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Rakesh K Mittal IAS

Sri Rakesh Kumar Mittal IAS (Retd.) had been an administrative officer in Uttar Pradesh state cadre for about 35 years. He is a spiritual man with high moral values and a selfless heart. He has founded 'Kabir Peace Mission'. He has also written several books on positive thinking.

Create Your Own World

The world we live in is very bad. This is what most of us have come to believe.  Somehow I do not believe so.  I am of the view that the world is very good.  And to be cautious, at least my world is very good.  What does it mean? It means that even if the entire world is not good, one can always create his own good world. After all one does not live in the whole world. Your own world is very small and it can always be made good even if you are not able to make the entire world good. I will explain it further. Kanpur is a dirty city. Kanpurites will excuse me but this is what they themselves say. The effort should be to make Kanpur clean and all should strive for it. But if for some reason, we are not able to do so, what is the option? The option is to keep our mohalla clean, and suppose even that is not possible, the next option is to keep our home clean. Also in order to make the city clean, the process has to be begun from our homes. If homes are not clean, there is no question of the city being clean. After all there are beautiful homes in Kanpur also, staying where one will forget all the dirtiness of Kanpur. The same is the case with the world also. There are people among whom you will forget all the bad things of this world. You will then see only the good world. Then why not look for these people and be in their company?  Who can prevent you from making good friends? After all it is your right to choose your friends, hobbies and life style. This is what constitutes your own small world. And so if the entire world is not beautiful, don’t bother. Create your own beautiful world. Having created your own good, beautiful world, you can proceed, to higher entity (equivalent to mohalla in a town). For a businessman it may be his business circle, for a serviceman it may be his office and so on. Without craving for results, one can always make an effort to make things better at all the places where he goes. This reminds me of a saying by Oscar Wilde which goes like this: ‘There are people who create happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go”,Let us belong to the first category of people. “When someone strikes you, glorify the pain; be grateful that you have a chance to prove your stead fastness and loyalty. A person's test of strength and wisdom rests on this-how great is his sense of equilibrium under stress. A man must have so much balance, so much wisdom that he can withstand all the onslaughts of life.” Swami Paramananda

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 20-06-2017

Role of the Wicked

Sri Ramakrishna lived at a time when theatres were very popular in
Bengal. Sometimes, Sri Ramakrishna himself used to visit them at the request of
his devotees. Many of his devotees were connected with theatres as owners,
actors or participants in allied activities. At Dakshineswar, in the company of
devotees, the master often talked about theatres and drew many deep spiritual
lessons from them. One such lesson was about the “Role of the Wicked”.

Many visitors to Dakshineswar used to ask Sri Ramakrishna about the
evils prevailing in the society and the purpose served by them. Some of the
devotees were themselves not very pious persons and indulged in all sorts of
worldly activities. However, those who continued to live in the company of the
Master grew fast and triumphed over their weaknesses. Those who did not, left
his company and returned to their old ways. Swamiji was never upset at such
happenings and gave full freedom to his devotees to choose their path. He
confined himself only to revealing truth. Fortunate ones grasped it while
others only laughed. He accepted both the responses with equanimity.

Whenever asked about the role of evil or the wicked, Sri Ramakrishna
gave the example of a play on the stage of the theatre. According to him we all
are actors on this worldly stage. Like a stage drama, we all play different
roles on earth and once the drama is over, we return to our permanent abode. In
a drama there are all types of roles. Someone plays the role of a hero and the
other plays the role of villain. Both roles are equally important and the
success of the drama depends upon both. The drama will lose all its charm if
any one of them is absent.

The same is the case with the worldly drama also. Here, all kinds of people are required to make it dynamic and interesting. If we look at evil and wickedness from this viewpoint, all our fear, hatred or complaints against them will disappear. Instead, we shall have harmony with them also. Not only this, when seen this way, we shall find their roles as important as those of good persons.

This is how Sri Ramakrishna explained the ‘Role of the Wicked”.

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 20-06-2017

Being Like the Sea

Once I stayed in Madras for about a week with my family. We stayed in a guest house located on a beach
near the sea, which added to the charm and pleasure of staying there. We had
very pleasant morning walks along the mighty, surging sea, and its vastness
touched our hearts. During our stay, I contemplated deeply on
the nature of the sea and how it helps us to develop our own personality.

