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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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Gloom is but the shade of Divine Mother’s hand outstretched caressingly. Don’t forget that. Sometimes, when the Mother is going to caress you, a shadow is caused by Her hand before it touches you. So when trouble comes, don’t think that She is punishing you; Her hand overshadowing you holds some blessing as it reaches out to bring you nearer to Her.

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You insult yourself when you take pride in the color of your skin, or in race or creed. I prophesy that some day the races of Europe shall be dark and Asians shall be white. Be proud of what is beneath the skin and flesh and bones—the image of God within you. Be proud of That alone. It is a strange paradox: you in the West have accepted Christ, who was an Oriental. He was born in the Orient, amidst downtrodden nations, to show that you should love all nations and races alike.

From ' Divine Romance '

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If you have understanding, you say, "Wherever I am, I must conquer." If you conquer your self within yourself, all of the weaknesses of your mind, all the habits that beat you down, you are a real conqueror. You must never admit defeat. Only when you have admitted defeat are you defeated.

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Kriya Yoga is a simple, psychophysiological method by which the human blood is decarbonized and recharged with oxygen. The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers.* By stopping the accumulation of venous blood, the yogi is able to lessen or prevent the decay of tissues; the advaned yogi transmutes his cells into pure energy. Elijah, Jesus, Kabir and other prophets were mast masters in the use of 'Kriya' or a similar technique, by which they caused their bodies to dematerialize at will.

'Kriya' is an ancient science. Lahiri Mahasaya received it from his guru, Babaji, who rediscovered and clarified the technique after it had been lost in the Dark Ages.
"The Kriya Yoga which I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century," Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, "is revival of the same science which Krishna gave, millenniums ago, to Arjuna, and which was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St.. Paul, and other disciples."

* - The noted scientist, Dr. George W Crile of Cleveland, explained before a 1940 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science the experiments by which he had proved that all bodily tissues are electrically negative, except the brain and nervous system tissues which remain electrically positive because they take up revivifying oxygen at a more rapid rate.

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Identifying himself with a shallow ego, man takes for granted that it is he who thinks, wills, feels, digests meals, and keeps himself alive, never admitting through reflection (only a little would suffice!) that in his ordinary life he is naught but a puppet of past actions (karma) and of nature or environment. Each man's intellectual reactions, feelings, moods, and habits are circumscribed by effects of past causes, whether of this or prior life Lofty above such influences, however, is his regal soul. Spurning the transitory truths and freedoms, the 'Kriya Yogi' passes beyond all disillusionment into his unfettered Being. All scriptures declare man to be not a corruptible body, but a living soul; by 'Kriya' he is given a method to prove the scriptural truth.
"Outward ritual cannot destroy ignorance, because they are not mutually contradictory," wrote Shankara in his famous 'Century of Verses. " Realized knowledge alone destroys ignorance... Knowledge cannot spring up by any other means than inquiry. "Who am I ? How was this universe born ? Who is its maker ? What is it's material cause ? " This is the kind of inquiry refereed to." The intellect has no answer for these questions; hence this rishis evolved yoga as the technique of spiritual inquiry.
'Kriya Yoga' is the real "fire rite" often extolled in the 'Bhagavad Gita.' The purifying fire of yoga bring eternal illumination, and thus differ much from outward and little-effective religious fire ceremonies, where perception of truth is oft burnt, to solemn chanted accompaniment, along with the incense!
The advanced yogi, withholding all his mind, will, and feeling from false identification with bodily desires, uniting his mind with superconscious forces in the spinal shrines, thus lives in this world as God hath planned, not impelled by impulses from the past nor by new witlessness of fresh human motivations. Such a yogi receives fulfillment of his Supreme Desire, safe in the final haven of inexhaustibly blissful Spirit.
The yogi offers his labyrinthine human longings to a monotheistic bonfire dedicated to the unparalleled God. This is indeed the true yogic fire ceremony, in which all past and present desires are fuel consumed by love divine. The Ultimate Flame receives the sacrifice of all human madness, and man is pure of dross. His ones stripped of all desirous flesh, his karmic skeleton bleached in the antiseptic suns of wisdom, he is clean at last, inoffensive before man and Maker.
Refering to yoga's sure and methodical efficacy, Lord Krishna praises the technological yogi in the following words:
" The Yogi is greater than body-disciplining ascetics, greater even than the followers of the path of wisdom (Jnana Yoga), or of the path of action (Karma Yoga); be thou, O disciple Arjuna, a Yogi ! "*

* - Bhagavad Gita, VI:46

- From " Autobiography of a Yogi "

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"The consciousness of a perfected yogi is effortlessly identified, not with a narrow body, but with the universal structure."

