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  • IslamBox
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    yes we should love him like we love our child and should respect him like our parents but thats not enough. We should have his fear and should do much more worship.

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  • dattaswami
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    The transformation of spiritual aspirant

    Originally posted by Arwen View Post
    No offence meant....but to say I'm finding your posts confusing is an understatement.

    The spiritual journey is to transform yourself from ignorant soul to realized soul and finally to become the liberated soul which is called as the complete salvation. You have to be dear and near to God to become a liberated soul. This transformation is possible by His grace only. His grace comes only when you are in true path. You can go in the true path if you get the true knowledge from Him only. This is the divine cycle. The true path is selfless service through words, mind, intelligence and work and fruit of work. Such five-fold service is rendered by you to your body and your family members. An ignorant soul is controlled by ignorance, which is real.

    A realized soul has neither ignorance nor the grace of God. This middle stage comes because, in this stage, the soul serves the Lord through words, mind and intelligence but not through work and fruit of work. The service is theoretical but not practical. In this stage, the coverage of ignorance (Avaranam) is removed but the practical effect (Vikshepa) is not removed. He realizes the Truth but is unable to practice it. In the final stage God’s grace dawns on him and the ignorance is removed theoretically and practically. The ignorance may exist in this stage also as a helper for the full entertainment. Such ignorance may appear real from the view of liberated soul also, but it will be removed by God whenever the scheduled duration ends. Such real ignorance is imposed by God also on Himself, which goes after the fixed schedule ends.

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  • dattaswami
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    To enter Kingdom of God

    Originally posted by Arwen View Post
    No offence meant....but to say I'm finding your posts confusing is an understatement.
    Your love to God should excel anything in the world. Family and worldly possesions and relations are to be defeated by increasing love on God. Unless we attach ourselves to God you cannot come out of these attachments which are side attractions from which we should be liberated to enter Kingdom of God.

    The mother serves her child by sacrificing lot of work like giving bath, dressing etc., for years together continuously. The father serves the child by sacrificing the fruit of all his hard work to the child. It is a clear practical point that the proof of the real love is only service. If you serve your family you love your family. If you serve the entire world you love the creation. If you serve the creator, you love the creator. It is a very simple point.

    You respect your parents because you are receiving some benefits from them at present and expect to receive more benefits in the future. However, you love your wife and children because you are giving your earnings to them. Therefore, when you aspire for something from God you can be said to respect Him. When you sacrifice something to God without any aspiration in return, you can be said to love Him. God likes love and not mere respect. Such love, which involves sacrifice alone, and not any aspiration for benefit from God, is called as real devotion. Try to convert all your respect into love for God. That means that you should sacrifice for God’s work and not aspire for anything from God in return.


    When you select a bridegroom for your daughter, his longevity is very important apart from his beauty and good qualities. If he does not have longevity, what is the use of his beauty and good qualities? Similarly, excellent devotion to God may exist in a devotee but how long the devotion continues at that level is the most important point in the eyes of God. Devotion, which is very high in the beginning, should continue forever.

    At the Lotus Feet of His Holiness Sri Dattaswami

    Anil Antony

    Universal-Spirituality
    Universal Spirituality for World Peace

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  • Arwen
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    No offence meant....but to say I'm finding your posts confusing is an understatement.

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  • dattaswami
    started a topic Loving God atleast as much as your child

    Loving God atleast as much as your child

    Loving God atleast as much as your child

    Kannappa roamed in the forest and hunted. Finally in the evening he got some flesh and offered it to the Lord. He neither ate nor gave it to his family. He never chanted hymns, never meditated upon the Lord, never read the scriptures and never wore any sacred dress. He broke the bonds with his family and even with his own body for the sake of the Lord. He even plucked out his eyes for the sake of the Lord and got salvation.

    Shaktuprastha could not get food for ten days during a drought. Somehow he managed to get a little rice flour and cooked it. He was just getting ready to eat it with his family. But the Lord came in the form of a guest to his home and Saktuprastha sacrificed the entire food, which is the fruit of his work, to God. That sacrifice was not only a complete sacrifice but it was also the sacrifice of the fruit of his hard work. The Veda says that money should be sacrificed for the sake of the Lord’s mission (Dhanena Tyagenaike, Tyaktena…Kasyasvit Dhanam).

    The Veda used the word ‘money’, which may even mean the ancestral property also. But the Gita used the word ‘fruit of work’ which means ‘self-earned money’. The bond with self-earned money is very intense. Therefore the Gita gave the strongest concept. But Indians misinterpreted the meaning of ‘work’ as the work done by words and mind because they are unable to sacrifice their money, whether ancestral or self-earned. Therefore to avoid such misinterpretations every verse of Gita should be referred back to the Veda.
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