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' Brahman - The Absolute Reality '

8. Have faith, my son, have faith! Have no delusion about this! You are knowledge Itself. You are the Lord. You are the Self. You are beyond Nature.

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With the mind harmonised by Yoga he sees the Self, abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self; he sees the same everywhere. ( verse VI-29 )

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One who has unveiled the Truth in himself, sits ever contended in enjoying the nectar of his own Infinite Peace, his mind and intellect completely at rest, with no inner thought-disturbances - revelling in his own Real Nature.

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Thus to the Man of Wisdom there is no time when he is not aware of the Self-in-Him.

- Ch. 62-19

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O Saint! the term 'Samadhi' means the awareness of the Supreme Consciousness as one's own Self. A river, being a continuous flow of water, is never halted in its flow.

- Ch. 62-9

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To me there is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air, nor ether. Thus realizing the nature of the Paramatman - the One who is in the cavity-of-the-heart, who is without-parts, without-a-second, the 'witness' - of-all, beyond both existence and non-existence - the seeker attains the very nature of the Supreme Atman.

~ Kaivalya Upanishad 23-24

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I am without hands and legs, of incomprehensible power. I, who see without eyes, hear without ears, am devoid of all forms. I am knowing (everything), and there is none that knows Me. I am the Ever-Pure-Knowledge.

~ Kaivalya Upanishad

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The human frame is mere earthenware,
Bake it with the flame of Yoga-fire.

~ Gheranda Samhita

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' Some Scientific Research on Meditation '

Science is just now getting glimpses of the tremendous power of meditation to completely change the entire body-mind structure itself. The benefits of meditation are countless and across all planes – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Meditation can simply change the very quality of life.

' Increased brain power '

Until recently, it was believed that in the brain, the connections among the brain nerve cells were fixed in childhood and did not change, so the brain growth stopped early in life. Now scientists are finding that the brain actually grows and forms new connections all throughout life. Scientists call this ability neuroplasticity.

It was stated in the Washington Post on January 3, 2005 about research done by the University of Wisconsin to study the effects of meditation on the brain. The study was done on a group of Tibetan monks who had been meditating for years, and also on a group of students who were new to meditation but had been taught how to meditate. They found that the awareness was more and the brain activity was faster and much better organized and coordinated in the meditating monks than in the students who were new to meditation. Not only that, the brain region associated with happiness, positive thoughts and emotions, was also much more active in the monks than in the students.

One more important thing, the researchers found that the brain activity of the meditator monks was more intense and organized that that of the students, even before the monks started meditating. So the benefits of meditation are actually permanent. Meditation can simply change the very circuitry and the inner workings of the brain. Many top universities in the USA like Yale, Harvard and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), have also studied the effects of meditation. Studies using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) showed that meditation actually increased the very thickness of the brain in areas related to awareness and attention, as well as cognitive processing and emotional wellbeing. The researchers found that the blood vessels become wider, the support structures also increase in number and they have more branches and connections.

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O foolish mind! Meditate on God,
At the time of death, all your erudition will be of no avail.

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Effulgence am I both inside and outside,
That light which is both apparent and transcendent,
Light of all light, light of the ATMAN, self-effulgent,
Filled with auspiciousness, am I.

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Tantra Six

14. THE FIT DISCIPLE

1703. Good Disciple follows Guru like a Shadow

O! disciple true!
In virtue, truth, compassion, discrimination and love
You pursue the Holy Feet of Guru true
Constant as unto a shadow;
You then gain the nectar of Finite Jnana in its crystal clarity,
And witness the many miracles it brings in train.

TANTRA SIX ENDS

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14. THE FIT DISCIPLE

1702. True Disciple humbles before the Renunciate Vedantin

Vedanta is the way of renouncing desires;
And so, divert your life's course
And take to Siddhanta-Vedanta Way
And humble your head at the feet of Guru
That has renounced all in the Vedanta way
Then verily are you disciple true.

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1700. ' Rules of Instruction '

Impart divine knowledge only to those fully ripe to receive it,
Taking the disciple gently to the limits of the Infinite Vast;
You facing east or south, your disciple facing west or north
Thus instruct, the Sakti of Lord centered in mind.

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1698. ' The Power of Guru's Feet '

"Oh! my Holy Master!
Do grace me with your feet on my head,"
-Thus, I prayed, this day;
And as he placed his feet
All births to vanish;
This body that was blessed thus
Received Grace of Aruk Sakti
And I became a Jnani ripe,
Forever, blemish devoid.

1699. ' What comes of touch of Guru's Feet '

He is the master of the difficult paths four*;
He is the seeker incessant of Jnana divine;
And as he placed his feet on my head,
Higher and higher, my ardour in Jnana soared,
Higher and higher, my love for Gurupara welled up.

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Tantra Six

1697. Yet other qualities of Good Disciple

He scans that which divides the Real and the Unreal
He melts in the soul of this being
And with Siva's Grace to guide,
He receives Jnana in devotion true;
And he humbles himself before Lord
And seeks the bliss of His Sakti;
He is the fit one, the disciple good and true.

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14. THE FIT DISCIPLE

1696. Attributes of Good Disciple

A sattvic he is;
His thoughts centered on Finite Truth;
His vision clear through conflicting faiths;
Abhorrent of recurring cycle of births;
Straight in Dharma's path he easy walks;
He, sure, is disciple good and true.

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Tantra Six

13. THE UNFIT

1668. No Grace for false Disciple

He thinks not of sundering soul's fetters,
Nor of annihilating world's desires;
He strives not to Mukti attain,
Nor aught of Tattvas and the way ahead;
But takes a wayward course,
A disciple exceeding mad;
To him is not the gift of Grace granted.

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Tantra Six

1687. ' Inner Vision ends Births '

They glimpse not the Dawn,
Nor the Spaces Vast;
Nor the Vision in Spaces;
Close your inner eyes hard
And then see;
Behold, there is the Light
That brings not another day!

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Tantra Six

1685. Tapas consumes Karma

They who stand in tapas
Consume away all Karma
In Siva they stand;
Even Celestials know this not;
They who know not Siva in tapas-standing,
Stood in tangle of births to endless sorrow condemned.

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13. THE UNFIT

1682. They Know not the Mystery of Body

You beckon them, but they hearken not
The ignorant multitude they are;
The mother's milk flows sweet in the mouth,
But even the dear and near know not
How the mother's breast becomes so;
Verily, it is the Formless Being that shapes this body-form.

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1674. ' Jnani is a class apart '

Siva Jnani that seeks deliverance through Jnana
Is a shrine unto himself, unique of status;
He observes mauna, and so is a Mukta and Siddha;
How can other tapasvins be like unto him?

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1672. ' Siva Jnanis alone are of the Holy Order '

They truly are of Holy Order
Who have attained Sivajnana;
They truly are of Holy Order,
The rest are not;
Nor their robes holy;
They are never, never by reckoning any.

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Tantra Six

11. ROBES OF JNANA

1671. Siva Jnanis are Quiescent

They howl about unto dogs at foot of gallows;
They peck about like vultures at carrion;
They frisk about like monkeys in merriment
They of false Jnana;
But quiescent are the Siva Jnanis true,
Dead to the world, though living in body and senses.

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1669. ' Perfect Jnanis speak not '

They of lowly Jnana in vain assume robes;
Filled with Grace, they of true Jnana covet it not;
The bigots of faiths are of evil Jnana;
The perfect of Jnana speak not.

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