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A truly intelligent mind is neither influenced by memory nor deluded by imagination.

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Let the infinity be felt in one, then you know how to feel the infinity in infinity.
At least with one object you feel divine pulsating, vibrant, alive, so you know how to multiply that everywhere. That is the reason Guru Bhakti is also highly recommended in our Hindu tradition. So with one person if you vibrate with the trust, you just know how to multiply with the whole universe.

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If you stop identifying with things that you are not, your mind will become still. That's all it takes to meditate.

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Chapter VI - The Yoga of Meditation

Krishna said:
One who performs the prescribed duty
Without seeking its fruit is a Samnyasi and a yogi,
Not the one who merely does not light the sacred fire,
And does not work.

O Arjuna, know that to be the Karma-yoga
Which they call Samnyasa.
No one becomes a Karma-yogi
Who has not renounced
The selfish motive behind an action.

For the wise who seeks to attain yoga
Karma-yoga is said to be the means;
For the one who has attained yoga,
Equanimity becomes the means.

A person is said to have attained yogic perfection
When there is no desire for sensual pleasures,
Or attachment to the fruits of work,
And has renounced all personal selfish motives.

One must elevate, not degrade, oneself
By one's own mind.
The mind alone is one's friend
As well as one's enemy.

The mind is the friend
Of those who have control over it,
And the mind acts like an enemy
For those who do not control it.

One who has control over the mind
Is tranquil in heat and cold,
In pleasure and pain, and in honor and dishonor;
And is ever steadfast with the Supreme Self.

A yogi is called Self-realized
Who is satisfied with knowledge
And understanding of the Self,
Who is equanimous, who has control over the senses,
And to whom a clod, a stone, and gold are the same.

A person is considered superior
Who is impartial towards companions,
Friends, enemies, Neutrals, arbiters,
Haters, relatives, saints, and sinners.

Let the yogi seated in solitude and alone
Having mind and senses under control
And free from desires and attachments for possessions,
Try constantly to contemplate on the Supreme Self.

The yogi should sit on a firm seat
That is neither too high nor too low,
Covered with sacred Kusha grass,
A deerskin, and a cloth,
One over the other, in a clean spot.

Sitting and concentrating the mind
On a single object,
Controlling the thoughts
And the activities of the senses,
Let the yogi practice meditation for self-purification.

Hold the waist, spine, chest, neck, and head erect,
Motionless and steady, fix the eyes and the mind
Steadily between the eye brows,
and do not look around.

With serene and fearless mind;
Practicing celibacy; having the mind under control
And thinking of Me; let the yogi sit
And have Me as the supreme goal.

Thus, by always keeping the mind fixed on the Self,
The yogi whose mind is subdued attains peace
Of the Supreme nirvana by uniting with Me.

This yoga is not possible, O Arjuna,
For the one who eats too much,
Pr who does not eat at all;
Who sleeps too much,
Or who keeps awake.

But, for the one who is moderate
In eating, recreation, working,
sleeping, and waking,
This yoga destroys sorrow.

A person is said to have achieved yoga,
The union with the Self,
When the perfectly disciplined mind
Gets freedom from all desires,
And becomes absorbed in the Self alone.

As a lamp in a spot
Sheltered from the wind
Does not flicker,
This simile is used for the subdued mind
Of a yogi practicing meditation on Brahman.

When the mind disciplined
By the practice of meditation becomes steady,
One becomes content in the Self by beholding Him
With (purified) intellect.

One feels infinite bliss
That is perceivable only through the intellect,
And is beyond the reach of the senses.
After realizing Brahman,
One is never separated from absolute reality.

After Self-Realization,
One does not regard any other gain
superior to Self-Realization.
Established in Self-Realization,
One is not moved even by the greatest calamity.

The severance of union with sorrow
Is known by the name of yoga.
This yoga should be practiced
With firm determination and perseverance,
Without any mental reservation or doubts.

Totally abandoning all selfish desires,
And completely restraining
The senses by the intellect;

One gradually attains tranquillity of mind
By keeping the mind fully absorbed in the Self
By means of a well-trained intellect,
And thinking of nothing else.

Wheresoever this restless
And unsteady mind wanders away,
One should bring it back
To the reflection of the Supreme.

