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Whatever is perceived is impermanent. Whatever you hear or receive is illusory. Whatever you learnt is irrelevant. Whatever rejoices you vanishes. Whatever you eat goes out.
Whatever you drink or consume is insufficient.
Oh common people till now,
You have not understood the ultimate truth.
What is the use I tell you, you must experience it.
The truth discipline is the path of goodness and harmony.
The ultimate truth is to be realizing fully and brings you to the contemplation of the sphere of wisdom.
The deathless boon is received from my Divine father’s Grace, let us receive it.
Enjoy the delight.

From "Vallalar - Messenger of Grace Light" p.68

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"Ты не получишь благословений, если твои тело, речь и ум останутся обычными, поэтому важно стремиться к тому, чтобы тело, речь и ум стали божеством, мантрой и естественным состоянием вне понятий.

Если ты преследуешь только обычные цели, твои тело, речь и ум погрязнут в мирских делах, поэтому важно уметь отказываться от общения с недостойными и уходить в ритод(уединённое место в горах для духовной практики) .

Родители, братья, сыновья и супруги - все они только временные попутчики. Вы не будете вместе вечно, поэтому важно отказаться от привязанности и воздерживаться от общества женщин, корня сансары.

Все достижения, почести и слава этой жизни есть причины отвлечении и препятствий, поэтому важно отойти от сует этой жизни и полностью отречься от восьми мирских забот.

Все твои теперешние переживания, разнообразные чувства удовольствия и страдания - поверхностны и нереальны поэтому важно осознать, что всё явленное и сущее лишено независимого бытия, как волшебная иллюзия или сновидение

Ум подобен необъезженному коню, что во весь опор мчится куда попало, поэтому важно всегда держать настороже внимательность и сознательность.

Природа ума, которую нельзя точно определить, есть изначальная пробужденность, естественная и самосущая: важно заглянуть в самого себя и распознать свою природу.

Когда умом владеет привязанность, он не знает покоя, поэтому важно расслабить тело и ум изнутри, а внимание оставить в естественном состоянии.

Всякие выдумки и измышления - это двойное заблуждение твоего рассудка, поэтому важно расслабить безудержный поток мыслей, предоставив им освободиться в их естественное состояние.

Всякие усилия и попытки чего-то достичь связаны верёвкой честолюбия, поэтому важно, освободившись от усилий и честолюбия, позволить своим мыслям проясниться самим по себе.

Ты не достигнешь состояния будды, пока питаешь надежду или страх, поэтому важно твердо понять, что пустая и нерожденная природа ума - вне состояния будды, которого нужно достигать, или сансары, в которую можно пасть.

Эмахо! Слушай, царь! Если ты практикуешь так, как было сказано, то не найдешь никакого противоречия ни между великой и малой колесницами, ни между колесницей Мантры и Аналитической колесницей, ни между колесницами причины и плода - так помни же об этом, великий царь!"

Гуру Ринпоче

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Questioner: How long does it take to get enlightened?

Sadhguru: It is not really a question of time, it is really a question of when will you do it. ‘How long does it take?’ There is no such thing because you are here. If you want to realize yourself, should it take time? In reality it should not take time. But it takes time because you do not give in all at once; you give in by installments. So whether you want to go by small installments and take 100 lifetimes, or you want to do it today is your choice. How long it takes simply depends on how intense is your longing to know.

Everybody would like to know what is after death if they could get it on the Internet. If you can login and just find out, everybody would like to know, but how badly do you really want to know? If you can casually ask ‘What happens after death? What is the source of my creation,’ that means you do not know the immensity of the question. If you burn with this question, to such an extent that you cannot utter a word but you burn, then knowing is not far away.

It is very simple. The reason why it is so far away is because the longing is still lukewarm. It is still not killing you. Still, it is on the side. If you want to know the truth like some entertainment, it will not happen. If you want it in such a way that that is all you want, then it is just a moment away, because what you want to know is within you. What is within you cannot be denied to you by anybody except yourself, isn’t it? So you just have to get yourself out of the way. Either you go in installments or you just go once.

