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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 19, 2019, 11:52:24 PM »
When I say, 'Meditate on the Self' I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness.

Annamalai Swami-Living by the Words of Bhagavan

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 19, 2019, 06:44:04 PM »
Question: I wasn?t here yesterday, but I was told that someone asked the following question: ?I have been following Bhagavan?s teachings for many years, but without any obvious benefits. I don?t feel any peace. What am I doing wrong? Why am I not getting results??
Annamalai Swami: Self-enquiry must be done continuously. It doesn?t work if you regard it as a part-time activity. You may be doing something that doesn?t hold your interest or attention, so you think, ?I will do some self-enquiry instead?. This is never going to work. You may go two steps forward when you practice, but you go five steps backward when you stop your practice and go back to your worldly affairs. You must have a lifelong commitment to establish yourself in the Self.
Your determination to succeed must be strong and firm, and it should manifest as continuous, not part-time effort.For many lifetimes you have been immersed in ignorance. You are habituated to it.
All your deeply rooted beliefs, all your patterns of behaviour reinforce ignorance and strengthen the hold it has over you. This ignorance is so strong, so deeply enmeshed in all your psychological structures, it takes a massive effort over a long period of time to break free from it.
The habits and beliefs that sustain it have to be challenged again and again.
Ignorance is ignorance of the Self, and to remove it Self- awareness is required. When you come to an awareness of the Self, ignorance vanishes. If you don?t lose contact with the Self, ignorance can never arise.
If there is darkness, you remove it by bringing light. Darkness is not something real and substantial that you have to dig out and throw away. It is just an absence of light, nothing more. When light is let into a dark room, the darkness is suddenly no longer there. It did not vanish gradually or go away piece by piece; it simply ceased to exist when the room became filled with light.
This is just an analogy because the Self is not like other lights. It is not an object that you either see or don?t see. It is there all the time, shining as your own reality. If you refuse to acknowledge its existence, if you refuse to believe that it is there, you put yourself in an imaginary darkness. It is not a real darkness. It is just your own wilful refusal to acknowledge that you are light itself. This self-inflicted ignorance is the darkness that has to be banished by the light of Self-awareness. We have repeatedly to turn to the light of the Self within until we become one with it.
Bhagavan spoke about turning inwards to face the Self. That is all that is needed. If we look outwards, we become entangled with objects and we lose awareness of the Self shining within us. But when, by repeated practice, we gain the strength to keep our focus on the Self within, we become one with it and the darkness of Self-ignorance vanishes. Then, even though we continue to live in this false and unreal body, we abide in an ocean of bliss that never fades or diminishes.
This is not going to happen in a moment because lifetimes of wrong and ignorant thinking have made it impossible for most of us to focus intently and regularly on the Self within. If you leave your house and start walking away from it, and if you continue this habit over many lives, you will probably be a long, long way from home when you finally decide that you have had enough and that you want to go back to where you started from. Don?t be discouraged by the length of the journey, and don?t slacken in your efforts to get home.
Turn 180? to face the source of your outward journey, and keep moving back to where you started. Ignore the pain, the discomfort, and the frustration of seeming not to get anywhere. Keep moving back to your source, and don?t let anything distract you on the way. Be like the river on its journey back to the sea. It doesn?t stop, take diversions, or decide to flow uphill for a while. It doesn?t become distracted. It just moves slowly and steadily back to the place its water originated from. And when the river dissolves in the ocean, river is no more. Only ocean remains.
Jiva [the individual self] came from Siva and has to go back to Siva again. If there is a big charcoal fire, and one burning ember jumps out, the fire in the ember will soon go out. To reignite it, you have to put it back into the fire, back into its burning source.
There is no happiness in separation. Thejiva has no happiness, contentment or peace so long as it remains a separate being. The separate being comes from the Self. It has to go back there and end there. Only then will there be eternal peace.
The energy of the mind comes from the Self. In the waking state the mind functions as a separate entity. In the sleep state it goes back to the source. Again and again it comes out and goes back. It does this because it doesn?t know the truth of what it really is. It is Self and Self alone, but its ignorance of this fact makes it miserable. It is this feeling of separateness that gives rise to desires, suffering and unhappiness.
Keep the mind in the Self. If you can do this, you can live in peace both while you are awake and also while you are asleep. In deep sleep all differences are dropped. If you keep the mind in the Self during the waking state, there will also be no differences, no distinctions. You will see everything as your own Self
Annamalai Swami , Final Talks

