Friday, April 29, 2005

[AWAKENCHILDREN] AWAKEN CHILDREN ( 111 ) - DEVOTION,FAITH AND OBEDIENCE IS WHAT IS NEEDED

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Thursday, 28 October 1982

+++++++++++++
UNSTEADINESS
+++++++++++++

One brahmacharin had a wish to go somewhere to practice meditation
in solitude.

Mother:
========

Mother will not allow you to do that. You want to escape without
confronting and defeating the obstacles rising within you. After two
days you will come back. If you go somewhere, sadhana should be
performed staying there at least for a month, without moving around.
But you won't do that. You would say that staying with the Mother is
the best. Go and meditate after changing your clothes.

The Holy Mother was sitting in the ashram library after lunch.

Brahmacharin Balu:
===================

Can a jyani (Kwower of the Self) bestow Liberation on one by mere
sankalpa?

Mother:
=========

Certainly, but the disciple should have alertness and faith. One who
has faith will not ask any questions of the Guru. He will obey the
Guru's words implicitly. That is service to the Guru. There is no
benefit if one who does service has no 'visala buddhi' (expansive
vision), Obedience and proper discipline are necessary. The Prime
Minister entrusts each section to the other ministers. What if they
walk around to serve the Prime Minister without doing their job? Is
that correct? Will he be happy? The same is the case with the
spiritual Guru. God doesn't need anything, neither service nor
flattery. Devotion, faith and obedience is what is needed.

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!

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Awaken, Children! Volume 1 page 232
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[AWAKENCHILDREN] AWAKEN CHILDREN ( 110 ) - VAMANA AVATAR - HEAVEN IS NOT PERMANENT

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++++++++
MAHABALI
++++++++

Venu:
========

Mother, why did Vamana push down Mahabali to the nether world? Why
was he not sent to the heavens?

(Mahabali was a king of ancient times who was approached by Vamana,
the dwarf Incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who asked for three steps of
land. Vamana showed His Universal Form and covered the entire cosmos
with the first two steps. In order to remain truthful to his promise
of giving three steps of land, Mahabali offered his head as the
third step.)

Mother:
=========

Son, even heaven is not permanent. When the merit which was
responsible for sending one to heaven is exhausted, one will come
down again. In fact, Vishnu was testing Mahabali's devotion. He
asked for three feet of land. After Vishnu measured two, when there
was no other place, Mahabali offered his own head. Mahabali's
devotion was revealed then. It was Eternal Liberation that Vishnu
gave to him. Whether in heaven or hell, there is no change for Atman
at all. The Atman has no trouble even if pushed down to hell.

Marriage celebrations were going on in a house related to the
Idammanel family.

One brahmachirin:
===================

Mother do we have to go to the marriage at the other house?

Mother:
===========

Don't ask such questions. What does it matter for us? Sadhaks should
never participate in such functions. Help them, but only if they ask
for help.

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

[AWAKENCHILDREN] AWAKEN CHILDREN ( 109 ) -INACTION IN ACTION - WHAT IS ATMAN


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===================
INACTION IN ACTION
===================

In the morning Mother, all of a sudden, came to the kitchen and
began doing all the work. She sent all the brahmachdrins from the
kitchen saying, "Go and do meditation. Some still stood there hoping
to help.

One brahmacharin:
==================

Shall I simply stand looking on while Mother is working?

Mother:
=========

Children, Mother does not feel that she is doing anything. It would
have been enough if you would have stayed at home if it was simply
for doing work that you came here. Otherwise, think over whether you
can do work with an attitude of dedication to God. Mother doesn't
think that you can do so, and therefore, you children should
meditate without breaking the daily routine. That is enough for
Mother.

Venn:
=======

Mother, how many days are still needed to attain Truth?

Mother:
=========

Children, you work. Don't be sad thinking of time. God will give
everything.

Brahmacharin:
===============

However much work I do, if Mother's Grace is not there, there is
nothing. If Mother's sankalpa is there I will be liberated this very
moment.

Mother:
========

Son, don't talk like that. That is weakness. If you work you will
get the wages. God will not simply give anything to anyone without
their working for it. Self-effort and grace are interdependent. If
tapas (spiritual discipline) is performed sincerely, you can then
see God's Grace flowing into you. Sitting behind the closed doors of
a room saying "The sun is not giving me any light" is foolishness.
Open the door and light will enter. Likewise, open the doors of your
heart by removing the obstacles of egoistic thoughts and by
developing such qualities as love and humility. That needs effort.
Prepare your mind to become a befitting instrument of God's Grace
which flows in a neverending stream.

