www.telugubhakti.com Digest Number 4779

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Digest #4779
1.1
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
1.2
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
2.1
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Spirituality by p_gopi_krishna
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Advaitam by p_gopi_krishna
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Advaitam by p_gopi_krishna
5.1
Spiritual by p_gopi_krishna
6.1
Positive Life by p_gopi_krishna

Messages

Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:35 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The story of Rukmini Kalyana (marriage of Rukmini to Lord Krishna) is the story of the union of Purusha (the Supreme Spirit) with Prakriti (creation, the objective world) itself. Rukmini is the individual self (jiva), and Krishna is the Supreme Self (Paramatma). She suffers from the rules and restrictions imposed by the objective world; egoism is her brother, worldliness is her father. But on account of her good conduct, her mind rested on God. Her prayers, repentance, yearning, and steadfastness were amply rewarded. The parents, brother and all the relatives objected, but an individual is born to work out their destiny, not to act a role in someone else's drama. One is born to serve out one's sentence; when the sentence ends, one is free. You shall not remain in prison on the pretext that a dear comrade is still in! Just think of this fact: Rukmini had not met Krishna before; there was no preliminary wooing. The soul yearned, and it won. Sri Satya Sai Baba



Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:11 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

The intellect, subconscious mind, and heart (buddhi, chitta,and hridayam) — these are the three centres in the individual where spiritual wisdom, action, and devotion (jnana, karma,and bhakti) reside. Do karma (action) that is approved by the higher wisdom, not karma that is born of ignorance. Then, all karma will be auspicious, beneficial, and blessed.. Do karma-based on the spiritual wisdom that all is One. Let karma be suffused with devotion, humility, love, compassion, and nonviolence. If devotion is not filled with spiritual wisdom, it will be as light as a balloon, which drifts along any current of air or gust of wind. Mere wisdom will make the heart dry; devotion makes it soft with sympathy, and karma gives the hands something to do, something that will sanctify every one of the minutes that have fallen to your lot to live here. Sri Satya Sai Baba



Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:40 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Study scripture as a scuba diver, not a surface swimmer




When we swim in the ocean, we may find swimming in its vastness exciting. But if we want to find pearls, then we need to dive deep inside it, as to scuba divers




Similarly, we can consider scripture to be like a vast ocean. The Bhagavad-gita is itself an ocean of wisdom that has inspired millions for millennia.. Hundreds upon hundreds of commentaries have been written on this book, and all the great commentators of the Bhagavad-gita are like scuba divers. They are going deeper and deeper into each verse and discovering newer and newer levels and layers of meaning and bringing them to the surface for us to behold and relish. And then when we study the Bhagavad-gita we may also study it as a surface swimmer or as a scuba diver. To study it as a surface swimmer means to just get an informational understanding of the Gita and to think that we already know the Gita. However, the Gita is a book for application, transformation and realization. The Gita (16.24) urges us to mold our life according to its teachings. When we start applying the Gita in our life, we connect with the speaker of the Gita who is the all-attractive Lord, Sri Krishna, and that connection with Krishna is the real nectar of the study of the Gita. Not just he Gita but all scriptures culminate in the knowledge of Krishna (15.15).




There might be some titillation in swimming on the surface by reading new books. But when we go deep into the Gita to understands how it speaks to us, how we can connect with Krishna and devote ourselves to him, then that brings us the supreme inner enrichment of pure love for Krishna and the eternal happiness thereof.





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Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:46 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Awaken from The Slumber of Non-Awareness

by Sri Swami Chidananda




Occasionally you must take time to systematically ponder the question "Who am I?" in depth and in earnest. You are endowed with the faculty of reason, and the greatest function of this faculty is to enquire into your ultimate nature. Out of an unmanifest condition where you exist without form, height, weight or colour, you manifest for a little while on this planet as a personality with a particular name and form endowed with many distinctive physical and mental attributes. Your manifestation begins at a certain point in time called birth and ends soon after at a certain point in time called death.




Between these two points you talk, laugh, love, hate, smile, sing, study, work and play. You go to school, and you learn all about trees and plants, animals, manufacturing, mathematics and whatever else it may be. Everything under the sun you learn about your external environment, but you know next to nothing about yourself. What little you do assimilate in self-knowledge is paltry, disconnected facts—but nothing real or whole. If you are ever really in a difficult spot, you go and lie down on a couch and ask someone else to tell you about yourself!




