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89. All diversities of world, mind, maya (confusing power
of Brahman), wakefulness, dream, sleep, talk of you and me are
evanescent, and yet, not apart from the Self. Thus wise one
should give up all thought of Self and non-Self and abide as
Self only. (Ch.35, v.27)

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88. I see neither mind nor world during my sleep. In my
dream there is mind with its creation, the dream world. The
dream world is falsified in my waking state. But I-Self exist
always. Arguing thus, one must give up all differentiation of
self and non-Self, and ever abide firmly as the thought-free
alert Awareness-Self-Brahman. (Ch.35, v.26)

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87. No world exists during the absence of the mind, and
there is no mind apart from my awareness. So, mind and
world are nothing apart from the Self, and I am ever that sole
Existence-Awareness-Brahman-Self. The wise one should
abolish all thought of differentiation of self and non-Self.
(Ch.35, v.25)

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86. If this world of the waking state is not evanescent in
its nature, whatever is seen in the waking state must be seen
during sleep also. Since I as pure Self exist alone and always,
there is no room for thought of non-Self-world. I-Self-Brahman
is the sole Existence. (Ch.35, v.24)

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85. Whatever names and forms are seen by me in my dream
are not anything apart from me. Even so, this world seen by me
in my waking state is not anything apart from me, the Awareness-
Self that I am. The wise one should give up all differentiation of
Self and non-Self, and abide as pure Self only. (Ch.35, v.23)

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84. Steady abidance in the rock-firm conviction born of
the experience of ‘I am the Self’, is the greatest yoga, total
dissolution of the mind, true renunciation, true wisdom, and
jivan mukti as well. (Ch.34, v.46)

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83. Whatever appears as maya, creator, creature, mind,
world, names and forms are the pure Brahman-Self only and
not apart from that Self. (Ch.34, v.15)

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82. The rock-firm conviction of ‘I am the Self ‘ is the sure
mark of firm abidance in the Self. Abidance in that conviction
under all conditions is, true divine worship, meditation on God,
incantation of mantras, practice of right conduct in life,
contemplation, integral yoga, wisdom of the Self and moksha
as well. (Ch.33, v.16)

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81. Even as the world, seen in my dream, is not apart
from me but only my creation, even so, the world of the waking
state is only a creation made by me and seen by me in the
medium of my pure Awareness-Self. In this experience one
should firmly abide. (Ch.32, v.37)

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"I tell you, these fellows are intellectual prostitutes! I will use a new word: “presstitutes”! “The God Market: How Globalisation is Making India More Hindu”, that is the book’s name. Meera Nanda, it seems the person is a female. Anyhow! With a female you can’t argue! Leave it! But I will send some of my sannyasinis to debate with her. I will send some of my sannyasinis to debate with her. No, these fellows are really going to the extreme of saying Yoga is mapped from the West! To fight all these foolish claims, I will give the reference to every asana, a clear reference from the original verses. These foolish fellows are arguing that Patanjali does not describe a single asana! Arrey, why will he describe when his guru Mahadeva has described everything? Naturally my disciple, he won’t define Completion! Because he knows it will be disrespect! When I have defined, even if he speaks on the subject it is disrespect! He will only say, quote “Paramahamsa Nithyananda, vol. xxxxxx, page xxxxx, paragraph xxxxxxx”. So, we are all from the Guru-Disciple Sampradaya, from the Guru-Sishya Parampara. Meera Nanda should know that! We are people from Guru-Disciple relationship. We naturally respect our gurus. If our guru has defined something, we don’t try to repeat it; we only quote it. And all the arguments that person is presenting is so foolish! I will send some of my sannyasinis to have a debate. To remove all these false notions, to remove all these false, abusive ideas, I will give reference to the original verse, how in Nath Yoga, Nath Panthis used weights. For everything I will give the original reference from at least five-thousand to ten-thousand-year-old scriptures, books. "- ( 3/Nov/2013)

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A man may believe in all the churches in the world, he may carry in his head all the sacred books ever written, he may baptize himself in all the rivers of the earth--still, if he has no perception of God, I would class him with the rankest atheist.

And a man may have never entered a church or a mosque, nor performed any ceremony, but if he feels God within himself and is thereby lifted above the vanities of the world, that man is a holy man, a saint, call him what you will.

Talk given at Unity Hall, Hartford (Connecticut), USA, on March 8, 1895, as reported in "Hartford Times" (March 11, 1895). The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Part-1. Page-325.

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Learn to stand apart from happenings in life and serve everyone in their suffering and sorrow.

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Everything is God. This very room and the universe are floating like a motion picture on the screen of my consciousness. I look at this room and see nothing but pure Spirit, pure Light, pure Joy. The pictures of my body and your bodies -- all objects in this world are only rays of light streaming out of that one sacred Light. As I see that Light I behold nothing anywhere but pure Spirit.

