Today let’s begin by changing ourselves for the better.
Procrastination had seeped into our life at a very early age, when we kept on postponing getting up early for school. Our parents finally had to kick us out of bed to attend our school in time. Delaying things out of sheer inertia ruled our lives, thereafter.
How can we get it all back now? We have to practice to change.
Make a very great effort to change.
Keep some carrots at the end to make the necessary changes.
Include some stick methods if you cannot keep to your promises.
Ask one of your friends or partners to keep a check on you.
Keep a journal to check on your improvements.
Stop giving atrocious reasons for non performances and bad results.
Keep healthy ideals and good examples in front of you.
Motivate yourself before the event to keep spirits high.
Don’t indulge in excesses but do things in moderation.
Do not allow yourself any kind of concessions.
Expect from yourself what you expect from others. Be good and truthful to yourself.
Stop resting on your laurels.
Don’t expect any trophies.
Have faith in your abilities.
Do not listen to reason your mind offers in lieu of relaxation.
Don’t give up even if you fail a number of times. Keep on at it.
Mark goals in your journey and raise your bars always.
Do not stop to celebrate your small wins. Go for the big victories.
Lastly, keep going to your next goal and destination. Never stop.
Monday, August 14th, 2017, is a day Shree will always remember in this life. Today marks the day of Krsna Janmashtami, and on the same day on August 14th, 2009, Rajashree became Shree, ‘Twice Born,’ the day I met my KrsnaGuru on Krsna Janmashtami. Eight years later my eighth birthday is on the same day of Krsna’s Janmashtami (Birthday).
This 8th birthday of mine is way too remarkable as Shree has crossed certain milestones in the world of Spirituality, Of which one of the most beautiful ones is that Shree completed her study of the scripture – The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Shree began this Scripture September, of 2009 and finished it August of 2017.
Shree was overwhelmed when she had to complete reading this scripture as she couldn’t part ways with Sri Ramakrishnaji who have been with her on her whirlwind journey always guiding and teaching some of the precious and priceless lessons of Love and Devotion to the Guru and God by teleporting her back-in time to Dakishneshwar or Kolkata through the divine vision. His last words to me were, ‘keep going ahead and find the treasure that awaits deep inside the forest and never stop.’ Shree is incredibly humbled with sincere, heartfelt gratitude which she can only feel within her heart.
Now to the birth of the unborn, on this wonderful day, Shree wishes you a very ‘HAPPY SHREEKRSNA JANMASHTAMI.’ With humble reverence, Shree thank Thee for gracing this land with Thy Lotus Feet, making it Pure and Divine once again. Thank you for bestowing Thy Grace upon Shree to be born with Thee Eternally for this Spectacular Performance in ‘Krsna Leelas.’ This journey is the equivalent of a full 70 mm Dolby Digital story. Romance, love, happiness, bitterness, villainy, anger, songs and a million shades of adult gray material too! This sport or play is what is called ‘Krsna Leela’ (The Lord’s Play) in which he so beautifully sports and enjoys every aspect of his sport as he is the Story Writer, Creator, Director, Cinematography and Actor/Actress in his Movie/Creation.
‘Krsna,’ whose nature is secretive and unknown, is not only ‘Sat-Chit-Anand’ (Truth Knowledge Bliss) but one who can never be fathomed, whose ways are inscrutable and indescribable. One who is the paragon of masculine beauty in whose charm this entire Universe is mesmerized. Krsna’s enchanting human ways bewilder even the great Sages and Saints. He loves to manifest in the human form to sport in his creation experiencing his OwnSelf. His ultimate goal is to expound about ‘Krsna’s Way of Life,’ the most esoteric knowledge of all Knowledge.
The Love incarnate manifests age after age in various garbs and lives incognito, creating delusions in the minds of the mortal beings making them believe that Krsna is an ordinary human being. One who play acts in his own ‘leelas’ to set an example for this world to follow. His sole purpose is to redeem the mortal beings from this birth-death cycle. One who is unattached in the world of duality, like the Lotus leaf in the water.
