Devotion is the Life-Force of a Devotee

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 11/11/2019
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“Bhaktiránanda rupáca”. Bhakti is the embodiment of ánanda. What is ánanda? What is its visible expression? Ánanda + al suffix = ánanda. The root-verb “nand” means to taste joy, happiness or pleasure deep in the mind. When the entire mind is filled with ever-flowing bliss it is termed ánanda in psychological parlance. In the language of grammar and philosophy it is also ánanda.

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The Process of Human Progress

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 06/11/2019
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The subject of this discourse is, “The Process of Human Progress”. Long ago, I said that true progress takes place in only in the spiritual sphere. What we generally call “progress” is not actual progress. Today, people are making very little progress in comparison with the progress made in the distant past. Of course, they are struggling as much as their ancestors did (and their counterparts will do in the future), but there is some difference between them.

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An Exemplary Life

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 03/11/2019
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Once, in answer to a question, Lord Buddha outlined a set of principles that human beings should follow in life. The first of these principles is right ideology or “samyak darshana”. Human beings should base their lives on an ideology. Those without an ideology do not view the world rationally or benevolently, but view it with the greedy eye of an exploiter. However, those who follow the guiding principles of a radiant ideology, can better view and judge the world. In order to prevent human degradation, ideology is indispensable. The earlier one embraces an ideology, the better it is because first, sufficient time is needed to assimilate the ideology and second, one can never say with certainty how long one will live – many people die in the prime of life.

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Three Fundamental Factors to Succeed in Sádhaná Márga

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 05/08/2019
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Wherever there is any effort to achieve anything in the physical, psychic or spiritual spheres, one does not succeed easily. That is to say the path of fulfillment, the path of forward movement, is not always a smooth one. In this respect three basic points should be remembered very carefully. The first one is the qualification, that is, the minimum qualification that a sádhaka should possess. According to the definition given by Lord Shiva a sádhaka must possess a human structure, that is he or she must be a human being. This is the minimum qualification of a sádhaka.

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Ten Wonts of Dharma

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 31/07/2019
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In the realms of both manifestation and of non-manifestation, there are certain characteristics borne by each and every object. In the realm of non-manifestation, those characteristics remain coverted within the object itself and are not known to any other entity. But in the stratum of manifestation, objects are known to other entities by their wonts or characteristics.

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Self-Realization is the Real Knowledge

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 28/07/2019
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What is jinána? There are two types of jiṋána: mundane knowledge or Apará-jiṋána and spiritual knowledge or Pará-jiṋána. Mundane knowledge may be defined as the internal projection of the external physicality. And Pará-jiṋána or spiritual knowledge is the internal projection of the internal or cosmic spirituality. This is all jiṋána.

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The Physical, Psychic and Spiritual Strata

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 18/07/2019
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Human life has three strata, in other words, it functions in three spheres. The first one is the spiritual sphere, the second one is the psychic sphere and the third one is the crude physical sphere. While talking to someone this morning, I said that human beings remove the afflictions in the spiritual sphere by dint of their personal efforts; combined with that, there is also the blessing of great personalities and the grace of the Almighty Lord – Mahat krpayaeva Bhagavatkrpáleshádvá [“By the blessings of realized personalities and a wee bit of the divine grace”]. Human beings must make a sincere endeavour.

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Parama Purusa – the Only Bandhu

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 18/07/2019
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One of the names of Parama Puruśa is “Jagata-bandhu”. Why is He called Jagatabandhu? In the Saḿskrta language the word “jagata” has been derived from the root word “gam”. “Gam” means to go, to move. “Jagata” means that which is moving or going, that is, “jagata” has motion inherent in its nature. “To go” or “to move” is the main [[aspect]] of the matter. Everything in this universe is in motion. Nothing is stationary.

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Extra-Cerebral Memory

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 17/07/2019
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Some time ago I said something about memory, cerebral memory and non-cerebral memory in Ranchi. Human beings can remember many things in their lives, but they also forget many things. They study and learn, and what they learn today they forget tomorrow. Many people, however, remember things from their past lives. They can remember a few particular episodes – not of this life but of their past life.

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Diiksa and Initiation

Posted By: Tapas Dev Tag: Scriptures Last Update: 15/07/2019
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In a short discourse, I shall try to say something regarding diikśá and initiation. As you know, for want of sufficient vocabulary in certain tongues, we are to use some words having close proximity to the required term. [Here, for instance, we have to use the English word “initiation” for the Sanskrit diikśá. But] the word “initiation” cannot represent the spirit of diikśá.

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