[Advaita-l] Sri Brahmachaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj Pravachan
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Mon Oct 26 00:45:29 EDT 2020
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>From Sri Brahmachaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj Pravachan:
The Flood of God’s Grace
When sowing, only pure, unrotten seed is selected. Devotion with some
ulterior, mundane object in view is like rotten seed. Pure seed has to be
carefully developed, evolved. One may begin by sowing available rotten
seed; similarly, one may start devotion with some mundane aim in view. As
one proceeds, one may realize the importance of undertaking devotion for
its own sake. God should be prayed for this purpose. After sowing, there
should be opportune rain. This is not in our control, but God arranges for
it. Now if the field is hollow, water may accumulate there, and must be
drained, lest excess of it decay the roots. The excess water may be drained
into the adjacent field, in all likelihood with advantage to it. To breach
the bund and let the water to the needy corresponds, in the case of God’s
grace, to benefaction. With spiritual progress, the sadhaka often gets
certain occult faculties; for instance, what he says comes true, he can
make out what passes in another’s mind, can go to another place unseen by
others, and so on. At such times he must avoid the temptation to use such
faculties for selfish purposes; he has to be specially alert in this
regard. If used at all, they must be employed only to relieve others’
distress, never for any selfish end.
It would obviously be wise not to base one’s happiness on other persons or
things or circumstances. This has to be learnt by practice. However, the
mind cannot remain vacant; it must be provided with some occupation. God is
that occupation. Because God is eternal, complete in Himself, and blissful,
these qualities automatically percolate into the mind that keeps
contemplating on Him. One can only imagine how sweet life must be to a mind
so soaked in Him. Have an abiding consciousness that you and all that
exists belong to Him; then life becomes such enjoyable fun!
The grace of God will be experienced if nama is chanted with a pure heart.
A sadhaka should do his duty conscientiously, and live happily, leaving
everything else to God, or to sadguru.
A thing comes or is lost as destined. Why should we then vainly feel
miserable or joyful? When we know that everything belongs to God, we can
leave everything to His care, and be carefree, joyful.
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