The ornament of virtue is renunciation; not ostentation ~ 14 Feb 2013

Nandana SGS MMS 260

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  1. {Renunciation : The formal rejection of something, typically a desire.. renunciation of earthly pleasures} {Ostentation: Pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness}
    In a world where what we do speaks louder than what we say, we all derive our equity from action, not from possession.
    Ostentation fuels attachment, fans the fire of desire, which further bloats the EGO. Ostentation is where we choose to express ourselves through our possessions. Victims of Ostentation are compelled to show-off, because they believe what they wear adds value to who they are.
    Renunciation fuels detachment. It reigns in the EGO. Renunciation is when we feel at ease within, that we don’t feel the need to show-off to gain attention. Heroes of Renunciation are modest, because they believe who they are adds value to what they wear.
    Pranams Sathguru!
    You’re our Rama who exemplifies the virtue of renunciation. We follow you.
    Jaya Guru Datta. Your Puttuji

    • on February 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Happy Guru Day prostrations to the lotus feet of Our Srirama Sathgurudeva _/\_!!

  2. Jai Guru Datta
    Dear Swami AVADHOOTA
    This APPAJI I have to learn renunciation, it is a really big challenge for me 🙂
    I pray for YOUR help.
    Sri Guru Datta and much love ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ and much fun in Norway 🙂
    Om Namo Hanumate Namaha

    • Savitri on February 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

    All what you are and all what you have, take it and serve with it. Make good things. But don’t show at all: look, that’s me, I can ….., I am …… No, I do , what I feel and the only, what is important, that God will be happy with me.

    • on February 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! Before my academic classes, I often hear my students talking about the other professors and how they only have three shirts or wear the same pants each week, or dress in a way that they think is out of style. This always amuses me because I know they are young. The greatest Guru among us wears the same robes everyday. Real knowledge and power doesn’t come with a piece of silk or a designer label, it comes from within. Sri Guru Datta!

    • madhu talwar on February 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

    jgd Sri Rama You are incarnation of virtue (dharma), and renunciation is the path You chose and beautified virtue. Its very necessary for us to practice renunciation to be better humans, You and our Satguru teach us to practice detachment and enjoy peace on earth . Avadhuta’s guru (Kurur bird) also sets the same example. Thank You Puttu Ji Jai Sri Ram onhn sgd

    • Madhavi on February 14, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Beautiful, meaningful video with precious message! Thank you, dear Appaji! May my virtue grow, may I always be humble, may my renunciation encrease. May I not be tempted by ostentation because of virtous deeds.
    Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama!

    • lalithabalaji on February 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

    వేణు-ర్మధురో రేణు-ర్మధురః
    పాణి-ర్మధురః పాదౌ మధురౌ |
    నృత్యం మధురం సఖ్యం మధురం
    మధురాధిపతేరఖిలం మధురమ్ ||
    ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    శ్రీ రామ జయ రామ జయ జయ రామ
    శ్రీ గణపతి సచ్చిదానంద సద్గురవే నమః
    శ్రీ జయ లక్ష్మి మాత్రే నమః

    • prakashbabu bhadra on February 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

    ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    శ్రీ రామ జయ రామ జయ జయ రామ
    శ్రీ గణపతి సచ్చిదానంద సద్గురవే నమః
    శ్రీ జయ లక్ష్మి మాత్రే నమః
    గీతం మధురం పీతం మధురం
    భుక్తం మధురం సుప్తం మధురమ్ |
    రూపం మధురం తిలకం మధురం
    మధురాధిపతేరఖిలం మధురమ్ ||

    • venkateswarudu.bhadra on February 14, 2013 at 10:34 am

    ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః
    శ్రీ రామ జయ రామ జయ జయ రామ
    శ్రీ గణపతి సచ్చిదానంద సద్గురవే నమః
    శ్రీ జయ లక్ష్మి మాత్రే నమః
    కరణం మధురం తరణం మధురం
    హరణం మధురం స్మరణం మధురమ్ |
    వమితం మధురం శమితం మధురం
    మధురాధిపతేరఖిలం మధురమ్ ||

    • on February 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    jaya guru datta appaji ! The ornament of virtue is renunciation; not ostentation

    • Meena Intwala on February 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Ornaments will only beautify the body while good qualities and virtues will shine the soul. Jaya Guru Datta Appaji for this very important Nanadana message.

