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Shukla Yajur Ved 36.1

" The Rig Ved mantras propound all the speech or all the ideas and thoughts leading to all-sided perfection; the Yajur Ved develops the mind which is the source of all actions; the Sam Ved makes us fully develop our life energies or prana for completely developing our potential. The Atharva Ved gives the methods of perfection of our body and senses like eyes (chakshu) or hearing. "

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Everyone has dreams but how many are willing to stake their life to fulfill that dream. The courage and commitment to give your life to create what really matters. To give away the comforts of this day to manifest the tomorrow that is yet to be. The clarity of vision as to what is of vital importance for the times we live in and for posterity, this sets apart great men from just men.

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Everybody wants to be healthy. At the same time we must understand that once you have a body, illness, old age, and death are natural processes of life. Taking good care of the body is definitely our business but once we have a physical body, we know that illness may happen at any moment. However, if you are paranoid about ill health or death, you will not take good care of the body. The very anxiety of what may happen will destroy the body. If you become excessively concerned about illness or health, that becomes an illness. An illness is something that restricts your life. That is why you don’t like it. But just the fear of illness also restricts your life.

There are so many people whose fear of illness becomes very strong once they cross forty or forty-five years of age. When they were young, they didn’t have this fear because they thought they were immortal! It is only as you grow older that the fact that you are mortal comes to you. Your fear is not of illness, your fear is of the death. Illness is the passage – the first step towards death. You are still not addressing death directly, but you are addressing illness because you know that if illness comes, the other one will follow.

Generally in social situations, people have been going about convincing you that fear of death is natural. Unfortunately, people think that whatever the majority is doing is natural. If the majority of people were smoking cigarettes, people would say smoking is a natural thing. They were saying that a few years ago. Certain groups of people still say, “What’s wrong with smoking? It’s only natural.” A human being is not made to smoke. You are not an automobile! Similarly, the fear of death has been made natural by social situations, but it is not so.

If life happens, death is a natural process. Being afraid of a natural process is unnatural. This fear has come because of a certain sense of ignorance and unawareness. We are not in touch with reality and we have gotten deeply identified with this body. This has happened because we have not explored other dimensions. If we had explored and established ourselves in other dimensions of experience, the body would not be such a big issue. But now our whole experience of life is limited to this body. No matter what kind of teachings other people give you, whether somebody tells you that you are atman[1], paramatman[2] or whatever else, your experience is limited to the physical body. So the fear of losing it is natural. But if you establish yourself in other dimensions of experience, the body becomes an easy thing to handle. Life or death won’t make such a big difference.

[1] Atman: Used in Sanskrit literature to refer to the individual’s soul.
[2] Paramatman: Used in Sanskrit literature to refer to the universal spirit.

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If life happens, death is a natural process. Being afraid of a natural process is unnatural. This fear has come because of a certain sense of ignorance and unawareness. We are not in touch with reality and we have gotten deeply identified with this body. This has happened because we have not explored other dimensions. If we had explored and established ourselves in other dimensions of experience, the body would not be such a big issue. But now our whole experience of life is limited to this body. No matter what kind of teachings other people give you, whether somebody tells you that you are atman[1], paramatman[2] or whatever else, your experience is limited to the physical body. So the fear of losing it is natural. But if you establish yourself in other dimensions of experience, the body becomes an easy thing to handle. Life or death won’t make such a big difference.

[1] Atman: Used in Sanskrit literature to refer to the individual’s soul.
[2] Paramatman: Used in Sanskrit literature to refer to the universal spirit.

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Everybody wants to be healthy. At the same time we must understand that once you have a body, illness, old age, and death are natural processes of life. Taking good care of the body is definitely our business but once we have a physical body, we know that illness may happen at any moment. However, if you are paranoid about ill health or death, you will not take good care of the body. The very anxiety of what may happen will destroy the body. If you become excessively concerned about illness or health, that becomes an illness. An illness is something that restricts your life. That is why you don’t like it. But just the fear of illness also restricts your life.

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Enlightenment means entering a new dimension of life – a dimension beyond physicality

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"The wisdom of the old
Freshness and energy
Of the young life, is ideal
Recipe for life's blossoming"

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Question:

Ever since I started my practices, my pain, my grief, my joy, everything has become so much more intense. Isn’t spirituality supposed to settle all these things? Am I going off track?

