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Find the best ways to quiet the mind. The instant that the mind is stilled there is meditation. Meditation has to be perennial, permanent, not just sitting for an hour a day. It does not mean chanting the thought, "I have to be free." It means being centered in the Self, which is alone true; all else is false. There must be a very strong understanding in your mind. It is not difficult once you discover the ability to discern what is real from what is unreal. Pleasures of the senses may try to distract you, religions may promise you pleasures in heaven after life, but you will have to abandon all these things. Abandon studying any book; it does not help you. Now you open your own book for the first time. Open your own book and keep quiet.

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Today ( May 31) ) is World No Tobacco Day. Sadhguru looks at how there is a psychological and physiological basis to smoking and addiction, and how we can deal with both these aspects.

Question: I smoke a lot. How do I deal with that?

Sadhguru: Today, there is sufficient awareness about the impact of any kind of intoxicants or stimulants. Earlier, they were printing in small print on the packets: “Cigarette smoking is injurious to health.” Today, it is printed as a big image: “Smoking kills” or “Smoking causes cancer”.

It is not a crime to have cancer. If you enjoy it, have it! Do whatever you want in your life, but you need to understand, every action that you perform has a consequence. When the consequence comes, whatever the consequence, if you can walk through it joyfully, do whatever the hell you please. But when the consequence comes, if you are going to cry, then be conscious about your action. Life is as simple as that. This is not about morality. A fool who acts without knowing the consequence will suffer.

The Eco-friendly Machine

It’s just quite stupid to be smoking because the human system is an eco-friendly machine! It wasn’t built to smoke. Right now there is an enormous amount of research into fuels and engines to make our cars smoke less! If you want to make a non-smoking machine into a smoking machine, is it not stupid? If you see that, it will slowly drop off.

Ecstatic By Your Own Chemistry

There is also a certain chemical factor to this. Your chemistry has become dependent on nicotine or caffeine or whatever else. That can be changed. You will see, if you just do the Shambavi Mahamudra, suddenly your whole system is so fired up, the need to smoke, drink coffee, tea or anything else just evaporates. Now, if you do it, it is only for the pleasure of it. One day if you feel like drinking coffee or smoking, you do so, but the compulsion and physiological dependence will be taken away.

I don’t believe in telling anyone, “Give this up or give that up.” You would just keep the cigarette down for two minutes and again you would go poof, poof, poof, because this is the biggest experience you have. For you, it is the most wonderful experience. But if I create a bigger experience for you than smoking, drinking, sexuality, drugs or whatever you have known, do I have to tell you, “Give this up”? It will just fall apart by itself. If you knew how to become absolutely ecstatic just by your own chemistry, you wouldn’t smoke or take a drink in your life. With Shambhavi Mahamudra, the first day you sit and do it, you will just burst into ecstatic states. After that I don’t have to tell you to give anything up. Suddenly your life is on line.

Drunk on Di-vine

I’ve never touched a substance but if you look at my eyes, I’m always stoned. I can be drunk twenty-four hours of the day – no hangover, it doesn’t cost anything, and it’s good for health! We look at alcohol, drugs and these things as kindergarten stuff because we can get intoxicated a thousand times over just with our aliveness. Why simply wine? You can get drunk with the di-vine!

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'The concept you carry about you can be changed just by simple willingness. Nothing else required. Your decision. With that willingness, listen, Upanishads are introducing you to you. Upanishads are declaring here who you are. Listen. Pure Consciousness is all pervasive. Beyond coming and going. That is you! That is YOU! Don’t think somebody else. Don’t say after I realize, I’ll become that. You are playing with the mud, you come and sit in the center of the house, your mother tells, “hey, what happened to your skin? Everywhere it’s all mud?” If you say, “Oh, once I realize I am the skin I’ll understand, till then I am mud.” If you talk like that you are stupid!'

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Haritaki, the Wonder Fruit

Haritaki or Terminalia chebula is a wonder drug, finding its place in a wide range of therapeutic usage in the Ayurveda system of medicine. It is a very large tree growing throughout the deciduous forests of India and Sri Lanka, growing up to 2000m. Haritaki is described as the ‘remover of diseases’. Hara is also the name of Lord Shiva, thus reflecting the sacred nature and exalted position of the plant. It literally means ‘green’. It is also ‘abhaya’ or ‘fearless’ of any disease. It is said to have originated when a drop of immortal nectar (amrita) fell from heaven to earth. It is considered to be the best herb for the digestive system and lungs.

