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« Reply #90 on: September 10, 2014, 04:42:51 PM »
The idea that all forms and all names belong to God is verily Constant Integrated Awareness. The experience of sarvam vishnumayam jagat - the world is pervaded by Vishnu, is but Constant Integrated Awareness. God can be experienced in any form, at any time or place.

The life of Tulasidas illustrates this beautifully. He could not recognise God even when He approached him and talked to him. One day Tulasidas sat under a tree, grinding a piece of sandalwood on a mortar to prepare the paste. Right then, two cowherd boys came there and asked him, "Grandfather! Will you give us some sandal paste?"

Then, Tulasidas replied, "My children! I am preparing this for Lord Sri Ramachandramurthi". Two parrots, perched on a bough of that tree, observed this, and commented, "For whose sake is all this paste? Why doesn't he realise it?" Tulasidas heard these words. He knew the language of the birds.

The next day, while he was preparing the paste, the two cowherd boys turned up. This time, even without asking him, they took some sandal paste into their palms, applied it to the forehead, and left. Tulasidas who had noticed this was dumbfounded. This time too he heard the birds? comments from the branch of the tree, "Aha! What a wonder! Those for whom the sandal paste was prepared, had themselves come, and received it! What fortune!" As he knew the language of the birds, Tulasidas realised that the boys who had adorned themselves with the paste were, indeed, Rama and Lakshmana. Out of ignorance, he had at first denied them.

You may have heard of Vemana too. He was a thinker who belittled worship offered to stones and idols. He used to doubt, "God, who pervades the whole world, how can He be inside stone statues?" He used to make fun of idol worshippers. One day, his elder brother's daughter, whom he loved dearly, passed away.

Grief stricken, he kept on gazing at the little girl's picture hanging on the wall. His elder brother's wife was observing all this. One day, she threw down the picture. It broke into pieces. This was too much for Vemana to bear.

Then, she said, "My son! My girl is no more, isn't she? Why do you cry over a broken picture?" Vemana replied, "Mother! Though she is gone, her picture was here, wasn't it? Looking at it has been some consolation for me. That is why when it broke into pieces, I am grieving ever more." Then his elder brother's wife counseled him admirably, "My son! It is very true that God is present everywhere. But, the devotee delights in seeing Him and worshipping Him in an idol as well. Just as you consoled yourself looking at the picture even though she whom you love is no more, the devotee invokes God in an idol, and offers it worship."

Straightaway Vemana grasped her message, and the secret behind idol worship. In this way, the experience of visualising the Supreme Lord in all places, times, and creatures is truly Constant Integrated Awareness. This can also be called the existence and intimation of Divinity.

as told by Satya Sai Baba
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« Reply #91 on: September 18, 2014, 07:57:14 PM »
Ganesha went outdoors one day to play and found a stray cat. Too small to know better, he began to pull her ears and tail. He roughed up that poor cat and even began to beat her with a stick, making marks on her head till, yowling, she ran for her life.

Some hours later Ganesha went into the house. His mother, to his astonishment and dismay, was looking terrible. Her hair was a mess, she had scratches on her face and she limped from the bruises on her body.

"Mom!" cried Ganesha. "Who beat you up?"Sadly Sri Durga replied, "It was you, I'm afraid."

"No way! What do you mean? I never did it!"

"Do you remember, his mother asked, "a while ago, how you treated a certain cat?"

Now Ganesha though that the cat's owner must have come and beat Mother Durga on account of him, and he burst into tears. "Where is that man?" he sobbed."No, not that. You see, my boy, I am not just your physical mother. I have filled the whole universe with My Being.
As a matter of fact, whatever you do to any least part of it, you do that to Me.

