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Desire deludes the mind ~ 25 Aug 2012

Nandana SGS MMS 87

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  1. puttugam

    A teacher begins with letters, integrates them into words, and then integrates words into poems. Likewise, our Gurudeva integrates – principles of mind ( MMS 74,78), peace (MMS 75), desire & delusion ( MMS 79), the benefit of chanting Rama Nama (MMS 76), the bhajan ‘Rama namame nadu garjanam’ ( Album – Naadaanjaneya – Telugu ) and visuals to match – to make every frame of this MMS a poetic experience. Ideal for a relaxed weekend reflection. Serious students of the ‘Sathguru School of Spirituality’ may want to revisit the MMSs seen in brackets for a deeper reflection. Try!

    Yes, desire deludes the mind – as it did for Ravana. What a great Shiva bhakta he was.. what a great warrior and mighty king he was. But all these virtues were in vain.. when his mind was clouded by his desire for Sita. And yes, despondency dries the mind as it did for the mighty Arjuna when he threw his bow and arrow refusing to fight, before the start of the Mahabharatha war. If such mind numbing experiences can happen to mighty personalities like Ravana and Arjuna, what to say about lesser mortals like us ?

    Well, if His Holiness is provoking this question, He also has the answer. He urges us to rise above such enticing deluding desire, by taking refuge in Rama Nama. ‘Rama’ as root verb stands for ‘revel, enjoy’. That spirit of joy comes alive as Gurudeva sings “Rama Namamu Nadu Garjanam .. Kamadevunaku idi visarjanam < that name dismisses my desires > For those who hesitate to take such refuge, His Holiness convincingly uses the imagery of the Dove – a symbol of peace, and also a symbol of how a sharanaagatha is to be protected.

    In the Ramayana, Vibheeshana surrenders to Rama and seeks refuge in him. “He is betraying his own brother.. so how can we trust him ?” Sugreeva asks. Rama responds with Kapootha Upaakhyaanam: : “When a mere bird could give up its life for protecting a sharanaagata, could a Prince of Ikshvaaku dynasty refuse to provide refuge to one who has surrendered?” asked Sri Rama, reiterating that it was His life’s mission to offer protection to those who surrender to him. Such is the divine glory of Rama.

    Dear Appaji, We get your message loud and clear. We have not seen Rama. You are our Ram. We will chant Rama Nama with a spirit of surrender at your lotus feet. Each one of us know how we are benefitting from that sharanagati. Yes, we falter, we get naughty, we stumble.. we again get up and walk in your chosen path. And you smile at us – like you are smiling in this MMS. < Go back to that smile.. it is worth enjoying it again > You smile like a mother does when she wonders at all the pranks her children play. Keep smiling, Gurudeva ! Your smile is ‘visarjana’ for our desires. Keep blessing us, our dear Lord Rama! We will give up our desires, prevent despondency and grow up to be Hanuman’s you will be proud of.
    Jaya Guru Datta.
    Your Puttuji.

  2. Yadanghri kamala dvandvam dvandva tapa nivarakam
    Tarakam bhava sindhosca tam Gurum pranamamyaham !!

    Koti Koti Namaskarams and I surrender to the Lotus Feet of Sri Rama Saccidananda Sadguru Appaji!!

  3. venkateswarudu bhadra

    jaya rama swarupagurudeva sri rama swarupa gurudeva jaya jaya rama swrupagurudeva rama swarupa gurdeva namame nadu garjanum kamadevunaku edi visarjanaum pranadevude[gurudevulu] naku mithrudu vargashdgame naaku satruvu bhakthi yogame nadu sadhnamu bhakthulandaru bhundu mitrulu oopirunthnu pranavanadhmuhrudaya sathamee layanyasamu om namo hanumathe namah

  4. JGDH Puttuji! Hope increases the activity of desire, helps in restraining bad luck, and the influence it has on depressing emotions!! We always turn to Hope to make our future better than the present.But on the flip, Despondency weakens desire!! Despondency dissuades us from Hoping and deprives us of courage!

    Appaji through this video is urging all of us not to fall into the trap and give up both these characteristics and lead a better detached life!! This video/Message is so comforting, Appaji is smiling all through which is very encouraging! He is the Strength and Force which makes us stand up after falling, helping us to dust away all the bruises! Vivifying Video!!!

