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Lila Amrit

 

 

 

LILA-AMRIT means: "Miracles and Nectar of Divine Wisdom". It is the biography of Sri Mahaprabhuji, an incarnation of Divine Love and Wisdom, which is told by his successor, Paramhans Swami Madhavananda, who lived with Mahaprabhuji in Khatu Ashram in the desert of Rajasthan, India.

Sri Mahaprabhuji's miraculous life, which was filled with divine bliss and wonders, was a divine blessing and liberation for all who came in touch with him. This chronicle is based on Swami Madhavanandaji's personal experiences, as well as on authentic material gathered from persons who lived with Mahaprabhuji.

From his miraculous birth, through childhood, to the accomplishment and the completion of his divine mission, we see him as a young boy amazing a Sanskrit scholar with his innate knowledge of the cosmic order, bringing to life a dead girl and we read about his extraordinary initiation following the age-old tradition of Guru lineage of his divine master Sri Devpuriji, whose remarkable personality is also presented here.

After the meeting with his Master, Mahaprabhuji stayed in his ashram at Bari Khatu, Rajasthan, where he spent most of his life, teaching and helping all who came to him, instructing and liberating his followers. The light of his wisdom and grace revealed to spiritual seekers their true Self and released them from the suffering and sorrows caused by illusion of ignorance. Mahaprabhuji's teachings also have been presented in beautiful bhajans or spiritual songs, many of which are translated here.

Mahaprabhuji lived 135 years and left his physical body in 1963. In his every word and action, he revealed his unity with the divine wisdom and highest spiritual consciousness. This book also tells about some of his disciples, who spent several years in the holy presence of Sri Mahaprabhuji.

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  1. Love God with a pure heart.
  2. If you lead your life according to ethical principles you can fulfil your dharma. Accept the principle of morality and obey it as long as you live.
  3. Whatever you plan to do, do it with firm determination and your success will be assured.
  4. Always hold onto the Truth. Do not think negative and always do good.
  5. Do not give up what you have already started. There will always be obstacles in the way, just like roses always have thorns. Remove those obstacles with self-confidence and by God's grace your path will lead you to the goal.
  6. Do not be dependent upon others. Stand on your own feet. Trust in your abilities and God will help you.
  7. The success of your actions lies within the strength of your inner conviction and self-discipline. Do not lose your courage and never give up.
  8. Outer purity alone is not enough. Pure consciousness needs both inner and outer purity.
  9. Be truthful. Do not be a hypocrite.
  10. Be kind to all creatures and helpful at all times. In this way you will also help yourself.
  11. Beware of arrogance. Respect everyone equally.
  12. Whatever you think to possess is only transitory. Give up your false pride.
  13. Do not be proud of your wealth and knowledge. There will always be someone who is better than you.
  14. Always be honest and nothing will be lost. Dishonesty fails in the end.
  15. Do not praise yourself. Others may praise you but your greatness lies in modesty.
  16. Do not let yourself be discouraged by problems. Earthly life constantly flows between the banks of fortune and grief. One who loses courage won't reach the aim. Fulfil your duties with inner certainty and faith.
  17. Complete your tasks immediately. Do not postpone them till tomorrow. Realize your good intentions now because one moment is never like the next.
  18. Respect everyone equally. Always be ready to help. Without doing good, without right action, life lacks meaning.
  19. All pleasures are transient. Do not succumb to their outer appearance. True joy can be found in the service of all creatures and in this is the wisdom and meaning of life.
  20. Do not waste your time. Each second of your life is precious and irreplaceable. Time passed never comes back, time doesn't wait. If you don't keep up you'll be left behind, so use your time well.
  21. Everyone has good and bad habits. Do not see the bad in others, rather discover their virtues and emulate them. Learn good from everyone and everything.
  22. Do not allow bad habits to form which will be hard to give up and which may destroy your life. Cultivate good habits which will be helpful all life long. Avoid toxic substances such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs. These only invite illness and death into your house.
  23. Rise before sunrise and practise your spiritual exercises. Their benefits will accompany you the whole day.
  24. Be moderate with eating, as excessive craving for pleasure leads to laziness and disease.
  25. Respect your parents, your teachers and your Master. Live in love and harmony with your family.
  26. Always hold onto the Truth. Keep your word even if it costs your life.
  27. Your words and deeds should equal each other.
  28. Only pass on what is important. Hollow talk and gossip is lost time.
  29. Remain true to your partner and avoid situations that may lead you to be unfaithful.
  30. First impressions should never be the basis for your decisions. Wait until you have obtained further knowledge and in this way you will avoid unnecessary disappointments.
  31. Debts between friends not settled in time jeopardise the friendship. Give with an open heart, but weigh exactly what to do.
  32. Worldly things unnecessarily accumulated only become burdens and will bring sorrow. Material wealth is transient. Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, dislikes to be captured. The best possessions to handle are devotion, service and benefaction.
  33. Avoid words which you may later regret. Do nothing that will give away your principles, cause loss of self respect or sow the seeds of discord.
  34. Avoid unnecessary quarrels and avoid bad company. Keep away from hazards. Associate with good and wise people.
  35. Never speak ill of your parents or your Master. Do not accept malicious talk against them.
  36. Do not make enemies through thoughtless mistakes. Do not constantly complain about your problems.
  37. Try your best to promote the realization of ethical ideals. This will contribute to an existence of harmony.
  38. Learn to control your desires. Do not abandon yourself to dependence on your senses.
  39. Lethargy is one of your greatest enemies. Without effort you will not reach your aim. So give up your laziness.
  40. Do not waste your life in sensual living. Do not permit yourself to be confined to passions. Like the bee, drunk on the pleasant smell of the lotus flower, becomes caught in the closing bloom at sunset, so is a life wasted in transient, sensual pleasures. Do not abandon the quest for spiritual knowledge and development of conscious­ness.
  41. Do not ignore the laws of nature. Never disregard nature or nature will take its retribution.
  42. When the waves are high one should not dive for pearls.
  43. View the lives of Saints and important personalities as examples. Whatever someone achieves, is dependent on his or her own effort.
  44. Whoever speaks of the highest knowledge without having actually realized it, still lives in great ignorance. Even if they be very learned, their talk lacks perfection.
  45. If one wears the robe of an order and turns away from worldly life, yet is still not purified within and adheres not to right action, then their "renunciation" is meaningless.
  46. Avoid places where you are not welcome.
  47. Wealth must be acquired in an honest way. Use it to achieve good. Earn your money through your own efforts, your own work.
  48. Do not just take, also learn to give. Constant taking creates a serious burden which is only unloaded by the act of giving.
  49. Be kind to every creature. Whomsoever hurts others, will themself be hurt.
  50. Treat others as you wish they should treat you. You will get back everything that you give.
  51. Love every living being at least as much as yourself.
  52. God's Light is in every creature. To love and serve them is to love and serve God.
  53. All beings are able to sleep, eat, drink and reproduce. The difference between people and animals is that the purpose of human birth is aimed at Self-knowledge and Self-realization.
  54. The perfect awakening of Self-realization takes place through love.
  55. Knowledge is limitless. Dive into it! Life is short and time passes quickly, so our experiences are limited. Let the past be gone and be aware that this moment also immediately belongs to the past. Make your future in the present. Therefore, brothers and sisters, wake up! Remember your duty and fulfil your dharma.