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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #450 on: September 23, 2017, 10:28:04 AM »
It is not that one should not go anywhere near Atma-vidya unless he has completely purified his mind and obtained one-pointedness. If that stage has really been reached, there would be no more necessity to have any elaborate Atma-SAdhanA or regimen. The mind will then be ready to firmly establish itself in the teaching of the Guru and Realisation will be almost automatic. The Acharya Sankara has not taken all the pains to elaborate the methodlogy of the SAdhanA ChatushhTayaM to such a highly evolved person. If we understand him right, it is only this: A pure mind and the capability to be one-pointed are surely basic to a certain extent; with that basic equipment, one should read the shAstras and enter the kingly path of the SAdhanA. Only then he can make real progress. Otherwise he will only be touching the fringes and have a false feeling that he knows everything.
Kanchi Paramacharya
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« Reply #451 on: October 25, 2017, 10:45:27 PM »
Atmavichar/Friends,
This is apropos 'Organ Donation' and Kanchi Mahaswami's views as posted by Atmavichar in this thread:
http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=7179.405
As I have already stated,there may be occult reasons when someone like Kanchi mahaswami maintains what he does....although it may not be intelligible to our rational sense and social sensibilities...Came across this interesting talk by Dr BM Hegde:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0rRgvhNy1U
The entire talk is an interesting one but it throws interesting light on the topic of organ donation....How a Heart of a 17 year old boy was transplanted to a 57 year old man who was a vegetarian and after the transplant,the very same man was asking for Non vegetarian food ....Please fast forward to 1 hour 34 minutes to listen to this part of the narration.
This is only a glimpse and there may well be other ramifications to the topic and it is simpler to trust the wisdom of a sage in matters such as this.
Namaskar

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« Reply #452 on: October 26, 2017, 07:49:38 AM »
Thanks Sri Ravi for the links and will go through the same .
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« Reply #453 on: October 27, 2017, 08:24:56 AM »
Keeping the mind focused while doing worship

Guru ? Jagadguru Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji was deeply engrossed in the performance of Maanasa Puja to Sri Tarakeshwar. While Sri Sannidhanam and the Tarakeshwar Mathadhipati used the materials to offer worship, the Mahaswamiji had remained motionless and after an hour exclaimed with great satisfaction that He had worshipped the Lord by keeping Him in Ratna Simhasanam and offering various stotras and puja materials. The Jagadguru described that He had seen His Guru as an example given in the name of the Goddess ? Antarmukha Samaradhyaa. Hence it is essential to engage in worship of God without allowing the mind to wander.
Copyright: Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OlZOALqcWk&feature=youtu.be
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« Reply #454 on: December 20, 2017, 03:05:57 PM »
Do ?Sevai? daily?.

One day Periyavaa visited a Veda Padasaalai. Periyavaa always visits the kitchen of all Veda Padasaalai He goes to.

He observes if the cook there, performs the cooking with affection and with utmost attention.

The day which Periyavaa visited the Padasaalai, the cook was painstakingly preparing ?Sevai? (Rice Noodles) for the children. Instant Sevai was not available those days and so it took a lot of efforts to make the Sevai.

Looking at this, Periyavaa felt incredibly happy. ?Do you do this frequently?? asked Periyavaa. The cook replied ?I try to do as much as I can. Poor kids ? They are staying away from their home to learn the Vedas. So, I want to ensure that they get good tasty food.?

?I am very happy! Do ?Sevai? daily!? said Periyavaa and came out of the kitchen. The cook was worried thinking ?This is a difficult food to cook which takes a lot of effort. Periyavaa is asking me to do this daily!?

MahaSwami called the cook again and asked, ?Were you scared when I asked you to perform ?Sevai? daily?? The cook?s face showed his fear and he said, ?I will try do as much as I can?.

Periyavaa replied with a smile ?Poor man! Looks like you got scared. This (Rice Noodles) is not the ?Sevai? which I meant. Everyday, you care about what you cook for these children and take great efforts to make them happy right? That?s what I meant! That?s the biggest ?Sevai? (Service)!?

On hearing this, the cook was overjoyed, and he prostrated in front of Maha Periyavaa.

