Thoughts Affined to Life


Once, a wealthy man came to Mahatma Anandswami. He was the owner of several factories. All his sons were pursuing the business well. His wife had passed away previously. In spite of prosperity all around, his heart was not at peace. His hunger and sleep had gone. He humbly intimated his distress and ailment to the great saint.
Mahatma Anandswami said, “In your life, you did give importance to action and labor but not to the emotions. Good company and hearing religious discourses only nourish the thoughts.
Now start giving away love, money and labor in order to remove the inner dryness. Give affection to all, go among the orphans and the poor, help them to be self-reliant. Put your physical efforts also in these noble works, as much as you can. Then see that your hunger will be returned to you and you will have a sound sleep.”
The rich man did accordingly and consequently the miraculous transformation, that he experienced, gave him a great peace and happiness which he had never experienced before.

Pragya Puran,
Part-I,
Page 143.

By Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya
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Friends! Have we ever tried to understand how beautiful Truth is? Even Just pronouncing the word gives us immense pleasure, its contemplation soothes our mind and if we imbibe and inculcate it in our nature then the resulting happiness and peace must be felt to be believed.
A Fib or a lie, on the other hand, is proportionally ugly and disastrous. It makes us into a non human and subjects us to the curse of God. The Ultimate is true and the intentions of the Almighty are pure and serene. God has given us this incarnation so that we can roam in his truthful paradise with pleasure and without fear. But alas! We are ignoring the purpose of our life. We tend to forget that this world is nothing but a reflection of our own thoughts.
Truth inspires us to have insight into our identity, it teaches us to reform our outlook, motivates us to improve ourselves so that our environment and surroundings become calm and congenial. If we become honest, the our world becomes honest. Therefore, it is very important to walk on the ground of truth  if one is to attain the welfare of  humanity.

Akhand Jyoti,
January 1942, Pg.-1



By Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya
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Friends! We must live life as if it is an enactment or a play and we are nothing but mere performers on a stage.  This is exactly thinking like Saints who spend their lives as puppets at the hands of the Ultimate.
Gatey was a very famous actor of Germany. With the passing years he had gained a lot of experience and got so engrossed in his work that he started considering himself as only a person discharging his duties in the capacity of a performer. When he breathed his last, he had a very innocent and sweet smile on his face. Before leaving his body, he clapped loudly and gestured, “This is the end of a beautiful play, my friends! The curtain draws now.”

Pragya Puran,
Pg.-202



By Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya
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The oil in the lamp has finished. Only the burning cotton wick was emitting dim light was left. On seeing its dying moment, a householder couldn’t help asking it, “You have been guiding others by emitting your light for the whole life. You have been doing good to the world, yet when I see your such tragic end, my heart rends.”

The extinguishing lamp gathered its whole power and while emitting its glow for the last time, said, “Brother! In this mortal
world, one who is born is bound to die. We can’t escape death even after our all possible attempts. However, we can do only this much: we shouldn’t let the precious moments of our life go waste.”

Pragya Puran,
Part-I,
Page 132



By Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya
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We must try to understand the fact that we shall not find anyone like us in our life. We have to proceed alone on the path of life. Nobody can accompany us for long.
We shall consider our life as a journey. Here we might come across a few travelers who can accompany us for a while. We might talk to them, love or hate them but gradually each one of them leaves us as,when their voyage ends. Once all of them are left behind, we might feel sad and lonely for some time. It is natural for us to despair as we tend to get attached to them. But, the universal truth of life is only ‘Solitude’.
Even when in a family, we are alone. Nobody is going to escort us for long. It is nothing but sheer hallucination which makes us believe that our relatives are our long term ‘convoys’, in fact, their company is only temporary and we have to walk on the pavement of life all alone with only our courage and determination as our soul partners.

Akhand Jyoti,
February, pg.-15



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