04 Dec Tips for Daily Sadhana

Souls on the path of spiritual development practice Sadhana of various kinds. Depending on the exact path chosen, aspirants follow many procedures, rituals, actions and thought processes. Bhakti, devotion to God with loving sentiments is the sweetest path towards God realization. It has been repeated declared...

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08 Nov Karm Yog – How to overcome Desire? (Part 2)

In the previous article, we set about to learn how desires could be overcome. We learnt how Shri Krishna cautions Arjun about the pitfalls of desire and the nature of the senses.

How then can we overcome desire so that the mind rests in peace for ever? The secret lies in a very fundamental error in our judgement. Deep inside our intellect, a decision lies firmly entrenched that 'we' are the body. All that we associate is usually with the body or the mind. Subsequently, all that we seek as the source of happiness is material in nature because we 'think' that providing pleasure to the body will give us happiness. In short, we consider the individual identity to be the body. We associate ourselves with the body and consider the 'I' to be this gross body. This is the fundamental error. If we realize that the true 'I' is the soul, which means, 'I am the soul and not the body', we will automatically begin searching for happiness related to the soul. Its that simple!
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06 Oct The Importance of Faith

In the previous articles, a lot of stress was laid on the essence of Karm Yog and the philosophy that one must not hanker for the fruits of actions. Shree Krishna has instructed us in many verses that we must keep our minds attached to him while performing our daily chores and duties.

Moving forward, we learn about one of the most important aspects in spirituality which is very essential for our growth - Faith. In verse 31, chapter 3 of the Bhagavad Gita, Shree Krishna says,

ye me matam idaṁ nityam anutiṣhṭhanti mānavāḥ śhraddhāvanto ’nasūyanto muchyante te ’pi karmabhiḥ

Those who abide by these teachings of mine, with profound faith and free from cavil, are released from the bondage of karma.

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13 Jul Karm Yog – Should I be a Sanyasi?

In our previous discussion about Karm-Yog and working without desires, we learnt how to work without worrying much about the fruit of action. This forms the essence of Karm-Yog. There is another path known as Karm Sanyas, and many intellectuals debate hard on which path is the best one to take.

Is Karm-Yog is best one or is it Karm Sanyas? Some people think that Karm Sanyas is superior and hence the best and only way towards Krishna consciousness. What is Karm Sanyas?

Renouncing your profession and family to practice sadhana is the path of Karm Sanyas.  The word 'Sanyas' means renounce or give up. The life of a renunciate is not cakewalk as it may seem from far.   Many difficulties, obstacles and issues need to be resolved, just as in any worldly vocation.  At the moment, you may find that along with practicing your profession and family life, you are unable to remember God and Guru, and you wish to take Sanyas.  If you were to tread the path of a Sanyasi, and then realize that you are still unable to remember God and Guru as intensely as required, what would be the situation? You would neither be a true Sanyasi nor a Karm Yogi.

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02 Jul Karm Yog – Working Without Desire

Karm Yog requires detachment from the fruits of actions. Such detachment comes by practicing discrimination with the intellect. Hence, Shree Krishna has interestingly called it buddhi yog, or “Yog of the Intellect.”

Having motivated Arjun from the mundane level, Shree Krishna now moves deeper into the science of work. Arjun had expressed his fear that by killing his enemies he would incur sin. Shree Krishna addresses this apprehension. He advises Arjun to do his duty, without attachment to the fruits of his actions. Such an attitude to work will release him from any sinful reactions. When we work with selfish motives, we create karmas, which bring about their subsequent karmic reactions.

The Māṭhar Śhruti states,

“If you do good deeds, you will go to the celestial abodes; if you do bad deeds, you will go to the nether regions; if you do a mixture of both, you will come back to the planet Earth.”

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16 Jun Karm Yog for Everyone – Stress Relief

In our previous article on Karm Yog, we discussed the importance of working or serving without attachment. Extending our learning of how to implement the principles of Karm Yog, how do we learn to de-stress ourselves?

When we are in satsang, we feel relaxed, de-stressed and at peace with everything. But as we leave the satsang and continue with our daily chores, the stress level increases.  How do we relieve stress permanently?

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05 Jun Karm Yog for Everyone

There are two ways of remembering God and Guru.  The first way is to sit down and meditate on Them.  The second way is to work in the consciousness “I am doing this work for Their pleasure.”  The second way may be more difficult, but it takes us to a higher level of Divine love.  This is because it develops the spirit of seva, or service.

Even though your present job may be burdensome, you can easily do the second kind of remembrance.  Whatever you earn from your job, use a portion of it to serve the mission of your Spiritual Master.  In this way, by offering the fruits of your work to God, you will develop the consciousness that you are working for His pleasure.  You will then not look at your work as separate from your devotion, but as an integral part of it.  

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22 May Devotion – Action and Inaction

Are we responsible for our actions? People some times think that practice of devotion is not in the hands of the person but completely dependent on God. How true is it? Spiritual progress is all about self effort and how much we involve the mind. Many people diminish the need for self-effort in their minds by saying, "Nothing is in our hands.  God is seated within us.  He is the doer of all our actions, and we act as He inspires us."
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12 May Destiny

Many of us get excited and express a lot of curiosity in our 'destiny'. What will be my future like? Will i be successful? The matter of destiny and free will is really very simple. What is destiny? It is not something that comes to us out of the blue. Destiny is determined by the karmas (that include thoughts and actions committed by our mind and senses) that we performed previously by our free will. You may even say that it is another name for our own past karmas. Another name for it is prarabdh, and it is decided at the time of birth, based on the karmas of our endless past lives. However, God has also given us a certain amount of free will that permits us to think and act as we wish. Actions performed by exercise of our free will are called purusharth.
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01 Apr Our Relationship with God – Part 2

We established earlier that Shree Krishna is our eternal father and our eternal relationship is with Him alone. We could question, how does the body, made of the insentient power Maya, display the symptoms of consciousness, and work as if it is sentient? Is this not astonishing? The mind travels faster than the wind. Seeing that the mind is made from the insentient power Maya, how is this possible? Actually, this can be explained easily. the presence of the soul is making the senses, mind and intellect function as if they are sentient. When the soul makes its departure - we call this phenomenon death - the body and the sense-organs still exist, but they do not function any longer. The eyes are intact, but they do not see.
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