Home     15611 posts


Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

Mooji

See More
When you realise the Truth of who you are, your whole life becomes religion.
Your very existence becomes service to the one Self, to Truth, to God.

Andriy shared a The Upanishads quote         SHARE URL

The Upanishads

See More
Significance of The Upanishads

“The Upanishads are metaphysical treatises which are replete with sublime conceptions of Vedanta and with intuitions of universal truths. The Indian Rishis and seers of yore endeavored to grasp the fundamental truths of being. They tried to solve the problems of the origin, the nature and the destiny of man and of the universe. They attempted to grasp the meaning and value of knowing and being. They endeavored to find a solution for the problems of the means of life and the world and of the relation of the individual to the ‘Unseen,’ or the Supreme Soul. They sought earnestly satisfactory solution of these profound questions: Who am I? What is this universe or Samsara? Whence are we born? On what do we rest? Where do we go? Is there any such thing as immortality, freedom, perfection, eternal bliss, everlasting peace, Atman, Brahman, or the Self, Supreme Soul, which is birthless, deathless, changeless, self-existent? How to attain Brahman or Immortality?

They practiced right living, Tapas, introspection, self-analysis, enquiry and meditation on the pure, inner Self and attained Self-realization. Their intuitions of deep truths are subtle and direct. Their inner experiences, which are direct, first-hand, intuitive and mystical, which no science can impeach, which all philosophies declare as the ultimate goal of their endeavors, are embodied in the sublime books called the Upanishads.

Some Western scholars have fixed the age of the Upanishads as B.C. 600, or so. They regard that all of them belong to the pre-Buddhistic period. This is a sad mistake indeed. The Upanishads are the knowledge portion, or Jnana-Kanda, of the Vedas. They are eternal. They came out of the mouth of Hiranyagarbha, or Brahman. How can one fix the date of the Upanishads? They existed even before the creation of this world.

The Upanishads are a source of deep mystic divine knowledge which serves as the means of freedom from this formidable Samsara, earthly bondage. They are world-scriptures. They appeal to the lovers of religion and truth in all races, and at all times. They contain profound secrets of Vedanta, or Jnana-Yoga, and practical hints and clues which throw much light on the pathway of Self-realization.

There are four Vedas., Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. There are as many Upanishads to each Veda as there are Sakhas or branches (subdivisions). there are 21, 109, 1000, and 50 subdivisions to Rik, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva Vedas respectively. Thus there are one thousand and hundred and eighty (1,180) Upanishads.

Significance And Ideal

Knowledge of the Upanishads destroys ignorance, the seed of Samsara. 'Shad' means to 'shatter' or 'destroy'. By having knowledge of the Upanishads one is able to sit near Brahman, i.e., to attain Self-realization. Hence the name 'Upanishad'. Knowledge of Brahman is called 'Upanishad', because it leads to Brahman and helps aspirants to attain Brahman. The term 'Upanishad' is applied to the book also in a secondary sense, by courtesy.

The following two ideas dominate the teaching of all the Upanishads: (1) Final emancipation can be attained only by knowledge of the Ultimate Reality, or Brahman (Brahmajnana): (2) He who is equipped with the four means of salvation, viz., Viveka, (discrimination), Vairagya (dispassion), Shad-Sampat (the six-fold treasure; self-control, etc.) and Mumukshutva (yearning for liberation), can attain Brahman. The Upanishads teach the philosophy of absolute unity.

The goal of men, according to the Upanishads, is realization of Brahman. Self-realization alone can dispel ignorance and bestow immortality, eternal bliss, and everlasting peace. Knowledge of Brahman alone can remove all sorrows, delusion and pain.

The Upanishads are rightly called the Vedanta, the end of the Vedas, that which is reserved for those who have freed themselves from the bonds of formal religion.

The Upanishads are not meant for the masses, as they contain the highest speculations of philosophy. They are meant only for the select few, who are fit and worthy to receive the instructions. Hence the term 'Upanishad' signified at first 'secret teaching' or 'secret doctrine'. As already stated, Sadhana-Chatushtaya (the fourfold means) is the primary qualification of an aspirant of Jnana-Yoga, or one who seeks the knowledge of the Upanishads.

