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Blessed Self,

Hari OM and Namaste! Happy New Year!


Self Realization -  The Garden of Heart -  By Swami Chinmayananda!

Sincerity and earnestness are the flowers of the love-plant that grows in the garden of the heart.

     In cultivating these flowers the gardener has to prepare the soil, sow the seed, water the plant, protect the crop. Then it will blossom forth in the thrills of the springtime.

     The imperfection in the world of objects provides us with sorrows and despairs of life, which plough the field of the heart. Japa the repetition of the Lord's names, is the sowing of the right seed. With regular and intense meditation upon the form of the Lord of his heart the seeker waters the seedlings.

     Truthfulness (satyam), non-injury (ahimsa) and celibacy(brahmacarya) constitute three posts around the plant. Truthfulness is at the intellectual level, non-injury is at the mental level, and celibacy is at the physical level. Living up to these principles constitutes the right conduct of life.

     Along with these principles, with the help of dharma (the rules of moral and ethical living) a fence should be put up to guard it from the ravages of grazing animals!

      In time the plant grows, and n its own maturity, in the springtime (as the heart gain in the Lord's grace) it blooms forth into the noble flowers of sweet-scented sincerity and earnestness.

     The buzzing bee of mumuk sutva - an all consuming eagerness to break the chains of limitations and reach the freedom of the beyond - would then kiss these glorious flowers into their pregnant fulfillment, their fruits.

     Verily there is nothing nobler than these fruits, which represents the Bliss Absolute!

The freedom to modify the past and to create a future, for better or for worse, is self-effort.

With Prem and OM
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