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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:09:11 AM »
Q. How to get rid of the mind?
A. Is it the mind that wants to kill itself? The mind cannot kill itself. So your business is to find the real nature of the mind. Then you find there is no mind. When the Self is sought the mind is not. Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about the mind. [Talk 146]
The illumination is experienced in the right side of the chest, in the Heart, when Self is realized. [Talk 81]
Kundalini and chakras exist for beginners who practice that path of Yoga; but for the one who is practicing Self-enquiry, they do not exist.
- Conscious Immortality

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 06, 2017, 06:18:38 AM »

God's name destroys sin - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

NEIGHBOUR: Sir, we are sinners. What will happen to us?
MASTER Ramakrishna Paramahamsa : All the sins of the body flyaway if one chants the name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As, at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree flyaway, so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories.
Again, you find that the water of a reservoir dug in a meadow is evaporated by the heat of the sun. Likewise, the water of the reservoir of sin is dried up by the singing of the name and glories of God.
You must practise it every day. The other day, at the circus, I saw a horse running at top speed, with an Englishwoman standing on one foot on its back. How much she must have practised to acquire that skill!
Weep at least once to see God.
These, then, are the two means: practice and passionate attachment to God, that is to say, restlessness of the soul to see Him.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 26, 2017, 06:56:19 AM »
When the "spirit" of sadhana is lacking,the "routine" of sadhana is like a corpse.You may be a very busy sadhaka, but you may be lacking the "spirit" of sadhana. Draw a distinction between the "spirit" of sadhana from the "routine" of it. Whatever be the number of times you may roll the beads,if the spirit of it is lacking,you will gain nothing.- Swami Krishnananda, Divine Life Society

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 19, 2017, 09:20:34 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:14:48 AM »
Today i.e 12 Jan 2017 is the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda and sharing a quote from him :"Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. Those who have no faith in themselves can never have faith in God."- Swami Vivekananda .

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: January 01, 2017, 01:43:46 PM »
EARNESTNESS
Q: What is the purpose of meditation?
M: Seeing the false as the false, is meditation. This must go on all the time.
Q: We are told to meditate regularly.
M: Deliberate daily exercise in discrimination between the true and the false and renunciation of the false is meditation. There are many kinds of meditation to begin with, but they all merge finally into one.
Q: Please tell me which road to self-realization is the shortest.
M: No way is short or long, but some people are more in earnest and some are less. I can tell you about myself. I was a simple man, but I trusted my Guru. What he told me to do, I did. He told me to concentrate on 'I am' -- I did. He told me that I am beyond all perceivables and conceivables -- I believed.
I gave him my heart and soul, my entire attention and the whole of my spare time (I had to work to keep my family alive). As a result of faith and earnest application, I realized my self (swarupa) within three years.
You may choose any way that suits you; your earnestness will determine the rate of progress.
Q: No hint for me?
M: Establish yourself firmly in the awareness of 'I am'. This is the beginning and also the end of all endeavor.
- I AM THAT ch 16

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: December 31, 2016, 07:54:27 PM »
The ?I AM? Meditation
?You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are.

Watch the sense ?I am?, and find your real Self.
Go deep into the sense of ?I am? and you will find your true Self.
How do you find a thing you have mislaid or forgotten?
You keep it in your mind until you recall it.
The sense of being, of ?I am? is the first to emerge.
Ask yourself whence it comes or just watch it quietly.
When the mind stays in the ?I am?, without moving, you enter a state,
which cannot be verbalised, but which can be experienced.
Hold on to the sense ?I am? tenaciously and do not swerve from it even for a moment.
This will bring an end to the mind;
in the stillness of the mind you will see yourself as ?I am? ? unbound.
The sense of ?I am? is always with you, only you have attached all kinds of things to it ?
body, feelings, thoughts, ideas, possessions and so on.
All these self-identifications are misleading,
because of these you take yourself to be what you are not.
All you need to do is to try and try again to stabilise within the naked ?I am? experience.?

