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highest language
« on: April 22, 2012, 04:22:23 PM »
Language is only a medium for communicating one’s thoughts to another. It is called in only after thoughts arise; other thoughts arise after the ‘I-thought’ rises; the ‘I-thought’ is the root of all conversation. When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the universal language of silence. Silence is ever-speaking; it is a perennial flow of language; it is interrupted by speaking.

These words obstruct that mute language. There is electricity flowing in a wire. With resistance to its passage, it glows as a lamp or revolves as a fan. In the wire it remains as electric energy. Similarly also, silence is the eternal flow of language, obstructed by words. What one fails to know by conversation extending to several years can be known in a trice in Silence, or in front of Silence - e.g., Dakshinamurti, and his four disciples. That is the highest and most effective language.

(Talks 246)

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: highest language
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2012, 04:34:06 PM »
The aristocratic lady again came after a few days, went straight to Bhagavan, saluted him and said:

“I came last time with my husband and children. I was thinking of their food and time was pressing. So I could not stay here as long as I would have wished. But I was later worried over the hurried nature of the visit. I have returned now to sit quiet and imbibe Sri Bhagavan’s Grace. May He give me strength of mind!”

The hall was already kept clear of people. She sat on a crude carpet in front of Sri Bhagavan. Sri Bhagavan said smiling: “Yes. Silence is perpetual speaking. Ordinary speech hinders that heartto-heart talk.”

She agreed and sat quiet. Sri Bhagavan was sitting reclining on the sofa. His eyes were fixed in her direction with a gracious smile on His lips. Both remained silent and motionless for about an hour.

Prasad was distributed. The lady said: “Now I want to return. The river between Bangalore and this place is in floods. On my way here a bus was overturned in the floods. My car came later, and I saw the sad accident. Still I was not afraid to ford the river. My car came out safe. I would like to return in daytime.

“This time I shall not say ‘is the last time I shall come’ as I said on former occasions. I do not know, but it may be so. Yet Maharshi should give me strength of mind.

“I long for bhakti. I want more of this longing. Even realisation does not matter for me. Let me be strong in my longing.”

M.: If the longing is there, Realisation will be forced on you even if you do not want it. Subhechcha is the doorway for realisation.

D.: Let it be so. But I am content with longing. Even when I am away from this place I must not relax in my devotion. May Sri Bhagavan give me the necessary strength. Such longing could only be through His Grace. I am personally too weak.

Again, when I was here on a previous occasion I asked several questions. But I could not follow Sri Bhagavan’s answers. I thought I would not ask any more questions but only sit quiet in His Presence imbibing Grace which might be extended to me. So I do not pursue Maharshi with more questions this time. Only let me have His Grace.

M.: Your repeated visits to this place indicate the extension of Grace. She was surprised and said: “I was going to ask Maharshi if He called me. For all of a sudden my husband told me this morning: ‘There are two days free. If you want you may visit Maharshi and return.’

“I was very agreeably surprised and pleased. I took it to be a call from Maharshi.”

She also expressed a desire to reside near Maharshi and asked for His blessings.

Maharshi said: A Higher Power is leading you. Be led by the same.

D.: But I am not aware of it. Please make me aware of it.

M.: The Higher Power knows what to do and how to do it. Trust it.


Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: highest language
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2012, 04:51:07 PM »
Dear i,

It is only with faith, Bhakti, that we need not worry if our Bhakti or ecstasy or bliss or any anubhuti is fake or real. Whether we fake it or not, it implicitly has in it, a genuine faith, from inner realms, that He will take care, He is there, the higher power will take care of me, no matter how bad we may be, because, like a mother, He is absolutely unbiased, he does not judge anybody.

Jnana without Bhakti and Bhakti without Jnana, cannot be complete. As the saying goes, bhakti poornathaya Jnanam” (the culmination of devotion is knowledge).

in our path, in our journey, we have no way of ascertaining whether what we are doing is correct, whether our egos are genuinely being cut, whether we are are genuinely progressing, etc... such questions, do exists, i am sure, it exists in everybody, in the deeper realms.  We know, ego has to die, it has to merge with the Self, it has to give up, but we don't know here. Friends, Everybody, will, at some time, remain helpless before the Lord, and we have to kneel down and pray for his blessings, cry for his blessings, only for him to take over from this point.

