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A virtuous man has three awes - awe for Heaven's decree, awe for great men and awe for saints' words. When worshiping God, one must feel as if He were visibly present.

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One of the disciples asked Confucius, "O, venerable Master! Please tell me what constitutes social virtue." Confucius replied, "Loving others." Another disciple asked, "Master, is there any one maxim which should be acted upon throughout one's own life?" Confucius replied, "Do not do to others what you do not wish them do to you." A chief disciple of Confucius said, "The single principle that runs throughout the teachings of my Master is loyalty to oneself and charity to one's neighbor.

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Understand,
If you practice, your future will be transformed - is yogic techniques.
If you practice, immediately your future will be transformed - is tantric techniques.
If you decide, your past-present-future all three will be transformed is a Shaivaite technique.
Mahadeva is Mahakala. He just lands. The moment He lands, past-present-future everything is He, He, He, He alone. My fundamental right is to build a bliss chemistry inside me independent of anything external. Declare this. Cherish this Kundalini current, cherish this decision. It will burn all other delusional bridges. You will not become poor you will be rich. You will have more pleasure, more beautiful things in your life. All that, independent of the slavery you experience with that. Listen, all that, independent of the slavery you experience with those external items.
I tell you, be blissful because you are Mahadeva; not because you got ‘yes’ for some your proposal in your relationship or business deal. Be blissful because you are Mahadeva. I am blissful because I am Mahadeva. Consciously the reason you chose, the reason you choose to be blissful, builds your bliss chemistry. You don’t need to worry about the unconscious reasons which makes you joyful; the moment money comes you will be joyful, the moment you get ‘yes’ from your proposal from boyfriend or girlfriend you will be joyful, the moment you get ‘yes’ from a business proposal you will be joyful. Those are all unconscious joys. You don’t need to have guilt about them, you don’t need to worry about them. Consciously you build the bliss chemistry – ‘I am joyful because I am Mahadeva. I am my intention to be’. This consciously deciding to be joyful because ‘you are your intention to be’ is building bliss chemistry in you independent of anything external.

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Cherish this kundalini current. Cherish, decide, entertain, enjoy, celebrate, this one kundalini current - ‘I am what I want to be, my intention; my fundamental right is building my bliss chemistry independent of anything external.’
Cherish, cherish, cherish, entertain, enjoy, celebrate this beautiful kundalini current, you will be ready, you will be ready for more mystical powers in Kumbh Mela, to receive in Kumbh Mela.
Be blissful because you are what your intention to be. Your physiological, psychological, neurological ups and downs are not you; neither down, nor up, both are not you. It is not that you will not enjoy if you know the ups are not you; not that you will not enjoy. You will enjoy independently, freely, without the side effect of down. The side effect of up is down. Without the side effect of down you will be celebrating; because whether up comes or goes you know you are not up.
When you know you are not ups and downs, don’t worry that ups will be taken away from you; only the downs disappear, ups become your natural flow of existence. When you don’t care, you go higher than ups and downs. Higher than ups and downs means up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up.
Any small thing, you will enjoy. There won’t be any requirement for something big for you to fall into your bliss chemistry.
You are a teddy bear soaked in honey; nothing much is required for you to make the honey as a experience for you and others. Just a small touch is enough, you will also be enjoying the sweet and you will share that with others.
Your senses does not need to be excited for your bliss. Your ideas does not need to be accredited, recognized for bliss.
You are blissful just because what you intend to be. You are what you intend to be. Be blissful because you are Mahadeva.

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One is known as Mahamaya, and the other is delusion of the senses – experience of sense objects. You are a traveler towards immortality; you will encounter difficulties if you do not progress towards Him. Do not get entangled in the vibhutis (supernatural powers). This is merely a state. The ultimate and the absolute (goal) will not be attained through vibhuti. The power attained should not be exhausted. Try for the revelation of the self, otherwise you will face difficulties and fall (from the state attained).

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Ever since there is God so also is Maya. When God is not? That is why Maya is also beginning less. One should try to realize oneself either in the form of a servant of God or in the form of the Atma.

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If the asana is firm and the focus is fixed and japa be taken as the support, then only is there hope of feeling the taste.

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Try to pour out the mind and spirit in japa and meditation to the best of your capability. Try to keep yourself in divine surroundings and spiritual engagement as long as possible. The speed of the journey to the spiritual goal of a traveler should be accelerated. May it be of liking or not, japa, meditation and remembrance should be carried on.

