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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:46:58 AM »


Worth Reading article about how parents are facing problems nowadays

பெற்றோருக்கு வயதாகிவிட்டால், அதிலும் தள்ளாமை வந்து விட்டால், அவர்களுடைய நிலைமை பரிதாபத்துக்குரியதாகி விடுகிறது. புண்ணிய வசத்தால் சத்புத்திரனைப் பெற்றிருந்தால், அவர்களை அவன், அன்பும், ஆதரவும் காட்டி சந்தோஷமாக வைத்திருப்பான். இப்படிப்பட்ட நல்ல பிள்ளைகளை தான் சத்புத்ரன் என்கின்றனர். இன்னும் சில புத்திர ரத்தினங்களும் இருக் கின்றனர்...
பெற்றோர் படாதபாடு பட்டு, படிக்க வைத்து ஆளாக்கி, உத்தியோகம் கிடைக்க செய்து, ஒரு கல்யாணத்தையும் முடித்து வைக்கின்றனர்.
பையன் கல்யாணமாகி, மாலையும் கழுத்துமாய் வந்து நமஸ்காரம் செய்யும்போது, உள்ளம் பூரித்து, அகமகிழ்ந்து ஆசீர்வதிக் கின்றனர். அதன் பிறகு தான் பிரச்னையே ஆரம்பமாகிறது. மனைவியின் பின்னாடியே சுற்ற ஆரம்பித்து விடுகிறான் பையன். மனைவி சொல்லே மந்திரமாகி, பெற்றோர் இரண்டாம் பட்சமாக போய் விடுகின்றனர். மனைவி நல்ல குணம் உள்ளவளாக இருந்தால், மாமியார், மாமனாருக்கு மரியாதை கிடைக்கும். எதைச் செய்வதானாலும் அவர்களிடம் ஒரு வார்த்தை சொல்லிவிட்டுச் செய்வாள். எது நல்லது, எது வேண்டாதது என்று கேட்டு செய்வாள்.
கொஞ்சம் வசதியுள்ள குடும்பத்திலிருந்து வந்த பெண்ணானால் மாமியாரை, மாமனாரை அவ்வளவாக மதிக்க மனமிராது. "அவர்களை என்ன கேட்பது, எனக்குத் தெரி யாதா?' என்பர். இவள் சொல்கிறபடி ஆடுகிறவனாக கணவன் இருந்து விட்டால், வயதான பெற்றோர் பாடு பரிதாபகரமாகி விடுகிறது. பெற்ற பிள்ளை கூட, மனைவியின் பக்கம் சேர்ந்து, இவர்களை ஒரு பாரமாக நினைக்க ஆரம்பித்து, இரவு, பகலாக ஆலோசித்து, இவர்களை ஏதாவது, "முதியோர் இல்லத்தில்' சேர்த்து நாம் நிம்மதியாக இருக்கலாம், நினைத்த சினிமாவுக்கு போகலாம், இஷ்டம் போல் வரலாம், சந்தோஷமாக இருக்கலாம்...' என்று தீர்மானம் போடுவான்.
"முதியோர் இல்லம்' எங்கே இருக்கிறது என்று சிரத்தையாக விசாரித்து பெற்றோருக்கு ஆயிரம் சமாதானம் சொல்லி, அவர்களை அங்கே கொண்டு போய் சேர்த்து, பணத்தையும் கட்டி விட்டு வந்து விடுவான். பெற்றோரும் மனம் நொந்து போய் அந்த இல்லத்தில் தங்கி, திரும்பிப் போகும் பிள்ளையை ஏக்கத்தோடு பார்த்துக் கொண்டே கண்ணீர் சிந்துவர்.
ஆனால், பெற்றோரின் வயோதிக காலத்தில் அவர்களுக்கு வேண்டிய சவுகரியங்களைச் செய்து கொடுத்து, அன்பையும், ஆதரவையும் அளிக்க வேண்டும் என்று சாஸ்திரம் சொல்கிறது. அதை விட சிறந்த தர்மம் வேறு எதுவுமில்லை. ஆலயங்களுக்குப் போக வேண்டாம், தீர்த்த யாத்திரை செய்ய வேண்டாம், ஷேத்ராடனம் செய்ய வேண்டாம், இவைகளில் கிடைக்கும் புண்ணியத்தை விட, மிக அதிகமான புண்ணியம் பெற்றோரின் வயோதிக காலத்தில் மனம் குளிரும்படி நடந்து கொண்டாலே கிடைத்து விடும்.
பிள்ளையைப் பெற்று, வளர்த்து, ஆளாக்க என்னவெல்லாம் செய் திருப்பர் என்பதை பிள்ளைகள் எண்ணிப் பார்க்க வேண்டும். இவன் பிறந்தவுடன் அனாதை இல்லத்திலா கொண்டு போய் சேர்த்தனர். கண்ணும், கருத்துமாய் பாதுகாத்து, இரவு, பகல் பாராமல் ஊட்டி வளர்த்தனர். அப்படிப்பட்ட தாய், தந்தையருக்கு கடைசி காலத்தில், "முதியோர் இல்லம்' தானா கதி! தாய், தந்தையருக்கு வயோதிக காலத்தில் பணிவிடை செய்வது எவ்வளவு பெரிய புண்ணியம்.
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வைரம் ராஜகோபால்