Through this incident, Periyavaa indicates there is no greater service than cooking and serving for the children learning Vedas.
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #455 on: December 29, 2017, 02:25:08 AM »

As the mind becomes more and more inward-turned,
it becomes gradually free of all desires,
and when all such desires are fully eliminated
Self-realization is completely freed from obstruction.

Adi Shankaracharya

I love this very much!
Hara Hara Shankara Jaya Jaya Shankara
Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava
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« Reply #456 on: December 29, 2017, 02:19:33 PM »
TEACHINGS OF SHANKARACHARYA SWAMI BRAHMANANDA SARASWATI

You desire to live a worldly life because you have not yet had a vision darshan of God: one should live instead for that experience-

When seeds are roasted there is no chance for them to sprout later. Similarly, when the human mind is roasted in the fire of knowledge and devotion, then there is no chance to return and germinate anew in the cycle of life and death. Therefore, try to become a devotee and knower, jnanavan.
But don't become that type of knower who mutters, ?Sivo'ham, Sivo ?ham, om, om, and Aham brahmasmi, "I am Siva. I am Brahman,? and yet retains love samsara in wealth, women, progeny, and so on. Such superficial knowledge produces more harm than benefit.

When people call themselves Brahman yet stray from dharma and karma, they lack sufficient strength to remain in that state. Hence, as long as you are not free from the love of worldly objects, do not fall into the trap of ?Brahman,? but instead, develop devotion to God When you practice devotion for a long time, greater desire, raga for Bhagavan will dawn, releasing you from the cycle of birth and death.
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« Reply #457 on: December 30, 2017, 02:39:44 PM »
Today is the 138th Birth Anniversary of Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi.

Experiences with Maha Periyava: Brahma Jnani?s There and Here Too!

One of the Veda Pandits from Kanchipuram informed Sri Periyava that he was going to Tiruvannamalai and started on his journey. It did not seem that he mentioned the reason for his visit to Tiruvannamalai. Once he reached there, he had a desire to have a darshan of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

When he reached the Ramana Ashram, he had the darshan of Sri Ramana Maharshi and then sat there for lunch in the ashram. He felt that the arrangement there was slightly different. Sri Ramana Maharshi was sitting in the centre. On one side of the Maharshi, they had the Veda Pandits sitting and on the other side, they had the foreigners who were frequently visiting the Maharshi sitting. This arrangement really disturbed the Pandit. As this Veda Pandit had a habit of eating alone in an orthodox manner, he could not accept this arrangement where he was made to sit along with other Pandits and foreigners together.

Also the fact that the Veda Pandits were served sathvik food and the foreigners were served food with onion, increased his mental anguish. The Veda Pandit was unable to accept this as well and could not digest the fact that Sri Ramana Maharshi was sitting in the centre and having His food. As if he identified a big mistake in this procedure, he wanted to inform this to Sri Sri Sri Maha Periyava.

He came back to the SriMatham. First and foremost, he came for Sri Maha Periyava?s darshan to inform all that he saw in the Ramana Ashram. Few devotees were surrounding Sri Periyava and before he could open his mouth to complain, Sri Periyava stopped him by saying, ?There is no need to tell anything now?let?s see it later.?

When Sri Periyava was alone, he came back again. Now, Sri Periyava let the Veda Pandit talk and the Pandit stated all his complaints about the practice being followed in the Ashram.

Sri Periyava, immediately asked the Veda Pandit, ?Did you go there only to see this?? By asking this, Sri Maha Periyava made the Veda Pandit realize his mistake. The Veda Pandit lost his vehemence and also realized his fault.

?In the Sannidhi of Brahma Jnanis, there is nothing wrong or having dosham (erroneous). Do you know?? asked Sri Periyava.

Even after this, Pandit was not fully satisfied. If all that was happening around Sri Ramana Maharshi, a Brahma Jnani, wasn?t it the same for Sri Maha Periyava as well, who is none other than Sakshat Sarveshwara. He thought why were there so many restrictions in the SriMatham?

Sri Periyava started talking as if He understood the Veda Pandit?s thought process. ?You might think why it is not the case here. The practices that are followed here were established by Sri Adi Shankara and nobody can change or override it. There, that Brahma Jnani does not have any such restrictions.?

