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' JUDAISM '

What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.

~ Hillel, Talmud, Shabbat 31a

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' CONFUCIANISM '

One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct...Loving Kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

~ Confucius , Analects 15.23

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' ZOROASTRIANISM '

Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.

~ Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29

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' NATIVE SPIRITUALITY '

We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.

~ Chief Dan George

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' UNITARIANISM '

We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

~ Unitarian Principle

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Ode to Sri Ramana Maharshi:

Eternity has worn a human face,
Contracted to a little human span,
Lo, the immortal has become a man,
A self-imprisoned thing in time and space.

~ Harindranath Chattopadhyaya

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9. That supreme Brahman which is the immortal Self of all, which is the beginningless entity, which is immutable and infinite, which is beyond the reach of mind and speech...that Brahman art thou. Meditate on this. Realize this and be free.
You are Brahman which is Satya, Jnana, Ananta, Akhanda, Saswata, Amrita, Abhaya, Avangmanogochara, Ekarasa, Nitya, Suddha, Siddha, Buddha, Mukta, Prajnana-Ghana, Swayam-Prakasha, Adwaya, Nirguna, Nirakara, Paripurna - that Brahman you are! You are That Ekam Sat; Fear not! You are the most blessed Supreme Being! Realize this and be free.

THE MOKSHA GITA


(Chapter 11, Brahma Upadesha, verse 9)

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If one makes friendship with Krishna, one will never be cheated and he will get all help needed.

3.27.4

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A seeker asks yogi and mystic, Sadhguru, what is Kundalini – a question that is seldom answered satisfactorily or in terms easily understood. Sadhguru takes us through the explanation of what Kundalini is, using an everyday analogy that should strike a chord in every one of us.

Question: Can you please explain what is Kundalini?

Sadhguru: The word “kundalini” generally refers to that dimension of energy that is yet to realize its potential. There is a huge volume of energy within you which is yet to find its potential. Let me take you from your own experience of life because the stories about it are many. In your house, there is a plug-point in the wall. This plug-point does not actually produce any power. There is a huge power station elsewhere that is producing power, but it cannot give you that power directly. It is the plug-point that gives you the power. Though most people have not even thought about the power station and have no conception of what it is, they know that if they plug an appliance into the plug-point, the appliance will run.

Kundalini is the plug-point. It is not a 3-pin point, it is a 5-pin point. You might have heard of the seven chakras. The muladhara is like a plug-point. That is why it is known as muladhara. Muladhara means “fundamental” or “basic.” Five of the remaining six chakras are the plug. What is the seventh chakra? It is like a light bulb. If you plug it in, then everything about you glows. If you are properly plugged in, keeping the lights on twenty-four hours of the day is not an issue anymore. You don’t have to turn off your power because you are worried the battery might run out. You can just keep it on blatantly, recklessly, because you are plugged into the power source.

Even right now, you still have energy. You can hear what I am saying. That means life energies are functioning, but in a very miniscule way. Just a small part of it is functioning. If the whole of it becomes available to you, if it is properly plugged in, there is no limit to what you can do out of it. Even with the plug-point at home, once you are plugged in, you can make the light happen, you can get the air-conditioning going, you can have the heater, you can have the television – anything you want. Just one power point. You can do so many things.

Unfortunately, most human beings are not plugged in. They are trying to generate their own power. So they eat five times a day, but still they are tired most of the time. It is a struggle to keep life going. Energy is not just in terms of physical energy or activity, energy is in terms of life. Existence is energy, isn’t it? The basis of existence is energy. If you know that basis, it is like knowing the foundations of life. If you understand the ways of the energy, you know the whole mechanics of creation. So if you are plugged in, you know what the power is, what it can do and what you can make out of it. You are plugged into an endless source of power – that is what is Kundalini.

Now to plug in an appliance, if your hands are shaky, you will scratch the whole wall but you will not get the plug in. In the same way, to put the 5-point plug into the plug-point is difficult for a lot of people because there is no steadiness in their body, their mind, their emotions or their energies. All this yoga is just to get the necessary steadiness so that you can just plug it in there. Once you plug it in – boundless energy! You don’t have to go and learn about or understand the power station. You plug it in and everything is fine.