  5. Appaji, how you have accepted all of us without any differences, this question always surprised me. I have been a problem child right from the start and you always knew it. Today, if I have mellowed down, I owe it to you, Appaji. How each of your lesson has made me stronger, how it molded me into a better soul, how you dissolved my useless ego, all are absolute miracles. I was feeling very sad about some legal proceedings and felt defeated. I was talking to my uncle later in the day and I told him how I felt. His words reminded me about what the purpose of all this is. I had to fight with a lot of people and things, only to get to you what you asked for. For a long time, I had forgotten the intrinsic purpose and was burning with the wish of seeing my opponent down on streets. I was very very negative towards the whole world around me. Too much sadness and despondency was killing the soul within me. Until uncle reminded me that my defeat was really not a defeat. It was your purpose that was getting solved. There was no reason for me to feel defeated. Because, I was following your instructions and only your instructions. Rest of the world was non existent. This episode really made me unlearn my definitions of self-respect and ego. Your message today made me learn it new again. Power of repitition is too strong to be ignored. Thank You Appaji. You always find people and situations to remind me of what my purpoise is. Just another proof that you are watching over me always. Gratitude is too small a word to explain what I feel to be under your guidance and support. Your pictures speak a thousand words!! Pranams to your lotus feet. Lots of love too. JGD!

  6. JGD Puttuji. Love the interwoven messages. Really, Appaji is teaching us from the scratch. Making us unlearn what we think we know and make us learn anew. If formal school has taught us to be street smart, Appaji’s school is teaching us to stand above that, be better humans. His lessons are dissolving our past karma, He is holding our hand and making us cross this illusion. We are all rising from dust. Thank You Appaji.
    What I also love are Puttuji’s explanations. Mythology has always been unknown to me. Each MMS has an element of mythology in them. I am learning a lot through your explanations, Puttuji. Thanks for all your messages. Superb superb explanations 🙂 JGD!

  7. Sreehari

    om Namo hanumathe namaha- Jai guru datta- Though it is difficult to out of desires in this world – I pray with the blessings of swamiji it can be possible. I pray for devine blessings of swamiji.

  8. lalithabalaji

    sri rama rama ramethi rame ramee manorame sahasranama thttulyum rama nama varanane sri ganapathi sachcidanandasadgurudeva maa bhagyum chusi mukkoti devathalu asuya padavalasinde yendukante maaku nityum mee amruthamayamina dhrshnamu amrutha sundesamu labhisthundi. trethayugamulo sabhri chinnanatinundi rama swarupamulo unna nee dhrsanamukoraku nithyamu yeduru chusedi kani meeru aame wrudhapyumlo dharshanamichharu mokhapadamu andincharu kaani maku smarana matrumthone mokshapadhani andisthunnaru jaya rama swarupagurudevadattaki jayamu jayamu

  9. Jaya Guru Datta, Swamiji! Since your first message about despondency, I’ve been praying about my own despondency that comes at times, remembering Your teaching to ask Lord Ganapathy to help us remove those inner obstacles and demons. So much resistance and fear can lurk in that emotion! So much confusion from things many of us have learned in our past. But You are really showing us the right path, the true path that leads us to lasting happiness. Within that despondency, Swamiji, sometimes so many of us resist the gifts that You are giving us. Not because we don’t appreciate them, or value them, or want them, but because sometimes we are afraid of accepting them. Something inside frightens us because we would be in unknown territory if we changed our lives or some old voice inside tells us we aren’t worthy of them. Help us all to have the courage to accept these gifts and the willingness to change. Helps us let go of our attachments to old memories and habits and addictions to negative emotions that keep us from the bliss you are offering us. Rama, Rama, Rama!

  10. Jai Guru Datta Pujya Puttuji !!

    Desire – Ravana. Despondency – Arjuna. We can never forget this example Puttuji !!
    Yes, your awesome explanation made me revisit the MMS and understand clearly!!

    I humbly pray to Our Sri Rama Whether I am eating or sleeping or doing anyother daily routine I must never forget to chant the divine mantras given by Sadgurudeva, which will make me free from desire and despondency and Appaji should remain in my heart smilingly forever !!

    Sri ram jairam jaya jayaram saccidananda jaya raghuram !!
    Sri Guru Datta Hanuman Ki Jai !! Ohm Namo Hanumathe Namaha !!

