You must do this, and become one with the Divine19 Jul 2016,
GuruPurnima, Tuesday 19th July 2016
On this pious occasion of GuruPurnima, I am experiencing joy as I shower divine love upon all of you. Since the first GuruPurnima in the year 1977, we have embarked upon this journey on the royal path of spirituality.
Dear children, if you have given me a place in your heart as the spiritual master or a spiritual guide then it is my heartfelt desire that you evolve spiritually, your life journey becomes a pilgrimage of dharma (righteousness) and your life progresses without obstacles in this material world.
To fulfill this heartfelt desire of mine, you must adopt the following in a disciplined manner.
- Follow and put into practice the nine principles given by me.
- Purity of mind, word and action.
- Make life auspicious by adopting the fourfold path of love, knowledge, tolerance and forgiveness.
- Regular worship, recitation of mantras, prayer, meditation and self-study of scriptures.
- Regularly associating with holy persons.
At the midnight of 5th September 1976, the Divine Mother appeared before me for the first time. The Divine Mother was pleased. While showering me with her affection, she told me to ask for a boon. I simply sat with my head bowed down, with tears of joy flowing from my eyes, as I held the lotus feet of the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother said, “You don’t even want Moksha (liberation)?”
I said, in a childlike manner, “Mother, give me devotion of thee in every lifetime and the service of my fellow human beings.” The Mother said, “Let that be so (Tathastu)”. She gave prasad (an eatable blessed by the Divine) and then disappeared.
The service of humankind commenced on 6th September 1976 from the Bansidhar bunglow in Maninagar, Ahmedabad.
“The Divine Mother told me to ask for Moksha (liberation)”. So, what is Moksha?”
One resides in the womb of the biological mother and thus repeatedly takes births according to the law of karma. Moksha, according to common knowledge, is the liberation from this cycle of birth and death (Jeevan Mukti).
Before commencing the married life, as per Hindu rituals, a couple circumambulates four times around the sacred fire which stands witness to this event. For a successful life, in general and in matrimony, the four principles given for an auspicious life are Dharma (righteous conduct), Artha (rightful pursuit of wealth), Kama (ethical pursuit of desires) and Moksha (liberation). Dharma (rightful conduct) is a foundational necessity in life. The balance in life is maintained through Dharma. We must perform our actions with virtuousness, piety, ethics, sincerity and cheerfulness. We must prioritize virtuousness (satvik), morality and hard work even in the pursuit of accumulating wealth and satiating desires. If we live our life in the shelter of Dharma, then at the time of death we will be able to detach from the world and be in tune with the Supreme Power.
As per my understanding and my Shastra (scripture), Moksha is to perform our rightful duty (Dharma) in the journey of life with detachment, truth and sincerity. We can remain free from the bondage of karma when we perform all our actions as an offering to the Supreme Power.
When the Supreme Power appoints us to serve the Supreme Power’s true loyal devotees who aid in the management and progress of this world, which is itself a creation of the Supreme Power, and when we perform selfless service according to the order, inspiration and guidance of the Supreme Power, and thus become a beloved child of the Supreme Power, then this is called Moksha, in my view. The veil of Maya (illusion) cannot contaminate a person who performs actions without expectations of results. In my view, the twinkling stars in the sky are liberated souls who have attained Moksha. Many of the noble souls and sages (Rishi, Muni) must be twinkling in the sky, for example the Pole Star, Venus etcetera.
When devotees face difficulties, the Supreme Power enables the incarnation (avatar) of these liberated souls (Jeevan Mukt) on earth in the form of prophets, saints and spiritual masters (Sadguru) for help, guidance and deliverance.
Dear children, according to me Moksha is to spend one’s time in life wisely by contributing maximum towards humanity through constructive activities and to end one’s journey of life selflessly and joyfully.
