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The Significance of Ekadasi
« on: August 31, 2013, 06:22:43 PM »
On Sun 1Sept 2013 ,it is Ekadasi Day and I just wanted to share the significance of Ekadasi by Swami Krishnananda ( Divinelife Society , Rishikesh , Sivananda Ashram )


The Significance of Ekadasi by Swami Krishnananda


A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.



Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight in a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month – the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. The special feature of Ekadasi, as most people know it, is a fast – abstinence from diet. This is how it is usually understood. "We do not eat on Ekadasi," is what people understand. In this country (India) it has become a routine to be abstemious, if not observe a complete fast on this day. The significance of this particular observance is not merely constituted of a fast, physically, though it is also an essential element; it has other deeper aspects. In fact, the fast is only a practical expression and a symbol of something else that we are expected to do, which is of special significance to our personality.

Those who know astronomy as something which tells about the interrelation of the planetary system, the stellar world, would be aware that we form a part of this planetary or solar system. By a 'system' we mean an organism or organisation which is methodically arranged. When we know that we belong to the system of planetary motions, we understand thereby that we are an inseparable part of the system. We are not unrelated bodies on the surface of the earth, like a cart on the road which has no organic link. We belong to the solar system – a huge family of which the sun is the head and the planets are the members. The sun guides the activities of this family and we, being contents of this system, cannot be out of the influence of the sun. We are involved in the laws operating in this system. This has led to the discovery of astrology. Astronomy studies the movements of planets and stars, and astrology the effects they produce on the contents of the system. The Ekadasi observance is an astrological phenomenon and it is observed due to this relation we have with some of the planets in the system. The entire personality of ours is tremendously influenced by the movement of planets. There is no use imagining that the planets are above our heads. They are everywhere. There is a relative movement of planets, among which the earth is one. The movement of one thing in relation to another is a relative movement. There is no planet which is static. Even the sun is not ultimately static. The whole solar system is moving and rushing towards some huge star which is eighty million times larger and brighter than the sun and whose light has not yet reached us, as astronomers tell us. We have to understand that there is relative motion amongst planets and we are relatively influenced by the planets. Each planet tells upon our system and we cannot get rid of their influence as long as we are on this planet, of which we are a part. The gravitational pull of planets has an influence on us.

The sun is said to influence the centre of our personality; hence the sun is called Atmakaraka. He is the soul-influencer of the human body. In the Rig-Veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual. The different limbs of our body and different parts of our system are supposed to be influenced by different planets. The sun is capable of influencing the entire being. He is, thus, the Atmakaraka. Karaka is doer, manipulator, director. If there is no sun, we know what difference it makes for us; our digestion becomes sluggish on days when there is no sun. So important is the sun.

The moon is supposed to influence the mind.
The mind is also made up of material substance. The mind is not spiritual, but material. How is mind matter? This can be known if we know how, in Homeopathy, the medicine is manufactured. In Allopathy, they give the crude base of a medicine, which Homeopathy calls mother tincture. In Homeopathy, one drop of mother tincture is mixed with a hundred drops of rectified spirit and shaken with a tremendous force. That mixture is one potency of medicine. One drop of that is mixed in hundred drops of spirit again. It becomes two potency medicine. Likewise, they have larger potencies. You can imagine what happens to the medicine when it reaches the higher potency. There is no medicine at all. So, Homeopathy says that they give no medicine, but a vibration – a vibration of the original base material. It is a subtle aromatic vibration, aromatic in the sense of the subtle residuum of the original medicine; and what will create a circumstance in Allopathy will remove that very circumstance in Homeopathy. Nevertheless this potency is material in the sense that it is formed of matter. So is the mind. It is the subtle portion of the material substance of our food. The subtle essence of the food, not only directly taken through the mouth but through all senses, contributes to the make-up of the mind or the mind-stuff. Mind is material in a subtle sense, like a mirror which is made of earth material only, though it shines. Only the mirror is able to reflect light, and not the brick, though it is also made of the earth material. Mind is material in this sense. It is very, very subtle and is made up of everything that we take. So, matter influences matter. Planets are not spiritual bodies, and yet they influence the mind. The mind's presiding deity is the moon. Ekadasi is particularly relevant to this relation of moon and mind. You will find that, when you go deep into the study of astronomy, you have nothing in your body except some planetary influences! We are made up of planetary forces and there is nothing independent to call our own. One part belongs to one planet and another part to another planet. If each planet claims its part, you will disintegrate. The moon influences the mind in its orbital relative movement with reference to other planets and us.

