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At the most, what could happen? You might die. It is so very obvious that you have to die one day; you have to drop this body sooner or later. Why not then think that your body is not there already and so act detached?

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The old orthodox way is to deny temptation, to suppress it. But you must learn to control temptation. It is not a sin to be tempted. Even though you are boiling with temptation, you are not evil; but if you yield to that temptation you are caught temporarily by the power of evil. You must erect about yourself protecting parapets of wisdom. There is no stronger force that you can employ against temptation than wisdom. Complete understanding will bring you to the point where nothing can tempt you to actions that promise pleasure but in the end will only hurt you.

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Sannyasa is recognized in the Vedas without making any distinction between men and women. Do you remember how Yajnavalkya was questioned at the court of King Janaka? His principal examiner was Vacaknavi, the maiden orator—Brahmavadini, as the word of the day was. "Like two shining arrows in the hand of the skilled archer," she says, "are my questions." Her gender is not even commented upon. Again, could anything be more complete than the equality of boys and girls in our old forest universities? Read our Sanskrit dramas—read the story of Sakuntala, and see if Tennyson's "Princess" has anything to teach us!

Interview in the Prabuddha Bharata. December 1898. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Part-5. Page-230.

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Neither learning nor tapas, nor meditation, nor chanting of the Holy Name, nor service of fellow men leads quickly to God. God allows Himself to be captured by a loving heart. For He is the nature of ineffable Love. Cultivate love and you will become one with His nature. He cannot hide Himself any longer. So pray each day: - "I want not wealth or fame nor earthly greatness. Grant me, O Lord, pure love and devotion for Thy Lotus-feet!

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Present is the investment for Future. It is you who has to decide how to use this power of life.

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“Every religion has the wholesome core of love, compassion and good will. The outer shell differs, but give importance to the inner essence and there will be no quarrel. Don’t condemn anything, give importance to the essence of every religion and there will be real peace and harmony.”

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Hinduism gives you the right introduction about you to you. No other religion introduces you so perfectly, beautifully to you. Somebody says “You are a sinner”. Somebody says “You are a slave”. Somebody says “You are a follower”. Hinduism beautifully introduces you to you: “You are the source of the Cosmos. You are the favorite inheritor of the Cosmos”.

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Sow love, reap peace:.... Sow meditation, reap wisdom

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Remember that as a child of God you are endowed with greater strength than you will ever need to overcome all the trials that God may send you.

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Shiva instructs Ribhu

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80. One should ever abide as pure Siva-Self by the firm
experience that there are no thought forms of creature, world
and creator apart from the mind which is just an array of ripples
in me the still ocean of pure Awareness-Self and therefore I am
the sole Being Siva-Self only. (Ch.32, v.36)

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79. In me, the pure Awareness-Self, the universe is
born, maintained and dissolved as the mind. Therefore, there
are no mind and thought forms of objects apart from me
the Self. In this firm experience one should ever abide.
(Ch.32, v.35)

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78. There is no world apart from the mind. What appears
as the world is only the mind. If this mind is investigated, it
turns out to be nothing more than a bundle of thoughts based
on the primary thought of ‘I am the body’ called the ego. If this
ego — I is enquired into and its identity searched, it gets
swallowed up without a trace in the pure Awareness-Being-Siva-
Self. One should maintain this firm bhavana ‘I am Self-Siva’
until that state of being the Siva-Self — becomes the spontaneous
experience free from the effort of bhavana. (Ch.32, v.34)

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77. It is only the mind which appear as the world and bondage;
there is no world other than the mind. On enquiry this mind turns
out to be nothing more than a group of ripples (thoughts) in the
still ocean of pure Awareness-Siva-Self. I am that Siva-Self only
and there is nothing apart from me, one should ever abide in the
conviction born of this experience. (Ch.32, v.33)

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76. One should relentlessly pursue Self-enquiry until all
conceptual forms of creature, world and creator merge and
disappear in the pure thought-free, alert Awareness-Self,
enabling one to abide in that bhavana of the experience, ‘I am
the Brahman-Self’. (Ch.32, v.27)

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75. Only by those strong willed persons who make earnest
and persistent Self-enquiry will the turbulent mind be controlled
and fixed still in the practice of firm bhavana. In due course all
thoughts and nescience will disappear, yielding place to the
effulgent Awareness-Self of mukti. (Ch.32, v.26)

