Month: December 2015

LOVE AND LOVE ONLY

 

LOVE AND LOVE ONLY

Let their love be natural, let them know the secret of devotion; let them not exhaust themselves by other Sadhanas, let them stick to this one simple remedy.” – Sri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. III.

He was an early disciple of Christ. He lived at the time when to become a devotee of Christ was to invite death by torture. He was not afraid; He was a simple peasant who lived by the sweat of his brow. As he tilled the land, he sang within his heart, the Name of his Master. He tilled for the love of Christ. His land yielded abundant grain. He kept little for himself, sharing the rest with the poor in whom; he beheld the radiant face of his Beloved. His house was open to all who needed food and shelter. Many were the pilgrims and wayfarers with whom he shared his simple meals and the love of his brave, beautiful heart.

The government of his days learns of his deep devotion to Jesus. Soldiers are sent to kill him. They arrive at the village, a little after sunset. They want food and shelter for the night. They are told that in the village is a man who denies hospitality to none. They go to him, not knowing that it is he whom they have come to kill. He meets them with the warmth of love; he serves them; he gives them with food to eat. When he asks them the purpose of their visit, he learns that they have come to kill him. He does not reveal to them his identity but asks them to spend the night in his cottage, He attends to their needs; he prepares beds for them; he puts them to sleep.

And then, what does he do? He does not escape from the village; he goes out and digs a grave for himself; he is not afraid of death. He is happy as a bride on her wedding day. He is eager to meet the Eternal Bridegroom, the Spouse of the soul. He keeps awake the whole night, communing with his Lord and Master.

As the day dawns, he says to the soldiers, “I am he whom you seek. My head is before you; do your duty!” The soldiers are taken aback. They loathe to take the life of this most marvelous man and fain would give him a chance to escape. He says to them, “Fear not, brothers! You have come to lay on my poor, undeserving head, the crown of martyrdom. I die for the love of my Master – Jesus Christ!” As they prepare to chop off his head, there are tears in the eyes of soldiers; but his face is filled with an unearthly light. He is not afraid of death. He smiles in the face of death. When they ask him the secret of his life, he says, “The secret is a simple one. I love and laugh. Each moment I delight in the Lord! I try to translate the teachings of my Master in my daily life; and I have the fullness of love which no man may take away from me!”

 

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Baba Saved From Death of Ship Captain Shri Pyare Kishan

Baba Saved From Death of Ship Captain Shri Pyare Kishan

As Baba performed many miracles and He is still continuing to do so, I wish to add one more miracle which I have experienced. First let me inform the readers that I came to know the name of Baba and His miracles performed at various stages through my wife (Veena) who is a great devotee of Sai Baba, Then, I read many books on “Sai Baba. I have made this trip especially as I took a vow to come here personally and pay my respects to Him. The first I came to Shirdi was about a year back and that time. I visited all this places and found great peace at every place. It gave me a lot of peace (Shanti) when I used to look at his Photograph and sit by His side and pray. I can assure you that He has His own way to help the needy people and they are at times so strange that a man of my caliber is unable to understand them. I describe one of the most important things which happened to me in my life.

I had many offers of jobs in various capacities and as such I was confused as to which one I should choose. I definitely wanted to improve the status and the financial conditions. Hence my wife made twelve slips of paper and only on one, she wrote the name of the ship called “M.V. Dhanalakshmi” of which vessel I was offered to take the command and that was the highest post (i.e.) the captain of the ship. Prior to that all happening I had just returned from Shirdi after paying homage to “Sai Baba”. My wife asked me to pick up one slip although out of 12 slips, eleven were blank and as I said earlier that only on one she wrote the name of the ship as mentioned above. So, I prayed and shuffled them more and what a strange thing. I had my eyes closed and the first one I picked was the ship on which the name of the ship “M.V. Dhanalakshmi” was mentioned. That was the destiny and Shri Sai Baba wanted me to take the command of the said vessel. I undertook the journey to Calcutta. I used to go on board daily since the time she arrived. It was being my first command, I was taking special interest and precautions. The ship sailed from Calcutta to Anandamans on 17-5-1972. After that, I met with heavy weather, rough sea and wind force 61.1 I decided to return.

I came back and anchored in Diamond Harbour. As usual, I prayed daily and used to light two Agarbathis before a plastic statue. A plastic ring I am still wearing which was bought from Shirdi. I was so strange that one Agarbathi used to go on, every time. I used to light it again. But again it used to go off. I used to place Sai Baba’s plastic statue on my chair and I used to ask him to guide me protect the ship and men aboard. But the significance of Agarbathi going off could not be understood by me. Hence, I used to put my hand to my head and ask Shri “Sai Bapa” guide me or given me any indication as to what is ahead of me. But “No”. Anyway, I took out the ship, out again but met still the game whether and I could not proceed out Hooghly river. The pilot was on board. She was a small vessal and after consultation with the pilot the second time, we decided to go back to Diamond Harbour. As usual I used to pray, but at the time I started feeling very much depressed in my heart the causes of which was still hidden from me, at the third attempt, the pilot was charged and out. Other pilot Anand boarded, I asked him about weather condition and accordingly to him weather outside Hoogly was not abnormal, but I told the second pilot that I already returned twice and that I felt not right to go out and I shall have to come back. But this time, all things had to happen and Shri Sai Baba was to perform another miracle. After I had already passed lower Gasper Light vessel, she started listing to star board. I wanted to ascertain the cause. I called the pilot who was collecting some papers in the room and the Chief Engineer to check up if any engine room valves were open. I and pilot were still trying to find the cause of the list and in meantime; she was taking heavy list to starboard. I told the pilot to return to Calcutta as I did not wish to proceed out, so that we could confirm the reason of her list. The pilot turned the ship back to Calcutta and the Chief Engineer told me that there was nothing wrong in the engine room.

