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Rushing into action, one fails.
Trying to grasp things, we lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
will ruin what was almost ripe.
Therefore the wise take action
by letting things take their course.
Remain as calm at the end
as at the beginning.
Attached to nothing,
there is nothing to lose.
The wisest desire is non-desire.
Learn to unlearn.
Simply remind people
of who they have always been.
Caring about nothing but the Tao,
one thereby cares for all things.

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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

' Devikalottara '

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.

DEVI :

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.

ISHWARA :

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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ॐ Contemplations at Heathrow Airport ॐ
Mooji Baba shared these words just after landing
at Heathrow Airport, London, on 11 July 2016:

I was 16 years old when I first travelled by aeroplane to England, in 1969.
I landed here at Heathrow Airport. However, I didn’t have an entry permit and was held in detention. After many hours waiting alone in a room,
I was finally taken to what was for me a prison block, where I stayed
till the next morning. I was then taken back to Heathrow Airport
and later that morning sent back to Jamaica.
This single experience has contributed so much to my growth
as a human being. I am deeply grateful for it and all that followed.
Since then, I never assume that I am entitled to anything,
such as to have any advantage over another
or that I am entitled to enter a country
because I have a current passport, or to get anything for free.
This whole concept of entitlement became dead for me.
To this day, I don’t assume that I am entitled to a single thing in life.
This attitude brought tremendous happiness and freedom to my life.
Through grace all things unfold by themselves in good timing.
I feel highly blessed living without expectations
and yet, I experience living as true abundance.
I say this from the phase of my earthly being.
There have been a few things that have stopped me dead in my tracks.
Such experiences have produced in me a humility, a gratitude
and an attentive sense of awareness and intuitiveness
to the unpredictability in life.
This life has truly been blessed and enriched
through personal difficulties.
I am not unique.
Often, what at the time may have seemed to be unbearable,
unjust or even desperate turned out to be blessings in disguises.
If I had to recall the best or most important or significant moments
of my life, I would include these events and experiences
at the top of any listing.
They each shaped who I would be and the role to be played in this life.
Each encounter, each Satsang is shaped out of these experiences also.
Meeting others as forms of the Infinite Self, empathy flows out naturally
to those who experience hardships routinely in life.
All abilities arose from these insights and experiences,
including the wisdom, strength and clarity to know
when not to feel overly sorry for people.
I say: No, no, no, you must use these very experiences to grow healthily,
to mature, to expand your awareness of life to the full.
It is so rewarding to take the best and highest overview
because you are not going to become wise on ‘Nutella experiences’.
At times, you are going to get shaken up, smashed or melted down
to your toenails on your journey, but you are going to come out
brighter, kinder, more loving and wise if you remember
what I am sharing with you today.
Become more grateful, open, attentive by not identifying personally
with the fleeting expressions of life. That’s the secret.
Many people wonder: ‘How can people who go through
so much hardship believe in God or love God?
What has God done for them?
He has only given you hardship.’
I say: No, no, no.
Through hardship he gives me tolerance and wisdom.
Through poverty he gives patience, gratitude, insights and kindness.
Through sickness he gives acceptance, humility and appreciation.
Through uncertainties he compelled me to contemplate, inquire, trust
and meditate upon Being.
These are tremendous gifts—priceless virtues.
If God gave me only money, I would just go and spend it
and do stupid things.
But hardship, sickness and even rejection help me to seek Him
more determinedly and to find Him, and to value His unbroken presence
and unfading love.
Many human beings think God exists mainly to give them what they want.
But God gives us not so much what we want, but more what we need
in order to evolve, through wisdom, knowledge and direct experience
of the living Truth. Trust this. Like this, we come to discover,
know and love Him, the Supreme Self, as our very own Self.
These human lessons help us refine our consciousness
and to wake up to the Ultimate, Absolute Awareness we are.

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Shiva Sutra 1.21

suddhavidyodyaccakresatva-siddhih

The real use for yogic power is the concentration of energy of will for attaining the universal state of being. In Kashmir Shaivism the aim of a focused will is to become the totality of the metaphysical principles that make up this universe - creation, destruction, and preservation (BHAIRAVA). Time and time again we are led back to this point. Entry into God consciousness is what matters. Entry into God consciousness will reveal the Knowledge within that waits for you and is your enlightenment.

The yogi then realizes that he/she was never anything but God. Pure knowledge arises…whereby he realizes, “I am the whole universe. I am not only my body, I am one with the universe.”

As Abhinavagupta puts it, the yogi thinks this, “I am infinitely potent and absolutely pure consciousness. All this is my own divine play. It is being manifested by me through my divine powers. I am all this ….”