  11. prakash bhdra

    naguro radikam naguroradikum naguroradikum naguroradikum siva sasanathah siva sasanathah siva sasanathah siva sasanathah GURU PADAMU GURU PADAMU GURU DATTA PADAMU MAAKU SARANUM SRI GANAPATHI SACHCHIDANANDA SWRUPA SRI RAMA SADGURUBYONAMAH

  12. Savitri

    Normally I hear and feel my Guru in me and become on this way alway answers to my questions. I am very good guided, it is wonderful. But sometimes it is very difficult to hear the right answer in me: always when there are desires, I am not sure, if the inner voice is the voice from Swamiji or a voice from my deeper levels, which cheat me. I must be very carefully to different, what is the real voice of my Guru, what is the answer from him. Without desires all would be more easy!

  13. Phani Prasanthi

    Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Gurubyo namaha. All actions are performed, with the body, senses, mind and intellect. If desire resides in these, it hinders the performance of spiritual actions. According to Bhagavad Geta, out of desire comes attachments and out of attachment a person becomes deluded by seeking things in order to satisfy their craving. The description presented in this MMS is in very understandable way. So many Thanks to our Sadguru for teaching us the Extraordinary Devotional concepts. Millions of Pranams to the lotus feet of Our Sadguru.

  14. Chandrakant Modha & family

    Thank you dear Guruji, this message is very powerful for us. We will try to understand the importance of this message regarding the desire that leads to more desires. We surrender to your lotus feet for margadarshan for a better understanding in life and how to lead a proper way of life like Lord Shri Rama. Please grace us your blessings, our humble Pranams.

  15. Madhu Talwar

    jgd Swami ji desire and despondency will get afraid and run away from my life i will make them to listen to Ram Nam Garjaney again and again, thank You so much for showing the easiest way to keep my mind aware and alert onhn sgd

  16. Sheetal Prasad

    Jgd. My heart swells with joy when I ponder on the miracle that made me be alive in human form during the reign of the Greatest of Sadgurus. I prostrate over and over to my Rama in the form of Sri Sachchidananda. Jaya Sri Rama.

  17. Sarumati

    Jai Guru Datta,
    Your invitation to match several videos in view, dear Puttuji, is really a nice weekend reflection.
    I also had this idea, but did not do it yet.
    Desire and despondency … what could lie in between to help refresh the mind? I asked myself.
    Watching the beautiful flower that soothes the eyes, I got the answer,
    listening to “Jonathan seagull” ( a book that uplifted my mind … for me this bird is a seagull)
    chanting “Ram”, how sweet ! That “Rama” stands for joy makes me even more happy …
    Now to Ravana; OH ::: AND Arjuna …
    For me it`s a very tragic thing, when the status of responibility and strength gets lost by weakness of desire or despondency.
    What about us devotees, playing pranks on our Mother, Sri Swamiji seeing us waste our lifetime
    till it is too late ?
    I hope, we still have a chance. These videos help !

  18. Archana Penukonda

    Jaya Guru Datta! Thank You for today’s lesson, Puttuji! Reflecting on this video, this message strikes at heart of what ails this worldly life. Desires have its root in the mind. Since this world is a projection of our mind, the desires that spring in this mind make up our world and seem to give it a sense of purpose.

    Until we are able to take a step back and understand that we are not the mind or the body or the sense organs, we are slaves of our mind and body. Desires are the root cause of all evil. We will continue to eat, drink, sleep and do as our body and mind demand. Desires lead us to believe in what doesn’t exist. Due to desires, we justify the needs of the body and mind, when in reality, the body and mind are the tools for our own upliftment. They are not our masters and shouldn’t dicatate our actions. And when we are unable to satisfy the desires, we become despondent and lose interest in thinking through things objectively and performing the appropriate action. Despondency causes us to lose hope and give up. If the purpose of our life is to overcome the vagaries of the mind and attain peace, giving up hope will deprive us of the energy and the motivation to do anything, let alone conquer the mind.

    This seems to be one of the hardest disciplines to practice. I haven’t even scratched the surface. But, unless I take small steps now to overcome desires and despondency, I won’t be have that real peace of mind that our Sathguru is showing is the way to. Obeisances at the Holy Lotus Feet!

