Monday, November 30, 2009

Intellect is not wisdom

508. Intellect is not wisdom. Straight-knowledge is wisdom. Intellect is reason. Wisdom makes decisions that long ago had already germinated. Intellect is at the threshold of wisdom, and when sharpened it moves into the realm of synthesis. 

Reason and a mind trained to one specialty are only corners of the future house. Those with narrowly specialized minds can pave for themselves a brilliant future, but they must continue to incarnate until their minds lose their narrow specialization. Only when the intellect loses this can it become wise. Each specialty is meant for conditions of life on Earth, whereas the synthesis of spirit opens all spheres. Spiritual tension accumulates spatial psychic energy. Spiritual tension can lead into any sphere of the astral plane.

-Agni Yoga

You are not weak

Human beings are weak, it is true, but the reason they are so weak is that they have come to think of their weakness as natural, as part of who they are. This is even the favourite theme of moral and religious teachings: human nature is weak and sinful.

In reality, humans are not so weak, but they are certainly lazy! They refuse to take themselves in hand and instead give way to all their selfish, aggressive impulses. Then, of course, they cannot help but see their failures.

You are not weak, and you will see that this is so if you make a habit of facing your difficulties. If you run from them, they become insurmountable, and you then have good reason to cry about your weaknesses. But if you decide to confront your difficulties, your efforts will seem easier and easier. What is a true spiritualist? It is someone who surmounts his obstacles and, by means of them, soars higher and further.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Outside that which exists

The main mistake of people is in considering themselves outside that which exists. From this misconception arises the lack of cooperation. It is impossible to explain to the one who stands without that he is responsible for what happens within him! The manifested father of selfishness has sown doubt and deceit in order to sever the link with the treasury of light.

-Nicholas Roerich
Burning Of Darkness

Psychic atmosphere of the cities

All kinds of creatures swarm in the stagnant waters of swamps, each discharging its waste and excrement which the others are forced to absorb. Well, these swamps can be compared to the atmosphere of the cities, where so many unenlightened and unconscious people discharge their anxiety, jealousy, hatred and unsatisfied desires. A clairvoyant can see black, sticky forms emerging from countless creatures and accumulating in the layers of the atmosphere. And, even if we cannot see any of this, now and then we cannot help but feel something thick, heavy and dark shrouding these cities.

Each of you must become aware of this psychic atmosphere and strive not only to produce fewer noxious fumes but to work consciously to purify your thoughts and feelings. Like waves of light, these will spread throughout space as a blessing for all humanity.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Renunciation - Yogananda

Any man who renounces the fruits of action and acts only for God is a man of renunciation as well as a yogi. He is a man of renunciation because he relinquishes the desire to be the beneficiary of his actions; he is also a yogi, united to God, because he works only to please him.

A devotee can attend to his health, his family, his business, and still be a renunciant within. He says to himself "I did not create this body or this world. So why should I have attachments to them? I perform my material duties to my family and others, because God gave those tasks to me. I will meditate deeply and play this temporary role just to please him." Such a man of inner renunciation is also a yogi, for he is ever moving toward union with God through both meditation and right action.

By this way of being in the world but not of the world one can obtain peace. It is difficult, but it can be accomplished by an iron will. The path of outward renunciation, complete escape from the earthly scenes of material trouble, relingquishing longings by constant discrimination and withdrawal of objects of temptations, is suited to the nature of a choice few devotees.

The yogi-householder, who moves among sense objects, must free himself from the internal desires that cause bondage more real than the temptations of the outer world. The man of renunciation must remove himself from the entanglements of the outer jungle of material objects as well as free himself from inner longings for the objects he has relinquished. Then and only then-whether in the world or in a woodland seclusion, whether a householder, or a renunciant-one can attain peace.

Whether he is working in the world or sitting silently in a forest, the one objective of the yogi should be to recover the lost peace of the soul, and the soul's lost identity with Spirit. He who is wholly desireless and ego-free has realized this objective.