And Swami Lakshmanjoo: “By achieving God consciousness and being always focused, resting in the Absolute, you will have become complete in internal consciousness…Incompletion rises in the external world.”

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' The Reality of War '

Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous - an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.

War is like a fire in the human community, one whose fuel is living beings. I find this analogy especially appropriate and useful. Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people. War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads. If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers. No soldiers want to be wounded or die. None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people - his relatives and friends - suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy, but we are too confused.

Frankly as a child, I too was attracted to the military. Their uniform looked so smart and beautiful. But that is exactly how the seduction begins. Children starts playing games that will one day lead them in trouble. There are plenty of exciting games to play and costumes to wear other than those based on the killing of human beings. Again, if we as adults were not so fascinated by war, we would clearly see that to allow our children to become habituated to war games is extremely unfortunate. Some former soldiers have told me that when they shot their first person they felt uncomfortable but as they continued to kill it began to feel quite normal. In time, we can get used to anything.

It is not only during times of war that military establishments are destructive. By their very design, they were the single greatest violators of human rights, and it is the soldiers themselves who suffer most consistently from their abuse. After the officer in charge have given beautiful explanations about the importance of the army, its discipline and the need to conquer the enemy, the rights of the great mass of soldiers are most entirely taken away. They are then compelled to forfeit their individual will, and, in the end, to sacrifice their lives. Moreover, once an army has become a powerful force, there is every risk that it will destroy the happiness of its own country.

There are people with destructive intentions in every society, and the temptation to gain command over an organisation capable of fulfilling their desires can become overwhelming. But no matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don't have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society. As long as there are powerful armies there will always be danger of dictatorship. If we really believe dictatorship to be a despicable and destructive form of government, then we must recognize that the existence of a powerful military establishment is one of its main causes.

Militarism is also very expensive. Pursuing peace through military strength places a tremendously wasteful burden on society. Governments spend vast sums on increasingly intricate weapons when, in fact, nobody really wants to use them. Not only money but also valuable energy and human intelligence are squandered, while all that increases is fear.

I want to make it clear, however, that although I am deeply opposed to war, I am not advocating appeasement. It is often necessary to take a strong stand to counter unjust aggression. For instance, it is plain to all of us that the Second World War was entirely justified. It "saved civilization" from the tyranny of Nazi Germany, as Winston Churchill so aptly put it. In my view, the Korean War was also just, since it gave South Korea the chance of gradually developing democracy. But we can only judge whether or not a conflict was vindicated on moral grounds with hindsight. For example, we can now see that during the Cold War, the principle of nuclear deterrence had a certain value. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to assess al such matters with any degree of accuracy. War is violence and violence is unpredictable. Therefore, it is better to avoid it if possible, and never to presume that we know beforehand whether the outcome of a particular war will be beneficial or not.

For instance, in the case of the Cold War, through deterrence may have helped promote stability, it did not create genuine peace. The last forty years in Europe have seen merely the absence of war, which has not been real peace but a facsimile founded dear. At best, building arms to maintain peace serves only as a temporary measure. As long as adversaries do not trust each other, any number of factors can upset the balance of power. Lasting peace can assure secured only on the basis of genuine trust.

http://www.dalailama.com/messages/world-peace/the-reality-of-war

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God loves you more than anybody else...As I progressed on the spiritual path, I received more love from God than I ever could have from any human being.

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Sarvam brahmopniṣadam – All is Brahman, Consciousness that is revealed in the Upaniṣhads. All is Consciousness. Everything is from
and is established, exists and goes back to the Consciousness.
Māham brahma nirākuryām – May I never deny the existence of Brahman. Let this high energy always be in me, where my confidence, my trust is maintained. May I never have incompletion with Brahman, Consciousness.

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None can foretell at what particular time circumstances will co-operate to bring about that Great Moment for anyone. There may be failure to begin with, but what counts is final success. An aspirant cannot be judged by preliminary results. In the spiritual field, final success means success right from the beginning.

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The instant you genuinely say Yes to Truth inside your Heart
a subtle vibration is felt. Don’t overlook it.
As you become open, it will guide you in subtle ways.
Day by day, you become increasingly aware of its presence.
Sometimes, it may just whisper. Why whisper?
So you bend down to listen and develop more sensitivity to truth.
In the beginning you have to make an effort to hear and to listen,
because other voices are also talking inside your head.
The more one identifies with the ego self, the more heavy life is felt to be.
The one who calls you is with you. Trust.
You must engage your discerning power to identify which is the true voice.
Basically, the less of ‘you’, the person, there is, the more Truth reveals itself.
The one who grasps this begins to see things in such a calm and light way.
Stay like this—observant. Move like this—empty.
Don’t wait for the Real to come.
Recognize, inside your heart - I am already here.