"He who knows himself as the omnipresent Spirit is subject no longer to the rigidities of a body in time and space. Their imprisoning "rings-pass-not" have yielded to the solvent: "I am He."

- From " Autobiography of a Yogi "

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' SAMADHI '


“Vanished the veils of light and shade,
Lifted every vapor of sorrow,
Sailed away all dawns of fleeting joy,
Gone the dim sensory mirage.
Love, hate, health, disease, life, death:
Perished these false shadows on the screen of duality.
The storm of maya stilled
By magic wand of intuition deep.
But ever-present, all-flowing I, I, everywhere.
Planets, stars, stardust, earth,
Volcanic bursts of doomsday cataclysms,
Creation’s molding furnace,
Glaciers of silent X-rays, burning electron floods,
Thoughts of all men, past, present, to come,
Every blade of grass, myself, mankind,
Each particle of universal dust,
Anger, greed, good, bad, salvation, lust,
I swallowed, transmuted all
Into a vast ocean of blood of my own one Being.
Smoldering joy, oft-puffed by meditation
Blinding my tearful eyes,
Burst into immortal flames of bliss,
Consumed my tears, my frame, my all.
Thou art I, I am Thou,
Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!
Tranquilled, unbroken thrill, eternally living, ever-new peace.
Enjoyable beyond imagination of expectancy, samadhi bliss!
Not an unconscious state
Or mental chloroform without willful return,
Samadhi but extends my conscious realm
Beyond the limits of the mortal frame
To farthest boundary of eternity
Where I, the Cosmic Sea,
Watch the little ego floating in Me.
Mobile murmurs of atoms are heard,
The dark earth, mountains, vales, lo! molten liquid!
Flowing seas change into vapors of nebulae!
Aum blows upon vapors, opening wondrously their veils,
Oceans stand revealed, shining electrons,
Till, at the last sound of the cosmic drum,
Vanish the grosser lights into eternal rays
Of all-pervading bliss.
From joy I came, for joy I live, in sacred joy I melt.
Ocean of mind, I drink all creation’s waves.
Four veils of solid, liquid, vapor, light,
Lift aright.
I, in everything, enters the Great Myself.
Gone forever: fitful, flickering shadows of mortal memory;
Spotless is my mental sky, below, ahead, and high above;
Eternity and I, one united ray.
A tiny bubble of laughter, I
Am become the Sea of Mirth Itself.”


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The greatest romance is with the Infinite. You have no idea how beautiful life can be. When you suddenly find God everywhere, when He comes and talks to you and guides you, the romance of divine love has begun.

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We need for our ideal a being who is essentially like us. Jesus had temptations to face. "Get thee behind me, Satan," he said. And he conquered. Had he never known temptation, his saying, "Get thee behind me, Satan," would have been play acting, and how could that inspire us? Although he had conquered flesh in other lives, he had to feel its weakness again in his incarnation as Jesus, to show humanity by his mastery how high he had grown spiritually, and to give heart to all men by his example....
For most of his followers, Christ exists as an ideal personage they have read about in the Bible. But to me he is much more than that. He is real. Once, eight years ago, he came alone and meditated with me all night long...Many other times I have seen him in visions, and talked with him. And that same Christ you too can see.

