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Under this heading you will find excerpts of discourses and talks given by Sri Sri Sri Svami Purna Maharaj. It is estimated that there will be a different talk every other month.

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The Purpose of Life

Another question I am asked frequently is whether humans are here on this earth for a special purpose. The answer is: yes, you are each here for a definite and special purpose, and it is for you to discover what your particular purpose is.  Each person, of course, is unique and each person manifests individually and independently. The point is, do not go looking for a purpose. Some people travel around the world, just looking for their own special purpose. In that search, they will go to scholars, healers, psychics, yogis- in short,  to anyone they feel can give them direction

Of course, all these healers and teachers can help and explain to a certain extent, but they will not be able to tell the true purpose of your individual life. That purpose of your own developmental role will one day become known to you. But for that role, that purpose, you have to prepare. It will come to you. When you have prepared yourself by following a conscientious and positive lifestyle and when you are ready for that great purpose, it will come to you.  When that happens, try to accept it and fit into the plan of your purpose. Try not to muddle it up with your personal wants, desires and needs. At that very important time, your mind has to be perfectly clear, because understanding that special purpose and goal is very important. No one does know when that time comes. Until then, all you can do is to prepare.

Look at it this way: many times all kind of things, all kind of events and opportunities are presented to you; nice things may happen to you, but you are not prepared to take advantage of these opportunities which life offers to you. Your eyes are not open, you do not quite understand - and you miss the chance.  When your mind is not focused you can miss out on the most favorable circumstances because you cannot see the potential of any given new opportunity.  You are focused on and desire something else. The human tendency is to want according to one’s own immediate need, desire and wishes. Immediate needs and desires have their place, but they are not necessarily the long-term plan. You have to be alert and aware that when the time comes, when the purpose is revealed that you can recognize it, accept it and take up the challenge.

In the meantime, until you become aware of your special purpose, you should learn and follow the law of life - which is to enjoy life every minute, every day, every week, and every month. It does not mean that you wait for a great purpose and do nothing in the meantime.  As I said, you need to prepare.  Live life, understand life and enjoy every minute of the precious life that has been given to you.

Life is a path in itself.  For a person to really live a life of fullness and passion you have to choose and savor every day, doing what brings real, true happiness.  Every moment you have a choice.  It is everyday living. You are not living in the past or in the future; you are living right here, right now, in the present, every day and every minute. In Sanskrit this is called “sadhana”, spiritual practice. Whatever you do with mindfulness, it automatically becomes part of your exercise to grow, to develop and to attune yourself to the higher purpose, which is emerging every day. Live with that.




Coping with Chronic Pain and Illness


Many times I am asked about how one can cope with chronic pain. Of course this is not easy for the person with a chronic illness. However, if you have accepted the chronic illness as part of your life, the important thing is not to dwell on it. Unfortunately people often have the habit to keep talking about their illnesses and diseases, thereby making it much worse. This kind of focus only promotes the pain and suffering.  You are giving the illness energy by repeatedly thinking and talking about it. 

Your first attitude should be one of acceptance.  Once you accept the problem, you don’t dwell on it. On the contrary, avoid reminding yourself that you have a chronic disease; that is part of your life - for now.  To make life more balanced, try to live responsibly, physically as well as mentally and spiritually.  Tools like yoga, pranyama and the use of a mantra can help tremedously.  By such tools you are focusing on wellness and not on your illness.  It is important to make an effort to balance your emotions. By having a balanced life, the effect of any chronic illness can be drastically reduced in many cases. 

Suppose you have back pain, a very common ailment; its discomfort can be reduced significantly, as can any other problem. I can assure you that it can be lessened.  Pain and suffering can be diminished, even eliminated by the right attitude, the right thought, the right emotion and the right practice. Of course, you have to learn and train your mind and emotions to be positive; then you can lessen the pain and discomfort to a level where it can be far more manageable, if not eliminated altogether.


Recycling your Life

Sometime people express confusion about the methods of chanting a mantra, devotional song or a prayer. Actually there are three stages of chanting; all are correct:

 1. Chanting out loud

2. Just moving lips and tongue

3. Only with your breath. 

Although all methods are effective, focusing on your breath while repeating a mantra is especially helpful when the mind is disturbed. Loud chanting can actually help calm a disturbed mind. The repetitive sound will create vibrations within the mind and activate the energy in Sahasrara Chakra on the top of the head thereby triggering different energies in the body.