How is Ekadasi related to the movement of moon and mind? We have certain centres, called Chakras, in the body. The Chakras are nothing but energy-centres which whirl in some direction, as water whirls in a river. Chakra is a wheel or circular motion. They form in a spiral shape. They are not physical, but are psychophysical and psychological. These Chakras are neither in the mind nor in the body; they are in the astral body. The moon's influence physically on the body has an influence on the Chakras, which tells upon the mind ultimately. The mind moves through these Chakras. The passage of the mind is through these Chakras, up and down. When this operation takes place consciously, it is called Yoga. When done unconsciously by the mind, it is just influence. When the moon waxes or wanes, the mind is vehemently influenced. So people who are not normal in their minds become very disturbed on the full moon and new moon days. You cannot see the moon's influence on the earth because it is solid, but it can be seen on the ocean which is liquid. The moon influences the whole earth, and its influence is visible on the large body of waters in the sea. This happens due to the twofold pressure of the relation of the earth and moon. The sun influences the moon and the moon influences the earth. When the influence occurs automatically, we are instruments in the hands of Nature. When it is done consciously, we are said to practise Yoga. We can be involuntarily dragged from place to place, or we can walk voluntarily. The difference is obvious. The moon's movement tells upon the movement of the mind through the Chakras.

Another important aspect is the seat of the mind, which is also twofold.
You may be living in many houses, of which one or two are your own. Svasthana means 'one's own place'. The mind has several abodes or centres of energy called Chakras, of which two are its own. The seats of the mind in this personality of ours are: 1. the subtle spot in the astral body corresponding to the centre of the two eyebrows, in waking, and 2. the heart, in the state of deep sleep. If it is in the brain, it is active and you, then, do not get sleep, because it refuses to go down. If the mind is midway between the centre of the eyebrows and the heart, it is the dream state. So, there is a twofold centre of the mind – the Ajna Chakra, or the centre between the eyebrows, and the Anahata Chakra, or the heart. In both these centres, the mind feels at home and is at ease, because it is nearer to itself. In other centres it is extrovert. In the Ajna and the Anahata Chakras it finds itself at home. In the two fortnights, in its movement, it finds itself at the Ajna Chakra and the Anahata Chakra on the eleventh day. Since these two Chakras are its own abode, the mind is at home here, i.e., it gets concentrated and collected easily. This has been the experience given out by our ancients, and this has to be taken advantage of by Sadhakas. You are capable of concentration when the mind is naturally in its home. The mind cannot be concentrated when it is out of tune, but when it is in its location it is easy of contemplation. So, the Ekadasi day in both fortnights is the occasion when the mind finds itself in its place – in the bright fortnight in the Ajna Chakra, and in dark fortnight in the Anahata Chakra. Seekers and Yogis take advantage of these two days and try to practise deep meditation. Vaishnavas treat Ekadasi as a very holy day and also observe a fast on that day.

Fast and meditation! What connection have they?
There is really no intrinsic connection between fast and meditation, but there is some advantage in keeping the body light and the stomach free from excessive metabolic function. When the stomach is given the duty of digestion, doctors will tell you that blood circulation is accelerated towards the digestive organs, on account of which blood circulation to the head gets decreased after food is taken and so you feel sleepy and the thinking faculty practically ceases to function. Hence, there is no advantage in giving the physical system work on days you want to do Yogic practice. Thus, Ekadasi has also a spiritual significance.

