When your education or talent makes you arrogant, downfall is certain ~ 12 Dec 2012

Nandana SGS MMS 196

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  1. Pranams Sathguru!

    Your eyes and gestures suggest you are extremely annoyed with knowledge & talent making us more arrogant. We cannot say that is because of our ignorance.. because we claim to be knowledgeable & talented!

    You are the greatest teacher ever.. who uses the simplest yet powerful examples to help us internalize your concepts. So, here you are.. showing us fully grown crops of paddy that are ready for harvest. They are bent and not straight. As they mature, they bow down to mother nature in all humility.

    You have made your point, Gurudeva.

    Lord Dattatreya said he learnt humility from water. You want us to learn it from paddy too. In your grace you are relating to as many illustrations as we may require. We are grateful, Gurudeva.

    We know that arrogance makes enemies, divides. Humility reinforces relationships, bonds. In your watchful care, the more mature we get, we’ll get equally humble. This is a commitment. Jaya Guru Datta. Your Puttuji.

    • mukund mohan on December 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Sadangadi vedo mukhe sastra vidya Kavitvadi gadyam supadyam karoti
    Guroranghirpadme manascennalagnam Tatah kim tatah kim tatah kim tatah kim !!

    Millions of humble prostrations to the lotus feet of Our Dattavatara Sathgurudeva on Happy 12.12.12 !!

    • on December 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Jaya Guru Datta, Swamiji! In today’s world, we are all specialized. Even our doctors only treat one part of the body. We have lost sight of the great whole mystery that is before us. When I first began teaching at the college level I was very intimidated by my colleagues. Then I realized that they only knew a lot about one thing, but were ignorant in areas other than their own. It was a good lesson about how limited we are, even when we have advanced degrees. Your knowledge is so vast, so far beyond the boundaries of any human academy. We are so blessed to have you as our Guru. On this day when many believe the dawn of a new enlightened age is beginning, let us surrender all that we think we know to you, and empty ourselves on this day so that we may be filled with correct insight and knowledge. Sri Guru Datta!

  2. Jaya Guru Datta
    Dear Swami AVADHOTTA
    Oh yes APPAJI, also here is only a small path of rightness. Please bless me with sensibility to go the right way.
    Sri Guru Datta and a rainbow of love

    • Jaya on December 12, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Jaya Guru Datta

    What is the purpose of education or talent other than to serve and benefit others, just like the fruit of the tree?
    Using it for our egos and personal power is not in alignment with the true purpose.
    Thank you Swamiji for showering your teachings and blessings on the world for the good of all beings.

    • Gilla Lalitha on December 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

    JGD Appaji – As i said earlier for us it is like going to school everyday to learn a new lesson which will benefit in our lives. Thank you Appaji for reminding us that to be good, do good to seek Appaji blessings – it doesn’t mean that if you are educated and you are a king, if possible educate others but not treat them badly – SGD

    • Praveen Nidumolu on December 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Jai Guru Datta Appaji,
    A very powerful message on 12-12-12! We are constantly taught by the world to ‘sell ourselves and our skills’ to succeed at the highest level! Our beloved SadhGuru is warning us from falling into that illusionary trap.
    You have time and again made us realize that every bit of talent/skill/knowledge we possess has been bestowed to us out of the Lord’s compassion – to beneift the world around us… it is not meant for selfish ends OR to make us feel arrogant!
    Appaji advised the Volunteers to feel that they are His body parts while they are involved in Service… and that by giving up our Egos and doership, we can really feel one with Swamiji serving our ‘Datta Mission collectively’. What a profound revelation!
    It is said that “A tree full of fruits is always bent down with humility.” Likewise, let us commit to learn many virtues like Humility and selfless service from the trees and become His worthy instruments!
    Forever grateful. Sri Guru Datta!

