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Любовь — это бесценный дар. Это единственная вещь, которую мы можем подарить и все же она у тебя остаётся

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Языковые значения неустойчивы и зависят от контекста.

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Every leaf that grows will tell you...What you sow will bear fruit. So if you have any sense my friend, don't plant anything but LOVE

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So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things.

The way you get meaning int o your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

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Saint Tukaram said, "Let the body live or die, I have complete faith in my Self Nature." If an aspirant reaches this level of conviction, the attitude arises, "When one experiences the 'Bliss of Brahman' (Brahmananda) who cares for the body?" When this attitude arises, it is truly praiseworthy. A dog once bit off a piece of flesh from Saint Kabir's calf muscle. Saint Kabir simply said, "Either the dog knows, or the flesh knows. Anything is possible." What could have been the feeling of the people around upon hearing this from Saint Kabir, who was a great devotee? The aspirant can easily see the degree of renunciation that Saint Kabir had reached. He fully understood that it was the flesh that was affected and not his True Nature.


Although this understanding that the Self remains unaffected was experienced by Saint Kabir, and also by Saint Tukaram when he lost his whole household, the aspirant might not get the same sense of unshaken ecstasy within oneself in the beginning when one initially undertakes the search for the "I." If by God's Grace, such Bliss does overwhelm you, you might say, "What are all these worldly possessions worth after all?," and you will never feel the need to ask such pointless questions as "Will my house be run properly?" At that point, you will have developed such an indifferent attitude that you will say, "Let whatever is to happen, happen, and let whatever has to go, go."


However, if the aspirant understands intellectually, which is easier than experiencing the Self, he raises the question "After the Knowledge of the Self is attained, and the possessive pride of the body and the mind is left behind, can one's worldly duties still be performed?" To console him, the Sadguru answers "Dear one, of course, even after realizing the utter uselessness of the body and mind one can establish a household and have children without bringing in the pride of the body and the mind. In fact, these things can be looked after very well. All of the relevant duties one did earlier can still be diligently performed."


How is this possible, you may ask? Understand by this example: Look at the behavior of the nurse of a motherless infant. She nurses the child, carries it around, consoles it if he cries, and nurses it back to health if he gets sick, just as she would if she were the child's actual mother. If she likes the child, she even kisses it lovingly. While doing all of this work, she does not even have the feeling that the child is her own! In spite of all that she does for the child, if the father of the child dismisses her, she at once picks up her things and gets out of the house. At the time of quitting her position, she is neither happy if the child was to put on weight, nor sad if the child were to die. The reason for this attitude is that she does not have a sense of "mine" regarding the child. However, it cannot be said that she has not performed her duty properly due to the absence of this sense of "mine."


Let us look at another example. Take the case of a trustee who manages a minor's estate worth many millions of rupees. His lack of the sense of "mine" does not hinder him in his duty, and he has been managing the estate of the minor very efficiently. If the duty is not discharged properly, the trustee is liable, and will surely suffer the consequences. The trustee does not have the feeling that the estate is "mine" and accordingly, is not affected if the estate increases in value, or if even if it is decided in a legal suit that the estate does not really even belong to the minor. His duty is to look after the estate carefully as long as it is under his management. In short, in order for one's duties to be performed properly, it is not necessary that one must have the sense of "I" or "mine" while performing them. In exactly the same way, the gross and the subtle bodies form a bundle that is rooted in the five elements, and is given as a "keepsake" which is entrusted to the human being.


As a trustee, you must look after the bundle in the best possible way. If you neglect this responsibility, you will surely suffer consequences in the form of the loss of health of both body and mind. If the trustee manages the minor's estate efficiently, and the nurse looks after the child very well, they are awarded their salaries in return. Likewise, if you look after your body and mind well, and keep them in a healthy condition, you also get a return, in the form of joy. A healthy body is definitely useful in the search for the Ultimate Truth.


