Skip to main content

How to never ever give up on the spiritual path

The Upanishads have compared a spiritual aspirant's journey to a razor's edge. From the age of 9, I have been walking on that razor's edge. No matter how hard I try, how sincerely I aspire, the fall is always a gut-wrenching one, filled with mind-numbing pain. 

Then I chant the name of Lord Sai in my heart and I start my baby steps all over again, stumbling, sometimes falling but always knowing that my God is there , protectively watching over me. 

Being human, sometimes I forget that my nature is essentially divine. And on such days, I turn to Baba in despair, wanting to understand the cause of these inner struggles and consequent pain. 

I forget that my real Self is untouched by suffering. 



One such day, this was His message through the book 'Life is a dream; Realize it' by Joy Thomas:

"Many quail before the impossible demands of Sadhana. When confronted by calamity, you must attach yourself to this sadhana even more firmly, instead of losing faith in it and slacking off. The drug should not be given up when it is most needed. The pity is, when the first disappointment faces you, you lose courage and give up..."

And here's how to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path:

1. Learn to think in positive affirmations.
2. Discipline your mind to shut negative thoughts.
3. Love yourself, stop self criticizing.
4. Put your Divine awareness to practice
5. Create new patterns of thinking and actions to feel good about yourself.

What steps do you take to overcome the struggles that limit you from realizing your true potential? Looking back, how do you see your pain, struggle-filled phases in life? What has it taught you over the years?

Do write it, I'd love to hear from you!

