Archive | January 2020

502. Befriend yourself

You deserve your love and affection than anybody else in this world. You can be your best friend because you know better about yourself than others.  You can be honest, direct, interested, inquisitive, warm, compassionate, non-judgmental, understanding and  having deeply feeling about yourself.  People can utilize their personal power and actively contribute to their own growth and development, in essence becoming their own ally.

It is a paradox that if we cannot open our hearts to ourselves then we have no foundation for dealing with other people lovingly and compassionately.  We can make lot of money but we cannot enjoy without befriending ourselves. By this, you can do self-help, therapy, spiritual seeking, meditation, trying to silence your mind and to lose your ego.   You are not alone. Your innerself is a good friend who travel with you throughout your life, sharing your depression, mental stress and uncomfortable feelings.

You know your past, your background, your personality and your achievements.  You can be a good critic of yourself. It helps to improve the quality of life, to gain self-confidence and to have better connection with others.  Our negative thoughts are our enemies. It is essential to discover what you are telling yourself about yourself and about others. It is necessary to look for the negative ways of thinking that predominate in areas of your life that you feel limited or demoralized. Some of these voices may be assessed directly, whereas others are more hidden.

You have to do self-analysation very often. Don’t let others to judge you and do your judgement impartially.  You appreciate yourself for your good and positive views and deeds. You focus on your areas of improvement. You have to take firm steps for self-improvement. you set some goals and check periodically whether you achieve them. Don’t bother about the comments of the society, rather the people around you. They may try to advice you to do something else. Be firm to do the things which you think as good for you. You need not bother about your failures as you have taken some efforts on your own to do something.  Be courageous and face the challenges of the world. You need not follow anybody’s footsteps and you have got every liberty to walk in your own path. Go ahead by being yourself and being a good friend to you.

501. Create your own karma

Love yourself. It is not a sign of selfishness. We should be a good person by our deeds. For creating our own karma, we have to speak the truth always. Our life should have a purpose, rather a good purpose. We should not be satisfied by our growth alone. We should be ready to help others both physically and financially. We should involve in spiritual activities by visiting temples and doing puja at home.  We should always be kind and compassionate to the people whoever we meet in our lifetime.

What we to others will come back to us definitely. So, we should only do the good things. All of the wars,  fightings, bickering, complaining, and general unhappiness begins with a thought carried out with negative action. To counter all this negative energy, we can collectively create better karma so that good things and people start to appear in our lives, which raises the vibrational energy. Creating good karma is as simple as trying your best to be a good person.

While life may seem like a series of uncontrollable, atrocious events on the surface, we have to remember to look beyond the illusions and remind ourselves what we are really here for. We all came here to heal the past karma and become the best versions of ourselves, so we have to keep this in mind each day when we wake up.

We have to analyse our life as a third person.  We should forgive our mistakes and others’ mistakes. Our soul uses its past life learnings to choose and create the life we are currently living. It knows what we can handle, and what we can’t withstand. It knows our past, present, and future. It knows everything. We have to choose to have a certain kind of life, and that allows us to gradually move toward our soul’s higher purpose.

We should always be ready to offer compliments to others. We should always be ready to ready to start any work immediately without waiting for others’ comments. We should thank the person lending even a small help. We should be ready to sacrifice our valuables for good cause. Our talent should be useful to others and we should always be ready to teach others. A good listener is a good doer. So, we should give due respect to others’ views.

We should create our karma in a good way.

500. Life nowadays

Previously, everybody cared about others but nowadays all are self-centered.  So, life has become more stressful than in the past.  In olden days, people considered togetherness as a main pillar of communication that  could be typically maintained as one of the solutions to reduce the sufferer of life. However, nowadays, people frequently have some action out of their home. As a result, the action might increase stress.

“We live only once. So, we have to lead the life happily”. Many people on this earth lead their life based on this statement. People now do not know each other even if these people are their neighbors. Moreover, people in the present have many diseases; these illnesses have not existed in the past. The air that surrounds us have several elements which have chemical substances. Life in the past was a better time to live in because people were closer, had a good health and a clean environment. Women are more independent now because they work. Furthermore, In the past, people married earlier and had more children. But today, there is less communication within the family due to computers and the internet. In a lot of ways life is easier right now than in any other time in history. We have computers, cell phones and devices and gadgets that do some of our work for us. People in general are simple lazier, especially kids. 

It is amazing how much the world has changed over the last century. New scientific discoveries and technological advancement have made our life much easier than it used to be in the past. However, the changes have taken place not only in the technology or science but also within a society. Now everybody has got equality and freedom. The life of women has changed a lot and they have entered into all the fields.

We should take a positive path to see the things in the right way, whatever situation comes. Enjoy the life today.

 

499. Vishwesha Theertharu

The lineage of one of the eight Sanyasis who take care of the worship of Lord Krishna at Udupi is what is now known as the Pejavara MathaSri Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji ascended the seat as the 32nd head of the Pejavara Matha.

Sri Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji was born on the 27th of April, 1931 as the second child of Sri Narayanacharya and Srimati Kamalamma, a devout couple from Ramakunja. The parents named the child as Venkataramana. Hugely impressed by the Satvik nature of the young Venkataramana, the then head of the Pejavara Matha, Sri Sri Vishva Manya Theertha Swamiji initiated him as a Sanyasi when he was in his 8th year of age. He was named Vishwesha Theertha Swami.

He was an exceptional scholar in Nyaya, Vedanta and other branches of philosophy. He outdid many popular scholars. He also had strong poetic abilities.  He disliked untouchability and put his efforts to eradicate it.   He extended the domain of mutts from Pada-pooja, Bhiksha, Madi and other rituals to various other social activities. Some such activities involve free medication to the poor and needy, the establishment of school, pre-university, undergraduate colleges and an Ayurveda college. He worked for the prevention of cow slaughter. He went for a day-long hunger strike for the campaign to save cattle.

When it comes to the area of spiritual achievements, pilgrimages have always enjoyed an important position.  Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji resolved to undertake work to provide facilities to pilgrims. This pious work started in the Holy Kshetra of Badrinath. The “Anantha Matha” built at Badri at a cost of over 50 lakhs is today serving as a base camp for all devotees from South India. The “Udupi Matha” built at Tirupathi costing more than a crore of rupees is providing shelter to those who visit Tirumala to seek the refuge of Thimmappa. Built in 1996 at a cost of over 40 lakhs, the “Madhvashrama” in Haridhwar has become a guiding post for devotees.

Sri Swamiji the reformer has become the golden bridge between the legacy of the past and the promise of the future. Sri Swamiji is not just an individual; he is a system by himself.  This karmayogi did his services to the society till he left this world at the age of 88. Let us pray for his soul and try to follow his footsteps.