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Follow the Path of Perfection. For Happiness is ever found in Perfection. There is no
Happiness in imperfection. Verily, you are the Children of the Perfect One and you shall rise above the earthly World to attain Heaven's Perfection. And the Great Bliss of Heaven shall be yours for all time.

— Shiva Rahasya [Chapter 11, part 41]

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Follow you the Path of Truth. Seek Truth even in your dreams. Do not ally yourselves with Untruth at any time. For Real Life is established upon Truth. Man becomes Real by living in the Real. Otherwise he lives in the Lie and his life becomes a lie. And the life that has become a lie shall go up in smoke even as a dark cloud is burned up by the All-Consuming Sun of Truth.

Always speak the Truth. For whatsoever man speaks with his mouth that he believes with his heart. And whatsoever he believes with his heart the same shall come true. But that which the heart knows to be false shall remain a lie. For the heart is the abode of Truth Who is the Most Wise. Verily, Truth is your Refuge and your Shelter. He who forsakes the Abode of Truth shall be captured and devoured by Untruth.

— Shiva Rahasya [Chapter 11, part 35]

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O noble ones! let My followers be without fear in their pursuit of Justice. For, fear is the sign of the lowly. Out of fear lowly folk never start a great work; ordinary men begin a work but give up as soon as obstacles cross their path; but Great Souls never give up - they strive in this life and the next until success is theirs. Verily, it were better to be fearless as a tiger for even one day than to abide for a hundred years in dread like the antelope, the hare and the goat. Thus it has been said, The Flash of Lightning that lights up the World at a stroke is greater than the fire that gives nothing but smoke. Fear not Death, for the righteous are the Children of Truth and eternal life shall ever be theirs.

— Shiva Rahasya [Chapter 11, part 33]

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O you People of the Truth! do not ally yourselves with evil. Choose wisely. For this shall be the test of your faith and thereupon shall rest the judgement of your life in this World. As all worldly things have a shadow, so Truth on Earth has a shadow too. Only in My Abode of Light where all is bright and clear there is no shadow, no Untruth and no lie. But on Earth, where light is obscured by shadow, the Untruth finds easy pray. For this reason, on Earth, some must die in order that others may prevail. Let every man strive to overcome the enemies of Truth. But he
who conquers both the outward and inward enemies, namely, fear, attachment and the rest, is by far the best. He becomes a Perfect One in this very lifetime.

— Shiva Rahasya Chapter 11, part 32

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Honour both Spirit and Matter as you honour your own father and mother. For your life depends upon these two: your Spiritual life upon Spirit and your material life upon Matter. To disrespect one's father and mother is wrong, but to despise or go against them is a great sin. He who despises Spirit or Matter shall go the downward way.

— Shiva Rahasya Ch 11, part 21

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O noble ones! the uppermost World is Heaven and the lowermost is Hell. Heaven is
inhabited by Great Beings who live in Truth. Hell is the abode of those who have chosen the Untruth. Between these two, there lies the World of Men, where Truth is mixed with Untruth in various measures.

The Astral World is the place wherein abide the Souls between one earthly life and the next. The Gurus are the Spiritual Masters who transmit My Truth to the World. They live in the Terrestrial, Astral and Celestial Spheres. I, the Supreme Guru, am above all.

In life, there are two Paths: one leads to Heaven, the other leads to Hell. Those who walk upon the upward Path, go to My Abode. Those who choose the downward Path, go astray. Therefore, as the hawk takes only one bird from the flock, let the wise follow one path. And let that path be straight and not crooked.


— Shiva Rahasya (259, 260, 261)

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I Am Shiva. I Am the One in Whom all things rest (Shi) and by Whose Power all things move (Va). Since I Am all and everything, each act of worship is but I Doing Worship unto Myself.

— Shiva Rahasya (252)

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They call Me the Light of lights. For I am the light of Fire as well as Lightning, Stars, Moon, Sun and the Light of Knowledge, too. I am the Light of all things that shine. The Sun gives light unto the Moon and the Divine Fire in the Sky illumines the Sun. He who knows this, goes up from light to light and finally attains to the Light of lights Which is the Supreme Splendour that never dies.

By the Shining Lamp of Knowledge I dispel the darkness in those who are devoted to Me. Having seen the Light, it is every man's duty to bring Light into the World, each one according to his means. Enlightening each other, thinking of Me, speaking of Me, thus they abide in Unity with Me.

— Shiva Rahasya (219, 220)

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If you enjoy this relaxed state here, and if you become one with this state, you will also transcend this state. You will even transcend into a state prior to the birth of Gods. With this understanding, do what you like.

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Humans who consider themselves to be smarter than all others, with their skilled knowledge of food preparation, are the sickest beings of all.

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The way to happiness is: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, give much. Fill your life with love. Do as you would be done by.

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Pay no attention to the ego. See only the light behind it

Q: How is one to bring the rebellious ego under control?

B: Pay no attention to the subversive ego and its unruly activities. See only the light behind it which illumines the ego; try to remain at the source of this light. If only you would scorch the ego by ignoring it, you would be free. Take no notice of the truculent ego and it’s various misdemeanors. The existence of the ego should not be accepted. If you attribute any importance to the ego by means of acknowledging its existence, you will become inextricably trapped in its vicious grip of [samsaric] bondage. Neither the existence of the ego nor its non-existence should be acknowledged; these or any other, the presence of vrittis in the mind causes the ego to become further tumid and strengthened. The tightrope-walker does not look beneath him whilst he is performing his act; he stares straight ahead.

— Aham Sphurana, page 697

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О люди всех эпох и мест, что о себе скажу я вам?
Моя религия – не Крест, не Иудейство, не Ислам.

Я все стихии перерос, я вышел из-под власти звезд,
Юг, север, запад и восток – не для меня, не здесь мой Храм!

Твердь и вода, огонь и дух – к их мощным зовам слух мой глух,
Я тотчас всё, чего достиг, за новую ступень отдам!

Не страшен мне горящий ад, не жажду райских я наград,
Я узы крови развязал – и я не сын тебе, Адам!

Я – вне событий и имен, я превозмог закон времен,
Я в каждом встречном воплощен – и неподвластен я годам!

Во множестве провижу я Одно – Единство Бытия,
И слово Истины живой читаю я не по складам!

Я жажду в мире одного – Возлюбленного своего:
Лишь вечно видеть бы Его – и по Его идти следам!

Шамс! От любви и от вина всегда душа твоя пьяна:
Давай же славу воздадим сим, лучшим на земле, плодам!..

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Pursue not the outer entanglements; Dwell not in the inner void; Be serene in the oneness of things; And dualism vanishes by itself.

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D: Since Realization is not possible without 'vasana-kshaya' (destruction of all volitional inclinations), how am I to realize that State in which the 'vasanas' are effectively destroyed?

M: You are in that State now!

— Maharishi's Gospel [Book I, Ch. VI]

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DO NOT WAIT …

Question: We know that the pleasures of this world are useless and even painful, yet we long for them. What is the way of ending that longing?
Bhagavan: Think of God and attachments will gradually drop from you. If you wait till all desires disappear to start your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait a very, very long time indeed.

— ‘Guru Ramana’, S.S Cohen

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When the Buddhagupta perfectly understood the meaning of the primordial state and expressed his realization thus:

I am Buddhagupta.
From the beginning, one’s own mind is total bliss:
Hidden from those who do not know it, it is the great secret!
Understanding the state of enlightenment beyond effort is the best meditation;
Enlightenment transcends meditating and not meditating!

— The Supreme Source

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All the experiences of suffering are the result of love. Find out what is the requisite for all this play of love and hate. It is that love for beingness, existence, which gives rise to all pain and miseries. You have to face it because you love to be.

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It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.

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PRACTICE IS POWER

D.: Abhyasa (practice) should give me that power.

M.: Practice is power. If thoughts are reduced to a single thought the mind is said to have grown strong. When practice remains unshaken it becomes sahaja (natural).

D.: But samskaras are infinite and eternal – from beginningless time.

M.: This itself is a samskara. Give up that idea and all samskaras will disappear at once. That is visranti (repose), santi (peace). Peace is ever-present. But you hold it down and rise over it and thus disturb it. Then you say, “I want Peace”.

— Talks no. 290

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Q: Is it harmless to continue smoking?

M: No, tobacco is a poison, it's better to do without it.
Tobacco gives only a temporary stimulation to which there must be a reaction with craving for more. Also, it is not good for meditation practice.

Q: Is there any drug to promote meditation?

M: No, because afterwards the user would be unable to meditate without taking it habitually.

Those who take opium or alcohol are unconsciously seeking the blissful thoughtless state of the real Self. They get an intimation of that bliss by drugs, but afterwards they must resume their normal state and the craving comes back even stronger until they become chronic addicts and slaves to the substance.

With all such artificial stimulants there must be a fall. If the mind is subdued, everything is conquered.

CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

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NOBLE DESIRES

Q: Which desires are cogent?

M: Desires that destroy their subjects, or objects, or do not subside on satisfaction are self-contradictory and cannot be fulfilled. Only desires motivated by love, goodwill, and compassion are beneficial to both the subject and object and can be fully satisfied.

Q: All desires are painful, the holy as well as the unholy.

M: They are not the same and pain is not the same. Passion is painful, compassion - never. The entire universe strives to fulfil a desire born of compassion.

— I AM THAT ch. 20

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Если ты желаешь познать Истину,
ты должен обладать безграничной Любовью к Истине.

Тогда не будет различия
между путем Любви и путем Знания.

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The true Guru cannot be left. He is the Guru by his nature and he naturally fulfills all that is lacking in the disciple.

As the flower gives its fragrance naturally, so the Guru gives diksha — by sight or hearing or touch or teaching or mantra or even without any of these, just because he is the Guru.

The flower does not make an effort to give its fragrance, it does not say: 'Come and smell me'. It is there. Whoever comes near it will enjoy the scent.

As ripe fruit falls from the tree and is picked up by man or eaten by the birds, so the

Guru is all that is needed for those who are his own, whoever they may be.

— Death Must Die, p. 453

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Do not suffer, wandering in the scorching heat, eating the bare earth of sense objects that are the non-Self. Feed on the bliss of the Self that exists in the home of the Heart, that immense and never-ending canopy of cool shade where perfect peace shines.

It is impossible for the jiva who has become a victim of ego-delusion to overcome even slightly the force of prarabdha. Therefore, unless he subsides in the Heart by relying primarily on God's grace, he can never, by mere effort, which is the activity of the rising ego, overcome the buffeting momentum of that prarabdha, subside by himself [in the Heart], attain Self-realization and be freed from fear-causing delusion.

— Guru Vachaka Kovai (297, 300)

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