Supreme bliss comes to a Self-realized yogi
Whose mind is tranquil,
Whose desires are under control,
And who is free from sin.

Such a sinless yogi,
Who constantly engages the mind with the Self,
Easily enjoys the infinite bliss
Of contact with Brahman.

Because of perceiving the Self (abiding) in all beings
And all beings (abiding) in the Self;
A yogi, who is in union with the Self,
Sees everybeing with an equal eye.

Those who see Me in everything
And see everything in Me,
Are not separated from Me
And I am not separated from them.

The non-dualists,
Who adore Me as abiding in all beings,
Abide in Me irrespective
Of their mode of living.

One is considered the best yogi
Who regards every being like oneself,
And who can feel the pain and pleasures of others
As one's own, O Arjuna.

Arjuna said:
O Krishna, You have said that yoga of meditation
Is characterized by the equanimity ,
But, due to restlessness of mind
I do not perceive the steady state of mind.

Because the mind, indeed, is very unsteady,
Turbulent, powerful, and obstinate, O Krishna.
I think restraining the mind
Is as difficult as restraining the wind.

Krishna said:
Undoubtedly, O Arjuna, the mind is restless
And difficult to restrain,
but it is subdued by Abhyaasa (practice),
And Vairaagya (detachment), O Arjuna.

In My opinion, yoga is difficult
For the one whose mind is not subdued.
However, yoga is attainable by the person
Of subdued mind by striving through proper means.

Arjuna said:
For the faithful but of unsubdued mind,
Who deviates from (the path of) meditation
And fails to attain yogic perfection
What is the destination of such a person, O Krishna?

Do they not perish
Like a dispersing cloud, O Krishna,
Having lost both, supportless and bewildered
On the path of Self-realization?

O Krishna,
Only You are able to completely dispel
This doubt of mine.
Because there is none, other than You,
who can dispel this doubt.

Krishna said:
There is no destruction, O Arjuna,
For such a yogi either here or hereafter.
A transcendentalist is never put to grief, My dear friend.

The unsuccessful yogi is reborn,
After attaining heaven and living there for many years,
In the house of the pure and prosperous; or

Such a yogi is born in a family
Of wise transcendentalists.
A birth like this is very difficult, indeed,
To obtain in this world.

After taking such a birth, O Arjuna,
One regains the knowledge acquired
In the previous life, and strives again
To achieve perfection.

The unsuccessful yogi is instinctively carried
Towards Brahman by virtue of Sanskaara
Of yogic practices of previous lives.
Even the inquirer of Brahman
Surpasses those who perform Vedic rituals.

The yogi who diligently strives,
Perfecting through many incarnations,
Becomes completely free from all sins
And reaches the supreme goal.

The yogi is superior to the ascetics.
The yogi is superior to the scholars.
The yogi is superior to the ritualists.
Therefore, O Arjuna, be a yogi.

I consider one to be the most devoted
Of all the yogis who lovingly contemplates
On Me with supreme faith,
And whose mind is ever absorbed in Me.

~ This is the end of Chapter VI of the Bhagavad Gita ~

Entitled "Dhyana-Yoga, Or "The Yoga of Meditation"

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All yogic powers are expressed from Third Eye only.
Whether it is the power of materializing, teleportation or the power of intuition or the power of making your dreams into reality – everything is from the third eye.

