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« on: April 28, 2012, 08:52:53 PM »
From what is dear, grief is born,
from what is dear, fear is born.
For someone freed from what is dear
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From what is loved, grief is born,
from what is loved, fear is born.
For someone freed from what is loved,
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From delight, grief is born,
from delight, fear is born.
For someone freed from delight
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From sensuality, grief is born,
from sensuality, fear is born.
For someone freed from sensuality
there is no grief
-- so why fear?

From craving, grief is born,
from craving, fear is born.
For someone freed from craving
there is no grief
-- so why fear?


(Buddha)

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 09:05:17 PM »
There is pleasure when a sore is scratched,
But to be without sores is more pleasurable still.
Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires,
But to be without desires is more pleasurable still.


(Nagarjuna, from Precious Garland)

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2012, 09:14:00 PM »



Our true buddha-nature has no shape. And the dust of affliction has no form. How can people use ordinary water to wash an intangible body? It won't work... To clean such a body you have to behold it. Once impurities and filth arise from desire, they multiply until they cover you inside and out. But if you try to wash this body of yours, you'll have to scrub until it's nearly gone before it's clean.

To find a buddha all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the buddha. And the buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares. If you don't see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you'll never find a buddha. The truth is, there's nothing to find. But to reach such an understanding you need a teacher and you need to struggle to make yourself understand.

If, as in a dream, you see a light brighter than the sun, your remaining attachments will suddenly come to an end and the nature of reality will be revealed. Such an occurrence serves as the basis for enlightenment. But this is something only you know. You can't explain it to others.

(Bodhidharma)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: ..so why fear?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2012, 09:29:46 PM »
Since pure awareness of nowness is the real buddha, In openness and contentment I found the Lama in my heart. When we realize this unending natural mind is the very nature of the Lama, Then there is no need for attached, grasping, or weeping prayers or artificial complaints, By simply relaxing in this uncontrived, open, and natural state, We obtain the blessing of aimless self-liberation of whatever arises.

No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better
It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all
It does not fall into any kind of category.

(Dudjom Rinpoche)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2012, 09:39:39 PM »
If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand. The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there. Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise, it ceases at the place where it arises. If suffering arises you must contemplate right there, you don't have to run away. You should settle the issue right there. One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most foolish person of all. He will simply increases his stupidity endlessly.

We don't meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.

(Ajahn Chah)

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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2012, 10:15:17 PM »
Thank you for these quotes. I really appreciate Buddhist's thinking. Budhist way of thought is so simple and enlightening. Even while I was reading this I realized that our Bhagavan Ramana's way of teaching is perfection of mixture between Buddha's, Shankara's and Ramanuja's teachings and way of represening the Reality. I found very similar purpose between Buddhist's Vipassana and Self-inquiry of Lord Ramana. They both seek the original "I" thought. Vipassana however is very difficult to be achieved in modern times.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 10:43:24 PM »
Dear i,

When we look subtly, all religion have originated from one  source alone. The Vedas are called Apourusheya, not man made. It is so, because, they are not written through mind, or through the exercise of intellect. It just flashed forth to the Saints, and they just expressed what they saw. This wisdom, over the ages, came to be categorized as Vedas, first there was only Vedic group, Veda literally means "to know" when we say Vedic religion we are only meaning "To Knowing" religion - isn't it funny? Then it got split into Jaina, Buddha, Then these wisdom spread to different parts, Greek, and Jew, Christ, Islam, and, in the same wisdom also exists atheism as well. :)

Veda

"To Know"

Everything is same, that is why wisdom is common in all religion, Cows are many and different, milk is one, sweets are many and different, sugar is one. :)

That Sugar is God, Atman, Brahman, Ishwara, Kingdom of heaven Miksha, etc...