"Some years later the Mother was sitting in her dressing room in a very lofty mood. She had recently been meditating and in that mood had become quite conscious of her own divinity. Now she put around her neck a lovely necklace of gems, a gift from her husband, Shiva. But seeing Ganesha and her other son, Kartik, playing nearby, she said to them "Look, I will give this precious necklace to whichever of you comes back first, after traveling all around the universe. So run this race, but cover every mile of the universe. "Kartik immediately dropped what he was doing, went out, and finding the animal he most liked to ride upon (which was a magic steed), he set off on the long journey. He went as fast as he could, over the earth, out to the moon and planets, sailed through the galaxies and visited the asteroids, even peeping into a black hole or two. Almost exhausted, he recalled that he had to save energy enough to return. When Kartik finally reached home he saw his brother was already wearing the necklace of gems! Ganesha, you see, had become much wiser now: he had simply gone all the way around his Mother's body and then bowed down before Her. He knew full well that apart from Her there was no universe.

(From Puranas)
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« Reply #92 on: September 19, 2014, 07:05:06 PM »
Final days of Thirunaavukkarasar

At Kanchipuram, appar visited Ekambam, Mayanam, Merrali and other Siva temples. From Kanchi he went to Thiruvorriyur, visiting enroute Thirukkalukkunram, Thiruvanmiyur and Mayilappur. From there he went to T hiruvalangadu, Karikkarai and Kalahasti. From Kalahasti, he went to Srisailam (Sriparvata). Upto the temple of Srisaila Sekkilar gives the name of the Sivakshetras.

But then on Sekkilar gives only the name of the countries Appar passed through. After Srisaila, Appar is said to have crossed the borders of the Gelungu country and reached the Kannada and from there the Malaya country. Then crossing dense forests, he reached he Lata country, crossed several hills, forests and rivers and reached ?Madhya paitiram?. Crossing this country, he reached the banks of the Ganges and came to Varanasi. Having worshipped Siva at Varanasi, he reached ?Karcuram?i.e. the hilly tract.

Having reached Kailasa mountain, he started climbing the hill by hand. As the hands got tired he made use of his chest and crawled. Later he rolled up to reach the summit. After reaching a certain height Appar could not climb further. At that place, a saivaite saint appeared wearing a bark of tree, jatamakuta, sacred thread and sacred ashes on his body. There was a lake nearby. Appar told the saint that he was going to the summit of Kailasa to behold Lord Siva seated with Parvati there.

The saint advised Appar to turn back as Kailasa was beyond the reach of even Devas, and it was impossible for human beings to reach it. Appar stood firm and replied that he would not return with his body, without beholding Lord Siva on Kailasa. Thereupon, the sage, who was none other than Siva, appeared before Appar in his true form and blessed him. Appar prayed that he be given the sight of Lord Siva?s appearance on Kailasa. Siva asked Appar to take bath in the lake and at Thiruvaiyaru, he would behold the divine appearance. Appar bathed in the lake. When he emerged from the waters of the lake, he found himself in a lotus pond at Thiruvaiyaru in Tamilnadu. As he approached the temple he found everything in front as Siva and Sakti as if appearing in Kailasa. It was a vision of unsurpassed beauty with Lord Siva and Parvati seated, Nandikesvara standing in attendance, the mount Bull seated in front, and surrounded by ganas. Appar sang the hymn ?Matar pirai Kanniyanai?. He stayed for some time at Thiruvaiyaru and later visited Thirumalapadi, Neytanam and Punturutti. At Punturutti he established a matha.

   

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« Reply #93 on: January 10, 2015, 04:16:40 PM »
Papa Ramdas meets Swami Kaivalyananda, M.A.