All of this carrying out of one's responsibilities has to be achieved without the sense of "mine." With this attitude, even if the body becomes fat or thin, or lives or dies, there is no elation or lament. If a trustee of a minor's estate is led astray by a sense of "mine" and claims ownership and embezzles from that estate, he will be jailed. In the case of spiritual practice, the identification with the body means forgetting the Self, or killing the Self. The hope of liberation recedes for the one who is bound by the idea of being a body, even though in truth, he is only nothing but the Self.

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Saint Tukaram said, "Let the body live or die, I have complete faith in my Self Nature." If an aspirant reaches this level of conviction, the attitude arises, "When one experiences the 'Bliss of Brahman' (Brahmananda) who cares for the body?" When this attitude arises, it is truly praiseworthy. A dog once bit off a piece of flesh from Saint Kabir's calf muscle. Saint Kabir simply said, "Either the dog knows, or the flesh knows. Anything is possible." What could have been the feeling of the people around upon hearing this from Saint Kabir, who was a great devotee? The aspirant can easily see the degree of renunciation that Saint Kabir had reached. He fully understood that it was the flesh that was affected and not his True Nature.


Although this understanding that the Self remains unaffected was experienced by Saint Kabir, and also by Saint Tukaram when he lost his whole household, the aspirant might not get the same sense of unshaken ecstasy within oneself in the beginning when one initially undertakes the search for the "I." If by God's Grace, such Bliss does overwhelm you, you might say, "What are all these worldly possessions worth after all?," and you will never feel the need to ask such pointless questions as "Will my house be run properly?" At that point, you will have developed such an indifferent attitude that you will say, "Let whatever is to happen, happen, and let whatever has to go, go."


However, if the aspirant understands intellectually, which is easier than experiencing the Self, he raises the question "After the Knowledge of the Self is attained, and the possessive pride of the body and the mind is left behind, can one's worldly duties still be performed?" To console him, the Sadguru answers "Dear one, of course, even after realizing the utter uselessness of the body and mind one can establish a household and have children without bringing in the pride of the body and the mind. In fact, these things can be looked after very well. All of the relevant duties one did earlier can still be diligently performed."


How is this possible, you may ask? Understand by this example: Look at the behavior of the nurse of a motherless infant. She nurses the child, carries it around, consoles it if he cries, and nurses it back to health if he gets sick, just as she would if she were the child's actual mother. If she likes the child, she even kisses it lovingly. While doing all of this work, she does not even have the feeling that the child is her own! In spite of all that she does for the child, if the father of the child dismisses her, she at once picks up her things and gets out of the house. At the time of quitting her position, she is neither happy if the child was to put on weight, nor sad if the child were to die. The reason for this attitude is that she does not have a sense of "mine" regarding the child. However, it cannot be said that she has not performed her duty properly due to the absence of this sense of "mine."


Let us look at another example. Take the case of a trustee who manages a minor's estate worth many millions of rupees. His lack of the sense of "mine" does not hinder him in his duty, and he has been managing the estate of the minor very efficiently. If the duty is not discharged properly, the trustee is liable, and will surely suffer the consequences. The trustee does not have the feeling that the estate is "mine" and accordingly, is not affected if the estate increases in value, or if even if it is decided in a legal suit that the estate does not really even belong to the minor. His duty is to look after the estate carefully as long as it is under his management. In short, in order for one's duties to be performed properly, it is not necessary that one must have the sense of "I" or "mine" while performing them. In exactly the same way, the gross and the subtle bodies form a bundle that is rooted in the five elements, and is given as a "keepsake" which is entrusted to the human being.


As a trustee, you must look after the bundle in the best possible way. If you neglect this responsibility, you will surely suffer consequences in the form of the loss of health of both body and mind. If the trustee manages the minor's estate efficiently, and the nurse looks after the child very well, they are awarded their salaries in return. Likewise, if you look after your body and mind well, and keep them in a healthy condition, you also get a return, in the form of joy. A healthy body is definitely useful in the search for the Ultimate Truth.


All of this carrying out of one's responsibilities has to be achieved without the sense of "mine." With this attitude, even if the body becomes fat or thin, or lives or dies, there is no elation or lament. If a trustee of a minor's estate is led astray by a sense of "mine" and claims ownership and embezzles from that estate, he will be jailed. In the case of spiritual practice, the identification with the body means forgetting the Self, or killing the Self. The hope of liberation recedes for the one who is bound by the idea of being a body, even though in truth, he is only nothing but the Self.

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Because some of the same chemicals, which have identifiable carcinogenic impact in cigarettes, are also found in cannabis smoke, many believe that the cancer-causing potential of cannabis is proportionate to the amount of these chemicals. The fact that cannabis contains four times more tar (or oil) than cigarettes sparked the 1990s claim that smoking a joint was as bad for the lungs as smoking four cigarettes. This extrapolation makes perfect sense at face value, but doesn't hold up when compared to actual cancer rates.

Rewriting the medical records


The results of a new government-run research program are now forcing medical authorities to overturn these beliefs. The study has been ongoing for the past twenty years, following the smoking habits of over 5000 people. Researchers found that, contrary to popular belief, smoking cannabis, does not interfere with lung function or capacity. This holds true for ongoing regular -even including daily- and long term consumption. Curiously, as a general rule, cannabis smokers had better lung function than nonsmokers, which researchers attribute to the smoking action itself, rather than the cannabis. Pot smokers inhale deeply and hold those breaths to make the most of their supply, expanding the lung's capacity.

Dr. Tashkin found that, in almost all instances, cannabis consumers had rates of cancer that were no different from those who didn't smoke cannabis. The one exception to this rule was between cannabis smokers and individuals who didn't smoke anything (including tobacco), in which marijuana smokers actually had lower levels of lung cancer.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035980_cannabis_smokers_cancer.html#ixzz1wBq9PZhl

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Some comparisons between beef and kale:
Organicauthority.com's Jill Ettinger had these reasons to try kale:

1. Sustainability. Kale grows to maturity in 2 months. Meat cattle mature between 18 - 24 months of age. One pound of beef takes 2400 gallons of water and 16 pounds of grain.

2. Anti-inflammatory. The consumption of animal proteins is a major cause of autoimmune disease, heart disease and arthritis. The nutrients in kale make it anti-inflammatory. It is so nutrient-dense is can actually reverse some of these conditions.

3. Iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.

4. Fiber. Needed daily, few Americans get enough. Ongoing fiber deficiency is linked to many diseases, including digestive disorders, cancers, and heart disease. Most Americans get their protein from animal sources, which provide no fiber. Kale provides about 5% of the RDI per serving, along with two grams of protein.

5. Calcium. Despite high consumption of beef and dairy products in this country, we still have some of the highest rates of bone loss and bone health problems (such as osteoporosis) in the world. Kale has a more bio-available form of calcium than dairy, and contains more calcium per calorie than milk. It also has magnesium, which is necessary to use calcium.

6. Omegas. Mainstream meat products do not have the essential fatty acids we need for good health. Each serving of kale has more than 120mg of omega-3 fatty acids and more than 90mg of omega-6 fatty acids.

7. Immunity. Kale is a rich source of vitamins and minerals that nourish and support the liver, aid digestion and help to naturally detox the body. Factory farm meats and dairy products only lend to the scary and growing problem of Superbugs and resistant bacteria.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035986_kale_beef_plants.html#ixzz1wBZzGnWd

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They are manifestations of power and knowledge, which are quite natural to you when you realise the Self. They are Siddhis, which are the products of the normal and natural Tapas (spiritual practice) of the man who has reached the Self. They come of their own accord, they are God given. These Siddhis do not come by trying for them. When you are in the state of realisation, you will know what these powers are.

All the spiritual treatises are always full of stumbling blocks, blinds, misleading statements and important keys left out. Many names are given to one thing and one name given to many things.

There is no Religion/spirituality higher than Truth. Only the pursuit of truth will set you free; And Truth can guide and lead you to ultimate self-realization or enlightenment (Nirvi- Kalpa-Samadhi / Moksha / Nirvana /union with universal consciousness).

Never be satisfied with blind faith. Use it as a launching point for exploration, but do not use it as your foundation and build yourself upon it. Hermetics is not satisfied with mere belief -- it DEMANDS practice and the constant challenging of even our most precious beliefs.

