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Re: my musings
« Reply #285 on: November 08, 2012, 12:54:29 PM »
Dear Sri Nagaraj,

How interesting to read all this! You described everything so colorfuly,i feel like i am there. Thank You Very much!

With love and prayers,

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Re: my musings
« Reply #286 on: November 08, 2012, 01:30:36 PM »
Glad that you went with your parents and in this your parents also get the spiritual benefit.

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Re: my musings
« Reply #287 on: November 08, 2012, 06:40:33 PM »

Have faith and patience.

Then I will be always with you wherever you are.



shrI sAi satcharitrA

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

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A Dzogchen Song
« Reply #288 on: November 14, 2012, 12:42:21 PM »
Advice from Me to Myself

Listen up, old bad-karma Patrul,
You dweller-in-distraction.

For ages now you've been
Beguiled, entranced, and fooled by appearances.
Are you aware of that? Are you?
Right this very instant, when you're
Under the spell of mistaken perception
You've got to watch out.
Don't let yourself get carried away by this fake
and empty life.

Your mind is spinning around
About carrying out a lot of useless projects:
It's a waste! Give it up!
Thinking about the hundred plans you want to accomplish,
With never enough time to finish them,
Just weighs down your mind.
You're completely distracted
By all these projects, which never come to an end,
But keep spreading out more, like ripples in water.
Don't be a fool: for once, just sit tight.

Listening to the teachings — you've already
heard hundreds of teachings,
But when you haven't grasped the meaning of even
one teaching,
What's the point of more listening?

Reflecting on the teachings — even though you've listened,
If the teachings aren't coming to mind when needed,
What's the point of more reflection? None.

Meditating according to the teachings —
If your meditation practice still isn't curing
The obscuring states of mind—forget about it!

You've added up just how many mantras you've done —
But you aren't accomplishing the kyerim* visualization.
You may get the forms of deities nice and clear —
But you're not putting an end to subject and object.
You may tame what appear to be evil spirits and ghosts,
But you're not training the stream of your own mind.

Your four fine sessions of sadhana practice,
So meticulously arranged —
Forget about them.

When you're in a good mood,
Your practice seems to have lots of clarity —
But you just can't relax into it.
When you're depressed,
Your practice is stable enough
But there's no brilliance to it.
As for awareness,
You try to force yourself into a rigpa*-like state,
As if stabbing a stake into a target!

When those yogic positions and gazes keep your mind stable
Only by keeping mind tethered —
Forget about them!

Giving high-sounding lectures
Doesn't do your mind-stream any good.
The path of analytical reasoning is precise and acute —
But it's just more delusion, good for nothing goat-shit.
The oral instructions are very profound
But not if you don't put them into practice.

Reading over and over those dharma texts
That just occupy your mind and make your eyes sore —
Forget about it!

You beat your little damaru drum — ting, ting —
And your audience thinks it's charming to hear.
You're reciting words about offering up your body,
But you still haven't stopped holding it dear.
You're making your little cymbals go cling, cling —
Without keeping the ultimate purpose in mind.

All this dharma-practice equipment
That seems so attractive —
Forget about it!

Right now, those students are all studying so very hard,
But in the end, they can't keep it up.

Today, they seem to get the idea,
But later on, there's not a trace left.
Even if one of them manages to learn a little,
He rarely applies his "learning" to his own conduct.

Those elegant dharma disciplines —
Forget about them!

This year, he really cares about you,
Next year, it's not like that.
At first, he seems modest,
Then he grows exalted and pompous.
The more you nurture and cherish him,
The more distant he grows.

These dear friends
Who show such smiling faces to begin with —
Forget about them!


           
Her smile seems so full of joy —
But who knows if that's really the case?
One time, it's pure pleasure,
Then it's nine months of mental pain.
It might be fine for a month,
But sooner or later, there's trouble.

People teasing; your mind embroiled —
Your lady-friend —
Forget about her!

These endless rounds of conversation
Are just attachment and aversion —
It's just more goat-shit, good for nothing at all.
At the time it seems marvelously entertaining,
But really, you're just spreading around stories
about other people's mistakes.
Your audience seems to be listening politely,
But then they grow embarrassed for you.

Useless talk that just make you thirsty —
Forget about it!

Giving teachings on meditation texts
Without yourself having
Gained actual experience through practice,
Is like reciting a dance-manual out loud
And thinking that's the same as actually dancing.

People may be listening to you with devotion,
But it just isn't the real thing.

Sooner or later, when your own actions
Contradict the teachings, you'll feel ashamed.

