Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Definition of Real Prema (Love)

There is need to spread the message of Love as the message of God. However, Prema or Love is a much misused word. Any positive response to the attraction is called love; any feeling of attachment, however trivial or transitory, is characterised as prema. We must certainly coin new words or set aside specific words to indicate the forms of love.

The attachment of parents to their children or of children to the parents must be called affection. The response to the attraction of sex can be best described as fancy, fascination or moha (delusion). The feeling of kinship or comradeship evokes dearness. The pleasure one gets through a sense of possession, especially of material objects, can be known as satisfaction. The yearning to reach for the sublimity that lies inherent in Truth - this alone is entitled to be called by that holy word, Prema.

Prema is strong and steady enough to leap over all obstacles, confront with equanimity all changes of fortune and defeat, all attempts to delay or deviate. It does not judge one incident as good and another as bad; it does not ascribe them to different agencies. Just as the same Sun causes both day and night, the same divine Will causes joy and grief.

-Sai Baba

"Believe me, you are the Supreme Reality"

Somehow it was very simple and easy in my case. My guru, before he died, told me: "Believe me, you are the Supreme Reality. Don't doubt my words, don't disbelieve me. I am telling you the truth, act on it". I could not forget his words and by not forgetting, I have realized. Once the guru told me: "You are the Supreme Reality", I ceased having visions and trances and became very quiet and simple. I found myself desiring and knowing less and less, until I could say in utter astonishment: "I know nothing, I want nothing."

-Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


Creativity is the labor to manifest beauty. Creativity is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual action to change darkness into light. As long as you try to bring light into dark places, into minds, into people's souls, into homes, into organizations, you are a creative person.

You can create in the political, educational, and philosophic fields. You can create in the artistic, scientific, religious, and economic fields. It is this creativity that pulls humanity upward to new heights, to enlightenment, unity, joy, prosperity, and a greater contact with the Universe.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Creative Fire

Everyone expects from others to be faultless, kind and honest

You take it for granted that others should show wisdom, kindness and honesty and are indignant if they don't. But how do you yourself behave? You never ask yourself this, which is why there is so much chaos in the world. Everyone sees things the same way: they all expect others to be irreproachable, while they themselves can behave just as they wish.

Radio, television and newspapers are full of people criticizing and accusing others - it's all you'll ever hear, see or read. They make a career out of it, endlessly justifying their own mistakes.

It's just the same in daily life: people always have something to blame others for, while they see themselves as faultless. But, in an initiatic school, you will see that the opposite is taught, that true work involves dealing with oneself, with one's shortcomings, deficiencies and mistakes - and in leaving other people alone!

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Monday, September 28, 2009

Purity of food leads to purity of mind

According to the Bhagavad Geetha, the body and life in it are based on food and sustained by food. However great and learned a person may be, however much he pays attention to the teachings of the Vedantha and takes care to spread them, if he neglects the strict code laid down for the food, he cannot succeed spiritually.

The food we eat is an important constituent of the physical and mental stuff we have to struggle with, in the spiritual field. Purity of food leads to purity of mind.

-Sai Baba

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Self

The Self is the treasury within us. Our Core, which contains in Itself the entire splendor of the Universe, must come into manifestation.
Our greatest glory and honor is built in the process of actualizing our True Self. We are going to manifest the beauty which is hidden in each one of us. The percentage of our manifestation of beauty is equal to what we are, factually.

Try to radiate goodness through your thoughts, expressions, words, motives, and actions, and you will feel how real you are. Slander, envy, gossip, and treason keep you a slave in an illusionary world because they destroy the formation of your soul.
The Self is all loving, all understanding, all giving, and the more Self you are, the less people dare to manipulate your goodness.
The Self's only interest is to bloom and flower toward the Cosmic Self.
People must be good to their bodies and heart and mind. If you are doping your body, doing things against your conscience, or acting against the welfare and freedom of others, you are not good to yourself. If you are building a heavy karma for yourself by exploiting others, you are not good to yourself.