He is an actor par-excellence in every role that he plays, be it a teacher, father, mother, husband, friend, lover, brother, servant or King. You name it, and he becomes that for you! He is the ‘Uttama Purusha’ or ‘The Perfect Person’ amidst all imperfect situations unaffected and unperturbed. His sole purpose is to establish Dharma and Righteousness. He performs every duty of that human form to absolute perfection and sets an example for this world to follow in his footsteps.
Krsna is the Athangha Sagar (limitless Ocean), whose depth and breadth can never be measured, who can only give selflessly and yet is full of Himself. He is a perfect Celibate, even when surrounded by his ultimate dancing beauties or damsels, retaining his Spiritual Nobility. The Infallible Lord whose nature is something Shree would love to covet from Thee and live a life of Thy alone. Let Shree serve you selflessly and love you unconditionally and let her mind be attached to Thy Lotus Feet alone without which she hasn’t reached anywhere in this Spiritual World.
Shree offers her humble and heartfelt obeisance unto Thy Lotus Feet. Without the diamond cutter, the diamond is mere a stone. The lustre in the diamond is the reflection of who You Truly Are. Without Thee, Shree’s existence has no meaning. Shree is eternally indebted and ever grateful to Thee. Shree seeks Thy grace to attain Unreserved, Uninterrupted, and Favourable Devotional and Loving Service with absolute Faith and Complete Surrender Unto Thy Lotus Feet. Let Shree’s Tishnaghi grow beyond the sky, and Shree is always Adiyean to Thy Lotus Feet. Om Namo Bhagavade Vasudevaya.
This question was asked me by my disciple today and the answer I gave is written here.
Someone stands first in all exams and wins a lot of accolades in life goes on to become a great doctor with brilliant foreign degrees and a success in the medical field. On the other hand a mediocre person who is passing because of his low caste and big pull and who becomes a doctor…now you think if you have to undergo a major surgery,then whom will you entrust it to? Obviously, the one who is a deserving candidate would be the first example.
You have to pass through very difficult tests in life to become a jewel and shine bright. Just like the golds purity increases when it has to pass through fire many a times. We are put through various tests in life to make us stronger and stronger. To be able to withstand all the problems associated with life, we go through terrible fires of fate. We have to become as perfect as we can be to be closer to God.
He wants to entrust you with his devotees and if you are the best then only can he put them under your care. To become a preceptor also, he makes that person pass through terrible tests and sees to it that he comes out in flying colors. Only then the role is given to Him.
If you were to have a mediocre person as a preceptor then what kind of Supreme Knowledge would you have and would you be in a position to reach the stage of enlightenment? NO!
God is perfect and hence he wants you to be as perfect as Him, hence he puts you through these tougher and tougher tests to make you stronger and stronger. So that when you achieve His level, you will not say-I don’t know what to do!!
Everyone looks up to you for answers and they will only do that if they are sure you are the best that there is!And you have the answers!
To be God is not easy since He is perfect and he can never say that he doesn’t know the answer to your question or has no solution for you….Remember He too must have passed through a lot of tests Himself to be perfect.
So please know that all these tests are to make you the best that there is!
Every time you forget about me, I remind you in a very subtle way that I am with you.
Haven’t you noticed that your most favourite songs will play up suddenly?
Haven’t you noticed the weather will change suddenly into a salubrious one?
Haven’t you noticed the movies that will remind you of me will play on tv?
Haven’t you noticed the birds will start singing on trees nearest to you?
Don’t you pay attention that I am trying to get to you by blinking at the street corner through the street lights and the back of the bus panel with enticing messages?
When you are sick and tired I offer you a lift home through an unexpected means of transport.
When you are standing in queue the people in front just melt away and the attendant is extra nice to you.
You do not have to ask for the best seat, you will always get it!
You wish for food and it arrives right in front of you suddenly.
You think of a close relative and the phone rings and find her on line.
You have not met an old friend and he sends you a message that moment.
