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Clean up

In the 1980s, my Guru and his wife visited Washington DC. They were staying at the local Iskcon chapter there, paying the 100$-odd fee. Despite no affiliation to that society, the karma yogis that they both were (and still are), they spent all their time being useful to the people there. Guruji’s wife cooked for over 100 people daily, while he washed utensils and cleaned all the toilets. Did anyone ask them to do it? Not at all. Would I do it if presented with the chance? When was the last time I washed utensils or cleaned toilets or cooked for someone else, when visiting a relative’s or friend’s place? Visiting a third-party establishment and performing selfless service is many steps higher. The then President of Iskcon was so impressed by the selfless couple that he beseeched them to move permanently to Washington. Of course that never happened, and thankfully so, else I may have never got to meet my Guru. Even in this matter I can only be selfish!

All spiritual texts carry the same message. Give up attachments and give up desires. If this is done, then ownership of your body and my body and your house and my house and someone else’s toilets ceases to be. Common sense applies of course, but this sort of mental re-programming would aid in spiritual growth as the ego gets progressively subdued.

How does one break free from attachments and desires? By seeing the futility of it all. By realizing that ‘enough’ is only theoretical. It will also help to carve out a part of our lives in the service of others. This physical and mental clean-up will at least partially allow the egotistic ‘I, me , myself’ to be replaced by altruistic thoughts and actions.

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  1. Vilasini Vilasini

    May sadhaks like me be associated by such selfless divine souls like our Guruji even in the following births , prayers and Pranams
    Consider it a privilege to read such wonderful mails which you post it selflessly Maheshji for the benefit of us , readers !
    May your tribe increase 🙏Jai Sri Krishna

    • Jsk Vilasini ji, indeed we are blessed to be in tbe company of such a divine soul. Really appreciate you taking the time out to read these posts and sharing your thoughts. Do feel free to share it with anyone who you think might enjoy such material. Pranams!

  2. Your article is very nice thank for NITI Aayog Annual Report 5 Years of Niti Ayog. Nancey Judah Lynda

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