There was no water entering into the Engine room. The list was becoming dangerous so I called the people on board’s deck with life Jackets. Just then somebody informed me that my cabin was flooded with sea water as the port holes of my cabin were broke open which was confirmed by my writer and deck sarang and hence my life jacket could not be brought. All persons on board had their life Jackets except me. In the meantime, I was calling S. O. S. (Save our Soul) on the whistle. Although we were in the intermediate light vessel, no help was received. I had lost all hopes of saving my ship. My duty was to save the lives on board the vessel. I ordered the Chief Engineer to stop the engine and all hands including the pilot to abandon the ship. The ship was stopped and all abandoned. As the sea fared tradition goes, that master of the ship is to be the last I complied with it and I jumped without life jacket. As I jumped into the sea, the time then was about 0.10 on 21-5-1972. It was pitch dark, the swell was about 10 to 12 feet high and wind force was over 8. I felt I was being sucked in any way. I pulled myself out of it. Then I caught the chicken crate to which I clung after thrusting my fingers inside it as there was no place to hold. Then I met more people of my ship (crew) who were also cling to that crate and in this way we were tossed over more than 30 hours in water, during which period I prayed to Sai Baba, I said “Sai Baba you have put me into this and now you must give courage to go through this body”. It might have taken a minute or so to say all that, I had very little fear in my heart. I was consciously alert, but ray body was eaten away by salt water and there was neither food nor water for over 30 hours, I was getting exhausted. Death was facing me very closely. But now Shri Sai Baba gave me the courage to go through this. After 30 hours, our cries were heard by a ship called “M. V. Jalakhanda”. My other two members were picked up by that ship, but how I could be as I was falling into waters from a height of 15 to 20 feet as I was totally exhausted. Later after making three attempts, I became unconscious and when I woke up, I found myself in pilot vessel. I was running a temperature of 130° and my body was full of bandages all over. Later I was put in a hospital.

After that the Government case started (the fact finding of this mishap). Now dear readers although the court of enquiry was equally treacherous, Shri Sai Baba helped me to go through this by His leela. NOW I am a free man. As I said before Shri Sal Baba has His own ways of helping. So He helped me to save my life and others lives. The He helped me to go through the court of enquiry successfully and now I am sitting in Shirdi and writing His leela. I am proud to say that it is He who has granted me the privilege to do so, otherwise I could have been gone dead long. My request to the dear reader is that they should not lose trust and faith in Him and when you are in trouble, seek His guidance. I am hundred percent sure that He will show you the way but this prayer has to be from your inner self “Say Shri Sai Ram”.

 

Surrender Shri Sai Completely ! Stupendous Delectation and Deliverance be there ! !

 

(Ambrosia in Shirdi – Stories after Baba’s Mahasamadhi on 15-10-1918 – Written by Ramalinga Swamy, Ambrosia-14)

 

Baba Worried on Decay of Faith in those days

 

Baba Worried on Decay of Faith in those days

(This is still applicable in today’s environment)

Baba: The times are degenerating. People mostly think ill and talk ill of others. But I do not retaliate, I do not care to listen to such talk.

People become more and more sceptical; they are disposed to look more at the evil side of things.

Fakirs also are seldom dispassionate.

It is hard to find a good fakir.

I have been considering long and thinking day and nights. All are thieves, but we have to deal with them. I pray to God night and day for their improvement or removal. but God delays and does not approve of the (i.e., my) attitude and grant the prayer. I will wait for a month or two and then see. But living or dead I will have what I have been praying for. I will not go to Teli or Vani nor beg of them. People are not good and devoted. They are unsettled in mind. A few friends will gather and talk divine wisdom, and sit and contemplate.

(1918) People have got bad and give trouble . They are pestering me for money. More over they become shameless. Now I am disgusted.

 

(Baba’s Charters and Sayings, No. 152 – 154)

 

Guruvaar Prarthna

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Guruvaar Prarthna

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, we are at the end of this year and ready to welcome the new year with lot of positive hopes and aspirations. The year we passed had lot of merits and demerits, positives and negatives, desires fulfilled and dashed, yet we thank You for keeping us on right track and holding us safe throughout the year. Our New Year prayer is very simple, let all out thoughts, words and deeds become an offering to You, to remember You – not once a day, not occasionally, not when we have a little free time, but to live and move in Your Presence, to become aware that we are not alone, You are always with us. On this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine guidance in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharitra.

 

Those people, who after performing the ‘panchmaha yagnas,’ ate the remaining food, were saved from the terrible and unknown five sins, because the sins were burnt.

The well-known five sins are: “kandani ” – pestle, “ chulli ” – lighting the hearth fire, “udkumbhi” – water pots; “ peshani ” – grinding, “marjani ” – sweeping.

The grains are put in the pot (ukkal) and the pestle strikes the grain so that the chaff is removed and unknowingly during this activity lives are destroyed.

But the grains are not edible without the above-mentioned treatment. Therefore, the sin known as “kandani ” is counted first in the list of “Panch soonas ” .

In the stove, wood is burnt and cooking is done. There also, without knowing, life is destroyed. This sin is known as “ chulli’, the second sin.

Even in a grinding stone or wooden grinding mill, when grains are ground, unknowingly innumerable lives are destroyed. That sin is known as “ peshani”.

When people bring water in the pots from a well, or a lake, or a tank, or when men and women wash clothes, innumerable lives are destroyed.

While cleaning the pot, scrubbing and rubbing with the hands, unwittingly life is destroyed. This is the fourth sin of “ udkumbhi ”.

Similarly, when bathing in lukewarm water or while sprinkling cow-dung (on the floor), life is destroyed pitiably. This sin is called “marjani ”.

In order to be free from these five sins, a householder has to perform these five ‘maha yagnas’, after which the sins are destroyed and he attains purity.

This is the power of purity of mind. The pure knowledge that is gained is sinless. After knowledge, liberation is secured. This is the attainment of the goal of life.

So be it. This was Baba’s philosophy of mendicancy,

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter 9, Ovi 54 – 65)

 

BLESSED DEVOTEES WHO GOT NICK NAME FROM BABA

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BLESSED DEVOTEES WHO GOT NICK NAME FROM BABA

Baba had an endearing way of calling his Bhaktas (devotees) by pet names. Some of them are given be­low.

1) Madhava Rao Deshpande – Bhatacha Shamya

2) Tatya Patil – Kothyacha Ghodmukhya

3) Dr. Pillai – Andhoji Filial

4) Pilaji Gurav – Guravacha

5) Hari Seetharam alias Kakasaheb Dixit – Langada Kaka

6) Dabholkar – Hemad

7) Dadasaheb Kapharde – Bapusaheb Tapusan Dada

8) Sagun Mehru Naik, – Takki (Deceiver)

9) Bapusaheb Buty – Buttya

10) Bapusahefa Dhumal – Bhau

11) Madhu Fasle – Ardha Gandhu

12) Radhakrishna Mai – Avadasa (Moodevi)

13) Balasaheb Dev – Chindi Chor

14) Abdul Baba – Halalkar

While the female devotees He usually called as ‘Mai’ or ‘Ayi’ (mother). ‘Tai’ (sister) or with respect Bai’ or ‘Mousi’ (aunty).

He had a very strict code of conduct with the la­dies. They could not enter the Dwarkamai at night or while He was resting. He pulled His Kafni down to His heels whenever a woman was present. Shampoo­ing His feet was allowed only below the knee.

