Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Values of life Change With The Awakening

The difference between an awakened and an unawakened person can be understood through examples.
Apple fruits used to fall from apple trees every day, but no one took any notice of it. It was only Isaac Newton who noticed the falling apple and discovered the law of gravitation.
Take another example, Gautam Buddha's brother Devdutt shot an arrow at a pigeon and killed it, and he was happy at his success in shooting. Devdutt felt no pain, but Buddha did. Buddha rushed to the pigeon and removed the arrow from its body.. He felt the pain of the bird which give rise to compassion - a proof of the sensitivity of the awakened one. Values of life change with the awakening.

After awakening, one achieves victory over lust, and one learns to respect one's own chastity with that of the others. A child-like mind goes through the process of maturing and one is freed from sin (karmic effects). In yogic terms, sin represents an intentional repetition of well-known mistakes, and so, it is in one's own power to achieve freedom from sin. With the eradication of selfishness, one always lives in a spirit of limitless joy and causeless love!

Amma-Bhagavan are eager to give their devotees an awakened state and much more! Many must have already made into different states and many may be on the track. Let us wait and watch the miracles that are going to unfold in the near future!

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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?