Even though Sri Periyava stated this in a simple manner that there were differences between Ramana Ashram and SriMatham in the practices that were being followed, the Veda Pandit felt happy that he had realized the truth through the words of Sri Maha Periyava that a Brahma Jnani was Present There And Here Too!

Source: Sri Periyava Mahimai Newsletter ? June 17 2008
Compiled by Jagadguru Sri Maha Periyava - Kanchi Paramacharya/Fb
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« Reply #458 on: January 03, 2018, 10:27:52 PM »
TEACHINGS OF SHANKARACHARYA SWAMI BRAHMANANDA

EVERY MOMENT 0F LIFE IS VERY PRECIOUS.

This scarce human body is acquired after eighty-four hundred thousand lives; don't let it go to no purpose. Every moment of life is very precious. If you don't understand the value of it then you will only be crying and have nothing in your hand.

You have become a human being, therefore have the strength to consider what is said in the Scriptures, and then you can do the best purushartha (effort for human birthright).

Do not think of yourself as weak and fallen. That which was done up to now, understand that this was unintentional. But now be cautious, apply yourself to doing action fit for a human. On your own accord understand what is good and what is bad. Take to doing that which is good and reject that which is bad.

If having become a human being you do not obtain knowledge of Paramatma then understand that it is as if you have sold a diamond for the price of spinach.

Worship of Paramatma is not for Paramatma. Worship of Paramatma is for the disappearance of one's suffering, disappearance of unrest and the disappearance of ignorance and weakness.

Paramatma is AII-Knowing, Omnipotent and Unlimited Bliss. Worship is a way to get a handle on that unlimited strength. The meaning of human life is accomplishing this work. If no effort has been put in this direction then make sure you learn it by heart and understand.
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« Reply #459 on: January 10, 2018, 09:14:26 AM »
Short Messages from Sringeri Jagadgurus:

Sringeri Jagadguru narrates incident where Mahasannidhanam, Jagadguru Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji, was Antarmukha after doing Maanasa puja (Tamil):

Worship done without fixing the mind on God, however long it may be, brings no benefit ? अन्तर्मुखसमाराध्या बहिर्मुखसुदुर्लभा ? The Goddess is described as being inaccessible to one who is a Bahir-mukha ? one whose mind is turned towards the world, its objects, and the activities in it. Such a man?s worship is merely mechanical. However, when a man is Antarmukha ? one whose mind is turned inward and directed towards Her, the Goddess is easily pleased and comes within one?s reach.

The Jagadguru then recounted an incident from the past when His Guru, Himself and the Mathadhipati of Tarakeshwar Math in West Bengal had proceeded to offer Puja to Sri Tarakeshwara, and how His Guru ? Jagadguru Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji was deeply engrossed in the performance of Maanasa Puja to Sri Tarakeshwar. While Sri Sannidhanam and the Tarakeshwar Mathadhipati used the materials to offer worship, the Mahaswamiji had remained motionless and after an hour exclaimed with great satisfaction that He had worshipped the Lord by keeping Him in Ratna Simhasanam and offering various stotras and puja materials. The Jagadguru described that He had seen His Guru as an example given in the name of the Goddess ? Antarmukha Samaradhyaa. Hence it is essential to engage in worship of God without allowing the mind to wander.

