Thursday, November 2, 2017

Subtlest Means

The time has come that the man is awakened to the need of Spirituality.  The force of Creation has created  outward tendencies in man.  That is why in course of time, he has created several worlds which has resulted in making him complex. The present imperfect state of mind is the result of his own doings. Unfortunately, the basic fact that God is simple and can be achieved by simple means is lost sight of.  It has been preached from almost all platforms that realisation  of the Absolute(God) is beyond the capacity of the common man.  This mistaken notion, prompted by self styled gurus, has settled down in almost everybody's heart, and today they have even lost the craving for higher aspirations. 

The  common man has as much right and capacity to realise God as those sitting in the hierarchy of religion, rather more.  What is needed is a correct and natural path followed with complete devotion. Sahaj Marg urges upon people to realise this simple truth and apply it in their routine of life. 

God is the Subtlest Being, and in order to realise Him the subtlest means are the only way. This does not mean that for realising God one has to ignore the needs of physical body or empirical world.  If perchance we fall upon the means which go on adding grossness we shall definitely remain away from the Vision of Absolute Reality.  It is an established fact that meditation is a subtle method provided the object of meditation is not concrete. That is why, under Sahaj Marg, we advice to meditate supposing the presence of Divine Light in the heart. The Upanishads also corroborate this.  This practice, supported by the transmission of the Divine Effulgence, becomes subtler and subtler until it becomes the subtlest. 

The job of the teacher is the component factor in weaving the destiny of man's life.  It is a fact beyond doubt that an abhyasi cannot go above by his own effort after a certain level of improvement because he comes in contact with the subtle force which he cannot cross.  In the lower stages also, it becomes difficult if he proceeds by his own effort.  The human consciousness is there which only he is aware of.  He is to go into the Divine Consciousness one after the other, which will ultimately lead him to the Goal. 

It is our sad tale that we do not even think of Divinity in its real state because we have not yet created the environment of that type.  We go backward to darkness instead of going face to face with Light and we boast of it. So we remain far away from Reality.  We do not want to listen, even if these things are brought to our view because we have lost the power of discrimination, affected by the present environment, created by ungodly god-persons. Things will change if humanity is to rise--and humanity has to rise--whether it may be by the lash of time or by experience which will take sometime.

This is a collection from the messages delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahaj Marg, posted by B.E.Sampth Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Natural Path

The system promulgated by the Mission is known as Sahaj Marg, or the Natural Path of Realisation of the One, the Ultimate.  Unfortunately, the realisation of the Absolute has so far been thought to be the hardest job almost beyond the capacity of a common man.  This mistaken notion prompted by the misplaced teachings and preachings of the so-called leaders of religion, has so deeply settled down in almost every heart that the very craving for higher aspiration seems to have died out therefrom. 

God is simple and can be achieved by simple means.  This is what Sahaj Marg stands for and presents to the world.  The purpose of the Mission  is served if people begin to realise this simple truth and apply it in their daily routine of life. 

 As a matter of fact, the very simplicity of Nature is in itself the veil which serves as an impediment in the way of our progress.  Under the SahajMarg System, this toilsome task is accomplished very easily by the help and support of the preceptor, through the Yogic process of Pranahuti or transmission.  Yoga begins to settle down when the impressions caused by our thoughts and actions begin to be wiped off from our mind.  Sahaj Marg proceeds on with it from the very beginning. 

To know more about Sahaj Marg, Pranahuti, Preceptor, Realisation etc., the readers are requested to see the other spiritual articles in this web site. 

This is a collection from the  messages delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahaj Marg, posted by B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Role of Nature

We should do our duty to uplift Mankind, not minding whether they are doing their duty towards us properly.  We believe that it is the highest moral which we should achieve,  though   with some troubles and sacrifices on our part. This is a part of saintliness.  When we work, it is but natural that some hurdles are also there.  Gradually they diminish. There are good people  everywhere hankering for Him. If we do service, success will surely  dawn. Blessed are those who have a glimpse of Divinity, even though it may be momentary.

 In the Sahaj Marg System, very higher things sometimes come even in the lower stages.  That means Nature is fomenting one with fire of devotion. Cold and heat are almost the same but with a little difference.  The lower part of it is heat, because weightless weight is there above it. If both naturalise, that is the real realisation.  So, only remove the weight and you will find no density.  Air is dense when it is touching the earthly substance. If that touching is gone, you will feel equality in all matters. Nature opens one hand and not two at the same time. If there is cold at one place the hot wave is nearby.  This thing is going on from the time immemorial.  It is the wisdom of the human being to make use of these things in His favour.  We are a part of the cycle of this Existence or, in plain words, we are a part of nature. We should abide by Nature and not try to beat Nature. If all things are changed to co-operate with Nature, balance develops, and that is what we want.  This balance is developed by abhyas.

