Ego makes one regret failure and gloat over success ~ 26 Mar 2013

Nandana SGS MMS 300

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  1. The river flows through varied terrain. When it flows between mountains, it does not gloat that it has cut through them. It just flows to the ocean.
    When it flows over rocky terrain, those rocks slice the river into small rivulets. The river doesn’t regret having been sliced; nor do the rocks gloat over having cut the river to pieces. The rocks are where they are. The rivulets gather into the river & flow to the ocean.
    Pranams Sathgurudeva!
    Pointing to that river, you want us to flow through our daily terrain towards our fulfilment, without regretting our failures or gloating over our successes. We will.
    We realize we regret, when our Ego makes us believe we have been downsized to rivulets. We gloat when we believe we are the river, cutting through the mountain. Ego again.
    Vasudeva neither regretted being in prison with Devaki, nor did he gloat when crowned King of Mathura. You want us to practice such equipoise. We will.
    Jaya Guru Datta. Your Puttuji

    • on March 26, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Jaya Guru Datta & Happy Holi Appaji _/\_!!

    We are in MMS 300!! Sri Guru Datta!!

    • on March 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! Once in 1999, Sri Swamiji told a small group of devotees to remember who we were in relationship to our Guru, but to also remember that we were also nothing but a speck of dust in the cosmos. I remember the feeling that talk brought, both of strength and pride at being a devotee of Swamiji’s and humility at being nothing really in the great scheme of things. In that moment, Sri Swamiji seemed to reveal that there was a delicate balance we needed to hold between respecting and caring for ourselves and doing so in a humble manner. Again today, He reminds us that we must remain balanced and develop,equipoise no,matter what the circumstances. Thank you for this reminder, Swamiji! Sri Guru Datta!

  2. JGD! How true! We are trying to overcome this state, with Your help! SGD!

    • Hira Duvvuri on March 26, 2013 at 9:26 am

    కృషి విఫలమైతే దుఃఖం, సఫలమైతే గర్వం, కలిగించేది అహంకారం. ఓం దుర్గాగణపతయే నమః – ఓం వాసుదేవాయ నమః. చేస్తున్నది మనమే, అనే తప్పు ఆలోచనే, నా పని జరిగినప్పుడు విర్రవీగటానికి, జరగనప్పుడు వ్యథ చెందటానికి కారణమని చాలా కాలం తెలియక, అంతులేని బాధను అనుభవించాను. స్వామీజీ అనుగ్రహంతో తెలిసివచ్చింది, చేసేదంతా ఆయనే అని. నాకు అర్థమయినా, కాకపోయినా, జరిగే అన్నిటికీ తప్పనిసరిగా ఆవశ్యకమైన కారణాలు ఉంటాయని కూడా తెలిసింది. కష్టం కలిగించేవి అయినా, సుఖం కలిగించేవి అయినా, అన్నీ వారు చేసేది దయతో, ప్రేమతోనే అని కూడా తెలిసొచ్చింది. “ఎందుకు?” అని అడగటం వృధా ప్రయాస. వారు చెప్పినా, విషయం నాకు అర్థం కాదు. నా చిన్న మనస్సుకు అందే విషయాలు కావు ఇవేవీ. అమ్మ తిట్టినా, కొట్టినా, మన మంచికే కదా, ఇదీ అంతే. స్వామీజీ, దేవుడు, అనే అమ్మ మీది ప్రేమ, విశ్వాసం ఎప్పుడూ తరగకూడదని, పెరుగుతూనే ఉండాలని, ప్రార్థిస్తూ, జయ గురు దత్త.

    • on March 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Jai Ho Datta Appaji! A wonderful message from Your Lotus Feet. Puttuji’s comments explaining the use of river in the video to illustrate the message is wonderful. Prayers to Your Lotus Feet to help cross these dualities. Sri Guru Datta.

    • K.BALA SUBRAHMANYAM on March 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

    jaya guru datta puttuji nice video with superb song NEEDU PADAYUGAME SARANAMANI.. WITH GREAT MESSAGE

    • Hira Duvvuri on March 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

    In this drama called life, God plays all the roles. We are only witnesses. While watching a movie or reading a story we identify with the fictitious characters and share their joys and sorrows. We weep uncontrollably for tragic events that occur to a non-existent character, rejoice and jump with joy when something wonderful happens, or detest some imaginary person for atrocities committed. In truth, none of those people even exist. None of us exist either, as independent entities with powers to perform. God plays all the roles, He alone knows why. Yet. we identify with our bodies and minds and make our lives filled with mostly misery caused by arrogance, and to a lesser extent with pride, over our achievements. Swamiji, you alone can show us light. You alone can free us from this illusion and this false sense of identification with untruth. Jaya Guru Datta

    • annessa on March 26, 2013 at 9:51 am

    We must always be reminded that we achieve things with God by our side, nothing is posssible with God, this is fundamental and we must remember this. Nothing we achieve is done on our own, it is through the guidance and blessings of god in our lives.
    We all struggle with Ego many times, but having you by our side reminds us to be humble and practice humility…
    Jaya Guru Datta, thank you Appaji for choosing to be in our lives!!!

