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Changing the cognition before entering into the action, is what we call pooja in Vedic tradition. Hindus worship anything. Because the purpose of pooja is change the cognition before you enter into the activity change the cognition of the driving. Build a conscious cognition.

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Make the True Guru your friend; going to His Court, you shall obtain the True Lord.
He is the Master who has made the world bloom; He makes the Universe blossom forth, fresh and green.
Those who meditate on the True Guru are satisfied and fulfilled. Those who meditate on the True Guru are not afraid of the Messenger of Death.
By Guru’s Grace, one remains blended with the True Name of the Creator.
Through the Guru’s Teachings, you shall be saved, contemplating the True Name.
The Diamond of the Guru has pierced the diamond of my mind, which is now dyed in the deep crimson color of the Name.
Remembering Him in meditation, the home of sorrow is abolished. Remembering Him in meditation, the Messenger of Death shall not touch you. Remembering Him in meditation, the dry branches become green again.
There is nothing beyond You; You are the One who does, sees, and knows.
Without You, there is no other; the entire Universe is the Arena of Your Play.
You are the River, All-knowing and All-seeing. I am just a fish – how can I find Your limit? Wherever I look, You are there. Outside of You, I would burst and die.

~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib

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897.The Lord, being pleased with Prahlada's* prayers and hymns, asked him what boon he desired.

He replied, "Lord, forgive those who oppressed me; in punishing them Thou wilt be punishing Thyself, for verily Thou abides in everything."

* - From ' Upanishads '

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The yogis hailed Nanak as an exalted one. Gorakhmata later changed its name to Nanakmata and it lies just fifteen miles away from the present-day town of Pilibhit. In that area one can find followers of Nanak, known as Nanakpanthis.

The Puratan janamsakhi tells of a shopkeeper who became a follower of Guru Nanak during the latter's travels and came every day to serve the Guru. One day, another shopkeeper accompanied him out of curiosity to see Nanak. But on the way he was captivated by the charms of a woman. Subsequently, they would leave their village together, one to serve the Guru and the other to visit his mistress. One day they wanted to test the result of their actions and decided to meet at the end of the day at an appointed place. The first man as usual visited Guru Nanak, but as soon as he left the Guru's presence, his toe was pierced by a thorn. He went to the meeting place with a bandage on his toe and his slipper in his hand. The other man did not find his mistress at home that day and came to the appointed place ahead of time. As he was sitting there he scartched the ground with a stick. The stick hit a gold mohur, and on digging further, the man unearthed a jar of charcoal. When they met up, they both decided to go back to Guru Nanak to be enlightened on the ways of God - the virtuous man had been injured by a thorn but the sinner had found a gold mohur. Nanak told them that the ways of God were strange. It could well be that the virtuous acts of the first man had changed what could have been impaling stake into a mere thorn while the other's sins had changed what could have been a jar of gold mohurs into a single mohur and turned the rest to charcoal.

' Man's conduct is the paper
On which, the mind's quill
Records both good and evil
As our deeds dictate, we live,
But God's Grace knows no end.' (Raga Maru)

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Guru Nanak and Mardana were now headed towards the next major centre of pilgrimage , important to both Hindus and Buddhists: Gaya, in Bihar. There, on the bank of the Phalgu river, the local priests supervised large-scale ceremonies that consisted of offering funreal barley cakes to departed ancestors and lighting lamps that would light up the paths of the departed spirtits in the heavens above. The priests tried their best to make Nanak join these ceremonies but the Guru refused, saying that only man's deeds could help him in the next world.

' The Lord is my barely roll and leaf platter
The Creator's true name is my obsequy.

- Raga Asa

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Chatur Das, after a lengthy discussion, realized the wisdom of what Guru Nanak had said and became his disciple. He was joined by others who were also impressed by the message of Nanak. According to the Puratan janamsakhi, it was here at Varanasi that Nanak enunciated the fifthy-four stanzas of his composition ' Dakini Onkar ' :

' Performing rituals does not release one
Without virtue one goes to the city of death
He gains neither this world , nor the one beyond
The sinner in the end regrets
He possesses neither knowledge, nor concentration,
Nor any faith, nor meditation
Without the Name he cannot be fearless
Nor understand the evil of ego
I am tired; how do I reach
The Unfathomable, the Endless!
I do not have loved friends
To whom I may appeal for help
Nanak, if I utter my beloved's name
The Uniter shall Unite me with Himself
If I love Him boundlessly
The one who separates shall unite. '

- Aamkali Dakhni Onkar, 37

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Raja Shivnabh was curious to meet Nanak. Mansukh assured him that should he wish it in his heart, Guru Nanak would surely visit him. Soon Shivnabh's curiosity turned into an ardent desire to meet Guru Nanak. Finally, one day he was informed that a holy man and his companions had come to his gardens. Shivnabh thought that perhaps what Mansukh had said had indeed come true. To ascertain whether this man was truly the Guru that he sought, Shivnabh first sent beautiful dancing girls to dance before the Guru. The Guru was not distracted and remained lost in meditation. Then Shivnabh came down himself and posed several questions to Nanak. Among these, he asked him whether he followed the Muslim or the Hindu way of life.
Nanak's reply was:

' The true Guru has solved the problem of the
two paths.
He who meditates on the One God and wavers not,
shall understand.' (Raga Maru)

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You are God´s present being unwrapped.

Don´t identify with the paper.

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Without mud, you cannot have a lotus flower. Without suffering, you have no ways in order to learn how to be understanding and compassionate.

Happiness is the lotus flower and the suffering is the mud. So the practice is how to make use of the suffering, make use of the mud, to create the flower, the happiness..... and this is possible.”

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What hatha yoga does is, if you consciously hold the body in an asana, it can alter the way you think and feel and experience life.

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' Hua Hu Ching '

81. With all this talking, what has been said ?

The subtle truth can be pointed at with words, but it
can't be contained by them.

Take time to listen to what is said without words, to
obey the law to subtle to be written, to worship
the unnameable and to embrace the unformed.
Love your life.
Trust the Tao.
Make love with the invisible subtle origin of the
universe, and you will give yourself everything you
need.

You won't have to hide away forever in spiritual
retreats.
You can be a gentle, contemplative hermit right here
in the middle of everything, utterly unaffected,
thoroughly sustained and rewarded by your integral
practices.

Encouraging others, giving freely to all, awakening
and purifying the world with each movement and
action, you'll ascend to the divine realm in broad
daylight.

The breath of the Tao speaks, and those who are in
harmony with it hear quite clearly.

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80. The world is full of half-enlightened masters.
Overly clever, too "sensitive" to live in the real world,
they surround themselves with selfish pleasures and
bestow their grandiose teachings upon the unwary.

Prematurely publicizing themselves, intent upon
reaching some spiritual climax, they constantly
sacrifice the truth and deviate from the Tao.

What they really offer the world is their own
confusion.

The true master understands that enlightenment is not
the end, but the means.
Realizing that virtue is her goal, she accepts the long
and often arduous cultivation that is necessary to
attain it.
She doesn't scheme to become a leader, but quietly
shoulders whatever responsibilities fall to her.

Unattached to her accomplishments, taking credit for
nothing at all, she guides the whole world by
guiding the individuals who come to her.
She shares her divine energy with her students,
encouraging them, creating trials to strengthen
them, scolding them to awaken them, directing the
streams of their lives toward the infinite ocean of the Tao.

If you aspire to this sort of mastery, then root yourself
in the Tao.

Relinquish your negative habits and attitudes.
Strengthen your sincerity.
Live in the real world, and extend your virtue to it
without discrimination in the daily round.

Be the truest father or mother, the truest brother or
sister, the truest friend, the truest disciple.
Humbly respect and serve your teacher, and dedicate
your entire being unwaveringly to self-cultivation.

Then you will surely achieve self-mastery and be able
to help others in doing the same.

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79. Those in future generations who study and practice the
truth of these teachings will be blessed.
They will acquire the subtle light of wisdom, the
mighty sword of clarity that cuts through all
obstruction, and the mystical pearl of
understanding that envelops the entire universe.
They will attain the insight necessary to perceive the
integral truth of the Tao.

Following this truth with unabashed sincerity, they
will become it: whole, courageous, indestructible,
unnameable.

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78. There are many partial religions, and then there is the
Integral Way.
Partial religions are desperate, clever, human
inventions; the Integral Way is a deep expression of
the pure, whole, universal mind.
Partial religions rely on the hypnotic manipulation of
undeveloped minds; the Integral Way is founded on
the free transmission of the plain, natural,
immutable truth.
It is a total reality, not an occult practice.

The Integral Way eschews conceptual fanaticism,
extravagant living, fancy food, violent music.
They spoil the serenity of one's mind and obstruct
one's spiritual development.
Renouncing what is fashionable and embracing what is
plain, honest, and virtuous, the Integral Way
returns you to the subtle essence of life.
Adopt its practices and you will become like they are:
honest, simple, true, virtuous, whole.

