When Ram gives pain, Ram again gives us the power to suffer and provides people to look after us. Never worry. Everything will in the end serve only in taking your mind nearer to Him.
- Swami Chinmayananda
The Blue Boy is not in Guruvayur alone. You are carrying Him in you; you know it not. Meet Him within your bosom, secretly, silently, fully and embrace Him to end your own seperative existence.
Wishing every one a beautiful and Happy Vishu! May the Lord fill your lives with joy and peace! .
Gurudev could not just be loving, he could be equally firm!
In response to a despondent plea for guidance, Gurudev wrote this lovingly firm reply:
I read through your miserable letter indicating and clearly reflecting how you have managed to blast your life’s possibilities merely because of your unsteadiness. .
To such an individual, life can only be a tragedy, reaching nowhere. To fulfill your great desires and visions, and in order to translate your ideas into action, you must have perseverance — to meet all challenges that might arise en route. .
Never can the path of success be spread with carpets. This requires a lot of personal discipline in you. If you learn the art of wanting to fulfill every fancy in your life, you become a slave to your mind, and a slave can only struggle and never succeed. .
In order to cultivate this willpower in you, you better start living a rigid life of taming yourself. One meal a day; give up coffee, tea; I do not know whether you are smoking, give up the consumption of every toxin. .
Every day, go to the nearest temple, pray, and return. After one month of this regimen, start seriously studying the book Self Unfoldment, which is published by Chinmaya Publications. Study only about five pages a day and give a lot of thought to it. .
So far, I was trying to hold a mirror to show you all your error in judgment. If you follow the positive system that I have now indicated above, it is a guaranteed path to come out of the mental cloud in which you are now lurking. .
If and when you undertake this self-discipline, you may start writing to me every month of your progress and your difficulties. .
Be Creatively alive in every situation. STOP living in regrets of the PAST, in fancies for the FUTURE, in anxieties for the PRESENT. Surrender these at HIS FEET.
- Swami Chinmayananda
The Teacher is none other than the Supreme, who has manifested Himself in the divine form of Sri Dakshinamoorthy to bless the struggling aspirant.
- Swami Chinmayananda
Lord Shiva as Sri Dakshinamoorthy is the personification of the Ultimate Awareness, knowledge and wisdom. Salutations to the Adiguru, the bestower of enlightenment!
This morning reviewing for my Vedanta class and I keep reading these words + absorbing them over and over again. • Life lesson: form and keep the noblest ideal in mind when performing all actions, this will help in attaining a peaceful + vibrant attitude, conserving your energy + becoming efficient and productive in your work; thereby eliminating fatigue + sorrow when working in a selfless spiritual spirit for society + humankind. #hariom ૐ ...
All living beings in creation have been pre-programmed to balance work and rest. Even the hard-working ant and the alert watch-dog rest.
Sleep, especially at night, rejuvenates and refreshes us so we can work with energy and enthusiasm during the day.
With the discovery of electricity we have now lit up our nights with day-like brightness. We play night cricket, go for all night parties, indulge in late night TV watching, study, eat, work and socialize. This artificial life-style has had its toll on our body and mind. We feel exhausted, irritable and inefficient throughout the day.
We have before us enough stories of so-called high achievers. We hear of young CEOs with huge pay packets – jet-setting
around the world, working round the clock and their success stories are featured in top business magazines.
Many of them suffer from peptic ulcers, become workaholics, are always under tension and very soon get ‘burnt out’ or talk of retiring by thirty. Doctors warn them to slow down and when they do not do so, their health grounds them. .
Strangely no one except the boss is happy with someone who works all the time. Such people are in constant stress, their family is dissatisfied, the children never see the parent and the spouse is disgruntled. Colleagues in office are envious and friends are non-existent. What is the use of success when there is no happiness, peace, health or harmony in our life?
Some people do not know how to rest or relax. They are by nature restless and agitated. This makes them do something
all the time. Some feel that only if they do something all the time will they be called productive and efficient and that remaining always in action mode will make them successful. Remember, work never gets ‘finished’. .
It only ‘finishes’ us. Also we will never be ‘given’ rest- time. We have to ‘take out’ rest-time. We have to ‘make time’ or take ‘time out’. .
In conclusion – Do not work ‘restlessly’ or with less rest and also do not rest ‘worklessly’ or with less work. The body and mind will be of no use if we misuse, abuse or disuse them. They should be used well for peak performance.