Preaching appears to be a regular feature in modern forms of religion and spirituality. Religion and Spirituality can prosper through teachings and hand-holding, when there are seekers and interested people who want to know Reality. But preaching is the negative aspect of Guidance where flare is used as a selling and influencing mechanism to attract larger crowds using religion as a pretense. Preaching has less to do with spirituality and more to do with pomp and gimmickry.
It is important to understand what choices we need to make so that we may enter a domain of eternal bliss. This material world has many options for us. However only deep intelligence can instruct us as to what needs to be done so that we attain the path of ever-lasting happiness. Karma keeps us busy all the while. However only Grace can take us out of the wheel of Karma. The means to attaining such Grace also become of paramount importance
Man's position in society is that of a "social animal". He requires the presence of others to prove a point and establish his supremacy over others. A society is nothing but a jungle under cover. Unless the spirit is pursued, one shall continue to wallow in society like an animal. The status of animal shall be stuck to his character forever.
Mantra is a great tool to know ourselves. If we want a mini hologram that entirely represents us, it can only be a mantra that we have been chanting with our heart suffused in the vibration of the mantra. The mantra represents a pathway that bridges the mortal dimension to the immortal one. If we want to know what is immortality, we have to know the efficacy of the mantra. The more we chant a mantra, the more we shall graduate towards the nuances of life and get near to the fixing of the the life riddle.
Bhakti Yoga is not easy as it is spoken about,, especially for people of this age, who have a reptilian mindset. If true Bhakti Yoga is to be undertaken, one should be in a position to sacrifice much, If Bhakti is to be attained in its truest sense. the biggest impediments towards attaining the Bhakti mindset is within us, our minds. The mind is a colossal animal which cannot be defeated by any material means.
It is important to understand the language and the words of the Lord as expressed in our Vedic Shastras. Many people feel that the Vedic Shastras are a dogma or a cult that promotes religion with a narrow mindset. The reality is far from it. The words in the Scriptures reflect the genuine concern of the Lord for people who care to be genuine and are ready to follow a life of Truth for the sake of liberation. The Lord does not pass a decree for everyone but is careful in delineating a path for the truly interested beings. When one takes up every word of the Lord, the possibilities of liberation open up, just as the night opens up with the first rays of the sun.
The life of Maharajshri, Ramkinkar Upadhyay was exceptional. If one hears the lectures of Maharajshri, one shall be convinced that he is a blessed sage who has the capacity to transform another individual just by his power of speech. More importantly if one studies the life of Maharajshri, one shall come to the firm conclusion that Grace is the second nature of sages. Maharajshri is one such sage.
The devotee of the Lord is a peculiar creation. He is not like the common man who represents the world. The devotee is like the Chataka bird who waits for the rain drop looking at the clouds, when the Swati star is at the horizon. To experience God, it is important to first understand the heart of the devotee
The story of the sages of Gita Press, Gorakhpur is a life-changing one. People interested in spirituality, should follow the life of these sages. Only when one listens or reads about the lives of exalted sages will their grace flow into our lives.