SP Sharma

Nov 112006
 

There may be mixed feelings or conclusions about the outcome of our prayers to God. Sometimes God responds to the prayer of an individual and at other times He doesn’t. Let me analyze the situation because this is a very typical question to which nobody can reply straightforward in affirmation or negation.

Overhauling the mind for spirituality

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Nov 112006
 

Normally, the tendency of the mind is to become a master, and it hates to become a servant. It prefers to worship people or God, not for a love relationship, or to surrender, but for its own purposes. It boasts in worldly affairs and avoids pondering over wise sayings. It gets easily attracted to evils […]

Someone to wake me up spiritually

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Nov 072006
 

Before going to sleep we never think at what time we shall get up in the morning. According to routine we may get up at the usual time if our sleep is not disturbed. It is when we have to get up early for some purpose we seek help from someone who usually gets up […]

God welcomes us home

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Nov 072006
 

Though God is in heaven, in our moments of ecstasy and agony He immediately descends in the heart of the believer. In the worldly sense, most of us remain dependant on each other for various purposes and wish to remain on earth as long as possible by all means, because of various attachments, as we […]

Universal companionship through love to a spiritual teacher

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Oct 112006
 

Give and take is the core principle of worldly relationships. The problem starts when one doesn’t get what one expects in return. A man leaves a beautiful wife if she can’t produce children. Similarly, a wife leaves her husband if he is not able to provide what she expected. Not only in domestic life but […]

Pains and pleasures on the spiritual path

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Oct 112006
 

Usually we feel a sort of detachment from worldly affairs when we attend a funeral and visit a cemetery. This detachment leaves soon after we get home. It is like a stone thrown in an algae covered pond. Its impact breaks the algae cover through which clean water shines. But soon the algae re-cover the […]

Innocent love affair in children

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Oct 112006
 

My granddaughter, 3 years old, went to Kid’s school and on the first day she was attracted to a boy of comparatively short stature wearing spectacles. She liked him so much that she was grabbing him repeatedly. Weary of her behaviour and feeling discomforted, the boy bit her arm but she neither cried nor developed […]

Upheavals in crossing the river

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Sep 292006
 

A young man, Shri Chaitnya, left his widow mother and issueless wife to embark on spirituality (meeting his beloved God) by way of renunciation. There was a lot of commotion at home and resistance from all concerned. Earlier, his elder unmarried brother had also disappeared for the same purpose and never returned to show his […]

Does God test our love?

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Sep 132006
 

Nobody is sure of keeping his mind cool during a crisis of interests, only a saint could do so. Moreover, it is difficult to become aware of one’s own faults, and remove them. A saintly advice is that we should increase our level of wisdom pondering over the real benefits of virtues and the misleading […]

What's the use of solving the mystery of death and God?

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Sep 132006
 

What is wonderful in this world? In a scripture of Hinduism, the Mahabharata, many questions were asked by Yaksha (chief of the nether world) to Yudhishthira, to which he politely replied. One of the questions asked by Yaksha was – what is wonderful in this world? The wise Yudhishthira replied that every day people go […]

The spirit of a spiritual teacher

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Sep 132006
 

The worldwide commercialization of education is increasing day by day and often it is being connected with the assurance of one’s career or say livelihood. Admission in such assured courses is open to those who can spend a lot, as an investment guaranteeing high returns. Thus, educational institutions have turned into industries with an ISO […]

Wisdom through science and spirituality

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Sep 132006
 

Science has mesmerized mankind to such an extent that a ‘feel good’ tablet without any adverse effect to the body seems to be not far away. Many beliefs of past ages are succumbing to the onslaught inflicted by the new scientific discoveries and products. At the same time unknown fears are also gripping mankind. The […]

Being mentally prepared for my physical death

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Sep 022006
 

Unwillingly, due to family attachment, I had to witness my death of 4-5 minutes on 20 August 1977 at the age of about 31 years (Please see my article: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!). It was after revival that I felt it to be a super peaceful state of the self, more comfortable […]

Talk well of others

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Sep 022006
 

Most of the novices of various religions and spiritual teachers indulge in discussing the superiority of their own cults and systems. They criticize and degrade other’s views, customs, traditions, etcetera. They even go to the extent of ridiculing other’s beliefs. This is totally against the spirit of coexistence. They forget that in academic studies there […]

Did the fear of death put me on the track of devotion?

