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Remember you don't meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you won't find it. You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.

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When we understand that what we deeply long for can never be found in an object...substance...activity...relationship or state...our longing naturally and effortlessly loses its direction and dynamism and flows back to its source, and is revealed as the happiness for which we were in search...

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This thinking process, this burden, is a desire that we always carry with us. I am showing you how to drop this unwanted burden. When you ask the question, "Who is thinking?" you arrest the process of thinking and return back to your true nature, your inherent nature, your spontaneous nature, the pure source that is empty. This is your own nature, and this is what you are always. The mind does not enter there. Time does not enter. Death does not enter. Fear does not enter.

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When you get on a real spiritual path, everything comes up, at a fast rate of speed.

Things may seem very bad, terrible, to some people.
It doesn't happen to everybody.

It is because you are accelerating your karma. It's all coming out of you. It's all being totally dissolved.

And then if you hold on, become still and quiet and do not react to these things, all of a sudden you will start feeling a profound peace, a profound happiness, a profound joy. You will finally feel freedom.

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He who says he knows does not know. Nobody knows. Nobody has ever known.

Let your greater Self direct you.

Take no authority! Let It speak. Speak out what is in your heart to others.

I don't know. Why do you want to know? Just be as you are.

The earth is my mother. The sun is my father. I am the son.

There is only one God, but He has three aspects, Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra- creation, preservation, destruction. This is the whole world.

Take my message to the whole world-one God, one man, one caste!

There is nothing inside. God is nothing.

Don't believe anyone. People will talk, show 'siddhis' (supernatural powers). Don't believe. Stand on your own Self.

Take the 'I' by the 'I'.

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This moment is free of time, of mind, of any notions.
Introduce yourself to this moment.

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To study the Way is to study the Self. To study the Self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe. To be enlightened by all things of the universe is to cast off the body and mind of the self as well as those of others. Even the traces of enlightenment are wiped out, and life with traceless enlightenment goes on forever and ever

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When the force of the desire for the Truth blossoms, selfish desires wither away, just like darkness vanishes before the radiance of the light of dawn.

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Death drowns the unsatisfied man, whose restless mind clutches for greater and greater pleasures.

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The man who knows the truth

Is never unhappy in the world.

For he alone fills the universe.

He stays in his heart.

He is free indeed!

He is beyond all,

alone.

No “I,”

No “mine.”

He knows there is nothing.

Whatever he does,

He does nothing.

And for what he has become,

There is no name.

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The realized man has lost the capacity to identify himself with anything. He is without location, placeless, beyond space and time, beyond the world, beyond words and thoughts is he.

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To me nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never out of it. Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity.

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Bondage is when the mind longs for something, grieves about
something, rejects something, holds on to something, is pleased
about something or displeased about something.

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The Background, the Reality, of everyone is that same eternal, ever blessed, ever pure, and ever-perfect One. It is the Atman, the Soul, in the saint and the sinner, in the happy and the miserable, in the beautiful and the ugly, in men and in animals; it is the same throughout. It is the Shining One.

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You don't have to go searching for God - God shines in everyone! There isn't more of God somewhere in India or in Heaven than in You.

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While the sense of duality persists in us,
let us turn our faces inwards
and bow down into the lap of the One
dwelling inside the hearts of every being.
Om Sri Gurudev.

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- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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35. As the Yogin becomes established in non-injury, all beings coming near him (the Yogin) cease to be hostile.

35. In the presence of one firmly established in non-violence, all hostilities cease.

36. When truthfulness is achieved, the words (of the Yogin) acquire the power of making them fruitful.

37. To one established in non-stealing, all wealth comes.

38. By one established in continence, vigor is gained.

39. On attaining perfection in non-acceptance, a thorough illumination of the how and why of one’s birth comes.

40. From physical purity (arises) disgust for one's own body and disinclination to come in physical contact with others.

41. From mental purity (arises) purity of Sattva, cheerful-mindedness, one-pointedness, control of the senses and fitness for the vision of the Self.

42. From contentment supreme joy is gained.

43. Through destruction of impurities, practice of austerities brings about perfection of the body and the organs.

44. From study and repetition of the Mantras, communion with the desired deity is established.

45. From devotion to God, Samadhi is attained. (The attainment of trance by making Ishvara the motive of all actions.)

46. Posture (should be) steady and comfortable.

47. By relaxation of effort and meditation on the infinite (asanas are perfected).

48. Thereafter, one is undisturbed by the dualities.

49. That [firm posture] being acquired, the movements of inhalation and exhalation should be controlled. This is pranayama.

50. The modifications of the life-breath are either external, internal or stationary. They are to be regulated by space, time and number and are either long or short.

51. The fourth Pranayama is that which follows when the spheres of the external and internal have been passed.

52. By that the veil over manifestation (of knowledge) is thinned.

53. And the mind becomes fit for concentration.

54. When the senses withdraw themselves from the objects and imitate, as it were, the nature of the mind-stuff, this is pratyahara.

55. Then follows supreme mastery over the senses.

OM

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17. The cause of that avoidable pain is the union of the Seer (Purusha) and seen (Prakriti, or Nature).

18. The knowable is of the nature of illumination, activity and inertia; it consists of the elements and the powers of sensation, action and thought; its objects are emancipation and experience.

19. The stages of the Gunas are the particular, the universal, the differentiated and the undifferentiated.

20. The Seer is consciousness only; even though pure, he cognizes ideas by imitation.

21. The seen exists only for the sake of the Seer.

22. Although destroyed for him who has attained liberation, it [the seen] still exists for others, being common to them.

23. The purpose of the coming together of the Purusa and Prakrti is gaining by the Purusa of the awareness of his true nature and the unfoldment of powers inherent in him and Prakrti.