Study the Upanishads systematically. Acquire the four means of salvation. Meditate on the non-dual Atman or Brahman and attain ever-lasting Bliss!”

Andriy shared a Paramahansa Yogananda quote         SHARE URL

Paramahansa Yogananda

See More
One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture, and that not in it, but beyond it, lies his own reality.

~ From ' Autobiography of a Yogi '

Andriy shared a Paramahansa Yogananda quote         SHARE URL

Paramahansa Yogananda

See More
So long as we are immersed in body consciousness, we are like strangers in a foreign country. Our native land is omnipresence.

Andriy shared a Paramahansa Yogananda quote         SHARE URL

Paramahansa Yogananda

See More
Eternity yawns at me below, above, on the left and on the right, in front and behind, within and without. With open eyes I behold myself as the little body. With closed eyes I perceive myself as the cosmic center around which revolves the sphere of eternity, the sphere of bliss, the sphere of omniscient, living space.

Andriy shared a Paramahansa Nithyananda quote         SHARE URL

Paramahansa Nithyananda

See More
Chapter 13, Message – 337

Understand, neither suppressing nor supporting your thoughts will work. Only witnessing works.

Let me explain the technique may take at least ten minutes

You are going to witness your body movements, breath movements and mind movements: movements of your body, movements of your breath and movements of your mind. You may ask what kind of body movements do we have? Understand that by inhaling and exhaling, your belly will be moving continuously up and down. There will be a slight movement of your belly during your breathing.

Witness that movement.

Next, watch the flow of your breath during inhaling and exhaling, without any attempt to control it.

Third, watch your mind. Thoughts will be going on. Please do not judge your thoughts as right or wrong. For a few minutes, sit next to your mind. Like a close friend. Let it tell you whatever it wants to. Let it speak about whatever it wants.

Witness all these with no attachment. Do not stop, control or go behind anything.

We continuously fight with our body and mind. We cannot get rid of the body and mind by constantly fighting with them. We can only go beyond them through friendliness. Only if we feel deeply friendly towards them, will be able to go beyond body and mind. If we have a negative emotion towards the body-mind, we will naturally abuse and only have a violent relationship with it. Accept the body and the mind. Witness the mind like a friend. Let whatever is inside come out. There’s nothing wrong. Neither support nor suppress. If we support, we will go after the garbage. If we suppress, we will end up analyzing the garbage and pushing it aside. Neither approach is going to work. Just witness.

Witnessing acts like fire. All the thoughts are burned away. Understand, neither suppressing not supporting your thoughts will work. Only witnessing works.

When we go deep into our being, the witnessing consciousness automatically creates intelligence. Understand that we don’t need to be in that mood all twenty-four hours of each day. Even if we get a few glimpses, that is enough. That energy will guide our whole life. If we understand the silence that happens to us when we are witnessing, even for a few seconds, we will taste it and start acting on it. Only out of these few moments does the energy of great achievement happen.

All great things are achieved from the consciousness and intuition that is beyond the body-mind, whether it is Einstein’s Theory of Relativity or some other great scientific discovery. They are products of the witnessing consciousness. This is true not only in the field of science but in the arts, spirituality or any field. When we are beyond the body and mind, we bring the maximum out of our being. The ultimate expression of our being happens when we are whole. Whenever we are whole, we are holy. Understand that witnessing is the only path to wholeness or holiness.

-Excerpt from the book 'Bhagavad Gita’ demystified

Andriy shared a Paramahansa Nithyananda quote         SHARE URL

Paramahansa Nithyananda

See More
"People ask me again and again 'After all, happiness matters, no?'

'No! Authenticity matters, not happiness!'

Authenticity is more important, the oozing of bliss starts happening. These two have different ends, bind a man. Even goodness binds you to more and more good until you become the best! Pleasantness binds you and leads you to a different result. Both bring certain bondage.

Both Shreya (the good) and preya (pleasant) approach man; the dhira (wise man), examining the two, discriminates between them. The wise man verily prefers Shreya; but the foolish man chooses preya through the love of gain and attachment. These two having different ends, he who chooses the pleasant over the good misses the true end. That which is good may not be always pleasant and that which is pleasant may not be always good for us.

