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Vows which can be taken during Guru-Purnima

समस्त साधक परिवार को गुरु पूर्णिमा की बधाइयाँ 


Man either make progress or slides downwards. It is good to make progress but to save himself from sliding down, the sadhaka should submit to some Sattvik vows.

Take some pious vows for daily observations in your life.Write the vows on a piece of paper.



To make the mind serious in observance of the vows, touch the paper to the Barhdada (sacred banyan tree in the Ashram infused with divine potency by Pujya Bapuji) or to the rostrum (व्यासपीठ from where Pujya Bapuji delivers satsang) and keep it with you.


You can touch the paper to the place where you offer prayers or meditate at your house.

Take some vow like-

  • ‘I will do japa for so many counts of the rosary;
  • I will do so many Pranayamas;
  • I will observe silence for so many hours in the week,
  • I will reserve one, two, or five days in a month for intensive spiritual practice;
  • I will live in complete solitude for so many days in the year;
  • I will spend so many days in the year for spreading the messages of dharma;
  • I will employ my time and resources in Gurudev’s divine endeavours in order to propitiate Him and to attain to the Supreme State…’

If  the sadhaka takes some pious vow of this nature on the Vyas Purnima day desiring to see Maharshi Veda Vyasji in the form of a God-realized saint adorn the throne in his heart, his effort will be aided by the good wishes of gods and the grace of Gurus and his goal will be accomplished sooner rather than later.

There is improvement at times and deterioration at others in one’s spiritual orientation; one happens to be in good company at times and in bad company at others. The animate beings other than man are subjected to bearing the fruits of their past actions but God has given some freedom to man. Man can go up also and he can slide down as well. He should try to make progress but should definitely strive not to slide down and to that end should observe some pious vows in life.
The true and worthy disciples apply themselves whole-heartedly in body and mind to worshipping the Guru. If the disciple maintains the attributes required of a disciple, the gift of assimilating Guru’s spiritual experiences is bestowed upon him. If the Guru is a true Guru and maintains the attributes of a Guru, he can bless his disciples with the gift of realization.

Those who deserve to be granted the gift of God-realization are sadhakas or disciples and those who are capable of granting such true such gift are Gurus. The congregation of such true disciples and Satgurus is the festival of Vyas Purnima.

On this day,

  • the sadhaka takes moderate and light food like milk and fruits and
  • with the help of activities, selfless service,
  • remembrance of God,
  • observing silence(मौन) etc.

makes a firm resolve to awaken his latent potencies (शुषुप्त शक्ति).

By and by as he is blessed with the gift of realization within, he becomes sinless. This is a festival of becoming sinless of being blessed with the gift of realization within and in due course of time of bridging the gap between Guru and disciple, God and the devotee, breaking the cycle of birth and death and realizing the Supreme Consciousness, the Ulitmate Truth beyond the power of nature.

The Guru-Purnima message

Guru-Purnima infuses the Jiva, who has been wandering for countless lives, with the blessedness of knowledge, Bhakti and Yoga. Through the teachings of the preceptors, God and the scriptures and through the jiva’s own experience and makes him capable of saving himself from the agony he has been suffering in mothers’ wombs and entitles him to attain to the Supreme State.
Guru-Purnima is the day of making one’s mind holy by recalling the memory of God-realized Gurus like MaharshiVed Vyas ji who make one capable of attaining to the Supreme State. This is the day of practising penance and taking pious vows. It is the day when one should undertake some new resolve according to the guidance of the preceptor.
 ‘These are the shortcomings in my mind; these are the shortcomings in my conduct; these are the shortcomings in my life…’
 After such introspection, one should take a resolve to undertake some observance,japa or anushthana which one is capable of so as to weed out the shortcomings and then one should resolve to move ahead in one’s spiritual journey. It is the day when one should take stock of the spiritual endeavours made by him in the past year and the spiritual experiences had thereby and should look to the Guru for tips for making further progress.