-Paramahansa Yogananda 

God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita

Reflect on the influence of music

We can say that today music has become the most appreciated of all artistic expressions. Everywhere we hear more and more of it, and more and more young people want to make music and sing. But since they have no criteria, they do not see that certain kinds of music that have won great popularity are extremely harmful for them. If it is new and original, this is criteria enough for them. And this is how they have come to call music something that is really only a succession of discordant sounds accompanied by howls and gesticulations. They do not realize that these cacophonies produce vibrations that tear their nervous system to shreds and awaken monstrous forms in their soul.

Yes, this is serious. It is important to reflect on the influence certain music can have on the psychic equilibrium of the young, and even of adults.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Meditation and Angels

Meditation is a very safe way to attract the attention of angels. Meditation spreads peace in the body, emotions, and mind, harmonizes them, increases their vitality, and makes them more magnetic. Meditation raises the level of consciousness and makes it more sensitive to higher angelic impressions.

During meditation higher thoughts, ideas, and visions are attracted to the aura of the person. Such currents of higher thoughts create beautiful colors and radiations in the aura and send a signal of invitation to angels. As meditation deepens and the human consciousness enters into contemplation, the bridge between the two shores becomes shorter, and eventually the person finds himself in a blissful precipitation of higher currents of energies and ideas. This is how conscious contact between men and angels is established and how both can help each other's evolution.

Man must not try to bring invisible beings or angels to the sphere of the earth, but he must try to raise his own consciousness and meet them in their spheres.

Your intention in meditation must not be to force the angelic beings to come in contact with you. Such an intention in itself repels them. You must raise your consciousness and things will happen naturally.

During meditation, you must be very careful to be focused in the higher mental plane, working with the pure substances of logic, reasoning, and intuitive perception. If you fall into the astral plane with a desire to meet angels, you will meet them; however, they will not be the ones you want to meet but rather those who will mislead you on your path.

Any extrasensory experience must be recorded clearly as it happened. Later, during the same day, you must study it and see whether it is a glamor, illusion, or attack. No experience must be taken as a signal of communication with Higher Worlds unless it proves to be so. The development and unfoldment of discrimination begins when the person faces subtle problems and tries to make a right judgment and take a right action.

Whenever you think that you are falling into glamor and are attacked by invisible forces, stop your meditation for a while and seek the advice of a Teacher.

-Torkom Saraydarian
(Angels and Devas)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

When was I less by dying?

I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e'er conceived.

Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones,
To Him we shall return.


Advise conversations about the spiritual

Heart21. Advise conversations about the spiritual. One may observe much that is useful in spiritual recollections. In addition, a spiritual conversation safeguards one from the mire and from irritation. The affirmation of spiritual manifestations will lessen the hatred of the Invisible World. Where spiritual conversations are often held, a special aura is accumulated. Those conversations, even though they be imperfect, proclaim themselves as touchstones to those present.

Different peoples bring their understanding of the principles of spirituality. By this one can judge the fitness of hearts. Moreover, avoid arguments about that which is undeniable. Recently I wondered at the dissension between the followers of Joan of Arc, Sergius, and Moses. Each proclaimed that his Protector did not agree with the other. Whereas, knowing the truth it was sad to hear these inventions, composed for discord. Even if there is no unity, at least let there be no butting of foreheads, because horns will grow!

Now imagine, if those who know Truth were to be harmonious and unite their thoughts, what a power would come into being here on Earth, in spite of all the pressure of the atmosphere! He who triumphs in spirit is already Ours!

-Agni Yoga

Give your heart to heaven

When you go to a shop to make purchases, you always have to give something in exchange for what you are requesting. This is called payment. If you don't want to pay, you won't be given anything. It is the same on the spiritual plane. But there, the payment is of a different kind. The heavenly entities say, 'Give us your heart, and we will give you what you request.' But you reply, 'I can't, my heart is taken, I have already given it to others. I have a wife, children, a mistress (or a lover), habits I can't give up, I have no more heart to give.' That is why your prayers are not answered.

You always think you will be able to obtain heaven's help, its peace and its light, without giving anything in return. That's impossible; to obtain heaven's blessings, you have to give it at least part of your conscious attention, part of your love, of your time and of your daily efforts.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Love has the power that will kill in you all that must not live

Meditation is one of the practices that allows you to control the mind. Meditation will not help if it is done only for a few minutes a day, for when you get back to your normal routines, your mind goes back to play. You must practice to be meditative at all times. Your mind must be controlled constantly, in all your battles throughout the day.