You should pray to God to always be given work. You should not feel
that "Having done this much, I still did not get anything." God is
to be loved without desiring anything. Wishing for a vision is also
a desire. This is what God said when He was approached, "To overcome
the mind is more difficult than finding Me. See everything with an
attitude of equanimity. Overcome the mind."

Don't unnecessarily argue with others. Tell them, "I don't have time
to waste talking unnecessarily. My Mother has told me 'Truth is God.
That is in you also. It is everywhere. When you find That, you will
know your Self.' Mother hasn't said even to have faith in her." Also
tell them, "I am trying to know myself, to love and serve all with a
brotherly attitude. My aim is not to attain Liberation."

Brahmacharin:
===============

Mother,what is the nature of Atman?

Mother:
========

No attributes at all. Changeless like the sky. It cannot be said
what It is. There is no motion at all. There is no "you" and "I"
there. It can be known only through experience.

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

[AWAKENCHILDREN] AWAKEN CHILDREN ( 108 ) - IS THERE A GOD - AMMA'S CHILDREN


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THE CAUSE OF THE MANGO TREE AND THE SEED

Brahmachirin:
===============

Will the atheists agree that there is a God?

Mother:
==========

You should ask the atheists, "Which came into being first, the mango
tree or the seed?" If it is the mango tree then a seed should be
there and if it is the seed than a tree should be there. Therefore,
beyond both, there is a Power which is the cause of everything. That
is God. As we progress in sadhana we will understand everything.
There is no meaning in unnecessary dispute.

The topic suddenly changed to the narration of her own experience
during Mother's sadhana period. The Mother continued,

Mother:
=========

In the old days Mother was not even able to say "Krishna." Body-
consciousness would be lost immediately. If concentration was not
gained in meditation I would angrily jump towards Devi's portrait
shouting at Her. I used to beat my head on the wall. But what to say
about other times! I would embrace Devi's picture with overflowing
love and crumble it into pieces. In those days, Mother would only
see Devi in whoever came. If I happened to see any good-looking
girls nicely dressed up, I would leap and jump out of bliss. I felt
all of them to be Devi.

About her spiritual children, the Mother said,

Mother:
=========

All the children have that kind of devotion. Children, if you see
someone who looks like Mother, don't you stand gazing at them? When
you are away from Mother, won't you cry if you see someone who has a
face which closely resembles Mother's? That devotion will help a
lot. If you stay away from Mother, you will be able to cry and call
to Mother. In however much an elevated state a disciple may be, he
will have a kind of selfishness when he comes in front of the Guru.
Children, don't you have the feeling that Mother should have more
love towards you than towards others?

At that time one brahmacharin returned who had gone out of the
ashram for some purpose. He had waited a long time at the bus stop
without being able to catch a bus. Having prostrated to the Mother,
he sat near her.


Mother:
========

Son, haven't you gone?

Brahmacharin:
===============

I couldn't catch a bus. I waited nearly one hour.

Mother:
=========

Is it a brahmacharin who is saying this? Hasn't God given you good
health? Don't you have hands and legs? Can't you walk? If you had
walked during the time you waited for the bus, you could have
returned having accomplished the thing for which you went, is that
not so? Will the time be wasted if you chant your mantra while
walking? On the way, if the bus comes you can get in as well, is it
not? Hereafter, YOu children should not waste time waiting in the
bus stop. While you are standing there, people of different calibres
will come and you will talk with them. All that will be the cause
for creating new vasanas.

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!

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[AWAKENCHILDREN] AWAKEN CHILDREN ( 107 ) - FAITH IN THE GURU - DISCONTINUED WORSHIP


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Friday, 15 October 1982

==================
FAITH IN THE GURU
===================

Mother was in Quilon at a devotee's house. In the evening there were
bhajan, satsang and chanting of the Thousand Names of Devi. Many
people were there to see Mother and to participate in the Bhajan. A
great soul, Nisargadatta Maharaj, had left his body recently. One
devotee brought it to Mother's attention.

Devotee:
==========

Mother, it has been said in the book "I Am That" that Nisargadatta
Maharaj met his Guru at the age of 34 and had known the Self at the
age of 37. He had reached the goal within three years only. Is that
possible?

