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Man lives in the body as a prisoner;
when his term is over, he suffers the
indignity of being thrown out. Love
of the body is therefore nothing
more than love of jail.

Learn how to die daily in God.

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To find protection from the trio of heat (afflictions) you have to take the assistance of another type of heat (taap). It is with heat that one overcomes heat. This is called tapasya (austerity). To tolerate the heat is tapasya, that’s what this body says. Just as one feels pain in experiencing the heat of the world, likewise one may feel similar pain at first while taking God’s name. But in spite of this painful feeling, freedom from the heat comes through this pain only. For this, endeavor is necessary, practice is necessary and action is necessary. Among the birds and animals, there is no interest to get rid of this pain in this manner, for the realization of ever graceful and ever- blissful God. This happens only in man.

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Unhappiness does not leave till God is realized. There is no other beneficial way to realize Him except doing His japa, His meditation, His worship and singing His name (Naam Kirtan). The company of saints (satsang) and reading of spiritual books are also of help on this path. This body very often says one thing: "vishay (sense object) mane (means) vish (poison) hoi (becomes)". The enjoyment of sense objects leads slowly towards death –"slow poison". That is why try to spend as much time as possible with Him.

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He is the remover of all miseries. Try to call Him all the time. Meditate only on Him and pray to Him. Pay obeisance to Him pouring out your heart. He is permeated with benediction, peace and bliss. The Heart of hearts and He is the Atma (the Supreme Soul).

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Whatever God does is for the good. As the doctor operates on a boil and removing the poisonous matter in it cures the ailment, likewise God gives you pain, washes and wipes you and pulls you in His lap. God rectifies all faults and says: "give me all thy impurities – and accept immortality in return". He causes pain and gives unhappiness to the devotee to intensify his eagerness and yearning. God accepts his worship through pain and tears.

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The action that helps in the attainment of that which everyone longs for is dharma (righteousness). That is why it is the natural action and the rest, which brings in restlessness and pain, is the action of want – this is adharma (unrighteousness).

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The way to self-realization, which cannot be forsaken, is dharma. Every individual has different path to self- enlightenment. Walk on from where you are. Verily only He exists. He is holding on everything. He never leaves. Again, the action leading to revelation of God is called dharma. Inaction is non-righteousness. Verily dharma is one.

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One must pay attention to Dharma. Dharma indeed is vitality for the breath of life. It is the Self and it holds on to that which is the eternal truth. What that self is has to be known. How long should one continue to stay in the wayside inn as a traveler in peril in a wrong path? It is necessary to tread one’s own path and take up one’s own journey leaving aside the pleasurable and accepting the adorable.

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God is in all forms. One should stay fixed with heart and soul. Everyone should be told that it is forbidden in Hindu Sanatan (Eternal) Dharma to utter anything that brings disrepute and pain to others. God indeed is manifested in all forms. To oppose others means to oppose God. All of us have the One soul. The surroundings should be maintained safe, peaceful and friendly.

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Remember that in the path of righteousness, even the shadow of concealed ego covers the goal.

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Name and the named are indistinguishable. He Himself is as the name. The akshara (letter of alphabet) indeed is the form of God. Just as by sowing the seed the tree comes forth, likewise, the name is made potent by repeating it. That all names are His names and all forms are His forms will be revealed with the progressive repetition of the name of liking. Again, gradually there will be revelation that He is nameless and formless.

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Patience is the mainstay in the domain of karma (action) and dharma.

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The dreaming state is called svapna [the absence of worldly activity] by worldly people because the outer objective world is absent. Yogins, on the other hand, call this state padastham, which means “being established where you are,” because here you become established in your own point. Yogins find that svapna [dreaming state] is a nearer way when entering into samādhi, when entering into the absolute. When you are in the state of jāgrat, you have to struggle to enter in samādhi. When you are in the state of svapna, you only have to struggle half as much. It is much easier to concentrate your awareness in svapna than it is in jāgrat. Children exist primarily in svapna. If illuminating power is put into them by some master or greater soul, they will enter into samādhi in an instant. They have no external thoughts; they have only internal thoughts. They are very near to their own Self.

Jñānis call the state of svapna vyāpti, which means “pervasion,” because in the dreaming state they pervade everything and they know that they are pervading. They pervade their own body, the automobile they are dreaming they are driving, the road they are dreaming they are driving on, and the place they are dreaming they are going to. The reality is that none of these objects are produced by any outside agency. All exist within their own self.