The first great quality
of the sea is its vastness. It is so vast that the other shore of the sea is
never seen by an ordinary person. We require magnitude in our personality too.
Our vision should enlarge with our physical growth so that our personality becomes
pleasant. An ordinary person may not think beyond himself, his family or a
close social circle. Such vision needs further expansion and one should
ultimately think of the whole creation. With such a vast vision, we start
loving the whole creation of God and there is no room for lower tendencies like
hatred, anger and jealousy.

The second quality of the
sea is its depth. The vastness of the sea would be meaningless without its
depth for this quality enables the sea to gain stability. Similarly, for the
true development of our personality vast mundane knowledge is not sufficient as
it may not give depth to our personality. This depth is acquired by developing
wisdom which gives stability to our personality. The third quality to be learnt
from the sea is ‘absorption’. It absorbs whatever is merged into it. All mighty
rivers ultimately

merge into the sea and it
accepts all of them. Not only this, these rivers carry away with them all the
filth created by human beings. The sea accepts that too. In turn it returns
pure rainwater, retaining all the dirty water received by it. The sea water itself
remains saltish though it is the ultimate source of all sweet water. This
amounts to returning goodness in exchange for evil, a quality which should be
part of the personality also, giving us mercy, kindness and compassion.

The last quality is
‘stability’ which can also be learnt from the sea. The sea level remains stable
though universal forces cause some ups and downs in it periodically. That is
why the Mean Sea Level is a standard benchmark and does not change with time.
Similarly, our mental variations as a result of interaction with the world
should also be to the minimum and the effort should be to maintain it at the same
level. This little variation of sea level only indicates that as long we live
in the world, absolute calmness may not be possible. That state can be achieved
only when we firmly control our reactions and responses, both mentally and
physically. However, while living in the world, stability can be maintained and
the variation can be reduced to the minimum. This is the quality which brings
serenity to our personality.

Thus four qualities of
the sea, namely, vastness, depth, absorption and stability are to be adopted in
our personality. If we can do so, we may be as useful for the society as the
sea is to the entire creation on the earth.

 

 

*For the good of many,
for the happiness of many, great souled men take their birth.

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 20-06-2017

Women and Gold

The Gospels of Swami Ramakrishna Paramahansa is the detailed record of informal conversations Swamiji used to have with the visitors to the Dakshineshwar temple. This work was very elaborately compiled by one of his close disciples. The original work was in Bengali and was subsequently translated and published in two volumes by the Ramakrishna Mission. They make very lucid reading and give in depth, the philosophy of Sri Ramakrishna through informal chats. While posted at Calcutta, I got these volumes and went through them. One of the commonly used phrases in these volumes is ‘Women and Gold’. Swamiji often used to advise his visitors to shun both of them. According to him, these two are the main causes of man’s downfall. Those who did not understand the significance of these two words and took them literally were often wonderstruck. They could not think of giving up their wealth or wife and many even stopped visiting him on this account. Those who understood the true import of these words were greatly benefited.
Here the two words indicate two tendencies, namely ‘lust’ and ‘greed’. Woman is a symbol of ‘lust’ while ‘gold’ is that of ‘greed’. These two are the main weaknesses of man and are responsible for his downfall. Therefore, there is a need to guard oneself from them, though not necessarily to shun them. Lust and greed have to be shunned and once we do it, both of them can be useful instruments in our inner growth. This is what Sri Ramakrishna meant while warning against ‘Women and Gold’. In fact, the word used by him was ‘Kamini Kanchan’, a literal translation meaning ‘Woman and Gold.’  Here a clarification is necessary, as some may draw an inference that the woman is being looked down upon. This is not true, even remotely. Hinduism, in particular, has given a very high place to women. It is only when a woman becomes an object of lust that the society gets degenerated. This is very evident in today’s context when lust for women has given rise to many social evils. Swami Ramakrishna meant only to warn against this fact.

