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Из равного отношения человека ко всем существам
можно сделать вывод о его достижении джняны.

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Do not worship the mere outward show of renunciation, which has no meaning. What has meaning can never be had, can never be learned, from another. You can find it yourself when you are really simple when you have not the ashes of outward renunciation but the inward freedom from all conflicts, suppression, ambitions, imitations. Such a person is really a creative human being who will really help the world.

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I thought you might resonate with this talk : "Spiritual people can be some of the most violent people you will ever meet. Mostly, they are violent to themselves. They violently try to control their minds, their emotions, and their bodies. They become upset with themselves and beat themselves up for not rising up to the conditioned mind's idea of what it believes enlightenment to be. No one ever
became free through such violence. Why is it that so few people are truly free? Because they try to conform to ideas, concepts, and beliefs in their heads. They try to concentrate their way to heaven. But freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and un-self-conscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the very idea of "a someone who is in control" is a concept created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown."

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Chapter: 6, Sub-Chapter: 5

Narration About Illusion (Maya) and Brahman


1. The listener asks, " What is this Illusion (Maya) and what is Reality, or Brahman?" The speaker responds, "For the sake of this dialogue between the listeners and the speaker, please listen to the explanation."

2. Brahman is without attributes and is formless. Illusion has attributes and form. Brahman has no boundaries or limits, Illusion does.

3. Brahman is pure and changeless. Illusion is active and restless. Brahman alone is untainted by any color or form, while Illusion is color and form.

4. Illusion is seen, Brahman cannot be seen. Illusion is perceptible, Brahman cannot be perceived. Illusion gets destroyed, Brahman is indestructible, even at the final dissolution of all creation.

5. Illusion is created, Brahman cannot be created. Illusion can deteriorate, Brahman cannot. Illusion can be accumulated by the ignorant, Brahman cannot.

6. Illusion is born, Brahman is not born. Illusion dies, Brahman does not die. Illusion can be conceived, Brahman cannot be comprehended by the intellect.

7. Illusion breaks, Brahman cannot break. Illusion can be cut off, Brahman cannot be cut off. Illusion gets old and tattered, Brahman does not get old and tattered, as it is indestructible.

8. Illusion is subject to modification, Brahman is changeless. Illusion does everything, Brahman does nothing. Illusion assumes many forms, Brahman is formless.

9. Illusion is of the nature of the temporary Five Elements and is many, Brahman is eternal and is one. The difference between Illusion and Brahman is understood by those who utilize the power of discrimination.

10. Illusion is inferior, Brahman is superior. Illusion is the non-essential, Brahman is the essence. Illusion is on the side of the world, Brahman does not have sides.

11. Illusion is spread out covering Brahman. However, the sages have sifted out Brahman with discrimination.

12. Clearing away the moss on the surface, one should take the water. Throwing away the water from the mixture of milk and water, one should take the milk. Similarly, giving up Illusion, one's experience should be of Brahman.

13. Brahman is spotless like the sky, Illusion is muddied like the earth. Brahman alone is subtle, while the Illusion is gross form.

14. Brahman is not visible, while Illusion is visible and seen. Brahman is uniform and unvarying, Illusion is by nature varying forms.

15. Illusion is a visible object, Brahman is not. Illusion is witnessed, Brahman cannot be witnessed. In Illusion there are two sides (duality), Brahman has no sides.

16. Illusion is the assertion of an argument, Brahman is the final statement. Illusion is ephemeral, Brahman is eternal. Brahman does not have a cause or purpose for its existence, Illusion does.

17. Brahman is homogenous and solid, Illusion is made up of the Five Elements and hollow. Brahman is always flawless, Illusion is old and tattered.

18. Illusion becomes, Brahman does become. Illusion falls, Brahman cannot fall. Illusion gets spoiled, Brahman cannot get spoiled, it is just as it is.

19. Brahman always exists, Illusion disappears upon dissolution. There is no end to Brahman even after the final dissolution, while Illusion ends.

20. Illusion is hard, Brahman is subtle. Illusion is very small, Brahman is vast. Illusion can be destroyed, Brahman remains always.

21. Brahman cannot really be described, or said to be like anything. Illusion appears to be how it is spoken about. Time cannot consume Brahman, while it does consume Illusion.

22. A multitude of forms and colors are the occurrence of Illusion. Illusion breaks, but Brahman is unbreakable, always just as it is.

