Bhaja Govindam Verse 27 with story and essence

Verse 27

Geyaṁ gītā nāma sahasraṁ dhyeyaṁ śrīpati rūpamajasram,

Neyaṁ sajjana sange cittaṁ deyaṁ dīnajanāya ca vittam. – 27

The Bhagavadgītā should be sung, and the Sahasranāma should be chanted; always the form of the Lord Nārāyaṇā is to be meditated upon; the mind is to be led towards the company of the good; wealth is to be distributed to the needy.

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Story based on the above verse

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/1123/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/king-rantideva/

Essence

The Bhagavadgītā and other scriptures are given to us for the purification of our minds, and the correction of our perception of life. Having given up lust, anger, greed, and delusion, the seeker sees in the Self, ‘He am I’. We have the need for our inner development. Thus, the Bhagavad Gītā should not only be sung or recited, but must also be studied. It not only tells us what the goal is, but also tells us of the path or the means to it. Therefore, the Bhagavad Gītā gives us viveka or discriminative understanding.

Lord’s names should be chanted or recited. It  can be the name of any God.  The reciting of these names is very important because the devotion that accompanies it has a tremendous effect on the mind. It has a purifying effect on the mind while, at the same time, asserting our commitment to the ultimate truth ie self realisation

May our intellect always be in the company of the wise or the good.

There must be an attitude of charity in our life. Charity is not expressed merely in giving money. It is to be expressed by our whole being. We should be a charitable person in whatever we do. Even in our speech, we should use words and expressions in a charitable manner so that we do not hurt anybody when we are talking to them. It is not that we have to do great things in our life to be good people. Even little things go a long way if they are done in the spirit of charity, in the spirit of giving, and in the spirit of offering. Giving money is just one of the things we can do. Here, money stands for whatever wealth we have, which is not only monetary wealth, but wealth in terms of our mind, our knowledge, and our compassion. We have all that wealth. Let us always be ready and prepared to give that, to share it with others. Thus, there should be a spirit of sharing in our life.

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This verse tells us beautifully how to do that. Our speech, our mind, our intellect, and our actions, let all of these be focused upon the Lord attaining whom is our ultimate goal.

Essence adapted from

https://advaitavedaanta.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/bhaja-govindam-verse-27/

For students

Students should develop the habit of daily thanking God for everything they are blessed with. Daily routine of just a few minutes of prayer should be cultivated from young. Good company is very important since childhood. It is an impressionable age and right company is very critical. Children should develop the habit of sharing and caring. All these qualities will help them later in their lives to attain both material and spiritual goals.

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/two-seas-see-differently/

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Rantideva

 

Value- Right Conduct

Sub value- Charity

King Rantideva was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and saw the Lord in everyone. He worshipped Lord Vishnu by helping and caring  for all the people of his kingdom with great love. He was always ready to provide whatever was needed by his people and never showed any difference in his generosity between the poor and the rich. King Rantideva distributed his wealth that he had in plenty to the poor and the needy as he was never greedy for wealth, He showed pleasure in serving his people and thought it was a way to spread the blessings of Lord Vishnu.

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People lived happily and prosperously in his country. Then one day the unseasonal rains and winds destroyed many crops, caused death of animals in his country which lead to scarcity of food. The common man ran to seek help from their kind hearted king. Without a second thought, Rantideva distributed his wealth and treasure to his people and prayed  to Lord Vishnu to bless him with strength to protect them.

However, the condition became more worse as days passed due to continuous failure of the crops resulting in famine throughout the region. People starved without food and water and were homeless. This was a horrible disaster faced by the king who himself did not have any food. Whenever he and his family had little food, they would first distribute them to the people who came with hungry.

As time passed, the drought got more severe and the king was left with nothing for his starving poor people. He felt very miserable but had a strong faith on Lord Vishnu and prayed him with devotion. Though there never came a good time for his country and the famine continued.

Rantideva starved for days long yet meditated and prayed to Lord Vishnu. He became very weak with lack of food and was hardly able to move. On one fine day, unexpectedly the king and his family were offered food by a stranger. As they saw the food Rantideva and his family were delighted ; just as they were about to partake the food, a poor hungry Brahmin came seeking for food. The king received him respectfully and offered a part of his food.; the Brahmin ate happily, greatly pleased with  the king’s  generosity. As soon as he left, they were about to eat  but then there came a hungry beggar to their doorstep. Rantideva graciously  offered the hungry beggar too some part of the food and  the beggar left satisfied. No sooner than the beggar departed,  there came a man with his dogs to seek food and told about starving for many days now. The king offered them with the remaining food. The man  and his dogs ate  all the food and Rantideva was left only with water to drink.

