Remove the limitations in yourself

Excerpts from Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, SRCM
“If you stand before the mirror fully dressed, you will see in the mirror a reflection of yourself fully dressed. If you stand naked before the mirror you will see in the mirror a naked person in the mirror. Therefore we have to become naked first before we can see him in his nakedness, in his utter simplicity, in realness. Therefore the need for the abhyasi to become naked first. But we want the Master to show himself to us. Is it possible? Because he only shows what you show. Babuji has said, “I am a mirror, I reflect what is put before me.” You put trust before him, he trusts. You put faith before him, there is faith. You put charity before him, there is charity. The master is nothing except what you create there in the person that is at the moment”

Therefore the Master is able to say in his form as Lord Krishna, “I am everything. What it is that you see of me is what you are able to see of me at this moment in time because that is all that you are able to see because of the limitations that you have imposed upon yourself. If you want to remove the limitations that I apparently have, remove the limitations in yourselfves, then you will see me as you are – which is reality.”
Shri Chariji- Shri Ram Chandra Mission, http://www.srcm.org

In a city, on a holiday two men went for fishing. One was an experienced fisherman, and the other wasn’t. Every time when the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his icebox and kept it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back to water. He kept only the small fishes in his icebox. The experienced fisherman watched all this for the whole day and finally got tired of what he was seeing and asked the inexperience fisherman, “Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?”

The inexperienced fisherman replied, “I also wish not to throw the big fish back in water, but what can I do. I have only a small frying pan.”

Remove the limitations in yourself by expanding your bandwidth through meditation.

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‘Matra devo bhava’

Excerpts from Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari’s speech to youth at Roorkee on 7th March, 1995.
“So you see, our tradition lacks basic humility of accepting a mother who brought us in to existence, even though the famous Veda begins with the statement ‘matra devo bhava’. The most abused thing in India is its women. I am not saying it for the first time – no less a person than Swamy Vivekananda has said it himself, in his famous lecture on the women of India. It would be well for you all to read it once, even if you have read it already. Hat is this ‘matra devo bhava’ business? And then we revile our women, we abuse them, we misuse them, we degrade them, we corrupt them, and the women, poor things, because of the economic dependence in the past have been patiently bearing this enormous burden of abuse, and there fore you find them more and more in prayer halls, meditation halls, in temples.”
Shri Chariji – Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Sahaj Marg.

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighbouring kingdom.

The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question was:
*What do women really want?*

Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man. And to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.

He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men, and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.

Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but first he would have to agree to her price.

The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table, and Arthur’s closest friend. Young Arthur was horrified.

She was hunch-backed and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc.

He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life. He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden.

But Lancelot, having learnt of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur’s life. And the reservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered.

Arthur’s question thus:
“What a woman really wants?”

She said, “A woman wants to be in charge of her own life.”

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth, and that Arthur’s life would be spared. And so it was. The neighbouring monarch granted Arthur his freedom. And Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding.

The honeymoon hour approached and, Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him.

The most beautiful woman he had ever seen was sitting by the bed.

The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened. The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth become her horrible and deformed self only half the time, and be the beautiful maiden the other half.

“Which would you prefer?” She asked him. “BEUATIFUL during the DAY… OR at NIGHT?”

Lancelot pondered the predicament and then said to her that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time, because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

“It is a definite need of the moment in our history of this country that there should be a balance between the male and female too. So balance means on a total scale. There is no use worshiping an Ardhanareeshwara in a temple, where you have a idol spil down the middle, one half is male, the other half is female, and pretend that you are worshiping the male and female together. It is a rabid form of corruption that we fallen in to, a moral degradation, telling lies to even our gods and goddesses. ‘Matra devo bhava’ – so much for Vedas.
Master Chariji – Youth: A time of promise and for effort. http://www.srcm.org

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Faith moves mountains

Excerpts from ‘The Principles of Sahaj Marg, Volume – V, P. Rajagopalachari’.

