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3316
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 29, 2012, 08:35:34 AM »
If, though, by the conjunction of conditions, someone understands what the Buddha meant, that person doesn't need a teacher. Such a person has a natural awareness superior to anything taught. But unless you're so blessed, study hard, and by means of instruction you'll understand.

(Bodhidharma)

Saluations to Bhagavan

3317
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 29, 2012, 08:33:31 AM »
From the blossoming lotus of devotion, at the center of my being,
Rise up, O compassionate master, my only refuge!
I am plagued by past actions and turbulent emotions:
To protect me in my misfortune
Remain as the jewel-ornament on the crown of my head, the mandala of great bliss,
Arousing all my mindfulness and awareness, l pray!
   
(Jikme Lingpa)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3318
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 29, 2012, 08:26:29 AM »
Devotion is the essence of the path, and if we have in mind nothing but the guru and feel nothing but fervent devotion, whatever occurs is perceived as his blessing. If we simply practice with this constantly present devotion, this is prayer itself.
When all thoughts are imbued with devotion to the guru, there is a natural confidence that this will take care of whatever may happen. All forms are the guru, all sounds are prayer, and all gross and subtle thoughts arise as devotion. Everything is spontaneously liberated in the absolute nature, like knots untied in the sky.

There are different levels of faith. First, clear faith refers to the joy and clarity and change in our perceptions that we experience when we hear about the qualities of the Three Jewels and the lives of the Buddha and the great teachers. Longing faith is experienced when we think about the latter and are filled with a great desire to know more about their qualities and to acquire these ourselves. Confident faith comes through practicing the Dharma, when we acquire complete confidence in the truth of the teachings and the enlightenment of the Buddha. Finally, when faith has become so much a part of ourselves that even if our lives were at risk we could never give it up, it has become irreversible faith.

(Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3319
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 28, 2012, 10:43:24 PM »
Dear i,

When we look subtly, all religion have originated from one  source alone. The Vedas are called Apourusheya, not man made. It is so, because, they are not written through mind, or through the exercise of intellect. It just flashed forth to the Saints, and they just expressed what they saw. This wisdom, over the ages, came to be categorized as Vedas, first there was only Vedic group, Veda literally means "to know" when we say Vedic religion we are only meaning "To Knowing" religion - isn't it funny? Then it got split into Jaina, Buddha, Then these wisdom spread to different parts, Greek, and Jew, Christ, Islam, and, in the same wisdom also exists atheism as well. :)

Veda

"To Know"

Everything is same, that is why wisdom is common in all religion, Cows are many and different, milk is one, sweets are many and different, sugar is one. :)

That Sugar is God, Atman, Brahman, Ishwara, Kingdom of heaven Miksha, etc...

Salutations to Bhagavan

3320
Jnani/Jnanam is just another name for God. What is the meaning of Jnani - one who knows, and, who is the one that really knows? knows everything, He is God, therefore a Jnani is God Himself, he is called by various names, Ishwara, Brahman, Atman, Rama, Buddha, Jesus, Allah.

He does what ever he wants! They all did what ever they want!

what is to cure, is it curing what we think is curing? we see what is to cure from our limited perspective, what we think good for us, need not be really good for us, what we think is bad for us, can be good for us, only God knows that. But we rebel with Gods decision, with our limited perspectives. God always does best for us, even if he does not cure, it is for ones own Good. :)

Guru, Jnani can burn away ones negativ Karma immediately. Yes, Those who can realise the truth by hearing a statement such as 'You are Brahman' directly from the Guru are the gunpowder sadhakas who ignite with a single spark; those who need to contemplate on the words for some time until the conviction becomes direct experience are the charcoal aspirants.

but everybody does in the end!

Salutations to Bhagavan

3321
Dear i,

Enlightenment, God, belief, getting - are all one and the same. All these words point to the same. Buddha did not 'get' enlightenment, he simply discovered that he already was enlightenment. It was just camouflaged by mirage of clouds.

