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Ma-The man who is fortunate, whose sanskaras are excellent, does not require a 'return ticket' any more. In order to change the rhythm of the breath one has to resort to sustained practice. One should begin by the repetition of any one of God's names that one prefers. By treading the path that the Guru points out, the breath will be altered and thereby also the bent of one's mind. The moment this is achieved the sushumna will become active in the twinkling of an eye, just as when air is suddenly pumped into a tyre (tube). So long as these things do not happen of themselves, one will have to go on striving. Everyone will understand what refers to the specific line of approach along which he proceeds. The type of meditation that suits a particular person may also reveal itself. So long as this does not occur there are difficulties, struggle, the impression that one is not getting anywhere, that one is incapable of achieving. The exact path one has to take is recognised when the time is ripe. Just as when water is poured out somewhere and finds the proper way to descend and join a stream. So long as the water does not mix with other water one will have to keep on pouring. If inbetween it dries up, no harm has been done. Who can tell at what moment a flood will burst forth? At some time or other one is bound to be blessed by a touch of one's true being. How union is achieved is full of mystery. The current that leads to it is fourfold. One part is unmanifest and three parts are manifest. By the action of pranayama and by dhyana the three manifest parts will have to be joined to the unmanifest. By one's own particular kriya, by the repetition of a name, by pranayama one will have to unite with that current. By selfless service done with the conviction that all are but manifestations of the One, man may also become united to Him. One has to proceed with great regularity and constancy. So long as that spontaneous revelation does not occur, one will have to apply oneself. There was One. He divided Himself in order to create the world. He has always been with you. What is in the microcosm is also in the macrocosm. Thus you have to exert yourself in order to realise your Self. The Lord is manifested in every creature. To find God means but to find one's own Self. Therefore one has to tread the path with steadfastness. All spiritual paths are right and open out towards liberation. HE is free and thus the road to Him leads to freedom. You have grasped, haven't you, that all are contained in the One and the One is present in all.

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311. Satsang with Ma.

Narayana Swami-Ma, today it was discussed with Sri Gopinath Kaviraj, how while the child is in its mother's womb it has knowledge of its true being, but the moment it sees the light of day, forgetfulness supervenes. How is it that at the moment of birth breathing becomes divided into four parts?
Ma-It is for you to know what your Shastras say. This body speaks in its own higgledy-piggledy way. When, the other day, I went for a drive, air was pumped into the tube of a wheel. When there was no air in it, the tube seemed shrunk, as if divided into bits, but when it was blown up again it became round and everywhere equally full of air. Similarly, by practicing God's name, kirtan, meditation and so forth, in the case of some aspirants, pranayama comes about of itself and the body suddenly trembles and becomes straightened; a divine power begins to have its play and yogic postures, etc, manifest spontaneously. When this condition becomes permanent, the breath is no longer divided into four parts, everything merges into one undisturbed bliss, and Knowledge is awakened.
Not only by hathayoga and similar kinds of tapasya can this be accomplished, but also by the practice of the name of Hari. The Name is itself God. One should give serious attention to God's name. By continuous kirtan of 'Hari bol' other mantras also are uttered spontaneously and one's manner of sitting changes. When this body played the play of sadhana, something like this happened. When bhakti arises, a purified body may--nay, does have a similar experience. If one proceeds exactly according to the rules, the body will certainly experience vibration and shivering. Thereupon follow other divine realizations. The subtle nadis of the body will not each be separate anymore, one force will flow through all of them. So as to break all bondage, the knots of the heart will open automatically, each in the way that is needed. No matter what line of sadhana you may have adopted, when the 'switch' is pressed at the muladhara, there will first of all be vibration and shivering and then visions of light may be seen and divine sounds of various kinds heard.

Ma-While the child is in its mother's womb, its inner power is united with that of his mother and thus there is knowledge of Reality. By the yogas of meditation or inquiry or by kriyayoga, and other yogas one must again reach the state of the child in its mother's womb. The sadhaka, the bhakta, the yogi must become the child-yogi in the womb of the Divine Mother. Then the breath will not be cut up anymore. All along there will be only one goal, one aspiration, one inner experience, one Realization.
No matter from what point the wrinkled tube may be filled, it will become straightened and equally full of air in all its parts. When by practicing pranayama, kirtan, meditation in the right manner the mind becomes one-pointed, body and life-force are steadied, or one may also put it the other way round and say, when the movement of the life-force is stilled, the mind becomes one-pointed. Then the life-force flows evenly through the sushumna nadi. At that moment remembrance is awakened, the state of Knowledge is achieved.
While in its mother's womb, the individual has no connection with the outer world; there is thus no impediment and the blood circulation is not conditioned by the functioning of the breath but evenly flows straight in and out of the mother's blood stream. By the sight of outer things and by breathing the outer air, man's concentration is destroyed and the remembrance of his true nature vanishes. It is necessary for the aspirant to hide himself from the obstacles of the outer world by entering the Divine Mother's womb in the cave of his own heart. Thereby lost remembrance will be restored. Then the Mother will take on Herself all his burdens.
Today rather much has been disclosed by this body, even though the secret has been merely hinted at in broad outlines. He who is ready for it will understand it rightly.

