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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: Today at 03:23:56 PM »
Some jnanis may stay silent; others may talk a lot.

Some are active in the world; some withdraw from it.

Some end up as teachers while others are content to stay hidden.

Some behave like saints, whereas others act like madmen.

The same peace can be found in the presence of all these beings, since this peace is not affected by modes of behaviour, but there may be no other common factors.

Annamalai Swami.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:03:23 PM »
One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns. He did not say anything for quite a long time. The audience was perfectly silent. Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha?s gesture.

Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled. He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower. The name of that monk was Mahakashyapa. He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said, ?I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.?

That story has been discussed by many generations of Zen students, and people continue to look for its meaning. To me the meaning is quite simple. When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you, he wants you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the flower. The person who was not thinking, who was just himself, was able to encounter the flower in depth, and he smiled.

That is the problem of life. If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there?thinking about the future or the past, or preoccupied with other problems?then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms."

- Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 11, 2019, 09:51:16 PM »
Whatever is going to happen will happen. Your job is not to react. Your job is to understand that everything is predestined. You are in your right place where you are supposed to be. If there is anything that appears in your life that you don't like, it's wrong to try to change it. It's right to go within yourself and see the truth within yourself. And then the appropriate changes will come by itself. Change no one. Change nothing. React to no one, react to nothing. Do not live in the past and do not, worry about the future. Stay in the eternal now, where all is well. After all you are me and I am you. There's no difference. Do not react to the world. Do not even react to your own body. Do not even react to your own thoughts. Learn to become the witness. Learn to be quiet.

Robert Adams

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:36:03 PM »

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
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General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
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General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
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General topics / Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:42:25 PM »
Robert Adams was a very mature Devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ramana and this thread will contain the quotes and teachings of Robert Adams which are nothing but teachings of Bhagavan Ramana itself expressed in a different way .

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: November 10, 2019, 11:17:54 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 10, 2019, 11:04:08 PM »
Morarji Desai, Prime Minister of India (March 1977 to July 1979), was President of Ramana Kendra, Delhi, 1968-70.

I had the privilege of seeing Ramana Maharshi in August 1935 in the hall in which he usually sat. He was sitting on a sofa and wore only a loincloth. I could see an aura on his face, which was glowing with peace and joy. I sat opposite to him but did not ask him anything. He too did not say anything to me. I sat just over an hour and just looked at his face. Till today I have not seen that aura, that joy or peace on anybody else?s face. That hour of perfect stillness in that silent presence has been a precious memory ever since.
While I sat there, no questions arose in my mind, nor did I feel any desire to ask anything. I was at complete peace with myself. It was this experience that convinced me that Ramana Maharshi had realized God or Truth. Some of his disciples who were present asked him some questions, which he answered. He, however, said nothing of his own accord.

I had to leave the place next day by train at about twelve. About an hour-and-a half before the time of departure, I approached Ramana Maharshi for permission to leave. He told me that I should go after I had eaten. We sat down for lunch along with the Maharshi, at about eleven O?clock. After lunch, I bowed down to him and left.

The visit left an abiding impression on me and convinced me that Ramana Maharshi was a realized soul and that the ideal of ?action in inaction? as propounded in the Gita is really attainable.

Presiding over the 99th Jayanti celebrations of Ramana Maharshi at Ramana Kendra, New Delhi, on 13th January 1979, Morarji Desai as Prime Minister, said:
The Maharshi seemed to know everything. He knew the language of the animals. He listened to their complaints. He treated every being in the same way, whether it was a cow or a dog, a crow or a monkey. All were equal in his eyes, the beggar and the millionaire. He never went out of Tiruvannamalai. He refused to go out and preach. He said, ?If I am a jnani, I consider everybody else a jnani too. What is there to give?? He regarded everybody as himself. He made no attempt to convert anybody. One got transformed by his very presence.

Many civilizations have flourished and then disappeared. But in this country, you find our old culture and the ancient religion still alive. And it is this that keeps the country alive. It is persons like the Maharshi who keep it alive...All learning should come from within. That is the way the Maharshi showed. He did not criticize other's way of life. He said, ?Stick to your own religion and follow it properly.? Ramana Maharshi taught that one could do sadhana in one?s chosen way and reach the goal.

- Face to Face

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: November 10, 2019, 06:15:01 PM »

