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Bhagavan recommends a Diet

In the fourth year of my stay in Palakottu Bhagavan advised me to restrict my diet.

‘Each day,’ he said, ‘you should eat only one coconut, a handful of peanuts, one mango and a small lump of jaggery [brown sugar]. If fresh mangoes are not available you can eat dried ones.’

Bhagavan told me that this diet would purify the body and help to keep the mind stabilized in the Self.

He also warned me, ‘In the beginning you will get diarrhea but don’t worry, the problem will go away after a few days.’

At the same time, he told me that I should keep mauna [silence] and spend as much time as possible in meditation. The instruction to keep mauna was very usual: Bhagavan normally discouraged people from taking vows of silence by saying, ‘It is more important to control your mind than your tongue. What is the point in remaining silent if you cannot keep the mind still?’

Within a few weeks of adopting this new regime I became so thin that my bones started to protrude.

People would ask me, ‘Are you eating? Are you hungry? Do you need some money?’

To avoid such comments, I kept my whole body covered and only went to see Bhagavan at night. My body became so thin I didn’t even have the strength to lift a bucket of water. It wasn’t too hard to avoid people. As soon as the devotees discovered I was in mauna they left me alone.

I spent most of my time meditating on the idea ‘I am the Self; I am everything.’ During meditation I often felt like a kind of energy rise up to my head. I don’t know whether it was kundalini or some other kind of energy. Whatever it was it came by itself. I never tried to make it come, nor did I try to control it in any way. This meditation, combined with the diet and the mauna, produced one other interesting side effect: my forehead became very shiny and apparently my facial expression became radiant and full of light. Several people noticed these things and made comments about them.

- LWB

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Созерцайте!
Истинная речь возникла, Истинный Свет воссиял, Истинное видение проявилось.
Высшая космическая энергия поднялась во мне.
Бог появился в моем взгляде.
Блаженство залило все мое существо, разъедая зло прошлого навсегда. Бедное мясистое тело исчезло, появление морщин прошло.

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О Господь!
Неутолимое желание переполняет меня.
Моя жизнь все еще лелеет надежду охватить Тебя.
Мои руки быстро удлиняются, чтобы обхватить Святые, благоухающие цветочным ароматом, Стопы.
Я обхватываю Их и радость сокрушает меня.
Как прекрасна эта гармония между Тобой и мной.

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О Братья и Сестры мира!
Позвольте себе когда-нибудь думать о Боге.
Позвольте себе когда-нибудь чувствовать Его невыразимое присутствие. Тогда вы станете переполненными Божественной Любовью.
Давайте все будем молиться в экстатической радости Нашему Богу, Владыке Миров, который танцует танец Совершенного Сострадания. Прислушайтесь.
Мы будем жить высшей жизнью, которая не знает смерти.
По правде говоря, я не балуюсь воображением, и, при этом, я не утверждаю истину.
Бог – мой свидетель! То, что я говорю – абсолютная правда.
Время пришло, чтобы следовать за Ним в Его запредельные и сокровенные Палаты, сверкающие, блаженные и вечные.

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Я пересек море темноты и зла, я достиг берега Света и Истины, я видел Того, Кто должен быть увиденным.
Я видел двери Храма Реальности, которые были открыты для меня.
Я видел замечательные достопримечательности в этом Храме.
Я испил в нем Амриту, которая рассеивает все желания и слабости. Светом Красоты Бога я изучил всё и очистил себя от сомнений и вопросов.
Я достиг формы и сути Мудрости.
Я достиг земли бессмертия.
Мое тело, ум и душа находятся в экстатической радости.
Я переполнен Совершенством, Реальностью, как она есть, преодолев невежество, слабость и зло.
Все сиддхи пребывают во мне.
Все они являются благословением Красоты Бога, который танцует в Бесконечном Милосердии в сердце Реальности.

