Tests for Disciple ~ 8 Oct 2012

Nandana SGS MMS 131

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  1. Psychology tells us that our thinking is shaped up from the time we are in our mother’s womb. Like a tape recorder, our mind records all that happens around us.. and plays back in later life. In those formative years or even later, there is little we can do to influence what gets recorded inside.

    So, some of us grow into a Prahlad.. some Ratnakara.. some Hiranyakashipu. Yet, the Lord who created us, shapes our inner personality to divinity. Narada shaped Prahlada & Ratnakara. Lord Narassimha shaped Hiranyakashipu. In this Kali Yuga, the agent of transformation is the Sathguru.

    The Guru chips away our bad karma.. anger, greed, envy, desire, attachment.. one by one.. until what is left is just the divinity we were born with.

    Million pranams Dear Gurudeva! We’re fortunate to come under your chisel. Every moment we live, we submit to your seva, as per your divine will. In that chiselling, we will discover our divinity. Jaya Guru Datta, Your Puttuji.

    • on October 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Bhavaranya pravistasya dignmoha bhranta cetasah
    Yena sandarsitah panthah tasmai Sri Gurave namah !!

    Millions of humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Pujya Sadgurudeva !!

    • dariashakti on October 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Jaya Guru Datta for this beautiful message this morning, Swamiji. It is very timely. Sometimes how the Guru treats us or the situations in which He puts us are very confusing. Just this morning, I was meditating on this idea and as always, I was reminded that the only answer to that confusion is surrender. When I don’t understand why something has happened, or why my Guru act as He does in some instances, then I just go to those lotus feet and surrender that confusion and ask to be guided to learn what I need to know and what I need to do. It works every time….we forget that when you baffle us or seemingly hurt us or scold us in some way that you are always working for our good. It takes time to see that sometimes, but it helps to surrender that pain and confusion and even sometimes anger at your feet. Much love….

    • Savitri on October 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I know, what I want in this life: go the best way possible which brings me near to God. when I suffer and know, that it is the most fast way, then I want suffer with joy. I have always experienced, that I must only suffer in a way, that I can handle it. Swamiji shows always ways out from the difficult situations. I am so happy about it. What I should do without my Guru?????????????

    • Jaya on October 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Jaya Guru Datta

    What an incredibly beautiful and powerful image of Sri Swamiji holding the entire creation in His Hands, within which each individual disciple receives exactly what they need for their spiritual development. A miracle….

    Thank you!

    • Nagesh Cavatur on October 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

    JGD! We submit most humbly, dear Appaji! Let they will be done.

    • Sailusha Dronamraju on October 8, 2012 at 9:16 am

    jai guru datta …very nice mms …the thing is our appaji dnt even take hard blows to mould the people..just simple ways which touches the heart nd makes us to realise whats what..:)

    • Hira Duvvuri on October 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I scream, I cry and I throw a tantrum for every blow. Yet, upon reflection I find that every painful blow carried with it a priceless gift. Without the deliberate blows given by the Guru, I would not have shown any growth. Looking back, I clearly see that I have climbed a few steps. The view from here is definitely prettier. The air here is cleaner. The mind certainly feels clearer. Sure, there is a steep ascent that lies before me. I know that I have to heave and sigh and gasp for breath. If I stay still and do not move, in all compassion my Guru will perhaps use the whip on me again. I could perhaps avoid the blow by following his verbal instructions in the first place without delay. Trying itself is training I was told. The lessons are hard. But let me keep trying. Please give me the strength and perseverance, Sadgurudeva. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Glory of Rama on October 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    All my complaining stopped about all the blows dealt by destiny and guru when I saw the mighty 45′ Hanuman patiently enduring blows day after day willingly submitting Himself to the torture. No pain – no gain, I have begun to accept. Jaya Guru Datta

    • prasaad on October 8, 2012 at 9:35 am

    appaji please give us that energy to follow u

    • Adriana Mohammed on October 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

    JGD
    I first meet Swamiji in 1990 and for many years I could not understand the blows: sometime I felt hurt by them, other time when the blows were in the form of indifference from Him, I felt neglected and discouraged. After reading today most beautiful message I appreciate the blows of the past and look forward to many more in the future!
    SGD

    • sridevi on October 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Jai Guru Datta! Beautiful pictures and most beautiful bhajan! Whatever comes from our Sadguru it will be sweet, even the blows. May be bitter in the beginning, but certainly sweet in the end. Let the holy blows come and purify us. All His grace!

    • venkateswrudu bhdra on October 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

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    • Antony Ramnarine on October 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    JGD. While we surrender to the blows from Sadguru to improve our lives, He is at all times compassionate to His devotees. We recognize that His gaze is upon us, and after the transformation, the rewards in serving Him are immeasurable. Thank You, Appaji, for chiselling us and giving true meaning to our lives.

