counsellor - How can I
convince my child to...
A visionary - Who was I in my
A psychologist - How can I cope
with the guilt...
A friend in need - Why did God
take my son and not me...
A guru - How can I progress
on the spiritual path...
The many roles of Swamishri.
Sometimes we can catch a glimpse
of all these within the space of
just a few hours. He opens his
doors to the world, and for those
who walk in, he opens the doors of
their hearts, letting in light where
there was once darkness.
Meaning Of Life
Way to Spiritual Progress?
According to your agna, I have been doing puja daily
for the last 10 years. As yet I still havent been able to
totally concentrate in my puja and I have not experienced any bliss
either; I only get thoughts about other things. How can I improve
my concentration in my puja?
Although we do puja daily we dont have as much mahima of God
and His Sadhu as we would should have. If we can realise Their mahima,
we will experience Their bliss.
Swamishri : We should sit in our puja and contemplate Their mahima
and also think that God Himself has come to sit in my puja. Also,
when having darshan of the murtis in the temple we should think
that we are having darshan of God Himself, not just statues of stone,
wood and metal. Yogiji Maharaj used to see God in the murtis whenever
he did darshan. If we can do this, then we will experience the same
bliss of darshan which he enjoyed. Also by keeping such a thought
in our mind we will be able to keep everlasting divyabhav in the
How can one destroy laziness?
Swamishri : Laziness is a terrible enemy. Because of it we ruin
so much of our work. If we can stop being lazy, we can really progress.
A lazy man never gets ahead in his work. He is never successful
in his occupation, family matters or even spiritual activities.
Thus he never feels peace in his heart. If we are to make progress
we must remove laziness. Laziness is when we think, Ill
do it after an hour. We shouldnt postpone work even
for a minute! Whatever work we are given we should complete it immediately.
On the spiritual path there is no place for laziness. We need regularity.
If we have decided to turn five malas daily then five it must be!
We should always attend discourses. If we are supposed to go to
the temple then we must go. If we are regular in fulfilling our
daily niyams we will get ahead. But if we become lazy - Ill
do it tomorrow or the day after, then we wont be able
to achieve anything. It is the same in any activity be it labour,
farming or studies. If we believe laziness to be our enemy we can
then destroy it.
My wife is confused as to whether she should worship
Lord Rama or Lord Ranchhodji.
Swamishri : Whats there to be confused about? She should worship
whichever deity she has affection for. Rama or Ranchhodji, both
are names of God. She should do bhakti of whomever she has faith
in; only then will she experience peace.
(22 July 1992, Bochasan)