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100 sayings of Anandamayi Ma
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:50:12 PM »
1. There is One unchanging indivisible Reality which, though unmanifest, reveals Itself in infinite multiplicity and diversity.
2. That One – the Supreme Truth – is ever present everywhere in all circumstances.
3. Referred to as Brahman, He is no other than God Almighty.
4. God Almighty is nameless and formless; yet all names and forms are His.
5. He is the Father, Mother, Guru, Friend, Creator, Preserver, Destroyer – everything.
6. His essence is Being, Consciousness and Bliss.
7. Indeed, He is in everything and everything is in Him; there is nothing but Him.
8. Try to see God in everything and in everybody, including yourself.
9. God Himself is revealed in some guise even in individuals supposed to be sinners, as also in Suffering seemingly unbearable.
10. The vision of the Eternal Lila of the Supreme Being is impossible unless one has seen His Bliss in His universality and self-sufficiency and unless one finds this repeated in one in union with, and as part of, the whole.
11. The immutable Brahman and the primeval sound AUM are one and the same as (the word) Ma.
12. God’s name is He Himself – the Name and the Named are identical.
13. Refuge has to be sought in His Name in order to realize Him Whose Name is invoked.
14. At every breath try to be in communion with Him through His Name.
15. If the Name that appeals most to you is constantly repeated, you will realize that all names are His Names, all forms are His forms.
16. Since all names are His indeed, He will let Himself be grasped by any one of them; furthermore, it will gradually be revealed that He is also without name and without form.
17. Whether with full awareness or in ignorance, whether willingly or unwillingly, whether with faith or in doubt, if God’s name is adhered to, and His image in the mind is sustained, gradually what is to be burnt will burn and what is to be melted will melt.
18. The nature of fire is to convert everything into itself. Similarly, assosiacion with His Name inevitably enables one to be identified with Him.
19. Take it from me – repetition of His Name makes everything possible.
20. If you live with the conviction that God is in the closest contact with you, you will gradually discover that there is nothing but God.
21. If at all your “I” remains, let it exist only as His servant or as His child and, therefore, the notion that He is far removed will be ruled out.
22. The more one thinks of one’s Ishta (beloved Deity), the firmer will one’s faith in Him grow.
23. People meditate in front of a picture. But what is a mere picture? Just paper! Yet if faith is maintained in meditation, the Lord Himself appears in that picture.
24. Faith is always blind; but this blind faith may ultimately lead to firm belief.
25. You cannot find the Mother until the faith awakens in you that whatever the Mother does is all for the best of Her child.
26. God Himself appears as the Guru. He has to be invokes, full of faith.
27. Just as a vigraha must not be regarded as a piece of stone, so the Guru must not the regarded as an ordinary human being.
28. The signification of the word “guru” is “Jagadguru” (World Teacher). A World Teacher is one who diverts men from the path leading to death and puts him on the path of Immortality. He who does this is the “inner Guru”.
29. Once the Guru has accepted a disciple, He will never leave him until the goal has been attained. The questio of leaving does not arise at all.
30. The Guru actually emerges from within. When genuine search takes effect, his genuine manifestation is bound to occur; it cannot possibly be otherwise.
31. The One Himself assuming the shape of the Guru of His own accord brings about His manifestation or becomes manifestated.
32. There is “nothing” in this world; yet everyone is madly pursuing this nothing – some more, some less.
33. What a comedy God’s Lila is! What a lunatic asylum! He Himself is sporting with Himself!
34. Man is no other than the Self; but he wrongly thinks of himself as a separate individual centre on his body and identified by a particular name.
35. All sorrow is due to the fact that many are seen where there is only One.
36. Duality is pain. So long as man does not wake up to his identity with the One, the cycle of birth and death continues for him.
37. In wealth and property there is certainly no peace.
38. If you choose to feed upon the objects of the senses, you move towards the realm of death.
39. Sense enjoyment acts like slow poison. You are driven thereby towards death. Therefore, it is Man’s duty as a human being is to get into the current that leads to immortality.
40. When the mind is full of worldly desires, it is their very nature to confuse the mind. Withdraw the mind from outer things and turn it inwards.
41. According as worldly interests decrease, one progresses towards real joy.
42. Even while living in the world, you can with a calm spirit attend to spiritual practices. Then only will that which is to be given up, falls away; and that which can never be relinquished, which does not go, that indeed will remain.
43. In proportion as one loves God, detachment from sense objects ensues. To concentrate on God means to become drawn towards Him. And vairagya (detachment) means becoming disentangled from sense objects. Feeling of attraction towards God and indifference to sense objects occur simultaneously.
44. The search after Truth is man’s duty, so that he may advance towards immortality.
45. Your sole duty is to remember that He alone is, and that everything is His doing.
46. Invoke Him and be constantly intent on realizing Him.
47. Householders should emulate the ancient Rishis, who were married men living with their families and leading a life dedicated to God.
48. Love and serve you consort and children as Divine manifestations. Perform all works as God’s service.
49. Since you seek ownership of the garden, you feel unhappy. Be the gardener instead of trying to be the owner, and then you will feel happy.
50. What is life-breath is really an aspect of the Universal, all-pervasive Energy that functions continuously; it is He in one of His forms – He Who is Truth Consciousness, revealing Himself in this mode.
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 12:52:32 PM »
51. Endeavour to concentrate on the breath; this will provide a check on the mind preventing it from wandering away to outer objects.
52. Restlessness and serenity both are aspects of the mind.
53. Do not allow your mind to wander here and there; endeavor to make it one-pointed; have one single end in view.
54. Water inside a pitcher noisily moves to and fro when the pitcher is disturbed. But as soon as the pitcher is placed in a position of equilibrium, the water becomes calm. Similarly, sit for long in a steadfast posture with your mind concentrated on one fixed thought or aim, the restlessness of your mind will be slowly subdued.
55. When engaged in japa you are attentively to mark the motions of your breathing – inhaling and exhaling; if your mind tries to stray to and fro, forcibly attune it to your breathing; this will slowly set in the process of calming your mind.
56. Utensils used for worshipping a god or goddess must be washed clean and bright, the place for worship also must be carefull scrubbed and kept clean. Then the mind of the worshipper will also feel a sense of purity. Mind you – you’re your body also is a ceremonial vessel to be used mainly for worship. This will bring inner purity of the mind.
57. You need at least two meals a day. Similarly, you should remember God and chant His Name at least twice a day – say, morning and evening. This is for your mind’s well-being.
58. If you do not like to meditate on an image, you are just to sit still and carefully attend to your breathing; you may not do anything else; even this practice will quieter your mind.
59. “Who am I?” With this attitude endeavor to let the mind stand back as a witness. Search after your Self. As long as possible, sit immersed in meditation, becoming quite still, steady and fully concentrated.
60. It is natural for worldly desires to try to take exclusive possession of your mind. These confuse the mind.
61. Control your mind for sense objects. Be moderate in eating, sleeping. As a pilgrim on the path to God, you should be content with such food and sleep as will help you to remain fit for the onward march.
62. Discipline of the tongue and other sense organs will help the mind to withdraw from outer things and will turn it inwards.
63. Regular prayer purifies the mind and the heart. Set apart at least ten minutes for your daily prayer at a fixed hour. You may even go on doing your usual work during this period, but observe silence and meditate on Him in any way you like. See that throughout your life there should be no slackness in regularity and punctuality.
64. Whatever may be your shortcomings, don’t be depressed, don’y lose hope. Try to improve yourself.
65. Exert yourself to the limits of your power, however feeble. He is there to fulfill what has been left undone.
66. Begin here and now, it is never too late to begin.
67. How can you expect to see the road when you have kept your door shut? Open the door and you will see the road.
