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Three stages of Vairaag Satsang By ShriShri Vinod Bihari Das Babaji Maharaj

Sridhar swami, the well known commentator of Shrimad Bhagvatam, says renunciation means indifference. For instance, someone keeps a book in front of me and after sometime takes it away. Since it doesn't belong to me, I am indifferent to its arrival and departure. Another example is that suppose someone offers you to eat something that you have no interest in, maybe even a slight aversion to it. Then it doesn't matter if someone else takes it away. You are indifferent to it. But if you had the desire to eat it, and someone asks if he could have it, you said yes for the sake of kindness and he takes it away, you will be slightly unhappy. This is not renunciation. Since this sacrifice involves a sense of unhappiness; you are not absolutely indifferent about sacrificing it. There are three types of renunciation: Spriha-yukta vastu vaishishtha apekshini vairaag (desire-bound value-sensed renunciation), Spriha-shunya vastu apekshini vairaag (desireless value-sensed renu

Sadhak & Kali Maharaj Satsang By SriSri 108 Sri Vinod Bihari Das Baba Ji Maharaj

Discontentment (asantosh) is the sign that Kali maharaj is ruling over your mind. This is understood by the thirst Parikshit maharaj felt when he went for hunting after wearing the crown of Jarasandh. Kali searches for holes in your bhakti, in your sadhana to make his way into your mind and as soon as he finds one, he stealthily enters your mind without your slightest realization. When Parikshit maharaj was chasing Kali yuga to kill him, Kali yuga ran to various places but wherever he went he saw Parikshit maharaj with his bow and arrow in front of him. Finally, he took shelter at his feet. He knew that Parikshit maharaj was a true Kshatriya and followed the principles of Kshatriya dharma sincerely. He would not kill a person come to his shelter. When Parikshit maharaj told him to leave his empire he said that the whole world was his empire, where could he go? Parikshit maharaj said he would give him four places to reside. He said Kali could reside in gambling, himsa (vi

Karma & Tapasya By - SriSri 108 Sri Vinod Bihari Das Baba Ji Maharaj

Karma is of three kinds:  Kayik (physical) vachik (related to speech)  Manasik (mental)  Manasik karma means contemplation of the physical appearance (roop), qualities (gun) and pastimes (lila) of Krishna, devoting your mind to bhagvat chintan leaving all else.  Vachik karma means speaking only what is spiritually beneficial to others, spiritually motivates others and describes the roop, gun, lila of Krishna.  Kayik karma means doing everything with the intention of pleasing Krishna. For instance, when mothers cook for children and family, it is a worldly deed and binds them in materialistic desires and its results. But suppose the same cooking done for pleasing Krishna, thinking 'I would make this dish for Krishna today', 'yesterday I offered Krishna this, today I will cook something different.' They cook thinking about Krishna and what Krishna would love to eat, in their love they imagine what he might like and dislike. And then serve the

Second Stage of Bhakti | Sadhu Sanga | Sri Vinod Babaji Maharaj

"Binu satsang na hari katha, teha bin moha na bhaag,  Moha gaye bina raam pada hoye na dhridha anuraag" (Ramcharitramanas ‘Uttar Kand’ - Doha 61) Meaning: -  Without the association of enlightened sadhus and listening to discourses about Hari and His pastimes, the delusions engulfing a sadhak will not leave him, and without dispelling the worldly delusions, one cannot achieve the love of the lotus feet of Rama. The association of devotees has great importance in the path of Bhakti. It doesn't mean that one should associate with any and every devotee he finds. The devotee should be a bonafide sadhu with the following qualities of a sadhu: Shanta, Snigdha, Mahattar and Aninduka .  Shanta means one who is undriven by the causes of happiness and sadness, praise and criticism, winter and summer, etc. That is, one who has surrendered his ego at the lotus feet of Krishna and accepts everything is happening as the will of Krishna. Such a person is calm and undeterre

Samskar | Mercy & dedicated bhajan By - SriSri Vinod Bihari Das Baba Ji Maharaj

Shri Bijay Krishna Goswami was a saint of very high degree. In his childhood, he used to play with Krishna with marbles. The idol of Krishna at his home temple used to come out of the temple and play marbles with him. Once Krishna stole his marbles and ran away inside the temple. Little Bijay Krishna started crying and complained to his mother about Krishna's mischief. His mother didn't believe his story and said, "What are you saying?! You are just joking with me, right? How and why would Krishna steal your marbles?" But Bijay Krishna insisted that his mother should go inside the temple and see. Consoling the little child, mother went inside the temple and to her amazement, her child's marbles were in the hands of Krishna! This happens according to the samskaras (the impressions on one's character influenced by his acts and thoughts over a long period of time or even through many lives) and stage of a sadhak. Nobody can say when would a sadh

Shuddha Naam & Namabhas By SriSri Vinod Bihari Das Baba Ji Maharaj

When we chant harinaam along with chintan (contemplating the pastimes of Krishna and Radharani) it is called Shuddha naam. We have to think only of Radha Krishna and no material subject. Such kind of chanting provides the fruits of chanting harinaam very quickly. "Anya chinta rahit". That is, without any other thought. If we give our full concentration towards harinaam, we will get the fruits of chanting harinaam very quickly. Now what should we contemplate while chanting? There are many kinds of Chintan for different people of different capacities. For example, those who have come to Braja Dham to do bhajan, they may practice contemplating the Ashtayam lilas of Radha Krishna (ashtayam = eight three-hour intervals or the eight kinds of pastimes throughout a day) along with harinaam. Those who are incapable of doing so, may be due to a lot of work they are incapable of sitting at one place and do Ashtayam lila chintan, they may practice Naimittik lila chintan. I

Praising A Sadhak In front Of Him By SriSri Vinod Bihari Das Baba JI Maharaj

Whether we should praise a sadhak in front of him? Will it not increase the pride of that sadhak and actually harm him? No, we must not praise a sadhak in front of him. Although, the more Bhakti maharani showers mercy on sadhak, he acquires the beautiful qualities only a bhakta can have. Those are supernatural qualities. Compassion, the nature of regarding no one as enemy, seeing the Truth everywhere, purity, regarding everyone equal, having no flaws in the character, sweet nature, accepting only what is needed to stay alive, etc are supernatural qualities of a real sadhu. The heart in which Bhakti maharani resides these qualities reside too and purify the sadhu's heart even more. Any normal person cannot have these qualities. The sadhu is ornamented with these qualities. Such qualities should be praised. But we shouldn't praise the Prakrit or material qualities of a sadhak. This person is very qualified, that person is very talented, he is very good, she is a simple

Satsang On Fault Finding (Ninda) | Sri Vinod Bihari Das Babaji Maharaj

We tend to look for qualities and shortcomings of a person related to his material nature. We do not evaluate his spiritual nature. When we evaluate the material qualities, we inevitably see the shortcomings also. Where there is praise, inevitably there is fault finding also. Therefore, a sadhak must neither see one's qualities nor shortcomings. This is possible for a sadhak of higher level only. But at-least we must avoid evaluating others' shortcomings. Fault finding is detrimental to bhajan. "Sapnehu nahi dekhe par dosha" (Sri Ram Charit Manas) Meaning : Sadhak never even dreams of others' shortcomings. This is a crucial part of bhakti yoga. If fault finding is your habit; if you cannot help seeing shortcomings, then just remember back and see what faults & mistakes you have done from your birth. See your own faults first. If you evaluate yourself sincerely, you will find that you have hundreds and thousands of faults yourself. I'm talkin