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Nothing does everything better than something.
I say this because we have a fear that
'If I am empty of me as a person, how can I live?
I have rent to pay. I have children to look after.
If I am empty, how can I do these things?'
But you merely think it is you doing all these things.
This is a very difficult thing to convey to the immature mind
because the mind won't accept these words.
The Supreme Being is doing everything.
Through all the bodies it is doing all this as the vital force.
But also the personal mind has an influence.
Now you must judge whether the influence of the mind,
if the involvement or so-called help of the personal mind,
is needed by the Absolute.

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When there is no envy, jealousy, and comparison within you, you can focus your full capabilities on doing what is needed.

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Yoga means union. To be in a state of yoga means to be complete within yourself.

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The boundless dimension of existence is denied to those who remain within the limitations of logic.

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Changing your attitude is pretense – you cannot keep it up forever. The yogic system is about fundamental transformation – that is what ultimately counts.

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Every worm, every insect, every animal is working for the ecological wellbeing of the planet. Only we humans, who claim to be the most intelligent species here, are not doing that.

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You don’t have to withdraw to a mountain cave to turn spiritual. It does not matter where you are or what you do in life. The spiritual process has nothing to do with the outside – it is something that happens within you.

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The economy Sadashiva is teaching is neither capitalism, nor communism or socialism.

It is Responsibilysm.

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327-Conversation with Ma.

Q-For the last thirty years I have kept satsang, yet my mind is not at peace. Like an ox that turns the wheel of an oil-mill I revolve and revolve. How can I find peace?
Ma-You have indeed kept satsang, but you have not reflected upon what you have been told. You have listened to words of wisdom, yet have not acted according to the injunctions of the wise; you have not thought deeply, not contemplated as advised. How will you win the Guru's grace?
Q-Why should the wise not let me have a share of what they have earned?
Ma-So you wish to enjoy the fruit of another's labour? So long as you do not meditate and act upon what you have been told, how can the path open out for you? If you practise whatever sadhana that suits your temperament and is within your capacity, your inner power will develop and increase. God is the Life of life, the Self. There is only one Life, one Self. In order to realise, to know it, you must resort to the spiritual exercise that appeals to you from deep within you. What have you done to find Him? How much work you do for worldly ends, how much trouble you take. But you sit down idly over the fact that you have forgotten your true nature--that you are the Atma, that you yourself are Peace. Have you made a sustained effort to realize this? Start right now some spiritual exercise for the purpose of this revelation. God has given you so much capacity to work. Dedicate at least a little more time to Him! And all the work you do in the world, lay as an offering at His feet. Regard yourself as His manager, don't feel that you are the boss. As the Lord's manager, serve Him in every human being. In your home there are the Goddess Lakshmi, Kumari Devi and Balgopal. Do service to them, do not neglect them, and you will be at peace. And whatever time you can spare, morning and evening, sit in solitude in your shrine-room and contemplate God's divine form, meditate on Him, worship Him. Start today, do not waste any more precious time!

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MA IN HER WORDS

On Dhyan

168. To be Without thought is the ultimate meditation.

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By recitation of Gayatri, offering of oblations (in Yagna), japa and meditation and other appropriate actions, the state of impurities of previous births, present birth and whatever accumulated karmas are there, should be washed and wiped out. The aim, to unveil and open up the innate lamp within which is vigorously blazing by itself, should be served.

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Q-Do ceremonies performed for the dead actually benefit them? If so for how long?

Ma-Yes, they do benefit them, and for always, for even if the departed person were reborn, these prayers, being spiritual in nature, would not fail to uplift the soul, which after all, never dies, but remains the same from life to life, continually progressing in its onward march towards God, till it finally merges in Him and thus attains its liberation--Mukti, which is Supreme, Everlasting Bliss.
Then knowing the history of the grief-stricken couple who had put the question, She related anecdotes of bereavements which resembled the one they had suffered, and told how in one case the departed child was seen by his pining mother in a dream extremely happy in the company of thousands of other children, and how the deep yearnings of the mother caused the soul of her dead child to take birth again in her womb very soon afterwards, which disturbed his rest and retarded his progress. Grief is thus shown to be most harmful to the beloved ones whose loss we mourn.
The other case She related was that of the death of an only son. The mother, seeing the father unconcernedly smoking his hukka in a corner, piteously wailed and, with abundant tears accused him of hard-heartedness, to which he replied: "Do not think me to be indifferent to my son's death, but just now I am puzzling which son's death of all the dozen's of sons I have had in the last eighteen lives I should mourn." This gave great comfort to the couple concerned, which made them look upon Ma as a saviour-mother in whose lap they could always take shelter from the stormy blasts of life.