The energy of the whole system gets distributed equally if a particular limb is not given any inordinate work. If any part is given heavy work, there is a dislocation of the working of the body. So, in fasting the energy is equally distributed as the digestive function is not there. But, there should be no overdoing in fast. Fast is supposed to cause buoyancy of feeling, and not fatigue. So people who are sick and cannot observe a total fast take milk and fruits, etc. People who are perfectly healthy and are confident, observe a complete fast. This helps in control of mind and will.

Apart from all these, there is a necessity to give the physiological system some rest once in a while. It may be overworked due to a little overeating or indiscrimination in diet. These irregularities unconsciously done during the fourteen days get rectified in one day. Thus the observance of Ekadasi has many advantages, physical, astral and spiritual, and because this day has connection with the relation of the mind with its abode together with the moon, you feel mysteriously helped in your meditation and contemplation – mysteriously because you cannot know this consciously. But you can feel this for yourself by observing it. In India everything is interpreted spiritually. Every river is a deity. Every mountain is a god. Everything is holy, dedicated to the Divine. Everything is presided over by a particular god – Gramadevata, Grihadevata, etc. Everywhere is God. The idea behind all this is that we have to feel the presence of God in everything and everywhere. In space and in time, in everything, there is God. Time is God. Directions are God. Thus the very objects become embodiments of God. This is India's religious sidelight, which is profoundly meaningful in life.
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: The Significance of Ekadasi
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013, 06:25:29 PM »
I would be happy if anyone can share Bhagavan Ramana's views on Ekadasi  .
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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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 06:28:30 PM »
Dear atmavichar,

Sri Bhagavan has transcended  all these conventional observances.  He has no Ekadasi or upavasam.  For a Jnani who does
not know whether it is day or night or whether it good or bad, there is no such ritualistic observances.

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2013, 06:31:10 PM »
Subramaniam Sir

It is well known Bhagavan has transcended this but I am asking about what he advised others about it ( if at all he gave any ) i.e in case they wanted to fast or not fast etc .
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2013, 06:32:58 PM »
Dear atmacihar,

Sri Bhagavan did not advice any one specifically on these observances.

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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2013, 06:41:56 PM »
Ok found this piece on net about Ekadasi fasting by Bhagavan Ramana

Ramana Maharshi's Advice Regarding Fasting
Suri Nagamma used to fast on Ekadasi, Sivarathri, Kartikai star day,Monday and other such occasions.Those days, it would so happen that many proof readings of Telugu prints would come to the Asram.

Those days, Bhagavan used to do the proof reading Himself.When someone asked why Bhagavan had not given them to Suri Nagamma, He would say: "O poor thing. She is fasting today!"

After sometime,she realized that the service for Guru was more noble than fasting.

Even Kunju Swami
had told her that Bhagavan Ramana would not give any work to him on the fasting days.He was shown the verse 3 of Ulladu Narpadu - Anubandham by Bhagavan Ramana.

One day, a devotee asked the purport behind such fasting.


Bhagavan replied:"All these things are only to control the senses.In afasting person, the senses will be more subdued and will not go out, and the mind will be non vacillating.But best thing is to control the mind.Where is the mind? Where is the body?Where is the Jiva? It is all in the Self.Food alone does not make up one's determinations, thoughts.The very "fasting"of determinations, doubts and thoughtsalone would control the mind. Even otherwise we are the Self.All these ideas, are only to be in the Self.If the Self is understood,all food controls are unnecessary."

He also said that Sat Sangh is more sublime than the poojas,sacrifices, abulations and pooja, bhajans, nama chantings, which are only secondary in nature.


Source: Sri Ramanasramam - Vazhvum Ninaivum, Tamil.

http://prashantaboutindia.blogspot.in/2010/03/ramana-maharshis-advice-regarding.html
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2013, 06:45:12 PM »
in my view,

Bhagavan did not give out any specific view on any subject. However this does not mean, he was for or against some of these spiritual practices. We need to understand that Bhagavan was verily a plain mirror. To each, he was different. To one who practiced such spiritual practices laid down by our shastras Bhagavan encouraged and to those who were already unfamiliar with these samskaras, he let them be, he encouraged them not to worry that they do not know such samskaras, rather helped them to focus on the essential.

