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Digest #4915
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Wed May 8, 2019 10:06 am (PDT) . Posted by:


You should have single-minded devotion towards God. Your faith should be total and unconditional. If your faith is unsteady with 'bumps and jumps', you will be confused and will become restless. Keep your desires under control. Limitless desires will take you away from Divinity. Annihilation of desires will lead you to the principle of unity. You should continuously develop virtues and lead a good life. Understand the purpose of education and act accordingly. Only then will your birth as a human being be meaningful. One electric bulb can provide illumination to many. Likewise, a heart filled with love can illumine many lives. The educated should not look down upon the uneducated. If they are truly educated, they will treat everyone equally and develop unity. Where there is unity, there is purity. When unity and purity are present, you are bound to experience Divinity. Love is the basis for unity. Know that if differences crop-up, pure love is absent.

Wed May 8, 2019 10:08 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Turning away is not running away if we are turning toward something better Suppose we are at a get-together where we see from a distance a person who constantly agitates us. Not wanting to interact with them, we turn away.

Are we being cowardly? Not necessarily. If we had come there to meet someone else who is far more important for us, then turning away is not spinelessness; it is smartness. Guided by such smart purposefulness, if we still encounter that person, we won't get unduly agitated; we will be polite and brief, and move on.
We need to be similarly purposeful while dealing with agitating stimuli in the outer world. When we start living spiritually, we resolve to abstain from sensual temptations. To stick to our resolve, whenever we see a temptation from a distance, we can turn away from it. Unfortunately, we sometimes avoid turning away, deeming it cowardly. However, we aren't being cowardly; we are being canny, staying focused on our purpose.
In spiritual life, our purpose is to turn inward. Within us resides the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna, who is all-attractive, all-loving and all-joyful. The Bhagavad-gita (05.21) assures that if we turn away from outer pleasures and toward inner spiritual reality, we relish imperishable joy.
We can access that joy by practicing bhakti-yoga and connecting with Krishna. While striving to connect with him, sensual temptations can be a major distraction. Why should we unnecessarily fuel such distraction by dwelling on temptation?
Of course, if we become obsessed with avoiding temptation, we may feel frustrated, even persecuted, because today's culture often features an almost unending parade of temptations. We need a balanced approach: whenever possible, we can avoid interacting with temptation; and whenever impossible, we can avoid prolonging the interaction.
By such purposefulness, we can, even in a temptation-filled world, stay spiritually connected and become devotionally enriched.
Think it over:
Why is turning away from temptation not cowardly? When dealing with temptation, how can we be balanced? Which temptations can you turn away from? In those situations, how can you turn toward something higher?
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Wed May 8, 2019 10:12 am (PDT) . Posted by:


'Deho devalaya' - The body is the temple, it is said. You are going about with a temple, where God is in the innermost shrine. The body is not a mass of flesh and bone; it is a medium for mantras(sacred words or formulae) which save when meditated upon. It is a sacred instrument earned after long ages of struggle, equipped with reason and emotion, capable of being used for deliverance from grief and evil. Honour it as such and keep it in good condition, so that it might serve that high purpose; maintain it even more carefully than these brick houses, and always preserve the conviction that it is an instrument and nothing more. Use it for just the purpose for which it has been designed and given.

Wed May 8, 2019 10:10 am (PDT) . Posted by:


What we know doesn't define us as much as what we want to know Suppose someone who is in a disaster-hit area knows the path to a safe, prosperous area. Naturally, they will be respected for their knowledge by all those who want to get to safety. However, if they become proud of their knowledge and use it simply to get praise from others and not to chart a way out of danger, they will court disaster.

Gita wisdom explains that the material world is a disaster zone where distress and death can befall at any moment. Beyond this material world is a supremely safe zone: the personal abode of the all-attractive ultimate reality, Krishna.
Those with such spiritual knowledge can chart the way from material consciousness to spiritual consciousness – not just for themselves but also for others. However, they may become proud of their knowledge, start exhibiting that knowledge by quoting complicated verses and esoteric points, and start delighting in the resulting praise. By their actions for seeking pleasure in this world, they show that deep down, they don't believe essential spiritual truths such as: this world is distressful, and Krishna is all-blissful. Their desire is not to go from the world to Krishna, but to show the world how much they know about Krishna. Because of such misdirected desires, their knowledge becomes nullified (Bhagavad-gita 03.32).
In contrast, others may not have so much technical knowledge about scriptural details. But if they want to know about life's essential truths and ultimately about Krishna, then that wanting will not only increase their knowledge but will also take them toward spiritual realization. As their desires are directed toward Krishna, they will be elevated and eventually liberated (03.31).
Thus, on the spiritual path, we are defined not so much by what we know as by what we want to know.
Think it over:
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Wed May 8, 2019 10:18 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Surely, without the understanding of oneself, the search for so-called reality is an escape from oneself. Without self-knowledge, the god that you seek is the god of illusion; and illusion inevitably brings conflict and sorrow. (J. Krishnamurti)

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