“I therefore think that unless there is the foundation of truth, the foundation of belief in what Master has said, the system is not going to work for us. If you believe that it can work, it will work. If don’t believe, then it cannot. This is the reason why I think there is the famous statement that mountains cannot move by itself, nor can you move it ith a crane or any other earth – moving system, while faith can move it. I am examining this more and more these days. Sometimes I wonder when a faithful abhyasi does something, whether it is sadhana or prayer, or anything, and if it works, whether it is the Master who is working or it is faith in the Master which is working? Please don’t imagine that I am casting doubt on the Master’s powers. The Master’s powers are in total. They are invincible. But they can work for us only if you have faith in these powers.” Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari – Shri Ram Chandra Mission

During my childhood, going to the movies was a luxury. We got a chance to watch movies in theatre once or twice in a year. Even then, our family censor board would allow only mythological movies or historical movies. Sivarathiri and Vaikunda Ekadasi are blessings in disguise for us. Because during those days, two to three films were shown in theatres for one single ticket, although all were religious movies. On a Vaigunda Ekadasi day, I happened to see a movie named Rama Anjaneya Yudham. I could not recollect the actors but I remember the story line of the movie.

This movie revolves around the fight between Lord Rama and Hanuman. It is very hard to believe, so let us not go into the details of whether Rama and Hanuman fought with each other. Lets us look for the learning.
Hanuman says to Rama, during the course of a casual interaction “My faith in you is more powerful than you.” It kindled Rama and Rama said, “Let us see.” Rama starts sending arrows after arrows, but Hanuman sits in a place and starts reciting Ram Ram. The arrows were not able to touch Hanuman. A tired Rama stops sending arrows and asks Hanuman, “How is this possible?” Hanuman replies, “My faith in you is more powerful than you. By just uttering Jai Sriram I crossed the ocean and went to Lanka and returned, but you were in need of a bridge to cross. By writing your name on the stone, the stone started floating in the ocean. Could you try doing that?”

During my childhood I could not understand the message in this movie, but when I came to my Master by His grace I was able to understand that “Faith in the object is more powerful than the object itself.” Faith works; faith alone works.

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Splendour of existence

Excerpts from – Youth: A Time of Promise and Effort…
“Another famous story, Bhasmasura – you know that story, he wanted power, you know, that on whoever’s head he puts his hand, that person should be destroyed. These gods, they have no powers to say, “Fool, don’t ask for such a thing.” Shiva said, “Tathastu!” (May it be so!) And he immediately wants to put his hand on Shiva. Shiva runs. To whom did he run? Vishnu. And what could Vishnu do? He put on female attire and became a woman, Mohini. This asura was besotted with lust for her. “I want you,” he said. Yes, but go and do snanam (bath), clean yourself first.” “Yes done.” “Sandhyavandanam.” Yes, but I don’t know how to do it,” and she takes him through the steps and at one point he has put his hand on his head and he destroys himself, you see. Why God could not destroy?
The moral of the story is, only you can destroy yourself; nothing in the universe, not even gods, can destroy you.
…So don’t worry about gods, as my Master (Babuji) said. They are mere functionaries. One is a tax collector, the other is income tax commissioner, you know. Neither have powers. There is a power beyond, and who is that power? Aham.
Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari – Shri Ram Chandra Mission, (Sahaj Marg)

one of the fastest growing companies, which take prided on innovative ways to motivate their employees, one day, when the employees turned up for work, they saw a poster on the entry gate with the words, “Yesterday the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We request you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the Gym.” Though in the beginning there was a spell of gloom as they read the notification, gently their curiosity got the better of them. “Who was that man who hindered the growth of his colleagues and the company itself?”
 
One by one when they got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside, they became speechless. They stood near the coffin, shocked in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their heart. There was a mirror inside the coffin; everyone who looked inside it could see himself. On the mirror was another poster that read, “there is only one person who is capable of stopping you permanently, and it is YOU. And there is only one person who is capable of revolutionizing your life, and that’s again YOU. Your life does not change when your friends change, when your partner changes. Your life changes when YOU change. No one can take responsibility for your life, like YOU can.”
 
Start working on yourself, by yourself, for yourself towards your becoming.

“Through meditation, we are able to contact or establish contact with this inner source of divinity, a divine spark called antaryamin, and once that is established, we must – there is no question of whether we like to or not, we must increasingly listen to the voice of that will spring from with in and say, “Friend, this is appropriate, this is not. Do this, not that.l in effect it means, becoming an instrument of the divinity latent in you. Then you will see the splendour of existence.”
Master Chariji – SRCM

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Life and death are in God’s hands.

