I seek strength...to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself
The Native American Prayer
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world - hear me - I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
Prayer by Yellow Hawk
[Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi tells us unequivocally that the desire to grow spiritually goes hand in hand with deep introspection and correction of our faults.]
"It is very necessary to be introspective and to clean your own faults." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Shri Raja Lakshmi Puja, December 7,1996, Delhi India.)
"Is a inside war. You have to fight the six enemies within yourself, then only you can rise and ascend in your spiritual growth." (Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi)
"In between Jesus Christ and His destroying incarnation of Mahavishnu called as Kalki, there is a time given to human beings to rectify themselves, for them to enter into the Kingdom of God, which in the Bible is called as Last Judgment."
[Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi advises on how to correct the challenges of the six enemies within.]
"So Sahaja Yogis can't afford to have these six enemies. First of all, the temper which really doesn't behoove. Compassion. Replace temper with compassion. Today is 60th birthday and we have to just fight only six enemies within ourselves. Second is which you have, most of you have done it, is to retract your attention from perversion. Most of you have done it. Your eyes are better now, steady. But still you are egoistical. Vanity. Still people are jealous, competitive. You still have some lurking materialism. A new thing that is coming, you are getting attached to your families. So we have to change it now, in a different use. Same thing can be used for doing God's work. They can be used as the six hands of Sahaja Yogis.The first one is the anger. You have to be angry with yourself when you do wrong things. And not to feel guilty, but angry with yourself for doing wrong things. Guilty is the best way never to get rid of it. It's like a storehouse kept for personal archives, locked up. I have suffered a lot because of your guilty business very much. And they come out one by one. So you have to be angry with yourself when you feel guilty: " How can I feel guilty? Why did I do such a thing? I'm not going to do it." So develop your anger against yourself and not against others."
(Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Birthday Puja, 1983-03-21)
[Gregoire de Kalbermatten echoes Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's message that the inside war to conquer the six enemies within, is what is necessary to grow spiritually. Our internal enemies include: anger, greed, lust, pride(vanity), attachment, and jealousy.]
"If so, the prediction of the Mahdi does not announce the victory of zealot warriors who will wipe out non-believers, understood to be other races or religions. Rather, the prophecies talk of the power of love, not the might of hate. They would then refer to the fight against ignorance, no doubt the most formidable of all battles. But if Allah is indeed the Merciful and Compassionate, such is the most likely meaning of the predictions of the imams. The real jihad is an internal fight for our own purification, so that our full spiritual potential might finally manifest. Consequently, even in the stern Muslim prophecies we can read the hopeful and promising light of mankind's renewal. This may or may not combine with events of massive destruction that can still manifest. But let us focus on the hopeful dimension of this momentous period.”
Gregoire de Kalbermatten, The Third Advent
King Printing 2003, pg. 205-8
[Kundalini's awakening of Shri Ganesha's presence within us cleanses all these enemies.]
Shri Ganesha, Deity of the Mooladhara, emanating holiness and innocence explains.
"Before human beings were created, before the Earth and sky, long before the sun, the moon, and the galaxies, I filled everything with holiness and innocence. Single-handedly the Mother Holy Spirit, Adi Shakti, created Me first to guard and protect Her everywhere. My total surrender to Her and My exclusive alliance to Her can remove any obstacle. In your body I am innocence, wisdom and spontaneity. I am the sanctity of the marriage union and the blessing of saintly children. When Kundalini awakens My presence in you, you regain your lost innocence. She overcomes all of His enemies outside, as well as those within your being. I am the Everlasting Child and the sparkles of My innocence radiate the universe in a constant flow of bliss."
[An invitation to quench our thirst:]
"Dear Companion, your unceasing thirst of Vaasnaas (desires) makes you wander and roam around in ten directions. As a result, your beautiful natural robes of humility, forgiveness, and sweet speech are torn apart. In lust, anger, greed, attachment, false ego, and jealousy, your mind has become restless. As soon as you attain Shabad Surti (Shabad Consciousness), your thirst will be quenched by drinking in this Ambrosial Nectar. Come, and quench your thirst, once for ever."
Guru Duaarai devsee tikhaa nivaarai soi: Through the Gurdwaaraa, He gives (the Ambrosial Nectar of Shabad), and quenches the thirst (sggs 933).
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