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Karma is like old recordings that keep replaying. Yoga means to make life not just a replay but a profound possibility and experience.

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Where Einstein ends, Upanishads begin. There is very thin line between Science and Spirituality. While Science starts with proof and ends with faith, Spirituality starts with faith and proof is mere byproduct of the experience and understanding.

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Persistence is the base material out of which will power is made.

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'Every moment you spent in discovering your Consciousness, you used that moment in your life. Every moment you didn’t spend on this goal, you wasted those moments in your life. will give you one small tip: Whenever you are able to think, internanalyze, with the goal of reaching your Source, all those moments are “meditation”! Even if your thinking looks very confusing!'

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If you want to take charge of your destiny, the first step is to take charge of your own body and mind.

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The yogi must first possess such a determined longing that it will lead to the resolution, "I will sit until I attain the state of God consciousness or I will leave my body." The effort must be filled with such determination. It must not be passive effort, it must be active effort. That active effort itself is God consciousness.

~ Spanda Karika 2.6

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“Just as when a vulture, flying in the sky observes a piece of meat in that sky and immediately, with spontaneous effort, catches that piece of meat, so in the same way the elevated yogi directs his mind to that point of light (bindu prakasa) of God consciousness. Or just as when the archer, placing an arrow on the string of a bow and then pulling back on that arrow and letting it go, where it flies swiftly, striking the point at which it was aimed. It is in this same way, O Devi, the supreme light of God Consciousness (prakasa) is attained by just one thrust of awareness.”

~ Sri Tantrasadbhava

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“For the one who observes that there is no difference between the universe and its creator, the creator having become the universe and the universe having become the creator, this universe is not defective, but a playful amusement. Realizing this, he is always attached to his own reality of Self-Consciousness. There is no doubt he is liberated in this very life (Jivanmukta).”

~ Spanda Karika 2.5

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The supreme Lord (Paramesvara) is all knowing, all doing and all pervading. The yogi thinks, "My self is one with the Lord because the aspects of Siva are my aspects." By attentive meditation on this, one becomes one with Siva.

~ Vijnana Bhairava Tantra

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You should be established in that supreme knowledge and reveal in your own nature the supreme light of supreme being. When that supreme light is revealed, you become one with Lord Siva.

~ Svacchanda Tantra 6.397

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As it has been said in Svacchanda Tantra:
When you experience casting aside the bondage of the bound individual (pasah) and put your consciousness in your own self, that is God consciousness. Then, after that, God consciousness is also to be abandoned and you must unite your consciousness in the pure knowledge of consciousness. There, because the mind (manah) is only the collection of differentiated knowledge (samkalpa), you will find that state where the mind (manas) is not existing at all (unmana).12
(Svacchanda Tantra 5.393)
So, When you progress beyond the idea (samkalpa) of good and bad, of pure and impure, then actually, when you think deeply about it, there is no difference between individual consciousness and God consciousness. This is that supreme knowledge where you find universal God consciousness, the pervasion of Siva (sivavyapti). There is no greater knowledge (vidya) than this.
(Svacchanda Tantra 5.394)
God consciousness is the same as the individual consciousness in which we are living. Our life is filled with individual consciousness. A yogi's life is filled with God consciousness. And a supreme yogi's life is filled with universal God consciousness. Individual God consciousness is the state of the mind (manah). God consciousness is the state of self (atma), and that self too is to be abandoned. Universal God consciousness is the state beyond mind (unmana).
Now vidya (knowledge) is defined. There are three aspects found in vidya: knowing (vedana), infusing your consciousness (bodhana) and the disposal of materials that are alien to yourself (varjana).
When knowledge (vedana) of the eternal aspects of Siva – universal knowledge, universal will and universal action - is held and the knowledge of supreme God consciousness is also achieved (bodhana), and when the negation of universal God consciousness is abandoned and universal God consciousness is possessed (varjana) that, in reality, is called knowledge (vidya). You must establish yourself there and then the supreme light of universal God consciousness, which is the only cause of entering into your real nature, will appear. (Svaccbanda Tantra 5.395-96)

~ From "Siva Sutras: The Supreme Awakening"

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The biggest question we now have in our minds is “How can I be responsible for everything happening around me? I can be held responsible for what is happening inside me, but how can I be held responsible for what is happening outside me?” Let me answer this question. Sometimes, you may not be the reason for some happening, but if it is affecting your life you are responsible for that happening. You are responsible for dealing with that situation. Unless you take the responsibility, neither you will improve the situation nor you will expand in the inner space. So whether it is consciously caused by you or not, you are responsible for everything.

