Devotion and renunciation of the ego are the two sides of the same coin ~ 27 Mar 2013

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  1. On its journey from & back to the ocean, water takes many forms.. cloud, snow, glacier, river.. but, it isn’t attached to any such identity or form.
    One can say water in all devotion to its source, transits to the ocean. Or one can say water without attachment to its form, transits through the sky, mountain & river bed. Both perspectives are two sides of the same coin, on how water manages to find its way back to its source
    Each one of us flow from & back to the Supreme. On the way, we experience a series of transformations. To say we’re devoted to that Supreme (Guru), or to say we’re in renunciation of identity with our transient form or lower nature, are two sides of the same coin
    Pranams Sathguru!
    We realize, when we earn that coin, we’re ready to dial up to connect with our higher nature. 301 lessons you’ve taught us on how to do that. You live those lessons everyday, inspiring us to follow you. We are grateful. We will
    Jaya Guru Datta. Your Puttuji

    • on March 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Jaya Guru Datta & Happy Holi Happy Lakshmi Jayanthi _Appaji _!!

    • on March 27, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! Surrender, surrender, surrender…there is never loss only gain each time a part of us is given to God…may we give our all! Sri Guru Datta!

    • annessa on March 27, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Jaya Guru Datta!!

    • Hira Duvvuri on March 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

    301. దేవునిపై, లేక గురువుపై భక్తి, అహంకార పరిత్యాగం, ఒకే నాణానికి రెండు ప్రక్కలు. ఓం హరయే నమః – ఓం జనార్దనాయ నమః
    Completely giving up the sense of a separate identity and allowing God to always act through me, as Swamiji does, is the same as giving up ego, I think. But it is not in my control to do so. Even that has to happen only through God’s/Guru’s grace. Total, pure devotion towards God/Guru may fetch that result. But who grants such pure devotion? Only God/Guru through His infinite compassion. As Sri Jayalakshmi Mata declared in the Kannada song, “Nannadenu illa Krishna, iruvudella ninnde” (there is nothing that is mine, Krishna, all that there is, is yours). Jaya Guru Datta

  2. Jaya Guru Datta!

    • Hira Duvvuri on March 27, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Jaya Guru Datta Puttuji. Is it water that is deciding whether to take form as a cloud, snow, a glacier, or a river? God decides, I think. Is man deciding whether he should be born clever, strong, gluttonous, or as a rowdy? Is man not also following God’s decree and taking whatever form and attributes that God grants him, and following that particular path, be it rough or smooth, to merge back in the Supreme? The cloud simply drops down from the sky and joins the ocean. The rivulet born on a mountain peak struggles through its long and arduous journey, suffering much pain and friction before reaching its destination. Neither has the freedom nor the power to remain in their temporary form in their temporary station, be it in the air or on a mountain top. By God’s decree they must reach the ocean sooner or later. Likewise, is not God/Guru promising us all salvation, sooner or later, by an easier or a tougher method, as per our situation? Are we not all simply puppets in His hands, being granted devotion and the inclination to surrender our ego, also, only as and when He sees fit, in the manner decided by Him? Perhaps all that we can do, if He wills it, is to pray for the strength and the ability to pray properly (201). That way perhaps we will receive His compassion sooner, rather than later, and reach our supreme goal by an easier means, rather than through a strenuous route (108), by the grace of our Sadguru. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Supriya on March 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Marvelous video depicting the quote. Wonderful bhajan. Thank You so much Puttuji. Jgd.

    • Venkata rama Krishna on March 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Jaya guru Datta Appaji.. You have shown us many ways to earn the coins of devotion and renunciation. This message comes of Lakshmi jayanthi day.. Thank you for the blessing Appaji.. Sri guru Datta

    • lokesh on March 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    jaya guru datta

  3. Jai Guru Datta
    Dear Swami AVADHOOTA
    Yes APPAJI this I understand, but if I fall out of this focus and feel my emptiness, feel me and I, the Ego is growing. So I pray, to hold my focus always on YOU APPAJI.
    Sri Guru Datta and much love ~~~
    Om Namo Hanumate Namaha

    • dr.satyanarayana&dr.uma devi,SGS Hospital,Mysore. on March 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Jgd.Like the Full moon that does not hide its brilliance Guru gives total blessings in the MMS.

    • venkateswarudu.bhadra on March 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

    రత్నసాను శరాసనం రజతాద్రి శృంగ నికేతనం
    శింజినీకృత పన్నగేశ్వర మచ్యుతానల సాయకమ్ |
    క్షిప్రదగ్ద పురత్రయం త్రిదశాలయై రభివందితం
    చంద్రశేఖరమాశ్రయే మమ కిం కరిష్యతి వై యమః

    • lalithabalaji on March 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

    మత్తవారణ ముఖ్యచర్మ కృతోత్తరీయ మనోహరం
    పంకజాసన పద్మలోచన పూజితాంఘ్రి సరోరుహమ్ |
    దేవ సింధు తరంగ శ్రీకర సిక్త శుభ్ర జటాధరం
    చంద్రశేఖరమాశ్రయే మమ కిం కరిష్యతి వై యమః