Enlightenment need not always happen with a bang. It can happen quietly, it can be like a flower blossoming. The greatest things happening on the planet do not make any noise, isn’t it? Now a seed is becoming a plant, a plant is becoming a tree. It is not a small phenomenon, it is a tremendous phenomenon. Does it make any noise? The little achievements make a lot of noise. You know the cock gets up in the morning and makes a lot of noise. But the big things happening in existence do not make any noise. It is happening quietly isn’t it? So enlightenment also happens quietly without any noise – no big firecrackers happening, very quietly from one dimension to another. In the garden the flower quietly blooms but once it has bloomed you cannot ignore it; it is significant. The fragrance and the beauty of it is undeniably there.

So similarly enlightenment, blossoming from one dimension to another happens very quietly, but when it happens, the moment you notice it, it is a very big thing. You cannot ignore it.

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Everyones life should be miraculous.
You should not be able to explain yourself,
you should be a surprise onto yourself.
As you begin to pay attention to these simple pointers,
you are coming into an imensity of being.
Please put it, apply what I'm speaking,
it is not difficult, it wont take you long.
Don't be afraid of your own magnificense,
sometimes we put – we begin and you may feel
that some power is trying
to distract your attention to do something.
Why would it be like that?
It really is because you are on to something.
Don't give up.
Simple pointers simply applied,
even now – for most of you.
Where are your usual troubles,
they wont come to you now,
because you are in a higher altitude,
your consciousness is in a higher altitude,
it is to high for the lower qualities.
You are moving into your strength,
into your unicity, into original being.
Many people they don't feel anchored,
steady, stable,
but now you have been shown
and you have experienced what you are shown,
but it is not merely believe,
a believe that there is stillness, no,
you know that there is stillness,
you are that stillness.
And at the same time you are this dynamic also,
but the dynamic is momentary,
a fleeting, a passing like clouds,
but you are like the sky, you are not passing.
So there is this paradox you may call it,
that there is seeming changefullness arising
against the background of unchanging stillness, limitless,
It need not be a fleeting experience, you see,
it is your unbroken reality,
so there is no need to go knocking
from door to door,
you have been shown enough.
Sit down, sit down in the Beingness,
consciously.

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Be like the sky. The sky is always the sky whether there are clouds or no clouds. It doesn't complain. It doesn't try to stop the clouds from coming. The sky is a good metaphor for the beingness. Your moods, feelings, thoughts, projections and memories and just like clouds passing.

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Your life is simply flowering unfolding by itself. There is no 'tree' inside a 'tree', no 'cloud' inside a cloud, no 'horse' inside a horse. And there is no person inside a human body.There is just consciousness and the dance of the life force. Come to recognize the simplicity of all this and bask in immutable joy.

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Every human organ is designed to last a lifetime. Why are we developing a culture that human organs are failing half way down? So this is a culture that we have to develop that individual people have to take responsibility to see that their bodies last for their lifetime.

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Please understand, when you do Guru puja every morning for one hour, your DNA relaxes and becomes longer because you are in the mood of gratitude, love and appreciation. Even keeping the DNA in this state for one hour a day is way too much! You will be able to live at least one hundred and thirty years!
Even just twenty-one minutes of love and appreciation, which is one energy cycle, is more than enough to keep you in that experience for the whole day. Any emotion which stays in you for one energy cycle becomes the loudest voice in your system.

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Speech is of the society, words are of the mind, sounds are of nature, the soundless is of the beyond. Thus, if one gets identified with one’s own speech, he will belong to the society. If he gets identified with his words, he will belong to the mind. If he gets identified with the sounds, he will belong to nature. If one dissolves in the soundless silence, to him alone the realms of the beyond will yield.

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A litmus test for you whether you are in touch with truth or not is just this; if there is any kind of suffering in you right now, you are not in touch with truth. If you are in touch with truth, there can be no suffering in you, it’s as simple as that. How deep your suffering is shows how far away from truth you are right now.

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Talk 475.
16th March, 1938
Sri Maharshi read out a news item from a paper to the following effect:
A forest guard armed with a rifle was going in the jungle and noticed two
bright spots in a thicket. On closer approach to find out what they were,
he was face to face with a huge tiger within a few yards of him. He threw
down his gun and assumed a prayerful attitude towards the jungle king.
The tiger stood up and slowly moved away without injuring him.

From "Talks With Sri Ramana Maharshi"

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Еше Цогьял. Песня о просветлённой природе мешающих эмоций

Знаменитая йогиня Еше Цогьял, ученица и супруга Гуру Ринпоче, получила очередные наставления от своего Мастера и собралась в путь.