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“I went to Sivalogam accompanied by other devotees. When I was announced by the guards, Lord Siva came out and received me with open arms. I spent some time in the company of yogis who had solved the mysteries of life and death. Eventually, I crossed the ocean of birth and stood on the other shore.”

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Be alert to act and serve, not anxious to plan and worry.

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You think you must have this or that and then you can be happy. But no matter how many of your desires are satisfied, you never will find happiness through them. The more you have, the more you want. Learn to live simply. Lord Krishna said: "His mind is full with contentment whose desires ever flow inward. That man is like a changeless ocean which is kept brimful with constantly entering waters. He is not a muni who bores holes of desires in his reservoir of peace and lets the waters escape."

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|| SEC IV | VERSE 34-35 | NATURE OF BONDAGE ||

On rising from this state of deep meditation , one finds oneself as roused from one's sound sleep , in order to view the world full of all its woes and imperfections opening wide before one .

What then , is the good of this transient bliss which one attains by one's temporary abstraction ( dhyana ) , when one has to fall again to one's sense of the sufferings to which the world is subject as a vale of tears .


| MITRA | VOL 1 | BOOK III | CHAP I

|| SEC IV | VERSE 36 | NATURE OF BONDAGE ||

But if one can attain to a state of unalterable abstraction of one's thoughts from all worldly objects , as one has in one's state of sound sleep ( susupti ) , one is then said to have reached the highest pitch of one's holiness

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As God is constantly forgiving us, even knowing all our [wrong] thoughts, so those who are fully in tune with Him naturally have that same love.

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| MITRA | VOL 1 | BOOK III | CHAP I

|| SEC IV | VERSE 26 | NATURE OF BONDAGE ||

It is difficult to avoid the sight of the phenomenal world , and to repress one's ardour for the same .

But it is certain that , the visibles can not lead us to the Reality , nor the Real mislead us to unreality .

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The wind of divine grace is blowing on for ever and ever. Do you spread your sail. Whenever you do anything, do it with your whole heart concentrated on it.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Part-5. Page-394.

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It is through the realization of the Truth that immortality is attained. This is the ultimate purpose of life.

~ Amma

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It is not wrong to tell the Lord that we want something, but it shows greater faith if we simply say: "Heavenly Father, I know that Thou dost anticipate my every need. Sustain me according to Thy will."

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O Will Supreme, Thy Will prevails.
The Fountain of Goodness accomplishes everything when the time is ripe.
To aspire to That which is Eternal Truth is right for everyone.
Of Thee alone must be the spoken word,
All else is but futility and pain.

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MASTER [Sri Ramakrishna]: "That which is Syama [Lit., 'The Dark One'; a name of Kāli, the Divine Mother] is also Brahman. That which has form, again, is without form. That which has attributes, again, has no attributes. Brahman is Śakti; Śakti is Brahman. They are not two. These are only two aspects, male and female, of the same Reality, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute."

GOVINDA: "What is the meaning of 'yogamaya'?"

MASTER: "It signifies the yoga, or union, of Purusha [the male aspect of Reality; the Soul, or Absolute] and Prakriti [the female aspect of Reality; Primordial Nature, or Power]. Whatever you perceive in the universe is the outcome of this union. Take the image of Śiva and Kāli. Kāli stands on the bosom of Śiva; Śiva lies under Her feet like a corpse; Kāli looks at Śiva. All this denotes the union of Purusha and Prakriti. Purusha is inactive; therefore Śiva lies on the ground like a corpse. Prakriti performs all Her activities in conjunction with Purusha. Thus She creates, preserves, and destroys. That is also the meaning of the conjoined images of Radha and Krishna. On account of that union, again, the images are slightly inclined toward each other. To denote this union, Sri Krishna wears a pearl in His nose, Radha a blue stone in hers. Radha has a fair complexion, bright as the pearl. Sri Krishna's is blue. For this reason Radha wears the blue stone. Further, Krishna's apparel is yellow, and Radha's blue. "

~ from "The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna", chapter 12 - 'The Festival at Panihati"' -> http://www.rkmhq.org/gospel/chapter12.htm

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The Self is of the nature that pervades all the world.
The Self is of the nature that transcends the world.
The Self is of the nature of all.
The Self is of the nature beyond all.
The Self is of the nature that is peaceful.
The Self is of the nature of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss.
There is nothing apart from the peerless Self.
All, ever, is of the nature of Self.

(Ch.10, v.2)

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No books, no scriptures, no science can ever imagine the glory of the Self that appears as man, the most glorious god that ever was the only God that ever existed, exists, or ever will exist... Whenever you see a weak man weeping and waiting for help from somewhere above the skies, it is because he does not know that the skies also are in him. He wants help from the skies, and the help comes.... but it comes from within himself, and he mistakes it as coming from without.

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