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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #480 on: August 20, 2013, 06:22:06 PM »
Dear Sri Subramanian Sir,

Yes,so true,and so beautifully said! Where can he go? Where can All Pervading,All Knowing and All Powerful go? His presence can be felt even here,everywhere.

It is indeed golden promise. Bhagavan is ever with His devotees,guiding them silently.

With love and prayers,


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #481 on: August 21, 2013, 07:34:08 AM »
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

Excerpt from Self Reliance- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #482 on: August 23, 2013, 02:38:50 PM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #483 on: August 23, 2013, 02:46:36 PM »
"If someone behaves negatively towards you, it helps to remember that he or she is a human being like you and to distinguish between an action and the person who does it. If counter measures are needed to prevent someone doing harm, it's always better to do it with a calm rather than an agitated mind. If you act out of anger, the best part of your brain fails to function. Remember, compassion is not a sign of weakness."
[Dalai Lama]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #484 on: August 23, 2013, 02:54:25 PM »
"You say you try to slow down the mind enough so you can stay in the Self, but there is no need to 'slow down the mind' for this. The mind has never been able to stay in the Self by effort. This is all due to much misunderstanding.  Please listen: to stay in something is an effort. It requires a dedication and a skill. It would require full time commitment, devotion, determination, single-mindedness. Even the Buddha could not do it. People have spent many years naked in caves trying to convert or merge the mind inside the heart, and have failed. They may have achieved something they did not have before, like peace or concentration or even joy, but they retain their identity as a seeker or practitioner—an entity who attains something. They may become a peaceful person, but there is a duality there. They must Be the peace itself. The Self cannot be reached or owned by anyone. It can only be discovered and recognised as the effortless and natural source of all which Is and appears. How do you ask something as fickle as the mind to stay in something as absolute as the Self? Isn’t it all a little ridiculous?"
[Mooji]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #485 on: August 23, 2013, 03:11:16 PM »
"The intellect always cuts and divides like a pair of scissors. The heart sews things together and unites like a needle. The tailor uses both."
[Amma]

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« Reply #486 on: August 23, 2013, 03:49:01 PM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #487 on: August 23, 2013, 04:42:48 PM »
"Take the idea "I was born". You may take it to be true. It is not. You were not born, nor will you ever die. It is the idea that was born and shall die, not you. By identifying yourself with it you became mortal."
[Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #488 on: August 24, 2013, 04:08:06 PM »
"Attention pays attention to a lot of things, but when attention pays attention to attention, then there is a stillness, and that stillness introduces you to your Self."
[Mooji]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #489 on: August 24, 2013, 04:28:29 PM »
"What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love."
[Fyodor Dostoyevsky]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #490 on: August 24, 2013, 04:41:09 PM »
"The darker the night, the brighter the stars. The deeper the grief, the closer is God!"
[Fyodor Dostoyevsky]



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Self-enquiry - practice. By Sri David Godman
« Reply #491 on: August 25, 2013, 12:34:56 PM »
Self-enquiry - practice. By Sri David Godman.

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Beginners in self-enquiry were advised by Sri Ramana to put their attention on the inner feeling of ‘I’ and to hold that feeling as long as possible. They would be told that if their attention was distracted by other thoughts they should revert to awareness of the ‘I’-thought whenever they became aware that their attention had wandered. He suggested various aids to assist this process- one could ask oneself ‘Who am I?’ or ‘Where does this I come from?’- but the ultimate aim was to be continuously aware of the ‘I’ which assumes that it is responsible for all the activities of the body and the mind.

In the early stages of practice attention to the feeling ‘I’ is a mental activity which takes the form of a thought or a perception. As the practice develops, the thought ‘I’ gives way to a subjectively experienced feeling of ‘I’, and when this feeling ceases to connect and identify with thoughts and objects, it completely vanishes. What remains is an experience of being in which the sense of individuality has temporarily ceased to operate. The experience may be intermittent at first but with repeated practice it becomes easier and easier to reach and maintain. When self-enquiry reaches this level there is an effortless awareness of being in which individual effort is no longer possible since the ‘I’ who makes the effort has temporarily ceased to exist. It is not Self-realisation since the ‘I’-thought periodically reasserts itself but it is the highest level of practice. Repeated experience of this state of being weakens and destroys the Vasanas (mental tendencies) which cause the '‘I’-thought to rise, and, when their hold has been sufficiently weakened, the power of the Self destroys the tendencies so completely that the ‘I’-thought never rises again. This is the final and irreversible state of Self-realisation.

This practice of Self-attention or awareness of the ‘I’-thought is a gentle technique, which bypasses the usual repressive methods of controlling the mind. It is not an exercise in concentration, nor does it aim at suppressing thoughts; it merely invokes awareness of the source from which the mind . The method and goal of self-enquiry is to abide in the source of the mind and to be aware of what one really is by withdrawing attention and interest from what one is not. In the early stages effort in the form of transferring attention from the thoughts to the thinker is essential, but once awareness of the ‘I’-feeling has been firmly established, further effort is counter-productive. From then on it is more a process of being than doing, of effortless being rather than an effort to be.

Being what one already is is effortless since beingness is always present and always experienced. On the other hand, pretending to be what one is not (i.e. the body and the mind) requires mental effort even though the effort is nearly always at a subconscious level. It therefore follows that in the higher stages of self-enquiry effort takes attention away from the experience of being while the of mental effort reveals it. Ultimately, the Self is not discovered as a result of doing anything, but only by being. As Sri Ramana Maharshi himself once remarked:

'Do not meditate – be!
Do not think that you are – be!
Don’t think about being – you are!'

Self-enquiry should not be regarded as a meditation practice that takes place at certain hours and in certain positions; it should continue throughout one's waking hours, irrespective of what one is doing. Sri Ramana Maharshi saw no conflict between working and self-enquiry and he maintained that with a little practice it could be done under any circumstances. He did sometimes say that regular periods of formal practice were good for beginners, but he never advocated long periods of sitting meditation and he always showed his disapproval when any of his devotees expressed a desire to give up their mundane activities in favour of a meditative.

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #492 on: August 26, 2013, 10:40:52 PM »
"Your love of the world is the reflection of your love of yourself, for your world is of your own creation. Light and love are impersonal, but they are reflected in your mind as knowing and wishing oneself well. We are always friendly toward ourselves, but not always wise. A yogi is a man whose goodwill is allied to wisdom."
[Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #493 on: August 26, 2013, 10:49:11 PM »
"Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit,
and there won't be any thieves.

If these three aren't enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course."


[Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, ch.19)]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #494 on: August 26, 2013, 10:54:43 PM »
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