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Digest #4918
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
Positive Life 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


Thu May 16, 2019 11:54 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


When you feed the cow with fermented gruel so that it may yield more milk, the milk emits an unpleasant smell. When one engrosses oneself too much with the trifles of the world, the conduct and character become unpleasant. It is indeed tragic to witness the downfall of the child of immortality, struggling in despair and distress. If only every one examines these: "What are my qualifications? What is my position?" They will realise their downfall. Will a tiger, however hungry, eat popcorn or groundnuts? Aim at the goal which your lineage entitles you; how can a parrot taste the sweetness of the mango if it pecks at the fruit of the cotton-tree? Let your effort align keeping up with the dignity. The goal will near you faster than the pace with which you near the goal. God is as eager to save you as you are eager to be saved; He is full of love and compassion for all who seek.

Fri May 17, 2019 12:02 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Since Islam means surrender to God, whoever lives in peace and harmony in society, in a spirit of surrender and dedication, really speaking, belongs to Islam. Islam insists on full coordination between thought, word and deed. Muslim holy men and sages have been emphasising that we must inquire into the validity of the 'I' which feels it is the body and the 'I' which feels it is the mind and reach the conclusion that the real 'I' is the Self yearning for the Omniself, God. Fasting and prayers during the month of Ramzan are specially designed to awaken and manifest this realisation. Consider any religion, whatever it may be, you will find that it emphasises on unity, harmony and equal-mindedness. Therefore, all of you must cultivate love, tolerance and compassion and demonstrate these universal principles in all your daily activities, every day. This is the Message I give you today with My Blessings.

Fri May 17, 2019 12:04 am (PDT) . Posted by:


The Lord never speaks a word without relevance or significance, He never does anything without appropriateness or purpose. The young little boy, Dhruva, went to the forest to do penance and get a boon from the Lord, so that his father might treat him as lovingly as he did his half-brother. But see what happened? As he progressed in his spiritual practice, that wish was forgotten, and more lofty ones came to occupy its place. Once the Lord enters your mind, He will get rid of all evil in it. God (Rama) and desire (kama) can never coexist. God and lust will never go together. How then could the Gopis have any body consciousness when they adored young, little lad Krishna? Even mundane desires will be transmuted into higher spheres of purity when one approaches the Lord. Know that nothing against dharma can stand the presence of the Lord.

Fri May 17, 2019 12:04 am (PDT) . Posted by:


The waters of the river might be dirty, but the devotee who sips it with a mantra or a hymn in praise of God on his lips transmutes it into sanctified water. The body becomes healthy by exercise and work; the mind becomes healthy by devout contemplation and remembrance of the divine name (namasmarana), and by regular, well-planned discipline, joyfully accepted and carried out. Nonviolence is the rice, dedication is the gram (chickpea flour), expiation are the raisins, and repentance is the jaggery (unrefined cane sugar). Mix all these well with the ghee (clarified butter) of virtue. That is the offering you should make to your chosen deity, not the paltry stuff you make out of articles obtained for a paisa in the shops! The Gopis knew this secret passage to the heart of the Lord, that is why they realised Him quickly and fast.

Fri May 17, 2019 12:01 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent !!!


But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming,

no planning your response. Just listening.


Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds.. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.


Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say,

"I love to laugh with you."


It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.


A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job," or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.


Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.


There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.


The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.Really, it's not that hard to say, "Hello" or "Thank You".

And Don't Forget ~~

LOVE is A Gift We Can Give Every Day!!!

Have a wonderful Gifting Day!!!

May God Bless You, Your Family and Your Friends the Way He Has Blessed Us.

Fri May 17, 2019 12:05 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Spiritual growth is defined not by the possessions we give up, but by the conceptions we give up We live in a glamor-driven world; we tend to look at things externally, making inferences about their nature by their appearance. We may carry this tendency into spiritual life too – by equating renunciation with spirituality. That is, if someone gives up a lot of possessions, we may consider such donation or detachment as indicators of the giver's spiritual stature.

While renunciation is important, the purpose of that renunciation is even more important. Put another way, more important than giving up worldly possessions is giving up worldly conceptions. The Bhagavad-gita, while outlining the transmigration of the soul from one species to another (15.07-10), states that what we carry from one body to another is our conceptions of life – what life is meant for. Suppose we hold on to materialistic conceptions such as: "I am a product of matter, or I am the doer, or the things of this world are sources of happiness (even if the things include fame)." Then even if we give up some possessions, as long as our conceptions stay materialistic, we will continue our worldly existence. Indeed, to give up possession for reputation is not renunciation; it defeats the purpose of renunciation.
How do we give up conceptions for growing spiritually? Actually, just as consciousness is integral to us, so too are conceptions integral to consciousness. We can't give up conceptions entirely; we can only replace incomplete or incorrect conceptions with more evolved conceptions. Gita wisdom equips us to increasingly harmonize our conceptions with reality by understanding our own spiritual identity and our eternal relationship with the whole, Krishna. The more we re-conceptualize ourselves as spiritual parts of the spiritual whole meant to function in loving harmony and resourceful contribution, the more we savor and share all-round growth.