68. Proceed along this road where you will meet many fellow-travelers who will of their own accord enquire about your destination. They will often direct you to the right path, if you have chosen the wrong one.
69. Everyone should start along the lines taught by his own religion.
70. By saying “I cannot” one does not get far. One has to acquire capacity and achieve his end.
71. By God’s grace one is born as a human being. Try to make the best of this opportunity. Everything is possible for man.
72. Even though someone may slip and fall, he will not remain lying on the ground but will attempt to rise, stand up and walk again.
73. The speed of advancing must become brisk. In order to find your Self, progress along your own path, in your own rhythm.
74. How long do you want to stay in the wayside inn? Will you not go to your own Home? How nice to think – you are yourself your home, you are also the pilgrim, and at the same time a foreign visitor!
75. A spiritual traveler must not allow his mind to be distracted by anything; he should proceed with firm determination towards his goal.
76. Don’t sit idle. Always be engaged in doing something useful. Either chant God’s Name in silence or read a good book, or discuss good topic. But don’t waste your valuable time in idle gossip.
77. Even though you feel that your spiritual practice is mere tedious reiteration, it is this very practice that will clear the path for you within you.
78. Whatever spiritual exercise, ritual and so forth one is engaged in, should be carried out with faith and love. No ritual should be performed irreverently.
79. It is by yearning and pining for Him that the One is found. In times of adversity and distress as well as in times of well-beings and good fortunes, try to seek refuge in the One alone. Keep in mind that whatever He does is wholly for the best. He is the fountain of goodness.
80. Prayer never goes in vain. So long as no response is received, prayer must be continued.
81. It is but the Self that calls Itself, and none other than the Self that realizes Itself.
82. By ceaseless prayer He Who is Akhands (whole) is found. One’s own Self, the Life of one’s life, the Beloved of One’s heart is the One to be eagerly sought.
83. There is One Centre in your being from Which come vibrations of Mantra; images also are revealed there from together with the Truth underlying them. Who is it that does all this? Reflect! He dwells within you and does everything. He awakens enthusiasm, He inspires without you knowing it. He is the omniscient Being. Why speak of Self-realization in the future? It is here and now – only the veil that hides It has to be destroyed.
84. Relative happiness, that is to say, happiness depending on the fulfillment of any worldly desire, ends in grief.
85. A worldly desire, if unfulfilled, makes you miserable; if fulfilled, it is almost invariably followed by some other desire and the chain of desire disturbs your peace of mind.
86. You will have peace only if you can rise above worldly desires.
87. So long sa one believes that true happiness can be had in this world without searching within, one will remain in bondage.
88. Strive to abandon yourself, without reserve, to Him. Then you will have no grief, no pain, no disappointment, no frustration.
89. He is the fountain of Peace and the treasure-house of real Happiness.
90. It is only when you leave everything to Him that there is hope for Peace and Happiness.
91. In Him is all attainment, the summit of fulfillment.
92. Perfect resignation gives the deepest joy. Accept it as your sole resource.
93. Unconditional surrender to Him is the best solace for man.
94. Among all creatures man alone has been endowed with the capacity to realize God.
95. Man’d bounden duty is to endeavor to awake to his real nature as a human being and to kindle the desire to realize.
96. “Who am I?”. This realization is the purpose of human life.
97. Don’t induldge in cynical despair. Don’t say: “Realization is not for me, not for me!”. Resolve with determination “I must attain Self-realization, I must.” Doubt is sin.
98. Self-realization is God-realization and God-realization is Self-realization.
99. It is the Will of the Almighty that prevails. By living in harmony with His Will and becoming an instrument in His hands you should try to realize Him.
100. What does Atma-darshana, the direct perception of the Self, imly? The seer, the seen and the act of seeing – where these three are One, there the Brahman is realized.
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Re: 100 sayings of Anandamayi Ma
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 04:02:39 PM »
Dear ramana,

