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Digest #4804
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Wed Nov 7, 2018 11:05 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Even if we can't succeed in Krishna consciousness, we can fail in Krishna consciousness – not fail out of Krishna consciousness

When we practice bhakti and strive to become Krishna conscious, we are expected to follow some standards. If we fail to follow those standards, we may become so discouraged as to give up our bhakti practice.

How can we avoid becoming so discouraged? By understanding that Krishna consciousness is not just adherence to certain standards; it is also intense connection with Krishna, a connection that can happen through both success and failure in adhering to standards. The Bhagavad-gita (09.30-31) assures that failure doesn't debar us from Krishna consciousness. Even wrongdoers are well-situated if they are determined to serve Krishna (09.30). They will soon become purified, for Krishna himself guarantees them protection from destruction (09.31).

How can we apply this principle to our struggle? Even if we find some standards almost impossible to follow, we can still choose to fail in Krishna consciousness, not fail out of Krishna consciousness. Failing in Krishna consciousness means that despite our failure, we remain determined to re-connect with Krishna. Failing out of Krishna consciousness means that we let that failure rob us of our will to connect with Krishna.

Suppose on a holy day, we resolve to fast without water. If somehow we fail in that resolve, we can eat what we need and, without becoming too disheartened, still turn to Krishna with humility and dependence: "O Krishna, I am so conditioned and attached. Please accept whatever little service I am able to do and purify me so that I can serve you better."

By thus failing in Krishna consciousness, we stay connected with Krishna and gain strength through that connection. By that strength, we can resume the practices that foster purity. In due course, we will become sufficiently purified to succeed in Krishna consciousness.

Think it over:

How is Krishna consciousness not limited to adherence to standards?

What is the difference between failing in Krishna consciousness and failing out of Krishna consciousness?

How does failing in Krishna consciousness prepare us for succeeding in Krishna consciousness?

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Wed Nov 7, 2018 11:23 pm (PST) . Posted by:


The faster our auto-correct, the faster we can be incorrect

While messaging someone through our phone, suppose we type 'Hare Krishna.' But the phone doesn't recognize word 'Hare' and aut-ocorrects it to 'Hate.' The auto-corrected message 'Hate Krishna' ends up being horribly incorrect. If our phone is fast, then it may auto-correct fast too. And even before we notice what is happening, we may end up sending that incorrect message.

Our mind is like our inner phone. Just as the phone is a digital device for connecting with the world, the mind is a psychological device for us, spirit souls, to connect with the physical world. Just as our phone may have default settings that work against us, the mind too may have similarly self-sabotaging default settings.

When we feel stressed or distressed, we naturally seek relief. If we are spiritually inclined, we may intend to seek such relief by immersing ourselves in wisdom-literature. But if in the past we have sought relief by browsing sensual stuff on the net, then even if we turn towards our device for reading something spiritual, we will unconsciously open something sensual – and may end up wasting hours on it. And the stronger our past conditionings to surf such stuff, the faster our gravitation towards it, thereby sabotaging our good intentions.

To protect ourselves, we need to become conscientious, just as we would be when texting with a phone with dubious auto-correct settings. After typing something, we would double-check what has appeared on the screen and only then press 'send.' Similarly, when we are about to do something, we need to double-check whether that thing is really what we want to do – whether it is conducive to our deepest interests. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (06.05) urges us to take responsibility for our mind, engaging it in a way that doesn't degrade us, but elevates us.

Think it over:

How is our mind like our inner phone?

How may our mind misdirect us?

How can we protect ourselves from the mind's misdirections?

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Thu Nov 8, 2018 6:23 am (PST) . Posted by:


From your place, at your pace, access the grace

Suppose a wealthy person gives charity abundantly. Still, to receive that charity, we would have to go to their place. If they came to our place to give charity, we would consider them extraordinarily charitable. And if they offered a huge amount in customized sizes suited for us, we would consider them even more extraordinarily charitable.

Such a large-hearted donor is Krishna, as is revealed in the Bhagavad-gita's conclusion. He offers us grace. And so eager is he that we receive it that he offers it in whatever way we can receive.

His accommodating heart is revealed towards the end of the Bhagavad-gita. In its concluding climax (18.64-66), Krishna bares his heart, revealing how much he loves us and then inviting us to love him back. Within that invitation to reciprocate with him, he outlines a descending ladder of methods by which we can connect with him from our present level.