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:45:29 AM »


Experiences with Maha Periyava: The restaurant owner

A gentleman from Chennai who owned a popular restaurant was a renowned public figure. He had come for Periyava?s darshan. His business was very successful and he had amassed a lot of money. He was of a devout nature and charitable. During the year, 1958-1960, when Sri Maha Periyava camped in Chennai, he desired to perform pada puja and offer bhikshavandanam.
?Let us see,? said Periyava. Although the gentleman pleaded several times, Periyaval did not accept his request nor did He reject it. But the attendants saw signs of eventual rejection. Some others close to the Matham, dignitaries themselves, began to plead on behalf of the restaurant-owner.
?He is a very good person who does a lot of charity. He could serve the Matham in many ways. He has no children of his own,? and so on.
Periyava listened to everything quietly. ?I do know that he is a good man, is charitable and devoted. Have I ever spoken ill of him to anyone??
?No. It is just that he wishes to serve the Matham in some way.?
?That is just what I am questioning. You call him righteous. Let him serve many temples generously. Even if he offered money to the Matham, it is going to be spent for the same. Why not do it himself??
No one spoke.
?By birth, he is bound to study the Veda. Food must not be sold. It is a great sin. All his wealth has been amassed by selling food. Is that money necessary for Chandramouleeshwara, tell me??
Everyone withdrew, for there was no room for further argument. But the gentleman who ran the restaurant business continued to plead.
The day was fixed for the camp to leave Chennai. Samasti bhiksha was arranged. Samasti means a crowd. In this kind of bhikshavandanam, offerings made by several devotees are pooled together without discrimination between small or large offerings, nor is it known who gave what or how much. Everyone together offers bhiksha to the Master. The gentleman was commanded to join in this bhikshavandanam. He considered it a great fortune. He had a large house in Chetpet worth several crores. He left behind a will that said, ?After my wife and I pass away, this house is to be taken over by SriMatham. In the event of it being sold the money thereof is for SriMatham.?
But as long as Sri Maha Periyava administered the SriMatham, that palatial house was not taken over by the Matham.
Author: SriMatham Balu Mama, Kanchipuram
Source: Maha Periyava Darisana Anubhavangal Vol 3
Compiled by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava - Kanchi Paramacharya/Fb