After the Vyas Purnima, schools of spirituality open and new lessons are taught.In summer the land becomes parched, the rain comes around Vyas Purnima and the earth is infused with a new life as are the trees. Similarly, Vyas Purnima brings new spiritual awakening, new radiance, new joy and new vigour in the sadhaka’s life and inspires him to move forward to a new life. Inspired by this pious festival, the Jiva can endeavour to realize God.
Maharshi Veda Vyasji commenced writing the world’s first ever spiritual treatise, ‘Brahman-Sutra’ on this day. The Mahabharata was completed on the Guru-Purnima day and Gods blessed this day saying,
“The sadhaka, who worships his Guru on this day, who propitiates his Guru and determines his spiritual path with his Guru’s guidance, will earn the religious merit of doing all virtuous deeds throughout the year.”
Since then man has been celebrating the pious festival of Guru-Purnima with great zeal & enthusiasm. Not only Indians but demigods and the yogis living in the heavens too celebrate Guru-Purnima with great zeal and enthusiasm.This is not the occasion for longish tales, it is the occasion for sitting near the lotus feet of Satguru. It is not the occasion for discourses; it is the occasion for coming back to and reposing in the Transcendent  True Self, the Bliss Absolute where all discourses emanate from and roll back to. It is an utsava.
Utsava is made form the syllables ut (near) and sava (yajna or sacrifice). The yajna of realizing by the True Self, the Bliss Absolute, the nearest of the near, is the utsava of Vyas Purnima.Other utsavas we celebrate but the utsava of Vyas Purnima like a mother cajoles us. A mother cajoles her child saying, “Come here my child! You have been playing in the dirt for quiet some time and have thereby become dirty. Now take a bath and clean yourself. I will give you butter and sugarcandy.”
Similarly Vyas Purnima says,
‘O Jiva ! You have been wandering for several lives. Now comeback to your real nature of Pure Consciousness, to Self knowledge, to the Lord, the Giver of life.’
A mother cajoles the child and thereby cleans and nourishes him. Vyas Purnima cajoles us and thereby purifies our mind, imbues it with virtues like humility, modesty etc. and very kindly endows us with the capability to assimilate Satguru’s experience of omnipresence through worshipping Him.Our minds are invaded by violent winds of all kinds. Now we are plagued by doubt and now by fear or other such feeling. If the mind gets restive or gets derailed from the path of sadhana and Bhakti because of bad company, the sadhakas make new resolutions and resume their journey with renewed vigour.
After the Vyas Purnima, the wandering, Self-realized saints stay at one place. There, they study Brahma-Sutra and other scriptures and commence writing new spiritual books.At times people in a society slide down towards degeneration. Demonic nature, dualistic thoughts,casteism and feelings of mine and thine spread through the society. Divorced from the non-dualreality, people are plagued by dualistic feelings which make them unquiet. The result isnarrowmindedness, strife and unrest in the society. But when Self-realized Gurus disseminate their Knowledge in the society, people’s minds are imbued with virtues like oneness, peace, love,magnanimity, forgiveness, rectitude and purity etc. and sadhaka is filled with the prasad of the Supreme Consciousness.


To Hell Do They Go

-Param Pujya Sri Lilashahji Maharaj


leelashah ji

Be humane. Learn to cultivate humanistic qualities. One who is humane listens to the good of all and does good to all. 
Sant Meera has said:
Those who defame us, to Hell do they go.
To Hell they go, cleansing our sins
The man not knowing himself, gets engaged in knowing others: “This is like that…he is like that…” Knowing oneself means knowing the Atman. One who knows the Atman is rare.
Every body says, “I am right.” You would ask: “Swamiji! Is this (knowing oneself) so important?” Yes, sure! One, who has not known his own Self, how can he know others? He isa mere animal.Having obtained the human form, if you have not awakened your real nature, not kindled the Light of Knowledge in your heart, not known your real Self, then what have you achieved by coming into this world? The real good of man lies in knowing his true Self.By indulging in calumny, hatred, deceit and trickery you are harming yourself and the society. And God knows how many wombs you will enter to reap the fruits of calumny and deceit.
It is said:One, who has no deceit in the mind, who is sincere and honest, such a saintly soul can transcend the ocean of samsara, so says the poet Narayana.Calumny and praise bind the jiva. Therefore, living in the company of the God-loving saints and listening to their satsang, know thyself. This will relieve you from the miseries of birth and death forever
Rishi Prasad ,194,February 2009
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