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58. Unless the mind, body, and spirit are equally
developed and fully integrated, no spiritual peak or
state of enlightenment can be sustained.
This is why extremist religious and ideologies do not
bear fruit.

When the mind and spirit are forced into unnatural
austerities or adherence to external dogmas, the
body grows sick and weak and becomes a traitor to
the whole being.

When the body is emphasized to the exclusion of the
mind and spirit, they become like trapped snakes:
frantic, explosive, and poisonous to one's person.
All such imbalances inevitably lead to exhaustion and
expiration of the life force.

True self-cultivation involves the holistic integration of
mind, body, and spirit.
Balancing yin and yang through the various practices
of the Integral Way, one achieves complete unity
within and without.

This manifests in the world as perfect equilibrium,
and perfect grace.

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57. The universe is a vast net of energy rays.
The primary ray is that which emanates from the
Subtle Origin, and it is entirely positive, creative,
and constructive.
Each being, however, converts the energy of this
primary ray into its own ray, and these lower rays
can be either positive or negative, constructive or
destructive.

An individual who is not yet fully evolved can be
adversely affected by negative energy rays in the net
around him.
For example, the combined influence of several
negative rays might cause an undeveloped person to
believe that his life is being controlled by an
invisible, oppressive ruler.
Such a misconception can be a significant barrier to
enlightenment.

To attain full evolution and the status of an integral
being, you must be aware of this intricate net and
its influences upon you.
By integrating the positive, harmonious energy rays
with the positive elements of your own being, and
eliminating the subtle negative influences, you can
enhance all aspects of your life.

In order to eliminate the negative influences, simply
ignore them.

To integrate the positive influences, consciously
reconnect yourself with the primary energy ray of
the Subtle Origin by adopting the practices of the
Integral Way.

Then all the rays in the net around you will merge
back into harmonious oneness.

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O Lover Yogi,
I, your humble slave,
clasp your lotus-feet,
do not go away,
stay, Lover, stay.

I'm lost in love's maze
hasten to my side
and show me the way
be my guide.

Yogi Lover,
I have made a pile
of aloewood and sandalwood
for you to ignite;
and in its flames
I'll immolate
my body for your sake.

With my ashes smear
your limbs; so that my light
may unite with yours
for every and ever.

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O Mind, seek
the lotus feet
of the Lord Almighty:
nothing that exists
in this world lasts;
of what use are
pilgrimages and fasts,
of what use death in Kashi?

The body you prize so much
is nothing, it is only dust;
life is like a game of dice
which ends at dusk.

Why don the ochre robe
and wander as a sannyasi?
'tis the mind which needs control
or else the man comes back
to this world of sorrows.

O Giradhara, I'm your slave,
come Master, come, make haste
the noose of worldliness chokes me,
cut it and set me free.

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I know only Krishna
no other,
I have nothing to do with
relations or cousins,
or even my brother.

People chide me
for moving among saints
let them:
I grieve for those who remain
tied to the world,
I love those who have
devotion.

I have reared
love's creeper
with my tears.

I have abandoned the world
and live for love only
as one churning curd
to get precious ghee.

The Rana sent me poison
I drank it cheerfully,
now the news goes round
bruited in every yard,
let it; I am bound
in love to my Lord.

That's all that's real for me
let what will be, be.

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What Mira said to her companion
I will sing Krishna's praises, friend,
early morning I will go
to get the curd and ghee,
ambrosia of his holy feet.

I will go to temple where
his image is and offer prayers,
and to rhythm of cymbals
dance
with abandoned ecstasy.

O Lover, why have you got
me entangled in this world
as one who's helplessly caught
in a thorny berry-shrub?

But i'll chant your name
and free
myself from these bonds;
O Lord Giradhara,
I will be
yours eternally.

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I love to sing the praise
of Krishna, my saviour,
he rescues me always
from all the ills here.

The Rana sent me a basket
with a snake inside it,
when I opened the lid
lo! it was a stone idol!