Copyright: Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #460 on: January 11, 2018, 11:06:39 AM »
தமிழையும், தமிழறிஞர்களையும்
ஸ்ரீ காஞ்சி மகாபெரியவர்
பெரிதும் போற்றினார். பெற்றதாய்தனை மகமறந்தாலும்
பிள்ளையைப் பெற்றதாய் மறந்தாலும்;
உற்ற தேகத்தை உயிர் மறந்தாலும்
உயிரைமேவிய உடல் மறந்தாலும்;
கற்ற நெஞ்சம் கலைமறந்தாலும்
கண்கள் நின்றிமைப்பது மறந்தாலும்;
நற்றவத்தவர் உள்ளிருந்தோங்கும்
நமச்சிவாயத்தை நான் மறவேனே!??
- ராமலிங்க அடிகளாரின் திருவருட்பாவின் திருமுறையில் உள்ள பாட்டை மகள் நீலாம்பிகை படிக்க, தந்தை வேதாசலம் கேட்டுக்கொண்டு இருந்தார்.
சுவாமி வேதாசலத்துக்கு அந்தப் பாடலில் ஒரு நெருடல் இருந்தது. மகளிடமே கேட்டார். ??நீலா! இனிமையான இந்தத் தமிழ்ப் பாட்டில் ஒரே ஒரு சமஸ்கிருதச் சொல் இருக்கிறது. ?உற்ற தேகத்தை உயிர் மறந்தாலும்? என்ற இடத்தில் ?தேகம்? என்பதை நீக்கிவிட்டு உடம்பாகிய யாக்கை என்று போட்டால் ஓசை இன்பம் அழகாக இருக்கும். பிறமொழிச் சொற்கள் கலப்பதால் தமிழின் இனிமை குன்றுகிறது?? என்றார் வேதாசலம்.
??அப்படியானால் நாம் அயல்மொழிச் சொற்களை நீக்கித் தனித்தமிழிலேயே பேசுதல் வேண்டும்?? என்று 13 வயதே ஆன மகள் நீலாம்பிகை எடுத்துத் தந்தார். அன்றுதான் தனித்தமிழ் இயக்கம் தோன்றியது. எதையும் தன்னில் இருந்து தொடங்க வேண்டும் என்ற எண்ணம் உடைய சுவாமி வேதாசலம், தனது பெயரை ?மறைமலை அடிகள்? என்று மாற்றிக் கொண்டார். தனித்து நிற்கும் தகுதியை உடையது தமிழ் என்று மறைமலை அடிகளால் உலகுக்கு உணர்த்தப்பட்டது.

தமிழ்... தமிழ் என்று வலியுறுத்தினார் என்பதால், மற்ற மொழிகள் அறியாதவர் அல்ல... மறைமலை அடிகள். காளிதாசனின் சாகுந்தலத்தை, சமஸ்கிருதத்தில் இருந்து தமிழில் மொழிபெயர்க்கும் அளவுக்கு வடமொழி ஆளுமை படைத்தவர். இந்த மொழிபெயர்ப்பைப் படித்த காஞ்சி மடாதிபதி சந்திரசேகர ஸ்வாமிகள், ?இதுபற்றி சிறந்த கட்டுரை எழுதும் மாணவர்களுக்கு ரூ.100 பரிசு தரப்படும்? என்று 1957-ல் அறிவித்தார். மகா பெரியவரையே மயக்கிய மொழிபெயர்ப்பு அது.
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #461 on: February 17, 2018, 10:01:10 PM »
Short Messages from Sringeri Jagadgurus:

Sringeri Jagadguru narrates story of How Bhakti is more important than Grammar (Kannada)

(A Rough Translation)

Everyone can get Bhagavad Kripa (God's grace) irrespective of who they are or how they live or whatever be their qualifications.

Whether one is a pandit (educated) or not does not matter.

There is no relation between pAndityam (education) and Bhagavad Kripai (God's grace)

Once a pandit used to worship Bhagavan (God) as "Vishnave Namaha."

"Vishnave Namaha" was the grammatically correct way of worshipping.

Another person who did not know grammar worshipped God as "Vishnaya Namaha"

According to grammar, "Vishnaya Namaha" was wrong.

But he did not know grammar and continued to worship as "Vishnaya Namaha"

Meanwhile, the pandit correctly worshipped as "Vishnave Namaha"

Later, both of them attained Bhagavad sannidhyam.

But the pandit was not happy that the other person also got Bhagavad sannidhyam. He thought that while it was correct for him to have come there, it was not correct for the other person to have come there, since that person was worshipping the wrong way.

The pandit went to Bhagavan and said that while Bhagavan had given him His sthana because he was worshipping correctly, why did He give His sthana to the other person who was worshipping incorrectly? Was that just?

Bhagavan replied:

"Murkho vadati vishnaya
vidwan vadati vishnave
ubhayo sadirsham punyam
bhaavagraahi janaardanah"

"Whether you said Vishnave or he said Vishnaya, I did not consider the grammar into account. I only saw the Bhakti in both of your hearts and hence gave both of you My sthana."

