19 February 2021 :- After about a year and a half, Shri Maharaj Ji was around the holy lands of Dera Harisar, Kila Raipur. Plus it was the occasion of ‘Nirvana Diwas of Shri Gurudev Swami Dayalu Puri Ji Maharaj’. Ardent patience of devotees (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), finally allowed them to be in the divine physical presence of Shri Gurudev.
To begin with, Sadhvi Ji addressed those who had gathered around by sharing that ‘The path on which the great seers and sages have walked is the only true path. The idea today is to find out what is that path, they have opened for us.’ Let’s explore!
A glimpse from Sadhvi Ji’s discourse :
Whether knowingly or unknowingly, we are looking for ‘happiness’. And scriptures proclaim that true happiness or bliss is a synonym of our true self, or in other (commonly used) words God. He, who resides in every animate-inanimate particle! Now if He resides within us too, how can we connect with him?
The human body is designed in such a way that by default, we are more inclined towards materialistic things. And thus, sort of disconnected with our inner true self, hindering our growth on this inner journey to real ‘me’. The only means to attain that path, to rise above the ego, to realize true-self is surrender (body-intellect) unto Guru’s command. We can only try, take inspiration and move forward and go on learning. And pray, ‘Let the ego dissolve unto His lotus feet’.
Salient points from Shri Maharaj Ji’s discourse :
- Quite often, one is seen boasting about the magnificence his/her master (devotedly referred as Gurudev) portrays. However, is it not merely confining the revered Gurudev in the walls of the gross body? Patanajali Yoga Sutras proclaim – पूर्वेषामपि गुरुः कालेनानवच्छेदात्।।1.26।। Gurubani states – आदि गुरुवे नमः – i.e. God is the Gurudev. And hence, comparisons based on gross body ought not right.
- Talking about the Guru aagya i.e. Guru’s command – There is only one! Consistent and persistent practice of Guru mantra (known as Japa), comprehending the meaning every single syllable beholds. Then just let curiosity and yearning unfurl so as to rise above the ego – the obstacle we need to be watchful of!
- We are experts when it comes to pointing a finger at someone. In this context, Puranas proclaim – One who dares to see his/her own faults would most definitely achieve the highest goal. And thus for that, the journey begins only after we explore – a) What is my current stand? i.e. What is my goal and thus how prepared am I at this particular moment to realize that. What is going on in my mind? Taking responsibility for one’s own ‘mind’, having a clear picture, well-defined checkpoints is the first step towards success. b) Once we know, it is the time to surrender and thus act. Here, please note that we must refrain from uttering – ‘Oh God! I am sinful. Forgive me as I am but yours’. Rather let it be – ‘Howsoever am I – I am yours!’. Tat Sat!