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To be an inspirational leader;
first, you need to be inspired about your vision.

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Mind is madness.Only when you go beyond the mind, there will be meditation.

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To truly capture the essence of liberation, it helps to understand the third eye at a deeper level. At present, an individual’s view of the world is only 120 degrees wide. This implies that concentrating on a specific object will require all other objects to be excluded, resulting in a narrower degree of vision. However, turning all awareness to the third eye and focusing on the subject rather than on the object will ultimately expand the degree of vision. Everything will be absorbed with newly found detail and clarity, from an enhanced perspective.
In addition to turning all awareness towards the third eye, Shiva also says that awareness must prevail even before a thought arises. Typically, when a thought rises, it is either suppressed or pursued. In either case, there is no awareness of the thought before it rises. Just as the divine trinity creates, maintains and destroys, the human mind is continuously involved in either creating a thought, keeping it alive or killing it.
It is when an individual moves beyond these three actions that he attains the state of enlightenment, of Para Brahma. Going beyond the actions of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (Hindu trinity of Gods) in creation, maintenance and destruction of a thought will awaken one to the ultimate reality that he IS existence. In essence, being aware of a thought even before it rises is eternal liberation in its greatest form.

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Two ways to look at a birthday - “I’m getting old, time to slow down” or “time is running out, have to speed up.” I want to use the throttle not the brake. What about you?

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The spiritual process is like a journey - constant change. Always new terrain.

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This work is one of the 108 Upa-Agamas [Minor Agamas] and explains the Supreme wisdom to be attained by mature souls and their mode of life, expounded by the Supreme Lord Shiva to Devi Parvati. It is the essence of all Agama Shastras on matters of spiritual knowledge. This is verily the boat which can rescue the mortals struggling hard, sinking and rising, in the sorrowful ocean of samsara of endless cycles of births and deaths and take them by the direct path to the shore of liberation. Let all earnest seekers after Truth, instead of groping in the dark, bewildered, and losing their way, adopt the help of this straight path and reach the Supreme state to bliss and peace.

Ramana Maharshi

' Meditate in the Heart upon Lord Ganesha – the silent, non-dual, Universal witness – who is the nectar of divine bliss and is full of Grace, shining as the bountiful flowering of aspirants following the path of spiritual wisdom revealed in Devikalottara, which was expounded by Lord Ishwara into the ears of Goddess Ishwari. '


1. O Lord of all celestial beings! I yearn to know that path of Supreme wisdom and the code of conduct by adopting which one can get liberation, so that all humanity may attain salvation. I request you to enlighten me on them, out of your Grace.


2. O Queen among women! So that everyone may attain knowledge, I shall clearly explain to you today the highest knowledge and the discipline to be followed by which discerning seekers will attain liberation, which is free from any blemish and is difficult to describe.

3. O Lady with fair countenance! Understand that one who is not able to realise the Truth in his Heart by this knowledge of spiritual wisdom known as kala jnana, can never attain it even by studying countless crores of scriptures [shastras] spread out like the sky.

4. Therefore cast aside all fears on following this path and shed all doubts. Giving up attachment or desire for anything, be ardent in seeking the ultimate knowledge with wholehearted devotion and with a clear mind [without any trace of confusion].

5. Claiming nothing as "mine", filled with compassion, giving protection to all living beings so that no creature fears you, yearning for liberation, absorbed in yoga [fusion of individual self with the Universal Self], study this work Devikalottara and follow wholeheartedly and steadfastly the single path shown therein.

6-7. If one is to describe the person who can bring under control his mind, which is restless and turbulent like a whirlwind, and maintain it in a tranquil state, he is verily Brahma [the God that does the creation], Shiva [the saviour who shows the path to salvation] and Vishnu [the sustainer of the world]; he is Indra, King of the devas, and Lord Subrahmanya [chief commander of all the celestial forces]; he is Brihaspati, the Guru of all devas; he is a supreme yogi, and one who has achieved the result of performing all austerities; he is a great scholar [who has mastered all the Vedas and shastras], and an outstanding man; he is one who has achieved the true spiritual Goal.

