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

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

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