Comments

KParthasarathi said…
It is an endless struggle.The mind is akin to a monkey stung by a scorpion that is under the influence of alcohol and eaten lot of ginger and to cap it all possessed by a ghost.How unstable it would be is exactly the state of my restless mind hopping from one thought to another unable to concentrate.Yet chanting of God's nama is one way suggested by saints to bring the mind under control.
Anonymous said…
What do you do when through the stressfull times you open your heart to help someone and find out they were lieing to you all along ?
I need to find a way to heal my heart and forgive even though they dont want or care if I do
James said…
Every second going bye i see musicals or artists as if they look and sense like they are angels doing there duty for god in messages trying to teach and help and guide the earthlings i only just started feeling like this a week or 2 ago it feels like im being called upon
GOLDENLION2006 said…
@ SWAPNAJI, Although I was born in a good, well to do family, I've undergone a lot of sufferings in my lifd. At the age of 11 years (when I was studying in 7th std), I accidentally met Sri GNANANANDA GIRI of Tapovanam, Tirukovilur, TN who gave me Contd
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Sri Gnanananda gave me an orange fruit & asked me to eat it all myself without giving it to any body else. I ate the fruit. Gnanananda attained mahasamadhi in 1974. I subsequently asked a Krishna upasaka (who had psychic powers like ESP, Intution COTD
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Sri Gnanananda gave me an orange fruit & asked me to eat it all myself without giving it to any body else. I ate the fruit. Gnanananda attained mahasamadhi in 1974. I subsequently asked a Krishna upasaka (who had psychic powers like ESP, Intution COTD
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Contd , : The Krishna upaasaka had ESP & told me, "U have poorva janma sambandham with Gnanananda.He gives fruits to only a few people . It will give U ATMA JNANA. It is also good for ur body." Gnanananda has saved me from suicide & road accident. Contnd
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Bhagawan Baba & His previous avatar Sri Shirdi Baba had connection & contact with Sri Gnanananda. SWAPNAJI, please forgive me for boring you with my "puranam". May ur Guru bless you with a long & happy life. Your posts are inspiring. May God bless you.
GOLDENLION2006 said…
I often wonder as to what is d purpose of creation. Advaita Vedanta says that God became the JEEVAS, put on the veil of Maya or illusion, forgot His nija swaroopa(real identity) & does punya or paap & is born again & again until the Jeeva attains JNANA
GOLDENLION2006 said…
I often wonder as to what is d purpose of creation. Advaita Vedanta says that God became the JEEVAS, put on the veil of Maya or illusion, forgot His nija swaroopa(real identity) & does punya or paap & is born again & again until the Jeeva attains JNANA
GOLDENLION2006 said…
There was a saint in Thiruvannamalai, TN. He was a professor from Uttar Pradesh but lived like a beggar in Tiruvannamalai. His name was Yogi RAM SOORAT KUMAR. His guru was a Konkani Gaud Saraswat from Kanjankad (Kasargod Dt. of Kerala) named RAM DAS. Cond
GOLDENLION2006 said…
There was a saint in Thiruvannamalai, TN. He was a professor from Uttar Pradesh but lived like a beggar in Tiruvannamalai. His name was Yogi RAM SOORAT KUMAR. His guru was a Konkani Gaud Saraswat from Kanjankad (Kasargod Dt. of Kerala) named RAM DAS. Cond
GOLDENLION2006 said…
There was a saint in Thiruvannamalai, TN. He was a professor from Uttar Pradesh but lived like a beggar in Tiruvannamalai. His name was Yogi RAM SOORAT KUMAR. His guru was a Konkani Gaud Saraswat from Kanjankad (Kasargod Dt. of Kerala) named RAM DAS. Cond
GOLDENLION2006 said…
There was a saint in Thiruvannamalai, TN. He was a professor from Uttar Pradesh but lived like a beggar in Tiruvannamalai. His name was Yogi RAM SOORAT KUMAR. His guru was a Konkani Gaud Saraswat from Kanjankad (Kasargod Dt. of Kerala) named RAM DAS. Cond
GOLDENLION2006 said…
There was a saint in Thiruvannamalai, TN. He was a professor from Uttar Pradesh but lived like a beggar in Tiruvannamalai. His name was Yogi RAM SOORAT KUMAR. His guru was a Konkani Gaud Saraswat from Kanjankad (Kasargod Dt. of Kerala) named RAM DAS. Cond
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Contd... Sri Ramdas had initiated Sri Ramji (short for Ram Surat Kumar) into the Rama TrayodashAkshari Mantra which is very popular in North India. Ramji was chanting this mantra in T.V.Malai for decades. His advice 2 d ppl was 2 chant Ram/Shiva/ Contind
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Contd...GANESH/Gayatri Mantra daily as much as possible. IT WILL SERVE AS AN UMBRELLA WHEN IT IS RAINING. We can't stop troubles & misfortunes but nama japa will protect us like an umbrella. He also gave importance 2 taking Amalaka(Anwala) daily. Contind.
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Contd... Ramji said consuming a little of dry Amalaka (Anwala in Hindi, NellikkAi in Tamil & Gooseberry in English) would prevent bacterial & viral infections. We can take CHYAWANPRASH whose main ingredient is Amalaka. So nama japa is d easiest way.
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Contd... Ramji said consuming a little of dry Amalaka (Anwala in Hindi, NellikkAi in Tamil & Gooseberry in English) would prevent bacterial & viral infections. We can take CHYAWANPRASH whose main ingredient is Amalaka. So nama japa is d easiest way.
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Contd... Ramji said consuming a little of dry Amalaka (Anwala in Hindi, NellikkAi in Tamil & Gooseberry in English) would prevent bacterial & viral infections. We can take CHYAWANPRASH whose main ingredient is Amalaka. So nama japa is d easiest way.
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Swapnaji, I knew a man from a village near Coimabtore. He had ATMIC AWAKENING & was an ardent devotee of Sri Gnanananda Giri of Tirukoviloor. He read my thoughts & told me" When a diamond is polished it loses its weight but its value increases".
GOLDENLION2006 said…
Swapnaji, I knew a man from a village near Coimabtore. He had ATMIC AWAKENING & was an ardent devotee of Sri Gnanananda Giri of Tirukoviloor. He read my thoughts & told me" When a diamond is polished it loses its weight but its value increases".

Most Popular Posts

The Ugly Truth about Caste in Kerala

Many years ago, when I wrote this post on Kerala's caste system, I had not considered the possibility that my thoughts and my personal journey would receive such online abuse or that I would be seen as some one who was trying to insult other castes. The intention of writing is always to share an experience and not to insult others. My experience of motherhood and marriage would be different from yours. When I write about my experience, it is illogical to shout that as being insulting to your experience because our journeys are entirely different narratives. 

