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Distractions ……and me

At a time when there are so many distractions, it is difficult to stay in track. I see many students- bright eager to learn and yet getting lost in facebook and instagram and what not. Same with people like me. There is so much to read, so much can be done and yet….. The Television beckons. Sleep engulfs. Social media calls. Laziness drowns. That is the nature of maya who is ever ready to pull us into a bottomless pit. Bottomless yes. Because enjoyments, pleasures of this world neither have a start or an end. Neither do they really give an everlasting happiness. Have you recently bought a mobile, a TV or a laptop. You buy the latest and within a few days you come to know that what you have bought is now outdated. Something new has come up. Same with the pleasures of this world. They give instant pleasure and almost immediately pain. Pain because within moments the pleasure vanishes. Everything is momentary here; for a short time.

mam upetya punar janma duhkhalayam asasvatam napnuvanti mahatmanah samsiddhim paramam gatah

TRANSLATION

After attaining Me, the great souls, who are yogis in devotion, never return to this temporary world, which is full of miseries, because they have attained the highest perfection. As you see in this shloka (Bhagvad Gita  Chapter 8 Shloka 15) Krishna says this world is full of miseries. You may think miseries?? I have the best of everything, then how is this world miserable. Reason is this world can just ive temporary happiness. Your new mobile, your new home gives you happiness for a short time till the time something else catches your fancy.  But the thing is you never know what the next moment holds. One may have an accident, become bankrupt or even die. Of course you may win a contract or may get a promotion but then everything comes at a price. It may just mean new responsibilities, new tensions. But then I digress. Sometimes even after having the knowledge, maya beckons, mind succumbs and this body slips into sleep; forgetting everything. So, …….I have miles to go before I sleep…..And yet I sleep

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Nourish the soul

We cling on to things, ideas, relationships refusing to believe that everything has an expiry date.

We hold on to I, me, myself so fiercely that in the process we hurt ourselves

We have to be best in everything.  Our children have to learn; refusing to believe that sometimes we learn without consciously learning.

This beautiful gift called life is to be used for a higher purpose. …how many of us realize that?

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The Bhagvad Gita has described this world as dukhalaya asaswatham meaning that everything here is full of misery and temporary.(B.G. 8.15)

mam upetya punar janma
duhkhalayam asasvatam
napnuvanti mahatmanah
samsiddhim paramam gatah

TRANSLATION

After attaining Me, the great souls, who are yogis in devotion, never return to this temporary world, which is full of miseries, because they have attained the highest perfection.

And still we cling on to things. haven’t you seen people clinging on to their old things even thought hey are battered and out of use. ‘Nostalgia’ they say.

Similarly we cling on to old thoughts, old enmities and old hurts and hurt our selves day after day.

They are some of us who want the latest the latest gizmo, the latest clothes, everything that comes in new but while we take care to be trendy, how many of us take care to nourish our soul.

‘Beauty is only skin deep’ we say and go and spend thousands for its upkeep, while inside our soul languishes.

We make our children go through so many classes saying that it is necessary for his over all development, but do we really see that they develop in full. Isn’t spiritual education too necessary?

Everyone of us cannot be yogis. Yes we have to earn, yes we have to be independent but can’t we take some time to nourish ourselves.

Very often we hear people say that they go to the temple they feel calm, they are filled with positivity or that there is peace within. Does anyone wonder why?

It is because at that time we hear the call of our soul and we connect to it. The rest of the time we just satisfy our senses. Eat good, see good, live good etc etc.

Chanting of a round, visiting a holy place, reading Bhagvad Gita and contemplating on it, doing some charity, doing some devotional service are acts of nourishing the soul. Once you follow this path, you will see that all the other negativity of hoarding or possessing things (or relationships) gradually subside. We accept everyone as they are and most important we accept ourselves as we are.

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Just like we need food for the body, we need food for the soul. And what is that food? Hearing and chanting God’s names in the association of saintly people. Otherwise, we will give in to temptations at the smallest instance. We will be weaklings, spiritually.

– Radhanath Swami

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