Doing goodness to yourself and others is a process of Self-actualization. In the advanced path you not only live a life of goodness, but you yourself also become an embodiment of goodness. Such was the Lord Buddha.
Some modern psychologists understand "Self-actualization" in a different way. They tell us to express our anger in violent ways, to express sex in various ways, to express our hatred and jealousy in still other various ways. These people have no idea about the Self. The Self for them is anger, hate, sex, jealousy, revenge. These are acts of Self-defeat. Trying to express your anger, sex, hate, revenge, etc., in order to get rid of them, is like trying to eliminate a cup of poison by dumping it down your throat.
The Self is beyond such vices. It is Beauty, Goodness, and Righteousness. Righteousness must be expressed throughout our life in our thoughts, words, and actions. The more righteous we are toward our body, heart, brain, wife, husband, children, neighbors, authorities, teachers, is how much righteousness we practice. Righteousness brings out the beauty and goodness that we are in our essence.

There was a mechanic who, one day, changed the oil in my car and in the meantime was talking about how righteous he was in all his relationships. After the oil was drained in a pan, he took it and dumped it under a huge tree. I moved close to him and said, "What a righteous fellow you are!"
The mechanic asked, "What is the matter?"
I asked, "How can you pour that poison on the roots of that magnificent tree?"
"Well, I must dump it somewhere," he said.
We must accept and cherish the rights not only of people but also the rights of animals, trees, and the soil. To respect and understand the rights of life-forms means to be righteous.
We must face ourselves often and check if we are trying to be really beautiful, to have goodness in our heart and righteousness in all our relationships. This leads us to Self-actualization. Every time we act ugly, with evil intention, or become unrighteous, we accumulate hindrances on our path and make it difficult to reach our future destination.
If we imagine having had five hundred incarnations and doing ten ugly things in each life, can you imagine how many obstacles we have accumulated on our path?

People say, "I am doing many things to shine out my light," but they cannot radiate light because they have built a cement wall around themselves for so many incarnations through ugliness, unrighteousness, and evil intentions.
Karma is the accumulation of those actions which make it very difficult for you to actualize your Divine Self. Every time you prevent your beauty, goodness, and righteousness from being active, you create karma.
Karma means hindrances, obstacles, walls around you. All these one day must be wiped away by your free will or by the force of karma. You will experience much pain to destroy these walls. The more you wait to destroy your obstacles, the more suffering and pain you will pass through.
The best policy in life is not to accumulate karma. The Lemurian and Atlantean civilizations did not see the consequences of the Law of Karma, and they faced a great disaster. Can our Aryan civilization escape from such destiny?
If we are beautiful, righteous, full of goodness, then then Self will rejoice, and the joy of the Self is the most healing power for our three vehicles.

-Torkom Saraydarian

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A disease in the body, is the result of a mind in chaos

A disease in the body,
is the result of a mind in chaos.
A body is a temple in which God resides.
The body is a manifestation of the soul.
It is a vehicle that reaches you
To Vishnu pada (Vishnu's feet).
When the mind gets agitated,
You begin to lose God within.
The body automatically begins to lose function.
This is a hindrance in your spiritual progress.
Life is precious. It is a gift of God,
Given to realize His Omnipresence
Within you and all around.
Value this gift and treat it with respect.
Firstly, it is important to develop strong faith in God.
Your dependence must be on God and no other.
Secondly, you need a strong will
To overcome temptations,
Any temptations that will agitate the mind
Or inflict pain in the body.
Thirdly, develop a pure heart of love.
You must think in the best interests of all around.
Fourth, you must stop wasting time.
Utilize time only to see and feel God at all times.
Fifth, you must stop worrying.
Why worry when God is the doer.
Surrender! Surrender!
Sixth, give up anger!
Anger is a disease of the mind,
Fire that will only consume you.
Seventh, have no desires,
Except that of being with God.
Desires are the roots of a restless mind.
Eighth, have no thoughts.
When all is God, all is His will,
Then why think, just do!
Ninth, offer God every moment, pure, sincere love,
He is himself enslaved by your true devotion.
Be persistent and God will shower His Grace.
With this Grace, there will be no mind,
No body consciousness, no ego,
Only Atma and Paramatma.