Yoga is just the science of getting the plug properly in so that there is an uninterrupted source of power. Once you are connected to this uninterrupted source of power, naturally you will proceed in the way life should. You will naturally proceed towards the goal of what life is longing for. You will not get lost with your fancy ideas, dreams, thoughts, emotions or entanglements of the world.

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Sri Vamanadeva : The entirety of whatever there may be within the three worlds to satisfy one’s senses, cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled.

8.19.21

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Total involvement in work does not kill you. It can make you far more resilient, competent, and effective in everything you do.

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The entirety of whatever there may be within the three worlds to satisfy one’s senses, cannot satisfy a person whose senses are uncontrolled.

Srimad Bhagavatam 8.19.21

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By tremendous silence your brain develops the capacity to capture the most subtle visualizations. Ability to capture the most subtle visualizations is the awakened intelligence. Whoever is able to capture subtlest truth becomes Rishis. His brain has evolved and developed.
With such subtle grooves it starts reflecting the cosmic truth,
it started capturing the cosmic truth.

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The unfortunate reality in the world is, most people will know peace only with ‪‎death‬. It is time you do something about it in ‪‎life‬.

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"Introducing Keno Upanishad"

Somebody asked me human beings are just developed monkeys, but how we are able to perceive so much about the Universe, planets, space? How we are able to understand so much about that? Why other animals, even the closer form like chimpanzee is not able to catch and understand things about Universe? How man is able to perceive and even manipulate as we want? How?
Please understand because only human beings started asking 'By Whom?', this Upanishad is responsible for keeping the most powerful intelligence in human beings.
A few of the thought currents which are responsible for who we are.
Who am I?
What happens after death?
What is the Source of all these? The most important!
No Upanishad is a conclusion, that's the beauty. Seeking thought currents for further research is Upanishad. These thought currents need to be kept alive for future generations. As long as there is life on planet earth, we will be lived. We are not interested in a system to control human beings like in religion! Upanishads are basically to preserve and present some of the important thought currents that humanity need to enjoy and cherish for deeper possibilities. We are not about Dos and Don'ts, we are about the thought currents for higher intelligence to happen in you. Isavasya Upanishad gives all thought currents about Seeking. It is not a set of answers, it is the seeds for you to start contemplation, to develop the thought current which your higher intelligence gets awakened. The thought current will upgrade the very way you exist and upgrade your frequency."

~ 5th Feb 2016

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' Linga Bhairavi '

" Seek her in Devotion
She is an ocean of Compassion

Seek her in Desperation
She is a steadfast Companion

Seek her in true Passion
You will be loved to Distraction

Just seek her in your Confusion
She will lead you to Fruition

Jai Bhairavi Devi "

Love & Blessings

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Questioner: Sadhguru, why are women not being allowed into certain temples? For example, now with the Shani temple. Why this discrimination?

Sadhguru: At Linga Bhairavi, men are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum, but they never protest. They are married and domesticated – they have been trained not to protest against anything (laughter).

It needs to be understood that these temples are not places of prayer – they are different types of energies. Since we are aware that the planets in the solar system have an impact upon our physiology, our psychological structure, and the context of our lives, we have created temples for the different planets.

Based on the time and date of your birth, and the latitude and longitude of your place of birth, Indian astrologers make complex calculations to see which planets have the greatest influence on your life. These things are relevant to you to some extent. However, if you have access to inner technology, it will level out these planetary impacts.

Shani or Saturn, which is a faraway planet, takes 30 years to complete one revolution around the sun. Considering the revolutions of Saturn and those of the Earth, and your birth details, they can calculate what impact Saturn has on you at different times of your life.

Shani is one of the sons of Surya, the sun – the other one being Yama. Shani is the lord of dominance, distress, depression, disease, and disaster. Yama is the lord of death – the “D” company. These two are brothers-in-arms, always working in tandem. Their mother, Surya’s wife, is Chaya. Chaya means “shadow.” This is science expressed in a dialectical way. The sun is the source of light for us. His wife is Chaya – shadow. Only because there is sunlight, there is shadow.

The seventh day, Saturday, is the day of Saturn. Seven being Saat, it is Saaturday or Saturday. Saturn is the seventh planet or graha in the Indian astrological system. The word “graha” means “to grasp” or “to impact.” Saturn as per modern astronomy is the sixth planet. But the Indian astrology looked at celestial objects which have a strong impact on life upon this planet. In that context, Sun and Moon are also counted as grahas, not to be understood as planets, making Saturn the seventh graha.

