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Digest #4749
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:25 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Association works, but making it work is our responsibility

If we want to drive to a destination, we need a working car. But just getting the car is not enough – we need to get into it and drive it properly.

When we start practicing spiritual life, we embark on a journey towards the destination of Krishna, our eternal Lord. For this drive, the association of devotees is like our car. Association is central to the shaping of character. We become like the people we mix with. Only when we associate regularly with the spiritually devoted can we become spiritual.

However, despite being in association, sometimes our consciousness still stays materialistic. Why is that? Doesn't association work automatically? No, it has to be conscientiously made to work, just as we need to conscientiously drive the car to our destination.

Making association work means ensuring that in association, our consciousness stays directed towards the intended destination. The Bhagavad-gita (10.09) indicates that association is hallmarked by enlightening, enriching discussion about Krishna.

When in association, it is our responsibility to keep the discussion focused on Krishna. This doesn't mean that we neglect basic courtesies or stay oblivious to social dynamics; it just means that we don't let these take center-stage in the discussions. We can treat such functional topics like exits along the expressway; while driving, we may take exits temporarily for refueling or resting, but we soon return to the expressway. Similarly, whatever other topics we may discuss, we need to soon bring the discussion, and thereby our consciousness, back to Krishna. If that divine focus is lost, we can politely refocus the discussion on Krishna or move discreetly to some other, more spiritually-centered association.

In the association of those who have made the supremely desirable Lord their supreme desire, that Lord becomes our supreme desire and takes us to the supreme destination.

Think it over:

What does making association work mean?

How can we keep association Krishna-centered?

How does association inspire us towards the supreme destination?

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Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:03 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Devotion transforms backbenchers into toppers

In every classroom, some students are perpetual backbenchers – they don't like to study; they attend classes just because they have to. Predictably, they fare poorly in their exams. But suppose some teaching method transformed backbenchers into toppers – wouldn't that be amazing?

Bhakti-yoga is such a spiritually transformative process. Gita wisdom explains that the universe is like a university. At our core, we are souls who are on a multi-life course in spiritual education. To get elevated, we need to grow in wisdom and love – by understanding life's spiritual purpose and by learning to love the all-attractive, Krishna, whose eternal parts we are.

Some spiritual circles consider the intellectual capacity for metaphysical analysis a key strength. But this capacity may be under-developed in people whose strength is in areas such as business, artisanship or homemaking. Such metaphysically uninterested people are conventionally deemed backbenchers. Significantly however, bhakti-yoga is so inclusive and potent that it can elevate even the backbenchers – and elevate them not just a few steps, but all the way to the supreme destination (Bhagavad-gita 09.32).

How does bhakti elevate so dramatically? By spiritualizing a power we all have: our innate longing to love and be loved. Presently, this longing is misdirected by our conditionings toward various material objects. Metaphysical contemplation helps us understand that something beyond matter exists. But it is bhakti-yoga that actually redirects our longing towards the supreme non-material reality, Krishna. And once that longing is spiritualized, it propels us towards him, rendering material attributes such as intellectual capacity inconsequential.

When we try to live spiritually, we may sometimes feel like backbenchers, being overwhelmed by our various conditionings. Nonetheless, however strong our conditionings may be, bhakti is stronger still. If we just persevere in our bhakti practice, it will connect our unconditioned cored with the unconstrained whole, enabling to eternal love for Krishna.

Think it over:

How is the universe like a university?

How does bhakti-yoga harness the power at the core of our being?

If we feel overwhelmed by our conditionings, what can we do?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/devotion-transforms-backbenchers-into-toppers/ https://www.gitadaily.com/devotion-transforms-backbenchers-into-toppers/

Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:31 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


You clamour for further experience of My divine nature and ask that your faith might be strengthened therefrom. To know the taste of sea water, isn't a drop on the tongue enough? Do you need to drink it all? It is your waywardness, egoism, and pride that makes you doubt and deny what you once tasted! Isn't one experience enough? Well, let Me ask, how can the limited know the depth of the Unlimited? How can the ant delve into the mountain? It is beyond you to gauge Me. You have no patience even to deal with the problems of a single family, though it is your responsibility. Imagine My patience that allows Me to listen to and solve problems of million families with infinite love! You can never grasp the strength of this super-worldly bond that ties you to Me. The experience of that bond will come to you unaware. Your duty is to await the moment. Believe and be blessed! Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:06 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


The years of life allotted to a human is very short; the world in which you live is very wide; time extends far behind and far beyond. Whatever little you must do, do it quickly, at the place and time assigned to you. You must carry out the duties of your role in a worshipful attitude. A garland does not arise of a single flower; many flowers of different hues and fragrances are strung around the string to achieve the common goal of decorating the Lord. Similarly, physical strength, monetary resources and the intelligence of all must be blended and pooled to make a project succeed.. Life has been bestowed not for just eating and digesting, roaming and reclining; but for a far greater purpose - the realisation of the Divinity in us, and in all that exist around us as well as in all things that are beyond our senses. To waste such a life in vain pursuits, and in mere sense-pleasures is not the sign of an intelligent person. Deserve the Grace of God by helping the weak and poor, diseased and the disabled, the distressed and downtrodden. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:47 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

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/*2. ఋషులు*/ - మనం తరించటానికి కావలసిన జ్ఞానాన్ని ఇచ్చారు.  వేదాలు,
శాస్త్రాలు, ఇతిహాసాలు, పురాణాలు, .....
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ఎన్నింటినో అందించి సహాయం చేస్తున్నారు
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*మరేం చేయాలి ఋణం తీర్చుకొనుటకు ?*

*1. దేవయజ్ఞం* : పూజాదికాలు - యజ్ఞయాగాదులు
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శాస్త్రాలను శ్రవణం చేయాలి. వారు చూపిన మార్గాన్ని అనుసరించాలి.  గ్రంధ
పఠనంలోను, గ్రంధ ప్రచురణలోనూ, గ్రంధ విక్రయంలోను, ప్రచారంలోనూ సాయపడాలి
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సేవ చేయించాలి.  తనకు ఎంత కష్టమైనా ఇష్టంతో ఆనందంతో సేవించి సంతోషపరచాలి.
మరణానంతరం శాస్త్రవిధి ప్రకారం కర్మకాండ జరిపించాలి.  పరలోకంలో వారితృప్తి
కొరకు చేయవలసిన విధిని నిర్వర్తించాలి.
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*5.  భూత యజ్ఞం :* పశువులకు గడ్డి - పక్షులకు ధాన్యపు గింజలు, మొక్కలకు
నీరు ..... అందించటం.



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