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God is because you are, you are because God is. The two are one.

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I have no need of any experience, therefore I have no need to quarrel with anybody. The body and mind will go on doing whatever they like during their natural course of duration.

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Ponder this very well. Your sadhana, your spiritual practice does not begin when you've gone to many teachers, and you've read many books. It actually begins when you give up everything. That's when real sadhana begins, when you have surrendered everything, when you've emptied yourself of all knowledge, all desires for liberation. When you have become an empty shell, then your spiritual life begins. Until that time you're only playing games with yourself.

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The mind always seeks
external knowledge,
leaving aside knowledge about itself.

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Pure love transcend the body. It is between hearts. It has nothing to do with bodies.

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I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.

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The vastness which is seen by the mind is not the true vastness! The vastness in which the mind is seen that is the true vastness.

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Rare is he who knows himself as One with no other— the Lord of the Universe. He acts as he knows and is never afraid.

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Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad.

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You seem to want instant insight, forgetting that the instant is always preceded by a long preparation. The fruit falls suddenly, but the ripening takes time.

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You are under Grace, so insights will spontaneously come,
revelations will come, recognition will come.
For many people when a powerful insight comes,
a powerful realisation or recognition comes—what happens?
It gets mixed with some ego, but this is not immediately seen.
You don’t recognise the poisoned cocktail
and you say, ‘Ah yes, I’ve got it.’
You swallow some ego, and the two will stay together.
The two will stay together unnoticed for a time.
You may feel that you are doing well,
you are speaking very well with people, but it won't go any further
because the weeds have grown up together with the flowers
and they start to choke the flower.

When an insight comes, be very careful.
Just be grateful inside your heart and say,
‘Thank you. Thank you.’
Don’t become anything or think you are special now,
and the true knowledge will blossom inside you.

If you mix ego with the realisation,
it will gradually siphon off your energy
and you don’t grow in power and wisdom
because arrogance claims it all.

In the beginning ego is very easy to slip in unnoticed.
This is due to your naivety and perhaps some arrogance.
These makes you blind. Once you are aware of it,
you begin to see the ego's work much more easily.
Once he gets exposed he cannot hide anymore.
Then you can easily see him coming,
‘Ah here comes ego again. He wants to take credit again.’
Where do we go with all this? Don’t turn it into a theatre!
Stay in the neutral state as Awareness itself.
That is all! Keep doing this and that spell will be broken.

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The falling away of delusion

Sometimes people say they can smell freedom. They say they fall more and more into the embrace of That which is unspeakable. And I have to acknowledge that this is not merely an intellectual thought or conviction.

It is a deep inner thing; a felt experience in the Heart beyond words and thoughts, and yet I have to tell you that what you are falling into Is and was already here—unchangingly.

It is what you already are and no distance is involved. Has anyone ever heard of a falling where there was no distance? This is the fall where there is no distance. It's the greatest fall; the falling away of delusion.

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Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

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Only he is a Jnani whose mind does not get agitated, who does not identify with and desire objects before him, and whose state of purity never shakes whether he lives on alms in poverty or enjoys the illusory state of being Brahma (demi God)

- Sorupa Saram, verse 89

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Одна девушка, после свадьбы была не в состоянии выносить постоянные упреки своей свекрови. Она решила избавиться от нее. Девушка пошла к торговцу травами, который был другом ее отца.

Она сказала ему: - Я не могу больше жить со своей свекровью. Она сводит меня с ума. Не могли бы вы мне помочь? Я хорошо заплачу.

- Что я могу для тебя сделать? - Спросил травник.

- Я хочу, чтобы вы продали мне яд. Я отравлю свекровь и избавлюсь от всех бед - ответила она.

После долгих размышлений, травник сказал: - Хорошо, я помогу тебе. Но ты должна понимать две вещи.

Во-первых, ты не можешь отравить свекровь сразу, потому что люди догадаются о том, что произошло. Я дам тебе травы, которые будут постепенно убивать ее, и никому не придет в голову мысль, что ее отравили.

Во-вторых, чтобы окончательно избежать любых подозрений, ты должна укротить свой гнев, научиться уважать ее, любить, слушать и быть терпеливой. Тогда никто не будет подозревать тебя, когда она умрет.

Девушка согласилась на все, взяла травы и стала добавлять их в еду свекрови. Кроме того, она научилась контролировать себя, прислушиваться к свекрови и уважать ее. Когда та увидела, как изменилась к ней отношение невестки, она всем сердцем полюбила девушку. Она рассказывала всем, что ее невестка самая лучшая, такая, о которой можно только мечтать. Через полгода, отношения между ними стали близкими, как между кровными матерью и ее дочкой.

И вот однажды девушка пришла к травнику и взмолилась: - Ради Бога, пожалуйста, спасите мою свекровь от яда, который я ей давала. Я не хочу убивать ее. Она стала самой прекрасной свекровью, и я люблю ее.