When the idea is there, action comes as its result.  If meaning is there, words are also there.  When you dilapidate all these, reality begins to dawn, till it grows to its full length giving fruits and flowers.  Merging, of course, is the chief thing which is bestowed upon the simple being, and a simple man is He who knows nothing about himself.  Longing for Reality brings a person to the right path.It gives a new life to the sleeping condition of a man and prepares him for the highest approach reserved for human beings. Not only that, it transforms the whole  being, shattering all obstacles in the way of progress.  The true meaning of Realisation is "Death of Death" or "End of End".  If a man is absorbed in this condition, it means the way is clear now.

Wish and pray that all of us, rather the whole of Humanity may have the tasteless taste of the Reality and that also at the earliest, but for that we  will have to strive hard.  May He give us the strength to do it.

This is a  collection from the messages delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahaj Marg, Posted by B,E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandrji Seva Trust, Kadapa. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ultimate Solution

God is simple and the method followed to achieve Him is also simple and straight. Man, technically termed homo sapiens i.e., wise man, has tried to seek God. Thought when purely divine, can reach the Source without fail.  If corrupted with attributes and qualities, realisation also becomes corrupted and degraded.  Gross methods give grosser results.

Meditation on the simple, pure and Ultimate alone can save man in his crisis. This surely makes him more and more simple, bringing him closer and closer to the original home.  As you think, so you become.

There should be the subtlest method to realise the Subtlest Being(God).There should be one method,one Master and one God.  Of course, selection you will have to do yourself.

The density of the thought can only be removed if we take to the subtler  method. If you want Divinity, the method should be easy, smooth and natural. A boy likes toy in his tender age, and as he grows older, love for the toy is gone.  He seeks other things for his enjoyument which are subtler than those he loved earlier.

People follow what they want and do as they desire, but expect the result which is so dear to them and to their Master(Guru).The result is a sort of block is formed.  This hides Reality and keeps It out of the sight of an abhyasi. People do Japa, without even knowing how to do it.  Similarly, there are other modes of worship which they do in order to please themselves, but not to please God. The result is mechanicalness instead of naturalness in them. In this way, they see the mirror from its back.

It is a pity that we do not read authenticated books, say Raj Yog.  Raj Yog sets in when other things accumulated by wrong practices are gone. Preceptors clean grossness out but people enwrap it again. So you have to seek the solution  yourself, jut as you have to walk on your own legs.  Of course, energy is needed for it, for which the Masters help is indispensable and is ever available.

A collection from the messages delivered  by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahaj Marg, posted by B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Worship - The Real Sadhana

All the religions in the world have prescribed one way or the other for the realization of God--the Immaterial Absolute. They have also given higher ideals of life and most of the people have begun to follow them. As the time went on, they began to peep into other sides as well, because the scythe of time brought about these changes in them.  The environment of the living world began to attract them and the necessities of life compelled them to take the other course.  Arts and crafts also developed and deities of different sorts were carved out by the artists under the name of different Gods and people worshiped them.

The wise men of the times, to start with, had to prescribe those modes of worship that may, ultimately, take them to Yoga--the sure-shot of Realisation.  But, according to the laws  of Nature, devolution follows evolution and vice versa.  Their minds did not travel further to the real side with the result that the images became personified God. The way of worship is forgotten, the outcome of which we see even this day. Grossness has developed to the extent that it has become an impediment to the  Divine Grace. The higher approaches are not possible if the accumulation of grossness continues. The beauty of the Sahaj Marg System is that it cleans the grossness for His Grace to descend.  But, in case the accumulation of grossness is there, an abhyasi falters and lingers at each step. 

Another difficulty that comes in the way  is that the people of this age have begun to fear Yoga because, whenever, there is a talk of Yoga, their mind is diverted towards Hath Yoga, deep breathing and so on which might have harmed so many.  There are several persons who did not want to test the efficacy of our Sahaj Marg System, the remodeled system of Raj Yoga, because they are satisfied with what they do. Due to their habits they feel satisfaction in the worship they do out of their avowed method. They take it to be the spiritual improvement which is really not there.  They take satisfaction as peace.  But satisfaction relates to the senses of grosser type while peace is close to the soul.  If this worship is neglected for a day they feel restless.   But if the peace be there, there is no question of restlessness. As we develop in Spirituality, the nature of peace also changes and, in the end, non-peace is the result.  If we want to advance in Spirituality we should begin from Infinity to finiteness.  In this way we establish relation with the Real Being. 