Nice compilation. Thank you.

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 10:58:17 PM »
Don't mention it, sir. :)
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 06:30:59 AM »
I have great respect for Sri Ma.
When I first saw her photograph, my hair in the neck raised, I remember.
But when I read about her, I could not get over her allowing her Brahmin devotees to keep devotees of lower castes from coming near her.
This prevented me from accepting her as my Guru & praying to her.

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 09:38:22 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Sad to know that you read a wrong book or the source is very well could be doubted.
She is such a great saint who saw God in everything. Such a thing would have either wouldn't have happened or wrongly interpreted by us.

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Re: 100 sayings of Anandamayi Ma
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2012, 04:15:36 PM »
Dear swayam,

There are three beautiful articles in Mountain Path issues of 2011.

1. Ananda Mayii Ma - Swami Mangalananda - April - June 2011.

2. An excerpt from the book: Ananda Mayi Ma's Philosophy - Kedarnath Swami - same issue of MP. See also
    www.SriAnandaMayiMa.org.

3. Part II of the article mentioned in (1) in July-Sept 2011 of MP.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2012, 08:18:21 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Can't thank you enough sir for those references.
Unfortunately I don't have those issues. Is there any site which has soft copies of these issues, pl guide me

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2012, 09:03:34 AM »
Dear swayam,

You can surf Asramam's official website:  www.sriramanamaharshi.org and trace the back issues of Mountain Path.

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This body tells of one sovereign remedy for all ills: God. Trust in Him, depend on Him, accept whatever happens as His dispensation, regard what you do as His service, keep satsang, think of God with every breath, and live in His Presence. Leave all your burdens in His hands and He will see to everything; there will be no more problems.

All this, which is His creation, is under His dispensation, in His Presence, and is verily He Himself. In whatever state He keeps anyone at any time, it is all for the good, for verily everything is ordained by Him, and is of Him. Relative happiness, which is happiness depending on anything, must end in grief. It is man?s duty to meditate on God Who is peace itself. Without having recourse to that which aids the remembrance of God, there can be no peace. Have you not seen what life in this world is? The One to be loved is God. In Him is everything - Him you must try to find.

To a human being the most noble, irreproachable line of conduct should alone be acceptable. It is a matter of great rejoicing if anyone strives to mould his life upon this pattern. Only actions that kindle man?s divine nature are worthy of the name of action, all the rest are non-actions - a waste of energy. Any line of behavior that fails to quicken the divine in man should be eschewed, no matter how enticing it might appear; but any that helps to awaken man?s inherent divinity must be resolutely adopted, even though it be seemingly uninviting. Man?s calling is to aspire to the realization of Truth, to tread the excellent path that leads to Immortality. What appears delightful to the senses later develops into a hotbed of poison, generating inner turmoil and disaster, for it belongs to the realm of death.

In whichever direction you may turn your gaze you will find One Eternal Indivisible Being manifested. Yet it is not at all easy to detect this Presence, because He interpenetrates everything. As a King is known by his majesty, as fire is known by its heat, so the Unmanifest reveals Himself through the world of manifestation. The analysis of the substance of all created things, if carried sufficiently far, will lead to the discovery that what remains is identical and equally present in all creatures: it is He, it is That, which is styled as Pure Consciousness.

If in the midst of the diversity of the world of appearances you make a sustained effort to do all your work as a faithful servant of the Almighty Father of the Universe, love and devotion for Him will awaken in your heart. As the confining prison walls of the ego are broken down, you will become more and more persistent and wholehearted in your pursuit of Reality. Then all the manifold pictures you perceive will merge into one single picture and all your divergent moods and sentiments will be engulfed in the one great ocean of Bliss.

The Universal Body of the Lord comprises all things - trees, flowers, leaves, hills, mountains, rivers, oceans, and so forth. A time will come, must come, when one actually perceives this all-pervading Universal Form of the One. The variety of His shapes and guises is infinite, uncountable, without end. Just as ice is nothing but water, so the Beloved is without form, without quality, and the question of manifestation does not arise. When this is realized, one has realized one?s Self. For, to find the Beloved is to find one?s Self, to discover that God is one?s very own, wholly identical with one?s self, the innermost Self, the Self of the self. First of all it is necessary to become acquainted with Him Whom you wish to invoke. Constantly think and talk of Him, look at his pictures, sing His praises or listen to sacred music, visit places of pilgrimage, seek solitude or associate with the holy and wise, so as to become familiar with Him. When this has been achieved, you may call Him ?Father? or ?Mother?. Some relationship of this kind has to be established with Him, because people of the world do not feel affinity unless their bond is defined in such a manner. You are accustomed to ties of kinship in worldly life; this is why you have to bind yourself by some sort of relationship in the spiritual field as well. Even though at the start you may not feel deep devotion, learn to invoke Him unceasingly and with perseverance by repeating His Name, or by any other method, until gradually He will fill your heart. However, prayer, meditation, alms offered in His Name, and so forth, are necessary even after the bond of love has been forged, so as to keep it unimpaired. In this way the awareness of Him will become your second nature and never leave you to your last breath. This is what is termed communion with God.

