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One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture, and that not in it, but beyond it, lies his own reality.

~ From ' Autobiography of a Yogi '

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So long as we are immersed in body consciousness, we are like strangers in a foreign country. Our native land is omnipresence.

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Eternity yawns at me below, above, on the left and on the right, in front and behind, within and without. With open eyes I behold myself as the little body. With closed eyes I perceive myself as the cosmic center around which revolves the sphere of eternity, the sphere of bliss, the sphere of omniscient, living space.

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Chapter 13, Message – 337

Understand, neither suppressing nor supporting your thoughts will work. Only witnessing works.

Let me explain the technique may take at least ten minutes

You are going to witness your body movements, breath movements and mind movements: movements of your body, movements of your breath and movements of your mind. You may ask what kind of body movements do we have? Understand that by inhaling and exhaling, your belly will be moving continuously up and down. There will be a slight movement of your belly during your breathing.

Witness that movement.

Next, watch the flow of your breath during inhaling and exhaling, without any attempt to control it.

Third, watch your mind. Thoughts will be going on. Please do not judge your thoughts as right or wrong. For a few minutes, sit next to your mind. Like a close friend. Let it tell you whatever it wants to. Let it speak about whatever it wants.

Witness all these with no attachment. Do not stop, control or go behind anything.

We continuously fight with our body and mind. We cannot get rid of the body and mind by constantly fighting with them. We can only go beyond them through friendliness. Only if we feel deeply friendly towards them, will be able to go beyond body and mind. If we have a negative emotion towards the body-mind, we will naturally abuse and only have a violent relationship with it. Accept the body and the mind. Witness the mind like a friend. Let whatever is inside come out. There’s nothing wrong. Neither support nor suppress. If we support, we will go after the garbage. If we suppress, we will end up analyzing the garbage and pushing it aside. Neither approach is going to work. Just witness.

Witnessing acts like fire. All the thoughts are burned away. Understand, neither suppressing not supporting your thoughts will work. Only witnessing works.

When we go deep into our being, the witnessing consciousness automatically creates intelligence. Understand that we don’t need to be in that mood all twenty-four hours of each day. Even if we get a few glimpses, that is enough. That energy will guide our whole life. If we understand the silence that happens to us when we are witnessing, even for a few seconds, we will taste it and start acting on it. Only out of these few moments does the energy of great achievement happen.

All great things are achieved from the consciousness and intuition that is beyond the body-mind, whether it is Einstein’s Theory of Relativity or some other great scientific discovery. They are products of the witnessing consciousness. This is true not only in the field of science but in the arts, spirituality or any field. When we are beyond the body and mind, we bring the maximum out of our being. The ultimate expression of our being happens when we are whole. Whenever we are whole, we are holy. Understand that witnessing is the only path to wholeness or holiness.

-Excerpt from the book 'Bhagavad Gita’ demystified

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"People ask me again and again 'After all, happiness matters, no?'

'No! Authenticity matters, not happiness!'

Authenticity is more important, the oozing of bliss starts happening. These two have different ends, bind a man. Even goodness binds you to more and more good until you become the best! Pleasantness binds you and leads you to a different result. Both bring certain bondage.

Both Shreya (the good) and preya (pleasant) approach man; the dhira (wise man), examining the two, discriminates between them. The wise man verily prefers Shreya; but the foolish man chooses preya through the love of gain and attachment. These two having different ends, he who chooses the pleasant over the good misses the true end. That which is good may not be always pleasant and that which is pleasant may not be always good for us.

Every moment life presents the choice of authenticity and inauthenticity to you. It is YOU who needs to choose...it is your responsibility to choose authenticity. No one can save you, no other person can save you. It is you who needs to make the choice. Always choose authenticity even if it appears unpleasant because he who chooses the pleasant over the good misses the true end."

~ Essence of January 2013 morning satsang by Paramahamsa Nithyananda on KatoUpanishad

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" Listen to the miraculous fruits of tapas;
When He is in Siva Yoga trance,
Man will find Him as man,
Woman will find Him as woman,
Yogis will find Him as Yogi,
Fiery animals will find Him as their own;
Thus entangled under His compassionate tapas."

~ Agasthiyar Pari Putranam 1200 verse 1101

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"To perceive the entire world, is full of wisdom;
To experience all objects, in essence, as infinite plains,
To have a vision of the serene space.
Understand! All these through only one means - That is Dhyanam!"

~ Agasthiyar Soumiya Sagaram 1200, Verse 302

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"Whatever is in the macrocosm is in the microcosm;
Whatever is in the microcosm is in the macrocosm.
Macrocosm and microcosm are ONE
When you look in right understanding"

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[God] won't measure how long you have worked for spiritual attainment; it is your intensity that counts. No matter how many incarnations of bad karma you might have, if your devotion and sincerity are deep enough to bring into your consciousness the light of God, all darkness of the evil of incarnations will be burned away.

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Even if you take a mouse's hide and wash it for any number of days
Its black color will remain a black and never becomes white
Similarly, even if you beat a wooden doll it will never speak (it is impossible to change the original human nature)
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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Medi(fig -Common Ficus carica)), a fruit, looks gorgeous externally,
But when we rip it, we find worms within.
In a similar manner, a coward appears brave outside, but in reality he is not.
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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Iron, if broken, can be joined together, twice or thrice
but heart once broken can never be put together again

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There are many that find faults (with others)
Every one in the world has faults
The people who count faults do not know their own faults
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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A stone in shoe, a fly near ear
Pollen in eye, a thorn in foot
A quarrel in the house, are unbearable(painful)
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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Changing your appearance, language and wearing saffron (renunciate) clothes
Do not lead to mukti (liberation),
Shaving of head (of a renunciate, widow etc) does not shave (unwanted) thoughts
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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The rain drop that fell in the shell became a pearl,
The one that fell in water merged with water,
Where there's devotion, there's bound to be fruit,
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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In times of distress, observe the attitude of relatives
In times of fear, observe the behaviour of the army
In times of poverty, observe the nature of the wife
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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When it is not our place or time, we cannot win
You have not become small because of this
Don't you know the hill looks small in a mirror
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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As you sing (again and again), the melody (raga) excels
As you eat Neem (again and again) , it becomes sweeter
With practice, things become perfect
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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A mean(low) person always speaks pompously
A good person speaks softly
Does gold reverberate the way brass does?
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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What is the purpose of custom sans inner purity?
What is the purpose of cooking sans cleanliness of vessels?
What is the purpose of worship of Shiva sans purity of mind?
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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A ladleful of a Sacred cow's milk is enough
Of what worth is even a potful of donkey's milk
Even a little food given with respect is sumptuous
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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Golden animal on earth is imaginary
Son of Dhaasharatha left his wife and chased after it
He was foolish and insane, how can he be a God?
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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Salt and camphor look similar,
but closer observation shows their taste is different
Among men, virtuous people stand apart
Beloved of the Bounteous, Vema, listen!

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When attention is diverted from the Self towards objects, that is called the beginning of the eclipse. That is the Illusion. That is mind.

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Isn't it amusing that the teaching which destroys the individual is exactly what the individual wants? The answer is that there never was an individual. The knowledge comes that the individual was never there.

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