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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #105 on: April 09, 2009, 09:32:09 PM »
Bhaja Govindam
-- Adi Sankaracharya

bhajagovindam bhajagovindam
govindam bhajamuudhamate
sampraapte sannihite kaale
nahi nahi rakshati dukrijnkarane.


Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda, Worship Govinda.
Oh fool! Rules of Grammar will not save you at the time of your death.

mudha jahiihi dhanaagamatrishhnaam
kuru sadbuddhim manasi vitrishhnaam
yallabhase nijakarmopaattam
vittam tena vinodaya chittam


Oh fool! Give up your thirst to amass wealth, devote your mind to thoughts to the Real.
Be content with what comes through actions already performed in the past.

naariistanabhara naabhiidesham
drishhtvaa maagaamohaavesham
etanmaamsaavasaadi vikaaram
manasi vichintaya vaaram vaaram


Do not get drowned in delusion by going wild with passions and lust by seeing a woman's navel and chest.
Bodies are flesh, fat and blood. Do not fail to remember this again and again in your mind.

naliniidalagata jalamatitaralam
tadvajjiivitamatishayachapalam
viddhi vyaadhyabhimaanagrastam
lokam shokahatam cha samastam


Uncertain is the life of man as rain drops on a lotus leaf.
Know that the whole world remains a prey to disease, ego and grief.

yaavadvittopaarjana saktah
staavannija parivaaro raktah
pashchaajjiivati jarjara dehe
vaartaam koapi na prichchhati gehe


So long as a man is fit and able to support his family,
see the affection all those around him show.
But no one at home cares to even have a word with him when his body totters due to old age.

yaavatpavano nivasati dehe
taavatprichchhati kushalam gehe
gatavati vaayau dehaapaaye
bhaaryaa bibhyati tasminkaaye


When one is alive, his family members enquire kindly about his welfare.
But when the soul departs from the body, even his wife runs away in fear of the corpse.

baalastaavatkriidaasaktah
tarunastaavattaruniisaktah
vriddhastaavachchintaasaktah
pare brahmani koapi na saktah


Childhood is lost in play.
Youth is lost by attachment to woman.
Old age passes away by thinking over many past things.
Alas! Hardly is there anyone who yearns to be lost in Parabrahman.

kaate kaantaa kaste putrah
samsaaro.ayamatiiva vichitrah
kasya tvam kah kuta aayaatah
tattvam chintaya tadiha bhraatah


Who is your wife? Who is your son? Strange is this samsara.
Of whom are you? Where have you come from? Brother, ponder over these truths.

satsangatve nissngatvam
nissangatve nirmohatvam
nirmohatve nishchalatattvam
nishcalatattve jiivanmuktih


From Satsanga comes non-attachment, from non-attachment comes freedom from delusion,
which leads to self-settledness. From self-settledness comes Jivan Mukti (liberation).

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #106 on: April 10, 2009, 10:52:29 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

Even for one to love Satsangh and go for Satsangh prayers and Satsangh  group singing, one needs the grace of God.  Many are
not attracted by such things in life.  Sri Ramakrishana used to tell
one story:  There were two friends.  One wanted to go to Satsangh
and another to a harlot's place.  The man who went to Satsangh
was thinking, O what a fool I am sitting here, my friend would be
enjoying that girl.  The other was thinking, O what a great sinner I am, my friend is having merits and sitting with Satsangh and I am
sinning here with this harlot's body!

So, it is not merely going, but going with a conviction, without
distracting thoughts. 

My niece used to make fun of my wife, her aunt: O auntie!  You are always in Bhajana koottam, i..e  group of bhajans.  I told her:
O my dear niece, you are always in slumdog millionaire's koottam!

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #107 on: April 10, 2009, 09:11:03 PM »
Very true.
By the grace of God, some incidents in life happens which often make people change "koottams".
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Sermon on the Mount
« Reply #108 on: April 10, 2009, 09:13:30 PM »
Sermon on the Mount

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

-- Jesus Christ
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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #109 on: April 11, 2009, 10:40:41 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

Yes. Gentleness, humility, tolerance, forgiveness, simplicity are the
keywords of Christian faith.  Jesus personally showed these qualities
in him.

Arunachala Siva.

