God the Provider

God the Provider

AADISHRI ARUN

God the Provider

God the Provider –

Most of us think that it is our capability talent and training that helps us get into a profession, get a job and that is the way to provide for our families and take care for our responsibilities. We think that our business, our societies, and our professions are the ones that provide us with our livelihood and that helps us to live.  But this is not true. The reality is that society cannot provide for us until and unless that society is itself provided for and sustained by God.

The Lord is your Provider. He loves you and He has a good plan for your life. He wants to bless you so you can fulfill His plan and purpose. So you can really enjoy your life. And in His Word, He tells us who He is and how we can access everything we need through the son of God.

The problem is, sometimes we miss out on what God wants to do in our lives because we go to people, expecting them to give us what we need, instead of God. Now, God will have to work through the people He puts in our lives to help us, but we need to go to Him first and let Him determine the best way to meet our needs.

In the Bible, Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in the name of His son.” This verse clearly tells us that God wants to meet our “every need in the name of his son.” But we can’t just take this one scripture and expect to have everything we need without reading it in the context of the whole Bible.

Further in the Bible, Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”

When we seek worldly things instead of first seeking God, our focus is not in the right place. Our relationship with God needs to be our number one priority all the time, because everything we need is found in Him. When we seek God to know Him more and to learn the right way to live, then we can have confidence that He will take care of everything that concerns us and meet all of our needs.

I’ve found that when I spend more time seeking God’s face and not His hand – what He can give me and do for me – then my desires and thoughts line up more with His will. And when I spend more time praying for God to show me how to walk in love and treat people right, I’m more likely to want what God has for me –what’s best for me – because my mind and heart are set on the right things.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “Whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].” And Romans 8:17 says that if we are children of God, we are “heirs of God and joint heirs with His son”. This means, we are born again and God has provided everything we need through the son of God. We just have to access it through a personal relationship with Him.

The Bible also teaches us to “love [our] enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and [our] reward will be great…” and to “be merciful, just as [our] Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35-36). Verses 37-38 tell us not to judge others, to forgive, and to be generous with our giving, “for with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to You.”

Obedience to God’s Word, giving and serving others is the ways we release the blessings of God in our lives. And if you haven’t learned to be a radical, generous giver, you are missing out on one of the best things in your life. I know from experience that you’ll never be happier than when you’re helping someone else…when you’re doing something to help make someone else’s life better. And anytime you do anything for anyone, always look at it as if you’re giving to God.

The best attitude we can have with giving is: “Lord, I’m doing this for you because I love you. You gave to me, now I want to give my life to you!” When this is the motive of your heart, then you can stand on Philippians 4:19, knowing He will meet your every need.

Trust God to meet every need in your life today. He wants to be your healer, comforter, wisdom, peace, joy – anything and everything you need. He wants you to live in His grace, forgiveness, mercy and strength. Rest in Him with confidence that He is the Lord your Provider!

If we have this attitude, that is when God becomes our unfailing protector and provider.

How to get God to listen to your prayers

How to get God to listen to your prayers

AADISHRI ARUN

How to get God to listen to your prayers

How to get God to listen to your prayers – 

We pray to God often but we are not sure if He listens to our prayers. The question is that are we praying in the right manner and is there something wrong that we are doing that prevents our prayers from being heard?

The answer is that it is very important that we know how to offer our prayers correctly to the Lord since only then we will get an answer to our prayers.

Praying is a good and effective thing to do and the Lord himself encourages prayer. The Lord says to us “Don’t worry about anything. Instead say what you want to the Lord with request, prayer and thanks. It is only then that the peace that is the Lord (and that is difficult for us to understand), will be preserved in the bosom of the Lord.”

The One who is the master of all the worlds has made a loving arrangement for us. We should be grateful for this helpful arrangement and we should not be casual with our prayers. Another reason for praying to the Lord daily and constantly is that this is the way to strengthen the bond that exists between us. True friends talk to each other even when there is no work between them. Instead in true relationships, friends talk to each other for hours. They share their feelings and concerns. They openly talk about those things that are important to them. They care about each other. This is how a healthy relationship is maintained. Our relationship with the Lord needs to be like this.

The Lord is not just a powerful entity that can do things for you but He is actually your father mother, friend, guide etc. Therefore you should share your feelings and problems openly and completely and not keep an emotional divide with the Lord. This way your concerns and prayers will be heard and answered.

Gita Saar, Remaining Part of Chapter – 2

Gita Saar

Remaining Part of Chapter – 2

(Ishwar Putra Arun)

Gita Saar, Remaining Part of Chap 2

Gita Saar – Lord Krishna further explained to Arjuna about why the character of man and his morals take a fall.
The first cause is that quality of being, which is known as Rajo Guna. Rajo Guna basically indicates a desiring nature. A man dominated by this quality always chases desires and when desire is not achieved, he gives way to anger. This quality does not allow a person to detach himself from worldly indulgences and the righteous man must be free of this quality if he has to find success in the spiritual life. This quality also leads to attachment to the objects of the world. The person, who desires an object, thinks about that object ceaselessly and he gets attached to it sooner than later. And when denied that object, that person gives way to anger and that leads to the fall of that man to a coarse level. This leads to a refusal to recognize reality and such a man is prone to make major mistakes and blunders. Thus Attachment; desire and anger-these are the biggest enemies of a man who wants to walk on the righteous path.