But why do you always not remember me?
You are so lost in the worldly charms and think that things come naturally to you!
Doesn’t it ever ring a bell that I am making it happen for you?
You take me so much for granted that I am going to do things for you forever.
But I cannot expect the same from you.
I have given you this beautiful family and you are lost in it and bother about their whims.
I have given you this sumptuous meals and drinks and you eat like a glutton without offering it to me!
I gave you this house and yet you have thrown me in some corner which you visit rarely.
I gave you the car and you put me in front as a show piece to tease others and you hardly offer me a flower ever.
You only remember me when your child or dad is ill!
You only remember me when your very important deal is about to fall through.
How strange is it that today you transact all things because of me and attribute it to some human being in your life called husband or boyfriend or wife or a boss!
Look around you and you will find me in everything but you have closed your eyes because of the shine of the coins in your hand and the intoxication of the heady drinks.
Someday you should acknowledge me and give me the due respect but then you should first wake up from your worldly stupor and know that the scenery round you is because of me.
Just by mouthing some prayer you can never appease me.
Show me your love and I shall give you more love than you can ever imagine.
Just look at me now and know that I am with you constantly.The ones you thought of your own have all disappeared or are dead.I am the permanent one here and there too, so just love me more.
Why is it important to know you, dear God? Is it necessary?
No, it ain’t necessary for you or anyone to know me.
Then why are we told to follow some religion or some kind of rituals or ceremonies?
It’s not needed to follow anything at all. Absolutely not necessary.
Then why do people shove this stuff down the throats of simple human beings?
Maybe they have their own reasons! How am I to know that?
Then who will know? You are supposed to be all knowing!
Surely, I am. But you don’t need me so I excused myself from that knowledge.
But why would you do something like that?
Let me explain. Can a common man answer your tax laws to you? Or would it be your accountant and lawyers?
Those experts, of course! But where are they concerned here in my question?
It’s just an example. The knowledge is available only with the right people. Now tell me, why should you know that stuff about tax laws?
I should know it because I want to be an ideal citizen of this country.
Exactly the point. When you live in a particular place, you should know the laws governing that place. You should be a law abiding citizen also. So you should ask me the relevant question and which I will then answer.
Which is a fact. I get it. So if I am here now, I should know a little about you. Am I right?
Correct. You live in my world so it is better to know about me and my universal laws to survive properly.
But it is not necessary to know you.
True. It’s not necessary to know me. But the fact is, you know you should know that you are born through a womb and there is some father and mother also. But it’s not necessary to know them.
Ah, but I should have the knowledge and understanding that there are some parents somewhere.
Likewise, you should have some knowledge and understanding about me. Not know me completely.
Ok, I concede the point to you. But is it important to believe in you?
Again, it’s not important to believe in me. I don’t have any grudges against you. You may believe whatever you want to but still that won’t change anything at all.
I didn’t get that. What do you mean?
I mean, it’s not important to know or believe in the President of this great country, but still you are under his rule.
Which is a fact of life. I may not know or believe in my country’s President, yet he is ruling my country. So I still come under his rule.
So know that, even if you don’t know me or believe in me, yet you are following my set rules and conditions. My universal laws works everywhere, even without your knowledge.
Your fundamental laws are there and we all have to abide by them. Still, why do I need to have your image in my altar?
Without the national emblem, your currency notes or coins will be invalid. The image represents me, just as it represents authority on currency notes.
But no one has seen you, so what image can we draw?
Not necessary for any particular image. But you can have a representative image for your benefit alone. So as to focus.
Ah, then you can be represented by anything at all. Maybe even a dog or monkey?
Surely, you can do that. But would you trust or believe in a dog or a monkey? Not at all.
Now I understand. We represent you in the best image possible, acceptable by everyone so that we can pray to you.
Good. Now start believing and having complete faith in me. Then we can get along fine.
I am done with it, God! I am fed up and I don’t want to go through this life again.
Well, what is happening now?
