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

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

shadow muddy water

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

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

Master’s messages-Vol 1-2.7-Detachment

 

Renunciation is the highest type of detachment.

 

The highest type of detachment is renunciation. Devotion and surrender will give great courage to face difficulties; such courage is renunciation. The story of Mohajith is an example of this type of renunciation. Such courage can come only by the grace of the Lord and cleansing of mind and cultivation of virtue.

https://premaarpan.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/vairagya-the-story-of-mohajith/

Adapted from Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 2

Master’s messages-Vol 1- 2.6-Being judgmental

Never judge anyone. One cannot understand one’s own self properly and we try judging others.

judgmental

Many of us tend to judge others often by their past actions or their nature as we know, see or understand them. Most of the times we end up being wrong and regret our quick action of judging others. The way a person behaves, responds or reacts is dependent on the situation and nature of the person. We are no one to judge others. This is not only seen in day to day mundane activities but in spirituality as well. We easily judge others by how much they pray, do good or attend satsangs etc and label them as theist and atheist. Always what is seen is not necessarily true. Some seekers may be quietly moving forward in their spiritual journey. All need not act in the same way. There is no particular right or wrong path. Each one may be following his or her own path. Spiritual arrogance is the worst kind of arrogance. The sign of progress in spirituality is when one starts eliminating his/her ego, anger, jealousy, habit of judging others etc

Story based on the above message

https://saibalsanskaar.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/2605/

Based on Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 2

Master’s messages-Vol 1-2.4- Devotion and Faith

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

oars

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

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

Message and essence based on Sathya Sai Speaks- Vol 1- Chapter 2

 

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