Leela- 29 in Ambrosia in Shirdi – Part-I

(Baba’s Leelas before 1918)

 

Experiences of Dasganu’s wife

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Experiences of Dasganu’s wife

Dasganu’s wife’s name was Saraswati. She was also known by the name ‘Baya’, while Baba used to call her ‘Tai’. Her mental condition was not stable and hence, she was brought and kept at Shirdi to be near Baba.

The story of how Baba asked Babasaheb Sahasrabuddhe to look after Dasganu’s wife is worth listening.

Babasaheb was not inclined to pay a visit to Shirdi. However, in 1910, bowing to the persistence of Nanasaheb Chandorkar, Annasaheb Dabholkar and Kakasaheb Dixit, Babasaheb Sahasrabuddhe visited Shirdi for the first time. And, then onwards, he became a staunch devotee of Shri Sai Baba.

Once, while he was sitting in the Masjid, Shri Baba suddenly pointed a finger at him and said, “This Tai is his daughter-in-law!” Hearing this, Kakasaheb Dixit and others jovially asked, “Then, should we handover the lady to him?” Baba replied, “Yes! Hand her over to this old man. He will take every care of her and nurse her – like he did in the case of Tatyaba (Tatyasaheb Nulkar).”

Tayasaheb was the college-mate of Neelkant Ramachandra Sahasrabuddhe. After a long gap, they met in Shirdi. During Tatyasaheb’s last days, he had diabetes. On the directions of Shri Baba, Tatyasaheb’s friend Sahasrabuddhe looked after him round the clock – like a trained nurse. Hence, the reference.

Taking care of Saraswatibai, was a herculean and delicate task. The lady had gone completely insane and, therefore, on many occasions she was not even aware of the state of her body. She used to incessantly murmur something or the other. She would roam about anywhere. Her hair and clothes were always unkempt. She would answer nature’s call anywhere – even on her bed. She would enter anyone’s house and try to occupy the bed there.

Her both hands were full of skin disease. Once, she even jumped into a well in Shirdi. However, Baba had directed Sahasrabuddhe to take care of her. And, His word was sacrosanct. He had even selected him for the second time – the first time being in case of Nulkar.

Babasaheb Sahasrabuddhe has himself noted down his experiences in this regard. He says – ‘‘The moment I heard Baba’s words, I immediately fetched Cuticura soap and Pulvis Glicerazyko and began the task of taking care of her. Every night at about 11 p.m., I arranged to send her with another lady to answer nature’s call. Because of this, she stopped soiling her bed.

I used to wash her hands at least twice a day with the soap. Because of this, her body became clean in a very short time. I used to give her a bath every day. After that, I used to make her go 108 times around the deity in Sathe’s wada. After completing every round, I made her do namaskar.’’

In this manner Babasaheb’s affectionate but strict nature was useful in her recovery. This routine was followed everyday for a month. Amazingly, she began showing signs of great improvement. Once, she approached Babasaheb and said, “Babasaheb, I am feeling better now. I want to prepare meals with my own hands and serve it to all these people.” Everyone around was taken aback with what this lady (who was till recently believed to be utterly mad and beyond cure) had said! They immediately went to Baba and conveyed the improvement to Him.

Everyone was very happy and amazed at what Babasaheb had achieved. But, Baba retorted, “Has he done any favor to anyone? He has helped his own daughter-inlaw. So, what is so great about it?”

Babasaheb says – ‘‘My friends were very eager to solve this riddle of daughter-in-law. They asked me the meaning of it. I began searching for an answer. I realized that Dasganu’s surname was the same as mine – Sahasrabuddhe! He was much younger than me in age. Therefore, his wife became my daughter-in-law!’’

Dasganu never had any family life worth mentioning. In fact, he never wanted it. Due to the resultant psychological pressures, his wife had lost mental balance. During these times, even the inner turmoil’s faced by Dasganu must have been tremendous. It must have been difficult for him to either accept or reject his duties towards his lawfully wedded wife. His mind was engrossed in matters relating to spiritual bliss. He was totally absorbed in his writings, kirtans, and japa. To render kirtans, he had to travel to various places and thus, was away for days together from ‘home’. On top of all this, Baba ordered him to reside at Nanded. Therefore, he entrusted his duties of looking after his wife to Baba. As ‘Tai’ was being looked after by Baba, Dasganu had complete peace of mind. Baba chose the proper person for taking care of the lady and released Dasganu from his family responsibilities.

In the year 1919, Dasganu’s wife passed away.

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NOT EVEN A NEEDLE….

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NOT EVEN A NEEDLE ….

 

Baba said, “Shri Hari (God) will be certainly pleased, if you give water to the thirsty, bread to the hungry, clothes to the naked, and your verandah to strangers for sitting and resting.” In Sri Sai Satcharitra, Ch. XVIII, XIX.

 

Guru Nanak gave a needle to a wealthy man and asked that it be returned to him in the heaven-world.

Without giving any thought to the matter, the man agreed to do so.

When he came home, he passed on the needle to his wife, saying, “Keep this needle safe with you. I have to return to Guru Nanak when he meets me in the heaven-world.”

“How can you do that?” the wife exclaimed” “Can you carry anything when you enter the Great Beyond?”

Wisdom dawned upon the wealthy man. Forthwith he returned to the Guru and said, “Pray, take this needle back, for I cannot carry anything out of this world!”

The Guru looked at him with the eye of mercy and said to him, “Dunichand (for that was the man’s name), then of what use will your millions be to you? And you still keep on amassing more! When will you get ready for the inevitable journey?”

The message went home to Dunchand’s heart. He fell at the feet of the Master and said, “I see myself embarking on the endless journey, empty-handed. O, tell me what may I do?”

Guru Nanak said to him, “Repeat the Name of God and spend your millions in the service of the suffering ones.”

 

The person who has this photograph, his calamities would vanish – Experiences of Rumalwala Baba

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The person who has this photograph, his calamities would vanish – Experiences of Rumalwala Baba

In Madhya Pradesh, there is a big town named Indore. There is a big temple of Raja Vikramaditya’s deity Goddess Harishiddhi. In the year 1915, there lived a Fakir named Rumalwala Baba besides the temple. He was called a Mast Fakir. He never used to beg, and he was in meditation of Sai Baba for 24 hours. Although there was no need to go to Shirdi for Baba’s Darshan, he went to Shirdi many times to be engrossed in Baba.