He sent me a poisoned cup
but it turned to nectar!
I joyfully drank it up
Krishna is my protector.

He sent a bed of spikes
for me to sleep on,
but when I slept at night
each spike was a blossom!

How can one harm ever
him whom the Lord loves?
I have surrendered
myself to Giradhara.

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The heart's grief
can't find relief
without the love of Rama.

This world is
a cauldron of ills
it does not honor saints.
can men ever attain
emancipation
if they revile Rama's name?

They've reborn again and again
upon this grief-filled earth.
These vile men are bound forever
to the wheel of eighty-four lakh births.

To the saints
these fools never go,
their lives a vain endeavor;
says Mira, take refuge in Rama
or you won't get moksha ever.

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56. If you wish to become a person of Tao, then study that
which serves the nature of life, and offer it to the
world.
Allow your devotion to learning the Taoist ways to be
complete.
Partial practice and partial discipline won't do:
You can't know the body by studying the finger. and
you can't understand the universe by learning one
science.
If you study the whole of the Tao wholeheartedly,
then everything in your life will reflect it.

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The holistic practices of the ancient masters integrate
science, art, and personal spiritual development.
Mind, body, and spirit participate in them equally.
They include:

1.Yi Yau, the healing science which incorporates
diagnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicine,
therapeutic diet, and other methods;

2.Syang Ming, the science which predicts a
person's destiny by observing the outward
physical manifestations of his face, skeleton,
palms, and voice.

3.Feng Shui, the science of discerning the subtle
energy rays present in a geographic location to
determine whether they will properly support
the activities of a building or town constructed
there;

4.Fu Kua, the observation of the subtle alterations
of yin and yang for the purpose of making
decisions which are harmonious with the
apparent and hidden aspects of a situation. The
foundation of Fu Kua and all Taoist practice
is the study of the I Ching, or Book of Changes.

5.Nei Dan, Wai Dan, and Fang Jung, the
sciences of refining one's personal energy
through alchemy, chemistry, and the cultivation
of balanced sexual energy.

6.Tai Syi, the science of revitalization through
breathing and visualization techniques;

7.Chwun Shi, the transformation of one's spiritual
essence through keeping one's thoughts in
accord with the Divine Source;

8.Shu-Set, the attunement of one's daily life to the
cycle of universal energy rays;

9.Bi Gu, the practice of fasting on specific days in
order to gather life energy emanating from the
harmonized positions of certain stars;

10.Sau Yi, the science of embracing integral
transcendental oneness in order to accomplish
conception of the 'mystical pearl';

11.Tai Chi Ch'uan, the performance of physical
exercises to induce and direct energy flows
within the body to gain mastery of body,
breath, mind, the internal organs, and life and
death;

12.Fu Chi, the science of reforming and refining
one's energy with pure food and herbs;

13.Chuan Se, the inner visualization of the unity of
one's inner and outer being;

14.Dzai Jing, the purification of one's energy
through ascetic practices.

15.Fo Jou, the drawing of mystical pictures and
writing and recital of mystical invocations
for the purpose of evoking a response from the
subtle realm of the universe;

16.Tsan Syan, the process of dissolving the ego and
connecting with the Great Oneness through the
study of classical scriptures and daily dialogue
with an enlightened master;

17.Lyou Yen and Chi Men, the mystical sciences of
energy linkage for the purpose of influencing
external affairs.

Of these, the most important for beginners is the
study of the I Ching, which enables one to perceive
the hidden influences in every situation and thus
establish a balanced and spiritually evolved means of
responding to them.

All are instruments for attaining the Tao.
To study them is to serve universal unity, harmony,
and wisdom.

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54. In ancient times, various holistic sciences were
developed by highly evolved beings to enable their
own evolution and that of others.
These subtle arts were created through the linking of
individual minds with the universal mind.
They are still taught by traditional teachers to those
who display virtue and desire to assist others.

The student who seeks out and studies these teachings
furthers the evolution of mankind as well as her own
spiritual unfolding.
The student who ignores them hinders the
development of all beings.

