Why take the Lord’s name?

 

images (3)In the age of Kaliyug, taking and remembering and chanting the Lord’s name is the one easy way to liberation. The fruits that were obtained in the Sat Yuga by doing meditation, in the Treta Yuga by doing yagyas and in the Dwaapar Yuga by doing prayers are all obtainable in the Kaliyug by simply taking and chanting the Lords name.

Although the name of the lord is of great importance in all the ages but it is of special significance in the age of the demon Kali. This has been mentioned in all the Holy Scriptures.

Just as a lamp cannot be lit without a fire similarly one cannot cross the ocean of birth and death towards the liberation of the soul without remembrance of the Lord.

This is the simplest way.  That is, shift attention from the outer world towards the inner world by constantly remaining in remembrance of the supreme father.

By taking the Lord’s name, the thirst of the mind for the objects of the world reduces, the fear of death recedes and the eternal hope that resides in the soul is fructified.  By taking the lord’s name, the dirt and negative emotions of the mind are blown away and the Jeevatma becomes worthy of a real pilgrimage. The mind becomes still in the lord and the individual forgets his petty worries. And of course by being in constant remembrance of the lord the cycle of death and rebirth are also broken and the Jeevatma finds liberation. By surrendering to the Lord the being finds freedom from all the sorrow causing, negative things of life such as old-age, disease, worry, danger, fear of death.  By surrendering to the lord one finds safety from the difficulties of life and one finds oneself always under divine protection.

The name of the lord is an actual wealth for the devotee.  This wealth and goodwill is always needed by man.  When the Lord’s name falls from the lips of the devotee like drops of rain then all the fires and difficulties of life are extinguished. The lord’s name is the only way to find freedom.  The name of the lord is the real beauty of man and his crowning glory.

Taking the name of the lord with every breath is that necklace which makes an individual glow and makes him truly attractive.

To all the ladies who want to always remain beautiful, my advice is that rather than focusing on jewellery cloths and makeup, take the lords name constantly.  That will give both inner and outer beauty. Imagine how much money you and your husband will save!

The glory of the lord’s name is endless.  The way a servant walks behind his master, the lord himself walks behind his own name.  In the age of the demon Kali, the lord’s name has the protective qualities of the Kalp tree that protects and gives the desired fruit to the devotee.  The name of the lord is the mother & father in this life and the harbinger of the next world.  In Kaliyug, neither action, nor devotion nor knowledge can give liberation as easily as the chanting of the name of the lord.  Druva took the name of the lord and he was granted Druva lok.  Hanuman also kept the lord enchanted by chanting the lord’s name. Lowly Azaamil, Gaj and the prostitute Gadika also found liberation by taking the Lord’s name.  Lord Rama gave liberation to only a few people like Sugriva, Shabri, Jatayu and Vibhishan whom he met and kept around him but his name has given liberation to thousands of people over the millennia.

The point is that the name of Lord Rama is more powerful in giving liberation to the devotees than lord Rama himself.

Brahm-creation has two forms-manifest and unmanifest.  Naam or the lord’s name is greater than even them.

In short the name of the lord is the way in today’s age-Kaliyug and it opens the door to liberation.  After giving this knowledge, I now leave it to the wisdom of the devotee to himself discern about why he should take the name of the Lord.

Secret to Liberation

images (10)Secret means something that is hidden and is not part of general knowledge.  The question is-Why do people not find Liberation even when they say that they want it?  The reason is that the way to liberation is a secret way.  Brothers-remember that the boat has to be in the water-there is no other way for it to exist but if the water comes above the level of the boat then the boat sinks in the ocean.  In the same way, the mind has to live in this Sansaar-world but if instead of getting overwhelmed by the world and its pleasures and pains, if that mind is able to focus on the creator then that mind finds freedom and liberation.  If the things of the world; if outward appearances of things in the world and / or subjects concerning the world, arouse deep interest in the mind and come to reside in the mind then liberation is not possible.  Why is this so?  Because when the Jeevatma-the individual soul leaves the body at the time of death it forgets the body quickly but the Jeevatma does not forget the mind.  In fact it carries along the mind with it even after death.  It is the very same mind and its interests and desires that lead to the formation of the next birth of that Jeevatma.

