कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा बुद्ध्यात्मना वानुसृतस्वभावात्
करोति यद्यत्सकलं परस्मै नारायणायेति समर्पयेत्तत् ॥
kāyena vācā manasendriyair vā
karoti yad yat sakalaṁ parasmai
nārāyaṇāyeti samarpayet tat
(Shreemad Bhagavatam 11.2.36)
one does with body, words, mind, senses, and intellect, in accordance
with one's individual nature, should be offered to the Supreme Lord
(Bhagavad Gita 5.29)
Often, we separate devotion from our daily life; we look upon
devotion as something performed in the pooja room or at the temple.
Instead, if we dedicate our every act to God, our work becomes worship.
"When works are dedicated and mentally delivered to God, it is called arpaṇam.
Such an attitude metamorphoses the mundane activities of material life
into divine service of God," elucidates H. H. Swami Mukundananda ji.
So, how then do we make a conscious choice to dedicate every activity of ours in devotion to God?
Dedicate All Your God-Given Abilities to the Lord
our work means nothing if not done from a humble heart devoted to God.
We get closest to the Supreme Lord when we forget ourselves and go to
work in his name. Shree Krishna compassionately instructs how we can
engage in devotion every moment of our life:
यत्करोषि यदश्नासि यज्जुहोषि ददासि यत् |
यत्तपस्यसि कौन्तेय तत्कुरुष्व मदर्पणम् ||
yat karoṣhi yad aśhnāsi yaj juhoṣhi dadāsi yat |
yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kuruṣhva mad-arpaṇam ||
(Bhagavad Gita 9.27)
"Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer as oblation
to the sacred fire, whatever you bestow as a gift, and whatever
austerities you perform, O son of Kunti, do them as an offering to Me."
When we dedicate every activity to the Lord, making him our supreme
our conscious will be always absorbed in him. Keeping our mind yoked to
God in this manner, while going about our daily activities is a
powerful technique to achieve happiness a
fulfillment. Eric Henry Liddell, an outstanding Olympic gold medalist
runner once said, "I believe God made me for a purpose, and when I run I
feel His pleasure." When we see our work as a dedication to God, the
work becomes a joy to perform for the pleasure of God. So, dedicate your
every activity to him, as Saint Kabir stated in his couplet:
jahañ jahañ chalooñ karooñ parikramā,
jo karooñ so sevā
aba sovooñ karooñ daṇḍavat,
jānooñ deva na doojā
"Wherever I walk, I feel I am circumambulating the Lord's temple; whatever
I do, I see it as service to God. When I go to sleep, I meditate
on the sentiment that I am offering obeisance to God. In this way,
I remain ever united with Him."
has shaped us for a purpose, so we can make the most of our abilities
and talents he has bestowed upon us. The best way to express our love
and devotion to God is to dedicate what he has given us. Be it teaching,
writing, photography, decorating, videography, painting, gardening,
cooking, singing, dancing, etc. - opportunities abound in every corner
to glorify the Supreme Lord.
let your heart be open to prayer through each and every activity you
do, as Swami Vivekananda declared, "no work is secular. Everything is
devotion and service!"
Wellness for Life
How to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude?
Swami Mukundananda ji says that "where there is gratitude, resentment
and negativity cannot exist. It only brings a sense of joy and
celebration." He adds that we should practice the sentiment of feeling
gratitude on a daily basis in order to make it a habit.
What are we grateful for?
We are grateful to God and Guru for the many blessings we have received. We are thankful
for a healthy body and mind, a roof over our head, an intellect that
allows us to perform our duties in order to meet physical and emotional
needs of family members, an inner strength that keeps us together when
faced with challenges, and a support system of like-minded devotees. As
an expression of our devotion and gratitude, in this issue we share a
video by Shri Swami Mukundananda ji that encourages us to examine what
and how we should feel gratitude for all the gifts from God and Guru. #1FeelGratitude.
Divine Satsang and Kirtans with Swami Mukundananda ji
October 7th (Sun) to 9th (Tues), 2018
7 pm to 8.30 pm
Dinner prasad will be served after the program
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