Lord Krishna further enlightened Arjuna through the concepts of the Yoga of action. Lord Krishna did this because he wanted this knowledge to free Arjuna from the bonds of his action. By following the percepts of the Yoga of action, man can be free of the effects of life-sapping fear. The Yoga of action provides the being with a single focussed wisdom but people who cannot focus their minds on one object and who are unwise are lost to the Yoga of action. Instead they have wavering, flickering and many-objects focussing attention spans that flit from worldly object to worldly object. In this regard Lord Krishna advised Arjuna that the moment that a person’s mind and wisdom are no longer trapped to the objects of the world, that very moment, that person is free of not only this world but of all the worlds that are yet to come.
Lord Krishna further said to Arjuna that once Arjuna was free of the desire to listen to various kinds of sayings and advices and instead focussed rock solid on the Lord that is when Arjuna would achieve the Yoga of action and would be one with the Lord. In short, the moment the being is free of attachment and desire, that very moment that being finds his place in the stillness of the Lord.

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(Ishwar Putra Arun)

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Gita Saar – On seeing the Arjuna’s pathetic mental state, Lord Krishna realized that Arjun was feeling conflict in his heart about the upcoming battle, because of his attachment to worldly relationships and objects. Due to this attraction Arjun seemed to have lost the sense of right and wrong and was confused about his real duties.

On seeing his state, Lord Krishna advised Arjun to not be a prisoner of his attachments and not be emotionally weak. He advised him to realize his true duty and get ready to fight the righteous battle that faced him.

He further reminded Arjun that, duty was above everything and Arjun- being of the warrior caste, had a sacred duty to fight the battle that faced him. That, the most holy act that a warrior could do was to wage a righteous battle. Lord Krishna extorted Arjun by saying that a righteous battle was the open doorway to heaven for the warrior and only a few warriors were lucky enough to be granted that doorway.

He further said that, the warrior who shirked his duty to fight the righteous fight, would lose his dharma, his reputation, his fame and he would also be a partaker of sin. If Arjuna did not fight, his infamy would spread across the worlds and remain in people’s memory till the end of time. Lord Krishna further said that Infamy for the righteous person was worse than death.

Lord Krishna further warned Arjuna that by the act of shirking the battle, he would achieve nothing good. That those who now respected him and his prowess would be the ones who would think that him as a coward. Lord Krishna further said to Arjun that his enemies would openly call him a coward and call him insulting names and what could be a greater grief than that?

Lord Krishna further said that only two choices existed for Arjuna. One that he be martyred in battle and attain heaven and the other was to win the battle and experience the life of a king. Since these were the only two honorable choices, lord Krishna encouraged Arjuna to get up and get ready to fight the battle.

Lord further explained that victory or defeat; profit or loss; happiness or sorrow, they were all the same and without being influenced by these thoughts, the warrior must be ready to do battle as was his duty. That way, whatever the results of the battle, only good would result for the soul of the warrior and he would escape committing any sin.

On hearing these words of Lord Krishna, Arjuna told Lord Krishna that he was highly confused as to the nature of his duty. He also did not know what constituted cowardice and what constituted dharma and duty. Arjuna said that when he saw that his own kin were standing against him in the battlefield, he lost his will to fight.

How could he battle Bhishma-his great grandfather? And Drona- his own Guru? How could victory obtained by killing his own family be worth anything? Was it not better to take renunciation and live on alms? Arjuna further said that he was totally confused and demoralized since he saw no way out of his dilemma about whether he should fight or not fight his own family members. Arjuna then beseeched Lord Krishna to give him the true and best advice that if followed would result only in auspicious results. Arjun further said that he saw himself as a disciple of Lord Krishna and wanted his guidance to get himself out of his confusion.

All living creatures, while in the world, try to get knowledge about what interests them but in the Gita, the Lord does not talk about worldly knowledge. Instead he talks about the knowledge that enlightens the being about God, God’s kingdom and the soul. Lord Krishna talks about what is dharma-duty and how a person should live his life so that he is aligned to God’s wishes.

Lord Krishna explained to Arjuna that the person who is born is bound to die. That is the law of nature and Karma but in all these cycles of birth and death, the soul remains unborn and undying, pristine and unaffected by the whole cycle of birth and death. If that being the case, why should anyone fear death or feel sorrowful by the death of someone they know?

Lord Krishna further said that if the living being does not do his natural duty-as assigned by his place in life, then it can only result in ignominy and that is far worse than death. Lord Krishna again reminded Arjuna that for a warrior, the duty is righteous war and if the warrior shirks his duty for any reason, it results in shame and that is worse than death.

Lord Krishna explained that each person should through the experiences of his life, while trying to find the nature of Truth, the nature of the individual soul and try to do the natural actions that are his duty. Such a person, who does the above, finds that the acts of his karma that he has done as his natural duty, do not bind him to the cycle of birth and death. Lord Krishna further said that man should do his natural duties and not worry about the results of his actions since if the actions are sincere, something good will always come out of them. Doing actions with attachment for a particular result is wrong. One should only practice the Yoga of selfless action since that is the only path to liberation.

The person who practices the Yoga of selfless action and does so with wisdom, is not attached to the fruits of the action. He sacrifices the fruit of his action and is therefore free of the karma associated with the action. He finds liberation in the formless nature of God. Once this detached state is achieved, that man is free and never tied down to anything by attachment. Such a man becomes one with Brahma. A person who reaches this state even at the end of his life, such a man will reach the state of Brahmananda.

 

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