Another day a sepoy of Raja Ram, a kind friend, took him out for a stroll. He asked the friend to lead him to a solitary place, away from the haunts of men. But being of an officious nature, the sepoy escorted him to a distant cave occupied by a sannyasi. In the midst of a jungle he found himself in front of a large wide open rock-cut cave. In it was seated a young sannyasi, clad in ochre coloured cloth, clean shaven, with a number of books scattered beside him.
The kind friend whispered into Ramdas ears: "This is Swami Kaivalyanand."
Ramdas went up to the sannyasi and prostrated before him.
With a look of surprise he asked: "To whom are you offering this salutation?"
"To Ram," Ramdas replied.
"Who are you?"
"Ramdas."
"Ramdas, Ramdas, funny ain't it? There is only one Truth. Why do you assume this false duality?"
"It is Ram himself, being One, has chosen to be many."
"Wrong, He is always one; many is false, is illusion," he said.
"Truth has become God and His devotee for the sake of lila or play."
"Why play?" he asked.
"For love and bliss; so, when Ramdas prostrates before you, it is yourself who do it in the form of Ramdas," Ramdas rejoined.
"Bosh, there is only one, never two.?
"To whom are you talking then, Swamiji?"
He reflected for a while and replied, "To myself."
"Exactly - you assume there are two, although in the light of absolute Truth there is only one."
"No, no - no realised man believes in duality."
"What of Tulsidas, Surdas, Kabir, Samarth Ramdas and many others?"
"Oh!" he laughed, they had not attained jnana. They were struggling still on a lower plane!"
"But their teachings and works show that they possessed high illumination. They held out parabhakti as the highest realisation," Ramdas rejoined.
"I maintain they were ignorant folk,?"and, taking a book from the pile near him, he added, "brush them all aside, here, take this book and read; you will understand things more clearly."
"Ramdas does not need to understand. Knowledge has been defined to him as that state in which you know that you know nothing."
"Well, well, I say read this work; it is written by me."
He pressed Ramdas hard to accept it. A glance at the book revealed its title and its author: 'Will to Satchidanand by Swami Kaivalyananda,M.A.'
Ramdas took leave of him after his usual way of a parting dandawat at his feet. He carried the book with him.

In The Vision of God-Swami Ramdas
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« Reply #94 on: February 20, 2015, 05:33:05 PM »
Friends, i share a beautiful story:

One day, Ubhayabharathi was going along with her disciples to the river Ganga for taking bath. On the way, she observed a Sanyasi who was relaxing with a dried bottle gourd under his head. He was using this as a container for storing drinking water, and hence he was mindful of it. Ubhayabharathi saw this Sanyasi?s attachment to the bottle gourd and said to her disciples, ?Look! This man calls himself a Sanyasi, but he is attached to a bottle gourd which he is keeping under his head as a pillow.? The Sanyasi heard this comment, but did not utter anything then. While Ubhayabharathi and her disciples were returning from the river, he threw away the bottle gourd in front of them in order to demonstrate that he was not attached to it. Observing his action, Ubhayabharathi remarked, ?I thought there was only one defect in him, namely, Abhimana (attachment). Now I realise that he has another defect also, i.e., Ahamkara (ego). How can one with Abhimana and Ahamkara become a Jnani and Sanyasi?? Her comment was an eye-opener to the Sanyasi. He expressed gratitude to Ubhayabharati for imparting true knowledge of renunciation to him. Ubhayabharathi then explained to him further, ?The whole world is illusory. There are several objects in this world which are attracting man. But, they are not outside. They are all the reflection of one?s inner thoughts. They are created by man himself. You develop attachment to the physical body. Later on, you yourself will discard the body. You are the one who develops attachment to the body and you are again the one who will discard the body. Developing attachment to the body or discarding it - both are the result of your delusion. You are developing Dehabhranti. Hence, discard Dehabranti and develop Daivabhimana (attachment to Divinity). The body is a temple of God. Consider the Indweller in the body as Devadeva (the supreme Lord).

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« Reply #95 on: March 03, 2015, 02:14:46 PM »

     Learning Humility from Bayazid al-Bistami


There was a certain ascetic who was one of the great saints of Bestam. He had his own followers and admirers, and at the same time he was never absent from the circle of Bayazid al-Bistami (or Abu Yazid al-Bistami). He listened to all his discourses, and sat with his companions.

One day he remarked to Abu Yazid, "Master, for thirty years I have been keeping a constant fast. By night too I pray, so that I never sleep at all. Yet I discover no trace of this knowledge of which you speak. For all that I believe in this knowledge, and I love this preaching."

