Sunday, 28 December, 2008
Let my daily difficulties act as antidotes against delusion and rid me of false hopes of worldly happiness.
May the tears that flow from me at other's cruel actions wash away from my mind some hiden taint.
Let each sharp stroke of the pickax of unpleasantness expose within me new depths of wisdom.
May the unhallowed darkness of ordinary existence so frighten me that i rushingly seek Thy realm of purity and light.
Let life's sudden sword thrusts force from me only a cry for Thy succour.
May the hurtful diggings of circumstance into the soil of my being uncover the ever bubbling well-spring of Thy solace.
Let the ugliness of unkindness in others impel me to make myself beautiful with loving-kindness.
May harsh speech from my companions remind me to use sweet words always.
If stones from evil minds are cast at me, let me send in return only missiles of goodwishes.
As a jasmine vine sheds its flowers over the hands delivering ax blows at its roots, so, on all who act inimically toward me may i shower the blossoms of forgiveness.
Craving, strugling, weeping and smiling for others, at last may i find my Self in all. "
-My Beloved Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda ji
( From his book- Whispers from Eternity )
This beautiful prayer holds a very special place in my heart and i have lost the number of times it has spoken to my soul... guiding me, awakening me from my slumber, teaching me to open my heart and experience His Oneness in every atom, rising above worldly duties and getting lost in His Beautiful Kingdom...
To all those who visit and grace my little blog and to all those who read this Blessed prayer of Yogananda ji, may you find that spark of Divinity in yourself and may you begin the new year with renewed spirits and sparkling selves :)
May this prayer open up an Ocean of Love and may it connect you to Him...My Beloved...Our Beloved :)
Thursday, 25 December, 2008
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff--they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
- Psalms 23: 1-6
Merry Christmas to one and all :))
May The Lord Jesus Christ bless all your hearts with unceasing joy and peace. Amen.
Lots of love and prayers from this humble heart!
Sunday, 21 December, 2008
Usually because we believe that they are 90% to blame for the problem, that i am not as bad as they are. So i start to carry the load of other people's actions.
If i feel too hurt, i will have the sense of correction, of justice: "I know i am right.", "That is not fair."
But if i start to forgive from the heart, sincerely, then this kind if feeling and attitude begins to dissolve.
I remain humble and this forgiveness will bring me closer to others.Then i do not carry regrets or anger.
I just let go and remain light :)
As the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi beautifully said, " The weak cannot forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
So let us not be like the hand that crushed the flower, but be like the crushed flower which leaves fragrance in the hand that crushed it :)
Sunday, 14 December, 2008
“ God expects but one thing of you, and that is ..you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being and let God be God in you.”
- Meister Eckhart.
In those moments when we forget ourselves- not thinking, “ Am I happy?” but completely oblivious to our little restless Ego- we spend a brief but a beautiful holiday in Heaven.
The mystics tell us that the joy we experience in these moments of self- forgetting is our true nature, our native state.
To regain it, we simply have to empty ourselves of what hides this Joy: that is, to stop dwelling on ourselves, our desires, our likes and dislikes, our preferences. To the extent that we are not full of ourselves, God can fill us- in fact, the Mystics daringly say, He has to!
And as Rumi , the world’s Beloved Mystic beautifully says, “Once you forget yourself, God remembers you, once you become His slave, then you are Free.”
Sunday, 7 December, 2008
“ A devotee who can call on God while living a householder’s life is a hero indeed.God thinks: “ He is blessed indeed who prays to Me in the midst of his wordly duties. He is trying to find Me, overcoming a great obstacle- pushing away, as it were, a huge block of stone weighing a ton. Such a man is a real Hero.”
-Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
To lead a Spiritual life, it is not necessary to give up our jobs, our relationships, leave our family, change our religion, or to travel to distant lands. We start wherever we are, not running away from society, but right in the midst of our chaotic, noisy lives.
Whatever context we find ourselves in, is a suitable one to overcome our problems and grow to our full potential as humans. We tend to overlook upon the other home as peaceful, that other couple as perfect, the other parent-child relationship as ideal, but this isn’t likely.
Everyone has certain liabilities as well as assets.
Everyone has imperfections and have committed mistakes and learnt that vital lesson of life.
For I truly believe that we all are in the
Some flowers grow best in the Sun while others do well in Shade.
Remember, God puts us where we grow best and accordingly gives us people and situations to grow with!! For He is the Best Teacher we could ever have.
His Mystics too are loving realists.
“ Don’t wait for ideal conditions. You’ll never find them,” they admonish. “ Begin! And the conditions you seek and need will come to you.”