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As you think, so you reap
« Reply #110 on: April 11, 2009, 09:14:03 PM »
As you think, so you reap

A sannyasin dwelt by the side of a temple. There was the house of a harlot in front. Seeing the constant concourse of men in the prostitute's house, the sannyasin one day called her and censured her, saying: "You are a great sinner. You sin day and night. Oh, how miserable will be your lot hereafter."

The poor prostitute became extremely sorry for her misdeeds, and with genuine inward repentance she prayed to God beseeching forgiveness. But as prostitution was her profession, she could not easily adopt any other means of earning her livelihood. And so, whenever her flesh sinned, she always reproached herself with greater contrition of heart and prayed to God more and more for forgiveness.

The sannyasin saw that his advice had apparently produced no effect upon her, and thought, "Let me see how many persons will visit this woman in the course of her life." And from that day forward, whenever any person entered the house of the prostitute, the sannyasin counted him by putting a pebble aside, and in course of time there arose a big heap of pebbles.

One day the sannyasin said to the prostitute, pointing to the heap: "Woman, don't you see this heap? Each pebble in it stands for every commission of the deadly sin you have been indulging in since I advised you last to desist from the evil course. Even now I tell you: Beware of your evil deeds!"

The poor wretch began to tremble at the sight of the accumulation of her sins, and she prayed to God shedding tears of utter helplessness, inwardly repeating, "Lord, wilt Thou not free me from the miserable life that I am leading?" The prayer was heard, and on that very day the angel of death passed by her house, and she ceased to exist in this world. By the strange will of God, the sannyasin also died on the same day.

The messengers of Vishnu came down from Heaven and carried the spirit-body of the contrite prostitute to the heavenly regions, while the messengers of Yama bound the spirit of the sannyasin and carried him down to the nether world.

The sannyasin, seeing the good luck of the prostitute, cried aloud: "Is this the subtle justice of God? I passed all my life in asceticism and poverty, and I am carried to hell, while that prostitute, whose life was a whole record of sin, is going to Heaven!"

Hearing this, the messengers of Vishnu said: "The decrees of God are always just; as you think, so you reap. You passed your life in external show and vanity, trying to get honor and fame; and God has given you this. Your prostitute earnestly prayed to God day and night, though her body sinned all the while. Look at the treatment which your body and her body are receiving from those below. As you never sinned with your body, they have decorated it with flowers and garlands, and are carrying it with music in a procession to consign it to the sacred river. But this prostitute's body, which had sinned, is being torn to pieces at this moment by vultures and jackals. Nevertheless, she was pure in heart, and is therefore going to the regions of the pure. Your heart was always absorbed in contemplating her sins and thus became impure. You were the real prostitute, and not she."


-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #111 on: April 12, 2009, 07:39:10 PM »
Yath Bhavo Tath bhavathi.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #112 on: April 12, 2009, 08:22:34 PM »
Dear munagala,

Christian faith says:  As you sow, so you reap.  But Hinduism says:
As you think, so you become.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Work
« Reply #113 on: April 12, 2009, 08:47:27 PM »
Work

Disciple: The pressure of work stands in the way of giving one's mind to God, does it not?

Master: O yes, no doubt that is so;
but a Jnani may work unattached, and then work will not harm him.
If you sincerely desire it the Lord will help you, and the bondage of work will gradually fall away.


-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #114 on: April 13, 2009, 12:03:53 PM »
Dear silentgreen.

Sri Ramakrishna said that "God will help you." i.e God's grace will
assist.  Bhagavan Ramana said:  "If you throw away the ego, then
the Self will alone be there," which takes care of the work.  Both
the Self and the Grace are inseparable.

Arunachala Siva.

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Lamp of Rememberance
« Reply #115 on: April 13, 2009, 09:30:19 PM »
Lamp of Rememberance

Should you think of God only at the time of meditation
and remain forgetful of Him at all other times?

Have you not noticed how during Durga Puja a lamp is kept constantly
burning near the image?

It should never be allowed to go out.
If ever it is extinguished, the householder meets with some mishap.

Similarly after installing the Deity on the lotus of your heart,
you must keep the lamp of remembering Him ever burning.
While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze
inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not.


-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #116 on: April 13, 2009, 11:39:09 PM »
a little long but I guess worth reading (dudjom rinpoche past away 1987, the greatest dzogchen masters of our time)

A GARLAND OF ESSENTIAL POINTS
FOR STUDENTS
HEART-ESSENCE OF THE GREAT MASTERS
By His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche



Root guru, precious and most kind,
Lord of the mandala, sole unfailing lasting refuge,
With your compassion, take hold of me!
I work only for this life, not keeping death in mind,
Wasting this free, well-favored human birth.