For your mind to stay in the "stop" mode, you must focus all your energies on God, in the powers of your own divinity, and must surround yourselves with the spirits and angels of goodness. Only when the mind is at rest and pure, will the heart learn to love. A restless mind will only give you a heartache. The self will control only when you believe in the self. The God within each one of you lives, directs, and loves. No one is good and no one is bad, it is only the temporary insanity of your minds, it is only a sick and diseased heart, and a soul that stands behind the curtain of the ego. All is God, and all is love, but that you must find yourselves, and I, My sweet, will just stand back and wait!

Loving a person, even though he may resent or dislike you, is an accomplishment, but to love this person and not feel hurt at his resentment towards you, not to expect him to acknowledge your love, to help him in spite of his spite for you, and to continue to wish him well with your sincere prayers for him, is a sure sign of divinity.

Love must be universal. Love cannot be "mine" or "yours". Such love results only into hate, envy or jealousy. Now you ask Me, why must you love? What will motivate you to love? My answer to this is, to make 'peace' with your "self", to be born only once and have no deaths, to end the war between your mind and God, to recognize your origin, to know your true name -, and to learn that your dependence on your ego's has become your own prison. End your fears of life, for when love enters, fear dies, and life will live for love. The experience of pure love will only remove the separation of "I" from God. Love has the power that will kill in you all that must not live, and free you into living a life without the "you" and only the "self". Yes, it comes in a storm, where the lightening of truth flashes, the thundering voice of your conscience deafens you with its warnings, and the rain pours with love, awakening spiritual life to grow. Grow with love, to love all, in love with God, to know "love".

-Sai Baba
Divine Messages received and recorded by Mrs Seema M Dewan

Monday, November 23, 2009

The soul cannot be satisfied with anything but God

The soul is sustained by God, by the Supreme Being, by God Himself. The body can be sustained by a cup of tea and food, but the food of the soul is God Himself; it cannot be satisfied with anything less. It wants only that. And so it goes on crying, and until that is got it won't become quiet.

And though body can be satisfied with little things, the soul cannot be satisfied with anything but God. Only when it comes in contact with God, it loses itself. And when it has contacted Him and has realized it, it feels happy then and, only then.

- Swami Krishnananda

What Is the Consequence of Sinful Acts?

When we do not think, speak and act virtuously, we create negative karmas and bring suffering upon ourselves and others. We suffer when we act instinctively and intellectually without superconscious guidance. Aum.

We are happy, serene and stable when we follow good conduct, when we listen to our conscience, the knowing voice of the soul. The superconscious mind, the mind of our soul, knows and inspires good conduct, out of which comes a refined, sustainable culture. Wrongdoing and vice lead us away from God, deep into the darkness of doubt, despair and self-condemnation. This brings the asuras around us. We are out of harmony with ourselves and our family and must seek companionship elsewhere, amongst those who are also crude, unmindful, greedy and lacking in self-control. In this bad company, burdensome new karma is created, as good conduct cannot be followed. This papa accumulates, blinding us to the religious life we once lived. Penance and throwing ourselves upon the mercy of God and the Gods are the only release for the unvirtuous, those who conduct themselves poorly. Fortunately, our Gods are compassionate and love their devotees. The ancient Vedas elucidate, "The mind is said to be twofold: the pure and also the impure; impure by union with desire--pure when from desire completely free!" Aum Namah Sivaya.

-Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

The beauty of love lies in your humility to serve

Love not the beauty of the body, for its beauty is like that of a flower, a beauty that is short lived. Work hard instead, to emit the beauties that lie in the self, for the beauty of the self can change you and touch the lives of several others. Know, that beauty lies in a simple truth, beauty shines in an act of sacrifice, beauty awakens in the one that is patient, and the beauty of love, is love like that of God.

Consider Me to be your doctor, and love your medicine. The doctor may perform procedures that may be unpleasant and painful, but your faith in him allows him to do his work that is needful, without any complaints. The medicine itself is sometimes bitter and sometimes sweet, but you know that the cure for your illness lies in it.