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“Devotion to the Lord dawns in the heart of a man who has done virtuous actions in his previous births without expectation of fruits and egoism or the idea of agency. Devotion leads to knowledge of the Self (Jnana) and through Jnana, he attains Moksha or the final emancipation.
In days of yore, Virasindhu was the king of Kalinga country. He did severe Tapas, meditation and Yoga in his previous birth, but did not attain Moksha. He became a Yoga-Bhrashta as he had to enjoy the fruits of some residual Karmas in this last birth of a King. He took his birth as the son of a king. When he attained the proper age, he was crowned as the king of Kalinga. He ruled the kingdom for a period of ten years.
Owing to the force of previous spiritual Samskaras, and the grace of the Lord, discrimination and dispassion dawned in his heart. He reflected within himself: “I am doing the same acts of eating, drinking and sleeping. My several forefathers who ruled the country, had been reduced to dust. I have no peace of mind despite my wealth and dominion. I should get a Guru and obtain initiation from him to get knowledge of the Atman and reach the abode of immortality and eternal bliss.
King Virasindhu sent invitation to all Pandits, Sannyasins, Sadhus and Mahatmas. He wrote in the letter thus: “I will give half of my dominion to that supreme Guru who will give me the right initiation and make me realise the Self. If he fails to do so he will be put in the prison.”
Many Pandits and Sadhus saw the king. One gave him Taraka Mantra, another gave Panchakshara, a third gave him Ashtakshara, but no one was able to satisfy the king. He put them all in the prison. He had initiation into these Mantras in his previous births.
King Virasindhu became very restless as he did not obtain his Guru. Lord Siva assumed the form of an ordinary coolie. He had a very black complexion. He wore some rags and appeared before the king. The king went in advance to receive him. Through the grace of the Lord, he came to know that this coolie was none other than the Lord. The coolie raised his hand towards the king and said “stop”, and vanished immediately. The king understood that the Guru has commanded him to stop the mind and control its movements. The king closed his eyes, while he was standing, and did not allow the mind to think of the sensual objects. He controlled all the modifications of the mind. It was easy for him as he had practised Yoga and meditation in his previous birth. He entered into Nirvikalpa Samadhi and became like a statue. He did not open his eyes.
The ministers were waiting in the Durbar Hall for hours together. King Virasindhu did not open his eyes for days together. Then the ministers reflected: The king is in Samadhi now. We do not know when he will return from the Samadhi. We will have to manage the affairs of the State.” They removed the ring from his finger and used it for putting the seal in the papers of the State. The king opened his eyes after six years, and asked the ministers: “Where is my Guru?” The ministers replied: “O venerable king! The Guru said a word to your majesty and vanished at once. You are standing here like a statue for the last six years. We are conducting the affairs of the state with the aid of your ring. Here is the seal of your ring in all the registers and papers.”
The king was struck with awe and wonder. He thought within himself: “Six years have passed like a second. I enjoyed supreme bliss. I have no desire to rule the State after tasting the supreme bliss.” He left the palace and entered the forest and sat in Samadhi.
The force of Yogic Samskaras of the king that was generated by the practice of Yoga in his previous birth, helped him in the attainment of the beatitude in this birth. Those who have not much piety and religious inclination in this birth should do Japa, Kirtan, meditation, and study of religious books. They should live in the company of sages. They will develop good religious Samskaras. This will be a valuable asset for them in the next birth. They will start the practice of Yoga in the next birth in the early age.
It is difficult to say in what form the Guru or the Lord will appear before you to initiate you. He may come in the form of a leper as Sri Hanuman did, or in the form of an untouchable as Lord Krishna did, or in the form of a groom as Lord Siva did. The aspirants must be very careful and vigilant to detect the Lord in the various forms which He assumes.”

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Just like bone marrow is in your bones, the pure light of consciousness is in your identity. Make discovering that your top priority of life.

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On Drugs


"Drugs are like a telephone , when you get the message hang up"

Experimentation

When he returned to the United States, he began to dabble in psychedelic drug experiences, initially with mescaline given to him by Dr. Oscar Janiger. He tried LSD several times with various research teams led by Drs. Keith Ditman, Sterling Bunnell, and Michael Agron. He also tried marijuana and concluded that it was a useful and interesting psychoactive drug that gave the impression of time slowing down. Watts’ books of the ’60s reveal the influence of these chemical adventures on his outlook. He would later comment about psychedelic drug use, "When you get the message, hang up the phone."
Alan's thoughts continued
"Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen..."-- Alan Watts, (Joyous Cosmology Prologue, 2nd ed. 1970)."

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At the being level, when your very being surrenders to the Master, your being clearly recognizes the call of the Master. You become a part of the Master. You no longer carry any separate identity. This process of transformation automatically happens when you surrender to the Master, his teachings and his mission. The water is converted into formless steam. Like steam, you now explode in all directions. There are no limitations because all limitations exist only in the mind. You now transcend the mind and express your peak potential. The Master tirelessly and compassionately pushes you in different ways so you can also experience and be in the same state of eternal bliss as he is. The only emotion that a Master knows is love. I always tell people, ‘When I show compassion to you, I cheat you. When I free you, I teach you. Either way you grow.’ The Vedas also clearly declare that a living Master is needed. You may have access to all the books, the recorded teachings of all the great masters. But, you have only the words; where is the body language? For example, yoga as it is taught now has been reduced to just a form of physical exercise. But physical health is just one of its benefts. Yoga as taught by Patañjali is a means to enlightenment. But the body language of Patañjali no longer exists; only his words exist. You need a living Master who is in the same consciousness as Patañjali, to transmit the essence and experience of the words. A beautiful verse in the Guru Gītā says, ‘The Guru just wipes of with the big toe of his left foot your fate which Brahma has written on your forehead.’ The Master can change your very destiny and take you to a new dimension.

