The Mother Divine
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By Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

Satya (Truth):

  • Speak the Truth. Satya (Truth) itself is God. He, who is able to take refuge with Truth, can reach his desired goal speedily.
  • Always speak the truth. Whether in speech, thought or deed, do not resort to falsehood of any kind.
  • Beware of the tongue; speak less, and let not your tongue utter false or useless things.
  • Satya is Bhagawan (God). He who takes refuge with truth realizes God. There is no sin greater than uttering falsehood.
  • Whatever you resolve, or speak: try to defend it and stick to it. When you succeed in this, you will be able to realize your intents without frustrating them– whatever you think of, will come true! There will be no futile endeavours.
  • Truth is forever the truth, even as Agni is always Agni.

Ahimsa (Non-violence):

  • Renounce himsa (violence). Nobody will be able to be inimical towards you.
  • A blanket is made out of the sheep-hair; inspite of the fact that it is among the pure materials, the vaishnavas didn’t make use of it because it is made by troubling a creature and cutting its hair. The fragments of Srimad Mahaprabhu’s cloth are still present in ‘Gambhira.’

Shraddha (True Faith):

  • Shraddha or faith is the life of all sadhanas (spiritual practices). Where there is no faith, there is nothing.
  • To firmly believe in the words and injunctions of the Guru and Vedanta, this is the definition of faith.
  • He who pledges firmly: ‘I will walk the path shown by the Guru with an intellect rooted in belief of God’s existence and thus accomplish everything,’ and follows his Guru’s instructions unswervingly, such a one is said to be endowed with faith. It is faith which confers immortality upon man.
  • What is devotion and spiritual practice? Guru has asked you to chant Naam; ‘I will follow his command whether I get any experience or not’– singing Naam thus, with firm faith, and sentiments manifest with time.
  • Shraddha is the proposed end of all siddhis, shraddha is the cause of true knowledge; true knowledge and shraddha are indistinguishable. Therefore, after realizing this, disciples who have belief in Guru and the mantra, they certainly achieve Mantra Chaitanya (spiritualization of their mantra), irrespective of the nature of their Guru.
  • Those, who are so immersed in evil deeds that they don't care about public censure, fear or insult, or for that matter anything in this world, these have an appropriate turn of the mind; if their consciousness can somehow be directed to God, it can speedily get fixed on God simply because they have a one-pointed mind.

Karma & Nishkaam Karma:

  • Shastras say, you will have to undergo the prarabddha or those karmas, which constitute this body. Fresh karmas won’t develop if these karmas are exhausted in a lifetime.
  • There is one Being, one relation who is forever protecting you. He is drawing you closer to His lap. Never forget this. Whatever work you do, treat it as His work and keep doing it. He will take the onus.
  • Nishkaam karma is divided into three categories:
    • Performing religious and secular duties in accordance with the command of God.
    • Serving God.
    • To be free from the sense of doership and to think that I am doing nothing, everything is inspired by God. Acting in this manner, one is freed of samsara.
  • Mother! How much karma does a man bring into this world? All that stock will have to be destroyed. It is better to deplete it while singing Naam.

Tapasya (Austerity):

  • There are several meanings of the word ‘tapasya’. “Tapah dvandva sahanam” – tapasya is enduring of polar opposites like heat and cold, hunger and thirst, and observance of vaak mauna (refraining from speech), kaashta mauna (refraining from speech including communication through sign language), kriccha-chandrayana vrata etc. Some say tapasya is observance of vratas or regimes aimed at soothing the mind.
  • The knowledge related to Brahma is known as tapasya. Some say – undertaking of fast on ekadashi etc. is tapasya. The shrutis declare “taponaanshanaatparah.” There is no tapasya greater than ‘anashana’ (fasting). Some even name swadhyaaya as tapasya “samanaska-indriyaanaam-ekaagrakaranam tapah”. Tapasya is the name given to the effort of concentrating all the sense organs alongwith the mind on a single object.
  • Tapasya bestows on man genuine human nature, it is because man does not snap out of the intoxication of the body that he is unable to reach the origin of joy. It is through tapasya that the inebriation of the body-consciousness is removed.
  • Those who undertake tapasya in order to realize God; those who acquire the knowledge of pranava; the root cause of this world, through tapasya, they are truly blessed.
  • What is the remedy? Tapasya, adoption of His Naam, hymns, prayers, these are the things. It is strange, human beings have acquired God, but due to the lack of tapasya they have to put up with loud lament despite having God.
  • Whatever may be the wealth and prosperity enjoyed by human being; it is a product of purva tapasya (past austerities), worship and austerities undertaken earlier. A host of devas and sages attained eminence through tapasya. Those who are desirous of self-development must consider tapasya as their necessary duty.

Tyaga (Renunciation):

  • Renunciation! Renunciation! Well, there can be no sense-gratification once you have renounced.
  • Company of people, honour and fame are as disastrous as poison for the sadhus. Foolish sadhus who cannot renounce the company of men have to come to a very sad state indeed.
  • The magnet is bound to attract, ghee is bound to melt, which is why it is essential for sadhus to be on guard, if they are not cautious ‘Ram Ram Ram Sitaram’, their faces are bound to be tainted with whitewash or lampblack.
  • Listen, my dear! The devotee does not desire any dharma, artha, kaam moksha; all he desires is service unto God. Devotional service alone is his desired object.
  • Happiness and joy cannot be had until God is found. Renouncing everything, forsaking all objects and saying: ‘I seek only God’, life will have to be dedicated to God alone.
  • Renounce everything; he who does not renounce cannot gain peace.
  • Judging from your dress, trimmings and your cigarette case, I can clearly see you have no desire to be liberated. He whose head burns with fire; can he be interested in clothes and appearances or worldly life? He who has received the funeral offerings of Ganga water, can he be interested in marrying a sixteen-year-old maiden?
  • All the objects of this world have only sorrow to offer. The extent to which an individual move away from worldly pleasures is the extent to which he keeps himself aloof from experiencing sorrow. He moves far away (from sorrow).