Human Birth for enjoying Supreme Bliss

A person may be highly educated but if he lacks culture, he cannot expect respect from society. Even if he is extremely intelligent without morality, he cannot earn adoration of people. He may occupy a position of authority, but if he crosses certain limits, people will dislike him without giving charity and upholding righteousness and without following the path of truth, it will be futile to expect people to honour him. It is a great mistake if one conducts himself without fear of sins. Since time immemorial, people of India had been treading the path of spirituality, deriving moral strength and bliss therefrom and sharing the same with others. Today men are unable to experience this internal joy and they accomplish mighty tasks, but are not able to realise the divine blessedness.

Human birth is meant to enjoy this supreme bliss. Once people recognise this goal of human life, they will understand human values, which indeed are born with them.

But how to achieve bliss? With material objects provided to men? No, for this, man has to develop faith in God and in his own ‘self’, where there is faith, there will be love; where there is love, there will be peace; when peace is there, truth will prevail, when truth exists, there will be God and where there is God, there will be bliss. When the mind is attuned to God, a person will feel peace within.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba in a lecture spelt out a method to attain God’s grace. It is like depositing one’s hard earned money in a bank for safety. Though the deposit belongs to the individual, yet the bank manager will not give cash on just asking for it as certain regulations have to be followed before its withdrawal.

It can be done only through a cheque. Likewise, a devotee should have deposited the ‘money’ of meritorious deeds with God, the Manager of the ‘Divine Bank’ of the signature of ‘Love’ is affixed on the cheque of sacrifice and surrendered to Him. Only then He will confer the ‘wealth’ of His grace on the person concerned. Every man (and woman) is endowed with such tremendous strength which none of the other denizens possess. There is limitless power in everyone but he or she was not able to recognise it. It should be kept in mind that life is a long journey while desires are his baggage. ‘Less the luggage, more is the comfortable travel and even a pleasure." A person is sure to be free from problems and worries if he reduces his needs.

[The Hindu]

Mantras for the Difficult Times

 

  Aum, Asato maa sadgamaya, Tamaso maa jyotirgamaya 

[O Lord! Lead Me from falsity to truth, lead Me from darkness of ignorance to light of knowledge ...]

 

Mantras for Difficult Times

Let me share a mantra with you that claims that the Lord’s Grace can make the cripple climb mountains and the mute eloquent.  With this mantra, you are asking for the Lord’s grace to ease you out of difficult situations.

Mookam karoti vaachaalam
Pangum langhayatey girim
Yatkripaa tamaham vandey
Paramaananda Maadhavam

Which means:

I salute that Madhava,
the source of Supreme Bliss,
whose Grace makes the dumb man eloquent
and the cripple cross mountains

There are times in life where the more one tries to remedy a situation with someone, the worse it becomes. When you encounter a situation where even communication fails, then recite the following Mantra. It is the 15th verse of the 15th chapter of the Bhagvad Geeta. 

Lord Krishna states:

Sarvasya chaaham hridi sannivishto
Mattas smritir jnaanama pohanamcha
Vedaishcha sarvaair ahameva vedyo
Vedaanta krid veda videva chaaham

Which means:

I am seated in the hearts of all.
Knowledge and memory stem from Me,
as well as their absence.
I Am verily that which has to be known by all the Vedas.
I Am the author of the Vedanta,
and the Knower of the Veda I AM.

The key sentence here is that Krishna claims that He is seated in the hearts of all. As you recite this Mantra, know that the other person is aware of whatever you truly are experiencing vis-à-vis them, and/or the situation.

It pays to pray to Hanumanji as He was the instrument in re-uniting Shri Ram with Ma Seeta. Also Shree Ram is forever indebted to Hanumanji as the latter wanted nothing in return for His services. All He wanted was to continue to be devoted to the Divine Pair.

Do read the Hanuman Chalisa and the translation of the Sunder-Kaand as these prayers are a great help in times of trouble.  Also, the one prayer acknowledged by Lord Vishnu, as the prayer to remove problems and gain the Lord’s grace is the Satyanarayan Katha.  This prayer should be done on full moons only for maximum effect.

In the end, remember that the Lord knows best.  You must repose your trust in him, and always end your prayers with the words, "Lord, thy will be done."  This way, whatever is right, will happen.

Before chanting this prayer:

Read about Gajendra Moksh

Gajendra Moksha Stuti (Prayer)

AUM NAMO  BHAGAWATE  TASMAY  YAT ETCCHIDATMAKAM

PURUSHAAYAA    DIBIJAAY   PARESHAAYAABHI    DHEEMAHEE

YASMINNIDUM   YETASCCHEDUM   YENEDUM   EEDUM SWAYAM

YOSMAAT   PARASMAASCH  PARAH   TUMPRAPADYE  SWAYAMBHOOWAM

Mushkil Aasaan

Cyrus Merchant

…There is no short cut to a true answered prayer in spirituality. It is a very long road and a very hard road and get off it if you can’t take it but don’t spoil the name of God and spirituality if you just want to be happy like everybody else.

 “If you want only the happiness that makes God happy”, then today’s column will work for you.

If none of your prayers have been answered, especially those you have been making to find a solution to your specific problem, then today with His Grace alone, I introduce you to the oldest mystical warrior angel in the world: Mushkil Asan Behram Yazad.

Take His name and tell Him your problem. You will start finding solutions from what you think is nowhere.

If you can do more than this, then buy three rupees chana (grams) and peel them taking His name and asking Him to solve your problems while you peel the chanas.

Do this just do this on this Friday and then on every Friday for the rest of your life

Ask for His help for only one thing at a time and have faith…

 

Read: About Prayers

GLOSSARY (Pronunciation)

A Like in ‘but’

Aa Like in ‘Far’

Ai Like in ‘hair’

Ey Like in Whey

I Like in ‘Pin’

Oo Like in ‘Shoot’

Oon ‘n’ has got a nasal sound.

U Like in ‘Put’

 

SANSKRIT

Sanskrit believes that the sound of the word never gets ruined and that it has an everlasting value.

Words in Sanskrit open out from their seed (beej) form.

A root is always a single syllable that contains one of the basic sounds a, I, u, ri

The root or seed may create a word, yet the word will vibrate to its best, and gives it tremendous power.

The Vedic or the Sanskrit view gives more importance to the special sound it should produce, than to the meaning of the spoken word.

 

One Word – GOD …

 
All that threatens your happiness, all that robs your sleep, all that eats at your working day and all that pierces your night;
Against it all is One Word
The things you have control over and yet sometimes lose grip on, the things you have absolutely no control over, your most limp helplessness and numbness and moments when you say out aloud or within the walls of your closing-in-on-you-mind;
Against all of this and much more than this, there is One Word
The dark weak forces and the big blurs, the cold and the menacing, the ice of shocks and fierce frequency with which sometimes too many bad things keep happening, the rush of worries and the flood of negative oncomings;
Against all these breath-taking difficulties and many, many unspoken more, there is One Word
Everything unpleasant that happens to you from the beginning of Life till your last day here before you proceed into the perfect place where all is good and familiar and familiarly happy again, the nasty surprises, the inevitable falls, the not-so-inevitable occurrences, all the hardships and sometimes the horrors that accompany the beautiful journey of Living, everything from your own personal sun-up to your own sun-down, the very things that turn your world upside down and make you question this whole thing you know so glibly as Life;
Against all this and against so much more which punctures, punctuates and sometimes plain-wrecks your Life-story is One Word
The medical names given to those merciless things that attack your body, the sheer vulnerability of all those bones and cells within you, the vulnerability of your blood which just flows and the clock-work workings of all your organs which may have a ghastly intruder all of a sudden, so much which you just can’t possibly look after within your own body and within the bodies of those you so very much love;
Against all these attacks, is One Word
Things which happen and change your Life, accidents, financial windfalls, tragedies, horrors you never thought of, harm on your home and those that live in your home, the daily susceptibility of our loved ones who go out each day into the troubled world, the wickedness of man, of the nameless fury of Nature, the so much that you love, look after, nurture for years and which is threatened in the snap of an unforgiving second;
Against all these unspeakable tragedies which affect those we love and live for and work for, against this and more, is One Word
The torments of the mind, the bruises of the heart, everything sad in and around a human being, our own thinking, our own acting, our assumption that we have mastered all there is to master and then the best, the strongest, the mightiest, the wealthiest of all witness the blast from nowhere that renders them wrecked, everything man and woman think they know until they are taught with a price the lessons they never learnt, all our pride, all our intelligence, everything we have known;
Against it all amassed together and weighed in the world, is One Word
Beyond, over and above, finally, ultimately, in the end, there is One Word that will save, sustain, and do it for you, for me, for us. For this One Word by itself can take on all the ugliness of the world and all the ugliness that afflicts our Life; when nothing works and nothing makes sense and you have one last chance, take a chance on this incredible, awesome, all-encompassing, omnipotent, omnipresent, my all-time miracle, favourite One Word
 