8-9. The means by which this mind, which is restless and moves about quicker than the wind, can be brought under control, is indeed the means to obtain liberation; it indeed is what is good for those who seek the Permanent Reality; it itself is pure consciousness and the state of firmness; moreover, it alone is the righteous duty to be followed by discerning aspirants; it alone is the pilgrimage to holy waters; it alone is charity; it alone is austerities. Know that there is no doubt about this.

10. When the mind moves even a little, that is worldly bondage [samsara]; when the mind abides firmly and motionlessly in the state of Self, that is liberation [mukti]. This is certain. Therefore know that the wise man must hold his mind firm by Supreme Self-awareness.

11. The happiness attained in this Aloneness is the highest, boundless bliss. Which learned persons will not revel in that Supreme Reality, in which there is absolutely no action? Tell me.

12. Being rid of the worldly knowledge, the great hero who has acquired pure wisdom, in which there are no sense objects, and which is all-pervading and without any form, will attain immutable moksha without fail, even though he may have no desire to attain liberation.

13. The consciousness [chaitanya] associated with the aspect "am" is called shakti. The universe shines by Its light. The entire creation is Shakti's thought [sankalpa]. The state of mind which is completely devoid of all attachment is the pure [wisdom] to be attained.

14. The Void which is the Infinite and all-encompassing one Whole without a second, which is just the effulgence of pure wisdom, which is completely devoid of visible phenomena and which consists of the aspect "I" is the seed which fructifies as liberation, bestowing salvation by enabling one to unite with the Supreme.

15. Instead of following this direct path, do not ever contemplate even in the least upon chakras [located in six adharas or centres in the body], nadis [subtle nerves that produce the ten divine sounds, such as Pranava], the deities associated with the Lotus seats [in the adhara chakras, beginning with Vinayaka], the mantraksharas [potent sound syllables for the worship of these deities] and the diverse mandala murtis [the God-aspects, starting from those controlling the sun, Surya Mandala, the moon, Chandra Mandala, and fire, Agni Mandala].

Note: Some aspirants indulge in severe austerities and arduous practices, mastering several techniques and incidentally attaining extraordinary supernatural powers as well. All these are to be shunned as they do not lead to ultimate peace and joy. On the other hand, the path of Kala Jnana described here is a direct path to mukti.

16. Those who seek everlasting liberation need not endeavour to practise repetition and countless verse mantras [repeating potent scriptural words or texts to gain various ends], and methods of yoga such as breath-control [pranayama], breath retention [kumbhaka] and concentration.

17. There is no room for performing puja [worship of deities], namaskaram [paying homage, like prostrating], japa [incantation], dhyana [contemplation] and so on. Hear from me that the highest Truth acclaimed in the Vedas can be known only through jnana; hence, there is absolutely no need to know anything outside of oneself.

18. For those whose minds are constantly expanding, clinging to external objects, factors will always arise causing increasing bondage. If the outward-wandering mind is turned inwards to stay in its natural state, know that one will not undergo any suffering in the world.

19. Unite with that One Totality, which is all-pervasive, which has no inside or outside, which is bereft of all [concept of] directions such as above, below and in between, which assumes all the forms in creation and yet is Itself formless, which can be known only by Itself, and which is Self-luminous.

20. People perform their actions having their own aims in mind, and they accordingly reap the consequences of their actions by attaining those aims. Therefore do not engage in such actions which are not free from flaws [leading to bondage]. Turn the attention completely away from external objects and concentrate only upon That [the Self] which cannot be seen.

21. In our natural state, actions, cause and result of such actions, and all the various other theories propounded [in the scriptures] do not exist. In fact, even the diverse world does not exist. As such even the worldly individual who is attached to [the various attractions of] the world is also nonexistent.

22. This entire universe is nothing but the niralamba [the Reality which exists without any support]. Further, it shines being illumined by the niralamba. The yogi [with his mind turned inward] merges with this Whole One by making every object in this world one with it. Know this.

23. If any person does not meditate on this great all-pervading Void, which is the space of consciousness [chidakasa], he will be a samsari [a worldly individual] forever in bondage to worldly attachments, like the silkworm in its self-made cocoon. Understand this.

24. All living beings, of whatever genus, undergo great misery over and over again. Hear from me. In order to avert all this suffering and sorrow, meditate on the great Void constantly without any break.

25. Good actions and good conduct have been prescribed only to guide the seeker towards the path of acquiring knowledge. Therefore, giving up even Salamba Yoga in which an object [such as a mantra or a form of God] is meditated upon in the mind, stay steadfast in your real state [sahaja swarupa], where the outside world is not perceived.

