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RADHASOAMI SAMVAT 202
Year 101     Friday  June 05
,  2020    Week 23   Day 3

DISCOURSES

(DELIVERED IN SATSANG)

PART III

Param Guru Huzur Sahabji Maharaj

(Continued from DBH Dated 02-06-2020)

DISCOURSE 39

            It is very difficult, nay, impossible for an ordinary person to worship the Formless God. How can a person engage in the contemplation of or form a correct picture of anything of which he has no knowledge? And it would be far more difficult to contemplate on the Supreme Being Who has no form. Of course, when we worship the Supreme Being as all-pervading like ether and resplendent like the sun, we do succeed in creating feelings of an imaginary picture of Him but even then it is not possible to concentrate our attention on His contemplation.

DISCOURSE 40

            The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali make a mention of Yamas and Niyamas. Ahimsa, Satya, Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha are five Yamas (rules of self-restraint) and Tapa, Saucha, Santosha, Svadhyaya and Isvara-pranidhana are five Niyamas (rules for cultivation of desirable qualities). 'Ahimsa' means 'not causing injury to the physical bodies of others'; 'Satya' means 'not causing mental pain to others by telling falsehoods'; 'Asteya' means 'not stealing other people's money'; 'Brahmacharya' means 'celibacy' and 'Aparigraha' means 'not keeping covetuous eye on the wealth of others'. Similarly, 'Tapa' means 'keeping one's body under control'; 'Saucha' means 'keeping one's body neat and clean'; 'Santosha' means 'keeping one's mind under control'; 'Svadhyaya' means 'purifying one's mind through repetition of some holy name or the study of holy books'; and 'Isvara-pranidhana' means 'directing the mind towards the Lord i.e., engendering deep love for Him.'

              The Radhasoami Faith, instead of enumerating a number of rules, lays down brielfy:-

            (1) that an earnest devotee should first cultivate the habit of controlling his body and mind i.e., he should be able to direct his body and mind in whatsoever direction he pleases; in other words, neither his mind nor his body may feel attracted or rush towards any worldly objects when he sees them,

            (2) that he should engender such deep love for the Lord that nothing else should be as dear to the devotee as the Lord.

            If these two instructions are completely followed, one would virtually be following all the Yamas and Niyamas.