HEALTH BENEFITS

The Fruit

The fruits of Haritaki are one of the main ingredients in many Ayurvedic formulations. Eg: The popular ‘Triphala’. Haritaki fruits are highly nutritious for human health as they contain various vitamins, minerals and proteins. They are an excellent source of vitamin C. These fruits are also rich in several minerals including selenium, potassium, manganese, iron and copper.

The fruits are also proved to have strong antibacterial and cardiotonic properties. They prevent the growth of many harmful intestinal bacteria.
These fruits are beneficial for the five senses as they improve their receiving powers.
A half tsp. of fruit pulp powder when ingested every night followed by a little warm water is used for healing ulcers (of both mouth and stomach) and wounds.
It is used as an eyewash, for relief from various eye-infections.
Gargling with a decoction made from the fruits is very good for fighting oral ulcers, stomatitis and sore throat.
Haritaki fruit, mixed with dry ginger powder and hot water, is used for treating asthma and hiccups.
This fruit is used for fighting many diseases including leprosy, chronic as well as intermittent fever, narcosis, diarrhea and anorexia.
It is a good nervine. It is used in nervous weakness, nervous irritability. Its fruit pulp increases the oxygen levels of the blood, thereby promoting longevity of tissues.
These fruits are used for fighting many digestive disorders such as flatulence, distention and parasitic infections.
A decoction of this fruit is used to fight against hepatitis and obesity.

The Powder

A paste of Haritaki and water is found to be anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Its decoction as a lotion is a surgical dressing for healing wounds.
It reduces lipid deposits in the blood and liver. When consumed with honey, it helps reduce cholesterol.
Its powder is a good astringent for loose gums, bleeding and ulceration in gums.
Powdered Haritaki is used along with ghee and honey for curing anemia.
It is good for chronic cough, sore throat and asthma.
It is useful in skin disorders with discharges, like allergies.
It is used to treat chronic fever.
On long term use, it is helpful in gaining weight in the emaciated persons and in losing weight in obese persons.
When taken with meals it sharpens the intellect, increases strength, stimulates the senses, expels the urine, stool and other waste materials from the body. It saves the person from the vitiating effects of bodily humors.
Haritaki reduces the ill effects of fat rich, creamy and oily food. Haritaki is the definite aid for persons who habitually overeat.
Haritaki is reputed for its alterative, adaptogenic and tonic effect when used throughout the year with different substances in different six seasons of the year. If we review all the herbal formulations in Ayurveda’s all classical texts, we will find haritaki to be one of the most frequently used ayurvedic herbs. In Ayurveda, haritaki is the best for purifying the channels of the body.

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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!”

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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!

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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.

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Let the ugliness of unkindness in others impel
me to make myself beautiful with loving-kindness.
May harsh speech from my companions remind
me to use sweet words always. If stones from evil
minds are cast at me, let me send in return only
missiles of goodwill.
As a jasmine vine sheds its flowers over the hands
delivering ax blows at its roots, so, on all who act
inimically toward me may I shower the blossoms of
forgiveness.

From "Whispers from Eternity"

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'If some one uses bad words at you, you shout in anger and react immediately. But if I repeatedly tell you 'You are God, You are God', even then see, you are not reacting! We react for pain, not for good things, because we do not know our own values!'

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'Understand. The materialistic civilization doesn't allow you to sit back and look. If you are allowed to sit back and look, you are a dangerous person. You will discover the shallowness of it all. Sitting back and looking is what I called un-clutching, meditation, seeking. Sitting back and looking: What for you are looking, and What you are looking for, Where are you looking? Are you looking in the right direction? These base questions are enough.. and all the make-up of the world will disappear.'

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“Don’t try to hold onto what is realized, be what is realized. You cannot maintain realization or sustain it. In order for it to always be, you must be it yourself—in your humanity.”

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'My Secret is Silence'

“The enlightened sage abides as the eternal witness
wholly unconcerned, yet intimately engaged.
Resting beyond all definitions he neither clings to
transcendent freedom nor is he entangled
by the dualistic world;
therefore, he is at one with all of life.”

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“As we go through our trials and tribulations, outer circumstances seem to be exquisitely put together specifically to test each part of our realization. These trials and tribulations will also occur from the inside. Your unconscious at some point will start to reveal itself. In the unawakened person, the unconscious never fully comes into conscious awareness, but with awakening our means of suppression and denial are either torn apart completely or wounded so severely that we can’t repress as much. The unconscious elements of our mind come into conscious awareness, and that is another kind of trial. What’s being asked of you is to meet all of that inner material from the standpoint of divine being, from the standpoint of eternity - to meet it, to understand it, to resolve it. That may sound quite easy, but when it’s actually happening it’s a little more gritty and real than the description suggests.
You could think of these inward and outward trials as a form of purification. You’re purifying the vehicle: body and mind, the same body and mind that you woke up out of when you awakened. Now this vehicle has to undergo its own purification so spirit can fully embody your humanity. And this is where the story of Jesus again provides a powerful mirror, because Jesus is someone who embodied in his humaity the divine impulse, divine being.”