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I am not giving a teaching, I am only giving a method. Do you know the distinction between the two? A teaching can be analyzed and understood. A method has to simply be used. It cannot be analyzed or understood. This is just a method. It does not take much effort. You just constantly see how small a creature you are in this existence.

Look at the mountain and see how small you are, look at the sky and see how small you are. Look at the distance into the sky and see how poor your vision is. Like this, put yourself into the right place. I am not saying depreciate yourself, I am saying be realistic as to who the hell you are in this Creation. You do not have to appreciate or depreciate; you do not have to lie to yourself. Simply see what is your place in the existence and constantly keep reminding yourself, “This is all I am, a speck of nothing in nothing.” Who the hell you are, what you think of yourself, your greatness – these do not mean anything. Even if you disappear tomorrow morning, the whole world will be fine. This is so for you, this is so for me, this is so for everyone. The more people do not understand this, the more idiotic their lives will be. The more they come to terms with it, the more intelligently they will live.

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53. True understanding in a person has two attributes:
awareness and action.
Together they form a natural tai chi.

Who can enjoy enlightenment and remain indifferent
to suffering in the world?
This is not in keeping with the Way.

Only those who increase their service along with their
understanding can be called men and women of
Tao.

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52. Do you think you can clear your mind by sitting
constantly in silent meditation?
This makes your mind narrow, not clear.
integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present
in all places and at all times.
That is true meditation.

Who can attain clarity and simplicity by avoiding the
world?
The Tao is clear and simple, and it doesn't avoid the
world.

Why not simply honor your parents,
love your children,
help your brothers and sisters,
be faithful to your friends,
care for your mate with devotion,
complete your work cooperatively and joyfully,
assume responsibility for problems,
practice virtue without first demanding it of others,
understand the highest truths yet retain an ordinary
manner?

That would be true clarity, true simplicity, true
mastery.

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51. Those who want to know the truth of the universe
should practice the four cardinal virtues.

The first is reverence for all life; this manifests as
unconditional love and respect for oneself and all
other beings.
The second is natural sincerity; this manifests as
honesty, simplicity, and faithfulness.
The third is gentleness; this manifests as kindness,
consideration for others, and sensitivity to spiritual
truth.
The fourth is supportiveness; this manifests as service
to others without expectation of reward.

The four virtues are not an external dogma but a part
of your original nature.
When practiced, they give birth to wisdom and evoke
the five blessings: health, wealth, happiness,
longevity, and peace.

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50. What good is it to spend your life accumulating
material things?
It isn't in keeping with the Tao.
What benefit in conforming your behavior to
someone's conventions?
It violates your nature and dissipates your energy.
Why separate your spiritual life and practical life?
To an integral being, there is no such distinction.

Live simple and virtuously, true to your nature,
drawing no line between what is spiritual and what
is not.

Ignore time.
Relinquish ideas and concepts.
Embrace the Oneness.

This is the Integral Way.

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49. Thinking and talking about Integral Way are not
the same as practicing it.
Who ever became a good rider by talking about
horses?
If you wish to embody the Tao, stop chattering and
start practicing.
Relax your body and quiet your senses.
Return your mind to its original clarity.
Forget about being separated from others and from the
Divine Source.

As you return to the Oneness, do not think of it or be
in awe of it. This is just another way of separating
from it.
Simply merge into truth, and allow it to surround
you.

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Celebrate the Existence of Shiva!

Shiva is the embodiment of getting rid of the old and the possibility of the new – the power of rejuvenation. He can get rid of anything in you – karmas, negative patterns, body, mind, disease. Getting rid of the old, re-inventing yourself as new.
Trishul (trident) is the symbol of getting rid of all impossibilities. Damaru (drum) is the symbol of remembering and reinforcing all the possibilities. Damaru is the sound and symbol of creation. Trishul is the weapon of rejuvenation. That’s why the damaru and trishul are always worshipped together. Through the trishul, He removes all the old impossibilities. Through the damaru, He creates all the possibilities for you in your life!

