Bhaja Govindam- Story 28- Verse 25

Verse 25

śatrau mitre putre bandhau

mā kuru yatnaṁ vigrahasandhau,

sarvasminnapi paśyātmānaṁ

sarvatrotsṛja bhedājñānam

Bhaja Govindam Bhaja Govindam

Strive not; waste not your energy to fight against or to make friends with your enemy, friend, son, or relative. Seeking the Self everywhere, discard the sense of division, born out of ignorance. Seek Govinda

Story based on Verse 25

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/krishna-and-arjuna-on-the-imperishable-soul/

 

Essence

Attachment and ego are the two main reasons in our lives which controls our emotions. It clouds our mind. We are unable to think clearly. We judge people easily and take some as our friends and some as our enemies. We develop certain expectations, certain pattern of thinking to which we hold on and this causes unhappiness. We get deluded and go about the same pattern of life. Hence to wake us up from this slumber, Shankara cautions us not to waste energy in the worldly pursuits and relationships. Once a Master gives us this knowledge to see ‘oneness in all’; we should atleast start working towards this direction. If we just bring about a little awareness in each day of our lives, one day we will be able to understand the purport of this calling.

For students, develop clarity of thought. Refrain judging others. Be focussed in your goals. Work with determination and achieve your goal. Once you follow this path in your education, work life, family life etc, this will become your nature and later you will be able to understand the significance of Shankara’s statements and work towards your spiritual goal as well.

 

 

Krishna and Arjuna-On the imperishable soul

 

Value- Truth

Sub value- Wisdom

The first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita discusses about Arjuna the great warrior who is leading the Pandava army to fight against Kauravas including his step brothers, uncles and other relatives, teachers, guru and other respected elders, kings, allies with whom he had close relationships. In his own army as well are his own brothers, cousins, uncles and other kings. Lord Krishna is his friend and charioteer who is giving guidance and is the support of Arjuna. The war is about to commence in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

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Arjuna asks Lord Krishna to drive his chariot into the centre of the battlefield so he can see whom he is facing in battle.  As he recognizes so many familiar faces, his feelings get the best of him, his whole body reacts and he is overcome with sorrow.

He loses his will to fight, saying even if they wish to kill him, he does not wish to kill them. He sees no point in the battle – if it is gaining rulership of the earth, it is not worth it and if it is to gain glory in heaven – it is also not worth killing his own kinsman.  Arjuna becomes confused, discouraged and lays down his weapons saying he will not fight.

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Having spoken thus, Arjuna threw aside his arrows and his bow in the midst of the battlefield.  He sat down on the seat of the chariot, and his heart was overcome with sorrow.

Krishna tells Arjuna that in time of such danger, it is not fitting for him to throw down his weapons.  This will be seen as cowardice and will bring disgrace and so he urges him to stand up and fight.  Still, Arjuna cannot reconcile himself to bloodstained hands even if he is victorious in battle.  His grief is so great that he falls into a deep silence

It is at this point that Lord Krishna delivers his first teaching on life and death and outlines the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and the central themes of its teachings.  He teaches what true wisdom is, the nature of the Atman, the futility of grieving over the inevitable, the difference between knowledge and experience,  the importance of following one’s dharma and the philosophy of Karma Yoga.  Krishna teaches Arjuna to use his discrimination and tries to guide him out of his spiritual confusion, which Arjuna mistakenly takes for compassion.

Even though Arjuna’s words seem wise, the truly wise mourn neither for the living or the dead.  True wisdom is able to discern between the real and unreal. Life is continuous – there is never a time when anyone ceases to exist.  Human beings live through a cycle of birth into the body, they age, die and then take new bodies.  True wisdom is not deceived by the appearances of the cycle.  Human life in this world of duality is made up of the opposites: pain and pleasure, heat and cold which are impermanent and Lord Krishna’s advice to Arjuna is that he must endure these. Whatever is unreal can never come into existence and whatever is real cannot cease to be.  The Imperishable pervades everything and everyone.  The real Self is embodied in these bodies but does not die when the body dies.  Lord Krishna compares the changing of bodies to the changing of clothes.  The wise are not deceived by the illusion of death.

For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.

Learning

For most of us, the battlefield is not a physical war, but symbolic of the challenges of living one’s life.  We are, in a way, on a battlefield, where we are faced with our positive ambitions and desires, duties and obligations to self, family and society and poised against us, are negative characteristics and temptations. We are overwhelmed by the array of problems standing against us.  We get confused, paralyzed when we have to make decisions, weighing our own interests, those of others whom we love, our duties, possible outcomes, possible consequences of our actions or the actions of others with whom we have struggles. Then we look out for help and if we have the grace like Arjuna, an enlightened Master comes to guide us and help us understand the difference between real and unreal.