Травник улыбнулся и ответил: - Не волнуйся, я не давал тебе никакой отравы. То, что я тебе дал, это просто специи. Яд был только в твоей голове, и ты сама от него избавилась.

То же самое касается большинства наших проблем. Они - яд, который отравляет нашу жизнь. Но яд, который находится только в нашем сознании.

Задумайтесь, действительно ли ваша проблема такая уж серьезная?

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A hundred things may be explained to you,
a thousand things told, but one thing only should you grasp.
Know one thing and everything is freed - remain within your inner nature, your Awareness.

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One day some new born squirrels had fallen out of their nest and landed on Ramana’s couch. Their eyes were still closed and they were very tiny. The mother, however, did not take them back. But how should one feed such tiny things? The squirrels laid in Ramana’s palm. His face was glowing with love and affection towards them. The devotees looked on helplessly, but he was happy and cheerful. He asked for some cotton and made a soft bed for them.Then he took a piece of the cotton, rolled it up so that the end looked like a sharp needle, dipped it into some milk and trickled it in their tiny mouths. This he did repeatedly. He looked after them with great care and love until they grew up and started running around. They did not run away, however, but always ran around their ‘mother’.

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One day a few squirrels came on to Bhagavan's sofa for their share of cashew nuts. The nuts in the tin, which used to be near Bhagavan, had been exhausted. Therefore, Bhagavan instead gave peanuts, but the squirrels would not eat them. They refused to eat and began to express their discontent in all possible ways. Bhagavan cajoled them. "We don't have cashew nuts my dears. What to do?" he said, but they could not be appeased. The squirrels showed their displeasure by crawling over the legs and hands of Bhagavan continuously.

Seeing their plight, Bhagavan asked his attendant Krishnaswami to go and find out if there was any stock of cashew nuts in the store room. Krishnaswami went to the kitchen and returned with a few cashew nuts. "Is that all?" asked Bhagavan looking at the cashew nuts.

Krishnaswami said, "Tonight, cooks are preparing payasam and they said that they can spare only this much."

Bhagavan was annoyed and said, "I see, payasam will not be less tasty if the cashew are a little less in quantity than usual. What a pity! These squirrels do not like anything else, and they are worrying me. The store keepers have declined to give cashew nuts saying that they will have to put them in the payasam. Who will be worried if there are no cashew nuts in the payasam? See how these children are worrying themselves for want of cashew nuts!" With that, the cashew nuts which should have gone to payasam went into the stomachs of the squirrels and also into the tin by the side for future feeding of the squirrels.

The same evening Dr. Ananthanarayana Rao, a devotee of Bhagavan brought from Madras 2 viss (about 2.7 kg) of cashew nuts, saying he had brought them for the squirrels. With a smile, Bhagavan said to Krishnaswami, the attendant, "Look at this! They are earning whatever they want. There is no need to beg anybody. These cashew nuts are squirrel's property. Keep them carefully. Note that they should not be given to the store room"

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Mr. Mac Iver, a resident devotee, asked Bhagavan if he might go to Switzerland where a Guru was inviting him.

Sri Bhagavan said: Some force brought him here and the same force is taking him to Europe. Let him always remember the world is only the projection of the mind and the mind is in the Self. Wherever the body may move the mind must be kept under control. The body moves, but not the Self. The world is within the Self, that is all.

- Talk 514

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All your cares are His.
Such is surrender.

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To know yourself is much more important than to know the world.

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The Experience of Enlightenment

You can feel yourself one with the One that exists. The whole body becomes a mere power, a force-current. Your life becomes a needle drawn to a huge mass of magnet and as you go deeper and deeper, you become a mere centre and then not even that, for you become a mere Consciousness; there are no thoughts or cares any longer- they were shattered at the threshold- it is an inundation. You, a mere straw, are swallowed alive, but it is very delightful, for you become the very thing that swallows you. This is the union of jiva with Brahman, the loss of ego in the real Self, the destruction of falsehood and the attainment of Truth.

~ Ramana Maharshi ( From 'Satdarshana Bhashya and Talks, p 21)

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«Ушли на небо» Рассказ-быль.

В 1960 годы при Никите Хрущёве органы КГБ при содействии армии планомерно прочёсывали Кавказские горы – вылавливали всех, кто там укрывался, в основном – монахов. И отправляли в исправительные лагеря. В шестидесятые годы я был боевым офицером, имел партийный билет и был начальником крупного вертолётного соединения, обладал большим опытом полётов в горах, где от лётчиков требуется особое мастерство. Тогда на Кавказе мне дали задание следить на вертолёте за группой монахов. В кабине вертолёта было очень душно. Внизу на гору поднимались одиннадцать монахов в чёрных балахонах. Немного ниже за ними зелёным оцеплением уверенно двигались солдаты.