In the same way, you may undergo circumstances in life that inflict pain and suffering, but this is just My procedure to correct your imperfections. My love, which is the cure for your mental illnesses, may sometimes be sweet and calming, and at other times, be strict with discipline. Accept all with love, My love for you.

Let your love for God be most intense, the intensity of this love can moderate all other forms of love and eliminate your passions. If your love is intense for something or someone in this world, then that love turns into a jealous obsession, and the presence of God gets masked in your insanity.

You ask Me several times as to "how do I love all?" My answer to you is practice of love. Practice love, deliberately and intentionally at first. Continual practice in My presence, with no need of praise, will allow your attempts of love to grow into a love that one day will flow automatically, without even any effort. Put love into your routines, and your everyday will become a refreshing change. Shut your ego with the love of God, and let the fountain of love from within flow. Do not let the failure in your practice discourage you. Love can face all failures, and turn each of them into a divine, miraculous success. Your success to Me, is to pick yourselves up after every attempt, and pursue your goal to love. You must walk every step in the confidence of the self. Your determination to find the truth of God in love must compel you to think like God, speak like God, and act like God, too!

God's love has no limitations, thus your love, too, must extend itself to the fullest of its ability. Love will only have limitations, when your expectations to receive love back begins to rise, and you begin to envision the rewards of what you have given in love to others. Let Me tell you, that each of you is capable of giving this divine love. Your excuse of being only "human" makes you lazy, and lets you look for an easy way out to support your imperfect ways of life. Within every human lies the virtues of the divine. However much you may stray today, each one of you, will one day, come back to Me. Even when you are lost, you are still within My reach. All will leave one day, but God stays! You can never leave Me, and I, My child, will never leave you.

The beauty of love lies in your humility to serve. Serve without a question, serve to fill in the need to help the cause. Work hard to uplift the distressed, help to heal the diseased with the cure of compassion, and share your worldly riches with the poor. Let your shoulders support the burdens of the elderly, let your spirit of selfless love encourage the youth to work with you in your project of love, and let the child born today grow in the warmth and security of a loving and caring family. I want you today to be leaders of love, models of compassion and to be the ideals of the future to come.

Your mind is a fickle companion that shifts its loyalties continuously. It may prompt you to act in one way now, but the next moment it may degrade you and make you repent for the act that it prompted. The judgments of the mind are rash and sometimes unforgiving. Your mind is heartless and does not know compassion and love.

Your heart, on the other hand, does not have a mind. It does not think, evaluate and judge. It acts promptly where the truth of love exists. The mind and the heart, both, belong to you. For you to learn the language of the divine, your minds, My dears, must go; your hearts must awaken. Follow the heart, and leave your mind behind. The heart will always speak My voice, and the mind will only doubt. Your heart beats with a strong will to find love, your mind will only fear the losses involved in finding this love. The heart serves with no purpose, it gives to gain pleasure from the act of giving. Your mind serves with the purpose of gain, it will give, only to receive at least the same value of the gift, if not more, and it suffers severe disappointments upon not receiving. Your goal is to train the mind to be devoid of thoughts. Let your thoughts become fewer and purer. The fewer your thoughts, the lesser your worries and fears. Your mind needs a focus. Whatever your mind focuses on, those are your thoughts, your desires, and it is this focus, that gives you the instant need to act and react. The mind is like a machine that needs to be fed with data all the time. It takes strict discipline and strong will power to keep the mind empty and pure.

-Sai Baba
Divine Messages received and recorded by Mrs Seema M Dewan

Once the illusion that the body-mind as oneself is abandoned

To be a living being is not the ultimate state; there is something beyond, much more wonderful, which is neither being nor non-being, neither living nor not-living. It is a state of pure awareness, beyond the limitations of space and time. Once the illusion that the body-mind as oneself is abandoned, death loses its terror, it becomes a part of living.

-Nisargadatta Maharaj

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Importance of Sathwic Food

The material making up your thoughts is extremely subtle; it arises from the food you eat. On the other hand, if you take in food that is not sanctified, dark feelings, dark actions and dark thoughts will flourish. Not only this, but because of unwholesome food you will weaken the body and lose the power of digestion, and suffer all sorts of bodily discomforts. Therefore, if you consume food that has been sanctified you will get only sacred thoughts.

