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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 10, 2019, 04:56:23 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:00:22 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 07, 2019, 12:46:50 PM »
Leave people alone. Do not try to change people or to make them see your point of view. There is no point of view. Every point of view is wrong. We want to get rid of points of view.

-Robert Adams, 21th November 1991

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: November 07, 2019, 10:47:42 AM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: November 04, 2019, 10:53:58 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 02, 2019, 09:09:00 AM »
Worship of Form and Formless
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Devotee: Saguna upasana (worship of form with attributes) is said to be imperfect. It is also said that nirguna upasana (worship of formless) is hard and risky.

Maharshi: The Saguna merges into the Nirguna in the long run. The Saguna purifies the mind and takes one to the final goal. The afflicted one, the seeker of knowledge, and the seeker of gains (wordly) are all dear to God. But the Jnani is the Self of God.

- Talk 619

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: October 30, 2019, 11:41:04 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: October 30, 2019, 09:11:44 PM »
Those who come here with the idea of getting knowledge - even spiritual knowledge - come here as individuals aspiring to get something. That is the real difficulty. The seeker must disappear. When you know your real nature, the knowledge ' I am' remains, but that knowledge is unlimited. It is not possible for you to acquire knowledge. You ARE knowledge. You are what you are seeking. Your true being exists prior to the arising of any concept. Dive deep within yourself and you will find it easily and simply. Enquire what is permanent in the transient, real in the unreal. This is sadhana or spiritual practice.

Nisargadatta, Consciousness and the Absolute, The final talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 28, 2019, 08:48:35 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 27, 2019, 07:46:06 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 26, 2019, 09:39:26 AM »
It is ridiculous to suppose that Prarabdha can be more powerful than one's will. The reason for this is that Prarabdha itself is a creation of one's will. What one performed guided by one's will in the previous births, is what is now appearing as fate. What one has brought about due to exercise of one's will in the previous births certainly can be overcome by exercise of will in the present birth, provided one makes adequate effort.
- Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal
(Source : Sri Jagadguru Vani, Sringeri Sharada Peetham website)

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 23, 2019, 06:35:58 PM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: October 07, 2019, 08:44:35 AM »
"The Buddha said that if we?re not attentive, if we don?t bring all our hearts and minds, our whole being, into studying the Sutras and listening to the Dharma, we may understand them in the wrong way.

Liberation is only possible when we are capable of correcting our impressions.

Teachings, ideas, are like a match. The match brings about the flame, which is insight. A teaching, a notion, is not the insight.

But if we practice, we can produce the living insight, the living wisdom.

Many of us, including quite a few Buddhist scholars, are caught by words and concepts. We stick to the words, the doctrine, the teaching, and we are not free; we become dogmatic. But once we have the insight, it burns away our ideas and notions, just as the flame burns the match that brought it into being.

We should never consider any teaching or ideology to be the absolute truth; it is only a means to gaining insight. We should not kill or be killed because of an idea.

If we become dogmatic, we can become a dictator, wanting everyone to accept what we say, believing that we have the truth and that whoever doesn?t agree with us is our enemy. This creates more war, conflict, and discrimination. Most wars have been born from fanaticism, being caught in religion or ideologies.

This teaching of the Buddha, non-attachment to views, is a deep practice of peace. We are ready to release our view in order to gain the insight.

That is also the spirit of science. If a scientist is attached to a finding and thinks it to be the absolute truth, he has no hope of finding something deeper, something higher.

We have to burn up all notions, in order for the insight to be there.

A true practitioner is never dogmatic, never clings to ideas and notions, but makes use of them to produce insight, Right View."

Thich Nhat Hanh, page 66, Thundering Silence: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake, 2009 Parallax Press.

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: October 05, 2019, 09:00:04 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 20, 2019, 05:48:13 PM »
CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

Free Will and Karma

Questions of fate and free will arise only to those who fail to look into the root of both. To know the cause is never to enter?tain thoughts of either fate or free will.

Everything in this universe is run by one Supreme Power, but if people will not keep to the destined path appointed for them, but stray beyond its limits, then God punishes them and through that they turn towards the Self.

But when the punish?ment finishes, they stop worshipping and sin again, thereby inviting an increased punishment. Agitation or anxiety is a sign of having strayed from destiny, whereas on the appointed path they will remain peaceful and content.

They should abide in the Self and not seek to stray into desires and ambitions be?yond what God gives, but be egoless.

- p. 128


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