Sadhguru: Once you are actively on a spiritual path, some fools might tell you, “Everything will be okay.” Being on the spiritual path is not about making everything okay. If you want things to be okay you have to fix them, and still only some things will be okay, not everything. The significance of being on the spiritual path is not to seek comfort but to put your life on fast-forward. So, more fluctuations than you ever imagined possible may happen in your life. Things that would have happened in ten years may happen in two months. Whether you have the courage, capability and the stability to take it is the question. If you want it evenly spread out and you want to come back for we don’t know how long, that’s up to you.

Once you ask for speed, if you ask for speed without stability you are asking for trouble. Sadhana, in a measured way, is created so that on the one hand it creates stability, on the other hand it creates speed. If there is no speed in you, you will feel like a tombstone not going anywhere. If you are very fast, then it feels like a rollercoaster ride. A rollercoaster gives you a feeling of being out of control but actually, it is perfectly safe because it is locked onto the rail on which it runs. A spiritual process is like that. If you have clamped onto the inner rail, everything may be going wild and weird but it does not matter because there is one spot which is steady, so anyway it is not going to fall off. If you have fixed yourself like that with what is internal, then let the outside situations go as weird as you can imagine, still it will be on track. Somebody may think these things are weird but you can also think it is exciting. If you don’t like excitement, if you cannot handle excitement, then it is a lot of trouble. But if you enjoy excitement, a rollercoaster is a good place.

So, the significance of being on the spiritual path is not that everything is going to be fixed. Even if nothing is fixed and everything is going crazy, “I am fixed so everything is fine with me” – that’s all. If you don’t fix the rail and the rollercoaster, then it is going to fly off at the first dip. If the inner rail is fixed, it goes wherever it wants, it gives you all the excitement, but still it does not fly off. All the excitement will be outside. The ups and downs, the flying and falling, everything will be okay.

Spirituality is not about fixing life. “I am fixed.” Then we fix the rest of life to the extent we can, but the important thing is, this one must be fixed. That must happen.

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Question:

Ever since I started my practices, my pain, my grief, my joy, everything has become so much more intense. Isn’t spirituality supposed to settle all these things? Am I going off track?

Sadhguru: Once you are actively on a spiritual path, some fools might tell you, “Everything will be okay.” Being on the spiritual path is not about making everything okay. If you want things to be okay you have to fix them, and still only some things will be okay, not everything. The significance of being on the spiritual path is not to seek comfort but to put your life on fast-forward. So, more fluctuations than you ever imagined possible may happen in your life. Things that would have happened in ten years may happen in two months. Whether you have the courage, capability and the stability to take it is the question. If you want it evenly spread out and you want to come back for we don’t know how long, that’s up to you.

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Where the first thought has left and the other is not arisen, that is Consciousness, that is Freedom, that is your own place, your own abode. You are always there, you see.

Shift attention, change the gestalt. Don't look at the figure, look at the background! If I put a big blackboard the size of a wall here and mark it with a white point and ask you, "What do you see?" Ninety-nine percent of you will not see the blackboard! (Laughs) You will say, "I see a little white spot." Such a big blackboard and its not seen, and only a little white spot, which is almost invisible is seen! Why? Because this is the fixed pattern of the mind. To look at the figure , not the blackboard, to look at the cloud , not at the sky; to look at the thought and not Consciousness.

That's all the teaching is. Always look to Consciousness. Always look to Consciousness and know this is what you are! This is your own place, your own abode, Stay Here. No one can touch you. Who can enter Here where you are? Even your mind cannot enter.

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Giving up on others is Arrogance.
Kalabhairava is highly Allergic to Arrogant people.
As soon as he sees arrogant people he Sneezes. And his sneezing is a Thunderstorm.
So Go on sharing Love from the space of Advaita.

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"Without being capable of bringing peace into your own being, there is no way you are going to be capable of bringing peace to the world."

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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO GET FREE OF THE MIND..?


Q: How long will it take me to get free of the mind?

M: It may take a thousand years, but really no time is required. All you need is to be in dead earnest. Here the will is the deed. If you are sincere, you have it. After all, it is a matter of attitude. Nothing stops you from being a Jnani here and now, except fear. You are afraid of being impersonal, of impersonal being.

It is all quite simple. Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are at once in your natural state.

Q: No question of reconditioning, changing, or eliminating the mind?

M: Absolutely none. Leave your mind alone, that is all. Don't go along with it. After all, there is no such thing as mind apart from thoughts which come and go obeying their own laws, not yours. They dominate you only because you are interested in them. It is exactly as Christ said 'Resist not evil'. By resisting evil you merely strengthen it.

I AM THAT , 259.

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Every subatomic particle in your system is in constant transaction with the whole cosmos. You only believe you are a separate entity.

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Among all sorts of idiots, the religious and spiritual ones take the cake because their stupidity is God-endorsed or scripture-endorsed.

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You are punishing the soul by keeping it buried, slumbering in matter life after life, frightened by nightmares of suffering and death. Realize that you are the soul. Remember that the Feeling behind your feeling, the Will behind your will, the Power behind your power, the Wisdom behind your wisdom is the Infinite Lord. Unite the heart's feeling and the mind's reason in a perfect balance. In the castle of calmness, again and again cast off identification with earthly titles, and plunge into deep meditation to realize your divine kingship.

"Man's Eternal Quest"

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Years ago there was a devotee from England who asked to receive Kriya. He was very sweet and sincere, and had been on the path for many years, but never felt worthy of receiving Kriya. Some humble souls are like that; they see the greatness of the Guru and the teachings and they hold back.

This devotee explained to the Kriya counselor something that happened years before: Lahiri Mahasaya had appeared to him in a dream and told him he should be practicing Kriya. And then Lahiri Mahasaya told him how to do it! But then he became worried that perhaps it was his own desire that had created the dream, and so he was still walled off from feeling deserving of such a tremendous technique. The man had a daughter, and she became interested in the teachings, and one year at Convocation she received Kriya Yoga.

Afterwards he said to his daughter, “Tell me, is this what it is? Is this how it’s done?” She did not reveal the technique to him, but he explained to her what Lahiri Mahasaya had given him in his dream. His daughter listened and then she told him, “That’s exactly what we were taught!”

You can imagine with what joy we enrolled him in the Lessons!

Sister Priya, talk notes

from SRF-YSS Sri Lahiri Mahasaya Mahasamadhi & Birth Event (Sept. 26 & 30)

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The Master was trying to encourage a disciple by pointing out the ways of attaining communion with God, but the disciple, dubious as to his own ability, said, “But Sir, you are a Master!”

And the Master said, “All souls are equal. The only difference between us is that I made the effort. I showed God that I love Him, and He came to me. Love is the magnet from which God cannot escape.”

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Forget the past. This can be the greatest day of your life, if you will only make the effort. You have passed much time thinking of worldly pleasures. This day you should pray with all your heart; this is the greatest opportunity you have ever had to offer the bouquet of your devotion to God.

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Whenever you have the opportunity, give to the poor, feed the hungry, nurse the sick - do service as a religious duty and you will come to know by direct perception that the person served, the one who serves and the act of service are separate only in appearance.

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As soon as we learn in Meditation to love God, we shall love all mankind as we love our own family. Those who have found God through their own Self-Realization ---those who have actually experienced God - they alone can love mankind; not impersonally, but as their blood brothers, children of the same one father.

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Student: I've heard it said that the ego must die in order to be enlightened. What does ego death mean?

Adyashanti: It is said that the ego must die in order for you to truly live. But nothing need die; you simply need to grow up. A child does not die in order to grow into an adult. The child simply grows up; it evolves and leaves behind what is no longer appropriate. See that the ego is no longer useful or appropriate and leave it behind. Only the ego makes its own demise seem dramatic.

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Try to cultivate a mind that never harms any being in thoughts, word, or deed.

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Whatever the Buddha has done it's in your capacity, in your potential. You are the Buddha itself slowly undressing himself of all conceptual garments. How long will it take you? Then at some point you'll look at me and you'll tell me, "There are no garments. There's no undressing now. There's nothing at all." Oh that's very happy.

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Life presents you with two options let's say: to go out in the world and make a success of the life and be like other people and be accepted or whatever your projection is about that, or something is calling you to just come into a more meditative life and give more attention to your inner being. There seems to be these two and for awhile and they are living attractions for you. Now you're being aware, but you are neither of them. Now you're being aware, "I am neither of them," and a choice need not be made. I am neither, I simply Am.

And through whatever it is the attention goes to these choices so the movement is pulling toward one of these directions. This is ok, but what is it that is aware of all the directions?

Then it's like looking into a mirror, and you're Here again.

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Real sadhana actually is that in open listening, without the intrusion of the speculative habit, is simultaneous with inner recognition and confirming, which by-passes even practice. Because the Self cannot be practiced! It must be already here. All this is is pulling the curtains, peeling away this cataract of illusory identification.

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