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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Spiritual advice for students

Advice for students according to the teachings of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj

What is Kripaluji's guidelines for a student in today's world of immorality, corruption and strong mind diverting temptations?

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj always tells people that they should detach their mind from the world and attach it to Krishn. This applies to all people, regardless of age or living situation. It is true that the association of the people around us has a strong potential to affect our thinking. I understand that it is difficult when you are surrounded by people who do not share the same values as you and try overtly to influence you to adopt the same habits they have. In fact, sometimes it might seem like the whole world is trying to divert our mind towards materiality. Everything, from TV and movies to magazines to billboards to music all tell us that what matters is material indulgence.

In order to live in such a situation and remain firm in one's spiritual beliefs and lifestyle, a strong foundation of tattva gyan (spiritual understanding) is essential. Such knowledge must be kept fresh in the mind by daily review of the most important points related to our life in the world, the aim of our existence, and our relationship with God. That is why it is so valuable to be able to watch the speeches of Kripaluji Maharaj on Sahara Samay, Aastha, Sadhna channels and TV Asia. If one does not have access to these channels, reading and re-reading his book "Prem Ras Siddhant" can help us to keep our tattva gyan strong. In addition, seeking out the association of other spiritually minded people by going to your local temple regularly or by attending one of our local weekly satsangs is a good way to maintain your connection to your spiritual center. Practicing daily sadhana according to the instructions of Kripaluji Maharaj helps you to experience more closeness with Radha Krishn, and that also gives you more mental strength and stability to be able to withstand outside influences. Out of these things I have suggested, try one or use all of them in order to develop yourself spiritually and be able to live the life you want.

One should also remember that being young is not an excuse to forget about God and indulge in the world. Often, people give the excuse that they are young, so they're just going to enjoy the world for now, and they'll think about God when they're older. Prahlad told his young friends that they should start devotion to God immediately, at their early age, because there is no telling how long a person will live.

We should keep in mind that everything we eat and drink affects the quality of our mind and helps or hinders our spiritual progress. Eating non-vegetarian food, and using drugs and alcohol develops the tamas quality of the mind, which pollutes our mind and obscures our connection with God. Eating healthy vegetarian food and leading an active and disciplined life develops the sattvic quality of our mind, which encourages clarity of thinking and improves our ability to experience our relationship with God.

- Swami Nikhilanand, Radha Madhav Dham

1 comment:

Jay said...

Superb. It had helped a lot to students like us. We will follow the advice of shree maharajji and try to do accordingly. Radhe Radhe.