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Aug 172006
 

Let me analyze the situation created for the experience of 4 July 1977 (Please see my article: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!) and my prevailing mental condition thereafter. (Readers will excuse me for talking about ‘death’ as a hobby-horse, but that is only the truth to happen in the life of living beings). […]

Aug 172006
 

A co-passenger on a train journey asked me why God allows all bad happenings in His world while He is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Lord Krishna saved, protected, and guided Arjun (His friend, relative and companion) in the Mahabharat war (a great war between the Kauravas and Pandavas about 5000 years ago in India) because […]

Regaining lost childhood for salvation

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Aug 172006
 

We all are participants in the race for sustenance, wealth, power, name and fame. It is when a person gets disgusted at some point that he stops and ponders about himself. Then his objective of life is changed from a worldly to a spiritual pursuit. He has to find the mystery of life ab initio […]

I love you

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Aug 172006
 

The moment one says to someone – “I love you”, the question arises: What does ‘you’ mean? One cannot assign his/her love to any part of the body or virtue of the beloved, because that will be an insult to her/him (presuming that love exists on the physical level between any two). One may like […]

Two boons fulfilled

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Aug 022006
 

It was when I got my first spiritual experience on 4 July 1977 (Please see my article: Death – a great spiritual teacher, indeed!) that I happened to say to God, “I am ready to serve You in my capacity, provided my family life and occupation are not disturbed”. Moreover, I also concluded after a […]

Becoming an impartial witness

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Aug 022006
 

Our intense desires force us to exploit others as a matter of right through various relationships. We are caught in the web of mutual interests, which give rise to conflicts. This situation is similar to a silent volcano and its explosion depends upon favourable conditions. The question arises here how to save myself? It is […]

Relationship of 'I' and 'you'

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Aug 022006
 

Imagine an identity suddenly wakes up from hibernation. On gaining consciousness it finds that it is all alone as if a child gets up and finds that there is no body around (like its mother). Finding itself alone it is afraid for a moment and the next moment the idea occurs that when there is […]

Why does the mind feel disgusted?

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Jul 182006
 

Man mostly suffers on account of his own way of life. There are many mental attitudes responsible for such a state, chief among which are: egoistic desires, attachment, dependence, expectations, fault finding, and the non-adoption of forgiveness, kindness, equanimity as good qualities of mind. It is said that our mind has two personalities – mind […]

Unfathomable depths of spirituality

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Jul 182006
 

A person who tries to trace the original abode of the soul needs some basic information or guidance. Is God there or not, the existence of the soul and its final abode, rebirth vis-à-vis the fruit of one’s last life’s deeds, etc. are such questions which are raised by beginners of spirituality.

The way to spirituality – Part II

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Jul 182006
 

Development of wisdom to distinguish real from unreal or eternal from temporary, concentration, self-realization, freedom from ego, peace of mind, love and compassion are aspects of spirituality. When we talk about wisdom one happens to recall one’s position in society or various academic degrees that serve the purpose of getting a job for livelihood and/or […]

Jul 052006
 

Normally, we are dealing in this world with duality keeping our interests at our heart and remain indulged in fulfilling our aspirations. This leads to disgust when our interests are in conflict. The road map to divinity is from this kind of dualism to realize non-dualism through self-realization and then again adopt dualism, keeping compassion […]

Adopting a personal God

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Jul 052006
 

Most of us have some concept of God in our mind and assign Him certain attributes such as: He is complete in all respects and independent, does justice, acts as saviour, and loves us to the extent that He sent His own son, Jesus Christ, to show us the way to love each other. God, […]

Moral merits lead finally to love and compassion

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Jun 202006
 

Most of us view our relationships with kinsmen and God in terms of the fulfillment of our wants and desires. This is really an exploitation disguised in the form of the so-called worldly love and compassion and it is exposed when someone (even God is not an exception) doesn’t behave desirably. Our first objective should […]

The blossoming of love after surrendering to God

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Jun 202006
 

An analytical mind cannot gauge the depths of mystery that has shrouded our life, soul, and God. It was on 12 July 1977 at 4.30 PM that I surrendered to God and inscribed in my notebook, maintained at that time, “I accept my defeat in the spiritual battle with God” and signed below it. Then […]

Eloping with the Lover to serve Him

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Jun 202006
 

In India, marriages are still mostly arranged by the parents considering caste, status and other factors, and organized traditionally. However, traditional customs are giving way due to the stress and strain of modern life. In such a situation, pairs of lovers, mutually agreeing to marry but from a different setup have to face the wrath […]

There is one to fulfill our dearest wishes

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Jun 062006
 

All of us will agree that we seek love and pleasure. If these are based on just expression and are non-physical then certainly two people (gender is not important) will gain mutual love. Compare the friendship between two innocent children in comparison to adults who are mostly indulged in the tug-of-war of self-interests. Let me […]