In the year 1915, in the month of May on a Friday, he visited Shirdi for Sai Baba’s Darshan. While he was meditating in Dwarkamai a photographer came and captured Baba’s photo and ran away with the camera. Baba abused him a lot for his act. On the third day i.e. Sunday, the photographer came and gifted the photograph to Sai Baba in the presence of Rumalwala Baba. At that time Prof. Ganpatrao Narke, son-in-law of Shri Bapu Saheb Buti, was seated before Baba to talk about his job. Baba gave the photograph to him and said, “Take this! The person who has this photograph, his calamities would vanish (Beda Paar Ho Gayega).

Rumalwala Baba thought that how nice would be of Baba, if he had given me such an incomparable photograph. After that people sang Madhyayan Arti, stotras, Baba gave Udi to all and ordered everybody to go and have their lunch.

Like a bird is not happy without wings, so is a snake without a pearl, an elephant is not happy without its trunk, so Rumalwala Baba was unhappy without the photograph. He went to Balabhau’s lodge to eat, but could not even eat a morsel. Some how he finished off his lunch and got up to give Balabhau eight annas for the lunch. Then along with the money the photograph also came out from his pocket. He became so happy and emotional that he started dancing and jumping. He said to everyone, “See I got Baba’s divine photograph, see I got Baba’s divine photograph. Baba had said whosoever preserves this photograph, his calamities would vanish”. By getting Baba’s divine photograph, there was no bound to happiness of Rumalwala Baba. He was very excited, his eyes overflowed with tears, he kept the photo near his heart and started embracing it again and again. After some days, Rumalwala went back to Indore; he kept the photograph in a recess of a wall.

Some years later, a devotee named Shri. Pathakji started visiting Rumalwala Baba. One day he took the photograph in his hands. Seeing this Rumalwala Baba, became very angry and said, “You have angered me by taking the photograph in your hands. Now don’t keep it here. You take the photograph and keep it with you. Whoever has this photograph, preserves it, worships it, lights lamp and incense stick before it, their calamities would vanish. In this way the divine photograph of Baba passed away from Rumalwala Baba to Shri. Pathakji.

There was a Sai Baba devotee named Gajananrao Krishnarao Nirakhe. People used to call him Bapu Saheb, and for offering service visited frequently Shirdi. He lived in Gandhinagar. After getting the divine photograph of Sai Baba, Shri Pathakji, joined the team of Bapu Saheb for visiting Shirdi. Seeing the utmost devotion to Sai Baba, Shri Pathakji sent that divine photograph to Bapu Saheb through another devotee of Sai Baba named Shri Upasani. He danced and jumped with joy after getting the photo. He got the photograph framed and tied it around his neck. Devotees of Indore built a temple for Sai Baba. The idol of Sai Baba was duly installed by Bapu Saheb.

In the year 1987, on 10th and 11th October, in a huge hall of Shreyas School, Baroda, Akhil Bhartiya Sai Sammelan was held. Late Shri. Maganlal Jermanwala, author of Sai Sarovar Book was honored. Indore’s Bapu Saheb was also present on the occasion. He had that divine photograph of Sai Baba which he himself tied around his neck. Sai Baba then inspired Bapu Saheb to give the photograph to Sai Sarovar.

Source: Translated from Gujarati Book “Sai Sarovar”

 

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS

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HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS

The other day, a young lady met me and, in the course of her talk, said, “I can resist everything except temptation.”

How true it is that no man had graduated to the art of life till he has been well tempted and overcome every temptation.

They meet me: young men and women in whose hearts is the aspiration to live the new life, the life of simplicity and service, of purity and prayer, of love and compassion, young men and women, who have not yet been tainted through contact with worldliness – pure, young, eagre-souls, – and they put to me the question: why is that we are tempted? What is the place of temptation in life? Why can we not have a world without temptation? What a wonderful world it would be, where everyone could live a pure, chaste, clean life! What is the purpose of temptations? Why do we have temptation at all? In answer to these questions, I say to them: “Temptations are the dumbbells of the soul.”

In my boyhood days, I joined a gymnasium. Every evening I would go and practice my exercise with the dumbbells. One evening, I asked the instructor: “What is the use of doing this exercise, day after day?” He answered: “As you do this exercise, your muscles will be strengthened.”

Just as dumbbells strengthen the physical muscles, of the soul develop our hidden spiritual strength, temptations unlock the hidden powers of the Spirit.

There was a holy man. His life was pure and chase as the waters of the Ganges. He lived in the fear and love of God. His life was a source of inspiration and joy to many around him. He lived to a ripe, old age. Soon after he passed away, one of his companions had a dream. In the dream, he saw the holy man occupying a place of honour in the heaven world. Around him were angels who said: “He is a great saint and occupies place in heaven, because he succeeded in overcoming many temptations.”

A person becomes holy, in the measure in which he overcomes temptations. Instead of complaining, let us bless God for our temptations. They come to unfold our hidden spiritual strength. They come to make us spiritually strong. Truly, temptations are the dumbbells of the soul.

The word temptation, is derived from the Latin, tentare, which means to prove, to put to the test. Temptation is the touchstone of the soul. Even as gold is tested on the touchstone, so is the man’s character. The loftiness of his soul is tested by the temptations he is able to overcome.

When a temple bell is cast in a foundry, the Founder does not at once fix it in the temple, but first tries it with his strong hammer to see if there are any flaws in it. So is man tries with hammer blows of temptations before he becomes perfect.

Not many of us, however, can withstand the hammer blows of temptations. Many of us are so weak that we easily succumb to temptation. Often when we do so, we think that it is only once that we shall yield to temptation, to experience what it is like. Alas! Once we yield to its appeal and get to relish the pleasure, we will soon be entangled by sin and will find it difficult to come out of it. Therefore, beware! Never yield to temptation. But stand up in the strength of your soul and , in the words of Jesus, say to temptation: “Get thee behind me, Satan!”

A young man wanted to make one of his companions do something bad just once, and the companion retorted: Just once? Would you allow your head to be cut off just once?” Not many have such heroic spirit within them. They easily succumb to temptation and, to them, sin becomes a habit, until they find that they are helpless in the face of temptation. They simply cannot resist it. They cannot live without it. They realise that the consequences are dangerous, but they feel helpless and lost. They are drawn to temptation even as a frog is drawn to a snake. When a snake looks at a frog and a frog has met its gaze, the frog feels helpless. There is a mesmeric power in the look of the serpent which the frog cannot resist and, irresistibly, the frog is drawn to the mouth of the snake, drawn to its own death.

St. Augustine, in one of his books tells of a young man names Eutimius. He lived a life of profligacy. He was sunk in vile pleasures and realised that he was losing his health, but just could not overcome his sinful habits. After contracting several diseases, he developed a serious eye infection, and the physician said to him: “the stage has arrived when either you will have to give up your evil habits or lose your sight!” Eutimius replied: “what can I do? I feel helpless. Let me lose my sight and if necessary, even my life, but I simply cannot give up my habits.” Such is the force of habit. Many youths become slaves of habits with which they do not break off in time.

