24th March, 2009, Tuesday
Chaitra Krishna Trayodashi, Vikram Samvat 2065, Mangalvar
In the book “God Realization through Renunciation” Shri Sethji (Shri Jayadayal Goenka) has written that the first thing to give up (renounce) is forbidden actions such as lies, deceit, cheating, dishonesty, eating forbidden foods, etc. Such forbidden conduct must not be done with either the body or the mind. They are blemish and an obstacle to the spiritual path. Therefore can’t you renounce even the blemishes? Give then up from your heart. Renunciation from one’s heart is most important. In spite of this if at sometime a sin or mistake is committed by error, sign of spiritual progress is that it will create a burning distress within. It will result in lack of peace. That burning distress has the power by which it will not enable one to commit a sin again. Have a firm determination that from henceforth we will not engage in forbidden actions. Hey Naath ! (O Father! ) give me such strength whereby I do not do any actions against Your will. Then Bhagwaan helps, Dharma supports, scriptures provide guidance, saints and great souls come to your help. If a person has a true and sincere desire to walk the path towards Paramatma (God) then the entire world comes to aid and helps him.
I met a blind saint who said that he developed dispassion and began to live in a forest. Winter approached and a devotee gave him a high quality blanket. That blanket was the only good possession he had. There was nothing else that was that good with him. At night he heard the sound of a few people. He thought that they might be robbers or thieves and that they may take away his blanket. He thought that it is better he initiate conversation with them, so he started talking to them. They saw that he was a Babaji, so they spoke the truth to him, and said – Maharaj ! we were going to rob you, even though our intention was not to take up stealing, but due to the the heavy taxation imposed by the government, and our incapability to pay these, we are turning towards stealing. The saint said that it was not proper on their part to steal. They too agreed that it was not the right thing to do, but there was no way out to pay for the tax levies, with money they did not have. In the end however, they did not take away his blanket. A man commits sins out of greed, covetousness, giving misery to others, and take their wealth. It is so sinful, so unjust. But an extraordinary and uncommon point is not to commit any sin, inspite of having no wealth, inspite of facing financial hardship.
The kings Sibi, Dadhichi and Harishcandra suffered lots of hardships for holding on to righteousness (Dharma)
“Sibi, Dadheech, Harichand naresaa
sahe dharam hit koti kalesaa (Manasa 2:94:2)
But they did not give up righteousness and duty, even though facing many hardships.
Patience, righteousness, friend and wife are tested in the face of adversity as mentioned by Goswami Tulasidasa
“Dheeraj, dharma, mitre aru naari
Aapad kaal parikhiahin chaari (Manasa 3:4:4)
A man is tested during hardships. Therefore it essential for a man to not loose patience. When a thunder-storm blows high winds sometimes the big trees are rooted our. But if a tree remains agile and safe then there is no danger to it. In the same way the wind of lust, anger and greed etc. come and go away, thereafter all is OK. Simply be patient for sometime, and their momentum comes to an end and everything is set right. You may face the worst of adversity, even die of starvation but have a firm determination not to do forbidden actions, injustice and sins. If you have nothing to eat, the severest punishment you may get is to die of starvation. But if you commit sins, it will pave the way to 84 lakh forms of lives and hell and there is no more severe punishment than hell. But if you are once determined not to commit a sin, no power can force you to do so.
From “Jivan Upyogi Pravchan” pg 27-28 in Hindi by Swami Ramsukhdasji