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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Spiritual Rewards in Everyday Life

By a Friend of Truth

The ultimate reward every spiritual seeker is pining for is the vision of God, the company of his Chosen Ideal. However, we all make the experience that God is apparently not very generous in this respect – how can we then keep our spirits up?

The worst solution to this problem is the easiest, and perhaps the most common one: Instead of trying harder to reach Him/Her, to correct our course of action, to understand His way of looking at things better and to do what pleases Him rather than us, we paradoxically do the exact opposite and use spiritual titbits to make us believe that we are already having some sort of God vision and are very close to Him.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Father's Arduous Task

by The Father's Child

I was struck with remorse to look within myself. So much dirt of anger, jealousy and hatred; a strong feeling of greediness for all that's good in the world to be mine. And what's worse, to know that all my ill-feelings arise for objects of the world that isn't permanent. Why, I do listen to Swami's lectures, and am not quite sure where all of that goes in me. May be there's really no point for me to sit and listen and read the various scriptures. What's the feasibility of me developing a love for God in this birth? Despite knowing me for all my worth, my Father says, "Believe that you WILL reach God in this very birth"! He doesn't speak a lie, but here, is he talking sense?

Just as I was spiraling down into the abyss of no-hope, a flickering spark arose in the same dirty mind - how am I able to see the dirt that's covering ME now, whereas I've had many moments in life to contemplate when I sat and fooled myself? How did I not see these flaws, or well, the true colors of my mind, earlier?