We may obsess about our bodies but do we even remember the body we had in our previous births? But the mind of the earlier lives is alive in this body and till it desires the objects of this world it will continually come back to this world to experience those objects. This is what drives the cycle of birth and death.  Therefore if liberation is desired then the mind must be understood and its attachment to this ever-changing meaningless world must be redirected to the only true and eternal thing in this world-the supreme lord.

This is why I ask all of you to always put your attention on the supreme lord. Think of him all the time, Dream of him and imagine what he would be like.  When a majority of your attention is focused in this way progress towards liberation will be made.

This is the way but for most of us, money, business, happiness, sorrow, and other material objects are more important and the mind obsesses about these things rather than the lord.  Therefore I say to you that those things that bind you, those that naturally draw your desire and attention, surrender those very things to the lord.  But since you don’t do this, liberation is not achieved by you.

There is no need to do various acts to achieve liberation.  There is no need to close one’s eyes to the reality or take Sanyaas; there is no need to do Pranayam.  The negation of the mind happens naturally on its own when it has no resistance to anything outside itself.  When that states happens simply and without effort or resistance then liberation dawns on its own.  Therefore it is said that if donation is given by the left hand then even the right hand should not know about it so that the mind is not activated.  Who is the one in bondage?  It is the mind and therefore liberation is also of the mind.  The soul does not need liberation since its inherent state is that of liberation.

The soul is eternally free.  It always exists and never changes, ages or dies or is reborn.  The body dissolves into the five elements but the soul never changes and nothing can affect it. (Geeta 2:20) The soul simply changes bodies when a person dies just as I and you discard old clothes to wear new ones. (Geeta 2:22)

The soul can simply not be altered.  It cannot be cut nor burnt nor wetted nor dried (Geeta 2:23)

By constantly thinking about subjects and objects of the world the mind gets trapped in the world but if the mind goes inwards towards thoughts, dreams and imaginations about the supreme father then it is liberated and the work is done since the soul is already liberated.

There was a round pot with a narrow mouth.  Someone had kept chickpeas in that pot. A monkey came and put his hand inside the pot to take out the chickpeas.  The hand went in since it was open and straight but as the monkey grabbed the chickpeas he had to close his fist to extract the chickpeas.  Now the diameter of the hand became larger than the mouth of the pot and the monkey was unable to extract his hand as long his hand was balled into a fist.  The monkey sat like that crying that he was trapped and could not find liberation!  He yelled and shouted that he desperately wanted freedom and requested everyone’s help but refused to open his fist since that meant that he would lose the chickpeas!

How silly is that!  So if you feel trapped and feel that you are unable to find freedom inspite of trying hard then think about what your mind is obsessed with.  Think of that subject and release it, surrender it into the feet of the divine.  Also try to find out what and where the mind truly disappears.  If you can’t figure it out let me tell you.  The mind truly disappears only in the supreme lord.  Therefore put your attention only in the supreme lord and you will find freedom and liberation.

When to pray?

Timdownload 142e has  fixed to do every work ; for example time for weeping, time for laughing, time for sleeping, time for awakening, time for sowing the seed, time for harvesting etc exactly the time is fixed for doing prayer also in our daily life. Bible has also  prophesied very clearly concerning these above things  in Ecclesiastes and at the same time in Psalms also. You must see what the Biblical prophesy says? Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1 has prophesied -“To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the Heaven.”  Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:2 has prophesied -“A time to be born and a time to be die; A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:4 has prophesied -“A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:6 has prophesied -“A time to get and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away.” Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:7 has prophesied -“A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak.”  similarly time is fixed for doing prayer also. Bible, Psalms 32:6 has prophesied – “This is the reason every one should pray in a time when He (God) may be found.” What is proper time when He may be found? In the morning (before Sun rise i.e Brahm Muhurt). Early in the morning God will hear your prayer and at the same time He will help you a lot than your expectation. When you seek the Lord early in the morning, pour out your heart at His feet and pray for all your needs, He shall surely hear your prayers and will work miracles in your life. On this blessed day, He will reveal Himself to you, when you seek Him in truth. You shall see Him (Bible, Psalm 145:18). Tell the Lord your needs, boldly. Then, He shall surely be with you, hear your prayers, bless all that you do and prosper you.

