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PRACTICE The unique ray that shines within the jiva as 'I' exists as the clue. If the jiva unflaggingly traces the source of that ray to the Heart, it will discover the Supreme and its bondage will cease. Know that the wondrous jnana vichara is only for those who have attained purity of mind by softening and melting within. Without this softening and melting away of the mind, brought about by thinking of the feet of the Lord, the attachment to the ‘I' that adheres to the body will not cease to be. Since it is through forgetfulness, which those who are strong in mind fear like death, that the illusion of birth ensnares us, what other means are there to abolish that birth other than the powerful enquiry into one's own true nature? If we perform sadhana to the limit of our abilities the Lord will accomplish for us that which is beyond our capabilities. If we fail to do even that which is within our capabilities, there is not the slightest fault in the grace of the Lord.
Verses from Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, Padamalai p 186

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The ego is like one's shadow thrown on the ground. If one attempts to bury it, it will be foolish." (Talk 146)

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MORE TALKS WITH RAMANA MAHARSHI

Date: 16.9.42 Time: 10.15 A.M.

When I entered the hall a discussion was going on about self-enquiry. Bhagavan was in his usual posture with adorable countenance. A frequent visitor said:
“Bhagavan has said that self-enquiry is simple, direct and effective. Though
I try to follow the same I cannot say I have understood it. I put the question 'Who am I?' but there is no proper response from within. However, I am getting a sort of stillness. “

Bhagavan: "How can you get the answer in words? It is not a regular mental enquiry to elicit a concrete answer. It is only a tool to direct the mind back to its source."

Visitor: Yes, I follow. But the result is not clear to me. There is a short stillness which does not last.

Bhagavan: You should be steadfast in sadhana. By repeating the process you fix attention on the ego, the 'I'- thought. Whenever the doubt arises repeat the process and make the enquiry. Try to reach the source of the ego. Once you reach the source, by one-pointed effort, your peace will not be disturbed.''

Bhagavan Ramana has unravelled the mystery of the universal truth, the real behind the apparent. It is in this context his emphasis on self-enquiry assumes importance. The penetrating search within opens up awareness of pure consctousness.

Another time he said: "Effort is needed. If the mind becomes single-pointed it becomes a great force and can turn inward to the heart easily.''

"One's effort is essential. It is only the wise endowed with equanimity and renouncing the fruit of action who are freed from the shackles of birth and death. They concentrate exclusively on Self-knowledge."

Q: At times the meditation becomes easy, but that remains only for a short period- and it is again disturbed by unwanted thoughts.

Bhagavan: "Yes - may be - Resist the thoughts - you should have more will power to obtain steadfastness. Slight disturbances should be ignored, taking care to pursue further without break. Sustained effort wiil bring about results. Moreover, you may fix up a certain time for meditation as a daily routine which will go a long way for development!"

More Talks With Ramana Maharshi , NN Rajan

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How can we get more joy ourselves? Pray and work, truly, to make others happy.

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I look behind and after
And find that all is right,
In my deepest sorrows
There is a soul of light.

(Letter to Miss MacLeod, December 26, 1900)

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Rama, the ancient exemplar of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband, the ideal father, and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Vâlmiki. No language can be purer, none chaster, none more beautiful and at the same time simpler than the language in which the great poet has depicted the life of Rama.

Lecture on "The Sages of India," The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Part-3. Page-255

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Words pointing from Truth to Truth return to Emptiness once their mission is complete. Therefore, they are not to be displayed in the museum of the mind. By turning living words into rigid concepts, they become a sarcophagus for the aspirant.

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The one who walks without desire, expectation or identity, is called the Buddha.

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When mankind wants to experience, he becomes the body.
When he wants knowledge, he becomes the mind.
When he wants God, he becomes the heart.
When he wants Truth, he becomes nothing
and finds himself.

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We believe in so many things on hearsay. We believe in distant lands and people, in heavens and hells, in gods and goddesses, because we were told. Similarly, we were told about ourselves, our parents, name, position, duties and so on. We never cared to verify. The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false. To destroy the false, you must question your most inveterate beliefs. Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst. With the body comes the world, with the world -- God, who is supposed to have created the world and thus it starts -- fears, religions, prayers, sacrifices, all sorts of systems -- all to protect and support the child-man, frightened out of his wits by monsters of his own making. realize that what you are cannot be born nor die and with the fear gone all suffering ends."

