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Two Important Points

Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:02:36 +0530
To: am-global@earthlink.net
From: “Gurucaran”
Subject: Two Important Points

Baba

PS Intro: This following song was written in the Urdu language.

“Karata’ra ha’ma’re, tumhare liye yaha’n a’na’…” (P.S. 4165)

Purport:

Baba, O’ my lord, by Your grace I have come on this earth for You. Baba, whether You love me or not is Your choice, but please do not play hide and
seek with me. Baba, please remain in my close proximity so I can see and feel Your always. Baba, I also want that You should love me always. Baba,
You are the star of my eye – You are the charm of my life. Baba, without You my existence is meaningless.

Baba, You are the most attractive and divine Entity – brilliant in Your divine effulgence. Baba, Your infinite love is expressed in each and everything of this world: In the flowers’ fragrance, the children’s smiles, the beauty of the rainbow. All the sweetness comes from You. All the beauty of the entire expressed world – including the flora and fauna – everything expresses Your love. Baba, You have saturated this entire creation with Your grace-compassion. Your love resonates within each and every thing. The inherent beauty of every entity is the expression of Your love, the reflection of Your love.

Baba, whether I like it or not, I am residing in Your heart. I am within You. Baba, You are the nucleus of this entire creation. My everything is revolving around You. I do not know which form You are but the entire universe is within You. Baba, You are surrounding everything. You are within and without each and every created being. Baba, You are my Lord; You are my everything. My only duty is to serve You, to please You – and do all those things which You like. Baba, You are my ultimate Goal.

Baba, my Lord, You have brought me on this earth for You – to serve You. O my Dearmost Baba, I love you so much…

Note: ABOUT THE URDU LANGUAGE

The Urdu language originally started around Delhi when outside or overseas soldiers were not aware how to speak Hindi. They were going to the market and speaking in their own version of the local language. In this way they started interacting with the common people. Subsequently, the Urdu language first sprang up and it became known as the market language. When Hindi and Arabic were mixed, this new language took shape. And since this language was spoken by a group of soldiers using a military uniform (wardi), that is why the name of the language became known as ‘wardi’. Over time and due to a similarity in pronunciation, ‘wardi’ became ‘Urdu’. This historical and linguistic guideline Baba has given in His grammar book.

== TWO IMPORTANT POINTS ==

Namaskar
One day Baba was discussing the ‘Seven Secrets of Success’, and in that darshan He Himself differentiated between ‘worldly success’ & ‘peace’ – stating that ‘peace’ is the real charm that people want, not worldly success. Then He pointedly stated that to attain peace in day-to-day life, two more points are needed.

WHAT ARE THOSE TWO POINTS

In a nutshell, those two points are (1) Focusing on the Goal of life, and (2) Doing dhyana intermittently throughout the day.

Those are the two very special & highly unique points. And it is these two ingredients which are so keenly important for inviting peace and bliss into one’s life.

These two points are Baba’s special message to us for making our life blissful and peaceful.

So we should take this time as a special occasion & great opportunity to truly understand what Baba is saying, lest we lose out on the essence of life by not getting peace.

APPLYING THESE TWO POINTS IN OUR DAILY LIFE

WILL BRING PEACE AND BLISS

As we now embark on this endeavour of how to practically apply these two unique points to our own individual lives, we should remember that worldly success and peace are two different things.

Worldly success can often mean mundane success such as money, name, fame, prestige, career, or even health. And often times this is what people yearn for in order to get success. This is quite common. But the results are most often meagre and not at all worthy.

They are temporary – not permanent. Either such worldly gains or possessions will decay or become lost completely, thereby leaving you in tears; or, you will leave them behind when you leave this earth. Our connection with such objects is fleeting.

As Baba says, it is peace of mind, not worldly success, that people truly desire. Because peace is something higher & more subtle. Peace means balance and equipoise; in a phrase, peace means being in a spiritual flow and ensconced in His bliss. And ultimately, this is what every human yearns for.

