|Radhe Krishna All,|
"Be thrifty but do not be a miser."
"Be bold but do not be a ruffian."
These are popular sayings of Swami Gnanananda.
In the same vein, let's say someone asks, "Can you narrate the Bhagavatam?" I answer, "Yes, I can narrate the Bhagavatam."
is self-confidence. Now, what if the answer given is, "No one else can
narrate the Bhagavatam like I can!" This is sheer conceit.
Self-confidence is completely different from conceit.
when a person, with all his greatness and in spite of his
vast knowledge, bows down to proper people, it is humility. It is
humility when one is reverential towards the aged, Vedic scholars and
Mahans; when one knows and attributes the proper value to great
qualities in other people. But one need not feel inferior while being
All bhakti grantas (Devotional Texts) say "Be humble!
One should be humble." But this should not make you feel inferior in any
way. All bhaktas (devotees)like Mira, Thiagaraja, and others were
humble. They did not nurture inferiority complex.
Humility is different from inferiority complex.
a saatvic (calm) person is not a weak or lazy person. A saatvic person,
despite being powerful, will not react to another's harsh or abusive
words. A saatvic person has the capability to punish anyone by way of
his penance; yet, he will not do so. On the other hand, when a person is
incapable of doing anything at all and is
lethargic or if he does not act because he is afraid, then he is lazy
A saatvic mind is different from a weak or lazy mind.
If we fail to comprehend these terms properly it will lead to confusion and thus put us on the wrong track.
you are not a serious sadhak (one performing intense spiritual
practices under the guidance of a Guru), you should lead a proper family
In the Ramayana, in the scene depicting Chitrakoota,
where Rama and Sita lived for a time during their exile, we find
Valmiki describing the way the divine couple spent their time there.
Rama points to the beautiful scenery around to Sita. He tells her, "Dear
Sita, look at these beautiful flowers, the birds, the peacock, the
wonderful mountain and the river."
Sita takes hold of his hand
and takes him around. She shows the singing cuckoo and the dancing
peacock to him. Finding Rama looking
at her and not at the singing cuckoo or the dancing peacock, she asks
shyly, "I have been showing the beauty of the singing cuckoo and the
dancing peacock to you. Instead of looking at them your eyes are glued
Rama at once tells her softly, "My dear! The way you
speak about them is more charming! The way you imitate the walk of the
swan, the dance of the peacock, the singing of the cuckoo is much more
The couple spend their daytime in such love-filled
talk. But in the evening Rama takes Sita to the Mandakini river flowing
nearby and tells her, "Sage Agastya has bathed here, Sage Bharadwaja has
bathed here, innumerable saints have bathed here. Let us also bathe
They enjoy both married life and bhagavat vishaya (divine
matters) together. Immediately after the bath, Rama tells Sita, "Let us
both do Brahmavichara."
Only when we do not know how to lead our lives, will it lead to problems.
A life led properly poses no problem. We should live happily. LIFE IS A LYRIC.
!!! Will continue !!!
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