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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:29:55 PM »
If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not ?washing the dishes to wash the dishes.? What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 10, 2020, 07:58:22 AM »
Very important message to detach the I am the Doer attitude and to reduce misery and fear but this must not be used as an excuse to do Adharmic activities or become lazy and Tamasic


Q : I can understand that the outstanding events in a man's life, such as his country, nationality, family, career or profession, marriage, death, etc., are all predestined by his karma, but can it be that all the details of his life, down to the minutest, have already been determined ? Now, for instance, I put this fan that is in my hand down on the floor here. Can it be that it was already decided that on such and such a day, at such and such an hour, I should move the fan like this and put it down here ?

BHAGAVAN : Certainly.
Whatever this body is to do and whatever experiences it is to pass through was already decided when it came into existence.




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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 09, 2020, 03:29:08 PM »
D.: Why does not Sri Bhagavan go about and preach the Truth to the people at large?

M.: How do you know that I am not doing it? Does preaching consist in mounting a platform and haranguing to the people around? Preaching is simple communication of knowledge. It may be done in Silence too.

What do you think of a man listening to a harangue for an hour and going away without being impressed by it so as to change his life? Compare him with another who sits in a holy presence and leaves after some time with his outlook on life totally changed. Which is better: To preach loudly without effect or to sit silently sending forth intuitive forces to play on others?
(Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no 285)

Siva appeared before them sitting under the sacred banyan tree. Being yogiraja should He practise yoga? He went into samadhi as He sat; He was in Perfect Repose. Silence prevailed. They saw Him. The effect was immediate. They fell into samadhi and their doubts were at an end.
Silence is the true upadesa. It is the perfect upadesa. It is suited only for the most advanced seeker. The others are unable to draw full inspiration from it. Therefore they require words to explain the Truth. But Truth is beyond words. It does not admit of explanation.
(Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no. 569)

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: January 07, 2020, 02:26:08 PM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: January 05, 2020, 11:27:24 PM »
In our society, we are inclined to see you doing nothing as something negative, even evil. But when we lose ourselves in activities, we diminish our quality of being. We do ourselves a disservice . It?s important to preserve ourselves, to maintain our freshness and good humor, our joy and compassion. In Buddhism we cultivate aimlessness, and in fact in Buddhist tradition the ideal person, an arhat or a Bodhisattva, is a business-less person?someone with nowhere to go and nothing to do. People should learn how to just be there, doing nothing.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 05, 2020, 11:11:29 PM »
It is impossible for the jiva who has become a victim of ego delusion to overcome even slightly the force of prarabdha. Therefore, unless he subsides in the Heart by relying primarily on God's grace, he can never, by mere effort, which is the activity of the rising ego, overcome the buffeting momentum of that prarabdha, subside by himself [in the Heart], attain Self-realization and be freed from fear-causing delusion.

Guru vachaka kovai.

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: January 05, 2020, 10:29:15 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 05, 2020, 10:23:11 PM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: January 05, 2020, 06:10:20 PM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: January 02, 2020, 08:03:20 AM »



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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 31, 2019, 03:12:48 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 31, 2019, 02:19:43 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 30, 2019, 04:08:56 PM »
This is how Sri Bhagavan?s grace worked.
He did not need to initiate or transmit grace by touching devotees, nor did he even seem to need to concentrate on them. A single look was often enough to transform whomever his gaze fell upon.
All those who have experienced that look of grace can testify to the tremendous impact it had on them. That silent look transmitted his highest teaching.

A devotee once complained that Sri Bhagavan gave the highest teachings to everyone, irrespective of their limitations. That particular devotee thought that beginners should be given preliminary exercises, along the lines prescribed by traditional gurus. He even offered to teach these people himself and initiate them!

It is a measure of Sri Bhagavan?s greatness that he said that he was not interested in handing out half-truths and lesser teachings. What mattered to him was the dissemination of the purest truth, and for that we shall be eternally grateful.

? from Kunjuswami?s reminiscences with Bhagavan as retold in The Power of the Presence

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 30, 2019, 12:57:49 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Bhagavan's Jayanthi
« on: December 30, 2019, 09:28:40 AM »
30th Dec is Bhagavan's English Birthday but Ramanashram is Celebrating Bhagavan's 140th Jayanthi on Sat 11 Jan 2020 in his Birth  Star Punaravasu

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