APPLYING THESE TWO POINTS IN OUR DAILY LIFE

WILL BRING PEACE AND BLISS

Here are ways we can practice these two points on a daily basis in our practical lives. Then we will really be on the path of bliss.

#1: Focusing on the Goal of Life

Most people on this earth have no true goal in life; indeed must never even ponder, ‘Who am I, and why have I come here’. In that case their life will be nothing more than a goalless journey, utterly devoid of any real peace.

For Ananda Margiis, our Goal is crystal clear. Parama Purusa is our Goal. And this we must remember and focus on Him all day long in order to bring peace into our lives.

Along these lines of remembering the goal, Baba brings forth the example of a train traveling from point A to B. There are so many stations between the passenger and their destination. The tendency is to think about the various stops and stations along the way, and even miss their own destination. We should not be like such travelers. Those who forget about the Goal of life misuse their time, miss the opportunity to follow bhagavad dharma, and go astray. As sadhakas, we must always keep the vision fixed on the Goal of life. That is Parama Purusa.

#2: Do Dhyana Intermittently Throughout the Day

The second key ingredient for attaining perfect peace, or peace of mind, or complete mental equipoise, is to do dhyana whenever one gets that chance.

And like the first point, this one is also quite easy. Because we can do dhyana anywhere and everywhere. When in between duties or various works, we can close the eyes and meditate on Him. Then before eating food we can ideate, just prior to leaving the house we can think of Him by doing dhyana. Then when on line at the store, while waiting for a friend, when riding on a train, when waiting for an appointment, verily on all these occasions and more we can do dhyana. So whenever we have a tiny gap in the day, then we should do dhyana for a few moments, regardless of what physical posture we are in. These mini dhyana sessions will have a magnificent effect on your life.

Because when we think of Him, His divine vibration and sweet love consumes our existence. We instantly feel His grace and in turn we get tremendous strength, courage, and inspiration to do anything and everything.

Doing intermittent dhyana can be done for a minute or two – whenever we have time during the day (or night).

So making dhyana a regular element in our daily routine is quite easy and quite beneficial. It is easy in that nothing extra is needed. It is not like doing half-bath which demands having certain facilities; and it is not like fasting which is only done on certain days etc. Dhyana can be done anytime and anywhere.

The more we do it, the more regular and easier it will become. Indeed, instantly, Baba’s sweet grace and divine presence will fill one’s mental plate.

In that case, peace will be a natural and inherent element of your life.

BABA’S TEACHINGS

Baba says, “For everlasting freedom from duhkha, paramártha [that which provides permanent liberation] is the only remedy. Paramártha does not bring only temporary remission, but everlasting freedom from duhkha. Atyantikii nivrtti can be obtained only by Paramártha which relieves one of all duhkha: physical, mental and spiritual. This Paramártha can only be obtained by sadhana, that is, spiritual practices. For maintaining peace psychic equilibrium is necessary, and for maintaining this equilibrium freedom from all duhkha forever is necessary. Freedom from duhkha or atyantikii nivrtti can be obtained only from Paramártha, and Paramártha can be achieved only by sadhana, or spiritual practices.” (A Few Problems Solved – 7, Social Psychology)

Baba says, “Absolute or permanent peace cannot occur in collective life because the created universe, which is embedded in the process of saiṋcara [extroversion] and pratisaiṋcara [introversion] is, in fact, dominated first by avidyá [extroversial force], and then by vidyá [introversial force], respectively. When the existence of the universe is rooted in the existence of these two, then permanent peace (támasikii or sáttvikii as the case may be) in the universe would mean the cessation of the activities of either vidyá or avidyá, or both. This is why it has to be said that collective peace in the universe cannot occur except in the case of pralaya, and the concept of pralaya is illogical. However in individual life human beings can certainly achieve absolute peace through sadhana. From the worldly viewpoint I consider this state to be the pralaya of individual life.” (Problems of the Day #15)