Worldly people call the state of deep sleep suṣupti [asleep] because they have no knowledge of objectivity in this state. There is no objectivity and there are no impressions. This state is tūṣṇīmbhāva which means “absolute silence.” For them, it is an appeased state. They feel that after leaving this state they are more peaceful. They find this state to be nourishing. Yogins, on the other hand, feel that in this state of sound sleep they become attached to their own nature. This state for yogins is full of consciousness, while this state for worldly people is full of unconsciousness. Yogins, therefore, call this state rūpastha, which means “established in one’s own Self,” because here they are established in their own Consciousness. Jñānīs call this state mahāvyāpti (the great pervasion) because here they find that there is absolutely no limitation of objectivity or impressions.

From the Trika Śaivite point of view, predominance is given to the three energies of Śiva; parā śakti [the supreme energy], parāparā śakti [medium energy], and aparā śakti [inferior energy]. The kingdom of aparā śakti, the lowest energy, is found in wakefulness and dreaming. The kingdom of parāparā śakti, the medium energy, is established in the state of sound sleep. And lastly, the kingdom of parāśakti, the supreme energy, is found in the state of turya.

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If the lover truly awakens and
opens his eyes, then his mind will
become attached to Parabrahm -
the Unfathomable and Eternal
Being. How can the craving
people, intoxicated with
thirst for the world, find
contentment?

There are plenty of miseries and
anxieties, and many diseases that
afflict the body. That place where
a man has patience, depth, and
steadfastness, go there
and meet him.

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The Spiritual process is always either to become a zero or to become infinite.

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Regard your body as the temple of Lord Shiva, your mind as the worshiper, Truth as purity which is necessary for worship, the jewel of the mind as the Linga, love as ghee and milk. Perform Puja to Lord Shiva thus. Lord Shiva cannot be obtained without meditation on the Panchakshara and without making the mind one-pointed.

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Everything is the manifestation of Lord Shiva. Shiva is Narayana, Brahma, the four Vedas, the holiest, the oldest, the perfect. Though Shiva is all these, He is none of these. He is without name, without birth, death or disease. He is at once the transcendent and immanent.

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Plough with Truth. Plant the seed of desire for knowledge. Weed out falsehood. Irrigate the mind with the water of patience. Supervise your work by looking within or introspection or self-analysis. Build the fence of Yama-Niyama or right conduct or right rules. You will soon attain Shivanandam or the eternal bliss of Shiva.

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Subdue the senses. Practice regular meditation. Practice Sariyai, Kiriyai, Yogam and Jnanam. Develop dispassion. Transcend the three bodies. Unite the individual soul with the Supreme Soul or Lord Shiva. You will attain eternal bliss and immortality. You can behold Lord Shiva if you look for Him with the light of wisdom issuing forth from the wick of life, fed with the ghee of meditation in the lamp of mind, within the house of your body.

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Love of Lord Shiva must be felt and manifested. Pray. Worship. Weep. Dance. Lord Shiva is the music or melody in the song, the sweetness in the fruit, the thought in the mind, the luster in the eyes. He is neither male nor female. He is without dimensions.

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Appar is one of the four Samaya Acharyas. He was a contemporary of Sambandhar. He was a Vellala of Thiru Amur in the district of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. He was born of Pugazhanar and Maathiniar. The parents gave the name "Marulneekkiar" (dispeller of darkness or ignorance) to Appar. Appar means 'father'. Sambandhar gave Marulneekkiar this name. The name Appar was first used by Sambandhar in addressing him in one of several meetings between them. Appar's soul-stirring and sublime odes earned him the title "Thirunavukkarasar" or "the Lord of Speech." Appar was a God-inspired soul. He sang devotional odes or Padigams during his piligrimage to various shrines. He flourished in the middle of the seventh century A.D. He was a mystic and a poet.

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Questioner: Is self-realisation so important?

Nisargadatta Maharaj: Without it you will be consumed by desires and fears, repeating themselves meaninglessly in endless suffering. Most of the people do not know that there can be an end to pain. But once they have heard the good news, obviously going beyond all strife and struggle is the most urgent task that can be. You know that you can be free and now it is up to you. Either you remain forever hungry and thirsty, longing, searching, grabbing, holding, ever losing and sorrowing, or go out whole-heartedly in search of the state of timeless perfection to which nothing can be added, from which nothing -- taken away. In it all desires and fears are absent, not because they were given up, but because they have lost their meaning.