«... Взяв с собой золотую чашу и мешочек золотого песка, я отправилась одна в Непал. По пути, в местности Эронг, обнаружила, что меня преследуют семь воров. Желая украсть моё золото, они шли за мной по пятам, как собаки за оленем. Я мысленно призвала Гуру и визуализировала этих воров как своих Йидамов.

Готовясь поднести им в дар все свои обладания в виде мандалы, я спела им такую песню:

О Семь Йидамов Эронга!
Мы встретились — какая удача!
Чтобы я достигла состояния Будды
И могла служить существам, исполняя все их желания, -
Пусть злая карма, что отвела нам сегодня такие роли,
Поскорей превратится в добрую!
Что за чудо - во всём узнаётся сочувствие Ламы!
Источник счастья — только ум.
Пусть в щедрости все обретут свободу.

Затем, почтительно склонившись, я насыпала золото горкой, как будто выстраивая мандалу. Хотя воры не понимали ни единого моего слова, мелодия этой песни глубоко тронула их. Они застыли, словно статуи, не в силах оторвать от меня глаз, - и перенеслись на первый уровень самадхи. Наконец они спросили на неварском наречии:

— Откуда ты, благородная госпожа? Кто твой отец? Кто твоя мать? Кто твой Лама? Что ты здесь делаешь? Пожалуйста, спой нам ещё одну божественную песню!

Во всём их облике уже не было никакой агрессии. Они улыбались, открыто и безмятежно. Лица, прежде искажённые злобой, светились радостью. Все вместе они уселись на землю передо мной. Опершись на бамбуковую трость с тремя коленцами, я ответила им на их языке:

Слушайте, Семь воров! Мы связаны кармой прошлого.
Помните: гнев и неприязнь — это сама Зеркальная мудрость.
Точность и ясность не знают другого источника,
Кроме ума, который при виде врага наполняется злобой. Всмотритесь в свой гнев -
Это не что иное, как сам Ваджрасаттва!
Когда не цепляешься за вещи,
Пустота очищает всё.
Моя Отчизна — Запредельная Радость,
Высшие сферы
Пустоты и Блаженства вне всяких форм и названий.
И если вы хотите туда попасть -
Я провожу вас.

Слушайте, Семь воров! Мы связаны кармой прошлого.
Помните: тщеславие, гордость — это сама мудрость Равности.
Изначальную чистоту медитативной стабильности
Можно найти лишь в высокомерном уме, убеждённом в своём превосходстве.

Всмотритесь в гордость: это не что иное,
как Фонтан Драгоценностей, Ратнасамбхава!
Когда не цепляешься за Пустоту,
Любая форма чиста сама по себе.
Мой отец — Богатство Всего,
Сама Драгоценность исполнения всех желаний.
Я не держусь за достаток и роскошь,
И если вам нравится этот старик -
Я с ним расстанусь.

Слушайте, Семь воров! Мы связаны кармой прошлого.
Помните: страсть и алчность — сама Различающая мудрость.
Дар замечать нюансы — тонкий вкус —
Рождается лишь в ненасытном уме,
Охваченном жаждой красивых вещей.
Вглядитесь в желания, в их неустанную свежесть.
Это не что иное, как Безграничный Свет, Амитабха!

Когда не цепляешься за сияние,
Суть блаженства — чиста!
Моя мать — Безграничный Свет,
Неисчерпаемое Чистое Блаженство.
Я не делю впечатления
на желанные и нежеланные,
И если вас привлекает эта старуха -
Она уже ваша.

Слушайте, Семь воров! Мы связаны кармой прошлого.
Помните: зависть и ревность — это сама мудрость Опыта.
Источник всех успехов и достижений —
Фанатичный, обидчивый ум, поспешный в оценках.
Загляните за эти ревнивые мысли.
Это и есть само достижение, Амогасиддхи!
Как только отпустишь зависть и тонкие обиды,
Всё, что случается, — чисто!
Мой Лама — это спонтанное Свершение всех начинаний.
Лама, чей каждый шаг достигает цели.
И поскольку я не держусь за свою работу,
Если хотите — я отдаю вам
Этого Ламу.

