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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #315 on: June 15, 2013, 01:35:37 PM »
Mrs. Piggot: Is a Master necessary for realisation?
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi: The realisation is the result of the Master's Grace more than teachings, lectures, meditation, etc. They are only secondary aids, whereas the former is the primary and the essential cause.

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« Reply #316 on: June 17, 2013, 09:39:51 AM »
"Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind."

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« Reply #317 on: June 17, 2013, 10:04:35 AM »
"Questioning 'Who am I?' within one's mind, when one reaches the Heart, the individual 'I' sinks crestfallen, and at once reality manifests itself as 'I-I'. Though it reveals itself thus, it is not the ego 'I' but the perfect being the Self Absolute"

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #318 on: June 17, 2013, 05:53:20 PM »
"When I asked God for strength, He gave me difficult situations to face.
When I asked God for brain and brown, He gave me Puzzles in life to solve.
When I asked God for happiness, He showed me some unhappy people.
When I asked God for wealth, He showed me how to work hard.
When I asked God for favors, He showed me opportunities to work hard.
When I asked God for peace He showed me how to help others.
God gave me nothing I wanted, He gave me everything I needed."


(Swami Vivekananda)

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #319 on: June 19, 2013, 10:49:45 PM »
Nana: Baba, Who is God? How will He look? Where is He? How can we see Him?

Shirdi Sai Baba: Those who toil in samsAra neither understand what is right and wrong nor do they comprehen the nature of God. Pure thoughts are absent in them. Constantly being immersed in the ocean of samsAra they do not have faith in devotion or in the scriptures. They don’t reach God. They go towards hell.

On the other hand those who are eager to rise higher towards salvation, discard this state of bondage and begin to enquire with discretion and intelligence. They are always itching to see God. They develop bhakti towards Him and observe the laws of the scriptures. They adopt nAma-japa and dhyAna and become a sAdhaka (an aspirant to reach God). They continuously move with the devout. When they reach a mature stage in their japa and dhyAna they become saintly. In that stage God and man are alike. Praise and blame are one and the same for them. Desires have left them. The thought of 'I' and 'mine' are not any more there. They begin to see that their own AtmA and God are the same. They realize 'I am brahman'.

Observe how each one of them has reached God. You will yourself then understand that God permeates all animate and inanimate objects in the world.

God is everywhere. There is no place where He is not. What prevents us from seeing Him is the power of mAyA. I, you, this world, all are part of Ishvara. Therefore no one should hate another. Never forget that the Lord is everywhere. That will generate Love in you. When Love overflows, everything is obtained.
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #320 on: June 23, 2013, 01:54:37 PM »
Today is Pentecost's Day in Eastern Orthodox Church. Today is the birth of the Church so to speak. I wish to everyone of you Christ's Love and His Consciousness to rise in your Heart. This reminded me about the beautiful word of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda about Lord Jesus:
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"O Christ – Thou Rarest Flower of Hearts. O Thou Great Lover of error-torn brothers – as unseen monument of the mightiest miracle of love was established in each heart when the magic wand of Thy Voice uttered: "Forgive them, for they know not what they do." O Shepherd of Souls, wandering hearts are of themselves seeking the one fold of divine devotion. We have heard the ever-calling music of Thy infinite kindness. Our one desire is to be at home with Thee, to receive the Cosmic Father with joyous, open eyes of wisdom, and to know that we are all sons of our own One God."
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« Reply #321 on: June 24, 2013, 10:11:28 PM »
"Only two kinds of people can attain Self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing."

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« Reply #322 on: June 24, 2013, 10:18:06 PM »
"You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God."

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« Reply #323 on: June 25, 2013, 05:48:33 PM »
"What Brahman is cannot be described. All things in the world — the Vedas, the Puranas, the Tantras, the six systems of philosophy — have been defiled, like food that has been touched by the tongue, for they have been read or uttered by the tongue. Only one thing has not been defiled in this way, and that is Brahman. No one has ever been able to say what Brahman is."

(Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna)

"The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao."

