Daily Archives: ઓગસ્ટ 21, 2010

779 sad demise/one of his teachings/our love for God

He who has gone,
so we but cherish his memory,
abides with us,
more potent,
nay,
more present than the living man.

One of his teachings —Sadhana, devotion, we move a few steps ahead, but we also fail at times.  There are situations, when thoughts about the material world are stronger, and detachment from this world becomes weaker.  You may repeatedly contemplate about detachment from the material world, and try to concentrate on God, but it is difficult.  It does happen that when there are bad days, how much ever you try contemplating on God, it becomes very difficult to concentrate on Him.

People get frustrated and say, “What to do?  The mind is not under my control.”
If you scold your mind, it will react negatively.  You were concentrating on God and suddenly your mind started thinking about your son.  Now if you scold your mind as to why is it doing this, the mind will get more disturbed. So, first of all, be calm.  Let your mind go wherever it wants to go, and then visualize the form of God in that place.  If your mind started thinking about your son, visualize the form of God in your son.  If your mind starts thinking about ice cream, place God in the ice cream and concentrate upon Him.  If it thinks about the cricket match, imagine that God it standing in the field.  So, in one way or the other, tie your mind to God.

This is just as a monkey is unsteady by nature.At the end of the Ramayan, Tulsidasji says:

“O Lord! The mind of a monkey is very restless by nature.  If you tie a scorpion to its tail, what will be the condition of that monkey!  And if that monkey gets hysteria, then how restless will it be? Further, it is made to drink alcohol!  Just imagine the condition of that monkey.  My mind is similar to the condition of that monkey.  What can I do?”

But you must have seen how the monkey trainer controls the monkey. On the first day, he ties a rope around the monkey which is 100 feet long. The monkey has to jump and play within 100 feet.  The rope presses its neck.  It cannot go further, else the rope will hurt his neck.  The next day he reduces the rope to 80 feet.  The monkey wants to go beyond, but the rope hurts his neck and hence he learns to jump within that limit.  Slowly, when the rope is reduced to 3 feet by the trainer, the monkey thinks, “Leave it.  Let me stay quiet and lie down right here.”

Now that energetic and restless monkey is totally under control.  Our mind is similar to this monkey.  You need to tie this mind with the rope of Shree Krishna.  Imagine God wherever your mind goes. , imagine Shree Krishna to be standing there. Shree Krishna is standing on the beach with his flute.  If your mind thinks about Taj Mahal, imagine Shree Krishna standing on the marble stone.  Just like the monkey, the mind will come under control.  It will be bound with Shree Krishna wherever it goes.  Slowly, the mind will come to rest in Shree Krishna.  This is the solution.

Note that this is not just your imagination.  It is a fact that God resides everywhere, and we have to realize that wherever our mind goes, God is present there.  Keep practicing this way and it will only happen when you practice  dhyan, or meditation on the form, constantly for some time.  Close your eyes and imagine your personal form of God to be in front of you.  To strengthen  dhyan in your mind, imagine that you are dressing your God.  Imagine as if you are decorating Him with a beautiful necklace and offering Tulsi at His lotus feet.

So, by constantly meditating like this, your  dhyan will get stronger.  And when that stage arrives that as soon as you close your eyes, you can see your God’s personal form in front of you, then you  do not have to worry.

To attach your mind in God, it is very important that a devotee practices  dhyan.  During devotion, wherever your mind goes in the material world, place Shree Krishna in front of you.  Moreover, decorate Shree Krishna with your mind. By doing this,  dhyan will become more firm and deeper.  And our love for God will progress in leaps and bounds.

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બના લૂં તૂઝે અપના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ.Oh what a Destiny!

Sadhana, devotion, we move a few steps ahead, but we also fail at times.  There are situations, when thoughts about the material world are stronger, and detachment from this world becomes weaker.  You may repeatedly contemplate about detachment from the material world, and try to concentrate on God, but it is difficult.  It does happen that when there are bad days, how much ever you try contemplating on God, it becomes very difficult to concentrate on Him.

People get frustrated and say, “What to do?  The mind is not under my control.”
If you scold your mind, it will react negatively.  You were concentrating on God and suddenly your mind started thinking about your son.  Now if you scold your mind as to why is it doing this, the mind will get more disturbed. So, first of all, be calm.  Let your mind go wherever it wants to go, and then visualize the form of God in that place.  If your mind started thinking about your son, visualize the form of God in your son.  If your mind starts thinking about ice cream, place God in the ice cream and concentrate upon Him.  If it thinks about the cricket match, imagine that God it standing in the field.  So, in one way or the other, tie your mind to God.

