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General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: June 07, 2013, 05:04:47 PM »

"How little we know! Can a one-seer pot hold ten seers of milk?
If ever a salt doll ventures into the ocean to measure its depth,
it cannot come back and give us the information.
It melts into the water and disappears."



"All this was not a mere intellectual process, but flashed before me vividly as
living truth, something which I perceived immediately, without any argument
almost. ‘I’ was something very real, the only real thing in that state."


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: June 07, 2013, 11:47:22 AM »
Stray thoughts...

If we truly will and wish for something truly legitimate (that is desired towards God), and we are utmost sincere about it with a rock like conviction then God makes it happen or providence changes accordingly!


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: June 06, 2013, 05:59:09 PM »

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began,
So is it now I am a man,
So be it when I shall grow old
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man:
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

William Wordsworth

General Discussion / Re: Quotable quotes of UG
« on: June 06, 2013, 04:46:53 PM »
The mystic experience is an extraordinary one because it is not an intellectual experience. It helps
them to look at things differently, to feel differently, to experience things differently and to
interpret the statements of the sages and seers for others. Had it not been for the mystics, the
sages would have been clean forgotten long ago. The sages don't depend upon any authority.
What they say is the authority. This the sages talked about but the mystics just had experiences.
They tried to share that through music and all kinds of things but this is not an experience which
can be shared with somebody else. This is not an experience at all.

The mystics are trying to tell you, so they are always in the field of duality, whereas the sage, or
seer, or whatever you want to call him, is in the state of undivided consciousness. He does not
know that he is a free man so for him there is no question of trying to free others. He is just there.
He talks about it and then he goes.

Gaudapada had no disciples. He refused to teach anybody. Ramana Maharshi taught nobody,
initiated nobody. Great teachers never use any authority and they do not interpret anyone. The
mystics help you to look at things differently, to interpret things differently. You cannot become a
sage through any effort. It is not in you hands. A sage cannot have a disciple. A sage cannot have a
follower because it is not an experience that can be shared. Even an ordinary experience you can't
share with others. Can you tell somebody who has never experienced sex what the sex experience
is like?

General Discussion / Re: Quotable quotes of UG
« on: June 06, 2013, 04:45:35 PM »
It means there isn't anything you can do. That is total surrender, total helplessness. It can't be
brought about through any effort or volition of yours. If you want to surrender to something it's
only to get something. That's why I call it a state of total surrender. It's a state of surrender where
all effort has come to an end, where all movement in the direction of getting something has come
to an end.


“I was confident that even the mere Presence

of this great Sadguru

would do everything for me.”




If one realizes one's true nature within one's Heart,
it is the plenitude of Being-Awareness-Bliss
without beginning or end.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally



   Dear Sri Anil ji,

For a strange reason, your post led me to Lord Pashupatinath in Nepal:

The general understanding is that Pashupati means Lord of animals.

Pashupati is Pashyati iti Pashuh - That which (truly) sees is Pashu. Therefore Pashupati nath goes to mean as the Lord of that real Seer!

That which even sees the seer, verily has no object of seeing, yet still sees without even an object seeing, seeing cannot escape it, but the seeing happens only because of That. That is the real Seer, such 'That' is a Rishi - literally means seer.

Words fail, and when words fail, one reposes in silence naturally! this results in anAyAsena sAyujyam - "A painless communion" without any struggle and it leaves not even a sense of some attainment or achievement!


Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Re: Light Post
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:58:18 PM »
Dear Silentgreen

so nice to see your post after a short "gap"


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:10:29 PM »
Stray thoughts ...

"Ignorance of Self is Ego and its knowledge, its effacement!"


General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: June 01, 2013, 08:56:09 PM »
The Master joked about the delay in serving their meal. One of the scholars quoted a Sanskrit verse about the anxiety created in people's minds by the pangs of hunger. Proceeding to explain the verse he said: "The study of philosophy is indeed edifying, but poetry is more fascinating than philosophy. People listening to good poems think of the study of philosophy-Vedānta, Nyaya, Samkhya, and so forth as dry and insipid. Again, music is more attractive than poetry. Music melts even a heart of stone. But a beautiful woman has an even greater attraction for a man's heart than music. Such a woman, passing by, diverts a man's attention from both poetry and music. But when a man feels the pangs of hunger, everything else  poetry, music and woman appears as of no consequence. Thus, hunger is the most arresting thing."

(The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)



General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: June 01, 2013, 08:28:49 PM »

निरञ्जनं नित्यमनन्तरूपं भक्तानुकम्पाधृतविग्रहं वै ।
ईशावतारं परमेशमीड्यं तं रामकृष्णं शिरसा नमामि ॥

   nirañjanaṁ nityamanantarūpaṁ bhaktānukampādhṛtavigrahaṁ vai |
īśāvatāraṁ parameśamīḍyaṁ taṁ rāmakṛṣṇaṁ śirasā namāmi ||

Thou who art stainless, eternal and multiformed one,
Who hast assumed a form out of Thy abounding grace to the devotees,
Thou, who art the worshipful Lord of all, manifest as the Divine incarnate,
To Thee Ramakrishna, my full prostration with head touching the ground.

Composed by Swami Abhedananda


General topics / Re: Comments - Ramana Sahithya
« on: June 01, 2013, 07:52:45 PM »
Dear Sri Balaji,

I am not much sure about the background of this ashtakam. Perhaps there may be some mention in the 8 volumes Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of grace. Let me see if i can get some information, Bhagavan willing if i happen to trace some thing from these books.

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