    • Gyan Ramlogan on October 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Gyan Ramlogan

    JGD Appaji,
    I wish you to be my sculptor for all my Janmaas, that I can be with you to serve you.
    I know that I am the hardest stone to shape, please don’t give up on me, let the blows be as hard as they be. I will never lose faith in you and continue to LOVE you.
    For the harder I am to shape, I know the more you will be with me.

    • pushpa on October 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Purification again and again to attaine the DIvine. God knows even for the blows. Let us be happy for all the blows. Prostrations to the Lotusfeet of Gurudeva.

    • Archana Penukonda on October 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! Thank You for this message, Puttuji! This is such a touching message. God appears in the form of Sathguru to guide us and shape us so we can finally merge with the source we came from. The Sathguru, an epitome of patience, puts up with our wavering nature, our desires, our doubts, our problems and continues to work on us through various means only out of love for us. There is nothing we can do to help the Sathguru in any way. Despite that, the Sathguru relentlessly works on us, chisels and shapes us till we reach our destination. The Sathguru is so benevolent, He wants to take us with Him, He wants us to be like Him. He loves us like a mother and fends for us like a father. He is the sculptor of sculptors whose every stroke is perfect, who knows His stones, better than the stones know themselves. To, our mother, father, friend and sculptor, to our beloved Sathguru, I offer obeisances!

    • laxman on October 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    jai guru datta

    • on October 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Appaji, Jaya Guru Datta. Every MMS is a very personalized guidance for our improvement. I humbly take on each blow for my own improvement. Please provide me the patience to go through this short term pain for the long term transformation.

    • Indumati on October 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Dear Swami Avadhoota,

    What a beautiful example YOU give; to understand, we are becoming deity’s, is so wonderful and helps a lot to brave the blows.

    Sri Guru Datta

    • rose sheppard webster on October 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    🙂

    • Glory of Rama on October 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    సద్గురువు ఎంతో శ్రమతో ఉలితో చెక్కి మన ఒక్కొక్క లోపాన్ని తీసి పారేస్తూ ఉంటే మనం ఆనందించాలి కాని, అబ్బా అని నొప్పితో మూలగటం తగదు. ఇంతమంది జనంలో మనల్ని శిల్పంగా చెక్కటానికి ఎన్నుకున్నారంటే మనమెంత ధన్యులం! ఎన్ని ఉలిదెబ్బలు తిన్నా, అన్ని శిల్పాలూ దైవత్వాన్ని పొందవు కదా! మనల్ని కేవలం శిల్పాలుగా ఒదిలెయ్యరు సద్గురుదేవులు.

    • Madhu Talwar on October 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    jgd O!my Sculptor i feel safest in Your hands. You know the quality of this stone, its origin and final form also. ‘Guru kumhaar shishya kumbha hai,ghadhi ghadhi kaadhey khota, bheetara haatha sahaara dey, baahara maarey chot (Guru is The Potter, disciple is the pot, while making the pot Potter blows with one hand from outside to give the shape to the pot, other hand is used to give soft smooth support from inside to make it strong) thank You Satguru Ji for Your beautiful job i am obliged onhn sgd

    • on October 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Jai Guru Datta Puttuji.Exactly true Puttuji.
    We all are blessed devotees being in your grace.Please bless us with a lot of energy to face the blows in life and reach the holy feet of sadguru.
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Lokesh on October 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Thankyou Appaji for this Beautiful Message.

    • on October 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Om Aim Hrim Srim Siva Rama Anagha Dattaya Namah
    Through Sri Swamiji every experience in life becomes meaningful. Thank You for telling us that even a carefully chosen stone needs countless blows. All these blows help us to grow. i am so thankful for them.
    Koti pranams to the Divine Lotus Feet of Sadgurudeva.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Rudraya Namah
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

    • on October 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Dear Appaji,

    You are doing everything for our good, for our betterment, for our upliftment, and for moving us along the path of spirituality towards salvation. We submit to you most humbly. Please give us the wisdom, strength, and humility to surrender to your words and deeds.

    The Divine hands that chisels is the One that cares and protects !!.
    Sadgurudeva, You are making us better individual, day by day and action by action, so that we escape this cycle of birth and death.
    Sri Guru Datta Hanuman ki Jai !! Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha !!

    • LavanyaAnand on October 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Jai Guru Datta Swamiji!!!

    • on October 9, 2012 at 12:34 am

    In your speech in Hyderabad, yesterday, you said, you lift us up, you push us forward and then help us walk by ourself. With our useless ego when we stumble, you hold us from behind and again push us up, and you repeat this everytime. You also said that everytime we bow to you, you remove our pain and bad karma. You are actually like an acid test that each of us have to go through. You sculpt, you chip us, you nurture, you mold, you beat, anything you deem is necessary is a blessing for us. So, Appaji, make us better souls so that we dissolve our karma and unite with “The One”. JGD SGD!! Pranams to my Sadguru, love you with each passing minute 🙂

  2. JGD.A Truth to be abided by the Saadaka to cherish the goal of life thro’ the Sadgurudeva.Appaji! pl. give the needful strength to undrego this shaping process till the end.SGD.

