[Advaita-l] Sri Brahmachaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj Pravachan

Divya Meedin divyameedin at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 06:53:52 EDT 2020

Remember Only Rama, Forgetting all Else

The only way to make God our own is to do everything without assuming
doership. Harbour neither hatred nor jealousy towards anyone, see our Rama
in everyone. Avoid slander and rather, look critically at yourself, to
foster good qualities and eradicate defects and evil tendencies. Behave so
with others that people hanker after you. This can be achieved if you have
a liking for none but Rama. Rama’s grace will lighten even great physical
pain. Rely on Rama as your saviour, and keep your mind from being affected
by anything. Never entertain pride, and be fearless at heart. Whatever pain
or sorrow Rama chooses to inflict, accept cheerfully.
Leave the body to suffer its destiny; take care to see that you do not
stray from your sadhana. To belong to Rama – let this be your unswerving
goal. The body may suffer pain or pleasure under the sway of fate, but keep
your mind fixed on Rama. Keep your knowledge concealed under the plea of
ignorance. Look not for faults in others, but improve your own. Make it a
rule not to harm anyone. Be devoted to Rama in your heart, and see God in
He who holds Rama as his master should neither whine nor cringe. Never beg
for anything; keep your faith firmly in Rama. Remember we have to turn even
unpleasant things and situations to our good. Forgetting the Lord makes us
succumb to temptation; so concentrate on devotion and nama; listen not to
other “knowledge.”
It is Rama who creates all circumstances; so see His hand in everything.
Our thoughts will be on the right track if we remember that Rama is the
doer of everything. Pay no more than casual attention to worldly gain or
loss. Conduct yourself cheerfully in life, with unflinching faith in Rama.
Strive for that, glorious moment when Rama alone occupies the mind to the
exclusion of everything else. Give no quarter to any inclination or desire
that does not pertain to Rama. Never forget that you belong to Rama, and in
that thought always be contented. “Now that I truly belong to Rama, I feel
perfectly blessed.” Stabilise this conviction, and you may be sure that
Rama will be pleased.
Nama is powerful enough to take and secure you to Rama. To this moment I
have been asserting that your true interest lies only in nama.

On Mon, 26 Oct, 2020, 10:15 Divya Meedin, <divyameedin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama
> From Sri Brahmachaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj Pravachan:
> October 26:
> 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.
> Pravachan Grid:
> https://sites.google.com/a/brahmachaitanya.org/www/sri-brahmachaitanya-grid

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