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The five subtle elements that combine to compose this world
Are as illusory as the water in a desert mirage;
To whom, then, shall I bow my head?
I, myself, am the stainless One!

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 3

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All that exists in this world of forms
Is nothing but the Self, and the Self alone.
How, then, shall the Infinite worship Itself?
Shiva is one undivided Whole!

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 2

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Truly, it is by the grace of God
That the knowledge of Unity arises within.
Then a man is released at last
From the great fear of life and death.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 1

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RAMANA'S TEARS

I may here record that I have noticed on more than one occasion in the past how Bhagavan could not proceed with the reading of any deeply devotional portions of Tamil works such as Thevaram and Thayumanavar. ... when touching songs were recited or read out before him, or when he himself was reading out to us poems or passages from the lives or works of famous saints, he would be moved to tears and find it impossible to restrain them.

He would be reading out and explaining some passage and when he came to a very moving part he would get so choked with emotion that he could not continue but would lay aside the book. To quote a few instances, such a thing happened when he was reading and explaining some incidents in Sundaramurti Nayanar’s life in connection with the Tiruchuzhi Mahatmyam, and also when he was reading out ‘Akarabuvanam-Chidambara Rahasyam’ in Thayumanavar’s works, and came to the twenty-fourth verse:

"Conceiving you as everything from earth to space, I shall record my thoughts on the large page of my mind, and looking at that image ever and again, I shall cry out: ‘Lord of my life, will you not come?’ Repeatedly believing myself to be You, I am unable to fix my attention on anything else. Lamenting in this way, like one whose heart is wounded, dissolving inwardly, so that tears pour down in floods, uttering deep sighs, unaware even of my body, I stand transfixed.

His [Bhagavan’s] eyes were so filled with tears and his throat so choked with emotion [as he read these words] that he had to put aside the book and break off his discourse.

- Day by Day with Bhagavan, 12th December 1945, afternoon session.

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Ramana's Devotion

I went back to Ramanasramam and asked the Maharshi, 'Are you the person who appeared to me in Madras and told me, "Krishna bhakti alone is true"?' He heard my question but he didn't give me a reply.

While I was waiting for an answer, a group of devotees came from Vrindavan. They were on a tour of pilgrimage places in the South. On their visit to Tirupati they had heard that there was swami in Tiruvanamalai who was worth visiting. So, they all came along to have darshan. The leader presented the Maharshi with a picture of Krishna playing the flute for Radha. It was a beautiful picture. As the Maharshi was looking at the picture, tears started trickling down his cheeks. When you have intense devotion for Krishna, you can easily pick out other devotees who have that same passion. I could see that these were real tears of devotion and that they came from the heart and not from the mind. As I watched the tears trickling down his cheeks, I felt them trickling into my own Heart. It was a divine shower that filled my own Heart with love. He was so happy looking at that picture, and I felt so happy looking at him appreciate it.

I thought to myself, "This man has been hiding his devotion from me. He doesn't like to show it publicly, but now I have found out his secret. He is just as much a bhakta as I am."

A bird cannot fly without two wings. After this revalation I saw that the Maharshi was soaring on the twin wings of bhakti and jnana [ devotion and transcendental knowledge ]. From that moment on, my doubts evaporated and I had immense faith in him.

- From Nothing Ever Happened, Vol 1 by David Godman

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There is no creation,
no destruction,
none bound,
none seeking,
striving,
gaining freedom.

Know that this is
the Truth supreme.

- Collected Works,
Stray verse #9

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In that state where one knows nothing at all,
This versified knowledge doesn't even exist.
So, now, while I'm in the state of samarasa,
I, the Avadhut, have spoken of the supreme Absolute.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 15

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We're completely oblivious to everything -
From the performance of duties to the attainment of liberation.
How, then, could those who profess wisdom imagine
That we possess either attachment or non-attachment?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 14

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All this [world] is conjured by magic;
It's only the water of a desert mirage.
Beyond all differences, beyond all forms,
Truly, there is only Shiva alone.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 13

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Continuously united with, yet free from, everything,
The liberated are beyond all manifestation (tattvas).
Indeed, how could there be any birth or death here?
How can one here meditate on either forms or formlessness?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 12

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The Destroyer is beyond destruction and non-destruction;
The Sustainer is beyond sustaining and non-sustaining.
Indeed, how could substance or the dissolution of substance exist here?
The Reality is unchanging, like the formless sky.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 11

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How does one who is continuously bound here by knowledge and ignorance
Become free of both duality and non-duality?
How does a yogi here become natural and desireless?
By becoming aware that he's the stainless Purity,
the enjoyer of unchanging bliss.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 10