Excerpts from He, the Hookah and I, “The Master and the Abhyasi”

“Babuji Maharaj said, Life and death are in God’s hands.” Anything in between these two, guru has control over. He can regulate, he can remake, he can re-clssify your life, provided it is deserved in his opinion. What makes it deserving? Your condition – spiritual, your dedication to yourself by practising this, your devotion to Master, which ill culminate in love for the Master. And hen you love him, you become his. Then there is nothing that he will not do for you provided he thinks it is good for you.”
Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari- shri Ram Chandra Mission

There was a wise man who had answers to all life-related questions. He was an enlightened person. A naughty boy in his adolescent years, want to test the wise old man. So, he caught hold of a little bird. Holding it in the palm of his hand and his hands hidden inside his coat, he asked the wise old man. “I have a bird with me . Is it alive or dead?” The old man smiled and said, “if I tell you the bird is alive, you will crush the bird and show me a dead one. If I tell you the bird is dead, you will release the bird and show me it’s alive.” Embarrassed, the boy dropped his head and began to walk away. He would have hardly walked a few steps, he heard the voice of the old man, “Mind you my son, life and death are in God’s hands.”
 
The quality of a painting is the responsibility of a Painter. Similarly, the quality of a sculpture is the responsibility of a sculptor. If you agree this, then quality of our life is our responsibility, and ours alone. Our only job is to make ourself deserve for His love.
 
No blame is allowed. By blaming we give up the power to change.

“Success” in life “once” is life’s responsibility. To make it “Always” is man’s responsibility.
 

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“Keep your fork. The best is yet to come”.

Taken from the book – ‘The Principles of Sahaj Marg, Volume-2

“Sadhana is thus merely a means to an end.”
One rather intriguing fact is explained here. We are familiar with the inexplicable fact that there are often abhyasis who appear to be very devoted and carry out the prescribed spiritual discipline with enviable thoroughness. But these very persons appear to stagnate. Why? An answer would be that they have confused the means with the end. To them the sadhana has itself become the goal, and they have verily missed the wood for the trees! This points to the fact that meditation can become mechanical, and therefore static a danger to be carefully avoided. Under the Sahaj Marg system of meditation, the abhyasis are taught to avoid this pitfall. In our meditation we are required to keep our goal constantly before us. The firm idea that e are moving towards the goal is a very necessary one. It is this that makes our sadhana a dynamic one”
By Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari – Shri Ram Chandra Mission

“The best is yet to come…keep on and on”

There was a successful business man in a city who hailed from a small village who went on to build one of the largest companies; for a person who walked barefoot to the nearby town to attend school, later traveled in his Mercedes; his first salary was just over Rs. 150/- and later his organisation pay taxes to the tune of 100 Crores. This humble and noble hearted man had been diagnosed for a terminal illness and was given three months to live by the Doctors.

As he began his things ‘in order’ he called his son, lawyer and his family priest to discuss certain aspects of his successor and his final wishes. After finishing with his son and lawyer, he looked upon his family priest and told him what scriptures he wanted to be read from ‘Bhagavat Gita,’ In what dress he wanted to be buried? He also requested to be buried with his favorite ‘Bhagavat Gita’ in his left hand.

Everything was in order and his family priest was preparing to leave, the business man suddenly remembered one final request that was very important to him, which made him to reach this greatness and achieve roaring success in his business, “please, just one more thing, he said excitedly.”Sure, what is it? Came from all three at once. “This is very important to me,” the man continued. “I want to be buried holding a fork in my right hand.” All the three gazed the business man, at a lost for words.

That surprises you all, doesn’t it? The business man asked. His son replied, “Well to be quite honest, we are puzzled by the request.”

The business man explained. “You see, my son, when I started my business I don’t know how to use spoon and fork to dine, but I learned it, in all my years of attending business meet or social dinners, I remember that when the dishes were being cleared after the main course, someone would inevitably lean over to me and say, “Keep your fork.” I knew something better was coming, the favorite part of the meal – my desserts like chocolate cake, sweets, apple pie or the ice creams. Something wonderful to end the meal was coming!”

All the three listened intently and smile came upon their face. The man continued, “so, I just want my people to see me there with a fork in my hand and I want them to know that god told me, “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come”.

This learning had made me to travel this much, this learning made to cross the hurdles and adversity, this learning made me to be humble during success and this learning made me to progress with new ideas and inventions.

“The best is yet to come”.

At the funeral, during his message, his son told the people and employees about the conversation that he and others had with his father shortly before he died. He explained the fork and what it symbolized to him.

