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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 15, 2015, 08:42:34 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 14, 2015, 10:20:21 AM »
CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

Q: What of idols?


M: They have a deep significance. Worshipping them is a method of concentrating the mind. The mind is apt to move externally. It must be checked and turned within. Its habit is to dwell on names and forms, for all external objects possess them.

Certain names and forms are symbolic concepts used to divert the mind away from external objects and make it dwell within itself.

Thus the idols, mantras, sacred syllables, rites etc, are all meant to give food to the mind in its inward course so that it may become capable of being concentrated.

Only after this can the supreme state be reached.


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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:56:06 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:49:43 PM »
Bhagavan to Maha Krishna Swami:

?Silence is the most powerful form
of teaching transmitted from master to adept.
The soundless voice is pure intuition.
It is the voice of spiritual sound speaking in
our innermost being. Self-enquiry is the only
path we have in order to eliminate spiritual
unconsciousness, which is widespread.
Self-enquiry brings the consciousness of
the divine, the universal truth and the light
that governs the universe. All this must be
known, felt, lived and realized. In order to
realize this truth, we need to eliminate
the thinking mind, to dissolve it in
the Universal Self?.

~ Ramana Smrti, p. 53

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:47:46 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 13, 2015, 08:12:10 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 13, 2015, 08:03:08 AM »
CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

The body is born again and again.
We wrongly identify ourselves with the body, and hence imagine we are reincarnated constantly. No!

We must identify ourselves with the true Self. The realized one enjoys unbroken consciousness, never broken by birth or by death ? how can he die? Only those who think 'I am the body' talk of reincarnation. To those who know 'I am the Self' there is no rebirth.

Reincarnations exist only so long as there is ignorance. There is no incarnation, either now, before or hereafter.

This is the truth.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 12, 2015, 02:23:42 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 11, 2015, 07:15:23 AM »
Swami Sivananda on Fate

The controversy between free will and fatalism is still going on in the West and no one has come to any definite conclusion. It is a great pity that the doctrine of Karma is mistaken for fatalism. Fatalism is the doctrine that all events are subject to fate and happen by unavoidable necessity.

Fate is one's own creation. Man acts and thinks and develops his own character. He creates a web like the spider or a silk-worm and entangles himself in its meshes on account of the three knots, viz., Avidya, Kama and Karma. He himself has enthroned fate to the level of a king and obeys its order owing to his ignorance and its effects.

Swami Sivananda

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 07, 2015, 10:38:47 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 03, 2015, 12:54:01 PM »
All the activities that the body is to go through are determined when it first comes into existence. It does not rest with you to accept or reject them. The only freedom you have is to turn your mind inward and renounce activities there. ~ (Bhagavan in 'Day by Day with Bhagavan' 1.6.1946)


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 03, 2015, 07:53:11 AM »
"Regulation of life, such as getting up at a fixed hour, bathing, doing mantra, japa, etc., observing ritual, all this is for people who do not feel drawn to Self-enquiry or are not capable of it. But for those who can practise this method all rules and discipline are unnecessary". ~ "Day by Day with Bhagavan" 7-18-1946.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 03, 2015, 07:50:02 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 02, 2015, 06:19:28 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:26:12 PM »

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