Friday, March 16, 2018

"Everything happens as per Gods will" - Day by Day with Sri Nannagaru


You must possess neither too much nor too less of money

A Collector's wife said to Sri Nannagaru: "My husband has a great honour in the society but he has not saved much money." Sri Nannagaru replied: "Don't you have sufficient savings? What will you do by earning more money? Your daughter's marriage is already completed. They are already employees of a bank. Even you will get pension on retiring from your job. Though you don't have surplus money, the money you possess is sufficient. If you have excess money, you will be constantly afraid of the Income tax raids. Also excess money will slowly pollute your mind. Possessing money is equivalent to wearing slippers. The slippers should be neither too small nor too big. If they are too small, you will get prickled by the thorns. If they are too big, you may slip down. Similarly you must possess neither too much nor too less of money."

Keep your 'I intact but make it as servant of God

A devotee said: "Nannagaru! These days I am being subject to fear. However, Bhagavan had asked us to get rid of 'i'(ego). I am habituated to chant the name of Ramana. But whenever I chant his name, I am reminded that Bhagavan has asked us to get rid of the 'i' ie ego. Once I am reminded of that, I am being subject to fear. I am afraid what will happen to me once I lose the 'i'?" Sri Nannagaru replied: "Don't lose anything. Keep your 'i' intact and make it as servant of God. Whatever has to happen will happen. As Hanuman always stayed at the feet of Lord Rama, even you place your 'i' at the feet of Lord Rama. Hanuman used to carry out the task assigned to him. Again He used to return back to the feet of Lord Rama. Similarly, even you carry out your task and put back your'i' at the feet of God." The devotee said: "Nannagaru! Your reply has been very satisfactory. I will act according to your instruction." Sri Nannagaru said: "Now, you will not be subject to fear anymore."

All your sorrow will be converted into Bliss when you experience that everything happens as per God's will

A devotee asked Sri Nannagaru: "Nannagaru! It is said that everything is happening as per God's will. It is alright as long as we read it or hear it. But when the situation demands, we are unable to digest it." Sri Nannagaru replied: "Even after performing spiritual practices for 100 births, you may or may not understand the above sentence. If you are able to bring it into experience, even a heap of sorrow will get converted into a heap of Bliss."

You resemble the fish caught in a net if you are happy due to external circumstances

Once, Sri Nannagaru asked a college principal: "How are you?" The principal replied: "I am alright. All my sons, daughters, daughters-in-law and grandchildren are alright. All of them are doing well. I am doing well only because they are doing well." Referring to this principal, Sri Nannagaru said: "All of you resemble the fish caught in a fisherman's net. The Master of the net has thrown the net into water. All of you are caught in that net. When the master of the net arrives and pulls out the net from water, unable to find water, you will become breathless and then die. Until the arrival of the death god, enjoy that blissful ignorance. There is nothing worthwhile of being proud in this entire Universe. What is man's life when compared to eternity?"

Being completely devoid of tendencies is much more difficult than attaining Self Knowledge

A devotee asked Sri Nannagaru: "Some people state that until all the tendencies are annihilated, Self Knowledge cannot be attained. However some people state that it is easy to attain Self Knowledge but it is very difficult to become completely devoid of tendencies. Is it true that tendencies exist even after attaining Self Knowledge?" Sri Nannagaru replied: "We can infer that sometimes tendencies do exist even after attaining Self Knowledge. For instance, in spite of attaining Self Knowledge, Sage Vishwamitra built the Trishanku heaven and got ruined. To take another instance, in order to test Vyasa Maharishi, Mother Annapoorna ensured that he didn't get food for 4 days. Then in a great rage Vyasa Maharishi became ready to curse the city of Kashi. Instantly Mother Annapoorna appeared before him and said: "You have become ready to curse the city of Kashi! I will not curse you but will order you to live in the outskirts of Kashi. Therefore Vyasa Maharishi lived in the Vyasa Kashi and continued with his writings. Thus it is possible that one may get ruined in spite of attaining Self Knowledge. Hence being completely devoid of tendencies is much more difficult than attaining Self Knowledge"


You need not give up chanting the name of Lord in the name of Self enquiry

Sri Nannagaru asked a devotee: "Which God's name are you chanting?" The devotee replied: "I am chanting neither Rama's name nor Krishna's name nor Shiva's name. I am doing the Self enquiry as prescribed by Bhagavan." Referring to her Sri Nannagaru said: "She got a good hold over Bhagavan's preaching. Hence self enquiry is enough for her. But we need not give up chanting the name of Lord taking her as an ideal."

Your doer-ship alone is the cause of your sorrow

A devotee came to Sri Nannagaru and said: "I have been doing medical practice along with my son-in-law. But recently we had a dispute. I had a slip of my tongue and said to him: 'It is all due to our hard work that today you and your wife are able to roam in a car.' My son-in-law became angry and replied: 'Now we will not use that car anymore.' He didn't stop there. He further said: "We will leave this place and set up our own medical practice.' Nannagaru! This is subjecting me to an intense grief and anxiety." Sri Nannagaru replied: "Why should you become so anxious? Let him set up his own medical practice. Till now he has been dependent. Now he will become independent." Then the devotee said: "Their departure is not making me sorrowful. But I am subject to sorrow when I remember that they are leaving only because of me". Sri Nannagaru said: "It is only called as doer-ship. Why do you consider yourselves responsible of their departure? It happened thus as God has ordained the same. Your doer-ship alone is the cause of your sorrow. Until the doer-ship is annihilated, sorrow becomes inevitable."

Adopt the harmonizing path

A devotee narrated the following to Sri Nannagaru: "Someone asked me: 'Which path is prescribed by your Guru? Is it the path of Karma or Bhakti or Dhyana or that of Jnana?' I could not give him an apt answer." Sri Nannagaru replied: "Tell them: 'My Guru prescribes the path that harmonizes all the above paths.' Not only now but if you are asked the same question anytime in future, tell them: 'My Guru's path is the Harmonizing path'."

Joy is different from Enjoy. That which emanates from God is Joy

Sri Nannagaru asked a devotee: 'How are you?' The devotee replied: 'I am alright. I am killing my time in some form or the other.' Sri Nannagaru felt :" In spite of being a very rich man, he has spoken thus. It may be due to an unknown sorrow and un-fulfillment. As long as one enjoys the worldly things, they are bound to become sorrowful. Joy is different from Enjoy. That which emanates from God is Joy. It will gradually lead them to the sorrow less state through constant remembrance of God and performance of spiritual practices."

To see wrong in others is one's own wrong

Sri Nannagaru said to one of the devotees: "Gandhiji and Kanchi Paramacharya have mentioned several things regarding 'What life has taught me.' Narrate to me any lessons that you have learnt from your life." The devotee said: "One should stop finding faults with others; rather one should find one's own faults." Sri Nannagaru replied: "Bhagavan has mentioned this more wonderfully. He said: 'To see wrong in others is one's own wrong.' Whatever flaw you see in others exists even within you. If you are not able to see any flaw in others, it implies that you are completely flawless. If you are flawless, you can't see any flaw in others though they may possess a particular flaw." Then the devotee again said: "I have realized that the wealth of Divine Qualities is the true wealth." Sri Nannagaru said: "Divine Qualities refer to those qualities which lead us towards the Divine. If you possess at least one good quality amongst those Divine Qualities, you will be decorated with the other Divine Qualities automatically."

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