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The ‘I amness’ is pulsating ‘I am, I am’. The feeling of ‘I amness’
is there because of the essence of the food body and vital breath,
when these are gone the pulsation of ‘I amness’ will not be there.
Beingness goes into no-beingness.

Because of the knowledge ‘I am’ we conduct all activities. In the
morning when you wake up you get the first guaranty, that
conviction of ‘I am’. Then because you are not in a position to
sustain or tolerate that ‘I amness’ you bestir yourself. You get up and move around here and there and the activity starts.

That attention of ‘I amness’ is always there in the waking state, but
we are not alert to watch it. There is no other attention to be
followed. Be attentive to that attention ‘I am’.

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Strengthening the mind is not done by making it move around as is done to the body but by bringing it to a halt, bringing it to rest.

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Mourning is not the index of true love. It betrays love of the object, of its shape only. That is not love. True love is shown by the certainty that the object of love is in the Self and that it can never become non-existent.

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To walk through life armoured against all fear, peril and disaster, only two things are needed, two that go always go together - the Grace of the Divine Mother and on your side an inner state made up of faith, sincerity and surrender.

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Свет Высшей Милости
Являет собой Торжествующий Храм Мудрости,
Вознаграждающий преданных Милостью и Силой.
Рамалинга Свамигал,
«Свет Высшей Милости», песнь 1, гл.4

Все явления, которые вы видите, есть торжество этого Света, его манифестация и игра.
«Единый вкус» – это видение торжества Абсолюта за всеми явлениями. Тот, кто понял этот принцип, является непобедимым йогином. Он может делать путем любую практику и ситуацию.
Кто раскрывает торжество Абсолюта в страданиях, клешах, в негативных ситуациях таким же равностным образом, как и в позитивных ситуациях, тот йогин реализовал самый глубокий уровень недвойственности. Кто раскрывает тождество торжества Абсолюта как в возможности творчески проявить себя, так и в полной невозможности творчески себя проявить, тот является йогином, по¬настоящему реализовавшим «единый вкус».
Кто реализовал тождество, когда проявляются достижения, знаки и способности, и когда они вообще не проявляются, а есть одни препятствия, и даже нет намека на продвижение, тот является йогином, по¬настоящему постигшим «единый вкус» недвойственности.
Тогда этот Торжествующий Храм Мудрости вознаграждает преданных милостью и силой.
Один христианин ждал, пока в деревне не начнется голод – он хотел пострадать за Христа. Наконец, через несколько лет голод в деревне начался. Все жители в деревне были подавлены. А этот святой юродивый ходил и постоянно радовался, воздавая хвалу Богу. Люди спрашивали его: «Чему же ты радуешься?». Он говорил: «Это же так здорово – есть возможность пострадать за Христа».
Для него это было способом в трудных условиях проявить свою любовь к Абсолюту или обнажить ее. Такое его состояние явно указывает на то, что он реализовал «единый вкус» всех явлений. То, что ввергает обычного человека в страдания, вызывает углубление присутствия и блаженства у йогина высшей квалификации.
Только неофита с неочищенным умом, сильными клешами и привязанностями надо подбадривать в трудные минуты, потому что неофит совсем еще не понимает, что к чему. Но йогин в момент трудностей безошибочно распознает их как проявление яростных игр Абсолюта и берет из этих проявлений самую большую пользу для себя. Внутри у него даже сердце поет: «Вот это да! Вот это варджные шактипатхи! Вот это гневный даршан! Где еще такое получишь? И не надо в места силы идти. Не надо идти на кладбище ворошить смашан».
Вот так йогин воспринимает любые ситуации, когда ему становится трудно или когда он сталкивается с препятствиями или какими¬то ограничениями, когда нет возможности чего¬-то добиться; и его надежда и страх разрушаются, его цели просто разрушаются и просто самоосвобождаются; когда он, долго практикуя, работая, не получает ни знаков реализации, ни каких­то результатов; когда он уже подходит к грани отчаяния. Его эго уже подошло к грани отчаяния, а он наблюдает и видит это, и понимает, что, в принципе, отчаяние – это тоже двойственный фактор эгоизма. Даже из этого можно извлечь пользу, углубить свое недвойственное состояние. И вот когда йогин переходит эту черту, наступает момент, и он видит, что нет вообще ничего во вселенной, что могло бы его поколебать или смутить. Он утвердился в таком огромном пространстве радости и свободы, которое не зависит вообще ни от каких условий, он реализовал «единый вкус», подобно Агни, когда все, что ни появляется, является дровами в костре его осознавания.
Вот на этом этапе открывается Свет Высшей Милости, о котором говорил Рамалинга.