'I Am That', Chapter 69

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This Atman is self-evident. This Atman or Self is not established in by proofs of existence of the Self. It is not possible to deny this Atman, for it is the very essence of he who denies it. The Atman is the basis of all kinds of knowledge. The Self is within, the Self is without, the Self is before and the Self is behind. The Self is on the right hand, the Self is on the left, the Self is above and the Self is below.

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46. One who never knows any difference through wisdom between jiva, the embodied soul, and Brahman, or between Brahman and nature, the creation, is called a jivanmukta, one who is liberated while living.

47. Respected by the good or insulted by the wicked, one who ever remains in equanimity is called a jivanmukta.

48. For the one who has known the Brahman essence, this world no longer remains the same as before. If it is not so, he has not known the Brahman state of being and is still an extrovert.

49. As far as happiness etcetera are experienced, it is called prarabdha, accumulated past action-impressions; because the arising of any fruits is from actions in the past. There is no fruit anywhere without action.

50. Just as the dream activity ceases upon waking, similarly, past actions accumulated over billions of eons dissolve instantly upon one's knowing: “I am Brahman.”

51. Just as nothing clings to space, so to the sage, who knows the Self to be unattached and indifferent, future actions cling not in the least degree.

52. Just as space is unaffected by the smell of liquor though it touches the pot (containing the liquor), so the Self remains untouched by all happenings in spite of being present during all of them.

53. Karmas done before the dawn of knowledge perish not as a result of that knowledge; they must produce their proper effect even as an arrow shot to hit a target (stops not before hitting it).

54. The arrow discharged (to hit) what was taken for a tiger stops not, though, after, (the target) is known to be a cow; the target is hit with full force. Similarly, action already done comes to fruition even after enlightenment has happened.

55. One who understands that he is deathless and ever young remains one with the soul and has no relationship with the fruits of his past actions.

56. Karma, past actions, bear fruits only when we have a feeling of my-ness for our bodies. It is never desirable to have a feeling of my-self for the body. Thus, by giving up the feeling of my-ness for the body one gives up the fruits of past actions.

57. This fallacy that the body is myself is the cause of creating in the imagination the idea of past actions. But how could something be true that is imposed or imagined about a fallacy?

58. From where can a thing be born which is not real in the first place? What has not been born, how can it be destroyed? How can a thing that is unreal have past actions?

59-60. To answer the ignorant (who) doubtfully ask how this body persists if the entire effects of nescience with their cause are destroyed by knowledge, Shruti, with an outward eye, propounds the theory of operative past actions; not to suggest to the wise that the body, etc., are real.

61. A total plenum, without beginning and end, measure and change. Massed being and intelligence, massed eternal bliss, undiminishing,

62. With the sole savor of the subject, full, endless, behold all, neither to be shunned nor seized, neither to be held nor propped;

63. Beyond inert forces and actions, subtle, certain, unblemished; Whose essence is beyond thought, beyond mind and words;

64. Existent, a plenitude, self-proven, pure, awake and matchless. One only is non-dual Brahman; here is no plurality at all. Thus knowing through your own experience that the soul is indivisible, be fulfilled and dwell blissfully in the changeless soul.

Listening to these teachings from the master, the disciple became enlightened and began to say: I have seen the world just now, where has it gone? Who has taken it away? Into what has it become dissolved? It is a great surprise! Does it not exist? In this great ocean of Brahman which is full of the nectar of infinite bliss, what have I to renounce now and what have I to take? What is other now and what is extraordinary? Here I do not see anything, I do not hear anything and I do not know anything, because I am always in my blissful soul and I myself am my own nature. I am unattached, bodiless, genderless; I am God myself; I am absolutely silent, I am infinite, I am the whole and the most ancient. I am not the doer, I am not the sufferer, I am unchanging and inexhaustible. I am the abode of pure knowledge, I am alone and I am the eternal godliness.

To Apantaratamas was this science imparted. He imparted it to Brahma, who passed it on to Ghorangiras. The latter gave it to Raikva and Raikva to Rama. Rama imparted it to all beings. This is the injunction in regard to Liberation; this is the teaching and message of the Vedas.

Om ! That (Brahman) is infinite, and this (universe) is infinite.
The infinite proceeds from the infinite.
(Then) taking the infinitude of the infinite (universe),
It remains as the infinite (Brahman) alone.
Om ! Let there be Peace in me !
Let there be Peace in my environment !
Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !

Here ends the Adhyatma Upanishad belonging to the Sukla-Yajur-Veda.