From : 'Sai Darshan' - Part III
(Divine Messages received and recorded by Mrs Seema M Dewan)

All matter is vibrant with life

There is no such thing as inanimate matter. There is life in everything. Life is involved in a piece of stone. All matter is vibrant with life -­ this has been conclusively proved by modern scientists.

Smile with the flowers and the green grass. Play with the butterflies, birds and deer. Shake hands with the shrubs, ferns and twigs of trees. Talk to the rainbow, wind, stars and sun. Converse with the running brooks and the waves of the sea. Speak with the walking stick. Develop friendship with all your neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings, trees, flowers, etc. Then you will have a wide, perfect, rich, full life. You will realise oneness or the unity of life. This can hardly be described in words ­- you must feel it for yourself.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

How to increase our prosperity potential

To increase the prosperity potential means to release the Inner Abundance on all levels of our expression. This is what self-actualization is. The Inner Abundance must express Itself as abundance on spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical levels. It must start from the spiritual level: spiritually you must be prosperous if you want to be prosperous on the lower planes and enjoy your prosperity on lower planes. We can increase our prosperity potential by establishing a contact with the Source of abundance within us and the Universe. This is the first requisite. Unless we establish this contact and prepare our bodies to receive it, we will not be in prosperity and abundance.

How can we have abundance?
There are seven main techniques which have been used throughout ages with great success. They are:
  • -meditation, which includes affirmations and visualization
  • -sacrificial service
  • -joy and ecstasy
  • -actualizing the virtues and visions contacted through meditation
  • -sharing
  • -expansion of the field of knowledge
  • -perseverance

  • Abundance is the result of unity, whether it is psychological or individual unity, group or national unity, or global unity. The depression in the world's economy is the result of the cleavages between nations and the result of efforts to perpetuate such cleavages. The great Lord once said. "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." (Matthew 12:25) When you are working through Beauty, Goodness, and Truth you are linking your physical, emotional, and mental nature to the Source of abundance, to your true Self, the God within you. When God within you releases Itself, it gives energy to the threefold nature and fills you with abundance because Beauty, Goodness, and Truth are three streams of abundance pouring out from the ocean of your divine Self. It is also important to know that there are many fiery devas or angels who work in close association with those whose lives are dedicated to Beauty, Goodness, and Truth. Through currents of impression and thought they bestow their help to such individuals.

    -Torkom Saraydarian
    The Spring of Prosperity

    Before partaking your food

    If you talk while taking food, the digestive system will be spoiled. Once the digestive system is spoiled, several diseases will confront you.

    Before partaking your food, pray to God silently keeping your eyes closed. Take your food in silence in a calm environment. Do not howl, talk and chit chat while taking food. Do not cry or laugh too. Do not entertain worry before or while taking food. These are some of the precautions to be taken to lead a happy life.

    -Sai Baba
    Divine Discourse. Oct 12, 2002

    By looking deeply at things just as they are

    Do not go after the past,
    Nor lose yourself in the future.
    For the past no longer exists,
    And the future is not yet here.
    By looking deeply at things just as they are,
    In this moment, here and now,
    The seeker lives calmly and freely.
    You should be attentive today,
    For waiting until tomorrow is too late.
    Death can come and take us by surprise--
    How can we gainsay it?
    The one who knows
    How to live attentively
    Night and day
    Is the one who knows
    The best way to be independent.

