Spiritual Practice and Its Prominence - Part 6 by Sri Sri Muralidhara swamiji
Radhe Krishna All,
Imaginations will only lead to mental imbalance. I find many such cases. One should be very careful. While taking refuge in a Mahatma try to inculcate His tapas. One can find many devotees of Yogi using a hand fan, sporting a beard, holding a coconut shell which were the external marks held by the Mahatma. But these people do not perform the Rama Nama Japa that Yogi did incessantly. This is because they find it difficult to do this. Imitating his mannerisms is indeed easy! Read Seshadri Swamigal's life history and inculcate only the incessant japa of the mantra that he did. He had one-pointed devotion to Lord.
Such Mahatmas could not think of anything other than God. Even while singing Kirtans their mind gets so absorbed in the scene that it becomes very difficult for them to proceed with it. One should not take cognizance of his mannerisms or behaviour. It is very difficult to understand the state of Avatara Purushas / Mahatmas. People cannot withstand even if a little of their state is passed on to them. Their body will not withstand it.
One should first know what he desires out of life. You should have a definite purpose in life. A spinster might adopt a child to have a hold on life. A young widow with a child has a hold, a purpose in life. To bring up the child, educate him/her, etc. We find many suffering from mental imbalance only because they have no hold in life. They have not tried to have a purpose in life. Choose some definite goal to achieve. If you wish to go abroad to earn or for higher education, well! Go ahead. Some goal/purpose should be there to have a hold in life. Idle mind is devil's workshop. It will only deepen your 'tamasic' nature. You will become lazy.
!!! Will continue !!!
Regards & Chant the Maha Mantra:
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
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