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Fear, anger, misery, frustration, depression and despair are all products of a mind that you have not taken charge of.

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Give it more time, rather than getting frustrated or comparing yourself to someone else. When practicing yoga, never compare yourself to others. Work with where you are right now. Do not try to do what others are doing. Once you compare yourself to others, competition is inevitable. So, no comparison, but do not spare yourself. You must always go to your fullest, but do not try to be like someone else. This is a fundamental discipline you have to bring into your life if you want to progress on the spiritual path.

Even if people come to us because of their backache, we want to set up the process towards the ultimate for them. How far they go is left to them. If you put in more time, you will see, once you go beyond a certain point, so many things which you thought were a part of you are suddenly not there anymore. This is the nature of the sadhana. So do not compare yourself with someone else and frustrate yourself. That is not necessary at all.

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One fundamental goal of yoga is to put your life and your karmic cycle on fast-forward. Today, finding a solution for your backache or some psychological issue may be your focus, but ultimately, the goal is mukti. When you put your karmic cycle on fast-forward, the suffering that you would have had in a diluted form over 20 years may come to you in a concentrated form in 2 years or 2 weeks – and that is good. When you work through that, you will come to a plateau where, if you look back, you cannot believe you went through all these things. Every sadhaka goes through such phases.

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You can either live logically or magically -it's your choice.

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' Adi Guru '


Ascetics distance
The stoic stance

All this they bore
And He could not ignore

Seekers so intense
Broke his obstinate stance

Celestial sages seven
Strived not in search of Heaven

But to find a way for every human
To find a way beyond hell and heaven

They toiled for their race
He could not withhold his Grace

He turned his sacred face
To south to look upon their race

They not only beheld his divine face
But held the downpour of ultimate space

As the Beginningless One flowed
In knowing, seven sages overflowed

To release the world
From its crusted mold

To this day the sacred knowing flows
We will not rest until every vermin knows

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' Advice To the Religious Teacher '

202. If you go on preaching without a commission from God, it will all be powerless and none will listen. One must first attain God by devotion or otherwise, and then, if one receives His word one may teach and preach anywhere and everywhere. For thus only one gets power and strength; and then only can one rightly perform the responsible duties of the preacher.

203. One ray of light from my Divine Mother, who is the Goddess of Wisdom, has power to turn the most learned scholar into the veriest worm that crawls upon earth.

- From " Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna " Advaita Ashrama

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' Advice To the Religious Teacher '

201. Do you, O preacher, carry the badge of authority? As the humblest subject wearing the badge of the King is heard with respect and awe, and can quell a riot by showing his badge, so must you first, O preacher, obtain order and inspiration from God Himself. So long as you have not this, you may preach all your life, but it will all be mere waste of breath.

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“If you make mud into food, that is called agriculture.
If you make food into a human being, this is called digestion.
If you make human being into mud again we call this cremation.
If you transform the physical into the non-physical,
that is called consecration.”

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The thought process has become a problem for people only because they are not aware that it is just a reverberation. These reverberations can take any form, or you can experience them just as reverberations without giving them any form.

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In an intimate conversation en route to Kailash, Sadhguru addressed a seeker’s probing questions about the need of devotion and a Guru on the spiritual path.


Questioner: Sadhguru, there are moments when I feel devotion, and at other times, my own will pops up. Given that, can I consider myself a devotee or not?

Sadhguru: There is no human being on the planet who has never experienced moments of devotion, moments of love, moments of joy, and moments of bliss at some time or the other. That does not mean it is your basic quality. One moment of devotion does not make you a devotee. Only when devotion has become the essential quality of your being, are you a devotee. Every human being has an element of devotion. The question is whether they have brought it to a point where it has become the dominant force and the guiding light in their life.

Questioner: If that is the case, can someone be your disciple but not your devotee?

Sadhguru: This is a progression. A lot of people initially either come as curiosity seekers, or sometimes as investigators. Then they think there is something to learn here, and they become like a student. If what they learn begins to transform their lives in some way, they naturally become disciples. When learning, transformation, and everything else becomes irrelevant, when the focus of your life becomes one-pointed, then you become a devotee.

