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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #495 on: August 28, 2013, 07:14:26 PM »
"One night years ago I came upon my boyfriend passionately embracing another woman. We were in the house of a friend who had a priceless collection of pottery. I was furious and looking for something to throw. Everything I picked up I had to put back down because it was worth at least ten thousand dollars. I was completely enraged and I couldn’t find an outlet! There were no exits from experiencing my own energy. The absurdity of the situation totally cut through my rage. I went outside and looked at the sky and laughed until I cried.

In vajrayana Buddhism it is said that wisdom is inherent in emotions. When we struggle against our energy we reject the source of wisdom. Anger without the fixation is none other than clear-seeing wisdom. Pride without fixation is experienced as equanimity. The energy of passion when it’s free of grasping is wisdom that sees all the angles."

[Pema Chodron]

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« Reply #496 on: August 28, 2013, 07:20:05 PM »
"It is by God's Grace that you think of God."
[Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi]

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« Reply #497 on: August 28, 2013, 07:30:05 PM »
"There is a beautiful story about the flute of Krishna. You know Krishna always holds a flute in His hand, but there is a great story behind it. Everyday Krishna would go in the garden and say to all the plants, "I love you". The plants were very happy and responded back and said "Krishna, we love You, too". One day Krishna rushed quickly into the garden very alarmed. He went to the bamboo plant and the bamboo plant asked, "Krishna, what's wrong with You?" Krishna said "I have something to ask you, but it is very difficult". The bamboo said "Tell me: if I can, I will give it to You". So Krishna said "I need your life. I need to cut you". The bamboo thought for a while and then said "You don't have any other choice. You don't have any other way?" Krishna said, "No, no other way". And it said "OK, I surrender to You". So Krishna cut the bamboo, made holes in it, and each time, while He was doing that, the bamboo was crying with pain, because He was paining the bamboo so much. Krishna made a beautiful flute out of it. And this flute was with Krishna all the time. 24 hours a day, it was with Krishna. Even the Gopis were jealous of the flute. They said, "Look, Krishna is our Lord, but yet we get to spend only some time with Him. He wakes up with you, He sleeps with you, all the time you are with Him". So one day they asked the bamboo, "Tell us the secret of it. What secret do you have, that the Lord treasures you so much?" And the bamboo said "The secret is that I'm empty inside. And the Lord does whatever He wants with me, whenever He wants with me and however He wants with me". So this is complete surrender: where God can do whatever He wants with you, whenever He wants, as He wants. And for that you don't need to be scared, you know, you have just to give yourself. And who is yourself in reality? It's just Him!"
[Sri Swami Vishwananda]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #498 on: August 28, 2013, 07:35:26 PM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #499 on: August 28, 2013, 07:38:36 PM »
"The extra luggage of indiscriminate dreams, desires and attachments will make your life's journey miserable."
[Amma]

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« Reply #500 on: August 28, 2013, 07:42:03 PM »
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« Reply #501 on: August 28, 2013, 07:44:25 PM »
"Be patient.
Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.
Ignore those that make you fearful and sad."

[Rumi]
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« Reply #502 on: August 28, 2013, 07:49:08 PM »
""I am That I Am" sums up the whole truth; the method is summarized in "be still.""
[Sri Ramana Maharshi]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #503 on: August 28, 2013, 09:12:28 PM »
ANNAMALAI SWAMI RECOUNTED:

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"It is one of Bhagavan's characteristics that He often responded to identical situations in different ways. In 1938, when I was once again troubled by sexual desires, He reacted in a completely different way (then in another incident before). For three days my mind had been filled with sexual thoughts, so much so that I began to think, 'How will I ever attain salvation if thoughts like these constantly come?'

I so disturbed by these thoughts that throughout these three days I was unable to eat or sleep properly.

I decided that Bhagavan was the only person who could help me. That evening I followed Bhagavan when He went out for his walk and explained my problem to Him.
'Since this desire for women came to me the other day, I have not slept or taken food for the last three days. As these thoughts occur quite often, what will eventually happen to me?'

Bhagavan, after remaining silent for a couple of minutes, replied 'Why should you always be thinking that an evil thought occurred at such and such a time in the past? If you instead meditate 'To whom does this thought come?' it will fly away of its own accord. You are not the body or the mind, you are the Self. Meditate on this and all yow desires will leave you.'"

Similarly Bhagavan taught Annamalai Swami about anger and remorsefulness. He had beaten a worker who had been acting carelessly.

"This happened at about 9 a.m. For the rest of the day I felt very guilty about losing my temper in this way. That evening, when I gave my daily report, I confessed to Bhagavan and apologised for my action. Bhagavan asked me, 'When did this anger come and when did you hit him?'

I told Him that the incident had happened about 9 a.m. that morning.

'The anger that came at 9 a.m. has already gone,' said Bhagavan. 'Why are you still thinking that you got angry and hit someone? Why are you still carrying these thoughts in your mind? Instead of feeling guilty about what you have done, enquire, 'To whom did all this anger come?' Find out the real nature of the person who got angry this morning. For activity that anger was needed. Now it is all over, you do not need to think about it any more. So drop that memory of anger and proceed with the next job.'"

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #504 on: August 28, 2013, 09:14:30 PM »
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« Reply #505 on: August 28, 2013, 09:15:51 PM »
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« Reply #506 on: August 28, 2013, 09:19:34 PM »
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« Reply #507 on: August 28, 2013, 09:20:41 PM »
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« Reply #508 on: August 29, 2013, 01:02:54 PM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #509 on: August 29, 2013, 01:19:53 PM »
Upon being asked about the timing of the next birth after death of individuals, Sri Bhagavan said, "some are born immediately after, others after some lapse of time, a few are not reborn on this earth but eventually get salvation in some higher region, and a very few get absolved here and now."

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