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343 ~ Conversation with Ma.

Two European psychologists came to Ma and this was the conversation......

Q- Psychologists cure patients by talking to them. With you it seems that your emanation cures people even without words. It is our endeavour to help people. What is the most essential thing we should do for them?

Ma- Who in this world can be called normal? Everyone appears to be mad after one thing or another: some after money, some after beauty, some after music, others after their children, and so forth— nobody is really quite balanced.

Q- What then is the remedy?

Ma- Just as one does not water the leaves of a tree but its roots, so one has to grapple with man’s disease at its root. Man’s root lies in the brain. Therefore the remedy for all ills is to still the mind. When man’s mind has been stilled, all will be well with him, both physically and psychologically.

Q- How does the mind become still?

Ma- By treading the path that leads to the realization of “Who am I?” Your body that was young and is old now with its greying hair does not last forever. It is not the real ‘I’. Therefore man has to find out who he really is. When he tries to do this, his mind will be supplied with the right nourishment that will calm it. The right sustenance for the mind cannot be had from anything that is of this world and therefore perishable, but solely from that which is Eternal. The taste of the eternal will still the mind.
The universe was created out of joy and this is why you find joy in the things of this world. Without joy life is an ordeal. You must try to attain to that great joy which has brought forth the world.

Q- What is the special contribution a woman has to make as apart from a man?

Ma- A woman is essentially a mother and consequently her duty is to serve everyone. Further since she is daughter, wife, mother all in one, to recognise the oneness of the three. Besides, in every woman is contained a man and in every man a woman. If man were not contained within you, you would not be able to recognise a man; and if woman were not contained in a man, he would be unable to recognise a woman. Thus one of the most important tasks of a woman is to discover the man in herself.

Q- What then is the special contribution a man can give?

Ma- Man is the reflection of the Supreme Purusha the one who upholds the universe. True manliness means divinity. But then there is Atma which is beyond man and woman. Everyone has to find that Atma that lies hidden within himself. It is the task of every human being to unfold both the man and woman potentially contained within him or herself and to realise the Atma which is beyond man and woman.

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' From Stagnation To Radiance '

"Shiva himself said that when women outnumber men on this planet, at that time Kali Yuga will come to an end."

Right now here [referring to the number present at the consecration] women clearly outnumber men.
When #KaliYuga ends the next yuga is supposed to bring forth better people.
It will bring forth devas.
The word ‘deva’ literally means a radiant being.

Essentially, all life upon this planet is solar-powered. It is just that some life holds what comes to it; some life radiates what comes to it.

"If you choose to radiate, you become a deva.
If you hold back you become a rakshasa."

Not because you do something that somebody thinks is bad do you become a rakshasa.
You become a rakshasa because you have no sense of giving.

Giving does not necessarily mean this or that; just that your life process is a giving.

When you are this way, giving will happen the way it needs to happen.
It is not that you have to think,
‘Where should I give?
How much should I give?
What should I give?’
That calculation destroys everything.

If there is a certain sense of giving in everything that you are, if you become a giving, you become a deva.

Sitting here, consecration after consecration, if you continue to remain a rakshasa
– ‘what can I get’; ‘what can I get’
– you will get a stone in the end or maybe nobody will even bother to put a stone.

If you transform your life from
‘What can I get?’ to ‘What can I give?’
if every moment of your life is a process of giving, you become a deva.

Giving is not about developing an attitude.
If you allow life to happen, it is a giving. The nature of life is like that. If it holds it becomes stagnant. Only if it keeps flowing, this is a beautiful experience.

If you horde life, if you become a stagnant life, it is a miserable life. You will have everything, yet you will have nothing. You will have more than everybody but you will have nothing in your experience, because life is not in quantities.

Life is only in the intensity of experience. ‘How much do I have’ doesn’t make your life big or small; how intensely you are experiencing it right now, is what makes your life big or small.

I have had the privilege of meeting and seeing all kinds of beggars. I have seen various kinds of beggars: crippled beggars, blind beggars, malnourished beggars, well-fed beggars, and billionaire beggars.