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On Silence

"We spend a lot of time looking for happiness when the world right around us is full of wonder. To be alive and walk on the Earth is a miracle, and yet most of us are running as if there were some better place to get to. There is beauty calling to us every day, every hour, but we are rarely in a position to listen.
The basic condition for us to be able to hear the call of beauty and respond to it is silence. If we don’t have silence in ourselves—if our mind, our body, are full of noise—then we can’t hear beauty’s call."

~ ”Silence”

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I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Gayā at Gayā Head. And on that occasion, many ascetics — on the cold winter nights of the "Between-the-Eights," when the snow was falling in Gayā — jumped up in the water, jumped down in the water, did a jumping-up-&-down in the water, poured (water over themselves), and performed the fire sacrifice, (thinking,) "Through this there is purity."
The Blessed One saw those many ascetics — on the cold winter nights of the "Between-the-Eights," when the snow was falling in Gayā — jumping up in the water, jumping down in the water, doing a jumping-up-&-down in the water, pouring (water over themselves), and performing the fire sacrifice, (thinking,) "Through this there is purity."
Then, on realizing the significance of that, the Blessed One on that occasion exclaimed:

Not by water is one clean,
though many people are bathing here.
Whoever has truth &
rectitude: 'He's' a clean one; 'he', a brahman."

~ 'Jaṭila Sutta: Ascetics; UD 1.9

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However deep your
Knowledge of the scriptures,
It is no more than a strand of hair
In the vastness of space;
However important appears
Your worldly experience,
It is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.

~ Tokusan

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"And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, a poets pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing a temporary name and form..."

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'It is an instruction from Kuppamal: "Serve the sadhus, you will be 100 times served by that." Now I can say, I am the most served living Guru on planet earth, most attended, most literally physically worshipped. The whole thing is just because of the Sadhu Seva I did. Never miss serving elderly sadhus, especially when you know they are honest sadhus, sincere sadhus, they might be enlightened or unenlightened, in various levels of samadhi, but if you know they are sincere, never miss serving them.'

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"What a shame to have been born a human being and to spend your whole life worrying. You should reach the point where you can be happy to have been born a human."

~ KODO SAWAKI ROSHI

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Don't fight with anything in creation, nothing is wrong with emotion, only don't tie yourself to good or bad.
Don't cling to anything.
There is no commandment: 'Thou shalt not feel.'
Feelings belong to the totality...like everything else in manifestation, they have their place, leave them there.
Even if you could embrace the entire universe, it would not add up to your Self...nothing does.
Be very clear about this...

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A man with no thoughts in the mind is emitting rays of peace and love! Everyone is attracted to the person who has no concept in the mind.

Just keep quiet and see what happens. All nature will love you. You will be better taken care of than by your own mother who gave birth to you and put you in all this trouble.

But this other mother -- consciousness, if you know that she is your original mother -- she will take care of you and give you peace and happiness and deathlessness also. No other mother can give you this. Deathlessness in eternity. This mother we do not recognize, and we get into trouble.

When you love, you love all beings. When you eat, everybody is eating off your plate, even the beings who have died, and the ones who are yet to be. When you see, all the eyes collected together are seeing through this retina.

~ from "Wake Up and Roar"

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Every decision you make for your future from the past pattern, you denied that component of life for yourself once for all. If you think creating wealth is difficult based on some of your past failure, you have denied the possibility of wealth for you once for all. If you think health is not possible for you in the future due to your past diseases, you denied the greatest possibility of health in your life once for all. If you think Enlightenment is impossible for you based on your past failures, you have denied the possibility of Enlightenment once for all in your life. Understand, whenever you deny the possibility, you deny your future, you deny your life to you. Anything is possible! Rewriting your future starts with this clarity: anything is possible!

