Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Store of Happiness and the 4 Steps to Achieve It

The 4 Steps to Achieve the Store of Happiness

Step #1: Open a Store of Happiness by giving happiness to others whom we meet in our day-to-day interactions, especially starting from our home, our parents, our siblings, and at school - our teachers, friends, etc.

Step #2: We don't wish to hurt others, but we hurt others because we are hurt by others. Our chit is unhappy, making us see images of instances where we were hurt, resulting in us giving unhappiness to others. If we bring happy events before our chit then it is easy to give and share happiness with others from our Store of Happiness.

Step #3: The initial investment of our Store of Happiness is Prarthana (prayers), thereby showing them (the boys) in the morning - start the day by spreading happiness to all. Also, if we see negative attributes (weaknesses, bad habits, etc) we, without getting disturbed, starting praying to the inner soul residing in that person with full positive bhaav (inner intent) to free him/her from that negative attribute. Also the meaning of 'bhaav partisthat' as Pujyashree explains in satsangs was conveyed to the youth and the importance of living with a positive attitude.

Step #4: Despite our wish to spread only happiness, we still tend to hurt others by our mind, speech, and body due to our wrong believes that we've gathered in our past lives. So, at the end of the day, we should review where we gave unhappiness to others and made a 'loss' in our Store of Happiness (profit = giving happiness); repent; and do Pratikraman (as for forgiveness) from the inner soul of that person(s).

Thus, by following these 4 simple steps in our daily lives, it is easy to increase the profit of our new venture and live an extremely joyous life.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Story of Alexander the Great

The Story of Alexander the Great

The great Greek king, ALexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. on the way, he fell ill and he was bedridden for months. With death drawing close, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all of his wealth were of no use.
He called his generals and said, "I will depart from this world soon. But I have three wishes. Please fulfill my wishes without fail." With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king's last wishes.
"My first desire is that," said Alexander, "my coffin physicians alone must carry my coffin." "Secondly, when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard should be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury. My third and last wish is that both my hands should be kept dangling out of my coffin." The people who had gathered there wondered at the king's strange wishes. But no one dared to questions. Alexander's favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart. "O king, we assure you that your wishes will all be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?"
At this ALexander took a deep breath and said, "I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt. I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor can really cure anybody. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.
The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the way to the graveyard is to tell people that not even a fraction of gold can be taken by me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.
And about my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I want people to know that I cam empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world."

Alexander's last words:

"Bury my body, do not build any monument, keep my hands outside so that the world knows the person who won the world had nothing in his hands when dying."

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