- From 'Resurrecting Jesus'

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You see, it's all a creation of the mind, an endless movie, a terrible dream. Don't try to change the dream, because trying to change it is just another movement in the dream. Look at the dream. Be aware of the dream.
That awareness is It. Become more interested in the awareness of the dream than in the dream itself. What is that awareness?
Who is that awareness? Don't go spouting out an answer, just be the answer. Be It.

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Many of you have moments where you feel this seamless flow from what you realize to how you move in the world and it is spontaneous and you don’t need to reflect on it and you don’t need to inquire about it. That gives you a taste for a natural way of being. Bringing a little more attention to embodiment is almost like practicing your instrument so at the critical moments you can just play music, you can just be. But often we try to hop to just being before we really know and understand the inner terrain.
There isn’t a secret to how to embody the deepest things you know beyond staying connected to your caring, courage and openness and availability. When the truth is occupying us spontaneously it is happening without introspection. By exploring what it is to embody our deepest wisdom it does bring a quality of self-reflection but you can think of it as practicing an instrument. You practice your scales, you might practice a lot so when you perform you can let go and improvise. Not only do your fingers but your whole being knows what to do because you put the practice in. If you spontaneously try to make music it is not going to sound so great.

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"In the experience of awakening what's discovered is personal freedom. Personal freedom is freedom from everything that ever happened. It is freedom from identity being confined to the body, mind, memory, and all the ideas that we hold about ourselves. In personal freedom, one has the sense of "I am free." The "I am" has a perfume of the personal. Here, freedom refers to the "I am; later one will go beyond the "I am."
Once you're finished being enamored with your freedom from all that is personal, there arises a love greater than anything that could be called personal. The dawning of this love within the human heart seeks something far greater than anything previously experienced. It's a love that seeks liberation of the whole. In that light, personal liberation starts to seem almost petty.
The expansion from personal liberation into a far greater love and concern for that which could never be called personal is often one of the hardest things for spiritual seekers to come to grips with. This love is so big that often our self-concern and our fascination with our own liberation feels threatened. By "threatened" I mean that it makes much self-concern seem small in the face of something so much bigger.
The Love of which I'm speaking, arises directly out of a profound depth of realization. It has nothing to do with doing the right thing or being a good person. Such notions come from an egoic mind masquerading in spiritual clothing. I am speaking about a force of Love that originates from beyond the mind - from consciousness itself."

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‎Yoga‬ is a technology. Anybody who is willing to make use of it can make use of it.

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The purpose of Hatha Yoga is to establish a body that is less susceptible to outside influences – a stable platform to build on.

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The experience of life should mature you. It is your choice to transform a memory into a wound or wisdom.

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Years back I’d heard a tale of horror, which happened to a young French girl traveling through India. She’d been fascinated by Aghori sadhus, who have a reputation for being way out on the fringes of the sadhu world. She’d gone to Gujarat to seek them out and had come in contact with some black magic babas. They drugged her with datura (Jimsom weed) which produces a long-lasting zombie-like state in its victims. She was kept drugged and used by the band of sadhus for sex and often left for hours in the blinding heat by the side of the road with a begging bowl and made to beg for rupees from passerby. They kept her captive for several years and one day, thinking she was too passive and docile and without a will of her own, they lost track of her, and she managed to walk away and contact the police. She was transported to the French Embassy then back to Paris where her family took her on rounds to all the best specialists in the city. Eventually they all concurred that she’d suffered permanent brain damage and no cure was available. She was aware enough of her situation and allowed her family to institutionalize her so that her needs could be met as best as possible and to prevent her from committing suicide.

Two years after hearing this terrible story I ran into a woman sadhu, who I had often encountered while traveling around India. That morning, I was wearing my Maharaji locket, which I only wear intermittently. I was sitting in a cafe in Paharganj having breakfast with this woman, who had come from France more than thirty years ago. She was a devotee of Ram and a chela of a very famous sadhu from Ayodhya and now lived as a permanent resident of India. All of a sudden she reached across the breakfast table and began to finger the locket around my neck with Maharaji’s picture, “Oh oh!” she cried. “This is the Baba! He saved my little girl’s life!” When I asked her what she was talking about, she proceeded to tell me the whole story about her daughter with the Aghoris that I’d heard before. She told me that her daughter had been in and out of hospitals for about a year and that when the doctors had finally exhausted every blood test and cat scan process they could think of – they gave up and institutionalized her permanently. About a month later her daughter woke up in the middle of the night and Maharaji was sitting on the edge of her bed. He said, “Daughter, sleep well tonight. Tomorrow, you go home.” When she woke the next morning all the damage and the pain from the drugging and the abuse had melted away as if it had never happened.



