Posts Tagged ‘God’
Friday, March 11th, 2016
As we celebrate the 180th Birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, I want to share with you some of his treasured words of wisdom for us. Thakur had only one prayer on his lips all the time-माँ- अपनी भुवन मोहिनी माया में भुलाईयो ना और पाप के हाथ से सर्वदा मुक्त करो । The same as Jesus said in Mathews 6:13- Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Initially I did not realize the essence of the prayer but as I started praying this prayer regularly, God revealed to me its true meaning. This is prayer we all need to pray all the time, you might wonder why? God in action is called Shakti (माँ) the Divine Mother. Now the Divine Mother manifests herself in two powers-Avidya Maya and Vidya Maya. Vidya Maya is the positive side of the Divine Mother while the Avidya Maya which Christians and Muslims call Satan is the Negative side. This negative side pulls us into temptations, makes us believe the wrong things as right and keeps us oblivious of discerning. Also, many things about us the other person can judge that we are doing wrong but we see ourselves right in our own eyes and keep suffering, are all play of Avidya Maya.
Now you might wonder, what can be done about it. Thakur Sri Ramakrishna gave a solution for this, as you get closer to God, spend time praying, Avidya Maya also leaves your way. Hence this prayer. No matter how smart, intelligent or how much you are filled with God and His Word, you cannot win over God’s Avidya Maya without praying humbly all the time.
So, rather than asking God for anything else, ask for His Pure faith and Pure love and the above prayer. I do it daily, without keeping a count of how many times in the day-Shalini Mehta
Friday, December 25th, 2015
Today as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let’s ponder on his actual message. Preachers today preach what people want to hear, that Jesus can fulfil all your dreams and make your life abundant and do miracles in your life. No doubt, yes he can do that, but what about the step we need to take before that. We have forgotten that Jesus himself never had a home, no mansions or horse-carts. The true message of renunciation by Jesus has been lost in what people want to hear and what makes the preachers famous and rich.
The actual message of Jesus was to love God and love Him not as you love your things, love Him so much that those things seem like a mound of dirt to you, for God is above and beyond all things – to renounce everything for God. While we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, let us remember his message to us – Love God for who He is, not for the miracles of His hand.
There would be no hunger in you for the worldly when you start loving the One who made this world, for once you get Him in your life, nothing seems attractive except Him.
Monday, December 21st, 2015
We are naturally drawn to making our decisions, thoughts and words, that are influenced by our mind but as we grow in our relationship with God, our decisions, thoughts, words are naturally influenced by God. We wait on God more patiently, or better way to put it is that God’s grace helps us be more patient and instills faith in us. It’s not easy or even bring this change overnight, but that is exactly every Soul will have to ultimately accept subsequently. This change is difficult because our minds are conditioned to think and act, but we have to understand that when we align ourselves to be in the flow of God, our life automatically becomes peaceful, more contained and aligned.
So many times we do things or want things that are not aligned to God’s will and make ourselves go through the pain of suffering because our mind does not want to allow us to be in God’s flow. While you must have experienced that there are times when some really good things have happened to us when we switched our minds off and things happened without effort. But how wonderful it would be that all our thoughts, decisions and words are in that flow, at all times. This is possible only when we spend time with God, more you spend time with Him, more you’ll get used to being in the flow. This will help you experience God’s best for your life.
I believe that this would encourage you to be in alignment with God.
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Recently there was a death in the family; it took the family by surprise, even though we are all well aware of the fact that God is a God of surprises. God alone is my teacher; I don’t go by the teachings of anyone else till the time God speaks to me about it. There was surge of well wishers pouring in from everywhere and every person had their opinion to share along with the condolence in some form or the other. Everything that happens to me or around me I always see God’s hand in it and ask God to reveal me what He wants me to learn through it. And true to His character, God revealed me three things very beautifully.
The first thing that God revealed to me was that- We rejoice when a baby is born but in reality a soul got separated from God, while death is the time to rejoice for soul as it is meeting time with God. When a soul adorns a human body meaning when a baby is born, we rejoice, celebrate and welcome the new life. But birth is when the soul is separated from its real Father and Mother-God and accepts an illusion as reality. Why an illusion because there have been many mothers and fathers in past births for that soul and many more would be there, but God is the only One who has been its own in every birth and would be with it till eternity. God also made me understand that death in reality is a time of rejoicing for the soul as it would now get a chance after years to meet its real Father and Mother-God, from whom it got separated. And every death is a promotion for the soul, promotion because God never demotes you. The ultimate abode of every soul is God and through every death He takes you to a place which would ultimately help you reach Him.
The second thing God revealed to me was- There is only one duty of a human being – to love Him. Instead of making other duties right if only this one is fulfilled, rest all automatically get fulfilled. When a soul leaves the body, people start to discuss and contemplate the kind of person s/he was and if he fulfilled his/her duties and what kind of birth would the soul get- good or bad. But God said for a human being there is only one duty, fulfilling which your all other duties would be fulfilled well. And that one duty is to love God. But if you didn’t fulfil that duty your all other duties that you think you did well with your mind, are a complete waste. Why waste? Because human birth is meant only to love Him. In the mango farm you are there to relish mangoes. Then how many trees are there in the farm or how many mangoes on each tree, there is no need to know. You are here to enjoy eating mangoes which is to love Him, don’t waste your time knowing what you don’t need to know.
