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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:58:56 PM »
Stray thoughts...

The expression of truth is Dharma!

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:57:45 PM »
Stray thoughts...

Nothing gives you more joy than
*doing your Swadharma!

* doing your duty.

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21-8-46 Afternoon

A visitor from Bengal asked Bhagavan, ?Shankara says we are all free, not bound, and that we shall all go back to God from whom we have come as sparks from fire.  Then, why should we not commit all sorts of sins??

Bhagavan:  It is true we are not bound,  i.e., the real Self has no bondage. It is true you will eventually go back to your source. But meanwhile, if you commit sins, as you call them, you have to face the consequences of such sins. You cannot escape their consequences. If a man beats you, then, can you say, ?I am free, I am not bound by these beatings and I don?t feel any pain. Let him beat on??  If you can feel like that, you can go on doing what you like.  What is the use of merely saying with your lips ?I am free??

Day by Day

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:26:00 PM »
Stray thoughts...

You can't be free of problems
But you can be free from problems!

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 04, 2016, 09:41:55 AM »
PRAYER FOR PURITY

O loving Lord of Compassion! Hey Prabhu! The Soul of my soul, the Life of my life, the Mind of my mind, the Ear of my ears, Light of lights, Sun of suns! Give light and purity. Let me get established in physical and mental Brahmacharya. Let me be pure in thoughts, word and deed. Give me strength to control my Indriyas (senses) and observe the Brahmacharya Vrata. Protect me from all sorts of temptations of this world. Let all my Indriyas be ever engaged in Thy sweet service.

Wipe out the sexual Samskaras (impressions) and Vasanas (subtle desires). Annihilate lust from my mind. Make me a true Brahmachari, Sadachari and Oordhvareta Yogi. Let me be chaste in my look. Let me always walk in the path of righteousness. Make me as pure as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda, Bhishma Pitamaha, Hanuman or Lakshmana. Forgive. Forgive all my Aparadhas (offenses). I am Thine. I am Thine. Trahi, Trahi. Protect, protect. Prachodayat, Prachodayat. Enlighten, enlighten. Guide me. Om. Om. Om.



Dear friends, please do take some time to go through this article. They content is invaluable and quite serious in nature, applicable to one and all who are serious about their spiritual journey.

http://www.dlshq.org/download/brahma_nopic.htm

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 04, 2016, 09:31:35 AM »
The Efficacy of Gayatri Mantra Japa

Once the Mysore State went dry without rains. Special worship was done as per the instructions from His Highness. The Acharya also instructed all the vedic scholars in the Math to do 1008 Gayatrl mantra japa every day. The exact amount of mantra iapa was reported to him daily. The purpose of the japa was not known to them but none dared to ask His Holiness. One day all of them were summoned and the acharya dealt at length on the greatness of Gayatri mantra. Next day onwards he went into ?antarmukha?. The japa touched one crore. Thus the Japa yajna was performed effortlessly! lt poured heavily and the prayer yielded rich results after two months of rigorous japa. Everywhere there was water!  whole State of Mysore looked like the asrama of Sage Rishyasrunga!

~ Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswami

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Arunachala / Re: Just a ordinary hill or a mountain!!
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:49:03 AM »
Does Distance Matter?

AFTER the devotee departed, Bhagavan turned towards us and said: ?People imagine that the devotees crowding around a Jnani get special favors from him. If a guru shows partiality, how can he be a Jnani? Is he so foolish as to be flattered by people?s attendance on him and the service they do? Does distance matter? The guru is pleased with him only who gives himself up entirely, who abandons his ego forever. Such a man is taken care of wherever he may be. He need not pray. God looks after him unasked. The frog lives by the side of the fragrant lotus, but it is the bee who gets the honey.? - Shantammal

அருணா சலமென வகமே நினைப்பவ
ரகத்தைவே ரறுப்பா யருணாசலா   (அ)

பொருள்:
அருணாசலா! தம் மனத்தில், அருணாசலமே நான் என்று அபேதமாகக் கருதும் அன்பர்தம் அகங்காரத்தை வேரோடு அறுப்பாய்.

Aru/nā/chala/mena
Aha/mē/ninaip/pavar
Aha/taivē/rarup/pāy
Arunā/chalā.

(a) Arunachala! Thou dost root out the ego of those who meditate on Thee in the heart, Oh Arunachala!
(b) Arunachala! Thou dost root out the ego of those who dwell on their (spiritual) identity with Thee, Oh Arunachala!

Dear Vinod, where ever we may be, its upto us how we live:

uddhared atmanatmanam
natmanam avasadayet
atmaiva hy atmano bandhur
atmaiva ripur atmanah

A man must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well.

Wishing you the best.

