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« Reply #5370 on: December 20, 2017, 04:37:50 PM »
all together now .... all you need is love , all you need is love , love , love is all you need
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simply stop telling the story of the self and see who you are without it

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« Reply #5371 on: December 21, 2017, 11:38:27 AM »
Dear Sri Beloved Abstract, see without the story and you will find that there is love only. Everything is dear because of love for the Self only, said Sri Bhagwan.  All this therefore is for the Self, which is Love in which there is no lover and no beloved. Love alone drives us. Love for the Self and the path of being ensure that one is never swerved away from that Love which is manifested in the feeling of Oneness or Unity or Togetherness. 

Pranam,
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« Reply #5372 on: December 21, 2017, 11:43:18 AM »
"Since the Scriptures proclaim, 'Thou art That which is called the Supreme', and since That itself always shines as Self, for one to meditate 'I am That and not this (the body and so on)', instead of knowing oneself through the enquiry 'What am I?' and abiding as Self, is indeed due to lack of strength (of mind) !"

V. 32, Ulladhu Narpadu



Dear Devotees,

Therefore, the Scriptures point to the Reality, and establish the identity of the creatures as That.  This is the great significance of the proclamation of the Sastras. Sri Bhagwan has unequivocally taught that the Reality has not been mentioned by the Scriptures to meditate Sivoham or Aham Brahmasmi, but to trace the significance and understand the import of the Sacred Texts.  It is therefore certainly not enough to repeat the bare words or think of them. However, I feel that if one is not able to do 'Who am I?' Enquiry one may take up this practice as an aid as enjoined by Sri Annamalai Swami.

Dear devotees, the things most of us understand without much ado become difficult to be grasped by someone who remains always engaged merely in intellectual gymnastics and at best in enquiry into myriad school of thoughts. How can such a one understand that the the Sruti vakya, 'Aham Brahmasmi', relates to the State of Beatitude and not at all to the mode of mind. Sri Bhagwan says that one cannot become Brahman by continuing to repeat the mantra. It means that Brahman is not elsewhere. It is our own Self.  So, if the Self is found, Brahman is found. It teaches not to attempt to reach Brahman as if it were in some far off place.

Thanks very much.
Pranam,
 Anil
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« Reply #5373 on: December 21, 2017, 01:32:34 PM »
Dear Sri Kishorelr

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"Can thinking be silent, such as a flower, completely open, letting the beneficial rays of the Sun envelop her and still, when some form of communication is needed, to respond in a natural way with a wholeness of being?"


Yes, contrary to general perception and belief, thinking is not our nature. Now it is difficult to stop thinking and in the state of Realization it is difficult to think a thought.
Since you are aware of the 'wholeness of being', I feel that you must also be aware of the ignorance in the form of egoism which prevents one from responding in a natural way with a wholeness of being as you said. Due to ego alone one is not able to remain in the Beatitude of the 'Fullness of Being', or in the Beatitude of Aham-Brahman. The old tendencies of the mind sprout up thick and strong and form an obstruction to that state of Beatitude. Ego is their root which flourishes in the externalized and differentiating consciousness caused by the forces of vikshepa  and avarana (due to rajas and tamas respectively). Therefore, to ask 'Who Am I?', recognize the ever-present state of being and install the mind firmly in the Heart until these forces are utterly destroyed  is the Way. 


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"In fact, this is what life asks of us ceaselessly - to respond only when such a response is needed. The rest of the time, the being should be silent and watch in all serenity."



Yes, being is Silence, Aham or 'I' is Silence. However, this understanding should be nurtured carefully and patiently and steadied with further practice till one remains as mere being to be able to respond when needed with the 'Wholeness of Being'.

Thanks very much.
Pranam,
 Anil
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« Reply #5374 on: December 22, 2017, 11:14:13 AM »
Sri Bhagwan: Why should one be meditating 'I am Brahman?' Only the annihilation of 'I' is Liberation. But it can be gained only by keeping the 'I-I' always in view. So the need for the investigation of the 'I' thought.
Sri Bhagwan: Not to think 'I am Brahman' or 'All is Brahman' is itself jivanmukti.



Dear devotees, if the 'I' is not let go, the 'I'-thought which appears only from time to time still disappears being unreal and illusory, and the intuitive 'I' (I-I), which always remains Self-shining even before It  is manifest becomes manifest.  Then only one understands that there are not two selves but one Supreme Self which pervades and permeates all.
Pranam,
  Anil
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« Reply #5375 on: December 22, 2017, 11:16:57 AM »
Sri Bhagwan: The mind is simply fattened by new thoughts rising up. Therefore it is foolish to attempt to kill the mind by means of the mind. The only way of doing it is to find its source and hold on to it. The mind will then fade away of its own accord. Yoga teaches chitta vritti nirodha (control of the activities of the mind). But I say Atma vichara (Self-investigation). This is the practical way.


Dear Devotees,

I wish to remind the 'votaries of dropping off' that the ego or the mind (ego-mind) is  not an entity or non-entity independent of the Self in order that it must be created or destroyed by itself.  It always comes holding only 'us' (the Self), and functions as an instrument of the Self and periodically ceases to function. That is to say, it appears and disappears.  So, who will drop what? Can one get rid of one's shadow? Can ego get rid of itself?  One's shadow can be apprehended by apprehending oneself. This is why Sri Bhagwan compassionately has taught with so much emphasis that the only and only way of doing it to find the Source and hold on to it till the very end.

Therefore, Sri Bhagwan's Teaching of the Atma-vichara is absolutely unambiguous. The ego comes holding only us (the Self), and if we hold ourselves the ego will sure vanish and the Reality will shine forth as (I-I) of Its own accord. Besides, one must understand that ego will submit (drop off or surrender) only when it recognizes the Higher Power within. Then only all the illusory differences, which are like the blueness seen in the sky will disappear.  Hence Sri Bhagwan's Message to the mankind is crystal-clear: Attend to the Centre of yourself with a keen mind to know 'Who Am I?', that is, seek always to stay at the Core Centre of the Enquiry 'Who Am I?', therein lies our salvation.

Thanks very much.
Pranam,
  Anil
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« Reply #5376 on: December 22, 2017, 02:11:01 PM »
The Self is known to everyone but not clearly. You always exist. The Be-ing is the Self. 'I am' is the name of God. Of all the definitions of God, none is indeed so well put as the Biblical statement 'I AM THAT I AM' in EXODUS (Chap. 3). There are other statements, such as Brahmaivaham, Aham Brahmasmi and Soham. But none is so direct as the name JEHOVAH = I AM. The Absolute Being is what is - It is the Self. It is God. Knowing the Self, God is known. In fact God is none other than the Self. (T-106)




Dear devotees, 'I Am'ness is the clue and 'I Am' is the Realization.  So, 'I Am' is the Self. Sri Bhagwan has taught that pursuing the clue till Realization is Vichara. Vichara is therefore the process  as well as the Goal. 'I AM' is the goal and the final Reality. To hold to it with effort is vichara. When spontaneous and natural it is Realisation. These are Sri Bhagwan's Words of Grace and therefore there can be no doubt about their veracity. However, here comes someone who THINKS that if he pursues the clue ('I Am'ness) his individuality will remain intact and such a one will not be able to get rid of the ego if he practices thus, and yet he claims that he practices Sri Bhagwan's Vichara! What can be said of that? It is simply ridiculous. Is it not?

Pranam,
 Anil
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