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The Master takes us to his Tapobhoomi

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Beautiful 3 days spent in the land of Rajasthan with the Master.  Every nook and corner we travelled in Lalsot had posters of the shivir at every locations including taxis and markets. One thing i was surprised with was the heights of hospitality in a world where one thinks of so many excuses or shrinks away to even offer someone a glass of water or tea and here are the Rajasthanis, who go beyond anything to serve their guests. All the while i was thinking that the home next to the venue, where we ate food, was a place arranged by people for us as done in other locations we travel to. To my surprise while we sat on the ground and ate our food in the huge compound of this home, i saw many new people walking into this compound inside which sat ladies of the house making rotis. When people walked in, they were asked to sit, paper plates were laid and food was served immediately. The lady making rotis asked all those seated continuously whether they wanted rotis. If it was a yes, she would

Creating healthy boundaries

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Disclaimer: My travels have given me immense opportunities to do sadhna, visit holy people and places, enjoy various cultures and lifestyles, learn the difficulties of life throughout, learn the diversities of spirituality, keenly observe other seekers on various paths and also observe seekers of my own path, meet many “old” connections, in the process observe and learn my own shortcomings, and most of what I write comes from exposure to people and diversities of spirituality and personal experiences I gain from them.  I try to always write only things that spring out of personal experiences because that is what gives me the authority and freedom of expression with confidence.  Whatever I read, if I wish to experience it, I immediately set out and almost all the time there are experiences related to it.  That makes things more convincing and the expressions set forth out of conviction.  Since every individual’s experiences are different, I keep the personal ones to myself and write m

Knowing Your Soul Agenda

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Many say "I don't know why i am here for, i do not know my purpose." Well, whether you know it or not, your ultimate purpose is just the same... to grab the opportunity to use this human lifetime to cut out from the cycle of birth and death that has kept you in spin for millions of years. It is rare that a human being is awakened to this fact. This can be done by a Guru and the Guru arrives only when one's heavy karmic structure is so weakened that it can grasp this fact. The rest remain in ignorance. That is why even if you try your best to convince people just like that noone will be interested in these details, some not even wanting to believe they had a life before and will have another one if they don't skip out of this strong vicious cycle. They may call themselves atheists or modern or wise or whatever, but all these are just the reasons for being stuck in the cycle due to karmic baggage. Hence, if one is even aware of this fact that one has to work toward

Fear and Greed trap

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In my travels two of the major things that I have seen been the basic content in spiritual activities - greed and fear. Baba had explained in one of the shivirs how man approaches God out of two basic - greed or fear. Greed because one wan ts something or the other from God. Fear because he fears that if he does not do this or that, God will punish him. I have grew up in this environment where fear is instilled right from beginning by priests and caretakers of religion that God will put you in hell if you do this or don't do that. I went to church most of the time out of fear. I feared missing a Sunday mass because then for me hell would break loose as God was keeping a record of how many times I went to church and how many times not. God wanted me to be a good boy and thus even the good I did was out of pressure or fear. If I did something wrong people did not wait to pounce on me and instill guilt and I would live in guilt and fear of having disobeyed God. Not just me almost

Giving and taking advice

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I was watching people coming to a holy person for infinite solutions for their infinite problems with the world they were miserably entangled with. One person came to him with folded hands and told him he had come seeking for an answer to the question that was bothering him. The holy man answered "No one in this world can give you an answer. Everybody can only give their opinion to that question but the answer lies within you and only you can find that answer." Baba always said "Meditate on it" whenever someone went to Him for straight answers. No quick solutions were given. So true that we give our advise and suggestions to people, thinking we are helping. The advice, is something out of our own experience which need not be true for that person. A single situation can have 10 different meanings and 10 different experiences for 10 different people, and the same situation can have 10 different solutions, depending on so many factors of the individual. Giving

The silent energy drainers - ourselves

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Seekers on the path have many obstacles as the path to light is not an easy one.  Not easy because of the natural hurdles that one will come across.  But, most of them are self-created hurdles. Sadhna, seva, sankirtan all boost energies, cleanse the body and mind from negative clutter. Places of high energy vortex also cleanses and expands one's aura. Most seekers are very good at meditative practices and gain a lot of energy by following the Guru's path but unfortunately the biggest hurdle is sustaining those energies. Baba's teachings on non-judgement and criticism all point towards losing the energies that one gains with tapas or sadhna, seva, sankirtan. One of the biggest hurdle is loss of energy due to not being able to sustain energies. Shivirs are beautiful and even beautiful is the beautiful feeling of well being and clarity in thoughts and daily life activities after the shivir, but if one observes, this feeling subsides a few days after a shivir. What one has ga

Baba & Jesus Christ

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For me, Baba and Jesus are not much different. They all teach from the same pool of Divinity. i remember this when i saw this photo of Baba in my cell that i had once clicked in the ashram because i saw that this photo was exactly looking like a picture of Jesus from another room. This picture of Jesus is from "the ascension of Jesus" when He rose from the dead and ascended along with His physical body in front of all present. Almost all pictures of Jesus pertaining to "jesus ascension" on google images resembles this image. Even the robe twist in both images can be noted in similarity. Whenever Baba spoke to me about certain things, He often cited about Jesus Christ without any barriers of religious Gods or differentiation. He often spoke about Bible and wonders of Christ, which made my heart smile and put me at ease, not because He spoke of a Christian Jesus Christ, but because at one level He was putting to me that the essence of all teachings is one

Makeover of Maa Saraswati's Idol

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A small cute incident of awe. Three years back while I was shopping in Big Bazaar I picked up a set of bottled colors, set of 5 paint brushes and a color mixing palette, all the while trying to understand why am I even buying it, but at th e same time being compelled to buy it. It remained in a box for two years and finally was picked by my sister and kept outside for another year. Also, two years ago, someone kept an idol of Maa Saraswati at the door of my sister's home doorstep. She immediately got it picked up from there and kept it somewhere far away only to find it in a day again at her doorstep. The idol was in perfect shape without deformities of any kind except that it was fully black and that made Her look not so beautiful. She looked more like Maa Kali than Maa Saraswati. Worried about this incident, my sister had called me at that time to ask about this to which I asked her to keep it as it seemed more of Maa's wish. Moreover, since our family is full of te
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