www.telugubhakti.com Digest Number 4751

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Digest #4751
1.1
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
2a
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
3.1
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
3.2
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
3.3
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
4.1
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
4.2
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
5.1
Story by p_gopi_krishna

Messages

Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:35 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

In order to ward off evil, some people, who have so far never spent on charity tend to spend lavishly for holy rituals, worship rites, and the propitiation of planetary powers. So far, so good; let some money flow from one pocket to another that needs it more. Let money circulate. Let the spirit of charity grow, even out of panic. But calamity, danger, and death cannot be avoided for all time; they are inevitable factors of life, and you have to learn to live bravely with them. This can be accomplished only by uninterrupted prayer, and not by spurts of worship actuated by sudden fear. Purify your hearts and your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and speech; strengthen your nobler impulses. Then, no panic can unnerve you and nothing can shake your stability and inner peace (Prasanthi). Your prayers will be heard and answered; the Lord has no distinction of big or small, high or low. Sri Satya Sai Baba



Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:38 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

*Karma Theory in Path To Prosperity.*




When Lord Krishna returned home after the battle of Mahabharata, his wife Rukmani confronted him "How could you be party to the killing of Guru Drona and Bheeshma,who were such righteous people and had a lifetime of righteousness behind them."




Initially Lord Krishna avoided her questions but when she did not relent, he replied "No doubt they had a lifetime of rightousness behind them but they both had committed one single sin that destroyed all their lifetime of righteousness"




Rukmani asked "And what was that sin?"




Lord Krishna replied "They were both present in the court when a lady (Draupadi) was being disrobed and being elders they had the authority to stop it but they did not. This single crime is enough to destroy all righteousness of this world"




Rukmani asked "But what about Karna?




He was known for his charity. No one went emptyhanded from his doorstep. Why did you have him killed?"




Lord Krishna said "No doubt Karna was known for his charity. He never said 'No' to anyone who asked him for anything. But when Abhimanyu fell after successfully fighting an army of the greatest warriors and he lay dying, he asked for water from Karna who stood nearby. There was a puddle of clean water where Karna stood but not wanting to annoy his friend Duryodhan, Karna did not give water to a dying man.In doing so his charity of a lifetime was destroyed. Later in battle, it was the same puddle of water in which the wheel of his chariot got stuck and he was killed."




*Understand that your one act of injustice can destroy your whole life of honesty...*





*This story is great example of* *Karma Theory in Path To Prosperity.* *So Lets create a Karma with Awareness what is righteous.*



Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:44 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Can those blinded by self-indulgence behold the health-and-beauty rays that flow from the sun of self control? Can bewildered ones, spiritually poor but striving only for material riches, know aught of the wealth of peace? May we be not satisfied with fulfillments of earthly hopes, essentially ego-tainted and limited. (Sri Paramahansa Yogananda)



Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:45 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

When the ego says go, tell the ego to go




When someone disagrees with us, especially someone we expected would obey us unquestioningly, our ego flares up. It goads us: "Yell at them; lash out at them; put them in their place."




However, ego-driven actions only make things worse. Such actions arouse others' ego, triggering an ego battle in which the central issue often becomes the first casualty.




Worse still, some people consider their ego their strength. The Bhagavad-gita (16.18) states that the demonic take shelter of their lower qualities such as ego, lust and anger. What does taking shelter of the ego mean? It means expecting relief by placing oneself under the ego – as one places oneself under a tree amidst rains. The demonic think that by exhibiting and expanding their ego, they can make their subordinates cower in fear. However, taking the ego's shelter inevitably backfires. Even if people stay silent temporarily, they remain resentful and eventually they rebel.




To avoid such conflicts, we need to tell the ego to go, that is, to get lost. How? By situating ourselves in a secure identity higher than the one offered by the ego.