"If for three hundred years," said Abu Yazid, "you fast by day and pray by night, you will never realize one atom of this discourse."

"Why?" asked the disciple.

"Because you are veiled by your own self," Abu Yazid replied.
"What is the remedy for this?" the man asked.

"You will never accept it," answered Abu Yazid.

"I will so," said the man. "Tell me, so that I may do as you prescribe."

"Very well," said Abu Yazid. "This very hour go and shave your beard and hair. Take off these clothes you are wearing, and tie a loincloth of goat's wool about your waist. Hang a bag of nuts around your neck, then go to the marketplace. Collect all the children you can, and tell them, 'I will give a nut to everyone who slaps me.' Go round all the city in the same way; especially go everywhere people know you. That is your cure."

"Glory be to God! There is no god but God," cried the disciple on hearing these words.

"If a nonbeliever uttered that formula, he would become a believer," remarked Abu Yazid. "By uttering the same formula you have become a unbeliever."

"How so?" demanded the disciple.

"Because you count yourself too grand to be able to do as I have said," replied Abu Yazid. "So you have become a unbeliever. You used this formula to express your own importance, not to glorify God."

"This I cannot do," the man protested. "Give me other directions."

"The remedy is what I have said," Abu Yazid declared.

"I cannot do it," the man repeated.

"Did I not say you would not do it, that you would never obey me?" said Abu Yazid.

[From the "Memorial of the Saints" of Fariduddin Attar.]


 
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« Reply #96 on: September 13, 2015, 07:59:08 AM »


In Tiruvilaiyadal Puranam, there is a story where Siva came as a bangle seller, and touched Meenashi's
wrists to fix bangles on her hands.  She, by the mere touch of Siva, knew that the bangle seller is Siva.
This story is called Chetty Valaiyal Vitra Padalam, the story of Chetty (trader) selling bangles.  This
is one of the 64 holy sports of Siva in the Puranam. 

Regarding Valaiyapathi, this is one of the 5 great epics (Kaappiyam) of Tamil, dating from 3rd C. AD to
7th C. AD. Of the five great epics only two are available, viz., Silappadikaram, the story of Kannagi and Manimekalai, the story of Madhavi's (the woman of Kovalan) daughter, who embraced Buddhism.
The Valaiyapati epic is not available.  There are some stories and that is all.  So also, Jeevaka Chintamani,
and Kundalakesi.

These two are also not available excepting some stories.

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #97 on: September 13, 2015, 09:38:23 AM »




Verse 1 of Manisha Panchakam:

Annamayadhannamayam athava,
Chaitanyamena Chaitanyath,
Dwijavara dhurikathum vaanchasi,
Kim bruhi gaccha gacchati.

O the best among Brahmins.  This body is formed from food that is making up another body.  So also Chaitanyam (Consciousness) comes from Chaitanyam.  Now you are asking 'Go away, go away to a far off place!'  Tell me
which one should away to a far off place, from which?

The Chandala asks Sri Sankara, whether the body made up
of food should go farther away from another body made up
of food, or whether the Chaitanyam, which is all pervading,
should go away farther from another Chaitanyam?

Consciousness or Chitanyam, is one without a second.  It is all
pervading, occupying everything in this universe.  There is nothing
other than Consciousness. There is no Space where there is
no prevalence of Consciousness.  Srimad Bhagavatam says
that Narayana is there even in a straw as well as in big pillar.
Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram says that only Sivam is there in
all eight forms of five elements, sun, moon, and the jivas.
Where can It go at all?  Where is the space for It go away?
This is the lightning like question of Chandala which struck
Sri Sanakara.