Extracts from Rev. Chariji’s speech…
“Our goal should be to become like him in every way, and this means to work like him, to teach like him, accept responsibility like him, finally, achieve the mastery that he has achieved, and so culminate our spiritual endeavour by being like him.”

May my Divine Master make it possible for each and every one of us to work for him, and thus enable us to grow to the ultimate limit of growth offered us by Sahaj Marg system of Yogic sadhana”.
Shri Chariji – SRMC

“So, my friends at the time of adversity, at the time of failure, at the time of success, at the time of facing a hurdle… Don’t give up march forward with courage, have patience, Stop not – “your best is yet to come” keep on and on and on…

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When I am with the Creator Himself

“Master Babuji continues to say that when we are able to transfer our worship to the Ultimate, then where is the need to depend on a representation?”
Master Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari- Shri Ram Chandra Mission

“There was a king who presented his daughter with a beautiful diamond necklace. The necklace was stolen and his people in the kingdom searched everywhere but could not find it. The king then asked them all to search for it and put a reward for $50,000 for anyone who found it.

One day, a clerk was walking home along a river next to an industrial area. This river was completely polluted and filthy and smelly. As he was walking, the clerk saw a shimmering in the river and when he looked, he saw the diamond necklace. He decided to try and catch it so that he could get the $50,000 reward.

He put his hand in the filthy, dirty river and grabbed at the necklace, but some how missed it and didn’t catch it. He took his hand out and looked again and the necklace was still there. He tried again. This time he walked in the river and dirtied his pants in the filthy river and put his whole arm in to catch the necklace.

But strangely, he still missed the necklace! He came out and started walking away, feeling depressed. Then again, he saw the necklace, right there. This time he was determined to get it, no matter what. He decided to plunge into the river. Although it was disgusting, he plunged in and searched everywhere for the necklace. Yet one more time, he failed. This time he was really bewildered and came out feeling very depressed that he could not get the necklace that would get him $50,000.

Just then, a saint who was walking by, saw him, and asked him what was the matter. The clerk didn’t want to share the secret with the saint, thinking he might take the necklace for himself, so he refused to tell him anything.

The saint could see this man was troubled. Being compassionate, he again asked the clerk to tell him the problem and promised that he would not tell anyone about it. The clerk mustered some courage and decided to put some faith in the saint. He told him about the necklace and how he tried and tried to catch it, but kept failing.

The saint then told him that perhaps he should try looking upward, toward the branches of the tree, instead of in the filthy river. The clerk looked up and true enough, the necklace was dangling on the branch of a tree. He had been trying to capture a mere reflection of the real necklace all this time.”

“Sister Kasturi had accompanied Master on her first visit to Tirupathi. Knowing it to be her first visit, some well-meaning abhyasis offered to take her up to the Tirumala hills to show her the famous temple there. Sister Kasturi is reported to have replied, “When I am with the Creator Himself, what have I to do with His Creation!”
Rev. Chariji – Sahaj Marg – SRMC

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“Practise with Love

“Often we speak of conditions, evolution, changes; so much we talk about. We talk of how to retain conditions, etc. A lot of time is spent on it. There is only one solution: practise, practise and practise with lots of love. Never look here, this way or that way or backward. Let us keep our eyes focused on the Goal, come what may. Life’s difficulties will be there, enjoyment will
be there, joys will be there. We
participate in all of them with
equal attention, thanking our great Master in the process and continuing our march onward.

Often when we speak to seekers who are looking for or looking forward to embracing a practice like Sahaj Marg, what do we tell them? “Please join us and experience what yoga through Sahaj Marg can be.” This union through Sahaj Marg can be an experience. A number of years after having joined the system, we conclude that the experience of one time or of one sitting is not good enough. It is like becoming a millionaire for one night and then again being a pauper. My inner richness, my inner wealth must be maintained and, if possible, must swell.

Experience should not be momentary experience. Yet our Masters keep on instilling experiences after experiences with each meditation. We get fed up with these experiences, and then we realise: “Enough of it. Now I must become worthwhile.” When this realisation comes, that “I must become,” it’s a big step in our life. And then we start making life changes. We start adjusting our life in such a way that what we are becoming is conducive, is compatible with this.

Then another principle kicks in: that this is also a process which must culminate in something where there is permanency. And we are no longer becoming, but we be in that state all the time. And the final joke will be that we dissolve our existence in that final Being. We no longer exist; we have reached home. Please meditate over this.”
Talk given by current President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Shri Kamlesh D. Patel.

