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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #135 on: July 09, 2012, 02:38:02 PM »
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Yes. To be still free from thoughts, one can be aware of the Light within. Sri Muruganar says: pAyalaRRa manathavar thozhum....
One who prays to Him without the upsurge of thoughts, i.e. mind.  (Tiruchuzhal Padigam, Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.)

Arunachala Siva.

Yes. I agree.
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #136 on: July 09, 2012, 02:45:25 PM »
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Bear all and do nothing.
Hear all and say nothing. 
Give all and take nothing. 
Serve all and be nothing.

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #137 on: July 09, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
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Start the day with Love.
Spend the day with Love.
Fill the day with Love.
End the day with Love.
This is the way to God.

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #138 on: July 13, 2012, 02:36:47 PM »
A Islam story about a Muslim saving dog:

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One day, a dying dog approached a follower of Mohammed. The man had no means with which to procure water for the dog, for wells in the desert dry up quickly. He noticed a small pool of muddy water in the vicinity. He tore his shirt, soaked it in the water, placed the dog in his lap and moistened its mouth with the wet cloth. Another Arab who saw this went to the Prophet and said:

- One of your followers has touched a filthy animal, a dog, and should therefore not be allowed back here again.

Mohammed questioned:
- What was he doing to the dog?

- "I do not know, but I saw him moistening its mouth with a torn piece of cloth dipped in muddy water" replied the man.

- "He is a better Muslim than you are, because he is kind to animals", said the Prophet.
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #139 on: July 13, 2012, 02:42:38 PM »
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When Mohammed was in Mecca once, a poor shepherd from the hills came to worship in the mosque. He worshipped in his own simple way, performing the necessary ablution, kissing the stone and bowing before the sacred spot. Tears flowed from his eyes as he prayed: "O adorable Lord of love, show me Thy face. Let me be thy servant. Let me mend Thy shoes, apply oil to Thy hair, wash Thy soiled clothes and bring Thee daily the milk of my goat. Let me kiss Thy hand and shampoo Thy sacred Feet. Let me sweep Thy room."

Such simple words of the honest and straightforward shepherd offended the priests who stood near him. They said to him, "What blasphemy is this? There is no need of such gifts for the omnipotent Lord."

They were ready to drive him out of the temple, when the Prophet called them to him and asked: "When you are in distant lands, in which direction do you turn yourfaces"?

"We turn our faces to Mecca", they answered in reply.

He further asked, "When you are within this sacred walls, in which direction do you turn your faces"?

"All is holy here", they replied. "It does not matter which way we turn".

The Prophet then said, "Your answer is beautiful indeed. Within the mosque it does not matter how you pray, as long as you have love and reverence. This poor shepherd's simple prayer entered directly into the ears of Allah more clearly than yours, as it was uttered from his heart with intense love, faith, sincerity and reverence. Make room for God's poor lover near me. Let no one be ashamed to have his company. He is humble, pure and exalted soul".
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #140 on: July 17, 2012, 12:32:03 AM »
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The final truth, as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj and all the Sages before Them have clearly stated, is that there is neither creation nor destruction, neither birth nor death, neither destiny nor free will, neither any path nor any achievement. All there is is Consciousness.

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #141 on: July 18, 2012, 01:06:09 PM »
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To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. . . those who are in the flesh cannot please God. [Romans 8:6-8]

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Forgetfulness of your real nature is the real death; rememberance of it is the true birth.

- Ramana Maharshi -

The real nature Lord Ramana meant is Atma, the Pure Consciousness or the Spirit St. Paul has talked about.
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #142 on: July 24, 2012, 07:20:54 PM »
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“Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, 'Thy will be done.' We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.”

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #143 on: July 24, 2012, 07:23:36 PM »
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“There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real 'you'. All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. 'God created man after His own image.' That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it!”

- Swami Vivekananda -, The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: v. 3
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #144 on: August 02, 2012, 11:52:23 AM »
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When I am sober,
I don’t feel lighthearted;
but when I’m drunk
my reason is defective.
There is a state
between being tipsy
and clearheaded.
I’m a slave to that state
because that is life.

Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #145 on: August 06, 2012, 06:08:27 PM »
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(Q - Questioner, M - Nisargadatta Maharaj)

Q: Is the practice of silence as a sadhana effective?

M: Anything you do for the sake of enlightenment takes you nearer. Anything you do without remembering enlightenment puts you off. But why complicate? Just know that you are above and beyond all things and thoughts. What you want to be, you are it already. Just keep it in mind.
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #146 on: August 06, 2012, 08:58:16 PM »
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(Q - Questioner; M: Nisargadatta Maharaj)

Q: If nature is in the mind and the mind is my own, I should be able to control nature, which is not really the case. Forces beyond my control determine my behaviour.

M: Develop the witness attitude and you will find in your own experience that detachment brings control. The state of witnessing is full of power, there is nothing passive about it.
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #147 on: August 28, 2012, 06:12:54 PM »
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"In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true."

Lord Buddha

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #148 on: August 28, 2012, 07:22:50 PM »
How BEAUTIFULL words and sayings,all of them. HOW WONDERFULL TRUTH IS!

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #149 on: August 29, 2012, 12:34:31 AM »
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"...Willpower should be understood to be the strength of the mind, which makes it capable of meeting success or failure with equanimity. It is not synonymous with certain success. Why should one's attempts always be attended by success? Success breeds arrogance and man's spiritual progress is thus arrested.  Failure, on the other hand, is beneficial, inasmuch as it opens his eyes to his limitations and prepares him to surrender himself. Self-surrender is synonymous with eternal happiness."
 
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