Angels, deeds and thoughts!
- Dear all,
After a while, here I come back again with more interesting quotes,
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Sometimes your best friend is actually a guardian angel in disguise.
The angels stand between us and God, but they are translucent, even
transparent, and they beckon us to penetrate their luminosity.
- Peter Wilson
At every moment
Can enjoy the live and promise
Of an angel-friend.
- Sri Chinmoy
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A fool thinks it like honey so long as the bad deed does not bear
fruit, but when it does bear fruit he experiences suffering.
Like fresh milk a bad deed does not turn at once. It follows a fool
scorching him like a smouldering fire.
Mrs. Guruge: My question is about karma. How does it fit in with
advaita Vedantism? They don't believe in karma.
Sri Chinmoy: Is there anybody who does not believe in the law of
karma? Everyone knows the saying, «As you sow, so you reap.» Then
again, there may be divine intervention. If God's Grace, God's
Compassion and God's Forgiveness descend, then the law of karma can
be negated. God can nullify karma. If a naughty boy most ruthlessly
strikes a neighbour boy, the victim's father comes to punish the
culprit. But then the naughty boy's father intervenes. Because he
has such affection for his child, he will not allow the other father
to strike the child. He says, «Yes, my son has done this. I know it
is wrong, and he will not do it anymore. But I will not allow you to
beat my son.» Because the culprit's father is very strong, the
father of the victim surrenders.
In exactly the same way, God can protect us. Many, many things we do
wrong, but sometimes our Beloved Father Supreme breaks His own
Cosmic Law and saves us. At these times, our Father wants to play
the role of God the Forgiveness, either because we have done
something good for Him or because He feels there is hope that we
will eventually become good children of His. He says, «Now they have
done something wrong, something horrible, but in the future they
will not do this kind of thing.» Or He may say, «Over the years
many, many times they have prayed for My Victory or done various
things to make Me happy. So let Me show My Forgiveness.» But again,
if He sees that there is really no hope, that we are really bad
people and shall continue to do the wrong thing, then He will
say, «No, you have to abide by the Cosmic Law. You have done
something wrong, so you have to pay the penalty.»
At times, not only does the Supreme show His infinite Compassion and
Forgiveness, but spiritual Masters who represent Him also do the
same. It is true that the Supreme is the ocean and the spiritual
Master is just a tiny drop. But the tiny drop totally identifies
with the infinite ocean and knows its oneness with the ocean. And
this tiny drop has been ordained by the ocean itself to be of help
to those who are unfortunately not yet even drops.
So the law of karma is a most complicated thing, and there are no
hard and fast rules. According to the strict law of karma, if we do
something wrong, we will be punished. Again, if we do something very
good, the law of karma says we will be rewarded. Unfortunately, we
expect the results in the twinkling of an eye. But we have forgotten
all the bad things that we have done in addition to that one good
thing. Before doing one very good thing, before making what we
consider a supreme sacrifice, perhaps we have done many wrong
things. That is why we are not getting the results of our divine
action. God is using our one good deed to nullify all the terrible
things, worse than the worst, that we have done over the years. We
say, «God has no eyes, God has no ears.» But actually God is showing
us boundless Compassion by putting our one little good deed on the
same footing as all our bad deeds. In this way He is saving us from
so much karmic suffering.
So if we are in the spiritual life, we can never say how God is
going to respond to our actions. In the ordinary human life, the law
of cause and effect usually applies. But in the spiritual life,
quite often we see the intervention of divine Grace. That is because
in the spiritual life we are all the time praying to God. Even if we
are only asking God for a nice breakfast, at least we are
saying «God» and «Supreme.» So God says, «At least he has used My
Name.» But the person who is not in the spiritual life does not ask
God for anything.
Ms. Yvette Ripplinger: Is it right for spiritual Masters to take the
suffering of their disciples? If the disciples do something bad and
they do not suffer themselves, how will they learn the lesson?
Sri Chinmoy: It is often true that if one does not have the
firsthand experience, then one will not understand or learn
properly. One will not understand the seriousness of his actions if
he does not suffer the consequences. If I see that somebody has put
his finger in fire and burned himself, I know that that person is
feeling pain but I will not suffer to the same extent that he does.
But if God has given me a heart, I will feel the suffering that he
is going through. It is not that these people are making mistakes
for the first time, and it is not that they have never seen others
make these mistakes. They have seen others make these mistakes, and
they have seen how much suffering the others have gone through. But
out of temptation, or because they have allowed some undivine forces
to enter into them, they make the same mistakes and earn the
punishment. But the spiritual Master has the heart of a real mother.
If the mother knows that her child has done something wrong and will
be punished, the mother says, "O God, let me suffer on my child's
behalf. Let him be protected." This is a mother's heart. And if the
child is divine, if he is loving, if he is sincere, when he sees his
mother suffering he says, "I deserved this suffering, but my mother
is suffering on my behalf. She has all love for me. Let me not cause
her more suffering. Let me not do this again." When the son sees and
feels that the mother is suffering for his misdeeds, if he has real
love for his mother, he does not want to repeat them. His mother has
shown her real love by accepting his suffering as her own. And the
son also can show his real love by doing the right thing from then
on. In the case of the spiritual children and the Master, the same
truth is applied. The spiritual children do not want their spiritual
Master to suffer again and again on their behalf.
You may say that if one does not suffer himself, he will not learn.
