Monday, August 29, 2011

Notes from a lecture of Shri Kripaluji Maharaj

I got to overhear most of this audio lecture last week. I don’t quite remember all of it now, but from what I remember, I enjoyed listening to it and appreciated the thoughts quite a lot. So thought I’d note them down before I forget.

  • Ego is our worst enemy. Why to have ego in the first place? We are never the best, but still we feel we are. When complimenting each other, us humans use phrases like “eyes like a deer”, “tall as a giraffe”, “run like a leopard”, “faithful as a dog”, etc. Even when animals are better than humans in looks and many other characteristics as we can see in these comparisons, it is us who feel proud of ourselves. What if humans were blessed with those better characteristics? Where would we be then?!
  • There was this Sanskrit shlok/couplet that had a line "Be as tolerant as a tree". It took me back to the time when I went on vacation to Sequoia National Park. Looking at those hundreds of years old sequoia trees, made me think how long some of them have been standing there, standing tall, in freezing snow, in scorching heat, in stormy winds, in rains, one season after the other. Trees indeed are the most tolerant living things.
  • In one of the parts, Maharaj ji says he preferred when people scolded him than to when they praised him.

    Anonymous said...

    Who is Shri Kripaluji Maharaj?

    Java said...

    Not quite impressed with the takeaways. Was there more?

    Himanshu said...

    Good to know that you refer this particular message of Mr Kripalu, I am sure this would help you in coming out from your own ego.

    Kanan said...

    Anonymous, Shri Kripaluji Maharaj is jagadguru and spiritual leader from India. You can read more about him here:

    Java, I was multitasking and overheard most of the stuff, but yes, there was more. Too bad, I can't recall more. I think it was an hour long lecture. Some of the stuff he says is really good and thought provoking or so I think.

    Himanshu, glad to know you think so. Improvement does start with I.