Which kindled my memory about an article I wrote long back, which I republish here…

“In the movie Enter the Dragon, there is a dialogue between the master and the disciple (Bruce Lee). The master tells Bruce Lee, “Your talents have gone beyond the mere physical; your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. What is the highest technique you want to achieve?” Bruce Lee replied: “To have no technique.” What does this mean? Developing a talent or skill involves four stages of progressive development: First, Unconscious Incompetence, i.e. I don’t know that I don’t know. I don’t know that I need to know. This is the stage of ignorance before learning begins. Second, Conscious Incompetence, i.e. I know I don’t know. I know I need to know. This is where learning begins. Third, Conscious Competence, i.e. I know that I know. This is the learning and progressive phase, where I am self-conscious. Consciousness and effort are required all the time; as I keep doing, I simultaneously keep thinking about what I should do next. Fourth and final, Unconscious Competence, i.e. what I do, I do well. I know the objective of it, I do it spontaneously.

The capability has become a natural part of me. Finally, after practice, I got to the place where I did not have to think about every little thing I was doing. The expressions become natural, habitual, internal and automatic, which will make us go to a state that Bruce Lee had mentioned to his master, a state where one needs no technique (everything is natural). For example, in the beginning of the life of a dancer, he dances, and there comes a point of experience only for those for whom dance is not mere art form but a form of worship, the state in which the dancer dissolves in the dance. In sports language, it is sometimes referred to as “hitting the zone.” It becomes a flow, a rhythm, a happening, just like the way Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting bat on the field.

You witness the truth, which is that the music is not from the flute but through the flute. Running has taken over the runner, like Usain Bolt.”

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Three-hundred-and-sixty-degree consciousness

Extracts from lectures given by Master during the All India Youth Seminar- November 2014

“Samathi in Patanjali’s yoga sutra is defined as ‘pasanatulya’ consciousness. It describes a stone – like consciousness where you don’t feel anything. But that is not the purpose of Sahaj Marg. Sahaj Marg wants us to develop a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree consciousness all around. In Sahaj Marg, e speak of ‘sahaj Samathi’. What does sahaj samathi means according to our Masters? Sahaj Samathi is not like an ordinary samathi here your condition becomes like a
stone- a stone-like condition, pasanatulya. In Sahaj Marg, e meditate ith awareness. We have three-hundred-and-sixty-degree awareness: I am not focusing on the leaves or the waves, instead I am seeing everything – in front, in the back, past, present, future – everything is in my view. While I am working, I am focused on my work. I am focussed on my surroundings. I am focused on the TV if it is on in my room. I am focused on something happening outside my room or office. I am focused on my Master. I am focused on the transmission that is happening inside, and focused on the condition that is prevailing ithin me. Focused on something that is about to come in to my system. Focused on my thoughts that are arising and the next step I should be taking; and I remain peaceful seeing all these things at the same moment.
Automatically, this conciousness becomes three-hundred-and-sixty-degree consciousness. I am not focusing on any particular thing. The moment I focus on a particular thing, it is no longer meditation, but concentration instead.”
Shri Kamlesh D. Patel- President, Shri Ram Chandra Mission

Apples have been falling since the dawn of creation, this is an ordinary event happen everyday. Only a very few observe it, get obsessed with it, work hard on the subject, drown in it and bring out extraordinary results while others brush it off as an everyday occurrence.

The same circumstance that is labelled as a chance by ordinary men is considered an opportunity by a man with awareness. This world is full of opportunities for us, the nature is waiting everyone of us to expose, explore and excel.

Only genuine, positive thinkers and conscious people can identify the possibilities and opportunities. The optimists are the one who end up saying, wherever, whatever and whomever I am seeing or experiencing is an opportunity for me to learn, to grow, to achieve and to become what I want to or should to become.

There was a farmer in Africa who was living with his family working on his farm, having desire to become millionaire. One day a wise man came to him and told him about the glory of diamonds and the power that goes along with them. The wise man said, “If you had a diamond the size of your thumb, you could have your own city. If you had a diamond the size of your fist, you could probably own your own country.” And then he went away. That night the farmer couldn’t sleep. The next morning he made arrangements to sell off his farm, took care of his family and went in search of diamonds. He looked all over Africa and couldn’t find any. He looked all through Europe and couldn’t find any. When he got to Spain, he was emotionally, physically and financially broken. He got so disheartened that he jumped into the Barcelona River and committed suicide.

The person who had bought his farm was watering the camels at a stream that ran through the farm. Across the stream, the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and made it sparkle like a rainbow. He thought it would look good on the mantle piece. He picked up the stone and put it in the living room. That afternoon the wise man came and saw the stone sparkling. He asked, “Is Hafiz back?” The new owner said, “No, why do you ask?” The wise man said, “Because that is a diamond. I recognize one when I see one.” The man said, no, that’s just a stone I picked up from the stream. Come, I’ll show you. There are many more.” They went and picked some samples and sent them for analysis. Sure enough, the stones were diamonds. They found that the farm was indeed covered with acres and acres of diamonds. When our attitude is right, we realize that we are all walking on acres and acres of Diamonds. Opportunity is always under our feet. We don’t have to go anywhere. All we need to do is develop our consciousness to recognize it. When people don’t know how to recognize opportunity, they complain of noise when it knocks. Be open minded, watch all events with a sense of surprise and wonder that marks the beginning of you realizing the opportunities under you, near you and around you.

“Consciousness is drawn inward, but then even when we wake up we are not aware. You see apples keep falling, but Newton could feel and observe. Awareness is required. Full awareness is required.”
Master Kamleshji- of SRCM

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What Should we ask of God?

Enthusiasm is derived from the Greek word Enthos, which means, “Align with God.”

“We all seek God. At least we all think that we do! But even those of us who do seek Him, seek Him for very divergent reasons, we are all praying for so many things, to achieve so many aims. Which is the right one? What should a devotee really ask of God? I seek your permission to recite a short story from the Mahabharatha whichn I think, answers this question beautifully and categorically.”

“The great war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas was due to begin. Arjuna, having pondered deeply, decided to go to Lord Krishna and sk him for his help. He went to the Lord’s residence and found him asleep. He stood respectfully at his lotus feet, with folded hands and head bowed in reverence. Duryodhana, of Kauravas, had the same idea of asking for Shri Krishna’s help. He too came and, finding the Lord asleep, sat proudly and arrogantly in a chair placed at the head of the Lord’s bed.

In due course the Lord woke up. Arjuna, being at his feet, was the first person he naturally saw. As he turned to get up, the Lord’s fell upon Duryodhana. To him to whom everything is known, the purpose of their visit too was known. However, he smiled lovingly at both of them, greeted them, nd asked them what he could do for them. Arjuna and Duryodhana both answered that they had come to him to request his assistance in the ensuing war. The Lord smiled again. He said that they had placed him in a difficult predicament by asking for the same thing. He said he could not deny either of them. He could solve this problem in only one way. He would offer himself, alone, without armies to one of them, and to the other he would offer all his armed forces completely. Shri Krishna smiled again and added that since his eyes had fallen on Arjuna first, arjuna should have first choice in the matter.

Duryodhana was anxious and jittery, afraid that Arjuna might choose Shri Krishna’s armies. Arjuna was, however no fool. He promptly prayed to Shri Krishna that he should go over, alone, to the side of the Pandavas, assigning his armies to Duryodhana and the Kauravasm Duryodhana heaved a sigh of relief when he heard this. He smiled sardonically and requested Shri Krishna for all his forces. The lord smilingly agreed to their requests.

You all know who emerged victorious, and to whom fell defeat”.
Shri Parthasarathy Rajagopalachari – from ‘The Principles of Sahaj Marg’, Volume – 1, of Shri Ram Chandra Mission

Arjuna and Pandavas, won the war because they aligned with God by asking himself alone. When God is with us we become enthusiastic and whatever we do, will be victorious, will happen with enthusiasm.

What is the moral of the story?

“We should ask for Him, not ask for things He cn give us. If the lord give us everything in the universe but withholds Himself from us, we gain nothing. But if we seek Him for Himself alone, we get not merely Him but all that is His, too. This is the lesson, perhaps the greatest lesson, that the Mahabharata contains.”
Master Chariji – SRCM

Actor Rajnikanth in one of his movie, named ‘Basha’ deliver a dialog as…

“God will give more of everything to bad people but withhold Himself, for good people he gives Himself by keeping them in His hand”

Let’s align with God by asking Him, to become Enthusiastic person.

Vibrant Subbu – Posted from WordPress for BlackBerry.