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 20-06-2017

A strange Foreword

(This foreword to Spiritual Learning from Life written by Shri RK Mittal, which we had been sharing since a few months, was written by Shri. T. P. Tewary, Former Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh and later Lt. Governor, Pondicherry. The copy of the second edition of this book is available at Kabir Peace Mission, Lucknow. Contact: Tel: 0522-2309147, E-mail: kabirpeacemission@yahoo.co.in)
Someone has said that it is not great sorrow, disease or death which clouds over the sunshine of life but the little daily dyings. Therefore, if we properly handle our seemingly ordinary activities we would not only be winning the battle of this life but also that of the hereafter.
The narratives contained in the present collection of Shri R.K. Mittal relate to the everyday occurrences. He possesses the enviable faculties of keen observation, dispassionate analysis and clear expression. He has understood the mathematics of life and is able to cull the fundamental truths and lessons from the unfolding events and human behaviour.
The present achievement is not the first of its kind. He cultivated the quality of positive thinking as a basic ingredient of his sadhana and, as a result, was able to compile the Dictionary of Positive Thoughts. An optimist endeavours while a pessimist loses a battle before it begins. Shri Mittal has equipped himself well to derive positive lessons from life and has been able to place some of them before the seekers through his Positive Learning from Life. These two brilliant collections are now supplemented by the present one. It is note worthy that Shri Mittal’s observations are not only replete with practical wisdom but also bear the imprint of the Indian philosophy and way of life.Fearlessness is a great virtue, but it can cause injury to oneself or injustice to others if it is not tempered with equipoise, kindness, forgiveness and humility. In chapter XVI of the Bhagavad Gita, divine virtues have been enumerated in the first three shlokas. Fearlessness comes first and humility comes at the other end. In between there are 24 other virtues. Shri Mittal has rightly come to the conclusion that fearlessness has to be cultivated along with compassion, justice, kindness, forgiveness, etc. In another chapter, he sees a silver lining in poverty also. It reminds me of a saint’s wish: ‘Once we know ourselves — the mathematics of life — its alpha and omega — will reveal itself’. When Shri Mittal says that one should live like an asymptote, he is in fact reminding us that we should live in this world in a dispassionate manner, following Anaskta Karmayoga and all the time remember the ultimate destination of the Self meeting the Universal Self. In the essay on the dialing code of God he again tells us that it is by overcoming ego, greed, passion and anger that one qualifies oneself for liberation and the realization of the Supreme Being.
Shri Mittal’s background of science, particularly Mathematics, and Engineering, lends greater authority to his spiritual observations. I am confident that their study will prove most rewarding and beneficial. 

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 03-10-2015

KABIR PEACE MISSION — Brief Introduction

Today, there is an atmosphere of despondency all around and most of the people believe that the evil has overtaken the virtue. Though this in itself is a subject of discussion, but even if it is true, such belief only strengthens the negative forces and in the process, the positive forces get discouraged. The problem is further compounded by the fact that most of those who believe like this take no steps to change this situation. Even those few who think of taking some steps, do not proceed much as they do not find the atmosphere conducive. In such a situation the question arises how to solve the problem and further, who would do so.
We feel that the situation is not so horrible as it appears. No doubt that today the negative forces are raising their head but such has been the situation always in one form or the other. It is also true that in the end, the negative forces have to face only defeat. Therefore, firstly, it is necessary to believe that the negative thinking is a symbol of ignorance and those who think negative only harm themselves. On the other hand, though the positive thinking may not appear rewarding in the short run, eventually our welfare lies only in the positive thinking. It is also true, there is no dearth of positive forces in the society. Had it been so, the creation would have ceased to exist. If at a point of time, negative forces appear to be flourishing, it is only a process of their destruction.
Therefore it is very essential that, first of all, we make our thinking positive so that the process of establishing peace in the society is expedited. `Kabir Peace Mission' was established in the year 1990 with this objective in mind and since then, this mission is humbly endeavouring in this direction. The results of our endeavour have been very encouraging and this gives us motivation to work further. We believe that more important than ‘Gross National Income' is `Gross National Happiness'. In the absence of peace, money loses its importance and happiness eludes us. The purpose of naming the mission after `Kabir' is that our central point is man and we consider him above any religion, caste or nation. For us peace has a comprehensive meaning and we see it as an integrated development. This is possible only when our life has a clear mission.
`Mission' is taking several steps for achieving its objective. Among them, publicity and extension of inspirational books is a major one. From this viewpoint, the mission has published many books and the process is on. We also promote the publicity and extension of other similar books. The mission is specially engaged in making the thinking of young students positive. We believe that the future of the country and the world is in the hands of today's children. The effort made on them, is therefore, the best investment. In addition, we are trying to make every work place, be it in any field, positive. For this we organise special lectures, seminars, discussions and other programmes. We also honour the positive forces of the society from time to time. In this humble effort of ours, we need the cooperation of all. We believe that essentially every man or woman is divine and virtues are hidden in all. If their virtues can be brought out, every one's contribution becomes positive. Our request is that we must also see the positive side of every situation so that inspiration and the strength to overcome the negative side is generated. We shall be very happy to extend any cooperation in this effort of yours. Our mission has the cooperation and the blessings of many and this is our real asset. This is what we expect from you also.
Rakesh Kumar Mittal IAS (Founder & Chief Coordinator)‘UPVAN', 1/14, Vishwas Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226010Tel: 0522-2309147, E-mail: kabirpeacemission@yahoo.co.in

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 22-08-2015

Who Needs God?