In the order of grahas that have a strong influence upon this planet – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – though Shani is the seventh, he is a very dominant force, as health and happiness give you freedom of life, but disease and depression will seriously dominate your life. The question is are you allowing external forces, such as the celestial objects, to influence or impact you, or is your inner nature the only influence upon you. Hence, in this tradition, profound astrologers refused to make predictions for those who are on the spiritual path or under the influence of a spiritual Guru.

Because his is a 30-year cycle, once in 30 years, you become more susceptible to the influence of Saturn. This phase, known as Saade Saati, or in Tamil, Yelarai Shani, lasts for seven and a half years. You may become more susceptible to disease, depression, disasters, and death, and more vulnerable to external influences. In order to bridge the pits that may occur during a Saade Saati, various processes and rituals are associated with Shani temples.

There are temples for Shani Deva, where Saturn is personified as a god. Currently, there is this controversy about allowing women to enter a certain temple in Maharashtra, the Shani Shingnapur temple. Very powerful processes are conducted at this temple. Shani temples are mainly used for occult purposes and exorcism. People come there mainly to ward off occult influences or because they feel they are possessed. Because occult processes are conducted there, the energies are not conducive for women. As a woman is entrusted with the significant responsibility of manufacturing the next generation, her body is far more receptive and vulnerable to certain types of energies – especially during pregnancy and menstrual cycles.

Should women not enter the sanctum at all? They could if they were appropriately trained for it, but it would be much more difficult to train women than men for this purpose, simply because of a few biological advantages men have in this area of life. In the very nature of female biology, occult forces can have a deeper impact upon her system.

To remove occult influences and perform exorcisms, certain energies are used that are not nice for a woman at all. Shani is not nice. But he is a part of our lives – we have to deal with him too. Because of these occult forces, women are asked not to enter the area where such things are done. It would not be good for their physical wellbeing.

When certain things go wrong with life, you have to deal with them in a certain way, which may not be pleasant. These temples were created for this purpose. Today, some people perceive it as discrimination that women should not enter this space. It is not discrimination but discretion.

Maybe the way it is enforced is crude and seems discriminatory, and that is why these women are protesting. If one day, men protest in front of Linga Bhairavi and want to enter the sanctum, I will lock it. I will not let them into sanctum because it is not designed for men unless they are appropriately trained for it. This is not discrimination – it is necessary discretion. The space of Dhyanalinga, for one half of the lunar cycle, is managed by men; for the other half, it is managed by women – as that is the nature of an inclusive consecration, which Dhyanalinga is.

At certain temples, like the Velliangiri hill temple, women are prevented from going up the mountain, as the path goes through dense forest that was rich in wildlife in the past, and it was considered unsafe for women to take this journey. But today, these rules can be relaxed.

In view of the demand to allow women entry to the Shani temple, we need to educate people about the science behind these temples – what they are about and why they were built. In today’s democratic fervor, we want to establish equality, but in certain contexts, this would work to the disadvantage of women. Otherwise, we are one species and two genders. Except for a few areas such as this one, the only places where gender should matter are bathrooms and bedrooms.

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Rig Veda 1.35.9

“The sun moves in its own orbit but holding earth and other heavenly bodies in a manner that they do not collide with each other through force of attraction."

10.22.14 Rig Veda

“This earth is devoid of hands and legs, yet it moves ahead. All the objects over the earth also move with it. It moves around the sun”.

Rig Veda 5.40.5

“O Sun! When you are blocked by the one whom you gifted your own light (moon), then earth will be surprised by the sudden darkness.”

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Sarve Shantir Bhavanthu

May peace happen to all

Sarve Sukhino Bhavanthu

May wellbeing happen to all

Sarve Anandaha Bhavanthu

May blissfulness happen to all

Sarvesham Gnanam Bhavathu

Let knowing happen to all

Sarvesham Dhyanam Bhavathu

Let meditativeness happen to all

Sarvesham Shoonyam Bhavathu

May emptiness be known to all

Sarvesham Shivam Bhavathu

May the Boundless Being touch all

Gnanam Dhyanam Anandam

Knowing Meditation and Blissfulness

Bhavathu Bhavathu Bhavanthu

May it Be, may it Be, may it Be


Sadhguru: The chant is about – may everybody know peace; it is not even everybody; everything know peace. May everything know wellbeing. May everything know blissfulness, or everyone know blissfulness. Let knowing happen to all. Let meditativeness happen to all. Let the ultimate emptiness happen to all. Let all beings be touched by the cosmic being. The last part is knowing meditativeness and blissfulness: let it be, let it be, let it be, or, may it be.