Our next step will be that we may begin to absorb  ourselves in Infinity as the idea of finiteness will be washed away.  Now, the door is opened and we have come to the path.  When finitenesss  is dissipated from the mind, the way lies clear.  We proceed in the Infinite and to the Infinite, with the result that even the idea of Infinite cannot pop up.  Now Reality dawns. Further on, when we have jumped into Reality, the play ends and the scene begins.  But this is not the end.  Go on and on.  Not only this, not only this--neti,neti

This is a collection from the messages delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahajmarg, Posted by B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva Trust, Kadapa. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Divine Grace

Almost all systems of sadhana have two aspects--one self practice or abhyas and the other the Master's help and support.  In order to develop the required condition, self effort(abhyas) alone is not all or even enough.  It must be supplemented by  Divine Grace which is the one essential for the purpose. 

Only a person capable of transmitting Divine Grace through the Yogic Process of Pranahuti is fit to become a Master.  The selection  of such a worthy Master is certainly a problem. An easy method of judging a worthy Guru(Master) is when you happen to come in contact with one, try to understand whether or not His association promotes in you a feeling of peace and calmness, and the restless tendencies of your mind seem to be silenced for the time being at least, without causing any weighty effect upon it. If it is so, you must thereby conclude that He can be a fit person to help you in the solution of your life problem. 

In Sahajmarg, Divine Grace is directed towards an abhyasi through the process of Pranahuthi(transmission).  As a matter of fact, what Pranahuthi does for the spiritual uplift of an abhyasi and removal of complexities in a short time, independent efforts cannot achieve even in a full decade.  Serious difficulties arise when meditation is practised independently in accordance with the old methods prescribed in books.  Under the old system, one has to keep on struggling with the mind in order to suppress its unceasing activities. This continues all the time and there is practically no meditation at all, and all the time given to meditation is lost in struggling against and trying to suppress thoughts and tendencies. 

In order to overcome this greatest difficulty, under Sahaj Marg, one has simply to connect oneself with the power of the Master(Guide) whose mind, senses and faculties are all thoroughly disciplined and regulated.  This power then begins to flow in regulating the tendencies of an abhyasi's mind also.  The Master's help is, therefore, of prime value for sure success. 

Usually people initially aim at the cessation of the activities of the mind. This can best be achieved by linking ourselves with the Great Power which is beyond the range of senses or, in other words, one who has transcended its limits.  By connecting ourselves with such a person with love and devotion and by practicing meditation in the right manner, we begin to get transformed accordingly.  In short, we have to break down one by one the bondages which serve to keep us down under limitations and tensions.  

May Grace descent and bring peace and order to the World and to humanituy.

This is a  collection from the messages delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahajmarg, posted by B.E. Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Love Universal

Things come and go, but we remain the same.  If we thoroughly scrutinize ourselves, changeless state is there, but we are connected with the changeable and either we take interest in it or hate it, and both of them are the links for bondage.  We should rise above all these things if we want to live a peaceful life.  Sahajmarg brings out these results if we do practice it with interest.

Many say that they are trying hard to raise themselves from the mire of thoughts and emotions.  It is of course, the duty of an abhyasi and he is awakened to that state and work starts in that colour.

A piece of cloth is prepared by the wisdom of the weaver.  His hands are at work but he displays his wisdom by the movement of his hands.  Wisdom has its own center, but it works through the hand also.  Similarly when the idea of betterment is there, this is the sure sign of improvement.

God has created the world so that every flower may grow in its right standard. But the lashes of time have made it to forget  the Purpose of God. So, some feel life as purpose of enjoyment, others feel life monotonous.  But the question is: What is life? It is a state of being which should remain permanently, as long as we live, thoroughly in contact with the Being(God), smelling at each step the Fragrance of the Being(God).

It is the nature of children that sometimes they feel more attached to the mother and sometimes to their father.  Love, the basis of all, is there, so the attachment is also there, of course, there may not be so many off-shoots.

We should live a life like the coot and ducks in water which, when they are out of water, have no effect of water on their wings.  Similarly we should love our parents and everyone in the family without being soiled by attachment.  This is the spiritual way of expressing the idea.