Свами Вишнудевананда Гири Джи. Самарасья - врата к богу.

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Some tips for the seeker of Truth:
Take a few breaths
in That which is breathless.
You are not data-based.
You are emptiness.
Get out of your own way.
Know and be your instant-ness.
Fall inside your own ocean of Being.
Burn in the fire
of your own yes to the Real.
True seeing - your sharpest sword.
Don't be in what you are seeing; be in your seeing Being.

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God is not playing with you.
God is playing AS you.

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When you practice Self-Inquiry and follow the thoughts back to its source, the whole secret is to realize, there is no source to your thoughts.
It is only the source that exist, but there is no source for your thoughts, for your body, for your mind.
That has no source.
For Brahman is self-contained absolute reality.
There are no thoughts in Brahman.
Brahman is not a source.
Brahman is something beyond words and thoughts.
Something that you alone can experience.
In other words Brahman can be experienced.
Not as anything you're aware of now, not as a person, place or thing but as life experiences itself.
Ponder these things deeply.

232 The Ground Upon Which I Stand Is Holy Ground - March 18, 1993

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IT IS THE MIND THAT IMAGINES THAT IT DOES NOT KNOW AND
THEN COMES TO KNOW.......

All talk of ‘gnana’ (knowledge) is a sign of ignorance. It is the mind that imagines that it does not know and then comes to know. Reality knows nothing of these contortions. Even the idea of God as the Creator is false. Do I owe my being to another being? Because ‘I am’ all ‘is’.

My teacher told me to hold on to the sense ‘I am’ tenaciously and
not to swerve from it even for a moment. I did my best to follow
his advice and in a comparatively short time I realized within
myself the truth of his teaching. All I did was to remember his
teaching, his face, his words constantly. This brought an end to the
mind, in the stillness of the mind I saw myself as I am – unbound.

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A Sage does not belong to this world or to the universe.
Therefore a Sage does not become interested in healing or this would put a Sage on a plane of relativity.
We will not judge who is a Sage or who is not.
But the fact remains in Advaita Vedanta we do not try to heal people.
By your very presence healings may take place, just by being.
This is why it's so important to work on yourself, transcending your body and the world, going beyond health, sickness, wealth, poverty, good, bad, going beyond this duality.
And coming to the place where there is ultimate oneness.
Where you have become pure being.

130 Health, Sickness and Death – February 20, 1992

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I have no desire for wealth or possessions, and so I have nothing. I do not experience the initial suffering of having to accumulate possessions, the intermediate suffering of having to guard and keep up possessions, nor the final suffering of losing the possessions.

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There is no need to sift through all the rubbish before throwing it out.

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A Satguru, a Sage, a Jnani comes to upset your life. To pull you out of your samskaras. To resolve your karma, to make you free. But in order to do that, he does not add on.
•~•~•

Anyway. A Spiritual Master does not come to please you. A true spiritual Master is not lovey-dovey and brings you kindness and good cheer. If a spiritual Master does this he or she is not a true spiritual Master. The truth is you are already filled with all kinds of nonsense, ideas, concepts, foolishness, stuff from previous lives, this has to be pulled out of you. So the Sage through certain methods, certain disciplines causes certain things to happen in your lives in order to become free.
•~•~•
This is the reason why only mature people really attract a true Sage.
If an immature person attracts a true Sage they will not be able to stand the fire.
It will be too hot.
For things will begin to burn up in their lives.
Which means in English, that things will appear to become progressively worse.
People come to a Sage for health problems and their health becomes increasingly worse.
As a matter of fact some people even die.
People come to a Sage to increase their financial bank account and they go bankrupt.
•~•~•
The whole idea is your approach to a Sage has to be unconditional. You cannot have preconceived ideas of what the outcome is going to be and what's going to happen to your life. Yet you may be assured of this, as time passes all your so called stuff will be burnt up and you will become free, if you can hold on. So the Sage does not come in peace. If you're looking for peace you came to the wrong place.

