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Listening is an art that comes from a quiet mind and an open heart. Listening uses all of your senses and it is a very subtle skill. Listening, just listening - not only with the ear, with your being. Your being becomes the instrument of listening. Your sensing mechanism in life is not just your ears, eyes, skin sensitivity and analytic mind. It’s something deeper in you. It’s some intuitive quality of knowing. With all of your being you become an antenna to the nature of another person.

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Karma and the Spiritual Path


"…if you are genuinely on the spiritual path, nothing will be clear. Everything will be a blur."

Once you enter the spiritual path, you are making a statement, “I am in a hurry to get to my ultimate destination.” You don’t want to take one hundred lifetimes. And in the process of this one hundred lifetimes you may gather enough karma to last out for another thousand lifetimes. You want to hurry it up. So, once a spiritual process begins, if initiations are done in a certain way, it opens up dimensions which would not have opened up otherwise. You would have lived a more peaceful life if you were not spiritual, but a more lifeless life too, closer to death than life. Without anything fundamental being shaken within you, maybe you just passed comfortably.

So does this mean all negative things happen to you once you are on the spiritual path? That’s not how it is. It is just that when life moves at a tremendous pace – a pace much faster pace than that of people around you – you think some tragedy is happening to you. No tragedy is happening to you. It is just that they are going at normal speed but your life is rolling on fast-forward.

Many people have this wrong notion that once you enter a spiritual path, you will become peaceful and everything will be clear. If you take on a convenient belief system and become a single-track mind, then everything seems to be clear. But if you are genuinely on the spiritual path, nothing will be clear. Everything will be a blur. The faster you travel the more of a blur it becomes.

A few years ago, I happened to be in Germany and after we finished the program, I had to drive to France, which was about 440 km from where I was. Usually the journey takes five hours. I had no intention of staying on the road for five hours so I just pushed it and we were doing something like 200 kmph. The countryside was supposed to be beautiful in this region, and I thought I would look at it. I tried to roll my eyeballs but everything was a blur and I couldn’t take my eyes off the road for a moment. It was snowing and we were driving crazy speeds.

So, the faster you go, everything becomes a blur and you can’t take your eyes off what you are doing for a moment. If you want to enjoy the countryside, you must go easy and slow. If you are in a hurry to reach your destination, you gas it. You see nothing. You are just going. The spiritual path is like this. If you are really on the spiritual path, everything is in turmoil all around you. But you are still going, so it’s okay. Is this alright? If it’s not alright, you can go at the evolutionary pace. Maybe it will take a million years and you will get there.

For those who are in a hurry, there is one kind of path. For those who are not in a hurry, there is another kind of path. You must be clear what the hell you want. If you get onto the fast track and try to go slow, you will be run over. If you are on the slow path and try to go fast, you will get a ticket. Every seeker must always decide – does he want to just enjoy the road or does he want to get to the destination quick?

http://blog.ishafoundation.org/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/what-is-karma/

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Karma and the Spiritual Path

Once you enter the spiritual path, you are making a statement, “I am in a hurry to get to my ultimate destination.” You don’t want to take one hundred lifetimes. And in the process of this one hundred lifetimes you may gather enough karma to last out for another thousand lifetimes. You want to hurry it up. So, once a spiritual process begins, if initiations are done in a certain way, it opens up dimensions which would not have opened up otherwise. You would have lived a more peaceful life if you were not spiritual, but a more lifeless life too, closer to death than life. Without anything fundamental being shaken within you, maybe you just passed comfortably.


http://blog.ishafoundation.org/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/what-is-karma/

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What is Karma ?

What you call as “my life” is a certain amount of energy controlled by a certain amount of information. This information, in today’s terms, can be called software. A certain amount of life energy is charged with a certain amount of information. Together, this information technology is you. You become a certain kind of character because of the type of information that has gone into you. The past impressions of life go far beyond the moment you were born, but in your perception right now, at least from the moment you were born till today, what kind of parents, family, and education you had, what kind of religious and social background, what kind of cultural realities – all these impressions have gone in. Someone has become a different character simply because of the type of information that has gotten into him. This information is traditionally called karma or karmic body or casual body – that which causes life.

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As long as you don't have the understanding of what you are, all the efforts and trouble are inevitable; they are automatically there. But once you get an inkling of what it is that you really are, there is no need for any effort, or for any trouble to arise.


from "The Ultimate Medicine", chapter IX

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In all adversities there is always in its depth, a treasure of spiritual blessings secretly hidden.

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VASISTHA'S YOGA DAILY READING | SECTION V | CHAPTER 75

tiryagyonisvapi sada vidyante krtabuddhayah
devayonisvapi prajna vidyante murkhabuddhayah ( 32 )

sarvam sarvena sarvatra sarvatha sarvadaiva hi
sambhavatyeva sarvatmanyatmanyatatarupini ( 33 )

Vasistha continued :

Very many such liberated beings exist in the universe , O Rama .

I shall give you a few instances .