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012, 08:26:29 AM »
Devotion is the essence of the path, and if we have in mind nothing but the guru and feel nothing but fervent devotion, whatever occurs is perceived as his blessing. If we simply practice with this constantly present devotion, this is prayer itself.
When all thoughts are imbued with devotion to the guru, there is a natural confidence that this will take care of whatever may happen. All forms are the guru, all sounds are prayer, and all gross and subtle thoughts arise as devotion. Everything is spontaneously liberated in the absolute nature, like knots untied in the sky.

There are different levels of faith. First, clear faith refers to the joy and clarity and change in our perceptions that we experience when we hear about the qualities of the Three Jewels and the lives of the Buddha and the great teachers. Longing faith is experienced when we think about the latter and are filled with a great desire to know more about their qualities and to acquire these ourselves. Confident faith comes through practicing the Dharma, when we acquire complete confidence in the truth of the teachings and the enlightenment of the Buddha. Finally, when faith has become so much a part of ourselves that even if our lives were at risk we could never give it up, it has become irreversible faith.

(Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012, 08:33:31 AM »
From the blossoming lotus of devotion, at the center of my being,
Rise up, O compassionate master, my only refuge!
I am plagued by past actions and turbulent emotions:
To protect me in my misfortune
Remain as the jewel-ornament on the crown of my head, the mandala of great bliss,
Arousing all my mindfulness and awareness, l pray!
   
(Jikme Lingpa)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2012, 08:35:34 AM »
If, though, by the conjunction of conditions, someone understands what the Buddha meant, that person doesn't need a teacher. Such a person has a natural awareness superior to anything taught. But unless you're so blessed, study hard, and by means of instruction you'll understand.

(Bodhidharma)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2012, 09:00:34 AM »
Each time we begin our practice of meditation, we are moved by the awareness that we and all other sentient beings fundamentally have the Buddha nature as our innermost essence, and that to realize it is to be free of ignorance and to put an end, finally, to suffering.

We are inspired with the motivation to dedicate our practice, and our life, to the enlightenment of all beings in the spirit of this prayer, which all the buddhas of the past have prayed:

By the power and the truth of this practice:
  • May all beings have happiness, and the causes of happiness;
  • May all be free from sorrow, and the causes of sorrow;
  • May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless;
  • And may all live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion,
  • And live believing in the equality of all that lives.

(Sogyal Rinpoche)

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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2012, 09:10:15 AM »
    If, as in a dream, you see a light brighter than the sun, your remaining attachments will suddenly come to an end and the nature of reality will be revealed. Such an occurrence serves as the basis for enlightenment. But this is something only you know.
    You can't explain it to others.

    Or if, while you're walking, standing, sitting, or lying in a quiet grove, you see a light, regardless of whether it's bright or dim, don't tell others and don't focus on it.
    It's the light of your own nature.

    Of if, while you're walking, standing, sitting, or lying in the stillness and darkness of night, everything appears as though in daylight, don't be startled.
    It's your own mind about to reveal itself.

    Or if, while you're dreaming at night, you see the moon and stars in all their clarity, it means the workings of your mind are about to end.
    But don't tell others.

... the fools of this world prefer to look for sages far away. They don't believe that the wisdom of their own mind is the sage... the sutras say, "Mind is the teaching." But people of no understanding don't believe in their own mind or that by understanding this teaching they can become a sage. They prefer to look for distant knowledge and long for things in space, buddha-images, light, incense, and colors. They fall prey to falsehood and lose their minds to insanity.

Sometime, somewhere you need to take something to be the truth. But if you cling to it too strongly, then even when the truth comes in person and knocks on your door, you will not open it.

(Bodhidharma)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2012, 10:52:14 AM »
Why is acharya swamigal said to have debated and "defeated" all budhist gurus of his time and effectively caused its decline? Eager to know what is such a big contention advaita had with budhism.
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2012, 11:01:11 AM »
Dear i,

Acharya only defeated or destroyed the neisance, and, showed people the light. He never really defeated the truth, can anybody defeat truth at anytime? is it even possible? (Truth is Truth, be it, Buddhist, Christian, Jains, Islam, Greek, Jew)

Where ever he went, he defeated neisance through debates and dialogues and discussions, Spirituality without Bhakti is like a dead body without life, this he defeated. Thus, these records that Acharya was against Buddha and Buddha was against Vedas and God worship is all only talk of un-evolved people, it was such people, Acharya was concerned with, he debated them, discussed, and bought them to light.