Слушайте, Семь воров! Мы связаны кармой прошлого.
Помните: глупость, запутанность — это сама Интуитивная мудрость.
Что ещё так крепко держит нас на пути,
Как неведение и недалёкий ум?
Всмотритесь в запутанность —
Это не что иное, как Изначальное Знание, Вайрочана!
Когда не цепляешься за неясные грёзы,
Что бы ни появилось — всё чисто!
Мой возлюбленный — Всеведение.
Мне дорог мой абсолютный супруг, Ясный Свет.
Я свободна от двойственного разделения на субъект и объект.
Итак, если вам нужен помощник, -
Я поведу вас".

Услышав эту песню, воры ощутили сильное спонтанное доверие к Еше Цогьял и стали её учениками».

Жизнеописание Знаменитой йогини Еше Цогьял: http://www.oum.ru/yoga/osnovy-yogi/yeshe-tsogyal/

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BHAGAVAN IN CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

Q: Why is it sometimes I find concentration on the Self so easy and at other times hopelessly difficult?

Bhagavan: Because of vasanas. But really it is easy, since we are the Self. All we have to do is to remember that. We keep on forgetting it, and thus think we are this body, or this ego.

If the will and desire to remember the Self are strong enough, they will eventually overcome vasanas.

There must be a great battle going on inwardly all the time until the Self is realized. This battle is symbolically spoken of in scriptural writings as the fight between God and Satan. In our Sruti, it is the Mahabharata, where the asuras represent our bad thoughts and the devas our elevating ones.

All such thoughts as ‘attainment is hard’ or Self-realization is far from me, or ‘I have many difficulties to overcome to know Reality’, should be given up, as they are the main obstacles, created by the false self, the ego. They are untrue.

Do not doubt that you are the Reality; live in that understanding.

Never question it by referring your realization of it to some future time. It is because people are victimized and hypnotized by such false thoughts that the Gita says that few out of millions realize the Self.

Give yourself up to deep meditation. Throw away all other considerations of life. The calculative life will not be crowned with spiritual success.

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NISARGADATTA’S VERSION OF RAMAYANA
There were many occasions when Maharaj demonstrated to me his unique, natural, inborn genius. I want to mention one of them. After an inspiring talk by Maharaj, a middle aged affluent looking American went up to Maharaj and offered $ 1000/- in cash as his offering. Maharaj smiled but politely refused to accept it. The American pleaded, “Maharaj! Please accept it! For the wisdom I received from you today I can’t but pay my homage. I am a wealthy man and to me these are but peanuts. Kindly do not decline.”
Maharaj answered, “I know, I know! You Americans are very rich and very prosperous. I will tell you an ancient story. It is from the epic, Ramayana. Lord Rama’s wife Sita was abducted by the demon, Ravana. Rama sought the help of the monkey king, Sugriva. Their leader, Hanuman, guided the monkeys to recognize the greatness of Lord Rama. All of them pledged their support to Rama. In due course, Lord Rama vanquished Ravana and was triumphantly returning to his capital Ayodhya in India along with his rescued wife Sita. The monkeys also wanted to accompany them to Ayodhya as they were eager to witness the coronation ceremony of Lord Rama.
When they reached Ayodhya, the monkeys as was their wont, made an enormous commotion. The coronation was successfully conducted. The next day, early in the morning, Lord Rama asked Hanuman, “Why is there such silence and stillness? What happened to all your clan?” Hanuman replied, “My Lord! When they pledged support to you, they also took a severe vow that they would not eat or sleep till you are crowned as King of Ayodhya. Yesterday, they witnessed the coronation. Their vow completed, they ate to their hearts’ content. They felt so exhausted from lack of sleep that they are now fast asleep.” Lord Rama was very moved by the sacrifice the monkeys had made of giving up of their pleasures of food and sleep.
Maharaj suddenly stopped his narration and said, “Till now the original story. Now, I am going to add my own version.”
“So, Lord Rama gave a boon to all the monkeys: “All the monkeys deserve great pleasure and prosperity. So, may they all be reborn as ‘humans’ in America, where they will enjoy all this in plenty!”
Maharaj turned to the American and the audience and added, “I know, you Americans revel in plenty and prosperity and are generous. You enjoy pleasures. Yet, I can’t accept your money. I am a grihastha [house-holder]. In our Hindu dharma, only brahmacharis [bachelors] and sannyasis [renunciates] are permitted to accept alms and donations. Grihasthas [active, house-holders] and vanaprasthas [retired, house-holders] are not permitted.”
Noticing the disappointment in the face of the American, Maharaj consolingly said, “You Americans will have material prosperity in great abundance in America, but if you want Lord Rama you will have to come to Bharat. You will have to come to India!”

