Dear Bhagavan many people believe spirituality is equal to renunciation of worldly life. What is your view on this Bhagavan?
Bhagavan: Spirituality is not about giving up things. Spirituality is about not being attached to things.
If you have a car you could well be spiritual. But if you are very possessive about it; you are not being spiritual. You could live in a palace and still be spiritual. You could live in a hut and still be non-spiritual. By becoming a beggar you do not become spiritual. But if you are not attached to things you are spiritual.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A man once came to see the Buddha to get help with his problems. After the man had told the Buddha one of his problems and asked for help, the Buddha replied: “I cannot help you get rid of that problem.”
The man was surprised that the Buddha could not help him in this regard, but he told the Buddha about another problem; he thought to himself that the Buddha should at least be able to help him with that problem. But the Buddha told him “I cannot help you with that problem either.”
The man started to get impatient. He said: “How can it be that you are the perfectly Enlightened Buddha, when you can’t even help people get rid of their problems?” The Buddha answered: “You will always have 83 problems in your life. Sometimes a problem will go, but then another problem will come. I cannot help you with that.”
The baffled man asked the Buddha: “But, what can you help me with, then?” The Buddha replied: “I can help you get rid of your 84th problem.” The man asked: “But what is my 84th problem?” The Buddha replied: “That you want to get rid of your 83 problems.”
EXPERIENCES OF THE AWAKENED ONES
WORLD LOOKS DIFFERENT
When we were told about the Darshan I automatically went into a life review even before the darshan instructions were given . Realizations started coming in waves. On the bus I had a big realization about a decision I made five months in the womb when my twin died. I vowed and declared that I would never trust or rely on God ever again! I fully felt that and tears flowed.
I got off the bus and as we started walking I began to chant Amma Bhagavan. Normally I have trouble keeping up with a group walking very fast but as I was chanting I began to walk faster and faster. I soon caught up with the group and then I was at the front of the group. When we got to the Temple steps I almost ran up the stairs which is also not like me.I had also asked my Divine for a chair in the front row so I could have a good view and I got a chair in the front row.
I sat down and went into a deep meditation as I continued my life review. The realizations continued to flow and I felt emotions release. I opened my eyes off and on as the Indian people began to fill the room. I was so touched by their complete love and devotion for Amma Bhagavan. During the Darshan I was enjoying the experience as the beautiful event that it is but nothing dramatic was happening for me and that was okay.
When Sri Bhagavan closed his eyes I closed my eyes too. It is difficult to describe what happened next but the closest explanation is an internal volcano of energy erupted!!
I totally lost control of my body and mind. I experienced different states at once and then I was just swept away by total joy and bliss.
When it was over and I sensed that people were starting to leave. I opened my eyes. I was a bit stunned for a second or two. To my surprise the best way to describe it is the world looked different and I felt different. For the first time in this life I felt fully alive and present and free! The joy and bliss took over again and I just got up and started walking towards the bus.
As I was walking to the bus the different states started coming in waves. There was such intense love and gratitude for my Amma Bhagavan. Then I started experiencing intense unconditional love not just for the people around me but for the whole world. It was so expansive and so intense. I have never felt anything like it before. I felt so free and happy I wanted the whole world to feel that good.
At the same time one part of me felt amazing and another part of me just felt totally ordinary.
Gratitude to Sri Amma Bhagavan
THERE IS TOTAL ACCEPTANCE
Amma Bhagavan made me to see thoughts are not my thoughts. Thoughts are coming, I’m just seeing it. There is complete silence inside. Thoughts are coming and after sometime, I try to remember what thoughts came. But nothing I could remember. Everything is blank. Here Amma Bhagavan made me realize ‘Thoughts are not mine’. They come when needed.
When I eat, I’m only eating. When I speak, I’m only speaking. Whatever I do, mind is not disturbing. Earlier when I wait for the bus and if it comes late, I used to become very angry and frustrated. But now it does not happen. There are no comments inside. There is total acceptance. I’m just waiting for the bus to come. That is all!!
The body feels so light and I feel like a bird that is flying without any bounds. Walking is joy! Drinking water is joy! Breathing is joy!
After Sri Bhagavan’s Mukthi Darshan on September 1st I had an experience. I saw myself dead and my body was covered with a white cloth. As I was seeing the body, A question arose, ‘Rukmani is dead; Then Who am I?’. Amma Bhagavan helped me see that “This Body is not mine”.
Millions and millions of thanks to Sri Amma Bhagavan.
THERE IS LOVE IN RELATIONSHIPS…
My present state is wonderful. What I have noticed is, if I get pain or anger it doesn’t stay for long. Even if someone hurts me, it does not affect me. There is no hurt or pain. I get back to the person with love and it is easier to forgive them.
After every Darshan of Sri Bhagavan, the current state gets deeper. I have total awareness in all the work I do. My inner world is filled with love. helping others comes naturally. Feel like doing lots of seva to Oneness. There is silence, bliss inside. There is love in my relationship with my mother as well as wife. My bond with AmmaBhagavan has deepened now. When others do seva for AmmaBhagavan, feel like encouraging them. My gratitude to my AmmaBhagavan for giving me this state.
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