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Blog posts of '2020' 'June'

Lockdown or Rebound?

Lockdown or Rebound?

All of India remains under lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19. Our leaders have acted appropriately by enforcing regulations based on the experiences of other nations, and consequently, India is one of the best-performing countries in this global fight against coronavirus. While we all stay at home, I hope none of us are allowing our spiritual practice to get locked down.

All my life, the sounds of the Lords name have always filled the air around me. But today, with temples, mosques and churches all closed, and spiritual gatherings of any kind strictly prohibited, there is an almost deafening silence. Does the lockdown mean our spiritual practice is also locked down? Absolutely not. In fact, the lockdown provides us with an opportunity to do more spiritual practice, not less. But how? I can’t even go to the mandir? Let me describe two simple spiritual practices you can adopt that Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj often advocated. These can be done (and should be done) anytime and anywhere, lockdown or not.  

In all my father’s discourses and literary works, he advises spiritual aspirants to always remember Shri Radha while lovingly reciting Her name on their breath. This is his Jagadguruttam Mantra for the modern world. The ideal japa, the simplest method and most accessible means to bring God into your life, keep Him there and ultimately realise Him. When we breathe, two things naturally happen – inhalation and exhalation. While you inhale, you should do the japa of ra, without making any external sound, just using your mind. Similarly, when you exhale, you should do the japa of dhe. This practice is called naam japa. You can do this silently wherever you are. But be sure not to forget to engage your mind in loving meditation on Shri Radha Rani. Involvement of the mind in any form of devotional practice is essential. They are truly blessed whose hearts are absorbed in Shri Radha while constantly chanting Her name.

The second practice is to always remember that you are not alone. Every hour, on the hour, think for a few seconds, “God is with me; God is watching me.” Again, you need not utter a word, and no one need know. While sneezing or coughing, during bouts of fever or when your breathing is heavy, during all these moments too, remind yourself of the presence of God - the omnipresence of God – which means you are never alone. When this becomes your habit, then reduce it to every half an hour, and so on.   

These simple practices have immense power, capable of elevating you to tremendous spiritual heights. The more you do it, the more natural it becomes, and the more tangible God will feel in your life. Use this lockdown to grow spiritually.

HH Dr Vishakha Tripathi

President, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat

www.jkp.org.in

Blessing in Disguise

Blessing in Disguise

 

These really are unprecedented times. We are all seeing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world, caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Isn’t it astonishing how something so small, only visible under a microscope, has brought the entire world to its knees? Tragically, thousands have lost their lives and thousands more have been displaced. Businesses have closed, production has stopped, and stock markets are shaky. People’s livelihoods are in jeopardy and many feel anxious and worried, fearful about how they will make ends meet. Our once rampant independence and carefree lifestyle is now taboo. Large gatherings are out, and social distancing is in. The emotional strain is visible on people’s faces and the dark cloud of depression looms large on the horizon.  

My heart goes out to you all, especially those grappling with personal loss. I hope all of you are following the guidelines imposed by the government and are adopting best practices to break the spread of the virus. Together, we will triumph. In the meantime, stay at home, stay safe and don’t become complacent. There is still a long road ahead.

As I sit wondering what to write, I am reminded of a deeply profound saying I first heard in my childhood – the Lord moves in mysterious ways. Perhaps now, more than ever, our faith in the words of God, His Saints and our scriptures is being put to the ultimate test. How we all fare, is in our own hands.

My father, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj, always told us that God is causelessly merciful. Behind His every word and in His every action there is nothing but grace and grace alone. He, who is seated within every living being and every particle of this universe, governs everything according to immaculate law. Nothing happens by chance or indiscriminately. We hear these words and even nod our head in agreement, nevertheless, when we look around it seems that we are facing challenges that are without parallel. Suffering and misery of one kind or the other surrounds us and is befalling people in increasing numbers throughout the world. How can we move through these unsettling times and maintain our equilibrium?  

Firstly, we must be strong. We must boldly face life’s challenges by believing in the words of the scriptures that God is ever benevolent and ever merciful. He is the supreme protector. But His divine ways are beyond our material comprehension. Therefore, what seems to us as tough times is actually His grace in disguise. In time, we all will come to see the unique opportunity that has arisen - urging us to revise, reflect or rediscover our faith in God. Our running has stopped and our opportunity to go within has started. If we do, not only will our planet be rejuvenated, but we will rejuvenate our own true spiritual selves.

May you all become brighter shining lights amid these times of darkness.

HH Dr Vishakha Tripati

President, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat

www.jkp.org.in

 

Why are some people born rich and some poor?

Why are some people born rich and some poor?

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