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313. Satsang with Ma.

Q-What is the advantage and the special result of meditating in a cave? Does a cave represent the mother's womb or the cave in the human heart?
Ma-Meditating in a cave enhances single-mindedness. The outer cave is a symbol for the inner cave. The home of the householder should be provided with a retreat like a shrine room to be used as a cave. In order to destroy the curtain of ignorance, a place that is curtained off to serve as a cave will have to be set apart in every home. Behind the curtain one should meditate and outside of the curtain perform service. Grihasta Ashram signifies a condition in which the householder is not aware of strain or toil. He must serve his family, regarding every member as a manifestation of the One. Work for your little daughter with the idea that she represents Kumari, the Virgin Mother of the Universe and for your son looking upon him as Gopal, the child Krishna. By taking care of his wife the husband serves but Lakshmi, the Goddess presiding over home and hearth; and the wife should worship the Lord of the world in her husband. One's parents are to be revered as spiritual preceptors, one's younger brothers as Gopalas, one's younger sisters as Gouris, the big brothers to be respected as fathers and one's elder sisters as mothers. If one is able to serve everyone with this attitude of mind, how can family life be an impediment to sadhana? Wherever you may find yourself, acts of service will help you to fulfil yourself, to attain to perfection. And in addition to engaging in service, a special place and time should be reserved for the worship and contemplation of God in solitude. All the rest of the day try to sustain the remembrance of His Name or of a mantra. Wherever you may be, the way to the revelation of God lies there itself. For the brahmachari and sannyasi it is most congenial to practice meditation in seclusion in a cave. Depending on one's capacity and stage, the place of practice, the sadhana and the state of achievement vary.

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314. Satsang with Ma.

Q-Are the Vanaprastha and Sannyas Ashrams appropriate under modern conditions?
Ma-One should try to live every Ashram (stage of life) according to the injunctions of the Shastras. The Vanaprastha and Sannyas Ashrams are difficult ones. Everyone should do as much as he can.
Q-The Shastras prescribe that a man should retire to the forest and adopt the Vanaprastha Ashram after he has completed 50. How can this rule be followed in our times?
Ma-When do people retire nowadays? At 55 or 58 or 60. Well, then at least at the age of 60 they should abandon their worldly life and, freeing themselves from their ties, live in an Ashram. Why be attached to what has been left behind? If at 55 the spirit of renunciation comes over you, retire and become a Vanaprastha.
Q-What is the path of a Rishi (Rishipanth)?
Ma-For the offspring of a Rishi--his sons and daughters--for them is the path of a Rishi. The wife of a Rishi is called Rishi patni and his son Rishi balak. What is meant by Rishi you can find out from the Shastras. You should study and perform the duties of a Rishi. The founder and ancestor of every family (gotra) was a Rishi. You are all descendants of Rishis. The Grihastashram should be lived in accordance with the rules of the path of a Rishi, in obedience to the Shastras and to Dharma. If a householder abides by the laws of conduct laid down in the Shastras, then by the grace of God he will automatically reach the goal of life. Where action is not spontaneous there is trouble and friction. Whatever action or event comes about without difficulty, should be understood as happening spontaneously. In this there is no toil or strain, no craving, it happens by God's Will.

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315. Satsang with Ma.

