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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: June 19, 2015, 10:18:29 AM »
?Many students ask, ?What is meditation?? and ?what is concentration??. Someone even asked, ?Is there any secret technique by which I can get success fast?? There is no secret or mysterious technique. The techniques are the same that you are using in your daily life. When you cook, if you don?t concentrate, what will happen? You burn your food. When you climb a mountain and there is a steep, rocky area, you concentrate ? otherwise you break your leg or even your neck. When you drive, you concentrate. At some stage most of the concentration becomes a mechanical process. Say, for instance, you are driving a car. In the early stages, of course, when you drive a car you learn everything intellectually. You must know where the brakes are, where the clutch is, where the gears are, and so on and so on, and then once you learn it you pass it on to your subconscious mind to carry on the same activities.
Most of the activities in your daily life you learn through concentration passing them on to the subconscious mind. So also in relaxation. You learn relaxation consciously. Once you learn the art of relaxation consciously it becomes a habit for you to relax, even while driving. But concentration and meditation are a little bit more than merely learning a technique and then passing it on to the subconscious mind. Here you are not only learning to focus your mind on the task you have undertaken, but you are also trying to channel this force to lift you up to the higher planes. Here is some water. Not it is harmless. I can drink it. It hasn?t got much power. If I make this into steam, boil it and make it into steam, and that same steam is passed through a small channel, a tube, it can make a small steam engine move. So the same water, which is now almost powerless, when it is properly concentrated, is capable of carrying an engine, a steam engine. In the same way, when a river, which is slow and sluggish, is dammed and the water is collected and slowly passed through a narrow channel, it can turn a huge turbine to create electricity. In every walk of life, when a substance is sluggish and widely spread on a wide area, it is not capable of producing enough strength and energy. But when you channel and focus this energy through a narrow passage, when it is concentrated, then it is powerful.? - Swami Vishnudevananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 18, 2015, 06:56:35 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 18, 2015, 06:54:40 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: June 16, 2015, 10:08:37 PM »
?When you sit for meditation, vivid thoughts of past experiences may appear. You may remember events that have been buried in your subconscious for many years. Memories of conversations or lost loved ones will agitate the mind and make the practice of meditation difficult. The imagination can play havoc with the past, creating imbalance and disharmony in the mind. As you get older there is a tendency for the mind to dwell more frequently in the events of long ago, preventing you from living life fully in the present. Dreams of childhood, schooldays, and youth are just dreams and should be laid gently and permanently to rest. Try to let go of all thoughts of past, both distant and recent, and live fully in the present.? - Swami Vishnudevananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 14, 2015, 02:24:51 PM »
Thanks for the info Subramaniam Sir . I always enjoyed listening to the Veda Parayanam at the Ramana Ashram .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 14, 2015, 07:53:54 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 13, 2015, 10:36:19 PM »
Ashram Veda Patsala established nearly eighty years ago has come of age. It has now become the first recognized test centre in Tiruvannamalai district. Prior to this it was necessary for students to go to Chennai or other far-off places to take the examination to prove competency in Vedic chanting. Recently seventy-five students belonging to Yajur Veda, Rig Veda and Sama Veda appeared for competency test at the ashram Veda Patasala. Six external examiners came for administering the tests. Graduates were honored in a convocation ceremony at the ashram auditorium. Sri Ramana Maharshi not only became deeply in-drawn when listening to Vedas but he also insisted on punctuality. Once when the priests were waiting for a late comer he remarked that ?Vedas don?t wait for anybody?.

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: June 10, 2015, 08:37:06 PM »
?Introspect. Look within. Try to remove your defects. This is the real Sadhana. This is the most difficult Sadhana. You will have to do it at any cost. Intellectual development is nothing. It is more easy." - Swami Sivananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 09, 2015, 02:07:33 PM »
Which is the best question?
The question "What is the way to get Krishna?s grace?"

Which is the best answer to this question?
Chanting the Maha mantra always?

Which day is the auspicious day in one?s life?
The day a person eschews judging other?s faults and advising others and starts to observe himself to get better.

What is the cause of confusion?
Rather than doing what is to be done here and now, thinking about tomorrow is cause of confusion

What is the greatest mistake of a Sadhak?
Looking at the clock while he chants!

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: June 09, 2015, 11:52:54 AM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:52:46 PM »
Kanchi Paramacharya on Simple Disciplined Living

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While the purpose of education is to make us cultured and disciplined, it is rather paradoxical that there is, among the educated, much more indiscipline and disregard for the way of life that has earned for us, in the past, the reputation of being a highly cultured people, than among the unsophisticated illiterates. During the last few years, indiscipline has developed among students to a degree never before known in the history of this country. While this is to be regretted, we must attend to some basic matters which can change our mental outlook. We must introduce simplicity in dress and each one of us should make it a habit to wash his own clothes. If some pioneers ventured to attend offices in dhoti and upper cloth, the fashion will soon catch on. Pure food contributed to purity of heart. The majority of our people are vegetarians, and that is responsible for making us a peace-loving, contented and tolerant nation. It is these qualities that have won us respect in the eyes of the world. We must simplify our food habits further. The practice of each person cooking his own simple food that prevails among some people in the North is a wholesome one. This will prove highly useful in life and obviate the necessity for indiscriminate eating. A beginning in this direction can be made by each one cooking his food at least once a week. Butter-milk or kanji can be substituted for coffee and tea. Thereby we will avoid incurring debts and also save something, which can be utilized for charitable purposes.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: June 08, 2015, 12:02:46 PM »

General Discussion / Re: where am I?
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:25:49 AM »
Dear Subramaniam Sir

Welcome back to India . Hope you feel more refreshed after 50 days stay with ur son .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 06, 2015, 07:52:05 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
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