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

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?

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.

Talks withSri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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


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 ) 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" .

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

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


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

If you can hold on to the knowledge ?I am? at all times, no further practice or initiation will be necessary.
Sri Annamalai Swami

That sums up everything . Thanks for sharing this quote of AS Anij

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:11:57 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:22:56 AM »
?All is well, and everything is unfolding as it should. There are no mistakes. None have ever been made, none are being made, and none will ever be made. Its all perception. It?s how you perceive things. For instance, when you look at me what do you see? If I ask each one of you I get seven, eight, nine different answers, but the truth is you are seeing yourself. I am simply a mirror for your own reflection, but I am a self-contained mirror. So all this is taking place as an image on myself. All of life experiences are images on the screen of eternity. The screen is real. The images change. Consciousness is the screen. When you identify with consciousness you become consciousness. When you identify with the image you enhance the image, and you worry, and fret, and fear and you have all sorts of experiences.

As soon as you begin to identify with reality, with consciousness, all fear leaves you, all doubt leaves you, all false thinking leaves you, and you become free. But that?s the only free choice you get. Everything else has been preordained.

The free choice again is: with what are you going to identify, with the image or the screen? If you identify with consciousness you are no longer reacting to conditions, because you understand that all things are for a short time only, then they disappear. Consequently nothing will irritate you, nothing will upset you, nothing will bother you for you are now appearing as only an image and will soon disappear.

Look at this planet which has been here for billions of years. There have been civilizations on this planet for billions of years, and they come and go. We had civilizations on this planet that surpassed our existence today. They are all gone. No trace. As a matter of fact, a couple of years ago there were some excavations in Egypt of a city that was buried about 5,000 years ago. The only thing left is a sign. They deciphered the sign and it said, ?My name is King so-and-so, and this is my city that will last forever.?

So today we think we are going to make this a better world in which to live, and we are going to save the world, and so on. The world has it?s own collective karma. It?s going through a phase. Your job is to save yourself. If you find yourself in a burning building, you do not stop to admire the pictures on the wall, you get out of the building as fast as you can. So, when you know you have a short time in this existence you do not stop to play the games of life, you try to find yourself and become free as fast as you can?.?

Robert Adams

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:04:31 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 12, 2018, 07:19:13 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: August 31, 2018, 10:05:38 PM »
Meditation tips from Maharaj:
A) Make it a habit to think and speak in the passive tense. Instead of ?I see something? or ?I hear something,? why not think in the passive way: ?Something is seen? or ?Something is heard?? The perception will then not be on the basis of an action by the phenomenal entity but on the basis of an event or occurrence. In due course, the pseudo- entity ?I? will recede into the background.

B) Before going to sleep at night, spend about ten minutes sitting relaxed both in body and mind, taking your stand that ?you? are not the body-mind construct but the animating consciousness so this idea will impregnate your being throughout the period of your sleep.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:36:25 AM »
Kanchi Paramacharya's views on Converting Hindus to Christianity

Original Tamil article ? (

Kanchi MahaPeriyava was camping in Ilayathangudi then.

Chavi and Maniyan had go to Tiruchi to interview Periyar for an article that was to appear in Vikatan. After meeting with Periyar, they proceeded to Ilayathangudi. When they reached the place, Periyava was resting under a tree, interacting with His devotees.

On seeing Chavi, Periyava asked ?Are you coming directly from Chennai or did you go elsewhere before coming here ??

Chavi could not muster enough courage to say they were coming after meeting with Periyar in Trichy. So he said they were coming from Madras, which was neither the truth nor was it a blatant lie.

The circumstances in which Periyava was sitting there were a little different. At a considerable distance, a white elderly lady was sitting. She was keenly looking at Periyava from where she was sitting.

?I hear Vasan does whatever you ask him to?, Periyava said abruptly.

?Not really. If Periyava wants me to convey something, I?m ready to convey the same to him verbatim?, said Chavi.

?IN your Vikatan magazine, have you seen the weekly advertisement that coaxes people to convert to Christianity ??

?Yes, I have?