Just mouthing the words,
Giving dharma explanations that sound so eloquent—
Forget about it!

When you don't have a text, you long for it;
Then when you've finally gotten it,
you hardly look at it.

The number of pages seems few enough,
But it's a bit hard to find time to copy them all.
Even if you copied down all the dharma texts on earth,
You wouldn't be satisfied.

Copying down texts is a waste of time
(Unless you get paid) —
So forget about it!

Today, they're happy as clams —
Tomorrow, they're furious.
With all their black moods and white moods,
People are never satisfied.
Or even if they're nice enough,
They may not come through when you really need them,
Disappointing you even more.

All this politeness, keeping up a
Courteous demeanor —
Forget about it!

Worldly and religious work
Is the province of gentlemen.
Patrul, old boy — that's not for you.

Haven't you noticed what always happens?
An old bull, once you've gone to the trouble of
borrowing him for his services,
Seems to have absolutely no desire left in him at all—
(Except to go back to sleep).

Be like that — desireless.

Just sleep, eat, piss, shit.
There's nothing else in life that has to be done.

Don't get involved with other things:
They're not the point.

Keep a low profile,
Sleep.

In the triple universe
When you're lower than your company
You should take the low seat.

Should you happen to be the superior one,
Don't get arrogant.

There's no absolute need to have close friends;
You're better off just keeping to yourself.

When you're without any worldly
or religious obligations,
Don't keep on longing to acquire some!

If you let go of everything —
Everything, everything —
That's the real point!


Kyerim - Generation stage visualization practice
Rigpa - Normative Awareness

Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887) (translated by C Wilkinson)

« Last Edit: November 14, 2012, 12:43:58 PM by Nagaraj »
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Re: my musings
« Reply #289 on: November 14, 2012, 04:16:26 PM »
Our true Guru is God alone. He transcends all guNAs (qualities). He is beyond all forms. He is the only one who can dispel (drive out) the darkness of ignorance and light the lamp of supreme Wisdom.


(shirdi sAi bAbA)



In our quest for Truth, we seem to forget the God. We are so caught up with our mental ramblings that we are forgetting the Supreme Truth that is GOD! God is the only GURU that is always available and is available without any doubts and questions! it flashed from within, revealing how little faith we seem to be having after all towards God! unknowingly, we seem to forget God, and go about searching whole world for Guru. First unless we truth God, whole-heartedly, it would be difficult to be found by a Guru!

« Last Edit: November 14, 2012, 04:18:41 PM by Nagaraj »
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
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Re: my musings
« Reply #290 on: November 14, 2012, 04:38:29 PM »
     त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव ।
त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव ।
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणम् त्वमेव ।
त्वमेव सर्वम् मम देव देव ॥


tvamEva mAtAca pitA tvamEva .
tvamEva bandhushca sakhA tvamEva .
tvamEva vidyA draviNam tvamEva .
tvamEva sarvam mama dEva dEv ..

(O' God), Thou art my Mother and father
Thou art my relation, and friend
Thou art the knowledge and the real wealth
Thou art all for me, O' God of Gods



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

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Re: my musings
« Reply #291 on: November 14, 2012, 05:04:11 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Nice. Saint Manikkavachagar gives the same idea in his Koil Mootha Tirupadigam, in Tiruvachakam, Verse 1.

உடையாள் உன்தன் நடுவிருக்கும் உடையாள் நடுவுள் நீயிருத்தி
அடியேன் நடுவுள் இருவீரும் இருப்பதானால் அடியேன்உன்
அடியார் நடுவுள் இருக்கும் அருளைப்புரி யாய் பொன்னம்பலத்தெம்
முடியா முதலே என்கருத்து முடியும் வண்ணம் முன்னின்றே. 378


Uma is in your Heat, You are in Uma's Heart. Both of you are in my Heart.
Thus, you gave the fortune of remaining with your ardent devotees.
Please give me the chance to culminate this birth which is unending. And
then I can remain with you both!

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: my musings
« Reply #292 on: November 14, 2012, 08:50:36 PM »
Stray thoughts...

Most times, it is not knowledge that helps, but, patience, it is patience that truly helps. Wait, just wait! Nothing need be done! it will all end soon!

