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Nagaraj

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Gnana, Bhakti and Yoga
« on: May 05, 2009, 11:44:31 PM »
I heard partly a discourse being telecast in TV yesterday. The discourser said, one who prays to Vishnu becomes a great Bhakta, one who prays to Shiva becomes a great Gnani and one who prays to Shakti becomes a Yogi (Kundalini)

Thoughts then flashed in my mind that Sri Shankara was a Great Bhakta, a Great Gnani and a Great Yogi too!

It was nice bit of information and I thought, I would share it here!

Nagaraj
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

Subramanian.R

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Re: Gnana, Bhakti and Yoga
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 10:36:11 AM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Ultimately, Jnana is the royal path.  The bhakti marga and yoga marga are ancillary routes to the royal path of Jnana.  But such compartmentalization cannot be understood by most of us.  Bhagavan
Ramana therefore said:


1. Bhakti is Jnana-matha.  Through bhakti one loves god as also other living beings.  This takes us to the Jnana marga or self enquiry. 

2. As regards Yoga marga, Bhagavan Ramana said the difficult methods of breath-control is only to build the body fit enough to
proceed with self enquiry as also to make the mind concentrating on
the breath control exercises.  Bhagavan Ramana said, such an elaborate breath control technqiues are not necessary.  For protecting body, one should eat sattvic food with moderate quantities and this is adequate.  For concentrating the mind, it is enough to watch the breath, and chant a simple mantra to ward off other thoughts.

3. Karma marga is approved by all the three schools.  Only the karma should be done with out any ambition, looking for some fruits. etc.,
and submitting all karma to god.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Gnana, Bhakti and Yoga
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009, 11:32:28 PM »
You are correct Dear Subramanian, All paths finally lead one to the path of Gnana.

Sankara says in Vivekachoodamani about action and knowledge
Chittasya shudhaye karma na tu vasthoopalabdhaye
Vasthu siddhir vicharena na kinchit karma kotibhih

Actions are for purification of the mind alone and not for realization or knowledge of an existing entity. Vasthu or knowledge about an existing entity (realization of the only existing entity which is Brahman) is achieved through ENQUIRY alone and not through thousands of karma.

Ramana Maharshi says in Upadesa Saaram

Kaaya vaan manah kaaryam uttamam
Poojanam japah chintanam kramaat

Work done by body, words and mind is greater to one another in order. The action performed through body is Pooja or offering. The actions performed through words are JAPA or Chanting. The action performed through mind is contemplation or meditation

Nagaraj

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Gnana, Bhakti and Yoga
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009, 11:09:23 AM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Some more thoughts on this:

1. Bhagavan Ramana used to say that Narayana is a great Siva Jnani and Siva is a great Mukunda priya (as said by Sankara himself.)

2.  Unless one loves God, he cannot love other beings.  Bhagavan
Ramana used to say that even plucking flowers and bhilva and
tulsi leaves are themselves sins.  Are not the plants and trees
by exhibiting  such flowers and leaves, pray to God? 

3. In Arunachala Mahatmyam, it is said that trees and plants in
the Hill are praying to Arunachala with their leaves, flowers, and
fruits.  The fireflys humming at nights are showing arti!  The
rain clouds drop rains to bathe Arunachala.

4. Bhagavan Ramana used to pick the fallen muster seeds from
the kitchen floor, one by one, and put them into the tinbox.  He
has said every bit of grain and seed is Arunachala's gift to people.

Arunachala Siva.