Thursday, March 19, 2015

How to never ever give up on the spiritual path

The Upanishads have compared a spiritual aspirant's journey to a razor's edge. From the age of 9, I have been walking on that razor's edge. No matter how hard I try, how sincerely I aspire, the fall is always a gut-wrenching one, filled with mind-numbing pain. 

Then I chant the name of Lord Sai in my heart and I start my baby steps all over again, stumbling, sometimes falling but always knowing that my God is there , protectively watching over me. 

Being human, sometimes I forget that my nature is essentially divine. And on such days, I turn to Baba in despair, wanting to understand the cause of these inner struggles and consequent pain. 

I forget that my real Self is untouched by suffering. 

One such day, this was His message through the book 'Life is a dream; Realize it' by Joy Thomas:

"Many quail before the impossible demands of Sadhana. When confronted by calamity, you must attach yourself to this sadhana even more firmly, instead of losing faith in it and slacking off. The drug should not be given up when it is most needed. The pity is, when the first disappointment faces you, you lose courage and give up..."

And here's how to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path:

1. Learn to think in positive affirmations.
2. Discipline your mind to shut negative thoughts.
3. Love yourself, stop self criticizing.
4. Put your Divine awareness to practice
5. Create new patterns of thinking and actions to feel good about yourself.

What steps do you take to overcome the struggles that limit you from realizing your true potential? Looking back, how do you see your pain, struggle-filled phases in life? What has it taught you over the years?

Do write it, I'd love to hear from you!


KParthasarathi said...

It is an endless struggle.The mind is akin to a monkey stung by a scorpion that is under the influence of alcohol and eaten lot of ginger and to cap it all possessed by a ghost.How unstable it would be is exactly the state of my restless mind hopping from one thought to another unable to concentrate.Yet chanting of God's nama is one way suggested by saints to bring the mind under control.

Anonymous said...

What do you do when through the stressfull times you open your heart to help someone and find out they were lieing to you all along ?
I need to find a way to heal my heart and forgive even though they dont want or care if I do

James said...

Every second going bye i see musicals or artists as if they look and sense like they are angels doing there duty for god in messages trying to teach and help and guide the earthlings i only just started feeling like this a week or 2 ago it feels like im being called upon


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