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STARTING, STOPPING, AND GIVING UP

These days people are doing many different kinds of meditation. They start one meditation , drop it, then start another one and drop that too. Pretty soon it doesn't matter what they are doing. They stop meditating. However, if we understand the basic purpose of meditation, we can say, "Yes, there are different techniques, and I can utilize them depending on where I am in my life."

What sometimes happens is that we stop meditating altogether because, fundamentally, we have lost the view. One day we say, "You know, I don't really need to meditate." Or we find ourselves not meditating because we would rather go to a movie or spend time with friends or do something else. It is not even a matter of a conscious decision. After a while, meditation is just not important to us. At other times we may say, "The meditation is too difficult, so I am going to stop doing it." We don't understand what is going on in the meditation. We don't understand the purpose of it, so it gets complicated for us.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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THE MOST SUBTLE OBSTACLE OF ALL

The most subtle and the most difficult [obstacle] is the demon of seduction... It is the little voice that whispers to oneself and gives the wrong advice: "There is something more interesting than practicing. Why not do it later, like next month or next year - then you can really get into intensive practice. Right now, there is something more important."... It is by far the most difficult to notice, the most difficult to overcome.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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I tell you, in life in death in any crisis, in any survival crisis, in any critical moments, my disciples should keep only non-duality for life, as their strategy for approaching the problem, it can be as simple as your migraine or as simple as a real estate issue, or as ultimate a problem as marital issues, whatever it is, apply Advaita, apply non-duality. You will have immediate solution, eternal solution. Today this one statement I wanted to repeat, insist, emphasize. Non-duality is the axis of life.. any field achieves its completion when it reaches non-duality. Understand one-god theory is not non-duality!

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"Sri Bhagavan now warned the hearers against the mistake of disparaging a Jnani for his apparent conduct and again cited the story of Parikshit. He was a still-born child. The ladies cried and appealed to Sri Krishna to save the child. The sages round about wondered how Krishna was going to save the child from the effects of the arrows (apandavastra) of Asvatthama. Krishna said, 'If the child be touched by one eternally celibate (nityabrahmachari) the child would be brought to life.' Even Suka dared not touch the child. Finding no one among the reputed saints bold enough to touch the child, Krishna went and touched it, saying, 'If I am eternally celibate (nityabrahmachari) may the child be brought to life.' The child began to breathe and later grew up to be Parikshit.

"Just consider how Krishna surrounded by 16,000 gopis is a brahmachari! Such is the mystery of jivanmukti! A jivanmukta is one who does not see anything separate from the Self.

"If however a man consciously attempts to display siddhis he will receive only kicks."

(Bhagavan in 'Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi' 449)

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"See all women as mothers, serve them as your mother. When you see the entire world as the mother, the ego falls away."

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The highest form of human intelligence is the ability to observe yourself.

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Atman, when taught by one who knows not, is not easily comprehended, because It is diversely regarded by disputants. But when It is taught by him who has become one with Atman, there can remain no more doubt about It.
Atman is subtler than the subtlest and not to be known through argument.

~ Katha Upanishad :1.2.8

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Non duality is the axis of life. Even religion achieved completion when it touches non duality. One God theory is NOT non duality. Some of these STUPID secular intellectuals are constantly screaming that one God theory is non duality. One God theory is the metaphysical version of autocracy - the immature mind that cannot look beyond the political supremacy. The projection of the all powerful political head into the meta-physical zone is the one God theory. One God theory is NOT Advaita. In Advaita EVERYTHING is God. I even cannot say everything.. or even everybody. EVERY is God. Infinite Gods - each of them expressing infinite possibilities.

Non duality is a powerful strategy to face all the attacks put on you - social, economic, physical, through media - in every level. Non duality - Advaita - can be the best strategy, the best thinking structure - the best lifestyle. Advaita when and more it is shared, more and more alive it becomes. When more and more alive you make it in your life, you become more and more complete. Let Advaita be the source of your joy, the source of your pleasure, your life, your strategy even when you face death. Let non duality be you. And may you be that!