  3. Jaya Guru Datta Appaji,
    What a beautiful metaphor this MMS message is! “The ornament of virtue is renunciation, not ostentation” We can analyse every word of this message then reflect on it as a whole.
    What is virtue? One automatically associates it with righteousness. Virtue is excellence in moral conduct and righteousness. When we speak of a virtuous person, we think of excellent souls who are righteous and pure.
    The crowning jewel or ornament of such people is renunciation; they are not ostentatious or showy, they do not do good deeds for fame or put on large acts of pretense. Instead, virtuous people are dispassionate and free from attachment (We can remember Jan 30th MMS here “A man who is free from desires treats everything as a piece of straw”)
    This MMS begins with the image of Sri Rama, Sita Devi and Bhaiya Lakshmana in the way that they would walk in the forest with Rama himself leading the way. The image of a forest is shown next. Indeed the Ramayana holds prime example of virtue in all good characters, the most common example is the virtuous Sri Rama who renounced name, fame and glory to fulfill the word of his father and free the earth from evil. The verse “jayatu jayatu mantram, janmasaphalya mantram” plays next which is from the Rama mantram and it means “Victory to Rama mantram which ensures the fulfillment of a human life.”
    May Lord Rama, our dear Appaji himself bless us to be virtuous and humble devotees. Jai Veera Hanuman!

  4. Jaya Guru Datta. I feel imprisoned by ostentation. Please put me and my family on the proper path. Let us, all of us, serve You. To serve money is foolishness and creates such unhappiness. I do not want this. I only want You and wealth is a gift from Sri Swamiji that should not be hoarded and used to make one feel higher than another. Only God is the most high. Let me be a slave only to Sri Swamiji. Let us be good guardians of wealth and use it to help others while realizing we are not the doers and we are the ones who are benefitted by supposed charity. We need Your help Sri Swamiji. My children are Yours. I beg You to make me the best mother. You are the real Mother, I am just the temporary mother but please let me do my duty perfectly. Do not let me fail You. I love you so very much. Sri Guru Datta.

    • Venkat on February 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji – an often stated adage coming from Your Holiness has more impact. Thanks a lot for reminding Appaji – if not identical we hear a similar one in Telugu. The attachment increases in flaunt whereas the detachment improves when there is no show-off. Jayaho Appaji.

    • on February 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Jaya Sri Rama
    Jaya Guru Datta
    Renunciation from this wonderful Musical Message Saying video is not easy. i like to view it again and again. The music fits greatly to the walk of Sri Rama, Sita Mata and Lakshmana. The flute guides us into a fairy tale forest. There Sri Swamiji tells us that the ornament of virtue is renunciation. This can be greatly seen by the Ramayana story of Lord Rama, Sita Mata and Lord Hanuman which are so beautiful sitting together in the last image. Their example shines with bright yellow rays into the world.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah
    Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Sita Rama

    • rose sheppard webster on February 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    the music and images on this mms are spectacular and the message is is even better. the people that stick out the most in my mind as living embodiments of this principle are Appaji’s father and aunty Venkamma. i like reading about those two in the early days… such brilliant, scholarly, refined beings and as detered to possessions as butterflies are to sea monsters. JGD

    • Madhavi Katta on February 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta! Sri Guru Datta !
    Om Sri Sadgurave Namah
    Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah.

    • Antony Ramnarine on February 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. Were it not for Appaji entering my life 20 years ago, I would have been like the majority in the mundane world. Now, through His divine teachings and experiences, I pray that I could be a better person, serving God, humanity and the environment.

    • padmamadala on February 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    జయ గురుదత్త! శ్రీ గురుదత్త! ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః!
    శ్రీ రామ జయ రామ జయ జయ రామ
    ఓం శ్రీ కోదండరామ సుప్రీతాయ నమః
    శ్రీ గురుదేవుల పాదపద్మములకు శతకోటి ప్రణామములు
    ఓం శ్రీ సద్గురుభ్యో నమః!

