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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:34:05 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: A Request
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:35:04 AM »
Nice one Udai . Thanks for sharing .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 26, 2018, 11:04:39 AM »
Visited Thiruvanamlai and Ramana Ashram on 8-9 November 2018 and did Girivalam . I am visiting TVM after a gap of more than 8 years and last visit was in Dec 2009 . This time visited TVM with my brother but we stayed in Bose Compound ( diagonally opp to Ramana Ashram ) and booked it through AirBnb but had prasad at Sri Ramana Ashram . A wonderful feeling doing Girivalam at Night after a very long gap and in fact only me and my brother were doing the Girivalam at that Night . Got the next year diaries , wall and desk calendars and some Tamil Chanting Books . In the whole a very refreshing experience .

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The Guru may tell his disciples a thousand times, "You are the Self, you are not what you imagine yourself to be", but none of them ever believes him. They all keep asking the Guru for methods and routes to reach the place where they already are.
Sri Annamalai Swami


That's because mostly people are identified with their body and mind and ask solutions that involves keeping the body and mind identity intact .

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General topics / Re: Pointers to Presence
« on: November 21, 2018, 07:52:02 AM »

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It might help to better understand what exactly it means to ?let go? or ?surrender?.

Watch the mind and notice how all thoughts involve the mind imagining a person/I/me in the past or future. The time stamp on the thought is never precisely ?Now?.

It is a day dream. The wandering mind.

Have you ever laid in bed at night and found yourself lingering on a subtle and distant sound? Notice that in that moment the mind paused and all that remained was simple perception.

This is what it means to be present in the ?Now?. This is your natural state. This is what practice leads up to.... stabilized into stillness.

Notice the difference between those two states. The first has a time stamp of past or future. The other has no time stamp and is just stillness.

To ?let go? or ?surrender? means you turn attention away from that dreaming and wandering mind and rest it on the stillness of Now.

This whole process is all about stillness. Be still.

Notice how the mind will protest at the prospect of being in this stillness all the time. The mind will protest and imagine all sorts of bad things that might happen... the mind believes that it?s a terribly bad idea.

This is the opposite of surrender.

Don?t believe the mind.

Be still.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:28:49 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: October 29, 2018, 03:18:43 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: October 19, 2018, 12:06:11 AM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: October 07, 2018, 08:30:12 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:27:39 AM »
#In Self-awareness you Learn about Yourself:

Q: Why do the Indian teachers advocate inactivity?


Maharaj:
Most of people?s activities are valueless, if not outright destructive.
Dominated by desire and fear, they can do nothing good.
Ceasing to do evil precedes beginning to do good.
Hence the need for stopping all activities for a time,
to investigate one?s urges and their motives,
see all that is false in one?s life,
purge the mind of all evil and then only restart work,
beginning with one?s obvious duties.

Of course, if you have a chance to help somebody, by all means do it and promptly too, don?t keep him waiting till you are perfect.

But do not become a professional do-gooder.

~ IAMTHAT,
Talks withSri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: October 04, 2018, 12:25:05 PM »
The reward of Self Knowledge is freedom from the personal self.

Once you say, "I want to find Truth," all your life will be deeply affected by it.

All your mental and physical habits, feelings and emotions, desires and fears, plans and decisions will undergo a most radical transformation.

If you are earnest, whatever way you choose will take you to your goal. It is the earnestness that is the decisive factor. Earnestness is the homing instinct which makes the bird return to its nest and the
fish to the mountain stream where it was born.

The seed returns to the earth when the fruit is ripe.

~ Guru Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Anil

Thanks for sharing the quotes from Sri Robert Adams ( a very ripe devotee of Bhagavan Ramana ) . Recently  got hold of the book "SILENCE OF THE HEART by Robert Adams  ( through amazon.in ) and it is a wonderful book and people on the Direct Path will highly appreciate that book .  He keeps things very simple and always keeps pointing to the source "IAM" .

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:25:58 PM »
" In the morning, as you wake up, you are pure Brahman until the beginning of the mental modifications. Then you become conscious of the body and its covering. Then you become aware of being a man or a woman. Then the body-identity acts as per the impressions on the mind. The ' I Am' body idea is the inspiration for all activity. The first sense of existence in the morning is formless and you are That. You must take care of the body, but don't identify with it.
Any memory cannot have a form; how then can your memory of being, which is Bhagavan, have a form? Only the ignorant can say, ' I am my body'. Also, the memory of a thing cannot be the thing itself. In the same way, the memory ' you are' cannot be you. Your memory that the body has a form cannot be you. Your consciousness has the essence of greatness and has been given the names of Gods and Goddesses. I call it the feet of the Guru. By getting absorbed in it, you know its vast nature. Meditate on the meditator. Be aware of Him. Only in His presence, meditation is possible. When it is said ' I am in bed', ' I am idle'....who has this knowledge- the body or the consciousness? The flame of consciousness is burning due to the fuel of the body juices.
When the food-body is ready, the individual soul appears. In it, the consciousness and Prana appear at the same time. Without them, there is no movement. The shape of the food-body is considered as the form, of the individual soul. The strength of consciousness depends upon the size and nature of the form and the quality of the food juices.
Take your consciousness as God and hold its feet. Always give attention to it. Be sure that you are consciousness, which has no shape and no form. There is no need for taking the trouble of going to any temple as it is within you. If your consciousness is absent, does God has any value? You have heard here that you are pure consciousness. Guard that knowledge carefully. Your ultimate achievement is like reaching Delhi. Now you have only heard about Delhi, which is far off. You have to be there."
- Nisargadatta Maharaj

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: September 26, 2018, 11:10:59 PM »

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Dear Anil
The following quote of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj is similar to the one given by Sri Annamalai Swamy that you presented here

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