When a person is filled with sacred thoughts all his actions will be sacred. His words will also be sacred. Thoughts and the thought process constitute the very form of the mind. Immediately transform any dark thoughts into sacred ones. In the same way, see to it that you undertake only good actions, and take every opportunity to transform these actions into worship by consecrating them to the Lord. By transforming all thoughts into noble thoughts and all work into worship, you will naturally progress on the sacred path.

-Sai Baba


One of the greatest causes for disease is irritation.


''A happy person repels irritation. Irritation cannot build its nest in a happy man. That is why one must not only be joyful, but also happy. People have difficulty discriminating between these two. Joy is the state of the human soul who is not identified with the personality. Happiness is a state of the soul who is identified with the personality. Happy people and happy surroundings help one to not fall into the trap of irritation''.

-Torkom Saraydarian

Postponing spiritual discipline to old age is wrong decision

Postponing spiritual discipline to old age is wrong decision. Earn the precious reward, while you are young and fresh. It is never too soon to begin. The tongue, the eye, the ear, the hand and mind should all be trained from boyhood upwards to avoid evil. If these are kept clean and sacrosanct, the Grace of God is won.

The human heart when young is very soft; it responds to grief and pain in fellow men. It is the example of elders, the lessons they receive from parents and the company they get into, the training they get in school and society that harden these hearts into stone.

-Sai Baba


Dispassion doesn't mean to separate oneself from people but to understand that this world is not real. Dispassion is attachment to God.

When a yogi gets dispassion, he sometimes gets the thought to leave the body. But to leave the body by being in the body is real dispassion.

Dispassion is a state of mind in which one can live in desires without desire.

-Baba Hari Dass

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happiness is in giving love

"...Happiness is in giving love; and happier is the one who loves rather than the one who is loved. When this truth is realized, all happiness will materialize. Therefore, learn how to love, become accustomed to love everything beautiful, and develop active compassion toward everything that is not yet perfect. Be kind and polite to your subordinates, as such is the privilege and beauty of a lord of spirit!"

-Letters Of Helena Roerich I, 21 August 1931

The right conditions for meditation

We now come to the practical aspects of meditation. In the beginning, it is best to find a suitable room that is dedicated solely to meditation. If you were a carpenter, you would get a shop for that purpose. You have a room for eating, a room for sleeping. Now you need a separate room just for the purpose of meditation. When you find it, wash the walls and ceiling, wash the windows. Prepare a small altar if you like, bringing together the elements of earth, air, fire and water. Establish a time for your meditations and meet those times strictly. There will be days when you just don't feel like meditating. Good. Those are often the best days, the times when we make strong inner strides. The finest times to meditate are six in the morning, twelve noon, six in the evening, and twelve midnight. All four of these times could be used, or just choose one. The period of meditation should be from ten minutes to one-half hour to begin with.

By sitting up straight, with the spine erect, we transmute the energies of the physical body. Posture is important, especially as meditation deepens and lengthens. With the spine erect and the head balanced at the top of the spine, the life force is quickened and intensified as energies flood freely through the nerve system. In a position such as this, we cannot become worried, fretful, depressed or sleepy during our meditation. But if we slump the shoulders forward, we short-circuit the life energies. In a position such as this, it is easy to become depressed, to have mental arguments with oneself or another, or to experience unhappiness. So, learn to sit dynamically, relaxed and yet poised. The full-lotus position, with the right foot resting on the left thigh and the left foot above, resting on the right thigh, is the most stable posture to assume, hands resting in the lap, right hand on top, with both thumbs touching.

The first observation you may have when thus seated for meditation is that thoughts are racing through the mind substance. You may become aware of many, many thoughts. Also the breath may be irregular. Therefore, the next step is to transmute the energies from the intellectual area of the mind through proper breathing, in just the same way that proper attitude, preparation and posture transmuted the physical-instinctive energies. Through regulation of the breath, thoughts are stilled and awareness moves into an area of the mind which does not think, but conceives and intuits.