There was a young man. His father saw him slipping into the vice of impurity. Immediately, the father took him to a hospital ward where lay patients who had led immoral lives. There they lay in spasms of pain. At the sight of those moaning patients, young men who had become prematurely aged, emaciated, ulcerated, with an unbearable stench, the youth almost fainted. Then his father said: “These are the consequences of an immoral life, and if you continue on the road to dispassion, it would not be long before you end up in this hospital. “The father’s lesson made such an impact on the youth that he immediately straightened himself out and became an example of temperance to all his companions.

There is the story of a lark who was merrily flying in the heavens. From his heights, the lark saw a small object moving in a garden far below him. Being curious to know what it was, he descended until he was quite low and, to his utter surprise, he found that it was a tiny cart with a mouse drawing , while alongside was another mouse who was waving a whip and all the time crying out: “Fresh worms for sale.”

The lark felt tempted and wanted to know the price of the worms.

“Three worms for one feather from your wings,” was the answer.

The lark thought this was an excellent bargain, and pulled out a feather from his wings, exchanged it for three worms which he enjoyed greatly, then spread his wings and rose again. He had not risen very far when the temptation to eat more worms became too strong for him to resist. Descending again to the garden, he bartered away two more precious feathers, had the great pleasure of eating six worms, and rose once again into the sunlit air. Balance and wing-power were lost, however, and the lark found it difficult to fly. And like an aircraft, that suddenly develops engine trouble, the lark crashed and was found dead in the lovely garden where he had met temptation and found it irresistible.

So it happens with man, again and again. He is tempted and, if he overcomes it, he grows in spiritual strength. But if he yields to it, he falls into sin. Gradually, sin becomes a habit which he can not resist: and he finds that he has become a slave of a tyrant from whose clutches he cannot find release.

Have you ever looked at a fly sipping honey? At first, it is very careful to see its legs are free. It sips on the edge of the spoon containing honey, saying to itself that after just one wee little taste of honey, it would fly away. But once it gets the relish of honey, it forgets everything and goes all out for it. And when it has had its fill, it finds that all its legs are stuck in honey: it cannot fly away. There it dies a tragic death in its sweet grave. Such is the case with man. He is lured into temptation by the thought of a little pleasure that he expects to get. Once he has tasted pleasure, it draws him to itself, again and again, until he becomes the slave of a habit cannot overcome. Pleasure leads a man ashtray!

There is a Bengali proverb which tells us: “The heron is a saint when there are no fish in sight.” And there is an amusing little story told to us concerning a young woman who trained her cat to hold a candle stick in his paws while she ate dinner. This the cat did, night after night, and when the young woman felt satisfied with the cat’s performance, she invited her friends to dinner, so that they could see what she had trained her cat to do. The cat jumped on the table, got hold of the candlestick and sat there quietly. One of the friends spread the food on the floor, thinking that the cat would be driven to it, but was surprised to find that the cat sat motionless, holding the candlestick in his paws. Another friend held a piece of meat close to the nose but even that did not affect the cat. However, when someone who had brought a mouse in a box, opened the box and let the mouse go, the cat immediately dropped the candlestick and ran after the mouse.

We are like that. We seem to be safe in virtue, but as soon as we see some pleasure, we run after it, forgetting everything else, forgetting even our reputation, our family, honour, and prestige.

The question has been considered in the Gita. Arjuna asks Sri Krishna: “Master! why does a man commit sin against his will? What is the force that drags him, irresistibly to pathways of evil?” Many of us have had a similar experience. We think we do not wish to fall into. In our saner moment, we wish to avoid sin. Then suddenly, there wakes up within us a storm, and we are led ashtray. What is the force that drags us to pathways of evil?

In answer, the Master says to Arjuna: “You say that man is dragged to the path of sin. That is not so! For man is not a machine. Man is endowed with willpower, – the power of determination, the power to make his own choice. Man can never commit sin against his will. Man’s will consents, gives the green signal, before man falls into sin. And, Arjuna, you ask me what is the force that makes a man commit sin. The force is kama, desire, lust. It is the enemy of man! It is man’s deadly foe! Beware of it! And, never forget, that desire is insatiable!”

Significant are the words of the great law-giver, Manu: “Desire is never satisfied by the enjoyment of the objects of desire. It grows from more to more as does the fire to which fuel is added.” And the Yoga Vashista tells us: “We think it is we who enjoy pleasure. But, in truth, it is pleasures that enjoy us. For a while pleasure always remains young and vital, it is we who keep growing old and get consumed in the fire of pleasure.”

An old man of eighty met me. His hair were white and he walked with stoop. With tears in his eyes, he said to me: “Even at this age, I feel drawn to the sins of flesh. My body is become old, my limbs have grown feeble, but the pull of pleasure is stronger than ever before!”

Yes, desire is insatiable. There is the classic example of Henry VIII, called the “Great Widower.” He married one women after another. He married six times. His lust was insatiable. He had to break off with the Pope of Rome. He said: “What does it matter? I shall set up a new church, but I must satisfy my lust.”

Kama cannot be quenched. The more you seek to satisfy it, the more you add fuel to its flame. Kama, desire, lust, reigns over man’s unregenerate senses. His reason is clouded: he cannot discriminate between right and wrong: and there are no depths of degradation to which a man, under the influence of kama, will not stoop.

In our days, in the city of Pune, there was a man who lived happily with his wife for several years, until one day he met a girl. Lust woke up within him. He lost his appetite and sleep. He but desired to marry the girl. How could he do so? In Maharashtra, there is a law forbidding a man to remarry during the life-time of his wife. So he hatched a plan. To his wife he said: “You have not moved out of Pune for some years. Why should not we go out for a change to Mumbai?” They travelled by a night train on a moonlight night. There were only the two of them in the compartment. While the train crossed Lonavla, the man called his wife to the door of the compartment, saying, “Come and see the mountains in the moonlight; how wonderfully beautiful they are!” The wife, not knowing what was in store for her, looked out through the door at the enchanting valley. Suddenly, the husband pushed her from behind, and down she went, her body rolling on the slops of the lofty mountains. The man thought he was rid of his wife and would now be able to marry the young, pretty girl. Destiny had decreed otherwise. Early next morning, a shuttling engine passed by. The engine stopped at that spot for a while. The engine driver heard moanful sounds. Curious to find the origin of the sounds, he went and looked down the mountain-side, and saw the body of a woman lying in a cluster of branches of trees on the mountain slopes. Soon rescue parties arrived and the woman’s life was saved. The husband was tried in a court of law and sentenced to capital punishment. This is what kama, desire, lust does to man. It clouds his reason and leads him to his own destruction.