Every moment life presents the choice of authenticity and inauthenticity to you. It is YOU who needs to choose...it is your responsibility to choose authenticity. No one can save you, no other person can save you. It is you who needs to make the choice. Always choose authenticity even if it appears unpleasant because he who chooses the pleasant over the good misses the true end."

~ Essence of January 2013 morning satsang by Paramahamsa Nithyananda on KatoUpanishad

Andriy shared a Agasthiyar quote         SHARE URL

Agasthiyar

See More
" Listen to the miraculous fruits of tapas;
When He is in Siva Yoga trance,
Man will find Him as man,
Woman will find Him as woman,
Yogis will find Him as Yogi,
Fiery animals will find Him as their own;
Thus entangled under His compassionate tapas."

~ Agasthiyar Pari Putranam 1200 verse 1101

Andriy shared a Agasthiyar quote         SHARE URL

Agasthiyar

See More
"To perceive the entire world, is full of wisdom;
To experience all objects, in essence, as infinite plains,
To have a vision of the serene space.
Understand! All these through only one means - That is Dhyanam!"

~ Agasthiyar Soumiya Sagaram 1200, Verse 302

Andriy shared a Siddha Sattaimuni quote         SHARE URL

Siddha Sattaimuni

See More
"Whatever is in the macrocosm is in the microcosm;
Whatever is in the microcosm is in the macrocosm.
Macrocosm and microcosm are ONE
When you look in right understanding"

Andriy shared a Paramahansa Yogananda quote         SHARE URL

Paramahansa Yogananda

See More
[God] won't measure how long you have worked for spiritual attainment; it is your intensity that counts. No matter how many incarnations of bad karma you might have, if your devotion and sincerity are deep enough to bring into your consciousness the light of God, all darkness of the evil of incarnations will be burned away.

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
Even if you take a mouse's hide and wash it for any number of days
Its black color will remain a black and never becomes white
Similarly, even if you beat a wooden doll it will never speak (it is impossible to change the original human nature)
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
Medi(fig -Common Ficus carica)), a fruit, looks gorgeous externally,
But when we rip it, we find worms within.
In a similar manner, a coward appears brave outside, but in reality he is not.
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
Iron, if broken, can be joined together, twice or thrice
but heart once broken can never be put together again

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
There are many that find faults (with others)
Every one in the world has faults
The people who count faults do not know their own faults
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
A stone in shoe, a fly near ear
Pollen in eye, a thorn in foot
A quarrel in the house, are unbearable(painful)
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
Changing your appearance, language and wearing saffron (renunciate) clothes
Do not lead to mukti (liberation),
Shaving of head (of a renunciate, widow etc) does not shave (unwanted) thoughts
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
The rain drop that fell in the shell became a pearl,
The one that fell in water merged with water,
Where there's devotion, there's bound to be fruit,
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
In times of distress, observe the attitude of relatives
In times of fear, observe the behaviour of the army
In times of poverty, observe the nature of the wife
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
When it is not our place or time, we cannot win
You have not become small because of this
Don't you know the hill looks small in a mirror
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
As you sing (again and again), the melody (raga) excels
As you eat Neem (again and again) , it becomes sweeter
With practice, things become perfect
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
A mean(low) person always speaks pompously
A good person speaks softly
Does gold reverberate the way brass does?
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
What is the purpose of custom sans inner purity?
What is the purpose of cooking sans cleanliness of vessels?
What is the purpose of worship of Shiva sans purity of mind?
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
A ladleful of a Sacred cow's milk is enough
Of what worth is even a potful of donkey's milk
Even a little food given with respect is sumptuous
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
Golden animal on earth is imaginary
Son of Dhaasharatha left his wife and chased after it
He was foolish and insane, how can he be a God?
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Andriy shared a Yogi Vemana quote         SHARE URL

Yogi Vemana

See More
Salt and camphor look similar,
but closer observation shows their taste is different
Among men, virtuous people stand apart
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

Contribute to the project

Support and Contribute to This Project of Sharing and Spreading Timeless Wisdom.

Thank you!

· · ·   View More Channels   · · · Random Being
Our Friends:
Buddha at the Gas Pump Big library of interviews with awakened and inspiring beings of our time. Swami Vivekananda Quotes Beautiful library of Swami Vivekananda Inspirational works.