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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #870 on: August 31, 2014, 01:53:59 PM »
A visitor, Mr. K. S. N. Iyer of the South Indian Railway, said, "There is a trifling halting-place in my meditation. When I ask myself, "Who am I?" my reasoning proceeds as follows: I see my hand. Who sees it? My eye. How to see the eye? In a mirror. Similarly to see me, there must be a mirror. "Which is to supply the place of the mirror in me?" is my question."
Sri Ramana: Then why do you enquire, "Who am I?" Why do you say you are troubled and so on? You could as well remain quiet. Why do you rise out of your composure?
Devotee: Enquiring thus helps me to concentrate. Is concentration the only benefit?
Sri Ramana: What more do you want? Concentration is the thing. What makes you come out of your quiet?
Devotee: Because I am drawn out.
Sri Ramana: Enquiry of "Who am I?" means finding the source of "I". When that is found, that which you seek is accomplished.
[The gist of Sri Bhagavan?s words seems to be that one should make a concerted effort and not give it up baffled, with a defeatist
mentality.]
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« Reply #871 on: September 07, 2014, 05:43:31 PM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #872 on: September 22, 2014, 02:13:49 PM »
"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: to be of service to them whenever they require it." [Saint Francis of Assisi]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #873 on: October 10, 2014, 02:10:27 AM »
"Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters." [Ch'uan Teng Lu, "The way of Zen"]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #874 on: October 10, 2014, 02:50:11 AM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #875 on: October 13, 2014, 11:07:46 PM »
No Water, No Moon

When the nun Chiyono studied Zen under Bukko of Engaku she was unable to attain the fruits of meditation for a long time.

At last one moonlit night she was carrying water in an old pail bound with bamboo. The bamboo broke and the bottom fell out of the pail, and at that moment Chiyono was set free!

In commemoration, she wrote a poem:

In this way and that I tried to save the old pail
since the bamboo strip was weakening and about
   to break
until at last the bottom fell out.
No more water in the pail!
No more moon in the water!

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #876 on: November 04, 2014, 11:48:25 PM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #877 on: December 15, 2014, 03:15:15 AM »
"Four blind men went to see an elephant. One touched the leg of the elephant, and said, "The elephant is like a pillar." The second touched the trunk, and said, "The elephant is like a thick stick or club." The third touched the belly, and said, "The elephant is like a big jar." The fourth touched the ears, and said, "The elephant is like a winnowing basket." Thus they began to dispute amongst themselves as to the figure of the elephant. A passer-by seeing them thus quarrelling, said, "What is it that you are disputing about?" They told him everything, and asked him to arbitrate. That man said, "None of you has seen the elephant. The elephant is not like a pillar, its legs are like pillars. It is not like a big water-vessel, its belly is like a water-vessel. It is not like a winnowing basket, its ears are like winnowing baskets. It is not like a thick stick or club, but its proboscis is like that. The elephant is the combination of all these." In the same manner those quarrel who have seen one aspect only of the Deity." [Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #878 on: February 07, 2015, 02:15:42 PM »
"You must regard other views as so many paths leading to God. You should not feel that your path is the only right path and that other paths are wrong. You mustn't bear malice toward others." [Sri Ramakrishna]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #879 on: February 09, 2015, 12:00:38 PM »
"If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God Whom he has not seen." [1 John 4:20]

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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #880 on: February 10, 2015, 06:25:06 PM »
In spirituality there is nothing more dangerous than hypocrisy, deception and self-deception.
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #881 on: February 12, 2015, 11:02:11 PM »
In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."

"Test of Three?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to test what you're going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

No," the man said, "actually I just heard about It."

"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued. "You may still pass though, b ecause there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"


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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #882 on: February 15, 2015, 08:55:17 PM »
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #883 on: February 15, 2015, 10:21:48 PM »
        People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

        If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

        If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

        If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

        What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

        If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

        The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

        Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

        In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

        Mother Teresa

       
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Re: Various quotes and musings in the light of Vedanta
« Reply #884 on: February 19, 2015, 12:46:11 AM »
Teachings' parallel

"Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that they know nothing." [Sri Ramakrishna]

"I know that I know nothing" [Socrates] (the so called "Socratic paradox")


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