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

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« Reply #293 on: November 15, 2012, 07:04:43 AM »
Once it so happened, that a sadhak of Yoga came to Shirdi with Nanasaheb Chandorkar. He had studied all the works on Yoga, including the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, but had no practical experience. He could not concentrate his mind and attain samadhi even for a short time. He thought that if Sai Baba be pleased with him, He will show him the way to attain samadhi for a long time. With this object in view he came to Shirdi, and when he went to the Masjid he saw Sai Baba eating bread with onion. On seeing this, a thought arose in his mind - `How can this man, eating stale bread with raw onion, solve my difficulties and help me?' Sai Baba read his mind and said to Nanasaheb - "Oh Nana, he who has the power to digest onion, should eat it and none else". Hearing this remark, the yogi was wonder-struck and then he fell at Baba's Feet with complete surrender. With pure and open mind, he asked his difficulties and got their solution from Baba. Thus being satisfied and happy, he left Shirdi with Baba's Udi and blessings.


(shrI sAi satcharithrA)

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

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Re: my musings
« Reply #294 on: November 15, 2012, 03:19:11 PM »


॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
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Re: my musings
« Reply #295 on: November 16, 2012, 07:59:55 AM »
Arutprakasa Vallalar Chidambaram Ramalingam, popularly known as Vallalar established the Sathiya Gnana Sabhai (Hall of True Knowledge).

Teachings

The path of Samarasam contains four disciplines :
    • Gnana Indriya Ozhukkam (Ozhukkam means self - control):

      • Listening to the praise of God
      • Preventing bad words entering our ears
      • Avoiding looks of harshness and wickedness
      • Abstaining from touching evil things
      • Abstaining from gluttony etc.

    • Karma Indriya Ozhukkam:

      • Speaking sweet words
      • Telling no lies
      • Resisting by all means from harmful deeds to other living beings
      • Leading a religious life
      • Associating ourselves with people of saintly character
      • Maintaining a healthy body

  • Karma Ozhukkam

    • The mind has to be directed to the Cit Sabhai by taking it away from other objects (Cit Sabhai is the heart in which the Divine abodes)
    • Not to enquire into the faults of others
    • Not to be wicked

  • Jiva Ozhukkam

    • Jiva Ozhukkam is the discipline that teaches one to treat all human beings as equal, and feel the presence of oneself in all human beings.
    • One must not be affected by the various distinctions as social, national, linguistic, caste, religion, etc. because the soul belongs to a different sphere where no differences exist.

  • Anma Ozhukkam

    • Anma Ozhukkam is further development of Jiva ozhukkam. Here the soul looks upon all living beings alike ( not only human beings but also other beings). Here the soul feels great compassion for all the beings, considers 'Anma' as the 'Sabhai' and the 'Inner Light' as God.

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« Reply #296 on: November 16, 2012, 10:13:11 AM »
whom to see and adore,
Krishna or Rama,
both are so beautiful,
whom to see, both are one,
yet they appear as two
and myself as the third,
it pains, and yet it is beautiful!
if i see here, i long to see there,
if i see there, i long to see here!
O' God help me!

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

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Re: my musings
« Reply #297 on: November 16, 2012, 11:25:45 AM »
Dear Nagaraj,

During communication inquiry (thanks to Perumal Swami), the commissioner asked several questions  to Sri Bhagavan:

.......

C: Swami, what is your name?

Sri Bhagavan: People call me in different names. Which name can I say?

C: People nowadays call you Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Sri Bhagavan: Yes.

C:  Are there friends and or enemies to you?

Sri Bhagavan: There is no friend for foe for me.

C: Who is your Guru?

Sri Bhagavan: I have no Guru no disciple.

C: Without Guru how can one attain things?

Sri Bhagavan: Yes. It is not possible.

C: Then who is your Guru?

Sri Bhagavan: Atma is my Guru.

C: Who is Guru for Atma?

Sri Bhagavan: For Atma, Atma is the Guru!

C: People say that you are an avatara of Subrahmanya?

Sri Bhagavan:  Yes. All others are also Me.    (laughter)

C: You say you are an ati-varna-asrami. Is there anyone like that today?

Sri Bhagavan: No. In the ancient days, there were.

C: Who are they?

Sri Bhagavan: Sukar, Jadabharatar and others.

C: About your asramam why do people speak different things?

Sri Bhagavan: It looks like that they say as their minds say!


Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #298 on: November 17, 2012, 07:17:24 PM »
God/Guru/Self is our only companion. All else, fade in time!
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
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« Reply #299 on: November 17, 2012, 08:01:40 PM »
I am the Hindu, I am the christian,
I am the Buddhist, I am the Moslim,
I am the Agnostic, I am the Atheistic,
who am I?
O, Thou, who art, the bewilderment of silence!

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