In India there is endless freedom to practice religious and spiritual rituals according to your understanding and choice – some may worship Siva, Krishna, Brahma, Durga, Hanuman - it is a very wide selection of choices.

There are also people who do not worship in form but choose the formless God – no one is bound to follow a particular discipline. Worship is conducted according to your own temperament and your own ability to relate to the subject of your devotion.  There is great freedom as well as great responsibility.  You try to use those energies to enhance your own growth and level of understanding.

Example: You are someone who is a devotee of Krishna and you want to attain Krishna Consciousness.  How do you achieve this?  How do you elevate yourself to that level?  Do you want to bring Krishna down to your level or do you want to uplift yourself?  Various methods and approaches are available - one of the effective ways is to have a Mansic Puja, a mental worship where your entire consciousness is focused on the mental image of the deity or the Master, thereby creating a connection to that Being. That is the process of creating a connection.

To clarify this principle on the very mundane level: if someone likes tea for instance, you may invite that person for tea. Again you have created a connection.  If you want to invite someone, you focus on that person’s interests.

Krishna devotees may sit in meditation, drawing an image in their minds whereby they visualize Krishna sitting in front of them.  A further step in the mansic puja is visualizing washing the feet of Krishna with water, taking flowers and fruit as offering, applying chandan to the feet and completing the puja with Arati. Thereafter people may ask for blessings, surrendering body and mind to Krishna.

Asking for His presence in your life through the practice of Mansic Puja – Inner meditation - is relatively easy because you are doing something; you are engaging in a particular act.  If you are not doing anything, that makes it much more difficult; you need to engage your mind in some form of interaction.  Having established that, meditation becomes easy.

If you are fortunate enough to come into contact with a living Master, this is the easiest and most effective meditation.  You do not have to create the scene; He/She is already there.  All you have to do is to replay in your mind that which has already been experienced.  It is the easiest form of meditative practice – it is very effective and it can be done at any time.

When you replay all that, what happens then?  Is it just a fantasy of mind?  Let me explain this principle once again:  let us say that you recall some incident in your life and some unpleasant thought is recalled. Instantly you become very angry.

Then you recall and replay the situation in your mind. Maybe you think that you should have acted or replied differently, or you may feel that you had been mistreated, unjustly criticized or insulted by somebody.  Which ever way, instantly there is a very strong emotional and even physical reaction: your blood pressure shoots up, you become tense, your heart is racing - your entire body is affected.

By the same principle, when you replay the nice and beautiful aspects of your life’s experiences, this is bound to create a positive outcome of thoughts, feelings and vibrations, making you feel wonderful.

Many people ask how they can be happy.  Actually, it is very easy to be happy; everybody has had happy events and moments in life. It is up to you to create and replay those instances.  You can re-visit those occasions and when you do, you will see the results. Yet as long as you focus on the happy, nice and positive aspects, the negative moments may also be lurking nearby. They are part of your life too.  In that case you need to learn to avoid those pitfalls and remain on your narrow, happy path.

The point is that your life has a lot of answers.  It can serve as your teacher, but you have to find the teachings.  It is a bit like going into the forest and learning to pick the right mushrooms, avoiding the inedible and poisonous ones.  Not everything that is ‘green’ is safe.  This is something you have to learn.

There is also a way of looking back to moments in your life and try to understand how you can recycle your unhappy experiences.    What was bad and what was good?  Something appearing as negative can actually be quite helpful.  How can you ‘recycle’ your mind so that you can benefit from all experiences?  Each incident you are presented with is an opportunity to examine yourself, the situation in question and the other person involved. Why did this happen to you, how can this benefit you or enrich your life?  Getting stuck in one particular incident can prevent you from being able to move further. 

All the rich experiences of your past should make you wiser; learn to let go of dislikes and emotions and of negative thought patterns. Instead, learn to look at the benefits of your experiences.  Learn to be your life’s accountant.  Set up a balance sheet for your life; analyze the costs and benefits of all experiences.

Take the example of a businessman in charge of a factory.  He would make a list of all the costs involved in running his company as well as a list of benefits he might reap.  If the costs should outweigh the benefits, it is reasonable to assume that he would think carefully, considering whether or not to close the business.

However, an exception to justify running at a loss could be if your efforts were to serve a higher purpose. Nowadays it is quite difficult to maintain traditions based on humanitarian and spiritual grounds. Yet sometimes you just have to do that for the greater good. In such circumstances cost and benefit factors do not really apply.

