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O Compassionate One, who but You is my friend?
Who else remains a friend in happiness and sorrow; who else can assuage the pain of my misdeeds?
This sea of the world is full of peril; who but You can take me safely across?
Whose grace but Yours can calm the raging storm of my passions?
Who but You pours out the water of peace to extinguish the burning torment of my soul?
And when all others have forsaken me, who but You embraces me in my dying hour?

SONG from GOSPEL OF SRI RAMAKRISHNA

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Dasbodh

Chapter: 6, Sub-Chapter: 5

Narration About Illusion (Maya) and Brahman

ShriRam


1. The listener asks, " What is this Illusion (Maya) and what is Reality, or Brahman?" The speaker responds, "For the sake of this dialogue between the listeners and the speaker, please listen to the explanation."


2. Brahman is without attributes and is formless. Illusion has attributes and form. Brahman has no boundaries or limits, Illusion does.


3. Brahman is pure and changeless. Illusion is active and restless. Brahman alone is untainted by any color or form, while Illusion is color and form.


4. Illusion is seen, Brahman cannot be seen. Illusion is perceptible, Brahman cannot be perceived. Illusion gets destroyed, Brahman is indestructible, even at the final dissolution of all creation.


5. Illusion is created, Brahman cannot be created. Illusion can deteriorate, Brahman cannot. Illusion can be accumulated by the ignorant, Brahman cannot.


6. Illusion is born, Brahman is not born. Illusion dies, Brahman does not die. Illusion can be conceived, Brahman cannot be comprehended by the intellect.


7. Illusion breaks, Brahman cannot break. Illusion can be cut off, Brahman cannot be cut off. Illusion gets old and tattered, Brahman does not get old and tattered, as it is indestructible.


8. Illusion is subject to modification, Brahman is changeless. Illusion does everything, Brahman does nothing. Illusion assumes many forms, Brahman is formless.


9. Illusion is of the nature of the temporary Five Elements and is many, Brahman is eternal and is one. The difference between Illusion and Brahman is understood by those who utilize the power of discrimination.


10. Illusion is inferior, Brahman is superior. Illusion is the non-essential, Brahman is the essence. Illusion is on the side of the world, Brahman does not have sides.


11. Illusion is spread out covering Brahman. However, the sages have sifted out Brahman with discrimination.


12. Clearing away the moss on the surface, one should take the water. Throwing away the water from the mixture of milk and water, one should take the milk. Similarly, giving up Illusion, one's experience should be of Brahman.


13. Brahman is spotless like the sky, Illusion is muddied like the earth. Brahman alone is subtle, while the Illusion is gross form.


14. Brahman is not visible, while Illusion is visible and seen. Brahman is uniform and unvarying, Illusion is by nature varying forms.


15. Illusion is a visible object, Brahman is not. Illusion is witnessed, Brahman cannot be witnessed. In Illusion there are two sides (duality), Brahman has no sides.


16. Illusion is the assertion of an argument, Brahman is the final statement. Illusion is ephemeral, Brahman is eternal. Brahman does not have a cause or purpose for its existence, Illusion does.


17. Brahman is homogenous and solid, Illusion is made up of the Five Elements and hollow. Brahman is always flawless, Illusion is old and tattered.


18. Illusion becomes, Brahman does become. Illusion falls, Brahman cannot fall. Illusion gets spoiled, Brahman cannot get spoiled, it is just as it is.


19. Brahman always exists, Illusion disappears upon dissolution. There is no end to Brahman even after the final dissolution, while Illusion ends.


20. Illusion is hard, Brahman is subtle. Illusion is very small, Brahman is vast. Illusion can be destroyed, Brahman remains always.


21. Brahman cannot really be described, or said to be like anything. Illusion appears to be how it is spoken about. Time cannot consume Brahman, while it does consume Illusion.


22. A multitude of forms and colors are the occurrence of Illusion. Illusion breaks, but Brahman is unbreakable, always just as it is.


23. Now enough of this expanded narration. The entire animate and inanimate creation is all Illusion. The one Supreme God (Parameshwara) pervades everything inside and out.


24. That Supreme Self, Paramatman, is different from all labels and attributes. Just as the reflection of the sky is in the water, yet the sky itself is not found in the water, such is Parabrahman.


25. By way of explanation, and the inquiry into Illusion and Brahman, one can escape birth and death. When one surrenders to the saints, one can attain liberation.


26. There is no limit to talking about the greatness of the saints. Because of them, one realizes the "Universal Self."

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Surrender to the Source.
Surrender to Awareness,
this is the only place of protection.
Surrender your heart and you will know all.
Surrender to Consciousness and Bliss.

Surrender means to surrender your bondage
and simply Be Freedom.
Surrender is the ego bowing down to its Source.
No more demands or commands,
but just putting all in the hands of the Source.
Surrender is to submit your stupidness, your
wickedness, to the will of Existence, to
Consciousness and Bliss and being happy.
That's all.

Surrender.
Let Silence have you.


...from the book "This: Prose and Poetry of Dancing Emptiness

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Growth in consciousness doesn't depend on the will of the intellect , or its possibilities , but on the intensity of the inner urge.

Egyptian Temple proverb

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In between two thoughts, what is there? You cannot think two thoughts at the same time. Try it and see. It cannot be done. One has to stop before another one starts. In between the stop of one thought and the start of another, what is there? You are there! But this you is not a person. It is the great emptiness, the womb and source of the universe. Awaken to your timeless and immutable Self.

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Truth is the same. But man changes. So different interpretations. Humility therefore is the only viable attitude to reach the Truth which is ever independent of age and conditions.

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You will never find Him unless you find Him, firstly, inside of you. Once you have found Him inside of you, then you will find Him everywhere.

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The next is what is known as Vâtsalya, loving God not as our Father but as our Child. This may look peculiar, but it is a discipline to enable us to detach all ideas of power from the concept of God. The idea of power brings with it awe. There should be no awe in love.

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O King of kings, reveal Yourself to me.
At Your feet I dedicate my soul and my life,
Seared by the fire of this world,
And a heart stained with wrongful acts.
O compassionate Lord, entangled in maya, I live as one who is dead.
Revive me by Your life-giving glance.

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One who desires to be free from all miseries must hear about, glorify and also remember the Lord, who is the Super-soul, the controller and the savior from all miseries.

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Both the good and the pleasant present themselves before man. The wise (intelligent) one examines them well and discriminates between them. He prefers the good to the pleasant. The dull one chooses the pleasant out of greed (to acquire more) and desire (to protect what he has)

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God alone is the Substance; all else is meaningless.

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Chapter 10, Message –258


If we feel deeply connected to the person, no matter whether it is our husband,wife, kids, parents or our Master, he will look like God. Whatever he does, we will feel that he is divine.


Why do you think the eternal lovers Ambikavati and Amravati, Devadas and Parvati,Laila and Majnu, Romeo and Juliet, felt that the other person was God? They almost felt as if their partner was divine. They gave their life for the other person. Why?


When we feel deeply connected, when we feel deeply related, when we are in love with another being, that other being will look almost like God. Look at the great Mirabai. She was so much in love with Krishna who was not even physically in front of her. Yet, she felt so deeply connected to Him. She talked to Him, sang His praises and became totally immersed in Him. When Mirbai was given poison,she even drank that, totally surrendering herself to Krishna. The power of her love and devotion was such that even a deadly poison has no effect on her!


Vivekananda describes a naga sanyasi who lived in a cave. All kinds of wild animals including snakes surrounded the area. He had many snakebite marks, but he was so connected to Existence that he welcomed snakes! All we need is the attitude of deeply connecting through the heart.


The problem is that we have forgotten how to connect through the heart. All our relationships have become superficial. Now, the wife is no more a wife. In the modern day society, the husband is no more a husband. He is just a boyfriend.She can be with him as long as she wants. She can leave him when she doesn’ twant.


Be very clear: In Sanskrit, we don’t have an equivalent word for divorce. The idea never existed! In Hindu marriage, no divorce is allowed. We take an oath in front of agni(fire) ‘As long as you are alive, as long as I am alive, I will support you.’ Both partners take this oath in front of agni. The agni is inside our body. The jataragni which is the digestive fire inside our body is represented by the agni in the ritual fire outside.


As long as this fire is inside our body, we will alive. The moment this fire in our body disappears, our body will be in fire in the cremation ground! Either the inner fire is in our body or our body will be put in outer fire.

In ront of this fire as witness, we take the oath, ‘Hereby I commit, as long as this body is alive, I will support you. As long as this body is alive, you will take care of me.’ It is a commitment of a lifetime.


Sanskrit doesn’t have an equivalent word for divorce because the concept did not exist at that time. With the cultural invasion of the so-called developed cultures,the materialistic cultures, changing the wife, house and car has now become a fashion. Once in three months, the house, car and wife become outdated.


Sometime ago, a man asked me to bless his divorce. In India, a Master is not only a spiritual person, he is also marriage-broker, financier, counselor,psychiatrist and a doctor! Masters are supposed to do all these things.Whatever decisions are advised by an enlightened person are for your good. Out of compassion and responsibility for the world, the Master acts.


-Excerpt from the book'Bhagavad Gita’ demystified by Paramahamsa Nithyananda.

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Whoever gives wins merit. Whoever is self-controlled, without anger, pure in virtue, & who all evil shuns, will by the rooting out of all lust, hate and confusion, arrive at pure peace. Digha Nikaya 2.197

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Either your Life has to move up, your Kundalini has to raise up and reach a state where you will realize that you are GOD or it will go down to make you an Animal

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You will fail only when you start believing you are a failure, not when others say that you are a failure. If no one can change your right inner image that you have of you, You will always be Powerful - Empowered.

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We must meditate to attain deep faith. After we have received the first contact of God, we should then seek to develop the contact into a greater and greater consciousness. That is what Jesus asked everyone to do. He wanted them to receive his omnipresent consciousness. And that is what Paramahansaji teaches. He brings us God and all he asks is that we receive.

Rajarsi Janakananda

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We say time heals but the Being in us which is beyond time, heals us . Be it any problem, worry , suffering, pain we are having ! The ability within us which makes us stand up again and again, this in itself is a proof that we are not just human beings having spiritual experience we are divine beings having human experience

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You may say, ‘I cannot see Him with these eyes of mine. I cannot hear Him with these ears. How then am I to perceive Him?’ You can never perceive Him in this way. To go to the Creator you must throw aside these instruments which take you directly to the created. You must go beyond your mind and senses; then meditation will come of itself. This is the only way to get the inner vision. These senses are made for the creation, not for the Creator.

SWAMI RAMAKRISHNANANDA

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In one of the Interviews to the Students in Prasanthi Nilayam, Swami was asked the following questions, the Answers were the Greatest Truths made the Most simple :

Swami what is Creation ?

"Never comprehend Creation, It is something Divine and cannot be comprehended, Can you clap with one hand, you cannot, that is creation, There is only One hand in creation and that is God's.

Swami,Is There reincarnation and rebirth for everyone?

Bhagavan: You are reborn now, aren't you?, You will be again and again and again. The body is nothing but pure illusion and this illusion will keep on repeating itself on and on until you find the Real Self. Then there is nothing like Rebirth and you will be one with the Lord.

Swami, What actually is Birth and Death ?

Only the Body has birth and Death, but the Body is illusion created by you, So in actual reality there is no Birth and Death at all.

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Swami, What actually is Birth and Death ?

Only the Body has birth and Death, but the Body is illusion created by you, So in actual reality there is no Birth and Death at all.

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In one of the Interviews to the Students in Prasanthi Nilayam, Swami was asked the following questions, the Answers were the Greatest Truths made the Most simple :

Swami what is Creation ?

"Never comprehend Creation, It is something Divine and cannot be comprehended, Can you clap with one hand, you cannot, that is creation, There is only One hand in creation and that is God's.

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Salutations again and again to the Lord by worshipping whom wise men of discrimination are enabled to overcome their attachment to the sensuous objects of the world and attain the highest bliss.

II-4-16

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When we believe God has only power, religion starts. When we believe He has wisdom, spirituality starts

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Love must get to its right destination, it must go unto Him who is really the infinite ocean of love. God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions. If you want to be angry, be angry with Him. Chide your Beloved, chide your Friend. Whom else can you safely chide?

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