I am tired of taking this shit every single time and I don’t want to go through this anymore.
I don’t get it. You are talking about your married life, right?
You know it all and yet you are asking about it? Yes, I am talking about my marriage only.
But aren’t you the one who said that he is the perfect match for me?
Yes, but that was years ago. When we were dating, I knew he was my dream man. Now everything has changed.
Let me refresh your memory, you came to me about this at least five or six times, isn’t it?
Yes. But I thought I should give him one more chance to change. But that’s not happening anymore.
Why do you think so? Maybe he needs a few more chances?
Are you joking? He is not going to change. He behaves exactly the same way as before.
But doesn’t he apologize for raising his hands on you?
Yes, every single time, he apologizes but forgets about it soon. He has beaten me so badly this time.
What is the difference between every beating you have got? Haven’t you been getting used to it?
What nonsense are you talking, God? He raises his hands, period!
That’s exactly what I am saying. Why did you allow him in the first place to do that heinous act? You should have stopped him then!
I was immature and weak. I believed it was my fault alone. He raised his hands and immediately said sorry. I let it go.
Wasn’t that the first mistake you did? So why allow him the second time? And the third and then continue with it?
I always thought he will change and be his loving self like before! But he hasn’t changed at all.
But why did you go back to him again and again?
How am I to say why I went? I don’t know. Don’t badger me like that, God!
I am not badgering you. I am just asking you the reasons.
I honestly don’t know, why I did that? Maybe I was afraid. Maybe I loved him a lot. Or I might have been crazy about him. I don’t know.
Let me remind you about it. The second time it happened, you told him that you are pregnant so he stopped.
Yes, I remember that. Then it was baby which couldn’t allow me to abandon him. You are right God!
Every single time you have given some silly and stupid reasons to go back to him.
You know that. It was all about my fears and inadequacies. I was afraid.
What were you afraid about?
That he will leave me and go. I have his baby and who will look after her! I was constantly reminded about my elder sister who came back from her marriage. She went through hell and still suffering.
So you didn’t want to suffer like that so you took the easy way out of going back to him.
Also, I thought what will my kid say to others, that she doesn’t have a father? I didn’t want to deny her that. I acted in good faith.
And jeopardized your entire life? How stupid you can be? Now tell me what do you want me to do?
Help him get better. Make him love me like before. I just want him to be kind and loving towards me again. You know he is not a bad man. Just show him the right path!
Ha, ha, ha, ha! You are really naive or absolutely mad.
What do you mean? Am I asking for too much from you, God? It’s just a simple ask.
You are not going to solve this problem any way. You still are asking to go back to him, how stupid can you be?
Then what am I to do? Do you think that it is easy for me? I am the one who is suffering all his atrocities.
That’s what I said. You are the sufferer and the martyr too. When will it get drilled into your head that he is not going to change?
Then what am I to do?
You change. Why are you asking for his change in behavior? You have to address your problem first. You are the one who needs to change.
But how is that possible? What can I do? I am not able to at this age.
That’s how losers talk. You are quite capable of anything. You can decide to change and nothing will stop you. On the contrary, my universe will work with you.
How am I to do that? Help me please.
First you must decide once and for all that this is it! I am not going back anymore. Then take matters into your own hands and move on. Don’t look back.
God, isn’t it against the religion? What life will I give my child? Doesn’t she need a father? What about money? Where will I stay? What will happen to us? I can’t take such risks.
See, I knew that. You can never take a stand. You are useless. Make up your mind, woman! Stop whining and start acting. You need your freedom. So what if you have to go through a little discomfort in life?
But I am not ready for it. Let me try once more. I will love him more than before. He will change. I am sure, he will. Let’s give him another chance.
There you go again. What can I say? Remember it’s YOU WHO HAS TO CHANGE! Not him. You don’t trust me and the God inside of you.
Next time I will surely do the needful. This time you let him be, God. I am sure things will work out. I have full faith in you.
It’s no use. You have already convinced yourself that there will be next time. So he won’t change. Alright. You go back and try once again.
