Wednesday, 27 March 2013

God gives time to do good things

Came across the foll. line in a discourse  by Baba today and it made me smile, because I know it is true in my case. Thank you Swami for giving me this lovely reassurance this morning!

"If you have the inclination to do good work, 
God will give you the time to do good things."

Saturday, 23 March 2013

A strong mesg from God

Yesterday, I was confused about something and prayed to Swami for guidance. When I logged into my mail, I got this msg which is so strong. It reiterated the thought in my mind and I felt Swami had pointed me in the right direction.

Money is not the issue. 
Having the courage to give your highest gift is the issue.

There is no security in doing something for a living
when you are dying inside while doing it. 
That is taking care of the body 
at the expense of the soul. 
And a withering soul cannot help but produce a withering body.

So do not think you are "taking care of yourself" 
by killing your spirit to keep your body alive. 

How long will you put off what you are dying to do?

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Win not an argument but someone's heart

Winning an argument is never the goal of a true spiritual master. 
Winning someone's heart is. 

The setting aside of one's integrity is not required to win someone's heart, 
but the setting aside of one's anger may be.

It is possible to make a point without making an enemy. 
It is possible to be right without being righteous. 
Debating does not have to be debasing.

If there is someone with whom you are disagreeing this day, 
would it not be wonderful of you to disagreewithout being disagreeable?

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Sequel to 'Wounded lil birdie'

I was reading 'Loving God' today and found the chapter 'The Chiselled Child' quite absorbing, for Prof. Kasturi (biographer of Sathya Sai Baba) shares his experiences of being chiselled by Bhagawan Baba.

He talks about one particular period that he spent in the crucible after his return from a trip to North East India, W. Bengal, Orissa, etc. Swami gives him the cold treatment for a long time. After a long period, Swami makes him realize his mistake and why He had not spoken to him for a long time. Kasturi writes "I had been cleansed again. But, what a tunnel of travail I had to crawl through to emerge into the Light of Love!"

As I read through his narration, what hit me like a ton of bricks was this line.

After an hour of tossing, I slept until Indulal Shah shook me, saying, "Dinner! Swami is coming." I went through the ritual. Like a wounded crow, I cried plaintively. "Kaov! Kaov! Save me, Save me!"

This was like deja vu for me, because just yesterday I had written a blog post comparing myself to the wounded crow that comes to our house regularly.

When I 'stumbled upon' this line in the book today, I immediately knew that Swami was showing me His omniscience. I also felt that it is He who is donning various roles in this drama of life. He is the one experiencing the pain through me. He is the one who prompted me to write the post yesterday. He is the one who made me 'discover' the line today. What a God!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Wounded lil birdie

In our family (as is the custom in many traditional Hindu families), we have the habit of putting some food as offering for the crows once rice is cooked in the morning. A few crows do come and feed on the rice. 

There are some crows that come and caw even at other times of the day and we feed them pieces of Murukku (a South-Indian snack of savoury crunchy twists made from rice and urad dal flour). Sometime back, there came a crow whose one leg was wounded. It kept limping 'coz there was some problem with its leg. We felt sad on seeing it and started feeding it Murukku pieces. We noticed that other crows started coming too for their share. We did feed them some pieces but made sure the wounded crow did have its share too.

These crows seem to have an uncanny knack of knowing that we will feed them. So, they come and sit on the wall opposite our front door (there is not much distance between the front door and the wall that separates our compound from the neighbour's). They sometimes caw and at other times just wait patiently without cawing. When we happen to move inside our house, we suddenly notice them sitting on the wall and we immediately feed them some pieces.

The crow with a wounded leg is a regular visitor. Once, when it came, there was no Murukku in the house. I tried putting pieces of papad but it didn't touch it. I was wondering what else to feed it. It cawed in hunger. I tried putting a few pieces of puffed rice (pori), which it ate happily and then flew away. Even today, it came limping and ate a few pieces of Murukku and went away. 

As I write this, I feel very much like the wounded crow 'coz I feel so battered and bruised; I have a wound that just doesn't seem to heal. 

The only difference is that the crow keeps coming to us for food often and it does go back happy, but in my case, even when I continue to go back to Swami and keep praying and yearning for Him (for He's the only one who can heal the hurt), He is just not responding!

Only time will heal!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Fun is not defined as absence of challenges

I am very sure that Swami planned for this mesg to reach me yesterday in my mail. Such a profound mesg! Makes sense too! 

Fun is not defined as the absence of challenging circumstances, 
but as the absence of anger about them.

Of course, it is natural to become "fed up" with some
of the worst conditions of physical life. Yet the fun of
life is in embracing a perspective that allows you to
look into the face of those conditions and demonstrate
Who You Are in spite of them.

"Where is the fun in that?" you might say. The fun is in
the victory, my friend. The fun is in the victory.

You will not have to think but a second to know
exactly why you received this message today.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Medical experts can be hired but life cannot be secured on lease

"Many people spend their years piling and piling, and then, are dragged away by death, ere they could preen themselves on the size of the pile. Money can purchase drugs but mental peace and content alone can guarantee health. Medical experts can be hired but life cannot be secured on lease."

Bhagawan Baba, in a discourse on Krishna Janmaashtami, 7-9-1966