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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #420 on: August 11, 2013, 04:36:18 PM »
"One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive."
[Friedrich Nietzsche]
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« Reply #421 on: August 11, 2013, 08:06:26 PM »
"Why is a soap bubble round? Because it is the most energy efficient configuration. Similarly, on your planet I look like you; on K-PAX I look like a K-Paxian."
[Prot, the alien form "K-pax" movie]

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« Reply #422 on: August 11, 2013, 11:04:00 PM »
"Discover all that you are not — body, feelings, thoughts, time, space, this or that — nothing, concrete or abstract, which you perceive can be you. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive."
[Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj]
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« Reply #423 on: August 12, 2013, 03:10:27 PM »
15. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
16. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17. Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
[Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew, chapter 7]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #424 on: August 12, 2013, 03:20:32 PM »
True and False Disciples

21. Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.
22. Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name and in Your name drive out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?"
23. Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!"
[Jesus Christ, Matthew, Chapter 7]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #425 on: August 15, 2013, 08:41:05 PM »
Questioner: Amma, what is the difference between love and surrender?
Amma: Love is conditional. Surrender is unconditional.
Questioner: What does this mean?
Amma: In love, there is the lover and the beloved, disciple and Master, devotee and God. But in surrender, the two disappear. The Master alone is; God alone is.


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #426 on: August 15, 2013, 09:04:24 PM »
"Get rid of all ideas about yourself, even of the idea that you are God. No self-definition is valid."
[Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #427 on: August 16, 2013, 11:38:05 AM »
"Even to talk of re-uniting the person with the Self is not right, because there is no person,  only a mental picture given a false reality by conviction. Nothing was divided and there is nothing to unite."
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #428 on: August 16, 2013, 11:39:38 AM »
"Questions are always about things that you don't know and will be endless unless you find out who the questioner is. Though the things about which the questions are asked are unknown, there can be no doubt that a questioner exists to ask the questions, and if you ask who he is, all doubts will be set at rest."
[Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #429 on: August 16, 2013, 11:41:25 AM »
"There can be progress in the preparation (sadhana). Realization is sudden. The fruit ripens slowly, but falls suddenly and without return."
[Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #430 on: August 16, 2013, 11:57:30 AM »
D.: If 'I' also be an illusion, who then casts off the illusion?

M.: The 'I' casts off the illusion of 'I' and yet remains as 'I'. Such is the paradox of Self-Realisation. The realised do not see any contradiction in it. Take the case of bhakti - I approach Iswara and pray to be absorbed in Him. I then surrender myself in faith and by concentration. What remains afterwards? In place of the original 'I', perfect self-surrender leaves a residuum of God in which the 'I' is lost. This is the highest form of devotion (parabhakti), prapatti, surrender or the height of vairagya. You give up this and that of 'my' possessions. If you give up 'I' and 'mine' instead, all are given up at a stroke. The very seed of possession is lost. Thus the evil is nipped in the bud or crushed in the germ itself. Dispassion (vairagya) must be very strong to do this. Eagerness to do it must be equal to that of a man kept under water trying to rise up to the surface for his life.

D.: Cannot this trouble and difficulty be lessened with the aid of a Master or an Ishta Devata (God chosen for worship)? Cannot they give the power to see our Self as it is - to change us into themselves - to take us into Self-Realisation?

M.: Ishta Devata and Guru are aids - very powerful aids on this path. But an aid to be effective requires your effort also. Your effort is a sine qua non. It is you who should see the sun. Can spectacles and the sun see for you? You yourself have to see your true nature. Not much aid is required for doing it!
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #431 on: August 16, 2013, 12:33:15 PM »
"All metaphysical discussion is profitless unless it causes us to seek within the Self for the true reality. All controversies about creation, the nature of the universe, evolution, the purpose of God, etc., are useless. They are not conducive to our true happiness. People try to find out about things which are outside of them before they try to find out "Who am I?" Only by the latter means can happiness be gained."
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #432 on: August 16, 2013, 02:13:23 PM »
"There is only one mistake you are making: you take the inner for the outer, and the outer for the inner. What is in you, you take to be outside you, and what is outside you take to be in you. The mind and feelings are external, but you take them to be intimate. You believe the world to be objective, while it is entirely a projection of your psyche. That is the basic confusion."
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #433 on: August 16, 2013, 03:55:55 PM »
"You need not worry about your worries. Just be. Do not try to be quiet; do not make 'being quiet' into a task to be performed. Don't be restless about 'being quiet', miserable about 'being happy'. Just be aware that you are and remain aware - don't say: 'yes, I am; what next?' There is no 'next' in 'I am'. It is a timeless state."
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #434 on: August 16, 2013, 04:00:27 PM »
"We must learn how to turn the eyes inwards. The eagerness of the eyes to see outwards should be restricted. When you walk in a busy street, it is difficult to hear the man speak with whom you are walking, because of the noise of the passing carriages. He cannot hear you because there is so much noise. The mind is going outwards, and you cannot hear the man who is next to you. In the same way, this world around us is making such a noise that it draws the mind outwards. How can we see the Self? This going outwards must be stopped. That is what is meant by turning the eyes inwards, and then alone the glory of the Lord within will be seen."
[Swami Vivekananda]


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