So this was a real beggar on the street. He had collected a few kilograms of rice for the day.
In India a lot of people don’t give money to the beggars, they give grains. Giving rice is a very common practice.

He had collected quite a bit of rice for the day, in his bag. Then he saw a fine chariot coming and thought, ‘Oh a rich man, maybe I’ll go and beg. If he is generous he may give a gold coin, something.’ He went there to beg.

A really radiant being got down from the chariot; a fabulous looking man. Just when the beggar was about to beg, the man put his hands in front of him and said, ‘Bhiksham dehi,’ he is begging.

He thought, ‘Oh my God.’ The tradition is, if somebody stands in front of you and asks something, you should not deny him.

For a human being to come to a place within himself where he has to beg, once he has put himself into such a despicable place, you must give him something. That’s the tradition.

The beggar looked at him and said,
‘Okay, you look rich but you’re begging,
as per my tradition and culture I can’t say no.’
So he took out one grain of rice from his bag and gave it to the rich man. That man took it and went.

The beggar came home, storing up the rice. Then, as he was pouring the rice into a container, he saw one grain of rice had turned into solid gold.

He sat and cried, ‘If I only had put my whole bag into that man’s hand, I would have had a bagful of gold.’ That’s how life is.

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Through pure concentration all is possible. But the least trace of egotism prevents the spiritual growth. The one who wants to lead a spiritual life must be quite transformed and change all values. The cause of our misery is that we cling to forms and believe them to be real. This we must understand: Real joy exists only in spiritual life. The only way to experience it is to know and understand what the universe really is. We have to orient ourselves so that we see the whole world divine. It is said in the Isha Upanishad, ‘Everything that moves in this world must be covered with the Lord.’ Our old world has to go. And instead we shall see the world as it is, see God in all, see how the Divine breaks through names and forms. There is not a place where God is not. The only thing we have to do is to open our eyes and see Him— in good and evil, happiness and unhappiness, in joy and sorrow and in death. One may exchange the word God for life. To be conscious that ‘All Life is One’ gives a bliss that does not change. If you feel unhappy and restless it comes from ignorance of this truth, from being rooted in the idea of manifoldness and differences between individuals and things. All, all are only variations of That which is the centre, which is the One.

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Everything you see, comes to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All things that are heard, come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All things that are touched, come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All things that are tasted, come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All things that are thought of, come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All things that are imagined, come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All things that are learned, come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All that is manifest, come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
All things of the mind come to pass.
Know that you are not that.
That which does not come to pass,
but inside which all phenomena come to pass,
know That—to be your Self.

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If you love God and therefore love everybody, that does not mean that you love the faults in people. If one loves the Father of all, and if he has the slightest thought of revenge toward anyone or desire to punish anyone, he falls a million miles away from God. One who loves God dares not entertain thoughts of doing injury to anyone. It would be wrong, of course, to support anyone blindly. But nonsupport of the wrongdoing in others does not mean that anyone should vengefully hurt others. A philosopher once said: "The best sort of revenge is not to be like him who did the injury." We should have respect for others' opinions as we wish others to respect our opinions,- there is no room for ugliness. We should lovingly disagree as well as lovingly agree. I am working for God alone. Earth has no illusion for me; I have seen through them all. You too should realize that you are visiting this earth only temporarily; you are here solely to learn necessary lessons and to help all who cross your path. You do not know why you have been cast in a particular role, so you must learn what God expects of you. Don't harbor personal desires; your only desire should be to follow the Lord's will and to live and work for Him. We are here today, tomorrow we are gone: mere shadows in a cosmic dream. But behind the unreality of these fleeting pictures is the immortal reality of Spirit. Life here on earth appears futile and chaotic until we are anchored in the Divine.

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The One who created this world is everywhere. Rely on Him in all matters.

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Enquire: 'Who am I?' and you will find the answer. Look at a tree: from one seed arises a huge tree; from it comes numerous seeds, each one of which in its turn grows into a tree. No two fruits are alike. Yet it is one life that throbs in every particle of the tree. So, it is the same Atman everywhere.