We have to see through this carefully. It would be a mistake to interpret Bhagavan's view on any subject. Basically, Bhagavan is Veda Swarupa. He is the Shastra Himself.

Therefore one who is already born in such an environment and family circumstances that follow these spiritual practices with fervor, ought not to confuse themselves with radical views that seem to emanate from general talks of Bhagavan to various devotees.

One has to take resort to ones Swadharma. Such doubts ought not to be encouraged to even come out. If one is born in a circumstance that he has to perform Sadhya worship, he ought to do it, no matter what he may see through.

What can be told of about the efficacy of Ekadasi Vrata! It is most excellent practice, we can see the wonderful story of Ambarisha in Srimad Bhagavatam, whose Vrata took him to the highesy abode of Self.

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2013, 06:53:01 PM »
We often come across responses of Bhagavan that are close to the effect of giving out the real essence of any spiritual practice such as these:

Bhagavan replied:"All these things are only to control the senses.In afasting person, the senses will be more subdued and will not go out, and the mind will be non vacillating.But best thing is to control the mind.Where is the mind? Where is the body?Where is the Jiva? It is all in the Self.Food alone does not make up one's determinations, thoughts.The very "fasting"of determinations, doubts and thoughtsalone would control the mind. Even otherwise we are the Self.All these ideas, are only to be in the Self.If the Self is understood,all food controls are unnecessary."

He also said that Sat Sangh is more sublime than the poojas,sacrifices, abulations and pooja, bhajans, nama chantings, which are only secondary in nature.


But, the reader has to be very careful, should he ought-right reject all such practices that he had been following meticulously so long, seeing their mere effects, thinking that Self Enquiry alone is enough, would be a great error!

One has to see through the real essence and yet continue with same fervor, then it would be truly Nishkamya Karma thereafter.

A Sage once said, comparing the western devotees and native indian devotees as follows: without Foundation it would be futile to build huge building, and it would be absolutely futile to build huge buildings without a foundation. Native Indians are already blessed with foundation by virtue, but we are simply content with it, and the western devotees, however sincere merely focus in building huge buildings without any foundation. Such would be plilght.

We need to see this through very carefully and with greatest prudence.

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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2013, 08:08:52 PM »
Dear Sri Nagaraj,

Not that i was offended with above attitude of Yours,but i very much disagree with such attitudes,no matter from which side it comes.

I believe that we are far from virtue if we still divide people on Indians and westeners. Each man is a story for himself,and devotee of such kalibar should not make such divisions. One is to be patriot and completely other to condemn all according to so little he saw.

I agree that devotee should follow practices which are his tradition,coz that is the matter of respect,and i dont see anything wrong in them. But,to follow them for ones own improvement,while that same person knows they are not significant,and he already came to some knowledge and depth,i dont understand. I think it is attachment,and not ableness to leave ourselves without control. It is not true understanding that this body and mind are not ours.

If we come to understand little bit of Bhagavan teaching,we will know that nothing is needed along with self enquiry. It is needed only if want something for us. For instance fame and respect.

And so long You believe You are building something,that same thing can kolaps any time,when You cease to maintain it. Bhagavan teaching is to go beyond that.

Just to add,i strongly believe all this is very individual thing,and all can do what ever their heart tells them. What is good for one is not for other.

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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2013, 10:30:48 AM »
Dear Sri Jewel,

Firstly, i am unable to discern where have i been divisive in my expressions. I do not know what attitude you are referring to! What i have conveyed is pretty straight and is self explanatory and in no way have i been divisive about indians and westerners. The division is your own making. Such division exists within you. More over, it is not to show some respect to the spiritual practices that we perform them, we are nothing to show respect to such practices. Rather those practices mould the performer. We do not owe them anything and we are not doing any favor for such spiritual practices laid down by the sages of the yore.