One Word, Three Alphabets, but everything you will ever need every time you ever need something: GOD.

What We Really Want …

What We really want is for people who have waited, to know that their wait was worth it;
We want those who have been righteous and good, to know that these sterling principles paid off;
We want those who have prayed, to know that they did not pray in vain.
We want unhappy people to be happy; for Heaven’s greatest movers to look down and find that a world which rejected GOD still has a GOD which has not rejected the world; to see justice done.
We want the Good to believe in the power of GOD and the wrath of GOD.
We want Them to have everything They ever wanted. Everything! And sleep after a long time, knowing that GOD hadn’t gone anywhere.
We want very fine People to know that it really is upto GOD, not us. People say We can do everything. We can’t, not until GOD sanctions it. They don’t know because they haven’t been through hell.
Sometimes You have to leave it to the Great Outer Force to come in and work it out for You. And with all that GOD has at His disposal, waiting at His command to help, He can help and do it for You in a minute.
The saints are His, the holy souls are His, all the power of Nature is His, the powerful planets are His, the Angels are His, His Army is incredible and They are ready to work for You. We can try to do it, but We can only wish. GOD alone can make that wish come true. Pray to GOD to do it for You. He alone can. And will.
And until that happens what We really want the religious and righteous to know is Believe. Believe totally. Direct Your prayer, however small and sincere, to GOD. Have a blind heart with blind faith and You will open your eyes to more happiness than You can see.
You think no one knows how bad Your suffering is. And if People can see it, GOD can too. Continue being righteous and religious, in the strongest sense of the words, for then all You want You will have.
GOD’s love for the good is primal, urgent, shattering. He saves the best for those who go through the worst. More than You, He wants to see You happy.
Your dream of what You want is only a shadow of the dream GOD has for You!
This may be absolute child-like belief but do believe that there is a better world than the one We are living. Please believe that in time people like Us will find that beauty, peace and perfection we are looking for.
We should not accept that all those who We pray to are powerless objects suspended in the sky. It takes a long time just believing, and with GOD’s grace We will believe till the end. For You and Me.
Good has to win.
Don’t count the years and Your tears. Somebody with the softest heart is keeping an account. When You are right, You are on the right side of GOD. After this, is there anything left?

Trust Him …

Do not trust people, they will mis-lead You; Only Your prayers will open paths. And they open paths You don’t want and You will ask GOD what sense is this making and GOD smiles and says to You: "Trust, lean not on your own understanding, for you have none …"
 
You will reach the happiest phase of Your Life if You don’t care about anything except caring about GOD; If GOD says jump, just jump. Usually what He asks for or does doesn’t make sense, but You have come to love GOD. Live in only His trust and weep for the millions who are still going round the bush.