Questioner: But Sadhguru, could I not just follow the path of spirituality through the practices that are given without becoming a devotee, without surrendering everything to the Master?

Sadhguru: Devotion need not necessarily be to a person. Devotion is a certain way to be. If you are on the path, not off and on, but in every moment of your life, you are a devotee. You do not have to be a devotee of anything or anyone in particular. You can be a devotee because devotion is your quality.

Questioner: So if someone has been initiated by you, but he or she is only devoted to the path and not to you as a person, then also, he or she is a devotee?

Sadhguru: What you refer to as the Guru and what you refer to as the path are not different. One is personified, another is not, but they are the same thing. If they are different, they are no good.

Questioner: Sadhguru, you yourself said you walked the path of spirituality for three lifetimes without a Guru.

Sadhguru: The Ultimate did not happen because I differentiated between path and Guru. That way, you may get better lungs, you may get many capabilities, you may become a superhuman. But still, the most significant thing does not happen as long as you make a distinction between path and Guru. As for me, I did so because I was brought up in a tradition where it was always said that the real thing can only happen through Shiva – no other human being can ever do the Ultimate for you. So, accepting another human being as a Guru was out of question.

When the Guru came and the Ultimate did happen, though experientially, it was 100% clear to me that this is it, still there was a little bit of a question why Shiva did not come. At that moment, the Guru took the form of Shiva. It was such a childish desire, but he catered to it and appeared as Shiva.

Questioner: Do seekers need to have a personified Guru? Have there not been many Shaivite saints like Akka Mahadevi, Allama Mahaprabhu, and others who did not have a Guru but were devoted to Shiva or whoever else, and they still got enlightened?

Sadhguru: I think Shiva was their devotee. Another thing is you cannot say they did not have a Guru, because they embraced Shiva completely. He was a living force for them.

Questioner: But wasn’t Shiva a living force for you too?

Sadhguru: He was. Otherwise, I would not have come that far. The Guru did not really push me as such. He just gave me a little nudge, because I had been sitting on the edge for too long.

Questioner: So as a devotee, I can embrace the path itself and not necessarily have a Guru in a physical, human form?

Sadhguru: The path is the Guru and the Guru is the path – there is no difference between the two. The mistake is that we differentiate. Once you differentiate between the two, it becomes unnecessarily complex.

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Q: My home is in America where I am an educator, I would like to raise the consciousness of the Americans by using the media of videos. What is the main thing that I should tell Americans about thinking?
Papaji: Tell them not to do it! (giggles) Americans have learned enough, in fact they are the teachers of the whole world. People from all over the world go to America for their advanced degrees. They can learn everything in America except how to Be. For this they must come to Lucknow. Tell them this and tell them to always be faithful to themselves and others.
Tell them when this thought of, "I am the body" comes, check it, and keep it away. Again and again they are to do this. Then something new will come. Something which is not the body will appear. When the billion year old thought, "I am the body" comes, check it. Again and again check it.
Q: I don't have a lot of success checking thoughts.
P: If you can't check the thought, then just let it come.
If it comes, then don't run after it.
It will come and it will stay and it will go.
Just watching may be easier than stopping it.
If any thought comes treat it like a car coming down the road toward you. Do you run after the car? No! So like this let the thought come, let the thought stay and let it go. It cannot stay for more than an instant because another is waiting behind it. In this moment there is no thought. Only in the last moment is there thought. What do you think in this moment?
Q: Nothing
P: In this moment nobody can think. Everybody thinks in the graves of the graveyards. This moment is the moment of love and peace, but everybody misses it. Thought is the last moment, not this moment.
Q: In the present there is no room for thoughts.
P: So stay Here! What difficulty is there?

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The only way to get in touch with reality is to pay attention without making conclusions.