    • prakashbabu bhadra on March 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

    కుండలీకృత కుండలీశ్వర కుండలం వృషవాహనం
    నారదాది మునీశ్వర స్తుతవైభవం భువనేశ్వరమ్ |
    అంధకాంతక మాశ్రితామర పాదపం శమనాంతకం
    చంద్రశేఖరమాశ్రయే మమ కిం కరిష్యతి వై యమః

    • on March 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you, Appaji. Yes, there is no pointing in saying “I love you Appaji” on one hand, and then turning around, and bad-mouthing and ill-treating others with our bloated egos. Hanumantha, please trim our egos, help us develop the ultimate seva attitude that you possess. Sri Guru Datta.

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    • on March 27, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    GURU DEVA,EXCELLENT MESSAGE WHICH GAVE VERY BROAD MEANING WITH SIMPLE WORDS,continuous service to GURU is the only way to connect GURU AND GOD,and it is the way to overcome EGO.

  4. Wonderful message by Sadgurudeva. What is the use of a boisterous devotion that of Ravana? Devotion that is laden with renunciation and innocence ala Shabarii is what needed.

    The song “Ananta Shayana” is composed by Jayalakshmi Mata and was found in her handwriting in the Kannada Bhagavatha book she used to keep. Later Datta Peetham published the book titled “Sri Krishna Jaya”. Selected songs were sung by Sri.Shankar Shanbague and was released as “Sri Krishna Jaya” album in 2007 Shivaratri – link –

    Memorable events unfolded…..

    • rose sheppard webster on March 27, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Hari Om Hari!!! JGD

    • on March 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! May You bless me that I pursue both sides of the coin, making sure that ‘I’ really succeed. And as Hira said, it remains yet a mistery or paradox that in the end, we are only the puppets in the divine play. Sri Guru Datta!

    • on March 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Om Haraye Namah
    When we think of ourselves and our ego we think implicitly that we are beings who are separated from God. If we want to overcome this separation we have to renounce from thinking of I and ego.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Janardanaya Namah
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

    • Hema on March 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I think when one is truly devoted to Guru , Guru works through that person, all his deeds are done without selfish motives and ego is diminished. All is done by the grace of Sadgudeva, true knowledge is bestowed. I pray to be worthy of such a Guru, my Appaji. Jaya Guru Datta. Om namo Hanumate namah.

    • lilashah on March 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. I pray for devotion. Make my love for Mother Swamiji grow and grow until it devours me. Sri Guru Datta.

    • Raghu Tadimeti Dallas Texas USA on March 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Guru Datta Hanuman ki Ji!

    It is a very inspiring message.Thank you Puttuji for posting wonderful message.Please give us strength to do more seva.

    Dallas Hanuman ki Jai!

    • Dinoo Tiwari on March 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    JGD Appaji Kindly grant us pure devotion through your infinite grace. Happy Holi.

    • Phani Prasanthi on March 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Jai Guru Datta. Sri Guru Datta. Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha.

    • on March 28, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Appaji’s today’s MMS also make us to think deeply about a comparison of devotion and renunciation of ego. In otherwords once we sacrifice our ego, they are same or equal of two sides of a same coin. If we still go deep in to this, once we get rid of from ego , pride, jealous and selfishness , it leads automatically to devotion only. In this Kaliyuga it is very difficult to sacrifice such qualities , because we are involved or attracted in unwanted desires and worldly pleasures and there by we may not be able to develop self realization in our life. Therefore to overcome this, there is only one way and that is to follow a spiritual path under the guidelines of Sadguru . Here we have to follow his words and teachings strictly and develop our spiritual knowledge till the end of our life. Here we are always a student and the Saguru is always our Master. The photography is very apt for this MSG since in Mother’s creation even the water comes from it’s source and flow in different form based on the situation and finally it ends in to the ocean only. Similarly in the creation of God , we come from it’s source and go through various forms during our life in this earth and finally go to the the same supreme only. But during this period in this we can see the God in the form of our Sadguru , and if we follow His words and teachings , then we can develop our spiritual knowledge . Unless we acquire this knowledge , we cannot come out from our Ego and the other bad qualities and in which case our life will be a failure . The Bhajan rendered by Sri Shankar shanbhag from the CD Sri Krishna jaya is very apt for this MSG since we have to see our Appaji in the form of Lord Vishnu , Who will protect and guide us in our life provided we follow Him. Thank You Appaji for your good lesson and we follow you till our life. JGD.

    • Archana Penukonda on March 28, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Divine video chanting “Hari Om, Hari Om, Hari Om” sounds like we should “Hurry, Hurry, Hurry”. It is foolish to wait till tomorrow, because I don’t know if there is a tomorrow for this body. MMS #266 said that when ego is purged, one merges with God.

