blessed me with what I needed. God had not answered any of my friend’s prayers. So he is not fit to get anything”.
 
It again reflected saying “You are my son; I am God”!!!
 
Your friend who loves you very much had prayed for only one thing. I have blessed him with what he asked. If he would have not prayed for that, you would have been not blessed with all that you have now.
 
The rich man asked, “What did my friend pray? In what way I am grateful to him?”
 
It again reflected saying, “Your friend prayed that my friend is very rich and good man. He was always luxurious and never underwent any tough time in life so I pray you to fulfill all the needs and wants of my friend. It is enough for me. I am already poor and have been accustomed to such painful situations. I don’t need anything. Please fulfill my friend’s needs and wants”.
 
On hearing this, the selfish rich man felt embarrassed and regretted for his blunder and ran in search of his selfless friend. 

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Make a will

Make a Will
“It is really surprising that some people consider themselves to be too weak for practice, while actually they are not so. An ordinary man has within him the same power and the same soul-force that a saint has. The only difference between them is that the sage has torn off the covering round his soul while the other is just like a silkworm in the cocoon. And if one resolves firmly to throw off these coverings, no power on earth can stop him.”
Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur (Babuji)
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The chubby green caterpillar rolled on the leaf, stretched out at the centre of the leaf with its hands behind its head in absolute contentment as watched the blue skies.

Suddenly there was a flash of colours and a beautiful butterfly came to the leaf and gently unfurled its legs to rest a while. The talkative caterpillar felt oddly tongue tied. Never before had it seen something so magnificent and it didn’t know what to do. Luckily the butterfly fluttered its wings and asked, “Hello little caterpillar, how are you today?” The caterpillar blushed and said, “I am doing very well indeed! And you?” The butterfly replied, “I am on top of the world!” The caterpillar was awestruck. It asked “what is the world, pretty creature?” “The world” replied the butterfly, “World is that wonderful place that you can see, smell and touch.” “Oh!” said the caterpillar, “My world is this leaf, and I am so happy to be here.” He burped happily. The butterfly looked disappointed for a moment, but said nothing. The caterpillar, unable to bear the silence, asked, “So tell me, what makes you so beautiful?” The butterfly replied, “My wings!” The caterpillar asked shyly, “Can I touch them? The butterfly proudly unfurled them and the caterpillar climbed upon it and rolled around to feel the soft, silky length of the wings. The caterpillar asked “Can you take me to see your world?” with its eyes suddenly popping with excitement. The butterfly shook its head in dismay and said, “No I can’t, my wings are enough only to carry me.” The caterpillar was moved to tears. Choking back sobs the caterpillar asked, “Is there any way I can get wings?”

Enthused butterfly said, yes, yes, you can get wings. I got my wings too! I wasn’t born with them! Unable to believe its ears the caterpillar asked, “How, tell me this moment, how? The butterfly looked the caterpillar seriously and said, you know what, I just can’t remember. All I can tell you is that I believed with all my heart that I would develop wings and one morning I had wings. Anyhow, it is getting dark. I must leave. With that the Butterfly fluttered away.

The caterpillar was deeply disappointed. What did the butterfly mean by its words, “I believed with all my heart that I would develop wings?” The caterpillar closed its eyes, rolled over and said to itself, “I believe with all my heart that when I wake up tomorrow morning, I will have wings.” With hope in its heart it went to sleep. The entire night it dreamt of colours, soft wings and the mysterious place called world.

When it woke up, it immediately jumped up to check its backside. Had the wings arrived? But, oh, all it could see was green and hairy behind. It couldn’t help itself. The Caterpillar immediately busted in to tears. After crying, the caterpillar just lay on his tummy. With its hands under its chin, wondering what to do to get the wings! It wanted them so badly. It wanted them more than anything else. It wanted the wings more than even wanted food, or for that matter, air also. Suddenly a thought crossed its mind, “the butterfly said that I have to believe with all my heart that it will happen. Hoping does not mean believing, is it? Hoping is just hoping, but believing is knowing, is it not? I will not hope any more. I will believe!”

That night with renewed belief, the caterpillar slept off, keeping the single sentence alive in its mind, “I believe with all my heart that when I wake up tomorrow morning, I will have wings.” The next morning it once again checked for the wings, but alas, no wings had arrived. It cried for the wings, but the wings didn’t come. It screamed for the wings, but the wings didn’t come. It rolled all over the leaf, but no wings at all. Exhausted, it lay on the leaf watching the sun set, suddenly a thought struck, that the sun sets every evening at an appointed time. Just because the caterpillar wanted to set early, it wouldn’t. It giggled to itself in knowledge, “The wings will come, when the wings will have to come. The butterfly had said that they come one morning. Which morning, I can’t decide that! I just have to keep believing.”

With excitement, it closed its eyes, hoping for a new tomorrow. Now, hope transformed in to belief, and desperation for the wings changed into a happy waiting for the wings to arrive. The next morning when it woke up the strangest thing had happened. The caterpillar found itself inside a dark shell and it could no longer see the skies. With no leaves to eat, it knew it must soon die. And yet, the only sentence that it kept remembering was, “I believe with all my heart that when I wake up tomorrow morning, I will have wings.” It was becoming extremely difficult for the caterpillar to breathe. It felt like death was just around the corner. It shut its eyes tightly and held on the last image in its mind: the beautiful butterfly with its fluttering wings.

