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A Monk of the Ramakrishna Mission was being interviewed by a journalist from NY....

The journalist started interviewing the Monk as planned earlier.
 
Journalist - "Sir, in your last lecture, you told us about "Contact" and  "Connection." It's really confusing. Can you explain?"

The Monk smiled and apparently deviating from the question asked the journalist: 

"Are you from New York?"

Journalist: "Yeah..."

Monk: "Who are there at home?"

The Journalist felt that the Monk was trying to avoid answering his question since this was a very personal and unwarranted question. Yet the  journalist said: "Mother had expired. Father is there. Three brothers and one sister. All married..."

The Monk, with a smile on his face, asked again: "Do you talk to your father?"

The  journalist looked visibly annoyed...

The Monk: "When did you talk to him last?" 

The journalist, supressing his annoyance said: "May be a month ago."

The Monk: "Do you brothers and sisters meet often? When did you meet last as a family gathering?"

At this point, sweat appeared on the forehead of the journalist. 

It seemed that the Monk was interviewing the Journalist.

With a sigh, the Journalist said: "We met last at Christmas two  years ago."

The Monk: "How many days did you all stay together?"

The Journalist (wiping the sweat on his brow) said: "Three days..."

Monk: "How much time did you spend with your Father, sitting right beside him?"

The journalist looking  perplexed and embarassed and started scribbling something on a paper...

The Monk: "Did you have breakfast, lunch or dinner together? Did you ask how he was? Did you ask how his days are passing after your mother's death?"

Drops of tears started to flow from the eyes of the journalist.

The Monk held the hand of the journalist and said: "Don't be embrassed, upset or sad. I am sorry if I have hurt you unknowingly... But this is basically the answer to your question about "Contact and Connection ." You have 'Contact' with your father but you don't have 'Connection' with him. You are not connected to him. Connection is between heart and heart... 
Sitting together, sharing meals and caring for each other, touching, shaking hands, having eye contact, spending some time together... All your  brothers and sisters have 'Contact' but no  'Connection' with each other..."

The journalist wiped his eyes and said : "Thanks for teaching me a fine and unforgettable lesson."

This is the reality today. 
Whether at home or in the society, everybody has lots of contacts but there is no connection.

Everybody is busy in his or her own world. ...

Let us not maintain just "Contacts" but let us remain "Connected."  Caring, Sharing and Spending time with all our dear ones.

                    

The Monk was none other than Swami Vivekananda.

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MEDITATION AND PRAYER

Meditation  should not  be  confused  with  prayer -silent  or vocal.

A devotee prays in a  temple,  a shrine or at any place considered appropriate  by him, while in meditation  he worships in the  sacred and  stainless  shrine of  atma , which is  independent  of time , place and distance. 

Prayer is an earnest , humble request.  In prayer, the  devotee talks to the  God, communicates his feelings,desires and  gratitude  to Him. In meditation,  the devotee asks nothing  of God ; he simply  listens to  the  voice  of God within.  

In prayer,  he gets close  to  God , while  in meditation  he strives  to become one with  God. 

In prayer, a dualism between  God  and  devotee  exists; in meditation  the apparent  dualism eventually disappears.

THEREFORE,  IT IS BELIEVED  BY SOME THAT  MEDITATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM  OF PRAYER.

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While the *Battle of Kurushetra was at its peak, Arjuna and Karna were fighting each other.* It was a battle to witness, a flurry of arrows were being exchanged, and even Gods were witnessing this epic battle between the 2 warriors.

Arjuna would shoot his arrows and the impact of these arrows would be so much that Karna’s chariot would go back by 25-30 feet. People who witnessed this were amazed by the skills of Arjuna.

Karna was no less. When he shot arrows, Arjuna’s chariot would also shake and go back by 3-4 feet.

More than everyone, Krishna would applaud Karna every time his arrow hit Arjuna’s chariot. But *not once did He applaud Arjuna’s skills !*

At the end of the day, Arjuna asked Krishna: “Oh Lord, I have shot so many arrows at Karna’s chariot, it was being displaced like a feather in wind, but not once did you appreciate me. Rather, *you would appreciate his skill despite his arrows just displacing my chariot a little”.*

Krishna smiled and replied “Oh, *Arjuna, remember,*  your chariot is protected by *Hanuman* at the top on your flag, *Me as your charioteer* in the front and by *Sheshnag* at its wheels, yet the whole chariot would still sway and displace whenever the valiant Karna hit us with his arrows”.

“But *Karna’s chariot is not protected by any such force*,   *he is on his own, yet he fights valiantly”.*

It is said that after the battle of Kurushetra was over, Krishna refused to get off the chariot till Arjuna got down. Once Krishna alighted from the chariot, it caught fire and turned to dust.

Krishna said  “Oh Arjuna, your chariot was destroyed by Karna a long time ago, it is I who was still protecting it.”

*“Never in your life have the arrogance to say that you have achieved big heights. If you have achieved something, it is the divine will,* it is the divine intervention that has always protected you, cleared your path and *given you the right opportunities at the right time”!*

An excerpt from *Mahabharata* and conveys message to mankind. Though simple but a strong reminder to mankind.

