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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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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 25, 2016, 09:16:02 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« 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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« on: December 21, 2016, 04:12:25 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
Q: Here at Arunachala it seems relatively easy to have spiritual discrimination. In Paris, with our daily activities and so many external influences, it is much more difficult.
AS: Thoughts such as 'Arunachala is different from Paris? 'I work
in Paris'?these are concepts which arise only after we identify ourselves with the body and take the body to be ?I?. If you accept such ideas you are automatically handicapping yourself.
Q: Through our practice we feel that we are approaching reality, but we also feel that we have a long way to go.
As: You cannot approach reality or be at any distance from it.
The Self is never distant from you because you already are that. To get rid of all your false ideas you must generate a firm conviction that this is so. 'I am the Self;" I am all; everything is the Self.' That mantra is the most effective and the most powerful tool for this. If you repeat it always, all energy will come to you because you truly are the all-pervasive consciousness.
Q: Suppose that we give this mantra to a tape recorder. It may repeat it endlessly but it will not become an all-pervasive tape recorder. Is repeating alone enough?
AS: If you repeat anything constantly and generate enough faith to believe that what you are saying is correct, your mind will eventually become what you are repeating. If you repeat what is actually true that you are the Self and you gain sufficient faith, eventually you will become Truth itself and realize the Self.
- LWB p. 304

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 20, 2016, 12:57:06 PM »
People often misunderstand samadhi [absorption].
Bhagavan told the story of the yogi who spent hundreds of years in trance on the Ganges and on awakening his first thought was for some water he had asked for before entering trance. The thoughts had resumed their sway. The trance was useless.
Maharshi said real attainment was to be FULLY CONSCIOUS, to be aware of your surroundings and the people around, to move among them all, but not to merge your consciousness in the environment.
Remain in your inner independent awareness of IT. That is the highest ? not to sit in trance which merely halts the mind.
The mind must be destroyed entirely, not merely arrested.
- Conscious Immortality

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:12:08 PM »



?When we get angry, we suffer. If you really understand that, you also will be able to understand that when the other person is angry, it means that she is suffering. When someone insults you or behaves violently towards you, you have to be intelligent enough to see that the person suffers from his own violence and anger. But we tend to forget. We think that we are the only one that suffers, and the other person is our oppressor. This is enough to make anger arise, and to strengthen our desire to punish. We want to punish the other person because we suffer. Then, we have anger in us; we have violence in us, just as they do. When we see that our suffering and anger are no different from their suffering and anger, we will behave more compassionately. So understanding the other is understanding yourself, and understanding yourself is understanding the other person. Everything must begin with you.?
Thich Nhat Hanh, 'Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames'

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:05:42 PM »


I SEE NO SAINTS NOR SINNERS, ONLY LIVING BEINGS
Q: If a sinner, a breaker of the law, comes before you and asks for your grace, what will be your response?
M: He will get what he asks for.
Q: In spite of being a very bad man?
M: I know no bad people, I only know myself. I see no saints nor sinners, only living beings. I do not hand out grace.
There is nothing I can give, or deny, which you do not have already in equal measure. Just be aware of your riches and make full use of them. As long as you imagine that you need my grace, you will be at my door begging for it.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj, I AM THAT ch 97

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