Another aspect to consider is the balance sheet of your your spiritual aspirations.  What benefits do you receive through your association with a spiritual Master and what does it cost you – seva, giving up bad habits of body and mind, controlling and balancing emotions and surrendering your ego?  Try to work on that balance sheet.

Essentially it is all a question of using your own resources which you do have within yourself, but you are not aware of your own inner bounty. You need to become aware of this gift.  If you do not make an effort to discover the real prize you actually have right there within you, how can you realize what you have?  You have what you need most readily available but you are denying the very gift you already have.


Remeber Who You Are

A concern that is raised frequently is about the  prevalence of negativity seemingly throughout the world. The term ‘terrorism’ has become an expression of fear. In addition there is the ever increasing threat to the global environment. Wherever you look or listen, some disaster or tragedy is taking place. It seems that Mother Nature in her entirety has been turned upside down.  How are you to maintain a positive attitude  during these difficult times?

First of all, it is very important to remember that you are not miserable. You are Sat-Chit-Ananda;

  • Sat is Truth, the destroyer of illussion and falsehood
  • Chit is pure consciousness 
  • Ananda is pure bliss and happiness

You are whole and complete, but you have forgotten who you are. Remember that Truth and try to bring awareness of your true identity; that will ensure that not everything is lost and miserable.  You are actually powerful and very inspired individuals.

It is so important that you remind yourselves of who you really are,   you are not little creatures just to live in misery, pain and suffering. No, you are not! Instead remember that you are happy and blissful; that is your true nature.  You are Sat-Chit-Ananda,  blissful, complete and whole.  That is the Truth. That is the Ultimate Reality; and that is your Source.  Remember that always, have that  awareness;  this will give you inspiration as well as being able to help others not to forget that important Truth.

I go around the world and I witness the many conflics, the abject pain and suffering and I see that 95% of human suffering is self-inflicted; only five percent maybe due to other factors. Human beings create suffering for themselves and for each other,  yet all this can be avoided.  Of course, life has its ups and downs.  That is normal.  The important part is to remind yourself of your true identity and remain balanced, whether in happiness or in difficulties.




Excerpt from "Learning to Share"

There is a well known Vedic ceremony called Yagna, a symbolic ritual which is full of meaning.  Participation in a Yagna invokes the energy of elements and invites the presence of High Beings and other divine manifestations.  It calls upon their energy and power, at the same time offering something in return.  A Yagna has both outer and inner aspects.  It is a spiritual experiment of sacrificing and sublimating the offering.

Offering anything is difficult for the human being.  And yet, the human being has to learn to give.  Humans have learned to receive; now they have to learn to give back. Throughout your lives you have been accustomed to receive and you continue to receive.  Giving back is a hard thing to follow.  But unless you give, you cannot receive.  This is something people seem to have a lot of problems with – people expect to receive – giving back is not in favor. 

Yet it is the law that unless you give, you cannot receive. Nature is full of examples:  Look at a seed you might plant.  You put ONE seed into the ground and it returns your “investment” a-hundred-fold.  This is a problem with humans throughout the world, whether it concerns giving their love, affection, health, energy or material goods – money being the hardest to part with.  It has been observed that once you get hold of money, sharing becomes very hard.  Where money is concerned there is a definite block.  It seems that that is something that has been ingrained since childhood; some conditioning that money is something you need to acquire and keep hold of. 

Yes, people have to learn to share – on every level. Recently someone admitted to me that he has an overwhelming fear that one day he will run out of money.  He feels that he can overcome almost anything, but the fear of poverty haunts him daily – although he has no reason at all to substantiate that fear.  No matter how much reassurance he was given, the conditioning was so strong that he could not get past that fear.

         Let go!  That is the renunciation. Letting go is the most difficult aspect of the human life, whether   this is thought, emotions, ideas, other people, valuables, possessions, places.  Whatever it may be, that is the most difficult.  Unless you learn to let go you cannot be liberated.  You are caught.   There is a technique in India to catch monkeys.  A bottle with a narrow neck is filled with peanuts and placed near the trees frequented by monkeys. One monkey, unable to resist the nuts, puts his hand into the bottle, grabs a fistful - and cannot pull the fist with the nuts through the narrow opening.  Now he has a choice:  To let go of the nuts to regain his freedom or keep hold of the nuts and be caught!  Well, let it be said that the monkey’s greed and inability to let go cost him his freedom. 

And that is how it is with the human being.  You don’t want to let go.  You prefer to be caught and trapped, going through eternal pain and suffering but you won’t let go!  As long as you do not let go, you are trapped.