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Abhyasa [spiritual practice] consists in withdrawal within the Self every time you are disturbed by thought. It is not concentration or destruction of the mind but withdrawal into the Self.

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Look. This little finger covers the eye and prevents the whole world from being seen. In the same way this small mind covers the whole universe and prevents Reality from being seen.

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There are only two ways in which to conquer destiny or be independent of it. One is to enquire who undergoes this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by it and not the Self, and that the ego is non-existent. The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, by realising one’s helplessness and saying all the time: ‘Not I, but Thou, Oh, my Lord’, and giving up all sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you. Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True surrender is love of God for the sake of love and for nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation. In other words, complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self enquiry or through bhakti-marga.

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WESTERNERS

Question: Is it harder for Westerners to withdraw inwards?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: Yes, they are Rajasic (mentally overactive) and their energy goes outwards. We must be inwardly quiet, not forgetting the Self, and then externally we can go on with activity. Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts.
In the West it will be only those disgusted with material life who will earnestly turn to the path.

Conscious Immortality

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Silence is the most potent form of work.

The guru is quiet and peace prevails in all. His silence is more vast and more emphatic than the scriptures put together. In fact the guru is always within you.
The guru's silence is the loudest teaching.
It is also grace in its highest form.

Silence is the true teaching.
It is the perfect teaching.

It is suited only for the most advanced seeker.

The others are unable to draw full inspiration from it. Therefore they require words to explain the truth. But truth is beyond words. It does not admit of explanations. All that is possible to do is to indicate it.

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SILENCE


'In the ecstasy of devotion one may sing and one may dance, but it is mouna (silence) that bestows liberation.'

'Open your eyes! Know the light that shines through your eyes; shine in the Heart as the greatest of all lights, which transcends all thought.'

-Padamalai, pp. 195; 63

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You can feel yourself one with the One that exists.

The whole body becomes a mere power, a force-current.

Your life becomes a needle drawn to a huge mass of magnet and as you go deeper and deeper, you become a mere centre and then not even that, for you become a mere Consciousness;

there are no thoughts or cares any longer -- they were shattered at the threshold -- it is an inundation.

You, a mere straw, are swallowed alive,but it is very delightful,for you become the very thing that swallows you.

This is the union of jiva with Brahman, the loss of ego in the real Self, the destruction of falsehood, the attainment of Truth.

From: SAT-DARSHANA BHASHYA & TALKS WITH MAHARSHI

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Let any amount of burden be laid on Him, He will bear it all. It is, in fact, the indefinable power of the Lord that ordains, sustains and controls everything that happens. Why then, should we worry, tormented by vexatious thoughts, saying: ‘Shall we act this way? No, that way,’ instead of meekly but happily submitting to that Power?

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EVERYTHING IS PERFECT

Everything that happens inside and out is preordained by Ishwara, an agent of Brahman, for our spiritual development and must therefore be willed by us as well.

If we had three wishes they would be that things are only as they are, as they are, as they are.

If we are so willing then we are in harmony with the divine will,
for 'In His Will is our peace',

Welcoming the Lord to do whatever he wants with us.

As complete effacement of the egotistic will is necessary to conquer destiny.

So be it.

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27. Fear not on seeing this empty world, which appears as a dream in the sleep of Self-forgetfulness. This imaginary and bondage-causing world-picture, [pro- jected on the background] of the dark, dense mind, will not stand in the light of Supreme Knowledge, Sat-Chit-Ananda.

28. O aspirants who hide yourselves away fearing this world, nothing such as a world exists! Fearing this false world which appears to exist, is like fearing the false snake which appears in a rope.

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THE FLIGHT OF THE GARUDA

Then, all you lovers, think of the beautiful man or woman in your heart. You gluttons, consider the food you crave--meat, cake, or fruit. You strutting peacocks, recall and dwell on the clothes you like to wear. You avaricious traders, think about the form of wealth you desire--horses, jewelry, or cash. Carefully considering these matters, allow desire to arise, and when it arises look directly at its essence, at the greedy and lustful self. Then discover firstly where it comes from, secondly where it is now, and finally where it goes to. Look carefully for its color and shape, and any other characteristics.
This vision of your desire is ultimately empty and ungraspable. Do not reject it! It is discriminating awareness.

FROM SONG 13

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Abide as the Self and remain uncontaminated by what goes on around.

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A European Countess was leaving for Europe and she requested Bhagavan to bless her and her family.

Bhagavan said, "You do not go anywhere away from the Presence as you imagine. The Presence is everywhere."

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SAHAJA SAMADHI IS INDEPENDENT FROM ACTIVITIES

M.: There are no two selves - for the self to speak of the non-realisation of the Self.
D.: It is still theoretical to me. How shall I get the samadhi?
M.: Samadhi is only temporary in its effects. There is happiness so long as it lasts. After rising from it the old vasanas return. Unless the vasanas are destroyed in sahaja samadhi (effortless samadhi), there is no good of trance.

