Quotes of the day
We listen to discourses; each occasion is an occasion for ceaseless onward progress, continuous inward ascent unto ever higher states of consciousness and wisdom to liberate ourselves.
Reading of the day
Radiant Divinities! Great sages have revealed to us many invaluable subtle truths about life, which is the outcome of their own Aparokshanubhuti (direct Experience). Many of these truths are given through the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Panchadashi, etc. But we hear them in satsanga to reflect upon and to grow in our own inner state of Consciousness, so that our interior is gradually more and more illumined. That is our prayer, “dhiyo yo nah prachodayat – Illumine our inner being, may darkness vanish and Light prevail.”
Sravana (listening to scriptures) is such a creative, positive and constructive way that it takes us stage by stage to higher and higher ascent unto Illumination and Enlightenment. Sravana is renewal, rebirth. It is for steady forward movement towards the Goal. We listen to discourses; each occasion is an occasion for ceaseless onward progress, continuous inward ascent unto ever higher states of consciousness and wisdom to liberate ourselves.
It is the privilege and prerogative of each seeker, each jijnasu to ponder from this angle: “In what way can this truth I have listened to enrich me, raise me higher, take me nearer to that great Goal?” Thus commences a process of dwelling upon what has been heard with keen eagerness to receive it in a creative and positive way:
Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi assures: “When I am there, why do you fear?” Likewise, “Come unto Me all ye that are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” Has this great truth evoked this robust feeling within you in your life? The Gita says: “Aham tva sarva-papebhyo mokshayishyami ma shuchah [I will liberate thee from all sins; grieve not.” (18.66)]. Or, “tarati shokam-atmavit [The knower of Self goes beyond sorrow.” (Chha. Up. 7.13)] Has that come to you as a wonderful assurance banishing all grief and sorrow from you? And when you hear “tad dure tadvantike [It (the Atman) is distant and It is near.” (Isha. Up. 5)] That Spirit is ever at hand, what has It done for you?
Sravana is a process of giving and receiving, both done in a vital way, for it is filled with the power of Realisation of great sages. Satsanga-sravana is a process that is vital, living, dynamic, gainful. It should become an ever-progressive sadhana, a process of daily reading, daily revivification of our aspirations, our spirit, and our spiritual life. Let it be for a renewal of our awareness of what we are. May it be a process of ever higher and higher levels of consciousness and thus let our spiritual life proceed ever towards the Goal! God bless you.