Оценив обстановку, я передал по рации:

«Земля! Я – воздух. Монахи движутся на вершину горы. Медленно сужайте кольцо оцепления и прижимайте их. Вершина горы обрывистая. Дойдут до неё – и им некуда будет деться. Там мы их и возьмём! Приём!»

– «Воздух! Я – земля. Понял вас. Конец связи».

Двое суток мы выслеживали этих монахов. И вот операция подошла к своему завершению. Я не знал, что будет с монахами, когда их арестуют. Да мне тогда это было и не интересно, я просто выполнял приказ. Тем временем монахи поднялись на самую вершину горы. Сзади их догоняли солдаты с собаками, а впереди – отвесная стена и бездонная пропасть. Положение их было безвыходно-критическим. Я зашёл ещё на один круг и завис прямо над монахами. Ветер от лопастей трепал их одежду и волосы. Они были похожи на стаю загнанных волков. Отчаяние, казалось мне, видел я на их лицах. Моргая сигнальными огнями, я дал понять монахам, что всё кончено. Солдаты тем временем приближались.. Вдруг внизу начало происходить что-то необычное. Монахи встали в круг, взялись за руки и встали на колени. Они начали молиться. Потом все вместе поднялись и подошли к краю пропасти. «Неужели будут прыгать? Это же верная смерть! Что, разве они решили покончить самоубийством?» – с досадою подумал я и схватил рацию:

«Земля! Земля! Не подходите ближе, они хотят прыгнуть! Они на краю пропасти! Приём!»

– «Воздух! Я – земля. Ждём пять минут и продолжаем движение. У нас нет времени; скоро стемнеет. Приём!»

– «Понял. Конец связи».

Не отрывая глаз смотрел я на подступивших к краю пропасти монахов. И вот один из них, стоявший посередине, взял два посоха, сложил их крестом и три раза медленно перекрестил и благословил пропасть. Потом он шагнул первым прямо в пропасть! Но почему-то не упал, а каким-то чудом остался висеть в воздухе. Волосы мои зашевелились на голове. С высоты я ясно видел, что монах не стоит на земле, а висит в воздухе! Затем он медленно начал делать шаги – и пошёл дальше, как по дорожке. Он не упал в пропасть! Как?! За ним шагнули и также пошли по воздуху все остальные монахи. По очереди, цепочкой. Они спокойно следовали друг за другом, поднимаясь вверх, пока все не скрылись в облаке. От увиденного я растерялся и почти потерял контроль над управлением вертолётом. Немного опомнившись, я вырулил машину, посадил вертолёт на поляну и заглушил его. Минут через 20 ко мне подбежали солдаты из оцепления. Я продолжал сидеть в кабине вертолёта, пытаясь дать логическое объяснение увиденному. Солдаты обступили вертолёт, и старший спросил меня:

«Товарищ капитан, где они? Куда делись монахи? Мы поднялись на вершину, но их там не было».

– «Они… они ушли на небо».

Громкий солдатский смех с протяжным эхом раздался в горах..

Полковник метался по комнате и брызгал слюной:

«Потрудитесь объяснить, товарищ капитан, куда пропали монахи, которых мы выслеживали 2 суток?! И как вы повели оцепление по ложному следу!»

– «Моим объяснениям вы всё равно не поверите, товарищ полковник. Так что вот мой партийный билет и рапорт об увольнении в запас».

Уйдя из армии, я принял Крещение и стал верующим человеком. Дивны дела Твои, Господи!

Мирослав Манюк.

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Q: Can you influence the world by your attitude? By separating yourself from the world you lose all hope of helping it.

M: How can it be? All is myself -- can't I help myself? I do not identify myself with anybody in particular, for I am all -- both the particular and the universal.

Q: Can you then help me, the particular person?

M: But I do help you always -- from within. My self and your self are one. I know it, but you don't.
That is all the difference -- and it cannot last.

Q: And how do you help the entire world?

M: Gandhi is dead, yet his mind pervades the earth. The thought of a jnani pervades humanity and works ceaselessly for good. Being anonymous, coming from within, it is the more powerful and compelling. That is how the world improves -- the inner aiding and blessing the outer.

When a jnani dies, he is no more, in the same sense in which a river is no more when it merges in the sea, the name, the shape, are no more, but the water remains and becomes one with the ocean. When a jnani joins the universal mind, all his goodness and wisdom become the heritage of humanity and uplift every human being.

- Nisargadatta Maharaj, I AM THAT ch 24

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Very few beings on this planet will refer to themselves as pure consciousness, as emptiness. Have you heard anyone speaking like this?
You cannot say things like this. You could get locked up for this, but even if they lock you up, they just think they’ve got you locked up.
You, the pure Self, cannot be locked up at all.
What you find is that the whole world is inside the jail and you are out!
They are in the prison of egoic identity feeling sorry for you being in the ‘prison’ of their imagination, but actually, you are free.
Isn’t it funny?

2nd of October 2013

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