~ Varanasi, Ananda Vana, 13 May 2014

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(3:25) O Descedent of Bharata (Arjuna), as foolish people, out of attachment to ego, act in hope of rewards, so should the wise also (even if wisdom has lifted them out of any personal need to be active), act with dispassion and non-attachment, glad to be of service to others as their guides ( on the path to Enlightenment ).

(3:26) Never should the wise condemn the ignorant for the ego-motivation they manifest. Instead, being themselves Enlightened, they should seek only to inspire others in the direction of 'preferring' to preform right, dutiful action.

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(6:2) Understand, O Pandava (Arjuna), that what the scriptures call 'sannyasa' (renunciation) is the same thing as Yoga. Indeed, without renunciation of selfish motive (sankalpa) one cannot be a (true) yogi.

(6:3) The muni, aspiring to the (spiritual) heights through (scientific) Yoga action (karma), on achieving his goal finds perfect, vibrationless peace.

(6:4) He who has overcome attachment not only to sense objects but to (sensory) activity, and who has achieved freedom from all ego-motivated planning, is said (by the wise) to have attained 'yogarudha'-the firm union of soul and Spirit.

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(16:23) One who ignores the commands of scriptures and follows his own ego-driven desires finds neither happiness, nor fulfillment, nor the supreme goal of life.

(16:24) Take (true) scripture, therefore, as your guide in determining what should be done and what should be avoided. With intuitive understanding of the injunctions in holy writ, perform your earthly duties.

* Thus ends the sixteenth chapter, called "The Nature of the Godly and the Demonic," of the Upanishad of the holy Bhagavad Gita, in the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna discussing Yoga and the sciences of God-Realization.

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(16:21) Lust, anger, and greed for gain: these are the three pathways to hell, leading to the destruction of soul-happiness. In man's own interests he should avoid them all.

(16:22) O Son of Kunti (Arjuna), by avoiding these three ways down into the realms of darkness, man acts for his own highest good, and sets himself on the (upward) way to the highest state.

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HOW TO MEDITATE WHILE LIVING "IN THE WORLD"

The most important aspect is to cultivate a good motivation and t o carry out your daily program within it. Early in the morning as well as late in the night, you can spend at least half an hour in practice - meditation, recitation, daily yoga, or the like. Then, while working during the day, you should remember the motivation.

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IF DISCIPLES DON'T PRACTICE

Great teachers appear, highly realized, amid the deluded people of this decadent age...[ They ] are extremely knowledgable; they have mastered all the sciences and bestowed teachings on fortunate disciples. However, if the disciples do not practice these teachings, they become superficially learned, which only increases their arrogance. They may develop some discipline, but it only increases their infatuation with their own virtue. They may reach a high position, but it only propagates greed, aggression, and laziness. These disciples have the same defects as ordinary people and so produce benefit neither for the Dharma nor for sentient beings.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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TALK RATHER THAN PRACTICE

Instead of really practicing Dharma, we often only talk about practicing Dharma. The more we talk without practicing, the more we lose our energy in words and so the more our point of view is lost.

~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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Verse 2348

They speak of states two, "I" and "He",
But there is a state, where "I" and "He" are undifferentiated,
Those who are in Supreme non-activity state,
Will not the difference cognize,
Abiding in Self, and He and Self as one uniting,
Is the state of "Sutha",Absolute pure."

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MEDITATE ON IMPERMANENCE, COMPASSION, AND EMPTINESS

Think about death and impermanence for a long time. Once you are certain that you are going to die, you will no longer find it hard to put aside harmful actions nor difficult to do what is right.
After that meditate for a long time on love and compassion. Once love fills your heart, you will no longer find it hard to dispel all your delusions. Then meditate for a longer time on emptiness, the natural state. Once you fully understand emptiness, you will no longer find it hard to dispel all your delusions.

