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God, the Benefactor, is about to transform this world into a Land of Happiness. Want to know HOW? BY: BK. T.D Joseph

Article by: BK. T. D. Joseph, Bangalore, India tdjaum(AT)gmail.com – If you have questions or remarks about this article, please contact the author.

As the world situation is worsening day by day, it is natural to feel: How long will be this decline? For a person who is a sincere follower of Brahma Kumaris’ teachings, this question does not arise as he believes that the world would soon be transformed in to a place of happiness and peace.

Let us see how this is possible:
The BKs [Brahma Kumaris] are told to always carry, with them, a symbolic trident—consciousness of God, Soul and Drama. (Murli 26.12.1979) Living in remembrance of these three realities means living with correct perspective with regard to them, not distorted by the dusty/faulty mirror of the world or of our own minds. It involves the following:

1) One is ALWAYS CONSCIOUS that God, the Supreme Soul, is his Father, and he experiences His love and protection.

2) One is ALWAYS CONSCIOUS that he is His child, a soul, (not body); and is the exact representation of His Father’s very being. He enjoys an ever-increasing intimacy with Him, without being affected by anything that happens around him.

3) One is ALWAYS CONSCIOUS that every one is acting out his role in the Drama. [Drama essentially—not in the literal sense—means we are all actors in this eternal world drama acting out our roles based on each one’s unique sanskar or personality traits] This enables one to view himself as an impassionate, impartial and detached observer of the scenes around him, not an object of other’s actions. This means he never feels that he/she did this to me, and never feels like asking how and why they behave this way! Instead he develops the virtue and power to love and accommodate others unconditionally.

Everyone is inevitably faced with two situations in life—situation we can change, and situation we can not change. There is no point in worrying about things we can change—we simply need to change them. Again, there is no point in worrying about things we can not change—we simply need to accept them! Yet BKs are in an advantaged situation as they know that even the situation we can not change is also going to be soon changed by someone else! For example, world situation is deteriorating day by day in all its aspects. Unrighteousness and irreligiousness have assumed a monstrous form everywhere with even more and more leaders becoming scam-ridden. Yet an eternal decline is logically not possible as there exists a hedge, the very basic nature of God. At some point, God will intervene which is implied in the very name of God.

There is something common between well-known names such as Jesus, Jehova, and Shiva. These historical names contain a profound truth: an awareness of the world’s cycle of decline and the eventual reversal! Catholic Encyclopedia says “The word Jesus is the Latin form of the Greek Iesous, which in turn is the transliteration of the Hebrew Jeshua, or Joshua, or again Jehoshua, meaning “Jehovah is salvation.” Jesus himself testifies: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing.” (John 5:19) He was simply imitating his Heavenly Father. He copied his Father’s zeal, and using a whip violently removed the hypocrites and exploiters from temple repeatedly, which is symbolic of what God Himself will do in the future globally.—John 2:13-17; Mathew 21:12; compare Daniel 2:44 and 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 11:18.

When God, in connection with a planned deliverance, appeared to Moses in a flame of light, He Himself explained the meaning of His name, Jehova, as “I am that I am.” (Exodus 3:13) This is very simple to understand! Let us use a contrast now. When defrauded by someone, we say “he is not what he was,” meaning a change has now occurred in his character. But if we know someone as always faithful, we say “he is what he is, we can trust him.” Hence when God defined His name as “I am that I am” it has to do with His very basic character that will ALWAYS be there. What is He basically? And what is in Him that will NEVER change? Interestingly, Bible itself answers: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) Thus He is the source of all goodness, The Supreme Benefactor, who will NEVER change.—Compare also Bhagavat Gita 11:32, 33; 14:27.

Therefore, God’s name means He is one who ALWAYS does good (JEHOVA in Hebrew, and SHIVA in Sanskrit). He is also called “Supreme Ruler of the Universe,” “the Father, Well-Wisher and the Friend of all beings” stressing further the basic character behind His illustrious name. (Bhagavat Gita 5:29; 9:17; 10:1). Being the Supreme Benefactor inherently carries also the idea of being “the guardian of eternal dharma [righteousness and religiousness].” (Gita 11:18) Hence God’s name presupposes that there can not be an eternal decline in the affairs of the world, but He WILL intervene at the right time.

This is the time God descends to teach, train, and guide His children. Irrespective of the innumerable religions that we have and the number of names that we have attributed to Him, He is just one: He is the Father of all the people on earth.

How fortunate we are as we are the generation that is going to see the switch-over to the Land of Peace and Happiness! Let us become alert and wise; let us follow the most elevated teachings of God and become His invaluable instruments in creating “Heaven on earth.”

Who is the real author of Bhagavat Gita? – By: BK. T.D Joseph

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Suppose you heard a great joke attributed to somebody. Prima facie, you know that this particular joke was cracked originally in some joyous occasion, but never in a funeral house! Because jokes are designed to make people laugh, not to make them mourn as happens in a funeral house. Similarly, if you really know the essence of Bhagavat Gita, you will immediately come to know whether it was delivered, as conventionally believed, in a physical battle-ground, or in some other time by somebody other than Krishna.

