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Even Lahiri Mahasaya, a great Yogi, in one of his previous lives, when he used to live with Babaji, he had the desire to have a golden palace and this desire of this golden palace made him incarnate on Earth again. Because of the grace of Babaji, with His Love, and His compassion for everybody actually - He guided him and fulfilled his wish, the life in which he was realised.

When Babaji appeared to him, he materialised a very huge golden palace, with lots of diamonds and all the precious stones that you can imagine inside. He was very amazed by everything and then Babaji dematerialized it, the same way He made it appear, He just made it disappear.

When you fall on the feet of Babaji, think of Babaji 'You who could create this big palace, You are the Source of everything, why do I need just a palace? It's better I take You completely, You are the Ultimate, You are the Goal of all life. Let me have You!'
In the same way, don't waste your time wanting things which have a limit. Desire the Ultimate, you shall have It. Surrender your body, mind, and soul. Focus it on any Divine aspect firstly, then you realise your divinity and remember that God, however you are - even if your advancement is slow or fast, He loves you!

He loves you even more than you can think about love, more than the mind of man can think about it. So always trust in this Love, always hang on this Love, and never let go of it.

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"This reminds me - once in the battlefield, Krishna and Arjuna were on the chariot. Krishna looked up, saw a group of birds flying and said, 'Oh, look at those beautiful red birds!'
Arjuna said 'Yes, my Lord, they are beautiful red birds.'
Krishna said 'Well, they are not red, they are blue.'
'Yes my Lord, they are blue', replied Arjuna.
Then, Krishna said, 'Oh no, but they are not blue, they are green.'
Arjuna said 'Yes my Lord, they are green.'
Krishna said to Arjuna 'But why, when it's the same bunch of birds, you are just saying 'yes' to me?' Then Arjuna said 'You are my Lord. I know that you can change anything. This is nothing. So if you say it's blue, it is blue. Even if my eyes see it as a different color, my eyes can be wrong.

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When we look at the image of Lord Shiva, we see that He's always sitting in deep meditation. Why? What does He teach us here? He's Pashupati, He's the Lord of all creation, yet He is meditating.

What is Shiva meditating upon? He is a realised soul. He is fully One with the Divine, but He is always in deep meditation. It's to remind us that we will realise our true Self only when we will be in that deep state of meditation. We have not yet realised the purpose of our incarnation on Earth, we have not yet realised how great it is to have a human body, but we can reach that state. We have to really want it, but not superficially

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"Only your spiritual path will bring you this real happiness. On the spiritual path one has to yearn for the Divine. You have not to be superficial, because if you are superficial, you will get only superficial things. When you are sincere from within yourself, you know, with yourself you are sincere and call the Divine, He can't refuse you. He will run to you."

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"Often there is a question in our mind, a question that almost all the people ask, which is 'Why are we here? What is the reason for us to be here?' As your mind keeps thinking, you get drawn to different kinds of answers - some that you like and some that you don't like - but very often your mind leads you to the wrong answer and then you make yourself miserable. You have pain.

Tha actual and simple answer to this is to Realise the Self. As long as you don't Realise the Self, this question will arise many times. In all Holy Scriptures it's said 'Know thyself.' We can't know God, but we can know our Selves. By knowing our Selves, we will know God. We will Realise Him and we will Realise the great joy and peace that He brings."

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After all, what prevents the insight into one's true nature is the weakness and obtuseness of the mind and its tendency to skip the subtle and focus on the gross only.

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You are not paralyzed, you merely imagine so. Make the first step and you will be on your way. You have enough for the first step. And each step will generate enough energy for the next. Energy comes with confidence and confidence comes with experience.

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When we try to understand, we are only indulging in acrobatics of the mind.

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Wherefrom come all the powerful attractions
that make all created things respond to each other,
that bring people together,
if not from the Supreme?
Shun not desire;
see only that it flows into the right channels.
Without desire you are dead.
But with low desires you are a ghost.”

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Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they'll say you're crazy and you're blasphemous, and they'll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, `My goodness, I've just discovered that I'm God,' they'll laugh and say, `Oh, congratulations, at last you found out'.

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If we unceasingly investigate the form of the mind, we find there is no such thing as the mind. This is the direct path open to all.

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Our separation of each other is an optical illusion of consciousness.