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Q-For the last thirty years I have kept satsang, yet my mind is not at peace. Like an ox that turns the wheel of an oil-mill I revolve and revolve. How can I find peace?

Ma-You have indeed kept satsang, but you have not reflected upon what you have been told. You have listened to words of wisdom, yet have not acted according to the injunctions of the wise; you have not thought deeply, not contemplated as advised. How will you win the Guru's grace?

Q-Why should the wise not let me have a share of what they have earned?

Ma-So you wish to enjoy the fruit of another's labour? So long as you do not meditate and act upon what you have been told, how can the path open out for you? If you practise whatever sadhana that suits your temperament and is within your capacity, your inner power will develop and increase. God is the Life of life, the Self. There is only one Life, one Self. In order to realise, to know it, you must resort to the spiritual exercise that appeals to you from deep within you. What have you done to find Him? How much work you do for worldly ends, how much trouble you take. But you sit down idly over the fact that you have forgotten your true nature--that you are the Atma, that you yourself are Peace. Have you made a sustained effort to realize this? Start right now some spiritual exercise for the purpose of this revelation. God has given you so much capacity to work. Dedicate at least a little more time to Him! And all the work you do in the world, lay as an offering at His feet. Regard yourself as His manager, don't feel that you are the boss. As the Lord's manager, serve Him in every human being. In your home there are the Goddess Lakshmi, Kumari Devi and Balgopal. Do service to them, do not neglect them, and you will be at peace. And whatever time you can spare, morning and evening, sit in solitude in your shrine-room and contemplate God's divine form, meditate on Him, worship Him. Start today, do not waste any more precious time!

Q-Ma, will I have the vision of God by virtue of the sadhana I am practising?

Ma-He does not reject or refuse anything. Whatever you offer to Him He will accept. In whatever way you approach Him, He will respond. All sadhanas are different paths that prepare you for the realization of Him.

Q-Man's life is conditioned by his prarabdha karma. Where does free will (purushartha), come in?

Ma-You must use your free will to find the Supreme. The practice (kriya) by which you advance towards Him (Purushottama) that exactly is called purushartha (free will or the power to decide for oneself). By God's grace even your destiny may be modified. If a devotee has firm faith that his prarabdha karma can be changed by God's grace, then this may become possible. There certainly are laws in God's creation, yet nothing is impossible for Him. If you think that God's grace is also within destiny, this is so for you. If on the other hand you are convinced that God is more powerful than destiny, then He may do anything at all for you. He provides for the worldly as well as the spiritual needs of His devotees.

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Q-Some live in the Ashram and some outside; are they all of the Great Mother's kith and kin or are some closely related and others more distantly?

Ma-Mother Kali is here ( this was Ranchi ashram where there is Kali temple.) in front of you. Does She belittle anyone? Why do all come to the Great Mother? Because all are alike to Her, all are Her kith and kin. But Her children ought to be aware of this!

Q-I always feel that everything in this world is fruitless and senseless--like in the workshop of a ghost. How can one escape from the grip of that ghost?

Ma-Who is the ghost? What is the work of man in the world? The ghost exists only because you think it does. Otherwise every man (jiva) is Siva, every woman Gauri. When you are yearning to do sadhana, you cannot remain without it. Even within the workshop of that 'ghost' you will very well be able to enter the current of sadhana. Depending on your interest, you will give preference to some work or other. On the spiritual path one has to fulfill one's duty. The Lord of Men comes in the guise of every human being to accept services from you. The housewife should regard her husband as an embodiment of the Lord and serve him with this attitude of mind. The small daughters of the family ought to be cared for as incarnations of the Virgin Mother and the sons as so many little Gopals who are in need of your love and affection. Why do you call this "the workshop of a ghost?" Carry out all work as God's service and there will be no such thing as a "workshop of a ghost."

Ma-The Ashram of the householder is a field of service and every service should be performed as the worship of God. Let the husband adore his wife as Lakshmi, the Goddess who presides over the home. Then you will see how full of happiness and joy life becomes.
To be able to keep up this attitude of serving God in all your actions, you must at fixed times of the day retire to your shrine-room for meditation, prayer, japa, the reading of scriptures and so forth, just as a clock has to be wound regularly. In this manner you will gradually come to do all your work as a divine service.