In the Gita, Sri Krishna gives us the mechanics of desire. Desire is man’s deadliest foe: and how does it work? In answer to this question, Sri Krishna says: “Arjuna, desire, kama, lust enters through the outer gates of the senses and captures the fort of the mind and then invades the region of determination and will.” Therefore, if you are wise, if you wish to overcome temptation, if you wish to live a pure, peaceful, happy life, a life of freedom and fulfillment, you must guard the gates. Each sensation of pleasure should be to you a warning. Watchman! Let not the enemy in! When kama, lust leads the senses; the mind and the reason, the man goes swiftly down the path of decline.

Goethe was a great man. He was, perhaps, the greatest poet the world produced during the nineteenth century. But when kama, lust darkened his senses, he ran after girls in restlessness. Nelson was a great general who won many victories on the battlefield: he could not gain victory over desire. In the face of kama, lust, he crumbled. Nelson lived with the wife of another man. Shelly was a man of poetic genius; but his poetic intuitions were darkened by lust, and Shelly, leaving his wife, married another woman and the first wife committed suicide.

I could go on and on, but my time has travelled fast, and the question still remains: How to overcome temptations? What may we do to overcome this which is, perhaps, the greatest foe of man, man’s arch enemy, desire?

What may we do to overcome temptations? And so let me pass on you some practical suggestions, which I have found helpful in overcoming temptations. If I have time, I would wish to pass on to you thirteen practical suggestions. It is not necessary that all the thirteen suggestions be put into practice at once and the same time. It is enough if you pick up one of them and try to live up to it: you will be benefitted greatly.

Practical Suggestion number one:

What is it? Temptations are of various types. There is the temptation to gratify the senses; there is the temptation to steal what belongs to another; there is the temptation to drink, to smoke, to take drugs; there is the temptation to overcome or eat forbidden food or violence; there is the temptation to send out thoughts of ill will to others; there is the temptation to speak harsh words or to indulge in lie; there is the temptation to gossip, to spread scandals against others; there is the temptation to waste time in playing cards or other frivolities; there is the temptation to accept bribes, to indulge in unlawful profiteering, to make money by means fair or foul, there is the temptation to evade payment of taxes. There are a hundred and one other temptations. To be able to overcome any type of temptation, you must be ready and willing to turn a new leaf. You must decide once and for all that you will never, never fall into sin again.

Of St. Augustine, it is said that when awakening came to him, he prayed to God to be led into a new life, to be kept away from a life of sinfulness. And then he added; “O God, but not yet!” That is, he wanted to indulge in sin just one more time, before turning a new leaf. It is said that most people who flee from temptation usually leave a forwarding address.

If I wish to overcome temptation, I must be ready and willing to wash my hands off it right now and here, and I must be willing to make any sacrifice for it. No price is too heavy to receive entry into the new life.

I read of a wealthy man, the master of a big estate in England, who was on his deathbed. His thoughts turned to God. He had a servant, named Jim, who was a devotee of the Lord. To Jim the Master said: “Jim I am dying. I do not know what will happen to me after death. What can I do to earn Heaven?”

The wise old servant knew the pride of his master and he said: “Sir, if you want to earn heaven, you must humble yourself. You should be ready to go to the pigsty, get on your knees in the mud and say, God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”

The master said: “I could not possibly do that. What would the neighbours and servants think?”

A week passed by, and again he spoke to the servant: “Jim, what did you say to do to earn heaven?”

The old servant replied: “Sir, you should be ready to go to the pigsty.”

The master said: I have been thinking it over, Jim, and I am ready to go.”

The servant then said: “Master, you do not really have to go to the pigsty. You just have to be willing.”

This willingness to become new, to renounce the old life of sinfulness and pride, is very important. We must humble ourselves, we must make a clear confession of everything before God or a God-man. When our heart becomes contrite and lowly, the way for us is opened to the Kingdom of Heaven. The prayer of the Sikh Guru is so moving:

“Infinite are my sins, O Lord, as are the drops of water in an ocean. Have mercy on me and take this sinking stone to the other shore.”

The willingness to humble oneself before God, the resolve to live a new life, the determination not to touch temptations even with a pair of tong, this is the first and most important thing. It leads us to practical suggestion number two.

“God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” is a very noble aspiration: but it must not be overdone. We must not indulge in a lot of retrospection. With a heart contrite and lowly, let us confess our sins, and then think of God’s mercy which can wash the darkest spots on our hearts. Let us not then think of our sins, for whatever we think of, repeatedly, to that we are drawn. If we constantly think of our sins, we shall be drawn to them, more and more. Let us not think of our sins, but keep our eyes fixed on God and His mercy, on God and eternal things, His goodness, His beauty, His purity and His truth. And we shall grow Godlike.

Let us honestly confess our sins, pray for strength to live a new life, and then forget our sins. Let us forget what God has already forgotten. To my revered Master, Beloved Dada there came a girl who had gone ashtray. She shed tears of repentance, and asked for forgiveness. Beloved Dada looked at her penitent eyes and said: “My child, forget what God hath forgotten. Go and live a new life!”

And what is practical suggestion number three? The more man turns to God, the more he realizes that he is a child of God. God is the king of Universe, the King of all kings. This makes everyone of us a prince, princess, a son or daughter of the King. If only I remember this one thing that I am the King’s son, I will refrain from doing wrong things. I will never stoop low. I will stand up to my royal dignity. I will never compromise with ideals.

I recall what Beloved Dada’s brother, Shri Mangharam, told me more than once. His work took him to many places: he did not have a settled life. He came face to face with many temptations. There were occasions when he was about to succumb to temptation when, he said, the thought would occur to him: “I am a brother of Sadhu Vaswani. How can I do such an ignoble thing?” The thought was enough to give him enough strength to overcome temptations.

In the annals of France is the story of the son of Louis XVI. As a young prince, he was handed over to wicked and vicious men with the express command that they should defile him and ruin his character. The vilest influences were to be let loose, so that this child of royalty might become the mockery of the enemies of the King of France. No boy, prince or peasant, had ever been brought face to face, with such shamefulness as that to which the young prince was exposed. Unmentionable were the temptations placed in his path, indescribable the company into which he was thrown. But to it all the young prince had only one answer to make: “I can not do that. For O am the son of a king!”

Young men and women! Remember, youth is too good to squander after some things, too good to lie, to cheat, to steal, to take to drugs, to indulge in impurity, to poison the body, to drown the soul. “I cannot do that, for I am a child of a king!” is a good slogan for youth. Everyone of you is a child of a king, the king of kings. Everyone of you is a child of God. And there are things which a child of God must never do!

