Master’s messages- Vol 1-3.3- Dharma will protect the righteous

“If we protect Dharma, Dharma will protect us”

First step in spiritual discipline is adherence to dharma (righteousness). “Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshithaha”. “If we protect Dharma, Dharma will protect us”
Protection of Dharma does not mean mere adoration of Dharma. It is the effort of putting the principles of Dharma into practice. Dharma grants happiness and peace. Adharma makes life miserable with agony and sorrow. Dharma observed in worldly life; will lead to observance of dharma in spiritual life also.

Story of the week

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/04/12/practice-of-dharma/

Sathya Sai Speaks Vol 1- Chapter 3

Bhaja Govindam- Verse 28 with stories and essence

Verse 28

Sukhataḥ kriyate rāmābhogaḥ paścāddhanta śarīre rogaḥ,

yadyapi loke maraṇaṁ śaraṇaṁ tadapi na muñcati pāpācaraṇam

Very readily one indulges in carnal pleasures; thereafter, alas, come diseases of the body. Even though the ultimate end is death in this world, man does not give up his sinful behavior.

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Story based on the above verse

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/what-is-the-value-of-life/

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/kallu-ram-and-guru-nanak/

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Shankara asks us to observe how a common man exhausts himself and squanders this precious opportunity of human life without recognizing its value.

He says that there are millions of species in this whole universe, and the human being is but a minuscule part of all the creatures in this whole universe. However, to be born as a human being is a great blessing, ‘jantunām nara-janma durlabham’. It is a rare privilege, and we should utilize this precious opportunity. In this birth, the human form enjoys certain distinctions, certain privileges, which are not available to other life forms. Human beings have one distinction. They have an intellect. They can think, and they have an urge to evolve. There is an urge to change, an urge to improve, an urge to progress which other species don’t have.

This human form is not acquired to merely be wasted away in eating, drinking, and making merry. Human being has freewill, which is a great privilege. Therefore, man should contemplate upon the purpose of life. Life should not be wasted away merely in sensuous pleasures.

When man tends to get so carried away in material and sensual pleasure; he falls victim to many diseases both physical and mental. In pursuit of temporary happiness, he never takes time to know the purpose of his life. Life goes on this way and one day he dies.

When the appointed time comes, none of these pursuits are going help us. They are not going to protect us.

When the knowledge of great Masters like Shankara knock at our door, we should be alert and awake to listen, understand and put that into practise in our lives. We should spend our lives in a worthwhile pursuit which will save us or help us at the time of death.

For students

It is said that a small plant can be moulded but it is difficult to mould a tree. For students; values to distinguish right from wrong should be taught from young age. Children can learn these values through various stories, examples of inspiring people etc. The values of perseverance, pursuing a goal and how to work around distractions should be cultivated. These need not be like a lecture, rather fun activities and slow, patiently working and understanding their point of view would help. Parents and teachers may not see the result as expected in the child. They should not give up. They must continue stressing these values by setting an example for the student to follow.

These are life lessons; as a student, they can start practising these values to achieve their education goal, passion goals, career goals with focus and have the determination not to get bogged down by various distractions and finally when they are ready for their spiritual growth, these values would be of great help.

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/story-of-tiny-frogs/

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

 

Kallu Ram and Guru Nanak

Value- Truth

Sub value- Awakening, Realisation

A poor man named Kallu Ram invited Guru Nanak to dine at his house. Guru Nanak accepted the invitation.

A day was fixed, Guru Nanak went to the house of the poor man. The door was closed. Guru Nanak knocked at the door, but it was sometime before the door was opened. The poor man came out and said, “Revered Sir, I did not open the door in time. Pardon me.” Guru Nanak asked, “My dear brother, what were you doing?” The poor man answered; “Guruji! I was driving nails into the wall”. Guru Nanak said; “Driving nails into the wall? Follow me.” The poor man replied; “I will obey thy commands. I will follow thee.”

The poor man left all his possessions and followed Guru Nanak. He practised the spiritual instructions of the Guru and became Guru Nanak’s beloved disciple.

Learning

The sweet merciful voice of the Guru comes to us and asks; what are we doing? Driving nails into the wall? Still hopelessly sunk in the quagmire of samsara? Still wasting the life in eating, drinking, smoking, playing cards and merry making? Still forgetful of the purpose of life and glory of Atma and Self realisation? Let us pray to the Lord to guide us; to send us a merciful Master who will lead us from ignorance to wisdom and light.

Courtesy: Philosophical Stories- Swami Sivananda

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