26. One who can destroy all the principles [tattvas] from the nethermost world to Shakti [one of the highest tattvas], which are all interdependent, by the arrow of Sunyabhava [Emptiness] is a man of great valour. He has attained Supreme wisdom which is beyond matter.

27. The mind, hankering after things of the world, is more restless than a monkey. If one controls it from wandering after external things and holds it in the Void of non-matter [Sarvasunya], one will attain liberation directly.

28. The full consciousness [purna chit] which is not other than the true import of the word "I", being non-different in all the principles [tattvas] and being other than the sense "I am the body", is the all-pervading Reality.

29. This Complete Wholeness pervades inside and outside all creations like ether, merging with them, and is itself formless. Dear, those who are submerged in this Supreme bliss become that Supreme bliss themselves. See, how wonderful!

30. The expanding mind will attain peace, becoming still of its own accord, if it is deprived of something to hold on, just as fire gets extinguished gradually if not fed with fuel.

31. You must realise that the four states of infatuation, delusion, swoon [due to shock] and dreaming, as also sleeping and waking, are all to be dispelled.

32. If one meditates that the One consciousness is different from the life-force [prana], which has subtly attached itself to this gross body, from the mind, from the intellect and from the ego, one will become established in that One consciousness.

33. Due to sleep and due to thoughts the mind always loses its sharpness, its foolishness increases, and it goes to ruin. Awakening this mind with effort, and without allowing it to wander, establish it in the state of Self. Persevere in this effort by fixing the mind again and again in its natural state.

34. When once the mind becomes steady, it should not be disturbed in any way. There is no need to think even in the least of anything else, entertaining any doubts. Fixing the mind firmly in that state [of Self-awareness], keep it still.

35. Make the mind, which always clings to some support [sense-objects], devoid of all such supports. Making the mind, which is restless in clinging to external supports, motionless, do not disturb that tranquillity even a little.

36. Meditate on the peerless Self which pervades all the various forms, yet remains without any blemish [being unaffected by them], just as ether, pervading all the creations made up of the five elements, remains unsullied at the time of their dissolution.

37. When one adopts the practice by means of which one's mind, which is restless like the wind, is made still perpetually, then the purpose of taking birth as a human being is fulfilled. That is also the mark of a true scholar.

38. Do not practise meditation by fixing the mind on the six adhara chakras, the ones that are up or down or in the middle, or anywhere else. Giving up all such meditations, make the mind always devoid of any support [either inside or outside].

39. If the mind falls asleep, awaken it. Then if it starts wandering, make it quiet. If you reach the state where there is neither sleep nor movement of mind, stay still in That, the natural [real] state.

40. The state in which the mind is bereft of any support to cling to, ever faultless and pure, and devoid of worldly attachments, is the nature of liberation attained through knowledge. Keep this firmly in mind.

41. Dispelling all attachments completely, and fixing that mind in the Heart firmly, persist in your practice always in order to strengthen the awareness, which then shines forth with great effulgence and clarity.

42. Know that whoever meditates on that Supreme Void, and becomes established in It by virtue of constant practice, will definitely attain the Great state which is beyond birth and death.

43. Gods and goddesses, merits, demerits and their fruits, which are likewise anya [other than oneself], objects of attachment and the knowledge of those objects – all these will lead one to bondage in mighty samsara.

44. All objects of attachments are said to be pairs of opposites [happiness and misery, good and bad, profit and loss, victory and defeat, and so on]. When one rises above those pairs of opposites, one realises the Supreme. Such a yogi is a jivanmukta, liberated from bondage. On discarding the body, he becomes a videhamukta.

45. A wise man should not give up the body out of aversion to it. Know that when once the prarabdha karma [result of accumulated actions] which was responsible for the creation of the body ceases, the bodily burden will automatically fall off.

46. The consciousness which shines as "I" in the Heart Lotus is pure [flawless] and perfectly steady [without a trace of movement]. By destroying the ego, which rises [from that consciousness], that consciousness itself bestows the Supreme joy of liberation. Be sure about it.

47. With great devotion meditating constantly that "I am Shiva, the form of the One consciousness that is always unsullied by any adjunct", dispel all your attachments.

48. Giving up all notions about country, caste, blemishless community, asrama [status as a bachelor, family man, ascetic or one who has renounced the world] and associated matters, hold on to and practise always meditation upon the Self, your own natural state.