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As a yogi, he is beyond union and separation;
As a bhogi (enjoyer), he is beyond enjoyment and non-enjoyment.
Thus, he wanders leisurely, leisurely,
While in his mind arises the natural bliss of the Self.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 9

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Only the stainless, all inclusive Reality exists;
It is a clear, pure, and continuous Sky.
Here, how could association or dissociation occur?
In the one Reality, how could there be any relationship
or severance of relationship?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 8

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There is but one Reality: the undifferentiated All.
How, then, could there be union, separation, or pride of attainment here?
He is the Supreme, the undifferentiated All;
Here, how could there be any substance or non-substance?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 7

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The Self is undifferentiated, like the formless sky;
The Self is the pure and stainless Reality.
For Him, how can there be difference or non-difference,
Bondage or liberation, division or change?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 6

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Where the Self is, how can there be any knowledge?
How can there be either forms or the absence of forms?
Where there is the Supreme, infinite as the sky,
How can there be any differentiation of objects?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 5

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For him, where is the question of being embodied or bodiless?
Where is the question of attachment or non-attachment?
Pure and unpartitioned as the infinite sky,
He is, Himself, the Reality in Its natural form.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 4

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Free from bondage to the fetters of hope,
Free from the yoke of acceptable conduct,
Free from everything, he's thus attained peace.
He is the stainless One, the pure Absolute.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 3

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His attainment is beyond attaining or non-attaining;
His state is beyond that of union or separation;
He's continually established in the one stainless Reality.
How can the Avadhut either speak or not speak?

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 2

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A patched rag from the roadside serves as a shawl
To the Avadhut, who has no sense of pride or shame.
Naked, he sits in an empty shack,
Immersed in the pure, stainless bliss of the Self.

Saptamo adhyayah
Chapter 7, Verse 1

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'Yoga is a great science where your body is trained to achieve peak potential. Mind is trained for Liberated thinking.
It is ultimately to awaken your Kundalini Shakthi.'

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'Kundalini is the inner potential energy. Once it is awakened, you will experience extraordinary health, physically, mentally and extraordinary powers, abilities. Everything in yoga is finally aimed at, it can be as simple as washing your eyes or as difficult as Shivasasana, Kriyas, everything is aimed at awakening the Kundalini Shakti in you. To awaken the extraordinary possibilities and abilities in you, Yoga is one of the greatest gift given to the world by Mahadeva directly.'

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'Basically Yoga is to awaken your Kundalini Shakti and manifest what you want as reality. Ultimately merge, become One with, realize your highest spiritual identity, Shivoham. The experience of “I am Shiva, I am the Divine.” Understand, it may start with bending the body, but it ends in uniting your consciousness with the Divine, becoming one with the Divine.'

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'I have many questions from yoga practitioners;
I’ll try to answer some of them on this international day of Yoga.


“I have practiced Yoga for years, mastered many asanas. Everyone around me looks at me like I am enlightened, but I am not. I have a deep yearning to experience the truth of life, but don’t know where to turn; can You guide me where to turn?”


Through this question, you have turned where you need to turn. This is the usual state of people who practice yoga without going through the original scriptures.But it’s okay, you started in some form; now it is time, turn to the original scriptures. Svatmarama, Mahadeva’s Shiva Agama Yoga Patha, don’t be afraid, they are not vast voluminous books. Just in few hundred pages, they will be able to guide you, give you clarity, and raise you to the next level and help you to achieve your enlightenment. All you need to do is just turn towards authentic scriptures, or the masters who are teaching based on authentic scriptures. Please understand, fortunately, Yoga has become trillion dollar industry, but flip side, other side of it is dilution, pollution, because of the necessity to commercialize as per the taste of the customers, clients, who are practicing, so please understand, but you don’t have to worry about it. The solution is here: go back to the original scriptures written by Mahadeva, Svatmarama, Goraknatha, Matsyendranatha, Patanjali. I can comfortably stand by these five names. Adi Yogi Mahadeva Shivagama, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and Svatmaramas Yoga Pratipika and Hatha Yoga Literatures, Yogic literatures, I can very comfortably, authentically stand by these 5 great masters and books. These five, time tested, fool proof, with no wrong or bad side effects, will help you to reach the real purpose of the yoga by the founding forefathers. So you just need to turn towards the original scriptures, or the masters who are teaching as per the original scriptures, understand. The real masters’ expertise or their experience should be accepted only as long as it is aligned with scriptures, as long as the atma pramana is in tune with the apta pramana, ancient, traditional masters’ experiences. If there is a difference between the two, always go back to the ancient masters’ experience, that should be the touch stone. So understand, it is time for you to turn towards the authentic scriptures, or the masters who teach from authentic scriptures.

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