Thursday, 16 February 2012

My Valentine Day's mesg from God

As I looked through my mails, I realized that this one had come in on V-Day, from my Neale Walsch subscriptions. Made me smile and feel extremely cared for and loved.

On this day of your life, Aarthi, I believe God wants you to know...

...that you are deeply loved by God.

Do you know that? I mean, do you really know that?
Because if you do, you will move through life without fear. 
You will know that only Perfection can occur.

Yes, yes, I know, sometimes the things that occur don't
look perfect...but that is only a matter of perspective.

Because you can't see Perfection does not mean it is not there. 
Give it Time. It will show itself for sure. 
Then you will again smile at God's love...and how it plays out.

For now, trust that it will. Always. And in all ways. 
I would not tell you this were it not true.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

God will deal with you as you deserve

God knows and God will deal with you as you deserve. Have the faith. Repent for all wrongs done and resolve not to repeat the mistake; then God will extend His grace.

-- Bhagawan Baba, in a discourse given on 25th Nov, 1964

Why God Tests Devotees

SANDALWOOD gives more and more fragrance when it is subjected to more and more grinding, so does sugarcane yield juice as it is chewed more and more. Gold gets refined when it is burnt and melted in fire. So also a true devotee will never falter in his love for God even when he faces troubles and obstacles in his life. God tests His devotees only to lift them up to a higher level in the spiritual ladder.

-- Bhagawan Baba, in a discourse delivered on 14th April 1993, in Kodaikanal

Friday, 10 February 2012

Dharmo rakshathi rakshithah

I had a wonderful experience today that reaffirms my conviction to keep doing good and to do work with sincerity and focus.

One of the clients I work for undertakes projects from other clients and outsources it to freelance editors like me. In some cases, payments take time to reach us, because their client takes some time to approve the work. Thus, sometimes, there is a lag of even 2-3 mths between the completion of one project and the actual receipt of payment at my end.

I have been working on 2-3 different projects for my client. I have been meticulously keeping track of all the payments that are due (or so I thought!) Obviously, it's hard-earned money! 

I keep track of invoices that I have raised and also those projects for which I should chk with the project manager (PM) after a month or so.

My PM mailed me today to say that one of our clients has approved the work from Oct 2011 to Jan 2012 and will be making the payment today. She wanted me to mail her the unit numbers I'd worked on during this period. I referred my tracker and mailed her only one unit number, which I completed this January. The last unit I had worked on was in Nov 2011. You see, I happily assumed I would have received the payment for that unit and so, didn't mention it in the mail to the PM.

But I seem to have somehow missed keeping track of that unit. My PM replied to my mail with "Payment for unit 6 was cleared? Pls chk." I went over all my invoices, etc and then realized that I'd overlooked the payment for this unit. I replied saying so and asked her to double-check at her end once again before processing the payments.

The amount is fairly sizable. I really would not have known about this payment, had not the PM brought it to my notice. I immediately thanked Swami for helping me learn an important lesson today. 

He makes sure my rewards reach me even if I completely forget the efforts I have invested in my work. Also, I realized that I should always do my work with the same level of sincerity and focus. Swami takes care of the results.

I learnt the important lesson of "Dharmo rakshathi rakshithah" which means that Dharma guards those that guard Dharma. Amazing incident! We may forget what we have done but Swami never ever forgets!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Watch your thoughts

"If your thoughts are pure, you are blessed with purity. We fill our minds and spend our time in activities and associations replete with evil; but when we reap the consequences and suffer, we are filled with misery. As every thought emanates from the mind, its consequences are determined."

-- Sathya Sai Baba