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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2014, 10:54:34 AM »


Whether it be in the enjoyments of heaven, the freedom of liberation,
or the sufferings of the purgatory, these great devotees of Mahavishnu 
see Him and Him alone, and are free from every kind of fear.


(VI, 17, 28)



Seeing God in everything

"There was a monastery in a certain place. The monks residing there went out
daily to beg their food. One day a monk, while out for his alms, saw a landlord
beating a man mercilessly. The compassionate monk stepped in and asked the
landlord to stop. But the landlord was filled with anger and turned his wrath against
the innocent monk. He beat the monk till he fell unconscious on the ground.
Someone reported the matter to the monastery. The monks ran to the spot and
found their brother lying there. Four or five of them carried him back and laid him
on a bed. He was still unconscious. The other monks sat around him sad at heart;
some were fanning him. Finally someone suggested that he should be given a little
milk to drink. When it was poured into his mouth he regained consciousness. He
opened his eyes and looked around. One of the monks said, 'Let us see whether he is
fully conscious and can recognize us.' Shouting into his ear, he said,
'Revered sir, who is giving you milk?' 'Brother,' replied the holy man in a low voice,
'He who beat me is now giving me milk.'

(Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #46 on: January 25, 2014, 11:05:40 AM »


What is important is that the mind is constantly fixed on Him.
It does not matter whether it is due to to antagonism or
friendliness, fear or love, lust or any other passion.
Through any of these, one should cease to be
aware of anything but Him.


(VII, 1, 25)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #47 on: January 25, 2014, 11:17:48 AM »
The eternal path of virtue followed by men famous for their
holiness consists in their feeling sorrow for the sorrows
of others, and joy for their joys.


(VI, 10, 9)





     












'The enlightened one laughs with those who joke,
and cries with those who grieve, all the time
being unaffected by the laughter and the grief'.


Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi

   Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je   
   [One who is a Vaishnav]           
   PeeD paraayi jaaNe re         
   [Knows the pain of others]         
   Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye 
   [Does good to others, esp. to those ones who are in misery]          
   Man abhimaan na aaNe re           
   [Does not let pride enter his mind]         
   Vaishnav...                 

   SakaL lok maan sahune vande           
   [A Vaishnav, Tolerates and praises the the entire world]         
   Nindaa na kare keni re           
   [Does not say bad things about anyone]         
   Vaach kaachh man nishchaL raakhe           
   [Keeps his/her words, actions and thoughts pure]         
   Dhan-dhan janani teni re           
   [O Vaishnav, your mother is blessed (dhanya-dhanya)]                   
    Vaishnav...         

   Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi           
   [A Vaishnav sees everything equally, rejects greed and
     avarice]

   Par-stree jene maat re           
   [Considers some one else's wife/daughter as his mother]         
   Jivha thaki asatya na bole           
   [The toungue may get tired, but will never speak lies]
   Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re           
   [Does not even touch someone else's property]       
   Vaishnav...         

   Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene           
   [A Vaishnav does not succumb to worldly attachments]       
   DriDh vairaagya jena man maan re           
   [Who has devoted himself to stauch detachment to worldly   
    pleasures]

   Ram naam shoon taaLi laagi           
   [Who has been edicted to the elixir coming be the name of
    Ram]

   SakaL tirath tena tan maan re           
   [For whom all the religious sites are in the mind]       
   Vaishnav...         

   VaN-lobhi ne kapaT-rahit chhe           
   [Who has no greed and deciet]       
   Kaam-krodh nivaarya re           
   [Who has renounced lust of all types and anger]
   BhaNe Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta           
  [The poet Narsi will like to see such a person]
   KuL ekoter taarya re           
  [By who's virtue, the entire family gets salvation]
   Vaishnav...

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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #48 on: January 25, 2014, 11:49:21 AM »


The Lord does not generally grant the riches and felicities
of the heavenly realm, or of the earth, or of the Rasaatala,
to his servants who have whole-hearted devotion to Him.
For where wealth is, there also thrive animosity, fear,
worry, pride, quarrels, grief and tiresome toil.


(VI, 11, 22)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #49 on: January 25, 2014, 12:09:12 PM »
The ultimate cause of the success of the success and failure
of human effort is the Lord manifested as Time, within whose
net all the worlds and their lords function in absolute
subservience, like birds entangled in the the fowler's net.

The ignorant world without knowing the Lord functioning as Time,
on whom the powers of the senses, mind and body depend,
who manifests as energy, life, death and immorality, attributes
success and failure to themselves, identifying with the physical body.