- V. Ganesan, Meetings with Sages and Saints

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I am the Queen, the gatherer-up of treasures, most thoughtful, first of those who merit worship.
Thus gods have established me in many places with many homes to enter and abide in.
Through me alone all eat the food that feeds them, – each man who sees, breathes, hears the word outspoken.
They know it not, yet I reside in the essence of the Universe. Hear, one and all, the truth as I declare it.

I, verily, myself announce and utter the word that gods and men alike shall welcome.
I make the man I love exceeding mighty, make him nourished, a sage, and one who knows Brahman.
I bend the bow for Rudra [Shiva], that his arrow may strike, and slay the hater of devotion.
I rouse and order battle for the people, I created Earth and Heaven and reside as their Inner Controller.

On the world's summit I bring forth sky the Father: my home is in the waters, in the ocean as Mother.
Thence I pervade all existing creatures, as their Inner Supreme Self, and manifest them with my body.
I created all worlds at my will, without any higher being, and permeate and dwell within them.
The eternal and infinite consciousness is I, it is my greatness dwelling in everything.

— Devi Sukta, Rigveda 10.125.3

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Originally, I am untainted—uncovered by anything, without stigma, since nobody existed prior to me. Nor do I entertain any concepts about somebody existing before me. Everything is in the form of the manifest world, after the appearance of the knowledge “I am” with the body. Together with the body and the indwelling “I-am-Ness,” everything is. Prior to the appearance of this body and the knowledge “I am,” what was there?
The Paramatman was there, the highest self, the core of the self. This identity is without any stigma. Even the sky cannot touch it. The space cannot touch it. It is subtler than space. It is just like sunrays or moonbeams: they do not get dirty and dirty waters. If such as their purity, what would be the purity of the self, consciousness?
Understand this first moment, when we understood “we are”—the first moment of the body, when it understood “it is.” Recognize that very first moment. Once you grasp this, then you are the highest of the gods, the point at which everything arises. At that very point, everything also sets: the source in the end are the same point. Nobody tries to understand this happening of the self, the happening of this “I-Am-ness.” Once It Is Understood, I, the Absolute, am not this “I-am-ness.”
Every creature in the universe pray so that principle which he considers his God or whatever, but this can only happen from the time the Life force has awakened until the time the Life force is no longer working.
In the practice of meditation, this life force gets purified and then the light of the Atman shines forth. However, the working principle is still the Life force. When this purified life force and the light of self merge into each other, then the concept, imagination, or mind, everything, is held in abeyance.
When anyone tells you to do some sadhana, with what can you do sadhana of any kind? It can only be this life force. The only instrument one has to do sodden with is the life force. This life force, instead of viewing it merely as an instrument, has to be treated—mentally accepted as the highest principal in the world: that is, God, Paramateman, Ishwara, or whatever you want to call it. So that when this life force is pleased, it is gets purified and merges with the light of the Atman.
What is creation? What are has been created, is it the creation of God, or is it the creation of this life force? By practicing meditation, diligently and continuously, this life force gets purified to such an extent that it obtains divinity. Do understand that this life force is God, and God is the life force, and be one with it.
Now when this life force in the highest principal become one in your meditation, then whatever is reached by this merger, signifies the awakening, liberation, call it whatever you like. So, what is liberation? Subjection to the conditioning and obstructions connected with the individual, all that disappears. That is liberation. This life force is the acting principal; and that which gives sentience to the person is the consciousness. The principle is that within the body, consciousness and the prana or life force together are Atman.
It is said that somebody is dead. So what has happened? The life force has gone in the principle behind the life force—that is, this consciousness has also disappeared. That is all that has happened.
I have been explaining this principle, analyzing it, for all these years. But from now on, I have not the energy or inclination to explain all of this again, so I can only say what is to be done, if anything. And the only thing is that nothing is to be done as is generally understood by the word “do,” but merely to sit in contemplation and let the consciousness unfold itself, unfolded knowledge about itself.
You are to do meditation, and in that meditation, itself the consciousness will unfold whatever knowledge is to be revealed. But people generally do not go to the root of the matter and explain the principal, which is I have been doing all these years.
This consciousness in the life force, when they merge they tend to become steady in the Brahmananda. And then all thoughts cease, even a thought that you are sitting in meditation. And that is the start of samadhi. That state will remain for a while and will discontinue again, whatever the reason. And then normal behavior in the world will start again. That is, the life force will start its normal work or activities.
Now I am asking: this disease (throat cancer) that I am said to suffer from, to what has this illness come? It has come to this consciousness and the working principle—that is, the life force. These two are concerned with that illness. And I, being apart from it, I am not concerned with the illness. But it is one’s duty to keep that life force in reasonably good working order. That is why the medicine was taken in the same way that food is normally taken, so as to keep this consciousness in the Life force in proper working condition.
So, medicine is much like food. But as far as I am concerned, I do not really care whether this life principle in the consciousness works or not, because I am totally apart from it, beyond it and tired of it. The Life force and the consciousness are not really two; as a concept they are treated as such, but they really are one. As soon as a life form is created, the life force is infused in that form, and sentience is automatically present. There is a physical form and the life force, and in the absence of the consciousness that would only be a technically alive body. But merely that life force within the body—what is the use of it?
It has no meaning, no function unless consciousness is also present. So, it is this consciousness which gives life force, which otherwise would be merely air, the potency to create a sentient being.
People write to me, thanking me for my guidance and they say they now understand that although physically they and me are separate, we are actually one. All that, however, is still superficial knowledge which has been obtained by the consciousness upon its realization that is not the body. But it is only at that stage that the knowledge has remained—on the level of words. They have not really gone beyond.

