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716. Souls are said to be of four different classes: (1) the bound, (2) those aspiring to freedom, (3) the freed, and (4) those who are eternally free. When fish are caught in a net some try to make good their escape. These may be compared to the aspirants after Truth. Those that succeed in getting out of the net are the freed souls. Some are too careful to fall a victim to the tactics of the fisherman. These are the eternally free. But there are some that fall into the net without realizing their fatal situation. These swim within, settling down in the sediment at the bottom and thinking themselves quiet safe. Such are those worldly-minded men who, though immersed in the illusion of the pursuit of pleasure, feel themselves to be quiet at home. To liberated souls and aspirants after Truth, this life seems like a dark and noisome well.

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717. Toy figures are of three kinds - the first are made of salt, the second of cloth, and the third of stone. Now if these dolls be immersed in water, the first will dissolve and lose their form, the second will absorb a large quantity of water, but retain their form; while the third will prove quiet impervious. The first figures represent the man who has merged himself in the Universal and All-pervading Self and become one with it. This is the Muktapurusha (free soul). The second represent the true lover or Bhakta who is full of Divine Bliss and Knowledge. And the third are those worldly men whose minds will not allow even the smallest drop of the Supreme Knowledge to enter.

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THE TWO GREAT BONDAGES


294. Women and gold, remember, keep men immersed in worldliness and away from God. It is remarkable that no one has anything but praise for his own wife, be she good, bad, or indifferent.

295. The mind steeped in affection for woman and wealth is like the green betel-nut. So long as the nut is green, it remains adherent to its shell, but when it dries, shell and nut become separated; and on being shaken, the kernel moves within. So when the affection for women and wealth dries up from- within, the soul is perceived as quiet different from the body.

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171. Gurus can be had by hundreds of thousands. Everybody is anxious to be a master. How many are there who would care to be disciples ?

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DIFFERENT CLASSES OF GURUS


168. The highest teachers are those who say that God is with Form as well as Formless and that He manifests Himself to His devotees as a Being with Forms.
Have you seen a water-passage running over with the water of the river with which it is joined? The passage has sometimes no trace left, being entirely one with the river-water. But very often there may be noticed a slight movement in its water which proves its separateness from the river-water.
Pretty much the same is the case with the teacher whose soul has become one with the Universal Soul, but in whom there is still this ego of knowledge kept on - a slight trace of individuality to mark his separate existence from the Deity.

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THE WORLDLY-MINDED


THEIR NATURE

210. The worldly-minded never come to their senses, even though they suffer and have terrible experiences. Camels are very fond of thorny shrubs. The more they eat of them, the more their mouths bleed, yet they do not refrain from making them their food.


~ From" Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna" , Advaita Ashrama publication.

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DEGREES OF JNANA

346. Jnana varies in degree and kind. There is first the Jnana or insight of ordinary mortals, men of the world. This knowledge is not sufficiently powerful. It may be compared to the flame of a lamp which can only illuminate the interior of a room. The Jnana of a Bhakta is a stronger light, like that of the moon, causing things to be visible outside the chamber, as well as within it. But the Jnana of the Avatara, the Incarnation of God, is vastly beyond even this, and may rather be compared to the light of the sun. He is indeed the sun of Divine Knowledge, whose light dispels the accumulated darkness and ignorance of ages.

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No matter what your work or responsibilities, you must keep your most important engagement - with God in meditation, for all things will betray you if you betray Him. That is why I never miss my appointment with Him, especially at night. Don't go to bed until you feel the joy of God within and without, then all day long He will be with you. Nothing can match that joy.

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I shall recognize all disease as the result of my transgressions against health laws and I shall try to undo the evil by right eating, by less eating, by fasting, by more exercise, and by right thinking.


Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet and Mystic

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You have woken up late, lost and perplexed but
don't rush to your books looking for knowledge.
Pick up a flute instead and let your heart play.

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Your castle of earth and stone may be beautiful, but unless you dwell in the fortress of the unchanging, you must depart and leave it behind. So keep to the fortress of the unchanging!

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Delight in these meditations, my Adored One.
Play with creation as it plays with you.

Playing, become smaller than an atom,
Travel through the expanse of space,
Drink the elixir of immortality.

Bathe in the stream of these life-giving teachings.
Flirt with the tingling sparks of vitality
Surging through your body.
Live your whole life as a festival, a celebration,
Liberated in love and work.

- Vijnanabhairava Tantra

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The mind is so changing by the influence of time, place, power and nature of acts and things that it continually shuffles from one feeling to another.

The mind takes the truth for untruth and its reverse for certainty, so it takes one thing for another and its joy and grief are all of its own making.

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I'm here to serve life. I don't have a mission of my own.

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'Understand, when you let go in the ocean of devotion,
you will never get drowned, you will become the ocean!

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The body being hurt, the soul is supposed to be hurt likewise, but no pain or hurt or sickness of any kind can affect the unchanging soul. The body being hurt or weakened or destroyed, there is no injury done to the soul.

Whether the body lasts or falls is of no matter, like a flower being destroyed deposits its fragrance in the air.

Let the body rise or fall or fly in smoke and mix with the air. These changing forms can have no effect whatsoever on the soul.

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Human life is so precious. It should not be wasted in any action out of ignorance. The context for life should be set based on the truth (Advaita - everyone is and extension of you, you are part of everything), not based on your temporary mood swings. Temporary upset causes permanent damage your life. Do not permanently damage your life because you are temporarily upset!

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Living In The World Yet Not Forming Attachments To The Dust Of The World Is The Way Of A True Zen Student.

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Live With Cause And Leave Results To The Great Law Of The Universe. Pass Each Day In Peaceful Contemplation.

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Some Things, Though Right, Were Considered Wrong For Generations. Since The Value Of Righteousness May Be Recognized After Centuries, There Is No Need To Crave Immediate Appreciation.

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Censure Yourself, Never Another. Do Not Discuss Right And Wrong.

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To A Sincere Student, Every Day Is A Fortunate Day. Time Passes But He Never Lags Behind. Neither Glory Nor Shame Can Move Him.

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A Noble Heart Never Forces Itself Forward. Its Words Are As Rare Gems, Seldom Displayed And Of Great Value.

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A Noble Heart Never Forces Itself Forward. Its Words Are As Rare Gems, Seldom Displayed And Of Great Value.

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Virtues Are The Fruit Of Self-Discipline And Do Not Drop From Heaven Of Themselves As Does Rain Or Snow.

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