Let us move on to practical suggestion number four. To a holy man I went when I was a little boy, and said to him: “Teach me a way to overcome temptations” He said to me: “I will suggest to you not one but three remedies.”

The first, he said, is to avoid occasions. The second is to avoid occasions. Yes, avoid occasions and in that way you will be free from many temptations.

Mohan was a little boy who had just recovered from an illness. He was still weak, and the doctor had forbidden him to eat many things, one of which was cake. One day, Mohan’s sister entered his room, eating a piece of cake with another in her hands. The cake appeared tempting. But Mohan said to her: “You must run right out of the room away from me with that cake. And I will keep my eyes shut, while you go away, so that I should not want it!” Yes, the way to overcome temptations is to avoid occasions.

A young man, who came to the satsang, was determined to change his way of life by avoiding evil occasions. One day, he met a dangerous occasion, a girl of questionable character with whom, at one time, he was very intimate. The girl invited him to her room and said to him: “Honey, don’t I mean anything to you? I’m still the same girl.”

“Yes” replied the young man, “but I am not the same fellow.” Saying thus, he ran away as fast as his legs could carry him.

Avoid occasions. You have heard the story of fruit seller who said to the boy who had been lingering too long near a tempting display of fruit: “What are you doing? Trying to steal one of those apples?” “No” said the boy, “trying not to!”

In such a case, it is a good thing for a boy or a man to remove the temptation by removing himself. One way of winning is not to be defeated. And the way not to be defeated is to depart from the place and situation where defeat will naturally result.

Practical suggestion number five:

Never forget that impurity begins in the thought. Therefore, take care of your thoughts. Thoughts are forces, not to be trifled with: thoughts are the building blocks of life. If you entertain pure thoughts, you build for yourself a noble future. If otherwise, you work for your own ruination. St. Thomas A’Kempis says: “First there cometh to the mind a bare thought of evil, then a strong imagination there of, afterward delight and evil motion, and then consent.” His advice is, “withstand the beginnings!” Therefore, take care of your thoughts!

The great Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad, said, “Temptation comes as a passer-by, then knocks on the door of your heart to be taken as a guest. But once you open the door to temptation, it will stay as a master!” Then man is doomed. Therefore, do not let temptation in! Withstand the beginnings. The moment temptation comes to you, drive it out with all the force you can summon.

Thomas Acquinas, one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Faith, when he was sixteen years of age, was locked up in a castle tower. A woman was sent to entice him to evil. “Let me flee,” thought Thomas to himself. But every exit was locked: he could not flee. He then took from the chimney a burning log and chased the shameless woman away.

That is how everyone of us must try to deal with temptation, chase it away the moment it appears.

This leads us to practical suggestion number six. The moment an evil desire or thought wake up within me, I should immediately, without the least delay, push it out and punish myself. Beloved Dada always carried with himself a pin: and on his body, we found ,many scratches. When he was a young man, he kept with himself a stick. If an undesirable thought came to him, he would close the door of his room and beat himself with the stick, until his mind repented and promised never to entertain such a thought or desire.

One chilly, wintery night, St. Francis of Assisi felt within himself, as never before, the rebellion of the flesh. He got up and found some brambles with thorns and, without hesitating a moment, lay down on it, crying out: “O Lord, it is better to suffer your thorns than to fall into satan’s hands.”

St. Benedict lived a life of great austerity. He wore a rough shirt and lived for three years in a desolate cave, beyond the reach of man. His scanty food was let down to him at the end of a rope. Even there, temptation did not leave him. The memory of beautiful woman he had met haunted him continually and so impressed him that he was on the point of leaving his seclusion to follow her. Near his cave was a clump of thorns and berriers. Having undressed, he threw himself among them and rolled around till his body bled with many wounds. This continued to do till the fires of passion were quenched forever.

Many of us think that the saints are never tempted. That is not so. Only the other day, I read concerning a young man who complained to a saint that, after struggling for eight years, he had not yet succeeded in restraining his passions. “Eight years of struggle!” replied the saint. “For sixty years I have been fighting them in the desert, and so far I have not been spared a single day!”

Saints, too, are tempted even as we ordinary men are. The difference is, we easily succumb to temptation, saints overcome it and grow in spiritual strength and splendour.

It was Emerson who said, “As the Sandwich-Islander believes that the strength and valour of the enemy he kills passes into himself so we gain the strength of the temptations we resist.”

Practical suggestion number seven.

What is it? I believe we all remember the adage which was taught to us in the school: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” If you wish to be free from temptations, keep yourself busy all the time. Our mothers were well aware of this truth, and they were specifically careful to see that their daughters were kept busy all the time. I know of a mother who, if she had no other work to give to her daughter, would mix a handful of dust with rice and tell the daughter to clean the rice. Today’s daughters spend their time in frivolous activities. They read dirty novels which poison their imagination and spoil their minds. They go to the cinema, houses of filth, they play rummy, they spend hours watching the video. Little wonder, if their minds become small factories of impurity. O ye who would wish to overcome temptation, keep yourself busy all the time.

A young man came to Beloved Dada and complained of being continually tempted. Dada prescribed certain disciplines, but the young man returned a few days later, saying that there was no improvement in his condition.

“Alright,” said Beloved Dada, “come back early tomorrow and spend the day with me.”

The next day, Dada said to the young man: “Take the books out of this cupboard, dust them properly, and keep on doing this until noon.”

The young man followed the instructions and met Beloved Dada that afternoon. His cloths were covered with dust, but looked happy. And Dada said to him: “Go and take lunch, and after lunch, you will do the same thing to the books in the other cupboard.”

The boy obeyed and when it was dark, he returned to Beloved Dada, exhausted. Dada asked him: “Tell me, my child, if you had any temptations today.”

“None whatsoever,” replied the young man. “I did not have the time.”

Dada said to him: “Try to work that way, everyday!”

Practical suggestion number eight:

Take care of your food. See that your food is satvic, pure, earned by honest means, without doing violence to anyone.

Practical suggestion number nine:

Take care of your breathing: breathing has a direct influence upon the mind. Let your breathing be deep and rhythmic. Some day, perhaps, I shall speak to you in detail concerning these two important factors of life, food and breathing.

Practical suggestion number ten:

Never succumb to temptation. Try to overcome it but, in spite of your best efforts, if you fail, you must not think any more about it. When a little child learns to walk, not unoften, he stumbles and falls. But immediately, the mother comes and lifts him up and asks him to walk again. When you fall, pay no attention to it, but immediately rise and move on, ever onward, forward, Godward!