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Мои Сестры! Вы просите: «Скажите нам о своем Боге».
Мой Бог – Энергия, бесконечная и разнообразная.
Он говорит и Его слова источают радость, которая заполняет все мое тело, ум, мысли, волю.
Моя Сестра! Ты спрашиваешь: «Как радость Бога могла перейти на вас?» Я отвечу. Возьмите плоды отборных манго и бананов.
Смешайте и давите в ступе, чтобы получился сок. Потом возьмите этот сок и смешайте с соком сахарного тростника, добавив молоко коровы и мед.
Вот так вы получите удивительный напиток – самый чистый Нектар Амриты, попробовав который, вы испытаете неописуемый вкус и сладость.
Я испытал такую же сладость, только от слов Бога, такой же Нектар Амриты влился в мое тело, ум, волю из Его уст, и этот нектар несравним ни с чем, даже с тем, который можно приготовить из фруктов и плодов.
А поэтому, лишь искренняя молитва и преданность Богу могут дать вам Высшую Амриту.
Моя Сестра! Ты просишь: «Расскажите мне о величии своего Бога».
Я отвечу. Бог поддерживал меня в трудную минуту, и я стал с Ним одним целым.
Но ты думаешь, что я могу пересчитать все проявления Его Величия? Нет, моя сестра!
Это не в моих силах, поскольку Бог – есть Бесконечность и Совершенство, и форма моего Бога – энергия, бесконечная и разнообразная.

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О Господь! Я могу принять любое рождение среди несметных жизней.
Я могу избежать рождения вообще.
Я могу наслаждаться жизнью на земле или на небесах.
Я могу быть сокрушен горем.
Я могу быть богат. Я могу быть бедствующим.
Я могу быть мудр. Я могу быть простаком.
Я могу обрести любую пользу или зло мира. Я могу потерять любую пользу или зло мира.
Я могу быть безразличным ко всему.
Но я знаю, что есть истинное благо, и хочу попросить у Тебя, Мой Господь. Даруй мне, о мой Наставник, память, которая никогда бы не забывала Твои Святые Стопы.
Ты – врач, который лечит космическую болезнь печали и боли эликсиром Своей Красоты и Любви.
О Великий Бог Великолепной Мудрости и Красоты!
Надели меня памятью, которая никогда бы не забывала Твои Святые Стопы.

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Я молился о лучезарном теле, которое было бы вечным, противостояло бы действию ветра, земли, неба, огня, воды, солнца, луны, планет, смерти, болезни, смертоносного оружия, злодея или чего-либо еще.
Он исполнил то, о чем я молил, и теперь у меня такое тело.
Не думайте, что этот подарок мелочь.
О Люди, ищите прибежище в моем Отце-Властителе Неописуемого Великолепия, делающего даже материальное тело бессмертным.

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Слушайте, жители Земли!
Время пришло прийти к моему Отцу, Высшему Богу!
И это правда. Бог дал мне сладкую амброзию и все мое существо возрадовалось, как от сладкого ароматного плода.
Бог преобразил мое человеческое тело в бессмертное тело Вечной Истины.
Неудивительно, что мудрецы всех семи миров задаются вопросом о чуде, сотворенном моим Богом.
Бог дал мне все полномочия совершенства.
Теперь время настало, чтобы Бог окончательно погрузил меня в счастье Шиванандам.

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To change the world is not your mission.
To change yourself is not your duty.
To awaken to your true nature
is your opportunity.

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Presently you think you are mixed up with the mind
and are trying to disentangle yourself
from the turmoil of thoughts.
But both the mind and the one
trying to disentangle from it, are unreal.
This is perceived in the Real.

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O' mind , what are you searching?
Inside and outside it is one only.
It is the concept that makes you
feel inside and outside.

Once the earthen pot bearing the
name Nanak is broken ,
by getting rid of the concept
that I am body,
where is inside and outside?

It is "I" only prevailing everywhere.

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"The `I' is always there –
in deep sleep, in dream and in wakefulness.
The one in sleep is the same as that who now speaks.
There is always the feeling of `I'.
Otherwise do you deny your existence?
You do not.
You say `I am'.
Find out who is."

"If you hold this feeling of ‘I’
long enough and strongly enough,
the false ‘I’ will vanish
leaving only the unbroken awareness of the real,
immanent ‘I’, consciousness itself."

"The only permanent thing is Reality;
and that is the Self.
You say “I am”,“I am going”,“I am speaking”,“I am working”, etc.
Hyphenate “I am” in all of them.

Thus I - AM.
That is the abiding and fundamental Reality.
This truth was taught by God to Moses: “I AM that I-AM”.
“Be still and know that I-AM God.”
so “I-AM” is God.

You know that you are.
You cannot deny your existence at any moment of time.
For you must be there in order to deny it.
This (Pure Existence) is understood
by stilling your mind.
The mind is the outgoing faculty of the individual.
If that is turned within,
it becomes still in course of time and
that “I-AM” alone prevails.
“I-AM” is the whole Truth."

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The person is merely the result of misunderstanding.

In reality, there is no such thing.

Feelings, thoughts and actions race
before the watcher in endless succession,
leaving traces in the brain and
creating an illusion of continuity.

