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Gunarchana An offering of our inner qualities at the Lotus Feet of our Dear Lord . Ahimsa. Nonviolence. Indriya nigraham. Sense Control. Sarva bhoota daya. Compassion. Kshama. Forgiveness. Shanti. Peace. Tapah. Penance. Dhyaana. Meditation. Sathyam. Truth. Focus of the month

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Gunarchana

An offering of our inner qualities

at the Lotus Feet of our Dear Lord

Ahimsa

Nonviolence

Indriya nigraham

Sense Control

Sarva bhoota daya

Compassion

Kshama

Forgiveness

Shanti

Peace

Tapah

Penance

Dhyaana

Meditation

Sathyam

Truth

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Focus of the month

  • Month 1
  • Ahimsa (Nonviolence)
  • *****************

not causing any harm to any being

either through

thought, word or deed

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Focus of the month

  • Month 2
  • IndriyaNigraham (Sense Control)
  • *****************

Ponder on:

Why we have been blessed with the sense organs?

Using each sense organ only for its true purpose

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Focus of the month

  • Month 2
  • IndriyaNigraham (Sense Control)
  • *****************

Use discrimination

And understand

What is truly right and what is truly wrong

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Focus of the month

  • Month 3
  • SarvaBhootaDaya (Compassion)
  • *****************

It is a direct measure of:

How connected we are with

another individual or nature in general

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Focus of the month

  • Month 3
  • SarvaBhootaDaya (Compassion)
  • *****************

It is the understanding of:

The emotional state of another

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Focus of the month

  • Month 3
  • SarvaBhootaDaya (Compassion)
  • *****************

Compassion happens when:

Love to help

becomes Mobile and Flowing

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Focus of the month

  • Month 3
  • SarvaBhootaDaya (Compassion)
  • *****************

How can we develop Compassion?

Remind ourselves:

  • Same spark of Divinity flows
  • through all the objects of the Universe
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Focus of the month

  • Month 4
  • Kshama (forbearance)
  • *****************

Kshama is Everything in the World

Helps to get along and work with others

The greatest power for a human being

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Kshama (forbearance)

  • *****************

Harmony

Patience

Tolerance

Kindness

Forgiveness

Know no Hatred

Equanimity

Tranquility

True & Selfless Love

Understanding

Compassion

Live Together

Sympathy

Contentment

Peace

Self Restraint

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Focus of the month

  • Month 5
  • Shanthi (Peace)
  • *****************

It is a state of mind of calmness and awareness

An ornament

Everyone’s principal treasure

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Shanthi (Peace)

***************

Where is Peace?

Within Us

It is our real nature

How can we find this Peace within us?

Control of Senses

Seva/Service

We can move from the feeling of:

Happiness bringing Peace,

to, Peace bringing Happiness

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Means, the Heat

The Heat that ends the activities of the sense

      • Focus of the month
  • Month 6
  • Tapas (Penance)
  • *****************

Heat that reduces our Karma

Heat that burns our Sins

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Focus of the month

  • Month 6
  • Tapas (Penance)
  • *****************

Is:

a Sadhana; a Discipline; a Spiritual exercise

For:

the realization of the SELF

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Do we need to:

Live in the forest, living on fruits and tubers

& Meditate in certain postures?

Tapas (Penance)

***************

To achieve this goal:

No, No, No

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Have Pure Thoughts,

Have Pure Speech

Have Pure Actions

Tapas (Penance)

***************

To achieve this goal:

Yes, Yes, Yes

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Thought, Speech and Action

Need to be coordinated

Tapas (Penance)

***************

Do by compulsion?

No, No, No,

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Coordinate

Thought, Speech and Action

For satisfying our Inner Yearnings

For the contentment of the Self

Tapas (Penance)

***************

Yes, Yes, Yes

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Getting absorbed

in God as the only thought,

the only Goal

      • Focus of the month
  • Month 7
  • Dhyaana (Meditation)
  • *****************

Real Meditation is ….

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WHAT IS REAL DHYAANA :

- Directing love on to the name and form of the Lord, without interruption

- constant thinking of the Lord in whatever we do. Even performing your duty can be Dhyaana

- constant awareness that He is the indweller of all

WHY:

- Cultivating love for the Lord has great potentialities

- to avoid lower desires and to develop higher values

WHEN & WHERE:

- No fixed time or place for meditation on God

- When and where the mind desires, then and there is the time and place

- A general, whole time effort of the mind

Dhyaana (Meditation)

***************

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Dhyaana (Meditation)

***************

HOW:

Three methods of Dhyaana

1) Japa/Chant

(felt, seen, heard)

Chanting your favourite name of the Lord

in front of the Image of the Lord

2) Jyoti/light

(felt and seen)

Light denoting that Divinity never diminishes

3) Natural breath

(felt not seen)

the inward path

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Swami has been guiding us to realize that

Truth does not change with time

And He has shown us various ways to realize

What the Eternal Truth is

      • Focus of the month
  • Month 8
  • Sathyam (Truth)
  • *****************
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Sathyam (Truth)

***************

We consider Truth to be of 3 kinds:

PrathibhasikaSathya: the reality one experiences in a state of dreaming.

VyavaharikaSathya: the empirical reality. Based on the fact that many have experienced it, and hence accepted as true.

Paramarthika Sathya: The absolute, Eternal reality that is present everywhere and at all times. The highest end of all.

But, the reality check is…..

There is one and only Truth.

The Eternal, Absolute, Spiritual Truth.

Something beyond what we perceive as Truth

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Sathyam (Truth)

***************

How can we recognize the only Absolute Truth?

- Swami says we need not make any special efforts.

- Just 11 seconds of contemplation on Truth

- Just 11 seconds are enough to realize the Eternal Truth

- Inquiry into one’s own Reality.

What prevents us from experiencing the Truth?

- The mind

How can we address the mind?

- Have a deep and persistent yearning to realize the inherent Divinity, the Truth

- Develop an Inner and Outer Discipline

- Adhere to what is True in Thought, Word, and Deed.

- Follow your conscience, the principle of Truth

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