?To whoever comes to Me from Vikatan, I have tried telling them that we need to stop that advertisement. Everybody says Vasan will stop it if Chavi requests him to. So you talk to Vasan and get him to stop it?, said Periyava.

Chavi did not immediately say Ok. Instead he started debating with Periyava.

?Hinduism is like an ocean. It is special in many respects. It is not a religion which will disappear easily. For the sake of this argument, let us assume that few Hindus do convert to Christianity after seeing this advert. It is not going to be a big loss for Hinduism. It is not such a weak religion?, said Chavi a little aggressively.

Periyava did not lose his temper after hearing Chavi speak in this fashion.

?Is that so ?? Giving statistics on how many Hindus had actually converted to other religions since 1920, Periyava said ?The number of people converting from Hinduism is increasing day by day. At this rate, the adage ?even ants can cause a stone to erode? will come true?

Silence for some time.

MahaPeriyava again resumed ?A communist writer Arthur Koestler by name came to see Me. He asked Me several questions. Silence prevails in the Church were Christians go to pray. But in your temples, there is the cacophony of musical instruments, children shouting, people conversing loudly; there is noise all the time. Should there not be silence in the place meant for praying ??

?Since you people pray in Churches, silence is maintained there. As far as Hindus are concerned, it is not in the temples where they pray. Temples are places where Hindus express their gratitude to the Lord. There exists a ?Puja room? in every house. That?s where we pray. We also pray near river banks. We place ?Naivedyams? in temples and thank the Lord. We celebrate Pongal festival wherein farmers prepare Pongal after their harvest and express their gratitude. Just as people pay taxes to Kings as a note of appreciation, we express our gratitude to God. So the place where Hindus express their gratitude will definitely be noisy. Musical instruments play amidst joy overflowing?. This answer of Mine deeply convinced him.

?In the book that he wrote ?Lotus and the Robot?, he has recorded that he saw Christ in Me?. Do you know Dr. Raghavan, secretary at the Music Academy ? He has a copy of the book. Once you go back to Madras, borrow it from him and read it?.
He continued, ?Do you see that lady sitting there ? Both she and the writer are Christians. She also says that she sees Christ in Me. But we as Hindus advocate conversion of Hindus to Christianity. Is this right ??

Hearing all this, Chavi began to see the truth in all this. He bowed to Periyava, took his blessings and left saying ?I will convey Your wish to vasan?

Chavi wanted to meet with Vasan and discuss all this with him. However having felt that he should check Balu?s opinion first, he told all this to Balu

?This is just an advertisement, this is not our opinion. This is purely business. Kanchi Periya should realize this?, said Balu.

?Whatever it is, please stop the adverts. We should respect Periyava?s wish?, said Chavi.

Chavi tried persuade Balu for a long time but Balu did not agree.

Chavi did not give up and continued to debate. Finally after giving it some thought, Balu summoned the concerned editor and got the full details around the advertisement.

?It is a one year agreement. We still have 6 weeks left?, said the editor.

?That?s ok. Stop the adverts immediately. Dispatch a convincing letter to the party paying for the adverts?, Balu sent the editor away

?Are you happy now ??, asked Balu

?Very much?, replied Chavi gratefully

Source :

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 12, 2018, 12:12:56 PM »

This waking life is just a long dream which keeps our attention away from what we really are. If you take the attitude that all the happenings in the world are dream events, your mind becomes tranquil. It is only when you take the dream world to be real that you get agitated.

Q: I feel strongly that life is a long dream but I cannot see through the dream. For many years it has been like this.

AS: If you really believed that all life was a dream, nothing in the world would ever trouble you. If you still have problems and worries, like not being able to see through the dream, it means that you have still not completely ceased to identify with what temporarily appears in your consciousness.

You should enquire, 'Who is not able to penetrate through the dream??

The true ?I? is not identified with the dream. If you don't forget your real Self, waking, dreaming and sleeping do not affect you.

The things around you are always changing, but what we really ARE remains changeless.

?Living by the Words of Bhagavan? p. 286

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