Q-I am aware of the fact that I am unable to attend to my duty. Is this a sign of spiritual progress?
Ma-Do you feel that you are unable to attend to it or have you not the power to overcome the obstacles that are in the way? The sense of want or insufficiency is salutary, for it awakens the remembrance of God and therefore helps one to advance.

Q-If I commit anything wrong, this is, according to the Shastras, due to some evil mental dispositions (sanskaras). Now the question arises: from where did the first evil disposition come?

Ma-All sadhanas are practised in order to discover this. Start meditating and invoking God's holy name and you will find that one day the reply to your question will come to you of itself.

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Varanasi, a rainy evening in August, 1949. Ma was seated in her usual place in the hall with only a few ashramites on either side of her. Nobody had ventured out into the pouring rain. Exactly opposite to Ma at the West end of the hall an emaciated old lady was lying on her bedding that had been spread on the floor. She was very ill and had shifted to the ashram a few weeks ago, as she wished to die in Ma's presence and in sight of the Ganges. Her last hour had obviously come. Her son had been called and was sitting close by her, chanting holy texts, while her daughter was attending to her. The dying woman had a rosary in her hand. She was hardly breathing but evidently fully conscious. Her blouse had been loosened and one could see every one of her protruding ribs, in fact she looked already like a skeleton. Ma was watching her intently. Off and on she would shout loudly: 'Mother, are you doing japa?' The old lady could respond only by almost imperceptible gestures. Her daughter confirmed: 'Yes, she was doing japa and listening to her son's chanting.' Ma suggested sprinkling Ganges water on her chest, and a few drops of the sacred liquid were instilled into her mouth with a piece of cottonwool as she was too weak to drink. Not for a moment did Ma let Her eyes off her. Suddenly Ma got up and walked straight to the dying woman. With great motherly affection She gazed at her, placed a garland on her chest and then with a swift and determined gesture passed both Her hands over the shrivelled body from head to foot. The end had come. It was an unforgettable, most impressive moment.
"Call the girls to sing kirtan!" said Ma. The brahmacharinis of the Kanyapeeth (the Girl's school of the Ashram) came and sang, some of the children were nine or ten. What a beautiful idea to make children witness death in this atmosphere of peace and serenity! Everyone felt moved, but there was no weeping, no lamenting, no regret, on the contrary, a hush, a sense of quiet joy, of fulfilment pervaded the atmosphere. "Death means changing one's garments," one can often hear Ma say.
The kirtan continued for some time, then the body was taken down to the ghat. Some Ganges water was poured over the spot where the old lady had breathed her last and an oil-lamp placed there. Everyone left the hall. Fortunate is he who ends his days in this manner.

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On Death

In reply to a question, Ma stressed the importance of what one thinks at the moment of death. For, just as the leech does not leave its place without hooking on to something else, so the soul at the time of leaving the body hooks on to some kind of new existence according to the state of mind of the dying person. But at that moment one has no control over one's thought. It will automatically dwell where it usually dwells. This is why one has to practice the Presence of God while one is well and fit so that the thought of God may come spontaneously when one is ill and weak.
Ma narrated two stories to illustrate this fact...
An old woman who had spent many years of her life selling oil, was about to die. Her relatives had assembled round her and were urging her to repeat 'Rama' or 'Krishna.' But the dying woman was only half conscious and her power of hearing was impaired. To the shouting of her children and grand-children; "Repeat God's name," she kept on replying what she had been used to say to beggars who came to her shop begging for oil; "Not a drop will I give, not a drop." Saying this, she passed away.

Ma-This incident occured in Varanasi ashram. The aged mother of one of the ashramites had come to spend the end of her life in the ashram. She used to attend to her puja and japa with great regularity from early morning until nearly midday, without eating or even drinking water. She would then cook and eat her food and scrub the vessels. Towards evening she got busy again with her sadhana. After some time she fell ill and was confined to bed, but continued with her japa without interruption. Whenever some food or drink was brought to her, she would indicate by signs that she had not finished her japa and could therefore not take anything. Finally she breathed her last, with her fingers in the correct position for doing japa according to the prescribed rules. Those who took her body to the burning ghat related that, when it had burnt to ashes and only the bones were left over, even then the skeleton remained in the same position until at last the arms crossed over the breast. The people present declared that they had never before witnessed anything of the sort.

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319-Ma talks on various kinds of death, (by Atmananda )

Q-The other day I read in the newspaper that someone was found dead. He had left a letter to say that since the woman he loved had passed away, he had gone to join her, for he could not live without her. Can one by committing suicide really be united with a deceased person?