Q-What do you mean when you say, 'Ashram is a condition in which there is absence of strain or toil?'
Ma-Where restlessness, desire and trouble are, there is strain and toil. If the Ashram is lived in keeping with its innate rules, there will be none of these. The strenuous striving towards Self-realization is not felt as strain, it is tapasya. Strain implies the awareness of discomfort. Even if by tapasya the body is subjected to discomfort, mind and heart are full of enthusiasm and joy. To realize God means to realize one's Self. How can there be strain while engaging in the essential thing for oneself? The sadhana that is prescribed so that the Atma may be revealed will not be felt as strain or toil. To do tapasya is your self-expression; in order that this may become evident, the tapasya must be free from strain, must be easy and natural. If I work at the bidding of another, it may seem a drudgery to me, but if I do my own work, prompted by my own desire, how can this be wearisome? Self-realization, in other words, God-realization is one's own work, the endeavour to find one's Self is one's own natural endeavour. The states of a tapasvi, sadhaka or yogi are states of the effortless play of the Self.
Q-Can the action of the Sushumna be compared to pumping air into a tube?
Ma-You are referring to our talk about the tube the other day. According to the line along which a person practices sadhana will be his realization; by attending to the work of one's true nature one attains to eternal union. The man who becomes united with Him is styled a yogi. To prepare oneself for that Sublime Touch is the purpose of sadhana. By practicing or listening to the name of Hari or doing japa, the rhythm of one's breath is regulated, pranayama comes about spontaneously, there is repose, natural ease, no difficulty, no illness. The rhythm by which mundane work is achieved causes disease, sickness, worry; it does not bring about rest, ease and equilibrium. If you remain steeped in the current of worldly activity there will be physical creation, worldly knowledge and worldly interest. This is the current of constant wanting, not the current that leads to God-realization.

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Q: Are Kali, Durga, Chandi, Krishna distinct from one another or one? If they are one, why then have they different forms?

Ma: God is indeed one. Just as man is one but of different forms. Thus Kali, Krishna and so forth are one as the Brahman, but where outer manifestation (Shakti) comes in, they are different. Men vary in character and temperament and therefore manifest in different shapes. By His grace God shows you the particular form under which you will realize Him. But in essence God is one. There is only one Atma--with form and formless--both are but the Atma. With form (sakara) means He Himself as Form. Just as water and ice are eternally of one substance, even so God Himself appears in various shapes, yet He is one. On the plane of action He appears divided, as the Atma He is one without a second.

Q: If the Self is one, why then is the sorrow of one man not felt by the others?

Ma: Only while there is the sense of separation this is so. So long as there are others, experience is divided. But when there is no more question of difference, then the sorrow of all will be felt as one's own. When the distinction between knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knower has been obliterated, oneness is realized. Until then experience varies for each individual. What you receive depends on your attitude of mind. That which is in constant flux is called the world. And what is bound is called the individual. In the world of individuals one reaps as one sows. How wonderful is God's dispensation! He plays in an infinite variety of shapes and forms.

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At all times let forbearance be your norm. Say to yourself: "Lord, everything Thou doest is for the highest good!" Pray for the power of endurance. Nothing happens that is not an expression of God's grace; verily, all is His grace.

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Lose yourself altogether when bowing down to God with a single-minded devotion and you will obtain joy and power in proportion.
In this connection she added: “There are two kinds of pranamas : Offering to Him your whole body and mind with all thoughts, desires, sense-impressions, love, affection, devotion, just like emptying the contents of a full pitcher to its last drop. The other way is like scattering face-powder through the minute holes of a powder-box : the major portion of your thoughts and desires is kept back in a hidden chamber of your mind, and only a little dust is allowed to escape.

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Divine happiness, even the tiniest particle of a grain of it, never leaves one again; and when one attains to the essence of things and finds one's Self - this is supreme happiness. When it is found, nothing else remains to be found; the sense of want will not awaken anymore, and the heart's torment will be stilled forever.

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Single-minded devotion engenders deep thought, which expresses itself in action. The Lord’s Light descends on the devotee, His power awakens in him and as a result, profound inner inquiry blossoms forth.

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Just as there is a definite time-table for work at school, office or the shop, so should we set apart for divine contemplation a few minutes out of the twenty-four hours of every day, preferably in the morning and evening. One must make a fixed resolve that this little time shall be dedicated to God throughout life. During this period no worldly activity should be allowed to encroach upon the contemplation of God.

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With earnestness, love and goodwill carry out life’s everyday duties and try to elevate yourself step by step.

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In all human activities let there be a live contact with the Divine and you will not have to leave off anything. Your work will then be done well and you will be on the right track to find the Master.

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"This body does not establish any 'asramas'. Where 'srama (toil, strain) is not, there is an 'asrama'. Transcending the world and pervading the whole universe there is but one single 'asrama', where there are lakes as well as oceans, where no distinction exists between one's homeland and foreign countries. In whatever way you may express it, so it is."

~ Matri Vani, Vol.III,158

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When by the flood of your tears, the inner and the outer have fused into one, you will find Her.