You see, in partial pursuits, one's transformation is
always partial as well.
But in integral self-cultivation, it is possible to achieve
a complete metamorphosis, to transcend your
emotional and biological limitations and evolve to a
higher state of being.

By staying out of the shadows and following this
simple path, you become extraordinary,
unfathomable, a being of profound cosmic subtlety.

You outlive time and space by realizing the subtle
truth of the universe.

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' Hua Hu Ching '

77. Humanity grows more and more intelligent, yet there
is clearly more trouble and less happiness daily.
How can this be so?
It is because intelligence is not the same thing as
wisdom.

When a society misuses partial intelligence and
ignores holistic wisdom, its people forget the
benefits of a plain and natural life.

Seduced by their desires, emotions, and egos, they
become slaves to bodily demands, to luxuries, to
power and unbalanced religion and psychological
excuses.
Then the reign of calamity and confusion begins.

Nonetheless, superior people can awaken during times
of turmoil to lead others out of the mire.
But how can the one liberate the many?
By first liberating his own being.
He does this not by elevating himself, but by lowering
himself.
He lowers himself to that which is simple, modest,
true; integrating it into himself, he becomes a
master of simplicity, modesty, truth.

Completely emancipated from his former false life, he
discovers his original pure nature, which is the pure
nature of the universe.

Freely and spontaneously releasing his divine energy,
he constantly transcends complicated situations and
draws everything around him back into an integral
oneness.

Because he is a living divinity, when he acts, the
universe acts.

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76. Who can save the world?

Perhaps one who devotedly follows these teachings,
who calms her mind,
who ignores all divergence, who develops a high
awareness of the subtle truths,
who merges her virtue with the universal virtue and
extends it to the world without expectation of
reward.

She will indeed be the savior of the world.

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75. Would you like to liberate yourself from the lower
realms of life?
Would you like to save the world from the degradation
and destruction it seems destined for?
Then step away from shallow mass movements and
quietly go to work on your own self-awareness.

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken
all of yourself.
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world,
then eliminate all that is dark and negative in
yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your
own self-transformation.

So find a teacher who is an integral being, a beacon
who extends his light and virtue with equal ease to
those who appreciate him and those who don't.

Shape yourself in his mold, bathe in his nourishing
radiance, and reflect it out to the rest of the world.

You will come to understand an eternal truth: there is
always a peaceful home for a virtuous being.

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74. There are those who derive energy from worshiping
and meditating on divine beings and deities.
If you feel inclined to worship, then worship these:

Worship the fiery sun, repository of yang, and the
watery moon, repository of yin;

Worship the spiritual centers of men and women,
which are angelic in every sense;

Worship the Eight Great Manifestations: Heaven,
Earth, Water, Fire, Thunder, Lake, Wind, and
Mountain;

Worship the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching,
which illuminate the underlying harmony of the
universe;

Finally, worship the Great Tai Chi, in which all things
are contained, balanced, and reposed.

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73. The teacher cannot aid the student as long as the
student's spirit is contaminated.
The cleansing of the spiritual contamination is not the
responsibility of the teacher, but of the student.
It is accomplished by offering one's talent, resources,
and life to the world.
Also, to the teacher and to the immortal angels that
surround him, a healthy student can offer his pure
energy, and a depleted student can give at the very
least food, or wine, or service.

When one gives whatever one can without restraint,
the barriers of individuality break down.
It no longer becomes possible to tell whether it is the
student offering himself to the teacher, or the
teacher offering herself to the student.

One sees only two immaculate beings, reflecting one
another like a pair of brilliant mirrors.

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72. If you wish to gain merit and become one with the
divine, then develop your virtue and extend it to the
world.
Abandon fancy theologies and imaginary ideas and do
some ordinary daily work, such as healing.

Let go of all conflict and strife.

Practice unswerving kindness and unending patience.
Avoid following impulses and pursuing ambitions
which destroy the wholeness of your mind and
separate you from the Integral Way.

Neither become obsessed with circumstances nor
forego awareness of them.

To manage your mind, know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to the
nothingness.

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71. The transformation toward eternal life is gradual.
The heavy, gross energy of body, mind and spirit
must first be purified and uplifted.
When the energy ascends to the subtle level, then
self-mastery can be sought.

A wise instructor teaches the powerful principles of
self-integration only to those who have already
achieved a high level of self-purification and
self-mastery.
In addition, all proper teaching follows the law of
energy response: the most effective method is always
that to which the student's natural energy most
harmoniously responds.