    -Bhaddekaratta Sutra

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Trying to discover others' faults is a great mistake on your part

    Instead of searching for others' faults, search for your own faults yourself. Uproot them; throw them off. It is enough if you search and discover one fault of yours. That is better than discovering hundreds of faults in others.

    Whatever people may say about the faults that you know are not in you, do not feel for it. As for whatever faults that are in you, try to correct them yourself, even before others point them out to you.

    Do not harbour anger or bitterness against the persons who point out your faults. Do not retort by pointing out their faults. Instead, you must show your gratitude to them. It is good for you to know your faults. Trying to discover others' faults is a great mistake on your part. Knowing others' faults is no good for you.

    -Sai Baba
    Sandeha Nivarini

    Heavenly visits

    You have certainly had this experience: you were busy with your everyday tasks, thinking of nothing in particular, and suddenly you felt something like a current, a presence close to you, something alive which brought you light, peace and joy. So, what did you do? At such moments, stop all your activities and concentrate on this presence that has come to visit you. These are rare and precious moments, and you must not neglect them and so let them pass you by.

    Heavenly beings come to teach us and enrich our lives. If you don't stop and receive them the moment they appear, that's it; you can look for them and beg them all you like, they won't come back. Or, they may return, but when? You must hold on to them the moment they come, for in no time at all you'll not have the slightest idea what they came to bring you. Take the necessary time to become conscious of what these heavenly visits represent, so that they leave an indelible mark within you.

    -Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

    Emotional Maturity

    What is emotional maturity? It certainly is not to be equated with physical age. I know people who are well past middle life and are not yet emotionally mature. Even if the physical body is totally mature, the intellect, as well as the emotional unit, can remain childish and unstable. The mind may have been educated to the nth degree, and yet such a scholar remains vulnerable to depression and discouragement. The very first step toward emotional mastery is recognition coupled with admission that in some areas we are not yet perfect. Only through open admission can we devote ourselves to the sadhana that will balance and lessen the forces, allowing us to strive within ourselves to secure ourselves within ourselves. An emotionally mature man or woman is totally secure within and prepared to tap the greater realms of spiritual being.

    We make very little progress when we strive to conquer these baser instincts in a good mood. However, vast strides are possible when we are miserable and work with ourselves to replace our misery with joy and understanding. Therefore, if you are ever disappointed or discouraged, count it a blessing, for you then have the opportunity to conquer the instinctive nature and really stabilize yourself dynamically on the spiritual path.

    Often we are disappointed not only with ourselves and our circumstances but with other people as well. We can oversee this and other instinctive responses, such as mental criticism or jealousy, by looking at everyone and saying to ourselves, "I like you. I send you blessings." We cannot be discouraged or disappointed or jealous when we look our fellow man in the eye and say and simultaneously feel and believe through every atom of our being, "I like you. I send you blessings." Impossible! Love overcomes all instinctive barriers between people.

    There may be certain people or a certain person to whom you can say, "I like you," but for whom this is hard to believe in your heart. If you look deeper into them, you may find they are emotionally immature, a 12-year-old emotional body walking around in a 35-year-old physical body. Are you going to dislike a person for that? No, of course not. You are going to understand him or her. I've seen people with 22-year-old bodies with the wisdom of an 80-year old and the emotional stability of a 40-year old. I've seen people walking around in a 60-year-old body with a 12-year-old emotional body. By learning to understand, we cease to be a personality leaning upon our fellow man and falling into disappointment when he lets us down. No, we must lean on no one but ourselves, our own spine, and not be the reactionary victims of the ups and downs of the world around us or the people around us. Then we will gain our freedom from the instinctive forces we were born into and attain sufficient emotional maturity to love and bless the world no matter what our circumstances may be.

    -Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    If mind becomes pure, everything else will become pure

    Today cities have become centers of pollution and unrest. There is pollution everywhere, as man's mind has become polluted. If mind becomes pure, everything else will become pure.

