As it Strikes Me

One cannot come into being in this world without a mother and a father. Parents even do a lot of menial service to the child like cleaning up when the child dirties itself. They also provide for the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of the child. This momentous work done by parents is soon forgotten…

Among the astikas (those who have faith in our scriptures) we find that some follow astrological planetary movements and its influence on their life very carefully. In fact they are very concerned about the influence of faraway planets like Saturn on their lives. If the influence is malignant, they would not hesitate to even perform prayaschittams (expiatory rites to alleviate its influence).

Generally, we are thankful to one who has done us a good turn. When we stand to gain due to another’s help either financially, materially or physically we feel grateful to him. We revere this person who has helped us. If the help was a timely one, we feel moved. But this alone cannot be a sign of our gratitude.

In spiritual life there are two things - being subject-conscious and being object-conscious. Thinking of Bhagavan is being 'subject-conscious'. Thinking of what the aspirant has achieved -- his progress, his spiritual experiences so far, etc. -- is being 'object-conscious'.