49. I alone am. No one belongs to Me; nor do I belong to anyone else. I can see no one who can call Me his; neither can I see anyone who is mine. I am all alone.

50. Know that the person who experiences the firm conviction, "I am the Supreme Brahman, I am the master and Lord of the universe!" is the real mukta [one who has attained liberation], and that the one following conflicting paths is in bondage.

51. The day one is able to see oneself with his inner eye as not the body, all his desires vanish, and he experiences Perfect peace.

52. He who is described in the scriptures as the Unborn and Lord, I am He, the Atman [Self], who is forever without form or qualities. There is absolutely no doubt about it.

53. I am pure awareness, immaculate, perfectly liberated; and forever present everywhere. I am indeterminable. No one can grasp Me or leave Me. I am free from sorrow. I am always brahmamayam [of the nature of Brahman].

54. I am the Self which is consciousness, Absolute completeness, deathless and Self-established, and which is other than this insentient body, limited between the top of the head and the sole of the foot, and which, beginning with the antahkaranas [the inner instruments such as mind and intellect] is bounded by the covering of the skin.

55. Thinking, "I am the Lord of all creations, moving or stationary, I remain as father, mother and father's father for the universe", aspirants for liberation contemplate with concentration and ardour only upon Me, who am that great Turiya state [the substratum of the waking, dream and sleep states].

56. I am the one who is worshipped through sacrifices and penances by all celestial beings beginning with the creator [Brahma], the heavenly damsels who are themselves sought after, humans, yakshas, gandharvas, nagas and other groups of superhuman beings, and also by many others. Know that everyone worships only Me.

57. By many kinds of rare austerities and charities, everyone worships only Me. Know that this vast creation, moving and stationary, and all objects, are nothing but Me, the Infinite One.

58. I am not the gross body, nor am I the subtle body. I am also not the causal body. I am the kinsman of the universe. I am the One who is of the nature of Transcendental knowledge. I am moreover the Eternal One, the Lord, the taintless One, the One who is devoid of the states [of waking, dream and sleep], the One who is devoid of the universe.

59. The beginningless consciousness is Unborn, Whole and, residing forever in its natural home of the Heart-cave, is without form, world or impurity. It is beyond comparison and completely unattached. It cannot be comprehended by the mind nor can It be seen or felt by the senses.

60. Repeatedly see thus: "I am He, the Eternal, Omnipresent Reality which is Brahman." Meditating thus for a long time, whoever abides imperturbably will become the Supreme Brahman, thereby attaining Immortality.

61. Having thus explained the nature of knowledge to enable everyone to attain liberation, which is always available, I shall now proceed to describe the conduct to be adopted by seekers. Noble Lady, listen to them calmly.

62. O Queen among women! Know that bathing in holy waters, repeating holy names or words [mantras], performing daily homa [sacred offering in specially prepared fire], worship, other oblations in lustrous fire, or any other means [sadhana] to be followed after great study, are never required for him [the earnest aspirant seeking liberation].

63. Niyamas [strict rules of conduct such as what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, what to wear, where to sit and so on], worship of deities in sacred places, nama archanas [worship of deities by reciting sacred names], pitru karmas [oblations, etc., carried out for the sake of forefathers to help them reach a high state], pilgrimage to holy places which have come forth on earth, and observance of great vows, are all not for him, if considered deeply.

64. He does not reap the fruit of actions, good or bad. Important dates and special observances zealously followed by the world are not for him. Give up all actions and all kinds of worldly codes of conduct.

65. Renounce completely all religious edicts and disciplines. Since all kinds of action result in bondage, give up all action plans, mental conflicts, and attachment to one's caste duties.

66. Even if the aspirant acquires many kinds of supernatural powers and magical powers such as visualising what is buried underneath the earth, and can demonstrate them before the world, he should give up mental attachment to them.

67. All these powers [siddhis] are only bondages to the individual soul. Further they drag one to follow a low path. The Supreme joy of liberation does not lie in any of them, but only in the Infinite consciousness.

68. One must engage unfailingly in yoga [the practice of Self-abidance] in all conditions, without allowing any special event to affect one adversely. If, due to doubts, delusion arises in the form of attraction to worship in holy places and temples [on account of past practices and vasanas], reject it immediately.