    • Gilla Lalitha on October 9, 2012 at 3:03 am

    JGD Appaji – Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha – Please give us strength to overcome all tests by Sadguru Deva Sri Dattatreya Murthy – SGD

    • Maurice Clarke on October 9, 2012 at 6:03 am

    JGD. May Datta’s test be done! May Sathguru’s will be done! JGD.

    • padmamadala on October 9, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Jaya Guru Datta, Sri Guru Datta, Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha
    Om Aim Hrim Srim Siva Rama Anagha Dattaya Namaha
    Om Rudraya Namaha
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namaha

    • nanda on October 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

    jaya guru datta appaji

    • Radha from on October 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    JAYA GURU DATTA! Please, beloved Sadgurudeva, help me to receive all Your helpfull blows with good understanding and a humble heart. With many prostrations to Your holy lotusfeet. S.G.D.!

    • Praveen Nidumolu on October 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Jai Guru Datta Appaji – Looking back at life, we always feel that we could have been more mature in some of our reactions/decisions in the past. If this realization dawned on us, it is ONLY due to Pujya Appaji’s Grace and Compassion – that initiates us into the ‘Unlearning process’ – where we start learning the righteous way of living through ‘unlearning’ of the bad habits/attitudes we pick up from the world. This chiseling/cleansing process can be quite difficult at times – involves harsh lessons/blows that teach us humility, surrender etc. and all theset expose us to a subtle state of peace that automatically dawns on us, as the inner enemies get vanquished.
    Thank you Appaji for your compassion and patience in shaping us to discover/realize our true SELF.
    Sri Guru Datta

    • SyamalaSreenivas on October 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Swamiji you are our Satguru our god our everything it is our blessings that we found you

    • SyamalaSreenivas on October 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Swamiji you are our Satguru our god our everything it is your blessings that we found you

    • svetha on October 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Liebster SADGURU, in schmerzvollen Situationen zu erkennen, dass DU es bist, der uns zurecht hämmert, schleift, schmiedet, erlöst mich jeweils vom ärgsten Leiden.
    Ich danke DIR für DEINE „Bildhauerarbeit“.
    OM AIM HRIM SRIM SIVA RAMA ANAGHA DATTAYA NAMAH
    OM RUDRAYA NAMAH

    • Madhavi Katta on October 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! Sri Guru Datta !

    Om Sri Sadgurubyho Namah.
    Om Sri Hanumate Namah!

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on October 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    JGD Appaji
    Such a beautiful MMS Appaji!
    We are all blessed to be chiseled by You.. but Alas, we are harder than the hardest stone Appaji..! Hope Your hands are not hurting with the huge amount of chiseling… we will strive to work harder and listen to You more and become much softer and make Your chiseling easier!

  3. Jai Guru Datta, every blow, every chisel brings me closure to you Sadguru. Getting the blows mean I am blessed that I can be considered for the chiseling.
    Pranam

    • Hamsa on October 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Tests for Disciple ~ 8 Oct 2012

    In the effort to understand life and approach death meaningfully, vairagya (detachment) and abhyasa (practice) are the responsibility of the seeker. When these two are truly undertaken. another help follows. That help comes in the form of Guru`s grace. The tradition of Guru and disciple played a significant role in the preservation of dharma and passing of the scriptural and spiritual knowledge from Guru to disciple. Guru puts HIS disciple through so many tests only to make him perfect. These tests are done to break the relationship of HIS disciple with the body, mind and materials. We all have in us, the inner impurities like lust, greed, anger, ego etc. They are only obstructions in the disciple`s spiritual journey. These impurities can be removed only by a Sadguru. A true disciple is put through a series of tests until all the impurities are filtered and removed. After the filtration process, the eligible disciple is showered with divine spiritual knowledge.

    Sadguru expects nothing in return from HIS disciple. HE carves out all the unwanted edges to make HIS disciple a perfect idol, worthy to be worshiped. When a disciple remains in the company of his Guru (satsang) he becomes mad for his Guru out of love. One can imagine how much love the Guru must be having for His disciple. The Guru thinks constantly of ‘how much and what all can I do for my disciple? The Guru develops detachment in the disciple’s mind and gives him knowledge and devotion. The Guru is very eager to make a disciple like HIM. When the disciple has intense desire to acquire a place at the holy feet of the Guru and it keeps on increasing, then the Guru gives him knowledge of self realization and merges him (disciple) with Self (Guru).