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Golden is the day for a man when his conceptual images about himself die away. This means that your ego should die. The Master will bless the one who endeavors to search for one's Self. One should not take back what is once given. This means that one should not accept the objects of the senses, after they are renounced. The Supreme Self, Paramatman, is beyond even the state of omni-perception, or being "All-Seeing." If the doer of actions has no sense of being the actor, he is free of the action. He becomes That which is beyond all states. When the knowing of objects, or differentiation, comes to an end, the false pride of "Me," the ego, is destroyed.

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46. One who never knows any difference through wisdom between jiva, the embodied soul, and Brahman, or between Brahman and nature, the creation, is called a jivanmukta, one who is liberated while living.

47. Respected by the good or insulted by the wicked, one who ever remains in equanimity is called a jivanmukta.

48. For the one who has known the Brahman essence, this world no longer remains the same as before. If it is not so, he has not known the Brahman state of being and is still an extrovert.

49. As far as happiness etcetera are experienced, it is called prarabdha, accumulated past action-impressions; because the arising of any fruits is from actions in the past. There is no fruit anywhere without action.

50. Just as the dream activity ceases upon waking, similarly, past actions accumulated over billions of eons dissolve instantly upon one's knowing: “I am Brahman.”

51. Just as nothing clings to space, so to the sage, who knows the Self to be unattached and indifferent, future actions cling not in the least degree.

52. Just as space is unaffected by the smell of liquor though it touches the pot (containing the liquor), so the Self remains untouched by all happenings in spite of being present during all of them.

53. Karmas done before the dawn of knowledge perish not as a result of that knowledge; they must produce their proper effect even as an arrow shot to hit a target (stops not before hitting it).

54. The arrow discharged (to hit) what was taken for a tiger stops not, though, after, (the target) is known to be a cow; the target is hit with full force. Similarly, action already done comes to fruition even after enlightenment has happened.

55. One who understands that he is deathless and ever young remains one with the soul and has no relationship with the fruits of his past actions.

56. Karma, past actions, bear fruits only when we have a feeling of my-ness for our bodies. It is never desirable to have a feeling of my-self for the body. Thus, by giving up the feeling of my-ness for the body one gives up the fruits of past actions.

57. This fallacy that the body is myself is the cause of creating in the imagination the idea of past actions. But how could something be true that is imposed or imagined about a fallacy?

58. From where can a thing be born which is not real in the first place? What has not been born, how can it be destroyed? How can a thing that is unreal have past actions?

59-60. To answer the ignorant (who) doubtfully ask how this body persists if the entire effects of nescience with their cause are destroyed by knowledge, Shruti, with an outward eye, propounds the theory of operative past actions; not to suggest to the wise that the body, etc., are real.

61. A total plenum, without beginning and end, measure and change. Massed being and intelligence, massed eternal bliss, undiminishing,

62. With the sole savor of the subject, full, endless, behold all, neither to be shunned nor seized, neither to be held nor propped;

63. Beyond inert forces and actions, subtle, certain, unblemished; Whose essence is beyond thought, beyond mind and words;

64. Existent, a plenitude, self-proven, pure, awake and matchless. One only is non-dual Brahman; here is no plurality at all. Thus knowing through your own experience that the soul is indivisible, be fulfilled and dwell blissfully in the changeless soul.

Listening to these teachings from the master, the disciple became enlightened and began to say: I have seen the world just now, where has it gone? Who has taken it away? Into what has it become dissolved? It is a great surprise! Does it not exist? In this great ocean of Brahman which is full of the nectar of infinite bliss, what have I to renounce now and what have I to take? What is other now and what is extraordinary? Here I do not see anything, I do not hear anything and I do not know anything, because I am always in my blissful soul and I myself am my own nature. I am unattached, bodiless, genderless; I am God myself; I am absolutely silent, I am infinite, I am the whole and the most ancient. I am not the doer, I am not the sufferer, I am unchanging and inexhaustible. I am the abode of pure knowledge, I am alone and I am the eternal godliness.

To Apantaratamas was this science imparted. He imparted it to Brahma, who passed it on to Ghorangiras. The latter gave it to Raikva and Raikva to Rama. Rama imparted it to all beings. This is the injunction in regard to Liberation; this is the teaching and message of the Vedas.

Om ! That (Brahman) is infinite, and this (universe) is infinite.
The infinite proceeds from the infinite.
(Then) taking the infinitude of the infinite (universe),
It remains as the infinite (Brahman) alone.
Om ! Let there be Peace in me !
Let there be Peace in my environment !
Let there be Peace in the forces that act on me !

Here ends the Adhyatma Upanishad belonging to the Sukla-Yajur-Veda.

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