The Essence of Gita

MOVE FROM THE EPHEMERAL TO THE ETERNAL is the thread that runs throughoutThe Gita, as detailed below:

• “Be firmly attached to the Supreme Soul alone,” (2:48, 72; 8:7; 12:6, 7; 10:15; 14:4; 18:62) abandoning all attachment to the results and the temporary security, such as body, objects and relatives. (2:71; 9:33; 18:66)

• Treat “alike” all pairs of opposites such as “heat and cold,” “friend and foe,” “honor and dishonor” which comprehend the entire possibility of experiences in life—physical, mental and intellectual respectively.—Gita 2:14, 38, 45; 12:17-19; 14:24, 25; 18:54.
And this is called Sanatana Dharma or ETERNAL DUTY.—12:20; 14:27

A message of this sort makes no sense in a literal war-field as the listener is ordered to treat “friend and foe alike,” hence would not have been delivered as a prelude to a great war between two conflicted armies. Besides, participants of the so-called war were also not literal. For example, names of the key persons, such as 100 sons of Drutarashtra start with Du which means evil—Duryodhana (one who uses money for evil purposes), Dussasana (one who breathes out evil commands) … etc. No parents would name their children this way from birth before their character unfolds. The weapons purportedly used in Mahabharata War are also prophetic in nature, which would exist only in our period. So is the case with the number of soldiers killed in the war, which is so great a number that can also happen only in our time. [The place where the war was supposed to have taken place, Kurukshetra, is a small village in India which could not have accommodated even a fraction of that army.] Thus, the prophetic nature of Mahabharata (of which Gita is claimed to be a part) picturises a future global situation, climax of the Iron Age, which is actually the time we are now living in, where weapons of mass destruction are a reality and the evils such as “lust, anger and greed” are the actual rulers of the present world system of things.

Who authored Gita?

In its chapter 3, verse 3 says: “O sinless one, at the onset of creation, a two-fold path of spiritual discipline was given by ME to this world: the path of Self-knowledge (Gyan Yoga) for the contemplative, and the path of unselfish work (Karma Yoga) for the active.” Then verse 24 says it is He who sustains the three worlds. Thus these verses clearly identify the author of Gita as the same as the Author of the universe, who is also called “Supreme Ruler of the Universe” and “the Father, the Well-Wisher and the Friend of all beings,” from which SHIVA, the most appropriate personal name of God derives. (Gita 5:29; 9:17; 10:1). [This may remind one of JEHOVA, which also has those two phonetic parts, ‘SHI’ & ‘VA’, meaning Redeemer] He is also called “the origin and the dissolution,” (Gita 9:18) which are the basis of the symbol of Siva Lingam (Lin, Sanskrit, equivalent of laya which means dissolution; gam, from agamaman, which means arrival / comimg). Thus Siva Lingam is a pointer, which stands for that entity which destroys [the heaven-turned hell, now existing on earth] and re-creates [the hell into heaven on earth] that happens at the end of every Kalpa (cycle of 5000 years).—Compare Gita 9:7; 8:17; 4:1-8)

Now who is the actual recipient of the message?

If major elements are all symbolic, then the recipient also should be symbolic. Though various forms of addressing are used, one particular addressing, “O sinless one,” used in Gita 3:3 suggests that Gita message will be actually conveyed, in detail and in absolute clarity, to a group of people whose hallmark will be purity, who will appear on the world scene toward the end of the Iron Age. God Himself identifies them as those “who are rejoiced to hear ME,” those “who know ME as the Supreme Lord of the universe, and are undeluded and free from ALL SINS,” “who are worshipping ME with loving ecstasy [or intoxication],” ‘whose minds remain absorbed in ME and whose lives surrendered unto ME and who always enlighten each other by talking about ME and remain ever content and delighted.’ (Gita 10:1, 3, 8, 9). In other words, God is the ultimate Doer of Good, and so are his children who “do good to all beings,” taking delight in doing so.” (Gita 5:25; 12:4) Those who associate with Brahmakumaris can testify that this description perfectly fits with them.

Why is it called “eternal duty”?

The above-mentioned subject matter (sermon) of Gita is called “eternal duty,” because it is reinforced at the end of each Kalpa (cycle of 5000 years). This is in fulfillment of God’s own promise that He would reincarnate at the end of each Kalpa when there is a sharp decline of righteousness and religiousness on a global scale, which we are experiencing now. (Gita 4:7; 11:18) This means God, the Supreme Father of all souls, has already arrived in our time, has been repeating the Gita, and reestablished Adi Sanatan Devi- Devata Dharm (the Original Eternal Deity Religion), which gets continued in Satyug (Golden Age) and Tretayug (Silver Age) in the next Kalpa / Time Cycle.

Those who associate with Brahma Kumaris experience first-hand the exposition of the essence of Gita through their daily morning class called Murli. By their adherence to this, they naturally become pure, the white-clad Pandavas in a spiritual sense, who fight against vices [the real enemy of man, according to Gita 3:34, 37; 16:21] of Maya as to remain “firmly attached to Supreme Father,” thus to enter into the Golden Age that is already on the horizon!

The Mahabharat story is being played now in this Iron Age (Kaliyug). Let us listen to the divine versions of God delivered at this time, and imbibe them so that we can take part in ushering in the Golden age (Satyug) where all the people would be healthy, wealthy and wise.

Is God REALLY omnipresent? By: BK T.D. Joseph

Article by: BK. T. D. Joseph, Bangalore, India tdjaum(AT)gmail.com – If you have questions or remarks about this article, please contact the author.

There are many people who believe that God is omnipresent. Is He really present everywhere? If yes, can the following questions satisfactorily be answered?

1.If He is omnipresent, how will He distinguish Himself and others—inanimate and animate?
2.If He is omnipresent, where will evil or sin exist, as He is the source of all goodness and holiness?
3.When hard-core sadists enjoy inflicting pain on others, or carnivorous animals hunt and eat innocent animals like lambs, what happens to His presence in the pain-giver and the recipient?
4.If God is omnipresent, before breathing his last why should Jesus cry out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”? (Mark 15:33; Luke 23:46)
5.The English word ‘religion’ comes from Latin word ‘religare’ which means to re-unite. Religions are helping people [who were separated from God] to re-unite with Him. How can the separation and re-union with God be possible, if He is omnipresent? Hence can religions really teach He is omnipresent?

Bible says God resides in a particular place (Mathew 6:9). So does the Quran (Surah al-Mulk 67:17) God is quoted as saying He is “the minutest of the minute,” and yet He is the “Supreme Divine Being” residing in “Supreme Abode.” – Gita 8:9, 10, 21.

