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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

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


Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

  • Focus of the month

  • Month 1

  • Ahimsa (Nonviolence)

  • *****************

  • not causing any harm to any being

    either through

    thought, word or deed


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • 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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • Focus of the month

  • Month 2

  • IndriyaNigraham (Sense Control)

  • *****************

  • Use discrimination

    And understand

    What is truly right and what is truly wrong


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • 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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • Focus of the month

  • Month 3

  • SarvaBhootaDaya (Compassion)

  • *****************

  • It is the understanding of:

    The emotional state of another


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • Focus of the month

  • Month 3

  • SarvaBhootaDaya (Compassion)

  • *****************

  • Compassion happens when:

    Love to help

    becomes Mobile and Flowing


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • 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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • 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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • Kshama (forbearance)

    • *****************

    Harmony

    Patience

    Tolerance

    Kindness

    Forgiveness

    Know no Hatred

    Equanimity

    Tranquility

    True & Selfless Love

    Understanding

    Compassion

    Live Together

    Sympathy

    Contentment

    Peace

    Self Restraint


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • Focus of the month

  • Month 5

  • Shanthi (Peace)

  • *****************

  • It is a state of mind of calmness and awareness

    An ornament

    Everyone’s principal treasure


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    • Focus of the month

  • Month 6

  • Tapas (Penance)

  • *****************

  • Is:

    a Sadhana; a Discipline; a Spiritual exercise

    For:

    the realization of the SELF


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    Have Pure Thoughts,

    Have Pure Speech

    Have Pure Actions

    Tapas (Penance)

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

    To achieve this goal:

    Yes, Yes, Yes


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    Thought, Speech and Action

    Need to be coordinated

    Tapas (Penance)

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

    Do by compulsion?

    No, No, No,


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    Coordinate

    Thought, Speech and Action

    For satisfying our Inner Yearnings

    For the contentment of the Self

    Tapas (Penance)

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

    Yes, Yes, Yes


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    Getting absorbed

    in God as the only thought,

    the only Goal

    • Focus of the month

  • Month 7

  • Dhyaana (Meditation)

  • *****************

  • Real Meditation is ….


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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)

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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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)

  • *****************


  • Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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


    Gunarchana an offering of our inner qualities at the lotus feet of our dear lord

    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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