Thursday, July 31, 2014

Divine World


We are now neither here nor there.  We are in the middle.  We are living in the Bhuloka along with human beings.  On one side, there is the Divine world.  If we develop qualities like lust and anger, we will move closer and closer to the lower world and we will become more and more distant from the Divine world.  But if we travel towards the Divine world, then we will become more and more distant from the lower world.  To attach importance to the transient pleasures in the same as moving away from divinity.


(Summer Showers in Brindavan 1977, pg 21)

Being A Blessing


Everyone has a gift for something,
even if it is the gift of being a good friend.
- Marian Anderson


Here I am, God.  My heart and mind are open, and I am ready to do whatever I can to be a blessing.
Speak through me, God, so that my voice will give comfort and assurance to others.  Teach me to choose and use the words and actions that will help others the most and reassure them in their times of greatest need.

I want to inspire others to know You better.  So guide my steps and lead me to the people who need support, encouragement, and love.

I am ready, God, to be a blessing.  Move through me to bless others so that they may overcome doubt and fear - anything which might make them feel separate from You.  I feel Your love, God, and I am eager for each opportunity to share Your love with others.


Here I am, God, ready to be a blessing.


(From : 'Daily Word' magazine by Silent Unity, a world wide prayer ministry) 

Sai Darshan II, Part 2 - Message 73


Sai Darshan II, Part 2 - Message 73


 You rely on unnecessary friendships
So that you spend time...
Waste time...
You trade secrets
You wish for them to give you peace...
You think
That you have fewer worries
When you laugh with them
And you hope... wish
That they are with you
In times of need and tears...
But you fail to realise
That every relationship
Has...
Its line of demarcation
A line that says
"Beyond this
I cannot walk with you...
I cannot laugh with you...
I cannot agree with you...
I cannot rely on you...
I cannot help you...
I cannot love you
Once you reach that line
You look for another friend
And not to mention
Commit another mistake!


(Extract from : Sai Darshan II written by Seema M Dewan)

Garland for the Lord


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

True Friend


Be Good, Do Good, See Good


For every action of yours, there is always a reaction, there is resound and reflection.  If, in the future, you want to have a life of peace and of happiness, that will depend upon the kind of action which you take at the present time only.  If you respect your parents today, your children will respect you in the future.  The kind of seed which you plant today will determine the kind of tree which will grow.  So, if you want to be near God, see good, do good, be good; this is the way, the royal way for you to go near God.  To be good, to do good and to see good is the primary duty of every human being.

The wealth which we may earn, the prosperity which we may acquire, the mansions which we may build are all transient and temporary.  Our conduct is the most important thing in our life.  It is only when we can shape our present conduct along a proper path, that our future can hopefully be peaceful and happy.


(Summer Showers in Brindavan 1977, pg 20)

Eternal Sai - 94


Pray intensely and with faith. Then, Grace will be showered on you. When the heart is soaked in Love, it cannot be contaminated by egoism and its evil consequences. Just as you crave for physical health, which means health for the limbs of the body, you should strive for the health of humanity, which means peace and joy for all sections, in all nations. If you dwell in that wider outlook, you will start feeling less and less for your own troubles and worrying more and more for troubles of others.


(SSS. Vol X – Chap 26)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Be Content


There was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. He was happy because he was content. He was content because he was happy.One day a wise man came to him and told him about the glory of diamonds and the power that goes along with them. The wise man said, “If you had a diamond the size of your thumb, you could have your own city. If you had a diamond the size of your fist, you could probably own your own country.” And then he went away.

That night the farmer couldn't sleep. He was unhappy and he was discontent. He was unhappy because he was discontent and discontent because he was unhappy. The next morning he made arrangements to sell off his farm, took care of his family and went in search of diamonds.
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He looked all over Africa and couldn't find any. He looked all through Europe and couldn't find any. When he got to Spain, he was emotionally, physically and financially broke. He got so disheartened that he threw himself into the Barcelona River and committed suicide.
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Back home, the person who had bought his farm was watering the camels at a stream that ran through the farm. Across the stream, the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and made it sparkle like a rainbow. He thought it would look good on the mantle piece. He picked up the stone and put it in the living room. That afternoon the wise man came and saw the stone sparkling. He asked, “Is Hafiz back?” The new owner said, “No, why do you ask?” The wise man said, “Because that is a diamond. I recognize one when I see one.”
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The man said, no, that's just a stone I picked up from the stream. Come, I'll show you. There are many more.” They went and picked some samples and sent them for analysis. Sure enough, the stones were diamonds. They found that the farm was indeed covered with acres and acres of diamonds.

What is the moral of this story? There are five morals:

1. When our attitude is right, we realize that we are all walking on acres and acres of diamonds. Opportunity is always under our feet. We don't have to go anywhere. All we need to do is recognize it.

2. The grass on the other side always looks greener.

3. While we are dyeing the grass on the other side, there are others who are dyeing the grass on our side. They would be happy to trade places with us.

4. When people don't know how to recognize opportunity, they complain of noise when it knocks.

5. The same opportunity never knocks twice. The next one may be better or worse, but it is never the same one.


- Author Unknown -

Greatest Joy


In the silence, we get the wonderful inward joy, that is of God.
- Myrtle Fillmore


Joy is so much more than just a feeling of happiness and lightheartedness.  And I am thankful that I realize my greatest joy emanates from knowing God.
I know the joy of spirit!  And such joy translates into a contentment and satisfaction I feel in knowing who I am : a spiritual being going through the human experience.

I know the joy of loving, for it is divine love that created me to love and be loved.  I appreciate family and friends.  God loves me and has placed these people here with me to share my life and to bless me with their love and understanding.

I know the joy of oneness with God, a joy that empowers me to be the greatest blessing I can be.  There is a continual flow of divine energy that courses throughout my mind and body.  I know and feel the joy of spirit.


My greatest joy is knowing and expressing the joy of spirit!


(From : 'Daily Word' magazine by Silent Unity, a world wide prayer ministry)

Goodness


It is more important for people to be good rather than being great.  Most people these days desire that their children should become great in various ways in scholarship, wealth and position.  This is totally misconceived.  They should really desire that their children should be good.  Greatness signifies quantity.  Goodness is an index of quality.


(Sanathana Sarathi, October 1997, pg 269)

O LORD, TAKE MY LOVE

O Lord, take my love, and let it flow in fullness of devotion to Thee;
O Lord, take my hands, and let them work incessantly for Thee;
O Lord, take my soul, and let it be merged in One with Thee;
O Lord, take my mind and thoughts, and let them be in tune with Thee;
O Lord, take my everything, and let me be an instrument to work for Thee.

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