Thursday, May 3, 2012

One’s own good lies doing to others (From Pujya Bapuji’s Nectarean Discourses)

If you are a daughter in law, see whether or not you are helpful to your mother-in law. If you are sister-in law, see whether you are help ful to your sister –in law. Are you helpful to your neighbour? Are you helpful to the society to God? Do you do good to a fellow being? Make a note of occasions when you helped or did good to others. The more your are helpful to others, the more you do good to others, the more will good happen to you. The logic is very simple. When everyone around you eats well and maintains good health, you too will get enough food. If all around you are happy, you too will be happy. And if your attitude is, ‘let other go to and I should get happiness and respect,’ you will go to the lowly species like sheep and goat.

‘’O man, lamenting about your miserable conditions, learn to smile Be helpful to others; learn to alleviate their pains and suffering. Eating is not as enjoyable as feeding others is. The life is very short; learn to be helpful to others.’’

What is the difference in the attitudes of Arjuna and Duryodhana? Arjuna says ‘They for whose sake I want to wage a war stand here in battle on both sides ready to die. How can I enjoy the kingship of Hastinapur if they die? I’ll not fight such a war. When there will be a bloodbath and the killers too are wiped out then what shall I do with this kingdom? So I’ not fight.’ To the contrary, what does Duryodhana say? His attitude is devoid of thoughtfulness whereas Arjuna’s is considerate. Duryodhana gives command thoughtlessly and recklessly for his selfish gains. Duryodhana says:

‘They are ready to lay down their live for my sake.’ (Gita:1.9)
They will die but I’ll get the kingdom (of Hastinpur).’ His attitude is egocentric. The selfish person is unhappy and restless. His intellect become stunted what does Arjuna say? His attitude is altruistic.
‘They for whose sake we desire kingdom enjoyments and pleasures stand here in battle, having renounced life and wealth.

(Gita: 1.33)
‘They for whose sake I want to wage a war stand here in battle. The why should I fight?’ Arjuna’s attitude aims at good of all. As the war was waged with a beneficent motive behind it, Yudhishtra became victorious, and attained the kingship of Hastinapur. Lord Krishna’s supreme knowledge is glorified. It was for public good. It served the virtuous people and oppressed the wicked. Arjuna fights for the good of others whereas Duryodhana fights to satisfy his egomaniacal desire.

What makes your life divine? It is when your resolves and actions are for the wellbeing of many. Say you think for the good of your family members. Then your soothing words would remove their suffering. Your demeanour should be conducive to good of others. It should not hurt their feelings. Do not wear such clothes that could cause jealousy or vexation others. Never speak harsh and acerbic words.  `Blind is the progeny of a blind man.`These harsh words harsh the great war of Mahabharata in which millions were killed.
“Speak such words that destroy your egotism. You yourself are composed and make other calm.
Whose wealth does the crow steal; to whom does the cuckoo give? The cuckoo`s sweet songs win the hearts
Of all.”

As Arjuna wishes good of all how can evil befall him? Similarly when I wish good of all, don’t they exend a respectful welcome to me? Is this not the sign of an intellect blessed with divine grace? If I come with some

Selfish motive, I`m sure none can wait for long hours so respectfully.            

 “Brother, there is no virtue like benevolence and no sin like causing pain to other.”
Your good lies in the good of others because the Supreme Lord abiding in heart is the same
Abiding in your heart.

Pearls of wisdom (from Pujya Bapuji`s nectream discourses)

A hot iron pan cannot be cooked be until and unless cold water is poured on it. Similarly, the fires of lust, anger, greed, and delusion continue to torment the embodied soul until and unless the nectarine water of worship of Supereme Lord, I the form Omkara, is sprinkled on his heart.

 Conceit of Garuda and Sudarshana laid low
(From Pujya Bapuji`s Nectarean precepts)

Once upon a tine Hanumanji laid low  the conceit of Garuda and Sudarshana. Sudarhana and Garuda
Did not recognize anyone superior to them.
Lord  Krishna sent Garuda Hanumanji to invite him. Garuda went,and said to Hanumanji, “Let`s go, Krishna has invited you.”

Hanumanji said, “you g, I am coming.” “You will take many days to reach. You come with me.”
“No you go. I`ll meet you there.”

There was a squabble between Hanumanji and Garuda. Hanumanji  Hanumanji caught  Garuda and
Hurled him so forcefully that he started flapping his wings near the sea of Dwarika, (the City of Krishna).

Lord Krishna had ordered Sudarshana that Hanumanji had been invited but nobody should be allowed
To enter Dwarika . Sudarshana guarded the city of Dwarika patrolling on all sides. Hanumanji reached
Dwarika before Garuda. Sudarshana said, “I will not let you enter.”

Hanumanji  said, “Oh child, why do you stop me” Lord has invite me, Garuda is coming behind. You can ask him.” Yet Sudarshana didn’t allow him to enter. Then Hanumanji caught him and placed in own mouth and thus laid low the concient of Sudarshana. Though he had laid low the conceit of Garuda, he did not feel proud of it. Habumanji was such a servant. So it is said,

‘Victory, victory, victory, to the saint Hanuman,
Like a Guru, please show mercy on us.’
Hanumanji is not expected to show mercy like a Guru.

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