Sharanagati is inevitable, no matter, how much we may try to discern things, at some stage, discernment itself gives up! We can never avoid facing the mirror of how insignificant we are, before the vastness of the higher power.

विदिताखिलशास्त्रसुधाजलधे महितोपनिषत् कथितार्थनिधे |
हृदये कलये विमलं चरणं भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणम् ||१||


O knower of the nectar-ocean of the scriptures, the expounder of the
knowledge of the great upanishadic treasure! I meditate on Your pure lotus
feet in my heart | O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

करुणावरुणालय पालय मां भवसागरदुःखविदूनहृदम् |
रचयाखिलदर्शनतत्त्वविदं भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणम् ||२||


Save me whose heart is afflicted by the misery of the ocean of births,
O (You who are) the ocean of compassion! (By Your grace) make me the
knower of the truths of all the systems of philosophy |  O Preceptor Shankara,
be my refuge.

भवता जनता सुहिता भविता निजबोधविचारण चारुमते |
कलयेश्वरजीवविवेकविदं भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणम् ||३||


The people have found happiness due to You, who have the intellect adept in
the inquiry into Self-knowledge | Make me understand the knowledge of God
and the soul | O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

भव एव भवानिति मे नितरां समजायत चेतसि कौतुकिता |
मम वारय मोहमहाजलधिं भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणं  ||४||


You are Lord Shiva Himself | Knowing this my mind is filled with an
abundance of joy | Put an end to my sea of delusion | O Preceptor Shankara,
be my refuge.

सुकृते | अधिकृते बहुधा भवतो भविता समदर्शनलालसता |
अतिदीनमिमं परिपालय मां भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणम् ||५||


Only after numerous virtuous deeds have been performed in many
ways, does a keen desire for the experience of Brahman through You arise.
Protect (me who am) extremely helpless | O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

जगतीमवितुं कलिताकृतयो विचरन्ति महामहसश्छलतः |
अहिमांशुरिवात्र विभासि गुरो भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणम् ||६||


For the sake of saving the world, (Your) great (disciples) wander assuming
various forms and guises | O Guru, You shine like the sun (among them).
O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

गुरुपुंगव पुंगवकेतन ते समतामयतां नहि को | अपि सुधीः |
शरणागतवत्सल तत्त्वनिधे भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणम् ||७||


O Best among the Gurus! The Lord whose flag bears the emblem of the
bull! You have no equal among the wise | You who are affectionate to those
who seek refuge! The treasure of truth! O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

विदिता न मया विशदैककला न च किंचन काञ्चनमस्ति गुरो |
द्रुतमेव विधेहि कृपां सहजां भव शंकर देशिक मे शरणम् ||८||


I have neither understood even one branch of knowledge clearly, nor do I
possess any wealth, O Guru | Quickly bestow on me the compassion which is
natural to You | O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

(Thotakashtakam)

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: highest language
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2012, 04:59:42 PM »
Totakacharya had neither the learning of Sureshwara and Padmapada nor the realisation of Hastamalaka. But he was unrivalled in scrupulous personal attention to the Acharya. He found pleasure in looking after the personal comforts of the Acharya as a devoted servant. His co-disciples naturally entertained a lesser idea of his intellect. Even Padmapada was not free from this misconception. Once when Totaka had gone to the river for washing clothes, the Acharya waited for his arrival before he would begin his exposition. The other disciples were impatient. Padmapada could not restrain himself. He said: ‘Why should we wait for one who is no better than a wall?’ Sri Shankara naturally did not relish this remark. He felt the necessity to teach Padmapada. So by a mental flash, he endowed Totaka with all the knowledge of the sastras. When Totaka returned from the river, he was literally in bliss. He addressed the Acharya in a few brilliant stanzas in Totaka metre. Since then, known before as Giri, he got the title of Totakacharya. He was counted among the foremost disciples of Sri Shankara. He condensed the essential teaching of the Upanishads in a small treaties. This is called Sruti Sara Samuddharana composed in the same Totaka metre.

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta