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AM I THE BODY/MIND?

‘I’is the first pronoun. The second pronoun is ‘am.’
When you realize "I am", you become free.
This is called ‘Being’.
Not being this or being that. Just plain Being.
IAM.

It's quite a different situation than identification with the body.
The body will continue to have experiences, yet you will not.
You will be free from the whole ball of wax.
Yet to other people, to others, it will appear as if you 're doing whatever you 're doing.

It appears as if what you 're doing is a reality. Yet when you discover the truth about yourself and you awaken,
you will no longer be connected to your body.
At the same time you will appear to be a body to others, and they will see the games you are playing.
But you will be free from that. Yet your body will continue to play the games.

It's a paradox.
Your body appears as the water in the mirage, as the snake in the rope.
But yet, when you awaken, you are no longer the body.
And there is nobody.
But the body appears to others as being real.

This is why when a Jnani dies, or appears to be suffering, nothing is really happening to the Jnani.
But to the ajnani all kinds of things are happening.
They see suffering.
They identify with sorrow, or death, and with everything else.

Therefore, I say to you, do not disturb yourself by these things.
Inquire "to whom do they come?" and be free.

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Every being in the universe
is an expression of the Tao.
It springs into existence,
unconscious, perfect, free,
takes on a physical body,
lets circumstances complete it.
That is why every being
spontaneously honors the Tao.

The Tao gives birth to all beings,
nourishes them, maintains them,
cares for them, comforts them, protects them,
takes them back to itself,
creating without possessing,
acting without expecting,
guiding without interfering.
That is why love of the Tao
is in the very nature of things.

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SAGEHOOD AS AN IDEAL

Q. Do you have thoughts?
Sri Ramana: I usually have no thoughts.

Q. But when you are reading?
A. Then I have thoughts.

Q. And when someone asks you a question?
A. Then, too, I have thoughts when replying, not
otherwise.

Q. How can I keep the idea of that real state always
before me?
A. Because you think you are a body you are not able to keep that single idea, you are not firm!
The idea that you must go to Tiruvannamalai and see Maharshi is only a function of the intellect.

Really no help is required. You are already in your original state; how can anyone help you to arrive where you already are? The help given is only to clear out your wrong notions. The great men, the gurus can help only by removing the obstacles in your way.

A child and Jnani are in some ways similar. The child ceases to think of incidents after they have passed off. Thus
it shows that they do not leave deep impressions on the child's mind. So too with a Jnani.

Conscious Immortality

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You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.


Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet and Mystic

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I am not this hair,
I am not this skin,
I am the soul that lives within.

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What does stillness mean? It means ‘Destroy yourself’; because every name and form is the cause of trouble. ‘I-I’ is the Self. ‘I am this’ is the ego. When the ‘I’ is kept up as the ‘I’ only, it is the Self. When it flies off at a tangent and says, ‘I am this or that. I am such and such’, it is the ego.

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Catch yourself. What are you thinking about? It’s those very thoughts that keep you from awakening. Always catch yourself thinking. And ask yourself: “To whom do these thoughts come?” even if they’re good thoughts. It makes no difference. There’s something within you that knows what to do. There is a power greater than you that knows how to take care of you without your help. All you’ve got to do is to surrender to it. Surrender your thoughts, your mind, your ego, to the current that knows the way. It will take care of you. It will take better care of you than you can ever imagine.

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The false self grows out of unconscious being. It is a fragmented amalgam of many selves tenuously bound together by a façade of normalcy. It is a divided house built upon an imaginary foundation, a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

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Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the Peace of God.


Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet and Mystic

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What is to be done, O Moslems? for I do not recognize myself.
I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor Gabr [Magian], nor Moslem.
I am not of the East, nor of the West, nor of the land, nor of the sea;
I am not of Nature’s mint, nor of the circling heavens.
I am not of earth, nor of water, nor of air, nor of fire;
I am not of the empyrean, nor of the dust, nor of existence, nor of entity.
I am not of India, nor of China, nor of Bulghar, nor of Saqsin;
I am not of the kingdom of ‘Iraqain, nor of the country of Khurasan.
I am not of this world, nor of the next, nor of Paradise, nor of Hell;
I am not of Adam, nor of Eve, nor of Eden and Rizwan.
My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless;
‘Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.
I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;
One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call.

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Listening is an art that comes from a quiet mind and an open heart. Listening uses all of your senses and it is a very subtle skill. Listening, just listening - not only with the ear, with your being. Your being becomes the instrument of listening. Your sensing mechanism in life is not just your ears, eyes, skin sensitivity and analytic mind. It’s something deeper in you. It’s some intuitive quality of knowing. With all of your being you become an antenna to the nature of another person.

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Karma and the Spiritual Path


"…if you are genuinely on the spiritual path, nothing will be clear. Everything will be a blur."

Once you enter the spiritual path, you are making a statement, “I am in a hurry to get to my ultimate destination.” You don’t want to take one hundred lifetimes. And in the process of this one hundred lifetimes you may gather enough karma to last out for another thousand lifetimes. You want to hurry it up. So, once a spiritual process begins, if initiations are done in a certain way, it opens up dimensions which would not have opened up otherwise. You would have lived a more peaceful life if you were not spiritual, but a more lifeless life too, closer to death than life. Without anything fundamental being shaken within you, maybe you just passed comfortably.

So does this mean all negative things happen to you once you are on the spiritual path? That’s not how it is. It is just that when life moves at a tremendous pace – a pace much faster pace than that of people around you – you think some tragedy is happening to you. No tragedy is happening to you. It is just that they are going at normal speed but your life is rolling on fast-forward.

Many people have this wrong notion that once you enter a spiritual path, you will become peaceful and everything will be clear. If you take on a convenient belief system and become a single-track mind, then everything seems to be clear. But if you are genuinely on the spiritual path, nothing will be clear. Everything will be a blur. The faster you travel the more of a blur it becomes.

A few years ago, I happened to be in Germany and after we finished the program, I had to drive to France, which was about 440 km from where I was. Usually the journey takes five hours. I had no intention of staying on the road for five hours so I just pushed it and we were doing something like 200 kmph. The countryside was supposed to be beautiful in this region, and I thought I would look at it. I tried to roll my eyeballs but everything was a blur and I couldn’t take my eyes off the road for a moment. It was snowing and we were driving crazy speeds.

So, the faster you go, everything becomes a blur and you can’t take your eyes off what you are doing for a moment. If you want to enjoy the countryside, you must go easy and slow. If you are in a hurry to reach your destination, you gas it. You see nothing. You are just going. The spiritual path is like this. If you are really on the spiritual path, everything is in turmoil all around you. But you are still going, so it’s okay. Is this alright? If it’s not alright, you can go at the evolutionary pace. Maybe it will take a million years and you will get there.

For those who are in a hurry, there is one kind of path. For those who are not in a hurry, there is another kind of path. You must be clear what the hell you want. If you get onto the fast track and try to go slow, you will be run over. If you are on the slow path and try to go fast, you will get a ticket. Every seeker must always decide – does he want to just enjoy the road or does he want to get to the destination quick?

http://blog.ishafoundation.org/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/what-is-karma/

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Karma and the Spiritual Path

Once you enter the spiritual path, you are making a statement, “I am in a hurry to get to my ultimate destination.” You don’t want to take one hundred lifetimes. And in the process of this one hundred lifetimes you may gather enough karma to last out for another thousand lifetimes. You want to hurry it up. So, once a spiritual process begins, if initiations are done in a certain way, it opens up dimensions which would not have opened up otherwise. You would have lived a more peaceful life if you were not spiritual, but a more lifeless life too, closer to death than life. Without anything fundamental being shaken within you, maybe you just passed comfortably.


http://blog.ishafoundation.org/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/what-is-karma/

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What is Karma ?

What you call as “my life” is a certain amount of energy controlled by a certain amount of information. This information, in today’s terms, can be called software. A certain amount of life energy is charged with a certain amount of information. Together, this information technology is you. You become a certain kind of character because of the type of information that has gone into you. The past impressions of life go far beyond the moment you were born, but in your perception right now, at least from the moment you were born till today, what kind of parents, family, and education you had, what kind of religious and social background, what kind of cultural realities – all these impressions have gone in. Someone has become a different character simply because of the type of information that has gotten into him. This information is traditionally called karma or karmic body or casual body – that which causes life.

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As long as you don't have the understanding of what you are, all the efforts and trouble are inevitable; they are automatically there. But once you get an inkling of what it is that you really are, there is no need for any effort, or for any trouble to arise.


from "The Ultimate Medicine", chapter IX

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In all adversities there is always in its depth, a treasure of spiritual blessings secretly hidden.

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VASISTHA'S YOGA DAILY READING | SECTION V | CHAPTER 75

tiryagyonisvapi sada vidyante krtabuddhayah
devayonisvapi prajna vidyante murkhabuddhayah ( 32 )

sarvam sarvena sarvatra sarvatha sarvadaiva hi
sambhavatyeva sarvatmanyatmanyatatarupini ( 33 )

Vasistha continued :

Very many such liberated beings exist in the universe , O Rama .

I shall give you a few instances .

Janaka the sovereign , your own ancestor the sovereign Dilipa , the first ruler of the world Manu , sovereign Mandhata that engaged in wars , the demon-kings Bali , Namuci , Vrtra ( that even fought with the sovereign of gods Indra ) , Prahlada and Sambara , the preceptors of the gods and demons , as also the trinity ( that are involved in the creation , preservation and dissolution of the universe ) , sages like Visvamitra and Narada , as well as the deities presiding over natural elements like fire and air .

There are thousands of others , O Rama , that exist in the universe and that are liberated .

Some of them are sages , others are sovereigns , others shine its stars and planets , others are divinities and others are demons .

O Rama , there are liberated beings even among worms and insects ; and there are stupid fools among the gods .

The self is in all — it exists as the all everywhere at all times and in all ways .

The self alone is the Lord and all the divinities .

There is void ( space ) in substances and substantiality in the void or space .

What is inappropriate appears to be appropriate on enquiry .

People are righteous because they are afraid of the consequences of sin .

Even what is not leads to what is ! — the contemplation of the space or void leads to the attainment of the supreme truth !

What is not comes into being , guided by time and space .

On the other hand , what appears to be strong and powerful reaches its own destruction .

Thus perceiving the truth , O Rama , abandon joy and sorrow , grief and attachment .

The unreal appears to be real and the real appears to be unreal : hence give up hope and hopelessness and attain equanimity .

In this world , O Rama , liberation is at hand at all times everywhere .

By their own self-effort millions of beings have attained liberation .

Liberation is either easy or difficult depending upon one's wisdom or unwisdom ; hence , O Rama , kindle the lamp of wisdom in yourself .

By the vision of the self is sorrow beheaded .

There have been countless beings in this world that have attained self-knowledge and liberation while yet living : like the sovereign Janaka .

Therefore , do thou become liberated here and now .

The attainment of inner peace by utter non-attachment to anything here is known as liberation ; this is possible whether the body exists or not .

One that is freed from all attachment is liberated .

One should wisely and intelligently exert oneself to attain this liberation ; one that does not exert cannot even jump over the footprint of a rule .

Hence , O Rama , resort to spiritual heroism , to right exertion , and by the right self-enquiry strive to reach the perfection of self-knowledge .

For one that thus strives , the entire universe is like the footprint of a calf .

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Millions of people live a one-sided life and pass on in incompleteness. God has given each of us a soul, a mind, and a body, which we should try to develop uniformly. If you have led a life dominated by worldly influences, do not let the world impose its delusions on you any longer. You should control your own life henceforth; you should become the ruler of your own mental kingdom. Fears, worries, discontent, and unhappiness all result from a life uncontrolled by wisdom.

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The Yoga-Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening , and the direct experience of the Truth . This is certain . If this is what you want , you are welcome to Yoga-Vasistha .

~ Swami Venkatesananda

It is the crest-jewel of all the works on Vedanta . It is a masterpiece . A study of the book raises one to the lofty heights of divine splendour and bliss .

It is really a vast store of wisdom . Those who practise Atma Chintana or Brahma Abhyasa or Vedantic meditation will find a priceless treasure in this marvellous book .

One who studies the book with great interest and one-pointedness of mind cannot go without attaining Self-realisation .

~ Swami Sivananda

One of the greatest books, the most wonderful according to me, ever written under the Sun, is Yoga-Vasistha, which nobody on the Earth can read without escaping God–Consciousness, and which nobody can read through without becoming one with The All.

~ Swami Rama Tirtha

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The Yoga-Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening , and the direct experience of the Truth . This is certain . If this is what you want , you are welcome to Yoga-Vasistha .

~ Swami Venkatesananda

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One of the greatest books, the most wonderful according to me, ever written under the Sun, is Yoga-Vasistha, which nobody on the Earth can read without escaping God–Consciousness, and which nobody can read through without becoming one with The All.

~ Swami Rama Tirtha

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ON YOGA VASHISHTHA

It is the crest-jewel of all the works on Vedanta. It is a masterpiece. A study of the book raises a man to the lofty heights of divine splendour and bliss. It is really a vast store of wisdom. Those who practise Atma Chintana or Brahma Abhyasa or Vedantic meditation will find a priceless treasure in this marvellous book. He who studies the book with great interest and one-pointedness of mind cannot go without attaining Self-realisation.

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What is worth having? Mukti, freedom. Even in the highest of heavens, says our scripture, you are a slave; what matters it if you are a king for twenty thousand years? So long as you have a body, so long as you are a slave to happiness, so long as time works on you, space works on you, you are a slave. The idea, therefore, is to be free of external and internal nature. Nature must fall at your feet, and you must trample on it, and be free and glorious by going beyond. No more is there life, therefore, no more is there death. No more enjoyment, therefore, no more misery. It is bliss unspeakable, indestructible, beyond everything. What we call happiness and good here, are but particles of that eternal Bliss. And this eternal Bliss is our goal.

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Renunciation is nothing but the rejuvenation of the self continuously by dropping the different identities you create for a certain purpose but unfortunately associate with it, feel one with it.
Renunciation is of different levels:Renouncing the external wealth which you decide to possess and identify yourself with it; Renouncing the name and fame with which you identify yourself and possess and feel as one with; Renouncing people with whom you identify yourself and possess with; Renouncing the identities which you possess and identify yourself and feel one with.
Among these renunciations, renouncing the identities is the ultimate renunciation. Renunciation is the most intelligent thing a living being can do because renunciation continuously rejuvenates and creates a possibility for higher expressions in your being. When the highest expression happens , you cross the border of renunciation. Renunciation itself becomes your very being. When your very core becomes renunciation, the constant purification, the continuous intelligence shining becomes your life.

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“If you have done something meritorious, you experience pleasure and happiness; if wrong things, suffering. A happy or unhappy life is your own creation. Nobody else is responsible. If you remember this, you won’t find fault with anybody. You are your own best friend as well as your worst enemy.”
The Yoga Sutras

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