First, he urges us to share his message of love with others – those who do so will become purely devoted to him and will attain him, which is life's supreme perfection (18.68). Not only that, they will become most dear to him; indeed, no one will be dearer than them (18.69).

If we protest that sharing his message is too difficult, he then exhorts us to just study it – those who do so worship him with their intelligence (18.70).

If we protest that studying the Gita is also too difficult, he then encourages us to just hear it – those who do so will become purified and elevated (18.71).

By thus understanding how eager Krishna is to give us his grace that he offers it in multifarious ways according to our capacity to receive, we can open our hearts to him, thereby becoming enriched, eternally and ecstatically.

Think it over:

How is Krishna like an extraordinary donor?

What are the three levels at which we can connect with Krishna through the Gita?

How can understanding Krishna's magnanimity inspire us?

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Thu Nov 8, 2018 7:07 am (PST) . Posted by:


Indulgence decreases our capacity to push against desire and increase desire's capacity to push us

Suppose we had to push a huge boulder uphill. That would be difficult enough. But on top of it, if we were becoming weak and if someone were piling more weight on the boulder, moving it would become increasingly difficult, even impossible.

Similar is our predicament when we strive to spiritualize our consciousness. Within us are many worldly desires that are like a huge boulder. Just as a boulder naturally rolls downhill, those desires drag our consciousness down towards sensuality, immorality and even perversity.

Suppose we have lived an upright life. If someone proposes that we rob a shop to get some quick money, we would reject that idea immediately. Because we have never indulged in that desire, its capacity to push us is negligible, and our capacity to push it away is unquestionable.

But if we had done some shoplifting intermittently, then our past indulgence will increase the lure of that proposal and weaken the voice our conscience, which is our inner resistor against wrongdoing. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (16.12) cautions that our lower desires can drag us past ethical boundaries.

How does this happen? Let's understand using the boulder metaphor. Whenever we indulge in a desire, such indulgence reinforces that desire, which then pushes us more forcefully during its future propositions. Thus, each indulgence is like an additional weight piled on top of our inner boulder.

Moreover, whenever we indulge despite the reproaches of our conscience, we are essentially weakening and muting it, thereby decreasing our capacity to push against the boulder.

To prevent such degradation, we need to stop treating indulgence with nonchalance and start striving towards transcendence. Bhakti-yoga connects us with the supreme transcendence, Krishna. When we thus access a higher happiness, indulgence becomes less alluring and abstinence becomes more feasible.

Think it over:

How does indulging in a desire strengthen that desire?

How does indulging in a desire weaken us?

How can we prevent our desires from degrading us?

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Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:00 am (PST) . Posted by:


Don't just be forceful – first be resourceful

When we are in a responsible position where we need to get things done, we may have to push people. However, while pushing them, we may end up alienating them.

To minimize such alienation, before being forceful, we can try to be resourceful. The Bhagavad-gita (18.43) lists the qualities of kshatriyas, the movers and shakers of society. Acknowledging that they need to sometimes use force, the Gita lauds their quality of not flinching from confrontation. Significantly however, that same list includes expertise too – they are resourceful enough to get things done by persuading, inspiring and stimulating people. This suggests that using force is just one among their resources, and they use it only as a last recourse.

The Bhagavad-gita itself offers a divine example of resourcefulness.. Though Krishna, the Gita's speaker is God himself, he doesn't use his omnipotence to force Arjuna into compliance. Instead, Krishna chooses to be resourceful – he uses various cogent lines of thought and even demonstrates his universal form, all to inspire Arjuna to comply with divine will. When God himself is circumspect about using force to bend others to his will, we too need to be circumspect.

Of course, when resourcefulness doesn't work, forcefulness becomes essential, as happens when Duryodhana rejects Krishna's peace proposal, thereby making the ensuing war inevitable.

And we especially need to be resourceful while sharing spiritual wisdom with others. Choosing to become spiritual is a deeply personal choice. Forcing others to make this choice can lead to their doing it ritualistically or even resentfully, thereby defeating the purpose of spiritualizing one's consciousness.

Following Krishna's example in sharing the Gita, if we too learn to be resourceful, we will improve our skills to express ourselves and persuade others; we will equip them to make healthier choices; and we will have richer and fulfilling relationships.

Think it over:

How can we see force as one of our resources?

How does the Gita demonstrate Krishna's resourcefulness?