    So, cleanse your mind. Drive out all your worries. What is the use of brooding over the past? Past is past, forget it. Future is uncertain. What is the guarantee that you will be alive tomorrow? Don't worry about your future. Present is very important. This is omni present, not ordinary present. So, make the best use of present and be happy.

    -Sai Baba

    Entities and illness

    Because humans do not know how to protect themselves, they allow all sorts of physical and psychic disorders to take hold of them. And the doctors who treat them, and who know no more about this area than they do, are content just to give medication. They never say to their patients, 'Close your door to dark entities, and live a purer life, so that you attract only heavenly entities.'

    You will say, 'Entities? But what does that have to do with illness?' Have you read the Gospels? After Jesus had cured a sick man, he said to him, 'Go, and do not sin any more', because faults and transgressions attract evil spirits by acting as bait and food for them. Once these spirits have entered a person, they cause a lot of damage, which leads to all sorts of physical and psychic disturbances. This is the reality doctors ought to study.

    -Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

    There is no creature without love

    I am the embodiment of divine love; love is my instrument. There is no creature without love; the lowest loves itself, at least. And its self is God. So there are no atheists, though some might dislike Him or refuse Him, as malarial patients dislike sweets or diabetic patients refuse to have anything to do with sweets! Those who preen themselves as atheists will one day, when their illness is gone, relish God and revere Him.

    - Sai Baba
    Divine Discourse on 9th June'1974

    Friday, September 11, 2009

    Never let anything threaten your joie de vivre

    Never let pain or any physical impediment threaten your joie de vivre. Do something! Even if you're losing your sight or your hearing, even if you have a paralyzed limb, focus on all the faculties and possibilities you still possess, thanks to which you can still be active and still learn and develop. And what you still have left, above all else, are your feelings and thoughts, which are the greatest of forces. Call on them, for in cultivating right thinking and generous feelings you will create in yourself a positive frame of mind, which will even contribute to the improvement of your physical state.

    Evil takes the proportions we allow it to take. If we give way to weakness or discouragement, we reinforce it. But have you seen a chicken defending its chicks when a dog gets close to them? She bristles, puffs up her feathers and strikes a threatening pose to frighten it away. Do the same with evil: pump yourself up, show it you are able to defend yourself, and it will be forced to retreat.

    -Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

    Heroism is a manifestation of humility

    Fiery World III, 24. One of the great concepts, often incorrectly interpreted, is precisely the great concept of humility. It has been interpreted as non-resistance to evil; it has been interpreted as good-heartedness, as compassion, but very few accepted it as self-denial. For only self-denial and self-sacrifice can give understanding of humility.

    Truly, We see the giants of spirit and the heroes who devote themselves fully to the humble tasks for the good of humanity. We know of great experiments being humbly carried out in the earthly laboratories for the benefit of humanity. We know the great fiery experiments of those who dedicate their lives wholly and humbly to the benefit of mankind. We know manifestations on the path to the Fiery World which inspire all surroundings. Truly manifold is humility manifested through self-sacrifice and self-renunciation.

    Heroism is a manifestation of various aspects of humility. Thus the records of space are filled with great deeds of humility. Invaluable are these fiery flights of the spirit. Thus, verily, the heroes of humility drain the cup of poison for the good of mankind.

    -Agni Yoga

    This dual attitude must be given up

    Have high ideals. Strive to elevate yourselves. Work to attain the highest goal, God Himself. Whatever the obstacle or the opposition, do not be disheartened.

    Give up the animal in you, stabilize yourselves in human virtues, and proceed boldly towards the achievement of Divinity. Do not waver - having devotion today, tomorrow seeking sensual gratification, and then the day after, back to devotion again.

    When something goes wrong, you are filled with despair. When discipline is enforced, you start holding back, and when love is showered, you are first again. This dual attitude must be given up.

    -Sai Baba
    Divine Discourse, March 7, 1978 .