Yes. I want to do that.
Get more beaten up and come once again. I will wait for you! Good bye. Come back soon! Hope you decide then……
The worldly truth is always one sided. You may wonder how can that be? But let me show you how truth can be one sided.
Let us take couple of examples here. First the perennial issues about a mother-in-law and their daughters-in-law fights! You have seen it in your life, how this happens. If you are the man caught in between these two, you will understand what I am saying. Both are right from their point of views and both are wrong too. You can see your mother getting hyper with your wife for her own reasons and your wife acting it out as an aggrieved party! Now tell me who is truthful and who is lying? You won’t be able to make out a case of one, wherein you will surely hurt the other.
Next, the case between two lovers who are breaking up now. If you are the friend of the girl, you will surely have sympathies for her and would hate the man. On the other hand if you are from the boys side it would be the opposite. So now be a neutral judge and tell me who is in the right? Neither of them. You can see the folly of both the parties and would want them to correct themselves or let go of petty reasons but both won’t let go.
Now let us see how political parties work. If you are siding one of them, you will consider your own party as right whereas whatever the opposing party does is wrong. Go to the other side and you will see the exact reverse of the same. The diehard fan of the opposition would not budge and give leeway to the other.
So now arises the question, who is right and who is wrong? Who is telling the truth and who is lying? There is no way of knowing the truth here since the truth itself is biased. You have seen it yourself, when you are the aggrieved party, you have wondered why truth cannot prevail?
In the court of law also, how many people have felt that they have got justice? Only half of them on whose side there has been the favourable judgement. Not the other side. They will always say that they are not happy with the verdict. Sometimes, man makes concessions and says that truth has prevailed. There, he means that he agrees with the verdict but the truth is entirely biased.
Now you have been wondering why I am prattling so much about these things! The idea that you get judgement in this world from other humans is wrong. You will always find the decisions unfair. When it is a matter of examinations assessment or even a simple promotion. Ask the person who failed and you will find complete disagreement with the final verdict. Everyone else who isn’t a part of positive judgement will disagree with you.
Let me tell you one thing here from spiritual perspective alone. You are no one to judge how and why something’s happen. Why does the wrong person get the girl? Why do he get the best of gifts? Why does he deserve to get the lottery? Why do the undeserving get promotions? Why did that politician get the highest office? These and many other questions which leave you with bitter feelings are best left for destiny as the underlying answer. Only destiny has the final authority and reasoning as to why someone deserves something or the other.
“Remember, no answers are in our hands. Only God has all the answers and He knows best,” is the saying. But let me assure you something here. God is NEVER INVOLVED IN ANY DECISION MAKING! You are! You are the authority who has done all your decision making in your past lives. It’s a law which clearly states that what you sow is what you reap.
If you have insulted someone in your past life, you will get it back in this one or the next. If you have beat your wife is the past life, you will now get it back as a wife and the other person reversed as a husband. Everyone and everything has its own opposite and equal reaction.
The only reason we cannot see the real truth here is because we are having no clue about our past lives. So in spiritual, the yogi never takes sides or disputes any decisions of this universe. He remains neutral or non-reactive to whatever that happens around him. He knows that life is not unjust and neither is God. There is real justice built in the system. If you have robbed someone in some past life of yours, know that you will get robbed in this one or the next. Sometimes you are the aggressor and sometimes you are the aggrieved party. So now you know the truth is not in a single sentence or life. It’s has a long chain of reasons and you lack that knowledge so you won’t understand anything at all.
So after all that you will ask me why write this thing when you know that it is no use at all? I will tell you that it is important to be your good self and be kind, compassionate, loving, caring, gentle, soft, good-natured, giving, truthful, charitable, positive, etc…
I hope you got the gist of it all. Everything has to be done in the ambit of Dharma or righteousness alone. Be your good self and love everyone and everything. Stay away from the evil and Adharmic or unrighteousness stuff. That way you will become a yogi soon enough and know the truth and the whole truth alone.