    Pujya Gurudeva out of compassion and unconditional love for all of us, is training us to be perfect in our spiritual journey. I pray and beg Pujya Gurudeva to constantly chisel us and guide us to Self-Realization. Sri Sadgurave Namaha.

    • Joseph on October 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Merits are achieved only after rigorous attempts and pain. Similarly, being an eligible disciple needs lots of patience to bear the blows. This message reminds me the story of Prahlada, devotee of lord Vishnu who had to undergo many tests and finally could go through them by just chanting the name of lord vishnu. But all of us are not so strong to bear such blows in life. Probably firm devotion and belief that God will take care like mother does for child is the only way to go through various difficult circumstances in life. May be Sri Swamiji is trying to convey the message that one should trust God, leave desires, serve the society and be in association of God by chanting His name, in various presentations as different messages, like mother serves the same green leafy vegetable in different preparations and expects the child to consume it in some form to child’s taste. Splendid messages indeed by Sri Swamiji and thank you Puttuji for sharing the most valuable Sri Swamiji’s messages.

    • on October 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Jaya Guru Datta

    Yet another great MMS video message.
    During my initial interactions with devotees, i frequently used to listen devotees saying dattatreya tattva is not easy to understand and he puts through lots of tests. At that time i didn’t understand, but this MMS video reminds me those days. To make us come out of bad vices Pujya Guru deva makes us put in these bad situation, makes us realize and lifts us from there. Thank you Appaji for a great MMS message.

    Sri Guru Datta

    • Hira Duvvuri on October 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    When we closely study Swamiji’s Life History, we will understand the painful chiseling that he has gone through. First it was his father, mother, aunt, and then Lord Ganapati, who kept shaping him until he became our Swamiji. The levels of tolerance and endurance that Swamiji has exhibited during that grueling course is simply incredible. He was subjected to unbearable mental agony with unresolved spiritual issues as he was being taught by his mother; he was subjected to unbearable physical agony through merciless punishments administered to him by his father and aunt; he was subjected to the most unimaginable emotional agony, being deprived completely of attention, love, and normal necessities of life; he was tormented with the temptation of an easy life of luxury and love when he had been entrusted with a challenging mission to fulfill; and when he became fully enlightened and empowered to help humanity, was plagued by a lack of material resources and loyalty from his followers. JGD

    • Glory of Rama on October 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This is so beautifully explained. Thank you Hamsa.

    • Hira Duvvuri on October 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Like the celestial swan you have separated the milk from the water and have placed before us a very clear understanding of the purpose of Guru’s tests. Yes. We must strive to give up our attachment to our own opinions and beliefs as well, while following the commands of the Guru. Thank you Hamsa.

    • Aarka on October 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Test for disciple ~ 8 Oct 2012

    Namaste Puttuji, nice video with a Siva bhajan indicating Guru is Lord Siva Himself. Even a meticulously chosen stone receives severe blows before becoming a deity. If it is not chosen meticulously, stone cannot stand the blows and gets broken in the middle of the process of making a deity. Hence meticulous choosing is a must. Hence Guru does not accept disciple very easily. Only when He is satisfied with the strength of a disciple which is assessed by His tests, accepts disciple to lead him spiritually and elevate him to the state of His own Self. Sivaya Gurave Namah. Thank You Puttuji. Namaste.

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    • Nada on October 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Tests for Disciple ~ 8 Oct 2012

    Sri Swamiji had once said in a speech, a stone that suffers minimal blows is laid in areas surrounding a temple, one that suffers slightly more blows, becomes a foot step to the temple. A stone that suffers even more blows becomes a pillar inside the temple. The one stone that suffers maximum blows to take shape of a beautiful idol is what is worshiped by scores of devotees. We are these stones. We must surrender ourselves at the feet of the Sadguru and allow Him to sculpt us. When we have steadfast faith and devotion, the Sadguru takes special care to convert us to divinity. He sculpts us with immense care and love, until we shed it all – desires, anger, greed, attachment, ego, jealousy! When these 6 impurities are chiseled away by the perfect master, the result is a beautiful divine form! We are so fortunate that this Master Sculptor has taken us into His fold. Lets us forever remain His disciples and let Him mold us into whatever form He deems right! Sadgurunath Maharaj Ki Jai! Jaya Guru Datta

    • tunga on November 16, 2012 at 6:19 am

    JGD
    one of the mms I love the most. the boundless beauty and comforting words and the underlying promise are present in my mind especially when I experience the blows as painful. I always marvel at the precision of our beloved Divine sculpor’s work. may I be able to bear and suffer Your love patiently and with a smile beholding Your eternal Divine smile.
    OM AIM HREEM SREEM SIVA RAMA ANAGAHA DATTAYA NAMAHA
    OM RUDRAYA NAMAHA

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