My question is - why do you ABUSE any caste or person here? You are free to disagree but why do you ABUSE? How does that reflect on YOU?

In my article, I shared what trials I went through, without any intention to insult any community.The intention of my article is to question - why are we even exchanging insults over an issue called caste? 

Should we not be aspiring to be above caste considerations instead of abusing each other …

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Meaning, Benefit of Chanting and Who can Chant the Mantra

Mahadmrityunjaya Mantra: Benefit of chanting this mantra nee

There are very few mantras that are as powerful as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. Do read my post: Does Mahamrityunajaya mantra really work?Of course, it does but you need to undertstand the meaning and significance of the mantra first.
This mantra is believed to have the power to remove all sufferings, diseases and bestow the one who chants it with good health and long life. It is also believed that constant contemplation of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help spiritual aspirants to overcome the cycle of birth and death.
What got me fascinated about this mantra is something personal.  I learned this mantra from my father but it is my maternal grandmother who chanted it all the time and repeatedly told me of its tremendous power to protect. However, I did not chant this mantra regularly. [ Do READ: THE POWER OF LOVE]
But at the age of two, my son was taught some mantras by my mother who explained what it means to him and he becam…

Amazing Signs You are an Earth Angel

Doreen Virtue’s book, “Assertiveness for Earth Angels” brings to life the reality of Earth Angels in very easy way. It’s an exciting must-read! 

[DO READ: The POWER OF LOVE]

Earth Angels have amazing superpowers in: MusicArtsWriting HealingManifesting miracles for others such as controlling weather conditions and  becoming invisible at will.
[MUST READ: A Dad's Advice to the Daughter He loves]
DO READ: ASK MORE, FEAR LESS.

How to Identify Earth Angels by their Traits
To know whether you are an Earth Angel, take a look at their known traits that are explained in this book:


You have a graceful and compassionate aura that inspires people.Your presence “lifts” everyone to happier spirits – it is proof of who you really are.You don’t judge others but you overdo the “acceptance” bit. So, you tolerate even those who show no respect for boundaries.You cannot stand anyone suffering or being in pain. You are constantly “rescuing people” because it is in your nature to want to see everyone happy in …

A Dad's advice to the daughter he loves: Be yourself, remember you are special and treasure your strengths

Just a week ago, Dad gave me a very emotional pep talk at the Bangalore airport. The good thing is that whenever I feel emotionally vulnerable or stressed out, I replay Dad's conversation. It lifts me up and instantly brings a huge smile to my face. That's my Dad - yeah! 




As a teenager, Bangalore used to be one of my favorite cities though the garden city was not as ''global'' and ''vibrant'' as it is today. It was a pretty cool place to go shopping for stylish accessories, not that I could splurge and go crazy with shopping but I could do so on a limited budget. So, I used to look forward to our summer trips to Bangalore, from where we would head out to Whitefield. 

The busy, broad streets, the scent of street food and the vibrant atmosphere had always perked me up every time I reached Bangalore. Be it heading to Puttaparthi or Whitefield, my parents and I have traveled to Bangalore so many times that it became a kind of ''routine'…

Raja Yoga effects meaning, definition and everything you want to know

Hinduism prescribes four paths to attain self-realization on the spiritis interestingual path. These are Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. Each path  and presents different challenges to spiritual seekers. In this post, lets understand about Raja Yoga, what it means and who are the spiritual masters in Hinduism who have mastered this form of Yoga.  



[Source: Paramahansa Yogananda Facebook page]


A song by Leonardo Cohen 'Anthem' goes like this, ''There's a crack in everything. That's how the Light gets in."
Think about your heart. Way too often, it is a a broken heart with cracks that leads you to ask questions like, 'What is the purpose of my life?'. Ah yes, this is how the Light gets in, my dear friends.
Raja Yoga Meaning, Definition and Effect
Raja Yoga is generally seen as the path of meditation and it is known as the king among Yogas. Why? It relies on techniques that are based on science. The mind is of utmost importance while pra…

Why Om is powerful and important

Summers are here and I love to bask in the sunshine. We all do, don't we, especially after a brief spell of gloomy, dark winters? The last three months have been challenging for me on the path of Sadhana - many slip ups that I am not proud of. These are gentle reminders to maintain steadfast self-discipline. 