This is a fact supported by our experience too. Supreme Soul, our Heavenly Father is “SPIRIT,” declare the Bible and the Bhagavat Gita. (John 4:24; Gita 14:3, 4) Hence we, His children, are the exact representation of His very being, and are spirits or souls in this costume called bodies. (Gita 8:3) Just like the Supreme Soul resides in a particular place, our souls too reside in a particular place, something that everyone can feel for themselves. Close your eyes and be aware of your true Self. You can easily experience the body as the human (container) where the Being resides.

The Being, which is YOU, situated just above and behind the eyes (center of the forehead) within the brain. This is like driver’s seat from where You do your thinking, analyzing, and directing every movement of the vehicle—your body—through the 5 physical sense organs. You are the POINT OF CONSCIOUSNESS within the body, which is called by many names: Soul, Spirit, Atma, Inner-Self, Pure-Consciousness … etc. Thus what is true of our Heavenly Father is true of us also—He is not present everywhere in the macro universe, just as one’s soul is not present everywhere in his body, the micro universe.

Still, why do some people believe that God is omnipresent? This and variant of this teaching Tat Tvam Asi [Sanskrit] which means “You are THAT (God),” may have originated from an innocent desire to fight egoism and to help people to view everyone equally, and thus to instill in them compassion towards one another. However, was that extreme assertion really necessary as others too—including atheists—can show compassion towards fellow humans? These teachings may have helped a very few.

However, their unforeseen results eclipse all their benefits. Look at the opposite fruitage of these teachings on those who believe it. These teachings obviously imply that God and sin are INSEPARABLY connected. ‘If God is omnipresent, or I am THAT, then sin should also exist in God, just as it does in me,’ one may feel. Hence instead of feeling motivated to fight against vices, one may feel licentious to do whatever he feels like! This may also be fanned by stories of gods whose lust and greed make interesting reading. As a result, people go casual about everything, and become self-centered, which is called “sin.” (Gita 3:13) If God resides within everyone, how can one [in whom God resides] perform wicked acts against another human [in whom too God resides]?

Any belief should be tested by the fruits it produces. The above two teachings are prevalent in Bharat. What have they produced? Very few may have become more spiritual believing God is everywhere or they are Gods, whereas vast majority are gone opposite. For example, Bharath is synonymous with over-population. At the root of over-population lie lust, instant gratification and utter disregard for the welfare of others / future generation. If LUST is not fulfilled, ANGER arises; if it is fulfilled GREED arises. And it is these three vices—“lust, anger, and greed”—that Holy Lord calls as “gate of hell.” —Gita 16:21.

Certain qualities can be omnipresent, but their source need not be all-pervasive. Sun, even while it is not omnipresent, its qualities such as heat and light are pervasive in all direction. Similarly, God is not omnipresent, but His qualities are omnipresent. For example, His wisdom is seen in all His works; His power is seen in each and every atom; and His justice is seen in never-failing mechanism, Law of Causation, functioning everywhere in Nature. Knowing this can make people responsible-minded, not licentious!

What is wisdom? – By: BK T.D. Joseph

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Wisdom characterizes everything what God does, says the Bible. (Proverbs 8:22–31) Jesus said: “Be wise as serpent,” which means to perceive and avoid danger, and escape from it. (Mathew 10:16) “He succeeds in everything he does” as “his delight is in the law [Shrimat] of God.” (Psalm 1:2, 3) Wisdom means “hatred* of evil, pride and arrogance.” (Proverbs 1:7 & 8:13) “Constancy in the knowledge of the self is wisdom.”—Bhagavat Gita 13:12.

* “hatred” is not in the sense of human emotion. For example God says “I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated.” (Malachi 1:2,3) Here “love” is used in the sense of choosing, and “hate” in the sense of rejecting. (Romans 9:10-13; compare also Deuteronomy 21:15; Mathew 6:24; 10:37; Luke 14:26. It simply means treating something as less important, as implied by Jesus when he said: “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.—John 12:25.

These verses, put together, give the following characteristics of wisdom:
• living in constant awareness of SOUL-consciousness
• preventing ego (root of which is body-consciousness) from taking precedence in all our actions
• taking delight in application of God’s Shrimat in all aspects of our lives
• avoiding danger/wastage to self and others
• experiencing constant success.

Here noticeable aspect of a wise person is that he acts out of soul-consciousness—God as Supreme Soul, and humans are individual souls—and is ruled by DELIGHT in Shrimat and RECOGNITION of valueless of ego.

This is interesting! Because, if you have delight in God’s Shrimat and recognize the valuelessness of ego, the whole world will prove to be powerless against your will-power to remain pure. Bible reports, in Genesis chapter 39, about an ordinary man, named Joseph, who was employed at the house of the Chief of Pharao’s palace guard in ancient Egyptian Empire. There he was continuously tempted by his master’s wife to commit adultery with her in all secrecy and safety. This was an unusual, tricky situation where his yielding could have brought him promotion and other material benefits, and his refusal would have landed him in great trouble. Yet he flatly refused to commit adultery.

This was a very great act as there was no law given against adultery at that time! [Law against adultery was given centuries later—Exodus 20:14]. Because he was aware of his original qualities, the source of which was his Heavenly Father, about whom he always had a loving remembrance, he discerned rightly that all women are his sisters; and sexual act with his master’s wife would destroy his purity, peace and joy, and more importantly it would hurt his loving Heavenly Father. Thus he CHOSE (or loved) God’s friendship and REJECTED the approval of the temptress and its attendant transient benefits. Though his refusal to commit adultery landed him in temporary trouble, his purity was ultimately paid off—he became the Prime Minister of Egyptian Empire, and he is remembered in history as a diamond against sexual advances. Obviously, one is paid by his work, not for his work.

