Posts Tagged ‘Thakur’
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
Friday, January 20th, 2017
Once again a very happy and blessed New Year to you and your family. January is not only a month to celebrate a New Year but also Lohri, Makarsankranti, Pongal and Republic Day. So wishes to you for these occasions too. Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I would like to share with you the importance of January 01.
For us it is not only an opportunity given by God for a new beginning in every walk of life but January 01 holds a very important significance. Before I tell you the actual reason, let me give you a background to it. Sri Ramakrishna the incarnate of Sri Ram, Sri Krishna and Jesus, was suffering from cancer in his last days in that body. To give him a better environment his devotees brought him to Cossipore Garden House in Calcutta so that he could have an open environment and fresh air which would help his body recover. This was also the place where Thakur Sri Ramakrishna went into Mahasamadhi in August 1886. Here also once when Swami Vivekananda was massaging Thakur’s feet, a thought struck Swamiji that at this moment if Thakur says that He is God incarnate, he would believe Him to be an Avatara and as soon as the thought came to Swamiji’s mind Thakur said ‘Je Ram Je Krishna, idanim Ramakrishna (One who was Ram and Krishna, He is now Ramakrishna) Swamiji was a transformed person after that and would even eat the vomit of Thakur, repenting why he didn’t believe Thakur all this while as being an Avatara.
Here also one very interesting incident happened on January 1, 1886. Thakur was so unwell that even for changing side on bed, he needed two people to help Him. His room was on the first floor of the house and on the ground floor room all the young boys who were later initiated into becoming monks of the Ramakrishna order were sitting, doing their own things. Thakur came down all by Himself towards a mango tree near the gate where only the householder devotees sat discussing about Thakur. As soon as Girish Chandra Ghosh, a householder devotee (who was the first among devotees to recognise Thakur as an Avatara) saw Him, he fell on Thakur’s feet crying that you have come for me Lord to free me of the bondage of birth and death, the tears from his eyes sent Thakur in Samadhi and that is when He showed His real Self (virat roop) to the devotees) and blessed all the devotees saying- Chaitnya hok! Meaning may you be illumined. That put all the house holder devotees in ecstasy and some of them started crying and others started to laugh and saw their chosen deity (Ishta).
All this while the would-be monks who were on the ground floor were oblivious of this happening. After that day January 1 has been celebrated as the Kalpataru Day. And anyone who goes to Thakur with a pure heart receives from Him whatsoever he so desires.
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.
Friday, September 16th, 2016
Sri Ramakrishna while talking to the devotees one day said, ‘When the storekeeper is working in the store, the owner does not look into the daily working of the store.’ Same way when your ego is working for you, God does not take your responsibility.
One might wonder without ego one would be taken advantage of, people may fool you around and if ‘I’ the ego is not there, then, who am I, what would my existence be? To this again, Thakur has answered beautifully. He says – if the ego does not go away in any way then turn your ego towards God. Say ‘I’ am the child of God, ‘I’ listen to God alone, my source of everything is He. This ego is good. Thakur said just like mishri (lump of refined sugar) does not come under the category of sweets and hence does not do any harm to health, so does ego for God brings no harm to oneself.
So leave the bad ego, I am the doer, this is my family, this is my work, this is my house, I am so educated, I am so qualified, I work in such a big company, I earn so much, this is bad ego. And inculcate the good ego, that I am the child of God.
Spend time with God and surrender your ego to Him.
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