Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Freedom from Suffering - sri Bhagvan answers

7 Steps to Freedom from Suffering

Question: Nobody in this world is free from suffering. To be free of suffering, what should be done?

Bhagavan: That’s very simple. Please follow 7 truths to be free from suffering.

  1. Everything comes from a single source. It could be God or energy. There is no beginning and end to life.
  1. If you identify this source, you’ll not differentiate between good, bad, right or wrong. All these things are our views. Everything came from one source.
  1. Life is nothing but your search for ‘self’. In your life, things that happen to you, people you see, everything reflects your ‘self’. If you are suffering from poverty, it means there is something wrong with yourself. You have to correct this to get out of poverty. If you have hatred, then whoever you see will exhibit the same quality. If you have evil thoughts, people you meet will also have evil thoughts. Try to understand yourself first.
  1. Realize that anything that you experience in this life is by God’s grace. Supposing you slip while walking, try to realize that as God’s grace too. If you see God in everything, your life will become wonderful.
  1. Realize that anything you experience in this life is just a ‘test’ for you by God. It is not a bad experience. If it were considered as a bad experience then it would mean that God is not compassionate. If you experience a problem, consider it an opportunity for you to face it and come out of it. You‘ve been given people, wealth and confidence to face challenges, If you understand this, your confidence will improve, just to test your confidence, God give you a test.
  1. If you realize that anything you experience is a test for you by God, then you’ll be able to think deep about the problem and handle it in a better way. You’ll understand its result. Then you’ll have no fear.
  1. If you understand the above 6 truths, then there will be an enormous transformation in your body. From then on, you’ll not only have compassion, but you’ll become that ‘compassion’. If you follow this, your relationships would improve. You’ll have no fear or sorrow – you’ll have only joy – don’t try to analyze this logically. If you follow these truths for even 21 days, you’ll be joyful. The problem with us is we spread just the sorrow and sufferings. That’s why the earth is dying. After you experience joy and happiness you’ll be able to spread only joy and happiness to others

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?