~ Geshe Potowa

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HOW TO MEDITATE WHILE LIVING "IN THE WORLD"

The most important aspect is to cultivate a good motivation and t o carry out your daily program within it. Early in the morning as well as late in the night, you can spend at least half an hour in practice - meditation, recitation, daily yoga, or the like. Then, while working during the day, you should remember the motivation.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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SOME TIPS FOR MEDITATION PRACTICE

If your practice is weak at the beginning of a meditation session but becomes better later on, you need a little more discipline at the outset to focus the mind. If, by tightening up the mind in this way, it becomes taxed or rebellious, you have been too forceful and must loosen the mind a bit. Also, eat as your meditation requires; don't overdo it. Watch the amount and type of food. Moderation is the watchword. Don't sleep during the daytime. Take good care of your body. Maintain your health and apply yourself diligently in practice.

~ Deshung Rinpoche

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AWARENESS OR VIPASHYANA/VIPASSANA

Meditation does not consist only of Shamatha. The other aspect is Vipashyana, or insight, which in Tibetan is called 'Ihagthong'. The term 'Ihagthong' literally means "superior seeing." This can be interpreted as 'seeing that which is the essential nature.' It's nature is a lucidity, a clarity of mind, based on the foregoing Shamatha, which enables one to determine the characteristics and ultimate nature of all things unmistakenly, without confusion or mix-up of any kind. Fundamentally, it consists of a recognition of the abiding or basic nature of everything, in an unmistaken manner. For this reason, Vipashyana meditation is referred to as Superior Seeing or Superior Vision, Ihagthong.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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MINDFULNESS AND AWARENESS

Mindfulness is taking an interest in precision of all kinds, in the simplicity of the breath, of walking, of the sensations of the body, of the experiences of the mind - of the thought process and memories of all kinds. Awareness is acknowledging the totality of the whole thing.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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THE ATTAINMENT OF SHAMATHA

Upon attainment of Shamatha, the object appears neither separate nor identical with the subject. It is just like looking at something with eyes. You don't have any conceptual program indicating that it's different, or any kind of identification that it is the same. It is just there.

~ Gen Lamrimpa Rinpoche

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WHAT IS SHAMATHA?

The word Shamatha in Sanskrit, or 'shi-ne' in Tibetan, means "peacefully, harmoniously being." Both 'shama' and 'shi' mean "peace" and 'tha' and 'ne' mean "to abide," "to reside." Another way of saying it is "calmly being." The mind is settled. This does not mean that we are just peacefully ignoring things. What it means is that the mind is able to be in itself without constantly leaving. Peace means not struggling. If there is peace, things work. If there is war, there is struggle, fighting, discomfort, pain. When there is conflict, there is agitation and irritation, and the energy is very scattered. With peace, that does not happen.

We might ask if that peaceful mind is a natural state of being or an unnatural state. In other words, are we falsely creating this state of mind when we sit there ? This would be impossible because if the mind were not fundamentally at peace, then no matter how much meditation we did, the mind would always revert to a state that is not at peace. That would not be 'shi-ne, abiding peacefully or calmly. So we have to realize that shi-ne, calmly abiding, is a descriptive term of the mind as its basis, as it is. The mind is intristically and naturally in harmony. So we are not 'creating' a peaceful state - our mind is that way to begin with...Shi-ne and Shamatha describe how our mind actually is naturally - if it is worked with.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SHAMATHA

It is of primary importance in meditation practice to develop a quality of knowing oneself. Initally, this can occur through the practice of Shamatha meditation. We can develop a tremendous communication with mind, surpassing anything in our past experience. We can also discover profoundly rich and powerful qualities of mind, which we have yet to experience and know. This fundamental sense of getting to know our mind develops within the practice of Shamatha meditation.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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SHAMATHA

Shamatha means "development of peace." In this case, peace refers to the harmony connected with accuracy rather than to peace from the point of view of pleasure rather than pain. We have experienced pain, discomfort, because we have failed to relate to the harmony of things as they are. We haven't seen things as they are precisely, directly, properly... When we talk about peace, we mean that for the first time we are able to see ourselves completely, perfectly, beautifully as 'what we are'.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Repetitiveness and dullness are intimately connected. Stuck in repetitive patterns, you lose your intelligence.

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