    A true devotee understands the nature of a Guru, knows that the Guru is the one taking care of Him, protecting Him, uplifting Him. A true devotee understands that everything that’s happening to him is by the blessing of the Guru and that real happiness is experienced in surrender to the Guru. This surrendering is the offering of the ego to the Guru because the devotee understands that there is no more “I”. Only the Guru exists, and the Guru is none other than Lord Shiva who is the real “I” in everyone. Hence, perhaps, devotion to the Guru and renunciation of ego are two sides of the same coin. This also tells me that as long as I have my ego, a belief that I am the doer, I am never truly a devotee. Obeisances at the Holy Lotus Feet!

    • Neelam Bhambri Nayyar, USA on March 28, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Jai Guru Datta, I pray that my devotion to my Sadguru always burn bright in my heart and mind. Pranam Gurudev

    • Sunshine on March 28, 2013 at 3:22 am

    It is difficult to understand, to renounce one’s ego being the same as devotion ? please explain.

    • G.Lalitha on March 28, 2013 at 3:27 am

    JGD Appaji – we are trying our best but please remove our ego and see that we treat every one equal – SGD

    • padmamadala on March 28, 2013 at 4:33 am

    జయ గురుదత్త ! శ్రీ గురుదత్త ! ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః !
    ఓం హరయే నమః
    శరీర మర్థం ప్రాణామ్శ్చ సద్గురుభ్యో నివేదయేత్ I
    ఆత్మానమపి దాస్యాయ వైదేహో జనకో యథా II
    శివాయ గురవే నమః
    ఓం శ్రీ సద్గురుభ్యో నమః

    • Maurice Clarke on March 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

    JGD. “Let go and let God” is a saying I like to remember. It seems that the “let go” part is renunciation and the “let God” part is Bhakti. I like this new way of looking at it. Thank You Swamiji. Thank You Puttuji. JGD.

    • sumangala hegde on March 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

    JGD…Yes I also strongly believe that only by Sadgurus grace v can have is in His Hands to bless us if v r fit for it …that craving for pure heart is also created only by Him in sadakas…So Appaji v r completely at YOUR mercy Tande..just prayings at YOUR feet to make us eligible for YOUR mercy…Love YOU soooo much.

    • madhu talwar on March 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    jgd Haraye namaha. Yes Janaardhana ji both sides of the coin have to be perfect for a deal. Devotion and renunciation we receive from You and practice them to reach You back. Its all Your play O!Lord may Your will help and protect Your children. onhn sgd

    • Vanaja on March 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    dear Lord Krishna – in my hands I hold this coin
    may I understand this Lila
    I bow down to You
    and joyfully thank You for being with me
    Sri Guru Datta

  5. JAYA GURU DATTA! Shatha koti pranams to lotus feet of param pujya Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachidananda Swamiji.

    • on March 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Millions of humble prostrations at the lotus feet of Our Dattaswaropa Sathgurudeva _/\_!!
    Pujya Bala Swamiji _/\_!!

    Appaji’s dharsan with the coin is so beautiful on this auspicious Lakshmi Jayanthi Day !!

    Sadgurudeva: Sachchidananda Unveiled- Devotion (BHAKTI) :
    Several types of devotion are discussed in our scriptures Nava Vidha Bhakti (nine ways of worship)). Among them Atma Nivedana (Self Surrender) is considered to be the highest stage of devotion. Self-Surrender requires complete effacement of “I” the ego and the sense of doership and enjoyership.

    Sadgurudeva’s Discourse: Dharma Divine Dairy:
    Do not develop ego knowledge. Develop devotional knowledge. The fire of
    true knowledge reduces to ashes the sins and previous deeds and Karmas.

    Amazing MMS with Sadgurus Darshan & Amazing explanation Puttuji !!
    The chanting ‘Hari Om Hari ” in the MMS makes us remember Prahalada’s incessant chanting of the names of Lord Vishnu. So intense was the devotion that GOD descended in all ways to protect him. Prahalada had infinite devotion only.

    Kill my ego, open my eyes Show your form, give me peace
    Clean my mind , make me wise Your grace is the greatest prize.- We sing and surrender at your Lotus Feet Appaji !! Sri Guru datta !

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on April 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

    JGD Appaji
    Everything is possible with His blessings. Complete devotion and giving up of ego also only possible through Him. We can try and prepare ourselves worthy to receive such divine blessings sooner by following Him.

    • svetha on April 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    My beloved SADGURU, can I say, as long as my ego plays its role I am not really devoted? This gives me the opportunity to work from both sides: I can let go my ego and gain devotion, and I can develop devotion and my ego diminishes.
    Thank YOU for this teaching.

    • dr.kodanda ram reddy on April 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

    jayagurudatta puttuji, sashtangapranams at lotus feet of poojya swamiji,devotion to sadguru’s lotus feet is only the way to forget ego om namo hanumathenamhaa

    • Subba Saketh on April 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji. Pranam
    maintaining both ego and devotion to god should be balanced in a good manner..!
    Then he/she shall achieve success.. 🙂
    Sree Guru Datta.

    • Joseph on May 26, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Beautiful solution for “ego”. This is continuation of MMS 330 for the query, the impossible problem called ego. May lord bless us all with true devotion to God.

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