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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Having known one's nature one abides
As being with no beginning and no end
In unbroken consciousness and bliss.

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34.IMPERMANENCE

331. To view the fleeting as everlasting is foolish and degrading.

~ Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar

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34.IMPERMANENCE

331. To view the fleeting as everlasting is foolish and degrading.

~ Thirukkural by Thiruvalluvar

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Shall you be better able to fight [bad habits] tomorrow than today? Why add today's mistakes to yesterday's? You have to turn to God sometime, so isn't it better to do it now? Just give yourself to Him and say: "Lord, naughty or good, I am Your child. You must take care of me." If you keep on trying, you will improve. "A saint is a sinner who never gave up."

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If we become aware of the battle going on within us, the battle fought by the senses, all other external quarrels will become distant affairs. Let us try to resolve this inner conflict and try to remain tranquil. In this tranquility all will be banished including place, space, and so on. When we are asleep we are not aware of either knowledge or space, but the jnana (in the state of enlightenment of the inner truth) we will experience knowledge without any consciousness of space.

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But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.


Prince Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha (563-483 BC) the Enlightened One

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ON CHANGE

"What then of this fathom-long body ? Is there anything here of which it may rightly be said , "i" or "mine" or "am"? Nay verily nothing whatsoever.

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ON CHANGE

"What then of this fathom-long body ? Is there anything here of which it may rightly be said , "i" or "mine" or "am"? Nay verily nothing whatsoever.

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Tapas - Completing with imaginary Complication.
Ojas - Ability to complete with Imaginary Complications.
Imaginary Complications can be completed because they are imaginary.

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'First Understand and Live the four powers - Power of Words, Thinking, Feeling and Living which will naturally lead you to Understand and Live four tattvas - Integrity, Authenticity Responsibility and Enriching.'

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In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present

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The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.
He doesn't think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day's work.

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"Anything you want to do in your life, do it now. Start with any one or two small steps, don’t wait for the perfect situation to come, because it will never come. Start now, it will start the snow-ball effect and all auspiciousness will be showered on you. Rule of fulfilled life? Don’t postpone. That’s all!"

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Your thinking can be your enemy, your thinking can become your friend. It is up to you

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Swami Chinmayananda

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Why worry? Without birth and death, without the perpetual transmutation of all forms of life, the world would be static rhythmless undancing, mummified.

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Just as a fire is covered by smoke and a mirror is obscured by dust, just as the embryo rests deep within the womb, wisdom is hidden by selfish desire.

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When a grasshopper sits on a blade of grass, he has no thought of separation, resistance, or blame.

Human children prefer dragonflies whose wings and bellies are as red as chili peppers.

But the green grasshopper blends completely with the green grass, and children rarely notice it.

It neither retreats nor beckons. It knows nothing of philosophy or ideals.

It is simply grateful for its ordinary life.

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S. N. Goenka

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Meeting Between Shri S N Goenka and K
(S. N. Goenka met K at KFI Rajghat in early 1970's.)

Question for Shri S. N. Goenka about his meeting with J Krishnamurti (K)
Location: Pune, India.
Date: 17 October 2000.
Occasion: public Q/A session after a public talk by Shri S N Goenka on Vipassana meditation.

Q. Krishnamurty did not believe in a technique or gurus. I believe you met him, did you discuss this?

Answer by S. N. Goenka:

Certainly, I met him. He was a very saintly person, and I very much understood why he is against technique and why he is against gurus. Because he observed the situation all over the country where gurus just exploit the people saying "Look I am your guru and you are my disciple, you are so weak, how can you liberate yourself ? Just surrender to me and I will liberate you. I will liberate you."

This is exploitation by gurus, this is against Dhamma and when you talk of technique that means you have got one object and you are just working with one object. It does not take you to the final goal.

Things are changing from moment to moment you are observing, you are observing. (This is Vipassana, this is not a technique, Vipassana is not a technique, it is a process of observation.)

So I discussed with him "Well in age you are an elderly person and in experience also you are an elderly person." It was 30 years ago when we met. "You are elderly so let me know if I am making any mistake. I am teaching Vipassana because I got benefit from it and I want to share my benefit with others. That is the only reason. If I am making any mistake please tell me''. then he (K) asked me "First day what you teach?''. (I replied and he said)

''Oh! This is not a technique''...second day... (K said) ''This is not a technique''.
....all the ten days I explained (and K said) "This is not a technique, you are observing the truth. The truth from moment to moment. Perfectly all right !''.