Courtesy- http://bhagavadgitamodernlife.blogspot.sg/p/chapter-2-yoga-of-knowledge.html

 

 

Master’s messages-2.5-Real and unreal world

illusory world

One can realise the real and unreal world only through experience.

Experience is needed for one to realise that this world is unreal. Just like a fire is taken to be only as a light till one touches and experiences the heat from it; one realises that it has both heat and light. Similarly through experience man can realise that the world is real as well as unreal.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/story-of-the-gold-ornaments/

 

Master’s messages-2.4- Devotion and Faith

The two oars to cross the worldly ocean- Devotion and Faith

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Bhakti (devotion) and Shraddha (faith) are 2 oars required to the cross this samsara. When there is faith; devotion comes on its own. Complete faith and trust in God with pure devotion can help one cross this world with all its ups and downs. It gives one strength and confidence to face challenging situations in life. Faith in our own self as well as in God. The lord melts at the devotion of the devotees and takes care of their needs; whatever is best for them will happen.

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/the-old-man-and-his-god/

Courtesy- Sri Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1, Chapter 2

Krishna and Karna- Is life fair or unfair?

Words of Gratitude to the Divine Master on the 6th Sai Aradhana Day- 24th Apr 2017 from the Saibalsanskaar team

gratitude

Dearest Swami

Koti pranams at Your Divine Lotus Feet from Your children at the SaiBalsanskaar team. Words fail to describe the love, mercy and grace You have poured on this team. We would like to humbly offer gratitude to You with our limited knowledge of words but filled with love and devotion for You. It is 4 years since You had blessed us to start this human values blog to spread the value based stories and lessons throughout the globe irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender. With Your divine grace, we are moving step by step in this direction in 10 Indian languages other than English and currently active in 1 international language (Mandarin) and 2 other languages (Swedish and Spanish) which are initiated; and will take shape with Your grace at the right time. 

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The team members pour out their love and gratitude to You through their heartfelt words

Team Hindi- Sis Archana

http://saibalsanskaarhindi.wordpress.com

Swami says, “Service is the most difficult of the 9 steps to inner reality……it is basically action arising out of the yearning to win the grace of God….It is the most important step to erase ego…”

I am really thankful to my most loving Swami for putting me on the path to inner reality. It is His infinite compassion that I am able to contribute a tiny droplet in His Mission. It is indeed an action arising out of the yearning to win His grace. Ever since I have taken up this service, I certainly think of Him more and more and despite many challenges along the way, make every possible effort to do His work with utmost sincerity so that I can be a recipient of His grace.

This Seva has certainly helped me to identify my ego and start taking baby steps to go beyond it to achieve the Higher purpose of life.

My most sincere and heartfelt thanks and most loving and humble salutations at the Divine Lotus Feet of my Sadguru.

Team Gujarati- Sis Jyoti/ Sis Ila

http://saibalsanskaargujarati.wordpress.com

My humble Pranams at the lotus feet of Swami. Being a part of the saibalsanskaar translation team for the past few years has really been an inspirational and transformative experience.

It is one thing to read a story and quite another to translate it; as that requires a lot more thought and reflection. I thank Swami for this opportunity to allow me the chance to be a part of this team and enrich my life.

Team Kannada- Sis Vasanthi

http://saibalsanskaarkannada.wordpress.com

My humble Pranams  at the Divine Lotus Feet  of  Swami.   As days are progressing I can see the transformation happening in me gradually, because with each story I translate I get to learn a lesson from it and try to inculcate in my daily life. In addition I am also learning a lot technically in the manner in which translation has to be done, it is all because of the opportunity given by this team. Thank you Swami for making me a part of this Team.

Team Tamil- Sis Ranjani/Aunty Saraswati/Sis Jeya

http://saibalsanskaartamil.wordpress.com

Our deepest gratitude to dearest Swami for having blessed us with this wonderful opportunity for publishing value based stories in Tamil. We pray for His continued blessings and guidance!!!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. We pray to Swami to bless us with the right vision to work for the right cause and sincerely wish to do our best to become the best instruments of Swami.

Over the last 3 years that we’ve been doing this work, we have seen immense societal and personal benefits. The purpose of these stories is to spread the human values among children; so when we see these stories being valued and used by schools for educating children, it gives great satisfaction. Our command over the language has noticeably improved during this period, even as the stories remind us continuously of the need to live their messages.

We will do our best and follow the five principles of Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi, Prema and Ahimsa. We will live by Your principles and sincerely pray that we get many more opportunities to serve You. Thank you once again dearest Swami.