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 14, 2017, 06:56:59 AM »
DIPA MA?S ( A Great Buddhist Teacher ) LESSONS FOR SEEKERS
?Simplify?
"Live simply. A very simple life is good for everything. Too much luxury is a hindrance to practice.?
Even though Dipa Ma and her family lived in two tiny rooms, most visitors perceived those rooms as spacious and filled with light. One student observed that while we in the West think we need a lot of physical space, what Dipa Ma had was a vast psychic space.
In every way, Dipa Ma lived in the greatest simplicity. She refrained from socializing. She did not engage in unnecessary talk. She didn?t involve herself in other people's concerns, especially complaints. Her guideline for herself and her students was to live honestly and never blame others.
Often Dipa Ma simply rested in silence. "Whenever I get time alone, I always turn my mind inward," she said. She did not spend time at any activity that was unnecessary to her life.
Just as in meditation we practice giving our full attention to one thing at a time, Dipa Ma did each thing completely without worrying about the next.
"Thoughts of the past and future," she said, "spoil your time."
In whatever she did, she was fully present, with ease, stillness, and simplicity. Dipa Ma encouraged her American students to simplify their material needs. In entering one household she exclaimed, "Why so many things? Why so many pairs of shoes? Why ten boxes of tea? Why? The accumulation of things only increases the want. You will not find any pleasure in plenty."
- Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 13, 2017, 09:26:47 AM »
Karma and Bhakti
When Sankara Bagawat Padal was about to leave his mortal coil, his disciples surrounded Him. They said, ?You gave a lot of advices to us about various things connected to Vedas and Teachings related to our religion. There are many things in them beyond our grasp and understanding. Please tell us something, easy for us to understand.?
He gave them a Sloka of five stanzas, called, ?Sopana Panchakam?.
?Follow the path as defined by the Vedas. Daily do the duties as delineated there-in, without let. Think this very action as an offering to God. Instead of going by only what is seemingly pleasing to your mind and heart, do all the duties, as your contribution for the welfare of the public and common man.? This is the idea with which Sopana Panchakam commences.
There are some people still living in this world, who do their allotted duties, as required by the Vedas. There are some who are doing Pooja with fervour. Some others can conduct a festival with organizational zeal. There could be some who could conduct a gathering with devotional songs. Those who conduct Pooja or Bhajan or festivals, look down on those who are strictly adhering to ?Karma Anushtana?, and say, ?What is the use of doing only Karma? If your heart is not melted to tears by devotion, what is the use?? Those who are following the Karma Path, look at the other experts in conduct of festivals and devotional activities, and say, ?They have no devotion to their duties. What is the use of all this pomp and show??
Acharyal in Sopana Panchakam tells us to do one?s duties itself as an offering to God. Duties as per Karma Anushtana are not to forgotten, neither is one to forget God! Do Sandhya Vandanam, Brahma Yagnam, Jyothish Homam, Tarpanam, if you were a Brahmin; do train yourself in battle crafts and fight your battles at the time of war, if you were a Kshatriya; do your trading and business, if you were a Vaisya; and do your duties of Agriculture or Carpentry or Pottery and so on, if you were the Soodra. But whether you were a Brahmin or Kshtriya or Vaisya or Soodra, do your allotted duties, with your mind riveted on God. That is the advice. But this is an exalted stage, not easily achieved. When we are involved in any work, attention to Divinity, will be or could be forgotten. So Karma and Bhakti, both are required. Over a period, both may fruition in to oneness. That is, someone may totally involve in Karma with his mind riveted on God or someone else may so get involved in Bhakti, that he may forget all other duties. He or she reaches a stage of, ?Krta Krtya?, ie, ?one who has no more duties to perform?!
Let it be set aside. If we look at the initial stages. Will God be pleased with someone who does duties or display much devotion? Say there is a rich man employing many servants. Amongst the servants, there is one who simply does his duties, and another who is all the time praising that rich man. Unless the rich man is an idiot, he is not likely to ignore the fact that the second is failing in his duties. You cannot think of God as susceptible to praise and flattery. But if the one simply doing his duty, will not last long either!
?This world is God?s creation. God is the King and we are all, his citizen. So, all the people are my kinsmen. He is not only the King, but the Father and Mother. So, we are all his children. So, we are all brothers and sisters. To keep everyone happy, Veda Dharma, has allotted roles for each. We shall do our duties without being crassly, selfish. God?s family should flourish. God?s will be done. In this, I shall do my bit, as my contribution.? This should be our attitude. In our doing the action, devotion will be inbuilt. Then we will be fully eligible to receive God?s Grace. The Path of Devotion and the Path of Action are not divergent, but convergent in God!
Source: Deivathin Kural - Volume 1

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 13, 2017, 07:05:06 AM »
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 13, 2017, 07:02:18 AM »
Simshuba is involved in publishing and Distributing Rare, Out of Print and Limited circulation books on Hinduism. The focus is on original Sanskrit works and their translation by Scholars. Only  Dharma centric interpretations are published and distributed


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Sri Sai Nagar Annexe

Chennai 600092

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:56:44 PM »
Mooka Panchashathi is a very important work that was recommended by Kanchi Mahaswamigal . Found the following link in a site dedicated to Kanchi Mahaswmaigal .It has access to download an old bashyam of this book in PDF format for free .Those interested can check out the links .