You can never worship Mahadeva – you can only join His team and celebrate His existence. First of all if you can’t grasp Mahadeva, then how will you worship Him? You can only celebrate His presence, that He has happened in your life and He has graciously introduced His existence to you.
The Vedic Tradition starts with giving the right context of you to you. For instance, in the Shaiva Tradition, you are introduced to yourself as Mahadeva – Shiva. You are not introduced to yourself as a sinner, a slave or a follower. Human beings are endowed with the energy to make what they want in their life as reality. Human-beings are not sent as beggars to Planet Earth. God is not a sadist sending you with empty hands. He is neither a sadist nor a miserly father. He is a beautiful causer, amazing cosmic causeless auspicious energy – Satchitananda – Shiva!
In the Shaiva Tradition, your initiation starts with the great truth of Shivoham. Only Mahadeva celebrates by making more and more Mahadevas! Only a devotee of Mahadeva can declare,
“Shivoham” – “I am Shiva!”
Please understand, only the Vedic Tradition has the courage to declare that the concept of God is a stepping-stone for enlightenment! The concept of Shiva is just to experience oneness – the non-dualistic state. Shiva is also a stepping-stone for Shivoham. And he is happy about it, understand! The approach you need to have with Mahadeva is to celebrate his existence and His presence – join His team!

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Please understand, anybody who has drowned in the ocean of samsara, the ocean of delusion and bondage, the only anchor available to raise yourself to the next level is Master’s words. From the other plane of existence, the only bridge available to this plane, this universe, is an Enlightened Master’s words. If you don’t catch that and raise yourself, nothing else- no puja, no meditation, no spiritual practice can help you.

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Understand, the belief you carry about you plays a major role. The good news is: whatever you believe, you become that, you are that. The great news is: You can alter it, if you have a wrong belief; you can mature it, if you have some immature belief; you can transform it, the possibility is available to you. And greatest news is: It is very simple!

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Start working from today with this one truth – ‘I cannot be violated. Anything which can be violated is not me.’ Understand? ‘Anything which can be violated is not me, because, I am Mahadeva, Shivoham! How can Shiva be violated? No! Anything which can be violated is not Shiva. I am Shiva!’ Start cognizing this logic. Start functioning from this logic.

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If you have travelled in the path of seeking, you will understand what Rishis are revealing, what these great masters are expressing. I tell you, seeking should be one of the first, foremost and last quality a man should develop. Constantly seeking the ultimate truth, whether you pick up a job or build a career, get married, in every decision, every action, every step of your life, seeking should be the first priority.

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The external situation is not going to decide what you are;
it is the concept you carry about you, the ideas you carry
about you, the stuff out of which you are made.

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This is a journey from untruth to truth. The key to victory lies in knowing that who you are is beyond this body and mind.

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Dussehra – Devotion and Reverence

Of the many things that we are in touch with, of the many things that contribute in making and creating our lives, the most important devices that we employ in making a success of our lives are our own body and mind. Being in reverence towards the very earth that you walk upon, towards the air that you breathe, the water that you drink, the food that you eat, the people that you come in touch with and everything else that you use, including your body and mind, will lead us to a different possibility as to how we can live. Being in a state of reverence and devotion towards all these aspects is a way of ensuring success in every endeavor that we partake in.

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48. Do you wish to free yourself of mental and emotional
knots and become one with the Tao?
If so, there are two paths available to you.

The first is the path of acceptance.
Affirm everyone and everything.
Freely extend your goodwill and virtue in every
direction, regardless of circumstances.
Embrace all things as part of the Harmonious
Oneness, and then you will begin to perceive it.

The second path is that of denial.
Recognize that everything you see and think is a
falsehood, an illusion, a veil over the truth.
Peel all the veils away, and you will arrive at the
Oneness.

Though these paths are entirely different, they will
deliver you to the same place: spontaneous
awareness of the Great Oneness.
Once you arrive there, remember: it isn't necessary to
struggle to maintain unity with it.

All you have to do is participate in it.

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