Team Bengali- Sis Sinchita

http://saibalsanskaarbangla.wordpress.com

” I offer my heartfelt gratitude to Swami for giving me the opportunity for being part of translation seva and Vidya Vahini . It is only through His grace that I have been made a part of such noble causes. The execution of such works have instilled more confidence in me, raised my self-esteem and made me strong in handling various problems as I traverse the path of life. Thank you.

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Team Malayalam- Aunty Shanta

http://saibalsanskaarammalayalam.wordpress.com

I wish to express my gratitude to beloved Baba for choosing me to do this translation work. It gives me great pleasure to translate moral stories into a different language that will benefit specific groups.I have been always looking for opportunities to serve society. By Baba ‘s blessings, this opportunity came my way and has helped me use my time in a beneficial way. I offer my humble prayers and gratitude at the lotus feet of Baba.

Team Sanskrit- Sis Sripriya

http://saibalsanskaarsanskrit.wordpress.com

My Humble Pranams at The Divine Lotus Feet Dearest Swami,

Thank you Swami for making me a part of saibaalsanskaar.  Having good satsangh and good people around is a blessing. You are giving me the opportunity to learn through Saibaalsanskaar and guiding me in and out.  Words fail to express.  Please make us all an instrument of Thee.

Team Odiya- Sis Sangeeta/ Sis Prashanthi

http://saibalsanskaarodiya.wordpress.com

Beautiful poem penned by Sis Sangeeta to her beloved Lord Sai

Sai,

The shower of your love

The rain of your compassion

awakens my soul

Keeps me alive

It is but your smile

And The Abhaya Hasta

Makes my life worthwhile

A light house like you

Lights my path through

You are  my destination

You show me direction

You are the sailor

You also the saviour

Why to worry

When you ferry

In this sojourn

I am not alone

In your company

Life is easy

The world goes topsy turvy

But my faith still steady

At your divine lotus feet

Team Telugu- Sis Visala/ Sis Lakshmi/Sis Prasanthi/Sis Surya Kala/Sis Anuradha/ Sis Rajyalaxmi

http://saibalsanskaartelugu.wordpress.com

Dear swami,

Thanks a lot for the opportunities you are giving me to change my outlook towards life. Slowly I am getting to know how precious human life is! We are very fortunate to have YOU in our lives. Please give us strength to serve you forever.

Koti Pranams to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba!

The translation seva is a blessing from Swami for me. There are some stories where, I find the words, difficult to translate, when I ask for help, I can hear some voice prompting me to write the word. When I check the story, I am really surprised that it was written by me.

I humbly and truly wish that many children should benefit with these stories and get Swami’s blessings. Prostrations

Swami,

Yet another critical year passed by! On the eve of Mahasamadhi day you have chosen to transcend from Form to formless to help us experience your Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence more and more in each of our day to day lives. Today it brings us immense joy to express gratitude at Thy Lotus feet for blessing us to experience this. You have graciously blessed us with new cheerful, active team members this year and blessed each of us to actively participate in something which has been more dear to you – NOURISHING TENDER HEARTS WITH HUMAN VALUES! Irrespective of hurdles in career and personal life, you have helped each of us to work as a team and ensured that there was NO pause at any point of time whatsoever. We pray you to help us continue to do the same with more and more vigor and passion.

All we could offer is OUR LOVE FOR YOU SWAMI!

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By Your grace, in the past 4 years, SB has come a long way with being involved in the Vidya Vahini program and also the stories reaching out to various Balvikas children and some schools in India. The Divine plan is unfolding slowly. SB now also has a section on ‘Bhaja Govindam’ stories and Your message based stories (Sathya Sai Speaks). Thanks for inspiring and guiding us in this journey.

Our only prayer to You, always bless us to be Your humble instruments and work through us to make a small difference in this noble cause and help us improve ourselves daily thus transforming us and be a fragrant flower that can be offered at Your Divine lotus feet.

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With deepest gratitude and love

Your children from SB team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master’s messages-2.3- Three types of devotion

One must move on from one stage to the other through devotion and love for God.

devotees

There are 3 types of devotion/sadhana namely- Vihanga- It is like the bird swooping a ripe fruit; in which the devotee is impatient and loses the fruit obtained. Next is Markata- which is like a monkey; jumping from one fruit to another; not knowing what one actually wants and what is the actual goal; and the final is Pipeelika which is like an ant moving towards sweetness, a devotee moves towards the Lord and attains His grace.

 

Stories based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/quick-enlightenment/

Devotee’s steadfast faith

A Tapasvi’s Determination

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