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on February 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    JGD Appaji
    When we do selfless seva with humility, follow Appaji, listen to His music.. the mind and heart automatically become purified from the inner enemies and shine. That divine aura is the best decoration one can have.. all the worldly affairs and showing off, pale in comparison. Only with Your guidance and blessings Appaji, one day our inner soul will shine.

    • on February 15, 2013 at 12:08 am

    In to day’s MMS, Appaji is saying about the value of Renunciation ( sacrificing mentality ) and the consequences of ostentation (Boasting ourself) . In this Kaliyuga , people are more attached to worldly pleasures and desires which lead to Ego and finally they pretent that they are very great and boasting themselves in every thing. But they are not thinking that it is only temporary . The MMS 256 is related to this only. Hence to overcome this, we have to control our mind sothat we will not involve unnecessarly in such things. But to control our mind , it is not so easy , for which we have to follow the spiritual path under the guidance of our Sadguru , Who will put in the Right path. That is why Appaji says when ever , we follow renunciation , the simplicity, being humble in our life will rule us. At the same time if we follow the concept of ostentation side by side, we develop Ego in our life which ultimately lead to failure . The photography is very apt for this MSG , since Lord Rama follow renunciation . The Bhajan is also apt for this MSG since it related to Sri Rama only. Finally , Appaji we got your concept and follow your teachings to develop renunciation in our life where ever it is necessary. JGD .

    • Neelam Bhambri Nayyar, USA on February 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Jai Guru Datta, how beautifully expressed that renunciation fuels detachment and ostentation fuels attachment. We are ever so greatful for these messages as they are surely helping us towards the virtuous path. Pranam Sadguru

    • Archana Penukonda on February 15, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! If we look at history, the noble have always been humble and detached, while the wicked, the demons, have been arrogant and ostentatious. In this age, money is the gauge by which you are judged. A wealthy person is welcomed more easily, is trusted more easily, is accepted more easily. So, there is desire, a subconscious or conscious desire to maintain the status with richly decorated homes, beautiful clothing, luxury cars, jewelry, fashionable bags and so on. The desire to be recognized and appreciated by others is perhaps the primary driver for such behavior. Willingly or otherwise, I’m a part of this rat race. I pray to Sri Swamiji to bless me with the right, dharmic thinking so I can lead a virtuous life without ostentation. Shedding ostentation will need restraint and discipline. Obeisances at the Holy Lotus Feet!

    • Ramarao Chengalvala on February 15, 2013 at 1:39 am

    సహాయం చెయ్యటం, దానం చెయ్యటం వంటి సత్కార్యాలు కూడ వ్యాపారమయమైన విలువలు సంతరించుకుంటున్న ఈ రోజుల్లో , నిరాడంబరత, త్యాగం, సత్ప్రవర్తన, ధర్మం యొక్క ప్రాముఖ్యతను తెలిపే ఈ సందేశం చాలా విలువైనది. తండ్రికిచ్చిన మాట కోసం సకల భోగాలను పరిత్యజించి అడవులకేగిన శ్రీరాముడు, ఋషికిచ్చిన మాటకోసం సంపదలు, రాజ్యం, చివరకు భార్య బిడ్డలను పోగొట్టుకున్న హరిశ్చంద్రుడు ధర్మమూ, నిరాడంబరత యొక్క విలువను ప్రపంచానికి చాటి, మానవాళికి ఆదర్శంగా నిలిచిన మహా పురుషులు. చేసిన ప్రతి చిన్న పనినియా గొప్ప ఘనతగా ప్రకటించుకుంటూ, ప్రకటింప చేసుకుంటూ పోవడం వలన వచ్చే పేరు, కీర్తి శాశ్వతం కాదు. ఏదో ఒక నాటికి అసలు రంగు బైటపడి , అవమానాలపాలు కావాల్సి వస్తుందనే హెచ్చరిక ఈ సందేశంలో ఉన్నది

    • on February 15, 2013 at 3:54 am

    Jaya Guru Datta Appaji_/\_!!

