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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3960 on: November 11, 2017, 10:42:06 PM »

Always check your inner state
with the lord of your heart.

Copper doesn't know it's copper,
until it's changing to gold.
Your loving doesn't know its majesty,
until it knows its helplessness.

Rumi
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Rumi: The Book of Love:
Poems of Ecstacy and Longing

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« Reply #3961 on: November 11, 2017, 10:56:42 PM »

I am hopelessly in love with you, no point
giving me advice.
I have drunk love's poison, no point
taking any remedy.
They want to chain my feet but
what's the point
when it is my heart that's gone mad!

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« Reply #3962 on: November 11, 2017, 11:03:44 PM »

One day I feel confused and down,
the next I can reach the sky
without you I am never calm.
In your absence people ridicule me,
but when you come
I don't mind what they think or say.
I refuse to feast or be merry without my Beloved.
However he appears, I will follow.
If he comes as a cupbearer, I'll become one too
if he comes as an ascetic, I'll become a pious pilgrim.
If he pretends to be a madman, I'll become a perfect fool
if he tries to escape, I will become a mighty hunter.
Yet when I complain about my sleepless nights
he mocks me and says I do not pray enough,
when I ask him for a favor he sends me off.
What am I to do but surrender
to the will of my Beloved.

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« Reply #3963 on: November 11, 2017, 11:55:34 PM »

Maharaj's sayings were priceless pearls. "Liberation is never of the person. It is always from the person. Discard every self-seeking motive. Do not search for truth will find you."

Such were the teachings of the great saint Nisargadatta Maharaj, who lived in a crowded lane in Bombay, in a humble abode, wearing the dress of a common man. It is difficult to make him out in a crowd unless you have already known him. He was found of his grandchildren who called him "Bappa", i.e. God in Marathi, and they used to scramble for a place in his lap. They used to tease him by snatching the cigarette lighter or sometimes spilling the water kept for him while he was in a serious discussion with Maurice Frydman, the Polish engineer. On his birthdays and other festive days, he faithfully used to go to the samadhi [tomb] of his Guru situated at Banganga burial ground in Bombay to offer prayers. One could easily find him travelling in a bus along with others.

It is said that Maharaj would not forget to vote and exercise his franchise as a voter in the elections. As is well known, one has got to stand in a queue. Maharaj untiringly sometimes even in the hot Sun would wait in the queue for long hours and exercise his franchise. The simplicity of his nature baffles all analysis. Oftentimes when he needed a haircut he would quietly go to a hair cutting saloon, either for a shave or a hair cut without any discomfiture. It was an interesting sight to see Maharaj taking his grandchildren along with him and buy them a lassi [milkshake] in a wayside shop and teach them how to drink it properly.

Maharaj loved some of his disciples very dearly, and even in pouring rain he would walk with them to Chowpathy seashore and discuss with them about the easy path to Self-realisation. Unmindful of the great stature he occupied as a Gnani, he would sit on the benches on the seashore in the pouring rain holding an umbrella and enjoying his beedis.

A  GREAT  MAHARASHTRIAN  JNANI
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« Reply #3964 on: November 12, 2017, 12:05:06 AM »

How fortunate is the one who can devote his life and body to the One worthy of it.
Everybody is devoted to something,lives for something,and dies for the sake of that thing.
A fortunate man devotes himself to such a blessed cause,
that even his death is a means of life for hundreds of others.

Masnawi
Rumi

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« Reply #3965 on: November 13, 2017, 01:24:01 AM »
Ramakrishna was a living embodiment of godliness.
His sayings are not those of a mere learned man but they are pages from the Book of Life.
They are revelations of his own experiences.
They therefore leave on the reader an impression which he cannot resist.
In this age of skepticism Ramakrishna presents an example of a bright and living faith
which gives solace to thousands of men and women
who would otherwise have remained without spiritual light.
Ramakrishna's life was an object-lesson in Ahimsa.
His love knew no limits, geographical or otherwise.
May his divine love be an inspiration to all.

  Mahatma Gandhi


Sri Ramakrishna was like an innocent and unsuspecting child.

Swami Shantatmananda

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« Reply #3966 on: November 13, 2017, 01:54:50 AM »

To try and describe my reactions when I first came,
into the presence of Bhagavan is difficult.
I felt the tremendous peace of his presence, his graciousness.
It was not as though I were meeting him for the first time.
It seemed that I had always known him.
It was not even like the renewal of an old acquaintanceship.
It had always been there though I had not been conscious of it at the time.
Now I knew.

SADHU ARUNACHALA
(Major A. W. Chadwick)
 A Sadhu's Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi

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« Reply #3967 on: November 13, 2017, 02:20:42 AM »

His peircing look, his elegance and splendor,
his kindness and exquisite words
captured my heart.
Where is your love, he asked me,
what holds you back, where is your glory?
Why are you still absorbed by earthly concerns
when the hour of truth has arrived?

