Monday, May 25, 2015

Namasmaran




Namasmaran means remembering or chanting God’s name repeatedly. It is one of the spiritual practices enjoined on an aspirant endeavouring to reach God. The importance Swami attaches to it is illustrated by an incident.

A devotee asked, “Swami, we often hear about total surrender (saranagathi). How is one to accomplish it?” Swami answered softly, “Bangaru, saranagathi is beyond you; why do you bother about it? Resort to namasmaran, God Himself will be at your beck and call.”

Swami once explained the special significance of namasmaran. “It is the most sublime of all the spiritual practices, it consists of japam (chanting of God’s name repeatedly), it is the most infallible penance (thapas). Kuchela could attain Lord Sri Krishna’s grace only through namasmaran. When you do namasmaran, intone the name with fervour, deep devotion and love. It bestows on you immense benefit.

In this Kali Yuga, namasmaran is enough to earn salvation and release from the otherwise unbroken cycle of birth and death. Namasmaran is the one and only divine medicine capable of curing you of lack of mental equanimity, avarice and other ills which torment you. It gives you abiding peace and contentment.

The name you choose can be any one of the thousands of names of God. Or, it can be any one of the names now in common use in any religion, country or region of the world, or in any section of devotees. Select any name and devote at least five minutes everyday for namasmaran; make it a part of your daily routine. It will give you immense benefit.”

Here is one illustration. Moorthy, Sri Kasturi’s son, was doing research in Geology. In that connection he had to tour forest areas in Assam. On one occasion when he was alone, a wild bear noticed him and began closing in on him. Moorthy fled for his life but the animal continued to chase him.

As he ran over some rocks in his desperate flight to safety, he tripped and fell down but continued to cry loudly, “Baba, Baba!” Within moments, a motor truck appeared there from nowhere and Moorthy found safety by getting into it.

After a few months, he happened to be in Prasanthi Nilayam. Swami told him, “I received your phone call and despatched a truck. Did it reach you in time?”


From the book “Tapovanam” by J.V.Sastry

Vairagya



"What is  meant by Vairagya?  It means reducing your desires.  Do not go on increasing your desires day by day.  As our body grows old, our life span goes on decreasing with every passing day.  Hence it will be very beneficial for us if we reduce our desires.  You can be always happy when you reduce your desires.  You may read any number of books and listen to all kinds of sacred texts.  But first and foremost, you have to reduce your desires.  Only then can you derive benefit from them."

~ Baba ~

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gelugor Centre's 35th Anniversary








NED members joined in the 35th Anniversary Celebrations of Gelugor Centre on Tuesday, 19th May 2015. The programme began at 6 p.m. with a yagna, followed by bhajans, a slideshow on Gelugor's Centre's recent activities, a tabla performance by a group of children and a short drama.  The evening's programme concluded with the cake cutting ceremony and refreshments for all.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Rose Plant of our Body




"In the rose plant of our body, there is the rose of pure and sacred love emitting the fragrance of good qualities.  Below the rose, however, there are thorns in the form of sensual desires.  The purpose of meditation is to separate the rose of selfless love from the senses and offer it to the Lord."

~ Baba ~

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

We celebrated Mother's Day on 10th May by giving lunch to the residents of the Silver Jubilee Home for the old in Sg.Dua.  Our programme began at 10.15 a.m. with bhajans and prayers, after which members of the Rifle Range Health Club entertained the residents with a line dance performance.  We then helped to serve lunch which was catered from a vegetarian restaurant.  The Home has a total of 162 residents.


Swami's altar

Bhajans underway

Conclusion of  prayers

Food ready to be served

Herbal soup being dished out

Our members helping to prepare ice kacang

Line dancing by members of the Rifle Range Health Club

Our members serving lunch to the residents

These elderly ladies are enjoying their lunch

Fruit and Nonya kueh for dessert (also ice cream!)

Distributing ice cream to the Medical Ward



Two ladies enjoying their ice cream

Friday, May 8, 2015

I Am In You



"Be pure in words and deeds and keep impure thoughts away.  I am in every one of you and so I become aware of the slightest wave of thoughts.  When the clothes become dirty, you have to give them for wash.  When your mind is soiled, you have to be born again  for the cleansing operations.  The dhobi beats the clothes on the hard stone and draws over it the hot iron to straighten the folds.  So, you too, will have to pass through a terrain of travail in order to become fit to approach God.  See me as resident in everyone.  Give them all the help you can, all the serve they need.  Do not withhold the sweet word, the supporting hand, the assuring smile, the comforting company, the consoling conversation."

~ Baba ~

Monday, May 4, 2015

Wesak Day 2015





Wesak Day celebrations was held at Ned centre in the morning of May 3rd, 2015.  After bhajans and prayers, as well as chanting of Buddhist mantras, our members participated in the 'Bathing Buddha' ceremony.

Namo Amituofo!

Friday, May 1, 2015

House Bhajan


NED members were invited to attend a house bhajan at the new home of Bro Teh Sian Gee and Sis Lim Siew Kim in Mount Erskine on 1 May, 2015.  Bhajans and prayers, as well as Buddhist Mantras were chanted. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Medical Camp




Ned members conducted a medical camp at the Penang Shan Children's Home and the Ru Yi Home on April 19th, 2015.  Two doctors from Penang General Hospital were present to provide medical treatment for the children.  Vegetarian lunch was served at the end of the event.