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« Reply #135 on: February 03, 2014, 08:48:27 AM »
The thirst and taste for His service washes away
the dirt of evil tendencies from aspirant, which
they have acquired in the course of innumerable
past births, just like the sanctifying waters of
the holy Ganga streaming forth from His toe.


(IV, 21, 31)



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« Reply #136 on: February 03, 2014, 09:04:10 AM »
There is no more involvement in the miseries of Samsara for one
whose mental impurities have all been cleansed, who is endowed
with the strength that is born of knowledge and supported by
detachment, and who has made the Lord's feet his abode.


(IV, 21, 32)
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« Reply #137 on: February 03, 2014, 09:18:14 AM »
O honoured ones! Can there be any happiness
for householders who, mistaking sense-objects
to be the supreme good of man, have fallen,
under the vortex of Samsara, which is nothing
but a bale of sorrows!


(IV, 22, 13)



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« Reply #138 on: February 03, 2014, 10:56:19 AM »


The Supreme Being, who is specially, manifest in
spiritually illumined ones and who is the immanent
spirit in all, verilyk goes about as an enlightened
teacher in order to bless all His devotees,
You verily, are such embodiments of the Divine.


(IV, 22, 16)



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« Reply #139 on: February 03, 2014, 11:02:44 AM »


   










You have in you that rare attainment, the feeling of attraction and delight in hearing and describing the excellences of the Lord, 'Slayer of Madhu'. This delight, if firmly and constantly established in a devotee, easily dispel lust, a mental impuriyu that is otherwise difficult to overcome.

(IV, 22, 20)
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« Reply #140 on: February 03, 2014, 06:12:46 PM »
One who wants to cultivate devotion should eschew the company
of men whose only interest is in sensuous enjoyments and also
avoid the objects and places that are pleasing to such people.
When there is no convenience to listen to the recitals of Lord's
excellences, one should engage in philosophical reflection or
resort to some solitary place.


(IV, 22, 23)



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« Reply #141 on: February 03, 2014, 06:18:00 PM »
The aspirant whose mind has thus been burnt up (by spiritual practices),
and is thereby freed from the limitations imposed on it, sees no longer an
inside and an outside for the Self. It is the mind that acts as a barrier in
the Self, causing the distinction of the subject and the object. The state
of one in whom this divisive factor has been obliterated, is like that of
one awakened from a dream.


(IV, 22, 27)



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« Reply #142 on: February 03, 2014, 06:21:12 PM »
It is only when there is the medium of the mind that one feels,
through that medium, the distinction between the object,
the subject, the instruments and the like.


(IV, 22, 28)



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« Reply #143 on: February 03, 2014, 06:24:28 PM »
The mind of a man who is captivated by external objects,
loses its discriminative faculty, even as the water in a
lake is dried up by the reeds on its margin.


(IV, 22, 30)



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« Reply #144 on: February 03, 2014, 06:27:04 PM »
If thought is weakened or distorted, the sense of
the continuity of events is lost. If that is lost,
intelligence is forfeited. If intelligence is lost,
man is as good as having attained to self-destruction.


(IV, 22, 31)



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« Reply #145 on: February 03, 2014, 06:29:59 PM »
By a continued preoccupation with wealth and sex, man misses
the real human fulfillment. For, an unending preoccupation with
these things deprives him of spiritual knowledge and experience,
and he is gradually reduced to the state of trees and other vegetation.


(IV, 22, 33)



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« Reply #146 on: February 03, 2014, 06:34:36 PM »
Of these four ends (Dharma, Artha, Kaama, Moksha),
Moksha alone is accepted as the really stable value to
be sought; for the other three are subject to the
destructive forces of Time.


(IV, 2, 35)



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« Reply #147 on: February 03, 2014, 06:47:31 PM »


In the hearts of all beings, who, as it were, from a
cluster of body, mind, senses, Prana, Buddhi and
Ahankara, the Lord shines as the Master, a real
Presence, the Indweller. Know yourself to be a
part and parcel of Him.


(IV, 22, 37)



hrdaya-kuhara-madhye kevalam brahma-matram
hyaham-aham-iti saksad-atma-rupena bhati
hrdi visa manasa svam cinvata majjata va
pavana-calana-rodhad-atma-nistho bhava tvam.

In the center of the heart-cave Brahman alone shines
in the form of the Self with immediacy as 'I-I'. Enter
into the heart by diving deep, with the mind investigating
itself, or with control of the movement of the breath
and abide in the Self.

This sloka arose in the following circumstances: In 1915, the Maharshi spent the rainy season at Skandasramam. One day Jagadeesa Sastry, sat with a paper in his hand which the Maharshi noticed and enquired about. Sastry said "I have commenced writing a sloka. I could compose only the first phrase but could not go any further' Bhagavan took up the paper containing the phrase "Hridaya kuhara madhye' (In the interior of the Heart cave). Thereupon he completed the sloka.

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« Reply #148 on: February 03, 2014, 06:59:16 PM »


What the holy man eats is his own food,
what he wears is his own cloth,
what he gives is his own wealth.
He is the owner of everything.
But the food that the others eat is
only what the holy man gives them as a gift.


(IV, 22, 46)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #149 on: February 03, 2014, 07:13:09 PM »


I consider not the attainment of heaven,
or even of liberation - not to speak of
worldly attainments - as comparable with
the blessing of contacting a real devotee
of the Lord even for a moment.


(IV, 24, 57)



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