Why we are going through a chant like this is, my fears that when you do certain processes, they are essentially designed to take you beyond the manifestations of the mind. When I say manifestations of the mind, Patanjali, who is today being recognized as the father of modern yogic system, because he codified the wide variety of yogic practices which were prevalent during his time into a more simpler form or a more accessible volume. Yoga had gone, as slowly today modern medicine is going. Twenty-five years ago, you had just one family doctor for whatever you may get. Today, if you want a real checkup, you need 25 doctors, because there are specialists and specialists and specialists. It may so happen, in another 50 – 100 years, if you need a thorough checkup, you need over 100 doctors. There were some guests in the military mess. They had all assembled for a special dinner. And one of the wives of the guests saw a fine looking officer, and she asked him, “What do you do?” He said, “I am a naval surgeon.” She said, “My God, the way you specialize these days!” We are going there.

So, when Patanjali was asked to define yoga, being as technical as he was, because Patanjali is more of a scientist than a sage or a yogi. So he said, “Chitta vritti nirodha.” That means, “If you cease the modifications of the mind, then you are in yoga.” Yesterday we were looking at this. There is no such thing as an absolute mind. There is only a certain activity that you call as mind. Various modifications of your consciousness are referred to as mind. If it particularly takes the shape of thought and emotion, then we call it the mind. If it took the shape of a thoughtless reverberation, we wouldn’t call it the mind, but it is still mind. So he is taking all these things into considerations, though socially, if you just feel a reverb in the system, you normally wouldn’t label it as the mind; only if a thought comes, or an emotion comes, then you call it the mind. But Patanjali is taking all modifications of the consciousness as mind. He is saying when you seize all these modifications, then you are in yoga. Because with these modifications, we set up what is you and what is me. This and that. Once there is this and that, or once there is you and me, there is trouble. There is life, but there is also trouble. Like the French philosopher said, “The other is hell.” It’s always the other. This is always ok. It’s the others. So it is these modifications which have created the other. Existence is happening as one large happening. But the individualized experience of life is coming to us, or happening to us, only because of the modifications of our mind. If we seize it, or if we transcend it, then we say you are in yoga. In the traditional yogi terminology, we call this Samadhi. Sama means equanimous, dhi means buddhi, or the intellect. Intellect which is discriminatory in nature when it becomes equanimous, all modifications settled, then you are in a state of yoga, or you are in a state of union. But now, because there is you and me, and there is you and neighbors, there is you and people you don’t like, there is you and your enemies, there is you and all those horrible creatures.

Yes. Because I am trying to find the news channels, trying to catch up with India and the rest of the world. But all these movie channels are coming. Wherever you see, American men are beating up all kinds of creatures, some are aliens, some are of our own planet. Anybody they see, they are trashing them to bits. Have you seen this? Just flick through all the channels, half the movies, some big built man is smashing something up; so because they have understood the other is hell, not in a philosophical way, but in a very rudimentary way. And it manifests itself in a million different ways in life. So what an exercise or a method or a methodology which can render you to the other side of your mind or behind the mirror, also empowers your mind in a certain way. If you have a powerful mind, you would like to change the numbers of that super ball, power ball, super powerful ball. You would like to change the numbers of the powerball. If this guy has the right numbers, we would like to take off his head, of course. He is standing in the way of my powerball. What to do? Pffft! So before we kind of exercise our mind to a certain level of capability, you must set up this intent. May peace happen to all, may well being happen to all, may blissfulness happen to all, let knowing happen to all, let meditativeness happen to all, may emptiness be known to all, may the boundless being touch all.

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People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on earth is the real miracle.