In the Old Hall, many devotees would ask Bhagavan Ramana:
"Whether the Heart is within the body?"  This is because
Bhagavan Ramana had said that for meditators the Heart should
be meditated upon, and this is in right side of the chest.  But
this limited description is only for the seekers and meditators.
Once the Self is realized, the Heart contains all.  The body
is also in Heart.  The Self, the Heart, is everywhere in all
things and in all beings.  When Bhagavan Ramana replied:
"No, the body is in Heart" the seekers should further probe
into the truth of His statement.   Since Chaitanyam is everywhere,
the bodies which are temporary cannot be a point of reference
either to come near or go far.  The bodies are made up of
five elemeents.  Since the five elements are also in the Consciousess, all bodies are in Consciousness.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #98 on: September 13, 2015, 09:40:39 AM »

Verse 2 of Manisha Panchakam:

Kim gangambuni bhimbithe ambaramanou chaandaalavatipaya,
Bhure chandaramsthi kanchanagati mrutumbhayorvambare,
Pratyagvasthuni nistharange sahajanandarapodham buthou,
Viproayam chvapachoyamitrapi mahaan koyam vibhetaprama.

The Sun reflects on the Ganga waters and also in the gutters
of a Chandaala. (Is there any difference?).  The Space is within
the golden pot and outside and so also is within the mudpot
and the outside.  (Is there any difference?).  The Atma which
is waveless and limitless ocean of Ananda, is ever the same!
What is this delusion that makes you feel that difference in
a brahmin's body and the dog eating body of Chandala?

Sri Sankara calls the Atma as Pratyakvasthu.  This is
experienced as "I AM".  This feeling of am-ness, I AM, is
common to all living beings, as the Sun without differentiation
reflects in the Ganga waters as well as in the gutter waters
near the Chandala's house.  The Space is again without any
differentiation is within and outside of both golden pot and
mud-pot.

Bhagavan Ramana used to say that I AM feeling and "I"-ness
is more sublime than even Om.  It is the feeling not connected
with one's body or one's mind.  If a leg is amputated, the I am
feeling does not diminish.  If a man becomes blind, the I am
feeling does not diminish.  If a man is sleeping, his I am feeling is no way absent.
This Pratyakvastu is eternal, without change, all pervading but not specifically in one place or another.

Arunachala Siva.       

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« Reply #99 on: January 26, 2016, 08:28:26 AM »
There was in lndia a king called Shikhardhwaj. He was a great king and mighty monarch. He wanted to realize his God-consciousness; and in order to do that he thought that he ought to give up his family life.

His wife was Chudala. She wanted to teach him, but he would not listen to her, for he thought nothing of her.

He renounced everything, gave up his kingdom, and his wife became the ruler. He then went to the Himalayas, and there he lived about a year or so.

In the meantime the empress, his wife thought of a plan to bring him real happiness. So one day she put on the garb of a Sannyasin, and walked upto the cottage where her husband then was. She found him lost in a state of meditation; she remained standing beside him and when he came to his senses he was filled with joy. Thinking her a great Sannyasin, he showered flowers on her.

She was in a blissful mood. He exclaimed, ?I think God has incarnated in you to lift me up." She replied, "Yes, yes.? He Wanted her to teach him and she did so. She said, ?0 king, it you want to enjoy perfect bliss. you will have to renounce everything.? He was surprised and replied, "l have renounced  my empire, my wife, my children." She said. ?You have renounced nothing."

He could not understand and asked ?Am i not a man of renunciation, have I not given up my empire, my family?" She answered, "No, no, do you not possess something still?" "Yes" he replied , ?l possess this cottage, this staff and this water-vessel." "Then you are not a man of renunciation," she replied ?So long as you possess anything, you are possessed by that thing. Action and reaction being opposites, you cannot possess anything without its possessing you." He then burnt the cottage, threw his staff into the river, burnt his water-vessel, and exclaimed, "Now, am I not a man of renunciation?" She replied, " Renunciation cannot come from renouncing these objects.? She said, "O king, you have burnt the cottage, but do you not still possess three cubits and a half of clay? It was wrong for you to destroy those things, you have gained nothing by it. What you possessed then you still possess, namely, that three cubits and a half of clay, where you lie down." He began to think and determined to burn the body. He piled up wood and made a great fire and was about to jump into it, but the wife prevented him and exclaimed, "0 king, when your body is burnt. what will be left?" He replied, "Ashes will be left." "Whose ashes?" she asked. He replied, "My ashes.? Then she replied. "You must still possess ashes. By burning the body you have not attained renunciation." He began to think and exclaimed. ?How can i renounce, what shall I renounce?"

