www.telugubhakti.com Digest Number 4806

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Digest #4806
1.1
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
1.3
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
2.1
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
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Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
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Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
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Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
2.5
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
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Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
3.1
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
4.1
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
4.3
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
5.1
Positive Life by p_gopi_krishna
6a
Sringeri by p_gopi_krishna

Messages

Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:52 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

What can you achieve with your paltry intelligence? A man once laughed at God for giving the majestic banyan tree a tiny seed and conferring on the ash gourd, a gigantic fruit. "No sense of proportion," he thought! He was travelling, and as time passed, he felt tired and happened to sleep under the shade of a banyan tree. When he woke up, he saw many seeds that had fallen on his body. If only the banyan tree had seeds in proportion to its size, a single seed falling from that height would have killed the critic in no time! He thanked God for His perfect logic and wisdom and continued the journey, feeling safe and secure. Take everything as it comes, and cultivate contentment. Do not multiply your wants and foster greed and despair. You take off your warm clothing when you start feeling warm yourself. The coat of desire has to be taken off when the warmth of devotion increases. Strive to secure grace, do not strive to secure any lesser fruit. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:13 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

It is only to enable you to put good thoughts into practice that goddesses Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are worshipped during these Dasara celebrations. Durga is not to be understood as a ferocious goddess. She is the Goddess Supreme who protects you. Lakshmi is the embodiment of all wealth. Saraswati is the goddess of speech. Good thoughts, good words and good actions represent the tatwa (essence) of these three goddesses. He who teaches good things to you is verily the embodiment of Goddess Saraswati. He who teaches evil is verily a demon. Goddess Durga destroys only such demons.. Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are, in fact, not different from you. They are very much installed in your own heart. They exhort you to lead the life of a human being, since you are a human being. Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are the three mothers to a human being. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:26 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Every yajna has a great unseen influence on human life, for these sacred formulae are potent sounds, charged with subtle mysteries. The ritual sacrifice (yajna) has a deeper meaning; the meanings that symbols have is really valuable and essential for human progress. Every rite is a symbolic act. Yajna is correlated at every step with human aspirations and spiritual practices. It is kept in touch with human life and aspirations in its minutest detail. Butter is the product of the churning of the emotions, impulses, impressions, and instincts of people - the purest and the most authentic essence of the divine in people. That butter, when it is still more clarified, becomes ghee, and that is what is offered to the Gods! When you pray, always concentrate on the everlasting fruit - the universal, the spiritual. Do not pray for small mundane desires; direct your mind to follow the guidelines taught by the Lord to re-establish righteousness (dharma) in the Universe. Sri Satya Sai Baba

Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:56 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

"Nowadays many ignorant Sadhakas aim straight at the acquisition of Knowledge without the preliminaries of purification and acquisition of Daivi Sampath and complain that they are not progressing in the Path. How can they? Knowledge will not descend till the impurities are washed out, and purity is developed. Nor can the Sattvic plant grow on impure soil." – Swami Sivananda

Thu Nov 8, 2018 10:56 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

PAST BIRTH: A man wanted to know about his past birth. Obsessed by this strange desire, he approached the Master, pleading to him pathetically to let him know about his past. The Master closed his eyes for a few seconds, but when he opened them, he did not answer the visitor's plea but started to attend to other work. When the poor visitor persisted, the Master told him, rather grimly, "Maharaj, you will be terrified if I told you what you were in your previous birth."

The visitor did not pursue the matter.

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:01 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

DON'T THINK TOO MUCH OF YOURSELF. DON'T KEEP IN THE HEART ANY INJURY DONE BY OTHERS. DON'T EXPECT ANY RETURN FOR YOUR SERVICES OR HELP. (Swami Sivananda)





अपने ही बारे में बहुत अधिक न सोचो। दूसरों द्वारा किये गये अन्याय को मन में न रखो। सेवा अथवा सहायता के बदले किसी चीज की आशा न करो।

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:16 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Look to yourself, look to your heart, look to your inner peace, look to right thoughts, right action, right deeds. Refrain from judgement about others. Focus on yourself and know that you cannot change others. Know that it is your responsibility to uplift yourself. (Lord Buddha)