    • venkateswarudu.bhadra on December 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    కరస్థే హేమాద్రౌ గిరిశ నికటస్థే ధన-పతౌ
    గృహస్థే స్వర్భూజాऽమర-సురభి-చింతామణి-గణే
    శిరస్థే శీతాంశౌ చరణ-యుగలస్థే-అఖిల శుభే
    కమర్థం దాస్యేऽహం భవతు భవదర్థం మమ మనః 27

    • on December 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Jai guru Datta
    Puttuji it is sure that when your education and talent makes you arrogant, downfall is certain.
    This mms is so true we see all this happen every day but, we never think that we are very clever.
    Somebody is watching you what we are doing.
    Sri guru datta

    • Manu on December 12, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Jai Guru Datta,
    Yes, Sri Swamiji, this is the sentence I´ve been waiting to hear for a long time. Now I know the fault of mine. Since 10 years I´ve been fighting with the problem in my right hand wich makes me almost invalid as a musician, at least in the way I had been aducated. I´m desperate in finding a solution, but alas – how can I find a solution when I don´t know the cause: here it is: the cause is my arrogance. May You teach me how to be humble, please.
    Sri Guru Datta.

    • Archana Penukonda on December 12, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Jaya Guru Datta! Thank You for the message, Puttuji. Reflecting on the message, it’s no surprise then that arrogance led to the downfall of even the greatest leaders, scientists, artists etc. We need to approach our tasks with humility and a good dose of confidence, but not arrogance. The humble Lord Rama always introduced himself as the son of King Dasaratha. Arrogance blinds us to the fact that there is always something more to learn, it leads us to believe that we are better than and know more than everyone else and that eventually leads to our downfall since there is always room to learn and more often than not, there is someone better than us. Like Puttuji said, may we always surrender all our knowledge at the Lotus Feet of our Sathguru so He may guide us. Any knowledge and success we experience is a blessing of the Sathguru. I pray that we always remember that. Obeisances at the Holy Lotus Feet!

    • Savitri on December 12, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I have a talent for making therapie, so that a lot of people ask for help by me. But I know very good: all what I am able tu do is only because Swamiji is showing it to me and because He is helping me. Like this I don’t got arrogant. That is very important. Then I see also, where I should learn more, because my help is not enaugh.

    • Madhu Talwar on December 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

    jgd thanks for warning Swami Ji. This arrogance is caused by ego and it should never ever appear in a disciple’s thought. Its human’s right to achieve education and talents with Lord’s grace.It should not fruit arrogance, instead must be practiced as a moral duty to help fellow beings. May Lord as Satguru guide His children onhn sgd

    • Venkat on December 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta. Appaji instructed this in so many discourses – “vidyaa dadaati vinayam” and ofcourse a lot more additional aspects as well were given to us. The riches should teach sacrifice and the likes. However, the importance of humility due to the acquired knowledge is paramount. Thanks again Appaji for reminding us.
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Anjana on December 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Jai Guru Datta, dear Appaji thank you for this apt MMS….the intensity in your eyes communicates the significance of this lesson for me. With your grace, i will learn humility and simplicity, and cast of pride and arrogant tendencies. Sri Guru Datta

    • Vanaja on December 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta,
    first we have to learn – later we have to un-learn. Such is teaching with Appaji. Such is the Lila. May I be modest.
    Sri Guru Datta

    • Pavani Kamalapuram on December 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    JGD Appaji
    Whatever we possess is His grace. Without His Blessing no knowledge is possible. When we do not own anything in this world, how can we claim ownership and arrogance? Appaji, we do not want any knowledge or possessions, we pray only to be in Your selfless seva always.

    • Anuradha Oruganti on December 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Jai Guru Datta Swamiji! Om Namoh Hanumate Namah! Sri Guru Datta Swamiji!