You are walking about in a kind of darkness about yourself. You read a few books, hear a few lectures, and maybe a little ray of light somehow enters your mind. This single ray is better than nothing, but it is not enough. One ray of light is not enough to illumine you, and one small segment of knowledge will not help you through a deep crisis. In a crisis you need the truth, and you need it whole and not merely in bits and pieces floating about on the surface of your mind. You need it to be anchored in the very depths of your being.




I met a person recently who seemed to know nearly all there is to be known about Vedanta, the immortality of the soul, the purity and perfection of the eternal, and the freedom and independence of the highest state. Yet, he was totally unable to avail himself of all this knowledge, because it had never really penetrated his mind. These ideas are impotent if they have not taken deep root in the mind-soil. To raise man out of the quagmire into which he has fallen, great power is needed. Ideas must be absorbed in depth.




Intellectual conviction is good—if it is firm. It is better than mere mental fascination, but eventually ideas must become a part of you so that they actually change your way of doing things. Your ideas must vitally affect your life and reform your attitude. Eventually you must acquire the higher knowledge of the Self. Life bereft of this higher knowledge is a life steeped in darkness, ignorance and error. How in utter darkness can you ever hope to reach the ultimate goal?




You will be very surprised if you take a dispassionate survey of your present pursuit of what passes for "knowledge." You will see that, by and large, this pursuit is only to serve your worldly interests. Why, for instance, are you taking all these night courses, correspondence courses and degree courses? Because you want dollars. You want to buy a new car, a colour TV, a swimming pool, a trip to Hawaii or membership in some country club. You want to visit nice places, see nice things, and have nice people to talk to. You are in pursuit of knowledge, for you believe that in this way you will be able to improve your earning capacity. You believe that if your pay cheque is fat, your main wants will be satisfied. Do you suppose that people are flocking nowadays to colleges and universities in quest of the Absolute? Do you think they are fired with a noble urge to dedicate their lives to the cause of freedom? Do you think it is wisdom they're after? They want to improve their prospects for a better job and a better income.





http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/nov2012.htm http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/nov2012.htm



Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:30 am (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

*Prasnottara Ratna Malika - 02 *
Verse 6
Q: What is that generates delusion like liquor?
A: Attachment.
Q: Who are thieves?
A: Objects of sense.
Q: What is the creeper of birth?
A: Thirst for enjoyment.
Q: Who is the foe?
A: It is but idleness.
Verse 7
Q: What is here the fear from?
A: From death.
Q: Who is worse than the blind man?
A: One with attachments.
Q: Who is brave?
A: One who is not shaken by the shafts of amorous glances of women.
Verse 8
Q: What is fit to be heard like nectar by the ears?
A: Teachings of the good.
Q: What is the cause of greatness?
A: That which is known as not asking favours.
Verse 9
Q: What is inscrutable?
A: The conduct of woman.
Q: Who is clever?
A: One who is not won over by that.
Q: What is unhappiness?
A: Cheerlessness.
Q: What is easy?
A: Asking the lowly for help.
Verse 10
Q: What is livelihood?
A: That which is blemish-less.
Q: What is unintelligence?
A: Not repeating what is learnt.
Q: Who is wakeful?
A: One who discriminates.
Q: What is sleep?
A: The stupidity of living being.
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:33 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

*Prasnottara Ratna Malika - 01*
by Sri Sankara Bhagavadpada
Prasnottara Ratna Malika is a short work consisting of 67 verses in simple Sanskirt composed by Sri Sankara Bhagavadpada, except the first and the last slokas which were introduced by his disciples. This work, in the form of questions and answers, provides concise, pithy definitions of the eternal values which form the foundations of Sanatana Dharma and which transcend all limitations of time and space.

I will not include the original Sanskrit verses or English transliteration, but post the meaning of the verses from the booklet published by TTD in 1992 at the behest of Kanchi Paramacharya.
Verse 1
Whoever is indeed not adorned by this Question-Answer Gem Necklace, memorized for ready reference and which is the foremost means to obtain the seen and unseen goals (of life)!
Verse 2
Q: O Lord! Which is to be taken?
A: The utterances of the Preceptor (Guru).
Q: And which is to be given up?
A: The forbidden act.
Q: Who is a Preceptor (Guru)?
A: One who has realized the Truth and is ever striving for the good of the disciple.
Verse 3
Q: What is to be quickly done on the part of the wise?
A: The cessation of the cycle of birth and death.
Q: What is the seed of the tree of release?
A: It is the right knowledge, shown in practice.
Verse 4
Q: What is more beneficial than anything else?
A: Righteousness.
Q: Who is the pure person?
A: One whose mind is pure.
Q: Who is the wise man?
A: One who discriminates (real from unreal).
Q: What is poison?
A: Transgression of Preceptors' orders.
Verse 5
Q: What is the essence of life?
A: This alone is to be reflected on repeatedly.
Q: What is most desirable for human beings?
A: Life dedicated to one's and others' welfare.
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Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:18 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

