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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:11:26 PM »

Though Destiny a hundred times waylays you,
in the end it pitches a tent for you in Heaven.

Rumi

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:03:25 PM »

There exists an inherent tension between
That which is personal and
That which is impersonal.
The desire to transcend the personal
Arises from the impersonal.
Since that which is personal would
Never agree to its own demise,
Who will bring about the transcendence?

Wu Hsin

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:54:27 PM »

We are like a bow in the grip of God's hand.
God sends us out upon various tasks.
In reality God is the agent, not the bow.
The bow is merely an instrument, unaware and unconscious of God,
so that the world's apparent order can be maintained.
Mighty indeed is the bow that becomes aware of the Bowman's hand!

Rumi

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:33:04 PM »

Abandon all theories and systems and live by wisdom,
 intelligence and active love.

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:25:24 PM »

One has to work in the world; naturally, carry on your worldly affairs,
but understand that which has come about by itself - that is, this body, mind and consciousness
 - has appeared in spite of the fact that nobody has asked for it.
I did not ask for it; it has come upon my original state
which is timeless, spaceless and without attributes.
So that whatever has happened is doing this business in the world.
The life force and the mind are operating, but the mind will tempt you to believe that it is 'you'.
Even if the mind tells you that you are the one who is acting, do not believe the mind.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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The Srimad Bhagavata / Re: Excerpts from Srimad Bhagavatam
« on: September 06, 2017, 02:28:30 PM »
Jada Bharata Instructs King Rahugana
The brahmin Jada Bharata said:
 'My dear King,lacking in experience using the terms of the experienced ones, does not make you more experienced! Considering the Absolute Truth these matters of mundane and social behavior are not discussed by the intelligent ones.
Talks of the relationship between the master and the servant, the king and the subject and so forth are simply talks about mundane activities. People interested in these activities which are expounded in the Vedas are intent on performing material sacrifices for their own benefit,or for the benefit of their household. For such people, spiritual advancement is definitely not manifest.
A dream becomes automatically known to a person when he wakes up as false and immaterial, and similarly one eventually realizes that material happiness in this life or the next, on this planet or a higher planet, is insignificant. When one realizes this, the Vedas, although an excellent source, are insufficient to bring about direct knowledge of the truth.
As long as someone's mind is under the control of the mode of passion, goodness or ignorance, actions - auspicious or otherwise - are by the [impelling] power of the senses of action and perception automatically the result. His mind is exactly like an independent, uncontrolled elephant. The result is that the one remains in the material world to enjoy and suffer pleasures and pains due to material activity.
Because the mind is absorbed in desires for pious and impious activities, it is naturally subjected to the transformations of lust and anger. In this way, it becomes attracted to sense enjoyment. There are eleven senses and five material elements, and out of these sixteen items, the mind is the chief. Therefore the mind cut loose wanders around  with many names manifesting itself in different physical appearances of a higher or lower quality.
Brought forth by the illusory of matter which envelops the original living being, the mind creates for itself the vicious circle ,the false order, of material actions and reactions [karma] impelled by happiness or distress,and in that way deceives him into the wheel of conditioning.
The mind makes the one within this material world wander through different species of life, and thus he experiences mundane affairs in different forms as a human being, demigod, fat person, skinny person and so forth. Learned Ones say that bodily appearance, bondage and liberation are caused by the mind.
When the mind becomes absorbed in the senses, it brings about his conditioned life and suffering. However, when the mind becomes unattached to material enjoyment, it becomes the cause of liberation. When the flame in a lamp burns the wick improperly, the lamp is blackened, but when the lamp is filled with ghee and is burning properly, there is bright illumination. Similarly, when the mind is absorbed in sense gratification, it causes suffering, and when detached from sense gratification it brings about the original brightness of the Self.
There are five working senses and five knowledge-acquiring senses. There is also the false ego. In this way, there are eleven items for the mind's functions. O hero, the objects of the senses [such as sound and touch], the organic activities [such as evacuation] and the different types of bodies, society, friendship and personality are considered by learned scholars the fields of activity for the functions of the mind.
Smell, form, touch, taste and hearing [the knowing senses]; evacuation, sexual intercourse, movement, speech and manual control [the senses of action] with the eleventh element of accepting the idea of 'mine', thus gives the 'I'  [or ego-awareness] to this body of which some have said that it is the twelfth element.
These eleven engagements of the mind are by the material elements, by nature itself, by culture, by the karma and by time modified into the many hundreds, thousands and millions. But all these transformations do not take place automatically by mutual combination. Rather, they are under the direction of the Knower of the field.
The individual soul has many ideas and activities created in the mind by the external energy. They have been existing from time immemorial. Sometimes they are manifest in the wakening state and in the dream state, but during deep sleep or trance, they disappear. A person who is liberated in this life can see all these things vividly.