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Sit and list down anything that makes you uncomfortable - people, situations and beliefs. When you dig out everything, you will understand it is just immature cognitions by immature people which you swallowed due to your immaturity. The moment you realize it's an incompletion, the incompletion loses power over you!
If you understand this one truth, the amount of time you're wasting in your life without moving towards your goal will be cut by 80%.

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Awaken the power of WILL. You will understand whole Universe is your own. Whole universe is your friend. When you declare and integrate your being, the kind of a power you radiate, the kind of a knowledge you shower on yourself and others, the kind of an energy you experience as Life is extraordinary

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If you gain a little more mastery over your life energies and a little more mastery over your mind and body you will see you can become one hundred percent master of your ‪destiny.

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The moment you open your mouth if all your exaggeration is moving around either your God or Guru you are one of the richest being in the planet earth because all your hope, need for qualitative quantitative difference, greed, exaggeration is centered on something else other than you, will wake you up towards Oneness.

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You cannot make steel until you have made the iron white-hot in fire. It is not meant for harm. Trouble and disease have a lesson for us. Our painful experiences are not meant to destroy us, but to burn out our dross, to hurry us back Home. No one is more anxious for our release than God.

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Yoga is not about improving health, it is about radiating enlightenment. Yoga is not about becoming a better person in 35 years, but it is about becoming complete NOW.

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'The various steps are used in Yoga, ultimately, to awaken your Kundalini Shakti. Yoga is not meant just for your well being or health. It is meant to awaken your mystical powers. It is meant to awaken your spiritual realization. Realizing your spiritual identity is the ultimate goal of Yoga.'

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Don't be a spiritual Hippie, telling stories full of undigested concepts.

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Adi Shankara sings beautifully in the verses of Bhaja Govindam-
Within the potter's wheel's rotation,
The pivot stands still, amidst constant motion,
So too a man of perfection
Is poised, although engaged in action.-
When you understand that you are unclutched, suddenly you realize you are like the pivot of the potter's wheel, unmoving and untouched by the kind of pot being made, the kind of experience being felt.'

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“Love and Shivam, there exist two things, say the fools.
Love is Shivam, that nobody understands.
When everybody realize that Love is Shivam,
they sit in love as Shivam.”

-Thirumoolar

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सत्येन लभ्यस्तपसा ह्येष आत्मा सम्यग्ज्ञानेन ब्रह्मचर्येण नित्यम्

Through continuous pursuit of Satya (truthfulness), Tapas (perseverance, austerity), Samyajñāna (correct knowledge), and Brahmacharya, one attains Atman (Self, Soul).

— Mundaka Upanishad, 3.1.5

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' Soul and Prakriti '

This soul is of its own nature,
pure, composed of happiness and wisdom.
The properties of pain, ignorance and impurity,
are those of Prakriti, not of soul.

—Vishnu Purana, 6.7

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Out of Vishnu this universe has arisen,
in him its exists,
he is the one who governs its existence and destruction,
he is the universe.

~ Vishnu Purana, 1.14

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The body has nothing useful, it has no use after death.
Why cremation in the Hindu tradition,
Let the prana merge with the cosmic prana.
Let the body retire to the basic elements, ashes.

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Golden Light Meditation

Osho, while speaking on the Secret of the Golden Flower,
has given us this wonderful and powerful meditation:

The process is:
At least twice a day -- the best times are early in the morning,
just before you get out of your bed.
The moment you feel you are alert, awake, do it for twenty minutes.
Do it first thing in the morning! -- don't get out of the bed.
Do it there, then and there, immediately! --
because when you are coming out of sleep you are very very delicate, receptive.
When you are coming out of sleep you are very fresh, and the impact will go very deep.
When you are just coming out of your sleep you are less in the mind than ever.
Hence some gaps are there through which the method will penetrate into your innermost core.
And early in the morning,
when you are awakening,
and when the whole earth is awakening,
there is a great tide of awakening energy all over the world.
Use that tide; don't miss that opportunity.

All ancient religions used to pray early in the morning when the sun rose,
because the rising of the sun is the rising of all the energies in existence.
In that moment you can simply ride on the rising energy wave; it will be easier.
By the evening it will be difficult, energies will be falling back;
then you will be fighting against the current.
In the morning you will be going with the current.

