Loving and Divine Soul,

Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of you. I take this opportunity to pray for you during the celebration of Vijaya Dashami, the Day of Victory on 11 October, 2016. After nine days of worshipping the Divine Mother, the tenth day is called Vijaya Dashami, the Day of Victory. What is real victory, true success?

It is not material success or having power or authority over others; instead, it is the victory over inner vices and weaknesses as well as the manifestation of love, kindness, and compassion for all living beings.

Many times we complain about our workload and our responsibilities. But as the children of God we have tremendous potential to love and serve unconditionally, to be worthy instruments of the Divine. Only one thing is needed — to increase our potential.

A beautiful Sanskrit verse explains how we can increase our potential:

ko'ti bharah samarthanam kim duram vyavasayinam
ko videshah savidyanam kah parah priyavadinam 

"Can there be too much responsibility for a capable person? (One who is capable can handle anything.) Can any distance stand in the way for a business person? (A business person can go anywhere to achieve success.) Can any land be foreign for a well-educated person? (A well-educated person considers the entire world as home.) Can anyone be an alien to someone who knows how to speak with love? (A person with love has no distinction or discrimination.)"

We should be capable of handling every situation with inner balance and love. We can resolve many difficult situations not only for ourselves, but also for others. Let us increase our capability every day.

We should accept the responsibility to serve and love anyone at any place. For a truly spiritual person, far or near don't exist. A sincere lover of God always wants to unconditionally share love and knowledge with all. Was the US a far, distant place for Swami Vivekanandaji or Paramahamsa Yoganandaji when travel by sea voyage was not easy? They accepted the mission and lit the light of knowledge and love in the hearts of countless people.

We must learn how to speak with love and sweetness; then we will have no awareness of mine or thine. We all belong to one family. We are all brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. No one is a stranger to us. We should expand our hearts and minds with kindness and oneness. We should be good children of the Divine. This is the true celebration of the Day of Victory. We will conquer our weaknesses and win others over with love. We will not harbor ill feelings towards anyone in our minds or hearts. Our hearts will be an overflowing stream of love and love alone.

I send my love and prayers to all of you and to the entire creation.

With Love,
Prajnanananda

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