The older butterfly, who met the caterpillar earlier, came to chat with it once again. The butterfly looked for the caterpillar on the leaf, under the leaf, besides the stalk, but it was nowhere. Dismayed, the butterfly just sat there when suddenly it saw a flutter of wings. A beautiful, large, butterfly was watching this old butterfly. It bated its eyelashes, and sighed. It was love at first sight. The old butterfly asked the young butterfly with shy, “Do I know you?” and the young butterfly replied, “I don’t remember. In fact, all I can remember about my life in a single sentence: ‘I believed with all my heart that I would get wings, strange huh’! The butterfly smiled, realization dawning upon it. With one gentle flutter of the wings, they took off. The world is waiting…

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We are the chosen lions…

Excerpts from Master Chariji’s speech during Shri Babuji’s birthday, 30 April 2006, at Satkhol…
“My Master (Babuji) has said that Sahaj Marg is the path of a true warrior, and put this in one of his oft-quoted statement that, “we want lions and not sheep. One lion is worth a hundred sheep!” Bravery immunity to suffering, and the ability to walk alone are the characteristics necessary. Lions have no friends, but a true lion has his pride: a family filled with brotherhood, if it can put in that way, as well as his pride in the conventional sense. A committed abhyasi — committed to himself and none other — must not be diverted from the path by friendship, nor disappointments, nor even by supposed delay in spiritual progress. My Master has said that only Master is the true friend, in the real meaning of the word —-namely, one who will give his life if and when necessary.”
Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari – Shri Ram Chandra Mission-Sahaj Marg

There is an old story about a Lion…
 
There was a lioness, which was strong and young, going about in search of prey; seeing a flock of sheep and she jumped upon them. Unfortunately she died in the effort; and a little baby lion (Cub) was born, motherless. It was taken care by a sheep and the sheep brought it up, and the Cub grew up with the Sheep, ate grass and bleated like a Sheep. And although in time, it became a big full grown lion, it thought itself as a Sheep.

One day another lion came in search for prey and was astonished to find a lion in the midst of the flock of sheep, fleeing like the sheep. He tried to get near the sheep-lion, to tell that it was not a sheep but a lion; but the poor animal fled at his approach. However, he watched his opportunity and one day found the sheep-lion sleeping. He approached it and said “You are a Lion”.  “I am a Sheep” cried the other lion and could not believe the contrary but bleated.

The lion dragged him towards a water body and said, “Look, here is my reflection and yours.” Then came the comparison. It looked at the lion and then at its own reflection, and in a moment came to the idea that it was a lion. The lion roared and the bleating was gone.
 
The sheep-lion realized its potential and possibilities by seeing its fellow lion, believed its fellow lion and developed faith in itself. 

I was also wandering like a sheep in this mundane world and one day I came to our Master. With HIS grace and benevolence, I started living like a Lion by balancing both my materialistic and spiritual life.

“Have the courage to persue this conquest: one day you will reach the goal. Be happy to be on your way, you are among the chosen ones who have left behind them a lot of luggage”
Shri Ram Chandraji (Babuji) Founder President, Shri Ram Chandra Mission

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Hanuman – to kill ego

Excerpts from Complete work of Ram Chandra (Lalaji Maharaj) volume -2
“The first condition for stepping in to the stage of ‘Aham Brahm’ is to sacrifice one’s ego completely. Devotion is synonymous to Hanuman (the monkey God). ‘Hanu’ means ‘to kill’ and ‘man’ means ‘ego’. So it is evident that one has to give up his ‘ego’ to become a devotee. Whosoever wants to attain the stage of ‘Aham Brahm’ should first understand the significance of ‘Hanuman’ and sacrifice his ego. This is the main step to devotion. I recommend to all practicants who would like to progress, to attain this condition first. Only then can hope for any protection and progress. There is no room for illusion or confusion. Those who are at the circumference will not have any deviation or wrong understanding of Brahm.
Samarth Guru Mahatma Shri Ram Chandraji Maharaj of Fatehgarh (U.P) Adi Guru of ‘Shri Ram Chandra Mission’.

BEGGER AND THE KING

A beggar came to an emperor and the beggar said, ‘If you are going to give me anything there is a condition.’ The emperor said, ‘What do you mean? What do you mean by your condition?’ The beggar said, ‘This is my condition: I accept only if you can fill my begging bowl absolutely.’
It was a small begging bowl. The King said, ‘What do you think I am? Am I a beggar? I cannot fill this dirty small begging bowl?’ The beggar said, ‘It is better to tell you before, because later you can get into trouble. If you think you can fill, fill.’

The King called his advisor and told him to fill it with precious stones: with diamonds and rubies, emeralds. Let this beggar know with whom he is talking! But then there was difficulty. The bowl was filled but the king was surprised — as the stone fell into it, it would disappear. It was filled many times and each time it was again empty.
Now he was in a great rage, but he told the advisor, ‘Even if my whole kingdom goes, if all my treasuries are emptied, let them be — but I cannot allow this beggar to defeat me. This is too much.’

And all the treasures, it is said, disappeared. By and by the king became a beggar. It took months. And the beggar was there and the king was there and the whole capital was there and everybody was wondering what was going to happen, what would happen in the end. Everything was simply disappearing.

Finally the king had to fall at the feet of the beggar and he said, ‘Forgive me, but before you leave just tell me one thing. What is the secret of this begging bowl? All has disappeared in it.’ The beggar started laughing. He said, ‘It is made of human ego. I have made this begging bowl of a human ego: everything disappears in it,nothing ever fulfils it.’

Examine what is happening to us. It is not a story, it is our life. It is a Kingly quality to go on giving. We go on acquisition mode one after, another after… Again we are empty. No satisfaction, no contentment. It is a truth in everybody’s life, in man’s life.
We remain a beggar for mundane and materialistic achievement and our begging bowl remains empty.

Let’s all become like Hanuman – ‘to kill our ego’ and make ourself deserve for His Grace

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