Guru, need not necessarily be a 'Guru' in the usual sense. If you look at the story of Dhathathreya, (you can read from the Sri mad Bhagavata topic) the 24 Gurus of the Avadhoota. For him, a python was a Guru, a prostitute was a Guru, etc...

What is a Guru, that which enlightens you is Guru. The sun which showed you direction (east, west, etc..) became your Guru. Guru is that which destroys darkness, but, really speaking there is no darkness, but still, Guru is that which shows you even this.

How can we say, Buddha has not followed any religion, it may be so only on books and records. But, he did follow all sadhanas, he did yoga, and many severe austerities, but just there was no name attached to him, like advatin, vedantin, buddhist, jaini, etc...

the quest is common for anybody. The quest is free of any religion. He too was looking for God, he was in search for God, what we call God, he called Truth, he called it freedom from suffering - that as God. What is God? after all? God is that which is peace!

He just saw that Grace is Himself.

Salutations to Bhagavan

3322
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 28, 2012, 09:39:39 PM »
If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand. The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there. Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise, it ceases at the place where it arises. If suffering arises you must contemplate right there, you don't have to run away. You should settle the issue right there. One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most foolish person of all. He will simply increases his stupidity endlessly.

We don't meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.

(Ajahn Chah)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3323
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 28, 2012, 09:29:46 PM »
Since pure awareness of nowness is the real buddha, In openness and contentment I found the Lama in my heart. When we realize this unending natural mind is the very nature of the Lama, Then there is no need for attached, grasping, or weeping prayers or artificial complaints, By simply relaxing in this uncontrived, open, and natural state, We obtain the blessing of aimless self-liberation of whatever arises.

No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better
It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all
It does not fall into any kind of category.

(Dudjom Rinpoche)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3324
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 28, 2012, 09:14:00 PM »



Our true buddha-nature has no shape. And the dust of affliction has no form. How can people use ordinary water to wash an intangible body? It won't work... To clean such a body you have to behold it. Once impurities and filth arise from desire, they multiply until they cover you inside and out. But if you try to wash this body of yours, you'll have to scrub until it's nearly gone before it's clean.

To find a buddha all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the buddha. And the buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares. If you don't see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you'll never find a buddha. The truth is, there's nothing to find. But to reach such an understanding you need a teacher and you need to struggle to make yourself understand.

If, as in a dream, you see a light brighter than the sun, your remaining attachments will suddenly come to an end and the nature of reality will be revealed. Such an occurrence serves as the basis for enlightenment. But this is something only you know. You can't explain it to others.

(Bodhidharma)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3325
General topics / Re: ..so why fear?
« on: April 28, 2012, 09:05:17 PM »
There is pleasure when a sore is scratched,
But to be without sores is more pleasurable still.
Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires,
But to be without desires is more pleasurable still.


(Nagarjuna, from Precious Garland)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3326
General topics / Buddha quotes
« on: April 28, 2012, 08:52:53 PM »
From what is dear, grief is born,
from what is dear, fear is born.
For someone freed from what is dear
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From what is loved, grief is born,
from what is loved, fear is born.
For someone freed from what is loved,
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From delight, grief is born,
from delight, fear is born.
For someone freed from delight
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From sensuality, grief is born,
from sensuality, fear is born.
For someone freed from sensuality
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From craving, grief is born,
from craving, fear is born.
For someone freed from craving
there is no grief
-- so why fear?


(Buddha)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3327
General topics / Re: clarify on Swami Vivekananda's last days
« on: April 28, 2012, 08:25:22 PM »
Dear i,

yes, truly so.

Jnaneshwar says,

His rule of conduct is his own sweet will.
His meditation is whatever
He happens to be doing.

in Ashtavakra Gita,

अलं त्रिवर्गकथया योगस्य कथयाप्यलम् ।
अलं विज्ञानकथया विश्रान्तस्य ममात्मनि ॥ ७ ८ ॥


Alam trivargakathayaa yogasya kathayaapyalam
alam vijnaanakathaa vishraantasya mamaatmani

For me, who am reposing in Self, there is no need of talking
about the three ends of life, about yoga and about wisdom.

Salutations to Bhagavan

3328
Dear i,

व्यापरे खिद्यते यस्तु निमेषोन्मेषयोरपि ।
तस्यालस्य धुरीणस्य सुखं नन्यस्य कस्यचित् ॥ १३ - ४ ॥


vyāpāre khidyate yastu nimeṣonmeṣayorapi
tasyālasya dhurīṇasya sukhaṁ nanyasya kasyacit

Happiness belongs to no-one but that supremely lazy man for
whom even opening and closing his eyes is a bother.

I have also read in the Bhagavata, somewhere, where the Lord says, that he has provided for everybody in abundance, he has provided for water, air, shelter in the form of trees, fruits and vegetables, what more do you need on Man? Be free.

let me see if i can trace this out, what i have written above is only out of memory, but, the Lord conveys this essence very beautifully. We have over the years, since our birth, have only accumulated more and more and more and more....

When we truly realise that God does provide for, without an iota of doubt, it will be taken care of. The life of Ramanagiri Swamigal is truly a testimony to this.

Salutations to Bhagavan

3329
General topics / Re: clarify on Swami Vivekananda's last days
« on: April 28, 2012, 06:38:30 PM »
Dear i,

:)

i saw some people discussing among themselves, about Srimad Ramayana, and they were interested in knowing whether Lord Rama ate meat or not, as he was Kshatriya.

:)

Salutations to Bhagavan

3330
Dear i,

what a wonderful verse from திருவாசகம்

ஓடும் கவந்தியுமே உறவென்றிட்டு உள் கசிந்து
தேடும் பொருளும் சிவன் கழலே எனத் தெளிந்து
கூடும் உயிரும் குமண்டையிடக் குனித்தடியேன்
ஆடும் குலாத்தில்லை ஆண்டானைக் கொண்டன்றே.


it reminds me of Kaupina Panchakam of Sri Adi Shankara :)

वेदान्तवाक्येषु सदा रमन्तो
भिक्षान्नमात्रेण च तुष्टिमन्तः ॥
विशोकवन्तः करणे रमन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

मूलं तरोः केवलमाश्रयन्तः
पाणिद्वयं भोक्तु मन्त्रयन्तः
कथमिव श्रियमपि कुत्सयन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

देहादि भावं परिमार्जयन्तः
आत्मानमात्मन्यवलोकयन्तः
नान्तं न मध्यं न बहिस्‍मरन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

स्वानन्दभावे परितुष्टिमन्तः
संशान्त सर्वेन्द्रिय तुष्टिमन्तः
अहर्निशं ब्रह्मणि ये रमन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥

पंचाक्षरं पावनमुच्चरन्तः
पतिं पशूनां हृदि भावयन्तः
भिक्षाशना दिक्षु परिभ्रमन्तः
कौपीनवन्तः खलु भाग्यवन्तः ॥
.                  . The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth —
who is roaming in the thoughts of Vedanta (Upanishad),
who is satisfied by a meagre portion of begged-food,
who is meditating in his inner-self without grief — is indeed blessed.||1||

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth —
who is sitting at the roots of a tree,
who is eating   unmeasured (meagre) food with his two hands,
and who is disregarding wealth like a patched-cloth —
is indeed blessed.||2||

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth —
who is elating and satisfying in his own thoughts,
who is keeping quiet and curbing his sensual desires,
and who is roaming day and night in the thoughts of Brahman —
is indeed blessed.||3||

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth —
who is witnessing his body changes,
who is seeing self as the aatman,
and who is not remembering either the end, or the middle,
or the outside one — is indeed blessed.||4||

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth —
who is reciting the Brahma-syllable, who is is existing
with the thought ‘I am Brahman’, and who is wandering
in directions for alms — is indeed blessed.||5||

:) wonderful !

Salutations to Bhagavan

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