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yam vaidikaa mantradRshH puraaNaaH
indram yamam maatarishvaanmaahuH,
yam brahma shabdena vinidirshanti. (1)
shaivaayamiisham shiva ityavochan
yam vaishNvaa vishNuriti stuvanti,
buddahstThaarhan iti bauddha jainaaH
sat shrii akaaleti ch sikkhasantaH. (2)
shaSteti kechit katichit kumaaraH
svaamiiti maateti piteti bhattayaa,
yam praarThyaNte jagadiishitaaram
sa eka eva prabhurdvitiiyaH. (3)
HE IS THE ONE AND ONLY
The ancient Rsis of the mantras of Vedas call Him as
Indra, Yama, Matarishvara, theSupreme.
Vedantins say That cannot be explained,
but we gave a name as Brahman. (1)
Shaivites call Him Shiva,
Vaishnavas say Vishnu,The Buddha said ‘no God’, the Jains say Mahavira
And the Sikhs say Sat (existence) Shri (sacred) Akaal (timeless). (2)
Some call as Kartikeya or Great Master
Others say Great Mother, or Father of All –
If any name is called it must be done devotedly
For only The One will hear. (3)
The vital question is not how many talents each one of us has, but how much of our existing talents are we capable of exploring, developing and exploiting. An individual may have many talents, and yet, he can be a miserable failure in life. That person is successful who makes a practical use of at least one talent that he possesses.
The mind can be liberated from these clutches by surrendering itself at an altar, a goal or an ideal. Once having surrendered the results of an action to the altar of your dedication – be it God or the nation or a profession – the results no longer belong to you. The action becomes an act of worship.
In this surrender, you have surrendered your anxieties and fears, so the work will come out efficiently. Your work will have quality, beauty, fragrance and perfection. You, too, will become a genius. This is called karma-yoga.
Self-effacement is the secret of inspiration. A genius at work is he who has established a perfect identity of his own mind and intellect with the work in hand. The best can come out of an orator or a painter or a sculptor or a musician or a writer, only when he forgets himself and gets lost in the work at hand.
Everyone with knowledge exerts, sweats and toils. But only a few succeed in life. They generally forget that the mind is the doer in us, and the body is but our tool.
Learn to bring your mind where your hands are working. Then see the results! Actions become excellent, and success is the tribute life pays to excellence.
These thoughts will compellingly inspire us, projecting us into a harmonious and rewarding relationship with the world about us.
Don’t jump into the river — just watch. When you watch the play of the mind with indifference, and you yourself are not involved, you are no more — as though peddling the mind like a bicycle. The bicycle itself has no movement; you are the one that gives the movement to it. ⠀
When you stop peddling, it loses its momentum until the cycle falls away from you. Remember one thing: that when the mind is running riotously, you should not run with it; you stay put. You hold onto the feet of the Lord, for that is when we need Him. ⠀
It takes time to learn the art of staying detached when the mind produces its thoughts. At that time, for your steadiness, you must have something to hold onto. And that may be your personal God, or deity, or the feet of the Guru. ⠀
This creative altar provided for the mind to hold onto, is called the point of contemplation. Worship is a means of purifying the instruments of the mind and intellect for the higher purpose of deep and intense meditation.⠀
She thought that Gurudev would say something on the first day because she had made so much effort. On the second day and on the third day also, he did not say anything.
She could no longer resist and said, “Swamiji, I have decorated the house with all these quotes from the Gītā.” He said, “Amma, you spoiled it! Whatever you have done is karma yoga! (He was teaching Gītā, Chapter 3, during that yajña). See, your sevā is directly between you and the Lord.
If you expect praise or applause from people, then it has no value. Now that you have done it, it is finished. I did not want you to lose your puṇya (merits) and that’s why I did not make any comments, but you were so anxious.”
The Lord sends you disturbance so that you can discriminate between
consciousness and thoughts, even in that experience of disturbance. With every disturbance, the Lord is sending you a reason for meditation. The art of practicing harmony is to be applied in the din of the marketplace while we are sweating with exertion upon the narrow path of adversities.
A balanced life – wherein we live as an unaffected witness of even our own mind and intellect – is the realm of self-forgetfulness, where instead of becoming inefficient, our profession gathers a scintillating glow of a new dawn. This extra aura in any achievement is that which raises an ordinary success to an inspired achievement.
The yogis of the ancient Hindu lore discovered a technique whereby the mind and the intellect could be consciously brought to steadiness and poise. This technique is called ʻyogaʼ. The Hindus of the Vaidika period knew, practised and lived it.