If you do not keep your delight in God’s Shrimat and recognition of valuelessness of ego constantly burning, even a small, powerless spark is more than enough to bring you down flat, even though you may have all the favorable circumstances not to slip. Typical example is King David, the most brilliant leader of ancient Israel, who also wrote many devotional songs of God which form the part of Bible. David had many “concubines and wives.” (2 Samuel 5:13; 12:7-8, Chronicles 3:1-9; 14:3)

Hence, a sexual temptation, in his case, was out of question. Yet, he arose “one evening” from his bed and saw, from the roof of his palace, wife of his soldier, bathing. Inflamed with passion, he maneuvered matters in such a way that he not only committed adultery with her, but also arranged the murder of her husband, skillfully transferring him to the battlefront, and took her as his wife permanently. (2 Samuel 11) See, one who excelled as a very powerful military leader and king who led many successful conquests of fierce armies, failed miserably in the conquest of his own bodily organs. All because he lost his original delight in God’s Shrimat and ceased to be aware of the valueless of ego, and became fond of sleep even during the day time (which is the sign of him having become tamopradhan).

How fortunate Baba’s children are! They get up very early in the morning, and do what is called Amrit Vela Yoga (Nectar Time Meditation) for about 45 to 60 minutes between 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.—a meaningful and delightful time they engage in a private chit-chat with Shiva Baba, our Heavenly Father. Then they have, among many other programs, daily Murli-class, at 6.30 a.m., in which His Shrimat is explained. Positive / powerful / pure thoughts obtained from Baba’s Murli are the seeds they sow for the day ahead and for an elevated destiny in the Golden Age that is soon to replace the present Iron Age filled with agony and distress.

Remember! When you remember Supreme Soul as your Heavenly Father, and you as His child, you are actually RE-MEMBERING yourself into His family! There is no other act wiser than this, nor more beneficial than this in this short period called Confluence Age!

Freedom comes from surrender – By: BK. T.D Joseph

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Bhagavad Gita (literally, the Song of God), a 700-verse Hindu scripture, in its chapter 7, verse 2, says: there is a knowledge “knowing which there will remain nothing else in this world to know.” What is that ultimate knowledge which will naturally be most beneficial to us?

Before introducing it, it prepares us with the background information about why and how we are born into this world. In verse 27 of the same chapter, it says our sense of duality (our unfulfilled desires and aversion of our past birth) is the cause for our present birth, and in this birth too if we get caught in the same sense of duality, or between pairs of opposites, such as pleasure & pain, gain & loss, and victory & defeat, we will only repeat the slavery. But if any one chooses to come out of delusion of duality, having “taken refuge in Him,” he is given that ultimate knowledge and ensuing freedom. Interestingly, there is nothing mysterious about it. It is all about knowing three rulers: “Know the supreme Soul, Individual Soul and principle of Karma” as they really are. (Gita 7:29) This knowing is like saying you KNOW swimming (not a theoretical knowledge). We can know them as they REALLY are with the help of other verses in Gita.

Know God as what or who?
Know God as “the Supreme Soul” (Gita 8:8), “Ruler of the world” (Gita 10:15), and our Heavenly Father (Gita 14:4), a fact that calls for our exclusive attachment with ‘Him alone.’ (Gita 18:66) Whatever we think, say, or do, we have to offer as a sacrifice to Him. (Gita 9:27) We have to be constantly in exclusive love with Him with nobody else coming in between. (Gita 13:10) Thus we DELIGHTFULLY accept His right to set standards (Shrimat) for us, which will be at our best interest as He is the Ultimate Benefactor. It means freedom from misery.

Know Soul as what?
Just as God is the ruler of the macro universe, our soul is the ruler of micro universe called this body. (Gita 7:4; 15:9) We have this birth here because our soul was a slave to the mind in our previous birth. (Gita 15:8) Therefore the wise course will be to reverse the status—take back the ruler-ship from ego-intellect-mind combination and restore it to the soul that should rule over them and five senses. When soul rules, you become “MODERATE in everything you do—in eating, recreation, working, sleeping, and waking,” which again mean freedom from misery.—Gita 6:17, 40.

Know Karma as what?
Everything that happens in the inanimate and animate realms is ruled by Law of Causation. When it comes to the realm of humans, it touches everyone on earth alike for the good or the bad: good action produces good results, and bad action produces bad results. This cause-effect mechanism is always meticulously precise as it is being operated by nature under the oversight of God. (Gita 5:14, 15; 9:8, 10) It is like the role of sun. Everything happens on earth because of the the power from sun, yet it is not the doer. So is the case with God and His agency nature. The Cause-effect system is designed to ensure appropriate effect for every action. Knowing there is a cause(s) for every happening, we will not lament, like the ignorant, asking why this is happening to me or to them? As fire burns upwards, and rivers flow downwards, and water finds its level, so does the result ensue from a cause without fail. Once an action is planned/executed, it remains as if REWARDED by God by virtue of the cause-effect mechanism He has put in in place; it is only a matter of time that some “apparent cause” will bring about the effect into fruition.—Gita11:33.

Many would agree that God is the Ruler, and soul is also a ruler over body, but may find it difficult to agree that Law of Karma is the ruler over all happenings. They may say it is not universal, or it does not act same way with everyone and everywhere; in a natural calamity or in a terrorist attack, many innocent people are also killed. Or they may cite examples such as accidents on the road caused by a drunken drivers, as a result of which people who were on the right in all its aspects were killed, or a frustrated student killing innocent school mates and teachers indiscriminately……. etc.

Such doubts arise because of our limited view. Let us widen our view and try to see this in a larger perspective. Cry against the innocents’ plight is understandable. But is our cry all-inclusive? How many people are killed in the road accidents, most of which are caused by ego-prompted impatience or by carelessness, which is actually is the cause. How many millions of innocent children are murdered in the name of abortion? How can calling murder by another name? As Shakespeare rightly puts it: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” hence a murder in any other name would smell as abhorrent, evoking appropriate and proportionate consequence at the right time. Suppose, in a quarrel you hit somebody; but by mistake a pregnant lady received the blow which resulted in abortion. Even this is treated as murder, in the Bible, which called for death punishment for the careless man, who was not acting on purpose. (Exodus 21:22, 23) Death caused by accident too is treated as murder. (Deuteronomy 22:8) Who knows “the innocent” who are now killed have played some role in the murder called abortion, some accidental deaths, or contributed directly or indirectly to death dealing industries such as weapons, tobacco, or meat-industry which kills innocent lambs and cows who have only helped us with their lives?