Practical suggestion number eleven:

You can not overcome temptation by fighting it, in the ordinary sense of the term. The more you fight it, the more you direct your attention to it. The stream of life flows in the direction of attention. If you direct your attention to temptation, forces of life will tend to flow towards temptation, and will only strengthen it. This will increase your troubles.

To give an illustration, when the body suffers from pain, the more we think of pain, the greater it grows. But when we forget it by absorbing our attention in some other activity, such as painting, or music, pain completely vanishes,

It is the same with temptation. The less we think of it, the better for us. On the other hand, we must not thoughtlessly yield to temptation. We must be sinless. To be sinless, our lower self must be cleansed, washed, purified. The lower self must be transmuted into the Higher Self.

This leads us to practical suggestion number twelve:

Whenever we are assailed by temptation, let us turn to God. What is meant by turning to God? Turning to God means directing one’s attention to a Power, Intelligence, Wisdom, Love greater by far than my own. Turning to God means directing one’s attention to a Being who is ever above, beyond, transcendent, and yet who is also closer to us than breathing, nearer to us than the nip of our neck.

How may this turning to God be accomplished? Through the top of the head or the point a little behind and between the eyebrows. When we turn our attention to the top of the head, or to the point between the eyebrows, we rise above the physical and the psychic, and contact the spiritual, and divine forces begin to flow in and through us. The light and wisdom and power of God flow into us and help us in living the new life. Everyone who seeks to contact God will find his own way of doing so. The way I have found helpful is this. I close my eyelids and turn the eyes in their sockets upward, to a point above the apex of the head and, immediately, I feel the divine forces flowing into me, strengthening me, washing me, cleansing me, making my heart pure and clear. Or I turn the eyes in their sockets to a point a little behind and between the eyebrows, and, again, have the same experience. Try this experiment and you will find wonderful things happened to you.

Practical suggestion number thirteen:

In our language “thirteen” is “tera”. And “tera” is also means “thine”. Say to God: “O Lord, I am Thine, completely Thine, utterly Thine! O Lord, I come to thee, as I am. I come to Thee with all my faults and failings, weaknesses and imperfections. Thou wilt mend my broken life. Thou wilt make me new! I cannot do it by myself. I have tried to straighten my life. I have tried to renounce evil ways, I have tried hard, and failed. Now I come to Thee as I am. Lead me to the Other Shore! I hand myself over to Thee, knowing that by myself I can do nothing. I am nothing. Thou art the All. Thou alone canst deliver! Thou alone canst save! I place my trust in Thee!”

He who hands himself over to God, temptations can have no power over him.

I read concerning a man in America. He was driving his Ford car, when suddenly, something went wrong. He got out and looked at the engine, but could detect no fault. Helplessly, he stood there, when from a distance he saw another car approaching: he waved to it for help. It was a brand new Ford car. Out of it stepped a tall, friendly man who asked: “Well, what’s the trouble?”

“The engine suddenly stopped” was the reply. “And it will not start again.”

The stranger made a few adjustments under the bonnet, then said: “Now start the car!”

When the motor started, its grateful owner introduced himself and asked: “What is your name, sir?”

“My name,” answered the stranger, “is Henry Ford.”

The man who made the Ford car knew how to make it run. God has made us and He alone knows how to run our lives. All we are required to do is to completely surrender ourselves to Him, call Him by what name we will, Krishna, Rama, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Mahavira, Nanak, Zarathustra, Buha’u’alla. Call Him by what name we will, without Him we can make a complete wreck of our lives. When we surrender ourselves to Him, all goes well. When we cut ourselves off from Him, we can do nothing. Therefore, say to Him, again and again and still again: “O Lord! I come to Thee as I am. Take me to the Other Shore!”

To have the true joy of life, you must be in continuous contact with the source of joy, with God who is the Spirit of Ananda; unbroken bliss. Once you have contacted God, nothing, no one will be able to take away your joy from you. It may appear as though you are living a life of poverty and destitution, your spirits will keep soaring the skies.

There was a poor man. His clothes were soiled and torn. His feet were covered with mud. Yet there was a beautiful smile on his lips and a spring in his steps as he walked. Someone said to him: “Good Morning!”

“I have never had a bad morning” answered the poor man.

“That sounds strange” said the man to him. “I pray that you may always be so fortunate.”

Quickly answered the poor man: “I have never been unfortunate.”

“May you always be happy”, said the man to him.

“I have never been unhappy”, answered the poor man.

“I do not understand”, said the man. “Will you kindly explain the paradox?”

“I have never had a bad morning,” said the poor man. “For every morning, I praise the Lord. The day may be bright or dull, the weather may be pleasant or otherwise, I am still thankful to God. You wished that I might be always fortunate, but I cannot be unfortunate for I rejoice in everything that the will of God brings to me. I believe that whatever God sends me is good! You wished me happiness, but I cannot be unhappy so long as I rejoice in the will of God, and as long as his peace rules in my heart.”

Yes, praise the Lord in everything that happens, and you will be amongst the happiest of men on earth. You will have the true joy of life and you will keep radiating it wherever you go!

(Author: J.P. Vaswani, Sadhu Vaswani Mission, 10 Sadhu Vaswani Path, Pune – 411 001)

 

SILENCE IS POWERFUL WEAPON TO WIN

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SILENCE IS POWERFUL WEAPON TO WIN

Baba said, “If anyone talks ten words at us, let us answer with one word, if we reply at all. Do not battle with anyone” in Baba’s Charters and sayings, #211.

To Anjali there came a girl. Her face was flushed and her body was trembling. And she said, “I have spoken to a friend words which were as unkind as they were untrue. And my voice was terrible as the thunder of the sky. Tell me how may I undo the wrong I have committed?”

Anjali picked up a sheet of red coloured paper. She tore it up into sixty-four pieces and gave them to the girl, saying, “Go and scatter them in the street below.”

The girl did as she was told. As soon as she scattered the bits of paper, a strong gust of wind blew and the pieces of paper flew hither and thither and were lost to view.

When the girl returned, Anjali asked her, “My child! Now go and bring back the little bits of paper.”

The girl went to the street and searched for the little bits of paper. But do what she would, she could not find a single piece. After a futile search, she came back to Anjali, “I cannot find a single bit of paper,” she said.

And Anjali said, “So it is with the words you speak. No sooner do they leave your lips than they are scattered and lost forever. Do what you will; you can never get them back again.

“So take care of your words. Before you speak anything, make sure that what you are about to speak is better than silence; else remain silent. If you observe this simple rule, you will not have to repent.

“And remember, if you would bear witness to truth, be silent. For truth ever is silent. They, who talk much, travel far from truth. They who commune with truth are silent.”