Gita

Proof That God Listens?

I am in the heart of all.  - The Bhagavad Gita

alone and afraid

I was 20 and it was the summer of 1985. I was still fairly new to this amazing country, The United States of America, when I found myself at Basic Training for the U.S. Army at Ft. Dix in NJ. Being new and with no friends I felt very lonely and a bit afraid on my first day in the barracks. That despite being with recruits from practically every state and Puerto Rico. It would eventually turn out to be a most transformative life experience to go through hard training with a great bunch of American kids…

prayer answered

But for now I was alone. I prayed for help and asked God to comfort me. I was already a voracious reader of spiritual texts and God knew that. But I had no book with me. In the evening when I got back to my barrack right there near my bed, in a trash can (!), lay the book I’ve recommended below. I know not where it came from but surely it was meant for me. I knew then that God is real.

Daily Affirmation: Today I AM comforted in God’s ever-presence!

Recommendation: Bhagavad-gita As It Is (1972 edition)

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Gita

Is God Real?

Being can be felt in the silence of the soul.- The Bhagavad Gita

conclusion

It’s been a pleasure going through each chapter of The Gita ruminating on any verse that stood out. You may find all related posts here. Here’s what I conclude from this soul exercise:

God is present in our heart. He’s a partner in our daily strivings and accomplishments. Life is lived to the fullest when we accept his presence in faith and act accordingly while serving others lovingly.

the proof is in the pudding

God cannot be proved to anyone else. But his presence is very palpable. His presence is cultivated via Stillness, prayer and loving service. The proof is really in the pudding, let’s taste some of it!

Daily Affirmation: Today I AM.

Recommendation: The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) by Juan Mascaro

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Gita

What Is The Spirit Of Work?

18.46 A man attains perfection when his work is worship of God, from whom all things come and who is in all. - The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 18)

perfect work

Perfect work is that which benefits others and provides peace of mind to self. Such work is possible when we are ‘devoted’ to it. Such work becomes ‘heavenly’ work when done with the right ‘spirit’! What is this spirit of work?

spirit of work

According to The Gita God is intimately involved in all our activities. It then behooves us to involve God into our daily activities. This is a sure way to perfection and peace. How does one do it though? Here are some examples:

  • As we do anything we do it as though God asked us to do it…
  • We interact with others as though we’re dealing with God…
  • We submit all work deliverables as an offering to God…

Please let me know what thoughts or comments you have on this topic!

Daily Affirmation: Today I AM an instrument of God!

Recommendation: The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) by Juan Mascaro

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