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'A person maybe an ashramite, may have taken sannyas, maybe in the Mahant, Kothari, Thanedar system, maybe editing the magazine, maybe the camera person, maybe making flyers, maybe posting blogs, maybe teaching NU classes, maybe teaching yoga classes, but if it isn't learned how to treat others properly, any spiritual attainment is useless. People have suffered alot in life, and usually come to the Master/God/spirituality, out of intense suffering. If you cannot be compassionate towards a fellow suffering human being- that is a GREAT mistake. For knowing how to correctly enrich others, for knowing how to properly inspire others, NOT talking down to others, is ultimately what is important. After all the blessings God has bestowed on you. Use them well, and make the Lord proud. Be a beckon of hope for others to stand inspired by you and want to learn from you. You are a lion. Let's hear your enriching muscles roar!'

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God is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.

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Longing is like the rosy dawn. After the dawn out comes the sun. Longing is followed by the vision of God.

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If you first fortify yourself with the true knowledge of the Universal Self, and then live in the midst of wealth and worldliness, surely they will in no way affect you.

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' Qualities of One Who Abides in the Truth '


It is a pleasure looking at the outer world, and difficult to turn the sight to the Inner Soul.

It is by fascination of these delightful objects, that we become subjected to all our errors and blunders.

It is this intoxication, that drives the knowledge of sober truth from our minds, and introduces the delirium of the phenomenal world in its stead.

It is then that the deep ocean of the Soul, boils in its various aspects of the mind, understanding, egoism, sensation and volition; just like the sea, when moved by hot winds, bursts into the forms of foaming froths, waves and surges.

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' Qualities of One Who Abides in the Truth '


Avoid both your desire of liberation, as also your eagerness for worldly bondage; but strive to enfeeble your mind by lessening its egoism, by the two means of your detachments and discrimination of worldly objects.

The thought of getting liberation, growing big in the mind, disturbs its peace and rest, and it also injuries the body (by observance of austerities).

Whether we visualize the Soul as apart from all things or intimately connected with all, it can neither have its liberation nor its bondage.


(5:74)

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' Qualities of One Who Abides in the Truth '


Renunciation of desire is the source of complete self-sufficiency to which the riches of the three worlds can make no addition.

A man decorated with a lack of desire has all in himself though possessed of nothing.

With what shall we compare a man whose mind is never employed in the thoughts of craving something and avoiding another, and who is ever master of himself?

O you wise and intelligent man! rely on the lack of cravings on your heart, which is your greatest good fortune, by setting yourself in the bliss of safety and security, beyond the reach of the dangers and difficulties of the world.

( 5:74 )

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~ Early Chinese travelers have left us many striking pictures of Indian society ~

The Chinese priest, Fa-Hsien, wrote an account of his eleven years in India during the reign of Chandragupta II (early 4th century).

The Chinese author relates: "Throughout the country no one kills any living thing, nor drinks wine....They do not keep pigs or fowl; there are no dealings in cattle, no butchers' shops or distilleries. Rooms with beds and mattresses, food and clothes, are provided for resident and traveling priests without fail, and this is the same in all places. The priests occupy themselves with benevolent ministrations and with chanting liturgies; or they sit in meditation."

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If we use the mind properly, we can understand how God is beyond mind and intellect; and how His true nature can be felt only through the power of intuition. We must find His consciousness through the superconscious mind - the nucleus of mind and intelligence. His infinite nature is revealed to man through the intuitive superconsciousness. The joy felt in meditation reveals the presence of Eternal Joy spread over all creation. The light seen in meditation is the astral light from which our tangible creation is made. Beholding this light, one feels a unity with all things.

"Yogoda Satsanga Magazine"

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In terms of qualities, these three dimensions are called tamas, rajas, and sattva. In terms of physical manifestation, we call them pingala, sushumna, and ida. These three nadis are the manifestation of who you are. Then there are the three forces earth, moon, and sun. And the three dimensions of one’s existence here: past, present, and future...If you try to conquer only one out of the three, you will be on an endless ride because the three are internally one.

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19) By repeatedly entering samadhi, the residual impressions of samadhi will permeate one more and more. By thus repeatedly touching the Self, one will become permanently established in the Self.

20) Then one attains Oneness with the blissful light of consciousness. One attains the goal of all mantras. One becomes established in Pure Being prior to creation and reabsorption. One reaches higher than the Devas. One comes in control of all this. This is verily the state of Shiva (Pure Being).


Thus ends the Pratyabhijnahridayam, or Essence of Self-recognition.

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20) Then one attains Oneness with the blissful light of consciousness. One attains the goal of all mantras. One becomes established in Pure Being prior to creation and reabsorption. One reaches higher than the Devas. One comes in control of all this. This is verily the state of Shiva (Pure Being).


Thus ends the Pratyabhijnahridayam, or Essence of Self-recognition.

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19) By repeatedly entering samadhi, the residual impressions of samadhi will permeate one more and more. By thus repeatedly touching the Self, one will become permanently established in the Self.

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17) By opening up the center one attains the supreme bliss of Pure Being.

18) The means are: (a) Cessation of wrong understanding. (b) Withdrawal and projection of Shakti. (c) Control of the flow (of Shakti, kundalini, prana) between the extremes.

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16) On attaining blissful Self-realization one becomes liberated even while incarnated. Though there is the usual mental activity and phenomena, Self-recognition never ceases.

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14) The fire of Shakti (citi), even though it descends to the level of concealment, is capable of being known in proportion to its strength.

