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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:33:07 PM »
Brushing our teeth, cooking our breakfast, walking to the meditation hall ? everything we do, every step, every breath should bring joy and happiness to us. Life is already full of suffering; we don?t need to create more.

Thich Nhat Hanh

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:22:46 PM »
Many of us have lost our capacity for listening and using loving speech in our families. It may be that no one is capable of listening to anyone else. So we feel very lonely even within our own families... So if you really love someone, train yourself to be a listener? You may be the best therapist for the person you love if you know how to train yourself in the art of deep, compassionate listening. You must also use loving speech. We have lost our capacity to say things calmly. We get irritated too easily. Every time we open our mouths, our speech becomes sour or bitter... We have lost our capacity for speaking with kindness... This is so crucial to restoring peaceful and loving relationships.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:17:49 PM »

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:43:35 PM »
Nonthinking is an art, and like any art, it requires patience and practice. Reclaiming your attention and bringing your mind and body back together for even just ten breaths can be very difficult at first. But with continued practice, you can reclaim your ability to be present and learn just to be.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 13, 2018, 02:07:53 PM »
You will have great difficulty practicing Zen if you regret leaving behind worldly study and pride or if you are attached to some special talent. So, you should return to being a blank page.

If you can pay the price of a very restrictive practice, you will get great freedom.

In the old days there used to be people who would suddenly forget about life and death with just one word from a Zen teacher. Also, there were many people who got enlightenment after three or seven days of practice. However, people these days have very little patience and practice Zen as a sideline. Because of this, people who have practiced for even twenty or thirty years still have not attained Buddhism?s great meaning.

When you eat rice yourself, you feel full. If you don?t practice Zen yourself, even the Buddha and eminent teachers cannot help you.

If you want to practice Zen, first win the battle of the six senses.

- The Teachings of Zen Master Man Gong, p.12

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: March 13, 2018, 09:50:34 AM »
Short Messages from Sringeri Jagadgurus:

Sringeri Jagadguru on What can we Offer God (Telugu):

To understand Dharma, Vedanta and other such noble subjects, it is essential that we read Sri Adi Shankaracharya?s works. He has written to bestow knowledge on a variety of audiences, including the layman.


For instance, we think that to make an offering to God, we need to take fruits, flowers, food, etc. However Sri Shankaracharya says, ?This is fine. But this alone is insufficient. There is one thing which is of utmost importance, which should be offered. What is that? It is but your mind. Without first offering your mind, there is no use of offering anything to God.? Therefore, Sri Shankaracharya has said:

समर्प्यैकं चेतः सरसिजमुमानाथ भवते
I should offer my mind as a flower to the Lord?s feet.

In this context, what is meant by offering the mind to the Lord? Is mind a tangible object? How then, is it possible to offer the mind? Offering your mind means meditating on the Lord always in your mind. You should think only of the Lord, not of other unnecessary things. Why? Because there is simply no purpose. There are so many things happening in the world. But do we stand to gain anything by thinking about them? No. But if we use the same time to meditate upon the Lord, it will give us great benefit. In our life, time is invaluable. Wasting it is a big mistake. The only way to not waste it, is to think of God always. If even a small bit of time is spent without thinking about the Lord, we should be as pained as we would feel if there was a theft in our house.

मुहूर्तमात्रेऽतिक्रान्ते भगवच्चिन्तनं विना ।
दस्युभिर्मुषितेनेव युक्तमाक्रन्दितुं ध्रुवम् ॥

If even a moment is wasted without thinking of the Lord, we should feel guilty about it. We think of many unnecessary matters. Is it of any use? Certain people come to attend a Puja, but start discussing about irrelevant matters, when seated in front of the deity. Is that the time to talk such matters? Where have you come and what are you discussing? Your duty then is to keep thinking of the Lord and watch the Puja. You have to chant the Lord?s name and meditate upon Him. Instead, if you let your mind dwell on impertinent matters, there is no bigger mistake than this. Therefore, Sri Shankaracharya has asked us to offer our mind as a flower to God. In essence, it means: Focus on the Lord, without letting your mind wander.


Copyright: Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:44:11 AM »

D.: How can the rebellious mind be brought under control?

M.: Either seek its source so that it may disappear or surrender that it may be struck down.

D.: But the mind slips away from our control.

M.: Be it so. Do not think of it. When you recollect yourself bring it back and turn it inward. That is enough.

No one succeeds without effort. Mind control is not one?s birthright. The successful few owe their success to their perseverance.

A passenger in a train keeps his load on the head by his own folly. Let him put it down: he will find the load reaches the destination all the same. Similarly, let us not pose as the doers, but resign ourselves to the guiding Power.

- Talk 398.
14th April 1937

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:01:58 PM »

Most people take the appearance of the snake in the rope to be reality. Acting on their misperceptions they think up many different ways of killing the snake. They can never succeed in getting rid of the snake until they give up the idea that there is a snake there at all.

People who want to kill or control the mind have the same problem: they imagine that there is a mind which needs to be controlled and take drastic steps to beat it into submission. If instead, they generated the understanding that there is no such thing as mind, all their problems would come to an end. You must generate the conviction,

'I am the all-pervasive consciousness in which all bodies and minds in the world are appearing and disappearing. I am that consciousness which remains unchanged and unaffected by these appearances and disappearances.'