There are vast and powerful systems of breathing that can stimulate the mind, sometimes to excess. Deep meditation requires only that the breath be systematically slowed or lengthened. This happens naturally as we go within, but can be encouraged by a method of breathing called kalibasa in Shum, my language of meditation. During kalibasa, the breath is counted, nine counts as we inhale, hold one count, nine counts as we exhale, hold one count. The length of the beats, or the rhythm of the breath, will slow as the meditation is sustained, until we are counting to the beat of the heart, hridaya spanda pranayama. This exercise allows awareness to flow into an area of the mind that is intensely alive, peaceful, blissful and conceives the totality of a concept rather than thinking out the various parts.

-Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

The riddle of the world

You yourself have made your life complex. You have entangled yourself in this quagmire. You have multiplied your wants and desires. Every day you are forging new links in the chain of bondage. Simplicity has vanished. Luxurious habits are daily developed. People are dying of starvation; there is depression and unrest everywhere. There is devastation by earthquake. The divorce courts are increasing. One nation is afraid of another nation. Life has become a matter of uncertainty. It has become a mass of confusion and bewilderment; it has become stormy and boisterous.

You can escape from these troubles and difficulties if you lead a life of dispassion, self-­restraint, purity and selfless service, if you develop cosmic love, if you make a habit of developing the right point of view, right thinking, right feeling, right action, with the right mental attitude and if you practice meditation and devotion.

If you have no sustained vairagya (dispassion) you will find no improvement or progress in spirituality. Vows, energy, austerities and meditation will leak out like water from a cracked pot. You have spent eight hours in sleep and the rest in idle gossiping, telling lies and deceiving others. How can you expect spiritual good or immortality if you do not spend even half an hour in the service of God, in singing his name and in divine contemplation?

Is there pain or pleasure in this world? If there is pleasure, then why do young educated men retire into the forests? If there is pain, why do young men run after wealth, position and women? Mysterious is maya (illusion)! Mysterious is moha (delusion)! Try to understand the riddle of life and the riddle of the universe. Acquire viveka (wisdom). Have satsanga (holy company). Enquire into the nature of the Atman. Study the Yoga Vasishta and the Upanishads. Then you will have a comprehensive understanding of the problems of life. There is not one iota of happiness in this world. - Real freedom is from birth and death. Real freedom is freedom from the trammels of flesh and mind. Real freedom ­- is freedom from the bonds of karma. Real freedom is freedom from attachment to the body, etc. Real freedom is freedom from desires and from egoism.

-Swami Sivananda

Reduce the luggage

Reduce the luggage you carry about when on the journey of life. Remember, all that is not "you" is luggage. You are not the body, so the body is an item of luggage. The mind, the senses, the intelligence, the imagination, the desires, the plans, the prejudices, the discontent, the distress, etc. are all items of luggage. Jettison them soon, so as to make your travel lighter, safer and more comfortable.

-Sai Baba
Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol. 7.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Learn to share only your positive states with those around you

When you feel out of sorts, irritable or sad, you should stay at home and work with the light, pray, meditate, sing, listen to music. Or else go out and take a walk in nature, breathe deeply, and make contact with the earth, the trees and the sky.

Only visit your friends and relations when you feel free and clear, when you are able to bring them something constructive and luminous. Observe yourself, and you will find that you often do just the opposite. When things are going badly, you rush to see people and share your worries and sorrows with them, and when things are going well you have nothing to say.

Yes, it is extraordinary: when everything is going well, people have nothing to talk about! Don't you agree there is something here that needs to be put right, that you should learn to share only your positive states with those around you?

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Going against your true nature becomes tougher

To you, one devotee may appear
More superior than another.
But to Me, all are equal, all are God.
The difference only lies
In the level of realizing the self.

All knowledge lays within you.
The more the devotion,
The more the self starts to reveal itself.
Rights and wrongs
Automatically become very obvious.
Going against your true nature becomes tougher,
As you become closer to God.

When the curtain of falsehood is lifted,
You become tainted in believing the delusion,
And ignoring your reality.
But, for the reality to reveal,
You must fight the delusion,
You must control the reign of your senses,
You must burn all desires.
The mind must be devoid of all thoughts,
But that of God.

