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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 08, 2019, 09:28:41 PM »
Once , Kunju Swami felt he could not continuously meditate or pursue ' Self Enquiry ' and stay in the SELF.

He confessed to Bhagavan ,

? Bhagavan , I am not able to do this . The. flow gets interrupted .?

Bhagavan said ,

? Why ? It is very easy . Before you go to sleep , meditate and go into the Self . Then when you fall
asleep , your whole sleep will be a meditation of staying in the SELF.

The moment you wake up in the morning , again go into meditation for a few minutes and remain as the SELF .

Throughout the waking state , the undercurrent of remaining in the SELF will be there even though you are working , arguing or quarreling . This substratum will always keep you in the SELF ?

Kunju Swami said, ? This is the most beautiful and practical teaching I have received from Bhagavan.?


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 08, 2019, 08:45:14 PM »
11-11-45 Morning

Maha Vir Prasad, Chief Engineer, U.P., who has been staying here for about twenty days, asked Bhagavan, ?I find it said in Maha Yoga that in the beginning of meditation one may attend to the breath, i.e.. its inspiration and expiration, and that after a certain amount of stillness of the mind is thereby attained, one can dive into the heart seeking the source of the mind. I have been badly in want of some such practical hint. Can I follow this method? Is it correct??

Bhagavan: The thing is to kill the mind somehow. Those who have not the strength to follow the enquiry method are advised pranayama as a help to control the mind. And pranayama is of two kinds, one of controlling and regulating the breath and the other of simply watching the breath.

Prasad: During meditation I sometimes attain a state lasting for about fifteen minutes, during which I am not aware
of anything and am free from all thoughts. Some have told me that such a state is what may be called yoga nidra and that one should guard against such a state as bad.

Bhagavan: One should endeavour to get beyond sleep. (For some reason Bhagavan did not answer further the query put by Prasad). I thereupon advised Prasad to read Crumbs from the Table, where this particular matter is dealt with.
Bhagavan also asked us to take a copy of the book and give it to Prasad. We did so...

Day by Day with Bhagavan

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 08, 2019, 05:54:33 PM »
Dear Ravi

That   particular post of mine was from a FB Post that regularly posts Bagavan's quotes and Answers from Bhagavan .Usually it has a reference  to the source but that particular post did not have any  and I do not know the original source . Anyway I will look out for the full conversation if it is available to see what Bhagavan was trying to convey because in many cases just one  question and answer is picked up from a long conversation .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 08, 2019, 03:33:37 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 07, 2019, 11:58:57 PM »
Q: Why is it sometimes I find concentration on the Self so easy and at other times hopelessly difficult?

Bhagavan: Because of vasanas. But really it is easy, since we are the Self. All we have to do is to remember that. We keep on forgetting it, and thus think we are this body, or this ego.
If the will and desire to remember the Self are strong enough, they will eventually overcome vasanas.
There must be a great battle going on inwardly all the time until the Self is realized. This battle is symbolically spoken of in scriptural writings as the fight between God and Satan.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 07, 2019, 10:43:08 PM »
Paul Brunton: ?How long will it take to get some enlightenment with a Master?s help??
Bhagavan. ?It all depends on the maturity of the seeker?s mind. The gunpowder catches fire in an instant, while much time is needed to set fire to the coal.?

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: December 07, 2019, 01:46:42 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 05, 2019, 06:35:40 PM »
Unless and until a man embarks upon this quest of the true Self, doubt and uncertainty will follow his footsteps throughout life. The greatest kings and statesmen try to rule others, when in their heart of hearts they know that they cannot rule themselves. Yet the greatest power is at the command of the man who has penetrated to his inmost depth. There are men of giant intellects who spend their lives gathering knowledge about many things. Ask these men if they have solved the mystery of man, if they have conquered themselves, and they will hang their heads in shame. What is the use of knowing about everything else when you do not yet know who you are? Men avoid this enquiry into the true Self, but what else is there so worthy to be undertaken??

- Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

(From the book 'A Search in Secret India' the classic work on seeking a guru by Paul Brunton)

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: December 05, 2019, 04:49:08 PM »
10 ways how to deal with anger, Teacher says...
Look deeply at your anger.
Recognise the source of your anger.
Don't speak while anger manifest in you.
Acknowledge your suffering.
Practice mindful breathing and walking to help control your anger.
Don't lose yourself to anger, we are what we perceive to be.
Take good care of your anger for your body and soul.
Breath deeply, just by breathing deeply on your anger you can calm it down.
Let go of your anger to obtain freedom from it,
ENDING ANGER BEGINS WITH YOU.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:14:29 PM »
Looking after Muruganar
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But Bhagavan didn?t just look after those who were in HIS immediate presence. Even those that were absent for one reason or another never escaped HIS mind.

Once in the dining hall Bhagavan, recalling Muruganar?s fondness for avail (an vegetable curry), said to Shanthammal, ?See, you have prepared avial today. Has anyone thought of giving a portion to Muruganar??

Shanthammal was touched by Bhagavan?s solicitude for her childhood friend and hurried to the kitchen, scooped up some avial in a coconut shell and set off for Palakothu. But by the time she got there, Muruganar had already left on his begging rounds. When he was in front of the Dakshinamurthi temple, Shanthammal caught up with him, calling out, ?Sambamoorthi! Sambamoorthi!?, the affectionate name she had used in their youth at Ramanathapuram. ?A fine person you are, wandering around like a madman, while Bhagavan is so concerned about you! Why don?t you come to the Ashram and have your meals with the rest of us?? she said. She then related the incident in the dining hall.

Muruganar was stunned. Overcome by emotion upon hearing about Bhagavan?s concern for his welfare, he kept repeating, ?Did Bhagavan say that? Was HE worried about me? Did HE say, ?Who will take care of Muruganar?? Such concern for me. How fortunate I am!?

His voice grew raspy and his eyes filled with tears. His face became flushed with emotion. Unable to support his frame, he simply sat on the steps of the temple, raised the coconut shell to his eyes and reverently poured the avial into his cupped palms and ate it as Bhagavan?s Mahaprasad.

- Cherished Memories, pp. 133-34

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: December 05, 2019, 10:54:35 AM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: December 05, 2019, 10:46:55 AM »
?To dwell in the here and now does not mean you
never think about the past or responsibly plan
for the future. The idea is simply not to allow
yourself to get lost in regrets about the past
or worries about the future. If you are firmly
grounded in the present moment, the past can be
an object of inquiry, the object of your
mindfulness and concentration. You can attain
many insights by looking into the past. But you
are still grounded in the present moment.?

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 04, 2019, 08:04:51 PM »
?The conception that there is a goal and a path to it is wrong.
We are the goal or peace always. To get rid of the notion that we are not peace is all that is required...?

Sri Ramana Maharshi

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: December 04, 2019, 07:41:57 PM »
Letting go comes from having a ?nonjudgmental? outlook towards life and people. It allows us to forgive others and ourselves equally for mistakes and incompatibility. In more secular and practical terms, we must be willing to let go of fear, pain, anger, and people. It is the ability to let go that drives a constant process of change?it is what makes us flexible and adaptable. This is hardly easy, takes a conscious effort, and is something I know I struggle with everyday.

Slowing Down

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves?slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.

?Thich Nhat Hanh

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: December 04, 2019, 12:04:45 PM »

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