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When you feel power within yourself, when new light dawns on you from within, the more you can keep it concealed in utter calm and stillness, the more will it grow in intensity. If it gets the slightest opening, there is always the fear of it escaping. Be vigilant! He Himself will provide everything that is necessary - initiation, instruction - whatever it may be.

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Standing on the seashore at Cape Comorin, one can watch wave after wave rise, dash against the rocks and break, merging into Infinity-- nobody knows where. This world may also be likened to a vast ocean. How many myriads of beings are born and die at every moment and where they go when disappearing from our sight is beyond the grasp of human intelligence. This constant flux in nature illustrates the fact that, in reality, birth and death do not exist. There is only One Supreme Being That manifests itself in countless forms, in numberless modes of life.
Learn to see the beauty in the laws of nature, to appericiate their impartial Justice -- and the contemplation of the Creator of all things will spontaneously awaken in you, you will realize that He alone is and nothing beside Him.

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Many hang their heads in disappointement, murmuring, " I have received initiation from a Sadguru, but what progress have I made?" Just think, when a little ink is spilled on cloth, how much time it takes to remove it. How can you expect the thick layer of impurities that obscure human conciousness to be cleared up in a few days or months? Rather than trying to estimate how efficacious the power of Guru and the mantra is, you should lay emphasis on exerting yourself to the utmost. By sitting back comfortably and without paying the price, spirituality does not come. Hard and sincere labour is indispensable in order to realize the Self. With implicit faith and a sacred regard for the Guru's instructions, continue your practice with the greatest possible regularity and concentration-rest assured, success will be yours. Those who serve dharma will be gripped by it and led on the path of dharma

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Sugar solution can be purified by boiling it with a few drops of milk; similarily can samskaras, the impurities that cloud consciousness, be removed by the contemplation of God. Worldly people as a rule take to religious practices only at an advanced age and soon grew weary and lack in energy. This is why men and women should be taught from early childhood to make God and the search after Truth the center of their lives so that they may not in their old age have to cry out piteously: "Eventide has come, my life is ebbing away. O Lord have mercy upon me and take me across!"
For the maintenance of the body one has to earn money and collect goods; it is right to remember at all times that it is of even greater importance to cultivate and develop one`s inner wealth.

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"Why does not the Mother answer to the cry of Her children?"
She was once asked. Immediately without a moment's deliberation, rang out Her voice, - 'Pitaji Pitaji".
There was no response to Her call. Once more She called and someone stood up in the hall and responded. She laughed - and She laughs with the whole of Her being - and triumphantly said - "You did not answer, because you thought I was not serious in calling you. But you answered when you realized that I was calling you.
Likewise, the great Mother knows when Her children are at play and when they really need Her. They call Her often without really wanting Her. But when they fall and are hurt and cry for Her help, She answers immediately."

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None can foretell at what particular time circumstances will co-operate to bring about that Great Moment for anyone. There may be failure to begin with, but what counts is final success. An aspirant cannot be judged by preliminary results. In the spiritual field, final success means success right from the beginning.

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Once when the satsang was over, an old man was taking leave.
"It is getting late," he said, "I must be going home."
"Late indeed," agreed Anandamayi, "there you are right; but go to your real home, not to the dharmasala pilgrim hostel."
"I am not staying in any dharmasala, I have my own house here," he replied.
She shook her head and smiled: "Do you call that home? You won't be able to stay there for ever. Your days are
numbered and when your time is up you will have to leave.
I call it dharmasala.
There are rules and regulations; you may remain for a while but then you have to quit.
This body tells you to find your real home from which nobody can drive you out, which is not of this world. Dig deep and unearth your real wealth, find your real home in God, who is your own Self."

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A true devotee realises that his Lord is within and without, that He is all-knowing and all-powerful — omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. Understanding this, the devotee simply tries to express his total helplessness to the Lord and accepts Him as the sole protector and guide. In such sincere and open-hearted prayer, the devotee confesses the uselessness and the burden of his ego. He prays to the Lord to remove it, to destroy it. This kind of prayer is real meditation, and it will definitely take one to the goal.

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Mere gymnastics is nutrition for the body.
Now, as to ‘doing’ : Sustained effort ends in effortless being; in other words, what has been attained by constant practice is finally transcended.
Then comes spontaneity. Not until this happens can the utility of hathayoga be understood. When the physical fitness resulting from
hathayoga is used as an aid to spiritual endeavor, it is not wasted.
Otherwise, it is not yoga, but bhoga (enjoyment).

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