D.: But samadhi must precede sahaja samadhi?
M.: Samadhi is the natural state. Although there are activities and phenomena, yet they do not affect the stillness. If they are realised to be not apart from the Self, the Self is realised. Where is the use of trance, unless it brings about enduring peace of mind? Know that even now you are in samadhi whatever happens. That is all.
Talks no 317

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Again people often ask how the mind is controlled. I say to them, “Show me the mind and then you will know what to do.”

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BHAKTI AND JNANA

D: Sri Bhagavata outlines a way to find Krishna in
the heart by prostrating to all and looking on all
as the Lord Himself. Is this the right path leading
to Self-realization? Is it not easier thus to adore
Bhagavan in whatever meets the ‘mind’, than to
seek the supramental through the mental enquiry,
Who am I?

M: Yes, when you see God in all, do you think of God
or do you not? You must certainly think of God for
seeing God all round you. Keeping God in your
mind becomes dhyana and dhyana is the stage before
Realization. Realization can only be in and of the
Self. It can never be apart from the Self: and dhyana
must precede it. Whether you make dhyana on God
or on the Self, it is immaterial; for the goal is the
same. You cannot, by any means, escape the Self.
You want to see God in all, but not in yourself? If all
is God, are you not included in that all? Being God
yourself, is it a wonder that all is God? This is the
method advised in Sri Bhagavata, and elsewhere by
others. But even for this practice there must be the
seer or thinker. Who is he?

D: How to see God who is all-pervasive?

M: To see God is to be God. There is no ‘all’ apart from
God for Him to pervade. He alone is.

From Maharshi’s Gospel

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When the ‘I’ thought does not arise, and I unite [as pure being] with Him, He remains merged with me shining out as my very own fullness. However, the very moment
I raise my head [thinking ‘I’], to perceive his ancient [form] he sees my oddness, scorns me, and conceals himself from me.
Ramana Puranam, vs. 217-220

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The wave said to the sea: "Could I be like you?"
The sea replied: "It's easy... just settle down."

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In the vast ocean of cause and effect, actions happen and impermanent results follow. If one takes them as ‘my’ actions the idea of having a free will gets stronger. This sense of personal doership gives rise to a feeling of guilt or pride and effectively blocks the spiritual understanding that everything happens according to the will of God.

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Every place is a place of arrival,
every place is true home for the practitioner.

There is nothing that is not deep and wonderful,
there is nothing that is not liberated.

The most noble person is the person who has nothing to do.
The only thing you should avoid is thinking
about what you are going to do.
All you need to do is be an ordinary person,
be sovereign wherever you are and
use that place as your seat of awakening.

You should live your lives in a very natural way.
Do not put on airs.
When it is necessary to walk, walk.
When it is necessary to sit, sit.

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The Self is like a powerful magnet within us. It draws us gradually to Itself, though we imagine we are going to It of our own accord: when we are near enough, It puts an end to our activities, makes us still, and then swallows up our personal current, thus killing our wrong personality. It overwhelms the intellect and overfloods the whole being. We think we are meditating upon It and developing towards It, whereas the truth is that we are iron filings and It is the Atman-magnet that is pulling us towards Itself. Thus the process of finding the Self is a form of Divine magnetism.

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You are perfect and complete, so abandon the idea of incompleteness. There is nothing to be destroyed. Ahankara, the individual 'I', is not a real thing. It is the mind that makes the effort and the mind is not real. Just as it is not necessary to kill a rope that one imagines to be a snake, so also there is no need to kill the mind. Knowing the form of the mind makes the mind disappear. That which is forever non-existent is already removed.

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D.: But the mind slips away from our control.

M.: Be it so. Do not think of it. When you recollect yourself bring it back and turn it inward. That is enough.

No one succeeds without effort. Mind control is not one’s birthright. The successful few owe their success to their perseverance.

A passenger in a train keeps his load on the head by his own folly. Let him put it down: he will find the load reaches the destination all the same. Similarly, let us not pose as the doers, but resign ourselves to the guiding Power.

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The idea of time is only in your mind. It is not in the Self. There is no time for the Self. Time arises as an idea after the ego arises. But you are the Self beyond time and space. You exist even in the absence of time and space.

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There is a state beyond our efforts or effortlessness. Until it is realised effort is necessary. After tasting such Bliss, even once, one will repeatedly try to regain it. It is as difficult for a jnani to engage in thoughts as it is for an ajnani to be free from thoughts.

Turn your vision inwards and the whole world will be full of the Supreme Spirit. The world is said to be illusion. Illusion is really Truth. Even the material sciences trace the origin of the universe to some primordial matter... subtle, exceedingly subtle.

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