For one, celibacy and self-cultivation will be
appropriate; for another, properly guided dual
cultivation will derive the greatest benefit.
A discerning teacher will determine the proper balance
of practices for each individual.

In any case, know that all teachers and techniques are
only transitional: true realization comes from the
direct merger of one's being with the divine energy
of the Tao.

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70. The cords of passion and desire weave a binding net
around you.
Worldly confrontation makes you stiff and inflexible.
The trap of duality is tenacious.
Bound, rigid, and trapped, you cannot experience
liberation.

Through dual cultivation it is possible to unravel the
net, soften the rigidity, dismantle the trap.
Dissolving your yin energy into the source of universal
life, attracting the yang energy from that same
source, you leave behind individuality and your life
becomes pure nature.

Free of ego, living naturally, working virtuously, you
become filled with inexhaustible vitality and are
liberated forever from the cycle of death and
rebirth.

Understand this if nothing else: spiritual freedom
and oneness with the Tao are not randomly
bestowed gifts, but the rewards of conscious
self-transformation and self-evolution.

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69. A person's approach to sexuality is a sign of his level of
evolution.
Unevolved persons practice ordinary sexual
intercourse.
Placing all emphasis upon the sexual organs, they
neglect the body's other organs and systems.
Whatever physical energy is accumulated is summarily
discharged, and the subtle energies are similarly
dissipated and disordered.
It is great backward leap.

For those who aspire to the higher realms of living,
there is angelic dual cultivation.
Because every portion of the body, mind and spirit
yearns for the integration of yin and yang, angelic
intercourse is led by the spirit rather than the sexual
organs.

Where ordinary intercourse is effortful, angelic
cultivation is calm, relaxed, quiet, and natural.
Where ordinary intercourse unites sex organs with sex
organs, angelic cultivation unites spirit with spirit,
mind with mind, and every cell of one body with
every cell of the other body.

Culminating not in dissolution but in integration, it is
an opportunity for a man and woman to mutually
transform and uplift each other into the realm of
bliss and wholeness.

The sacred ways of angelic intercourse are taught only
by one who has himself achieved total energy
integration, and taught only to students who follow
the Integral Way with profound devotion, seeking
to purify and pacify the entire world along with
their own being.

However, if your virtue is especially radiant, it can be
possible to open a pathway to the subtle realm and
receive these celestial teachings directly from the
immortals.

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68. In angelic dual cultivation, one learns to follow the
Tao.
To approach the Tao, you will need all your sincerity,
for it is elusive, first revealing itself in form and
image, then dissolving into subtle, indefinable
essence.

Through it is uncreated itself, it creates all things.
Because it has no substance, it can enter into where
there is no space.
Exercising by returning to itself, winning victories by
remaining gentle and yielding, it is softer than
anything, and therefore it overcomes everything
hard.

What does this tell you about the benefit of non-action
and silence ?

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67. To achieve the highest levels of life, one must
continually combine new levels of yin and yang.
In nature, the male energy can be found in such
sources as the sun and the mountains, and the
female in such sources as the earth, the moon, and
the lakes.
Those who study these things, which are only hinted
at here, will benefit immeasurably.

Because higher an higher unions of yin and yang are
necessary for the conception of higher life, some
students may be instructed in the art of dual
cultivation, in which yin and yang are directly
integrated in the tai chi of sexual intercourse.
If the student is not genuinely virtuous and the
instruction not that of a true master, dual
cultivation can have destructive effect.
If genuine virtue and true mastery come together,
however, the practice can bring about a profound
balancing of the student's gross and subtle energies.

The result of this is improved health, harmonized
emotions, the cessation of desires and impulses,
and, at the highest level, the transcendent
integration of the entire energy body.

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66. The first integration of yin and yang is the union of
seed and egg within the womb.
The second integration of yin and yang is the sexual
union of the mature male and female.
Both of these are concerned with flesh and blood, and
all that is conceived in this realm must one day
disintegrate and pass away.

It is only the third integration which gives birth to
something immortal.
In this integration, a highly evolved individual joins
the subtle inner energies of yin and yang under the
light of spiritual understanding.
Through the practices of the Integral Way he refines
his gross, heavy energy into something ethereal and
light.
This divine light has the capability of penetrating into
the mighty ocean of spiritual energy and complete
wisdom that is the Tao.

The new life created by the final integration is self-
aware yet without ego, capable of inhabiting a body
yet not attached to it, and guided by wisdom rather
than emotion.

Whole and virtuous, it can never die.

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