Think it over:
What tendency may we carry from material life to spiritual life? How can we give up worldly conceptions? What are your driving conceptions of life? How can you change them?
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Fri May 17, 2019 12:05 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Don't bolt from temptation, bolt the door to temptation When a horse hears a sudden loud sound, like that of a gunshot or a thunderclap, it bolts from that sound. It starts running rapidly and wildly, in blind fear of that threatening sound and desperately wanting to get away from it.

When we start striving to live a principle-centered life that involves abstaining from self-centered sensual pleasures, we too may bolt from temptation. Not wanting to succumb to it and not wanting to take even a slight risk of succumbing to it, we may try to frantically flee from temptation.
However, no matter how fast we run, temptation can run faster and can catch up with us. Why? Because temptation doesn't just exist outside, in the tempting objects that allure us and that can be avoided by fleeing from them. Temptation exists primarily inside, in our senses, mind and intelligence (Bhagavad-gita 03.40). And from there, it can delude us at any moment.
Moreover, even externally, temptation exists at a million places, places that we sometimes can't anticipate and sometimes can't avoid.. That's why bolting from temptation can set us up for a life of paranoia and ultimate failure.
What, then, is the solution? We can instead bolt the door to temptation. If we consider our temptation to be like a territory within us, we don't cede that territory to the forces of illusion and try to flee. Instead, we see that territory as our responsibility to protect by diligence and vigilance, and to keep temptation outside our consciousness.
Just as a territory can be protected if the doors of entry into it are closed, similarly, we too can lock the door of our consciousness. How? By deciding to turn away from sense objects and focusing wholeheartedly on a higher purpose: the purpose of serving with devotion the all-attractive Supreme (02.61).
Think it over:
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Fri May 17, 2019 12:07 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Fighting urges is like a timed arm wrestling match – if we just survive the present round, we will resume on neutral ground Suppose we are playing an arm wrestling match with someone. If our opponent is much stronger than us, they will force our arm down till it almost becomes horizontal. We may give up, thinking, "I will have to give up eventually. Why undergo the pain of resisting till then?"

Such thinking would be misleading if the match featured timed 3-minute rounds. Timed rounds would mean the pain of resisting wouldn't go on forever and resisting wouldn't be pointless; by holding on for a few moments more, we can survive and resume the next round with our arm vertical, not nearly horizontal.
A similar principle applies to our inner struggle with our sensual urges. When we strive to resist them, they sometimes grow stronger. Thinking that they will keep growing forever, we give up. However, they are temporary, like everything else in the world – we need to resist them only for a finite time.
Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (02.56) urges us to stay equipoised among life's dualities. Such dualities can include the arrival and departure of our urges. Whenever an urge arrives, we needn't get delighted or dismayed: delighted thinking that they pave the pathways to our enjoyment or dismayed thinking that they are bullies who will force us to succumb. Instead, if we see the arrival of the urge as the beginning of a timed arm wrestling match, then we can remind ourselves that the round will end with the urge's departure.
Though we don't know how long the round will last, just knowing that it won't last forever can give us the strength to keep resisting.. And if we simultaneously persist in focusing on higher spiritual reality, ultimately on Krishna, then outlasting those urges will become easier.
Think it over:
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Fri May 17, 2019 12:09 am (PDT) . Posted by:


The body reacts mechanically – don't take its reactions personally Suppose we had a machine that was programmed to behave in a particular way, to respond to certain stimuli with certain actions. If we didn't want that action, we would consciously decide to reject that programmed reaction and choose differently.

We need to do something similar with our body. The Bhagavad-gita (05.08-09) offers us this mechanized vision of the body when declaring that all bodily actions, that is, interactions of the senses with the sense objects, are just default actions that we needn't get involved emotionally in or take personally. For example, on seeing or smelling some delicious food item, our tongue might water. But suppose we were fasting on that day from that item, then despite the tongue watering, we would still abstain from eating it. The tongue's watering is a mechanical reaction that doesn't' or at least shouldn't change our intention.
Gita wisdom illumines our inner world into three levels: body, mind and consciousness. Thus, we can perceive a three-level progression in the actualization of action, namely, the physical reaction to an external stimulus, the emotional activation of the desire for that stimulus, and the conscious intention to indulge in that object. If we learn to differentiate between these three, then we won't let the physical reaction grow into a conscious intention as an unthinking, unstoppable progression.
We see them as just programmed physical or psychological reactions that we don't need to accept. Thus, we can distance ourselves from our physical reactions and even from the emotional activations that may thereby occur. Spiritual practices enable us to become more self-aware, thereby making the distancing easier, for we go closer to our own spiritual essence and the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna.
By thus seeing the body's actions mechanically, we can avoid taking its reactions personally.
Think it over:
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