Friday, May 17, 2013

Bliss or Bananas

Yesterday in the QnA post Bhagvad Geeta discourse Gurudev mentioned to a question from kids doing Ancient Wisdom course that

"What should be take away from Ashram?"
What do you take from a supermarket? When you go to a mall you take what you want? Do you ask me what should I take from supermarket? Same thing happens when you come to ashram for a course or seva or just a visit. 
People who come to ashram can take whatever they want. Some take prasad and go, some take some more and others take bliss and go. You can take bliss or you can take banana, the choice is yours. Also, you can leave all your worries or concerns here. 
Pain and love
 If you run away from pain you will run away from love to. Let it happen. A little pain is essential. It could be because of your karma or it could be the natural way. 
See when you come into the planet there is so much pain to you and your mother. Coming out of womb is so much pain. You have been floating and happy for six months in the womb. You did not even have to chew your food, it was directly supplied to you. Suddenly the water goes away and you have to come out. When you come out you cry. If you don't cry then others cry. If you cry and others pour their love on you. The endearing eyes of your mother, the smiles and adorations of your uncles, aunts, grandparents and all. A little pain followed by so much of love.  
But once you are established in spirituality then there is no pain. The eternal bliss is the state of the self, your atma.
Childrens goals and focus
As young ones you must learn many skills. Until you cross teens do not stop acquiring more and more talents. Learn to sing, dance, paint, languages be jack of all trades. Do not set a target or a goal that you have to become this or reach there now. Play and learn. Once you grow up then you stick to one thing. 
नाडी दोष
Two of my friends are in love and their parents are in agreement too but their horoscope shows nadi dosha for them and they are confused as to what to do. 
Guruji said "शहनाई बजने दो। " let marriage happen.
Some highlights from the commentary of Chapter 7 of Bhagvad Geeta.

People with bad karma cannot come to satsang. You can try but they will not be able to come. Even if they come there mind will be elsewhere. 
हमें अपनी आत्मसत्ता मैं स्थिर होना चाहिए। हमारे चारों और सब कुछ बदलता है लेकिन एक चीज़ है जो नहीं बदलती और वोह है हमारी आत्मा सत्ता। हमें यह जानना जरूरी है।
पाप और पुण्य
लेकिन हम कब अपनी आत्मा सत्ता मैं कब विस्वास करेंगे। जब हमारे बुरे कर्म अंत हो जाये और हमें अच्छे कर्मों का फल मिलने लगे। यह हमें प्रभु कृपा से मिलेगा या फिर यह मान सकते हैं की जब हमारी श्रद्धा इतनी हो जाये की हमें गुरु के सिवा कुछ और न दिखे तो यह संभव है. 
जब पाप और पुण्य का हिसाब किताब हो जाता है तब अध्यात्म जनमता है। तक तक आपको कुछ चीजें अच्छी लगती है और कुछ चीजें परेशान करती है. इन अच्छी बुरी के dvaand/संघर्ष मैं आप लगे रहते हो. बुरे कर्मों के जाल मैं फंसे रहते हो। अध्यात्म सब को नसीब नहीं होता। जो इस संसार की योग माया मैं अटक जाते है उन बेवकूफों को तो बिलकुल ही नहीं। जो मुझे नहीं जानते है उन्हें तो कभी नहीं मिल सकता।
अध्यात्म मैं तुम्हारा पुण्य कर्मों का ऊदय होता है। तुम प्रकाश हो यह जान लेते हो। 

Image courtesy Swami Madhusudan ji.
Content inspired by talk by +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji on Bhagvad Geeta.
Location courtesy - +Art of Living international ashram, bangalore
Tip: If you want to be blessed by Swamijies then they generally occupy the last row on left side of Gurudev on most satsang days :), you can see some of them in the picture above too... 
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