You said:

If we come to understand little bit of Bhagavan teaching,we will know that nothing is needed along with self enquiry. It is needed only if want something for us. For instance fame and respect.

we need to realise that Bhagavan was an Ati Asrami, and simply merely intellectually knowing the teachings of Bhagavan does not make one an Ati Asrami. These are subtle things that we fail to take notice.

Just to add,i strongly believe all this is very individual thing,and all can do what ever their heart tells them. What is good for one is not for other.

Just see, how a simple thing has flared so much disturbance in your expressions. Had the Jnana what you speak about really in its brim, there would not have flared any such divisions you have perceived. You say you strongly believe... doesn't it show the strength of mind that is in operation? you also said each person can do what their heart tells them, and i suppose by heart you mean the Self, does heart say anything? is it not the mind? when you say all these are very individual thing? how much we want the individuality to persist and rule us in the name of Jnana!

We need to see things in their true perspective.

We need to realise that merely knowing intellectually would not suffice. Just knowing that you have diabetes, and you should not eat sweets would not suffice, one needs to put into practice, it requires strict discipline and tapas.

We all seem to want only the Vedanta the cream, quick Jnana, whether we are yet ready for it, it does not matter. This is a classic example of Neo Advaita.

the very example expressed in my post holds good here, we want to build buildings without a proper foundation, and similarly some others are just satisfied with just foundation and not bother about building the building!

Dear Sri Jewel, we all need chitta shuddhi. mere intellectual understanding is not enough! Thanks so much.

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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2013, 10:43:58 AM »
Dear Friends,

What most of us take instantly from the teachings of Bhagavan is that nothing is required, one has to just be, summa iru, only Jnana matters, all other practices are only secondary to jnana and they are not required if one gets jnana, etc... Most seem to take only what seems convenient for the individuality to persist, in the garb of a Jnani.

just the intellectual understanding of Mano nasam does not destroy ones individuality! Truly if ones mind has been destroyed, Mano NAsam has occured, one would not trouble himself about any rights and wrongs, he would be somebody like Jada Bharathan or Bhagavan himself etc...

We aspirants must know where we are, we must be firstly grounded to reality!

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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2013, 10:49:15 AM »
Friends,

M. had been visiting Sri Ramakrishna for the past two years. Since he had been educated along English lines, he had acquired a fondness for Western philosophy and science, and had liked to hear Keshab and other scholars lecture. Sri Ramakrishna would address him now and then as the "English-man". Since coming to Sri Ramakrishna, M. had lost all relish for lectures and for books written by English scholars. The only thing that appealed to him now was to see the Master day and night, and hear the words that fell from his blessed lips.
M. constantly dwelt on certain of Sri Ramakrishna's sayings. The Master had said, "One can certainly see God through the practice of spiritual discipline", and again, "The vision of God is the only goal of human life."
MASTER (to M.): "If you practise only a little, someone will come forward to tell you the right path. Observe the ekadasi.
Master's intimate relationship with disciples
"You are my very own, my relative; otherwise, why should you come here so frequently?

'English-man' does not have any reference to any racial bias.He who thinks that everything can be understood by the Human Intellect and Reasoning is 'English-man' and this applies to one and all. :)

coming to Ekadasi,we have the Master recommending it to such a Great one like 'M'.So definitely it is of use to us,if we can spend the time contemplating on God (smarana).All these things have two aspects-The Outer Observance and the inner attitude.Both these aspects have to go hand in hand.

In Ramakrishna Mutt,they have wonderful Ramnam singing on Ekadasi days and special Arati for Lord Sri Rama besides the Arati for Gurumaharaj,Sri Ramakrishna.

Namaskar.

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« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2013, 11:29:20 AM »
Dear Sri Nagaraj,

A Sage once said, comparing the western devotees and native indian devotees as follows: without Foundation it would be futile to build huge building, and it would be absolutely futile to build huge buildings without a foundation. Native Indians are already blessed with foundation by virtue, but we are simply content with it, and the western devotees, however sincere merely focus in building huge buildings without any foundation. Such would be plilght.

This is what You have said,and it is very much clear.

