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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What I understood today

Jai Jai Ram.

Listening to Pujya Dr. Viswha Mitter Ji’s discourse on CD today I heard:

Jis ne Ram ko apnaaya

aur apna aap gawaanya

usne Ram ko paya.

My understanding is that the one who accepts Shree Ram as one’s own and loses one’s ego or false identity gets to experience Shree Ram.

The question is how do we accept Shree Ram in our heart?

In another discourse Maharaj ji has mentioned that we must have a yearning for Shree Ram in our heart. Our pain of separation should feel in such a way that we forget about our bodily pain. He clarifies that in a dhun ( a melodious devotional) which goes as follows:

Saari duniya ik paase, mere Ram pyara ik paase.

(Let the whole world be on one side and my loving Ram on the other side). Shree Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj’s Pravachan Piyush also mentions that. I’ve heard that these are also the sentiments and lifestyle adapted by Shree Premji Maharaj.

I choose Ram instead of the whole world should be our feeling in the heart and mind – then we are truly accepting Shree Ram. It will be a little easier to lose our ego then by surrendering it to the holy feet of Shree Ram. This is one of the best Ram Ka Kaam we can do.

Let us lose our false identity, get to know our authentic self through inspirations of Shree Ram and our loving Gurujans.

Ram Ram.

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