69. Listen to me, Lady! Know that only the wise man who never does anything which leads to the destruction of any form of life, such as insects, worms, animals, birds or plants, is a person who is seeking true knowledge.

70. He [the true aspirant] should not pull out tender roots [of fragrant plants, which is often done for worship]; he should not even pluck the leaves; he should not harm any living thing out of anger; he should not heartlessly pluck even flowers.

71-72. He should worship Lord Shiva using only flowers that have fallen naturally. He should not indulge in vile practices such as marana [causing destruction through the use of certain mantras], uchadana [driving one out with the force of mantras], vidveshana [causing mutual hatred between friends], the well known sthambana [freezing one's capabilities], causing fever, putting into action evil spirits, causing agitation, wrongly taking control of others, attracting and infatuating others, and so on. Abandon the worship of stones, wooden objects and similar articles.

73. Having relinquished the great mudras which are adopted in order to fix the mind on the devatas [deities] residing in holy places and temples, and the associated sacrifices, get rid of the vasanas also which may have accumulated on account of such practices in the past, and cling only to the Self, the all-pervading real consciousness.

74. Maintain a neutral attitude towards all things; do not get infatuated with anything; maintain equanimity whether in happiness or suffering; be the same to friends and enemies; treat alike a broken piece of mud pot and a piece of gold.

75. Know that a flawless yogi is one who does not ever allow himself to be swayed by desire for the pleasures of the senses, who frees himself at heart from mamakara [treating things as "mine"], who has a steadfast mind, who is free from desires and fear, and who always revels in the Self.

76. Being unaffected by either praise or slander, treating alike all creatures, he should always unfailingly maintain an equality of vision [sama drishti], considering all living beings in the world as himself.

77. Avoid unnecessary arguments and worldly associations. Do not create misunderstanding among others. Do not join religious bodies well versed in many scriptures. Give up both words of abuse and words of praise.

78. Gradually and completely get rid of jealousy, slander, pomp, passion, consequent hatred, desire, anger, fear and sorrow.

79. If a man is free from all the pairs of opposites and always lives in Solitude [established in himself Alone], he gains Perfect wisdom even while in the present body and shines forth with great effulgence.

80. Liberation is attained only by knowledge [jnana]. By other powers [siddhis] such a fruit is unattainable. However, aspirants become enchanted with blemishful worldly enjoyments and thaumaturgic powers [siddhis] and go after them with desire.

81. Know that the pure flawless person will experience that blemishless Lord [the Supreme Brahman] and positively attain liberation whether attended by the supernatural powers or not.

82. The body is a form constituted of the five elements [earth, water, fire, air and ether]. The One all-pervading Shiva is also nicely seated there. Hence the entire universe, right from the indivisible all-pervading Shivam [the highest and most abstract tattva or principle] to this world, is the form of Shankara.

83-84. My dearest, earnest seekers who see the enlightened one [jnani] and worship him with all the three instruments [mind, speech and body] in unison, offering him with heart-melting love, sweet-smelling sandal paste, fruits, flowers, incense, good water to bathe, clothes and food, will thus attain liberation. Know that those who worship that jnani reap the fruit of his righteous deeds and those who slander him reap the result of his sins.

85. I have revealed the Truth about knowledge and the conduct pertaining thereto, as you have asked. This entire path is indeed kalottara jnana [the knowledge to be revealed at the final stage of maturity]. Tell me, O Lady, if you want to ask anything more.

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The whole universe must after all be a big piece of pleasing fun to Him. If you are poor, enjoy that as fun; if you are rich, enjoy the fun of being rich; if dangers come, it is also good fun; if happiness comes, there is more good fun. The world is just a playground, and we are here having good fun, having a game; and God is with us playing all the while, and we are with Him playing. God is our eternal playmate. How beautifully He is playing!

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This bliss does not resemble the intoxication brought about by wine nor is it like the happiness caused by wealth and it can not even be compared with the happiness that arises by uniting with the beloved one. The appearance of this light of consciousness cannot be compared with the light of a lamp, neither with the light of the moon or the sun. The state of bliss that arises when you are freed of the accumulated experiences of separation, is like the relief you experience by putting aside a heavy load. The appearance of this light is like the discovery of a treasure once lost, the realm of universal non-duality.