  19. Vindar Badall

    Jai Guru Datta.
    Thanks to Appaji for this lesson He is giving us. Our desires do not seem to have an end. May we blessed to understand and practice Appaji’s teachings everyday.JGD

  20. Jaya Guru Datta!
    Thank You Sri Swamiji for reminding us that desire leads the mind in the wrong direction. We have to keep care for our desires day for day. On the other side we should not be too hard against our selves. We should be caring for us like a dear mother would care for her child. You give as the best example, dear Sadgurudeva. You the most caring and most wonderful Divine Mother to us.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah
    Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama

  21. Annessa

    Well will always continue to chant Rama Nama, as you will always be our dear Rama in our hearts, minds and souls.
    What a lovely picture of our dear Appaji smiling on us, seeing your smile warms the very core of us.
    Thank you once again for another beautiful lesson and hearing your voice for this wonderful bhajan.
    Jaya Guru Datta!

  22. Antony Ramnarine

    Jaya Guru Datta. How great is the power of desire which leads to attachment. One way of combatting this is to surrender to the divine feet of our beloved Sadguru Sri Rama who grants rewards and salvation as He sees fit. This special bond between bhakta and Sadguru enables the senses to be controlled and avoids disaster and dispondency in our lives.

  23. Jaya guru datta
    Appaji please bless us always to be happay and don’t fall into the trap of desire and make our mind pure and follow you

    Sri guru datta

  24. Vidya Sagar Reddy


  25. Jaya Guru Hanuman,
    Beautiful explanation provided by Puttugamji to the MMS. In Gita Chapter 2 verses 62 and 63 talk about how desires arise and delude the mind. Below is an excerpt from Gita book that lists seven steps in an order leading to one’s fall:

    1) Thinking of worldly objects again and again
    2) Attachment
    3) Desire
    4) Anger
    5) Delusion (you forget yourself, your surroundings, family background, gurus teaching in this state)
    6) Loss of memory
    7) Ruin of reason (loss of discrimination that tells you what to do and what not to do)

    This is how one performs evil deeds and suffers various maladies. We must know the nature of the mind; then we can fight against it and build up a more stable and healthy personality.

    Sri Swamiji has provided us so many ways to help us divert the mind from thinking about worldly objects – Namasankeertana, Hanuman mantra japa and writing, MMS messages to reflect, ashramas globally to do seva, Shatashloki ramayana yagna etc. Let us all follow the master and overcome our desires and despodency.

    Humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Sri Swamiji who gives strength to our mind.

    Om namo hanumate namaha

  26. Priyankari

    jaya guru datta! whenever i am perplexed, appaji’s daily MMS clears my delusion and refines my thought.
    om namo hanumathe namah

  27. sridevi, visakhapatnam

    Jayagurudatta Puttujee……………. Rama yanuchu okka sari lona talachina rama rama yanuchu hanuma phalamu nittunu sriama rama yanuchu hanuma phalamu nittunu,.

  28. Hira Duvvuri

    Please free us Puttuji from the vicious circle of desire and despondency. I love you and I love the MMS project. Jaya Guru Datta

  29. Joseph

    Wonderful video, explaining us to do our duties without any attachment. May God bless us all with such a mind.

  30. Radha from

    Jaya Guru Datta! Once Appaji tought us this very important lesson! Then with a look of compassion and patience HE said: If you have desires, then only goodones! My pranams to Appaji`s gurupadas. S.G.D.!

  31. Madhavi Katta

    జయ గురు దత్త
    కోరికలే అన్ని కష్టాలకు, అనర్ధాలకు మూల కారణం. కాని వాటిని జయించటం చాలా కష్టం. సద్గురువు అనుగ్రహంతో, సాధనతో మాత్రమే అది సాధ్యం. గురుదేవ మాకు ఉన్నదానితో తృప్తి పొంది, సమస్యల గురించి ఎక్కువ చింత పడకుండా, భగవంతుని అనుగ్రహం అని కర్మని అనుసరించేలా, మమ్ములను ఆశిర్వదించండి స్వామి.
    ఓం సద్గురుభ్యో నమః

  32. Prasad Madala

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    It seems desires and anger are the most troublesome qualities we have. We must get rid of these two with the help of SADGURU to be on the right track. O! Sadgurudeva, please bless us with enough strength to get rid of desire and anger.
    Pranamams to Sadgurudeva’s lotus feet.
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namaha!

  33. jaya guru datta ,,appaji,,,om namo hanumathe namah.