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Every time you say to yourself: “Who am I?” you are moving a step ahead on the spiritual path. That is all you have to do. “Who am I?” and you will soon discover that the ‘I’ is not you. The ‘I’ that you are referring to is not you, it’s not anything. It is merely a thought. It has absolutely nothing to do with you. When you think to yourself: “Who am I?” you keep saying I-I to yourself and the ‘I’ begins to separate from your body. The ‘I’ begins to become a different type of entity whatsoever, the ‘I’ begins to disappear. And you keep thinking about the ‘I’, following the ‘I’. You follow the ‘I’ to the heart. Once the ‘I’ disappears you are totally free and liberated. So it all begins with you. You are the one. You can either free yourself or put yourself in bondage depending on what you’re doing with your life.

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While you’re practicing your sadhana, keep in back of your mind someplace, there’s really no one who practices. After all who does the practice? It’s your body and your mind. If you can only remember there’s no body or mind that exists, then there’s no one to practice.

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That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like the universal space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman — that thou art.

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The Master wanted to train Narendra [later known as Swami Vivekananda] in the teachings of the non-dualistic Vedānta philosophy. But Narendra, because of his Brāhmo upbringing, considered it wholly blasphemous to look on man as one with his Creator. One day at the temple garden he laughingly said to a friend: "How silly! This jug is God! This cup is God! Whatever we see is God! And we too are God! Nothing could be more absurd." Sri Ramakrishna came out of his room and gently touched him. Spellbound, he immediately perceived that everything in the world was indeed God. A new universe opened around him. Returning home in a dazed state, he found there too that the food, the plate, the eater himself, the people around him, were all God. When he walked in the street, he saw that the cabs, the horses, the streams of people, the buildings, were all Brahman. He could hardly go about his day's business. His parents became anxious about him and thought him ill. And when the intensity of the experience abated a little, he saw the world as a dream. Walking in the public square, he would strike his head against the iron railings to know whether they were real. It took him a number of days to recover his normal self. He had a foretaste of the great experiences yet to come and realized that the words of the Vedānta were true.

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ABSOLUTE AWARENESS IS INDEPENDENT OF SLEEP


If the beginningless, impure vasanas that remain as the cause for waking and dream leave and perish, the state of sleep [previously perceived as] void-like and dull, and which led us into a state of ignorance and suffering, will become the transcendent state of turiya.
-Guru Vachaka Kovai, v 460


Bhagavan: The state of the jnani … is neither sleep nor [the] waking state but intermediate between the two. There is the awareness of the waking state and the stillness of sleep. It is called jagrat-sushupti [waking sleep]. Call it wakeful sleep or sleeping wakefulness or sleepless waking or wakeless sleep. It is not the same as sleep or waking separately. It is atijagrat [beyond wakefulness] or atisushupti [beyond sleep]. It is the state of perfect awareness and perfect stillness combined. It lies between sleep and waking; it is also the interval between two successive thoughts. It is the source from which thoughts spring; we see that when we wake up from sleep. In other words thoughts have their origin in the stillness of sleep. The thoughts make all the difference between the stillness of sleep and the turmoil of waking. Go to the root of the thoughts and you reach the stillness of sleep. But you reach it in the full vigour of search, that is, with perfect awareness. (Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no. 609)

Question: What is the meaning of being in sleepless sleep?

Bhagavan: It is the jnani’s state. In sleep our ego is submerged and the sense organs are not active. The jnani’s ego has been killed and he does not indulge in any sense activities of his own accord or with the notion that he is the doer. So, he is in sleep. At the same time he is not unconscious as in sleep but fully awake in the Self; so his state is sleepless. This sleepless sleep, wakeful sleep, or whatever it may be called, is the turiya [fourth] state of the Self, on which as the screen all the three avasthas, the waking, dream and sleep, pass, leaving the screen unaffected. (Day by Day with Bhagavan, 21st November, 1945)

Prajnana is always shining even in sleep. If one is continuously aware in jagrat the awareness will continue in sleep also. -Talks, no. 481

Samadhi is one’s natural state. It is the under-current in all the three states. This - that is, ‘I’ - is not in those states, but these states are in It. If we get samadhi in our waking state that will persist in deep sleep also. -Talks, no. 136

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BHAGVAN ON SAMADHIS


1. Mr. Cohen wanted to know the exact meaning of samadhi.

Bhagavan: Samadhi is one’s true nature.

C. Is it the same as Turiya?
Bh. Samadhi, Turiya, Nirvikalpa, all have the same implication, namely awareness of the Self. Turiya literally means the Fourth State – the Supreme Consciousness – to be distinguished from the other three – the waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep. The Fourth State is eternal, over, or in which the other three, come and go. In Turiya there is the awareness that the mind has merged in its source, the Heart, and is quiescent there, although some thoughts still impinge on it and the senses are somewhat active. In Nirvikalpa the senses are inactive and thoughts are totally absent; hence the experience of Pure Consciousness is intense in it; so is the bliss. Turiya is obtainable in Savikalpa Samadhi.