15) (Shakti) On acquiring full strength, reveals everything as Pure Being.

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13) That very same Pure Awareness that acquires knowledge of the individual mind, can through meditation turn upon its source and rise to the level of recognizing itself as Pure Being (the Self).

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12) The five functions, while in the absence of Self-realization, binds one in illusion (samsara). Bondage gets its power from infatuation with the phenomena.

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9) Pure Being, in the same way as Shakti, becomes obscured due to constrictions that appear as impurities covering the Self. Thus the individual soul comes into being and gets bound by illusions and reincarnation (samsara).


10) Nevertheless (though bound in illusion) the individual soul performs the same five functions as the Self.

11) These are: (a) manifestation of constricted phenomena; (b) ideation, thinking and cognition; (c) attachment to and involvement in the phenomena; (d) proliferation by planting seeds of future phenomena and constrictions; (e) dissolution of the phenomena back into Pure Being.

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6) That individual mind is part of illusory understanding (Maya).

7) Though essentially One, he (Pure Being) has two sides that consists of three aspects. He appears as fourfold and through seven pentads appears as the objective universe.

8) All this is merely various systems of philosophy, which ultimately are roles played by Pure Being.

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5) Citi (the Self as Shakti) descends from the state of unmanifest Oneness (Cetana) and becomes the objects of awareness as well as the constricted individual mind (Citta) when engrossed in the objects of awareness (cetya).

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4) The individual (atma) is a constriction of Shakti (Citi) but never the less is pure consciousness. Yet individual consciousness is filled with the constricted forms that make up the universe.

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Rajanaka Kṣemarāja (क्षेमराज) (late 10th to early 11th century) was a philosopher and a disciple of Abhinavagupta. He wrote original works of Kashmir Shaivism including the set of sutras entitled Pratyabhijna Hridayam.

1) The Shakti of the Absolute Self (Citi) in and of itself is the cause of the manifestation, maintenance and dissolution of the entire universe.

2) By Her own will She unfolds the universe upon her own screen.

3) That (projection on the screen, the universe) appears manifold because various objects are perceived by various subjects who are differently disposed.

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Do your sadhana, change your diet to include more natural foods, and you will see in a couple of months’ time, you will sit still.

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'Whatever you may be doing, I will be there! This is Leela Dhyana. Practicing the presence of God. Whenever you go out you tell me, ‘Swami, Maharaj, I am going out and I will come back.’ When you wake up, ‘Swamiji I am on time. I am in Integrity.’ If not, ‘Swamiji, I am late. I am completing with you.’ This is practicing the presence of God. See, you can be doing this practicing the presence of God with anybody. You can do with Shiva, Hanuman, Rama, Krishna, Devi, whomever you have chosen as your chosen ideal. With that you can do. Doing with Guru, God. You have option. But practicing the presence of God is so powerful!'

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' Winter Solstice '

Sadhguru explains the significance of Uttarayana, which begins with the Winter Solstice and is traditionally seen as an auspicious time of the year.

Sadhguru: We are now at the threshold of Uttarayana, which is a period of harvest. The Sun’s run in relation to planet Earth will shift from the southern run to the northern run – from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana. It is not that the sun is moving anywhere. What is happening in terms of celestial arrangement is that on the winter solstice on December 22, the sun was over the Tropic of Capricorn. From that day, if you watch the sunrise and the movement of the sun, slowly, every day it will shift to the north.

People who have been spiritually aware have always identified this transition as a possibility for human consciousness to blossom. Particularly, the first half of Uttarayana until the equinox in March is a period where the maximum amount of grace is available. The human system is more receptive to grace at that time than any other. History clearly indicates that the maximum number of people have attained in this phase of the sun in the Northern Hemisphere.


One of the most famous stories is of Bhishma waiting on his deathbed of arrows for many weeks. Though he was severely injured, he held onto his life until Uttarayana came because he wanted to make use of this transition in nature, to make his own transition possible. Gautama also attained on the third full moon day after Uttarayana. And in South India, there are examples of innumerable saints, sages, siddhas and yogis who have made the transition during this period.

During the southern run, what is below the anahata can be purified very easily. During the northern run, what is above the anahata can be worked much more easily. That is why in terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification. Uttarayana is for enlightenment. This is the period of receptivity, of grace and enlightenment, of attainment of the ultimate. This is the time to harvest, and it is also the reason agricultural harvests begin during this period. Pongal is the harvest festival. So it is not only the time of harvesting food grains, but also the time to harvest human potential.
In terms of sadhana, Dakshinayana is for purification. Uttarayana is for enlightenment.

At the beginning of Uttarayana, we have set up a certain opportunity for people to become more consciously receptive to grace. There will be 21 days of sadhana for ladies, which will start at the beginning of January up until what is called “Dhanya Pournami” or “Thaipusam” in Tamil Nadu. This sadhana will be given out to people wherever they may be. We also give a 42-day sadhana for men which will begin on Thaipusam and last until Mahashivarathri.

The human body, if brought to a certain level of intensity and sensitivity, is a cosmos by itself. Everything that happens in the external sphere, in a subtle way, manifests in the body. It is happening to everyone, it is just that most people do not notice this. But a more organized and purposeful rearrangement of the human mechanism could be done if one becomes conscious of the external movement and aligns that with the movement that is happening within the human system. If you want this body of flesh and bone to imbibe the nature of the cosmic body, understanding and being in tune with this movement of Uttarayana and Dakshinayana is very essential.

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