When asked HOW ARE YOU? People say “Very Good” even when they are very much distressed inside. Because they know that people “seeing things externally can not know what is happening internally.” (Murli 13/11/1985) This is true of Karma Principle too. You see only a tip of the ice-berg. Hence the innocent may SEEM to be punished. It may not by true. Because the never-failing principle of Causation is omnipresent. Besides, it does not act in black and white, it is a principle, and acts in principle. “Whoever sows injustice [in any of its forms] reaps calamity [in any of its forms].” (Proverbs 22:8; Compare also John 5:14) The reaping may have been occurred in the past—distant or immediate, or committed crime but not caught, or planned but not executed, or would happen only in the future—it is all about sanskar you carry, not necessarily about action. It repays according to each one’s sanskar.

Suppose a person going to a house [which he was sure nobody was in] in the middle of the night with the intention of stealing; but could not steal as the neighbors were awake! But in principle, he has stolen, and he is a thief in his heart—something which he ONLY knows whereas the rest of the world does not know. (Compare What Jesus said in Mathew 5:28) Now years later he is caught for stealing about which he does not know anything. Knowing his plight, the world would lament saying: the innocent is suffering! Take another case which I know personally: A person was detained in the Air Port on suspicion of being a terrorist, but later was released as he could prove his innocence. But it caused him much distress, of course. You would have blamed the system! But wait! Soon he was caught for betrayal and dismissed from his company. This shows the sanskar of betrayal was already there in his heart. Nature does not distinguish whether one is a betrayer of the country or a company. It is like metal detector which reacts according to the metal you carry. A betrayer is carrying the sanskar of causing distress to others, hence has to attract distress. If you give distress to someone, distress will come to you—not necessarily the exact way in which it was given by you. (Galatians 6:7) Our complaint against the outworking of Karma principle is often like that of a person whose loan application was rejected on want of relevant documents, but who sees many other people getting their loans sanctioned with ease [effect]. He does not see their loan applications are accompanied by copies of the Fixed Deposits or Recurring Deposits they have already with the Banks [cause].

Hence knowing that Karma is the ruler of all happenings gives us freedom, it makes us welcome all happenings in our lives. We can see everything in its right perspective. It is true of the other side of Karma also: the blessings one experiences. For example, two years back, in Bangalore city, high level police officials met together and decided to DIRECTLY appoint a girl as Inspector of Police without any formalities like interview and test—written and practical. At this point you may raise your eye-brows, asking: How come? But if you get a full picture, you would applaud the action. This is the background: While she was on her way home, a thief snatched her gold chain and ran away. She followed him, caught him, recovered the gold-chain from him, and handed him over to the Police. Ironically this thief was not a professional thief, he was actually a police off duty, but practices robbing after his Police duty. This is an interesting situation—a police showing the fruitage of a thief, hence to be dismissed; and a girl showing the fruitage of a police, hence to be elevated into Police Officer. What happened to both of them was perfect justice. This is how cause and effect mechanism works.

This is true in the case of organisations too. Relgious organisations, in general, have been steadily declining in quality, and have now become money-making machines, also ridden with sex-scandals, thus producing opposite fruitage. In contrast, a diamond merchant, a money making machine, becomes extremely religious and spiritual. What would happen—how would God, or Karma respond? NATURALLY, He will be elevated into God’s right hand with specific mission for the world. This is what happened to that diamond merchant, named Dada Lekhraj, who was favored by God who renamed him as Brahma Baba. In 1936, God showed him the vision of how this old unrighteous world would be destroyed and a new righteous world would be established in its place, and gave him the responsibility of heralding this knowledge to the whole world. He trained a small group of spiritual women. From that humble beginning, it has grown to a mighty global organisation named Brahmakumaris World Spiritual University, teaching people how to become real children of God, and also the art of living the new and pure Golden aged life.
What a relief when we know that everything that happens to us (positive or negative) is what we really deserve even though everything is not visible to us or full details are not known to us. Nothing can be hidden from God’s view, hence we have in all religions Principle of Causality as one of the the main teachings, as outlined below:


What makes you SMART, even SMARTER – By BK T.D Joseph

Article by: BK. T. D. Joseph, Bangalore, India tdjaum(AT)gmail.com – If you have questions or remarks about this article, please contact the author.

Once King Yadu asked a hansome young man, named Avadhūta, who showed extra-ordinary practical wisdom: “I see that you are not engaged in any practical religious activity, and YET you have acquired a most expert understanding of all things and all people within this world. Kindly tell me, sir, how did you acquire this extraordinary intelligence, and what is the cause of the great ecstasy that you are feeling within yourself?” The young man replied: ‘I have gained the necessary wisdom from the whole creation, through 24 Gurus.’ In other words he was copying the priciples which sky, sun, moon, sea etc. were displaying.—Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Canto 11:7.

If this is the case, we are actually flooded with gurus. Taking a cue from him we will shortlist some five familiar things around us that can make us smart, such as Sun, Moon, Ant, River & Tree (the first letters of which make the word SMART).

SUN is the supporter of all living beings on earth giving them light and heat to everyone alike. Hence sun is a guru teaching us silently that whatever we say or do must be enlightening to others and be providing warmth to them—something Jesus too stressed in his sermon on the mount. (Mathew 5:13, 14) Talking about our disappointments and distress would make others gloomy and weak, hence it reflects lack of love on our part as all are overwhelmed by some distress some way or other. Before speaking to someone, we need to examine whether what we are going to say is “non-offensive, truthful, pleasant, and beneficial.” (Gita 17:15) If not, the best course of action is to be “silent” which will save us energy and spare much distress later.—Gita 12:19.