She asked, "Whose body is this?" He answered. ?My body.? ?Well renounce it.? ?Whose mind is this?" He answered. ?My mind". ?Then renounce it." The king was then made to ask questions. He said, ?Who am i then? if i am not the mind. i am something else. and it I am not the body, I must be something ditterent" He reflected and the conclusion was that the king realuzed "I am the God at gods, the Lord of lords. the lnfinite Being, the Supreme Excellence.? He realized that and sald that this Supreme Excellence cannot be renounced, though other things may he.
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« Reply #100 on: February 04, 2016, 09:32:14 AM »
Once a disciple saw at a distance of about a hundred feet a young couple under a tree. Probably, they were on their honeymoon trip just after the marriage and they were lost in their own world. The Guru asked the disciple,

'What do you feel on seeing them.'

It was a very unexpected situation for the disciple and he blurted out,

'Guru, I feel disgusted!'

'Can you not see a spiritual symbolism in that scene?'

'Can you not see Radha and Krishna in them? Do they not symbolise Prakriti and Purusha?'

The disciple could just bend his head in silence with a heart of understanding.

Then the Guru said to the disciple: "the ultimate goal of spiritual path is to experience God in every being and every atom of the universe. That is what is meant by "sarvam Khalu Idam Brahma", "Vasudevah Sarvamidam", "Vishwam Vishnu Swaroopam".
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« Reply #101 on: February 07, 2016, 05:53:35 AM »
It  is  said  in  one  of  the  Hindu  scriptures  that  Sri Rama  Chandra,  the  greatest  hero  of  the  world,  or  at least  of  India,  when  he  went  to  search  out  Truth,  to discover  or  regain  Truth,  all  nature  offered  him  her services.  It  is  said  that  monkeys  formed  his  army, and  squirrels  helped  him  building  a  bridge  over  the gulf.  It  is  said  that  even  geese  came  up  on  his  side  to assist  him  in  overcoming  his  foes.  It  is  said  that  the stones  offered him  their  services.  The  stones  forgot their  nature;  the  stones,  when  thrown  into  water, instead  of  sinking,  said,  "We  shall  float  in  order  that the  cause  of  Truth  be  advanced."  It  is  said  that  air, the  atmosphere,  was  on  his  side,  fire  helped  him, winds  and  storms  were  on  his  side.  There  is  a  saying in  the  English  language  that  the  wind  and  wave  are always for the brave.

All  Nature  stands  up  on  your  side  when  you  persist, when  you  overcome  the  primitive  seeming difficulties.  If  you  overcome  the  struggles  or temptations  in  the  beginning,  the  whole  of  Nature must  serve  you.  Persist  in  standing  by  the  Truth,  and you  will  find  that  you  live  in  no  ordinary  world.  The world  will  be  a  world  of  miracles  for  you.  You  will be  the  master  of  the  Universe,  the  husband  of  the whole world, if you persist by the Truth. MORAL: The  whole  Nature  is  bound  to  co-operate with and  serve one  -who stands by Truth.

Swami Rama Tirtha
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« Reply #102 on: February 14, 2016, 04:47:53 AM »
A PURANIC STORY of Sage Ribhu and his disciple Nidagha, is particularly instructive.

Although Ribhu taught his disciple the Supreme Truth of the One Brahman without a second, Nidagha, in spite of his erudition and understanding, did not get sufficient conviction to adopt and follow the path ofjnana, but settled down in his native town to lead a life devoted to the observance of ceremonial religion.

But the sage loved his disciple as deeply as the latter venerated his Master. In spite of his age, Ribhu would himself go to his disciple in the town, just to see how far the latter had outgrown his ritualism. At times the sage went in disguise, so that he might observe how Nidagha would act when he did not know that he was being observed by his master.

