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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #150 on: August 29, 2012, 12:42:04 AM »
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"Self-Realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are."

 - Ramesh Balsekar -  "A Net of Jewels"
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« Reply #151 on: August 29, 2012, 12:51:08 AM »
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"Events happen, deeds are done. There is no individual doer of any deed."
 
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« Reply #152 on: August 29, 2012, 11:46:30 AM »
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"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #153 on: October 02, 2012, 10:34:39 PM »
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"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find anything that agrees with reason
and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
(Siddhartha Gautama)
(The Buddha)
563-483 B.C.
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #154 on: October 02, 2012, 10:43:28 PM »
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"Jnana teaches that the world should be given up, but not on that account to be abandoned.
To be in the world but not of it—is the true test of the sannyasin.
Swami Vivekananda
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #155 on: October 03, 2012, 12:33:08 PM »
Dear Jewell,

Yes. To be in the world but not with the world, like the droplets of water, that rolls down on the lotus leaf.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #156 on: November 07, 2012, 02:25:39 PM »
It can become crystal clear that all you thought was real was nothing more than all you thought; the reality quality to it was also a thought. As the river loses itself in its merging with the sea, it no longer knows separation and therefore cannot rise to the thought that it was a river. It is at home. It now is the all that is and no thought arises. So, without thought there cannot be an individual who exists apart in any way. To exist apart IS the thought, it is never the reality. Only the Self is real.

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #157 on: November 07, 2012, 02:54:20 PM »
Do not try to make yourself happy, rather question your very search for happiness. It is because you are not happy that you want to be happy. Find out why you are unhappy. Because you are not happy you seek happiness in pleasure, pleasure brings in pain and therefore you call it worldly, you then long for some other pleasure, without pain, which you call divine. In reality, pleasure is but a respite from pain.

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« Reply #158 on: November 07, 2012, 03:04:17 PM »
Dear Hari,

Sri Bhagavan said: Happiness is within.

Just to distinguish the worldly happiness from that happiness it is called  Bliss. Bliss is everlasting, once the Self is realized.
It is not like worldly happiness that is followed by pains and miseries.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #159 on: November 07, 2012, 03:11:07 PM »
With heart filled with Love say,
Rama Rama Ram, Rama Rama Ram,
Rama Rama Ram, Sri Rama Rama Ram.
With heart filled with Love say,
Rama Rama Ram, Rama Rama Ram,
Rama Rama Ram, Sri Rama Rama Ram.
Your sins and sorrows will be removed
by reciting Lord Rama's Name.
They only boat that will take you
across the ocean of life is Lord Rama's Name.
Eternal Peace and Bliss is felt
by chanting the Divine Name of Lord Rama.
The only support to those who have no support,
is Lord Rama's Name.
The only support to those who have no support,
is Lord Rama's Name.
Rama Rama Ram, Rama Rama Ram,
Rama Rama Ram, Sri Rama Rama Ram.

Bhajan dedicated to Lord Rama
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #160 on: November 07, 2012, 03:18:52 PM »
Abhyasa [spiritual practice] consists in withdrawal within the Self every time you are disturbed by thought. It is not concentration or destruction of the mind but withdrawal into the Self.

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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #161 on: November 07, 2012, 04:21:15 PM »
(In the forest again. Ratnakar has returned to Narada.)

NARADA: So, you have come here to take your money? Take as much as you want. Why are you so sad? Tell me, what is the news? What is your news?

RATNAKAR: My news is that I have given up my family. I will not be responsible for them since they do not feel responsible for me. They are a bunch of ungrateful creatures: my son, my wife, my parents. I do not want them. I do not need them. Right here, tell me what I should do. I will listen to you.

NARADA: My only advice to you is this: repeat only one name — Rama, Rama, Rama. He will forgive you. He will give you salvation. And it is you who will immortalise Him on earth. He will take human incarnation and you will write His biography. Long, long before He is born, before He comes into this earthly existence, you will write His biography. You will tell about His immortal life, His life of dedication, His life of glory, His life of fulfillment. All this you will write down in His biography. From now on repeat His name: Rama, Rama, Rama. Just repeat it and let me hear.

RATNAKAR: Mara, Mara, Mara.

NARADA: Can't you say His name?

RATNAKAR: I can't.

NARADA: Rama, Rama. See what you have done? You cannot repeat His sacred name because you have done thousands of terrible things. Thousands of times you have acted like an animal. You are so impure, you are so mercilessly caught by the hostile forces that you have become like a real Asura. Now you cannot even repeat Rama's name. You can only say Mara, which is "Rama" said the other way around. All right, then, say Mara. Repeat Mara and in a few years' time you will be able to say Rama properly. Rama is the Heart. Even if you cannot properly pronounce His name, He won't mind. With a soulful heart if you pray every day, repeating the name Mara, Rama will come to your rescue. He will forgive you, He will liberate you. It is to you that He will give the glory of immortalising Him here on earth. You will write His biography, you will reveal Him and manifest Him. You will be the harbinger of His coming. When He comes down into the world and operates on the physical plane, you will see that the biography which you have written about Him will immortalise you. He has chosen you to immortalise Him, Ratnakar. And the day you start writing His biography, Lord Rama will enter into you and change your name. When you start writing His biography your new name will be Valmiki the Sage. Valmiki will be your real name. "When the power of love replaces the love of power, man will have a new name: God." With your love of power you wanted to destroy the world, but with your power of love you will liberate the world. You will be a messenger of truth, a messenger of fulfillment.

(Narada blesses Ratnakar and departs.)
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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #162 on: November 07, 2012, 04:35:02 PM »
Dear Hari,

Beautiful story! Thank You!



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Re: Quotes in the light of Advaita
« Reply #163 on: November 07, 2012, 04:58:18 PM »
Dear Jewell,

This is a story about Sage Valmiki who was a hunter. There is a similar story about one Krishna Bhakta. Once Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu was visiting Puri Jagannath temple. The priests invited with all formalities. As soon as he entered the temple,
he heard some distant voice Gobinda, Gobinda, Gobinda. He rushed to the backyard of the temple and sat near that illiterate
man who was chanting incorrectly Gobinda, Gobinda instead of Govinda. Krishna Chaitanya sat near him and heard his nama
sankirtan. He was in tears. He said: The real Govinda is here and not in inner sanctum. He embraced him!

Arunachala Siva.
 

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« Reply #164 on: November 07, 2012, 05:13:27 PM »

"Darshan of the matured jnani constitutes the acme of purification of baths taken in sacred waters, divine worship, mantra-japa, spiritual austerities, charitable acts, and devotional worship of Lord Siva Himself. To find and gain access to the sacred presence of such a jnani is the luckiest of opportunities that one could ever obtain in this world.
— Ribhu Gita Ch. 19 v.11
— translated by Professor N.R. Krishnamoorti Aiyer in

The Essence of the Ribhu Gita, No. 33, p. 10"

from the News letters of Arunachala Ashram

Om Namo Bhagavathe Sri Ramanaya
 
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya