Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
In view of how people are choosing their Gurus, I thought of sharing something that will make us understand that we need to use our discernment when we choose a Guru. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa emphasized that a human being cannot be a Guru, only Satchidananda (God) is Guru. What does this mean? When we go ahead and start following someone the first thing one needs to look into is, whether he/she is a renouncer or an accumulator. Jesus, Guru Nanak, Mohammad, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, were true renouncers, they were God incarnate. Why do we then not hold on to the Truth instead of holding the fake?
I want to share something of Sri Ramakrishna’s character which will further clarify my point. When Sri Ramakrishna wanted to teach humility to himself, this is what He did (as per excerpt below). This has been picked by from the book of Swami Vivekananda- Swamiji on Himself, in Swamiji’s own words.
Whenever he (Sri Ramakrishna) wanted to do anything he never confined himself to fine theories but would enter into the practice immediately. We see many persons talking the most wonderfully fine things about charity and about equality and the rights of other people and all that, but it is only in theory. I was so fortunate as to find one who was able to carry theory into practice. He had the most wonderful faculty of carrying everything into practice which he thought was right. Now, there was a family of Pariahs living near the place. . . . My Master would go to a Pariah and ask to be allowed to clean his house. The business of the Pariah is to clean the streets of the cities and to keep houses clean. . . . By birth, the Brahmin stands for holiness and the Pariah for the very reverse. And this Brahmin asked to be allowed to do the menial services in the house of the Pariah. The Pariah, of course, could not allow that, for they all think that if they allow a Brahmin to do such menial work it will be an awful sin, and they will become extinct. The Pariah would not permit it; so in the dead of night, when all were sleeping, Ramakrishna would enter the house. He had long hair, and with his hair he would wipe the place, saying, “Oh, my Mother, make me the servant of the Pariah, make me feel that I am even lower than the Pariah”. . . .
All are Avataras are an epitome of humility. Thus, when you desire for a Guru, ask God to become your Guru, I did and learned the true meaning of who a true Guru is. God only is the One who has clarified all questions lurking in my soul and spirit. So seek God!
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
During Diwali this year we planned to spend our Diwali with the Holy Mother and Thakur Sri Ramakrishna by visiting the holy places where God through them had done His leela. It was the most awesome experience of our life because we’ve been reading about these places daily and trying to follow Thakur’s teachings in our life. Mother gave our eyes this blissful experience that is captured in our hearts and will stay with us throughout our life and beyond.
While there, we met various devotees who like us were on pilgrimage to that holy place but all for different reasons. It was when I heard from each of them, I realised what pilgrimage meant to different people. One of the families I met was there because this was one of the places in their All-India pilgrimage trip, so they spent two days at one place, three days at another, so on and so forth, and had to finish their journey by visiting their guruji (Spiritual Teacher). Another family of two sisters was there who would visit that place every two to three years, mostly to meet holy people (Sadhus and Sadhavis) who were known to them or their family or belonged to their home town and spend time with them. Another family we met who visited that place every year as a ritual because that is what they had pledged to do, and meet their guru who had initiated them (initiation means a mantra is given to repeat as a japa for you till realisation comes forth in you). Then there was a lady who visited the holy place because her guruji (Spiritual Teacher) had instructed her to visit every year for Kali Puja. And let me emphasize, none were wrong, all were doing what their minds prompted them to do.
I was asked by few people whether I had been initiated or not? Initially I evaded the question, but later shared that none other than the Divine Mother herself had initiated us by Her grace. Our motive of this Pilgrimage was very simple: we try to live, read, experience, and breathe the Word of Sri Ramakrishna and Mother Sarada Devi daily. I believe they are living with us in our home, our hearts and out of that love for God, we wanted to see the places where God came in human form, was born, and lived as an Avatara, and performed His leela (sport) and touched the places by His physical presence. What a great privilege for all the living human beings of this age and those of times to come, that an Avatara had been here just 175 years ago and His presence is immaculately preserved for the devotees to see and experience. For me nothing more is required in this life time for a Pilgrimage, for I’ve seen with my own eyes the presence of an Avatara and that of His team that every Avatara brings along with Him when He makes mother earth pure once again with His touch. The aura of Swami Vivekananda can still be experienced in the room where he passed his last days at the Belur Math and left his body. His home is preserved in its original glory at the time of his existence in it. The houses of the devotees (the Anatarangs) of Thakur where Thakur and Mother blessed them with their presence are preserved with the things they used during their stay, made us feel as if it was like yesterday. No words can describe the joy we experienced.
Every Avatara brings with Him His own people – anatarangs (the inner circle ones). These souls are ever free and are called Ishwarkotis. As told by Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda was a Sapta Rishi (one of the seven celestial rishis), a part of Shiva Himself, just like Hanuman. Then there were two householder devotees Balrama Basu and Sri M. (Mahendranath Gupta, the recorder of the Kathamrita) who were also the anatarangs of Sri Chaitanya. Swami Saradananda and Swami Ramakrishnananda were the disciples of Jesus – John and James. Swami Brahmananda also called Rakhal Maharaj was the cowherd companion, Rakhal, of Sri Krishna in Vrindavan.
I realised that to enjoy something of someone, you have to love that person first; instead of knowing someone and then loving her which is a completely different experience. Therefore, today I want to reiterate through my experience that we have to first develop love for God. Let us not see what He can do for us in times of need but love Him for who He is. May God bless you with a deep devotion for Himself and may you experience His love – Shalini 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)
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.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
Incarnation are all the personifications of Ishwara. In the ocean of Sat-Chit-Ananda a wave rises up in one time and it is called Krishna. Another wave rises at another place some time later and it is called Christ.
-Sri Ramakrishna Parmahansa