And guru? (I said) "I never say that I will liberate you, you have to work out your own liberation. A guru can only show the path then only sadguru. Otherwise if he tries to exploit then he is not a guru, he is harmful to the country." He said, "no this is not gurudom." He accepted both.

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Satya Narayan Goenka

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Meeting Between Shri S N Goenka and K
(S. N. Goenka met K at KFI Rajghat in early 1970's.)

Question for Shri S. N. Goenka about his meeting with J Krishnamurti (K)
Location: Pune, India.
Date: 17 October 2000.
Occasion: public Q/A session after a public talk by Shri S N Goenka on Vipassana meditation.

Q. Krishnamurty did not believe in a technique or gurus. I believe you met him, did you discuss this?

Answer by S. N. Goenka:

Certainly, I met him. He was a very saintly person, and I very much understood why he is against technique and why he is against gurus. Because he observed the situation all over the country where gurus just exploit the people saying "Look I am your guru and you are my disciple, you are so weak, how can you liberate yourself ? Just surrender to me and I will liberate you. I will liberate you."

This is exploitation by gurus, this is against Dhamma and when you talk of technique that means you have got one object and you are just working with one object. It does not take you to the final goal.

Things are changing from moment to moment you are observing, you are observing. (This is Vipassana, this is not a technique, Vipassana is not a technique, it is a process of observation.)

So I discussed with him "Well in age you are an elderly person and in experience also you are an elderly person." It was 30 years ago when we met. "You are elderly so let me know if I am making any mistake. I am teaching Vipassana because I got benefit from it and I want to share my benefit with others. That is the only reason. If I am making any mistake please tell me''. then he (K) asked me "First day what you teach?''. (I replied and he said)

''Oh! This is not a technique''...second day... (K said) ''This is not a technique''.
....all the ten days I explained (and K said) "This is not a technique, you are observing the truth. The truth from moment to moment. Perfectly all right !''.

And guru? (I said) "I never say that I will liberate you, you have to work out your own liberation. A guru can only show the path then only sadguru. Otherwise if he tries to exploit then he is not a guru, he is harmful to the country." He said, "no this is not gurudom." He accepted both.

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To all deep thinking minds, the enquiry about the ‘I’ and its nature has an irresistible fascination.

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The rain has stopped,
the clouds have drifted away,
and the weather is clear again.
If your heart is pure,
then all things in your world are pure.
Abandon this fleeting world, abandon yourself,
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the way.

~ Ryokan

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1. What are the marks of a real teacher (Sadguru)?

Steady abidance in the Self, looking at all with an equal eye, unshakeable courage at all times, in all places and circumstances, etc.

2. What are the marks of an earnest disciple (sadsisya)?

An intense longing for the removal of sorrow and attainment of joy and an intense aversion for all
kinds of mundane pleasure.

3. What are the characteristics of instruction (upadesa)?

The word ‘upadesa’ means : ‘near the place or seat’ (upa - near, desa - place or seat). The Guru who is the embodiment of that which is indicated by the terms sat, chit, and ananda (existence, consciousness and bliss), prevents the disciple who, on account of his acceptance of the forms of the objects of the senses, has swerved from his true state and is consequently distressed and buffeted by joys and sorrows, from continuing so and establishes him in his own real nature without differentiation.

Upadesa also means showing a distant object quite near. It is brought home to the disciple that the Brahman which he believes to be distant and different from himself is near and not different from himself.

-from CHAPTER 1: INSTRUCTION (Upadesa) of 'Spiritual Instruction

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When a person is devoted to something with complete faith, I unify his faith in that. Then, when his faith his completely unified, he gains the object of his devotion

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Swami Chinmayananda

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Bhakti is the attitude of the mind, and jnana is the attitude of the intellect; both flow towards the LORD.

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Swami Vivekananda

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Never turn back to see the result of what you have done. Give all to the Lord and go on, and think not of it.

Retreat given at the Thousand Island Park, USA. June 24, 1895. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Part-7. Page-10.

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"There are many ways of controlling the mind. Some are very easy and some are very difficult. So, which one would you like? The difficult way or the easy way? ... The mind flow is always running ahead. Even when I tell you to sit for meditation, where has your mind already jumped? It’s already thinking 'Oh, how will it be?' Sometimes you are sitting here and you are already in America so fast is the mind. That’s why we say 'It’s jumping like a monkey from tree to tree.' So to hold this monkey, to tie it up is very important. Otherwise, you will never be free. You will be like this monkey."

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