Author Topic: The Quest - Self Realization and the Guru - Jayanti 2012 of Mountain Path.  (Read 1153 times)

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This is from Lucia Osborne:

When someone asked Sri Bhagavan what the greatest miracle in this world is, He replied that it was the human body.  'It
is insentient like a log of wood and yet behaves as if it was individual being.  It is the Self which illumines it and gives it
some intelligence and understanding but the light is mixed with the tamasic propensities of the body.  We only function
by the Light of the Self mixed with darkness. Like electric bulbs in various stages of cleanliness and of different voltage
which come to life (light) when the electric current passes through them.  The current is the same in all. Christ - Brahman,
the Self in one's heart.'

On another occasion, He said: 'Everything is unreal, like dream objects. A Jnani's job is to awaken the ignorant to the fact
that what they see and feel is unreal and the Reality is their own Being.  This can be compared to an elephant dreaming of a
lion and suddenly waking up and finding that the lion is unreal and that it alone is real.  The elephant is the Jiva or individual,
the dream is the unreal world, and the lion is the Jnani or Guru. The Guru is the link between the unreal and the Real."

"Is it not ignorance to know everything else without knowing the Self which is the Source of knowledge?"

'What is neither knowledge nor ignorance is Real Knowledge.  Knowledge of objects cannot be knowledge.  The self which
shines without there being anything else to know or be known is knowledge. Know that it is not nothingness.'

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.         

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"If the first person exists, the second or third person will also exist. If the Reality of the first person is inquired into and the first
person (ego) ceases to exist the second and third person will also cease to exist and our real State will shine as One.

'Attaching itself to a form (that is the body) this formless ghost of an ego comes into existence.  Attaching itself to a form it
endures. Attaching itself to a form it feeds (experiences) and grows.  On relinquishing one form it attaches itself to another.
But when sought after, it takes to flight.  This know.

"If the ego is, everything else is too.  If the ego is not, nothing else is.  Indeed the ego is everything.  Therefore the enquiry
what it is really means giving up everything.

"We speak of a past and a future only with reference to the present. The past in its time was called present and the future
when it comes will also be present. Hence what exists at anytime is only the present.  To seek to know the past and the future
without knowing the real nature of the present is to seek to count without the unit (one).

"Is there time and space apart from us?  If we regard ourselves as the body, we will be bound by space and time.  But are
we the body?  We are the same now, then and always......We alone exist who are beyond time and space."

(Ulladu Narpadu.)

Over the years the same questions and doubts kept on cropping up and Sri Bhagavan kept on explaining again and again
tirelessly, patiently from various angles adopted to  the level of understanding of the questioner.  More often asked was the
question how to practice the Vichara or still the mind.

Some devotees found it difficult to believe that we are unreal, dreaming ourselves and the world.  Sri Bhagavan explained:

"Man identified himself with the body which is insentient. A spurious 'I' arises between pure Consciousness and the insenitent
body and it imagines itself to be limited to the body.  Seek this and it will vanish like a phantom.  The phantom is the ego or mind
or individuality." 

The whole Sadhana consists in the illusory limited self --- the individuality -- finding out that it never ceased to be the Self.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           

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On another occasion, Bhagavan said, 'Everything is unreal, like dream objects.  A Jnani's job is to awaken the ignorant to
the fact that what they see and feel is unreal and the Reality is their own Being.'

Here He repeated the comparison to elephant dreaming of a lion and suddenly waking up and finding that the lion is unreal
and it alone is real.

'By and by comes the great awakening, and then we find out that this life is really a great dream.  Fools think they are awake
now and flatter themselves they know if they are really princes or peasants. Confucius and you are both dreams, and I who
say you are dreams.  I am but a dream myself.'  [Chuang Tsu].

There is no mystery of the physical world which does not point to a mystery beyond itself is the view of Einstein.  In other words,
the world is a reflection of the 'beyond' and to a discerning mind symbols become evident. For instance, diamond and coal both
consist of the same physical substance carbon and point to the fundamental unity of all substances and their inherent faculty
of transformation as pointed out in The Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism by Lama Anagarika Govinda.  It displays all colors but
a pure diamond is colorless itself. This symbolizes the transcendental state of emptiness of the void and the relation between
the highest and ordinary state of consciousness.  To put it simply, a cup or a room both consisting of space encircled by matter,
porcelain or bricks.  The emptiness or void in the cup or a room which gives itself to so many uses, is what is of importance.
The matter encircling the space serves a purpose. 