Rumi
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« Reply #3968 on: November 13, 2017, 02:29:47 AM »

It is the essence of the rose
that pulls me to the rose garden.
Only Love gives value to abundance and power.

Rumi

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« Reply #3969 on: November 13, 2017, 02:52:25 AM »

Beloved, you are my salvation
my only companion, my retreat and guide,
but you are also the one who breaks my heart.
You are my Noah, my soul
the conquered and the conquerer.
Open my heart and sweep it clean
from all my secrets.
You are Grace enveloped in light,
kindness and wrath,
I,the drop in the vast ocean.
How long will you torment me?
My Sun, my flicker of hope,
do not let me die of thirst
for you are the water and the cup
you are my pain and my cure.
Release me from the web of the body
and keep my heart by your side.

Rumi


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« Reply #3970 on: November 14, 2017, 03:20:13 AM »

Q-What happens when a Self - Realised person leaves his body?
If there is no need for them to reincarnate, where do they go?

Papaji-There is no such thing as a Self-realised person.
When there is no "person" the Self is realised. When there is no "person"
the question of coming and going cannot arise. The body is an appearance in the Self.
 When the body disappears the Self remains as it always was and IS. "

Papaji

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3971 on: November 14, 2017, 03:48:47 AM »

Prior to here and there
Prior to now and then
Prior to me and not-me
Prior to this and that
is
My abode.

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« Reply #3972 on: November 14, 2017, 04:02:14 AM »

You have to live wisely, if you want to enjoy this life, this is a beautiful world that is here for you to enjoy. There are so many beautiful things: there are mountains, there are rivers, there are birds, there are animals. What more do you want? There are clouds, sun, moon and stars. Why don't you open your eyes and enjoy this manifestation, which your own creation? Everybody is related to you.
So how can anger arise? Sometimes it happens while eating, especially if the food is very tasty, that the teeth hurt the tongue. You do not go to the dentist to pull your teeth out because they hurt your tongue; there is nothing wrong with them. The tongue knows, "We are friends, I am enjoying taste and they are munching. If they hurt me I shall not pull them out." Like this, coordinate life with everyone, then you will really know how to live in love.

Once many years ago a planter invited me to visit his coffee plantation. He took me there on a Sunday; it was my day off from work. He said, "We'll go on Saturday night in the jeep. My cook does not sleep in the bungalow which is at the top of the hill. The coffee is grown on the slopes and the area for drying it is at the bottom. When I go there I stay in the bungalow, which is well equipped, and the cook stays down the hill with his family, in the area for drying the coffee. So as soon as I wake up I will go down the hill to get him."

In the morning he drove off before I was up. I awoke to a very beautiful sight. The plantation was all around me, covered in orange trees. The trees were there just for their shade, to protect the coffee plants from the direct sun. He was not interested in selling the oranges so all the fruits that dropped in the fields were ploughed back in as manure. I came out of the bungalow and saw bushes and bushes full of oranges, very big loose jacket mandarin fruits. I felt so happy to see them, so many bushes laden down with oranges touching the ground, so many orange fruits. I saw all these oranges in the morning sun, and I felt such joy.

As this feeling arose, standing in front of a beautiful bush I addressed it and spoke to the bush out loud: "Good morning, Mother, how do you do? You are very lucky, you have so many children." It did not occur to me to hurt her, not even to pluck one of her fruits for myself. It was enough just to see the beauty of the oranges and this woman so proud of her children. I liked her, I loved her, and I kissed that tree itself. I was so very happy! The thought of picking the oranges did not even come into my mind. In that same moment she also spoke to me: "I am very happy with you so I offer you these fruits," and instantly twelve big oranges fell from the tree.
I am not making this up. This really happened as I am describing it. I have seen many things happen like this. We are all one - there is no separation between us, only we do not realize it. The same is true with rocks, with trees, with birds, with rivers: you can speak with all of them, and you will see how you can get love from everything. So I spoke with this tree, and she responded. She said, "I am also happy. I want to give you my oranges, please take them." I took one and again I kissed her. I could understand how she was feeling; I could understand her language.
What was the trick? It was only love. See everything with eyes full of love.

Papaji



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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3973 on: November 14, 2017, 04:18:51 AM »

Everything originates from Light,
everything in its essence is Light.

Sri Anandamayi Ma

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« Reply #3974 on: November 14, 2017, 04:47:41 AM »

Alas, time has passed and we are alone
In a sea without a shore in sight.
The ship, the night, the chill and we sail
In the sea of God, by God?s wisdom and grace.

Rumi