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Re: contemplation on Sri Ramakrishna-6
« Reply #780 on: September 16, 2013, 09:15:27 PM »
Sri Ramakrishna and M-Master in Samadhi (6)

When the meeting broke up, the devotees sauntered in the temple garden. M. went in the direction of the Panchavati. It was about five o'clock in the afternoon. After a while he returned to the Master's room. There, on the small north verandah, he witnessed an amazing sight. Sri Ramakrishna was standing still, surrounded by a few devotees, and Narendra was singing. M. had never heard anyone except the Master sing so sweetly. When he looked at Sri Ramakrishna he was struck with wonder; for the Master stood motionless, with eyes transfixed. He seemed not even to breathe. A devotee told M. that the Master was in samadhi. M. had never before seen or heard of such a thing. Silent with wonder, he thought: "Is it possible for a man to be so oblivious of the outer world in the consciousness of God? How deep his faith and devotion must be to bring about such a state!"
Narendra was singing:

Meditate, O my mind, on the Lord Hari,
The Stainless One, Pure Spirit through and through.
How peerless is the Light that in Him shines!
How soul-bewitching is His wondrous form!
How dear is He to all His devotees!
Ever more beauteous in fresh-blossoming love
That shames the splendour of a million moons,
Like lightning gleams the glory of His form,
Raising erect the hair for very joy.

The Master shuddered when this last line was sung. His hair stood on end, and tears of joy streamed down his cheeks. Now and then his lips parted in a smile. Was he seeing the peerless beauty of God, "that shames the splendour of a million moons"? Was this the vision of God, the Essence of Spirit? How much austerity and discipline, how much faith and devotion, must be necessary for such a vision!

The song went on:
Worship His feet in the lotus of your heart;
With mind serene and eyes made radiant
With heavenly love, behold that matchless sight.

Again that bewitching smile. The body motionless as before, the eyes half shut, as if beholding a strange inner vision.

The song drew to a close. Narendra sang the last lines:

Caught in the spell of His love's ecstasy,
Immerse yourself for evermore, O mind"
In Him who is Pure Knowledge and Pure Bliss.

The sight of the samadhi, and the divine bliss he had witnessed, left an indelible impression on M.'s mind. He returned home deeply moved. Now and then he could hear within himself the echo of those soul-intoxicating lines:

Immerse yourself for evermore, O mind,
In Him who is Pure Knowledge and Pure Bliss.



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Re: contemplation on Sri Ramakrishna-7
« Reply #781 on: September 17, 2013, 06:39:37 AM »
Sri Ramakrishna and M-The Peacock and the Opium (7)

Fourth visit
The next day, too, was a holiday for M. He arrived at Dakshineswar at three o'clock in the afternoon. Sri Ramakrishna was in his room; Narendra, Bhavanath, and a few other devotees were sitting on a mat spread on the floor. They were all young men of nineteen or twenty. Seated on the small couch, Sri Ramakrishna was talking with them and smiling.
No sooner had M. entered the room than the Master laughed aloud and said to the boys, "There! He has come again." They all joined in the laughter. M. bowed low before him and took a seat. Before this he had saluted the Master with folded hands, like one with an English education. But that day he learnt to fall down at his feet in orthodox Hindu fashion
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The peacock and the opium
Presently the Master explained the cause of his laughter to the devotees, He said: "A man once fed a peacock with a pill of opium at four o'clock in the afternoon. The next day, exactly at that time, the peacock came back. It had felt the intoxication of the drug and returned just in time to have another dose."(All laugh.)
M. thought this a very apt illustration. Even at home he had been unable to banish the thought of Sri Ramakrishna for a moment. His mind was constantly at Dakshineswar and he had counted the minutes until he should go again
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Re: Appar SwamigaL tevAram
« Reply #782 on: September 17, 2013, 07:57:24 AM »

முன்னம் அவனுடைய நாமங் கேட்டாள் 
   மூர்த்தி யவனிருக்கும் வண்ணங் கேட்டாள்
பின்னை அவனுடைய ஆரூர் கேட்டாள்
   பெயர்த்து மவனுக்கே பிச்சி யானாள்
அன்னையையும் அத்தனையும் அன்றே நீத்தாள்
   அகன்றாள் அகலிடத்தார் ஆசா ரத்தை
தன்னை மறந்தாள்தன் நாமங் கெட்டாள்
   தலைப்பட்டாள் நங்கை தலைவன் றாளே.

