Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yearn for God and Win His Grace


When God's grace is won, one need not pray separately for moksha or liberation.  He knows best what you should get and when.  He will give what you deserve and can benefit from.  Yearn for Him, suffer anguish for Him; there is no need to yearn for moksha, then.  If that is done with no second thought, He will destroy all your sins.  Hold fast to Him; He can make you immortal.  Those who seek to escape from this cycle of birth and death must obey the command of the Lord as laid down in the Gita and surrender to Him.


- Baba -

Envy


Greater Strength


Mistakes are lessons of wisdom.  The past cannot be changed.  The future is yet in your power.
- Mary Pickford


An oyster can turn its irritant - a tiny grain of sand - into a beautiful pearl.  I take a lesson from the oyster and turn the little, everyday irritants in my life into something of value.

I do this by forgiving myself and others.  As I forgive, I apply layers of love, understanding, and acceptance over hurt feelings.  Through forgiveness, all that would negatively impact my health or the health of my relationships is healed.

And if an act of forgiveness seems to call for greater strength than I have, I call on the strength of God within me.  I give whatever forgiveness I can give - even if it is only a little at a time.  I know that out of a negative experience, I can build a pearl.


When I forgive, I give myself and my relationships a chance to heal.



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

Friday, January 30, 2015

From 'Form' to the Formless


An Avatar assumes the form that is beneficial to and within the reach of human beings, for man cannot normally comprehend the Formless and Attributeless Absolute.  But, unfortunately, even when the Form Absolute assumes a form, there are persons who, impelled by their own attitudes, attribute their own human foibles to the avatar.  "When He has the same form as ours, the same physical features, and eats, talks and moves about like any of us, what is the difference between the avatar and ourselves?" they ask.  Because of this narrow-minded approach, these persons distance themselves from the Divine.


- Baba -

Sai Darshan, Part 3 - 1


Hard Knocks


A museum was laid with beautiful marble tiles with a huge marble statue displayed in the middle of the lobby. Many people came from all over the world just to admire this beautiful marble statue.

One night, the marble tiles talked to the marble statue.

Marble tile: Marble statue, it’s not fair. It’s just not fair! Why does everybody from all over the world come all the way here just to step on me while admiring you?

Marble statue: My dear friend, marble tile. Do you still remember that we were actually from the same quarry ?

Marble tile: Yeah! That’s why I feel it is even more unfair. We were born from the same quarry and yet we receive different treatment now. It’s just not fair!

Marble statue: Then, do you still remember the day when the designer tried to work on you but you resisted the tools?

Marble tile: Yes, of course I remember. I hate that guy! How could he use those tools on me? It hurts so badly.

Marble statue: That’s right! He couldn’t work on you at all as you resisted being worked on.
Marble tile: So?

Marble statue: When he decided to give up on you and start working on me instead, I knew at once that I would be something different after his efforts. I did not resist his tools. Instead, I endured the pain caused by the tools he used on me.

Marble tile: Hmm…

Marble statue: My friend, there is a price to everything in life. Since you decided to give up halfway, you can’t blame anybody who steps on you now.

The moral of the story is  that the more hard knocks you receive  in life, the more you’ll learn and put them to good use in future . Do not be discouraged by setbacks and failures. You can’t change the past but lessons received is actually a blessing in disguise. The past may have been good, but the present is better and the future will always be the best.


- Author Unknown -

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cultivate Humility and a Thirst for Service


The youth must learn the art of renunciation and acquire character.  These are the two eyes which can guide him safely through life.  Renunciation is the golden key that reveals the futility in acquisition and accumulation of properties and possessions.  Sai colleges aim at the production of generations of youths who live ideal lives.  They should imbibe the right ideas and plunge into society with their thirst for service as a spiritual duty and this will make their humanness worthwhile.  Students should cultivate basic human traits like humility, readiness to serve and commiseration at the sufferings of others.


- Baba -

Desiderata


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others - even the dull and ignorant - they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
By yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither by cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with your God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


- Max Ehrmann -

Constant Support


The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for.  And the most you can do is live inside that hope.
- Barbara Kingsolver


At times, I may yearn for less activity and confusion in my life, and yet I know that divine order is the underlying support in this and all other means.

When I do decide to make changes in my life, I want my mind and heart to be in line with divine order.  The knowledge that God is my constant source of support stimulates the confidence and courage I need.  Whether my decisions are momentous or seemingly inconsequential, I am at peace.

The degree of difficulty of my journey in life may, at times, intimidate me into thinking I will stumble.  Yet, because I know that the spirit of God goes before me to straighten the turns and level the rough places, I move forward with confidence.


The spirit of God goes before me and prepares the way.


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

Complaints


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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