This motherly affection, so deep, for the first time shows that He has advanced a step further. That is the sign of aggravation of love.  Now, He has started learning love from the very base which moves on all other sides.

One has to remove only the brokenness and he will feel love flowing equally to one and all, and  it becomes Universal.   In that case, father, mother, husband, wife and everybody will have the same share, Love is not bad, but its proper utilisation we do not know.  That, Sahajmarg system  will teach in due course of time.

It is a hidden dictum of Nature that every soul must live a happy and restful life.  If we do otherwise, we are spoiling His world. We are all family people, but we must be moderate in all our dealings and money is also essential for us everywhere. So it becomes our duty to have it for our maintenance and good living.  But love of money for its won sake is a disease and a sort of sordid ambition. Necessities of life should be meager. Plain living and high thinking is an English proverb. Detachment in attachment is really needed.  The happiest man is he who is happy under all circumstances.

Every one may get over his difficulties and live happy life worth living for spiritualism. All may taste the beauty hidden in Love for the Ultimate.

This is a message delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahajmarg.  Posted by B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Our Real Existence

When we were born into this world for the first time, we were Pure because the Source from which we have descended or come down is Purity. The time went on, and in our innumerable births we have gathered around us different types of grossness by our actions.

In this present existence too we are performing actions, and the result is these very actions slowly form layer after layer of grossness around the original Purity, so that in course of time we come to resemble the silk worm that has spun a cocoon around itself. When man reaches this stage of His earthly existence, His life is one of artificiality and full of grossness,both at the level of action and in results. The original Purity has been reduced to a faint glimmer, and that is often scarcely perceptible.  All memory of His original Source or Homeland is now forgotten, and as action follows action the shell around Him gets harder and harder and His memory of the Source gets fainter, until it is almost completely forgotten. 

We have now come to the stage where we become disgusted with the present existence, but yet we have no memory of that pleasant and Pure State which is our Real existence.  This is because we have become accustomed to this existence, whereas the Other has been almost totally forgotten. 

The only way out of this existence is to return to the Source.  To find the way back,by unravelling the strands binding us, may not be possible except with the help of a Guide who has connected Himself to the Source, and who can, therefore, loosen the knots binding us by the Power of His Transmission of the highest consciousness. 

The first and almost immediate effect of the Transmission is to give peace and calmness which can hardly be expressed in words.  This experience in meditation helps to gently remind us of the Source to which we must return, and repeated experience strengthens the Remembrance of  our Original Home,and so loosens the bondage of the present life.  As the Transmission takes us to deeper and deeper levels of Remembrance, our journey to the Source becomes firmly established. 

All of us may be granted this experience to see the light of the day. 

This is the message delivered by Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahaj Marg, in the year 1970. To know more about Guide, Spirituality, Homeland etc., our readers are requested to see the articles related to Spirituality in this website.

Posted by B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva Trust, Kadapa. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Easiest way of Realization of God

Which is the easiest way of realization of God?

We belong to the country where religious spirit has ever been flowing in one or the other form.  Diverse means are adopted for the purpose of gaining the objective of life.  They may be correct if the heart is connected with it in the real sense, so as to be absorbed in the essence of real life. 

We are bred to have union with Reality which we have emerged from.  We have brought with us the very essence of Infinity and we should try to keep close to it, in order to give freedom to our thought for absorption in the Infinite.  If we neglect it, we remain bound to activity of thought, and not to the Reality at the root which is limitless.  

Hymns and prayers offered generally result in flattery when one is dumb to the real spirit of the essential character. 

Great teachers have always been actively speculating to devise means and methods of higher approach, though the solution is quite at hand.  Really, the path nearest to yourself is the path nearest to God.  

Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj has rendered wonderful service to humanity in this respect by providing the easiest means of gaining the objective of life.  His methods are so easy that their easiness has become a veil for common understanding.  

Simple and subtle means are needed for the realisation of the subtlest Being.  Realisation has been represented as a very difficult and complicated job.  This offers great discouragement to people who are thereby scared away from it.  

Such ideas should be banished from the mind, for they weaken the will which is the only instrument to help us on our onward march. Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj has suggested a simple process which can be followed by all quite easily. 

If one can sell his  heart, i.e., make a gift of it to the Divine Master,  hardly anything more remains to be done.  This shall naturally bring him to the state of absorbency in the Infinite Reality.  The adoption of this easy and simple technique makes the beginning of the process the very end of it.  

