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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Should spiritual seekers save for the next day?

According to Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, who captivated millions through Autobiography of a Yogi,  a true spiritual seeker should never save for the next day or worry about the next day because his/she has entrusted his being and life to the absolute will and protection of God.

Sri Paramahansa Yogananda cites Jesus Christ who said, "The birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head." Why?

Sri Paramahansa Yogananda says, "The Power that supports your heartbeat certainly knows your lesser needs. If you live solely for God and have faith in His power, He will give you direct help."

If you read the life of any spiritual seeker, you will see that they never save or worry about providing for themselves. It is because they have absolute and unwavering faith in God.

A small incident comes to mind. While serving as Seva Dal in Prashanti Nilayam, with our daily meals, every day I ( and other Seva Dals with me) used to get prasad that is blessed from Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The prasad would be usually very tasty ladoos. Knowing how powerful and blessed it is, we used to store it away it in little sachets and save it so that we could take it back home for our families and other devotees. However tempting, we wouldn't keep it for ourselves.

On second day, Swami sent us a message at the canteen when we were about to eat, "Whatever I give you, do not save or keep for others. The prasad I give you is not meant to be saved, it is for you to have because it has come from your karma itself. What is meant for your families, I will give you separately to share before you leave Prashanti Nilayam." Again, he wanted us to understand that God knows what to give, whom to give and when to give to spiritual seekers.

All my life, I have seen my parents demonstrate the same absolute faith in God, without keeping anything to themselves and always giving those in need instead. I've questioned it and my parents have told me, "If you believe in God, it has to be total, not partial. The best way to show your commitment to God is by helping people in need without expecting anything in return. God will provide for you. Believe this."

From my parents' life, I can say for sure that God has taken such care of them because God knows they never keep anything for themselves. They have never wanted or been in need of anything because of God's love and protection in their lives.

Moral of the story is this: A true spiritual seeker keeps nothing for himself/herself and never worries about money for tomorrow because he/she believes that it is God who is the Doer and the Provider. If you don't want to believe this, it is your choice but if you check the spiritual masters of your religion, you will find they resonate the same message because it is critical for spiritual progress.

And some day, I want to emulate them. I am already treading on the same path and making beautiful discoveries of my own, those that have nothing to do with the mindless accumulation of money, which I believe is the first obstacle to savoring or the love and protection of God.


Ajith said...

nice post at a much needed time..Its one thing to read these in articles but totally different when you go through it...At the end, you come out with REAL fAITH and STRENGTH and get some tips bt SURRENDER....

jk said...

Saving for the future seems to be a normal action done by mankind .. If one reads into the interpretations of Iravathy Karve on Mahabharath "Vasudeva" is a stature maintained by (maintaining) the World with very high processing speed or even could be Aura from time to time .. The One with highest Aura given such stature along with people with lower intensity auras in tune perhaps as Demigods .. "Sarva Deva Namaskaram Kesavam prathi Gachathi" seems an interesting statement in Mahabharath .. people with higher processing speeds .. maybe like young blood when overtakes with new systems, regulations and rules savings saved in older currencies maynot be of much use.. but then in the long run many times Golden Rules maybe First and Silver Savings however small compared to Gold could be second .. But as per Advaita philosophy of Yajnavalkya One and Two both could be selfsame too .. A minimum Result Orientation path for the time being need not mean may or not take a higher or lower result orientation path tomorrow .. I mean too much attachment and result orientation to Not Saving too seems an interesting point to think about in principle.. maybe depends more one tastes/vasanas of individuals .. NGCFCs though ..

Sujatha Sathya said...

this is a very motivating post and your parents faith and way they lived out their devotion to God is inspiring

magesh said...

Again another thought provoking post :) I have to read autobiography of yoganandha to learn more about these true spiritual seekers.


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