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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #780 on: December 25, 2013, 10:54:33 AM »
"Beware that no one lead you astray, saying 'Lo here!' or 'Lo there!' For the Son of Man is within you. Follow after Him! Those who seek Him will find Him."
[The Gospel of Mary]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #781 on: December 25, 2013, 11:25:26 AM »
"He who has known himself has…already achieved knowledge about the depth of all."
[The Book of Thomas The Contender]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #782 on: December 25, 2013, 11:40:26 AM »
"Those who have come to know themselves will enjoy their possessions."
[Gospel of Phillip]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #783 on: December 25, 2013, 01:09:06 PM »
"That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves."
[Gospel of Thomas]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #784 on: December 25, 2013, 06:32:43 PM »

May this beautiful and joyful day brings You
lots of laugh and joy,good will and peace.
To spend it remembering our Lord,our Saviour,
His Goodness and Compassion.
May He Grace You and Your family
with love,happiness, good health and wisdom!

MERRY MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS,dear Hari!!!!

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #785 on: December 26, 2013, 04:07:46 AM »
Thank you, dear Jewell! Let the Peace, Love and Supreme Wisdom of the Son of God go in your heart, purify it and show you the path meant for your spiritual realization! Merry Christmas!!!!!
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #786 on: December 28, 2013, 12:13:35 AM »
I am God's Lion, not the lion of passion....
I have no longing
except for the One.
When a wind of personal reaction comes,
I do not go along with it.
There are many winds full of anger,
and lust and greed. They move the rubbish around,
but the solid mountain of our true nature stays where it's always been.

[Rumi]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #787 on: December 28, 2013, 08:53:28 AM »
"I can no longer write, for God has given me such glorious knowledge that all contained in my works are as straw – barely fit to absorb the holy wonders that fall in a stable."
[St Thomas of Aquinas]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #788 on: January 01, 2014, 06:58:58 PM »
Happy New Year! Let 2014 gives you good health, happiness and spiritual prosperity!
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #789 on: January 12, 2014, 12:11:09 AM »
Vijay: "What must the bound soul's condition of mind be in order to achieve liberation?"

Sri Ramakrishna: "He can free himself from attachment to 'woman and gold' if, by the grace of God, he cultivates a spirit of strong renunciation.  What is this strong renunciation? One who has only a mild spirit of renunciation says, 'Well, all will happen in the course of time; let me now simply repeat the name of God.' But a man possessed of a strong spirit of renunciation feels restless for God, as the mother feels for her own child.  A man of strong renunciation seeks nothing but God.  He regards the world as a deep well and feels as if he were going to be drowned in it.  He looks on his relatives as venomous snakes; he wants to fly away from them.  And he does go away.  He never thinks, 'Let me first make some arrangement for my family and then I shall think of God.' He has great inward resolution."
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #790 on: January 12, 2014, 12:16:38 AM »
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
[Saint Paul]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #791 on: January 12, 2014, 12:23:29 AM »
"Let me tell you a story about strong renunciation.  At one time there was a drought in a certain part of the country.  The farmers began to cut long channels to bring water to their fields.  One farmer was stubbornly determined.  He took a vow that he would not stop digging until the channel connected his field with the river.  He set to work.  The time came for his bath, and his wife sent their daughter to him with oil.  'Father,' said the girl, 'it is already late.  Rub your body with oil and take your bath.' 'Go away!' thundered the farmer.  'I have too much to do now.' It was past midday, and the farmer was still at work in his field.  He didn't even think of his bath.  Then his wife came and said: 'Why haven't you taken your bath? The food is getting cold.  You overdo everything.  You can finish the rest tomorrow or even today after dinner.' The farmer scolded her furiously and ran at her, spade in hand, crying: 'What? Have you no sense? There's no rain.  The crops are dying.  What will the children eat? You'll all starve to death.  I have taken a vow not to think of bath and food today before I bring water to my field.' The wife saw his state of mind and ran away in fear.  Through a whole day's back-breaking labour the farmer managed by evening to connect his field with the river.  Then he sat down and watched the water flowing into his field with a murmuring sound.  His mind was filled with peace and joy.  He went home, called his wife, and said to her, 'Now give me some oil and prepare me a smoke.' With serene mind he finished his bath and meal, and retired to bed, where he snored to his heart's content.  The determination he showed is an example of strong renunciation."
[Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #792 on: January 22, 2014, 12:08:35 PM »
Chaitanya and Maya are in eternal play. They are identical. So whatever we say about the one we must say the same about the other. But is the Maya permanent? Yes. She is permanent in Her impermanence.
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #793 on: January 22, 2014, 12:40:48 PM »
I went out with three of my friends. One is 28 years old, second is 20, third is 16. We discerned where would we find happiness. No matter the age difference we all wanted to know one thing - where is the happiness. When my turn came to give them a clue where to find happiness I told them that if I have found such place I would not be here with them but would be in that place and would never change my position even 1 cm from there. And that if there is place where happiness is abundant it must be in ourselves because if it was not so then we would be dependent on particular place on earth and we will lose it when we die. And such thought is more than unsatisfying.
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #794 on: January 26, 2014, 02:39:18 AM »
Hey Hari! :)

I just wanted to follow up on your post about the similarities between Solipsism and Vedanta. I recently had the same questions. I think this is the way I sorted it it in my mind.

In solipsism, I understand it as the "I" as ego Mark, is real, and that everyone else is just my imaginings, are hollow 'automatons'.

However in Vedanta, everyone including myself as 'I' ego Mark, are unreal, yet everyone is real as the Self within them. Or taken from the position of the non liberated Jiva, all Jivas are 'real' in themselves, as the One true being inhabits them all.

In other words if I met you I would not for a second discount your reality, I would smile and great you as a fellow being, however to the the adamant believer in solipism he might discount your reality when he met you.

I think in Vedenta you would have to throw yourself out as unreal if your going to say that everyone else is unreal, where as in solipsism you just say I' real, and your not. Whereas the real-real that we feel within us is the all pervading self, which is as all pervading equally for our neighbour as it is for us, inclusive for all, holding all in its infinite love.

This might be a little scatty, but I think I've got a handle on it for myself inwardly anyways :/

Much love and thanks for your previous posts, most enjoyable! :)

Love,
Mark.