Baba says, “While doing spiritual practice, spiritual sadhana, while singing kiirtana and dancing, we should remember the fact that all our spiritual activities are just a dance around Parama Puruśa, lessening the distance, lessening the length of the radius, coming from close to closer proximity to our ideological Desideratum. We should always remember this fact. And there cannot be any peace, any happiness or any beatitude till the aspirant comes in tactual contact with the Supreme Self.” (19 May 1979 evening, Timmern, West Germany)

Baba says, “On many different occasions in life, whether big or small, one can hope to attain a certain degree of mental composure, but permanent composure or “prashánti” or “átyántikii shánti” (composure beyond which there is no further composure, and which, once attained is never lost) cannot be attained easily. In war, an army may win one battle thus attaining a certain degree of composure, but they may be defeated in the next battle. Victory, once attained, may not necessarily be permanent. Only vijaya, that is, victory which is never followed by defeat, is permanent. A person wishing to attain permanent composure will have to attain Shiva or Parama Puruśa. There is no other alternative. Hence it is said, “Gatvam Shivaḿ shántimatyantamati”. Once one enters deep into the realm of permanent composure one gets a permanent abode in that supreme state of bliss.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 8, The Attainment of Permanent Composure)

Baba says, “A person wishing to attain permanent composure will have to attain Shiva or Parama Puruśa. There is no other alternative. Hence it is said, “Gatvam Shivaḿ shántimatyantamati”. Once one enters deep into the realm of permanent composure one gets a permanent abode in that supreme state of bliss.” (13 January 1979, Kalikata)

OVERALL BENEFIT OF THESE TWO PRACTICES

So these above two points – (1) Focusing on the Goal of life, and (2) Doing dhyana intermittently throughout the day – are quite practical for us and the effects will be immediate. So many good things will happen.

We will find that we no longer get into petty arguments, all our doubts and fears will melt away, we will be more self-assured and confident, we will never feel bored, loneliness will vanish, we will be inspired to do more and more good works, and so many positive results will come. And, on the whole, life will certainly be more joyful, peaceful, tranquil, and calm.

So practicing these two points – focusing on the Goal of life & doing intermittent dhyana for a minute or two throughout the day – will bring a plethora of beneficial results in our lives. Plus, we will always feel like He is with us – and that is perhaps the biggest boon of all.

BABA’S BLESSING

We are blessed to have His divine teachings. By this we will easily be able to bring peace and bliss into our lives, and attain the ultimate Goal of life.

Baba says, “So the intellect of the sensuous man is wasted over external objects. The human mind that has in it an unbridled desire for mundane pleasure is never at peace. In such a state no one can attain Brahma. When the mind preoccupied with finite objects, can one get the integrated whole? When your longing is towards the crude, you will undoubtedly become crudified yourself. Your mind will leap from one crude desire to another – will run form one object after another in a wild pursuit. Such is the way of the materialistic, isn’t it? But an aspirant, being in the midst of all and making the right use of everything, proceeds towards the supreme goal. Learn the Intuitional Science from the competent preceptor and proceed accordingly.” (Subhasita Samgraha – 3, Desire & Attachment)

Baba says, “The sadhana, or spiritual practices, of the Marga do not teach forsaking the world. They teach the right and correct use of all property, crude or subtle. Our sadhana is a systematic and scientific method for physical, mental and spiritual progress and advancement by which permanent psychic equilibrium, and thus everlasting peace, is established.” (A Few Problems Solved – 7, Social Psychology)

Baba says, “Try to remember Him always. This remembering Him always, in all spheres and all strata of life, is called “dhruvásmrti”. Don’t forget this for a single moment. By dint of your sádhaná, try to develop dhruvásmrti and be one with Him, and in peace, for infinity.” (Ananda Vacanamrtam – 4, Your Real Friend)

In Him,
Gurucaran

Note 1: WHICH DISCOURSE

The aforementioned topic about these two points was graciously given by Revered Baba in Diigha on 9 Feb 1989.

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