Janaka the sovereign , your own ancestor the sovereign Dilipa , the first ruler of the world Manu , sovereign Mandhata that engaged in wars , the demon-kings Bali , Namuci , Vrtra ( that even fought with the sovereign of gods Indra ) , Prahlada and Sambara , the preceptors of the gods and demons , as also the trinity ( that are involved in the creation , preservation and dissolution of the universe ) , sages like Visvamitra and Narada , as well as the deities presiding over natural elements like fire and air .

There are thousands of others , O Rama , that exist in the universe and that are liberated .

Some of them are sages , others are sovereigns , others shine its stars and planets , others are divinities and others are demons .

O Rama , there are liberated beings even among worms and insects ; and there are stupid fools among the gods .

The self is in all — it exists as the all everywhere at all times and in all ways .

The self alone is the Lord and all the divinities .

There is void ( space ) in substances and substantiality in the void or space .

What is inappropriate appears to be appropriate on enquiry .

People are righteous because they are afraid of the consequences of sin .

Even what is not leads to what is ! — the contemplation of the space or void leads to the attainment of the supreme truth !

What is not comes into being , guided by time and space .

On the other hand , what appears to be strong and powerful reaches its own destruction .

Thus perceiving the truth , O Rama , abandon joy and sorrow , grief and attachment .

The unreal appears to be real and the real appears to be unreal : hence give up hope and hopelessness and attain equanimity .

In this world , O Rama , liberation is at hand at all times everywhere .

By their own self-effort millions of beings have attained liberation .

Liberation is either easy or difficult depending upon one's wisdom or unwisdom ; hence , O Rama , kindle the lamp of wisdom in yourself .

By the vision of the self is sorrow beheaded .

There have been countless beings in this world that have attained self-knowledge and liberation while yet living : like the sovereign Janaka .

Therefore , do thou become liberated here and now .

The attainment of inner peace by utter non-attachment to anything here is known as liberation ; this is possible whether the body exists or not .

One that is freed from all attachment is liberated .

One should wisely and intelligently exert oneself to attain this liberation ; one that does not exert cannot even jump over the footprint of a rule .

Hence , O Rama , resort to spiritual heroism , to right exertion , and by the right self-enquiry strive to reach the perfection of self-knowledge .

For one that thus strives , the entire universe is like the footprint of a calf .

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Millions of people live a one-sided life and pass on in incompleteness. God has given each of us a soul, a mind, and a body, which we should try to develop uniformly. If you have led a life dominated by worldly influences, do not let the world impose its delusions on you any longer. You should control your own life henceforth; you should become the ruler of your own mental kingdom. Fears, worries, discontent, and unhappiness all result from a life uncontrolled by wisdom.

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The Yoga-Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening , and the direct experience of the Truth . This is certain . If this is what you want , you are welcome to Yoga-Vasistha .

~ Swami Venkatesananda

It is the crest-jewel of all the works on Vedanta . It is a masterpiece . A study of the book raises one to the lofty heights of divine splendour and bliss .

It is really a vast store of wisdom . Those who practise Atma Chintana or Brahma Abhyasa or Vedantic meditation will find a priceless treasure in this marvellous book .

One who studies the book with great interest and one-pointedness of mind cannot go without attaining Self-realisation .

~ Swami Sivananda

One of the greatest books, the most wonderful according to me, ever written under the Sun, is Yoga-Vasistha, which nobody on the Earth can read without escaping God–Consciousness, and which nobody can read through without becoming one with The All.

~ Swami Rama Tirtha

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The Yoga-Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening , and the direct experience of the Truth . This is certain . If this is what you want , you are welcome to Yoga-Vasistha .

~ Swami Venkatesananda

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One of the greatest books, the most wonderful according to me, ever written under the Sun, is Yoga-Vasistha, which nobody on the Earth can read without escaping God–Consciousness, and which nobody can read through without becoming one with The All.

~ Swami Rama Tirtha

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ON YOGA VASHISHTHA

It is the crest-jewel of all the works on Vedanta. It is a masterpiece. A study of the book raises a man to the lofty heights of divine splendour and bliss. It is really a vast store of wisdom. Those who practise Atma Chintana or Brahma Abhyasa or Vedantic meditation will find a priceless treasure in this marvellous book. He who studies the book with great interest and one-pointedness of mind cannot go without attaining Self-realisation.

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What is worth having? Mukti, freedom. Even in the highest of heavens, says our scripture, you are a slave; what matters it if you are a king for twenty thousand years? So long as you have a body, so long as you are a slave to happiness, so long as time works on you, space works on you, you are a slave. The idea, therefore, is to be free of external and internal nature. Nature must fall at your feet, and you must trample on it, and be free and glorious by going beyond. No more is there life, therefore, no more is there death. No more enjoyment, therefore, no more misery. It is bliss unspeakable, indestructible, beyond everything. What we call happiness and good here, are but particles of that eternal Bliss. And this eternal Bliss is our goal.

