Date : 06 July 2010
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Even though we cannot decide the time and type of our death but we can certainly decide as to with what state of mind we should die.Time of death and type of death (death by old age, by disease, in sleep or by accident etc) depend on various factors such as destiny, past karma, present actions, habits and impressions on the sub-conscious mind. The state of mind with which we wish to die solely depends on our Attitude and Behavior. Most of the people aspire for a peaceful, minimally painful death condition such as death in sleep or sudden death while being fit and healthy. Nobody aspires for a death through accident or after prolonged sickness or hospitalization or after being bed ridden. But can it be our choice to die in a way we want to die?
Normally it is not our choice to decide the type of death we want to die (though spiritually it is still possible by evolved souls) but we can always decide the state of mind with which we want to die. What is more important is 'with what state of mind we die' rather than 'how we die'.
At the time of death, depending on our state, the soul may leave the body with ease or it may struggle and leave the body painfully. If the mind is free from attachments and aversions then the soul leaves the body peacefully but if the mind is full of attachments, aversions, ego, jealousy, revenge, hatred and dissatisfaction then it would struggle to leave the body. It will experience high pain while separating from the body. And depending on with what thoughts and impressions it leaves the body, the next birth gets decided.
Even in the Bhagwat Gita it is said that the predominant impressions on the soul's mind at the time of death decides the kind of next birth for that soul. Gita also says that the predominant impressions at the time of death will be based on the attitude and behavior one has lived with, during one's life time. It is not possible that one's death will be peaceful if life long one has lived a life full of ego, attachment and aversions.
Based on the fact that death can strike anybody at anytime one should practice to live a pious, positive, contented and meditative life all through; so that the death is peaceful and the soul gets an evolved rebirth. In the evolved rebirth soul will gain saintly hood and will achieve its ultimate goal of realizing the supreme divine SELF and be eternally blissful thereafter.
- Guru Sri Rameshji Jain
THE JOY OF SEEING OTHERS JOY IS A BIGGER JOY THAN OUR OWN JOY
Date : 28 Dec 2007
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happens, happens for good.
Date : 01 Jan 2009
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New about New Year:
New Year can be an opportunity to tear off and throw away past impressions of enmity, hurt, jealousy and negativity from the mind like tearing off and throwing away the past years calendar. New year can start with fresh dates with peace, happiness and forgiveness. New year can start with new resolutions (to follow and not to break). Every new year should bring us one step closer to humanity, nature and universal divinity. Every gone year should give us satisfaction for what all we did in the year (not regret and guilt for what all we should not have done). If we can say good bye to the past year with satisfaction and embrace new year with another humble step forward then only we have the right to celebrate new year. Else new year celebration is only for entertainment, sensuous pleasures and would be another year of pain, sorrow and misery. We must learn to 'live by choice and not by chance'.
Somebody has rightly said that
- Ramesh Jain
There was a king who was very pious and spiritual. He had 3 questions about God in his mind and nobody could answer the questions to his satisfaction. One day, he announced that whoever answers those 3 questions to his satisfaction will be rewarded with half of his kingdom, but if they fail to answer they will be hanged to death.
Many people tried to answer his questions but not being able to satisfy the king, they lost their lives.
As the king was getting restless for not getting satisfactory answers, he ordered his minister, who was most intelligent man in his kingdom; to help him find the right answer otherwise he also will have to face the same fate as the others.
The minister went home worried as he himself did not know how to satisfy the king since the questions were based on faith. Looking at the worried face of his father, the minister's son asked him the reason for his worries and minister described to him all that which happened in the king's court.
Upon enquiry by the child about the three questions of the king, the minister mentioned to him those questions; (1) Where does God exist? (2) How to see him? and (3) What does he do?
The Minister's son assured his father that he would satisfy the king tomorrow in the king's court and he need not worry any more.
Next day when the child arrived in the king's court, he first asked the king to get him a bowl of milk. The king laughed and ordered for the milk. When the bowl of milk was given to the child he started rotating his finger in the bowl.
Amused at the child's behavior, the king asked him what he was doing. The child said that he is trying to find butter in the milk. The king laughed and said, "you are still a child. You do not know how to find butter in the milk".
The child said "Why do you say so oh dear King! Doesn't butter exist in milk?"
"No doubt butter exists in the whole milk" replied the king. "But to separate the butter from the milk, the milk has to be first set into curd and then churned. After churning only the butter separates from the curd".