C. What is the difference between Sahaja and Nirvikalpa samadhi?

Bh. Sahaja is also Nirvikalpa. You are probably meaning Kevala Nirvikalpa, which is temporary, while the samadhi lasts. The Sahaja Nirvikalpa is permanent and in it lies liberation from rebirths.

There are two Nirvikalpas: the internal and the external. In the former the mind completely merges in the inmost Being and is aware of nothing else. This is compared to a lamp protected from wind. But in the latter, although the mind is absorbed in the Self, the sense of world still prevails without a reaction from within, and has the calm vastness of a waveless ocean. In both, the Self is realised in its nakedness and the essence of bliss experienced. When the waveless ocean of the external and the steady flame of the internal Nirvikalpa are realised as identical, the ultimate goal, the Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi is said to have been reached. Nirvikalpa is effortless, whereas Savikalpa is attended with effort.

C. Is the internal Nirvikalpa absolutely necessary before the attainment of Sahaja?
Bh. Abiding permanently in any of these samadhis, either Savikalpa or Nirvikalpa is Sahaja. What is body- consciousness? It is the insentient body plus consciousness. Both these must lie in another consciousness which is absolute and unaffected, and ever-abiding, with or without the body-consciousness. What does it then matter whether the body-consciousness is lost or retained, provided one is holding on to that Pure Consciousness? Total absence of body consciousness has the advantage of making the samadhi more intense, although it makes no difference in the knowledge of the Supreme. June, 1936

July, 1936 2. Mr. C. May I have a clear idea, Bhagavan, of the
difference between Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa?

Bh. Holding on to the Supreme State is samadhi. When it is with effort due to mental disturbances, it is Savikalpa, when these disturbances are absent, it is Nirvikalpa. Remaining permanently in the primal state without effort is Sahaja. Like Nirvikalpa, there is an internal as well as an external Savikalpa, depending on whether the disturbing thoughts are from outside or from inside.

C. Should all vasanas (mental habits) be completely overcome before Self-Realisation takes place, or may some remain for Self-Realisation to destroy?

Bh. Vasanas which do not obstruct Self-Realisation remain. In Yoga Vasishtha two classes of vasanas are distinguished: those of enjoyment and those of bondage. The former remain even after Mukti is attained, but the latter are destroyed by it. Attachment is the cause of binding vasanas, but enjoyment without attachment does not bind and continues even in Sahaja.
-FROM 'GURU RAMANA

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LIVING LONG ?

On the 12th April one by name Gangaraju Mallikarjuna Rao, of Vijayawada, who has been visiting the Ashram off and on, came here with his wife and children. He has five daughters. In between these daughters he had had five sons alternately and they had all died. For the sixth son they wanted to perform the annaprasana (ceremony of giving it solid food for the first time) in Bhagavan’s presence.
Two days before the auspicious day, while still in Vijayawada, the child suddenly died. They decided to leave
for this place that very evening and reached Bhagavan’s presence the next day at 3 p.m.

As though Bhagavan had inspired the question in order to be able to reduce the grief of these people, a devotee asked, “Swami, it is said that by breath control (pranayama) and other practices this body can be made to last for a long time and that some people indulge in these practices to enable them to become Realized Souls, Jnanis. Is it true? Is it good to do such practices?”

“Yes,” Bhagavan gently replied, “people do live long if they do these practices, but does a person become a Jnani, a Realized Soul, by living long? Does realization depend on how long one lives? Sankara lived for only thirty-two years, Manikkavachakar thirty-two years, Sundarar eighteen and Sambandar left the body in his sixteenth year.

Were they not Realized Souls? A Realized Soul has really no attachment for his body. For one who is the embodiment of bliss, the body itself is a disease. He will await the time to be rid of the body. When he has the body, he has to clean its teeth, has to walk, bathe, and give food to the body; and has to do many other things besides. If a boil grows, it has to be washed and dressed; otherwise it becomes septic and emits a bad smell. In the same way, if the body is not kept clean, it will get diseased. A Realized Soul looks upon his body in the same way that a coolie does regarding his load. He will look forward to putting down the load at the destination.

