- ... Ram Ram 2nd April 2010, Wednesday, Vaishaka Krishna Tritiya, Shukravar Vikram Samvat 2067, Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236 The Essence of Spiritual Discipline WeMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2010View Source
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2nd April 2010, Wednesday, Vaishaka Krishna Tritiya, Shukravar
Vikram Samvat 2067, Sri Krishna Samvaat 5236
The Essence of Spiritual Discipline
We are naturally established in the light that brings awareness of the mind's steadiness and unsteadiness! Therefore, move away (apart) from the state of unsteadiness and steadiness. We have to do this work by ourselves. On one had there is desire to be released from worldly bondage (mumuksha), and on another is greed (lobh). Desire to be released from worldly bondage will lead to salvation, whereas greed is called the gates of hell in the Gita. Those who listen to certain things, they develop a greed related to those talks. This greed will not lead to salvation. If the aspirant's abilities, faith, trust, and intense longing / love are not there within, but he is only doing some discipline because he has heard it is a great thing this is only a lure, this is greed. With this the work will not be perfected.
The spiritual discipline that he can do, he is not doing and that which he cannot do, he desires to do so out of greed. By doing so, the aspirant goes astray. He cannot progress. You want to experience that essence / that state which is separate from the agitations and steadiness of the mind, then you will have this experience only when you actually experience being apart from the two. You must have that ability, or else, you should do the discipline that you are capable of doing. The most simple and straight-forward of all spiritual disciplines is to do Ram Ram Ram (Divine Name recitation) Do not leave this. If you are eating, then too Ram Ram is continuing, even while bathing, doing any cleansing activities etc. let Divine Name recitation go on, and you see it in front of your eyes. You are capable of doing this! But you do not do it, and that which you want to do, that you cannot do. Then you will be left without a spiritual discipline (saadhan). You are able to do Ram Ram Ram. If it stops in between, then call out - Hey Naath! Hey Naath! If you forget then feel sad that how could I forget? If you were to die right now then what would be your state? Time and again - Hey Naath ! Mein Bhooloon Nahin! Continue to pray like this. Then this spiritual discipline will be perfected. Are you able to do this or not? Please tell me? Speak up? All brothers and sisters, listen to this very carefully, it is an important point. There is no spiritual discipline that is inferior. The discipline is suitable to you according to your abilities is a great discipline (saadhan) for you. A discipline in which you have fondness/linking, faith and trust and which you understand and you can do it, that discipline is best for you.
Agitations and steadiness will come and go in the mind. You are always still. Do not blend with the changing state, and you will become still. That which comes and goes is separate from you. It is a newcomer like a traveler. The owner of the house comes then too he remains and if he leaves the house then too he remains. And the one who comes and goes, even if he is sitting in the house, then too he is not in the house. If you have any doubts then please reveal them! Think about this. In all of us there is one thing lacking. What is that thing that we are lacking? If someone plays a trick on us, we get tricked! To have this wishful thinking that Guruji, Mahatma, Saints, God will do for us, is wrong. Whatever you can do, you must do, there after you will also find the real magician. And if you do not do by yourself, and keep hoping that someone else will do this for you, than that will never happen. If you do not have an intense longing within, then it will never happen.
Just like a child learns to walk. He tries to climb the stairs. He tries to make an effort with his hands, legs and stomach, then the mother gives him a little support and he is able to climb. Maa does not let him fall, she stands close by, she protects him. But if you do not climb as much as you can climb, and if you do not do as much as you can do, then our Eternal Mother, who belongs to everyone, how will she come? "Tvameva Maata cha Pita Tvameva" Do your spiritual disciplines, applying your strength, intellect, and understanding. In doing so, do not conserve your time, understanding, necessary tools and strength. Even evil acts cannot be performed without applying your energy. We will do evil deeds, good deeds are simply not happening - this is false. If it is not happening then how did evil deeds just happen? You speak a lie, and you say, that speaking the truth is not happening this is a mistake. If you did not have the strength, then how could you speak a lie?
One more point I will share. All those that are in the house, give them happiness and respect. Glorify them, give them rest and relaxation, give them food, give them pleasure, and do not want anything from them. Doing this regularly, continue this practice for twelve months and perfect it. Remove the aim of wanting/taking anything. Only have the aim of giving. Keep serving, but do not want anything. If you do this for twelve months, then you have accomplished something very great. This is a spiritual discipline.
The third spiritual discipline is give happiness to all, if you cannot give happiness, then at least do not give sorrow to anyone. Do not do anything evil or desire anything evil for anyone with your body, speech and mind. Take a vow, and follow through regularly. Just like you follow "Ekadashi vrat," then even if you eat one grain on that day, the religious observance is broken.
Do not be happy when anyone dies. It is as good as participating in his killing. Did you or did you not participate with your mind by being happy? It is sinful, because no one wishes to die. You want to elevate yourself by engaging in spiritual disciplines, then do not be happy in favorable times! By relaxing, taking pleasure and becoming pleased in that state, your virtues are getting wiped out. This is your earned wealth. Let it remain with you. Do your spiritual disciplines, then saints, great souls and God will come to help you. Fully utilize all your time, abilities, resources and understanding. Why can't you do Ram Ram Ram? Why? Are you sweating? "Dil mein jaagrat rahi hai bande" Who know when suddenly death may arrive? If you have to die, then remain alert! God wants only that much from you! Whatever you can do! You are only responsible for as much as you can do.From summary of discourse in hindi on Oct 16, 1991 at 4:30 p.m. by Swami Ramsukhdasji.
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