This is what Bhagavan sees.

We should worship God with Bhakti and nothing else is more important.

This is what God said in Bhagavad Gita too:

patraṁ puṣpaṁ phalaṁ toyaṁ
yo me bhaktyā prayacchati
tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam
aśnāmi prayatātmanaḥ

When you go for God's puja, God does not see how much milk or naivedyam or flower you bring.

God only sees people who have come with Bhakti bhava.

A person who gives lot of milk or flowers without any Bhakti does not get God's grace.

But with Bhakti, even if you submit a Bilva leaf, God becomes satisfied.

That is why God said:

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati

Whatever you submit with Bhakti, God receives.

And whatever you give without Bhakti, God does not take.

Hence Bhakti is very important.

bhaktyā mām abhijānāti
yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ

(Bhagavad Gita)

Hence, for generations and generations the Bhagavad Bhakti that had guided us in our lives, that Bhakti is very essential to guide us properly in our lives.

Video: https://youtu.be/8er6rfUs2c8

Copyright: Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #462 on: February 18, 2018, 03:41:13 AM »
Beautiful truth,and beautiful post,dear Sri Atmavichar! It reminds me on one story i have heard,and i just posted one version of it in the poetry thread. It is named 'Absurd prayer'.

Indeed,love and sincerity are the most important. Sure not only for sadhana,but in all aspects of our lives.

With love,

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« Reply #463 on: February 19, 2018, 09:45:14 AM »
Karma is essential, for without it one cannot attempt purification of the mind ? Chitta Shuddhi ? cleansing it of mental impurities such as Kama, Krodha etc. While it is evident that Karma cannot directly result in Moksha, its role in Chitta Shuddhi is as important for without Chitta Shuddhi, one does not become qualified for Vedantic studies ? चित्तस्य शुद्धये कर्म न तु वस्तूपलब्धये.

Sri Bhagavan proclaims in the Gita that अनाश्रितः कर्मफलं कार्यं कर्म करोति यः । स संन्यासी च योगी च ? He who performs Karma without desiring the results is indeed a Sannyasi.
However, it has become a practice of many to ensure that whatever Karma they perform, the list of desired objectives is quite long when they take the Sankalpa ? क्षेम-स्थैर्य-धैर्य-वीर्य-विजय-अभय-आयुरोग्य-ऐश्वर्य ? praying thus for protection, steadfastness, courage, strength, triumph in endeavours, freedom from fear, good health, wealth and so on.

Sri Bhagavan Himself says यज्ञार्थात्कर्मणोऽन्यत्र लोकोऽयं कर्मबन्धनः । When actions are offered to Ishwara, it frees one from bondage.

Hence our Sankalpa must be to perform the Karma as an offering to Ishwara ? ईश्वरार्थं करिष्ये. Otherwise it results in bandham or bondage. As a result of Sankalpa done with the results in mind, punya or papa ensues, and these result in further births. And as long as there are births, there is no happiness. Much is the suffering from the time of being in the mother?s womb to the time one leaves the body. Hence it is usual for everyone who has realized this, to desire freedom from bondage. Hence Nishkama Karma is absolutely essential for a seeker.

-Sringeri Jagadguru Shri Bharati Tirth Mahaswamigal
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: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #464 on: February 19, 2018, 10:44:45 AM »
Dear Jewell

Thanks for your reply . Here is another quote from the same Swami about being sincere in our prayer even if it is for short duration . I have already posted it earlier but sharing once again to reiterate the importance of quality and focus in prayer even if it is for a short time .

Even if we were to spend ten minutes in chanting the names of the Lord with devotion, that will amount to a great virtuous deed. Some allow their minds to wander in all directions when they perform their puja or sandhyavandanam. : I have to receive such- and such an amount from this person; I have to file a case against this person" etc such are the kinds of thoughts entertained by some during worship. This is not correct. Set aside all your worldly thoughts when you sit for puja and concentrate on Ishwara during that short period of ten minutes or so. Even though the time for which you do puja is very short, if it is spent with devotion, it will yield great punya (virtue). - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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