    Sadgurudeva’s Discourse, Dharma Divine Dairy:
    You will live a life of renunciation, having discarded the ego, love,
    lust, hate and all objects of pleasure. You will then be at peace with
    yourself and the world. You will become worthy of God Realization.

    Please bless me that I learn the virtue of renunciation and practice.
    We love you Appaji !!

    Sri Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Rama !! Sri Guru Datta !!
    Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha !!

    • Gilla Lalitha on February 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

    JGD Appaji – Om Sri Saraswatye Namah – SGD

    • on February 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

    ,This message contains books of knowledge mentioned in a single sentence..

    • jayanandini. on February 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    jaya guru datta

    • svetha on February 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    My beloved RAMA-GURUJI, may we all have the strength to renounce and share our fortune with
    others instead.
    I thank YOU for this very inspiring mms.

    • Alison Scott on February 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    JGD! i clicked on this email after coming home from a party I attended here innew Orleans… New Orleans can be seen through eyes as the epitome of ostention!
    tonight, I dresses to go to the soiree, and I thought, Oh I should wear that diamond tennis bracelet my husbanc gave to me years and years ago! It will look good and I am sure that he will be happy to show people how well he treats me! I thought for awhile before Doing so , as I rarely wear the beautiful jewelry that have! BECAUSE i usually go it alone and think it is ostentaitous! Go figure! Then I thought how mush Swamiji decorates Mother Goddess! And i told myself OK! I am a Temple! afterall! i went ahead and wore the bracelet! it is beautiful! Especially set against the beautiful diamonD ENCRUSTED Rolex watch I have (which i rarely wear also! and really what is time TIME since we have enxountered our Swamiji?) But what to do with all our human ornaments?
    I will say this! NOW! ”
    The most beautiful ornament that I wore last night was my inner knowledge and my FAITH perioD AND MY LOVE FOR EVERYONE AT THE PARTY!…oh and my smile…I don’t think anyone really noticed that SPARKLING DAIMOND TENNIS BRACELET AND IT WAS A LOT OF CAROTS!… ( But I won’t tell my husband this) JGD!

    • Chandra Chengalvala on February 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta … Shedding one’s ego and worship of Lord can help us to drop the
    pretentions and be truthful to one’s self and world. Om Namo Hanumathe Namaha …

    • Joseph on February 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Beautiful message and audiovisuals. Practising renunciation is becoming tough to execute in the world of desires and ostentation. May lord bless us with knowledge about our temporary span of life and HIS eternal, omnipotence and caring Father who is always protecting us in all circumstances.

    • Vanaja on February 16, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    dear Datta, I bow down to you
    please make me humble
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Maurice Clarke on February 16, 2013 at 3:37 am

    JGD. May will all have that which Puttuji describes as an “ease within”. JGD.

  5. JGD Renunciation,reminds me of Mata Jayalaxmi who while leaving her Heavenly abode lived in small hamlets,performed Sadhana so as to bless us with our Appaji,who in turn has become an example to describe the word”Renunciation,”and the lineage continues, Sathgurudeva you are our Rama,the epitome of Dharma”.Ramaya Ram Bhadraya Ramachandraya Vethase,Raghunathaya Nathaya Seetayah Pataye Namaha.”I Pray to his holiness to give me the wisdom to check myself from ostentatious behavior,and to contribute to society to the extent possible.

    • Kambhoji on February 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Peaceful in the hearts,
    with no boasting cards,
    items, showing-offs and sounds,
    is what after all will count…
    Please help us our ego kill
    and to pray, have the firm will
    to be modest, loving, true,
    and to humbly follow YOU!
    Thank you so much, Appaji!

    • dr.kodanda ram reddy on February 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

    jayagurudatta puttuji , sashtangapranams at lotus feet of poojya swamiji, attachment to guru,s lotus feet
    detaches all things, once again i bow at lotus feet of poojya swamiji, with humble pranams om namo hanumathenamhaa

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