MOON, reflecting sun’s light, helps us in the night. Earth and moon rotate on their axis, yet we always see only one side of the moon. Because the rotational period is exactly the same as the orbital period, the same portion of the Moon’s sphere is always facing the Earth. Moon thus teaches us that our action should always reflect the qualities of the Soul as we are all souls, the children of the Supreme Soul, and we should never let our other side (the egoistic, selfish side) of our personality be seen by others.

ANTS are very small in size yet it is wiser than human rulers. “It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8; 30:25) They teach us to be prudent, acting with care and thought for the future—something that humans are yet to learn. If human rulers were prudent, we would never have even heard of poverty. Take the latest news! European leaders spent their resources recklessly; and now they force what they call AUSTERITY MEASURES on people. Even US Government is no exception as it too plans Austerity Measures for the next 10 years for the same reason! We have pollutted air, water and land making virtually impossible for the next generation to live. Present world population is 6.8 billion, and 870 million (more than the populations of USA and the European Union combined) people do not have enough to eat, while the bulk of the rest suffers from obesity!

RIVER flows continuously till it reaches ocean. It is not interested in the pleasant or unpleasant sights on its way. When met with with obstacles such as rock on its path, it still flows by its side or over it. Hence river is the symbol of non-attachment. It quenches the thirst of many living beings, and cleanses those taking bath in it. Then there is subtle lesson too: “You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you,” says Heraclitus of Ephesus. This is typical of what happens with the cells in our bodies, sanskar, values, experiences and circumstances, all of which keep changing. This helps us to treat others always fresh, not under the influence of their past behaviour to us. Again, it is a symbol of consistency: whether it experiences turbulent times or peaceful times, it keeps flowing. What great lessons for us to copy!

TREE is a true symbol of God, the Benefactor. It silently works to produce fruits which are to be enjoyed by others who may appreciate the tree or not. While itself being in the hot sun, it provides refreshing shade to other beings. What better lesson can we have on the principle of ALTRUISM, “taking delight in the welfare of all beings” which is the very basis of spirituality, also called “eternal duty” (sanatana dharma). (Gita 12:4, 20) Take the case of trees like mango. It produces seed in which countless future generations of that tree remain protected [SAT=truth]; then it covers the seed with flesh which will be a deliciously beneficial treat for other beings [SHIVOM=benevolence]; and finally it presents it to us in attractive/appealing colors [SUNDARAM=beauty]. Thus they display God’s cardinal qualities also.

If you can practice the above principles, symbolized by those very familiar things around us, you will be amazed to be found SMART by others, and also always be successful in whatever field you put your hands on. Why stop at that? You can even become SMARTER at both spheres—Materialistic and spiritual—getting an inheritance of even 21 births in a very ideal surroundings! This requires that you need to be at the right place, at the right time, with right people and doing the right thing. Let us see how:

Before seeing how, we need to have some back-ground information. Sociology presents, among other theories, what they call SOCIAL CYCLE THEORY which states that “events and stages of society and history are generally repeating themselves in cycles.” Interpretation of history as repeating cycles of Golden and Dark Ages was a common belief among ancient cultures. Bible too confirms that history passes through four different stages with 2nd to 4th steadily decling in quality; and it symbolizes each stage with metals such as pure gold, silver, bronze and iron respectively. (Daniel 2: 31-44) History of the righteous will be “like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day,” then it become dimmer and dimmer to become “deep darkness” at the end. (Compare Proverbs 4:18, 19) Thus history is broadly divided into “Day,” a period when people would live by the light within, and to NIGHT, a period when people would live selfishly. (Compare John 9:4; and 11:10, and 1 John 1:6) And NIGHT will climax when people will perfect their selfishness in all its forms. (2 Thimothy 3:1-5) This classification of DAY and NIGHT suggests that history repeats itself just like day and night do.

When the wicked are more and the righteous are very few, who will effect the switch-over from NIGHT to DAY? Remember the three major roles God plays, as taught by virtually all religions: GOD = Generator, Operator, and Destroyer. What does he generate, operate and destroy? He is the Generator of Heaven on earth, Operator of the heavenly kingdom of Vaikund (literally means no kunta or obstacle, a place where there is total auspiciousness, beauty and peace as opposed to what we see here on earth now), and Destroyer of this old degenerated world (hell) on earth, which was a heaven in the beginning. His supreme quality, BENEVOLENCE (on the basis of which He has the most appropriate personal name as Shiva), will not allow Him to force people to change their ways. He can only provide the right knowledge, and right atmosphere. Thus, His teaching program and subsequent replacing the hell on earth with heaven are in conformity with the very core of His personality—BENEVOLENCE. (compare Gita 4:7; Isaiah 2:2-4) This will transform some ordinary people into holy ones, whose integrity and beauty will be like that of a diamond, who will be the foundation of the golden age to come on this earth.

This divine teaching program happens during the last generation of the iron-age. Thus God, the Supreme Father, prepares a pure generation in parallel to the hard-iron-aged generation. Hence the present time is a Diamond Age for those who take advantage of the Heavenly Father’s teaching program, whereas it is the climax of iron age for the rest of the humanity. You can be SMARTER by finding yourself in this Diamond Age which means you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and doing the right thing. Let us see how:

Those who want to live in DAY of righteousness, the heaven on earth, have to live by SHRIMAT (dictates of God) which means walking with God. Greatest Shrimat of God is that we should be SOUL-conscious, which involves having a “maximum time in loving remembrance of God the Father as the Supreme Soul” and having loving kindness towards all humans as fellow souls. (Murli 18.06.1969) Thus you have first step (S) of being SMARTER. You climb the second step of (M) when you attend His MURLI class daily in the morning. This is a class after the morning meditation where His Shrimat is explained through which we develop an intoxication towards our Heavenly Father.