Mother:
===========

Son, there is one thing. Has it not been said that he had complete
faith in the Guru? If such faith is there, then there is no
difficulty at all. It is not enough to consider only time for the
attainment of the goal. Faith, disposition inherited from the past
birth, and practice are all applicable.

Wednesday, 20 October 1982


In the afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Holy Mother was sitting in front
of the Vedanta Vidyalaya (Vedanta School) surrounded by the
residents. There were some visiting devotees as well.

One devotee:
=============
Mother, is there any harm if there happens to be a break in the
pooja performed to a particular form of God or Goddess?


Mother:
=========

Son, when we do worship to a form, it gets power. It is we who
transmit life to it. In fact, when you children salute someone with
concentration, power will flow from you to him and from him to you.
However, if the worship is discontinued, the same power can do harm
to you.

Question:
==========

Mother, it is said that there is godliness in human beings. If that
is true can a human become totally identified with God or can he
become God?

Mother:
========

He is God. There is nothing to become. But at present, he is not
aware of this great Truth because of his accumulated tendencies.
Son, even if it is said that God is in man, there is a Power that
transcends everything. That is the Supreme Reality. That power is
unique. That exists even beyond a Liberated Soul. The waves and the
ocean are not essentially different, but the wave does not contain
the ocean. The ocean stands as the substratum of the wave. There is
no tree that touches the heavens and no root that reaches to the
netherworld. This means that all names and forms are limited.

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

COMPASSION - CONCENTRATION- ON ONE SELF

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!

Thursday, 14 October 1982


Today was a Bhava Darshan day. The Devi Bhava was over
by 4 a.m. At
the end of Devi Bhava the Holy Mother sucked blood and
pus from the
head of a leper. On certain days, due to accepting the
illnesses of
many people, the Holy Mother would become sick but
would recover
within a few minutes. The Mother says,

Mother:
========

A perfect person is filled with compassion when he
sees a leper or
such other persons; he will not feel disgust or
aversion. Through
concentration and divine power he can absorb the
disease into
himself. People who are coming here might have been
carrying around
their disease for the last ten or fifteen years,
undeygoing
different kinds of treatments and still not finding
any cure. If
Mother accepts that, she will have to suffer only ten
or fifteen
minutes and those poor people will be saved from any
more suffering.

The time was three in the afternoon. The Holy Mother
was lying on
the cot in her hut. Some of the residents were sitting
down on the
floor.

Question:
===========

Mother, no improvment is seen in my sadhana. What
should be done for
that?

Mother:
========
Children, don't worry. All that will come. It is
enough if you try.
While sitting in an airplane as it is flying across
the sky, we will
not feel that it is moving, but once having reached
the destination,
we understand that we had been travelling all along.
Likewise, we
are progressing but it is too subtle for us to
understand. After
reaching the goal, everything will become clear.
Concentration, that
is what is needed. One who has concentration can
conquer this entire
world. Anyone will feel an attraction if his voice is
heard. One
look at him is enough to bring one to the spiritual
path, however
wicked one may be. Concentration should be increased
somehow. It is
possible through practice.

Question:
===========

Mother, can meditation be done imagining oneself as
the form?

Mother:
=========

No, that is not necessary. The ego will come if
meditation is done
on oneself. Not only that, it is always better to
choose a Perfect
Being as your form of meditation. Whichever form you
meditate on,
eventually we will come to the understanding that we
and That are
one. During the period which Mother meditated she saw
herself as
Devi.

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!

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Question:
===========

Mother, what should be done to control lustfUl
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Mother:
==========

Through constant association with the Sadguru all
those will be
automatically removed. Desireless love also will help
to attenuate
lust.


Just before the bhajan the Mother was talking about
the ashram
affairs.


A new brahmacharin:
====================

Mother, how are the ashram needs being met?

Mother:
=========

Children, whenever there is a lack of something, then
and there God
will have it sent. Mother has given everything to Him.
He will look
after everything. Mother doesn't need anything. For
Mother, her
children are everything. Mother's heart will become
full when she
sees each child growing spiritually. Now what is
necessary is for
you children to do spiritual practice. You don't have
to pay
attention to anything else. Somehow the things will
come. Mother
doesn't like anybody serving her. You should meditate.
It should go
on very well. That is what is necessary.

Om Amriteswaryai Namah!


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