    • Kambhoji on December 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    May my education serve to help others,
    may I put into action my talents
    to engage humbly in Your mission,
    so that my voice becomes Your voice,
    my arms become Your arms,
    my legs move where You want to have me,
    my thoughts are directed to You,
    my heart becomes all Yours.
    May I be aware that all I am,
    I know and succeed
    is due to Your divine grace.
    Thank You so much!

    Yours Kambhoji

    • on December 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta, Appaji! I can tell from my own experience that this is true. I have been blessed with a great education and yet due to my ego & lack of self-respect, have become arrogant many times. Now I try to overcome this by immediately thanking Appaji & Mataji whenever ‘I’ have been successful. It was Appaji, God, the Divine Mother, who made me successful, not myself. Appaji, please bless me that I internalize this 100%, not only 95%… Sri Guru Datta!

    • on December 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta
    Om Nagendraya Namah
    When i studied physics the most profound lesson was what we all do not know. When watching Sri Swamiji it is clear that the knowledge we have is minute. And this little knowledge is His, not mine. i am so thankful that He bestows on us the wonderful droplets of wisdom through the great MMS project, His beautiful teachings and the deep going experience with Him.
    Koti koti pranams to the Divine Lotus Feet of Sathgurudeva.
    Sri Guru Datta
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah

    • Vindar Badall on December 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Jai Guru Datta.
    Thanks to Appaji for reminding us about being arrogant. We pray that we always remember that whatever we achieve is because of Sadguru’s grace. All glory must go to Sadguru. Om Namo Hanumate Namaha.

    • on December 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Jaya Guru Datta Puttuji,

    During my teen age, acheivements used to boost my ego and failures used to depress me. When i look back now, i feel i am very lucky to have Sri Swamiji in my life.
    Thank you Appaji for being part of our lives and for this great MMS messages.

    Sri Guru Datta

    • on December 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Jai Guru Datta and Happy 12.12.12 Appaji !!

    You are humility personified. We learn from you all the good qualities. Everything that we have is Your giving. Today’s MMS is loud and clear. We will remember your words. We will always remain humble and worthy of Your Grace !!

    Karya Siddhi Hanuman ki Jai !! Sri Guru Datta !!

  3. Jaya Guru Datta. Dearest Mother Sri Swamiji, everything I have is a gift from You. Any education or talent is all Yours. Please lead me to make good use of it by serving others. Let me remember to never be arrogant because my wealth, health, children, and everything is thanks only to Sri Swamiji. I love you so much. Please help me to be truly humble and know how to surrender. I must be holding onto some kind of arrogance, because most of the time I feel a distance between me and You. Please save me from myself. Let there only be You. Sri Guru Datta.

    • Maurice Clarke on December 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    JGD. I remember Swamiji saying that the end of education is character. Like the perfect teacher He has beautifully re-packaged the lesson here. Dear Swamiji, may we become like Lord Rama, the epitome of flawless character, under Your continued loving graces. JGD.

    • Dr.S.J. Saikumar on December 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    How true Appaji. As a surgeon the last thing I want in my career is to bask in glory and then have a downfall. I pray Appaji, Dattatreya and Karya Siddhi Anjaneya to give humility all the time. The dividing line between confidence and arrogance is very thin

  4. JGD.Vidya dadaadi vinayam,thus says neeti shastram.So an educated will always be humble.If knowledge does not help one to be modest,the education is useless and baseless.In the absence of base fall is certain,as proclaimed by Our APPAJI.SGD.

