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2731
Fate and Free Will

Free will and destiny are ever existent. Destiny is the result of past action; it concerns the body. Let the body act as may suit it. Why are you concerned about it? Why do you pay attention to it? Free will and destiny last as long as the body lasts. But jnana transcends both. The Self is beyond knowledge and ignorance. Whatever happens, happens as the result of one's past actions, of divine will and of other factors.

There are only two ways to conquer destiny or be independent of it. One is to enquire for whom is this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by destiny and not the Self and that the ego is non-existent.

The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, by realizing one's helplessness and saying all the time, 'Not I, but Thou, oh Lord' and giving up all sense of 'I' and ‘mine’, and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you. Complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self-enquiry or bhakti marga (path).


2732
General Discussion / Re: sandhyA vandanam - Discussion
« on: October 25, 2012, 04:53:00 PM »
       :) Thank you very much for these articles. I will take a print out. unfortunately I am not habituated to doing sandhyavandanam. I am going to make this a practise to do it regularly and your posts will be very useful.
thank you.

Dear Sri Tushnim,

:) very happy reading your post, and, :) this will sure lead to brahmAtmaikya ;)


2733
One evening, a female monkey entered the hall. A baby was hugging her belly.
The monkey approached the basket of fruits beside Bhagavan's sofa. The attendant
tried to drive her away. Bhagavan chided the attendant, saying, "She is a mother
with a child to feed. Can you not spare a few fruits for her?"
But the attendant did
not heed Bhagavan's words. Frightened by his threatening gestures, the monkey
ran away and climbed up a tree. Bhagavan said to his attendant, "This is all we are
capable of! We talk about our reverence for those who have renounced the world.
We seek out sanyasins and worship them.  But when a true sansayin comes to us,
we drive him away."


Bhagavan the looked at the monkey and beckoned her in soft and gentle tones.
The monkey approached and stood before Bhagavan's sofa. He gave it some
fruits and the monkey went away happily.

2734
General Discussion / arghya pradAnam - Procedure
« on: October 25, 2012, 04:31:45 PM »
8. arghyA pradAnam - oblation

ओं भूःर्भुव॒स्सुवः॑।
ओं तत्स॑वि॒तुर्वरे॑॑ण्यं
भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑॑त् ॥


          Om bhUrbhuvassuvah .
Om tat savitur varENyam
bhargO dEvasya dhImahi .
dhiyO yO nah pracOdayAt ..

Taking handful of water, and, upon sanctifying the water in hand by chanting the
gAyattI mantram as above on has to let the water flow down through the finger tips.
This is done thrice in the morning and evening and twice in the noon.

While performing the arghyA pradAnam in the morning, one has to stand on toes as
shown in the picture, and raise the hands filled with water upto one's head and let
out the water facing the EAST in the morning, facing WEST in the evening.

If mAdhyAhnnikam is performed relatively earlier to noon, then one has to face East
while performing arghya pradAnam (say upto 10:30 am) or else one has to face North
and perform at noon.

Note: Common practice is that only in the mornings one has to stand while offering
arghya, in the noon and evenings, people either squat or sit in sukhAsanA while offering
arghyA, but, this is not mentioned in any of the books. Therefore, those who can offer
arghya by standing may do so, that is how it has been mentioned. We will see more in
discussion thread in detail.

While offering arghya, one has to make sure that the thumbs are separated from the
remaining fingers.

prAyashchitta arghya pradAnam

When arghyapradAnam is not performed at the right time, then one has to sit in the sankalpa posture, given below by chanting the following resolve:

कालातीत​-प्रायश्चित्त​-अर्घ्यप्रदानं करिष्ये ॥

kAlAtIta-prAyashcitta-arghyapradAnam kariShyE ..

and then perform the arghya-pradAnam as described above upon chanting the gAyatrI mantram.

AtmapradakShiNam pariShEcanaM आत्मप्रदक्षिणं परिषेचनं

ओं भूर्भुवस्सुवः ।

Om bhUrbhuvassuvah .

saying the above mantram, one has to circumambulate ones own self around the head with water flowing down through the tips of the fingers, in the same place where one is standing after the performance of arghya pradAnam.



2735
General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 25, 2012, 11:04:37 AM »
stray thought....

It is not the question of jnyAnA, but more a question of destruction of vAsanAs, that is important!


2736
Sir,

another infomation that i just remembered is that, in the entire names of Goddess, only the name "UMA" is derived of pranava akAra ukAra makAra.

umA is ukAra makAra akAra

Hence umA is also apitakucalAmbAl, is Om herself.


2737
General topics / Re: what is OM ॐ ?
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:36:20 PM »
Dear Sir,

yes, Om is everything. the vEdAS begin with Om, aspire only to provide some light on the praNavA. There is so much mystic about Om.

Here is another from mahA nArAyanA upanishad:

ओं तद् ब्रह्म । ओं तद्वायुः । ओं तदात्मा । ओं तद् सत्यं । ओं तत्सर्वं । ओं तत्पुरोर्नमः ॥

Om tad brahma .
Om tadvAyuh .
Om tadAtmA .
Om tad satyam .
Om tatsarvam .
Om tatpurOrnamah ..

Om is that brahman
Om is vAyu
Om is the Self
Om is that truth
Om is all
Om is all that multitudes
Salutations to Om


2738
General topics / Re: what is OM ॐ ?
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:56:48 PM »
the vEdAs and upanishads speak about Om in several places. Here is one, from taittirIya upanishad.

ओमिति ब्रह्म ।
ओमितीदं सर्वम् ।
ओमित्येतदनुकृतिर्ह स्म वा अप्यो श्रावयेत्याश्रावयन्ति ।
ओमिति सामानि गायन्ति ।
ओ ँ्शोमिति शस्त्राणि श ँ्सन्ति ।
ओमित्यध्वर्युः प्रतिगरं प्रतिगृणाति ।
ओमिति ब्रह्मा प्रसौति ।
ओमित्यग्निहोत्रमनुजानाति ।
ओमिति ब्राह्मणः प्रवक्ष्यन्नाह ब्रह्मोपाप्नवानीति ।
ब्रह्मैवोपाप्नोति ॥१॥


             Omiti brahma .
OmitIdam sarvam .
OmityEtadanukRutirhasma vA apyO shrAvayEtyAshrAvayanti .
Omiti sAmAni gAyanti .
OgmshOmiti shastrANi shagmshanti .
Omittyadhvaryuh pratigaram pratirgRuNAti .
Omiti brahmA prasauti .
OmityagnihOtramanujAnAti .
Omiti brAhmaNah pravkShyannAha brahmOpnavAnIti .
brahmaivApnOti ..

OM is the Eternal, OM is all this universe. OM is the syllable of assent: saying, OM ! let us hear,' they begin the citation. With OM they sing the hymns of the Sama; with OM SHOM they pronounce the Shastra. With OM the priest officiating at the sacrifice says the response. With OM Brahma begins creation. With OM one sanctions the burnt offering. With OM the Brahmin ere he expound the Knowledge, cries "May I attain the Eternal." The Eternal verily he attains.

(taittirIyaupanishad, 8 )

(translated by Sri Aurobindo)


2739
Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works /
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:55:42 PM »
ओमिति ब्रह्म ।
ओमितीदं सर्वम् ।
ओमित्येतदनुकृतिर्ह स्म वा अप्यो श्रावयेत्याश्रावयन्ति ।
ओमिति सामानि गायन्ति ।
ओ ँ्शोमिति शस्त्राणि श ँ्सन्ति ।
ओमित्यध्वर्युः प्रतिगरं प्रतिगृणाति ।
ओमिति ब्रह्मा प्रसौति ।
ओमित्यग्निहोत्रमनुजानाति ।
ओमिति ब्राह्मणः प्रवक्ष्यन्नाह ब्रह्मोपाप्नवानीति ।
ब्रह्मैवोपाप्नोति ॥१॥


             Omiti brahma .
OmitIdam sarvam .
OmityEtadanukRutirhasma vA apyO shrAvayEtyAshrAvayanti .
Omiti sAmAni gAyanti .
OgmshOmiti shastrANi shagmshanti .
Omittyadhvaryuh pratigaram pratirgRuNAti .
Omiti brahmA prasauti .
OmityagnihOtramanujAnAti .
Omiti brAhmaNah pravkShyannAha brahmOpnavAnIti .
brahmaivApnOti ..

OM is the Eternal, OM is all this universe. OM is the syllable of assent: saying, OM ! let us hear,' they begin the citation. With OM they sing the hymns of the Sama; with OM SHOM they pronounce the Shastra. With OM the priest officiating at the sacrifice says the response. With OM Brahma begins creation. With OM one sanctions the burnt offering. With OM the Brahmin ere he expound the Knowledge, cries "May I attain the Eternal." The Eternal verily he attains.

(taittirIyaupanishad, 8 )

(translated by Sri Aurobindo)


2740
Raghavachariar was coming to Maharshi off and on. His wife and mother feared that he might give up his social duties and become a recluse. They went to the Maharshi and told him their fear. The Maharshi consequently admonished Raghavachariar about the dangers of becoming a recluse without the severe training required for it. The Maharshi was giving similar advice to numerous others also.

(Self Realization, BV Narasimha Swami)


2741
prArabdhA

D: If everything happens according to karma (prarabdha: the result of one's acts in the past) how is one to overcome the obstacles to meditation (dhyana)?

M: Prarabdha concerns only the out-turned, not the in-turned mind. One who seeks his real Self will not be afraid of any obstacle.


(Spiritual Instruction)


2742
General Discussion / punarmArjanam - Procedure
« on: October 24, 2012, 11:20:42 AM »
7. punarmArjanam

punar means 'again' mArjanam means cleansing. This step literally means cleansing again, especially after pRashanam, which is a very powerful cleansing process, requires yet another cleansing process, just to highlight yet again, that the Sages emphasize, how much of importance is given to cultivate purity in every aspect. The aspect of cleansing has been given high importance as we can see, there are 3 detailed steps with tantra kriyA (of sprinking water) as well. The essence has to be assimilated well. These mantrAs have power, the vibrations of these mantrAs impel and help us in cultivating the purity of mind, ie., thoughts and deeds. What cannot be achieved by mere effort can be achieved by grace, and, mantrA is a swarUpa (form) of the Supreme brahman. These steps if done mindfully, help us in our endeavor of developing purity as praised by the scriptures. We will see more in the discussion thread about the meanings.

As seen before in the mArjanam step, this is yet again, another succeeding cleansing process, only the first two lines are new, the rest of it are the same as the mArjanam, seen in the preceding step before prAshanam.

For each of the sentences given below, one has to place the right hand ring finger on the water in the udDharaNi (spoon), then, sprinkle that water on the shiras or head upon conclusion of chanting each of the sentences from dadhikrAvNNO akarSham...... through ApO janayathA ca nah.

पुनर्माजनम्

द॒धि॒क्राव्ण्णो॑ अकार्षं जि॒ष्णोरश्व॑स्य वा॒जिनः॑ ।
सु॒र॒भि नो॒ मुखा॑कर॒त्प्रण॒ आयू ँ्॑ षि तारिषत् ॥

आपो॒ हि ष्ठा म॑यो॒ भुवः॒ ।
ता न ऊ॒र्जे द॑धातन ।
महे रणा॑य॒ चक्षसे ।
यो वः॑ शि॒वत॑मो॒ रसः ।
तस्य॑ भाजयते॒ह नः॑ ।
उ॒श॒तीरि॑व मा॒तरः॑ ।
तस्मा॒ अरं॑ गमाम वः ।

यस्यक्षया॑य॒ जिन्व॑थ ।

आपो॑ ज॒नय॑था च नः ।

ओं भूर्भुव॒स्सुवः॑ ।


                  punarmArjanam

dadhikrAvNNO akarSham jiShNO rashvasya vAjinah .
surabhi nO mukhAkaratpraNa AyugumShitAriShat ..

Apo hi ShTA mayO bhuvah .
tA na Urje dadhAtana .
mahe raNAya cakSasE .
yO vah shivatamO rasah .
tasya bhAjayatEha nah .
ushatIriva mAtarah .
tasmA aran gamAma vah .

yasyakShayAya jinvatha .

ApO janayathA ca nah .

Om bhUrbhuvassuvah

2743
General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:24:20 AM »
प्रौढो‌ऽहं यौवनस्थो विषयविषधरैः पञ्चभिर्मर्मसन्धौ
दष्टो नष्टो‌ऽविवेकः सुतधनयुवतिस्वादुसौख्ये निषण्णः ।
शैवीचिन्ताविहीनं मम हृदयमहो मानगर्वाधिरूढं
क्षन्तव्यो मेऽपराधः शिव शिव शिव भो श्री महादेव शम्भो ॥३॥


prauDOahm yauvanasthO viShayaviShadharaih pancabhirmarmasandhau
daShtO naShtOavivEkah sutadhanayuvatisvAdusaukhyE niShaNNah .
shaivIcintAvihInam mama hRudayamahO mAnagarvAdhirUDam
kShantavyO mEaparAdhah shiva shiva shiva bhO shrI mahAdEva shambhO .. 3..

In youth the venomous snakes of sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell,
Bit into my vitals and slew my discrimination;
I was engrossed in the pleasures of wealth, sons, and a youthful wife.
Alas! My heart, bereft of the thought of Siva,
Was filled with arrogance and pride,
Therefore, O Siva! O Mahadeva! O Sambhu! Forgive me, I pray, for my transgressions.

(shiva aparAdha kShamApana stOtram, Adi shankarA)


2744
First realise the Self

Why worry yourself about the world and what happens to it after Self-realisation? First realise the Self, what does it matter if the world is perceived or not? It is quite immaterial to the Jnani or ajnani, if he perceives the world or not. It is seen by both, but their viewpoints differ. .... Seeing the world, the Jnani sees the Self, which is the Substratum of all that is seen; the ajnani, whether he sees the world or not, is ignorant of his true Being, the Self.

(Maharshi’s Gospel, Book II.)


2745
General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 23, 2012, 09:38:47 AM »
या कुंदेंदु तुषार हारधवला या शुभ्र वस्त्रावृता ।
या वीणा वर दण्डमंडितकरा या श्वेत पद्मासना ॥
या ब्रह्माच्युत्त शंकर प्रभृतिभिः देवैःसदा वन्दिता ।
सा मांपातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेष जाड्यापहा ॥


yA KundEndu tushAra hAra DhavalA
yA ShubhrA vastrAvritA
yA VINA Vara danDa manditakarA
yA shvEta PadmAsanA
yA brahmAcyuta shankara prabRuthibhih
devai sadA vanditA
sA mAm pAtu saraswatI bhagavatI
nishyeSha jyAdyApahA

My saluations to Goddess Saraswathi,
Who is while like a Kunda flower,
Who shines like the full moon,
Who carries in her hand a Veena and a stick,
Who is seated on the throne of white Lotus,
Who is worshipped by the holy trinity,
With a prayer to drive away all my slothfulness.


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