24. Its cause is the lack of awareness of his Real nature.

25. Without this ignorance, no such union occurs. This is the independence of the Seer.

26. The uninterrupted practice of the awareness of the Real is the means of dispersion of ignorance.

27. Seven kinds of ultimate insight come to him (the Yogin who has acquired discriminative enlightenment). [One experiences the end of 1) desire to know anything more; 2) desire to stay away from any thing; 3) desire to gain anything new; 4)desire to do anything; 5) sorrow; 6) fear; 7) delusion.]

28. Through the practice of the different accessories to Yoga, on the destruction of impurity, arises spiritual illumination which develops into awareness of Reality.

29. Self-restraints, fixed observances, regulation of breath (Pranayama), abstraction, voncentration, meditation and trance are the eight accessories of Yoga.

30. Yama consists of non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-greed.

31. These (the restraints), however, become a great vow when they become universal, being unrestricted by any consideration of class, place, time or concept of duty.

32. Cleanliness, contentment, austerity (mental and physical discipline), Svadhyaya (study of scriptures and chanting of Mantras) and devotion to God are the Niyamas (observances).

33. When disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite [positive] ones should be thought of. This is pratipaksha bhavana.

34. As improper thoughts, emotions (and actions) such as those of violence etc., whether they are done (indulged in) caused to be done or abetted, whether caused by greed, anger or delusion, whether present in mild, medium or intense degree, result in endless pain and ignorance; so there is the necessity of pondering over the opposites.

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(Chapter Two)

1. Purificatory action, study and making God the motive of action, IS the Yoga of action.

2. That Kriya-yoga should be practiced for bringing about Samadhi and minimizing the Klesas.

3. The lack of awareness of Reality (Avidya), the sense of egoism of `I-am-ness', attractions and repulsions towards objects and the strong desire for life are the great afflictions or causes of all miseries in life.

4. Avidya is the source of those that are mentioned after it, whether they be in the dormant, attenuated, alternating or expanded condition.

5. Avidya consists in regarding a transient object as everlasting, an impure object as pure, misery as happiness and the non-self as self.

6. Egoism is the identification, as it were, of the power of the Seer with that of the instrument of seeing [body-mind].

7. Attachment is that (modification) which follows remembrance of pleasure.

8. Aversion is that (modification) which results from misery.

9. Abhinivesa is the strong desire for life which dominates even the learned (or the wise).

10. The subtle Klesas are forsaken (i.e. destroyed) by the cessation of productivity (i.e. disappearance) of the mind.

11. Their active modifications are destroyed by meditation.

12. Karmasaya or latent impression of action based on afflictions, becomes active in this life or in a life to come.

12. The vehicle of actions has its origin in afflictions, and is experienced in visible and invisible births.

13. With the existence of the root, there will be fruits also: namely, the births of different species of life, their life spans and experiences.

14. The karmas bear fruits of pleasure and pain caused by merit and demerit.

15. The discriminating persons apprehend (by analysis and anticipation) all worldly objects as sorrowful because they cause suffering in consequence, in their afflictive experiences and in their latencies and also because of the contrary nature of the Gunas (which produces changes all the time).

16. Pain that has not yet come is avoidable.

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It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.

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Existence, non-existence, change - this is the nature of things. Realizing this, stillness, serenity and bliss naturally follow. One who knows for certain that “Self creates All and is alone” becomes still, desireless, unattached. One who knows for certain that adversity and success come and go in obedience to destiny becomes content. He neither desires nor grieves. One who knows for certain that birth and death, happiness and misery, come and go in obedience to destiny sees nothing to accomplish. He engages in non-action, and in action remains unattached.

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Persist in your Sadhana (spiritual discipline) till you reach the goal. Congenial company is most necessary for you to persist in your Sadhana. You will be shaped by the company you keep.

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In the inmost core, the Heart
Shines as Brahman alone,
As 'I - I', the Self aware.
Enter deep into the Heart
By search for Self, or diving deep
Or with breath under check.
Thus abide ever in Atman.
(Ramana Gita, ch.ii, v 2)

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I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient, nor am I of any caste.

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We say "Atmnajnana" which literally means 'knowing the Atman'. But is the phrase , 'knowing the Atman' used in the sense of a subject knowing an object ? No. "Atmajnana" means the Self experiencing itself, and that is how 'jnana' or 'knowing' to be understood.

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THE PRAYER OF A MASON

While attempting to save a squirrel from a dog, Ramana accidentally broke his collarbone in 1942. It took sometime for the collarbone to heal. This accident also weakened him considerably. It had hardly healed, yet Ramana wanted to join a staunch devotee, T.P.R, and his friend, when
they informed him that they were going to Skandasramam. It was immediately after lunch. Naturally the two devotees were afraid that the hot sun and Ramana's frail health would make such a trip inadvisable. Thinking that they had persuaded him out of it, the two friends set out on their own only to find Ramana trailing behind them, slowly, along with his attendant Rangaswami. Somehow Ramana managed to reach Skandasramam, with their help, after three gruelling
hours in the hot sun. Why he should have done so was a mystery to them.

Soon they discovered the reason. A solitary mason was doing some odd jobs there. Ramana told him, 'I came for your sake. Your prayers dragged me here.' Ramana himself explained what his prayer was. "As you know four days ago, in connection with the raising of pillars for the New Hall they had a special worship. With the doctor's permission the sthapati had taken me for this function. Many had come.

One of them was this mason. He thought, 'How lucky are these people who are constructing this hall! To see their work Bhagavan himself has come. How will Bhagavan come and see the work, which I am doing at Skandasramam with such patient care? It is a year since he has come to Skandasramam. It would be too much to hope that he would
do so now. How wonderful would it be if he did'."
Ramana then personally inspected the work. Understandably the mason was in the seventh heaven.

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