This is just as a monkey is unsteady by nature.At the end of the Ramayan, Tulsidasji says:

“O Lord! The mind of a monkey is very restless by nature.  If you tie a scorpion to its tail, what will be the condition of that monkey!  And if that monkey gets hysteria, then how restless will it be? Further, it is made to drink alcohol!  Just imagine the condition of that monkey.  My mind is similar to the condition of that monkey.  What can I do?”

But you must have seen how the monkey trainer controls the monkey. On the first day, he ties a rope around the monkey which is 100 feet long. The monkey has to jump and play within 100 feet.  The rope presses its neck.  It cannot go further, else the rope will hurt his neck.  The next day he reduces the rope to 80 feet.  The monkey wants to go beyond, but the rope hurts his neck and hence he learns to jump within that limit.  Slowly, when the rope is reduced to 3 feet by the trainer, the monkey thinks, “Leave it.  Let me stay quiet and lie down right here.”

Now that energetic and restless monkey is totally under control.  Our mind is similar to this monkey.  You need to tie this mind with the rope of Shyamsundar.  Imagine God wherever your mind goes. , imagine Shree Krishna to be standing there. Shree Krishna is standing on the beach with his flute.  If your mind thinks about Taj Mahal, imagine Shree Krishna standing on the marble stone.  Just like the monkey, the mind will come under control.  It will be bound with Shree Krishna wherever it goes.  Slowly, the mind will come to rest in Shree Krishna.  This is the solution.

Note that this is not just your imagination.  It is a fact that God resides everywhere, and we have to realize that wherever our mind goes, God is present there.  Keep practising this way and it will only happen when you practice Roop dhyan, or meditation on the form, constantly for some time.  Close your eyes and imagine your personal form of God to be in front of you.  To strengthen Roop dhyan in your mind, imagine that you are dressing your God.  Imagine as if you are decorating Him with a beautiful necklace and offering Tulsi at His lotus feet.

So, by constantly meditating like this, your Roop dhyan will get stronger.  And when that stage arrives that as soon as you close your eyes, you can see your God’s personal form in front of you, then you  do not have to worry.

To attach your mind in God, it is very important that a devotee practices Roop dhyan.  During devotion, wherever your mind goes in the material world, place Shree Krishna in front of you.  Moreover, decorate Shree Krishna with your mind. By doing this, Roop dhyan will become more firm and deeper.  And our love for God will progress in leaps and bounds.
અપનાપન રખના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ

ઘડી ઘડી પલ પલ નામ તિહારો,
રટે મેરી રસના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ.
અપનાપન રખના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ

લલી લાલ દોઉ દૈ ગરબાહી,
હમારે હિયે બસના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ.
અપનાપન રખના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ

ભાવ હિંડોરે ડારિ હિયે મેં,
ઝુલાઉં નિત ઝુલના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ.
અપનાપન રખના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ

દે ઉપહાર હાર અંસુવન કો,

બના લૂં તૂઝે અપના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ.
બના લૂં તૂઝે અપના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ.
અપનાપન રખના મેરે ઘનશ્યામ

Once I was fully immersed in a similar absorbing Dhyāna. Fully oblivious of myself, I was being dragged deep within me. The inward pull then took me, that is my mind, to an extraordinary place
within. In there, I – my intellectual sheath that was my own witness – kept staring at a wonderful architectural configuration decorated by freshly constructed artistic archways. The beutifully carved four to five affable arches, like the ones we see in the church,  kept on attracting me invitingly. I was at the third or, more possibly, at the fourh gate, where was standing a figure with just a leather covering wrapped on his loin and a javelin in his hand, his hair long and freely loosened. I felt myself a bit hesitant. ‘Will he allow me to enter the gate?’ I doubted. But the very next moment I passed him, forgetting him instantaneously. My mind was going deep, de..e..p within and by the time I enter and pass the other gorgeously arched gate, and before I go still deeper down within me, I do not know from where and how, but a thought made itself flash in my mind: “If I go still further on inside me, who will look after Veena?” And alas! Gone was the affluent effulgence of the within, and that very moment, I got awakened to the outworldly consciousness.  … Oh what a Destiny!

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