Just see, how a simple thing has flared so much disturbance in your expressions. Had the Jnana what you speak about really in its brim, there would not have flared any such divisions you have perceived. You say you strongly believe... doesn't it show the strength of mind that is in operation? you also said each person can do what their heart tells them, and i suppose by heart you mean the Self, does heart say anything? is it not the mind? when you say all these are very individual thing? how much we want the individuality to persist and rule us in the name of Jnana!

What You have said does not have any sense to me. I never refered on physical heart,but on the Self. That tiny voice in every man guiding him in a way of intuition and inspiration. I did not percieved anything,Your expression is pretty much clear.

I never make any such claims,so You cannot say i am saying something in the name of Jnana. That is Your own perceiving. I am saying what i believe to be true. I guess i have the right to express myself.

We need to realise that merely knowing intellectually would not suffice. Just knowing that you have diabetes, and you should not eat sweets would not suffice, one needs to put into practice, it requires strict discipline and tapas.

We all seem to want only the Vedanta the cream, quick Jnana, whether we are yet ready for it, it does not matter. This is a classic example of Neo Advaita.

the very example expressed in my post holds good here, we want to build buildings without a proper foundation, and similarly some others are just satisfied with just foundation and not bother about building the building!


I dont know on which intelectual knowledge You think,but for me there is no such thing like intelectual knowledge.

All what You have said are harsh and pure assumptions.  God knows for what i am ready or not,it is not Yours to decide.

Even more,Bhagavan teachings are pretty much clear on this.

Thank You Very much!

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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2013, 11:47:03 AM »
Friends,

M. had been visiting Sri Ramakrishna for the past two years. Since he had been educated along English lines, he had acquired a fondness for Western philosophy and science, and had liked to hear Keshab and other scholars lecture. Sri Ramakrishna would address him now and then as the "English-man". Since coming to Sri Ramakrishna, M. had lost all relish for lectures and for books written by English scholars. The only thing that appealed to him now was to see the Master day and night, and hear the words that fell from his blessed lips.
M. constantly dwelt on certain of Sri Ramakrishna's sayings. The Master had said, "One can certainly see God through the practice of spiritual discipline", and again, "The vision of God is the only goal of human life."
MASTER (to M.): "If you practise only a little, someone will come forward to tell you the right path. Observe the ekadasi.
Master's intimate relationship with disciples
"You are my very own, my relative; otherwise, why should you come here so frequently?

'English-man' does not have any reference to any racial bias.He who thinks that everything can be understood by the Human Intellect and Reasoning is 'English-man' and this applies to one and all. :)

coming to Ekadasi,we have the Master recommending it to such a Great one like 'M'.So definitely it is of use to us,if we can spend the time contemplating on God (smarana).All these things have two aspects-The Outer Observance and the inner attitude.Both these aspects have to go hand in hand.

In Ramakrishna Mutt,they have wonderful Ramnam singing on Ekadasi days and special Arati for Lord Sri Rama besides the Arati for Gurumaharaj,Sri Ramakrishna.

Namaskar.

Dear Sri Ravi,

With all do respect Sir,i was talking to Sri Nagaraj,not to Sri Ramakrishna. So that example is not valid,and it is not in any way the same.

I dont know where i have said i have something against ekadasi?! I only said it is not needed for someone who already touched some depths. Not needed. But someone can do that opionally. Simply coz it dont have any sense. If anyone understand what is true import of self enquiry,he will understand that those practices are only for body and ego. I also said that person can do that if he wants,but than it is not for our own improvement. For the simple reason,he understand there is nothing to improve.

It is very beautiful what Sri Ramakrishna said,and also very true,but i will hold on Bhagavan and Maharaj on such matters. Or any other,as a matter of fact.

Thanks very much!

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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2013, 12:26:44 PM »
Jewell/friends,
The excerpt from the Gospel is meant for one and all.It has nothing to do with anyone or any exchange that you or anyone had with anyone else.
It is upto anyone to see what benefit there is for him or her and take it or leave it.
Namaskar.