The child said to the king "I have answered your first two questions, oh dear King! God resides in the whole universe but to separate it from the universe you need to first still your mind and churn the still mind with contemplation on God and only then you can separate the God from the universe and see him".
Fully satisfied with the answer, the king offered his reverence at the feet of child and sought the answer for his third question as to what does God do.
The Child asked the king that after having offered his reverence at his feet, whether he was asking this question as a king or as a pupil. The king felt ashamed and said that he is asking the question as a pupil and requested him to satisfy him with his third question. Then the child said that if you are asking this question as a pupil then how can you be seated on the throne, higher than me and make me stand on the floor.
Kind immediately came down and requested the child to be seated on the throne and he himself stood on the floor with folded hands.
Child said, "oh King! This is what God does. He brings down the higher ones to the lower levels and uplifts the lower ones to higher levels".
The king fully satisfied with the answers, bowed down at the feet of his new Guru who enlightened him with the secrets of God. He realized that God exists everywhere in the universe but to see him we need to still our mind, shift focus from the worldly matters to Godly subjects and contemplate over and over him. Lastly he realized that one should not have any ego of one's position, wealth, intelligence, looks or otherwise and always be humble, modest, loving and caring equally for all without distinction of caste, creed or color. Otherwise, one day God will pull him down and break his ego into pieces and make him realize his supreme existence.
Guruji Shri Rameshji Jain
Who is that which accompanies us even after death:
There was a king who had four wives. He loved his fourth wife the most, as she was young, beautiful and very attractive.
He used to take care of his third wife too by providing her good food, latest designer clothing and expensive jewellery.
For the second wife he ordered his ministers to take care of
her, the way she wanted and fulfil her desires in all possible manner.
But the King never took proper care for his first wife and ignored her all the way, that he almost forgot if she existed in his life.
One day when the King was nearing his death he called his fourth wife(whom he loved the most) and asked her to accompany him, in his journey after his death, as he feels scared to be all alone after death.
The fourth wife replied in negative and said she cannot accompany him after his death as she is still young, good looking and attractive. She would, in fact, marry somebody else after his death as she cannot live alone and has to enjoy, yet a long life.
Disappointed King called his third wife and made the same request for accompanying him after his death. The third wife also refused to accompany him but said that since she also cannot live without him, she would lay her body on his funeral pyre and kill herself.
Highly depressed king called his second wife to check if she would accompany him but she also refused saying that since she has her children to be taken care, she cannot accompany the king. But however she said she will accompany the king up to the graveyard.
Almost about to die, the King heard a voice from behind saying that I will accompany you, Oh my dear King, after your death, wherever you go!
Astonished King looked behind and saw it was her first wife. Weak, skinny and pale, revealing that she had no food for years and nobody has taken care of her. She again said! I cannot live without you and I have no existence without you dear king, hence I will accompany where you go after death!
This story is in reference to all of us having similar type of four wives in our life. The fourth wife, who is most attractive and eternally young, is the money and wealth. After our death it goes to somebody else, without looking at us even once.
The third wife is our body. It cannot exist without us hence it will be laid on our funeral pyre and burnt or buried along with us. The second wife is the family, who will accompany us only till the graveyard.
The first wife is our Soul (Atman, the Divine Being) who will accompany us, wherever we go, even after death. The agony is that, we do not care, feed and look after this soul, who is always with us while we are alive and even after death. It never leaves us alone whether we take care or not, whether we feed it or not, whether we cloth it or not. In spite of such a faithful and loving companion, we ignore it and fall prey to the worldly attractions who will be our companion only in this world and only if they are taken care.
Sadguru Sri Ramesh Jain
We are bestowed with enormous potential powers within our inner self but because of the ignorance and negative nature of the mind our real personality remains subdued. We are not able to perform to the desired levels and live a life of our choice (in domestic, profession, personal and spiritual life). Not only this we also attract lot of unwanted and painful situations in life and thus suffer.
The main reason for our life not being what we want is that our mind is not in our control. We never tried to tame, train and give direction to the mind.
The best way to train, tame, direct and invoke the potential powers of the mind is through Meditation. Among the numerous benefits of meditation, the 10 most beneficial are;
1. Meditation makes the mind peaceful. It breaks the chain of thoughts, brings the mind to a rest mode thus reducing anxieties, fear and confusion.
2. Meditation reduces negativity and increases positivity because in meditation mind goes into higher frequency of consciousness where negativity cannot exist.