  34. padmamadala

    జయ గురుదత్త, శ్రీ గురుదత్త, ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    తండ్రి మానవునికి కోరికలు సహజం. ఆ కోరికలను జయించి, నిష్కామకర్మను చేయగల శక్తిని అనుగ్రహించి,మమ్మల్ని ముందుకు నడిపించమని వేడుకొంటు శ్రీరామ సద్గురుదత్త పాదపద్మములకు శతకోటి ప్రణామములు.
    శ్రీరామ జయరామ జయజయరామ
    ఓం శ్రీ సద్గురుభ్యో నమః

  35. Sri Ram jaya Ram jaya jaya Ram
    Sri Ram jaya Ram jaya jaya Ram

    Hari Bol!

  36. Maurice Clarke

    JGD. Amazing that 2 great Holy books, Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita and are tied together in Puttuji’s commentary…so big a tree from Swamiji’s small MMS. Today , I am additionally thankful that Puttuji has revealed another symbolism behind the use of the dove, as my western minded, layman’s understanding would have restricted the symbolism to Dove = peace. So much to give thanks and praises for! Please accept my humble prostrations. JGD.

  37. chayatoo9

    It was the day Bala Swamiji said that saying the Om Namo Hanumathe mantra would result in Rama coming to us! Just before going to bed that night, I thought, I’ve said this mantra thousands and thousands of times and Rama has not come!
    In the wee hours of morning I awoke..peacefully..and I heard these thoughts in my mind…as if I was being taught…
    “RAMA” is NOT a physical entity that will come to see you and say HI!
    RAMA is a STATE of mind…RA MA… It is a state of being… a state of peace…It is a union YOGA…..And this is MMS video shows the very same thing that we will get Peace from chanting Rama and the Om Namo Hanumathe mantra…thanks and pranams Swamiji!

  38. Jaya Guru Datta

    Very powerful statement, every now and then we go through such instances in life, but looking at the MMS video with Pujya Guru Deva smile everything vanishes. Thank you Appaji for this great video and beautiful smile which always energizes us.

    Sri Guru Datta

  39. Cyndi Moonsammy

    JGD!!! Puttuji this circle of desire and despondency at times seem to have no end… However, Puttuji these MMS is making us daily more and more aware of our innate abilities, raising our consciousness… SGD!!!

  40. Pranams to the Lotus feet of Pujya Sri Swamiji. Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha

  41. Chanting of “Om Namo Hanumate Namaha”, the sacred mantra given by Pujya Sadguru, on Hanuman, who is the epitome of self-control, destroyer of internal enemies (Rakshasas), symbol of devotion and humility…..IS THE ANSWER, IS THE KEY to unlock this bondage lock! Datta Sadguro! Please bless us to chant Your mantra with faith and sincerity, to escape from the clutches of desire, despondency and darkness! Pranams to Lotus Feet. Om Namo Hanumate Namaha.

  42. Omgam

    Namaste Puttuji, wonderful video with Appaji’s cute smile, a bird chanting Ram Ram and wonderful bhajan in background. Desire deludes mind and despondency dries it up. Very much true. Desire to acquire something masks one’s own good characters and despondency makes one feeble. Both are not good. To reach a goal, one should be determined and attain it righteously. One should never feel hopeless at any point of time and should not let the goal over ride the mind and mask one’s own good characters. Both of these are attained only by the grace of Sadguru and grace of Sadguru is attained only through ardent devotion towards Him. Namaste Puttuji. 

  43. Hanuman Hoffman

    Sri Swamiji is Rama incarnate. When I chant “Ram” I see Sri Swamiji. With this imagery and sound what room is there for suffering over desires that have come or yet to come. Rama Nama is the foremost method for avoiding these pitfalls of attachment. He guides with a firm loving hand and the protection He provides is peerless. Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama

  44. LavanyaAnand

    Jai Guru Datta. Beautiful msg!!

  45. pushpa

    There are desires which are good, like the desire to follow Appaji, but here Gurudeva reminds us not to have desires which disrespect or hurt others, I think too of ‘ don’t take what is not yours’. Jai guru datta.

  46. svetha

    Wenn ich also mit einem kristallklaren Mind leben will, muss ich sofort aufhören, meinen vielen kleinen und grossen Wünschen Beachtung zu geben. Und ich muss mutig und vergnügt meinen Weg gehen.
    SWAMIJI ich danke Dir für Deine immerwährende Unterstützung in diesen Prozessen.

  47. Pavani Kamalapuram

    JGD Appaji
    Just as a plant doesnt desire flowers nor gets despondent on the flowers withering..we need to get back to our true nature by accepting everything that Appaji has given as a precious gift.
    Beautiful explanation by Puttuji!

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