- ' Will Jesus Reincarnate Again ' , from book "Man's Eternal Quest"

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From " The Yoga of Jesus ",

This earth is a habitat of trouble and suffering, but the kingdom of God that is behind this material plane is an abode of freedom and bliss. The soul of the awakening man has followed a hard-earned way - many incarnations of upward evolution - in order to arrive at the human state and the possibility to reclaim his lost divinity. Yet how many human births have been wasted in preoccupation with food and money and gratification of the body and egoistic emotions! Each person should ask himself how he is using the precious moments of this present birth. Eventually the bodies of all human beings fall painfully apart; isn't it better to separate the soul from the body consciousness - to keep the body as the temple of the Spirit? O Soul, you are not the body; why not remember always that you are the Spirit of God?***

*** - "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" ( I Corinthians. 3:16 )

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Seeking God in meditation is the direct way to attain a joyous and youthful state of mind. There are additional practices that will also help to nurture mental youthfulness. First of all, learn to smile - sincere smiles. Wherever you are, no matter how trying the circumstances, smile from your heart. Harbor no form of anger or malice. Try to give genuine smiles to all - friends, family, strangers alike. Half the secret of youthfulness lies in that. If you have a contagious smile that wells up from your true inner being, you are youthful. I often say that if you can't smile, then stand before a mirror and train yourself to smile by pulling the corners of your mouth up!

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Your trials may be heavy, may be great, but the greatest enemy of yourself is yourself! You are immortal; your trials are mortal; they are changeable; you are unchangeable. You can unleash eternal soul powers and shatter your trials.

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The greatest romance is with the Infinite. You have no idea how beautiful life can be. When you suddenly find God everywhere, when He comes and talks to you and guides you, the romance of divine love has begun.

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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.

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Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! Forget the future, for it is beyond reach! Control the present! Live Supremely well now! It will white wash the dark past, and compel the future to be bright! This is the way of wise.

- From ' God Talks With Arjuna, The Bhagavad Gita '

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"Samadhi"


Vanished the veils of light and shade,
Lifted every vapor of sorrow,
Sailed away all dawns of fleeting joy,
Gone the dim sensory mirage.
Love, hate, health, disease, life, death,
Perished these false shadows on the screen of duality.
Waves of laughter, scyllas of sarcasm, melancholic whirlpools,
Melting in the vast sea of bliss.
The storm of maya stilled
By magic wand of intuition deep.
The universe, forgotten dream, subconsciously lurks,
Ready to invade my newly wakened memory divine.
I live without the cosmic shadow,
But it is not, bereft of me;
As the sea exists without the waves,
But they breathe not without the sea.
Dreams, wakings, states of deep turiya sleep,
Present, past, future, no more for me,
But ever-present, all-flowing I, I, everywhere.
Planets, stars, stardust, earth,
Volcanic bursts of doomsday cataclysms,
Creation's molding furnace,
Glaciers of silent x-rays, burning electron floods,
Thoughts of all men, past, present, to come,
Every blade of grass, myself, mankind,
Each particle of universal dust,
Anger, greed, good, bad, salvation, lust,
I swallowed, transmuted all
Into a vast ocean of blood of my own one Being!
Smoldering joy, oft-puffed by meditation
Blinding my tearful eyes,
Burst into immortal flames of bliss,
Consumed my tears, my frame, my all.
Thou art I, I am Thou,
Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!
Tranquilled, unbroken thrill, eternally living, ever new peace!
Enjoyable beyond imagination of expectancy, samadhi bliss!
Not a mental chloroform
Or unconscious state without wilful return,
Samadhi but extends my conscious realm
Beyond the limits of the mortal frame
To farthest boundary of eternity
Where I, the Cosmic Sea,
Watch the little ego floating in me.
The sparrow, each grain of sand, fall not without my sight.
All space like an iceberg floats within my mental sea.
Colossal Container, I, of all things made.
By deeper, longer, thirsty, guru-given meditation
Comes this celestial samadhi
Mobile murmurs of atoms are heard,
The dark earth, mountains, vales, lo! molten liquid!
Flowing seas change into vapors of nebulae!
Aum blows upon the vapors, opening wondrously their veils,
Oceans stand revealed, shining electrons,
Till, at last sound of the cosmic drum,
Vanish the grosser lights into eternal rays
Of all-pervading bliss.
From joy I came, for joy I live, in sacred joy I melt.
Ocean of mind, I drink all creation's waves.
Four veils of solid, liquid, vapor, light,
Lift aright.
Myself, in everything, enters the Great Myself.
Gone forever, fitful, flickering shadows of mortal memory.
Spotless is my mental sky, below, ahead, and high above.
Eternity and I, one united ray.
A tiny bubble of laughter, I
Am become the Sea of Mirth Itself.