So the best time to begin is in the early morning,
immediately, just when you are half-asleep, half-awake.

And the process is so simple.
It needs no posture, no yogasana, no bath is needed, nothing.
You simply lie down, as you are lying down in your bed, on your back.
Keep your eyes closed.

When you breathe in, just visualize great light entering from your head into your body,
as if a sun has risen just close to your head -- golden light pouring into your head.
You are just hollow and the golden light is pouring into your head,
and going, going, going, deep, deep, and going out through your toes.
When you breathe in, do it with this visualization.

And when you breathe out, visualize another thing:
darkness entering through your toes, a great dark river entering through your toes,
coming up, and going out through the head.
Do slow, deep breathing so you can visualize.
Go very slowly.
And just out of sleep you can have very deep and slow breaths because the body is rested, relaxed.

Let me repeat: breathing in, let golden light come into you through your head,
because it is there that the Golden Flower is waiting.
That golden light will help.
It will cleanse your whole body and will make it absolutely full of creativity.
This is male energy.
Then when you exhale, let darkness, the darkest you can conceive,
like a dark night, river-like, come from your toes upwards -- this is feminine energy:
it will soothe you, it will make you receptive, it will calm you,
it will give you rest -- and let it go out of the head.
Then inhale again, and golden light enters in.
Do it for twenty minutes early in the morning.

And then the second best time is when you are going back to sleep, in the night.
Lie down on the bed, relax for a few minutes.
When you start feeling that now you are wavering between sleep and waking,
just in that middle, start the process again, and continue for twenty minutes.
If you fall asleep doing it, it is the best,
because the impact will remain in the superconscious and will go on working.

And after a three-month period you will be surprised:
the energy that was constantly gathering at the MULADHAR,
at the lowest, the sex center, is no more gathering there.
It is going upwards.

Just the other day somebody had asked a question.
He said that he has seen the most beautiful women around here
that he has ever seen anywhere else,
but they are non-erotic.
Why is it so? It is so, his observation is right.
If you meditate deeply you will become non-erotic.
You will have a different kind of beauty, but it will not be erotic.
It will start having the flavor of spirituality.
It will start having the subtleness of grace, not the grossness of sexuality.
Sex is gross because it is the lowest rung of your ladder.
As energies move upwards a totally different kind of beauty and grace arises in you, which is divine.
You become less and less of the body and more and more of the spirit.

If you do this simple method for three months, you will be surprised:
there is no need to repress.
Transformation has started happening.
At another Occasion Osho described
the Golden Light Meditation in a different way:

Before you go to sleep in the night, just lie down,
turn the lights off, lie down under your blanket,
and feel your body is dying.
Start from the toes and feel that they are dying and move slowly upwards:
the legs are dying, the thighs are dying; go on moving upwards and let the whole body die.
It will take at least five to seven minutes;
slowly slowly you come to the head and all is dead.
When you feel that all is dead, finished, that the body is a corpse,
then do a small meditation which will be of immense help.

Start feeling that great light is entering from the head, golden light
-- as if suddenly a sun has risen and it is pouring all its gold into you.
It is going in, going in, going in...
the whole body has become a hollow bamboo and the light is falling in
and passing through like a flood, and it goes out from the toes.
For five minutes let this happen, then after five minutes --
just approximately, you need not look at the watch,
just approximately -- after five minutes change the whole process.

Now start thinking of a dark energy, negative --
like a dark night with not a single star in it,
a dark energy flow entering from the toes, moving upwards,
filling the whole bamboo, the hollow body, and going out from the head.
Five minutes of that, and then go to sleep.

This will synchronize the positive and negative energy inside your body.
It will synchronize your man and woman inside the body,
your yin and yang, your day and night, your life and death.
First life, the golden light, then death, the darkness...
and enjoy both, because both are beautiful.
This for five and the first part for five minutes, and seven minutes first to have the body absolutely dead so it creates no hindrance.
This passing of the golden light and the darkness will help tremendously.

Source : http://www.osholeela.com/NEW/goldenlight.html

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Do not make life decisions based on immediate compulsions. Looking back after many years, it should still be a worthwhile choice.

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Denial of the truth of many births possible is one of the biggest, biggest wrong ideas taught to human-beings. See, it is like you tell somebody that after seven kilometres there is no road; and this fellow goes there and he sees multiple roads, but he does not know how to drive there because he was not prepared! Keeping human-beings in the dark and not letting them prepare for their future is the biggest mistake. That is why, I am telling you, if you are from the tradition of Sanatana Hindu Dharma, you are rightly informed and prepared for your complete life.

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