Ma-Never! One who commits suicide enters a deep darkness from which it is most difficult to be released, unless someone who wields great supernatural power takes pity and liberates him from it. In that condition of dense darkness one cannot meet anyone. Suicide is a most heinous crime. Man is born in order to reap the consequences of his actions of former births. To try and escape from this by suicide is extremely foolish, it only prolongs the agony indefinitely. No one who is in his senses can possibly take his life; at the moment of doing so a person is invariably disturbed in his reason. Suicide does not solve any problem, on the contrary it creates endless complications and prevents one from paying off one's karmic debts.

Q-What about murder?

Ma-Well, the murderer will no doubt have to suffer for his crime.

Q-And the murdered?

Ma-It is unfortunate indeed to be murdered. But it has to be borne in mind that this is due to some evil karma. It is an inauspicious death.

Q-What about sati?

Ma-That is a different matter altogether. A real sati has to be completely steady in mind and body. If entering the fire she suffers, she cannot be called a sati.
Once Ma related the story of one of Her ancestors. After circumambulating seven times around her husband's funeral pyre, she put one of her fingers into the flame of a candle to make sure whether she would be able to bear being burnt alive. The finger did not move. She then told her relatives that since one of her little toes had once inadvertently touched the pillow of her husband (which is considered a sin), that toe would in order to expiate this sin, feel the flame and therefore riggle, but nobody should be alarmed at this. She then entered her husband's pyre and at once her body became completely still, just like a corpse. She obviously did not feel any pain whatsoever, she was perfectly steady.

Ma then referred to a story of sati, which She had heard from Bholanathji. That particular woman did not even have the chance to leap into the fire. While doing pranam before entering her husband's pyre, life ebbed away from her and her dead body was consumed by the flames together with her husbands'.

After the terrible disaster at the Kumbha Mela in Allahabad in 1954, when hundreds were trampled to death, Ma was questioned as to the fate of the victims. According to the Shastras 'Apamrityu' (untimely death by accident) causes the departed to undergo a restless, ghostly existence. In some cases the deceased is tied to the place of the accident, unable to proceed to higher states of consciousness.

Ma-What the shastras declare, holds good in the ordinary course of events. In special cases it is different. On this occasion, just consider: The constellation of the Kumbha, the sacredness of the Triveni, the atmosphere created by a vast gathering of sadhus and sannyasis with their spirit of complete renunciation. Death occurred at that auspicious moment; this ought certainly to mean the opening out of a path to higher planes of consciousness. Just as there is such a thing as 'apamrityu', there are other possibilities as well.

Later Ma asked Dr. Gopinath Kaviraj about his opinion. He replied: "The condition of man after he leaves his physical body depends on his state of mind at the instant of death. On that auspicious day and when at the crucial moment everyone was deeply concentrated I cannot believe that this could have been a case of apamrityu. It is of course true that the time, place and manner of death are the result of one's past actions; but since it happened during the constellation of the Maha Kumbha, at the Triveni, in the holy month of Magh and in the presence of so many saints and sages, I feel as good as certain that there can have been no question of apamrityu. On the contrary, the departed must have had the rare good fortune of being raised up into higher states of existence."
Later again Dr. G. Kaviraj said: "I know of a similar occurence where, by some special Divine Grace the dying in their subtle bodies were severed from their physical just an instant before death took place and were lifted into higher states of consciousness. I have a strong feeling that here also, due to the intervention of some special Divine Mercy the dying were blessed with the capacity to ascend straight away into loftier states of being."

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The Narmada river in Gujarat is said to be the place where practically every stone has the shape of a linga. It is therefore customary to procure Shiva lingas from there. While Ma was in Vrindavan, three lingas were brought from the Narmada for the Rajgir Temple. However, the pandits of Vrindavan for some reason did not approve of those lingas. When Ma enquired what to do with them, the pandits said they should be put into the Ganges. Since the Ganges is not anywhere near Vrindavan, someone suggested that the Jamuna would serve the purpose. The day on which the lingas were let down into the river Ma felt extremely cold, in fact She was so stiff that She could not get up, She had the sensation as if Shiva was being drowned. She thus sent for the pandits and asked them to locate those lingas and have them taken out of the water. The pandits succeeded and the lingas were subsequently sent to Varanasi and later to Rajgir. Ma remarked that there was a natural connection between Shiva and the Ganga. The three lingas in question, however, had by their immersion in the Jamuna carried the love of Krishna to Rajgir. - 1965

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