Your faith in finding yourself must be strong.
All that comes along the way,
Must be tolerated with patience.
Then only will the concept of duality be destroyed.

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

We should not be patient with those who...

The Master Peter Deunov used to say, 'If someone climbs onto your back, be patient; if they hurl swarms of flies and mosquitoes at you, you must also be patient. But if they place their hands over your eyes as you start off on your path, you must not accept it.' What does this mean?

In our daily life, we must strive to carry the burdens others place on our back, and we must also be patient if they complicate our life and treat us unfairly. The only thing we must not accept is if they prevent us from seeing the right path and following it. We should not be patient with those who, through their words or behaviour, try to destroy the temple of God within us, to extinguish our light and cut our ties with the Creator. We should resist such people with all our force.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Give up non-vegetarian food

On November 23 1994, Swami gave a very compelling discourse. Excerpt from that discourse follows

"Today, let it be anyone, whether one deems himself a devotee or not, he should give up meat eating. Why? Meat eating promotes only animal qualities and demonic tendencies. It has been well said that the food one consumes determines one's thoughts. By eating the flesh of various animals, the qualities of these animals are imbibed. Hence those who genuinely seek to become devotees of God have to give up non-vegetarian food. Calling themselves Sai devotees or devotees of Rama and Krishna, they fatten themselves on chickens. How can they be deemed Sai devotees? Therefore, whether they are devotees in India or outside, they should give up from this instant meat eating. Those who aspire to become true devotees of God have to give up meat, liquor, smoking and gambling".

-Sai Baba

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cremation or burial of the dead

People occasionally ask me, in connection with family members or for themselves for the future, whether it is better to bury a dead person or have them cremated. It is difficult to reply categorically to such a question.

For most humans, burial is certainly preferable, because their soul needs a great deal of time to leave the physical body: they were so attached to material possessions and earthly pleasures that their soul remains there, restlessly drifting around their body. Some won't even have believed in life after death, so now they don't understand where they are. They need entities from the invisible world to enlighten and guide them. So, if their body is burnt after their death, they are left disoriented by the brutal separation of their body and soul.

On the other hand, very spiritual beings, who have learnt all their life to detach themselves from matter, can be cremated: fire helps them to cut all links with their physical body more quickly. But those who conduct such a cremation must possess a certain spiritual knowledge, so as to be conscious of what they are doing. The body of a human being, even when dead, must not be burnt as though it were a piece of old furniture.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

How to Keep Prosperity in Flow

Money is creative energy. It helps the creative forces of Nature to bring us more beauty; it is only in increasing beauty that man will have unending prosperity and abundance. When you observe their rules, which are the result of millennia of experience, you will find the way to prosperity. You may have less income than many others, but you will enjoy every bit of it and not lose it through sickness, accidents or natural calamities.

Thus, abundance can only be enjoyed if one has
-a healthy body
-a pure heart, an open heart
-positive emotions
-a well-cultivated mind
-right motives
-right plan
-honest living
-harmonious relationships

When one lives in abundance with pure conscience, he eventually discovers a very important secret. He realises that nothing belongs to him. Everything is given to him for right distribution and usage. Then he will realise two things. First, he will realise that he belongs to nobody. It is after such a realization that the fever of ownership, or to own things, will reveal itself with all its tragedy and comedy. He will see that the only thing he must have is the sense of responsibility and wisdom to live a righteous life, a life of beauty, goodness and simplicity. Second, he will realise that the Source of abundance is within him. The higher treasures of life – love, light, beauty, simplicity, gratitude, honesty, nobility, solemnity, and grandeur – radiate out from the Source within.

All abundance is the result of our increasing light, wisdom, love compassion, and our right need… Be a treasure, a source of abundance for yourself and for the world.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Spring of Prosperity

Friday, November 13, 2009

It is the Principle which fulfills

Love others
because Light is in them
not because of the person.
one day you'll miss them
you'll lose them.

Love others
because Light is within them.
That's the Principle.
Then you'll never miss them
even if they die
because the Principle
is still existent.

Embodied or disembodied
it's the Principle
which fulfills.

