Sing The Glory Of The Divine

Published: 26th December 2013 08:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2013 08:10 AM   |  A+A-


Vishayatyagat sangatyagat cha - it is one thing to enjoy the object of the  senses. Okay, you can listen to music, you can eat food, you can smell fragrance, you can enjoy touch  and taste. But if it is in the mind, if you keep thinking all the time about the objects of the senses,  then it is even worse. From morning till evening you just think about what food you are going to eat - this  obsession cannot bring you rest. Obsession with sex, food, clothes or music, television or  sightseeing, or anything, will only drain you of your precious energy. Are you getting what I am saying? Thinking about  it constantly - obsession is not letting go; vishayatyagat sangatyagat cha - it is coming back to the  source. This is one method. See, the objects of senses create an attraction in you, and if you immediately  gallop on your attractions, that attraction does not bring fulfillment; it dies out and leaves you in a  state of inertia. Any one sense, if you use it too much, will only cause inertia, dullness. If you are listening to  music from morning to night, your brain will become one sided - only your left brain will function, the  right brain will not function.You cannot think, logic dies out. You cannot perceive things properly. Your  observation, your expression, everything suffers. And it is the same way with all other senses. If you are  using any one sense too much, that particular sense becomes dull and ineffective. Moderation is required. And  moderation can come when you retire back to the self. Vishayatyagat sangatyagat cha - get back to  the source that you are.

Next method is : Avyavrat bhajanat

Uninterrupted sharing. The word bhajan means sharing. Sharing what? Sharing  that which the Divine is. The Divine is peace and you are peace - you share that peace with  the Divine. What is it that we can all share together? That is one sound. See, when we sing the same song  or same sound, it resonates in the mind, but when we are thinking, each one will think  differently. That is why singing is called Bhajan, because you can very easily share that with everybody. That same  sound, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya everyone is singing. That is in every mind, in every  consciousness. So if everyone  is laughing, that is also Bhajan. Don’t think that just singing is Bhajan.  Everyone together just laugh, laugh your head off - really laughing, rolling on the floor. That is Bhajan,  too.

Avyavrat bhajanat - constantly share all that you have, not that one day you do  bhajans, one day you share, other days you don’t. Have a sense of one-ness with everything -  share yourself with the trees, the mountains, the sky, with people, with animals.

Sharing your life is bhajan.

Avyavrat bhajanat - uninterrupted sharing of all that you are.

Lokepi Bhagavadguna shravana keertanat

Also, in the world, praise the Divine. Sing the glory of the Divine in your day  to day activity. Lokepi - in your daily activity, in your normal life, in your social life; Bhagavadguna  - talking abut the qualities of the Divine, the glory of the Divine; shravana - listening about it, hearing  about it.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, spritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation

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