The king was about to drink the water to appease the hunger , when a Chandala came by , his throat was  parched with thirst and he requested the king to offer him some water. The king without any hesitation gave him the water and prayed to the Lord to give him strength to feel the pain of others rather than wealth and power.

As the man drank the water, his eye sparkled brightly and was full of energy that made the king fulfilled and refreshed. Lo and behold!! there appeared Lord Vishnu and all his attendants. Vishnu conveyed to the king that he was very pleased with his devotion and love to his people. He told that all his sufferings will end and he will be rendered with all wealth and riches only if he continued to worship him. Instead, Rantideva told that he had no desire to worldly pleasures but rather he was completely absorbed in Vishnu.

Lord Vishnu blessed his devotee Rantideva who attained moksha and became one of the great yogis involved in meditation.

Learning

Service to man is service to God. Serving the needy and giving charity to the one who needs the most pleases the Lord. Love all, serve all. One should be blessed to get an opportunity to help others by seeing the Lord in all. One who selflessly serves and helps other attains all the best in his/her life.

Story adapted from Apnisanskriti.com

 

Master’s messages- Vol 1- 3.2 Connect yourself to the source

In this impermanent world only the immanent power of the Lord is permanent

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In this impermanent world only the immanent power of the Lord is permanent and fixed, so one has to perforce to attach oneself to that source and sustenance. There is no escape for anyone from this. When shadow falls either on mud or dirt, on wet or dry patch of land, it does not get affected. Shadow and its experiences are not eternal or true. Similarly we must be convinced that we are but the shadow of the Absolute and that is the remedy for sorrow and pain.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/bhaja-govindam-verse-10-story-11/

Courtesy- Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 3

Real Devotion

Value- Love

Sub value- Devotion

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In a village, one scholar was giving a great exposition on the Bhagvad Gita. A rustic man also came to listen to the talk.

All people were listening with rapt attention at the commentary, but this rustic was weeping.

When enquired about this, the rustic replied that he wept at the predicament of the Lord who had to sit on the chariot and half turn his head behind to talk to Arjuna and how much pain this would have caused to the Lord? . The rustic had identified himself with the characters in the episode.

The rustic had real devotion for the lord and could experience what the Lord would have gone through during the entire conversation with Arjuna

Learning

It is one thing to expound and listen to the great scriptures; but if one is not able to absorb the right message and practise it; it is of not of much use. The scriptures are only guides and maps. We have to understand that and put into practice the teachings.

Adapted from Chinna Katha- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Bhaja Govindam Verse 26 with story and essence

 

Verse 26

Kāmaṁ krodhaṁ lobhaṁ mohaṁ tyaktvā’tmānaṁ paśyati so’ham,

ātmajñāna vihīnā mūḍhāḥ te pacyante narakanigūḍhāḥ.

Having given up lust, anger, greed, and delusion, the seeker sees in the Self, ‘He am I’. They are fools who have no Self-knowledge, and they, as captives in hell, are tortured.

Story based on Verse 26

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/in-search-of-a-lost-needle/

 

Essence

Man fails to realise the truth that he is ‘that’. He is divine. The truth about the self is that I am not what I take myself to be today, but so’ham, I am that, I am Brahman. I am a complete being; I am limitless, free, and pure.

We have the inner enemies within us kāmaṁ krodhaṁ lobhaṁ and mohaṁ, (Lust, anger, greed and attachement) which prevent us from seeing this truth. These qualities blind us and delude us into thinking that we are just the body we see.

Kāma, krodha and lobha arise from the ignorance of the Self, which brings about the ego or the sense of individuality. This brings about a sense of insufficiency, which brings desire. When the desire is not fulfilled, it brings about anger. Yet, when the desire is fulfilled, it brings about greed. Desire is thus damaging, whether fulfilled or not. This desire leaves behind either anger or greed in its wake. Both of them result in a disturbance of the mind, so we can never have even a moment of leisure as long as we are under the spell of kāma, krodha or lobha.

Moha is delusion or the state of intoxication when under the spell of kāma, krodha and lobha. It is the stage at which we lose ourselves; we lose our sense of judgment, and discrimination.

Kāma or desire arises because of aviveka or non-discrimination because we do not know that what we are seeking is our own self. Therefore, desire can be handled by educating the mind all the time.