Excerpt from Barefoot in the Heart: Remembering Neem Karoli Baba edited by Keshav Das

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The Lord wants us to escape this delusive world. He cries for us, for He knows how hard it is for us to gain His deliverance. But you have only to remember that you are His child. Don't pity yourself. You are loved just as much by God as are Krishna and Jesus. You must seek His love, for it encompasses eternal freedom, endless joy, and immortality.

From ' The Divine Romance '

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The spiritual path can be a confusing journey, and whether one is going forwards, backwards, or totally off-track may not be obvious at all. Sadhguru answers a seeker’s question about “spiritual growth.”

Question: How do we known how much spiritual growth we have experienced? How do we know we are moving ahead on the spiritual path?

Sadhguru: In the initial phase, do not worry about whether you are moving ahead or backwards because your logical judgments will be very misleading. When you sit for your kriya in the morning, your legs will tell you that you are going backwards, and your family will also probably tell you to stop this nonsense. So in the initial phase, do not judge anything. It is always best to start a spiritual process with an unconditional commitment for a certain period of time. No so-called “spiritual growth” or benefit needs to happen to you. Just simply do the practice out of commitment for six months. After that, evaluate your life and see how peaceful, joyous and calm you are. What is it doing with you?

Even a man who has reached the peak within himself always takes time to evaluate himself, maybe not in the usual ways, but he does in many other ways. A certain incident happened in Gautama Buddha’s life. On a certain day, everybody came and bowed down to Buddha but one man came and spat on his face. Anandatheerta, Buddha’s close disciple who adored and worshiped him, got really angry. He said, “Give me permission, and I will teach this man a lesson. How could he spit on your face?” Gautama said, “No,” and thanked that man. He said, “Thank you very much for spitting on my face because this has given me an opportunity to see whether I am still capable of anger or not. I am very happy to know that I am not angry even if people spit on my face. That is very good. You helped me evaluate myself, and at the same time, you have also given Ananda that opportunity. So thank you very much. You have made both of us realize where we are right now.”

So give yourself to a certain period of sincere practice without expecting anything to happen. Don’t look for miracles to happen. The greatest miracle in life is life itself. The very process of life, that you are sitting here and breathing, is a miracle. If you do not appreciate this miracle, and are looking for some other miracle where some God will extend his hand out of the clouds and do something to you, then you are still very childish. You have not matured into an adult and you still believe in fairytales. So do not be in a hurry to evaluate your spiritual process; just allow it to sink in.

Generally in this tradition, the normal commitment that was demanded to start any spiritual process was twelve years. You simply say a mantra for twelve years and then look at what is happening with you. Even now, many spiritual sects in India follow this path. A Guru gives you a mantra to utter for twelve years, and then you come back to see your progress. But today, people have become so impatient with life. Even if we ask for twelve days of commitment, people have so many problems. People are complaining that it is too long!

Gautama Buddha had his own methods. If anybody came to him, there was absolutely no teaching, no spirituality or anything for two years – you would just hang around. If you could wait for two years, then a certain quality came and something else would happen to you. When he initiated you, it happened in a big way for you. But now, people are struggling to wait because the modern mind has become so impatient. Do not be in a hurry. Just stick to the practice, evaluate yourself periodically and see.

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Love brings the dead back to life. Love transforms the King into a
slave.
Love is the consummation of Gnosis. How could a fool sit on such a throne?

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Who knows about what is going to happen tomorrow?
The woman you love or the man you love -- either movement is possible: You may come closer, you may become distant. You may become again strangers or you may become so one with each other that to even say that you are two will not be right; of course there are two bodies, but the heart is one, and the song of the heart if one, and the ecstasy surrounds you both like a cloud. You disappear in that ecstasy: You are not you, I am not I. Love becomes so total, love is so great and overwhelming, that you cannot remain yourself; you have to drown yourself and disappear.
In that disappearance who is going to be attached, and to whom? Everything IS.
When love blossoms in its totality, everything simply is. The fear of tomorrow does not arise; hence there is no question of attachment, clinging, marriage, of any kind of contract, bondage.

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Unless you love, you cannot be of any help. Help cannot be a duty. If it comes out of duty it is ugly, egoistic; it humiliates the other. When. it comes out of love it obliges nobody; it is for the sheer joy of sharing. In fact you feel thankful to the person who accepted your help, because he respected it, he welcomed it–he could have rejected it.

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