    • Glory of Rama on March 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji. Aunt Venkamma compared the river Bhavanashini at Ahobilam with a new bride entering her new home with the in-laws. When she finds obstacles in her path, she does not stop to argue and win her point or get discouraged and lose heart. She maneuvers her way around hurdles calmly and races towards her destination, keeping focus only on her duties to preserve the unity and well-being of her new family. There is no room for ego or self-assertion in the unselfish performance of one’s duties. Lord Krishna, the son of Vasudeva, known as Vaasudeva, worshiped in this MMS, as well as Lord Rama, never expressed regret or despair at the misfortunes that came their way, nor showed excitement or sense of jubilation over their victories. They both stand before us, just like our Sadgurudeva, as models for perfect human behavior and attitude. We have so much to learn from them through emulation. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Anvesh on March 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Jai Guru Datta Sri Guru Datta

    • lalithabalaji on March 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    శ్రీ గణపతి సచ్చిదానంద సద్గురవే నమః
    శ్రీ జయ లక్ష్మి మాత్రే నమః
    ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    శ్రీ రామ జయ రామ జయ జయ రామ
    వాణీవల్లభదుర్లభంబగు భవద్ద్వారంబున న్నిల్చి ని
    ర్వాణశ్రీఁ జెఱపట్టఁ జూచిన విచారద్రోహమో నిత్య క
    ళ్యాణక్రీడలఁ బాసి దుర్దశలపా లై రాజలోకాధమ
    శ్రేణీద్వారము దూఱఁజేసి తిపుడో శ్రీ కాళహస్తీశ్వరా!

    • prakashbabu bhadra on March 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

    శ్రీ గణపతి సచ్చిదానంద సద్గురవే నమః
    శ్రీ జయ లక్ష్మి మాత్రే నమః
    ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    శ్రీ రామ జయ రామ జయ జయ రామ

    అంతా మిధ్య తలంచి చూచిన నరుం డట్లౌ టెఱింగిన్ సదా
    కాంత ల్పుత్రులు నర్ధమున్ తనువు ని క్కంబంచు మోహార్ణవ
    చిభ్రాంతిం జెంది జరించు గాని పరమార్ధంబైన నీయందుఁ దాఁ
    జింతాకంతయు జింత నిల్పఁడుగదా శ్రీ కాళహస్తీశ్వరా! ||

  3. Jai Guru Datta
    Dear Swami AVADHOOTA
    Yes APPAJI but what can we do~~~ to kill the ego you gave us a lot of instructions, but to walk this way without to feel guilty or proud, to feel good or bad and also to be authentic, is the challenge. So we swing from side to side, like Ida and Pingala are crossing the chakras and are changing the sides until the reach goal.
    Sri Guru Datta ~~~ Namastute Namastute Namastute Namo Namaha
    Om Namo Hanumate Namaha

    • venkateswarudu.bhadra on March 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    శ్రీ గణపతి సచ్చిదానంద సద్గురవే నమః
    శ్రీ జయ లక్ష్మి మాత్రే నమః
    ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    శ్రీ రామ జయ రామ జయ జయ రామ
    స్వామిద్రోహముఁ జేసి యేనొకని గొల్వంబోతినో కాక నే
    నీమాట న్విననొల్లకుండితినొ నిన్నే దిక్కుగాఁ జూడనో
    యేమీ ఇట్టివృధాపరాధినగు నన్నీ దుఃఖవారాశివీ
    చీ మధ్యంబున ముంచి యుంపదగునా శ్రీ కాళహస్తీశ్వరా!

    • Meena Intwala on March 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Jaya Guru Datta. I would be watchful of this disease called Ego. Please Sri Appaji bless me.

    • on March 26, 2013 at 11:59 am

    GURU DEVA, with your blessings every body can over come their EGO,BY serving you one can consider failure and success as one and the same .Let us serve you until our last breath.

