Quote of the Day

Bhakti (devotion) is defined as a means of discovering the Divine reality within each being. Four steps are laid down in the scriptures to help man succeed in this effort – discrimination between the permanent and the ephemeral; withdrawal from the process of catering to the senses; positive control of the feelings, thoughts and pursuits, and incessant yearning for liberation from all bonds. Bhakti is the urge which manifests as all these four endeavours. It directs man to have God ever in mind and to cultivate love for God within him.

 

Sathya Sai Baba

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3 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. Choosing a spiritual path is a highly personal endeavor. Those who have done so are likely to be familiar with the mountains that need to be overcome: namely, the overabundance of dogma from which to choose and the personal struggles within themselves. For those with true intent, the realization that this path is no sunny, afternoon park stroll, that this path is riddled with, at least, potholes, forks and sometimes even quicksand makes those who stay on it better appreciate the struggle they have taken on. For many of us not yet elevated beings, the path is the struggle.

    The truth is, many of us that decide to start this journey, do so because we may consider ourselves damaged, in need of repair. Seeking and deciding to serve God, for some, may be nothing more than a natural progression, a reflex from the pain within. Staying with this natural progression model then, it seems as though our spiritual acquisitions will eventually emit from within us and present themselves in an outwardly fashion. In other words, those around us should eventually sense a change is occurring, a change for the better, or should I say, the spiritual.

    Huston Smith wrote, “God cannot be proven.” So it is within ourselves where we must carry our own concept of what God is and behave as such. It is in our behaviors that we ourselves know spirituality. How we carry ourselves in this world becomes, whether we like it or not, a measure of that spirituality within – how we treat others is a concept that has been addressed by most, if not all, of the world’s major faiths:
    – You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Judaism and Christianity Leviticus, 19:18

    – Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. Islam Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi, 13

    – Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. Christianity Mathew, 7:12

    – For a state that is not pleasant or delightful to me, must also be to him; and a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another? Buddhism Samyutta Nikaya, v.353

    – One should not behave toward others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire. Hinduism Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva, 113.8

    You may recognize this concept as ‘the golden rule’. Regardless of where we are spiritually, if we do this one act consistently, consciously – we never stray far from our path for it serves as the bread crumbs that help us find our way back. For those of us sworn to the path, it should be an already internalized concept.
    – The Supreme Father Supreme Soul gives such a universal knowledge that is acceptable to the entire world and those who incalculate this knowledge in their life and become pure, are called godly children. Baba

    And those who write it down are simply plagiarists. Try practicing what you preach, Chief.
    -Talk, talk. It’s all talk. King Crimson Elephant Talk
    – Chiang Mai Resident

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