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Dive Within
« Reply #75 on: March 27, 2009, 07:03:46 PM »
Dive Within

 - Just as a man would dive in order to get something that had fallen into the water,
so one should dive into oneself, with a keen one-pointed mind,
controlling speech and breath, and find the place whence the 'I' originates.

-- Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi



- There are pearls in the deep sea, but one must hazard all to find them.
If diving once does not bring you pearls, you need not therefore conclude that the sea is without them.
Dive again and again.
You are sure to be rewarded in the end.
So is it with the finding of the Lord in this world.
If your first attempt proves fruitless, do not lose heart.
Persevere in your efforts. You are sure to realise Him at last.

-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #76 on: March 28, 2009, 09:55:26 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana gives the 'pearl-diver's example in Who am I?
while explaining Vairagya.  Determination and perseverence are
hall marks of Vairagya.  As you said, sometimes the diver may not
get pearls, sometimes he may get.  The idea is to continue till you
get the pearl, with determination.  Vairagya here also includes
non-attachment.  Do not bother about getting pearl or not, continue
to dive into the ocean.

Arunachala Siva.

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Essential Thing
« Reply #77 on: March 28, 2009, 08:33:28 PM »
Essential Thing

Unalloyed love of God is the essential thing. All else is unreal.

-- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #78 on: March 29, 2009, 12:11:59 PM »
Unalloyed or unconditonal love is surrender, Saranagati.

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Mother
« Reply #79 on: March 29, 2009, 09:28:44 PM »
Mother

I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous.
Whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself 'I have a mother'.


-- Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #80 on: March 30, 2009, 11:31:37 AM »
Mother is never partial.  Holy Mother Saradamani  was more so.
Saint Tayumanavar says:  If a father beats me, because I had erred,
the mother will come and embrace me.  If mother beats, father will
come and hug me.  You are the mother and father.  Do not beat this,
worm growing head of a lowly outcaste.  Please embrace me, O
Ammai Appa, Mother-Father, I cannot bear any more!

Arunachala Siva. 

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Observation
« Reply #81 on: March 30, 2009, 07:57:30 PM »
Observation

- Look at the outer things objectively;
listen to the noise of the river, look at the lines of the mountains, the beauty, the clarity of it all;

- That is fairly easy to do without the "me" as the past, observing;

- But can you look at yourself inwardly without the observer?

- look at yourself, your conditioning, your education, your way of thinking, your conclusions, your prejudices,
without any kind of condemnation or explanation or justification - just observe

- when you so observe there is no "observer" and therefore no conflict.


-- J. Krishnamurthy
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Illumination
« Reply #82 on: March 31, 2009, 09:13:03 PM »
Illumination

If the moon in the sky be covered with clouds,
the wind blows them away;
and then only can you see the moon.

Do the clouds scatter away all of a sudden?
Exactly the same here.
The karmas gets exhausted slowly.

When God is realised, He illumines the soul internally - one knows this internally.


-- Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi


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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #83 on: April 01, 2009, 10:36:03 AM »
Sun and Moon are classical examples to teach about Illumination.
Bhagavan Ramana says in Arunachala Stuti Panchakam, "Without
knowing you, if one tries other means, it is like taking a lamp and
looking for the darkness.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #84 on: April 01, 2009, 11:19:30 AM »
“Can a man ever understand God’s ways? I too think of
God sometimes as good and sometimes as bad. He has kept
us deluded by His great illusion. Sometimes He wakes us up
and sometimes He keeps us unconscious. One moment the
ignorance disappears, and the next moment is covers our mind.
If you throw a brickbat into a pond covered with moss, you
get a glimpse of the water. But a few moments later the moss
comes dancing back and covers the water. One is aware of
pleasure and pain, birth and death, disease and grief, as long
as one is identified with the body. All these belong to the
body alone, and not to the soul. . . Attaining Self-knowledge,
one looks on pleasure and pain, birth and death, as a dream”.

— Sri Ramakrishna
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #85 on: April 01, 2009, 11:41:09 AM »
God or the Self is always good.  It is our vasanas that are sometimes
bad and sometimes good.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #86 on: April 01, 2009, 08:29:49 PM »
Dharmakaya

... you will be distracted when you go about your daily affairs – there is no way around this. Dharmakaya is in ourselves, but since we have not stabilized the recognition of it, we get caught up in thoughts. Yet the essence of thoughts, when acknowledged, is dharmakaya. A thought is simply the extroverted expression of knowing, of awareness. In the moment of recognizing the nature of what thinks, there is no way for this expression, the thought, to remain. Your naked essence is then an actuality. In this experience, there is no way for a thought to remain, just as a drop of water cannot remain in mid-air. Once you are familiar with this way of dealing with a thought, you do not need to suppress thinking. You do not need to correct it. You do not need any hope of gaining or fear of losing the awakened state. That is why it is said that ‘the confidence of the view is free of hope and fear’. You do not have to hope for freedom or fear having thoughts, because in the moment of seeing the essence, the thought has dissolved.

-- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
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Character
« Reply #87 on: April 02, 2009, 08:49:49 PM »
Character

-- Swami Vivekananda

#. Every thought that we think, every deed that we do, after a certain time becomes fine, goes into seed form, so to speak, and lives in the fine body in a potential form, and after a time, it emerges again and bears its results. These results conditions the life of man. Thus he moulds his own life. Man is not bound by any other laws excepting those which he makes for himself.

#. If a man continuously hears bad words, thinks bad thoughts, does bad actions, his mind will be full of bad impressions; and they will influence his thought and work without his being conscious of the fact. In fact, these bad impressions are always working, and their resultant must be evil, and that man will be a bad man; he cannot help it. The sum total of these impressions in him will create the strong motive power for doing bad actions. He will be like a machine in the hands of the impressions, and they will force him to do evil.

#. Similarly, if a man thinks good thoughts and does good works, the sum total of these impressions will be good; and they, in a similar manner will force him to do good even in spite of himself. When a man has done so much good work and thought so many good thoughts there is an irresistable tendency in him to do good, in spite of himself and even if he wishes to do evil, his mind, as the sum total of his tendencies, will not allow him to do so; the tendencies will turn him back; he is completely under the influence of the good tendencies. When such is the case, a man's good character is said to be established.


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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #88 on: April 03, 2009, 10:33:40 AM »
Dear silengreen,

Yes. That is why, Satsangh is recommended in every religion.  The
participant listents to good words, speak good words, mingle with
good persons etc., Bhagavan Ramana has said that Satsangh with
a Sadhu, is greater than pilgrimages, bathing in holy waters and
visiting temples. 

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Spiritual Practice : some guidelines
« Reply #89 on: April 03, 2009, 09:09:01 PM »
Very true. Satsang shields the mind from distractions, infuses good samaskaras, develops yearning in the heart of the seeker and leads him towards the Self.
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