To-day, Lord has promised to do miracle for you and  to change all your sufferings into joy. He is going to give you the reward for all your labours and for your prayers. Perhaps, you are languishing in worries and burdens concerning your children’s health, education, financial needs of the family, crisis in the business and so on.

Bible, Ephesians 3:20 has prophesied – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. It is the Lord, who has the heart to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think. He will give, what we ask, in double fold. He showers His love on us, exceedingly abundantly above all that we expect; He will willingly give us all that we desire. It is the Lord, who cares for us and is concerned that we should enjoy glorious blessings. You may prepare yourself reverentially to offer an acceptable prayer to Him. But with much concern He asks you, “What should I do for you?” (Bible, Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:36). He lovingly inquires of you and tells you, “My hand is not shortened that it cannot save (Bible, Isaiah 59:1).

Lord desires to save you; desires to miracles for you; desires to wipe away your tears; desires to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you desire and desires to exalt you; desires to remove your tears and grant you honour, prosperity and joy in double fold (Bible, Isaiah 61:7). It is because of His tremendous love that He has for you.

When you cry pray to the Lord saying, “Lord You alone are my refuge,” the Lord hears that prayer. He never despises the prayer of the destitute. Bible, Psalm 102:17 has prophesied, “He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer.” Surely, Lord will do such wonderful things in your life. Keep faith in God and ask the God for the things that you need that He has promised in His Word. Believe as though God has already answered your prayer. Don’t give up until you see the manifestation of God’s promises in your life.

What commandment has God given you today…?

 

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The supreme Lord desired that His children-man-follow his commandments therefore He got written in the scriptures that if you follow my commandments only then I shall be your God.  The path on which I ask you to walk, walk on that path and then you shall stand benefited. The reason why the Lord said this was because it after completing the act of creating the universe, God made men and women in His own image and blessed them.  He wanted man to enjoy the creation He had made and to make sure that his connection with the Lord remained He made some rules for man to follow.

Adam and eve were his beloved children but they disobeyed His wishes and desires.  This is the reason that Adam and Eve had to be banished from the Garden of Eden.  They were sent down to the earth where they were given clay bodies that died and therefore they had to constantly go through rebirth.  Not only that, the descendants of Adam and Eve had to labor to get their daily bread. They had to experience both suffering and happiness and they had to transit through the cycle of birth and death.

On the earth, the descendants of Adam and Eve multiplied but their ways and morals did not improve.  In fact they became worse and worse and the Lord was left with no option but to cleanse the earth of the descendants of Adam and Eve.  The only one person that God found worth saving was Noah.  He was a religious, God-fearing man who always followed the path of God.  He along with his family was the ones that were saved by putting on the boat that Noah had been ordered to make by God.  The rest were destroyed in the flood.

Before the flood came, God spoke to Noah and warned him of the coming flood and told him that he was the one worth saving.  After the flood receded, God blessed Noah by saving that “go forth and flourish in numbers and wealth and fill the earth with your descendants.

When God had created the worlds He had put plants which would feed man. (Bible, Genesis 1:29) therefore all people on the earth were vegetarians but all these plants were destroyed during  the flood and therefore it was no longer possible to feed man by these means therefore God permitted man to feed upon animals that roamed the earth.  The only injunction was that the flesh that was eaten should not have any life in it when being eaten (Bible, Genesis 9:3-5)  Since that time man became vegetarian as well as non vegetarian and this was valid under the commandments of God.

God gave man 15 rules to follow to lead the righteous life.