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"See, this concept of “prayer” is the contribution of the Abrahamic religions. The Vedic Tradition starts with giving the right context of you to you. Please understand, getting into the right context of you to you, getting into the right understanding of you to you, getting the right introduction of you to you, having the right context about you to you is what I define as “Shiva Bhakta”, Shiva’s follower.
Please listen! Having the right context about you! Only a devotee of Mahadeva or follower of Mahadeva can declare “Shivoham” – “I am Shiva”! There is no tradition where you declare “I am Narayana”! No! “Narayanoham” mantra does not exist! In the other religions, if you tell you are God, you will be killed! At least in the Hindu religion sampradayas, you will not be killed; you will be tolerated as some other Hindu sampradaya. But, in other religions, you will be killed if you say you are God. But in Shaiva Tradition, in Shaivism, your initiation starts with the great truth: “Shivoham”!
Mahadeva, only Mahadeva can celebrate making more and more Mahadevas! Only he celebrates by making more and more Mahadevas! He does not introduce you to you as a sinner or a slave or a follower. In Shaiva Tradition you are introduced yourself to yourself as Mahadeva, Shiva. The best introduction you can get about you to you is from Shaiva Tradition."

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Tradition is not about imitating previous generations. It is about learning from their experience.

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I know that if I offer my friendship to all, as Christ did, I shall begin to feel the cosmic love, which is God. Human friendship is the echo of God’s friendship. The greatest thing that Jesus Christ demonstrated was giving love in return for hatred. To give hatred for hatred is easy, but to give love for hatred is more difficult and far greater. Therefore I will consume hatred in the roaring conflagration of my spreading love.

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How can a senseless and beastly man attain the highest state of divine perfection if he is unable to overcome his natural tendency towards egoism?

He who by his good understanding has been able to subjugate the six-fold beastly desires of his nature is capable of receiving knowledge of great truths, and not any other foolish man in human shape.

He who has weakened and overcome the inborn feelings of his mind becomes the receptacle of all virtue and knowledge. Such a person is called man in its proper sense of the word.

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"When love is more, acceptance is more, and this acceptance increases the value of perception. Then the hidden value of the object begins to be obvious more and more because acceptance is increasing. When acceptance is increasing then much more hidden values show up; they begin to shine."
“With the practice of deep meditation the mind contacts the Bliss Consciousness of the Spirit and becomes more peaceful, happy, creative and powerful. This state of mind enriches all values of material life.”
“Like the hollow nothingness within the seed of a tree, which contains the potential of the entire tree, the experience of nothingness in the unmanifest field has within it the lively potential of everything in creation.”
“Nature's government spontaneously brings satisfaction to everyone because it promotes all innumerable, diverse tendencies of life in the evolutionary direction.”
"The performance of siddhis, which in the days of ignorance were termed superhuman powers, is not something superhuman. Everything is within the normal range of man's ability. To handle the whole of cosmic life is within the range of everyone's own nature, because it is the same nature ... Until now the philosophy of fulfilling desires was to struggle ...Now we have to awaken mankind to a new philosophy of life... Success lies in handling nature, and nature is one's own nature. The more you are able to handle yourself, the more you are able to handle the world."

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A complete human being is in equilibrium between the masculine and the feminine.

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You are That which is both inside and out;
You're Shiva; you're everything everywhere.
Why, then, are you so deluded?
Why do you run about like a frightened ghost?

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 14

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Neither birth nor death pertain to you;
You have never been a body.
It is well known that "All is Brahman";
The scriptures have stated this in various ways.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 13

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Understand that the Self is the continuous Being,
The One within all, without any division.
The "I" is both the subject and the supreme object of meditation;
How can you see two in That which is One?

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 12

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You, also, are the One! Why don't you understand?
You're the unchanging Self, the same within everyone.
You're truly illimitable; you're the all-pervading Light.
For you, how can there be any distinction between the day and the night.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse11

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I'm One; I'm all of this!
Yet I'm undifferentiated, beyond all forms.
How, then, do I regard the Self?
As both the Unmanifest and the manifest world.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 10

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The mind is formless like the sky,
Yet it wears a million faces.
It appears as images from the past, or as worldly forms;
But it is not the supreme Self.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 9

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I have no mental karma, either good or bad;
I have no physical karma, either good or bad.
I have no verbal karma, either good or bad.
I'm beyond the senses; I'm the pure nectar of
the knowledge of the Self.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 8

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I'm the infinite and immutable One;
I'm pure Consciousness, without any form.
I don't know how, or to whom,
Joy and sorrow appear in this world.

Prathamodhyayah
Chapter 1, Verse 7

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