That being so, will he try to keep on his body and prolong its existence by breath control and rejuvenation (kayakalpa) processes? Those are the methods adopted by men in pursuit of powers, siddhas. When I was on the hill, I had seen siddhas of that sort. If anyone went to see them, they would make them sit, enquire the name of their village and the names of their fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers, and tell them that they had once, during the great-grandfather’s time, been to their village. Surprised at that, and wondering how such old men could not only live so long, but could also remain so strong, the villagers would give them several presents and depart. All this was done to impress on the public their greatness, but will people become Realized Souls by such methods?

In the Vasishtam it is stated that Rama, after his return from a pilgrimage, found that the whole world was itself a cause of misery. He therefore left everything to others, even things like eating and drinking and remained motionless. When Viswamitra asked Dasaratha to send Rama to guard his oblations ceremony (his yagna), Dasaratha said that Rama was like a mad man and described some of the signs of his madness. On hearing them, Viswamitra said that he was very pleased to hear of those symptoms, that such madness did not come to many people and that he would like to see him and asked for him to be brought. Rama accordingly came, prostrated before all those present and sat down.

“Viswamitra saw him and asked him the cause of his madness, and addressing Vasishta, said, ‘Please teach Rama the knowledge of the Self, the knowledge which Brahma taught you and me.’ Vasishta agreed to do so. While he was teaching, siddhas from all over came to listen to him and they thought to themselves, ‘Rama has gained so much knowledge at such a young age; how surprising! how great! What is the use of our living so long?’ Do you see how all this is?” said Bhagavan.

23rd April, 1948, Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

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You are Self here and now.
Leave the mind alone, stand aware and unconcerned and you will realize that to stand alert but detached, watching events come and go, is an aspect of your real nature.

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You are not what you think yourself to be, I assure you. The image you have of yourself is made up from memories and is purely accidental."

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When you are infected with the 'I-am-the-body' virus; a whole universe springs into being. But when you have had enough of it, you cherish some fanciful ideas about liberation and pursue lines of action totally futile. You concentrate, you meditate, you torture your mind and body, you do all sorts of unnecessary things, but you miss the essential which is the elimination of the person.

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When you know what is going on in your mind, you call it consciousness. This is your waking state - your consciousness shifts from sensation to sensation, from perception to perception, from idea to idea, in endless succession. Then comes awareness, the direct insight into the whole of consciousness, the totality of the mind. The mind is like a river, flowing ceaselessly in the bed of the body; you identify yourself for a moment with some particular ripple and call it "my thought". All you are conscious of is your mind; awareness is the cognizance of consciousness as a whole

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The Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds:

Promote Healthy, Beautiful Skin – Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps damaged tissues in the body to repair. Sesame oil is also known to sooth burns and prevent skin related disorders.

Great for High-Protein Vegetarian Diet – Sesame seeds offer 4.7 grams of protein per ounce, giving them a perfect place in a high-protein vegetarian diet.

Sesame Seed Oil for Oral Health – One of the most prominent benefits of sesame seeds and sesame oil revolves around removing dental plaque and boosting oral health. By engaging in an activity known as oil pulling, which involves swishing oil around in your mouth, you can boost oral health and even whiten your teeth. One study showcases the oil pulling benefits on the oral level, where oil pulling with sesame oil was shown to reduce the amount of streptococcus mutants in both teeth plaque and mouth saliva, and boost overall health. (Click the next link to find out what oil pulling is and learn of oil pulling benefits).

Helps Prevent Diabetes – Thanks to magnesium and other nutrients, sesame seeds, and especially sesame oil, has been shown to combat diabetes. One study, published in 2011 in the Clinical Journal of Nutrition, found that sesame oil “improved the effectiveness of the oral antidiabetic drug glibenclamide in type 2 diabetic patients”. Another study concluded that “substitution of sesame oil as the sole edible oil has an additive effect in further lowering BP and plasma glucose in hypertensive diabetics”.
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Prevents Cancer – Not only do sesame seeds contain an anti-cancer compound called phytate, but the magnesium in sesame seeds also harness anti-cancer properties. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the risk of colorectal tumors decreased by 13% and the risk of colorectal cancer decreased by 12% for every 100 mg of magnesium taken in.

Boosts Bone Health - In addition to promoting healthy skin, zinc has also been shown to boost bone mineral density and bone health as a whole. One study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found a correlation between zinc deficiency and osteoporosis in the hip and spine area. What’s more, sesame seeds are a great source of calcium – a known trace mineral that is essential for bone health and preventing related conditions.
Boosting Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Sesame seeds are rich in fiber, which is known to pave way for a healthy digestive system and a healthy colon.

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Promotes Respiratory Health, Prevents Asthma – Thanks to the magnesium, sesame seeds are able to prevent asthma by and other respiratory disorders by preventing airway spasms.

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