Mooka Panchashathi Bashyam from old Tamil book


https://mahaperiyavaa.blog/2017/02/12/mooka-panchashathi-bashyam-from-old-tamil-book/

Thanks to Sri Ganapathy for providing these links. I downloaded these documents ? they are true treasures?.It seems that these bashyam was done by Sri GV Ganesha Iyer, who has done similar work on Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahari. Great work. It seems that the first edition was in 1950s and the second edition was in 1965 or so and was sold for Rs 1.50!!!! I am not sure if Janardhana Printing Works, Kumbakonam still around as they seem to have the copyright. If they don?t exist, then this can be brought back in paperback edition too. Ram ? something you might want to consider!

Regardless, here are the links for all 5 parts?.

Arya Sathakam ? Stotras on Kamakshi (Stuthis)
Paadharavinda Sathakam ? Describes about Kamakshi?s paadharavindam
Manthasmitha Sathakam ? Kamakshi?s smile ?
Kataaksha Sathakam ?  Kamakshi?s Kataaksham
Stuthi Sathakam ? Stotras on Kamakshi (Stuthis)
Although I have heard about this greatness of Mooka Pancha Shathi, I never read this before. With this pdf made available, I think I will start reading soon?

Om Sri Kamakshiye Potri!

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:42:07 AM »
Since Yesterday was Thai Poosm  sharing the article below that best describes the significance of light worship in Satya Janan Sbai founded by Vallar at Vadalur and how the worship is conducted during normal poosam days as well as on Thai Poosam day .
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The Sathya Jnana Sabhai is the unique Sanctuary in the world for the worship of the Supreme Divine. The deathless divine master Ramalinga Vallalar with the Supreme Will built this Sanctuary in the year 1872 and named it Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Sathya Jnana Sabhai. Sathya Jnana Sabhai means the Gnostic Centre of the Supreme Truth (the divine Truth-Consciousness) and it is the Sanctuary of Light for the adoration and worship of the Arut-perun-jyothi Aandavar (means the Divine Lord of the Supreme-Grace-Light). The Sathya Jnana Sabhai is an octagonal shape shrine facing south direction. The long chain around the Sathya Jnana Sabhai is made of iron metal that is not rusted till date. The metal rings have two holes and they are connected together in a line as if a single mould and it is said that it signifies the two nostrils of nose through which human beings breathes. The first Jyothi Darshan took place on the Thai Poosam ? 25 January 1872.
 
The Jyothi Darshan takes place in Sathya Jnana Sabhai on every Poosam days. What is Poosam? Poosam is a star name. Poosam is a propitious star and it is one of the brightest stars. There are total seven veils before the Jyothi (the Light), the veils are unveiled during the Jyothi Darshan (6 veils are unveiled during the monthly Poosam Jyothi Darshan and all seven veils are unveiled during the Thai Poosam (Thai is the name of the Tamil month and Thai Poosam comes either in January or February). These veils represent the mayas ? the illusions blocking the radiance of the Soul, the Self-Light as well as the Supreme-Grace-Light. These veils are as follows:
 
1.    Black colour veil ? signifies Mamayai (Maya Saththi, Asuddha Maya Saththi)
2.   Blue colour veil ? signifies Aaruyir (Suddhaa Suddha Maya Saththi)
3.   Green colour veil ? signifies Paraveli (Kiriya Saththi)
4.   Red colour veil ? signifies Chithuru Veli (Para Saththi)
5.  Golden colour veil ? signifies Poruluru Veli (Iccha Saththi)
6.  White colour veil ? signifies Meipathi Veli (Jnana Saththi)
7.  Mixed coloured veil ? signifies Karudhu Anupavam (Adhi Saththi)
           
The significance of Sathya Jnana Sabhai is to lead us to realise the Self-Light within us as well as the Supreme-Grace-Light in the Supreme Abode above (the transcendental Suddha Shiva Veli) and everywhere ? the realisation of the Supreme-Grace-Light within and without. Here in this Sathya Jnana Sabhai a lot of divine miracles and wonders would take place according to Vallalar. Here one would get enlightenment and all Siddhis (divine powers and divine perfection ? divine transformation), therefore, Vallalar also calls this holy place as a Siddhipuram ? the Sanctuary of Siddhis.
 