From the Book 'Ultimate Medicine' Chapter 7

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The way life happens is first being, then doing, and then having. You are going the "having-doing-being" way, which leads to an endless pursuit of having. This is the basis of an unfulfilled life. The way life happens is first being, then doing, and then having. But right now, people always think first of having. For example, when you were at a certain stage of life, you may decided that you want to have a certain kind of life that includes a certain kind of partner, a house, a car and whatever else. Then you think, "How can I have all this?" The moment you start thinking how to get it, that is when you start moving against life. You are going the "having-doing-being" way, which leads to an endless pursuit of having. This is the basis of an unfulfilled life.

You must first establish your way of being. Then, whether you get to have what you desire or not, you will still be wonderful. The quality of your life is decided by your way of being. What you get to have is only a question of capability and situations that are conducive. If you make this simple shift to "being-doing-having," then a large part of your destiny will be by your will.

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Seeker: Master, in my experience on this path, it's not always such a joyride. I feel intense pain too, pain that's around me.

Sadhguru: Now, that which you call as 'me' or as 'you' are the same. Whatever you do, every action, every thought that you generate touches the world in some way. So whatever you do touches everything. As you become more and more sensitive, as you become more and more aware, as your consciousness expands, this becomes a life experience, not just somebody's teachings. If you are sensitive enough, if you are intense enough, if you love enough, whatever happens somewhere will happen to you also. You can actually feel it, maybe in a small way. However, it can happen only if you are open enough at that moment. Otherwise, it won't: you will miss it. So your question will be, "Okay, if pain comes to you, why should it come to me?" I am telling you that will be your growth.

Once, Shankaran Pillai happily agreed to take his wife to visit a holy place, hoping she would renounce some of her worldly desires. Therefore, he chose a monastery in Himachal Pradesh (A Northern Indian State in the Himalayan Region) and they set off on their pilgrimage. This monastery is perched high on a cliff. The only way to reach it is to sit in a basket and be pulled to the top by the monks up there. Shankarai Pillai, his wife a big woman and a monk, huddled together in the basket. The monks at the top were pulling and tugging with all their might. Obviously, the ride up this steep cliff became terrifying. With each tug, Shankaran Pillai was getting exceedingly nervous. Once they reached about half way up, he noticed that the rope was old and frayed. He gave a quick glance towards his wife, then to the rope and again to his wife. Then in a trembling voice, he anxiously asked the monk in the basket, "How often do you guys change the rope of this thing, anyway?" The monk thought for a moment and answered brusquely, "Whenever it breaks."