Both point to a profound parallelism between the material and the immaterial world.  Emptiness - Space and Galaxies.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

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The faculty of transformation as shown in coal and diamond is universal. It applies to mantras as well as to living organisms
and to the psychic forces inherent in both.  What about food?  Whatever we eat turns into the body and affects the mind.
People in South India, for instance, are predominantly vegetarian and of a gentler disposition than those in North India
who are known to be fighters and non vegetarian.  It reminds one of Walter de la Mare's quaint little poem:

It is an odd thing
As odd as can be
To whatever Miss T eats
Turns to Miss T

Buddha spoke of the Void containing millions of universes, a void which is no void or the All Source or more than anything one
could say or imagine.  It is not augmented by the appearance of worlds nor diminished by their disappearance.  Like a screen
which remains unchanged whether pictures appear or disappear on it.  We are caught up in pictures.  Spiritual Reality is the
absence of all particularized relative realities, all particularized forms of knowledge or concepts. 

Ramana Maharshi:  "Realization is only removal of obstacles to the recognition of the eternal, immanent Reality. Reality is."         

"If Reality did not exist, could there be any knowledge of the existence?  Free from all thoughts, Reality abide in the Heart,
the Source of all thought.  It is therefore called the Heart.  How then is one to contemplate it? To be as it is in the Heart
(to be it) is Its contemplation."   (Ulladu Narpadu)

"To know the Self is to be the Self.  When one's true nature is known, then there is Being without beginning and end; it is
unbroken Awareness-Bliss."

The German mystic and theologian Meister Eckhart said:  In the case of God, being and knowing are identical.

The Dutch mystic Ruysbrock wrote:  To know It we must be It beyond the mind and above our created being; in the
eternal Point where all our lines begin and end, the Point where they lose their name and all distinction and become one
with the Point Itself.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.
   

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St. John of Cross speaks of the dark night of the soul which sets the house of flesh at rest and is that of the Spirit
where all forms of vision and intelligence are absent or in emptiness.  He teaches that the light of God shines in an
emptiness where there is no subject to receive it.  'To enter the way is to leave the way for the way itself is emptiness.'

Zen enlightenment according to Thomas Merton is a full alert super conscious act of being which transcends time and space.
It is a direct revelation of one's original nature.  And this implies the absence of all conceptual thoughts or media so that
the one arrives at Mind by having no mind (wuh'sin. wu = without; h'sin = mind, heart.  That is, still it.), in fact by being Mind
instead of having it.  True identity is found not in separation from all that is but in oneness with all that is.

For Hui Neng all life was Zen.  He apprehends the unity of Being in a simple direct intuition.  It is not found by turning away
from life but to become absorbed in meditation.  'Zen is the very awareness of life living itself in us.'  Sri Bhagavan is not known
to have encouraged young people to renounce the world but to practice sadhana while performing the duties of life which
fell to their lot.  This cannot be repeated too often.

Plotinus realized that 'when intellectual denudation is achieved, the One is not being, but the source of being appears to the
soul and they are no longer two but one and the soul is no longer identified with the body or mind but knows.'


Inspired poets like Shakespeare and William Blake among others say that the visible is not the Reality at all.  By merging the
observer with the observed, one arrives at true insight because it is not conditioned by fallible instruments (sense-perceptions,
intellect etc.,)

In Vivekachudamani, Sri Sankara writes that those who have attained samadhi by merging the sense organs, the mind, the ego
from which the external universe springs in the pure consciousness of Brahman  -- they alone are free from the bonds and snares.

Sankhya  admits of a yogic perception which is a direct intuitive knowledge. Pratyahara means checking the outgoing mind and
gaining detachment from sense objects.  He who succeeds in this from himself from all limitations and conditioning.

"The tortoise can draw in its legs, the Seer can draw in his senses."

The Sufi saint of the 9th Century, Abu Yazid al-Bistani said: '.... In the presence of Unity there is neither command nor
prohibition.  All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement is outside of the veil.  Within the veil is silence and calm and rest.

'Do you hear now there comes a voice from the brooks of running water?  But when they reach the sea they are quiet and the
the sea is neither augmented by their incoming nor diminished by their outgoing.'

In the Jnaneswari, Krishna instructed Arjuna:  'Whatever leads to one's welfare is always disagreeable to the senses.  Constant
practice is therefore required to subdue these senses.  Removed from the disturbing influence of the senses, the mind automatically
starts merging in the Self resulting in supreme bliss beyond which there is nothing and which is not attainable by the senses.  No
worry or sorrow even as great as Mount Meru can oppress it anymore.  After such an experience the whole world becomes a temple
of happiness.....'

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.