I am closing this book with this lesson. Many years ago, I read a book titled Who Needs God? written by Harold Kushner, the author of a famous book called When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Since then I have been contemplating over the subject deeply, but frankly speaking, the true concept of God is still not clear to me. I think that it is a mystery for most. Everyone has his own perception of God and proceeds from there. Perhaps, God is not comprehensible for mortals like us. All my contemplation has led me to believe that there is a higher being like God whom we need sometime or the other. Even those who deny the existence of God think of Him, though in a different form. I shall try to give an answer to the question ‘Who Needs God?’ and for this I quote a portion of the introduction from the book which goes like this: 
“I deal with bright, successful people, people I genuinely like and admire, and I sense that something is missing in their lives. There is a lack of rootedness, a sense of having to figure things out by themselves because the past cannot be trusted as their guide. Their celebrations, from their children’s birthday parties to a daughter’s wedding to a business milestone, can be lots of fun but rarely soar to the level of joy. And as they grow older, I suspect they either confront or actively hide from confronting the thought that ‘there must be more to life than this.’ 
“There is a spiritual vacuum at the centre of their lives, and their lives betray this lack of an organising vision, a sense of “this is who I am and what my life is fundamentally about.” Some look for that centre in their work, and are disappointed when corporations choose not to repay the loyalty they demanded or when retirement leaves them, feeling useless. Some try to it in their families, and don’t understand why they are so hurt when adolescent children insist, ‘Let me lead my own life!’ and adult children move to another state and call every other Sunday. And for some reason, it never occurs to them to ask, ‘How did previous generations find meaning in their lives?’ ‘For almost thirty years, I have tried to show my congregants how much more fulfilled they would be if they made room for their religious tradition in their lives. I have urged them to do it, not to make God happy but to make themselves happy. I have told them the Hassidic story of the man who got a telegram telling him that a relative had died and left him some valuable property. He was to contact the rabbi for details. Excited, he went to the rabbi, only to be told that the relative was Moses and the valuable property was the Jewish religious tradition. And much of the time, they reacted as I suspect the man in the story did, disappointed that their legacy was religious wisdom and not downtown real estate. 
“This book is the product of those years of thinking and teaching on the issue of what we lose when we become too intellectual or too modern to make room for religion in our lives. It is about what has happened to the souls of modern men and women under the impact of modern life, what we have lost in the process of gaining personal freedom and material comfort. But more than that, it is the summary of what my own life has been about, what has gotten me through bad times and taught me how to celebrate the good times, how I have learned to recognise the extraordinary things that even the most ordinary lives contain. 
“The thesis of this book is that there is a kind of nourishment our souls crave, even as our bodies need the right foods, sunshine, and exercise. Without that spiritual nourishment, our souls remain stunted and undeveloped. In the physical realm, we understand that our ancestors’ hard physical work built muscles and burned off calories, but today we are the victims of a modern lifestyle, so we need to diet, to jog, to work out at the gym. So, too, the kind of spiritual communion our forebears knew is less accessible to us because the world is so noisy and full of distractions, because we are so dazzled by our power and success, because religion in the late twentieth century is often badly packaged or presented by people we cannot trust or admire.” 
I feel that this extract is enough to convey my message. We all have some vacuum in our lives, howsoever fulfilled we may feel. It is only God who can fill this vacuum and make our lives meaningful. It is a different matter that some of us may fail to see or pretend not to see the vacuum, but all of us do need God. 