(VI, 12, 9-10)

   



By the law/will of the Creator, the fruits of actions are realized.
\How is action then supreme? It is not. It is inert

Upadesa Saaram, Bhagavan

              You have a right to perform your prescribed action, but you are not entitled
to the fruits of your action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results
your activities,and never be associated to not doing your duty.”

Gita, 2.47



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #50 on: January 26, 2014, 07:19:40 AM »


     



He from whom the creation, sustenance and dissolution of the universe take place; who is both the material and instrumental cause for it; who is omniscient; who is the only One having self mastery, being the one independent entity; who illumined the mind of Brahma with the Vedic revelation whose wisdom is the wonder of even the greatest of sages; in whom the worlds, the manifestion of three gunaas, subsist in reality without in the leat affecting HIm, just as the combinations of material elements life fire, water and earth subsist in their causes without changing their elemental nature; in whose light of consciousness there is no place for anything false - on that Truth Supreme we meditate.

(I, 1, 1)



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« Reply #51 on: January 26, 2014, 07:54:48 AM »


By resorting to His name, be it even in a mood of
distress and helplessness, one entangled in the
cycle of births and deaths would at once get release;
for even the god of death is afraid of Him.


(I, 1, 14)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #52 on: January 26, 2014, 10:09:22 AM »


Krishna*, the friend of devotees, purifies the hearts of those
who take his name. He manifests in the hearts of those
who hear the accounts of His deeds, and erases all the
evil tendencies blocking their spiritual advancements.


(I, 2, 17)

* Jesus, Allah, Saints, Guru



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« Reply #53 on: January 26, 2014, 10:17:28 AM »


It is when Maya, the power of the Lord (which functions
as both Avidya and Vidya for binding and liberation)
is pleased to function as Vidya that the Jiva attains
to Supreme Enrichment, which is nothing but
abiding in his own glory as the Spirit, the
Pure Being-Consciousness-Bliss.


(I, 3, 34)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #54 on: January 26, 2014, 10:29:40 AM »






Just as an ignorant spectator is not able to recognize the actor behind
his make-up, so also no one, having a limited and perverted intelligence
depending on his skill in logic, can understand the mystery of the
creator's manifestations into countless names and forms.


   



   












It is only the man who is without duplicity and who serves the Lord of
limitless might continuously in love and submission, that comes to
realise Him in truth and in reality.


(I, 3, 37-38)



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« Reply #55 on: January 26, 2014, 10:42:06 AM »


   
















Knowledge, characterized by purity does not
shine with dazzling brilliance, if it is devoid of
the fervour of devotion to the Supreme Being.


(I, 5, 12)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #56 on: January 26, 2014, 10:50:46 AM »


Has evil ever befallen him anywhere, who adores the lotus feet of Hari
neglecting his own duty, even if he dies at a stage when he is yet
unripe in his devotion, or falls from his sadhana?

On the other hand, what purpose has been achieved by those who fail
to worship God, through devotion to their duty??


(I, 5, 17)

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« Reply #57 on: January 26, 2014, 11:25:45 AM »


   






A wise man should endeavor only for that purposeful end which is not
obtainable even by wandering from the topmost planet [Brahmaloka]
down to the lowest planet [Paataala]* . As far as happiness derived
from sense enjoyment is concerned, it can be obtained automatically
in course of time, just as in course of time we obtain miseries as a
result of our past actions even though we do not desire them.


(I, 5, 18)

topmost planet [Brahmaloka] down to the lowest planet [Paataala]

(*worldly planes - happiness derived from mad ambitions,
obsessions with money and luxuries and perverted
happiness derived from crimes and commisions - nagaraj)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #58 on: January 26, 2014, 11:37:46 AM »


   






See how ingredients like ghee, which cause disease in men
when taken by themselves, do not do so when thet are
medicated with curative herbs. So also even though Karma
is a cause of bondage for man preoccupied with it, the same
karma, when dedicated to the Lord, becomes a potent power
to destroy all tendencies and takes him Godward. Whatever
work man erforms in dedication to, and for the pleasure of,
the Supreme Lord, such Karmagoes to generate  knowledge
(Jnana) combined with devotion (Bhakti).


(I, 1, 33-36)



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« Reply #59 on: January 26, 2014, 07:15:22 PM »


O Lord of all! Thou who indulgest in sportive actions
for the edification of Thy devotees! Art Thou going to
abandon u who are Thy friends and dependents?

Alas! Except Thy feet we have no strength to sustain
us against the anger and might of various royal houses
who entertain enmity towards us.


(I, 8, 37)



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