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    Smile Lighting the lamp of love

    THE TOI AHMEDABAD -17.10.2009

    DARK AND LIGHT - By Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

    "If you want to light a lamp, you need four things. First a container, second oil, third a wick and fourth a match box. If any one of these is lacking, you cannot light the lamp. This lamp can, however, remove only the darkness that lies outside. How is the darkness in the heart to be removed? It can be removed only by JNANA JYOTI, the light of wisdom, and by nothing else> How is this spiritual light to be lit? This also needs four elements. VAIRAGYA OR DETACHMENT is the container.
    BHAKTI OR DEVOTION is the oil.
    EKAAGRATA, one-pointed conentration, is the wick.
    JANANA OR KNOWLEDGE of the Supreme Truth is the matchstick.
    Without all the four, the light of spiritual wisdom cannot be got".

    LIGHTING THE LAMP OF LOVE - By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
    "For an oil lamp to burn, the wick has to be in the oil, yet out of the oil. If the wick is drowned in oil, it cannot bring light. Life is like the wick of the lamp; you have to be in the world yet remaining untouched by it. If you are drowned in the materialism of the world, you cannot bring joy and knowledge in your life. By being the world, yet not drwoning in the worldly aspect of it, we can be the light of joy and knowledge. Lamps are lit on this day not just to decorate homes, but also to communicate this profound truth.

    Every human being has some good qualities. Every lamp that you light is symbolic of this. By lighting the lamp of wisdom in you, you light up latent values and by acquiring knowledge; you awaken all the facets of your being. When they are lit and awakened, it is Deepawali. Don't be satisfied with lighting just one lamp; light a thousand, for you need to light many lights to dispel the darkness of ignorance.

    Another profound symbolism is in the firecrackers. In life, you often become like a firecracker, waiting to explode with your pent-up emotions, frustration and anger. When you suppress your emotions, cravings, aversions, hatred, you reach a bursting point. Bursting crackers is a psychological exercise to release bottled-up emotions. When you see an explosion outside, you feel similar sensations within you as well. Along with the explosion, there is so much light. Let go of these emotions, so serenity dawns. You can experience newness when you discard these pent-up emotions. Deepawali means to be in the present, so drop the regrets of the past and the worries of the future and live in the moment.

    Sweets and gifts symbolise the dispelling of the bitterness and renewal of friendship. Deepawali is a time to throw light on the wisdom you have gained and welcome a new beginning. When true wisdom dawns, it gives rise to celebration. But don't let celebration make you lose your focus and awareness. To maintain awareness in teh midst of celebrations, the ancients created rituals; puja brings sacredness. For the same reason, Deepawali is also the time for pujas that add depth to the festivities by infusing the spiritual aspect.

    Celebration includes the spirit of seva or service. Share. In giving, we receive. Celebration also means dissolving all differences and basking in the glory of the atman. Happiness and wisdom have to be spread and that can happen when all come together and celebrate in knowledge.

    Deepawali is the celebration of the wisdom thus born. For the one who is not in knowledge, Deepawali comes only once a year, but for the wise, Deepawali is every moment and every day. This Deepawali, celebrate with knowledge and take a sankalpa (intention) to serve humanity.

    Light the lamp of love in your heart; the lamp of abundance in your home; the lamp of compassion to serve others; the lamp of knowledge to dispel the darkness of ignorance and the lamp of gratitude for the abundance that the Divine has bestowed on us. Light dispels darkness and when the darkness of ignorance within you is dispelled through the light of wisdom, goodness prevails".

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    Default "DIP INTO YOUR OWN NATURE" - Talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji

    The Speaking Tree - Times of India Ahmedabad 8.10.2010
    "Navaratri is observed to celebrate the victory of spirit over inertia, pride, shame, craving and aversion. We rejoice in the three primordial qualities that make up the universe.

    The first three days of Navaratri are attributable to tamo guna, signifying depression, fear and emotional instability; the second three to rajo guna characterised by anxiety and feverishness and the last three days to sattva guna that pertains to calm, peace and dynamism.

    When we move from tamo guna to sattva, victory happens. That is, we overcome our own devilish tendencies like raag dvesh - cravings and aversions, raktabijakshur or inertia and dhumralochan or laziness. By venerating Mother Divine during Navaratri, we harmonise the three gunas and elevate sattva in the atmosphere. The nine nights of the festival are enriched with subtle energy as 64 impulses of the Mother Divine that govern subtle creation rekindled with yagnas and chanting.

    Navaratri is also the time to reflect on and renew the inner depth of our lives. Krishna used to do a lot of Devi puja during Navaratri. He said, "I take a dip in my own Prakriti (nature) and come out to create anew". So, take a dip in your own nature and come out fresh and new. The yagnas that are conducted during Navaratri have all the aspects of life beautifully covered. They bring rejuvenation at the three levels of our existence - physical, subtle and causal.

    During these nne nights, we should keep our mind in Divine consciousness. When negative forces haunt us, we are disturbed and we grumble. To get relief, we need to go to the source of energy within. The seeker returns to the source through fasting, prayer, silence and meditation. While fasting detoxifies the body, silence purifies speech and rsts the chattering mind, and meditation takes one deep into one's own being.

    That Navaratri is time to shed our inertia and other negative tendencies is beautifully encompassed in the symbolism of the bull being overcome by Devi. What do we call someone who is dull, thick-skinned and insensitive? A buffalo! Only the Mother Divine can destroy this buffalo with the collective energy of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Just a baby's gestation period in the womb is nine months before it is born, Devi took nine days to rest and emerged as pure love and devotion on the tenth day. With that purity and devotion, Devi overcame the buffalo inertia and dullness.

    There are many stories on how the Divine Mother manifested to restore peace and order by slaying asuras or demons - Madhu and Kaitabha, Mahishasura and Shumbha and Nishumbha. These demons are symbolic of the negative forces that can take over anyone at any time. Madhu is craving and Kaitabha means aversion. Raktabhijakshur means deeply ingrined negativities and obsessions. Mahishasura means dullness. It is symbolic of heaviness and inertia. Divine Shakti brings energy, and inertia is lifted.

    Though Navaratri is celebrated as the victory of good over eveil, the actual fight is not between good and evil. From the Vedantic point of view, the victory is of the absolute reality over the apparent duality. Navaratri is time to drop the separateness and recognise that life in everything. Mother Divine or pure consciousness pervades all forms and names. Recognising the one divinity in every form and every name is celebration of Navaratri. Hence, special pujas honouring all aspects of life and nature are performed during the last three days".

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    TOI Ahmedabad 12.11.2010
    The Speaking Tree - Satsang -
    EGO AND IMPATIENCE by Shri Swami Sukhabodhananda
    (Excerpt from Swamiji's book `Roar Your Way to Excellence. For details www.prasannatrust.org)
    "How long should we wait for others to live up to our expectations?

    Listen to a story. A family of tortoises went on a picnic. They packed food and set out to a place they had selected, behind the hills. When they reached the spot, they unpacked their picnic basket. They found they had forgotten to bring salt. Food without salt is tasteless. The youngest tortoise being faster than the others, was asked to go back and get salt.

    The youngest objected. What if in the meantime the snacks were eaten up? They assured him they would wait for him. Six months passed, and there was no sign of the youngest tortoise. So the rest of the family decided to open the basket and eat the snacks. When they opened the snack basket, the little tortoise jumped out of the bushes and screamed, "I knew you would not wait till i came back. For six months i have been hiding in the bushes to make sure you would not eat without me. Now my suspicion has been confirmed, and i am not going to get the salt".

    Some of us are like the suspicious tortoise: we waste time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. In stead of doing the right thing ourselves, we wait for others to act in ways we expect them to. We have not learned to enjoy doing what our intuitive judgment tells us is the right thing to do.

    Is stress related to egoism?

    Yes, very much. Egoism implies that we think we are more important than others, and that what we believe, is the truth. Ego means our point of view is more important than that of others, more important than even truth. So we are trapped within our point of view. NOt only are we arrogant about our point of view, we believe in our infalibility. Arrogance and stubbornness create stress.

    When self-interest or ego prevails in our mind, we begin to compete with everyone for everything, no matter what the cost. We do not see beyond our self-gratification.

    Be playful and flexible. If you need to work long hours in the office, enjoy it, play with it. Convert the workplace into a fun place with commitment.

    Then you don't work for joy, work itself becomes joy.

    Drop the `i' and `mine' and live in the `we'. The universe is one. Without the ego, we experience a beautiful connectedness with everything else in the great chain of being: with the birds, starts, sky and trees. You can envision them to be different parts of your body, or yourself to be part of one or more of them. It is this connectedness that is known as `Nirvana'. Reality is unity and illusion is division.

    What lies at the root of impatience?

    We have to trust the universe with its own ways of opening and closing windows of opportunity and doors to happiness and prosperity. We have to learn to be patient. Impatience is a result of lack of trust. We trust our ego and not the miracle of life. Patience is predicated on the faith that God knows better than we ever can hope to know what is good for us. Impatience, on the other hand, asserts, "God should be clear enough to let me have things my own way because, after all what i want is paramount".

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    sir very insightful... and humbling

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