(Lao Tzu)
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #324 on: June 30, 2013, 09:39:36 PM »
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'I exist' is the only permanent self-evident experience of everyone. Nothing else is so self-evident as 'I am'. What people call self-evident, that is, the experience they get through the senses, is far from self-evident. The Self alone is that. So to do self-enquiry and be that 'I am' is the only thing to do. 'I am' is reality. I am this or that is unreal. 'I am' is truth, another name for Self.

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« Reply #325 on: July 03, 2013, 03:30:41 AM »
"All talk of surrender is like pinching brown sugar from a brown sugar image of Lord Ganesa and offering it as naivedya [food offering] to the same Lord Ganesa. You say you offer your body, soul and all possessions to God. Were they yours that you could offer them? At best, you can only say, 'I falsely imagined till now that all these which are Yours were mine. Now I realize they are Yours. I shall no more act as if they are mine.' This knowledge that there is nothing but God or Self, that I or mine don't exist and that only the Self exists, is jnana. Thus there is no difference between bhakti and jnana. Bhakti is jnana mata or the mother of jnana."

(Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi)
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« Reply #326 on: July 05, 2013, 11:41:08 AM »
Question: What is reality?
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi: Reality must be always real. It is not with form and names. That which underlies these is the reality. It underlies limitations, being itself limitless. It is not bound. It underlies unrealities, itself being real. Reality is that which is. It is as it is. It transcends speech. It is beyond the expressions "existence, non-existence", etc.
  The reality which is the mere consciousness that remains when ignorance is destroyed along with knowledge of objects, alone is the Self [atma]. In that Brahma-swarupa [real form of Brahman], which is abundant Self-awareness, there is not the least ignorance.
  The reality which shines fully, without misery and without a body, not only when the world is known but also when the world is not known, is your real form [nija-swarupa].
  The radiance of consciousness-bliss, in the form of one awareness shining equally within and without, is the supreme and blissful primal reality. Its form is silence and it is declared by jnanis to be the final and unobstructable state of true knowledge [jnana].
  Know that jnana alone is non-attachment; jnana alone is purity; jnana is attainment of God; jnana which is devoid of forgetfulness of Self alone is immortality; jnana alone is everything.
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #327 on: July 06, 2013, 05:20:15 PM »
Question: What is this awareness and how can one obtain and cultivate it?
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi: You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.
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« Reply #328 on: July 06, 2013, 05:38:16 PM »
Question: If the Self is itself aware, why am I not aware of it even now?
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi: There is no duality. Your present knowledge is due to the ego and is only relative. Relative knowledge requires a subject and an object, wheres the awareness of the Self is absolute and requires no object.
  Remembrance also is similarly relative, requiring an object to be remembered and a subject to remember. When there is no duality, who is to remember whom?
  The Self is ever-present. Each one wants to know the Self. What kind of help does one require to know oneself? People want to see the Self as something new. But it is eternal and remains the same all along. They desire to see it as a blazing light etc. How can it be so? It is not light, not darkness. It is only as it is. It cannot be defined. The best definition is "I am that I am". The srutis [scriptures] speak of the Self as being the size of one's thumb, the tip of the hair, an electrical spark, vast, subtler than the subtlest, etc. They have no foundation in fact. It is only being, but different from the real and unreal; it is knowledge , but different from knowledge and ignorance. How can it be defined at all? It is simply being.
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« Reply #329 on: July 07, 2013, 08:37:40 PM »
Question: When a man realizes the Self, what will he see?

Bhagavan's answer: There is no seeing. Seeing is only being. The state of Self-realization, as we call it, is not attaining something new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that which you always are and which you always have been. All that is needed is that you give up your realization of the not-true as true. All of us are regarding as real that which is not real. We have only to give up this practice on our part. Then we shall realize the Self as the Self; in other words, 'be the Self'. At one stage you will laugh at yourself for trying to discover the Self which is so self-evident. So, what can we say to this question?
  That stage transcends the seer and the seen. There is no seer there to see anything. The seer who is seeing all this now ceases to exist and the Self alone remains.
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