How would Acharya have defeated Truth (be it Buddhist, Shakta, Ganapatya, Koumaram, Shaiva, Vaishnava) when the Vedas proclaim:

एकं सत् विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति ॥ Ekam Sat Viprah Bahuda Vadanti - Truth is one, learned men express it differently.

Therefore, true Sajjana (Good Person) will never find fault in anything, for he sees the same light everywhere. Its is only those who have not yet been able to see the underlying light, as found to be same, in everything, raise and spend invaluable time in such contentions. But, it is not going to be late, that, they too, will soon be blessed to see this light, which is same in everything. This is the Acharya Vaibhavam (Celebration)

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« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2012, 11:37:55 AM »
Dear i,

This has been posted before, but still, it is relevant to be posted, yet again, here -

In Mahabharatha, there is a parable which stands testimony to Yudhishtra’s  inherent greatness when compared with Duriyodhana. One day Duriyodhana is summoned and asked to bring one good man from the earth. In the evening a disillusioned Duriyodhana returns, grumbling about how there isn’t one decent man left on the face of the earth. The very same day, Yudhishtra returns, shaking his head in utter dismay, genuinely unable to spot ONE BAD man, on which endeavour he was sent!! Each saw in the world what he found himself to be. Much as Duriyodana tried to rule the kingdom and prove his supremacy, it is proven beyond doubt that he must have been a tormented man, unhappy with himself on the core level. While Yudhishtra was intrinsically happy and contented even when he was in the forest, divested of the kingdom and the honours of a princely life!

We can say, with this inference, that Acharya defeated Duryodhana :) by way of discussion debated, but still, even Acharya could not just defeat everybody, some of them remained adamant :) Let me share with you this incident from Mahabharata -

Duryodhana, even though he was apparently Krishna's enemy, was convinced that Krishna was not an ordinary person. He thought that he would be fortunate indeed if he could win Krishna's support. So on the eve of the Kurukshetra war he went to Krishna to ask Him for help. Arjuna was there, too, for the same reason.

Both parties sent calls to their relations and supporters and people came from as far away as Afganistan which had Aryan kingdoms as well as from the east and the south. Shri Krishna played an interesting role in the war. Both Duryodhana and Arjuna went to meet Shri Krishna for his assistance in the war. Both reached his palace early morning and waited for Shri Krishna to wake up. Proudly, Duryodhana sat near his head while Arjuna sat humbly at his feet. When Shri Krishna woke up he first saw Arjuna and asked what he wanted. Thus the discussion started. Shri Krishna said that he himself would support one side and lend his army to the other. He also said that he would not handle any arms during the war. Duryodhana opted for the army while Arjuna opted for Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna acted as Arjuna's charioteer during the war and saved him from death many times. He was intelligent and shrewd and it is this shrewdness which mainly made Pandavas win the war. Bhishma. Dronacharya fought on Kauravas side as their duty but their heart was with Arjuna and Yudhishtir. However they did not become lax in their duties. The tales of the war and how Shri Krishna's tricks saved Pandavas is interesting and legendary but that is a different topic.

Thus are the types of Sadhakas. Both believe in God, but, yet, there is subtle difference in it :) God is every present, only we need to ask God, and he bestows on us, what we ask, immediately! Intelligence, wisdom is, therefore, to ask for, what is best!

We have to be like Tenali Rama, who, when was offered a boon by Kali, thus - One is filled with milk and the other with curd. You can take any one of these. If you consume the milk in this bowl, you'll become a scholar. If you consume the curd instead, you'll become rich. Immediately, Rama grabbed both the bowls from Her hand and gulped down the contents of both. :)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
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