All creation is that. There is beauty in the birds and in the animals. They too eat and drink like us, mate and multiply; but there is this difference: we can realize our true nature, the Atman. Having been born as human beings, we must not waste this opportunity. At least for a few seconds every day, we must enquire as to who we are. It is no use taking a return ticket over and over again. From birth to death, and death to birth is samsara. But really we have no birth and death. We must realize that.

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The learned say life is self-created; others say life evolved from time. In truth the Lord brought the cosmos out of himself.

He is pure consciousness, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, creator of time and master of the three gunas. Evolution takes place at his command.

Those who act without thought of personal profit and lead a well-disciplined life discover in course of time the divine principle that all forms of life are one. They work in the service of the Lord and are freed from the law of karma.

Know him to be the primal source of life whose glory permeates the universe, who is beyond time and space, yet can be seen within the heart in meditation. Know him to be beyond the tree of life, whose power makes all the planets revolve: who is both law and mercy, yet can be seen within the heart in meditation.

Know him to be the supreme Lord of lords, King of kings, God of gods, ruler of all, without action or organs of action, whose power is seen in myriad ways.

Know him to be the cause without a cause, without a second, parent or master. May he, Lord of Love, who hides himself in his creatures like a spider in its web, grant us illumination.

The Lord is hidden in the hearts of all. The eternal witness, pure consciousness, he watches our work from within, beyond the reach of the gunas.

The Lord is the operator; we are but his innumerable instruments. May we realize him in our consciousness and find the bliss he alone can give us. Changeless amidst the changing, consciousness of the conscious, he grants all our prayers. May we realize him in our consciousness and find the freedom he alone can give us.

There shines not the sun, neither moon nor star, nor flash of lightning, nor fire lit on earth. Everything reflects the light of the Lord. May we realize him in our consciousness; there is no other way to conquer death.

He is the maker of the universe, self-existent, omniscient, destroyer of death, the source and inmost Self of all, ruler of the cycle of birth and death. May we realize him in our consciousness; there is no other way to conquer death.

He is the protector of the cosmos, all glory, all-knowing, omnipresent. How could there be any ruler but he? May we realize him in our consciousness; there is no other way to conquer death.

Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who grants freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who gave the sacred scriptures at the dawn of time. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who is the source of purity and perfection. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he who is the bridge from death to immortality. Lord Shiva is my refuge, he whose grace has made me long for his lotus feet.

How can we roll up the sky like a piece of deerskin? How can we end our misery without realizing the Lord of Love who is enshrined in our heart of hearts?

Sage Shvetashvatara realized the Lord in meditation through infinite grace and imparted this highest wisdom to devoted disciples.

This highest mystical experience, revealed at the dawn of time, must be shared only with one whose heart is pure or with a disciple or one’s own child. If you have deep love for the Lord of Love and for your teacher, the light of this teaching will shine in your heart. It will shine indeed!

OM shanti shanti shanti

~ Shvetashvatara Upanishad

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Spirituality is only to wake up and to come back to your pre-birth awareness. Sometimes the questions are more powerful than the answers because they create opening and space for you to look.
To overcome that limitation and that conditioning is the greatest transcendence, actually. You get burnt up first, then around you auspicious fires will start.

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Golden words of Sai Baba

Dhamu and Nana were rendering service to the Lord (Shirdi Sai Baba). Baba collected a few copper coins and was playing with them, by tossing them from one hand to another, and also testing them in various ways. He appeared to examine them individually. He did not exchange a word with Dhamu and Nana. He went on playing with the coins for half an hour in this manner.

Curious to know what Baba was doing, Nana asked him why he was scrutinizing the same coins again and again. Baba replied, “Beta (dear son), it is true I am repeating the same action again and again, repeating the same words. Look at the mango tree in front of you. It is in full bloom. The leaves are hardly visible. If all the flowers in the tree were to become fruits, will the branches be able to bear the weight? But it does not happen that way. Most of the flowers are swept away by the wind. Many others drop of their own account. Only some of them become fruits. Of these some are eaten by squirrels, birds, or monkeys. In this way ninety percent of the flowers do not result in fruits. Only ten percent remain in the tree. Is it not so?” They agreed, that it was so.

Baba continued, “In the same manner thousands of devotees are coming to me. Are they all ripening into good devotees? Many drop away in the middle. Some come for getting their desires fulfilled. Some seek wealth. Many are coming either for study or in connection with jobs, marriage or other personal desires of their own. In each of them, there is some defect or other. No one comes for My sake. I have a precious thing to offer in my coffers. But no one seeks it. It is for this reason that I am examining them (coins). Among these coins there are some which are worn out, some which are debased, and some which are twisted and worthless.”

“Just as I am examining the defects in these coins, I am also looking for the defects among the devotees who come to Me. I am trying to find out what defects are there in these people and whether, with those defects; they can really comprehend My Truth. They want Me, but all their desires are related to mundane objects. How can they attain Me with this attitude? How can you reach your destination if you get into a wrong train going in some other direction? They want Me, but they don’t make efforts for realizing Me. Among those who come to Me, it is only one in a thousand who really makes the efforts to realize Me.”

“The minds of the “so called” devotees are turned in the wrong directions. If their desires are fulfilled, they praise Me. But, once a desire is not realized they go to the extent of even reviling Me. Even while they are attempting to understand Me, they harbor doubts from head to foot. Some even leave Me, when their worldly desires are not fulfilled. These are not sincere devotees at all. They are in fact worst sinners. How can they reach Me?”

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The light within us is there as a potential.
The darkness within us is there as a potential.
Beyond light and darkness is the Reality that we are.
That dark sided potential can only intimidate
the idea you have of who you are.
It cannot infest or affect your true Self.
What you are cannot be possessed;
what you think you are could be,
for that is weak, not stable.
This is where we become psychologically weak.
This is where fear lives, where resistance thrives,
where insecurity, pride and arrogance sprout from.

These forces will play in the aspect of consciousness
that is its self-portrait as a person.

As your mind continues expanding
beyond the limited, psychological self
back into the brightness of the true Self
—in this crossing over
—the fiercest resistance will likely come.
Strange as it may seem, it is just after
a bright and beautiful insight awakens within
that our deepest fears manifest.

In the moment, you may forget
these are merely clouds passing:
but observe that your Self,
the witness of all,
is unmoving.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Q: I feel that Arunachala is like a mother who will go with me everywhere, even when I am in another country.

AS: Arunachala does not go anywhere. Arunachala is the Self, and the Self neither comes nor goes. The word ‘achala’ in Sanskrit means 'unmoving'.

Q: There is a verse in Arunachala Mahatmyam which says that all those who live within a thirty-mile radius of Arunachala attain liberation without any effort or initiation. What does Swami think of this verse?

AS: For liberation, there must be a continuous remembrance of Arunachala. One must also have faith in Arunachala and surrender to it. Arunachala is pure consciousness; it is not an inert lump of rock. If you have faith that Arunachala is a Guru who will guide you, it will respond with the appropriate guidance.

But to get this guidance one must surrender to the mountain and have strong faith in it.

Arunachala is like a fire; if you come near it you may get warm or even get burned. But if you wearing insulation, even though you are physically near, you may not feel the fire at all.

LWB, p. 33

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One of the most beautiful persons of this past century was Sai Baba of Shirdi.

He had a friend and a follower. Sai Baba was a Mohammedan. Or no one knows whether he was a Mohammedan or a Hindu, but he lived in a mosque, so it was believed he was a Mohammedan. And a Hindu follower was there, who loved, respected, has much faith in Sai Baba. Every day he will come for his darshan, and without seeing him he will not go. Sometimes it will happen that for the whole day he will have to wait, but without seeing he will not go, and he will not take food unless he has seen Sai Baba.

Once it happened the whole day passed, there was much gathering and much crowd -- he couldn't enter. When everybody has gone, just in the night he touched the feet.

Sai Baba said to him, "Why you unnecessarily wait? There is no need to see me here, I can come there. And drop this from tomorrow. Now I will do. Before you take your food you will see me every day."

The disciple was very happy. So next day he was waiting and waiting; nothing happened. Many things happened really, but nothing happened according to his conception. By the evening he was very angry. He has not taken the food, and Sai Baba has not appeared so he went again. He said, "You promise and you don't fulfill?"

Sai Baba said, "But I appeared thrice, not even once. First time I came, I was a beggar and you said to me, 'Move away! Don't come here!' Second time I came I was an old woman, and you just won't look at me; you closed your eyes-because the disciple had the habit of not seeing women; he was practicing not seeing women, so he closed the eyes.

Sai Baba said, "I had come, but what do you expect? Should I enter your eyes, closed eyes? I was standing there, but you closed the eyes. The moment you saw me, you closed the eyes. Then third time I reached as a dog, and you won't allow me in. With a stick you were standing in the door."

And these three things had happened. And these things have been happening to whole humanity. The divine comes in many forms, but you have a prejudice; you have a pre-formulated conception; you cannot see. He must appear according to you, and he never appears according to you. And he will never appear according to you. You cannot be the rule for him and you cannot put any conditions.

When all imagination falls, only then truth appears. Otherwise, imagination goes on making conditions and truth cannot appear. Only in a naked mind, in a nude, empty mind, truth appears, because you cannot distort it.

Source - Osho Book .
"Yoga, Vol1"

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No particular thought can be mind's natural state, only silence. Not the idea of silence, but silence itself. When the mind is in its natural state, it reverts to silence spontaneously after every experience or, rather, every experience happens against the background of silence.

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The most important thing in life
is to wake up to who you truly are.
You are not merely a personal being.
You are the living spirit of Truth.

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The cleaner you become the more easily you will understand what I teach in Lesson V—that air and the other ingredients of the forests are "food"—invisible food.

' the Mucusless Diet Healing System '

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What you are is magnificent;
what we believe we are is so limited.
We don’t need to carry on this personal story.
It is not contributing to the beauty and freedom of your life.
Don’t be enslaved by the conditioned or indoctrinated mind.
It wants you to make anniversaries out of your pain—forget about it.
You don’t have to be so loyal, so faithful
to any tendency that causes suffering.
Often we ruminate over the past, not in order to be free,
but to strengthen the sense of ‘me’.
We say we can’t change the past, but yes you can!
Did you perceive it right in the first place?
Who is to say your perception is a fact?
It would be a futile and unending task
to search for the innumerable strands that have contributed
to the person you take yourself to be; mostly they are untraceable.
Better just drop the whole thing
and thus remain empty of conceptual debris.
Be fresh every moment.
Be as fresh as consciousness—history-less and happy.

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THE UTTER ILLUSION OF DAILY LIFE

"We read the articles in a newspaper, but do not care to know anything about the paper itself. We take 'the chaff', but Not 'the substance'.

The substratum - on which all this is printed, is the paper, and if we know the substratum, all else will be known.

The One only is The Sat - The Existence; IT is the paper, whereas the world - the things we see - and we ourselves, are the printed words.

This 'external universe', is a 'cinema show', to 'The Realized One'.

It is free, and the performance goes on, day and night!

'The Realized One', lives and works in it, knowing that its objects and bodies (people), are 'illusory appearances', just as an ordinary person, knows the scenes and characters on the cinema screen at a theatre, are illusions, and do not exist in Real Life.

But the ordinary person takes the external objects of daily life as 'Real', whereas The Realized One, sees them only as 'illusory cinema pictures'."

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Grace is always present.
You imagine it as something high in the sky,
far away, something that has to descend.
It is really inside you, in your heart.
When the mind rests in its source,
grace rushes forth,
sprouting as from a spring within you.

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Papaji: The concept "I am a body" is a dream.

Questioner : This is very difficult to understand.

Papaji: No, it is not difficult. Every day your experience this. Every night, when you go to sleep you experience this. You leave your body and friends behind and fall asleep. At that moment, are you happy or unhappy? To leave everything behind – apartment, car, money, friends – and say, "Good night, I am going to sleep." You leave the body, the mind and the ego all behind. And where are you wanting to go and disappear from all the pleasures of life? Why do you want to hide yourself and be alone? It must be a happier place than this world, that's why you want to run away. To enjoy your Self, alone. No one likes suffering. You must be very happy in sleep, therefore, you turn your back on everything and go to sleep alone, don't you?.

Papaji: First, I will tell you a little story. The story runs like this. Every day, a local washermen goes down to a river to wash clothes. He loads the soiled clothes on the back of several donkeys, washes the clothes, waits for them to dry on the river bank, and then returns home at the end of the day.

One day, a lioness goes down to the river to drink some water. In those days, lions were hunted for their skin and their head. Nowadays, it is forbidden. While this lioness was drinking water, a hunter hiding behind a bush shoots and kills her. This lioness was pregnant, and while skinning the lioness, the hunter pulled out a lion cub and left it on the bank.

A little later, the washerman goes to the river and sees the dead lioness and the newly born lion cub. He decided to look after the cub instead of leaving it to die. He washed it before putting it in a basket and returned home with it. He fed it milk and slowly when the cub grew big enough, he took the lion cub with him each day down to the river, where he left it along with the donkeys to eat grass on the bank of the river. It got used to walking with the donkeys. After awhile, it got rather big, so the washerman decided to load the soiled clothes on the young lion's back as well, treating it like the other donkeys. This lion slowly became a 'donkey', doing exactly what the other donkeys did. He lived with other donkeys – carried clothes on his back, drank milk and ate grass just like them. He had no idea what a lion was.

Several months later, another lion came to drink at the river and was amazed to see this lion cub eating grass near the river bank along with the donkeys. Lions usually eat donkeys and humans, not grass. It moved closer for a better look. He couldn't believe his eyes. Was he dreaming? How could this be? He got even closer, which caused all the donkeys to flee away and the washerman to climb a tree. The tame lion also tried to run away, because he was afraid just like the donkeys. The hunter lion chased and caught the tame lion. He jumped on him and knocked him to the grass.

The tame lion was very afraid. "Please, sir, please don't eat me", he said. "Let me go and join the others."
"But you are a lion", the one on top replied.

"No, sir, I am a donkey."

So the hunter lion took his charge down to the river.

"Look at your reflection", he said. "We are the same."

The tame lion looked into the water and saw two lions looking back.

"You are a lion and you have always been a lion."

"Then how is it that I felt I was a donkey?"

"By associating with donkeys you became a donkey."

"Then how can I now live like a lion since I have only lived as a donkey?"

"Listen, look, open your mouth and utter a roar, like I do." He roared and then the other lion roared!

"It is as simple as that. Don't practice being a lion. Roar! How long does it take to roar? No time! Open your mouth and it's finished."

"I am a lion!" He never returned back with the donkeys.

He needed a teacher to tell him, he needed someone similar, another lion to tell him,"Utter the roar." And what is that roar? "I am Reality. I am free! I am God itself!" This is the roar. Afterwards, you will not go and play with any donkeys. Playing with donkeys means listening to the senses, chasing after objects which constantly change. This is what I call "sleeping to the Self". So, for one instant of your life, turn your face towards the Self. Keep quiet and see who you are. Utter a roar.

Those who cannot keep quiet, they are donkeys. Let them play all their life with other donkeys, getting loaded with soiled linen, under the command of the washerman.

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Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.

The Master remains as calm at the end
as at the beginning.

He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.

What he desires is non-desire;

what he learns is to unlearn.

He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.

He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.

Source: Tao Te Ching

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Where the lips are silent the heart has a thousand tongues.

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Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.

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Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.

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If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Q. Are there no breaks at all in the jnani's awareness of the Self? For example, if he is engrossed in reading a good book, will his full attention 'be always on the book? Will he simultaneously be aware that he is the Self?

AS: If there are breaks in his Self-awareness this means that he is not yet a jnani. Before one becomes established in this state without any breaks, without changes, one has to contact and enjoy this state many times. By steady meditation it finally becomes permanent.

It is very difficult to attain Self-abidance, but once it is attained it is retained effortlessly and never lost. It is a little like putting a rocket into space. A great effort and great energy are required to escape the earth's gravitational field. If the rocket is not going fast enough gravity will pull it back to earth. But once it has escaped the pull of gravity it can stay out in space quite effortlessly without
falling back to earth.

- LWB, p. 304

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