  1. Since the beginning of creation, God made man and woman to live together. (Bible, Mark 10:9)
  2. Man would live apart from his father and mother and with his wife and be of one body with her.(Bible, Mark 10:7-8)
  3. The one who has been joined by God may not be separated by man. (Bible, Mark 10:9)
  4. The husband should fulfill the rights of his wife and the wife should fulfill the rights of the husband. (Bible, 1 Corinthian 7:3)
  5. Man must not remain separate from his wife but could after agreement for short periods of time for the purpose of prayer. The rest of the time they should stay together.  It should not happen that the devil may test man because he is not able to control his impulses. (Bible, 1 Corinthians 7:5)
  6. To the ones who are married, the Lord orders the wife to never stay away from her husband and if they separate for some reason both remain unmarried and try to reconcile with one’s partner. (Bible, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11)
  7. A man should love his wife as he loves his own body. The one who loves his wife is the one who loves himself (Bible, Ephesians 5:28)  )
  8. The man is the head of a woman, just the way God is the head for a priest. (Bible, Ephesians 5:23)
  9. All of you should love your wives and the wife should also love and respect her husband and obey him. (Bible, Ephesians 5:33)
  10. The wife should do all her designated duties in a pleasant manner without grumbling and without dispute. (Bible, Ephesians 2:14)
  11. Your way of living should have integrity whether you think the lord observes you or not. When you are still, in the soul of god and in his consciousness, then you should await the good news after doing your duties. (Bible, Philippians 9:27)
  12. Don’t worry about anything. Instead make all your sincere prayers to god with faith, request and with thanks. (Bible, Philippians 4:6)
  13. The women who are the best have the following attributes and qualities. One-beauty. Two calm nature. Three-Truth. Four-pure behavior. Five-dharma. Six-Faithful to husband. Seven-determination. Eight-Bravery. Nine-Speaking auspicious things. Ten-Work ethic. Eleven-your attitude and living style must be according to the Lord’s commandment. Twelve-Sweet words.
  14. The one basic fact that every man must embed into his heart is that there is none other than the supreme lord and Lord Kalki is His avatar. No-one else is of any real value and no pilgrimage or religion can be compared to the supreme Lord. (Padma purana page number 253)
  15. The one who keeps the supreme Lord in his heart and head need not even take a bath since he always remains pure. Such a person has no need to do any pious acts such as sacrifices (Padma purana page number 403)

Why knowledge doesn’t prevent sorrow.

 

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The Lord does a blessing and benediction on man but ignorant people misuse that great blessing.  That misuse is what makes men wicked.  When you live your lives, with the right knowledge embedded in your lifestyles, that’s when you will get stability, peace and joy in your lives. Till knowledge is theoretical, you cannot find peace and happiness from it.  When that knowledge is real for you and is embedded in every action of your lives then that very knowledge will give positive impacts.

Therefore it is important for a seeker to develop devotion and finds means to develop devotion since only that will develop the right attitude when that knowledge will become real for you.

Only by being devoted and by practicing acts of devotion, will the soul granting God be pleased with His devotees.

It is nice to hear high and noble thoughts and philosophies on how-to-live, but there are some ground realities that must be incorporated in one’s life to make any real progress.  It is true that the Lord wants to change your lives for the better.  It is true that the Lord wants to take away your sorrows and give you joy instead.  It is true that the Lord wants to take away your sadness and replace with a deep sense of happiness.  The fact is that it is not you who have chosen to follow the path to God but it is the Lord who has chosen you so that you may bear fruit.  Always remember that if you are the sub-branch then the Lord is the main trunk of the tree.  Till you are attached to the Lord, you will flourish, but the day you remove the Lord from your life your downfall begins and ultimately you will wither away.  Just as the branch of a tree cannot survive or give fruit without being attached to the tree, similarly we cannot survive without being attached to the Lord.

The Lord wants to change the way you live.  He wants to change the way you relate to and function in the world so that you may bear abundant fruit. The Lord wants to transform you and give you a new name.  Do you know what that name is?  The beloved of God; the beloved of God, that’s the name He wants you to have.  And what does the Lord want from you?  That you should have no attachment to this creation and nor all the things that are within creation.  What lies within creation can be the desire of the body, the pleasure of the senses and the feed of the ego.  These are not from the side of the Lord but from the side of creation-Sansaar.  The world and its creations will both vanish away but those who walk as per the wishes of God they shall always remain.  What does the Lord want to give you?  He wants to grant you wisdom. He says to his devotee- “I shall give you wisdom and when you walk on the path of wisdom, I shall guide you and safeguard you.  I will always keep My benevolent gaze upon you.”  But the devil wants the opposite.  He wants to keep you forever trapped in the world.  He seduces you with the things of the world but his aim is to keep you into sorrow.  The devil wants you to never even find the path to God let alone walk on it.

The choice is yours.  Which path do you want to walk on, The Devil’s or the Lords?