Human life, lasting an instant, like a dream -
It might be happy, it might be sad.
Not wishing for joy, not avoiding sadness,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

This human life,
like a butterlamp set out in the wind -
It might last a long time or it might not.
Not letting ego's hold tighten further,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

A life of luxury, like a bewitching apparition -
It might come to pass or it might not.
With the ways of the eight worldly dharmas
cast away like chaff,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

All these underlings, like a bunch of birds in a tree -
They might surround me, they might not.
Not letting others lead me around by the nose,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

This illusory body,
like a rotting 100-year-old house -
It might last, it might fall into dust.
Not caught up in efforts
to get food, clothes, or medicines,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

This dharma behavior, like a child's game -
It might go on, it might stop.
Undeceived by things that don't really matter,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

All these gods and spirits, like a mirror's reflections -
They might give help, they might do harm.
Not seeing my own deluded visions to be enemies,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

All this confused chatter, traceless as an echo -
It might be interesting, it might not.
With the Three Jewels and my own mind
bearing witness,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Things that may prove useless in time of real need,
like a deer's antlers, -
I might know them, I might not.
Not placing my confidence
merely in the arts and sciences,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

These gifts and money given by the faithful,
like deadly poison -
I might receive them, I might not.
Not spending my life
trying to accumulate evil earnings,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

This lofty station, like dogshit wrapped in satin -
I might have it, I might not.
Knowing my own rottenness at first hand,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.
Friends and family,
like travelers who come together for a fair -
They might be vicious, they might be loving.
Cutting attachment's tough cord from the heart,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

All these possessions,
like the wealth found in a dream -
I might own them, I might not.
Not using tact and flattery to turn others' heads,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.


This rank in the hierarchy,
Like a tiny bird perched on a branch -
It might be high, it might be low.
Without making myself miserable
wishing for a better position,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Practicing the spells of black magic,
like deadly weapons -
I might be able to cast them, I might not.

Not buying the knife that cuts my own throat,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Doing prayers,
like a parrot saying 'om mani padme hum' -
I might do them, I might not.
Without boasting about whatever I do,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The way one teaches the dharma,
like flowing water -
I might be expert, I might not.
Without thinking that mere eloquence is dharma,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Intellect that makes quick discriminations,
like a rooting pig -
It might be sharp, it might be dull.
Not allowing the barbs of
pointless anger and attachment to arise,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Meditation experiences,
like well-water in summer -
They may increase, they may lessen.
Without chasing after rainbows as children do,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

This pure perception,
like rain on a mountaintop -
It might arise, it might not.
Without taking deluded experience to be real,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

These freedoms and favourable conditions,
like a wish-fullfilling gem -
If they are lacking, there is no way
to accomplish the holy dharma.
Not throwing away what is already in my own hand,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The glorious guru,
like a lamp that lights the way to liberation -
If I cannot meet him, there is no way
to realize the true nature.
Not jumping off a cliff when I know the path to go on,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The holy dharma,
like a medicine to cure disease -
If I don't hear it, there is no way
to know what should be done and not done.
Not swallowing poison
when I can tell benefit from harm,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The changing cycle of joy and sorrow,
like the changing seasons -
If this isn't seen, there is no way to achieve renunciation.
Not acting without restraint, like a lunatic,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Ego, like a shadow one is born with -
Until it's abandoned, there is no way
to reach a place of real joy.
When the enemy is in my clutches,
why treat him as friend?
May I truly practice the sublime teachin
As a time of suffering will surely come around to me,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Samsara, like a stone fallen deep into water -
If I don't get out now, I won't get out later.
Pulling myself out by the rope of the
compassionate Three Jewels,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Liberation's good qualities,
like an island of jewels -
If they aren't known, there is no way
to begin to make efforts.
Having seen the advantage of permanent victory,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The life stories of the great masters,
like the essence of amrita -
If they aren't known, there is no way
for confidence to arise.
Not choosing self-destruction
when I can tell victory from defeat,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Bodhicitta, like a fertile field -
Unless it is cultivated, there is no way
to achieve enlightenment.
Not staying idle
when there is a great aim to be accomplished,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

My own mind, like a monkey's nonsense -
Without keeping guard, there is no way
to avoid conflicting emotions.