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 15-08-2015

Iron Box – Rubber Carpet

When I sit with myself in my leisure time, I keep remembering many things and my brain introduces lot of philosophy to such things. Here I would like to share with you a story, which relates to philosophy of comparison. Those days I used to work for an IT company. In addition to handling my development team, I also had the role of organising a lecture series, where eminent personalities in their field were invited to give lectures on a weekly basis. Getting such personalities was quite a bit of task, just on reference basis. 
Very often my boss who also happens to be the owner of the company used to give me his personal references. One such reference was of an eminent personality who was an old colleague of my boss. When I called this personality, he enquired about well wishes of my boss and asked me which car my boss rides now. I was surprised and amused with this kind of question. I handed over the phone to my boss to talk to him further. What I could understand from their talks was that he was obviously quite close friend of my boss. The answer of my boss to him was even more amusing. He answered, “The iron box with a rubber carpet I ride is just a little bigger than your Iron box, and everything else is same. Even the seating capacity is same. So how does it matter?” Somewhere on “Indian Thoughts” I read that most human problems in this world are either because of jealousy or because of ego. A larger car versus a smaller car is often seen as a point of jealousy amongst many individuals. An expression like “Iron Box with a Rubber Carpet” for a car in the above episode downplays that comparison. Downplaying the reasons for jealousy is also done sometime with a lot of ego. Sometimes it is done with a clean heart. The message of state of the heart does pass on. 

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 12-08-2015

God and The Government

For all rational people, God is the greatest mystery despite the fact that He is said to be omnipotent and omnipresent. It is also said that God is present in all things sentient as well as non- sentient. If it is so what is His form and where does He live? This is a question which comes and should come to every thinking mind. Most of us accept God in the form, our mind has been trained to believe by our observation of family and social traditions. Some form their opinion by the study of books both authentic and not so authentic. No wonder God is conceived in different forms by different people resulting into more and more confusion. I have myself been quite confused about the concept of God and have contemplated a lot on the subject. In this brief write up I am trying to narrate the outcome of my contemplation on God.
In India, most of the people still believe in personal Gods. For them God has a definite form either human or non-human. They believe that God is a kind of super ruler and behaves that way. He has the power of rewarding as well as punishing. People also believe that God can be pleased by their external acts and in order to seek His blessing they indulge in all sorts of rituals. If their wishes are granted fully or partially they feel that the God is kind and just. But if their wishes are not granted despite their rituals, they even call Him cruel and unjust. Those who think rationally refuse to accept such an arbitrary God and in the process stop believing in the existence of God itself. I feel that this write up may be helpful for them though I also feel that many such rational people must have their own concept of God. The problem is further compounded by the fact that God is invisible through external senses and any discussion about Him can only be appreciated at level higher than that of senses. With this background let me speak about my concept of God.
According to me God is akin to a Government. As a Government runs the administration of a country or a province or a district, in the same way God also runs the administration of the Universe. We must appreciate that there are laws of Universe which have to be followed or complied with properly. If it is not so there shall be greater disorder and the living will become impossible. There has to be some power which must be controlling all these laws of the Universe. I feel that God is this power and that is why it is called omnipotent. However, here omnipotent does not mean to be arbitary. Such a great power like God can never be arbitrary. God's purpose is to ensure that Universal laws are followed by everyone and if there is any defaults, corrective action is taken accordingly. We may call such actions by any name like punishment or cruelty but God does not inflict them with any such intention. He only ensures the enforcement of laws in order to run the Universe. Similarly there is no such thing as reward and everyone only reaps the fruits of his or her actions. This way God is the most neutral entity which neither distributes any awards or inflicts any punishment but only ensures that everyone gets his due. There may be phase difference between our timings and His timings and that is why at times there is delay in the system of awards or punishments. Some of us may interpret it as God's injustice or arbitrariness but the fact is that virtue is always rewarded and evil is always punished. While there may be exceptions and failures in the system of human Government, there is no such chance in God's Government. Thus while God is all powerful, His exercise of power is governed by fixed Universal laws and there can be no arbitrariness. This way God is very much like an ideal Government, which is supposed to make laws and ensure their compliance in order to run the society smoothly.
Now we come to the omnipresence and invisibility of the God. For this also we have to understand the nature of the Government. After all whom do we call Government in a geographical unit be it a country, a province or a district. If we think deeply no single person can be called Government and whosoever is carrying out the function of the Government, he or she is the Government at that place. It may be a Minister, a Collector, a Police Official, a Tax Official, a Peon or any other functionary of the Government. While the nature of their jobs or level of powers may vary, but all of them perform the duty of the Government at their respective places. This way Government instead of being concentrated in a single person is spread in all its constituents. This is not the case only with sentient constituents, it is so with non-sentient components also. That is why a vehicle, a piece of furniture and all the articles belonging to a Government office also become part of the Government. Seen this way, Government is something which is manifested in all its constituents while as a single entity it is always invisible.
The same thing applies to God. God being the Government of the Universe is also manifested through all its creation sentient as well as non-sentient. Whatever God does is through its constituents only. When God helps someone, He does so through some of its creature and also when He punishes some of us, He does so through some different creature. Thus the whole system of creation is so interwoven that each of the units carries out the function of God only. This is perhaps each creation is said to be a part of God only and one who sees God in all is Godly in true sense. This way God is nothing but the sum total of the creation and that is why it is called “Paramatma” while its constituents are called “Atmas”. Since the creation of God is present everywhere, God is also omnipresent. Also God is so subtly present in its creation that it is not possible to see or experience Him easily. That is why it is Invisible to most of us.
Somehow I find that this explanation of God clarifies all possible doubts about Him. Hence I am sharing it with others. However, everyone is entitled to his or her own version of God. Surely it does not affect the reality and God will continue to be what It is. To me it only shows that God is really incomprehensive for little minds like us and even we all together fail to describe God in totality.