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"Call Me, speak to Me from the depths of your heart, from the very core of your being, from the very depths of your soul, persistently, majestically, determinedly, with a firm resolve in your heart that you will go on seeking Me, no matter how many times I do not answer. If you unceasingly whisper in your heart to Me, `O my silent Beloved, speak to me,' I will come to you, My devotee."

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In 1948 that was when Gurudev had that great samadhi…that experience that started in the evening—he called some of us mentally. I was in the office at the time, and suddenly I had the feeling I had to go to Master’s room. I just stopped what I was doing and went up to Guruji’s room. And the door was open, he said, he motioned to come in. And I could see immediately he was very withdrawn, his face, his eyes, his expression. We had seen that on occasion when he would go into samadhi. And one by one different of the disciples were called, mentally almost, I think most of us were. Daya Mata was certainly there, Ananda Ma, the Lewises were there. And he went into his room, on the chair that is there in his sitting room now, that was in his bedroom at the time. And he called us all in there. We sat on the floor.

And he said to us, ‘I don’t know what is happening to me. Divine Mother is calling me within. I don’t know if she is going to take me from this body. And so he sat on his chair and then he went deep into this state of samadhi. And that lasted all night. He talked to Divine Mother, just an unending flow of conversation all night long. But he said to us afterward, and we saw during that samadhi, that Divine Mother did something unique for those of us who were present. She used his voice to respond, so we were hearing the two-way conversation. When Master would speak it was his voice. When Divine Mother spoke it was a different tone of voice. So this went on all night until about 9 or 10 o’clock the next morning.

I have often likened it to chapter 11 of the Baghavad Gita, the verses that deal with what Guruji called ‘The Vision of Visions,’ in which Arjuna received, through the blessing of Krishna, a vision of the universal form, the many-sided aspects of God, which included not only his transcendental, absolute nature, but also how that one consciousness evolved into all of the forces that brought forth creation, and that brought forth the individual human beings. In other words, the ultimate Truth is that every single thing is nothing but the consciousness of God.

But when you perceive it with individuality, this maya, this hypnosis, cosmic hypnosis that God has imposed on human beings, then you see it as all these different things. And to realize that this is all, all God. The terrible aspects that Arjuna saw of universes and beings being devoured in the teeth (chuckles), symbolically in the teeth, of this Cosmic Lord, and on the other hand, divine things coming out and being blessed. Well, this was much akin to the samadhi that Gurudev had in 1948. He saw God as the Universal Mother, Divine Mother who has both a dreadful aspect, meaning Law. Law works. You break a law, you put your hand in the fire, law says fire burns, you get burnt. And so it is dreadful to the one that has been burnt. And so in the same time, there is the Mother aspect that will take the hand out of the fire and put some unguent on it and say I’m sorry, and kiss it and make it better.

So these two aspects of the Divine Mother, Guruji experienced in that samadhi. And he began to come out of that state. I remember thinking, I think perhaps I was feeling what Arjuna felt after the Vision of Visions and seeing the tremendous God, the Infinite that had expressed in and through that form. And as Arjuna said, oh, he threw himself at Krishna’s feet and said, ‘Forgive me that I ever thought of you as comrade or friend.’ And then Krishna reassured him, showed him that personality, that beloved approachable divine form.

And so that is how I was feeling, My! is my Guru always going to be now in this state? I would be in awe ever to approach him in the same way. And as if in reading the thoughts probably of many of us who were there, he looked around at each of us and he said, ‘I will always be in this state now, but no one will know.’

In other words, he pulled that mantle again around that infinite consciousness, and he became again our beloved Guru, our Divine Father, Mother, Friend.