The five poisons, like hot embers among ashes -
Until they're destroyed,
one can't remain at rest in the natural state.
Not raising baby vipers in my pockets,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

This mindstream,
like the tough hide of a butter-bag -
If it's not tamed and softened,
one can't mix mind with dharma.
Without spoiling the child that is born of itself,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

These ingrained bad habits, karmic patterns,
like the strong currents of a river -
If they aren't cut,
one can't avoid acting contrary to the dharma.
Without selling weapons to my enemies,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

These distractions, like never-ending waves -
If they aren't given up, there is no way
to become stable.
When I can do as I like, why practice samsara?
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The lama's blessings,
like spring warming up soil and water -
If they don't enter into me, there is no way
to be introduced to the nature of mind.
When there is a short-cut,
why take the long way around?
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

This retreat in the wilderness,
like summer in a lush place where herbs grow -
If I don't remain here, there is no way
for good qualities to be born.
When high up in the mountains,
don't wander back into black towns.
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Desire for pleasure,
like a bad-luck spirit entering the house -
If I'm not free of it,
I'll never stop working toward suffering.
Not making offerings to voracious ghosts
as my personal gods,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Mindfulness, like the lock on a castle gate -
If it is lacking, one can't
stop the movements of illusion.
When the thief is surely coming,
why forget to bar the door?
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The true nature, unchanging, like the sky -
Until it's realized, one can't
completely resolve doubts as to the view.
Not letting myself be chained by theories,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

Awareness, like a flawless piece of crystal -
Until it's seen, intentional meditation cannot dissolve.
When there's an inseparable companion,
why go off looking for another?
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

The face of ordinary mind, like an old friend -
If it's not seen, all that one does is misleading.
Without groping in the darkness
of my own closed eyes,
May I truly practice the sublime teachings.

In short, without giving up
This life's preoccupations, there's no way
to accomplish the sacred teachings after death.
Having decided to show myself great kindness,
May all that I do be toward the dharma.

May I not have wrong views toward the guru
who has given instruction in accord with the dharma.
May I not lose faith in the yidam when misfortunes occur.
May I not put off practice when circumstances are hard.
May there be no obstacles to attaining siddhi.

All these activities are pointless,
like making a grand tour of a wasteland.
All this trying just makes my mindstream more rigid.
All this thinking only adds confusion onto confusion.
All that passes for dharma to ordinary people
only makes for further binding.

So much activity - nothing comes of it.
So much thinking - no point to it.
So much wanting - no time for it.
Having given this up,
May I be able to practice according to instructions.

If I must do something,
may Buddha's teaching bear it witness.
If I must do something, mix mindstream and dharma.
If I must accomplish something,
read the life stories of past masters.
What's the use of other things? Spoiled brat!
Take a low seat and become rich with contentment.
Try hard to get free of the eight worldly concerns.

May the guru's blessings enter into me,
May my realization become equal to the sky.
Grant your blessings so that I may reach Kuntuzangpo's throne.
Written by Jigdral Yeshe Dorje for his own prayers,
Condensing the essential meaning from the vajra words of advice from previous great master


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Man and God
« Reply #117 on: April 15, 2009, 10:21:28 PM »
Man and God

As a lamp cannot burn without oil, so a man cannot live without God.


-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #118 on: April 16, 2009, 11:40:44 AM »
The oil (mind) destroys itself to become the Flame, God.

Arunachala Siva.

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Renunciation
« Reply #119 on: May 05, 2009, 07:05:00 PM »
Renunciation

"Master, you are wonderful!"
A student, taking his leave, gazed ardently at the patriarchal sage (Nagendra Bhaduri).
"You have renounced riches and comforts to seek God and teach us wisdom!"

It was well-known that Bhaduri Mahasaya had forsaken great family wealth in his early childhood, when single-mindedly he entered the yogic path.

"You are reversing the case!"
The saint's face held a mild rebuke.
"I have left a few paltry rupees, a few petty pleasures, for a cosmic empire of endless bliss.
How then have I denied myself anything?
I know the joy of sharing the treasure. Is that a sacrifice?
The shortsighted worldly folk are verily the real renunciates!
They relinquish an unparalleled divine possession for a poor handful of earthly toys!
"


--- from Autobiography of a Yogi
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