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« Reply #120 on: February 01, 2014, 10:38:33 AM »
Stages of Spiritual Development

There are three stages of spiritual growth.

  • The first stage is that of pious householders following the Spiritual injunctions.
    It consists in performance of prescribed ordained duties, in works of charity,
    in study of the scriptures and reflection on their meaning, in practicing
    control of the mind and the senses, and in the discharge of one's
    duties as an offering to God.

     
  • The second stage is that of those who follow a way of life that combines
    both Pravritti (Secular life characterized by works) and Nivritti (exclusively
    spiritual pursuits). They follow the specific ninefield disciplines of Bhakti
    supported by disciplines of work and concentration.

     
  • The third is that of advanced spiritual aspirants who have intense dispassion
    for self-centered life and devote themselves exclusively to the realisation of
    the Atman. It is the Bhagavan, the supreme principle of Self-Awareness,
    who is both Saguna (associated with Gunas) and Nirguna(without associated
    with Gunas).

     

All these aspirants worship and ultimately reach.

(III, 32, 34-36)
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« Reply #121 on: February 01, 2014, 10:57:45 AM »







By an unbroken flow of love towards Him, by the practice of intense dispassion, by the observance of strict discipline in eating and other matters of daily life, by acquiring knowledge on spiritual matters; by the experience of the All-inclusive Being with its veil of Maya, which is removed by constant contemplation of Him with a pure mind; by the elimination of individuality that is attained through the fixing of the mind on Bhagavan, who is none else but Brahman and who is the support of the Jiva - by means of such disciplines she (Devahuti) attained to Supreme peace, having removed all the obstacles to the dawn of this Knowledge.

(III, 33, 24-26)

   



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« Reply #122 on: February 02, 2014, 09:08:09 AM »
Great men show extreme tolerance and never an
attitude of vengeance, towards the mistakes
committed by person whose minds have been
stricken by the Lord's Maya with a divisive
outlook and the infatuation arising from it.


(IV, 7, 48)



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« Reply #123 on: February 02, 2014, 10:19:30 AM »


You are not affected by the Lord's mysterious power of Maya,
and are all-knowing. So, O Lord, it behoves you to bless those
on whom the infatuation of Maya acts and whose thoughts are
guided by the tendencies of the Karma they have acquired in the past.


(IV, 7, 49)



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« Reply #124 on: February 02, 2014, 10:24:01 AM »


I never take a really serious view of the
transgressions of Jivas who are under
the deluding influences of the Lord's Maya.


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« Reply #125 on: February 02, 2014, 10:36:17 AM »


O Lord! O Dear one! Bless us who contemplate Thee
with unswerving devotion! For we feel the need of the
support of Thy blessing to succeed in our efforts.


(IV, 7, 38)



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« Reply #126 on: February 02, 2014, 02:41:58 PM »
Seek within yourself that very Being, who is the
support of the fleeting universe, and whose presence
is felt in hearts that are free from all passions like anger.


(IV, 12, 29)



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« Reply #127 on: February 02, 2014, 02:48:49 PM »
Just as one controls a disease with a powerful drug,
one can overcome anger, the enemy of all the higher
spiritual developments, by repeatedly hearing and
thinking about the truth of the Atman.


(IV, 12, 31)



Kulasekara Alwaar sings in his Mukunda Mala -

vyAmOha-praSamaushadham muni-manO-vRtti-pravRttyaushadham
 daityEndrArti-karaushadham tri-jagatAm sanjIvanaikaushadham |
bhaktAtyanta-hitaushadham bhava-bhaya-pradhvamsanaikaushadham
 SrEya: prApti-karaushadham piba manaS SrI-kRshNa-divyaushadham || 24

  kulaSEkharar describes the SrI-kRshNa principle as the medicine for curing
all the ills of the world and for destroying all the evil forces. He asks us
to drink that beneficial medicine and to get well.

With us in mind, the AzhvAr is talking to his own mind and tells it to drink
the divine medicine known as SrI kRshNa. Its benefits are as follows:

  . vyamOha praSama aushadham
      It is a medicine that removes the delusions caused by chasing
      material and non-spiritual things.

  . muni mana: vRtti pravRtti aushadham
      It is a medicine that has the power to turn the minds of the sages
      towards SrI kRshNa ie. it can make them fall in love with SrI kRshNa.

  . daitya indra Arti kara aushadham
      It is a medicine that can cause endless headache and panic to the
      chieftains of asura-s like kAlanEmi.

  . tri-jagatAm sanjIvana Eka aushadham
      It is a medicine essential for rejuvenating the inhabitants of all
      the three worlds.

  . bhaktA: atyanta hita aushadham
      It is a medicine that performs wonders and confers benedictions to the
      devotees of the Lord.

  . bhava bhaya pradhvamsana Eka aushadham
      It is a medicine that banishes the fears of samsAra

  . SrEya: prApti kara aushadham
      It is a key medicine that confers auspiciousness and happiness
      for its partakers.

Such a divine medicine is nothing other than the SrI-kRshNa-mantram and
kulaSEkharar tell his mind (and ours) it should drink the SrI-kRshNa-mantram.



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« Reply #128 on: February 02, 2014, 02:52:24 PM »


A man who possesses discrimination and
aspires to freedom from fear should not
become a slave to anger, for his anger
will evoke agitation and fear in other.


(IV, 12, 32)



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« Reply #129 on: February 02, 2014, 02:56:44 PM »

To be free from Samsara, worship the Lord as the Soul of all
and as the all-inclusive form, as one worthy of worship by all,
who is one with His Atma-Maya, His Power, in both activity and rest.


(IV, 12, 6)



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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #130 on: February 02, 2014, 03:35:02 PM »


   





The Atman is different from the body. For the Atman is one,
pure, self-conscious, non-material, the ground of matter and
its modifications, the all-pervading, without any covering,
the witness, and the selfless Self.

He who understands this Atman to be the Essence in himself,
does not become attached to the modification called matter,
though he may dwell in the physical body, for he is established in Me.


(IV, 20, 7-8)



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« Reply #131 on: February 02, 2014, 03:42:29 PM »
Whoever realises the changeless and unattached spirit
within as the witness of the body, organ of knowledge
and organs of action, he attains to the highest good.


(IV, 20, 11)



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« Reply #132 on: February 02, 2014, 03:45:56 PM »


Those who are attached to Me and
not to the body remain unperturbed
in prosperity and adversity,


(IV, 20, 12)



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« Reply #133 on: February 03, 2014, 08:37:21 AM »


O Lord! The whole world is stricken by Thy Maya.
Else why should all stupidly run after petty enjoyments,
rejecting Thee, the essence of Truth? Just as a father
protects a son unasked, it is meet that Thou dost
protect us, as Thou alone knowest what is good for us.


(IV, 20, 31)



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« Reply #134 on: February 03, 2014, 08:43:13 AM »
O honoured ones! It is certain that there is a
Supreme Being who determine the destinies
of all beings.


(IV, 21, 27)



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