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1771
General Discussion / Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:47:33 AM »
An aspiration towards detachment has come upon me and the
will to avoid luxury or desire or habit of any kind.


If that can be done (in a positive, not merely a negative way),
then it would be an immense step forward.


(Letters on Himself and Ashram)


1772
General Discussion / Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:45:43 AM »
I find it difficult to distinguish between true need and what might be called luxury. A part of me wants to have nice and decent things and to take pleasure in them. Another side tells me so many things are not needed. I would like to return to the ascetic life I followed before coming here.

You must be prepared to live in either condition, attached neither to luxury nor to asceticism. It is good to be able to live with very few things, but you must also be able to live with nice and decent things and make right use of them. Never mind your true need, live with whatever the Mother has given you.

(Letters on Himself and Ashram)


1773
General Discussion / Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:41:57 AM »
The necessities of a sadhak should be as few as possible for there are only a very few things that are real necessities in life. The rest are either utilities or things decorative to life or luxuries.

These a Yogi has a right to possess or enjoy only on one of two conditions:

  • if he uses them during his sadhana solely to train himself in possessing things without attachment or desire and learn to use them rightly, in harmony with the DivineWill, with a proper handling, a just organisation, arrangement and measure—or,

  • if he has already attained a true freedom from desire and attachment and is not in the least moved or affected in any way by loss or withholding or deprival. If he has any greed, desire, demand, claim for possession or enjoyment, any anxiety, grief, anger or vexation when  denied or deprived, he is not free in spirit and his use of the things he possesses is contrary to the spirit of sadhana. Even if he is free in spirit, he will not be fit for possession if he has not learned to use things not for himself, but for the Divine Will, as an instrument, with the right knowledge and action in the use for the proper equipment of a life lived not for oneself but for and in the Divine.

(Letters on Himself and Ashram)


1774
General Discussion / Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:38:27 AM »
The necessities of a sadhak should be as few as possible.

for there are only a very few things that are real necessities in
life. The rest are either utilities or things decorative to life or
luxuries.

(Letters on Himself and Ashram)


1775
General Discussion / Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:29:24 AM »
If in the Many we pursue insistently the One,
it is to return with the benediction
and the revelation of the One
confirming itself in the Many.


(The Life Divine)


1776
Ashrams / Re: visited arunachala on Dec 25
« on: December 27, 2012, 10:26:46 AM »
Krishnan,

nice to read the accounts of your visit, thank you for sharing it.


1777
General Discussion / Re: Quotes from Sri Aurobindo and Mother
« on: December 27, 2012, 09:25:50 AM »


The Ideal must be Nature’s common truth,
The body illumined with the indwelling God,
The heart and mind feel one with all that is,
A conscious soul live in a conscious world.


(Savithri)


1778
General topics / Re: Thayumanavar - Blessings
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:37:19 PM »
இரவுபக லில்லாத பேரின்ப வீட்டினில்
     இசைந்துதுயில் கொண்மின்என்று


Took me to the House of Bliss
That knows neither day nor night
And there laid me,saying:
''Do thou in accord slumber.''
Thus did Thou perform for me.


From Verse 6 of Chinmayanada Guru


இசைந்துதுயில் கொண்மின்என்று - Do thou in accord slumber. Sir, can this translation be got more clearer? Would you please provide your comments?


1779
General topics / Re: Thayumanavar - Blessings
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:25:42 PM »

ஐந்துவகை யாகின்ற பூதபே தத்தினால்
       ஆகின்ற ஆக்கைநீர்மேல்
    அமர்கின்ற குமிழியென நிற்கின்ற தென்னநான்
       அறியாத காலமெல்லாம்
புந்திமகி ழுறவுண் டுடுத்தின்ப மாவதே
       போந்தநெறி என்றிருன்ந்தேன்

பூராய மாகநின தருள்வந் துணர்த்த இவை
       போனவழி தெரியவில்லை


From Verse 5 of Chinmayanada Guru


   When in the days gone by
I realized not that this body
Made of the elements five
Is but a bubble on water -
To eat to heart's content,
To dress in fineries
And lead a life of pleasure
Was the way of life appropriate -
Thus I held.


But when Thy benevolent Grace descended on me
And evoked in me the Truth
,
Where all these went,
I know not.

1780
General Discussion / Our Deepest Fear
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:41:07 PM »
Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.


(Marianne Williamson)


1781
General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:39:01 PM »
Sri Jewel,

that melancholy and sadness arouses a feel of Bhakti, yearning, which is most beautiful.


1782
General topics / Re: Thayumanavar - Blessings
« on: December 26, 2012, 07:42:15 PM »
Sri Jewel, Subramanian Sir,

I am just reminded about this -

The lady, unable to understand Bhagavan's silence further queried,
“Did not Saint Thyagaraja and other saints attain moksha by singing
the praises of God?" A smile broke forth from Bhagavan. He said,
“Thyagaraja and the others did not attain Moksha through their
songs but from the ecstasy that sprang forth from within as a result
of their realisation of the ultimate. Their songs were just an
expression of their blissful state. This was the reason why their
music stood the test of time.



   

1783
General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: December 26, 2012, 07:37:06 PM »
Solitary bird, you sing
from the crest of the ancient tower
to the landscape, while day dies:
while music wanders the valley.
Spring brightens
the air around, exults in the fields,
so the heart is moved to see it.
Flocks are bleating, herds are lowing:
more birds happily make a thousand
circles in the clear sky, all around,
celebrating these happy times:
you gaze pensively, apart, at it all:
no companions, and no flight,
no pleasures call you, no play:
you sing, and so see out
the year, the sweet flowering of your life.

     


(Leopardi)
(Translated by A. S. Kline)


1784
Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Re: Nectar from rAmAyanA
« on: December 26, 2012, 07:23:05 PM »
What a beautiful description ... an embodiment of Dharma really.

Sri Rama's name and the story is indeed Madhuram.

Truly Udai, Madhuram, Madhuram indeed :)



1785
General topics / Re: Thayumanavar - Blessings
« on: December 26, 2012, 06:16:23 PM »



அங்கைகொடு மலர்தூவி அங்கமது புளகிப்ப
    அன்பினா லுருகிவிழிநீர்
  ஆறாக வாராத முத்தியின தாவேச
    ஆசைக் கடற்குள் மூழ்கிச்
சங்கர சுயம்புவே சம்புவே எனவுமொழி
    தழுதழுத் திடவணங்குஞ்
  சன்மார்க்க நெறியிலாத் துன்மர்க்க னேனையுந்
   தண்ணருள் கொடுத்தாள்வையோ

      With flowers in out-stretched hand,
Hair standing on end in joyous thrill,
Eyes melting in love, tears streaming as a river -
Thus do I not immerse myself into the fervent Sea of Mukti.
And so hail Thee not as
''Oh! Sankara!
Oh! Swayambu! Oh! Sambu!''
And adore Thee not in faltering words of ecstatic joy;
And pursue not the path of Sanmarga.


When such indeed is my unholy condition
Will you ever accept me in Thy rapturous Grace?


From Verse 1 of Chinmayananda Guru


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