    A man with dual mind is half blind. - Baba

    Generosity, a sign of spiritual royalty

    ... There was a great virtue which families also trained in their children since babyhood. It was the virtue of detachment. Those who were able to learn detachment were considered mature. Attachment to material things was considered a hindrance on the road of perfection. I saw many times people giving to their friends their beloved horse, donkey or toys which they had make. Generosity was the sign of spiritual royalty.

    In advanced esoteric groups, detachment was exercised on emotional and mental levels. Students were told that everything they have or will have does not really belong to them but they are custodians and caretakers, so that things are used economically, constructively, and in an goal-fitting way.

    -Torkom Saraydarian
    Woman, Torch of the Future

    Thursday, September 10, 2009

    Needing understanding

    You say you need friends that understand you, but you can't find this understanding anywhere. Ask yourself first what it is about you that you want them to understand. And even if it's your highest aspirations, why do you insist on others entering your heart and soul and knowing what's going on in them?

    It should be enough to know you have the understanding and support of the angels, those luminous entities that populate space, and of God himself who created you. As for the rest - your feelings, your moods, your likes and dislikes - tell yourself that these are just a question of temperament, that everyone has them, and that it's not so important whether others are interested in them or understand them.

    And, anyway, are you sure you understand yourself well? No? And yet you want others to!

    -Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

    In the early stages of meditation

    In the early stages of meditation, it's very difficult to sit without moving, because that has not been part of our lifestyle. The subconscious mind has never been programmed to contentedly sit quietly. We didn't see our families doing that. Perhaps we haven't seen anybody doing that. No example has been set. Therefore, we have to be patient with ourselves and not sit for too long in the beginning. Start by sitting for ten minutes without moving. In a few weeks extend it to twenty minutes, then a half hour. Thus we avoid being fanatical and allow the subconscious to make its necessary adjustments.

    -Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

    Tuesday, September 08, 2009

    Serving the higher beings

    Only an inner attitude of humility and respect will allow you to achieve your spiritual goals. If you ask heavenly entities to come and satisfy your desires and lusts, you cut yourself off from the ascending current, which connects you, through the angelic hierarchies, to God. It is you who must serve the higher beings, the angels, archangels and the Deity, for that is the natural order of things.

    Everywhere in nature you will find a summit and a base, a head and a tail, and it's the tail that must follow the head, not the other way round. When you pray to heaven, ask it to take you into its service, not to come down and serve you.

    You'll say, 'But the rays from the sun and the stars reach us, and the angels also come down to visit us.' Of course, but it is only those who inwardly accept the cosmic order that benefit from their coming. Similarly, angels travel across space distributing their blessings, but these are only received by those who recognize the true hierarchy.

    -Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

    Monday, September 07, 2009

    Treasures and Treasures

    “ spirit of gratitude ”

    Those who have the spirit of gratitude already know that all of Nature, all of Life, is a treasure.We must learn to recognize that everything that exists is a treasure : mountains, rivers, lakes, streams, forests, flowers, birds, animals, minerals, and human beings. All of these are treasures in the treasury of space, and we must relate to them as treasures.

    “ what is a treasure ? ”

    A treasure is an object, a power, a living being,or a virtue that multiplies and meets your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. It also becomes a blessing to all around you, and to all those who are far away from you.

    * * *

    When I was four years old, while hiking with my Father in the mountains I saw some people who were driving a carriage with four horses. After watching their joy, I turned to my Father, looking at me, said, “I do not have a carriage, a horse... ” My Father, looking at me, said, “Let us sit on this rock for a moment and I will tell you what you have”. We sat on a rock facing a valley which spread out in front of us for hundreds of miles. “Now, first of all”, he said, “you have a nice body. Look at your hands. Here : look at your face in this small mirror. Do you see ?” “Yes”

    “Also, all these mountains are yours. The air is yours ; the sky is yours ; that river is yours. This pure fragrance is yours ; these birds are yours. All of this is yours ... so long as you enjoy and care for these things.” “ Father,” I said, “I did not know that I had all of this ! ” “Later, when you grow up, you will realize that there are treasures which cannot be seen!” “Can any treasure exist which we cannot see ?” “Yes ! For example, your vision is a treasure which you cannot see. Can you see your mother’s love for you?” “No, but I know that she cares for me!” “Right. There are many treasures in man. One day you will discover them.”