We know that happiness depends on the quality of our thoughts. But quality of our thoughts depends on the people with whom we choose to associate. Hence we act in our own best interest when we associate with quality people, pure ones, who walk with God. Thus Association becomes the 3rd step (A) of being SMARTER. When you are among the pure ones (whose soul is the ruler of their senses), you return the Rulership from ego-intellect-mind combination to its rightful heir—Soul—to rule over your senses. Thus you have the 4th step (R) of being SMARTER. Now with the ego taking the back-seat, you have right perspective that you are not the doer. You begin to see “inaction in action, and action in inaction” and so many invisible causes operating behind one’s action (Gita 4:18; 5:14) The cause you perceive will only be a tip of the ice-berg. Thus you come to a firm conviction that you are a tool in the hands of God, who is like a Drama Director. On becoming Tool-consciousness, you “neither rejoice on obtaining what is pleasant, nor grieve on obtaining the unpleasan.” (Gita 5:20) Thus you have the 5th step (T) of being SMARTER.

Once you have firm foot on the above principles, you completely exit from false sources of security: your body, your objects and your relatives, all of which appear, remain for a while and disappear after some time. This Exit makes you step on to the 6th step (E) of being SMARTER. With all the above steps being right, you happen to be on the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and on the right road, doing the right things. This helps you to take right decision at the right time which you will never have to regret later. Thus you are always right. This is the last step (R) of being SMARTER.

You may wonder if this is possible for you! That is because we are used to simply living rather than choosing. We seldom realize that we have enormous power to choose. For example, when someone introduces a subject you don’t like to discuss, you often change the subject. This shows you have control over your thoughts and are also innume to other’s influence. There may be many people who feel like murdering others for some reason, yet very few only do so. That vast majority refrain from killing others thinking of the consequences. Even a habitually angry person controls his anger when he is with his employer or high police officials. All these show that we have control over our thoughts and actions. We can have control even over our destiny as it is the result of habit which is nothing but our repeated action.

Now taking this a little backward, we touch the larger picture! Our gross body depends on the quality of our subtle body. Quality of our subtle body depends on the quality of our Causal Body. Quality of our Causal Body depends on the quality of our sanskar (or vasanas, literally smell or fragrance, hence stands for latent tendencies in one’s nature), which means things we look forward to do or enjoy doing, carried over from our previous birth/s. If vasana is chosen, all the resultant actions are fixed or determined. Vasana and its development are like seed and tree. From seed starts the tree, and its picture is complete only when see the invisible (seed + roots) and the visible (trunk, branches, leaves and fruits).

No wonder that Shiva Baba consistently asks us, through all Murlies, that we need to build a sanskar of remembering Him. “Fill yourself with the sanskar of Satyug. As you fill your sanskar, so your reward is fixed.” (Murli 14.01.1982) Once a sansakar is chosen, its results are automatically fixed or determined. It is like what happens when you hear words such as friend, sister, wife, mother etc. Instantly various attitudes are formed/chosen in your mind, which are like seed [cause] which later matures into action [effect]. Thus free-will and pre-determination are like two sides of the same coin. Greatest proof for this is your own life: you know your present is the result of choices you made in the past. Hence your future will be the result of choices you make in the present. Hence you can choose to be SMART, even SMARTER. The firmer you cling on to our Heavenly Father, higher the chances that you “will be able to claim a number at the front,” and “filling up your treasure-store of all attainments for all time.”—Murli 12.11.1979 & 14.12.1983

“You Can Drive Out Evil Spirits” By: BK T.D Joseph

Article by: BK. T. D. Joseph, Bangalore, India tdjaum(AT)gmail.com – If you have questions or remarks about this article, please contact the author.

When harshly criticized by Pharisees (literally means “the separated ones) even for the good he was doing, Jesus did not take it personally, but simply reiterated the LAW OF CAUSATION [Karma principle] saying: People act good or evil according to the good or evil they have “stored up” [sanskar] in them. “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Mathew 12:33) However, nothing will go unaccounted—you will have to reap the consequence for even an “empty word” you utter. (Mathew 12:37) Then, he made the following comparison:

“When an impure spirit [sense of duality] comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits [vices] more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”—Mathew 12:43-45.

This comparison contains a great truth about how an individual becomes wicked and hints at the sequence. Further, Jesus observes that what happens to an individual happens to a generation too. To complete the picture, Siva Baba says that it has already happened to 63 generations that make up the 3rd and 4th ages [copper age and iron age] which are figuratively called NIGHT or hell on Earth, of which we are in the last generation. Let us now examine how an individual brings in seven evil spirits/vices into his life and their sequence:

In sanskrit, the word for vice is vikaar, which means deviation. From what does a person deviate? From being “whole” (Mathew 5:48), or from the true perception that God the Father is the Supreme Soul and all humans are individualized souls who share the same qualities with their Father! Jesus declared our heavenly Father is the SPIRIT (John 4:24). Hence we, his children, are the exact representation of His very being, thus we are also spirits or souls in a costume called body. Thus we have life before and after this life, and we only change bodies. (Compare Luke 16:30, 31; Mathew 6:19-24; 22:32; 11:14) “Just as a person puts on new garments after discarding the old ones; similarly, the soul acquires new bodies after casting away the old bodies.” (Gita 2:22) The only difference is that God is the Master Seed, or Supreme Soul, hence immutable and unlimited in qualities whereas we, His children, are limited in qualities. (1 Timothy 6:16; Gita 5:29) “As the Seed, so is its fruit.” (Murli 2.2.1970) So long as a person is in awareness that he is a soul having same qualities as his Heavenly Father, it is easy and natural for him to manifest spirit’s qualities such as wisdom, purity, peace, love, happiness, bliss and power. This is what to LIVE means, when one is in tune with his own nature. EVIL is opposite of LIVE, when one deviates from his very nature and goes away from it. EVIL, in the Bible, means worthless. (Matthew 7:17-19) Let us see how a person become evil or worthless.

Rally of evil spirits

When one forgets the fact that he is a soul, and thinks he is body, “an impure spirit” or an illusion of duality, develops, thus lives in body-consciousness (or lives to enjoy the physical senses; and due to this change in consciousness, the soul is no longer master of those senses. It is pulled by them and gradually becomes their slave), he begins to feel separated, EGO appears, (and WISDOM disappears).