Stabilize yourself in that conviction. That is all you need to do.

LWB, p. 266

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:16:22 PM »
Experiences with Maha Periyava: Guru Charitra Parayana

Sri Maha Periyava veiled His divine powers from us. Many did not understand the significance of His divine incarnation. All the same, some have known Sri Periyava?s divine powers.

Chidambara Kulkarni of Hire Bagevadi near Belgaum was deeply devoted to Periyava. It was his practice to visit Kanchipuram once, or even twice in a year, stay on and read the Guru Charitram (Dattatreya Charitram) in seven days as a Sapataha Parayana as a traditional act of adoration. He once visited Kanchi with his family for this purpose. Another devotee also came there then. He said to Periyava, ?The Guru Charitra Parayana is going on.?

?How many times has the parayana taken place so far??

?So far, seventy-two times. The seventy-third Parayana is going on now.?

Sri Periyava asked an attendant, ?Do you know which Guru Charitram he is reading??

?No? said the attendant in reply.

?He is reading Periyava?s Charitram (Sri Maha Swamigal Charitram) written by Sambhamurthi Sastri every day. He has completed the parayana seventy-two times and is now doing it for the seventy-third time. On all days such as Pillayar Chathurthi, Krishna Janmashtami, Saraswati Puja and Rama Navami, he worships my picture. Other than me, he knows no God.?

I wanted to know who that devotee was. Periyava indulged in a bit of divine play and sent me away from there on an errand, not allowing me to know his name or the place he came from. I learnt then that there were many deeply devoted to Sri Maha Periyava like Pradosham Venkatarama Iyer Mama.

Narrated by SriMatham Balu Mama
Source: Maha Periyaval Darisana Anubhavangal, Vol-3
Compiled by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava - Kanchi Paramacharya/Fb

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:55:46 AM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: March 08, 2018, 09:48:41 AM »
मुक्तिका उपनिषत् Muktika Upanisad

If you have manda buddhi, inferior subtle (as distinct from sharp) intellect then study the 8 Upanishads. If this is not enough, study the 108 Upanishads. If you still don't get it, then do dhyana, japa, puja and good works until you develop antahkaranashuddhi in some future birth to be able to understand these subtle teachings.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:09:50 PM »

M: The attempt to destroy the ego or the mind through sadhanas other than atma vichara, is just like the thief assuming the guise of a policeman to catch the thief, that is himself. Atma vichara alone can reveal the truth that neither the ego nor the mind really exists, and enables one to realize the pure, undifferentiated Being of the Self or the Absolute.
Having realized the Self, nothing remains to be known, because it is perfect Bliss, it is the All.

D: In this life beset with limitations can I ever realize the bliss of the Self?

M: That bliss of the Self is always with you, and you will find it for yourself if you would seek it earnestly.

The cause of your misery is not in the life without; it is in you as the ego. You impose limitations on yourself and then make a vain struggle to transcend them.

All unhappiness is due to the ego; with it comes all your trouble. What does it avail you to attribute to the happenings in life the cause of misery which is really within you? What happiness can you get from things extraneous to yourself? When you get it, how long will it last?

If you would deny the ego and scorch it by ignoring it, you would be free. If you accept it, it will impose limitations on you and throw you into a vain struggle to transcend them. That was how the thief sought to ?ruin? King Janaka.

To be the Self that you really are is the only means to realize the bliss that is ever yours.

Maharshi?s Gospel, P. 52

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 06, 2018, 02:26:19 PM »
Our way of acting depends on our way of thinking, and our way of thinking depends on our habit energies. When we recognize this, we only need to say, "Hello, habit energy," and make good friends with our habitual patterns of thinking and acting. When we can accept these ingrained thoughts and not feel guilty about them, they will lose much of their power over us.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

General topics / Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: March 06, 2018, 02:18:50 PM »
This thread will have some pointers , quotes and teachings related to Buddhism and I am a great fan of Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and I will share his teachings here as well as of other Buddhist Masters .I do not want to compare between the teachings of Buddha , Advaita or Bhagavan Ramana ( though I believe that if someone has understood the essence of what Bhagavan Ramana or Adi Shankara said then they will find these practices much better without getting too much trapped in them )  but I do feel that Buddhist Teachings and practices does help a person to calm down and develop more sensitivity towards oneself as well as Others . The Buddhist practices of Mindfulness is applicable for everyone and one can bring in mindfulness to almost all activity either in home or office .

The first one is from Thich Nhat Hanh

"There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognize it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it; you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: March 03, 2018, 09:53:17 AM »
"You have to do whatever you can for your growth. Don't worry about your neighbors, your friends, other swamis, even your teacher. It doesn't matter what the teacher does. It is immaterial to you. You practise and you eat. If you eat, you can satisfy your hunger. No one else can eat for you, or enjoy for you. If you want to be healthy, you have to eat healthily and live a proper life. To think, 'If everyone is healthy, then I will be healthy automatically' is not possible. To be healthy you have to do it yourself. Always remember this. Just mind your business and carry on. Only then will your mind be peaceful when you meditate."
-Swami Vishnu-devananda

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