*Be humble, remember, even a little leaf cannot  move/sway without  Waheguru's Hukum

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3 hours ago, harsharan000 said:

While the *Battle of Kurushetra was at its peak, Arjuna and Karna were fighting each other.* It was a battle to witness, a flurry of arrows were being exchanged, and even Gods were witnessing this epic battle between the 2 warriors.

Arjuna would shoot his arrows and the impact of these arrows would be so much that Karna’s chariot would go back by 25-30 feet. People who witnessed this were amazed by the skills of Arjuna.

Karna was no less. When he shot arrows, Arjuna’s chariot would also shake and go back by 3-4 feet.

More than everyone, Krishna would applaud Karna every time his arrow hit Arjuna’s chariot. But *not once did He applaud Arjuna’s skills !*

At the end of the day, Arjuna asked Krishna: “Oh Lord, I have shot so many arrows at Karna’s chariot, it was being displaced like a feather in wind, but not once did you appreciate me. Rather, *you would appreciate his skill despite his arrows just displacing my chariot a little”.*

Krishna smiled and replied “Oh, *Arjuna, remember,*  your chariot is protected by *Hanuman* at the top on your flag, *Me as your charioteer* in the front and by *Sheshnag* at its wheels, yet the whole chariot would still sway and displace whenever the valiant Karna hit us with his arrows”.

“But *Karna’s chariot is not protected by any such force*,   *he is on his own, yet he fights valiantly”.*

It is said that after the battle of Kurushetra was over, Krishna refused to get off the chariot till Arjuna got down. Once Krishna alighted from the chariot, it caught fire and turned to dust.

Krishna said  “Oh Arjuna, your chariot was destroyed by Karna a long time ago, it is I who was still protecting it.”

*“Never in your life have the arrogance to say that you have achieved big heights. If you have achieved something, it is the divine will,* it is the divine intervention that has always protected you, cleared your path and *given you the right opportunities at the right time”!*

An excerpt from *Mahabharata* and conveys message to mankind. Though simple but a strong reminder to mankind.

*Be humble, remember, even a little leaf cannot  move/sway without  Waheguru's Hukum

Excellent post veer ji.

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On 2/9/2020 at 10:03 PM, harsharan000 said:

MEDITATION AND PRAYER

Meditation  should not  be  confused  with  prayer -silent  or vocal.

A devotee prays in a  temple,  a shrine or at any place considered appropriate  by him, while in meditation  he worships in the  sacred and  stainless  shrine of  atma , which is  independent  of time , place and distance. 

Prayer is an earnest , humble request.  In prayer, the  devotee talks to the  God, communicates his feelings,desires and  gratitude  to Him. In meditation,  the devotee asks nothing  of God ; he simply  listens to  the  voice  of God within.  

In prayer,  he gets close  to  God , while  in meditation  he strives  to become one with  God. 

In prayer, a dualism between  God  and  devotee  exists; in meditation  the apparent  dualism eventually disappears.

THEREFORE,  IT IS BELIEVED  BY SOME THAT  MEDITATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM  OF PRAYER.

Best thing I've read in awhile! 

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Gauree, Fifth Mehl:

Those who implant the Word of the Guru's Shabad within their hearts

cut their connections with the five passions.

They keep the ten organs under their control;

their souls are enlightened. ||1||

They alone acquire such stability,

whom God blesses with His Mercy and Grace. ||1||Pause||

Friend and foe are one and the same to them.

Whatever they speak is wisdom.

Whatever they hear is the Naam, the Name of the Lord.

Whatever they see is meditation. ||2||

They awaken in peace and poise; they sleep in peace and poise.

That which is meant to be, automatically happens.

In peace and poise, they remain detached; in peace and poise, they laugh.

In peace and poise, they remain silent; in peace and poise, they chant. ||3||

In peace and poise they eat; in peace and poise they love.

The illusion of duality is easily and totally removed.

They naturally join the Saadh Sangat, the Society of the Holy.

In peace and poise, they meet and merge with the Supreme Lord God. ||4||

They are at peace in their homes, and they are at peace while detached.

In peace, their bodies' duality is eliminated.

Bliss comes naturally to their minds.

They meet the Lord, the Embodiment of Supreme Bliss. ||5||

In peaceful poise, they drink in the Ambrosial Nectar of the Naam, the Name of the Lord.

In peace and poise, they give to the poor.

Their souls naturally delight in the Lord's Sermon.

The Imperishable Lord abides with them. ||6||

In peace and poise, they assume the unchanging position.

In peace and poise, the unstruck vibration of the Shabad resounds.

In peace and poise, the celestial bells resound.

Within their homes, the Supreme Lord God is pervading. ||7||

With intuitive ease, they meet the Lord, according to their karma.

With intuitive ease, they meet with the Guru, in the true Dharma.

Those who know, attain the poise of intuitive peace.

Slave Nanak is a sacrifice to them. ||8||3||

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An eye opener verse from the Bani

 

ਗਣਤੈ ਸੇਵ ਨ ਹੋਵਈ ਕੀਤਾ ਥਾਇ ਨ ਪਾਇ ॥

Ganathai Saev N Hovee Keethaa Thhaae N Paae ||

That devotion which is calculated in numbers is no devotion at all,

and what is done is not approved,

thus time wasted for nothing is achieved

except that the haume is strengthend.

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