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:28 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Every man has got his own mental world, his own mode of thinking, his own ways of understanding things, and his own ways of acting. Just as the face and voice of every man differ from those of another man, the mode of thinking and understanding also differs. (Swami Sivananda)





प्रत्येक व्यक्ति का सोचने, समझने और काम करने का अपना तरीका होता है। जिस तरह एक व्यक्ति की आकृति और स्वर दूसरे से भिन्न हुआ करती है, उसी तरह विचारों और समझ में भी अन्तर होता है।

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:52 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

With the power that flows from perceptions of Thee, may I calm my storms of restless desires. Help me to subdue the incessant ripples of the little wave of my life, that Thine oceanic vastness spread over me. In the limpid waters of my soul let me behold the unruffled reflection of Thy face of stillness. (Sri Paramahansa Yogananda)

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:02 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Navaratri Durga Puja, Its Significance -- 1946
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Religious observances, traditional worship and Vratas at times have more than one significance. Apart from being the adoration of the Divine, they are commemorative of stirring bygone events, allegoric when interpreted from the Occult standpoint, and lastly deeply significant pointers and revealing guides to the Jiva on his path to Realisation.

Outwardly, the nine days' worship of Devi or the Mother is in the nature of a Vijaya-Utsava. These nine days' triumph are offered to the Mother for Her successful struggle with the formidable demons led by Sumbha and Nisumbha. But to the spiritual aspirant in his life of Sadhana, the particular division of the Navaratri into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the Supreme Goddess has got a very sublime yet thoroughly practical truth to reveal. In its cosmic aspect it epitomises the stages of the evolution of Man into God, from Jivahood to Sivahood. In its individual import it shows the course that his spiritual Sadhana should take.
Now, the central purpose of existence is to recognise your eternal identity with the Supreme Spirit. It is to grow into the image of the Divine. The Supreme One embodies the highest perfection. It is spotless purity, Niranjana. To recognise your identity with That, to attain union with That, is verily to grow into the very likeness of the Divine. The Sadhaka has, therefore, as the initial step, to get rid first of all the countless impurities, and the undivine elements that have come to cling to him in his embodied state. Then he has to acquire lofty virtues, auspicious Divine qualities. Thus purified and rendered full of Sattva, Knowledge flashes upon him like the brilliant rays of the Sun upon the crystal waters of a perfectly calm lake.
This process of Sadhana implies resolute will, determined effort and arduous struggle. In other words, strength, infinite Sakti, is the prime necessity. It is the Divine Mother, Supreme Sakti of Brahman, that has to operate through the aspirant. Then consider how on the first three days Mother is adored as Power, Force—Durga the Terrible. You pray to Mother Durga to destroy all your impurities, your vices, your defects. She is to fight with and annihilate the baser animal qualities in the Sadhaka, the lower Asura in his nature. Also, She is the Power that protects your Sadhana from its many dangers and pitfalls. Thus the first three days, marking the first stage of destruction of Mala (impurities) and determined effort and struggle to rout out the evil Vasanas in your mind, are set apart for the worship of the Destructive aspect of the Mother.

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:05 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Associate with the saintly to upload their spiritual positivity, not download our mental negativity




When things go wrong, our mind often gets filled with negativity. At such times, we naturally need solace, which we may seek by associating with the saintly. During our time with them, we may pour out our woes, hoping to thereby unburden ourselves of our negativity.




It's natural and desirable to seek saintly guidance on problematic issues. But if that is all we do in their association, we cheat ourselves. Why? Because their association can raise our consciousness to the spiritual level where alone life's problems can be transcended.




Gita wisdom explains that reality has three distinct levels: physical, mental and spiritual. Just as we deal with physical wounds appropriately, similarly, we need to deal with mental or emotional wounds appropriately. And for dealing with either, we can take the blessings of the saintly. But while associating with them, our consciousness needs to focus on receiving spiritual knowledge and devotion.




We are souls, parts of the supreme soul, Krishna, who is our all-attractive Lord. When we learn to love him, we become joyfully absorbed in him, thereby transcending our problems and ultimately transcending problematic material existence itself. For attaining such transcendence, saintly association is the vital catalyst.