    • Neelam Bhambri Nayyar, USA on December 13, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Jai Guru Datta, our education, our knowledge and everything is by your grace. It’s your kind gift to us. Guru’s grace should bring humbleness not arrogance. We need to remember this always. Pranam Gurudev

    • padmamadala on December 13, 2012 at 3:27 am

    జయ గురుదత్త! శ్రీ గురుదత్త! ఓం నమో హనుమతే నమః !
    ఓం నాగేంద్రాయ నమః!
    మదాహంకార గర్వేన తపో విద్యా బలాన్వితా: I
    సంసార కుహరా వర్తే పతితా ఘటయంత్రవత్ II
    గురుదేవుల పాదపద్మములకు శతకోటి ప్రణామములు
    ఓం శ్రీ సద్గురుభ్యో నమః

    • T.R. Sethuraman, Cochin. on December 13, 2012 at 4:24 am

    By seeing Appaji’s today ‘s MMS, I remember the Eight Slokas in GuruGeetha CD, namely The Guruashtakam ( Praising about Sadguru) . If you go through each sloka, we can realise that what ever may be your education, talent, wealth or good family, what is the benefit or use with these unless you don’t have the blessings from Sadguru. Particularly the sloka (4) is more or less related to this MSG. Further here the Mind is also another important factor for your even all behaviour. In otherwords if we are able to control our mind, we will get the quality of being humble, like the grown crops of paddy. But again to control our mind, we have to follow the spiritual path in our life. At the sametime in this kaiyuga most of the people are interested in worldly pleasures and they have no time to think aboutspiritual path. In such circumstances they will be more arrogant, pride etc. Thereforeto get rid of from this, we have to follow the spiritual path through our Sadguru, Who is the incarnation of Lord Datta himself in this kaiyuga .The photography and the Bhajan are very apt for this MSG. Particularly in the picture Appaji’s expression with His finger down and the Bhajan on Lord Datta says the importance of Sadguru. JGD.

    • Madhavi on December 13, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Such situation have happened in my past life. May I have learned the lection definitely now, so that there is no risk of repeating this behaviour. Thank you for this important message, dear Appaji! JGD

    • Madhavi Katta on December 13, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Jaya Guru Datta!
    My Humble Pranamams to YOUR Lotus Feet Gurudeva.
    Om Sri Sadgurave Namah.
    Om Namo Hanumate Namah.

    • sai Shyam on December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Swamiji, You are the best example for all the humility one needs to show.

    • dr.kodanda ram reddy on December 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    jayagurudatta, sashtangapranams at lotus feet of poojya swamiji, this is a cautious message by poojya
    swamiji to all of us, arrogance in any field leads to bad results, so we must pray at sadgurus, lotus feet
    to make us in positve path, with his divine blessings – om namo hanumathenamhaa

    • Hira Duvvuri on December 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you Sadgurudeva for giving me the experience of this very painful but most valuable lesson even before you entered my life in the physical form. My ego had to rise beyond its limits and I had to fall like a ton of bricks and shatter to pieces before the realization dawned that I know nothing and I can do nothing. The realization has come also that like the grass that keeps growing, despite repeated mowings, the ego keeps lifting its head, in spite of repeated downfalls. I see it in myself and in others. Sadguru alone has completely destroyed his ego and Sadguru alone can destroy my arrogance and ego born out of total. ignorance. I pray humbly and fervently to my most revered Datta Sadguru Avadhoota Swamiji to forever separate me from my ego. Jaya Guru Datta

    • Joseph on December 15, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Wow…… that was an excellent message to be followed by everyone to enjoy success in life personally or professionally. If we can understand and experience that all knowledge or talent is only because of HIS grace, then probably there is no chance for us to even presume to be arrogant or igoistic. But how to realise this always, again i feel one can only pray and it’s HIS grace that we can understand and experience the superiority of almighty. May lord bless us all to have humbleness in us like a tree with fruits similarly to bless us all to be humble by sharing our knowledge with others and use our merits to help others without selfishness.

    • svetha on December 17, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Lieber SWAMIJI, mit rasch pulsierender, eindringlicher Musik und DEINEM auffordernden Blick zeigst DU mir, wie wichtig diese Botschaft ist.
    Wie dankbar dürfen wir sein für unsere Talente oder unsere Schulung. Bitte hilf uns, achtsam und demütig damit umgehen zu können.
    Von Herzen danke ich DIR für diese Unterstützung.

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