Category Archives: Life is a flower

Religion and Prayer (Part One)

Religion and Prayer (Part One)

A Challenge to the Conditioned Mind “It is my duty to tell you Truth,” Guruji began. “In my view, there is no difference between prayer and meditation. But society repeats these words and creates a difference, and there is friction in people’s minds because of that. We tend to be happy with the thing which…

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King for a Season

King for a Season

Once there lived a jackal in a forest and he was hungry. He searched until he came to a place on the edge of the forest, where a man was dyeing clothes in huge round terracotta pots. Hoping that there might be a titbit for him in one of the pots, he dived straight into…

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Love and Hatred

Love and Hatred

Guruji: “We have learned Jesus’ words “Love your neighbour” and “Love your enemy”. The Ten Commandments teach us to love our mother and our father. It is wisdom that has been passed down from a higher place of consciousness, and it has been taught for thousands of years. “But how can we love? I mean,…

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The Four Ages

The Four Ages

Having blogged on a theme of ‘A World of Desire’ with reference to Kriya Yoga over the past term, and thinking about all the hype that we’ve heard about 2012 (not to mention all the films instilling a fear of disaster of apolitical proportions into millions of people), following on from last week’s “End of…

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The End of the World

The End of the World

One day an old rabbit was day-dreaming under the boughs of an old apple tree. “The earth has been our home for all these years,” he considered, “but nothing in life is permanent. Things break all the time. Surely the earth is also like a big ball that could break someday. What would happen to…

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A World of Desire

A World of Desire

Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), the ancient King of Macedon, began his highly successful military campaign at the age of twenty-two, and remained undefeated for the ten years that it lasted. Three years before his death, at the age of thirty-three, he invaded India. He is famously quoted for having said, “A tomb now suffices…

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Sugar and Salt

Sugar and Salt

‘When Gandhi decided something, he always tried to follow through with his decision.’ Guruji told the attentive group in front of him during a Satsang. ‘He was known as Mahatma Gandhi, and Mahatma means GREAT SOUL. A great soul is a liberated, or a self-realised soul; someone who is willing to help anyone, and has…

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Charmed by the TV

Charmed by the TV

‘I am going to tell you something rather strange. If your house is on fire, you will do anything to protect yourself. You will run out the door if you can, or you will jump from your window. At that time it will never cross your mind if you should go or not. It is…

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Just Plain Laziness

Just Plain Laziness

Two lazy friends were relaxing under a mango tree. All of a sudden, a mango fell between them, just slightly closer to the first man than the second. ‘I will eat it. Give me that mango, would you?’ the first man said to his friend. ‘No, not possible, I am too busy relaxing,’ was the…

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The Pundit (Part One)

The Pundit (Part One)

There once lived a pundit in a village, and he was proud of his religious knowledge. He would preach to the people passing by in the street, and they would usually stop and listen. One evening, however, everyone seemed to be in a rush and no one had time to hear his discourse on God…

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The Tricks of the Mind

The Tricks of the Mind

There was once a lion living in the jungle who would kill for the sake of seeing his victims suffer, often without even bothering to eat his prey. The animals called a meeting to discuss if there was some way to avoid coming to such a terrifying end. But since the lion was the strongest…

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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

After King Janak received Kriya Yoga from the great master Ashtabak, the Guru said to his new disciple, “Now you can give me your offering.” The King replied, “I can give you anything. I will offer 10,000 cows and 10,000 horses.” “But tell me, where will I keep them? I am a simple yogi, after…

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Confidence

Confidence

One fine morning, an old man took his horse and set off with his son, because they had to travel to another village together. But they had barely walked a couple of miles when they passed a group of people, and someone shouted out, “What strange people you are! You have a horse, and you…

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