munnam avanuDaiya n^Amam kETTAL
   mUrththi avanirukkum vaNNam kETTAL
pinnai avanuDaiya ArUr kETTAL
   peyarththum avanukkE picciyAnAL
annaiyaiyum aththanaiyum anRE n^IttAL
   aganRAL agaliDaththAr AcAraththaith
thannai maRan^dhAL than n^Amam keTTAL
   thalaippaTTAL n^aN^gai thalaivan thALE

At first she heard His name;
She heard about His Description.
Later she heard of His ArUr (abode).
Now she became mad of Him.
She gave up mother and father that day itself
Left the manners of the world.
Forgot herself, forgot her name too !
Headed she  to the Feet of the Lord!

Tevaaram-Appar SwamigaL

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #783 on: September 17, 2013, 09:34:57 AM »
Dear Ravi,

Nice verse of Tirunavukkarasar.  Smt. Kanakammal used to quote this in case of Sri Bhagavan.  Sri Bhagavan right from His
birth got fascinated by the name Arunachalam. (nAmam kEttAL). He thought that It must be somewhere quite big, and unreachable.  Some relatives came to His house and told Him that he has been to Arunachalam. (Arur kEttAL)   Shock waves spread over Bhagavan's body. He asked: Where is Arunachalam?  The relative said that it is a great Siva Kshetram where the Hill is also called Arunachala.

Bhagavan on hearing the details became a picchi. (picchi AnAL).  Mad after the thought of going there. Finally from Madurai to Arunachala!  He uttered a lie that He was going to Electricity Class and then pushed off to the Railway Station, taking the money given by Nagaswami  for paying the fees.  (AnRe Achrathai vittAL).  In the parting note He did not even sign. (than nAmam kettaL)

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #784 on: September 18, 2013, 10:10:26 AM »


Top Ten Buddhism facts you should know


by Jaya
http://www.bbncommunity.com/2013/09/18/top-ten-buddhism-facts-you-should-know-2/
About 2500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, a prince likely to become king of several northern states in India, stepped out of his palace to see the real world. He was shocked to learn that the world, contrary to what he had seen inside the palace, was full of suffering. Siddhartha set out on a quest to find the truth and the permanent solution to sufferings such as death, disease, old age, etc. After many years, Siddhartha became the ‘Buddha’ – the Enlightened One. Buddhism as a religion, practice or philosophy as you choose to call it, is based on his teachings. Listed below are top 10 Buddhism facts that you should know.

1)      Cause and effect is the universal law of universe

bbncommunity.comBuddhism recognizes ‘Cause and Effect’ or Karma as the universal law. According to Buddhism, in the transient world, all humans receive good, bad or other outcomes according to the nature of their dispositions and actions. Heaven, in terms of Buddhist principles is the point when the mind of a seeker is freed from the Karmic cycle. It is the point at which a person masters himself. The mind, at that point, is like a tranquil ocean with no ripples of thoughts or emotions.

2)      Buddhism as a religion was born because of the Hinduism


bbncommunity.comSiddhartha Gautama was a Hindu prince by birth. He was born at a time when Hinduism, the oldest religion in the world, was in the grip of superstitions, caste-system and corruption in Vedic way of life. Siddha systems of learning had nearly vanished from the society. Gautama went on to find his own answers (which later become guiding principles of Buddhism) because Hinduism could not satisfy his urge for absolute truth. It is due to this reason that Hinduism and Buddhism, the two spiritual traditions of the East, are quite similar and dissimilar at the same time

3)     It’s the 4th largest religion in the world


bbncommunity.comThe spread of Buddhism, as many people presume, is not limited to Tibet, Thailand & Sri lanka. There are well over 360 million people all over the world who practice and adhere to the teachings of Buddhism. The number is growing with each passing year as people in the West have begun taking deep interest in Buddhism, its teachings and rituals

4)     Buddha is not a god. He is a teacher.

bbncommunity.comBuddhists do not look up to Buddha as God, as most people think they do. He’s revered as a teacher or spiritual guide. Buddhists look up to Buddha for wisdom and guidance. Many Buddhists meditate upon Buddha to find their own answers or absolute wisdom.

