Live for the present, and be happy
By Shri Ganpatrao Maharaj Kannur - CHENNAI
06th September 2012 08:15 AM
Many sadhakas do very little sadhana, but talk a lot. They proudly show off and take pleasure in deriding other sadhakas. A wise discriminating sadhaka is quick to grasp essential aspects of sadhana which he masters and makes use of. He can manage both worldly tasks and sadhana. The concentration achieved in sadhana helps to complete the worldly tasks with ease. This is possible by the personal guidance of a sadguru. During the day, most of the time a sadhaka can remain in his normal natural sahaj state. He will not indulge in worthless chit-chat and other such activities which comes in the way of sadhana.
Do not succumb to pressure: When you are following a path of spiritual endeavour, worldly wise friends and neighbours try to get you away from paramartha. They do this by finding fault with your sadhana and your sadguru by posing as your well wisher. Be fearless and forthright and show your commitment to sadhana. Stick to it no matter what others might say. At the same time don’t be a hypocrite and say ‘I am the Parabrahma untainted by anything, I am untouched by the body and mind.’ The good and bad are all the qualities that belong to the mind. I am aloof from them and hence there is no need for me to do any sadhana, stops this convenient argument. But carry on with the sadhana under the guidance of sadguru. The shravana becomes experiential shravana, when it is accompanied by manana and nidhidyasana, otherwise it results in mere bookish knowledge.
Overcome fear and worry with reasoning: You are assailed by unfounded fears, rather than actual dangers. Unfortunate events like death in the family and theft of valuables may take place once in a life time.
The suffering that follows such tragedy is understandable, though this could also be overcome by spiritual knowledge. But people suffering from imagined calamities is completely unwarranted. When you start imagining, even a small and insignificant irritation assumes the magnitude of a mountain. Why not think about the most certain event — death itself. Once you annihilate the fear of death through jnana all other smaller fears will melt away on their own.
Live in the present: Do not look back and peep into the future. Do not dwell in the past. Do not indulge in wishful thinking about the future. Everything that has occurred in the past has passed on irrevocably. Also, do not indulge in wild thoughts without rhyme and reason. The feeling of incompleteness and absence of happiness are the root of this worrying about the future. Do not build castles in the air. These thoughts offer an illusion of happiness for this moment, only to throw you into dept of utter hopelessness the next moment.
People indulge in thoughts of happy situations. If you think you will be happy when some of these dreams come true, you are only chasing a mirage. Do not entertain hallowed expectations.
Do not make issues out of small and petty things, and stop all thoughts about the future. Carry out your tasks in your daily life with peace, contentment and happiness.
Forget the past and stop all thoughts about the future. Be happy as you now are, and enjoy peace.
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