3. Meditation erases past painful impressions from the mind. Mind has a habit of creating deep rooted impressions of painful events and remembering them frequently. This habit forces the mind to live in the past and worry about the future thus bypassing the happiness of the present.
Many people have experienced that they remember many past events during meditation which are unconnected to the present. They must realize that these impressions are trying to get out of mind during that time. So, they should allow these impressions to go out and get freed from them.
4. Meditation increases will power, thought power, intuition, decision making as confusion reduces and clarity increases.
5. Meditation heals and fights disease. Whenever the inner ease gets disturbed, disease erupts and as we re-establish this ease, disease vanishes.
6. Meditation protects us from others' negative vibrations. People emanate negative vibrations against us out of jealousy, hatred, inferior or superior complexes, misunderstanding or out of behavioral issues. Regular practice of meditation helps create a vibratory protective shield around us and that helps us neutralize the effect of others negative vibrations.
7. Meditation helps us to conserve our own inner energy. Our mind consumes almost 50% of our energy while the rest is consumed by physical body, senses etc. As thoughts reduces and mind is more at peace, we conserve more and more energy thus helping us to use this energy in more productive purposes as well as helping us evolve to a more powerful being.
8. Meditation helps us keep the mind clean from the unwanted dust of impressions on a daily basis. Regular meditation does not allow the dust of negativity and impressions of painful events to settle down on the mind.
9. Meditation helps us to find the divine treasure within our inner self and universal secrets. It reveals us the evolutionary secrets of the universe, law of karma, connection with the subtle world and divine souls in their ethereal bodies and face to face with our favorite personal God.
10. Meditation helps us in Self Realization and Enlightenment. It helps us live the life of a liberated soul, fearless and eternally joyful.
Meditation is the greatest boon human beings have received from the Enlightened Saints, Gurus and the Divine Scriptures. We must all practice meditation regularly and reap the enormous benefits it provides.
Guruji Sri Rameshji Jain
Many people had experienced in their lives that whatever they were worried of, came true. Whatever they did not want to happen happened. Whatever situation they wanted to avoid, practically appeared before them. Are these experiences mere co-incidences or there is a scientific reason behind them?
Imagine each thought you think as a mental photograph.
When you worry or fear for something, it is first exposed to your brain as an image of an unfavorable situation. As you focus more and more to your worried situation, the image in your brain begins to develop more clearly and gets fully exposed as a real happening situation.
The fact is that all thoughts have the power to convert themselves into images. These images then signal the sub-conscious mind as well as the cosmic forces to create a real life situation as per the image (Cosmic forces understand sub conscious signal as our desire). Then cosmic forces influences other people and pushes you too to take all those actions that bring the image into reality. In this process cosmos also helps in creating coincidences and congenial atmosphere for the success of your sub-conscious mind's efforts and this is how your worries finally comes true.
Hence, you need to be careful in your thoughts, imagination and feelings. They should not be negative and should not be allowed to focus on something which you DON'T want....otherwise you actually strengthen the neural networks containing the image of that something which you don't want and land up with it. Worry is actually a very powerful form of negative goal setting.
(1) You must stop worrying and fearing for anything and instead, direct your mental focus on those things, situations and circumstances which you want. ‘NEVER FOCUS ON ANYTHING WHICH YOU DON'T WANT'
(2) Whenever you cannot stop your worries then offer them at the feet of God and ask HIM to take care of it as you are incapable of handling your worries. Accept whatever you get as gift from God.
(3) Meditate regularly and control your mind.
Guruji Sri Rameshji Jain
Date : 13 Dec 2008
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You have been sent to this world as a tourist to look around, appreciate and enjoy the creation. Unfortunately you developed attachment with your companions (co-travellers) and possessiveness for the objects of the world. This ignorance has bound you to the world and caused all the pains, sorrows and miseries.When on a holiday you go to see Palaces, monuments, museums to witness the great work done by its creators, get amazed the way things were built, appreciate them, imagine the way kings lived and the gold ornaments worn by them and enjoy. But in the process if you start getting jealous and feel to possess the objects then you lose your happiness and become sorrowful. A feeling of insufficiency develops. The seed for misery gets sown. And this is what ignorantly happened to most of the people in this world.
You have been sent, as a tourist, to this world to enjoy, appreciate and go back to your destination but ignorantly you have decided to stay here permanently. You have developed attachment with people and possessiveness for material objects and are thus suffering. Live the life like a tourist, enjoy the creation, appreciate the work of the creator (both good and bad aspects of the world) and remain happy all the time.
- Ramesh Jain