This is true in most cases. But if a person is sincere, if he is
aspiring, if he has love for his Guru, he will feel a kind of inner
obligation not to do the same thing again. And what is more
important, if he truly loves his Guru, he will suffer badly when he
sees that his Guru is suffering, especially when his sincerity makes
him feel that it is because of him that his Guru is suffering. The
Guru takes on the physical suffering of his dear disciples, and when
he does so it is much milder and briefer than it would have been in
the disciples themselves, because the Guru has the capacity to throw
this suffering into the Universal Consciousness. But when the
disciple sees the suffering of his beloved Master, his divine heart
of oneness simply breaks. In this way he does suffer and he does
learn his lesson, although the direct karmic results of his actions
go to the Master and not to him.
There are two ways to make progress. One way is to reap the results
of what you sow. The other way is to be swept along by the Guru's
Grace. The Master sees that some of his disciples have a good heart,
that they have sincerely accepted the spiritual life and are
determined to reach the Goal. He sees that they are not ordinary
people. They are praying and meditating, but while following the
spiritual life sometimes they enter into the world of temptation and
are captured by it. Then naturally they will suffer. But at the same
time the compassion of the Master says, "Since you are serving God,
or you are trying to please God in various ways through your daily
prayer and meditation, let me help you so that you do not have to
suffer." This is sheer divine compassion. The Master hopes that when
they see his suffering, eventually they will realise that it was
they who were going to suffer.
But before he takes anyone's bad karma or before he cures a person,
a real spiritual Master will always ask God if it is His Will. I
have to ask God if I should help someone even to cure a headache.
You can tell the person to take an aspirin and his headache will go
away, but I have to speak to God about it. Now God can say yes or
no. If He says yes, that means He wants to allow a sense of
gratitude to grow inside that particular disciple. He wants that
disciple to feel that there is somebody who loves him and has taken
his suffering upon himself. If God says no, it means that He wants
that person to go through the normal process of suffering and learn
the lesson by himself. God has two ways of operating, either through
Compassion or through Justice. This moment He can show all His
Compassion and the next moment He can show all His Justice. If He
wants to show His Compassion, which He quite often does, then He
will tell the Master, who is His instrument, to take all the
suffering of the disciple. If He wants to show His Justice, then He
will tell the Master to allow that person to meet with the
consequences of his wrong deed.
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We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking only to
learn that it is God shaking them.
- Charles West
God always answers in the deeps, never in the shallows of our soul.
An uncertain and unaspiring mind
Is the cause
Of a shaky spiritual foundation.
- Sri Chinmoy
God answers prayers.
- Sri Chinmoy
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Heaven's not beyond the clouds, it's just beyond the fear.
Heaven's not beyond the clouds, it's for us to find right here.
- Garth Brooks
Heaven And Hell
Akbar once asked Birbal, «After death, who are the people that go to
Heaven and who are the people that go to hell?»
«Your Majesty,» replied the minister, «only clever people go to
Heaven after death. The fools go to hell.»
«Why is that?» asked the Emperor. «Why do the clever people go to
Heaven? How do they become clever?»
«They become clever by knowing that there is only one thing worth
having, and that is love. When they give love to the world and
receive love from the world in return, everything is done. Only
those who love the world and get love from the world are clever, and
they go to Heaven. Those who don't love the world and do not get
love from the world go to hell.»
The Emperor was silent.
Birbal's answer is almost perfect. His only mistake is to
say «clever» when what he really means is «wise.» Now we have to
know whether we love the world for its own sake, or whether we love
God inside the world. If we feel that the Creator and the creation
are one, then by loving the Creator of the world we can love His
creation as well. Otherwise, we will love the world and expect love
from the world in return. And if we do not get love from the world,
we will feel sad and miserable.
According to spiritual philosophy, only those who love God in
mankind and do not expect anything in return go to the real Heaven.
Only those who offer love constantly and unconditionally to God in
man can go to the highest abode of Peace, Light and Bliss after
death. Those who do not do that will naturally go to an inferior
world where these divine qualities are found in less sufficient
But again, where is Heaven? Heaven is not just a place where we go
after death. We go to Heaven and hell every day. Heaven and hell are
states of consciousness. In the perfection of the mind, in the peace
of the mind, Heaven abides. In the frustration of the mind, in the
depression of the mind, hell lives. Every day we experience Heaven
and hell in our lives. Frustration, depression, insecurity, worry,
doubt, fear, anxiety and jealousy all make us live in hell.
Security, beauty, joy, peace, light and love all allow us to dwell
in Heaven at every moment.
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The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
- Jalaluddin Rumi
Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
- Jalaluddin Rumi
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Thoughts are impediments to seeing your own face. Don't give rise to
any thought, and discover who you are.
What is purification of the mind? No thought. This thought-less
mind, sattvic mind, no mind, can be called Consciousness itself.
HUMAN THOUGHTS, DIVINE THOUGHTS
Human thoughts drenched his eyes.
Divine thoughts purified his eyes.
Human thoughts drenched his eyes of sleep.
Divine thoughts illumined his eyes of dream.
Human thoughts made him feel
His life is a series of frustration-death.
The divine thought made him feel
That his life is an express train
Of measureless length.
- Sri Chinmoy
Thoughtless thoughts must not engross
Meaningless thoughts must not blight
Soulless thoughts must not poison
- Sri Chinmoy
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A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on
the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in
church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because people are
Mary: Does God ever play tricks on me just for fun?
Sri Chinmoy: Just for fun, God will play tricks on you-if you enjoy
it. If you don't enjoy it, if you are a dry intellectual human
being, God may come in front of you but you won't be interested. If
you enjoy jokes, He enjoys jokes. But if you do not enjoy them. He
won't bother us, for God is a perfect gentleman. If you enjoy jokes
and want to play a trick, naturally He will play tit for tat. If you
do something, He will do the same. If you offer love and devotion,
then immediately He will become your slave. So if you enjoy tricks
and want to play tricks, then He will want to play tricks.
You can cut jokes with God
You are dying to be a partner
Of His self-giving Life.
- Sri Chinmoy