Swamiji’s satsang about Navaratri

Dear Divine Souls

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Many avatars and siddhas were born in this sacred land called India. When you are living on this blessed earth, try to bring your mind to a good state. You have got a good opportunity to do this. However, when we behave with ego, pride, jealousy, greed, anger and when we don’t show respect to others or we are not welcoming to others it means we are not at a mature level. You can bring your mind to a mature stage by becoming humble. Receive the blessings of the Divine Mother, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati during this Navaratri and live with peace and happiness, without disease, with strong and steady health, with a pure mind, without a competitive attitude and without ego, jealousy, pride or a critical mind.

Are you going to live for a hundred years? No. You see, when we talk we always say “Our relatives, our friends, our brothers, our sisters.” Really all this is a lie. This world is false. If you don’t have money then no one will bother about you these days. This world is like that. If your parents have money people will respect them but if they are not wealthy, people will not respect them or think about them in a good way. The world is turning around this delusion.

You were born somewhere and have, perhaps, grown up somewhere else. Then you came here. After coming to this place we say, “This is our ashram, this is our house, this is our home and this is ours, ours, ours!” What is ours? Even the clothes we are wearing do not belong to us. Though we know this we say it is ours. If you die tomorrow morning, what will happen to the gold chain you are wearing? Somebody will remove it from your dead body but we always say, “It is my gold chain.” That gold chain will laugh at you! The chain will think, “Once I belonged to the great Kings of India and they also said I was theirs! Now you are wearing me and saying that I belong to you. You do not know who will own me next but you are still attached to me.” The chain thinks like that and laughs at you!

Can we say this land is ours? Do you know how many kings ruled this land? But finally it did not belong to them. Then what belongs to whom? Nothing belongs to anything or anyone. The chains that we are wearing do not belong to us. The land does not belong to us. Everything is there only until we die. Many saints, siddhas, sages, landlords, millionaires and even avatars and incarnations of God have been born on this earth. They also did not own anything!

Make your minds clean and pure. (…) I want to cleanse you all perfectly but you always have some dirt on you. Every day you all bathe using soap and shampoo and you put perfumes on your body so that you will smell good.   You bathe every day but you become dirty again. Can you remove all that dirt once and for all? No. Why not? The body is created in that way. It is formed like that so that you will understand that the body is temporary and made up of impurities. However, I did not come to clean your body – instead I ask you to concentrate on cleansing your mind.

You are all intelligent people. There are so many visions and thoughts within your minds. I want to bring all these thoughts to one point. I am asking you to sharpen your intelligence. I want to mature you with the help of your intelligence. Your mind becomes addicted to thoughts. Your mind also became addicted to a worldly life. Your mind always likes beauty, nice clothes and status but there is no end to these things. There is no limit to the stories that the mind likes to hear and no end to its imaginings. There are no barriers for your thoughts and the mind is always wavering. You have to bring this wavering mind to one point and then you can develop.

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The Divine in the form of the Mother who governs this entire world shows us a good path during Navaratri. Everything happens through her grace. There is nothing that is done by you alone. Everything happens by her grace.

Guru’s grace, too, is always sacred. Whether you understand the guru or not he is the spiritual master. You might blame him or joke with the guru – you may even trample on your guru! But the guru will always be a guru for you, however you may think. The guru is never upset by others’ criticism or sarcastic stories or by accusations. Even if you walk all over him you cannot hurt him because the divine energy is with him. Only a person who has divine grace has the capacity to be immune to all these things. One who truly lives in grace is never afraid of gossip or accusations or even those who come to kill him with a knife. Why? Because they are not afraid of death. They know that everything happens according to God’s wish. Even if they end up in prison, it is Lord Shiva’s and Divine Mother’s wish. Whatever diseases, problems, sorrows or difficulties we get, we should remain at peace and not get depressed or confused and cry – we should think that everything is God’s wish. This is one of God’s dramas and everything happens according to his divine will. Nothing happens according to our wish. The Divine is in control of everything that happens to us. No explanations are needed for divine actions. Do we have to know the reasons why?

Laugh and live. Be happy and you will have no problems, disease, or sorrows. If you have happiness in your mind everything will go away. If your mind has many problems and sorrows, then you will get many diseases. Being happy is the greatest medicine to get rid of any disease. Therefore, laugh, live and be happy. Don’t bother about what others do or say and be happy. Don’t find faults or wrongs with others. Don’t try to correct others, instead try to correct yourselves. Those who act according to this advice will have a good life.

I am standing near you, but none of you can see me. Can you see this truth with your normal eyes? Open up your eye of wisdom and see!

Jai Prema Shanti!

Swami Premananda

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