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“O Rama, by the following attitude you will also gain divine insight and remain firmly established in self-knowledge: 'I am space. I am the sun. I am the directions, above and below. I am the gods. I am the demons. I am all beings. I am darkness. I am the earth, the oceans, etc. I am the dust, the wind, the fire and all this world. I am omnipresent. How can there be anything other than me?’ By adopting this attitude you will rise beyond joy and sorrow.
Both the following attitudes are conducive to liberation: one is ’I am the extremely subtle and transcendent self’ and the other is 'I am all and everything'. There is another attitude with regard to the 'I', and that is the attitude of 'I am this body': this attitude is the source of endless sorrow. Abandon all these three attitudes, O Rama, and remain as pure consciousness.
Abandon these two false concepts of bondage and liberation, and live an enlightened life here. There is no liberation in the sky or on earth or in the nether world; liberation is but a synonym for pure mind, correct self-knowledge and a truly awakened state.”

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The wave does not need to die to become water. She is already water.

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Can drugs help a spiritual seeker experience the divine? Or will they only lead to downfall? Sadhguru describes the possibilities and the pitfalls.

Sadhguru: When Patanjali finished with karma kanda[1] and moved into what is known as kaivalya pada[2] – “kaivalya” means ultimate liberation – he said that you could have a glimpse of the Divine in many ways, either by using drugs, incessantly chanting some mantra, practicing severe austerities, or by deep samadhis.

Coming to drugs, Patanjali was a scientist. He was not the usual religious kind of man. He was not afraid of anything. He looked at everything. A religious man would generally not talk about drugs. Patanjali said a drug is also a possibility to divinity, but the lowest possibility.

What happens with a drug? If you take a chemical like LSD or marijuana, the nature of the chemical is such that somewhere, it breaks the mind. Ultimately your mind and physical body is just chemistry. If you do yogic practices, that is also just to change the chemistry of the system. Drugs are usually described as mind-blowing. You put a drug into your system and suddenly the mind cracks up. So you are able to look at the existence through this crack – without the mind – just for a moment, and it is fantastic.

Then you get hooked on the drug. The next time the dosage will increase. There is no growth or transformation. It just becomes a trip. After a while, there are most probably no more trips. The drug becomes just a helpless dependence for you.

Can You Contain It?

You can’t deny that at least some people who are on the path of drugs have big experiences, but you will see that they don’t grow, there is no transformation in the way they are. In fact, such a person never attains to Grace, he sort of retards. He never attains to any kind of fragrance. He just has big experiences to talk about, otherwise he slowly retards. Only the dosage increases. Even before any recording of history happened, people have used drugs on the spiritual path. The puranas say Shiva himself was the first to use drugs. It starts from there. But please understand that Shiva can contain it, not you.

Once, Adi Shankara was traveling with his disciples. He stopped at a place and drank a lot of country liquor and then resumed walking. A few disciples thought that it meant they could also drink. At the very next place where liquor was available, they drank and began to wobble along behind Shankara because they were unable to hold it. When they entered the next village, Shankara walked directly toward the blacksmith’s and took a vessel full of molten iron and drank from it. Now, the disciples who imitated him in drinking the country liquor got the point.

So drugs are the lowest possibility, but still a possibility. On the yogic path drugs are a taboo, not because of moral correctness, but because of the limitation that they are. We have other ways to blow your mind.

I’ve never touched a substance but if you look at my eyes, I’m always stoned. I can be drunk twenty-four hours of the day – no hangover, it doesn’t cost anything, and it’s good for health! We look at alcohol, drugs and these things as kindergarten stuff because we can get intoxicated a thousand times over just with our aliveness. Why simply wine? You can get drunk with the di-vine!

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The marijuana enthusiasts out there often ask me if they can use weed or other drugs as a way to enlightenment. After all, Shiva has this image of a stoner. It has happened to me many times in the Himalayas and other places that some sadhus invited me to smoke weed with them, because they thought I smoke. If you look into my eyes, you will see I am always stoned, without taking any substance. Everything that you want to experience is already in your system.

Most chemicals that we put into the system to have some kind of experience only stimulate something within us. Now the question is, are you on self-start or push-start? If you know how, you can sit here in bliss without having to put any substance into your system. Shiva was always high – no question about that. But he was not such a cripple that he needed chemicals from outside. Shiva was not using substances – he is the substance. I can make that happen for you. If you can be with me in a certain way, I can have you all stoned, because the substance is not outside – the substance is within.