Vallalar has advised people who take non-vegetarian food and kill living beings to avoid entering the Sathya Jnana Sabhai. One should follow Jeevakaarunyam and also other spiritual disciplines (Indhiriya, Karana, Aanma and Jiva Ozhukkam) to go inside the Sathya Jnana Sabhai. The rules of Sathya Jnana Sabhai must be followed and the sanctity of the Sathya Jnana Sabhai should be maintained. This Sanctuary would help everyone to receive the Arulamudham ? the nectar of the Grace and Arutsaththi ? the Grace Power and the Grace-Light if each and every one who goes there maintains discipline and silence and open to the Arutperunjyothi with ardent adoration. Vallalar calls all to receive the Supreme-Grace-Light, how wonderful it would be to heed the great call. Vallalar says that those who come to Vadalur may get good boons. Get a great boon and live divinely ? the blissful Supernal Life.


Jyothi Darshan in Sathya Jnana Sabhai, Vadalur on Poosam Days
 
Every month on the propitious Poosam Day (actually the Poosam Star comes once in 27 days cycle according to Tamil calendar), the Jyothi (the Light) is shown by unveiling 6 veils between 7.45 PM and 8.45 PM approximately (In this 1 hour, 3 times the Jyothi (the Light) is shown ? each time 15 minutes approximately and 5 minutes pause will be there in between the Jyothi Darshan). Note the last veil ― the seventh one remains there covering the one third of the portion from the top approximately. On Poosam days, hundreds and thousands of devotees come to Vadalur to have the Jyothi Darshan in Sathya Jnana Sabhai.   
 
Thai Poosam is the biggest festival in Vadalur. The most auspicious day is Thai Poosam, on the Thai Poosam Day (once in a year, in the Tamil month of Thai that comes in January or February), in the Sathya Jnana Sabhai, the Jyothi (the Light) is shown by unveiling all the 7 veils at 6 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 7 PM, 10 PM and the next day 5.30 AM ? each time the Jyothi (the Light) is shown for about 1 hour. (In this 1 hour, 3 times the Jyothi (the Light) is shown ? each time 15 minutes approximately and 5 minutes pause will be there in between the Jyothi Darshan). On Thai Poosam, very great numbers of devotees (several lakhs of people) visit ? Vadalur is thronged with devotees and pilgrims.
 
Come to Vadalur to have the Jyothi Darshan. During the Jyothi Darshan, avoid talking and socialising. Do concentrate only on the Jyothi Darshan ? it is time for prayer and worship and glorification of the Arutperunjyothi Almighty and it is also a time for receiving the Divine Grace of the Arutperunjyothi Almighty. Have Jyothi Darshan and carry with you the supernal blessings of Vallalar and the nectar of supreme Grace-Light of the Arutperunjyothi Almighty.   
 
Daily Poojai in Sathya Jnana Sabhai, Vadalur
 
The daily poojai is performed in the Sathya Jnana Sabhai. There another small earthen oil lamp is kept before the veils for worship. (NB: The Darshan of the Jyothi behind the veils is only on the Poosam days.)
 
Daily Poojai Time: 11.30 AM to 12 Noon, and 7.30 PM to 8 PM
 
We offer our infinite gratitude to the Arutperunjyothi Almighty ? the Divine Lord of the Supreme-Grace-Light and to the sanmarga master Vallalar, the deathless divine being of the Supreme-Grace-Light.
 
Glory to the Arutperunjyothi Almighty!
Glory to the deathless divine master Vallalar!
May all beings receive the Supernal Grace and live blissfully!
 
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« on: February 08, 2017, 10:02:21 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
Q: Swami kept mauna [silence] for at least a year in the 1940s. In those days it must have been very peaceful and quiet here.
Nowadays the area is filled with the noise of loudspeakers, buses, trucks, radios, etc. I feel that I would also like to keep mauna for some time. But is there any point in keeping silent when there is so much noise around?
AS: Mauna means inner silence, not outer silence. If there are a lot of noises and disturbances outside, we should take them as manifestations of God. If we take the attitude that they are disturbances, we are resisting ?what is?. This will only create anxiety within us. If we see all that is as divine, nothing will ever disturb us.
You should not make judgments about the world. You are thinking, ?A quiet environment is good; a noisy one is bad?. If you have thoughts like these you will inevitably get caught up in the workings of the mind. There is nothing wrong with the world or with the environment you live in.
The only defects are in the mind which is looking at the world. If you change the outlook of the mind, the world automatically changes. Alternatively, you can give your whole mind to God.
The saint Jnanasambandhar said. There is a way that we can
live happily in this miserable world. That way is to give our minds to God.'
Bhagavan said: 'Surrender your mind to God and see all forms as God. Have impartial love towards all beings. One who lives like this, he alone can be happy.'
- Living by the Words of Bhagavanp. 318

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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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