On one such occasion Ribhu, who had put on the disguise of a rustic, found Nidagha intently watching a royal procession.

Unrecognised by the town-dweller Nidagha, the village rustic enquired what the bustle was all about, and was told that the king was going in procession.

?Oh! It is the king. He goes in procession! But where is he?? asked the rustic.

?There, on the elephant,? said Nidagha.

?You say the king is on the elephant. Yes, I see the two,? said the rustic, ?But which is the king and which is the elephant?? ?What!? exclaimed Nidagha. ?You see the two, but do not know that the man above is the king and the animal below is the elephant? What is the use of talking to a man like you?? ?Pray, be not impatient with an ignorant man like me,? begged the rustic. ?But you said ?above? and ?below? - what do they mean??

Nidagha could stand it no more. ?You see the king and the elephant, the one a^bove and the other below. Yet you want to know what is meant by ?above? and ?below??? burst out Nidagha. ?Ifthings seen and words spoken can convey so little to you, action alone can teach you. Bend forward, and you will know it all too well?.

The rustic did as he was told. Nidagha got on his shoulders and said, ?Know it now. I amabove as the king, you are below as the elephant. Is that clear enough??

?No, not yet,? was the rustic?s quiet reply. ?You say you are above like the king, and I am below like the elephant. The ?king?, the ?elephant?, ?above? and ?below? - so far it is clear. But pray, tell me what you mean by ?I?and 'you?'?

When Nidagha was thus confronted all of a sudden with the mighty problem of defining the ?you? apart from the ?I?, light dawned on his mind. At once he jumped down and fell at his Master?s feet saying, ?Who else but my venerable Master, Ribhu, could have thus drawn my mind from the superficialities of physical existence to the true Being of the Self? Oh! Benign Master, I crave thy blessings.?

~ Ribhu Gita, as told by Bhagawan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #103 on: July 08, 2016, 07:00:26 PM »
An old man lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran.

His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could. One day the grandson asked, "Baba, I try to read the Quran just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Quran do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water." The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out of the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back o the house.

The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.

Out of breath, he said, "See Baba, it's useless!"

"So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.

"Son, that's what happens when you read the Quran. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of God in our lives."

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« Reply #104 on: July 10, 2016, 06:50:16 PM »
A very popular story in the North Indian Satsangs:

A guru told his disciple to chant the mantra- SOHAM, for his betterment. This simply means whatever is, it?s me or in other words, God is me and I am god, arising from the principle that God is present in every particle. Another guru came and told him this is very arrogant way to think, please add DA before it so say DASOHAM, that is I am a servant of the lord. He did so and one day came the first guru, he elaborated the meaning of SOHAM again, and advised him to add SA before the word and say SADASOHAM, that means I am always. Then came the second guru and asked him to add another DA and say DASADASOHAM, meaning that I am servant to the servant of GOD. This way teachings and interpretations differ, and a cycle of chakra goes on.



Another version brief one:

in that Varanasi Ghat, one Vedanti wrote on a wall in big letters ? ?SOHAM?.  Means, ?I am That?.  Next day, when he came back, he saw one Dasa Parampara sadhu had put ?DA? in front of that word ?Soham?.  It now read ?DASOHAM?.  Means, ?I am the Servant?.  And this Vedanti cannot keep quiet.  Next day day, this Vedanti added in front of that, the word ?SA?.  It now read ?SADASOHAM?.  Means, ?Always I am That?.  He put ?SA? and went away.  Next day, the Dasa Parampara fellow didn?t keep quiet.  That fellow comes and puts one more ?DA? and made it ?DASADASOHAM?.  And this fellow (the Vedanti) comes and adds one more ?SA? to make it ?SADASADASOHAM?!  And it continues.... ?DASADASADASOHAM?.... ?SADASADASADASOHAM?...!

I leave the moral of this story to ourselves to ponder!

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
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