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: November 19, 2019, 06:40:28 PM »
Karma is the driving force of life. Even the celestial beings and the Trimūrtis abide by this law of karma. Needless to say, this entire world is also bound by this law of karma.
Action is karma, be it good or bad. But the fruit of karma is applicable to one and all. The karmas prohibited by śāstras are niṣiddha karma. Apart from this, there are karmas that are synonymous with nyāya and viveka.
Paropakāraḥ Puṇyāya Pāpāya Parapīdanaṁ. Man?s actions are broadly divided into two divisions, papa and puṇya. Paropakāra is puṇya whereas hurting others by action is considered as pāpa. The scriptures are a guiding light to mankind and hence it is always advisable and wise to follow them in an impeccable way.
Karma can be divided into three as nitya, naimittika and kāmya. According to śāstras, even though there may arise a mistake or two in the case of nitya and naimittika karmas, they are not of great importance and hence are excluded from severe punishment. But the kāmya karmas should be performed flawlessly. Śāstras warn that even a small mistake in this regard is sure to bring in unfavourable results.
Śāstras have laid down certain prayascittas (remedial measures) for the mistakes committed while performing the nitya and naimittika karmas. Even mistakes committed in previous births could be compensated with prayascittas. They are: 1. Adhyayana 2. Satya 3. Brahmacarya 4. Ahiṁsā 5. Tapas and 6. Yaj?a.
Man should be prepared to impart the knowledge he has obtained to others and observe brahmacarya very strictly. Performing dharma through the mind, thought and intellect is also important.
Let us pray to God to bless us with a pure mind filled with vairāgya, devotion, kindness and sanctity.
(Excerpts from a speech delivered by H.H. Śrī Abhinava Vidyā Tīrtha Mahāsvāmī in 1965 at Coimbatore; published in Tattvāloka of May 2001)

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:34:14 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 19, 2019, 12:58:09 PM »
Question: Why should Self-enquiry alone be considered the direct path to Realization?

Bhagavan: Because every kind of path except Self-enquiry presupposes the retention of the mind as the instrument for following it, and cannot be followed without the mind. The ego may take different and more subtle forms at different stages of one's practice but it is never destroyed. The attempt to destroy the ego or the mind by methods other than Self-enquiry is like a thief turning policeman to catch the thief that is himself. Self enquiry alone can reveal the truth that neither the ego nor the mind really exists and enable one to realize the pure, undifferentiated Being of the Self or the Absolute.

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 19, 2019, 10:17:48 AM »

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 17, 2019, 03:18:09 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 16, 2019, 03:05:08 PM »

I once remember a Harijan lady who for the past twenty-five years was gathering honey to send to Sri Bhagavan. On every occasion she was unable to bring the honey herself and had to send it with someone. After waiting for twenty-five years, she finally found the opportunity to come. The poor lady was in tattered clothes, standing before Bhagavan. Her eyesight was poor and I still vividly recall the unusual way she looked at Sri Bhagavan, calling out "Oh Darling, where are you? I want to see you." Bhagavan in all his graciousness said, "Grandmother, look this way. I am here." Looking at the honey she had brought with her, he said to me, "They are Brahmins, they won't eat this. We will share it, and eat it."

It is often said, Bhagavan did not give direct Upadesa (spiritual teaching), but what else is all this? Although Bhagavan repeatedly pointed out human frailty, people were not prepared to rectify themselves. As if talking to himself, he looked at this poor old woman in ragged clothes and said, "Poor lady, she must be hungry. And where will she go for clothes? Who will offer her food and clothes?" Upon hearing this, Ondu Reddiyar got up and said, "We will give her food and also see that some clothes are purchased." Then Reddiyar took the woman to the Dining Hall and fed her sumptuously. He also sent someone to town to buy her a sari. As the old woman had no money, she had walked a great distance to come here. Bhagavan knowing this, said in an impersonal way, "Would anyone be interested in getting her a bus ticket?" Reddiyar again came forward and said, "We will provide her with a bus ticket and see her off." When this lady returned from the Dining Hall she was touching the ground, and then touching her eyes. That is a way of prostration and thanksgiving.

It is noteworthy that whenever the poor or untouchables came, Bhagavan took a very personal interest in them, which was a moving sight to see.

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 14, 2019, 11:06:02 PM »
You don't have to set aside a time for meditation. You can do it while you're driving your car, while you're at work, while you're playing music. Just be aware of yourself, of who you really are, and realize the rest is a projection of your mind. ~ Robert Adams

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 14, 2019, 06:27:39 PM »
I just saw the above message from Ramana Hridayam FB Post which is also my main source for the Robert Adams quote .I am not must aware of  the so called current controversies about him .I have always loved his quotes and his book SILENCE FROM THE HEART and felt he resonated clearly Bhagavan's teachings and that's why sharing the same . Many people do not study PAPAJI because of his second Marriage etc etc but I was highly benefited by his books written by David Godman .
In the end all the pointers are directed towards the SELF . That is why I started a thread POINTERS TO PRESENCE which does not carry the author of those pointers and we just see whether those Pointers are useful and help us develop clarity without getting trapped about the authors who wrote it and their lifestyle etc etc .
Anyway I am not interested in digging more about Robert Adams and just shared his pointers as I felt they were useful and will do so if I come across such useful pointers .

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 14, 2019, 03:23:16 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:07:02 PM »
Tayumanuvar, a Tamil saint whom Bhagavan often quoted, wrote in one of his poems: 'My Guru merely told me that I am consciousness. Having heard this, I held onto consciousness. What he told me was just one sentence, but I cannot describe the bliss I attained from holding onto that one simple sentence. Through that one sentence I attained a peace and a happiness that can never be explained in words'.

Annamalai Swami

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
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General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
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