A house of inim­itable ar­chi­tec­tural grandeur, SAU­RABH GADGIL’s home is a def­i­nite treat to the eyes

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I have a bad habit of crit­i­cis­ing ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one, and I re­al­ize that this comes from my fam­ily up­bring­ing. My par­ents were al­ways crit­i­cis­ing peo­ple and events in front of us chil­dren. I don’t want to be this way. I want to change. How can I go about it in the spir­i­tual way? If you wish to im­prove your­self, if you do not want to crit­i­cize peo­ple or events or things, fine your­self ev­ery time you fail in liv­ing up to the ideal. The fine could be as small as 25 paise. At the end of the month, col­lect the fines, of­fer a small prayer, and uti­lize the amount in some no­ble act; say in feed­ing dogs or dis­trib­ute breads or pack­ets of bis­cuits among the poor. Make a note in a di­ary the num­ber of times you crit­i­cized in a month. You will find that the num­ber will keep on de­creas­ing month af­ter month, un­til you will be com­pletely free of this evil habit. Do souls in­car­nate im­me­di­ately af­ter death or is there a rest pe­riod? Af­ter the death of the phys­i­cal body, the soul en­ters an as­tral body and then a causal body. Then, the soul re­turns from the causal world to the as­tral world, and fi­nally he is re­born in a phys­i­cal world. The jour­ney is long; so long that when we ‘die’, we will meet our dear departed ones, rel­a­tives and friends in the as­tral world. At the point of death, they will come and re­ceive us and we will be sur­prised to find our­selves in the midst of so many of the so-called dead peo­ple. God has blessed me with a good ca­reer, a lov­ing fam­ily and suf­fi­cient ma­te­rial com­fort. Why do I still feel so un­ful­filled? St. Au­gus­tine has said, “Our hearts are rest­less un­til they seek rest in Thee, O Lord!” Un­til you reach God, noth­ing will give rest to your heart; not sta­tus, nor money, nor po­si­tion, nor power, not even your fam­ily. This is what some mys­tics have called ‘divine dis­con­tent’. The seed of this dis­con­tent is there within the hearts of all; else we would never aspire to God. We long for Him be­cause all the wealth and com­forts of the world can­not give us true sat­is­fac­tion. We will at­tain it only when we touch the Lo­tus Feet of the Lord. Is it pos­si­ble to lead a life of bliss in this trou­bled world? It is not only pos­si­ble, but your birthright. Anan­dam is your birthright as chil­dren of God. Each one of you is a son or a daugh­ter of God. And God is the source of Ananda. He is an un­end­ing source of bliss. The mo­ment I re­alise that I am a child of God, noth­ing is go­ing to af­fect me. In or­der to live a life of bliss, all we have to do is to tran­scend the phe­nom­e­nal, tran­scend what is hap­pen­ing around us. What is the sig­nif­i­cance of a ? Ha­van is such a beau­ti­ful cer­e­mony! It brings bless­ings on the place where the sa­cred fire is kin­dled and also helps in pu­ri­fy­ing the en­tire at­mos­phere. The one good thing about a ha­van is when you of­fer ghee in the sa­cred fire, it wards off evil spir­its. You call it a rit­ual, but in Ger­many and even in Rus­sia, they are car­ry­ing on ex­per­i­ments to prove sci­en­tif­i­cally that the place where the ha­van fire is kin­dled reg­u­larly it be­comes a place of heal­ing. The ash that they get out of the ha­van is mixed with the soil, and this, in many cases, has yielded bet­ter crops. When you look at the fire; its leap­ing flames wake up within you cer­tain emo­tions, which, in it­self is pu­ri­fy­ing. In ad­di­tion, a ha­van also helps you to evolve spir­i­tu­ally. Of course, we are told in the an­cient books that agni is a mes­sen­ger of God.

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