When we keep a pet in our homes even though we love it a lot, when it dies we don’t follow any kind of ritual, we bury it and maximum get a tomb stone over its place of burial. But when a soul leaves a human body, many rituals are followed, prayer meetings are held, why so? Because human birth is precious as this is the only way you get to love God and He reveals to you who He is. Therefore, don’t waste this birth. It is very essential to not try to understand God with your mind; you’ve to love Him from your heart. Once you love Him from your heart He will make you understand who He is. Worldly intellect contemplates and looks for the value addition in its relationships, the same worldly intellect we use while building relationship with God. But if you make Him your own and love Him for who He is and not to get your desires fulfilled, you’ll receive multiple folds.
One must remember that our journey with God is in different stages just like a student goes to school and has to clear the stage it is in to come to the next stage. But if a grade one student after learning sentence formation thinks that he knows more than what a High School student knows or even more than a university student then that particular soul is becoming a hurdle in its own spiritual progress because Bhagvad Gita 6:6 says that- The soul is its own friend when that soul has conquered its mind, senses and body, but one who has not been able to win over its mind, senses and body, then it becomes its own enemy. That is why your heart should forever yearn for Him. When a beggar begs for alms, you do not immediately help the beggar by getting a train ticket for him to travel; maximum you give him a dollar or small help in kind. Same way God does not reveal Himself to everyone in the same way, you’ve to keep asking and yearning only then He reveals Himself to you. More you go towards God more you’ll find the worldly talk tasteless, but if it has still not happened to you, it means you need to go deeper, further.
Third revelation that God unfolded was- There is limited time for the soul, not more or less, therefore, it is vital to fulfil your duty of loving God sooner. Even if you ask for time later it is not given. There is limited time for each soul, not a second more or a second less. When your time is up, then no matter how much you beg you’ll not be given extension. Therefore, it is imperative for each of us to finish our work in the stipulated time, and that work is to love God.
But in all this it is very essential to know that loving God does not come by just worshipping, or reading scripture after scripture, without putting it on. The clothes in your closet have to be worn; just hanging in the closet doesn’t fulfil their purpose, and same way one has to put on His Word in life. When you put on His Word in your life, your life changes, that is when the magic happens.
I pray to God for every person reading this piece of writing that God makes you experience a deep relationship with Him which will make your presence in the world fruitful. God bless you-Shalini Mehta
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
People who betrayed you, challenged you, hated you, ignored you, were the ones whom God chose for you to learn to change your ways and are a blessing for you. This post got the maximum likes and shares as our post on Facebook. That is when I realized that it is not only my own experience but the experience of so many others. Usually when people love us and appreciate us we bend towards them because we all like being appreciated, loved and praised. But when some people ignore us, hate us; our normal reaction is we have negativity in our heart for them. But honestly when this time I got the same response I had been getting again and again from some people in the family I realized, it’s not about them, and it’s about me. God is trying to show me something about me and not them.
I prayed to God to give me clarity on this and He showed me that the more we try to attach ourselves to people, more approval we seek from people; we would receive more of such responses. This got me to immediately pray to God to detach me to all want in me to seek approval in any way from any one and attach me to Him. Also I prayed to God that I needed to seek only His approval for my actions, so help me do this. There was a shift, a shift in my attitude, a shift in my perspective, a shift in my actions. And this gave me lot of peace. When we seek people’s approval for our actions we lose our peace but when we seek God and His approval, we not only get approval but experience the joy and peace bubbling in us.
That is when I realized that whosoever God puts in our life even though we have had distasteful experiences, it was for our own good. So we could listen to God more and seek Him more. So I encourage you today that all those people who scrub on you like sand paper may seem painful but are only making you shine. So be blessed!
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
‘Even the backing of thousands of people can’t make you win the battles of your life. But with God on your side, you are sure to win all battles of your life’, and the very same day God made me experience His backing, yet again.
Read on the full article- http://ezinearticles.com/?Gods-Support-Wins-Your-Daily-Battles&id=8654570
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″>
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Whether you are married or about to get married, what are the things necessary to seriously ponder upon to make it a success and experience daily joy and bliss through it.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
I would like to share with you one of my very recent and interesting experiences. What happens when you release your faith for a situation? I was at the passport office for renewal of my passport. I waited for an hour outside because of my timing. Next, when finally I got inside, in spite of appointment time given, there was a long queue. And my queue was the longest, sounds familiar? Okay, I looked ahead and saw other queues, other queues seemed to be not only shorter, but were also moving faster. There was a guy with his children and wife, behind me. The moment he saw the queue, he started complaining and shouting about the poor handling of why he and his family had to stand in a queue in spite of an appointment. Sounds familiar again? Okay, was the situation unreasonable? Yes! Was the attitude adopted by that guy reasonable, No! I will tell you why-I was also in the same queue I remembered what I had heard in one of the conferences, when in a situation, instead of complaining start thanking God for His favors. I started repeating-God because I am extremely dear to you, thank You for Your favor. And I kept repeating and looking for how God is going to show me His favor, here and now? Praise God!! Just then I got a phone call from my husband who was with my daughter getting her passport documents done on some other floor, asking me to come upstairs because the counter clerk asked my husband to call me, and lo! There was no waiting, I got my token instantly. Wow! I remembered what I heard one speaker say in one of the conferences- You complain, you remain, you praise and you’ll be raised.
Before I left my place in the queue, I asked this guy if his complaining made a difference, he said, no. Then I asked did it shorten his wait? He answered, no. So I told him – Assess in life, if you can do something about the situation do it, otherwise, just be patient because that’s what God wants us to be. He said but it’s unreasonable, I answered many things in life seem unreasonable but they have God’s purpose behind them.
Through this I want to urge you today, where ever God has put you it’s for a purpose. Even though you don’t like it or understand it, don’t complain. Instead praise Him and ask Him what you should do in this situation. God loves you and has your best interest in His heart.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Your relationship with God is like a seed which you nurture daily and during tough situations you relish its fruit by getting strengthened.