So, not everything in life comes as a joyride, Raja. Don't think that you will grow only in pleasure. Most people will grow only with pain, not with pleasure. It's unfortunate, but that's the truth. Generally, people only go down with pleasure. They don't go up with pleasure. Please see, the quality of a human being is like this, when life offers more and more pleasures to a man, he doesn't grow. He goes down. In terms of the real quality of a human being, only when suffering comes, when pain comes, does a man stand up as a human being. You can see great human beings surface only when the society is really suffering. When India was under the oppression of British rulers, how many wonderful people stood up? Where are the now? They have just fallen back into their comforts. That's all. All those Gandhi's, Patel's, Tilak's are still there, but they're dormant. When pain came, they all became alive. They left everything behind and stood up as giants. Where are they now? This is the human misfortune that still there's not enough intelligence in the world that human beings will raise to their peaks when everything is well. They wait for calamities.

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Question: Sadhguru, what should be the foremost quality of a seeker ?

Sadhguru: If you are a genuine seeker, that's all that is needed. If your seeking is the only quality you have, that is definitely the most important thing. Most of the seekers are only off-and-on seekers. In 24 hours, how many of you are even conscious of your seeking, and how many moments ?

"No,no, I have done so many programs. I even did 55 days of Hatha Yoga."
What you did yesterday is not the point. This happened to Charles M. Schwab. Schwab became one of the big steel magnates on the planet at one time. Before he stood on his own feet, he was working for Andrew Carnegie, another great entrepreneur. One day, he sent a telegram to Carnegie, saying, "Yesterday, we broke all the records." So immediately, Carnegie sent back a message, "But what are you doing today?"

That is all I am asking you - what are you doing today? People think, "Sadhguru... no compassion in him. It doesn't matter what we have done, once again he is asking, 'What have we done today?' Because if you are a seeker, what you were yesterday doesn't mean anything to you. "What have you done today?" is the whole thing. The psychological survives , nourishes and flourishes on the past. The existential is of the now.

Unless you are truly concerned about what you are doing today and how you are right now, how can you still be a seeker? "No, I have been a seeker for 10 years." - That doesn't mean anything. Are you a seeker now? Because the existential is only now. The rest is all psychological. I see a lot of past seekers. They have been seekers for 25, 30 years - veterans. What to do with that ? Only if someone is hungry now, you can serve them food, isn't it? If someone is alive now, you can feed them. Somebody was - what can you do with them? So if your seeking is in the past tense, it doesn't mean anything. Are you a seeker now, right now ? If you are, that is what means most to me because only then can I do something with you. If you are a past seeker, we are just neighbors. If you are a seeker now, I have something to do with you right now.

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If you simmer down the highest teachings on Truth, the quintessence is: Stay as Awareness.

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The most important thing in life is to wake up to who you truly are.
You are not merely a personal being; you are the living Spirit of truth.
You are the light of consciousness revealing all.
You are the perceiving presence devoid of desire and attachment.
You are the wisdom and love that shines from the source of existence.
You are unborn Awareness.

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If you start playing the game of being an "enlightened somebody," the true teacher is going to call you on it. He or she is going to expose you, and that exposure is going to hurt. Because the ego will be there, standing in the light of Truth, exposed and humiliated. Of course, the ego will cry "foul!" It will claim that the teacher made a mistake and begin to justify itself in an effort to put its protective clothing back on. It will begin to spin justifications with incredible subtlety and deceptiveness. This is where real spiritual sadhana (practice) begins. This is where it all becomes very real and the student discovers whether he or she truly wants to be free, or merely wants to remain as a false, separate, and self-justifying ego. This crossroad inevitably comes and is always challenging. It separates the true seeker from the false one. The true seeker will be willing to bare the grace of humility, whereas the false seeker will run from it. Thus begins the true path to enlightenment, granted only to those willing to be nobody. Discovering your "nobodyness" opens the door to awakening as beingness, and beyond that to the Source of all beingness.

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Revolution is not the way. Evolution is the way.

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RAMA: By your grace, O Lord, I am free from the dirt of duality. I have realized that all this is indeed Brahman.