"Spiritual exercise, sadhana, is not a question of observation and experiment such as physical science, chemistry, mathematics, etc. Here, the soul operates. We have difficulty in understanding even the meaning of the soul. What is the meaning of the soul? Is there something sitting inside us? There is nothing sitting inside us. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the soul is inside you, because if the soul is inside you, you will be outside it. You know the consequence of thinking like that. Are you outside your own soul, which consequence will follow by saying that the soul is inside you? "I am different from the soul." A foolish consequence follows again. "If the soul is inside me, I am different from the soul, and I am existing outside the soul. The soul is not me." Can there be a greater stupidity than to conceive the soul in this manner?





The soul is not inside you; it is yourself. You yourself are the soul, and it is not something that is inside you. Do not bring the question of inside and outside, because the soul is spaceless. The soul is not located somewhere in space. It is the concept of space that brings in the idea of inside and outside. There is no space in this indivisible spark of divinity called the soul; therefore, it cannot be called something existing inside or outside. It is the existence. You yourself are the soul. Do not say that the soul is inside you because if it is inside you, you will be standing outside it—a very mischievous thought." – Swami Krishnananda



Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:56 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

GONE ARE THE DAYS ! ! ! MY FRIEND




When




The school reopened in June, And we settled in our new desks and benches!



When we queued up in book depot, And got our new books and notes!



When we wanted two Sundays and no Mondays, yet managed to line up daily for the morning prayers.




We learnt writing with slates and pencils, and Progressed To fountain pens and ball pens and then Micro tips!



When we began drawing with crayons and evolved to Color pencils and finally sketch pens!



When we started calculating first with tables and then with Clarke's tables and advanced to

Calculators and computers!



When we chased one another in the corridors in Intervals, and returned to the classrooms Drenched in sweat!



When we had lunch in classrooms, corridors, Playgrounds, under the trees and even in cycle sheds!



When all the colors in the world, Decorated the campus on the Second Saturdays!




When a single P.T. period in the week's Time Table, Was awaited more eagerly than the monsoons!



When cricket was played with writing pads as bats, And Neckties and socks rolled into balls!



When few played "kabadi" and "Kho-Kho" in scorching sun, While others simply played "book cricket" in the Confines of classroom! Of fights but no conspiracies, Of Competitions but seldom jealousy!



When we used to watch Live Cricket telecast, In the opposite house in Intervals and Lunch breaks!



When few rushed at 3 o Clock to "Conquer" window seats in our School bus! While few others had "Big Fun", "peppermint", "kulfi", " milk ice !" and "sharbat !" at 3 3o!




Gone are the days Of Sports Day, and the annual School Day,




And the one-month long preparations for them.



Gone are the days Of the stressful Quarterly, Half Yearly and Annual Exams, And the most enjoyed holidays after them!



Gone are the days Of tenth and twelfth standards, when We Spent almost the whole year writing revision tests!




We learnt,

We enjoyed,

We played,

we won,

we lost,

we laughed,

we cried,

we fought,

we thought.




With so much fun in them, so many friends,




So much experience, all this and more!




Gone are the days, When we used to talk for hours with our friends! Now we don't have time to say a `Hi'!



Gone are the days When we played games on the road! Now we Code on the road with laptop!



Gone are the days When we saw stars shining at Night! Now we see stars when our code doesn't Work!



Gone are the days When we sat to chat with Friends on grounds! Now we chat in chat rooms.....!



Gone are the days Where we studied just to pass! Now we study to save our job!




Gone are the days Where we had no money in our pockets and still fun filled on our hearts!!




Now we have the atm as well as credit card but with an empty heart!!




Gone are the days Where we shouted on the road! Now we don't shout even at home




Gone are the days where we got lectures from all! Now we give lectures to all... like the one I'm doing now....!!




Gone are the days But not the memories, which will be Lingering in our hearts for ever and ever and Ever and ever and ever.....



Gone are the Days.... But still there are lot more Days to come in our Life!!




.. ramnath ramnath ..



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