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If I were enlightened and you listened to me because I was enlightened, then you’re in big trouble. Are you ready to be brainwashed by someone who’s enlightened? You can be brainwashed by anybody, you know. What does it matter whether someone’s enlightened or not? But see, we want to lean on someone, don’t we? We want to lean on anybody we think has arrived. We love to hear that people have arrived. It gives us hope, doesn’t it? What do you want to hope for? Isn’t that another form of desire?

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Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.

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Simply see that you are at the center of the universe, and accept all things and beings as parts of your infinite body. When you perceive that an act done to another is done to yourself, you have understood the great truth.

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As the personal 'I' disappears under the piercing light of self-inquiry, that which witnesses its disappearance remains as it ever is—pure unmixed joy!

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SEXUAL DESIRES

Question : Do you approve of sexual continence?
Ramana Maharshi : A true brahmachari [celibate] is one who dwells in Brahman. Then there is no question of desires any more.

Question : At Sri Aurobindo's ashram there is a rigid rule that married couples are permitted to live there on condition that they have no sexual intercourse.
Ramana Maharshi : What is the use of that ? If it exists in the mind, what use is it to force people to abstain ?

Question : Is marriage a bar to spiritual progress?
Ramana Maharshi : The householder's life is not a bar, but the householder must do his utmost to practise self-control. If a man has a strong desire for the higher life then the sex tendency will subside. When the mind is destroyed, the other desires are destroyed also.

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Unless one follows the principle, “That which is essential to be reformed is only my own mind”, one’s mind will become more and more impure by seeing the defects of others.

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The mind should not be allowed to wander towards worldly objects and what concerns other people. However bad other people may be, one should bear no hatred for them. Both desire and hatred should be eschewed. All that one gives to others one gives to one's self. If this truth is understood who will not give to others? When one's self arises, all arises; when one's self becomes quiescent, all becomes quiescent. To the extent we behave with humility, to that extent there will result good. If the mind is rendered quiescent, one may live anywhere.

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Kishenpur, July 13th, 1956 -- This morning Ma said to some Ashramites who were put in charge of a large garden: "By working in the garden you will serve the trees and the plants and living with them try to become like them. Let the trees be your Guru. A tree gives fruit and shade. When the fruit is ripe it falls down, it is sweet to taste. The wood of the tree you use for cooking your food. So the tree gives itself entirely, it holds nothing back. Watch how the trees grow, make them your friends and learn from them. Also from the grass. Grass is lowly and puts up with everything. People tread on it, cut it and it does not defend itself. So also the earth: everyone walks on it; you hammer it, powder it - do anything you like with it, it remains quiet and friendly."

~ from "As the Flower Sheds its Fragrance"

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If you try to practice Self-Inquiry you will find as many of you tell me,
"It's so hard because there are many things happening in this world".
So many people are getting killed.
So much man's inhumanity to man and you cannot hold onto "Who am I?"
So go the other way.
Begin to reason this out for yourself.
Begin to see that there is a power within me that knows the way.
I surrender to this power.
I surrender my feelings, my thoughts, my emotions, my frustrations.
I surrender everything to this power that knows the way.
In other words get yourself out of the way.

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Not only are there outward sravana (hearing of the truth) and manana (thinking over what has been heard) but there are also inward sravana and manana. They must occur to a person as a result of the maturity of his mind. Those that are able to do that antara sravana (hearing inwardly) do not have any doubts.

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Do not want to be free of your pain.
Do not look for freedom from your pain.
Do you know why?
Because when you look for freedom from pain you believe the pain has substance and it's reality, now you've got to get rid of it.
But in truth and in reality there never was a pain.
There is no pain.
You have to ask yourself,
"To whom does the pain come?"
Your Self can never have pain.

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The Sage will never interfere in your life.
Remember the Sage is not a problem solver.
All problems are of the mind.
What does the Sage have to do with this?
Nothing, all works out of the mind.
The Sage is beyond the mind, beyond thinking, beyond thoughts, beyond doing, beyond appearances.
This is why there is nothing more powerful than being with the Sage, and having a quiet mind.

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