5)     Buddhism does not teach that everyone in the world destined to suffer.

bbncommunity.comIt is a common misconception about Buddhism. The fact is: Buddhism accepts the world as ‘temporary’ or ‘transitory’. Therefore, the suffering, too, is temporary and there’s a way out of this suffering called the Middle Path. The whole religion or philosophy of Buddhism is based on it.

6)     Non attachment does not imply Buddhists can’t have relationships.


bbncommunity.comWhen most people learn that monks and other Buddhists practice non-attachment, they simply presume that the religion has no place for relationships or a so called ‘normal life’. To be detached, in terms of Buddhism, is to be control of one’s one self and be detached to everything happening in the world. If practiced regularly, this non-attachment can indeed help a person have the most fulfilling relationships.

 

7)      Buddhism compliments science


bbncommunity.comBuddhist principles and doctrines, like Vedic scriptures in Hinduism, complement science to a great degree. Over the last couple of years, many parallels have been drawn between Buddhist literature and findings in Quantum Physics. These parallels have, in particular, been drawn by considering ‘spiritual’ principles of Buddhism that appear to indicate sublime truths now being discovered by quantum physicists.

The next three facts we bring you are highly controversial matters. They have to be analyzed with the right mind set. We wish to bring you separate discussions on these three subjects as one may argue the authenticity of these three points. For an example we believe Buddhists should be vegetarians and there are enough evidences, facts and reasons to justify that Buddha was vegetarian himself. Besides, the doctrine clearly condition that eating meat does not fulfill the main percepts on Buddhism.

  However we state this hoping that we can have a fruitful discussion later on these three subjects.

8)      Reincarnation is a doctrine, not an absolute truth

bbncommunity.comA large number of people all over the world, especially those who’ve recently heard about Buddhism, think that it fully accepts the system of reincarnation. Yes, it is true, but it’s only partial truth. It’s only a Buddhist doctrine based on the belief that energy or soul conditioned by experiences takes birth over and over again until it’s finally liberated. The higher truth propagated by Buddhism, however, is that a seeker should hold break free from all ‘views or opinions’ about the world. The doctrine is, but a stepping stone to that point.

9)      Buddhists may or may not believe in god

bbncommunity.comWhile some Buddhists believe in God, others are agnostic. Yet, few others believe in demigods like Hindus do. Whether they believe in God or not, they make it a point to meditate on their own selves to find the higher truth, beyond an accepted belief. Like Hinduism or any other religion in the world, Buddhism, too, has a multitude of different traditions. It’s in the core philosophy of Buddhism (e.g. Bhagavad Gita or Upanishads in Hinduism) that a seeker can truly rely on for wisdom and direction.

10)   Vegetarianism is not a commandment


bbncommunity.com

Many schools of Buddhism preach non-violence and motivate all their students to turn vegetarians. However, the fact is – vegetarianism is NOT an absolute requirement or commandment for Buddhists. To eat or not to eat meat is a personal choice in Buddhism. A Buddhist can quit eating meat when he or she has a reason or feels an inner calling to do so. Buddhism strictly prescribes that no living being should be killed but it does not prohibits consumption of a naturally dead animal.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #785 on: September 18, 2013, 08:04:08 PM »
Subramanian,
Yes,appar swamigal's tevaram reflects Sri Bhagavan's state of mind and how he came to Tiruvannamalai for good.In general,it also reflects how Divine Love manifests.
Namaskar.

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #786 on: September 21, 2013, 08:52:48 PM »
LOOK AT YOUR THOUGHTS

Otherwise, just sit and look at your thoughts. Let your mind do whatever it likes. Let it become as nasty as it wants! Let the mind tell you all kinds of things — scary things, happy things, wrong things, right things.

The mind is only here to make trouble for you, that's all. But when you do not allow the mind to make trouble for you, it disappears! And how do you do this? By not reacting to your thoughts. By not allowing them to feel anything. Where do these thoughts come from? Nowhere. They are called
false imagination. All thoughts are false imagination. False imagination is like the water in the mirage. That's where your thoughts are. They appear to come to you but they don't exist. If they were real you'd be able to grab them, hold on to them, save them, put them in a box, store them away. But
you cannot do this, which proves that they have no substance. How can they frighten you?