From " I AM THAT"

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Kali - The Mother

The stars are blotted out,
The clouds are covering clouds.
It is darkness vibrant, sonant.
In the roaring, whirling wind
Are the souls of a million lunatics
Just loosed from the prison-house,
Wrenching trees by the roots,
Sweeping all from the path.
The sea has joined the fray,
And swirled up mountain-waves,
To reach the pitchy sky.
The flash of lurid light
Reveals on every side
A thousand, thousand shades
Of Death begrimed and black-
Scattering plagues and sorrows,
Dancing mad with joy,
Come, Mother, come!
For terror is Thy name,
Death is in thy breath,
And every shaking step
Destoys a world for e'er.
Thou Time, the All-destroyer!
Come, O Mother, come!
Who dares misery love,
And hug the form of Death,
Dance in destruction's dance
To him the Mother comes.
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Written in Kashmir , on a houseboat, on Dal Lake, after visiting the Kshir Bhavani Temple.

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When you want to eat a banana, please don't eat the way a cow does. Throw away the peel and consume the sweet inner core. Give up the outer wrappings - BMI (Body-Mind-Intellect), PFT (Perceiver-Feeler-Thinker), OET (Objects-Emotions-Thoughts) and go to the core, the pure blissful content.

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Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble.
Be kind to yourself.
Open to your Heart and simply Be.

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I sing a hymn unuttered by any other voice....To Thee, O Spirit, I give no intellectual, premeditated, and disciplined aria; only the untutored strains of my heart. For Thee no hothouse flowers, watered by careful emotions; only rare wild blossoms that grow spontaneously on the highest tracts of my soul.

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Ultimately, it is freedom from even the concept of freedom that we seek. It is the end of all striving.

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What hurts most is having to live as a 'me'
instead of pure 'I'-awareness.

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DILIGENCE

1. Thus with patience I will strive with diligence.
For in such diligence enlightenment is found.
If no wind blows, then nothing stirs,
And neither is there merit without diligence.

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DILIGENCE

3. A taste for idle pleasure
And a craving for repose and sleep,
No qualms about the sorrows of samsara:
Laziness indeed is born from these.

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DILIGENCE

2. Diligence means joy in virtuous ways.
Its contraries have been defined as laziness,
An inclination for unwholesomeness,
Defeatism and self-contempt.

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PATIENCE

134. For patience in Samsara brings such things
As beauty, health, and good renown.
Its fruit is great longevity,
The vast contentment of a universal king.

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WISDOM

3. In light of this, within the world, two kinds of people are observed:
Those with yogic insight and the common run of people.
In this regard, the views of ordinary folk
Are undermined by yogis who themselves are in the world

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WISDOM

2. Relative and Ultimate,
These the two truths are declared to be.
The ultimate is not within the reach of intellect,
For intellect is said to be the relative.

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WISDOM

1. All these branches of the Doctorine
The Enlightened Sage expounded for the sake of wisdom.
Therefore they must cultivate this wisdom
Who wish to have an end of suffering.

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"Blessed are those whose root cognition is "My Consciousness can never be exploited. My consciousness is ever free and can never be bound". Just the right ideas given at the right age. What an amazing contribution, which can never be given to you now. If you don't have the right cognition, at least take care that your kids have the right root cognition. At the right place from the right person, who is not socially cooked, who is raw, who is straight authentic."

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The whole soul pours in a continuous current to God. There is no time to seek money, or name, or fame, no time to think of anything but God. Then will come into our hearts that infinite, wonderful bliss of love.

Retreat given at the Thousand Island Park, USA. June 24, 1895. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Part-7. Page-10.

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When by our wrong thoughts we fall into the pit of error, we should pray: "Father, leave us not here, but pull us out through the force of our reason and will. And when we are out, if it is Thy will to test us further, first make Thyself known to us - that we may realize that Thou art more tempting than temptation."

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