Spiritual initiation is a process of becoming the clearest expression of YOUR Self possible. Not the self someone else told you you should be. Nor only a portion of yourself. It will take your whole self to encompass infinity. Nothing less suffices

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D.: Does the sage use occult powers for making others realise the Self or is the mere fact of his Self-Realisation enough for it?

Bhagavan: The force of his Self-Realisation is far more powerful than the use of all other powers. (Talk 597).

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You know that you are weak and helpless. How then can you help others? If you say, “By prayer to God”, God knows His business and does not require your intercession for others (Talk 594)

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Who is aware of the search, of the seeker and what is being sought?...is it not you?...if what is being sought is found, are you not there?...if it is lost, are you not there?...Who are you?..."

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Grace is ever present. All that is necessary is that you surrender to It.

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Leave it to God. Surrender unreservedly. One of two things must be done. Either surrender because you admit your inability and require a higher power to help you, or investigate the cause of misery by going to the source and merging into the Self. Either way you will be free from misery. God never forsakes one who has surrendered.

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Usually the questioner is not questioned...the questioner's question is the focus of attention...the majority of questions, being objective in nature, can be satisfied with objective answers, in accordance with our mental tradition...However, as soon as, " But who is the questioner? " is asked, an earthquake enters the mind and the false identity begins to deconstruct, giving way to the light of pure Being...

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You are neither That nor This. The truth is ‘I am’.

The Self is beyond ignorance and knowledge. It is Absolute.

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It is your idea that you have to do things that entangle you in results of your efforts-the motive, the desire, the failure to achieve, the sense of frustration-all this holds you back...Simply look at whatever happens and know that you are beyond it...

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God knows his Job and does not require your intercession for others....

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Spontaneous readiness for intense action in Body level is YOGA
Spontaneous readiness for intense action in Emotional level is BHAKTHI
Spontaneous readiness for intense action in Mental level is UNCLUTCHING
Spontaneous readiness for intense action in Psychic level is SIDDHIS
Spontaneous readiness for intense action in Conscious level is ENLIGHTENMENT

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When you came into this world, you came without a single
investment. So whatever happens in your life, anyway you are in
profit

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Просветление подобно отражению луны на воде. Луна не намокает, вода не волнуется. Хотя ее свет широк и велик, луна отражается даже в самой маленькой луже. Вся луна и всё небо отражаются в капле росы на траве.

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Исследовать путь — значит исследовать себя. Исследовать себя — значит забыть себя. Забыть себя — значит быть просветленным во всем. Быть просветленным во всем — Значит убрать барьеры между собою и другими. Тогда от просветления не останется и следа, однако само просветление продолжается в повседневной жизни бесконечно.


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Поэтому я и говорю вам: познайте, что в действительности вы есть бесконечное, чистое Бытие, Абсолютное Я. Вы всегда являетесь тем Я и ничем иным, кроме того Я - Самости. Следовательно, вы никогда не можете быть в действительном неведении относительно этой Самости. Ваше неведение является просто формальным, подобным неведению десяти глупцов об "утрате" десятого человека. Оно и есть это неведение, которое и вызвало их горе.


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Счастье - это сама сущность Самости, счастье и Самость не различаются. Счастья нет ни в одном объекте мира, но из-за нашего невежества мы воображаем, что получаем счастье от объектов. Когда ум направляется наружу, он испытывает страдания. Действительно, лишь когда его желания исполнены, он возвращается к своему источнику и наслаждается счастьем - Самостью. Подобным образом в состояниях глубокого сна, самадхи, при обмороке или когда желаемое достигнуто, а нежелательное устранено, ум обращен вовнутрь и наслаждается чистой Самостью - Счастьем.


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Оставаться спокойным - вот что называется проницательностью Мудрости. Для этого надо растворить ум в Самости. Телепатия, знание прошлых, настоящих и будущих событий, ясновидение не составляют проницательности Мудрости.

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Talk 55.
D.: Can advaita be realised by japa of holy names; say Rama, Krishna, etc.?
M.: Yes.
D.: Is it not a means of an inferior order?
M.: Have you been told to make japa or to discuss its order in the
scheme of things?
Silence.

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