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 09-08-2015

GURU-POORNIMA

I was in the holy company of my spiritual master Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha on the auspicious occasion of 'Guru- Poornima' on 5th July, 2001 at 'NARAYANASHRAMA TAPOVANAM' in Trichur (Kerala). Every year, on this occasion, close devotees of Swamiji assemble in the Ashram and spend about a week in his holy company. The first time, I attended this spiritual retreat, was in July, 1994 and thereafter it was my second visit during 'Guru-Poornima'. This is a very sublime occasion and in India the tradition of 'Master-Disciple' meet on this day has been a long one. This is a time when a devotee assesses his progress on the path of spiritual journey and seeks necessary guidance from his master individually as well as collectively. On this day, after the worship of the Guru, a message is given by him to his disciples. The message is always deep and helps a lot for further progress. I am hereby giving the extract of my master's message on this 'Guru-Poornima', pointwise and in brief.1. We should always keep in mind that we are not body. Body is mortal but we are not. This thought alone can take us to the pedestal of wisdom and our life can become truly fulfilled.
2. Only our 'Guru' can address us as immortal and no one else including the parents and school teachers. Guru sees the immortal in us and can make us feel immortal.
3. The truth of our being immortal was discovered countless generations ago and will remain so for countless generations. This is the true spiritual wisdom.
4. All wealth perishes but the wealth of spiritual wisdom does not and lives from generation to generation. Only if we are able to realise this truth in life, life becomes meaningful.5. This knowledge is the key to all problems of life and changes its course for the better. In fact, this alone is the central message of Bhagvad Gita.6. We should remember that destruction is never in the nature of nature. Nature only knows transformation and evolution. This being so, whatever happens in life should be welcome.
7. Spiritual infection has to begin in everyone's life some day or the other. This call of spirituality is the most important call of life. Fortunate are those in whose life this call comes early.
8. Guru-Poornima is an occasion to assess our progress and make necessary correction or modification in the journey of spiritual progress.
9. Loss and Gain both are parts of life. Take them as they come. The fact is that we learn more from the loss than from gain. Also, ultimately all that is mundane is to perish. Then why to grieve on loss or hail the gain.
10. Our suffering is on account of cause and effect. There is no option to it except to exhaust it. Tragedies of life are not to be ignored or laughed upon, they are to be endured.
11. We should take necessary care of body. It should be fed, clothed and kept appropriately. All this should never mean that we become the body and neglect the immortal part of us.
12. Desire, fear, greed and all other negative impulses are part of life. They have to be understood well and transcended. Once we understand their genesis, the transcendence becomes easy.
13. 'Guru-Shishya' relationship should grow with time. It is a very precious association. A Shishya is a member of Guru's family.
14. All duties carried out with devotion is a part of divine service and a step towards spiritual progress. The purpose of each activity is to dissolve ego and become weightless. This is the essence of entire spirituality.15. Progress in spiritual path means expansion of mind so that the entire creation of God appears as one family. Guru helps in such an expansion of mind. Once this happens, realisation of our immorality is a natural outcome.
With this message Swamiji blessed all the devotees

By Rakesh K Mittal IAS on 01-08-2015