In this world, we are characters of a divine play of the Supreme Power. We must perform our character successfully, with sincerity. In different phases, as per the flow of time, we play different characters. Such as daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister-in-law etc. In each phase we must do justice to our character. We must keep our aim of liberation (Jeevan Mukti) in mind and perform our duties satisfactorily, without getting caught in the web of the world, delusion and illusion of worldly relations, temptations and attachments.
One must make virtuous (satvik) plans so that one progresses spiritually and remains connected with the Supreme Power. To be immersed in the colors of spirituality, we must:
- Be a beloved child of the Supreme Power.
- Follow the orders and ideals of the spiritual master (Sadguru).
- Persevere for the truth and create an environment of virtuousness (satvik).
- Develop fondness for righteousness (dharma) and spirituality in our life through faith, surrender, service, association with holy persons and the refuge of the spiritual master (Sadguru).
- Light the lamps of humanity and spread the fragrance of universal brotherhood.
Dear children, to fulfill the aim of your life you must purify and bring out the luster of your inner and outer personality. You must understand and develop the glory of your inner self.
In human life, we must make an inner journey to reach the place of the soul (aatma) that is like a focal point within us. We must know, understand and imbibe the five sheaths (kosha) of our body.
- Annamaya kosha (Food sheath).
- Pranamaya kosha (Energy or life force sheath)
- Manomaya kosha (Mind sheath)
- Vijnanamaya kosha (Sheath of intellect and the five sense organs)
- Anandamaya kosha (Bliss sheath)
Our inner journey from Annamaya kosha to Anandamaya kosha is a spiritual pilgrimage. To connect with the soul (Aatma), which is like a focal point, we must develop our five sheaths and make them simple.
Annamaya kosha – The body gets built by the regular consumption of a balanced vegetarian (satvik) diet. Physical well-being and agility are maintained. The body is the temple of the soul (Aatma). The body’s health will be maintained by regular exercise and good habits. The body must be kept clean, healthy and strong. This is the first step of the inner journey.
Pranamaya kosha – Various parts of the body and its sheaths can be made strong by performing pranayama (yogic breathing exercise) regularly in a neat and peaceful environment that has unpolluted air. The power of immunity against diseases can be increased.
Manomaya kosha – The mind is the charioteer of the senses. Excitement and desires of the senses can be restrained, through discernment, and diverted towards a virtuous and positive path. The mind is a continuous stream of thoughts. The mind can be nourished by association with holy persons, self-study of scriptures, recitation of holy mantras, chanting of divine names, meditation and prayer.
Vijnanamaya kosha – Fluids and hormones, produced by various glands, control the energy of the human body. They keep the body well-built and shapely. Thus, maintaining its capacity to perceive and discern.
Anandamaya kosha – This is the treasure of the soul (Aatma), which is like a focal point.
The seven energy centers of our body are known as the seven chakras.
- Muladhara Chakra (Root Chakra)
- Swadhisthana Chakra (Sacral Chakra)
- Manipura Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra)
- Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra)
- Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra)
- Ajna Chakra (Third Eye Chakra)
- Sahasrara or Brahmarandhra Chakra (Crown Chakra)
The practitioner (sadhaka) and worshipper can activate these energy centers through disciplined concentration of the mind and meditation. One can experience the power of these energies, upto Brahmarandhra, through regular practice. This is also called Kundalini Shakti (divine energy coiled up at the base of the spine).
Ordinary practitioners should not attempt to awaken the Kundalini Shakti. One should attempt such meditation only under the guidance of a capable spiritual master (Sadguru).
The connection of the soul (Aatma) with the Supreme Power (Paramatama) can be experienced through the Anandamaya kosha. The divine consciousness can be experienced.
Dear children, I have recommended these eighteen essential teachings.
Purity of mind, speech and action – 3
The nine principles – 9
The fourfold path – 4
Association with holy persons and worship – 2
This totals to 18.
If you regularly follow these teachings, you will not need to activate the energies of the seven chakras.
Only your purity and innocence can make you one with the Divine.
Aum Ma Aum