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74. The conscious introspective concentration of Self-
enquiry (‘Who am I’?) kills all thoughts and destroys the dense
darkness of nescience; it effaces all worry; it illuminates the
intellect with the radiance of pure awareness; it wipes out all
conceptual confusions; it fixes one in Siva-Self; it transforms
a host of impending disasters into auspicious events; and
lastly, it destroys the ego-mind utterly with all its afflictions.
(Ch.32, v.24)

* In all the 13 verses of Chapter 32, the term bhavana is to be understood
as faith or firm belief in ‘Aham Brahmam’ (I am the Self).

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73. Staying in the company of sadhus (those engaged in the
pursuit and enjoyment of the bliss of the Sat-Self) and respectfully
questioning the Sat-Guru-Jnani, one should first make oneself
clear about the objective to be obtained. This is an important
aspect of the enquiry. After thus making sure of the objective,
one must firmly abide in that objective of sole Brahman-Self until
the Self is unmistakably experienced. (Ch.32, v.22)

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72. Enquiry should be made this wise: With the kind help
of the Sat Guru one should enquire ‘Who am I? what is this
world? what is the reality behind all these?’ (Ch.32, v.21)

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71. In short, non-enquiry will steep one for ever in the
ocean of samsara (earthly suffering). There is no greater enemy
for one than non-enquiry. Therefore, this habit must be
overcome in order to fix the mind in the bhavana which leads
to abidance in the Self. (Ch.32, v.20)

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When you return to your Self, this is called awakening, liberation, freedom. Having known your Self you know everything.

In the awakening the whole universe is discovered to be within yourself. All universes are within you, and you are the universe.

This is ultimate understanding. Knowing this, you know everything. If you don't know this, you know nothing, regardless of how much information you collect.

Without this knowledge, you are ignorant. Having known the absolute, you are everything... without beginning, middle, end, without birth or death. Here, all fears end.

~ Sri H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji)

from the book "Wake Up and Roar"

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Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away without either inviting them to stay or desiring them never to depart. If your heart can be like this, you will be near to the way.

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Dr. Syed: ,What is salvation? What did Christ mean by it?

M.: Salvation for whom? and from what?

D.: Salvation for the individual and from the sorrows and sufferings of the world.

M.: Whose are the sorrows, etc.?

D.: Of the mind.

M.: Are you the mind?

D.: I shall now explain how this question arose. I was meditating. I began to reflect on the Grace shown by Christ to some devotees who got salvation. I consider that Sri Bhagavan is similar. Is not salvation the result of similar Grace? That is what I mean by my questions.

M.: Yes. Right.

D.: The booklet Who am I? speaks of swarupa drishti (seeing the essence). Then there must be a seer and the seen. How can this be reconciled with the Ultimate Unity?

M.: Why do you ask for salvation, release from sorrow, etc.? He who asks for them sees them also.
The fact is this. Drishti (sight) is consciousness. It forms the subject and object. Can there be drishti apart from the Self? The Self is all - drishti, etc.

D.: How to discern the ego from the Perfect ‘I-I’?

M.: That which rises and falls is the transient ‘I’. That which has
neither origin nor end is the permanent ‘I-I’ consciousness.

D.: Will continuous thought on the Self make the mind more and more refined so that it will not think of anything but the highest?

M.: There is the peaceful mind which is the supreme. When the
same becomes restless, it is afflicted by thoughts. Mind is only
the dynamic power (sakti) of the Self.

D.: Are the sheaths material and different from the Self?

M.: There is no difference between matter and spirit. Modern science admits that all matter is energy. Energy is power or force (sakti). Therefore all are resolved in Siva and Sakti i.e., the Self and the Mind.
The kosas are mere appearances. There is no reality in them as such.

D.: How many hours a day should one devote to meditation?

M.: Your very nature is meditation.

D.: It will be so when ripe, but not now.

M.: You become conscious of it later. That does not mean that your
nature is now different from meditation.

D.: What about practice?

M.: Meditation must always be practised.

D.: A Persian mystic says: “There is nothing but God.” The Quran
says: “God is immanent in all.”

M.: There is no ‘all’, apart from God, for Him to pervade. He alone is.

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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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