In EGO, he feels more important; he wants to add pleasure/things, DESIRE [among desires, sex-lust is more dominant] appears, and (PURITY disappears).
When he sees others having what he desires, ENVY appears, (PEACE disappears).
If desire is met with obstacle, ANGER appears. In anger one shows utter disregard towards danger/loss to himself and to others (LOVE disappears).
If desire is fulfilled, GREED appears, (HAPPINESS disappears)
As he gains, ATTACHMENT appears (BLISS disappears)
In attachment, one feels FEAR of loss (POWER disappears)

Thus one illusion that I am the body, I am the doer, and I am the possessor (Gita 2:71; 3:27; 5:8; 18:53) brings vices one after the other. With those seven powers of soul becoming nil (or Tamo meaning darkness), life became tamopradhan (devoid of any good qualities). Besides, he seldom realizes that pleasure always comes with an attachment of pain. (Gita 18:38) Hence those vices are aptly called evil spirits.

After comparing that generation to a man having seven evil spirits, Jesus said something positive: “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is single, your whole body also is full of light; but when your eye is evil, your body also is full of darkness…. If your whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle does give you light.”—Luke 11:34-36.

Interestingly, Jesus here contrasts the evil spirit with eye that is single. He also says if your eye is not single, “your body also is full of darkness” or tamopradhan. Eye that is single means you see only the substratum, the spirit, [or “Spirit sees the Spirit”—Murli 25.01.1970], rather than the varied forms which appear, remain for a while and disappear after some time. It is like seeing the invisible artist rather than puppets or wires in a puppet-show. In other words, you live in awareness of the following:

(1) A supreme CONSCIOUSNESS behind the macro universe [or your heavenly Father the Supreme Soul],
(2) An individualized CONSCIOUSNESS behind the micro universe called your body [or your soul, the master of your senses] and
(3) A never-failing/meticulous mechanism of action and reaction behind all happenings [or the Law of Causation].

Such a single outlook of seeing the substratum of everything destroys “duality and sin.” (Gita 7:28, 29), and makes one’s whole body full of light, as there will be a rally of brilliant virtues, or good spirits. (Luke 11:34) God, the Supreme SPIRIT dwells in “LIGHT.” (Psalm 104:2; 1 Timothy 6:16) He is shown as sitting in a throne, in front of which there are “seven lamps” which are called “the seven spirits of God.” (Revelation 4:5) The Revelation, the last book of the Bible, written in signs and symbols (Revelation 1:1) equates lamps with spirits of God. Lamp is something that can be seen even from a distance, hence symbol of core qualities of God, which are, like heat and light of sun, inherently seen in his works or action. Let us see how a re-alignment of thinking brings in virtues one after the other.

Rally of good spirits

When you come out of forgetfulness, and remember that you are the child of God, hence a soul in a costume called body, the illusion of duality disappears (Gita 18:53-56; 5:17), you return to truth; WISDOM resurfaces. You begin to view every one as souls and “treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” (1 Timothy 5:1, 2) In such a wise course, PURITY appears. Purity is the mother of peace. (Mathew 5:8, 9) Thus PEACE appears. In peace, you are serene, and objective; hence feel the presence of same pure consciousness deep within yourself and within all others, and act/react accordingly, which is LOVE.
This makes you do good to others for the sake of goodness, not for anything in return. (Luke 6:32-36) In such an unselfish love, there appears HAPPINESS. “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” (Acts 20:35) When such happiness become stronger and stronger by repeated acts of selfless giving, you become benevolent like your heavenly Father, “taking delight in the welfare of all beings.” (Gita 12:4) You begin to experience soulful BLISS (Psalm 22:8; 37:11; Isaiah 58:14), which is, unlike happiness experienced through your 5 senses, mind and intellect. (Gita 5:24-26) In bliss, you experience POWER beyond what is normal as you are now linked to the Supreme Dynamo. (2 Corinthians 4:7). This is like building your house with “seven pillars.”
(Proverbs 9:1) With those seven powers of soul becoming dominant, life becomes Satopradhan (sato means seven; pradhan means bharpoor, or full), hence full with 7 powers.

When man forgot the Divinity within (Luke 17:21) and started seeking pleasure and happiness outside, he started a course of being extrovert—going further and further away from Divinity within and its inherent seven powers. The more he accumulated the more miserable he became. Hence the sensible course is to take a U-turn and come back to realize the Divinity within and to live accordingly, manifesting its fruitage. Such a course of life is called “following the wheel” as exemplified in King Janaka. (Gita 3:16, 20) It is compared to “coming to one’s senses” in the Bible.—Luke 15:11-31.

We are like long-lost children who have now found our Sweet Heavenly Father. Now reinforcing our love for Him is more important than anything else in our lives. For those who have already done, it is like more than a romance of superlative degree. “Each day, during the early morning hours of nectar, He gives blessings.” “Weakness can never come to those who continue to take these blessings.” (Murli 28.09.1981) “The more humble, the more successful you are. Humility means ego-less, considering yourself an instrument of God. Such an attitude helps one not to commit sin.” (Murli 13.02.1970; 26.10.1971; 27.09.1971.)

Living in soul-consciousness is at our best interest. Immediate benefit is that virtues produce positive chemicals in our body, and our immune system get strengthened, which ensures a life healthy and hale (in contrast to the vices that produce toxins which weaken our immunity). Ultimate benefit is that such ones, depending upon the degree of effort they put in, have the prospect of living in Golden Age and Silver Age as deities, becoming even world rulers—“BapDada is giving you an open offer.” (Murli 17.12.1979) This change-over is something that is going to happen in our generation.

The present Confluence age (the small period between the Iron age—hell on earth, and the Golden & Silver Ages—Heaven on earth), is the end of Time for all souls. A time to close/settle all past ‘karmic’ accounts of many births accumulated throughout the Copper and Iron ages, and start afresh on a clean slate, for a new show, a new act, a new beginning.