The Witness and the Knower is the All-pervading cause of creation. He is full in Himself and is not dependent on others. He is perceived by hearing and direct perception. He is self-effulgent and does not experience birth, death, old age or disease. He is the controller of all the demigods, beginning with Lord Brahma. He is called Narayaṇa, and He is the shelter of living entities after the annihilation of this material world. He is full of all opulences, and He is the resting place of everything material. He is therefore known as Vasudeva, the Supreme. By His own potency, He is present within the hearts of all living entities, just as the air or vital force is within the bodies of all beings, moving and nonmoving. In this way He controls the body.

My dear King Rahugaṇa, as long as the one accepts the material body and is not freed from the material enjoyment, and as long as he does not conquer his six enemies and come to the awakening of his spiritual knowledge, he has to wander among different places and different species of life in this material world.
The mind is the cause of all tribulations in the material world. As long as this fact is unknown to the one, he has to accept the miserable condition of the material body and wander within this universe. Because the mind is affected by disease, lamentation, illusion, attachment, greed and enmity, it creates bondage and a false sense of intimacy within this material world.
This uncontrolled mind is the greatest enemy of the living entity. If one neglects it or gives it a chance, it will grow more and more powerful and will become victorious. Although it is not factual, it is very strong. He who free from illusion applies the weapon of worshiping the lotus feet of the spiritual teacher and the Lord, conquers the falsehood of the personal interest that has covered the soul.

Canto 5;Chapter 11



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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:14:13 PM »
Beautiful post,dear Nishta.

And beautiful truth!

With love,

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: August 24, 2017, 02:03:03 PM »

Let some say that Supreme is Shiva.
Let some say that Supreme is Brahma or Vishnu.
Let some say that Sakti and Sivam are Supreme.
Let some say that it is with form.
Let some say that it is formless.
But we have come to know that all forms
are only our Guru.

Vemba Anandi,v.8
Tattuvaraya

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: August 24, 2017, 01:43:35 PM »

My association with my Guru was scarcely for two and a half years. He was staying some 200 kilometers [120 miles] away, and he would come here once every four months, for fifteen days. This [realization] is the fruit of that. The words he gave me touched me very deeply. I abided in one thing only: the words of my Guru are the truth, and he said, "You are the Parabrahman [Absolute Reality]." No more doubts and no more questions on that. Once my Guru conveyed to me what he had to say I never bothered about other things- I hung on to the words of the Guru.
(Prior to Consciousness, pp. 1-2, April 4, 1980)

My Guru told me: "...Go back to that state of pure being, where the 'I am' is still in its purity before it got contaminated with 'I am this' or 'I am that.' Your burden is of false self-identifications-abandon them all."
My guru told me, "Trust me, I tell you: you are Divine. Take it as the absolute truth. Your joy is divine, your suffering is divine too. All comes from God. Remember it always. You are God, your will alone is done." I did believe him and soon realized how wonderfully true and accurate were his words. I did not condition my mind by thinking, "I am God, I am wonderful, I am beyond." I simply followed his instruction, which was to focus the mind on pure being, 'I am,' and stay in it. I used to sit for hours together, with nothing but the 'I am' in my mind and soon the peace and joy and deep all-embracing love became my normal state. In it all disappeared-myself, my guru, the life I lived, the world around me. Only peace remained, and unfathomable silence.
(I Am That, Dialogue 51, April 16, 1971)
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj



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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: August 24, 2017, 01:31:17 PM »
If anyone was 'anonymous' in the truest sense of the word, it was Maurice Frydman.
Five foot nothing, Maurice moved with some of the great Indian figures of his time
 including Gandhi, Nehru, and Jai Krishnamurti.
Sometimes, truly great people, who have shaped and helped to transform the lives of countless beings,
remain unknown and unheralded until long after their passing.
Maurice Frydman was one of those rare beings in whom the spirit of compassion flowed spontaneously
without any attachment to 'doer-ship' or 'outcome.' Although he was a philanthropist in every sense of the word,
it was of a very different kind from what we usually see. Yet it is because he was so unassuming
and genuinely 'ego-less' that his activities were and continue to be so powerful in their effects.
Great compassion flows spontaneously and reaches far, wide and deep.
It has no boundaries and is by nature non-sectarian.


He was a remarkable man, humble, devout, compassionate to the core of his being
and generous to a fault.

Maurice Frydman died in Bombay on March 9th of 1976 with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj by his side.
A beautiful event ended this incredible life.
During his last days, Frydman got a visit by a professional nurse he did not know.
The nurse had been visited in a dream by an old man in a loin cloth who told her to go and take care of Frydman.
Frydman refused to accept the nurse's offer. But, as she was leaving the house she walked past a picture in the hallway
and recognised the old man whom she had seen in her dream.
Upon telling Frydman this, he accepted her offer and allowed her to take care of him.

The picture: was Sri Ramana Maharshi who had left his body over three decades prior.

From "Ever Here Now'-A Remarkable Man, Maurice Frydman
by Lyse Mai Lauren

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: August 24, 2017, 01:16:01 PM »
Let none regret that they were difficult to convince!
I fought my Master for six years with the result that I know every inch of the way!
Every inch of the way!
And so, you see my devotion is the dog's devotion.
I have been wrong so often and he has always been right,
and now I trust his judgement blindly.


My teacher, my master, my hero, my ideal, my God in life.

Swami Vivekananda

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Dear Child of Arunachala,

I am really surprised to read all this. In truth,i have already read same complains of some women who had visited Ramanashram,but never took it too seriously. Even more surprised to read about animal treating! >:(

Personally i feel that these things will happen always more or less,for all sorts of reasons,but at least,it should be put on minimum.

When we know how Bhagavan behaved toward animals,Saddhus,women,and all people who came to Him,i cannot understand how  that can be forgotten!??After all,this is the great part of His teachings. So we all,including them,should not forget that nothing belongs to us,and this place is also only Bhagavan's property. And act accordingly.

With love,

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:15:59 PM »
In order to show His mercy to His devotees,
He with assuming a humanlike body engages in amorous pastimes,
hearing about which one becomes devoted to Him.

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10;chapter33/37


He greets His well-wishing friends while slightly rolling His eyes as if He is intoxicated.
With His garland of forest flowers, with His face paled like a jujube plum ,
with the soft line of His cheeks and with the beauty of the golden earrings adorning Him,
He is the Lord of the Yadus, the Lord sporting just like the lord of the elephants.
His joyful face is like the moon, the lord of the night,
who at the end of the day drives away the infinite sorrow of the cows and the gopis of Vraja
after the heat of the daytime.

Srimad Bhagavatam
Canto 10;chapter 34/25,26

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:53:13 PM »

Humility, sincerity, non-violence, patience, virtue, devotion to the spiritual teacher, purity, stability, self-control;

Dispassion toward the objects of the senses, absence of egotism, keeping in view the sorrows of birth, death, old age, disease, and suffering;

Non-attachment, not clinging even to one's child, wife, home, and the like; and a constant even-mindedness regarding pleasant or unpleasant experiences;

Unswerving devotion to me, relying upon yoga, preferring solitary places, and disliking the excessive company of others;

Constantly engaged in the knowledge of the Self, keeping the goals of truth and Self-knowledge in sight; this is the path of wisdom. Anything opposed to this is ignorance.

Bhagavad Gita(13:7?11)

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:32:32 PM »

You assist an evil system most effectively
by obeying its orders and decrees.
An evil system never deserves such allegiance.
Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil.
A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.

Mahatma Gandhi

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