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
Of The Faith...
For thousands of years in Indian culture there has been the tradition
of surrendering ones self to the guru. Even in todays
modern society the tradition still lives. One can see young graduates
renouncing the world to became sadhus for a place at Swamishris
feet. To them he is everything. Through his teachings and inspirations
they become the next generation of knights, albeit gentle, of the
faith, defending and sustaining the ancient culture and spirituallity
of India against the evils of todays materialistic society.
Youth : In the Vachanamritam, Shriji Maharaj tells us that we should
shun the company of those who are like ourselves. Please explain
what this means.
Swamishri : Maharaj is referring to one who has bad habits similar
to ourselves. If we enjoy good food and drink and we keep company
of someone who always enjoys them, then our habit will only increase.
We should sit with those who are more staunch in dharma, jnan, vairagya,
etc., even if they are the same age. But just because they may be
older, if they have similar habits, then we shouldnt sit with
them. Also never sit with a pessimist, for not only is he disillusioned
but he makes others disillusioned too! By associating with those
who explain the greatness of God, encourage us to follow dharma
and instill devotion in our hearts, we will progress in Satsang.
(29 December 1985, Dudhvada)