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Brahma Chaitanya on Ananda (Bliss) and More

Gondawali Baba (Sri Brahma Chaitanya)The conclusion of the Aphorisms of Sri Brahma Chaitanya (Gondawali Baba) begun with 15 Illuminating Sayings of Sri Brahma Chaitanya and continued with 15 Tips on Spiritual Practice from a Remarkable Saint. A brief account of his life can be found in the first article.

The insight and wisdom of this great yogi – simple yet profound, sublime yet practical – shines brightly amidst the great spiritual writings of India. We are pleased to share these gems as an inspiration and a guide of spiritual practice to yogis and spiritual aspirants everywhere.

Things to remember

  1. A poor but good housewife manages to prepare a tasty meal out of whatever is available to her. So also a true and sincere sadhaka must learn contemplation under adverse and unfavorable circumstances.
  2. The law of karma has jurisdiction over the physical body. It cannot influence the self’s endeavors in the way of God.
  3. A living saint does not fit in completely with the descriptions written in books. He goes beyond them.
  4. Divine love lies latent in every human being.

Ananda (Divine Bliss)

  1. Pain and consciousness of pain are different. Hence man can maintain his ananda in pain provided he directs his consciousness to God.
  2. He who becomes as unconditioned as ananda experiences it here in this life.
  3. Ananda is a shakti or power that is unaffected by worldly success and failure.
  4. Ananda is non-temporal while the mind is temporal. Therefore, ananda is not a state of mind. It is an experience of beatitude arising out of self-merging in the divine.
  5. Ananda is a shakti or power that is unaffected by worldly success and failure.

Attributes of success in spiritual life

  1. Contentment is a native attribute of the soul. It can neither be borrowed nor be robbed away.
  2. A melancholy attitude is not the mark of spiritual life.
  3. Faith is the conviction of Reality. It is the most powerful shakti available for man.
  4. If you put as much faith in God as you keep in yourself, you will surely experience the presence of God.
  5. Detachment does not mean an abandonment of things and individuals. It is essentially spiritual. It implies an absence of self-will and self-centered outlook on life.
  6. Control over the impulse to act leads to control over acts of will. Control over will leads to control over ideas. Control over ideas leads to control over desire. Control over desire leads to contentment which is the dawn of divine knowledge.
  7. Imagination about worldly things creates attachment to them. Imagination about God will create love for Him.
  8. A bhakta should imagine that God is his protector and giver of happiness, and that He walks with him in life.
  9. Learn to converse silently with your deity in the solitude of the night.

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