Guiding Light: Four steps to serenity

I trust you find some time everyday to enter into the silence within you. Silence is our true Teacher. Silence is our real Guru! In silence are all our doubts cleared. And in silence is heard the Voice of God which speaketh the ancient word: “Uttishtha! Jagrata!” “O sleeper, arise! Awake! How long will you in slumber lie?”

To awake is to know that we are not creatures of the earth, earthy. We do not belong to this world. Our Home, whence we are come and whither we must return, is beyond the pathways of planets and stars. So we must live in the world but not be of the world. It was Sri Ramakrishna who said: “Live in the world but keep the pitcher steady on your head: that is to say, keep the mind firmly on God.”

To practice the presence of God, elaborate rites and ceremonies are not needed. What is needed is love and a child-like trust. Let us go to God as a child would go to its mother or father. Let us place all our problems and needs before Him. In Him is the solution to all our problems: and in Him is all that we need!

To practice the Presence of God,

1. Let us continually converse with Him. He is the Beloved of our hearts. He is the Friend among friends. Let us speak to Him, again and again. Let us whisper to Him words of love. Let us express gratitude to Him for the blessings He has bestowed upon us. Let us speak to Him with intimacy and familiarity.

2. Let us have faith in Him, faith that whatever He does is for our good. For His works are ever the works of mercy.

3. Therefore, let us abide in the Will of God. Let this be the one prayer of our heart: “In sun and rain, in pleasure, pain, in loss and gain, Thy Will be done!”

4. Let us be ever-watchful, ever-vigilant. For passions wake up in the heart of man, again and again. And they lead him astray: they take him miles away from the Beloved of the Heart.

(Dada J.P. Vaswani is humanitarian, philosopher, educator, acclaimed writer, powerful orator, messiah of ahimsa, and non-sectarian spiritual leader.)

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