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“The Vedas are the eternal truths revealed by God to the great Rishis of India. The word Rishi means a seer, from DRIS, to see. The Rishi is the Mantra-Drashta, a seer of Mantra or thought. The thought was not his own. The Rishis saw the truths or heard them. Therefore, the Vedas are what are heard (Sruti). The Rishi did not write. He did not create it out of his mind. He was the seer of thought which existed already. He was only the spiritual discoverer of the thought. He is not the inventor of the Veda.
The Vedas represent the spiritual experiences of the Rishi of yore. The Rishi is only a medium or an agent to transmit to people the intuitional experiences which he received. The truths of the Vedas are revelations. All the other religions of the world claim their authority as being delivered by special messengers of God to certain persons, but the Vedas do not owe their authority to any one. They are themselves the authority as they are eternal, as they are the Knowledge of the Lord.
Lord Brahma, the Creator, imparted the divine knowledge to the Rishis or seers. The Rishis disseminated the knowledge. The Vedic Rishis were great realized persons (souls) who had direct intuitive perception of Brahman or the Truth. They were inspired teachers. They built a simple, grand and perfect system of religion and philosophy from which the founders and teachers of all other religions have drawn their inspiration.
The Vedas are the oldest books in the library of man. The truths contained in all religions are derived from the Vedas and are ultimately traceable to the Vedas. The Vedas are the fountain-head of religion. The Vedas are the ultimate source to which all religious knowledge can be traced. Religion is of divine origin. It was revealed by God to man in the earliest times. It is embodied in the Vedas.
The Vedas are eternal. They are without beginning and end. An ignorant man may say how a book can be without beginning or end. By the Vedas, no books are meant. Vedas came out of the breath of the Lord. They are the words of God. The Vedas are not the utterances of persons. They are not the composition of any human mind. They were never written, never created. They are eternal and impersonal. The date of the Vedas has never been fixed. It can never be fixed. Vedas are eternal spiritual Truths. Vedas are an embodiment of divine knowledge. The books may be destroyed, but the knowledge cannot be destroyed. Knowledge is eternal. In that sense, the Vedas are eternal.”

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The dedicated ever enjoy Supreme Peace. Therefore, live only to serve.

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' It Takes an Extraordinary Person '

People talk a lot about God-realization and spirituality, but they don't realize how much they have to pay for it by their own effort.
You can become an Olympic champion and win all the gold medals. You can win Nobel Prizes. You can even become a statesman, a president, a multi-millionaire. It's all nothing. Anybody can do that, and people are doing it easily.
The real achievement comes in doing what an ordinary person cannot do. It takes an extraordinary person, an extraordinary mind, a superhuman to achieve the highest goal. If you are not willing to make the greatest effort, don't even think about the greatest goal. Think about some small goal: "All right, I want to get a medal." Or "I want to become famous." Or "I want to be rich."
The spiritual goal is the grandest goal, but people expect it to somehow happen overnight without any effort. There are people who have been working birth after birth toward this goal. It may take ten births, one hundred births, or it may happen tomorrow. If you really make up your mind about what you want, that's a start. It makes things easier.
It's not just a simple thing you are asking for. When somebody wanted to follow Jesus, what did he say? "Get rid of everything, give it to the poor. Take up your cross, and follow me." What does it mean? Give up everything. When you give up everything, you get everything.

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' Born Free '

You are ever free. Born free. Why do people feel the need to have "free time" or vacation time? Whatever you do you are doing freely if you have the right attitude. A true spiritual seeker should not discriminate between "free" days and "work" days. Learn to play even while you work. Work is worship. Work is play.
Have fun always. You should never be feeling tense or that you are working so hard that you need a vacation. Let your vacation be simply a change of work. Real freedom is enjoying whatever you do.
The whole of life is a drama. You are watching a continuous, constant, unending movie. In that process, if you want to go out on a day off and see a movie go through a projector, go ahead and do it. It's a change of activity, that's all.
Whatever you do, play your part well and enjoy it.

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' What You Call Religion '

You are all looking for that God whose name is happiness, and your righteous approach to that happiness is what you call religion. If you approach that happiness without hurting yourself and hurting others, you are a religious person. But if you are trying to get happiness by hurting yourself or others, it's not religious.

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' Leave It To The Higher Authority '

Live in the golden present. Always feel, "Yes, this is my present, right now. The past is past. The future is not in our hands." Probably someone will ask, "Then should we not plan for tomorrow?" Yes, you should plan; but you should not worry about it. Ideas come, all right, plan. But know that there is someone who is going to approve or disapprove. Leave the final decision to the higher authority and be ready for anything. If you want to plan something for tomorrow, do it for the fun of planning today. But always remember that there is a final authority. The individual proposes, God disposes. That is life.

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