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Enlightened being is a person who is literally enlightened in his very core. His very cognition is built on the highest possibility - knowledge, truth, clarity.
So understand, if somebody intellectually understands the spiritual truths, truths about life, he will be able to give you an intellectual understanding.
If somebody is emotionally excited about this great ideas, he will be able to emotionally excite you with that same great ideas.
But only if somebody is enlightened, somebody’s being, core being cognition, is established in these great ideas, he will be able to transmit that experience to you.

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Abrahamic religions teach you you are qualitatively different from the Cosmic Will, which is not true; you are quantitatively different from the Cosmic Will; you are part of the Cosmic Will. We are made to feel in life like we are asking too much when we want to manifest or create something from our own will, but the truth is that when we create ourselves as we want to be, the very Cosmos celebrates our decision to go beyond our karma patterns. We are not made for suffering and limitation; we are here to expansion and to be our highest possibility.

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Every human being comes with the same possibility when it comes to inner dimension. it is just left unexplored. that is the only the problem . the idea that somebody comes with special capabilities is a prejudiced idea.

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' Prajnaparamita '

Subhuti asked the Buddha: "The highest, most awakened mind that you have attained is that mind the unattainable?"

"Yes, Subhuti. With regard to that highest and most awakened mind, I have not attained anything. That mind is everywhere equally. it cannot be attained or grasped, but it can be realized. It is realized through the practice of all good actions when they are done in the spirit of no self and no object of self."

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1.1 HOMAGE TO THE ABSOLUTE REALITY, the source and the embodiment of bliss, the supreme consciousness, here termed as She, the Mother, who is both the magnificent image of the universe and the mirror in which this dazzling reflection appears.
7.89-92 Consciousness is transcendental and is beyond all three sates of mind — waking, dreaming, and deep sleep — and is named Tripura. Though this universe is inseparable from her, it appears to be separate and the same as Visnu and Siva. Therefore you should not consider them different. They are one and the same. The entire universe is a reflection of pure consciousness. Consciousness is non-dual. Therefore, there is nothing superior or inferior.
14.43-49: The whole universe is always encompassed by light within and without. Such light is transcendental and is called the supreme Tripura, the supreme goddess. Knowers of the Vedas call her Brahman and Vaisnaivites call her Vishnu. According to Saivites, she is Siva; according to Shaktas, she is Shakti, As the image is pervaded by the mirror, this world is pervaded by the power of consciousness. All the objects in this universe are illuminated by that light. As the image of a city is not part of the mirror, similarly the universe is not part of consciousness. As an image cannot be separated from the mirror, the universe cannot be separated from consciousness. This is the glory of the real self.

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The first twenty minutes immediately after we wake up in the morning, plays a vital role in shaping our entire day. The mood we are in, the thoughts that arise and the way we react to these thoughts during the first twenty minutes, sets the trend for our entire day. One way to wake up refreshed, without depression every morning, is to eat vegetarian food. To many Western people it might come as a surprise to know that there is a finer aspect to vegetarian food. This refinement helps the energy flow in our body. This pure food is called satvic food. When we adhere to a satvic vegetarian diet, we do not consume garlic, onions, or green chilies (jalapeno peppers) in any form.

It keeps us light and active throughout the day. ‘Why should we avoid these foods? Garlic, onion, and green chilies contain natural steroids in them. They are ideal medicines.’ We can inject them as medicines, but not as a regular part of our meals. Daily intake of these as food will bring down our energy flow. Similarly, tea and coffee are not good for our system as they actually over-stimulate our body and leave us tired. Now you know why people run for a caffeine fix! Meat, alcohol, and cigarettes are considered lethargy inducing items. These foods or habits induce laziness in us. Using these substances make us dull and disturb the energy flow in our body. These foods create a feeling of depression in the morning. It is possible to support the cause for vegetarianism only from the point of view of practicality.

A spiritual point of view will provide a better understanding of the significance of vegetarian food. If an enlightened, spiritual master declares that vegetarianism is the best, then it is the ultimate truth. The master knows from experience. For every other argument we have strong counter arguments. It is in my personal experience that vegetarian food allows more sensitivity and ecstasy in the energy flow that happens in your system. We feel light and ecstatic with this diet. Definitely.,vegetarian food is better for people who wants to live a healthier life.

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