Gita wisdom explains that our essential identity is that we are eternal spiritual beings, parts of the all-attractive Supreme Being, Krishna. This identity is foundational to all our functional identities based on age, gender, nationality, profession, economic bracket and so forth. When we practice bhakti-yoga diligently and connect with Krishna, we gain increasing realization of our foundational identity. When we find security and satisfaction in our core identity, we become more immune to the ego's temptations for gratification through our various other identities. Thereafter, if others still act disagreeably, we can put our ego aside and focus on resolving the key issue.




By thus going towards our core identity, we can tell the ego to go.




Think it over:




How do ego-driven actions make things worse?

How does taking shelter of the ego backfire?

How can we tell the ego to go?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/when-the-ego-says-go-tell-the-ego-to-go/ https://www.gitadaily.com/when-the-ego-says-go-tell-the-ego-to-go/



Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:47 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Spiritual discipline is the road to freedom, not a roadblock




Many people believe that discipline is a roadblock to freedom – if they have to follow rules, they won't be free to enjoy. But does all discipline block freedom?




Suppose a fish finds itself on the land, being thrown there by a wave. If it claims to be free to go wherever it wants, it will soon end up dead. To actually move freely, it needs to return to the ocean as quickly as possible. The discipline necessary to take the fastest path to the water is its road to freedom.




We all are like fish out of water. Gita wisdom explains that at our core, we are souls. By our defining nature, we all want to be free – free to enjoy unending happiness. But in material existence, we just can't enjoy endless pleasure. Why not? Because material pleasure comes primarily from the contact of the senses with the sense objects; and the supply of enjoyable sense objects is always limited, as is the capacity of our senses to enjoy.




How, then, can we relish enduring happiness? By raising our consciousness to the spiritual level. There, we as eternal souls can rejoice in an eternal bond of love with our eternal Lord. As he is unlimitedly attractive, he is like a boundless ocean of nectar. We can delight forever in that nectar-ocean once we learn to love him. The process of bhakti-yoga trains us to love him – it is like the straight path to the ocean. The Bhagavad-gita (09.28) recommends that we focus on connecting lovingly with Krishna, irrespective of whether it feels good or bad. By such disciplined bhakti-yoga practice, we become liberated and attain his personal abode to freely relish immortal love.




Thus, the discipline of bhakti-yoga is not a roadblock to freedom, but is the road to the supreme freedom.




Think it over:




Give an example to illustrate how discipline is the road to freedom.

In material existence, why are we never free to enjoy endless pleasure?

How is the discipline of bhakti-yoga the road to the supreme freedom?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/spiritual-discipline-is-the-road-to-freedom-not-a-roadblock/ https://www.gitadaily.com/spiritual-discipline-is-the-road-to-freedom-not-a-roadblock/



Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:05 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

FROGS

(Its really sweet and wise! Read it)




Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs.... who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants....




The race began....




Honestly:




No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower.




You heard statements such as:




"Oh, WAY too difficult!!"




"They will NEVER make it to the top."




or:




"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!" The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one.... Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher.... The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!" More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.... But ONE continued higher and higher and higher.... This one wouldn't give up!




At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!




THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?




A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?




It turned out....




That the winner was DEAF!!!!




The wisdom of this story is:




Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic.... because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart!




Always think of the power words have.




Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!




Therefore:




ALWAYS be....




POSITIVE!




And above all:




Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!




Always think:




God and I can do this!




Pass this message on to "tiny frogs" you care about.




Give them some motivation!!!




Most people walk in and out of your life......but FRIENDS leave footprints in your heart.




In two days tomorrow will be yesterday. Today is no special day and I have no particular reason for writing to you... I have no news to tell you.... nor any problems to discuss with you.... or gossip to tell you... It's only one of those happy moments... when I thought of you... and I would like to share these thoughts with you...




MANY SMILES BEGIN BECAUSE OF ANOTHER SMILE...




To The World You Might Be One Person; But To One Person You Might Be the World.




You have been Tagged by the Froggy, which means you are a great friend!!





If you fall down 10 times, Stand up 11.



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