The impulse begins to flow in automatically transforming the entire being of an individual.  What else except a tiny heart can be the fittest offering for the achievement of the dearest objective of life?

To effect the surrender of heart in the easiest way, only an act of will is required.  But the lighter and finer the will, the more effective shall be its working.  An act of will, lying in the form of a seed of an insignificant volume in the deeper core of consciousness, shall soon develop into a full fledged tree stretching its branches all over. 

Finally, the adoption of the method is sure to bring in an attitude of renunciation from the very first day.  A courageous start is all that is needed for the purpose. May the true seeker see the light and wake up to the call of his real  Self. 

My personal  view is, in this article Sri Ramchandraji, shows an easy and effective method to the aspirants of God realization.  It is mentioned in Bhagavatgeetha that if any one offers, water, leaves, flowers and fruits with devotion, the God will receive them.  

"patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah"

-- BhagavadGita Chapter 9

This means:

If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit a water, I will accept it.

In my view the above things i.e., Leaves, Flowers, Fruits and Water are all created by God and human beings cannot create them.  

Even the oblations (puddings prepared by us,) we offer to the God,  the raw materials are created by God only. We are unable to create any thing. 

At times we may not be able to offer any one of  the above also to the God, for example while in journey, or in case of hospitalization, etc. 

But Heart (Hrudaya Kamalam)  is our own and we can utilize it in good/ bad deeds according to our will. It is always with us till our death. So our Master told us to gift our heart to the God which is better than offering water, leaves, flowers, fruits, oblations, etc.

In this condition one  performs all the activities  in the sense of duty to God.  For whom everything is his duty whether it is concerned with his family or with other people whatever it may be. He becomes egoless and  an instrument in the hands of God,   feels that everything is going on automatically and his responsibility is to live in tune with nature according to the will of God. 

A collection from the writings of Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj,  Sahajmarg Founder, by B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva Trust, Kadapa.

The Purpose of Life

What is the Purpose of Life?

Our ancestors have started their  ways of realization  in the forests, away from the life of action, foresaking all ties of worldly connection with their fellow beings and others.

We, under the Sahaj Marg System try to create such an atmosphere around us, in our homes, so that they serve the purpose of forests.

What we do is to attach ourselves more to God, and the result is that non-attachment follows automatically as a corollary.  We thus come to the state of vairagya in a natural way without any effort  on our part.

There should be a goal before us, and we should try to attain it in the most natural way.

There are many methods of realization, and each one claims its efficacy as the best.  But it is our duty, before entering into any system, to consider which is the best system, and it depends upon one’s own judgment and the Grace of God to get a real method to solve the mystery of one’s life.

It is an admitted fact that the thought force of man is nearer to God. Our present degenerated state is due to the reaction of thoughts, and by the help of thoughts alone  we will be able to evolve ourselves.

So, if it is utilized in Divine pursuit it will ultimately bring us nearer to our goal.  When the God is before you, this means that you are getting the air of purity, which brings freshness to you and prepares you for further progress.

Once the initial step is taken, the other steps follow automatically, if man is restless for achievement of the Goal.

There must be one and only one goal so that one may not form different channels for the different goals.  Lord Krishna has emphasised that one should do action but should not think of the result.  

"Karmanyevadikaraste maa phaleshu kadachana |

Maa karma phalaheturbooh maate sangostva karmanee||"

Also why did He advise Nishkama Karma? 

The reason is if you think of the result you will jump into it, and the force which is to urge one to action towards the objective will be divided, and thus one will be making channels like the different canals in a river exhausting the force of the river.  So, there should be an all-out attempt to gain the One and only one objective, and one must not think of the result.  Otherwise, you will distribute your force in different channels and the force will be reduced greatly.  

God is the subtlest Being.  Somehow, if we become subtle as He is, it means Union.  In the Sahaj Marg system, we try to grow subtle from the very beginning and the teacher also tries for that.  We only think of duty as worship which may bring us to a subtler state.  We also,  check artificial vibrations which are formed, and try to have Divine Vibrations.  In this System, our whole attention  is directed towards subtleness. And hence we discard according to Yoga those things which add grossness to the System.  Thus, the thing goes on, and the time comes when grossness bids farewell and subtleness also loses its charm.  

What comes after it is nothing short of what we want and which we are seeking.  All of us may attain that conditionless condition. 

A collection from the writings of Sri Ramchandraji Maharaj, founder of Sahaj Marg, by B.E.Sampath Kumar, Abhyasi, Sri Ramchandraji Seva Trust, Kadapa. 

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