Listen! Do not let your time pass idly. Either keep a rosary with you and do japa; or if this does not suit you, at least go on repeating the Name of the Lord regularly and without interruption like the ticking of a clock. There are no rules or restrictions in this. Invoke Him by the Name that appeals to you most, for as much time as you can - the longer the better. Even if you get tired or lose interest, administer the Name to yourself like a medicine that has to be taken. In this way you will at some auspicious moment discover the rosary of the mind, and then you will continually hear within yourself the praises of the great Master, the Lord of Creation, like the never ceasing music of the boundless ocean; You will hear the land and the sea, the air and the heavens reverberate with the song of His glory. This is called the all-pervading Presence of His Name.

Silent japa should be engaged in at all times. One must not waste breath uselessly; whenever one has nothing special to do, one should silently practice japa in rhythm with one?s breathing. In fact, this exercise should go on continually until doing japa has become as natural as breathing.

It is of great value to read sacred texts and books of wisdom. Speak the truth. Bear in mind that God?s Name is He Himself in one form; let it be your inseparable companion. Try your utmost never to remain without Him. The more intense and continuous your efforts to dwell in His Presence, the greater will be the likelihood of your growing joyful and serene. When your mind becomes vacant, endeavor to fill it with the awareness of God and His contemplation.

The Supreme Father, Mother and Friend - verily God is all of these. Consequently, how can there be a cause or reason for His Grace? You are His, and in whatever way He may draw you to Him, it is for the sake of revealing Himself to you. The desire to find Him that awakens in man, who has instilled it into you? Who is it that makes you work for its fulfillment? Thus you should try to arrive at the understanding that everything originates from Him. Whatever power, whatever skill you possess - why, even you yourself - from where does everything arise? And does it not all have for purpose the finding of Him, the destroying of the veil of ignorance? Whatever exists has its origin in Him alone. So then, you must try to realize your Self. Are you master even of a single breath? To whatever small degree He makes you feel that you have freedom of action, if you understand that this freedom has to be used to aspire after the realization of Him, it will be for your good. But if you regard yourself as the doer and God as being far away, and if, owing to His apparent remoteness, you work for the gratification of your desires, it is wrong action. You should look upon all things as manifestations of Him. When you recognize the existence of God, He will reveal Himself to you as compassionate or gracious or merciful, in accordance with your attitude towards Him at the time - just as, for example, to the humble he becomes the Lord of the Humble.

Through breath energy, Consciousness pervades Matter. Everything that is alive breathes. When breath stops, you die. Physical life depends on breath. Through Prana, matter becomes alive. Desires and wandering mind make the breath impure. Therefore, I advise the practice of concentration on breathing combined with taking any one of God?s Names. If the breath and the mind become one - pointed and steady, then the mind expands to infinity, and all phenomena are included in that one all-inclusive point. If you think of God with the breath it will purify the prana, the physical sheath and the mind. If you breathe while thinking of God?s Name, you will feel the call of His grace.

The Self, or God is unknowable to the ordinary intelligence, but He is not unknown to us as the life-breath. If one uses the rhythm of one?s breathing as a support in meditation, this increases one?s power. Therefore, one should daily sit in a meditative pose in a solitary place and turn the mind inward, and repeat the mantra in rhythm with one?s breathing, without straining, in a natural way. When through prolonged practice, the Name becomes inextricably linked with the breath, and the body is quite still; one will come to realize that the individual is part of the One Great Life that pervades the Universe.

I say to you that I am a little child and you are my parents. Accept me as such and give me a place in your hearts. By saying ?Mother?, you keep me at a distance. Mothers have to be revered and respected. But a little girl needs to be loved and looked after, and is dear to the heart of everyone. So this is my only request to you: to make a place for me in your hearts!
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