SILENCE OF THE HEART
by Robert Adams
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #787 on: September 22, 2013, 09:39:10 AM »
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Friends,

An excerpt from The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna:

THE YOUNGER NAREN: "Sir, have we any free will?"
MASTER: "Just try to find out who this 'I' is. While you are searching for 'I', 'He' comes out. 'I am the machine and He is the Operator.' You have heard of a mechanical toy that goes into a store with a letter in its hand. You are like that toy. God alone is the Doer. Do your duties in the world as if you were the doer, but knowing all the time that God alone is the Doer and you are the instrument.
"As long as the upadhi exists there is ignorance. 'I am a scholar', 'I am a jnani', 'I am wealthy', 'I am honourable', 'I am the master, father, and teacher' -all these ideas are begotten of ignorance. 'I am the machine and You are the Operator' - that is Knowledge. In the state of Knowledge all upadhis are destroyed. When the log is burnt up entirely, there is no more sound; no heat either. Everything cools down. Peace! Peace! Peace!

The above is the quote posted by Sri.Ravi in Anil's thread .
Nothing more be elaborated .It is the essence of all the Gitas/Upanishads .  The discussion on fate and free will will never be ending but  instead of discussing if we use the above quote as a message for our  own reflection during our daily meditation then we will understand the depth of it and accept life without much resistance .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #788 on: September 22, 2013, 08:58:09 PM »
Practice "Who am I?" constantly, continuously. "Who is this I that has this problem, this fear, this frustration? Where did the I come from?" As you keep separating yourself from the I daily, continuously soon you will not have to voice these things. It will be automatic. Whatever situation unveils itself, you will not say anything you will just look at it and smile and not be involved in it whatsoever. You will have risen to a higher consciousness, just by smiling at the condition, the situation. But if you are not practicing, then when a situation confronts you'll get angry, mad, upset, depressed and the rest.

~ Robert Adams

...from "Whatever You See Is The Self" - February 25, 1993
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #789 on: September 24, 2013, 04:26:22 PM »
WHAT DO WE SEEK?

When I first came to Bhagavan and heard him repeating constantly that everyone must eventually come to the path of self-enquiry, I wondered whether he was being partial to his own teaching, but I soon understood why he insisted that this is so. The final goal is only oneness, and to experience oneness our mind must subside, which will happen entirely only when we attend to nothing other than ourself.
So long as we attend to anything other than ourself, our mind cannot subside, because attention to other things sustains it, since that which experiences otherness is only this mind. When the mind subsides completely, only self-attention remains, and self-attention alone is the state of absolute oneness. Bhagavan used to repeat this teaching every day, maybe ten or twenty times, but still we didn’t change. He didn’t change his teaching either, because to him this truth was so clear.

Sadhu Om in 'Mountain Path'
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #790 on: September 24, 2013, 04:51:07 PM »

Once in pachaiamman koil, Sri Bhagavan was there ans some monkeys were sitting around Him.  He was telling the monkeys
about Atma Vichara.  Viswantha Swami who came that side, asked Bhagavan: 'Bhagavan !  You are teaching Atma Vichara to these
monkeys. What will they understand?'   Bhagavan smilingly replied: 'I am also teaching Atma Vichara, to you people. How many
have you understood it correctly?  So also these monkeys.  Some will understand and some will not.

Kavyakanta who was nearby laughed and laughed till his ribs might burst.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #791 on: October 02, 2013, 11:26:28 AM »
To pray to God and meditate on Him for two minutes with full concentration is better than doing so for long hours without it.”

“Repeating the Name of God once, with the mind controlled, is equivalent to a million repetitions with the mind away from God. You may repeat the Name for the whole day, but if the mind is elsewhere, that does not produce much result. The repetition must be accompanied by concentration. Then alone one gets the grace of God.”

Mother Sarada Devi
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #792 on: October 12, 2013, 09:25:26 PM »
The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi
A gentleman from Ambala asked: What is the rationalistic explanation of Draupadi's sari becoming endless?

M.: Spiritual matters cannot be fitted into rationalism. Spirituality is transcendental. The miracle was after Draupadi had surrendered herself. The secret lies in surrender.

-from Talk 101 of 'Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi'
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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #793 on: October 12, 2013, 09:27:07 PM »

Dont use Buddhism to become a Buddhist . Use Buddhism to become better at whatever else in your life you are doing already - Dalai Lama
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« Reply #794 on: October 13, 2013, 07:06:06 PM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha