Monthly Archives: June 2015

Quote Challenge: Day 1 of 3

I have been facing a mental block and was at a loss as to what to post. It is at that moment that I saw a post by the lovely Swaram about quotes and whats more she had tagged me too. Talk about divine providence 🙂 Now what is this Quote challenge…..

1. Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.

2. Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.

3. Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

Thank you Swaram. You have been an inspiration always and today you have inspired me to write a post. 🙂 Thank you. I nominate Jairam of Mahabore fame, Partha Sir of Reflections (who hasn’t read his stories at random thoughts) and Deboshree of Paneer, Pulao and Pune. ( She has a very unique style and I want to see what she does out of this series. Today I quote Jayapataka Swami Maharaj, my Spiritual Master Receiving the desired things

Krishna does many things, if you want something constructive and something useful he will give it to you but then he will also see whether you are ready for it . So it takes time sometimes to get the blessings of Krishna, it doesn’t come when we want it, they come when we are ready for it.

I remember asking different people about why I was failing in whatever I was doing in the worst phase of my life. Today I look back and laugh. I have understood two things in my endeavor over the years: What I desired was not right for me and I was not ready for whatever was right for me Simple isn’t it?

Day 2 here

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I was, I am, I will

na tv evaham jatu nasam na tvam neme janadhipah na caiva na bhavisyamah sarve vayam atah param

This shloka from Chapter 2 of the Bhagvad Gita (Text 12) always gives me goose bumps. Why? Because this shloka reiterates the eternality of the soul as also the fact that we are individuals which were, are and will be living….always. TRANSLATION: Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be. I always fall in love with life again when I read this shloka. It fills me with energy.

The mere fact that we are not supposed to be machines but we are individuals with similar characteristics and yet we have something special fills me with joy.

This shloka reiterates the fact that e as spirit souls will never perish. The individual soul was always present and present today too. If lucky tomorrow it will go back to Godhead and there too will retain its individuality while serving the Lord. Very often people get afraid to be involved in bhakti fearing that they will lose their interests their passions. Bu the fact is all the passions and interests can be used for bhakti. I like to write, so I write, I like to be with children, so I teach them. Simple. Use your talents in the processes of bhakti. Simple. I remember as a young girl telling my mother, ‘Don’t ask me to do as the others do…I have my own individuality’ 😛 Maybe in my heat I knew that I am individual eternal soul then too 😀

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Isha Vasyam

I was rearranging my wardrobe when I chuckled to myself. The reason being that only the previous night I had remarked to the better half that I just had to go for shopping as I had nothing to wear. And here I was struggling to bring orderliness to a bulging wardrobe.

Urmila Mataji (Dr.Edith Best), an academician, a teacher; a person whom I admire very much once said in one of her discourses that we all have something more than what we require. So true!! Three simple meals a day, two pair of clothes for outdoor wear and two for indoors, a pair of shoes are enough. But then do we stop there.

And there are abundances in plenty. One lady owned 3000 pair of shoes. A CM trebled her assets in four years. Some have villas all over the world and then there are some who don’t even have a square meal a day.Talk of extremes………

The Isopanishad says

īśāvāsyam idam sarvaṁ
yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā
mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam

Translation:
Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong.
Such a sweet verse isn’t it? Whatever exists in this universe belongs to the Lord. It is something like this….When we visit someone and stay with them, we use whatever we need not whatever we fancy. Like for example we will eat with them, use their space but we will not wear their clothes because….it is not ours. Similarly when we take birth our duty is to use only those things which we need for sustenance. Everything belongs to everybody.
Picture a father who brings a dozen mangoes for three of his children. So ideally each child should get four mangoes. But what happens if one child eats all the mangoes? Imbalance right?
Same thing is happening to the world right now. A few powerful men are tring to gather everything for themselves forgetting that everything is for everyone and not just for them alone.
The doubt may come that how can I survive with just the basics? Just like parents look after all the needs of the children, simlarly the Supreme Lord sees to it that we get whatever we need, Simple, isn’t it?

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The Gateway of Hell

Suma and Kirti were the best of friends. They had sailed from kindergarten to primary to middle and then high school. Suma was always better in studies and dramatics. While Kirti was an average ‘all-rounder’ if you may say so. But each would help the other in all the activities; studies or otherwise.

Sometime in Grade 9, Kirti got all A1’s in all subjects. As it was surprising everyone lauded her except for Suma, she could not digest it that how a person whom she taught could fare better than her. And then while Kirti worked hard and won accolades in studies and sports, Suma got jealous and more jealous and eventually she started losing her grades AND her peace of mind.

At every opportunity, Suma saw to it that she reminded Kirti how she was nothing and it was she who had groomed her. Kirti did not understand why Suma had changed and why she was being so angry and abusive on her.

The final straw was when they were cycling to school, Suma deliberately came on Kirti’s side and Kirti fell on to the thorny grass shrubs bordering the edges of the road. Though there was not much damage to the cycle or to Kirti, the internal damaged were more. The thorns grazed her here and there, and her skirt was torn but what was damaged was the trust and love between the friends which could never be repaired.

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Isn’t there a Suma in each of our lives. You may wonder how a mentor can become so jealous. Can a teacher be jealous of a student, a mother of  a child? Yes it can be. It is possible. Didn’t Ashoka kill his own brothers? Didn’t a well-known singer apparently see to it that her sister didn’t shine. There are numerous examples.

The Bhagvad gita says

tri-vidham narakasyedam
dvaram nasanam atmanah
kamah krodhas tatha lobhas
tasmad etat trayam tyajet

TRANSLATION

There are three gates leading to this hell–lust, anger and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul.(Bhagvad Gita 16.21)

Everyone tries to satisfy their lust and if they cannot then there is anger and greed. Now let us not go by the crude meaning of lust. Lust can mean an overwhelming desire for power, success, knowledge etc. But how does this lust arise.

How does a child derive happiness. By being with her parent. Remember how when we were small doing petty errands for our parents would fill us with joy. But then we grew up, started earning got married got stuck in the rigmarole of life and so on and then never felt the same joy as we felt when we did doing those petty errands.

Same is the position of jiva . The jiva was happy serving the parmatama but then it got a little selfish and wanted to enjoy on its own. So Parmatama created the  material world for or enjoyment. But as soon as the Jiva came into this material world it forgot his love for the Parmatama. That love was converted to lust with the aid of the senses. Bhagvad Gita 2.62 and 2.63 says:

TEXT 62

dhyayato visayan pumsah
sangas tesupajayate
sangat sanjayate kamah
kamat krodho ‘bhijayate

TRANSLATION

While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.

TEXT 63

krodhad bhavati sammohah
sammohat smrti-vibhramah
smrti-bhramsad buddhi-naso
buddhi-nasat pranasyati

TRANSLATION

From anger, delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the material pool.

So from lust anger arises. Anger makes us forget the realities of life and takes us away from our maker.

So the real culprit is our senses. The eyes make us see what we should not, ears make us hear which should not be heard, we speak hurtful words, we eat that which is not to be eaten and all this culminates into lust. Lust for power, for possessions. But how to control senses? That has already been discussed at Yatra earlier. (Check here)

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