You may wonder, ''Why should one be disciplined on the spiritual path?"



FOLLOW MY BOARDS ON PINTEREST


Can you study any subject and master it without exercising discipline? Whether you are a doctor, a lawyer, a stock exchange broker or a blogger, can you accomplish important milestones without sticking to a certain level of discipline in the way you work? The most successful people across all spheres of life are known to be highly disciplined.

As Swami often points out, even sports, which is meant for enjoyment, cannot have champions unless they are highly disciplined. If you are a blogger, don't you ensure a certain degree of discipline in your approach to findi…

The Nambisan novels

Every time I spot a title by Kaveri Nambisan (brilliant surgeon-turned-author), I can't even begin to describe the spear of joy that thrills my reader's heart and piques my curiosity. All i want to do is curl up on a sofa and just read the book, enter the world that is so real to my values and know what the end is like, even if it dissapoints me that nothing ends rosy. That's not the only reason why I adore and idolise this writer.

Like another writer whom I adore, Anita Desai, Kaveri Nambisan also stays far from the publicity hounds, doing her own things in a simple way, not attending the glorious, overhyped publicity stunts that new Indian writers are so prone to doing, almost like a malaise, really. She really knows her stuff and doesnt care about any other frills.

When she wrote her novel 'On Wings of Butterflies', it clearly mirrored her experiences with women as a surgeon. The novel reflected the levels of exploitation that women face in the society, physically…

A Book Review: Tea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy

When I picked up Preeti Shenoy's book titled "Tea for two and a piece of cake," my first impression was that it is a nice book with a lovely cover. I looked forward to reading it. After reading the book, I couldn't get over the niggling feeling that the book has not been marketed well by Random House. They have not played up its strengths one bit. Frankly, I am disappointed with the publishers and decided I would write a book review so that at least those in my friends' circle would seriously consider buying this book.




The story is simple but gripping about a girl called Nisha. The story is about romance, love, friendship and so much more. To be frank, I read it at one go because I couldn't put it down once it started. It is every Indian girl's dream and nightmare come true kind of book.A plump, ordinary girl gets the attention and interest of a handsome rich business tycoon who is so loving, considerate and perfect. They have a fairytale wedding, perfect …

What are the Four Main Paths of Yoga in Hinduism? A simple and easy guide for you!

For spiritual seekers, Hinduism prescribes four paths, namely, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. If you are curious to know more, do read the works of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda as well as Swami Vivekananda, as they are India's most respected monks who took the wise teachings of the Rishis to the rest of the world. 

'Independence or 'Swatantrya' is the soul of Vedantic teachings'

You may wonder "Why can't I simply pray to God and attain God?" You can reach Mumbai from anyplace but you have to plan your trip according to your unique travel needs, right? You have to also consider your circumstances and the place you are currently at to plan your travel ahead. More importantly, simply wanting to reach Mumbai or booking your tickets isn't enough. 

To reach the destination, you have to act with sincere will power and disciplined effort. 





In the picture below, my son and I are sitting by the Ganga. We are filled with love for the beautiful a…

Mumbai Police Movie Review: Prithviraj breaks the typical 'hero' mold, challenges sexual stereotyping

Exploring a completely different dimension in his latest film Mumbai Police, Director Rosshan Anddrews delivers a fast-paced, thriller film after his award winning fims such as Udayananu Tharam, Notebook and others.



To flesh out the script written by Boby Sanjay, Rosshan Anddrews ropes in actors such as Prithviraj, Rahman and Jayasurya to portray three police officers: Antony Moses, Farhan and Aryan respectively.
The story begins with a phone call that Antony Moses (starring Prithviraj) makes to Farhan (starring Rahman) saying that he has solved the murder mystery of Aryan (starring Jayasurya). Just as he says this, there is an accident and Antony Moses loses his memory. From then, Farhan's attempt is to take Antony through people and places that are likely to trigger his memory so that they can solve the murder of their close friend and colleague Aryan. A series of events happen, almost hurtling us towards it.
And I am taking the liberty to hand out trophies for the following:
'M…