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 04, 2016, 08:29:15 AM »
Srikanthayya was a high official in the railways in Calcutta. He was on a leave and was visiting his friend Nageshwara Iyer in Bangalore. Nageshwara Iyer was a famous lawyer in Bangalore. One weekend, Iyer announced that he was going to Sringeri with his family to seek the blessings of Mahaswamigal and invited Srikanthayya to join them. Srikanthayya replied, "I have no problem coming to Sringeri. I am totally western in my outlook and have not much regard for customs and traditions. If Mahaswamigal asks some embarrassing question, then I may have to give him a rude reply". Iyer assured him that no such situation would arise. They reached Sringeri and had the Darshan of Vidya Shankara and Sarada Parameshwari. when they stood before Mahaswamigal, Srikanthayya felt immense respect for the sage in front of him, who looked the very personification of Yajneshwara. Iyer introduced Srikanthayya to Mahaswamigal. After a few casual questions regarding his job, place etc., Mahaswamigal asked Srikanthayya, "Do you do your Sandhyavandana regularly?" Srikanthayya's face turned pale and with great difficulty he answered, "No!" Mahaswamigal asked again, "Why? Are you not doing Sandhyavandana with the thought `Why should I do it?' or with the thought, `What will happen if it is not done?' Or you are not doing it because you think there is no use doing it. Or, are you not doing it for lack of time? Answer me!" Srikanthayya could not find the right answer to reply. He thought for a while and suddenly remembered a certain incident that he had read about. Once in the court of king Janaka, sage Yajnavalkya was discussing Brahma Jnana with the king. He continued the discussion even during the evening and did not perform his Sandhyavandana. When the king questioned the sage regarding this omission, the sage said, "a Jnani, who is ever in union with the atman, needs to perform no karma. For the welfare of the world, he may do some Karmas, but an omission of the same will not be considered a blunder". Srikanthayya repeated the same Shloka that the sage had told king Janaka. Mahaswamigal was pleased with his spontaneity and cleverness. He said, "So, does that mean that you have realized the atman like sage Yajnavalkya?" Srikanthayya put his head down in shame and remained silent. Mahaswamigal said, "Your reply suits only the Jnani who has realized the self. Till we realize the self, we have to continuously engage ourselves in Sadhana. The steps to actual Sadhana are Sandhyavandana and Japa. Omission of these will result in great sin. Please start performing Sandhyavandana and Japa regularly".

~ Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswami

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 03, 2016, 10:58:22 AM »
This appears in ulladu naarpadu:

உடனானே தன்னை யுணரார்க் குணர்ந்தார்க்
குடலளவே நான்ற னுணரார்க் குடலுள்ளே
தன்னுணர்ந்தார்க் கெல்லையறத் தானொளிரு நானிதுவே
யின்னவர்தம் பேதமென வெண்ணுவாய் முன்னாம்

பொருள்:
மாமிசப் பொதியாகிய உடம்பு தன்னை உணராத அஞ்ஞானிக்கும், தன்னை உணர்ந்த ஞானிக்கும் நானாகும். அஞ்ஞானிக்கு நான் என்னும் சொல்லின் உணர்வு உடலின் அளவேயாகும். உடலுள்ளே தன்னை உணர்ந்த ஞானிக்கு நான் என்னும் ஆன்மா எல்லையற்று (உடம்பையும் தன்னுள்கொண்டு) எங்கும் தன்மயமாய்ப் பிரகாசிக்கும். இருவருக்கும் உள்ள வேறுபாடு இதுவே என்று அறிவாயாக.

In verse 17 he says that both for those who have not known self and for those who have known it, the body is certainly ?I?, but that the difference between them is that to those who have not known self, ?I? is limited to the measure of the body, whereas to those who have known self, ?I? shines without any limit (and hence neither the body nor anything else exists as other than it).

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 02, 2016, 09:35:35 PM »
TWENTY IMPORTANT SPIRITUAL INSTRUCTIONS

1. Get up at 4. a.m. daily. This is Brahmamuhurta which is extremely favourable for meditation on God.

2. Asana: Sit on Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana for Japa and meditation for half an hour, facing the east or the north. Increase the period gradually to three hours. Do Sirshasana and Sarvangasana for keeping up Brahmacharya and health. Take light physical exercises as walking, etc., regularly. Do twenty Pranayamas.

3. Japa: Repeat any Mantra as pure Om or Om Name Narayanaya, Om Namah Sivaya, Om Name Bhagavate Vasudevaya, Om Saravanabhavaya Namah, Sita Ram, Sri Ram, Hari Om, or Gayatri, according to your taste or inclination, from 108 to 21,600 times daily.

4. Dietetic Discipline: Take Sattvic food, Suddha Ahara. Give up chillies, tamarind, garlic, onion, sour articles, oil, mustard, asafoetida. Observe moderation in diet (Mitahara). Do not overload the stomach. Give up those things which the mind likes best for a fortnight in a year. Eat simple food. Milk and fruits help concentration. Take food as medicine to keep the life going. Eating for enjoyment is sin. Give up salt and sugar for a month. You must be able to live on rice, Dhal and bread without any chutni. Do not ask for extra salt for Dhal and sugar for tea, coffee or milk.

5. Have a separate meditation room under lock and key.

6. Charity: Do charity regularly, every month, or even daily according to your means, say six paisa per rupee.

7. Svadhyaya: Study systematically the Gita, the Ramayana, the Bhagavata, Vishnu-Sahasranama, Lalita-Sahasranama, Aditya Hridaya, Upanishads or Yoga Vasishtha, the Bible, Zend Avesta, the Koran, the Tripitakas, the Granth Sahib, etc., from half an hour to one hour daily and have Suddha Vichara.

8. Brahmacharya: Preserve the vital force (Veerya) very, very carefully. Veerya is God in motion or manifestation?Vibhuti. Veerya is all power. Veerya is all money. Veerya is the essence of life, thought and intelligence.

9. Prayer Slokas: Get by heart some prayer-Slokas, Stotras and repeat them as soon as you sit in the Asana before starting Japa or meditation. This will elevate the mind quickly.

10. Satsanga: Have Satsanga. Give up bad company, smoking, meat and alcoholic liquors entirely. Do not develop any evil habits.

11. Fast on Ekadasi: Fast on Ekadasi or live on milk and fruits only.

12. Japa Mala: Have Japa Mala (rosary) round your neck or in your pocket or underneath your pillow at night.

13. Mouna: Observe Mouna (vow of silence) for a couple of hours daily.

14. Speak the Truth: Speak the truth at all cost. Speak a little. Speak sweetly.

15. Reduce your wants. If you have four shirts, reduce the number to three or two. Lead a happy, contented life. Avoid unnecessary worry. Have plain living and high thinking.

16. Never hurt anybody: Never hurt anybody (Ahimsa Paramo Dharmah). Control anger by love, Kshama (forgiveness) and Daya (compassion).

17. Do not depend upon servants: Do not depend upon servants. Self-reliance is the highest of all virtues.

18. Self-analysis: Think of the mistakes you have committed during the course of the day, just before retiring to bed (self-analysis). Keep daily diary and self-correction register. Do not brood over past mistakes.

19. Fulfil duties: Remember that death is awaiting you at every moment. Never fail to fulfil your duties. Have pure conduct (Sadachara).

20. Surrender to God: Think of God as soon as you wake up and just before you go to sleep. Surrender yourself completely to God (Saranagati).

If this is of interest to you, you may read the detailed article by following this link:

http://www.dlshq.org/download/20instrch.htm

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......As soon as i neared him he smiled a welcome and asked me if i had performed my 'madhyannikam' (a daily ritual performed by brahmins in the afternoon). i gave a negative reply. He said "Go and perform it and we shall sit down for breakfast.".......

Arunachalas Ramana Vol 1, TKS Sundaresa Iyer Part II

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 02, 2016, 07:10:23 PM »
Do not underestimate the importance of the Gayatri mantra. Sankara Bhagavadpadai is said to have written a commentary on Gayatri. It says that it contains all the mahavakyas. Do observe japa of Gayatri mantra regulariy with the understanding of its meaning.

~ Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswami


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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 02, 2016, 05:05:46 PM »
Handle the idols with the same care as a midwife would when receiving and handling a baby first out of its mother's womb.

~ Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswami

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 02, 2016, 11:43:41 AM »
I agree Sri Ravi, translation is not an east job and only the greatly adept in the mastery of language and tatva alone can bring out the real essence of the original, otherwise they end up creatimg confusion and some times even bring disrepute to any oraganisation connected.

Bhagawat Vachanamtrutam i have heard that Swami Viswanatha Swami was mostly present during the events mentiomed and he has specially made effort to retaim the very words uttered by Bhagawan as it is. So it holds much more authenticity even over english version.

Thank you

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 02, 2016, 09:32:21 AM »
Sri Ravi, Atmavichar and friends,

Some time back i had posted the following -

உன்னை தெவையில்லை  என்று முடிவு கட்டியவர்களுக்கு நி எதை செய்தாலும் தவராகவெ தெரியும்

I wondered if the above quote is authentic or not. I happened to find the relevant co text in which the above tamil quote is translated. It throws light aa to how the essence can be mis-stated if the conplete instance is not quoted. Please find below the incident:

Q: If it is a question of doing something one considers wrong, and thereby saving someone else from a great wrong, should one do it or refrain?

Bhagavan: What is right and wrong? There is no standard by which to judge something to be right another to be wrong. Opinions differ according to the nature of the individual and according to the surroundings. They are again ideas and nothing more. Do not worry about them. But get rid of thoughts. If you always remain in the right, then right will prevail in the world.

When asked for further elucidation Sri Bhagavan then pointed out that to see wrong in another is one's own wrong. The discrimination between right and wrong is the origin of sin. One's own sin is reflected outside and the individual in ignorance superimposes it on another. The best course for one is to reach the state in which such discrimination does not arise. Do you see wrong or right in your sleep? Be asleep even in the wakeful state, abide as the Self and remain uncontaminated by what goes on around. Moreover, however much you might advise them, your hearers may not rectify themselves. Be in the right yourself and remain silent. Your silence will have more effect than your words or deeds.

Sources:

1) The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi edited by Arthur Osborne

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