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matthias

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2009, 12:15:00 PM »
MAitripas essential verses on Mahamudra.........


To innermost bliss, I pay homage!

Were I to explain Mahamudra, I would say—
All phenomena? Your own mind!
If you look outside for meaning, you'll get confused.
Phenomena are like a dream, empty of true nature,

And mind is merely the flux of awareness,
No self nature: just energy flow.
No true nature: just like the sky.
All phenomena are alike, sky-like.

That's Mahamudra, as we call it.
It doesn't have an identity to show;
For that reason, the nature of mind
Is itself the very state of Mahamudra
(Which is not made up, and does not change).
If you realize this basic reality
You recognize all that comes up, all that goes on,
      as Mahamudra,
The all-pervading dharma-body.

Rest in the true nature, free of fabrication.
Meditate without searching for dharma-body—
It is devoid of thought.
If your mind searches, your meditation will be confused.

Because it's like space, or like a magical show,
There is neither meditation or non-meditation,
How could you be separate or inseparable?
That's how a yogi sees it!

Then, aware of all good and bad stuff as the basic reality,
You become liberated.
Neurotic emotions are great awareness,
They're to a yogi as trees are to a fire—FUEL!

What are notions of going or staying?
Or, for that matter, "meditating" in solitude?
If you don't get this,
You free yourself only on the surface.

But if you do get it, what can ever fetter you?
Abide in an undistracted state.
Trying to adjust body and mind won't produce meditation.
Trying to apply techniques won't produce meditation either.

See, nothing is ultimately established.
Know what appears to have no intrinsic nature.
Appearances perceived: reality's realm, self-liberated.
Thought that perceives: spacious awareness, self-liberated.
Non-duality, sameness [of perceiver and perceived]: the dharma-body.

Like a wide stream flowing non-stop,
Whatever the phase, it has meaning
And is forever the awakened state—
Great bliss without samsaric reference.

All phenomena are empty of intrinsic nature
And the mind that clings to emptiness dissolves in its own ground.
Freedom from conceptual activity
Is the path of all the Buddhas.

I've put together these lines
That they may last for aeons to come.
By this virtue, may all beings without exception
Abide in the great state of Mahamudra.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #31 on: March 10, 2009, 07:20:01 PM »
Very nice indeed; Reading the passage itself brings a meditative mood;
To the innermost bliss, I pay homage.
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Ocean of Brahman
« Reply #32 on: March 10, 2009, 07:22:03 PM »
Ocean of Brahman
- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The breeze that comes from the ocean of Brahman affects every heart on which it blows.
The ancient sages Sanaka, Sanatana and others were softened by this breeze.

The God-intoxicated Narada obviously got a glimpse of the Divine ocean from a distance; and so forgetting his own self, he had been wondering over the world like a mad man, always singing the praise of Lord Hari.

Sukadeva, a born ascetic, only touched that ocean thrice with his hand, and ever since he has been rolling about like a child through the fullness of his ecstasy.

And the great teacher of the universe, Mahadeva, drank three handfuls of the water thereof, and has since been lying motionless like a corpse, intoxicated with Divine bliss.

Who can fathom the depth, or measure the mysterious power, of the ocean?

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #33 on: March 11, 2009, 04:18:46 PM »
The Cuckoo's Song of Total Presence


The nature of multiplicity is nondual
and things in themselves are pure and simple;
being here and now is thought-free
and it shines out in all forms, always all good;
it is already perfect, so the striving sickness is avoided
and spontaneity is constantly present.

from Shri Singha


this six verses are seen as the ground of the dzogchen-praxis....

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Real Self is waiting to welcome the enquirer
« Reply #34 on: March 11, 2009, 07:43:07 PM »
Real Self is waiting to welcome the enquirer
- Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi

...the moment you get into a movement of quest for the self and go deeper and deeper, the real Self is waiting there to take you in and then whatever is done is done by something else and you have no hand in it.
In this process all doubts and discussions are automatically given up just as one who sleeps forgets for the time being all his cares.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #35 on: March 12, 2009, 08:42:08 AM »
The sensation of Peace or Ananda is the symptom of satsangha
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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #36 on: March 12, 2009, 09:59:31 AM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Sat sangh, is being with Sat, or people who are sat.  Their nearness,
confers Ananda for the one who is near.  T.S. Eliot writes:  "Who
is the One who is walking with you?"

Arunachala Siva.

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Peace of mind
« Reply #37 on: March 12, 2009, 06:25:43 PM »
Peace of mind

I tell you one thing.
If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others.
Rather see your own faults.
Learn to make the whole world your own.
No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own.

- Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi


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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2009, 09:17:27 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

Very much yes.  Jesus said:  "Look at the log of wood in your eye,
than looking at a small peck of dust in your neighbour's eye."

Arunachala Siva.. 

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Practice of the Presence of God
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2009, 08:13:05 PM »
Practice of the Presence of God
- Brother Lawrence

Since you desire so earnestly that I should communicate to you the
method by which I arrived at that habitual sense of God's Presence,
which our Lord, of His mercy, has been pleased to vouchsafe to me;
...

Having found in many books different methods of going to God,
and diverse practices of the spiritual life, I thought this would serve
rather to puzzle me, than facilitate what I sought after, which was
nothing but how to become wholly God's.

This made me resolve to give the all for the All:
so after having given myself wholly to God, to make all the satisfaction I could for my sins,
I renounced, for the love of Him, everything that was not He;
and I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world.

Sometimes I considered myself before Him as a poor criminal at the feet of his judge;
at other times I beheld Him in my heart as my Father, as my God:

I worshipped Him the oftenest that I could, keeping my mind in His holy Presence,
and recalling it as often as I found it wandered from Him.

I found no small pain in this exercise, and yet I continued it,
notwithstanding all the difficulties that occurred, without troubling
or disquieting myself when my mind had wandered involuntarily.

I made this my business, as much all the day long as at the appointed times of prayer;
for at all times, every hour, every minute, even in the height of my business,
I drove away from my mind everything that was capable of interrupting my thought of God.

...

In fine, by often repeating these acts, they become habitual,
and the presence of God is rendered as it were natural to us.
Give Him thanks, if you please, with me, for His great goodness towards me,
which I can never sufficiently admire, for the many favours He has done to so miserable a sinner as I am.
May all things praise Him.

Amen.

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Image Worship
« Reply #40 on: March 14, 2009, 08:44:19 PM »
Image Worship
- Swami Vivekananda


In February 1891, Vivekananda arrived at Alwar, Rajputana (Western India) and met Maharaja Mangal Singh.

He was very Westernized , and, although a Hindu, had no faith in worshipping images that to him were nothing but clay or stone figurines. Swamiji tried in vain to explain to him that Hindus worshipped God alone, using the images as symbols. The maharaja was not convinced.

Then Vivekananda asked the prime minister to take down a picture of the Maharaja that was hanging on the wall.
At Vivekananda’s request it was handed to him.

He then commanded the prime minister and others to spit on it. Everyone was horrified.
He said to the audience : “Maharaja is not bodily present in the photograph. This is only a piece of paper. It does not contain his bones, flesh, and blood. It does not speak or behave or move in any way as the maharaja does, yet all of you refuse to spit on it, because you see Maharaja in this photo, you feel that you insult your master, the Prince himself”.

Turning to maharaja he continued: “See, Your Highness, though this is not you in one sense, in another sense it is you. That was why your devoted servants were so perplexed when I asked them to spit on it.

Thus it is with the devotees who worship the stone and metal images of gods and goddesses.
It is because an image brings to their mind their chosen deity and helps them to concentrate, that the devotees worship God in an image. They do not worship the stone and the metal as such."


The Maharaja realized his mistake and begged Swamiji’s blessings.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #41 on: March 15, 2009, 09:47:02 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

Yes.  Most of us are used to image worship, because it is ingrained
in our blood due to the religion that we adopt.  Bhagavan Ramana
never criticized image worship.  He only said that one has to go past
the names and forms.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #42 on: March 15, 2009, 08:07:34 PM »
True.  Self-enquiry does not require image worship.

However many temple-goers may be actually worshipping the formless.
They may be having the darshan of the deity only to create a devotional atmosphere of surrender within,
whereby the self gets immersed in the bliss of the formless.

On the other side many of the devotees practising self-enquiry may be starting of the process by having a darshan of Bhagavan through his photograph.
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Religion
« Reply #43 on: March 15, 2009, 08:09:25 PM »
Religion

#. Religion is realisation; not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories, however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming changed into what it believes.

#. Religion can be realised. Are you ready? Do you want it? You will get the realisation if you do, and then you will be truly religious. Until you have attained realisation, there is no difference between you and athiests. The atheists are sincere, but the man who says that he believes in religion and never attempts to realise it is not sincere.

- Swami Vivekananda

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Tenth Door
« Reply #44 on: March 16, 2009, 07:19:19 PM »
Tenth Door

Restrain the mind-stuff from ebbing away through the nine portals in the body.

This will gain you access to the tenth door
leading to the true house of your Father
where never-ending music is resounding day and night.

-- Guru Nanak


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