Never give up …

 
Mariah Carey’s & Whitney Houston’s words are memorable …
"Many nights we prayed with no proof anyone could hear.
… In this time of fear when prayer often seems so vain. Hope seems like the summer bird too swiftly flown away.
… Who knows what miracles you can achieve when you believe?"
 
To believe in Him when You have absolutely no reason in sight to believe Him – that’s faith. When all doors close, when problems have totally taken over You, when family cannot help, doctors put their heads down, and work seems a trial and putting on a happy face seems a burden, when healers and gurus and stones and chants and all else including Yourself have failed and You feel un-speakably alone and abandoned would You still believe? Do You, with understandable anger and deep disappointment throw GOD and Goodness out of the window? Or with faith do You still maintain Your poise and patience – living life with dignity, doing Your duties, waiting with grace? Can You love Him and trust Him even when He gives you no apparent reason to?

Get the Best Buddy, today …

Please know that no matter what the going-fast-nowhere-world says, once you’ve established your friendship with GOD, everything in your life will be good; even the bad. That is the power of rectitude: all darkness is absorbed by light and GOD’s mercy pardons your worst weaknesses till you are able to overcome them. The secret to having a happy life till the end, starting from today is this: make GOD your best buddy. No one can explain enough and convince you enough what it will do for you. You’re looking at a tiny frame and trying to squeeze your happiness in it. Once GOD is your best buddy; the world is yours. Actually, once GOD is your best buddy, you don’t even want the world. You just want Him. He’s your eye in the sky, looking at you. The only fee to entering this friendship is: giving Him the permission to take all that He doesn’t want out. This is the painful part which people don’t want, but GOD can’t build on bad. He’ll break your life as you know it and then make it. Don’t fear the cleansing process, don’t dread the pain, allow Him and his Angels to do what they want with your life. There will be upheaval, there will be family tensions, there will be changes in your job, in your relationships, in your daily life. When GOD gets to work on you, His beautiful breath will start blowing everything around. Stay rooted. Stay in deep prayer. Stand still and know that when He is done, you will be ready for perfect bliss. I tell you: do not start a friendship with GOD if you are not ready. But once you are and once you knock on heaven’s door and finally ask for your Friend to intervene in your miserable situation or life, there is no turning back. His hand will take your hand, His hand will run itself over your troubled head, His heart will smile at you and life, as you know it with all the persisting problems and aches, will vanish. Have GOD as your best buddy. Have Him. The life you are living is no life, the love you are feeling is no love, just be-friend the best buddy and then watch. Then watch – from Saturday to Saturday to Saturday, radical changes in your life. And for the first time and for a change – you will not know how to cope with so much happiness. Make GOD happy and He will astound you with such joy, you can’t even imagine, sending you flying through the roof of the city. Ask GOD what He doesn’t want in your life, ask GOD what He wants in your life, please let wrong go, please let Him do what needs to be done, If your true friends don’t hurt you, do you think GOD as your best buddy ever will? Forget the world as you know it, it will only make you unhappy. Trust! Ultimately, you will have everything and you will still start searching. Forget the rubbish, at least now know that you were meant to be divine, that divinity is within your reach. Rip yourself, reveal yourself to yourself, be very bluntly honest, your heart is the hub of GOD’s activity. GOD can’t work there if there is anything un-true, un-clean, un-Him. Ask and He will appear. Then obey. If for something, He says NO, it means NO. Someone said: "Man plans one thing out of pride, ego, conceit. But GOD wills something entirely different. A little wealth and a person becomes bold enough to advise GOD. But divine alone will prevail." Stay calm, stay in a state of grace, stay happy. Because you have a new best friend. And He will let nothing go wrong. He will do everything for you. Anything. You just have to do one thing: Let Him …
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