    “ human being is a great treasure ”

    I never forgot this talk with my father, and gradually it sank into my heart. As I grew up I realized that the human being is a great treasure, with his senses, thinking, and creativity. Whenever, I walk in the mountains and canyons, it seems to me that I am walking among treasures.A flower, a bush, a bird, a deer is enough to make you feel ecstasy!

    * * *

    Just as a man who lives in luxury feels that all that he has is nothing special, so mankind lives in the treasury of Nature and feels that he has nothing. Unless one realizes that he is a treasure in himself, he cannot see the real treasures in life. The moment he realizes his own worth, he will be filled with gratitude and will become aware of all the treasures by which he is surrounded.

    “ four facts ”

    In later years, when I contemplated about treasures and the treasury, I discovered four facts that made me extremely happy. First, I found out that there were inner, invisible treasures as well as outer and visible treasures. Second, but a more important discovery was that the outer treasures could be increased by investing and sharing them or by using them economically. Inner treasures were also increased by sharing and distributing them with joy and love. The more you gave of your inner treasures, the more you had. Third, the inner and outer treasures do not belong to us but to all life! The fourth and final discovery was that ... when you share your inner treasures, you not only increase your inner treasures but you also increase your outer treasures. And similarly, when you share your outer treasures with clean motive, you increase your inner treasures.

    “ a poor life, inspite of abundance ! ”

    One day, while my family was traveling by boat on the ocean, I saw a bottle floating in the water. My mother said, “Can you tell me what the bottle suggests to you?” “That someone put a cork in it and threw it in to the sea.” “ Well, that is called a smart escape. But think now. Let me see if you can find something deeper.” “You know, mother, a floating bottle is like a foolish man.” “You are very close to finding the answer. Think a little more.” It was back on board that I finally found the answer. “The bottle is in the sea,” I said, “but the sea cannot fill it because it is closed.” “Then tell me: who is like this ?” I could not answer. Seeing my agony, she whispered in my ear, “Like those who have abundance, but live a poor life.”

    * * *

    People live surrounded by treasures, but they feel empty because they are closed. The word ‘closed’ in its connotation was so deep that I was often directed to examine its depth.

    “ what are inner treasures ? ”

    God in man is the Real Treasure! All other treasures belong to Him, in man. There are higher treasures in man which are the result of age ... long labor.For example, healing powers, the power to see the past and the future, the power of higher clairaudience, the power of higher clairvoyance, the power of artistic creativity, the power of renunciation and detachment, the power of serenity, the power of leadership, the power over elements, and the power of continuity of consciousness are just a few.

    “ treasure tower ! ”

    Treasure is something that increases and multiplies to meet your needs whenever you give your treasure to others. With joy, you install a window or another door in the Treasure Tower.

    “ not imposing yourself ”

    By making other human beings free, by not imposing yourself, by not making others, your slaves, by refusing to exploit or manipulate others, you build the Tower. Have you helped others to think freely, to choose and discriminate freely, to act freely ? Have you given freedom to others? Have you helped to free them from their vices, glamours, illusions, vanity and ego? Every time you make another human being your slave, or anytime you encourage a person to be a slave to their own weakness, you destroy the Tower.

    “ the power within ”

    You have within you the power to destroy or to build. If you are engaged in destruction, you will be struck in the classroom of this world forever suffering, inhaling smog, and being subjected to radioactivity and pesticides.If you are constructive, you will someday graduate from this school we call earth and have a chance to enjoy other creations that God has in this Universe!

