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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 20, 2019, 05:48:13 PM »
CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

Free Will and Karma

Questions of fate and free will arise only to those who fail to look into the root of both. To know the cause is never to enter?tain thoughts of either fate or free will.

Everything in this universe is run by one Supreme Power, but if people will not keep to the destined path appointed for them, but stray beyond its limits, then God punishes them and through that they turn towards the Self.

But when the punish?ment finishes, they stop worshipping and sin again, thereby inviting an increased punishment. Agitation or anxiety is a sign of having strayed from destiny, whereas on the appointed path they will remain peaceful and content.

They should abide in the Self and not seek to stray into desires and ambitions be?yond what God gives, but be egoless.

- p. 128

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« Last post by Jewell on September 20, 2019, 04:49:37 AM »
All worldly pursuits have but one unavoidable and inevitable end,
which is sorrow; acquisitions end in dispersion;
buildings in destruction; meetings in separation; births in death.
Knowing this, one should, from the very first,
renounce acquisitions and storing-up, and building,
 and meeting; and,
faithful to the commands of an eminent Guru,
set about realizing the Truth.
That alone is the best of religious observances.

Milarepa 
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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Last post by Jewell on September 20, 2019, 04:23:22 AM »

Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction

the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.

Allan Ginsberg
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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Last post by Jewell on September 20, 2019, 04:02:49 AM »

D.: How can the rebellious mind be brought under control?

M.: Either seek its source so that it may disappear or surrender that it may be struck down.

D.: But the mind slips away from our control.

M.: Be it so. Do not think of it. When you recollect yourself bring it back and turn it inward. That is enough.

No one succeeds without effort. Mind control is not one?s birthright. The successful few owe their success to their perseverance.

A passenger in a train keeps his load on the head by his own folly. Let him put it down: he will find the load reaches the destination all the same. Similarly, let us not pose as the doers, but resign ourselves to the guiding Power.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 19, 2019, 07:46:48 PM »
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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 18, 2019, 08:49:25 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 18, 2019, 07:54:10 PM »
I presented to the Maharshi the Awadhoota Gita and the Ashtavakra Gita and drew His attention to the first verse of the Awadhoota Gita, which says : "It is only through the grace of God that in men with knowledge is born a desire to experience cosmic unity, a desire which protects them from the great dangers of Samsara (worldly life)."
With infinite compassion in His eyes the Maharshi looked at me and instructed one of the followers to bring a book. This was the Maha Bhakta Vijayam. Bhagavan opened the book and began to read. (I noted with awe that the book opened exactly at the page where He intended to read.)
The look, which the Maharshi gives you, is a question. At least I felt it so. The question is: "I see a unity, but you keep grasping at the variety. Why don't you know yourself properly and realise your true Self?". Nothing is so helpful as the august presence of the Maharshi for those who seriously intend to progress on the spiritual path.

There is spiritual communication and kindliness in His looks, eliciting what is best in a person. His presence acts as a catalyst, enabling us to secure our spiritual yearning. There is grace and benignity in the way He looks at the devotees as mother looks at her children.

- Manu Subedar, MP, Face to face, Page 28
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 18, 2019, 07:10:18 AM »
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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« Last post by Jewell on September 17, 2019, 06:28:25 AM »
Mahamudra, the royal way, is free
from every word and sacred symbol.
For you alone, beloved Naropa,
this wonderful song springs forth from Tilopa
as spontaneous friendship that never ends.

The completely open nature
of all dimensions and events
is a rainbow always occurring
yet never grasped.
The way of Mahamudra
creates no closure.
No strenuous mental effort
can encounter this wide open way.
The effortless freedom of awareness
moves naturally along it. 

Tilopa 
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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Last post by Jewell on September 17, 2019, 05:58:46 AM »
  A sign of spiritual life is the immersion of a person within himself
 and the hidden workings within his heart.

St Serafim of Sarov
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