While sharing spiritual knowledge, how can we be resourceful?

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Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:06 am (PST) . Posted by:


Purification puts the mind in the silent mode

When we are working on something important, if we are repeatedly disturbed by our phone's beeps, we will put it in the silent mode.

Just as our phone disturbs us externally, our mind disturb us internally. For example, it often points, prompts and pushes us towards tempting objects. If we could put it in silent mode, we could get so much more done.

Can we silence our mind? Yes, by purifying the impressions stored in the mind.

Let's understand how an impure mind is noisy and a pure mind quiet.. Suppose two people go on a daily commute to their workplace, and along the way, there's a bar. When they pass by the bar, if one of them is an alcoholic, their mind will start whispering or even screaming at them to go and have a drink. If the other is a teetotaler who has no inclination to drink, they will pass by the bar without feeling any disturbance. The Bhagavad-gita (06.27) states that the mind becomes peaceful when it is cleansed of impurities.

We can purify our mind most efficaciously not so much by removing negative impressions as by cultivating positive impressions. These impressions will prompt and propel us towards a positive purpose, and that absorption will enable us to neglect distractions more easily. If the alcoholic were going for a meeting that they consider vitally important, their focus on that meeting would enable them to neglect the bar even when they pass by it.

The process of bhakti-yoga connects us with all-pure Krishna, thereby purging us of impurities and surcharging us with desires to love and serve Krishna. As these divine desires get impressed within our consciousness, they prompt us to become joyfully absorbed in Krishna and his service, while muting and eventually eliminating the mind's distractions.

Think it over:

How is an impure mind noisy and a pure mind quiet?

What is the most efficacious way to purify the mind?

How does bhakti-yoga purify our mind?

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Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:33 am (PST) . Posted by:


We may be infinite steps away from purity, but we just need to take one step now

If we have to walk on a long journey, thinking how far our destination is can discourage us. Instead, we can focus on doing what is eminently possible for us: take one step at a time. By doing that, we will gradually traverse the long journey.

When we practice spiritual life, we embark on a long journey to attain the all-pure, all-attractive supreme, Krishna. To traverse this journey, we need to become free from impure desires such as lust, anger and greed by practicing the purificatory process of bhakti-yoga. Unfortunately however, despite practicing bhakti, impure desires may keep appearing within us again and again. Seeing their recurrence, we may feel disheartened, thinking that we are infinite steps away from purity.

However, instead of discouraging ourselves by such thinking, we can focus on doing all that we need to do right now: strive for purity one moment at a time, one day at a time. The Bhagavad-gita (02.64) states that when we strive to regulate ourselves, putting aside our aversion and attachment, we attract Krishna's mercy. He often bestows that mercy by revealing his all-attractiveness, which gives us so much higher satisfaction that impure pleasures soon become resistible and even unpalatable.

Phrased in terms of the journey metaphor, if we keep taking small steps towards Krishna, he reciprocates by taking huge steps towards us. He is not a static goalpost an infinite distance away; he is a reciprocal person who is more eager that we attain him than we are to attain him. He just wants to see that we genuinely want to attain him.

When we show that to him by striving to take baby steps in pure living, his mercy will gradually make the impossible-seeming purity not just possible but also relishable.

Think it over:

When practicing spiritual life, what may dishearten us?

How does Krishna's mercy free us from impurities?

How does Krishna reciprocate when we take steps towards him consistently?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/we-may-be-infinite-steps-away-from-purity-but-we-just-need-to-take-one-step-now/ https://www.gitadaily.com/we-may-be-infinite-steps-away-from-purity-but-we-just-need-to-take-one-step-now/

Wed Nov 7, 2018 11:06 pm (PST) . Posted by:


The home (griha) where the Lord's Name is not heard is a dark cave (guha)! As you enter home, as you leave it, and while you are in it, perfume it, illumine it and purify it with His Name. Light it as a lamp at dusk and welcome it at dawn as you welcome the Sun. That is the genuine Deepavali, the festival of lamps. Firmly believe that the Name is the boat which will help you cross the sea of worldly life. The Name is more efficacious than the contemplation of the Form. On this Deepavali Day, resolve to light the lamp of Namasmarana (chanting the Name of God) and place it at your doorstep, the lips. Feed it with the oil of devotion, let steadiness be the wick. Let the lamp illumine every minute of your life. The splendour of the Name will drive darkness from outside you as well as from within you. You will spread joy and peace amongst all who come near you. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 6:18 am (PST) . Posted by:


The human being is a composite of man, beast and God, and in the inevitable struggle among the three for ascendency, you must ensure that God wins, suppressing the merely human and the lowly beast. This festival of Deepavali is to express gratitude at the defeat of the demonic tendencies in man, which drag him down from Divinity. Naraka means hell, and Narakasura is the demon whose death at the hands of Krishna is celebrated on this day. He is the personification of all the traits of character that obstruct the upward impulses of man. How did he meet his end? He died with the vision of Lord Krishna. This Consummation is truly admirable. Remind yourself that you must aspire for the destruction of demonic qualities in this very birth. This is the true spirit of Deepavali. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 7:08 am (PST) . Posted by:


We should be afraid of sin, and not difficulties. We have to develop Daiva preeti, papa bheeti and Sangha neeti (fear of sin, love of God and morality in society). Instead of developing fear of sin, we are enslaved by sin. Instead of seeking refuge in God, we are submitting ourselves to difficulties. Morality in society will lead to love of God which will in turn lead to fear of sin. Hence, we should uphold morality in society and dedicate ourselves to God. Saint Thyagaraja once prayed, "Oh Lord, I am deeply concerned about the fear of sin. I am unable to surrender to Your love. Please grant me the strength of conviction to bow down before Your divine love and bless me with strength to overcome difficulties". Every true devotee of God must abstain from sinful acts and overcome sorrows and difficulties. Strive to attain the treasure of pure devotion! Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 7:57 am (PST) . Posted by:


Although God dwells in every person, this fact remains latent like oil in the gingelly seed. To manifest the Divine within you, you must go through trials and ordeals. Love for God should grow as a result of adversity. Just as gold improves in brilliance the more it is heated in the crucible, your devotion must shine when it goes through a constant purificatory process. Remember, for all the cruelty and violence that we find in the world today, the root cause is selfishness. This must be eradicated. Experience the Love Principle and rid the world of hatred. Once hatred is destroyed, world will be free from violence and strife. Cultivate Selfless Love and manifest love in all your thoughts and actions. You will experience bliss. When you are filled with Love for God, all pains and troubles will be forgotten. To propagate this principle of Divine Love, God descends in human form from time to time. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:58 am (PST) . Posted by:


When you fill your hearts with love, you have no ill-will towards anyone. Cultivate the faith that God is in everyone. Surrender to the Divine in a spirit of dedication. The symbolic meaning in the relationship between Krishna and the Gopikas is this: Your heart is the Brindavan. Your thoughts are like the Gopikas. The Atma is Krishna. Bliss is the sport of Krishna. Everyone must convert their heart into a Brindavan and consider the indwelling Atma as Krishna. Every action should be regarded as a Leela of Krishna. Gokulashtami is celebrated by offering to Krishna Paramannam (a special rice dish cooked with jaggery). The real meaning of Paramannam is Annam (food) relating to Param (Supreme). Paramannam is sweet. Your love must be sweet. What you offer to God must be your sweet love. Your love must be all-embracing. This is the foremost message of the Avatar. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 8:13 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Do not get elated at the riches, status, authority, or the intelligence which you are bestowed with. Consider them as signs of His grace, opportunities of service, and symbols of responsibility given to you on trust, so that you may benefit others. Never seek to exult over others' faults; deal empathetically with others' shortcomings and mistakes. Always seek the good in them, hear only good tidings about them and never give ear to scandal. Detachment confers fearlessness and gives strength and courage, for, it is desire that weakens you and makes you cringe before those in authority and with influence. Detachment endows you with self-respect, the capacity to stand up to slander and calumny. Some weep at the slightest sign of defeat or disappointment. This is despicable behaviour. Why should you have fear or sorrow, with the Lord installed in the altar of your heart? He is in all beings, at all times. Do you not know He is there, guarding you and guiding you? Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 3:01 am (PST) . Posted by:


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Thu Nov 8, 2018 6:42 am (PST) . Posted by:


Things are not what they seem. When you look at a mere cross section of something, it makes little sense. But view the whole of it and a meaningful image emerges. Every object and event in nature is a masterful stroke of the Great Painter. But the ordinary person sees only confusing bits and pieces of these depictions. (Sri Paramhansa Yogananda)

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