person struggles through
live. For some the trials are
overpowering, for others a bored
status quo prevails,and
for a minority mountains are
pounded to dust in
the search for meaning and joy.
Within the invisible depths of
each soul there is a yearning.
A need to know Why?.
Why do we live?,
Why do we experience problems?,
Why are we travellers on the
journey of life?.
In the search for answers to
their uncertainties many turn to
the God-realised Saint.
On The Journey Of Life
who call him Bapa...
To a disciple, the guru is the doorway to redemption. However, on
the path to realisation would be aspirant has to endure the trials
and tribulations of life. Who can he turn to for help? Except to
he whom he calls Bapa...
Gaurang Ajmera (Satsangi youth) : What is bhakti?
Swamishri : There are many types of bhakti. Firstly, bhakti can
be simply listening to discourses, having darshan, massaging Gods
lotus feet, or even staying in the company of God and having a friendly
conversation; even making Him laugh is a form of bhakti.
Then another type of bhakti is das bhav. One becomes Gods
servant and carries out His commands without hesitating. For example,
when Lord Rama instructed Hanumanji to go to Lanka, without thinking
twice, he set off alone.
However, the greatest bhakti is atmanivedanam - surren- dering ones
self at Gods lotus feet. After that, we consider all our possessions
to be His and offer them to Him before using them ourselves.
Yogi Bapa used to speak of anuvrutti bhakti - one who lives according
to the inner, unspoken wishes of God and His Sadhu. So when they
tell you to study or even do mala, to do that is bhakti.
(16 May 1986, Bombay)