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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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1. What are the marks of a real teacher (Sadguru)?

Steady abidance in the Self, looking at all with an equal eye, unshakeable courage at all times, in all places and circumstances, etc.

2. What are the marks of an earnest disciple (sadsisya)?

An intense longing for the removal of sorrow and attainment of joy and an intense aversion for all
kinds of mundane pleasure.

3. What are the characteristics of instruction (upadesa)?

The word ‘upadesa’ means : ‘near the place or seat’ (upa - near, desa - place or seat). The Guru who is the embodiment of that which is indicated by the terms sat, chit, and ananda (existence, consciousness and bliss), prevents the disciple who, on account of his acceptance of the forms of the objects of the senses, has swerved from his true state and is consequently distressed and buffeted by joys and sorrows, from continuing so and establishes him in his own real nature without differentiation.

Upadesa also means showing a distant object quite near. It is brought home to the disciple that the Brahman which he believes to be distant and different from himself is near and not different from himself.

-from CHAPTER 1: INSTRUCTION (Upadesa) of 'Spiritual Instruction

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When a person is devoted to something with complete faith, I unify his faith in that. Then, when his faith his completely unified, he gains the object of his devotion

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Swami Chinmayananda

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Bhakti is the attitude of the mind, and jnana is the attitude of the intellect; both flow towards the LORD.

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Swami Vivekananda

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Never turn back to see the result of what you have done. Give all to the Lord and go on, and think not of it.

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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"There are many ways of controlling the mind. Some are very easy and some are very difficult. So, which one would you like? The difficult way or the easy way? ... The mind flow is always running ahead. Even when I tell you to sit for meditation, where has your mind already jumped? It’s already thinking 'Oh, how will it be?' Sometimes you are sitting here and you are already in America so fast is the mind. That’s why we say 'It’s jumping like a monkey from tree to tree.' So to hold this monkey, to tie it up is very important. Otherwise, you will never be free. You will be like this monkey."

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“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation... Know that the world of appearances are illusory, and have compassion for those who don't understand."

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"The ultimate way of Being lies beyond all contradictory pairs of opposites
with which our two dimensional thinking mind operates.
As soon as we are successful in silencing the restless activity of the thinking mind
and give a chance to intuition, the pure all embracing spirit in us will manifest effortlessly."

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"When one past thought has ceased and a future thought has not yet risen,
in that gap, in between, isn’t there a consciousness of the present moment;
fresh, virgin, unaltered by even a hair’s breadth of a concept, a luminous, naked awareness?
Well, that's what naturally peaceful awareness is.

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Adi Shankara

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To be free from bondage the wise person must practice discrimination between One-Self and the ego-self.
By that alone you will become full of joy, recognizing Self as Pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss.

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There is pleasure when a sore is scratched,
But to be without sores is more pleasurable still.
Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires,
But to be without desires is more pleasurable still

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Krishna

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"When meditation is mastered,
the mind is unwavering,
like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.

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Lord Krishna

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"When meditation is mastered,
the mind is unwavering,
like the flame of a lamp in a windless place."

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I am infinite. I am spaceless. I am tireless. I am beyond body, thought, and utterance; beyond all matter and mind. I am endless bliss.

The ocean of Spirit has become the little bubble of my soul. The bubble of my life cannot die, whether floating in birth, or disappearing in death, in the ocean of cosmic consciousness, for I am indestructible consciousness, protected in the bosom of Spirit's immortality.

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In relinquishing the limited, the unlimited becomes yours.

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From a begger, the Guru lifts you to the status of the Emperor of the Universe. From a mere receiver, he makes you a giver.

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Swami Chinmayananda

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In prayer what is essential is not words but the deep silence of communion. When two hearts love, they do not need to speak to each other. They feel happy in being together. In worship, we should be happy in being close to God. Words, far from being necessary, become futile.

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It is only work that is done as freewill offering to humanity and to nature that does not bring with it any binding attachment.

The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda , Part-5. Page-239.

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Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet and Mystic

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"This silence, this moment, every moment, if it's genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There's nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Die and be quiet... Your old life was a frantic running from silence. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence."

Andriy shared a Swami Vivekananda quote         SHARE URL

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"Think of this infinite universe with its millions and millions of solar systems, and think with what an infinite, incomprehensible power they are impelled, running as if to touch the Feet of the One Unknown--and how little we are! Where then is room here to allow ourselves to indulge in vileness and mean-mindedness? What should we gain here by fostering mutual enmity and party-spirit?"

{Conversations recorded in Bengali by Surendra Nath Das Gupta.}

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I have neither Guru nor initiation;
I have no discipline, and no duty to perform.
Understand that I'm the formless sky;
I'm the self-existent Purity.


~ Song of the Avadhut (1.54)

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I addressed the assembly as "Sisters and brothers of America." A deafening applause of two minutes followed, and then I proceeded; and when it was finished, I sat down, almost exhausted with emotion. The next day all the papers announced that my speech was the hit of the day, and I became known to the whole of America.



Letter to Alasinga, November 2, 1893. The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Part-5. Page-21. Swami Vivekananda is describing the scene at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago.

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When you permit temptation to overcome you, your wisdom is a prisoner. The quickest way to banish temptation is first to say "no" and get out of that particular environment; then reason it out later when calmness and wisdom return.

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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There is no reaching the Self. If Self were to be reached, it would mean that the Self is not here and now but that it is yet to be obtained. What is got afresh will also be lost. So it will be impermanent. What is not permanent is not worth striving for. So I say the Self is not reached. You are the Self; you are already That.

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Don’t put on your awareness jacket only when trouble comes. Awareness is not a technique. It is not medicine. It is Freedom. Be free all the time.

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You understand all this inside your Heart already. Just sometimes some distractions come, then you bring it back. You stay in this emptiness. Then you observe everything is happening spontaneously! You don’t have to force anything. Leave everything to life. Let life care for life, with your blessing.”


Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.

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