…it was shortly after that [Master’s great samadhi of 1948] that he said, I HAVE TO GIVE TIME NOW TO MY WRITINGS. Divine Mother didn’t take me…I still have some work to do. He knew that God was calling him to greater seclusion. So in his little desert retreat, when he could tear himself away from Encinitas and Mt. Washington activities—after ’48 he didn’t speak regularly as he had always done…and he began to spend then more time at the desert. He used to say…I CAN DO MUCH MORE NOW TO REACH OTHERS WITH MY PEN. He didn’t have the time anymore to just give one-on-one interviews.

SO HIS WHOLE CONSCIOUSNESS BECAME ABSORBED IN FINISHING WHAT HE FELT DIVINE MOTHER WANTED HIM TO FINISH IN THE WAY OF HIS WRITINGS. He went over the LESSONS, he went over many of the PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ARTICLES AND ITEMS. He worked with Tara Ma, I know, on the WHISPERS. And he dictated to all of us, we all took a turn typing and he would dictate on his manuscripts.

And he would be totally, totally lost, totally absorbed, hours would go by. And we would have to remind him, Master you have been sitting so many hours, shouldn’t you take some food, shouldn’t you take a break? And usually he would say, ‘NO, MY CONSCIOUSNESS IS IN IT. I HAVE TO FINISH. I HAVE TO FINISH.’

Mrinalini Ma ~~ MASTER’S GREAT SAMADHI OF 1948, “In His Presence” DVD

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Remember, greater than a million reasoning's of the mind is to sit and meditate upon God until you feel calmness within. Then say to the Lord, "I can't solve my problem alone, even if I thought a zillion different thoughts; but I can solve it by placing it in Your hands, asking first for Your guidance, and then following through by thinking out the various angles for a possible solution." God does help those who help themselves. When your mind is calm and filled with faith after praying to God in meditation, you are able to see various answers to your problems; and because your mind is calm, you are capable of picking out the best solution. Follow that solution, and you will meet with success. This is applying the science of religion in your daily life.

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When you work for God, not self, it is just as good as meditation. Then work helps your meditation and meditation helps your work. You need the balance. With meditation only, you become lazy. With activity only, the mind becomes worldly and you forget God.

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As I radiate love and goodwill to others, I open a channel for God's love to come to me.

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Without God-realization you have little freedom. Your life is ruled by impulse, whims, moods, habits, and environment. By following the advice of a true guru, and by accepting his discipline, you will gradually emerge from sense slavery.

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Remember, no matter who you are or what your condition is, do not think your trouble is the worst in the world. Even if you playing a part fraught with poverty or disease, there are others who are enacting a part worse than yours. In this earth life, to be a millionaire or a poor man is the same if you but understand. If you see yourself as an actor in this earthly movie-house, all you have to remember is to play your role, small or big, cheerfully and well. That is all.

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Stand By What Is Right.

A little while we are here on earth, and then we are gone. Don't be attached or bound to anything. When I was first asked to be a citizen of this country, I refused because I didn't want to be called a citizen of any country. My country is all nations; I am a citizen of the world. My Father is God; my family is all mankind. Who can deny me that? If I fight, I will fight for justice. I will defend America when she is right, and I will not fight for her when she is wrong. I will fight for India if she is right, but I will not defend her if she is wrong. Wherever your country is right, support it. Wherever your family is right, stand by them. Wherever your friends are right, cooperate with them. You see how clear it is? You cannot deny the correctness of this principle. THAT IS THE DIVINE SPIRIT TAUGHT BY KRISHNA AND CHRIST AND ALL GREAT ONES. That is what is going to bring lasting peace in this world.

From ' The Divine Romance '

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This is my message to you: Meditate every night until you can banish all your mundane thoughts and desires. "KNOW YE NOT THAT YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, AND THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU?"* God made you all blessed, created in His image. You have forgotten that, and have identified yourself with your body. But Jesus came to tell mankind: "Don't be afraid of the frailty of your body. Rise above it by meditation and be one with the Spirit." (I Corinthians 3:16 (Bible))

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