    • on March 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Jgd appaji we are very happy to follow this nandana 300th mms
    Because it guides us to fulfill our life’s mission please bless us so that we need to remember in our difficult times

    • Sahana Rosemary Nulty on March 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. Datta Kriya Yoga teaches us how to bring the Ida and Pingala nadis into balance. Optimally, once they are balanced, the flow of prana ignites the Khundalini Shakti on its journey up the Shashumna and toward the Sahasrara (crown chakra). As it rises, it pierces each of the chakras which helps us let go of old samskaras as well as those ego attachments that we currently are hanging on to. This divine dance is what eventually brings us into harmony and balance by releasing such ego attachments as regret, pride, fear, resentment, envy, shame, desire etc. Dwelling on such emotions and thoughts only keeps us entangled in the web of ego instead of experiencing the ultimate goal of Self-Realization and Moksha (liberation). Sadguru’s grace is always there to guide us out of this web. But grace follows effort so we must do our part! SGD.

    • svetha on March 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    My beloved SADGURU, YOU give us one more key for recognize, when the ego plays its role.
    Thank YOU very much for this great help, so that we same day can overcome this state.
    Koti Pranams SADGURUDEVA

    • Madhavi Katta on March 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! Sri Guru Datta!
    Yes Appaji every thing is happening by your sankalpam please bless us to remember this all the time. Then we won’t get upset. My Humble Pranaamams to Sadguru’s Lotus Feet.
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah.

    • lilashah on March 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. I seek refuge at the divine Lotus Feet of Mother Swamiji. This world and my ego are too much for me. I don’t want them. I only want Sri Swamiji. Sri Guru Datta

    • rose sheppard webster on March 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Thank You, Appaji, for all the “mistakes” that have served as great teachers and ego-bashers. JGD

    • on March 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! Dear Appaji, please bless me that I really start learning to let go this ego, especially in spiritual matters. It seems the most dangerous ego at all. I know nothing and yet there is a feeling of pride because my ego believes it has some knowledge and because I’m with You. Thank You for Your everlasting patience & love for this fool. Sri Guru Datta!

    • on March 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Om Durga Ganapataye Namah
    Thank You for this great teaching. It helps us to become free from the ups and downs in life due to success and disappointment.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Vasudevaya Namah
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

  4. How true! Swamiji you are always teaching the basic core truth and facts about
    life in a very simple language. How can we ever thank you.

    • Antony Ramnarine on March 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. This is one of the most difficult challenges to overcome. With the divine grace of Sadguru, we shall succeed.

    • Venkat on March 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. Ego makes a person non-starter. The MMS has a profound meaning which signifies the geeta saara as is stated by Appaji. this also teaches us not to worry aboutthe fruit but to continue to do our action as a responsibility towards God and not just any other human being. Thanks a lot Appaji

    • Archana Penukonda on March 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! It is becoming clear that the all wavering of the mind is caused by identification with the body. Ego exists when we think we are different from the divinity that pervades everything. It’s as easy to regret failure as it is to gloat over success. These seem to be instincts ingrained in us. It just shows that ego fills my mind more than I know.
    Let me always remember that man is an instrument in the hands of God, that this creation is sustained by God, that real knowledge brings humility, that as long as I have ego, I will never taste the nectar of bliss. Ego is akin to an obstinate demon that takes on many shapes and forms and manifests itself at the smallest opportunity. It temporarily disappears when humility fills our mind, but quickly recovers and takes over.
    The Guru’s grace is essential to wiping away ego completely. I hope that some day, I can conquer ego and give up identification with this body with Sathguru’s blessings. Obeisances at the Holy Lotus Feet!

    • on March 27, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Happy Holi Pranams at the lotus feet of Sri Krishnaswaropa Sathgurudeva _/\_!!

    Q&A session of the GNAA NAA BHA YOGA lecture sessions, 2009 (courtesy: oneinfinitezero)

    The word Ego implies Aham-kara. Aham-kara is the I-ness that is associated with action (karma). One who has no Aham-kara, sheds the illusion of doership, or rather, never makes the mistake (mentally) of associating themselves with the actions performed by their body. The body is a machine (“Svayam chalita yantra” as Sri Swamiji says in “On Swimming this Ocean” youtube video by Hanuman Hoffmanji).

    The indwelling being is untainted by the actions of the body, directing and guiding it silently by His very presence. The ignorant assume themselves to be doers. When one loves what they are doing, they forget themselves in dong the action, and thereby live as liberated souls.
    Hence, it is very important to leave behind all `Tappatriyas’ (stubborn, blind internal belief systems that make you behave a certain way). Your tappatriyas themselves are the cause of your sin. They blind you to the present. The only way out of this ego trap is Bhakthi. By focusing your mind on Sathgurudeva and selfless seva. As Pujya Sri Swamiji says “I will be with you ALWAYS.”

    Sadgurudeva :Follow The Master – Ashram A Yoga land:
    Swamiji’s Ashrama is a kind of Spiritual factory or worship. In that work-shop the egos of those that come there are constantly subjected to repair and adjustment. The more frequently they come the more they shed their egos and ultimately, they lose their egos completely and come to realize that they are mere instruments in the hands of Bhagavati
    We will remember Puttuji’s explanation -EGO ( Edges God Out). Let Holika Dahan
    ( Kamadahanam) free us from Evil Ego, and we practice such equipoise with your Grace.
    Sri Guru Datta !!

    • on March 27, 2013 at 1:45 am

    According to me, Appaji’s MMS 300 has got a deep inner meaning also. Through the photography He is reminding us again how we can reduce the Ego in our life and if not it gloat over our success in life. The river flows through various terrain and in spite of that it’s aim is to reach in the ocean. In otherwords even though when it flows in between the mountains or passing through the rock, it is not bothered and finally reach the ocean. Therefore here it is not showing any ego or pride with the mountain or the rock and in simple way if we think it is doing it’s duty. When it reach the ocean it’s aim is over and that is the success for it. Similarly when vasudeva was in prison with devaki , he neither regretted nor gloat over when he crowned as king of Mathura. From this we can realize that he was not bothered about both which shows he don’t have any ego nor gloat over the success also. Therefore Appaji through this MMS 300 You want us also not to develop ego in our life and our aim is to success only by which we should not develop pride also. In other words by seeing Your valuable , various MMS till now , it is our duty to develop Self realization in our life which we will carry out through Your words and teachings. JGD.

    • padmamadala on March 27, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! Sri Guru Datta! Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha!
    My Humble Pranamams to SADGURUS LOTUS FEET
    Om Sri Sadgurubhyo Namaha!

    • Dr.R.Venkataratnam on March 27, 2013 at 2:24 pm


    • Neelam Bhambri Nayyar, USA on March 28, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Jai Guru Datta, pray give us the sadbudhi to stay calm and composed in every situation. Pranam Sadguru.

  5. JGD ‘kaarya kaarana roopaya roopa roopaya te sadaa,aprameya swaroopaya Shivaya Gurave Namaha.”om aim hreem shreem shiva rama anagha dattaya namaha

    • Maurice Clarke on March 28, 2013 at 8:25 am

    JGD. May we be ever observant of our tendency to gloat and to regret. May we consciously put our selves in check. May we execute this process effortlessly. With Guru’s grace, may we win this game. JGD.

    • Alivelu on March 28, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Jaya guru datta!

    • madhu talwar on March 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    jgd Bhagwaan ! its all Your game i the puppet get ego from You only. May my ego merge back in Yours, then i will be always in bliss to realize and express oh He did this He did that, Datta ‘sarva kaaran kaaranam sarva rakshaa karam vandey Smartrugaami sanovatu’ ‘ i am Yours onhn sgd

    • Vanaja on March 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    dear Swamiji
    million thanks for this wonderful explanation. The river has a higher goal: reaching the ocean.
    May I have a higher goal too: reaching God – You my beloved Sadguru.
    Sri Guru Datta

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

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on April 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    JGD Appaji
    True happiness only comes in Your seva. . We need to develop this attitude of seva in everything we do.. enjoy the work, give our 100% and gladly accept the results as a blessing irrespective of the outcome. Bless us Appaji to treat all work like worship.

    • dr.kodanda ram reddy on April 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

    jayagurudatta puttuji sashtangapranams at lotus feet of poojya swamiji, we can forget ego at sadguru,s lotus feet, om namo hanumathenamhaa

    • Subba Saketh on April 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Jaya Guru Datta. Pranam Appaji.
    He who regrets about what mistake he has done will only be successful in future.
    Similarly ego makes a person regret about what he/she has done wrong and try correcting them and be successful ever in future. 🙂
    Thank you appaji.
    Sree Guru Datta

    • Joseph on May 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    There is a very thin line differentiating between self-respect and ego. One should always lead their life with confidence and self-respect, but not egoistic. May lord bless us all to realise our mistakes due to ego and give us the mind to find solution for ego.

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