The saintly people delight in loving Krishna and in discussing his glories with others (Bhagavad-gita 10.09). When we associate with them, we have a precious opportunity to enrich our consciousness with their spiritual positivity. What is that positivity? It is their steady focus on Krishna; their strong faith that he will bring good out of the bad; and their firm conviction that devotional absorption in him is life's ultimate purpose with which all our other purposes need to be harmonized.




When we become spiritually receptive, saintly association enriches us with the supreme treasure of devotional absorption in Krishna.




Think it over:




By downloading our mental negativity on the saintly, how do we cheat ourselves?

What is the spiritual positivity of the saintly?

While associating with the saintly, how does being spiritually receptive help us?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/associate-with-the-saintly-to-upload-their-spiritual-positivity-not-download-our-mental-negativity/ https://www.gitadaily.com/associate-with-the-saintly-to-upload-their-spiritual-positivity-not-download-our-mental-negativity/

Thu Nov 8, 2018 11:21 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Sensual pleasure feels fine, but it comes with a fine




Youths often like to drive their bikes superfast, way above the speed limit. They get a thrill when they feel the wind whistling through their ears; hear their bike rumbling as it eats up the miles; and see heads turn towards them as they whiz by. Although all these sensations may feel fine to them, they will have to pay a fine when cops catch them. Even if they aren't caught, they will still incur a fine. That fine is not financial, but is psychological: they will become attached to speeding and blinded to its hazards. And this combination of attachment and blindness will eventually get them into huge trouble.




Whenever we gratify our senses disproportionately, we often enjoy the titillation and neglect the consequent tribulation. Alerting us, the Bhagavad-gita (18.38) stresses that the same sensual pleasure which tastes like nectar initially will tastes like poison eventually. This implies that tribulation is an inbuilt feature of the titillation, not an avoidable consequence.




Nowadays, technology has increased enormously the titillation available to us. But it has also increased proportionately the magnitude of the concomitant tribulation. For example, cars and phones are both useful, but driving fast while texting on phone is a recipe for disaster.




Similarly, in the past, we may have titillated ourselves with obscene imagery by reading some magazines. But with the Internet expanding our access almost unlimitedly, our urge to seek titillation can keep us distracted and deluded for hours upon hours, day after day, month after month, year after year.




Thus, in sensual indulgence, the fine, even if invisible, is inevitable. Understanding this unsentimentally, we can determinedly restrain our senses and redirect them towards Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga. The resulting purification and absorption will provide us satisfaction far more enduring and fulfilling than the most alluring titillation.




Think it over:




What is the relationship between titillation and tribulation?

How has technology affected our experience of titillation and tribulation?

How can bhakti-yoga help us restrain the urge for titillation?





Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/sensual-pleasure-feels-fine-but-it-comes-with-a-fine/ https://www.gitadaily.com/sensual-pleasure-feels-fine-but-it-comes-with-a-fine/

Fri Nov 9, 2018 12:39 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Hating the wrongs done to us blinds us to the wrongs done by us




When we feel wronged, we often magnify our side of the story, while minimizing any other side the story may have.




Such was the disposition of Duryodhana, the Kuru prince who felt that his cousins, the Pandavas, had wronged him by depriving him of his rightful kingdom. He had been born as the first son of the blind Kuru scion, Dhritarashtra. Due to his blindness, Dhritarashtra couldn't ascend the throne, which went to his younger brother, Pandu. However, when Pandu retired early to the forest, Dhritarashtra became the caretaker king. During Dhritarashtra's reign, Duryodhana was the heir apparent and grew up as a pampered child with an entitlement mentality. When Pandu died prematurely, the Pandavas came to the Kuru kingdom. As the Pandavas were much more courteous than Duryodhana, the affection of the Kuru courtiers and citizens soon shifted from him to them, thereby triggering his envy.