When we make the mind see that happiness does not lie there, and that the happiness is to be discovered only within one’s own Self, the blind chasing after money, power etc. will slowly come to a stop.

Thus, we have to handle the various impulses of the mind by viveka or discrimination.

This truth about the self becomes clear as a result of the teaching of the scriptures. However, the teaching becomes effective only when we have a mind which is receptive. When does the mind become receptive? Only when it overcomes these inner obstacles, kāmaṁ, krodhaṁ, lobhaṁ and mohaṁ.

For students

It is essential to develop the quality of self confidence in children. When the human values are cultivated in the young minds through stories of great people; it will create a positive impact on them. Desire can be controlled by teaching the ceiling on desires ie how to stop wastage of food, money, time etc. They should be taught the value of everything. Lessons on anger management and how anger can blind one’s thoughts can be explained. Sharing and caring should be inculcated so that greed and possessiveness can be controlled.

Once students learn this and make it a habit from young, at a later part of their life it is easy for them to learn about the true purpose, and meaning of life.

Some of the stories which can be shared with children

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/contentment-the-99-club/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/what-it-means-to-be-poor/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/the-brick/

Essence adapted from https://advaitavedaanta.wordpress.com

 

 

A dear devotee

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Value- Love

Sub value- Yearning for the Lord

One day in the sacred shrine of lord Viswanath at Kasi, all the devotees and temple priests were immersed in singing hymns and reciting chants. All of a sudden, they heard a metallic sound. When they turned their heads in that direction they saw a shining gold plate on the floor of the shrine. It must have fallen through an open space in the center of the hall from the sky leading to the sanctum sanctorum. All of them gathered around in wonder, as the chief temple priest went close to examine it. He found the following words inscribed on it,”This belongs to my dear devotee” and read the inscription loudly. Soon   the temple priests vied with one another to snatch the plate with the feeling, “Who could be a greater devotee than myself. I spend my time, talent and strength only to offer worship to the Lord Viswanath of Kasi.” But the plate changed into an earthen one the moment they touched it one after another.

News spread like wild fire about the golden plate. Several scholars, singers, poets and preachers came and tried their luck but in vain. Days, weeks and months rolled on but the plate remained there without a claimant.

One day, a stranger came to the temple. As he  stood at the entrance,  tears gathered in his eyes when he saw beggars, blind, dumb and lame piteously pleading for alms. He felt ashamed of his inability to relieve them of their hunger and agony. He wanted to pray to the Lord and so stepped into the temple. He saw people gathered round and discussing something. He tried to squeeze himself into the crowd to find out why they were standing there.

He saw a golden plate in the center of that enclosure. He inquired and was told about the episode of the golden plate. He was rather surprised and sad at the attitude of the people and the priests. Instead of praying to the Lord of the Universe and trying to earn His grace, they were eager to possess the golden plate. Observing his nonchalant attitude, the high priest requested him to try his hand. The stranger replied: “Oh Revered one! I do not care for either gold or silver, what I long for is God’s Grace.” The priest’s esteem for that man increased. So he once again requested him, “At least to satisfy us, please try your hand.” The stranger touched the plate without a trace of attachment. Lo! It shone forth with redoubled effulgence.

All the priests gathered round and queried: “Sir, where do you come from? What are your qualifications? What are the branches of learning you have mastered? How many years did you do penance?” The stranger replied calmly: “I don’t belong to any place. I just manage to earn my bread by hard labor. The only sadhana I do is Namasmaran [repeating the name of the Lord]. This has perhaps rendered my heart pure and filled it with love and compassion. It has enabled me to control my mind and the senses. I have not read any book or mastered any science. The only art I know of is chanting the Name Divine. The only act I do is to be kind to the poor.”

Learning

The only qualification to become dear to the Lord is to acquire a compassionate heart and sense control. These two can be acquired through Namasmaran (chanting the name of the Lord) with full faith, love and devotion.

Adapted from Chinnakatha by Sri Sathya Sai baba

Master’s messages-Vol1- 3.1 God is all powerful

God incarnates as human to set example to mankind.

God is Maha Shakti ( Supreme Energy) and Jeeva (individual being) is Maya Shakti (deluding power). God cannot come down without His Mahashakti unimpaired; He has to come with diminished splendour and effulgence so that he can become the object of Bhakti and Dedicated service. He undergoes all trials and tribulations as humans do but leads by setting an example for mankind to follow the righteous path.

Story based on the message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/lord-rama-learning-from-the-avatar/

Based on Sathya Sai Speaks-Vol1- Chapter 3

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