Posts Tagged ‘Bible’
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Some of us, very often, rather daily, read the scripture to make us aware of God’s prescription for our lives as a routine. Many of us are content with just reading it, and believe that just reading would be much beneficial to us, and that “we” are far better than others who do not even glance at the Word. God, however, sees us differently. I would like to quote two scriptures that are close to my heart in this regard:
The Bible says in James (1:22) “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
In the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Thakur makes us understand this with an interesting story: “A man received a letter from home informing him that certain presents were to be sent to his relatives. The names of the articles were given in the letter. As he was about to go shopping for them, he found that the letter was missing. He began anxiously to search for it, several others joining in the search. For a long time, they continued to search. When at last the letter was discovered, his joy knew no bounds. With great eagerness, he opened the letter and read it. It said that he was to buy five seers of sweets, a piece of cloth, and a few other things. Then he did not need the letter anymore, for it had served its purpose. Putting it aside, he went out to buy the things. How long is such a letter necessary? As long as its contents are not known. When the contents are known one proceeds to carry out the directions.
“In the scriptures, you will find the way to realize God. But after getting all the information about the path, you must begin to work. Only then can you attain your goal.
“What will it avail a man to have a mere scholarship? A pundit may have studied many scriptures, he may recite many sacred texts, but if he is still attached to the world and if inwardly he loves ‘woman and gold’, then he has not assimilated the contents of the scriptures. For such a man the study of scriptures is futile.
“The almanac forecasts the rainfall tor the year. You may squeeze the book, but you won’t get a drop of water — not even a single drop.”
Therefore, my friends, the key to a happy life is to practice the scripture in our life. Without it, we remain where we are and do not progress to the next level. Moving forward means that we are learning our lessons from the scripture and then practicing them in our daily lives.
God bless you with the practice of the Word!- Vinay Mehta
Saturday, July 9th, 2016
For a couple of months now, I’ve been watching “Surya Putra Karna Mahabharata” on Television with my daughter. When I watched older version of Mahabharata on TV during my school days I didn’t learn anything out of it. But this time when I watched, I learnt many important lessons that I thought are interesting to share. Karna’s character is known for his giving nature and also for how great a warrior he was but I saw his character from a totally different perspective, from the perspective of being a God’s child. This learning was so profound that I thought I must share what I learnt.
After watching Mahabharata I realised that for anyone who is seeking solutions for their everyday battles, reading or even watching Mahabharata is essential, because this is one battle that we are fighting daily in our lives. If we can learn from it we would know what to do and what not to do in our battles. The first, most important thing that comes out of that battle for our lives is to make God the driver of our life without questioning Him. It is rather most unfortunate for a person to deny the offer when God Himself wants to be your driver and is asking you for it rather than rely on your capabilities. We need to trust Him completely.
Secondly, God warns you again and again of your wrongs, you need to pay complete attention to Him rather than being too rigid and confident of your capabilities. Thirdly, you don’t have to prove it to the world of how capable you are, God already sees you capable and this is sufficient enough. Wanting to prove it to the world will only make you make wrong choices which will make you lose your battles. Fourthly, we need to trust God more than we trust our minds. Our mind can only give us options based on its own experience or someone else’s experiences while God is all knowing. He is the know-er of our past, present and future. What He knows and what He tells us we cannot even imagine even in our wildest of dreams. So trust God with all your heart!
Also, God wants to hear from your mouth what you want. Like in Bible Jesus said, you have not because you ask not. So talk to God, God already knows what’s in your heart but He loves it when you tell Him. He loves listening to your voice. –Shalini Mehta
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Reference Mathew 13:1-9, Mark 4:1-9, Luke 8:4-15
Jesus said- “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was sowing, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun rose, the seedlings were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the seedlings, and they yielded no crop. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it sprouted, grew up, and produced a crop—one bearing thirty-fold, another sixty-fold, and another a hundredfold.”
The seeds that dropped on the path, this means consciousness for God does not get awakened in too much noise. Birds devoured those, means; it entered from one ear and went out from the other. Fell on rocky ground means some people hear the Word of God, some understand it, but when it’s time to put it into practice they see they have to renounce attachment to worldly stuff, they leave it. Some fell among thorns means some forget about the Word of God when they go through the trials and turbulence of life. Good soil means the devotee of the inner circle (Peter, John, James, Sri M, Swami Vivekananda and all the inner circle ones). They are the living witness of the Aavatar (God incarnate). They go through poverty, pain, penance, sorrow, misery, exploitation, but keep holding on to His Word. They are the leaders of the world. The world lifts up through their life-it gets the awakening of God. For this Christ says-Unto you is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of Heaven. They alone are eligible for receiving the mystery of God. (As explained by Sri M-the direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa)
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Recently I wrote an article Marriage- a boon or bane. I realised through the comments I received, that I needed to touch upon more, on issues for those who are already married and are seeking to make it wonderful, or are either struggling or compromising in their marriage. This piece is for those who are peaceful about their decision to stay in their current marriage and are looking for ways and means to lead a happy married life. <aref=”http://ezinearticles.com/?Blessed-Marriage&id=8524436″>