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Renunciation is nothing but the rejuvenation of the self continuously by dropping the different identities you create for a certain purpose but unfortunately associate with it, feel one with it.
Renunciation is of different levels:Renouncing the external wealth which you decide to possess and identify yourself with it; Renouncing the name and fame with which you identify yourself and possess and feel as one with; Renouncing people with whom you identify yourself and possess with; Renouncing the identities which you possess and identify yourself and feel one with.
Among these renunciations, renouncing the identities is the ultimate renunciation. Renunciation is the most intelligent thing a living being can do because renunciation continuously rejuvenates and creates a possibility for higher expressions in your being. When the highest expression happens , you cross the border of renunciation. Renunciation itself becomes your very being. When your very core becomes renunciation, the constant purification, the continuous intelligence shining becomes your life.

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“If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy.”
The Yoga Sutras

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In nature, action and reaction are continuous. Everything is connected to everything else. No one part, nothing is isolated. Everything is linked, and interdependent. Everywhere everything is connected to everything else. Each question receives the correct answer.

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As an individual, a specific entity, you have physical, mental, and nervous limits, among others. If you know your own limits and try to stay within these limits, you are free

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“You don't learn anything just by reading books.
You learn only by receiving blows.”

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Power of Word, If one word had the power to hurt and anger you, another word can also heal you.
'Once a small town was visited by a saint. As he passed by a small hut, a woman came to him and begged him to pray for her critically-ill child.
Since the saint was new to the town, a group gathered around him to see if he can do anything.
The woman brought the sick child to him and he said the prayer over her.
‘Do you really think your prayer will help her when medicine has failed?’, yelled a man from the crowd.
‘You idiot, you don’t know what I am doing!’, said the saint to the man.
The man grew furious and he became hot, red and mad and looked as if he was about to hit the saint.
The saint walked to him and said, ‘If one word has the power to make you so angry and hot, may not another word have the power to heal?’

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Devotee: “Are we to keep anything against a rainy day; or to live a precarious life for spiritual attainments?”

Maharshi: “God looks after everything.” *

Talk 377

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A man is wealthy in the measure in which his wants and desires decrease.

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Talk 480 (22nd March, 1938).

A European lady, Mrs. Gasque, gave a slip of paper on which was written: We are thankful to Nature and the Infinite Intelligence for your Presence among us. We appreciate that your Wisdom is founded upon pure Truth and the basic principle of Life and Eternity. We are happy that you remind us to "Be still and Know THAT".

What do you consider the future of this Earth? Answer: The answer to this question is contained in the other sheet.

Be still and know that I AM GOD. "Stillness" here means "Being free from thoughts".

D.: This does not answer the question. The planet has a future - what is it to be?

M.: Time and space are functions of thoughts. If thoughts do not arise there will be no future or the Earth.

D.: Time and space will remain even if we do not think of them.
M.: Do they come and tell you that they are? Do you feel them in your sleep?

D.: I was not conscious in my sleep.
M.: And yet you were existing in your sleep.
D.: I was not in my body. I had gone out somewhere and jumped in here just before waking up.

M.: Your having been away in sleep and jumping in now are mere ideas. Where were you in sleep? You were only what you are, but with this difference that you were free from thoughts in sleep.

D.: Wars are going on in the world. If we do not think, do the wars cease?
M.: Can you stop the wars? He who made the world will take care of it.
D.: God made the world and He is not responsible for the present condition of the world. It is we who are responsible for the present state.

M.: Can you stop the wars or reform the world?
D.: No.
M.: Then why do you worry yourself about what is not possible for you? Take care of yourself and the world will take care of itself.

D.: We are pacifists. We want to bring about Peace.

M.: Peace is always present. Get rid of the disturbances to Peace.

This Peace is the Self. The thoughts are the disturbances. When free from them, you are Infinite Intelligence, i.e., the Self. There is Perfection and Peace.

D.: The world must have a future.
M.: Do you know what it is in the present? The world and all together are the same, now as well as in the future.

D.: The world was made by the operation of Intelligence on ether and atoms.

M.: All of them are reduced to Isvara and Sakti. You are not now apart from Them. They and you are one and the same Intelligence.

After a few minutes one lady asked: "Do you ever intend to go to America?"

M.: America is just where India is (i.e., in the plane of thought).

Another (Spanish) lady: They say that there is a shrine in the Himalayas entering which one gets some strange vibrations which heal all diseases. Is it possible?

M.: They speak of some shrine in Nepal and also in other parts of the Himalayas where the people are said to become unconscious on entering them.


Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, ( Guru of Yogananda)

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Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary. Sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at a time is slowly assimilated. Otherwise, continual intellectual study may result in vanity, false satisfaction, and undigested knowledge.

Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri

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Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary. Sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at a time is slowly assimilated. Otherwise, continual intellectual study may result in vanity, false satisfaction, and undigested knowledge.

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The most subtle of all thoughts is the concept of ‘I’ and from there ego is born. Without the ‘I’, you will clearly see that you are not the creator of your feelings or your thoughts. Thoughts simply pass by like clouds moving across the sky of consciousness. If you identify with either passing thoughts or feelings, you will give them life force and an egoic state resumes for you. Feelings and thoughts flow through you, that is life. They cannot bother you in any way without your identification with them.

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We have tried everything to get rid of suffering. We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering. We have bought everything to get rid of it. We have ingested everything to get rid of it. Finally, when one has tried enough, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.

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