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 30, 2016, 06:09:05 AM »
Where God is worshipped every day, there the whole house becomes blessed with the highest prosperity. All joy, all blessedness, all prosperity comes to that house where God is worshipped regularly. Say thanks when you get up in the morning, for your health, for your body, for a clean mind, for energy in the body to live a life of usefulness to yourself and to all, and in the evening thank God again for the bounty of a good day, for clear weather, fresh air, good health and energy, opportunity to serve and be useful to yourself and to others. If every day there is thanksgiving and you always worship God in your home, there is bound to be prosperity. Where there is worship, in that place, there is the tangible presence of God, and where there is this tangible presence of the Deity, what to say of prosperity ? Everything that is good, everything that is blessed, will pervade that house, will fill that house.Where God is, all auspiciousness, all blessedness, all prosperity is there as a matter of course - just as luminosity is there, radiance is there, where there is light. So, if you wish to fill yourself with prosperity, be worshipful. Do not make the church/Temple alone the place of prayer and worship. Let every house be a centre of prayer. Let every house be the abode of God.
Swami Chidananda

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« on: December 25, 2016, 09:16:02 PM »

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« on: December 25, 2016, 09:10:13 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 25, 2016, 01:56:20 PM »
Today ( 25 Dec 2016 ) is the Aradhana Day of Kanchi Mahaswamigal and so sharing an excellent talk rendered by the great Dancer Dr.Padma Subramanian and she has explained very beautifully who is Kanchi Mahaswamigal , what did he stand for and how he played a very vital role in many people's live be it rich , poor , Indian or foreigner , Upper Caste , Lower Caste etc . One of the best talks ever on Kanchi Mahaswamigal that even an Ordinary person can follow and get inspired . Listen to it and if inspired share it with others . Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YLEEfgJNOo

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 23, 2016, 09:06:03 PM »
I AM THE WITNESS
Q: I do believe you, but when it comes to the actual finding of this inner self, I find it escapes me.
M: The idea 'it escapes me', where does it arise?
Q: In the mind.
M: And who knows the mind?
Q: The witness of the mind knows the mind.
M: Did anybody come to you and say: 'I am the witness of your mind'?
Q: Of course not. He would have been just another idea in the mind.
M: Then who is the witness?
Q: I am.
M: So, you know the witness because you are the witness. You need not see the witness in front of you. Here again, to be is to know.
Q: Yes, I see that I am the witness, the awareness itself. But in which way does it profit me?
M: What a question! What kind of profit do you expect? To know what you are, is it not good enough?
Q: What are the uses of self-knowledge?
M: It helps you to understand what you are not and keeps you free from false ideas, desires and actions.
Q: If I am the witness only, what do right and wrong matter?
M: What helps you to know yourself is right. What prevents, is wrong. To know one's real self is bliss, to forget -- is sorrow.
Q: Is the witness-consciousness the real Self?
M: It is the reflection of the real in the mind (buddhi). The Real is beyond. The witness is the door through which you pass beyond.

I AM THAT ch 16

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:26:29 AM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
Q: I can understand that repeating this phrase (the mantra ?I am the Self?) is beneficial when the mind is active and outward-moving. But should we also repeat it when we are experiencing inner silence?
AS: If one is always stabilized in the silence, that is the reality. But when the stabilization is only temporary, is that enough?
Q: The mantras can take one to a state of inner silence. Once they have achieved this purpose, why should we go on repeating them?
AS: There are different kinds of silence. If the mind stops in a silence that is similar to deep sleep, you should know that this is not the ultimate silence. If you remain in this state without continuing your meditation, no benefit will come for you. When this state comes to you it is better to continue your meditation on the Self.
Q: How can one tell whether one is experiencing that sleep-like silence instead of the true silence?
AS: If, after coming out of the silence, one immediately takes the body as 'I', one has not been experiencing the true silence. In the pursuit of inner silence, one should not enter laya [a temporary suspension of all mental faculties].
For example, a man does some work; then he feels tired and
takes some rest; afterwards he starts the work again. The silence should not be of this type. That is, if the mind is just temporarily taking some rest, you will not experience the real silence. A complete absence of thoughts does not necessarily mean that one 's experiencing the silence of the Self.
If there is a sense of freshness and clarity in the silence, if one's awareness shines in such a way that one feels joyful and utterly peaceful, this is more likely to be the real silence. If this awareness, this wakefulness, is not there, it is better to continue with japa and dhyana.
- Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 305

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:00:16 AM »

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