Over time, his envy degenerated to hate. He poisoned, burnt and defrauded the Pandavas – and even tried to disrobe their wife. Despite his depravity, he remained utterly unremorseful and derisively dismissive of any peace efforts, making war inevitable. Yet he considered his cause so justified that he believed many great heroes were ready to die for him (Bhagavad-gita 01.09).




Duryodhana saw only the wrongs done to him, never the wrongs done by him.




When we are wronged, how can we avoid being similarly deluded? By spiritualizing our consciousness before tackling the wrong.




Instead of getting back at wrongdoers, perceived or actual, we can connect devotionally with our all-attractive Lord, Krishna. That divine connection will comfort and heal our inner wounds. With our composure thus restored, we can analyze and acknowledge any wrong on our part. Thereafter, we can act effectively not for avenging the wrong, but for addressing the issue.




Think it over:




When we are wronged, how do we go wrong in our response?

Why was Duryodhana's feeling that the Pandavas had wronged him unjustified?

When we are wronged, how can spiritualizing our consciousness help us?




Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/hating-the-wrongs-done-to-us-blinds-us-to-the-wrongs-done-by-us/ https://www.gitadaily.com/hating-the-wrongs-done-to-us-blinds-us-to-the-wrongs-done-by-us/

Fri Nov 9, 2018 1:49 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

My Mother!




This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece please read this at a slow pace, digesting every word and in leisure...do not hurry....this is a treasure...




For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom, this is beautiful




For those of us who aren't, this is even more beautiful. For those who are moms, you'll love this.




The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked.




And the guide said: "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it.




But the end will be better than the beginning." But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years.




So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried,




"Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."




Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said,




"Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."




And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary.




But at all times she said to the children," *A little patience and we are there*." So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said,




" *Mother, we would not have done it without you*."




And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said,"This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness.




Yesterday I gave them *courage*. Today, I ' ve given them *strength*."




And the next day came strange clouds, which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: " *Look up* . *Lift your eyes to the light* ."




And the children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night the Mother said,




"This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."




And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent.




But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.




And mother said,"I have reached the end of my journey.




And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them."




And the children said,




"You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates."




And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said:




"We cannot see her but she is with us still.




A Mother like ours is more than a memory. *She is a living presence......" Your Mother is always with you* ....




She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well..




Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallised in every teardrop.




She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take.




She's your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you'll. Not time, not space... not even death!





PASS THIS ON TO ALL THE MOTHERS & CHILDREN YOU KNOW. MAY WE NEVER TAKE OUR MOTHERS FOR GRANTED NO MATTER WHAT...

Fri Nov 9, 2018 3:36 am (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Mumbai Darshan - Post 19 / 20

Revisiting Prempuri & Meeting Swami Pratyagbodhananda ji / Swami Dharmananda ji




Harih Om. I desired to go to Varanasi to be with the Vidvaans, to Rishikesh to be with the wise, but when I visit Prempuri ashram, all such desires collapse upon themselves because the representative Mahatmas from all these lands come stay and make Prempuri their temporary home. The sankalpa of founder Brahmaleen Shri Swami Prempuri ji (Kailash ashram) must be so tremendous that in 45+ years, not a single day has gone by in the ashram without prAtaH pravachans and svAdhyAya. No concept of "holidays" for satsanga! Every day is an opportunity to stay connected to one's nija svarUpa.




First image below is Sri Swami Pratyagbodhananda ji, a very senior teacher, and disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji and Maharajshri Swami Akhandananda Saraswati ji. He was teaching the Shankara bhashya on Mundaka Upanishad upto the 15th of this month




Also happened to sit with Swami Dharmananda ji (second image) a few times. Swamiji is an expert on Vedanta and Nyaya shastras. He has been taking svadhyaya lessons on Panchadasi Chp 14 (book up front) at Prempuri ashram.




I was fortunate to have a private session with Swamiji where he guided me on my existing Upasanas and shared pointers to enhance them. Expected to stay for 30 minutes, we ended up sitting for 2.5 hrs :)Incredible level of scholarship.




If I am to settle permanently in Mumbai, Prempuri Ashram would be one of the top 5- if not top 3- reasons to do so.




Sw. Pratyagbodhananda ji at the start of his pravachan.




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