The Union Cabinet of the government of India, chaired by the Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi, has passed a resolution in November 2018 for the celebration of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, both in India as well as abroad, in a grand and befitting manner.
External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj announced in Delhi on 12th August 2018, that Guru Nanak Dev Ji?s 550th birth anniversary in 2019 will be celebrated in all the missions and embassies of the Government of India, located abroad.
Seminars and kirtans will be held in the missions and embassies to spread Guru?s message of peace, love and brotherhood. Many projects were approved by the cabinet to commemorate the festival. Some of them are ? development of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and development of Sultanpur Lodhi, issuing of commemorative coins and stamps and running special trains for the pilgrims.
The year 2019 will mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and will be observed on Tuesday, 12th November 2019.
Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated on Kartik Puranmashi ? full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. The festival falls in Katak month, the eighth month of Nanakshahi Calendar and corresponds to Gregorian calendar months of October-November.
There is a little controversy related to the birth of Guru Nanak, as some believe that he was born on Vaisakhi, marking the beginning of a new year as per traditional Sikh calendar. However, as per one of Guru Nanak?s childhood friend Bhai Bala?s account, he was born on Puranmashi in the Hindu Lunar month of Kartik.
This claim has been widely accepted and Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated on Puranmashi (full moon) in Kartik month; though, many religious clerics still believe that the Jayanti must be celebrated on Vaisakhi falling on April 14th as per the Nanakshahi calendar.
Guru Nanak Jayanti, also called Guru Nanak Gurpurab or Guru Nanak?s Prakash Utsav is a major Sikh festival, commemorating the birth of Sikhism?s first Guru ? Guru Nanak Dev Ji (15th April 1469 to 22nd September 1539). It is the most significant festival for the Sikh community and is celebrated with extreme devotion and reverence.
The festival is celebrated on Kartik Poornima (full moon day in Kartik month), falling in the Gregorian months of October-November.
Guru Nanak ? Life and Teachings
Guru Nanak was born on 15th April 1469 at Rai Bhoi Ki Talwandi, near Lahore in present day Sekhpura district of Pakistan. Today, there is a Gurudwara Janam Asthan where Guru Nanak was born and the city is known as Nankana Sahib, located in Punjab province of Pakistan.
Guru Nanak?s father Kalyan Chand Das Bedi was a local accountant (patwari) for crop revenue at Talwandi. His mother?s name was Mata Tripta and his father was also popular by the name ? Mehta Kalu. Guru Nakak had a five years elder sister Bebe Nanaki. He moved with his sister to Sultanpur, when she got married in 1475.
At the age of 16 Nanak started working under Daulat Khan Lodi, who was the governor of Lahore during the reign of Ibrahim Lodi. There are numerous events from Guru Nanak?s early life, which suggest that he had divine grace upon him. Guru Nanak was deeply impacted and interested in divine subjects, since an early age of five.
There are reported incidents where Nanak had surprised his teachers by displaying spiritual knowledge and understanding. There are stories those tell Guru Nanak?s out of box compassion to help poor and vulnerable, often miraculously.
Guru Nanak got married to Mata Sulakkhani in the town of Batala in Punjab province on 24th September 1487. Consequently, the couple had two sons ? Sri Chand (8th September 1494 ? 13th January 1629) and Lakhmi Chand (12th February 1497 ? 9th April 1555). Sri Chand, the elder son of Guru Nanak founded the Udasi sect, an ascetic sect for the sadhus (ascetics) of North India.
Guru Nanak was a religious guru (teacher), a spiritual healer who founded Sikhism in 15th century. He started the composition of Guru Granth Sahib by contributing 974 hymns. The main teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib are based on the philosophy of one creator. It expressed selfless service to humanity, social justice and prosperity for all, irrespective of the demographic differences. The concept of reincarnation or messenger of God is forbidden in Sikhism; though, the role of a Guru as spiritual and social master forms the base of Sikh religion.
Guru Nanak stressed upon the fact that both spiritual and social lives are an integral part of each other. He preached leading a socially active life with truthfulness, honesty, purity and selfless service for the society, especially the poor and needy. Guru Nanak died in Kartarpur Pakistan on 22nd September 1539.
Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with much enthusiasm and reverence by the Sikh community. The celebration is similar to other Sikh festivals with the only exception of having different hymns. The celebrations begin with early morning processions known as prabhat pheri, originating from Gurudwaras and participants singing hymns from Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Granth Sahib is also displayed in the procession, placed on a decorated palanquin.
Recitation of the Guru Grant Sahib starts two days in advance at the Gurudwaras. A 48 hours akhand path (nonstop recitation) is held at the Gurudwaras two days prior to Guru?s Jayanti. On the day before Guru Nanak?s birthday a procession called Nagarkirtan is organized. The procession is led by panj pyare, holding Nishan Sahib, the Sikh triangular flag.
As usual, guru Grant Sahib is also made a part of the procession, placed on a palanquin. The participants could be seen singing hymns in groups and playing traditional musical instruments. There is also a display of martial arts and battle skills by Sikh warrior communities like the Khalsa clan. The procession passes through streets decorated with flags and flowers.
Amrit Vela, the early morning time before the dawn is considered most auspicious by Sikhs for meditation and reciting Guru Granth Sahib. Hence the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti commences with chanting of Asa di Var, a kirtan written by Guru Nanak himself, in Amrit Vela (4 a.m. to 6 a.m.). This is followed by kirtan and katha in praise of the Guru.
Prayers are followed by a communal free lunch called langar. People from different sections of the society i.e. poor and rich, young and aged, irrespective of religion, caste or gender; sit together side by side in a queue, to eat the food. Some Gurudwaras even hold evening prayers on the day.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji was Sikhism?s creator and also its first Guru. He is the most revered Sikh?s Guru and is worshipped as equivalent to God. Guru Nanak Dev started the composition of the holy book of Sikhs ? Guru Granth Sahib, which forms the centre of all Sikh festivals.
Nanak emphasized on the philosophy of one God and the significance of a Guru or spiritual teacher. He showed a practical way of attaining enlightenment through prayers and worship, without compromising family and other worldly possessions.
People have extreme faith in the miraculous powers of Guru Nanak and many disciples consider his teachings as their lives governing principles. Moreover, the celebration of Guru Nanak Gurpurab also signifies communal harmony, as other caste devotees like Muslims and Jains, too devotedly participate in the celebrations.
The festival reaffirms the disciples? faith in religion and Guru and brings forth the basic idea of service to humanity above self. The free for all community lunch conveys the message that no religion is greater than the service to humanity. The festival is significant in many ways and must be celebrated year after year with fervor and reverence to Guru Nanak Dev.

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