VASISTHA: That is not considered action, O Rama, which with an unattached mind you perform merely with the organs of action. The delight derived from sensual experience is fleeting. A repetition of that experience does not afford a repetition of the same delight. Who but a fool will entertain desire for such a momentary joy? Moreover, an object gives you pleasure only when it is desired. So the pleasure belongs to the desire—hence, give up desire.
If in the course of time you attain to the experience of that (the self), do not store it in your mind as a memory or ego-sense to be revived as desire once again. For when you rest on the pinnacle of self-knowledge it is unwise to fall into the pit of ego-sense again. Let hopes cease and let notions vanish; let the mind reach the state of no-mind, while you live unattached. You are bound only when you are ignorant. You will not be bound if you have self-knowledge. Hence, strive by every means to remain vigilant in self-knowledge.
When you do not engage yourself in sense-experiences and also when you experience whatever comes to you unsought, you are in a state of equanimity and purity, free from latent tendencies or memories. In such a state, like the sky, you will not be tainted even by a thousand distractions. When knower, known and knowledge merge in the one self, the pure experiencer does not once again generate division within.
With the slightest movement in the mind (when the mind blinks), the samsara (world-appearance) arises and ceases. Make the mind unwinking (free from movement of thought) by the restraint of the prana and also the latent tendencies (vasana). By the movement (blinking) of prana, the samsara arises and ceases; by diligent practice make the prana free from such movement. By the rise and cessation of foolishness (ignorance), self-binding action arises and ceases; retrain it by means of self-discipline and the instructions of the preceptor and the scriptures.
This world-illusion has arisen because of the movement of thought in the mind; when that ceases the illusion will cease, too, and the mind becomes no-mind. This can also be achieved by the restraint of prana. That is the supreme state. The bliss that is experienced in a state of no-mind, that bliss which is uncaused, is not found even in the highest heaven. In fact, that bliss is inexpressible and indescribable and should not even be called happiness! The mind of the knower of truth is no-mind: it is pure satva. After living with such no-mind for some time, there arises the state known as turiya-atita (the state beyond the transcendental, or the turiya, state).

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When we realize our role in the Existential scheme of things, we can no longer feel separate from all those around us. We can only feel separated when we feel unconscious of our role, when we are unaware.
The time has come to create a critical mass of enlightened people on planet earth. Only by creating more and more people who are awakened, who are enlightened, can the collective influence of individual negativity be destroyed. All calamities around the world are created only by unconscious human beings. Global warming, HIV, religious terrorism, fanaticism, and piles of atomic weapons, are all because of this negativity. Today we are facing so many dangers that unless we create a peaceful, blissful, joyful, and enlightened society, we will not be able to preserve this beautiful planet earth.
My mission is to create a peaceful, joyful, blissful, conscious, enlightened society.
When the inner awakening happens, the higher emotions happen. It all finally boils down to your own experience of what is happening. If you want to save the world, all you need to do is to save yourself! Everything is actually happening in this world – great spiritual sessions where enlightenment is being shared and at the same time terrorist training camps where violence is being shared.
According to what you tune yourself to, the world that you attract and see will also appear to be. You will attract the same type of people and situations in your life. Even one person struggling for enlightenment, seeking, raises the consciousness of at least a million people.
How to handle the suffering in the world
First, we have to understand that every major decision taken at the higher level of power and governance is an expression of collective positivity or collective negativity, because it is the mass consciousness or collective consciousness that creates the leaders. So before blaming others, be they leaders, politicians, or officials, if we can put a little bit of energy towards ourselves and start working to create more positive consciousness in our inner space, we will be doing something really useful.
It is time...
Let us create more positivity from our side.
Let us bring more love into our actions.
Let us increase the frequency of our individual consciousness.
Instead of getting upset or disturbed by negative decisions, just create positive energy so that the people around you and around the world are also affected by this positive consciousness. Then you will see that it radiates through the leaders also. When more and more people begin to transform themselves, the collective positivity has to express itself through the right politicians and the right leaders.
If you get upset and disturbed, what is going to happen? Nothing will happen except that you will have a little more depression, a little more negativity. And because of that, you yourself will add more negativity to the world, you will add more mass to the negative consciousness.
So revolution is not the way. Evolution is the way.
Every revolution promised the truth or the ultimate solution. But what do we see if we look back? In the last 3000 years of the history of planet earth, we have had 5000 recorded wars! Researchers have estimated that in the last 3000 years of the history of planet earth, there have been at least 9000 peace treaties, and the average life span of these treaties was just 8 years! Just create positive energy so that the people around you and around the world are also affected by this positive consciousness. Then you will see that it radiates through the leaders as well.”

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