Spiritual Path according to Saint-Souls

There are several spiritual paths for people of various mind-sets, cultures, and spiritual traditions.  Saint-souls or Sant Mahatmas tell us that any and all true spiritual paths lead to an individual soul uniting with Supreme soul or experiencing the truth about Supreme soul, God, or One Source who is vested with all powers.  Some of these wise teachers may say that we realize the truth about ourselves, get enlightenment, or have Darshan of God in His true form.

Most spiritual traditions agree that one of the goal of spiritual practice is for us to become a better person or a better human being.  A better human being in thoughts, speech, and deeds.

Each human being has strengths and weaknesses.  Each human being has past karma, genes, and DNA that binds us to think and act in a certain way, especially if we are not shown the true path.

A true path can be shown only by Sadguru who has learned to walk on the true path with the grace of Guru and God.

According to Saint-souls from almost all traditions of present and past era, it is God’s grace that inspires us to think about God, reach out to God, to pray and have a yearning to walk on a true spiritual path.  When the student is ready the teacher appears as the saying goes … it is again with God’s grace we come in contact with the right guru for us.

Now that we have come in contact with our guru we need to make a commitment to practice according to the instructions given by guru or walk on the  path of practice, as shown to us.  Sure, most of us being humans, are not  going to  keep our total commitments due to one reason or another.  If we just keep aware of what we are thinking, saying, and doing we know whether we are walking on the path or we are off the path.

By attending satsang or keeping in contact with our guru in person or by remembering the instructions, or how our guru talks, walks, and interacts with others can be highly beneficial to us and it can be a reminder about how to keep our behaviors as close as possible as per guru’s guidance.

What more can we ask for … our Gurujans have shown us again and again with patience, love, and as role models the path we need to walk on for our own good and the good of our families, and for the good of  all human beings.

To be a better human being, to do better, is our responsibility … to follow the examples of others who have walked on this path is wisdom.

To err is human… to forgive is divine.  Divine are the saint-souls who forgive us again and again and show their love to us and all mankind.  Let us also act in a divine way … let us forgive ourselves for our mistakes (God and guru has) and let us all renew our commitment to walk on the path shown to us by our loving Gurujans.  Let us do our jap, recite Amritvani daily, study Swamiji Maharaj’s Ramayan (Valmiki version), and follow any other personal instructions given by our guru.

Saint-souls remind us is to do our practice with Nishkam-Bhav… and they assure us that good fruit of this practice is beyond our imagination :

Taarak Mantra Ram hai – jiska sufal apaar,

Is mantra ke jap se – nishchay bane nistaar.

(From Amritvani – booklet available at any Shreeramsharnam – please visit shreeramsharnam.org for centers and treasure of spiritual wisdom)

Jai Jai Ram

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Kartavya Karm main galti na ho – Kaise

Hum baar -baar yeh galti karte hain ki hamara dhyan karm ke phal par laga rehta hai. Aisi galti karne se hum sum ho kar karm nahin karte.

In Bhagavadgita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna (as per Swamiji Maharaj’s translation):

Karm hi main (kartavya paalan karne main hi) tera adhikar hai, karm se utpan huye phalo main (tera adhikar) kadachit bhi nahin hai.

Yeh galti kaise band hogi?

  1. Bhagavadgita dhyan se pade aur aachar main laayen
  2. Simran karain (Ram Naam Bahut pyara Naam hai)
  3. Nishkam bhav se seva karain.
  4. Paramaatmaa ki kripa mangain
  5. Satsang main jaayen (Sat purush/Sant ke paas)

Selfless Service – True Giving

I noticed a common message in a story in Shree Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj’s Bhakti Prakash and in his Ramayan-Saar that is inspired by Valmiki Ramayan. Both delivered a common message about serving and true giving.

In Bhakti Prakash there is a story of a king who having lost everything to a neighboring king’s invasion, was hiding his face wherever he could. He was disappointed in himself for not been able to protect his subjects from unruly invaders. A very rich businessman met with the king and offered all his wealth and the services of his seven sons to help the king get his kingdom back.

After getting the kingdom back the king was planning a huge celebration in which he was going to honor the businessman who gave his all. Before the celebration started, the businessman approached the king and asked him not to do that because he did that only due to his duty to his country. The businessman further said, “In my heart I am so overfilled with joy that there is no room for my praise”.

This is true giving – giving without any expectation of name or fame. Pujya Dr. Viswa Mitter JI Maharaj says we should serve and do our duty with no expectation of even receiving a “thank you” and he reminds us, that is how, Shree Prem Ji Maharaj lived his life, with nishkam bhav or selfless service without desiring any personal gain.

In Ramayan-Saar there is a mention of people of Ayodhaya who served while remaining humble. They were skillful, adept in dispensing their duties, smart, and Ram Bhakt. Out of their love for Lord Ram they were serving others.

Let us also do Ram Ka Kaam in the same spirit.

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