Those who want to emulate Shiva, can you do everything else that he did? First you must sit unmoving for three months – then maybe you can smoke. The following happened when Adi Shankara crisscrossed India, from Kerala in the south to Badrinath in the north and back, from east to west, before he left at age thirty-two. In between, he produced thousands of pages of literature. He was walking briskly. A bunch of his disciples trotted behind him.

Then he saw a drink shop outside a village. A few people were hanging around there, drinking. Shankara looked at them in their inebriated condition. They looked at him. You know, drunkards tend to think they are having the best time and everyone else is missing it. They made some comments. Without a word, Shankara walked into the shop, took a potful of arrack, drank it, and walked away.

His disciples witnessed the scene. Shankara started walking briskly again. They were trotting behind him. Among themselves, a discussion came up – “When our Guru can drink, why can’t we?” They just needed an excuse. He knew what was going on. When they came to the next village, there was a blacksmith at work. Shankara picked up a vessel with molten iron, drank it, and walked on. The disciples knew they did not want to drink that.

Shiva was always stoned for sure, but not with something as petty as weed. By smoking marijuana, all that is happening is you are feeling a little smoked out and hazy in the head. If getting hazy is spirituality, then I do not want to be spiritual. For me, the biggest thing is living in crystal clarity. Clarity can be intoxicating. When you do something for which you need to be super alert, there is a kind of intoxication in that. That is why people are jumping off airplanes or doing other incredibly risky things.

To some extent, you can achieve intoxication through physical activities. If you can stimulate a state of intoxication in you without any outside substance or activity, then there is an element of Shiva in you. If you can simply sit here and be so super alert that you are high, that is the way to do it, not by smoking weed. Leave the weeds for the cows. Human beings can do better things. Those who are smoking weed generally seem peaceful. When they are hazy, they are peaceful, but that peace is of no value. They will not be peaceful if you take away the substance.

Today it has become legal in many states in America, and major corporations are getting into this business. If some day, they bring Coca Smoka on the market, you should not be surprised. From selling drinks with carbon dioxide to selling products with marijuana – you may think that is an improvement. Your brains will shrink. Because you do not know how to handle your brain, which is not your making – it has evolved over so many generations to where it is now – you want to smoke it down, so that it feels peaceful. That is not the answer.

If you have not found any better use for your brain than freaking out, with marijuana, at least you will simply sit somewhere and not bother anyone. If you have found a better use for your brain, if you can do something worthwhile, creative, and useful with it, then smoking weed is not the way to go. There is nothing spiritual about any chemical.

Poem ' Substance Abuse '

To be sober is dreary
But inebriation takes you
away from all that is reality
How to dwell in the empty
room of dry lifeless logic.
Logic through the day and
inebriation at the end of the day
logic through the week and
inebriation for the weekend
logic at work and inebriation
for the vacation. Say the compromisers

Come! I have a substance
that leaves you in throes of ecstasy
And peak of alertness at once.
No need for secrecy, no one
will find us in our within.

Let us abuse the substance
without dimension but within
let us get super sober and stoned

Love & Grace,

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'Lap of Master'

There are peaks of awareness
and Valleys of Grace

At the peaks one shall
know the brilliance of knowing

In the valleys you can
melt into the mist of Oneness

Masters lap a melting pot
of brilliance and grace, of knowing
and dissolving. It is a place
to pray, play or perish.

Pray – You shall be graced with much
Play – You shall know Bliss of Being
Perish – You shall become One with him.

Love & Grace,

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Everyone who attains liberation
must go through difficult experiences,
lots of troubles, tribulations and fear for some time.
Bigger than you imagine can come.
Actually, we are all experiencing these things on drip-feed
throughout the life, but remain unaware of this.
And if they are coming more intensely now
it is because you are at a stage where you can bear their weight.
Perhaps more love or the presence of a supporting spiritual being
raises your courage and new possibilities begin flowering.
But if you want to keep or protect your person,
these forces will grow and wrap themselves
around any sense of self you take yourself to be.
Self-inquiry, contemplation, self-surrender help you to surrender,
to offer everything up to the higher power
and to merge yourself with the God-Self.
And thus you find every good thing is with you.
The greatest love becomes your fragrance.
The greatest power flows inside you.
Nevertheless, doubts, hesitations and resistance will come.
Know all is well if you don't turn to yourself personally.
If you turn to yourself, turn to yourself Impersonally.
Thus you turn to the Supreme, to the Lord of the universe.
Just keep your head there under His holy feet
until duality and unicity become one.

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