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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #840 on: April 04, 2014, 11:55:45 PM »
"Deep sleep is only the state of non-duality. Can the difference between the individual and Universal souls persist there? Sleep implies forgetfulness of all differences: This alone constitutes happiness. See how carefully people prepare their beds to gain that happiness. Soft cushions, pillows and all the rest are meant to induce sound sleep, that is to say to end wakefulness. And yet the soft bed, etc., are of no use in the state of deep sleep itself. The implication is that all efforts are meant only to end ignorance. They have no use after realisation."
/Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi/

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #841 on: April 07, 2014, 12:27:00 PM »
Dr. Lohara asked for the meaning of one stanza in "Upadesa Sara".
Ramana Maharshi: The one then in sleep is also now awake. There was happiness in sleep; but misery in wakefulness. There was no "I"- thought in sleep; but it is now, while awake. The state of happiness and of no "I-thought" in sleep is without effort. The aim should be to bring about that state even now. That requires effort.


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #842 on: April 07, 2014, 12:29:55 PM »
A disciple asked how he could recognise his own natural primal condition.
Ramana Maharshi: Absolute freedom from thoughts is the state conducive to such recognition.
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #843 on: April 08, 2014, 11:31:28 AM »
A visitor from Tirukoilur asked if the study of the sacred books will reveal the Truth.
Ramana Maharshi: That will not suffice.
Devotee: Why not?
Ramana Maharshi: Samadhi alone can reveal it. Thoughts cast a veil over Reality and so it cannot be clear in states other than Samadhi.
Devotee: Is there thought in Samadhi? Or is there not?
Ramana Maharshi: There will only be the feeling 'I am' and no other thoughts.
Devotee: Is not 'I am' a thought?
Ramana Maharshi: The egoless 'I am' is not thought. It is realisation. The meaning or significance of 'I' is God. The experience of 'I am' is to Be Still.


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #844 on: April 09, 2014, 11:02:28 AM »
The Master [Sri Ramana] observed: "Being of the nature of Bliss why does one continue to crave for happiness? To be rid of that craving is itself salvation. The Scriptures say, 'You are That'. The imparting of that knowledge is their purpose. The realisation must be by your finding out who you are and abiding as That, i.e. your Self. To be repeating, 'I am that' or 'not this' is only a waste of time. For the worthy disciple, the work lies within himself and not without."

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #845 on: May 07, 2014, 10:48:30 PM »
Everything Is Best (Zen koan)

When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.
"Give me the best piece of meat you have," said the customer.
"Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher. "You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best."
At these words Banzan became enlightened.


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #846 on: May 18, 2014, 04:59:42 PM »
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        In the ancient times, there was a king named Janaka. Vedanta texts were recited everyday in His courtyard. One day, he heard the son of his high priest reciting verses from the Vedas.

        The young boy pronounced, "A man can become enlightened in between the time it takes for one foot to be placed in the stirrup of the saddle, and the second."

        Janaka was intrigued by this and questioned the boy. "Is this true?" he asked. And the boy said, "Yes, it is true."

        Janaka said, "Show me."

        But the boy confessed his inability, saying, "I am sorry, I am not realized so I cannot show you the truth of this sentence."

        Janaka became angry and said, "If you are not realized, then you do not know this is true. Therefore, you are lying to me, and falsely leading the people." And he put the boy in jail.

        Subsequently, the boy's father, the high priest, came to the palace to speak to Janaka and seek release for his son. Janaka asked him, "Tell me, is it true that a man can become enlightened in between the time it takes for one foot to be placed in the stirrup of the saddle, and the second?"

        The priest said, "Yes, this is true." So Janaka said, "Show me."

        But the priest responded, "I cannot show you, for I am not realized."

        This made Janaka outraged. He stormed, "Then, you do not know it's true. You are lying to me, and to the people of the kingdom."

        He sent the high priest to jail, and then began to ask the same question to all the Brahmins in the land, yet every time, they were unable to help him, for none had realized God. Janaka sent each one to prison.

        One day, an enlightened saint named Astavakra came to the palace to ask his wellbeing . He asked Janaka why he had sent all the brahmins to prison. Janaka said as they were unable to prove the truth of what they preach, he had send them to jail to stop further damage of social values. Astavakra asked if he wanted to know the truth of those words, Janaka affirmed with a great enthusiasm.

        Once in the woods, Janaka began to rise up on his horse by putting his foot in the stirrup and pulling himself up, but just before he swung his second foot around, Astavakra said, "Stop King, Don't you know that you must have a guru to be able to realize God?"

        Immediately Janaka said, "Master, I give you my body, my mind and every belonging I possess."

        Upon hearing this, Astavakra left to a nearby cave for several hours. When he returned, he was amazed to see Janaka still in the very same position he left him, with only one foot in the stirrup.

        Astavakra asked, "Oh, King! What happened to you? You haven't moved for hours."

        Janaka was vibrationless. He stated, "Master, I have given everything to you, and now I can't find anything to do or to think."

        Astavakra replied, "This foot in the saddle and self knowledge is meant for a high quality aspirant, and you are that. Janaka, behold this, that you are the ever liberated, pure, divine, eternal, self-illumined Self."

        As Astavakra said these words, Janaka realized this truth within himself, and thus became enlightened.
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #847 on: May 21, 2014, 11:12:35 PM »
"All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full." [King Solomon]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #848 on: May 24, 2014, 12:41:22 PM »
"Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves." [Nagarjuna]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #849 on: May 24, 2014, 08:12:23 PM »
"If you desire ease, forsake learning." [Nagarjuna]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #850 on: May 24, 2014, 08:20:46 PM »
"All philosophies are mental fabrications. There has never been a single doctrine by which one could enter the true essence of things." [Nāgārjuna]


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #851 on: May 24, 2014, 08:37:41 PM »
"I am not, I will not be.
I have not, I will not have.
This frightens all children,
And kills fear in the wise.
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― Nāgārjuna ―

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #852 on: May 25, 2014, 07:46:23 PM »
"What is this true meditation? It is to make everything: coughing, swallowing, waving the arms, motion, stillness, words, action, the evil and the good, prosperity and shame, gain and loss, right and wrong, into one single koan." [Hakuin]
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #853 on: May 26, 2014, 01:04:28 PM »
Sirshti-Drishti vada, Drishti-Srishti vada, Ajata vada.......How can they be true at the same time? And if they are not true at the same time then where is the unity of religions?
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« Reply #854 on: May 27, 2014, 02:29:36 AM »
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