A reflection of the watcher in the mind
creates the sense of 'I am'
and the person acquires an apparently
independent existence.

In reality there is no person,
only the watcher identifying himself
with the 'I' and the 'mine'.

The teacher tells the watcher:
you are not this, there is nothing
of yours in this,
except the little point of 'I am',
which is the bridge between
the watcher and his dream.

I am this, I am that' is dream,
while pure 'I am' has the stamp
of reality on it.

You have tasted so many things
- all came to naught.

Only the sense 'I am' persisted - unchanged.

Stay with the changeless
among the changeful,
until you are able to go beyond.

Source: I AM THAT

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Sitting quietly,
being one with the knowledge ‘I am’,
you will lose all concern with the world,
then the ‘I am’ will also go,
leaving you as the Absolute.
The ‘I am’ is the awareness before thoughts,
it cannot be put into words;
you have to ‘just be’.

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There is something your own,
unchanging, the “I’
the substratum, the basis,
which is the triple observer,
distinct from the five sheaths.

The awareness that knows everything
whether waking, dreaming or in deep sleep,
and whether or not there is movement
in the mind, that is the “I”.

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Like the fragrance in a flower,
like an image in a mirror,
this sense of "I amness" is felt in the body.
Therefore, give up your name 'Nanak' and also your identity with the body
and abide in the sense of "I amness".
You shall be liberated.

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I once believed that everyone had to like me,
but now this belief is no more.
I once believed I had to be the best person
I could be in order to be free, but no more.
I once believed that I had to first do everything
I needed to do in the world,
and only when I had done that and I was satisfied
could I turn my attention to Self-discovery.
I once believed that.
I once believed that it was up to someone else
to make me happy.
That seems a long time ago.
I once believed that I was not worthy,
but i see now that was nonsense.
I once believed I was not ready,
but I see now it's not true.
I once believed that I had to practice more,
meditate longer, be more sincere,
but I saw it's not like that.
Life is not so strenuous or cruel.
I believed so many things that were not true.
Then i realised nothing obstruct the freedom I am.

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BE AWARE OF YOUR RICHES

Q: If a sinner, a breaker of the law, comes before you and asks for your grace, what will be your response?

M: He will get what he asks for.
Q: In spite of being a very bad man?

M: I know no bad people - I only know myself. I see no saints nor sinners, only living beings. I do not hand out grace. There is nothing I can give, or deny, which you do not have already in equal measure. Just be aware of your riches and make full use of them. As long as you imagine that you need my grace, you will be at my door begging for it.

Source: I AM THAT ch. 97

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Question: Bhagavan often told devotees to "Be still". Did he mean "Be mentally still"?

Annamalai Swami: Bhagavan's famous instruction "summa iru" [be still] is often misunderstood. It does not mean that you should be physically still; it means that you should always abide in the Self.

If there is too much physical stillness, tamoguna [a state of mental torpor] arises and predominates. In that state you will feel very sleepy and mentally dull. Rajoguna [a state of excessive mental activity], on the other hand, produces emotions and a mind which is restless.

In sattva guna [a state of mental quietness and clarity] there is stillness and harmony. If mental activity is necessary while one is in sattva guna it takes place. But for the rest of the time there is stillness. When tamoguna and rajoguna predominate, the Self cannot be felt.

If sattva guna predominates one experiences peace, bliss, clarity and an absence of wandering thoughts.

That is the stillness that Bhagavan was prescribing.

- LWB

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If you make human company too important
you will not discover your true Self.
Relationships not based in truth are never entirely reliable and are rarely enduring.
Taking time to discover yourself is the best
use of time. Prioritise this.
One should not seek partners or friends.
One should seek to know and be oneself.
As you begin to awaken to the Truth,
you start noticing how well life flows
by itself and how well you are cared for.
Life supports the physical, emotional,
mental and spiritual needs of the one
who is open to self-discovery.
Trust opens your eyes to the recognition of this. Surrender allows you to merge
in your own Eternal Being.

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We are all the same, all the same,
longing to find our way back;
back to the One,
back to the only One!

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You want peace and harmony in the world but refuse to have them in yourself.

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Keep quiet. Do your work in the world, but
inwardly keep quiet. Then all will come to
you. Do not rely on your work for realization.
It may profit others, but not you. Your hope
lies in keeping silent in your mind and quite
in your heart.

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The Self is pure Consciousness, eternal, omnipresent, immutable and self-effulgent like the light of the sun.

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Beloved,
Blessings upon your mind and heart.
Let openness, trust and love be your first response.
This is the secret to everlasting joy,
peace and contentment. Om.

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