    -Torkom Saraydarian
    Dynamics of The Soul

    Sunday, September 06, 2009

    Meditation - Swami Sivananda

    If you want to get rid of the pains and afflictions of this samsara (worldly life) you must practise meditation. Meditation is the pathway to divinity. It is the royal road to the kingdom of Brahman. It is a mysterious ladder which reaches from error to truth, from darkness to light, from pain to bliss, from restlessness to abiding peace, from ignorance to wisdom, from mortality to immortality. Meditation leads to knowledge of the self, to eternal peace, supreme bliss. Meditation prepares you for direct intuitive knowledge.

    Truth is Brahman. Truth is self. You cannot realise the truth without reflection and meditation. Be silent. Know thyself. Melt the mind in that. Without meditation you cannot liberate yourself from the trammels of the mind and attain immortality. Tear the veils that cover the soul. Rend asunder the five sheaths that screen the atman (self) by constant meditation. You will find final beatitude.

    Meditation is a powerful tonic. The holy vibrations penetrate all the cells of the body and cure all its diseases. The powerful soothing waves that arise during meditation exercise a benign influence over the mind and the nerves. If you meditate for half an hour you will be able to engage yourself with peace and spiritual strength in the daily battle of life, for a week. You do this just through the force of this one meditation.

    A yogi who meditates regularly has a magnetic, charming personality. Those who come in contact with him are much influenced by his sweet voice, his powerful speech, his lustrous eyes, his brilliant complexion, his strong healthy body, his good behaviour, his virtuous qualities and divine nature. People draw peace and joy and strength from him.

    Close your lips. Shut the doors of the senses. Meditate on Atman (Self). You will enjoy peace and bliss. The more you grow in aspiration and meditation, the more you grow God-like. For in meditation is the light of the Lord.

    Meditate and charge your battery by contact with God. Dive deep in the chambers of your heart through profound and silent meditation, and bring up the pearl of truth.

    -Swami Sivananda

    Use the body while it lasts, to grow wings, so that you can escape from it!

    Just think of this for a while. You have come in this body, in this receptacle in order to realize the God, you really are. This body is the cocoon you have spun around yourself by means of your impulses and desires. Use it while it lasts, to grow wings, so that you can escape from it!

    You come into this world crying, announcing your grief at being thrust into it, grief for having lost the hold on God. Having come with grief, decide not to go with it, from here. Get rid of it in this life itself.

    -Sai Baba
    Source: Sai Veda (Sathya Sai Advises Inspires Vivifies Educates Dispels All doubts)

    Friday, September 04, 2009

    Evolution - Everything must progress and improve

    Evolution is the law of life. Everything must evolve, even minerals; they evolve very slowly, but they do evolve.

    There is a force in minerals which works to bring to light all the qualities and virtues they contain. Precious stones and precious metals are more highly evolved minerals, possessing beneficial virtues. Plants also evolve, and the more they do the more they provide nutritious, healing flowers and fruits. It's the same with animals and people, and it's even true for our planet and the whole solar system.

    Everything must progress and improve; where this law is impeded, destruction occurs. Entire human cultures, worlds and constellations have disappeared, because they have opposed the law of evolution. So, try to take this law seriously: your whole life will be transformed by it, and you will create a magnificent future for yourself.

    -Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

    Thursday, September 03, 2009

    Even the greatest souls have had confusions, disappointments, losses must remember that even the greatest souls have had nightmares, confusions, heartbreaks, disappointments, losses, desires that have been unfulfilled and experiences that they have not been able to cognize. And then they have come to a point in their lives when their inner being started pushing forward to the conscious plane. In other words, they have had just about all the experience necessary to graduate out of the instinctive-intellectual world, or consciousness.

    The great, intuitive superconscious nature begins pushing forward to the conscious plane, stirring up within the subconscious the remnants of the past. As those remnants come up, they have to be faced and cognized through meditation, thus creating the foundation for understanding the basic laws and principles of life. Then comes the dawn of the clear white light.

    -Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami