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' The Reality of War '

Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous - an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.

War is like a fire in the human community, one whose fuel is living beings. I find this analogy especially appropriate and useful. Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people. War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads. If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers. No soldiers want to be wounded or die. None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people - his relatives and friends - suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy, but we are too confused.

Frankly as a child, I too was attracted to the military. Their uniform looked so smart and beautiful. But that is exactly how the seduction begins. Children starts playing games that will one day lead them in trouble. There are plenty of exciting games to play and costumes to wear other than those based on the killing of human beings. Again, if we as adults were not so fascinated by war, we would clearly see that to allow our children to become habituated to war games is extremely unfortunate. Some former soldiers have told me that when they shot their first person they felt uncomfortable but as they continued to kill it began to feel quite normal. In time, we can get used to anything.

It is not only during times of war that military establishments are destructive. By their very design, they were the single greatest violators of human rights, and it is the soldiers themselves who suffer most consistently from their abuse. After the officer in charge have given beautiful explanations about the importance of the army, its discipline and the need to conquer the enemy, the rights of the great mass of soldiers are most entirely taken away. They are then compelled to forfeit their individual will, and, in the end, to sacrifice their lives. Moreover, once an army has become a powerful force, there is every risk that it will destroy the happiness of its own country.

There are people with destructive intentions in every society, and the temptation to gain command over an organisation capable of fulfilling their desires can become overwhelming. But no matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don't have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society. As long as there are powerful armies there will always be danger of dictatorship. If we really believe dictatorship to be a despicable and destructive form of government, then we must recognize that the existence of a powerful military establishment is one of its main causes.

Militarism is also very expensive. Pursuing peace through military strength places a tremendously wasteful burden on society. Governments spend vast sums on increasingly intricate weapons when, in fact, nobody really wants to use them. Not only money but also valuable energy and human intelligence are squandered, while all that increases is fear.

I want to make it clear, however, that although I am deeply opposed to war, I am not advocating appeasement. It is often necessary to take a strong stand to counter unjust aggression. For instance, it is plain to all of us that the Second World War was entirely justified. It "saved civilization" from the tyranny of Nazi Germany, as Winston Churchill so aptly put it. In my view, the Korean War was also just, since it gave South Korea the chance of gradually developing democracy. But we can only judge whether or not a conflict was vindicated on moral grounds with hindsight. For example, we can now see that during the Cold War, the principle of nuclear deterrence had a certain value. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to assess al such matters with any degree of accuracy. War is violence and violence is unpredictable. Therefore, it is better to avoid it if possible, and never to presume that we know beforehand whether the outcome of a particular war will be beneficial or not.

For instance, in the case of the Cold War, through deterrence may have helped promote stability, it did not create genuine peace. The last forty years in Europe have seen merely the absence of war, which has not been real peace but a facsimile founded dear. At best, building arms to maintain peace serves only as a temporary measure. As long as adversaries do not trust each other, any number of factors can upset the balance of power. Lasting peace can assure secured only on the basis of genuine trust.

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God loves you more than anybody else...As I progressed on the spiritual path, I received more love from God than I ever could have from any human being.

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Sarvam brahmopniṣadam – All is Brahman, Consciousness that is revealed in the Upaniṣhads. All is Consciousness. Everything is from
and is established, exists and goes back to the Consciousness.
Māham brahma nirākuryām – May I never deny the existence of Brahman. Let this high energy always be in me, where my confidence, my trust is maintained. May I never have incompletion with Brahman, Consciousness.

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None can foretell at what particular time circumstances will co-operate to bring about that Great Moment for anyone. There may be failure to begin with, but what counts is final success. An aspirant cannot be judged by preliminary results. In the spiritual field, final success means success right from the beginning.

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The instant you genuinely say Yes to Truth inside your Heart
a subtle vibration is felt. Don’t overlook it.
As you become open, it will guide you in subtle ways.
Day by day, you become increasingly aware of its presence.
Sometimes, it may just whisper. Why whisper?
So you bend down to listen and develop more sensitivity to truth.
In the beginning you have to make an effort to hear and to listen,
because other voices are also talking inside your head.
The more one identifies with the ego self, the more heavy life is felt to be.
The one who calls you is with you. Trust.
You must engage your discerning power to identify which is the true voice.
Basically, the less of ‘you’, the person, there is, the more Truth reveals itself.
The one who grasps this begins to see things in such a calm and light way.
Stay like this—observant. Move like this—empty.
Don’t wait for the Real to come.
Recognize, inside your heart - I am already here.

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Sit and list down anything that makes you uncomfortable - people, situations and beliefs. When you dig out everything, you will understand it is just immature cognitions by immature people which you swallowed due to your immaturity. The moment you realize it's an incompletion, the incompletion loses power over you!
If you understand this one truth, the amount of time you're wasting in your life without moving towards your goal will be cut by 80%.

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Awaken the power of WILL. You will understand whole Universe is your own. Whole universe is your friend. When you declare and integrate your being, the kind of a power you radiate, the kind of a knowledge you shower on yourself and others, the kind of an energy you experience as Life is extraordinary

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If you gain a little more mastery over your life energies and a little more mastery over your mind and body you will see you can become one hundred percent master of your ‪destiny.

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The moment you open your mouth if all your exaggeration is moving around either your God or Guru you are one of the richest being in the planet earth because all your hope, need for qualitative quantitative difference, greed, exaggeration is centered on something else other than you, will wake you up towards Oneness.

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You cannot make steel until you have made the iron white-hot in fire. It is not meant for harm. Trouble and disease have a lesson for us. Our painful experiences are not meant to destroy us, but to burn out our dross, to hurry us back Home. No one is more anxious for our release than God.

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Yoga is not about improving health, it is about radiating enlightenment. Yoga is not about becoming a better person in 35 years, but it is about becoming complete NOW.

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'The various steps are used in Yoga, ultimately, to awaken your Kundalini Shakti. Yoga is not meant just for your well being or health. It is meant to awaken your mystical powers. It is meant to awaken your spiritual realization. Realizing your spiritual identity is the ultimate goal of Yoga.'

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Don't be a spiritual Hippie, telling stories full of undigested concepts.

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Adi Shankara sings beautifully in the verses of Bhaja Govindam-
Within the potter's wheel's rotation,
The pivot stands still, amidst constant motion,
So too a man of perfection
Is poised, although engaged in action.-
When you understand that you are unclutched, suddenly you realize you are like the pivot of the potter's wheel, unmoving and untouched by the kind of pot being made, the kind of experience being felt.'

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“Love and Shivam, there exist two things, say the fools.
Love is Shivam, that nobody understands.
When everybody realize that Love is Shivam,
they sit in love as Shivam.”

-Thirumoolar

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सत्येन लभ्यस्तपसा ह्येष आत्मा सम्यग्ज्ञानेन ब्रह्मचर्येण नित्यम्

Through continuous pursuit of Satya (truthfulness), Tapas (perseverance, austerity), Samyajñāna (correct knowledge), and Brahmacharya, one attains Atman (Self, Soul).

— Mundaka Upanishad, 3.1.5

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' Soul and Prakriti '

This soul is of its own nature,
pure, composed of happiness and wisdom.
The properties of pain, ignorance and impurity,
are those of Prakriti, not of soul.

—Vishnu Purana, 6.7

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Out of Vishnu this universe has arisen,
in him its exists,
he is the one who governs its existence and destruction,
he is the universe.

~ Vishnu Purana, 1.14

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The body has nothing useful, it has no use after death.
Why cremation in the Hindu tradition,
Let the prana merge with the cosmic prana.
Let the body retire to the basic elements, ashes.

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Golden Light Meditation

Osho, while speaking on the Secret of the Golden Flower,
has given us this wonderful and powerful meditation:

The process is:
At least twice a day -- the best times are early in the morning,
just before you get out of your bed.
The moment you feel you are alert, awake, do it for twenty minutes.
Do it first thing in the morning! -- don't get out of the bed.
Do it there, then and there, immediately! --
because when you are coming out of sleep you are very very delicate, receptive.
When you are coming out of sleep you are very fresh, and the impact will go very deep.
When you are just coming out of your sleep you are less in the mind than ever.
Hence some gaps are there through which the method will penetrate into your innermost core.
And early in the morning,
when you are awakening,
and when the whole earth is awakening,
there is a great tide of awakening energy all over the world.
Use that tide; don't miss that opportunity.

All ancient religions used to pray early in the morning when the sun rose,
because the rising of the sun is the rising of all the energies in existence.
In that moment you can simply ride on the rising energy wave; it will be easier.
By the evening it will be difficult, energies will be falling back;
then you will be fighting against the current.
In the morning you will be going with the current.

So the best time to begin is in the early morning,
immediately, just when you are half-asleep, half-awake.

And the process is so simple.
It needs no posture, no yogasana, no bath is needed, nothing.
You simply lie down, as you are lying down in your bed, on your back.
Keep your eyes closed.

When you breathe in, just visualize great light entering from your head into your body,
as if a sun has risen just close to your head -- golden light pouring into your head.
You are just hollow and the golden light is pouring into your head,
and going, going, going, deep, deep, and going out through your toes.
When you breathe in, do it with this visualization.

And when you breathe out, visualize another thing:
darkness entering through your toes, a great dark river entering through your toes,
coming up, and going out through the head.
Do slow, deep breathing so you can visualize.
Go very slowly.
And just out of sleep you can have very deep and slow breaths because the body is rested, relaxed.

Let me repeat: breathing in, let golden light come into you through your head,
because it is there that the Golden Flower is waiting.
That golden light will help.
It will cleanse your whole body and will make it absolutely full of creativity.
This is male energy.
Then when you exhale, let darkness, the darkest you can conceive,
like a dark night, river-like, come from your toes upwards -- this is feminine energy:
it will soothe you, it will make you receptive, it will calm you,
it will give you rest -- and let it go out of the head.
Then inhale again, and golden light enters in.
Do it for twenty minutes early in the morning.

And then the second best time is when you are going back to sleep, in the night.
Lie down on the bed, relax for a few minutes.
When you start feeling that now you are wavering between sleep and waking,
just in that middle, start the process again, and continue for twenty minutes.
If you fall asleep doing it, it is the best,
because the impact will remain in the superconscious and will go on working.

And after a three-month period you will be surprised:
the energy that was constantly gathering at the MULADHAR,
at the lowest, the sex center, is no more gathering there.
It is going upwards.

Just the other day somebody had asked a question.
He said that he has seen the most beautiful women around here
that he has ever seen anywhere else,
but they are non-erotic.
Why is it so? It is so, his observation is right.
If you meditate deeply you will become non-erotic.
You will have a different kind of beauty, but it will not be erotic.
It will start having the flavor of spirituality.
It will start having the subtleness of grace, not the grossness of sexuality.
Sex is gross because it is the lowest rung of your ladder.
As energies move upwards a totally different kind of beauty and grace arises in you, which is divine.
You become less and less of the body and more and more of the spirit.

If you do this simple method for three months, you will be surprised:
there is no need to repress.
Transformation has started happening.
At another Occasion Osho described
the Golden Light Meditation in a different way:

Before you go to sleep in the night, just lie down,
turn the lights off, lie down under your blanket,
and feel your body is dying.
Start from the toes and feel that they are dying and move slowly upwards:
the legs are dying, the thighs are dying; go on moving upwards and let the whole body die.
It will take at least five to seven minutes;
slowly slowly you come to the head and all is dead.
When you feel that all is dead, finished, that the body is a corpse,
then do a small meditation which will be of immense help.

Start feeling that great light is entering from the head, golden light
-- as if suddenly a sun has risen and it is pouring all its gold into you.
It is going in, going in, going in...
the whole body has become a hollow bamboo and the light is falling in
and passing through like a flood, and it goes out from the toes.
For five minutes let this happen, then after five minutes --
just approximately, you need not look at the watch,
just approximately -- after five minutes change the whole process.

Now start thinking of a dark energy, negative --
like a dark night with not a single star in it,
a dark energy flow entering from the toes, moving upwards,
filling the whole bamboo, the hollow body, and going out from the head.
Five minutes of that, and then go to sleep.

This will synchronize the positive and negative energy inside your body.
It will synchronize your man and woman inside the body,
your yin and yang, your day and night, your life and death.
First life, the golden light, then death, the darkness...
and enjoy both, because both are beautiful.
This for five and the first part for five minutes, and seven minutes first to have the body absolutely dead so it creates no hindrance.
This passing of the golden light and the darkness will help tremendously.

Source : http://www.osholeela.com/NEW/goldenlight.html

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Do not make life decisions based on immediate compulsions. Looking back after many years, it should still be a worthwhile choice.

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Denial of the truth of many births possible is one of the biggest, biggest wrong ideas taught to human-beings. See, it is like you tell somebody that after seven kilometres there is no road; and this fellow goes there and he sees multiple roads, but he does not know how to drive there because he was not prepared! Keeping human-beings in the dark and not letting them prepare for their future is the biggest mistake. That is why, I am telling you, if you are from the tradition of Sanatana Hindu Dharma, you are rightly informed and prepared for your complete life.

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To that divine Grace-embodied, to that Omnipresence beyond compare, to that Shiva-Self Sat Guru, I render devout salutation.

(ch.44, v.18)

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To Him who pervades the consciousness of all moving and non-moving beings, which is divine, only one, endless and primeval, which is Lord

Bhairava, who is the refuge for the helpless, to Him who is in my mind with all my heart I offer my salutations.

Oh Mahesh! With the grace of thy blessing this whole universe is nothing more than your manifestation. Wherever I see You and my soul is completely full of You.

In this world You are the Lord of my soul, because of this in my life there is no fear of difficulties and pain, which are the result of this cycle of birth and death.

Oh Antaka, Lord of Death! Do not cast your awful look on me. Oh Brave who always thinks of serving the Lord Shankara. Oh mighty Bhairava, Lord of creation, sustenance and destruction, give me the strength.

Oh Lord of the worlds! Salutations to You. I melt in the rays coming from the splendor of Your Light, which dissipate the darkness of ignorance and the fear of ghosts of the Lord of Death.

Oh ray of light of eternal truth, universal consciousness of the world, who has a nature full of Divine nectar. My soul filled with ecstasy salutes You.

Oh Lord you're attainable by the mind through meditation, You are a shower of nectar of unity that restores my body in a State of suffering.

Oh Shankara, it is true that penance, charity, bathing in sacred water and meditation break the pain cycle of birth and death, but the rain of nectar that flows from your divine story leads to salvation.

Oh Lord Bhairava! It is well known that You are easily accessible by devotees, but inaccessible to people with no devotion. My conscience, having realized your true nature, sings and dances in Ecstasy.

Abhinavagupta wrote this great prayer on the tenth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Pausha, and with this hymn the Lord Bhairava, all pervading and full of compassion, destroys all the miseries of his devotees.

Thus ends the hymn of nine stanzas written by Abhinavagupta.

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Instead of looking at each other as enemies, if you start looking in, you will realize that the enemy within is causing all the trouble. As such, there is no enmity with others. The other is just a blissful part of Existence like you.

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' Dakshinamurthy Stotram '

I praise and salute that Dakshinamurthy,

Who faces the south,
Who explains the true nature of the supreme Brahman,
Through his state of silence,
Who is young in looks,
Who is surrounded by disciples who are old Sages,
Whose minds are fixed on Brahman,
Who is the greatest of teachers,
Who shows the Chinmudhra by his hand,
Who is personification of happiness,
Who is in the state of extreme joy within himself,
And who has a smiling face.

Similar to the image of a town as seen in the mirror,
When one sees the image of the world within him,
The world appears as if it is outside.
It is similar to his seeing due to illusion,
During the state of sleep,
That the one real fact appears as many different truths,
And he realizes,when he wakes up and sees the reality,
That he is really the one and only one soul.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

Like the germ inside the seed is its part,
But becomes different after development
The many places and time which are before us,
Are drawn by illusion in the board of life in a peculiar manner,
By a great savant or an expert Siddha,
Who can create them as per their will,
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

He who exists as the real light of truth,
And shines in the false world of appearance,
And He who teaches disciples the great saying,
“Thou art that” after realizing its import,
Gets away from this cycle of life and death.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

Like the light emanating from a lamp,
Kept in a pot with many holes,
Goes out in all directions,
In the person in whom the wisdom goes out
Through the openings of ear, eye, mouth and thought,
And when that person realizes that ‘I know myself”,
This whole universe shines after Him alone,
Who shines in the consciousness as the knower.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

Those great philosophers, who think that,
The body, the soul and the fickle intellect,
The concept of emptiness and all other nothingness,
Are nothing but themselves,
Are similar to the women children, blind and the ignorant.
It is only He who can destroy, this veil of ignorance,
And wake us up from this state of deceit.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

Similar to the Sun when being masked by the serpent Rahu,
Knows that it was existing, once the eclipse is over
That man whose senses are suppressed
When he is asleep,
Because of the veil of illusion,
Realizes that he was in the state of sleep,
When he wakes up.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

Salutations to him who shines and exhibits,
Himself by the beatific Chinmudhra of the hand,
That he exists within the humans as self,
Forever and non changing,
Even during the changing states of childhood, youth and old age
And even during the states of sleep, dream and wakefulness.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.
The truth as represented by the concept of Brahman, exists always.

The world sees as cause and effect,
The differences between us and our lord,
The distinction between teacher and the taught,
The distinction between father and son,
And so the man is confused by illusion,
And believes in these differences,
During the times of dream and wakefulness.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

To the sake of which supreme Brahman,
The universe is shining as self,
Which is Movable and immovable, with its aspects?
Of water, fire, air, space,
The sun, moon and the individual soul,
And also to those who examine the truth behind,
The meaning of this universe and find,
That it Consists of nothing but,
The God who is every where.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

The concept of the Athma,
Which is explained in this poem of praise,
Hearing which, understanding which,
Meditating which and singing which,
One would attain the state of the godliness,
And the great state of self-realization,
And also you would get the eight powers of occult,
Without any problems in between.

The following three stanzas as well as the first stanza are chanted after the main stotra:

It is strange to see,

The very old disciples,
And the very young teacher,
Who sit under a banyan tree,
With the teacher always observing silence,
And the students getting all the doubts cleared.

Salutations to that Dakshinamurthy,
Who is the meaning of the pranava, “om”,
Who is the personification of unalloyed wisdom,
Who is crystal clear in his thought,
And who is the epitome of peace.

Salutations to that Dakshinamurthy,
Who is the teacher of the entire world,
Who is the doctor to those,
Afflicted by the disease of birth and death

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