- Swami Amar Jyoti

Monday, November 09, 2009

Gifts from luminous beings

You will have seen artists who were greatly admired but were living debauched and perverted lives, with their circle of family and friends wondering how they could express heaven in the way they did when their lives were hell. They themselves didn't know either. They were unaware that their gifts originated from luminous beings in the invisible world, who had come to manifest within them in the hope of saving them.

Yes, the mysterious talent revealed in certain people is a sort of bridge which spiritual entities establish between these people and heaven. The entities write, paint, compose, sing and play through the people they inhabit, making enormous sacrifices to lead them out of hell. If they persevere on their path of destruction, the entities one day end up leaving them; they do so with sadness, but they have no alternative.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

"If you too come to know of things that are known to Me, your reaction will also be different"

You may think that it is a marvellous phenomenon that the Supreme Being should come down to earth in human form. But if you are in My position, you will not be so wonder-struck. I am fully aware of the past, the present and the future of everyone of you. That is why I do not get overwhelmed with pity. Not that I do not have compassion and love. My heart is certainly not made of stone. But if you shut the door of your heart, how can the waves of My sweet love penetrate beyond?

You shed tears and say, "Swami, I am blind. I yearn to see Your divine form. Doesn't my distress melt Your heart?" When you see a blind person's misery, you hearts are moved. Does not my heart too feel pity? But as I know the entire background including the distressed person's earlier lives, My response is naturally different. If you too come to know of things that are known to Me, your reaction to that person's agony will also be different. What one reaps in this life is but the fruits of the seeds that he himself had sowed in previous lives. So, I allow him to undergo what he derived from his earlier evil deeds. Of course, performance of extenuatingly good deeds will mitigate the suffering to some extent.

I am not the cause of either your happiness or misery. You have yourself fashioned these two manacles that weigh you down.

-Sai Baba

Ideal democracy

Letters Of Helena Roerich I, 10 October 1934. Of course, such a democracy as you describe, "a democracy, vital and transformed, based on the realization of the responsibility of the individual toward his duties, on which responsibility his rights depend, a democracy consisting of the cooperation of all, together with the maximum of personal initiative for the sake of the General Good" - such a democracy, perhaps, we shall see toward the end of the seventh race (provided our planet will not have been exploded by that time). But now, being merely in the fifth race bordering on the sixth, we can only envision such a democracy in our best dreams.

Thus the great Plato dreamed, and perhaps he is now actualizing it upon some higher planet. However, even such an ideal democracy would have to be led by someone; and such a leader would certainly need to possess spiritual synthesis. But the modern democracy that affirms the leadership which issues from the crowds fails all tests. Is it possible to expect that the consciousness of the majority will regenerate so quickly that everybody will understand at least his social responsibility and give elementary cooperation, to say nothing of the higher aspects of responsibility?

One harmless way to make someone love you

Money, presents, violence, spells and magic - none of these methods can force someone to love you. The soul and spirit are the daughter and son of God, and nothing and no one has the power to force them.

Let's suppose that a man or woman, whose love you have tried to win through magic, finally succumbs. It's not really this person's soul that wants you. Your magic has attracted other creatures, who have entered this man or woman to love you through him or her. But be careful, for the creatures you have attracted are not luminous entities (luminous entities do not give in to these kinds of practice) but larvae or elementals. So they will love you perhaps, but their love will devour and drain you to such an extent you will later pay very dearly for the semblance of love you acquired in this way.

There is only one harmless way to make someone love you: never think anything bad about them, and send them only luminous, pure thoughts. Even if you are rebuffed, be patient, endure everything, and do everything you can to help them. If you really are attached to them, you will touch their soul sooner or later, and they will love you.

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Friday, November 06, 2009

Difference of opinion

Difference of opinion must be like the two eyes, each giving a different picture of the same object; both of which, when coordinated give a complete rounded picture. It is no use indulging in arguments and disputations; he who clamors aloud has not grasped the Truth, believe Me. Silence is the only language of the realized.

Those who know will not speak; those who speak do not know, can not know. It is the ignorant man who argues loudly and angrily and talks cynically. The wise man will pause before judging; he will see all sides of the problem, relate it to his own experience and hesitate to accept it or condemn it. He will hear less and taste more.

-Sai Baba