23. Now enough of this expanded narration. The entire animate and inanimate creation is all Illusion. The one Supreme God (Parameshwara) pervades everything inside and out.

24. That Supreme Self, Paramatman, is different from all labels and attributes. Just as the reflection of the sky is in the water, yet the sky itself is not found in the water, such is Parabrahman.

25. By way of explanation, and the inquiry into Illusion and Brahman, one can escape birth and death. When one surrenders to the saints, one can attain liberation.

26. There is no limit to talking about the greatness of the saints. Because of them, one realizes the "Universal Self."

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Мудрый отдается на волю того,
Что происходит в настоящем моменте.
Он знает, что смертен,
И здесь ему не за что держаться:
Нет иллюзий в его уме,
Нет противления в его теле.
Он не думает о своих действиях,
Они исходят из сердца его бытия.
Он не привязан ни к чему в жизни,
Поэтому готов к смерти,
Как человек готов ко сну
После дня тяжелой работы.

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A few days ago, a lady, a recent arrival, came into the hall at about 3 p.m. and sat down. All the time she was there, she was trying to get up and ask something of Sri Bhagavan. As Bhagavan appeared not to have noticed her, and was reading a book, she waited for a while. As soon as Bhagavan put the book aside, she got up, approached the sofa and said without any fear or hesitation, "Swami, I have only one desire. May I tell you what it is?" "Yes," said Bhagavan, "What do you want?" "I want moksha [liberation]," she said. "Oh, is that so?" remarked Bhagavan. "Yes, Swamiji, I do not want anything else. Is it enough if you give me moksha," said she. Suppressing a smile that had almost escaped his lips, Bhagavan said, "Yes, yes, that is all right; that is good." "It will not do if you say that you will give it sometime later. You must give it to me here and now," she said. "It is all right," said Bhagavan. "Will you give it now? I must be going," said she. Bhagavan nodded.

As soon as she left the hall, Bhagavan burst out laughing and said, turning towards us, "She says that it is enough if only moksha is given to her. She does not want anything else." Subbalakshmamma, who was seated by my side, took up the thread of the conversation and quietly said, "We have come and are staying here for the same purpose. We do not want anything more. It is enough if you give us moksha." "If you renounce, and give up everything, what remains is only moksha. What is there for others to give you? It is there always. That is," said Bhagavan. "We do not know all that. Bhagavan himself must give us moksha." So saying she left the hall. Looking at the attendants who were by his side, Bhagavan remarked, "I should give them moksha, they say. It is enough if moksha alone is given to them. Is not that itself a desire? If you give up all the desires that you have, what remains is only moksha. And you require sadhana to get rid of all those desires."

~ Source: 'Letters from Sri Ramanasramam'; 8th January, 1946

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Desire is of two kinds — the noble and the base. The base desires are lust and greed. Noble desire is directed towards enlightenment and emancipation. Base desire contaminates and clouds the understanding. Sadhana is easy for the aspirant who is endowed with noble desires.

Buddha said he could not confer enlightenment; he could only show the way; each being, he explained, had to tread the path for him- or herself.

Spiritual evolution is not a commodity or thing that can be bought or given. It is, by nature, a process that you must pursue for yourself. It is self transformation. The most that another person can do is support your own process. No one can do the work for you.

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Q: How is mouna (silence) possible when we are engaged in worldly transactions?

Maharshi: When women walk with water pots on their heads, they are able to talk with their companions while all the time remaining intent on the water above. Similarly, when a sage engages in activities, they do not disturb him because his mind abides in Brahman.

The difficulty is that people think they are the doer; it is a mistake. It is the higher power which does everything and people are only a tool. If they accept that position, they will be free from troubles; otherwise they court them. Do your work without anticipating its fruits. That is all that you should do.

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One should seek God, not with any motive but solely for His own sake. Neither should one feel concerned about one's spiritual progress, for that is also not unselfish. Seek God because it is your nature to do so; because you cannot remain without Him. Whether and when He will reveal Himself to you rests with Him. Your duty is to call out to Him constantly and persistently, and not to waste your energy on anything else.

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From Ribhu Gita, Chapter Five:

Six verses selected by Sri Ramana Maharshi (note: original verse numbers appear in brackets).

1) The concept 'I-am-the-body' is the sentient inner organ (i.e. the mind). It is also the illusory samsara. It is the source of all groundless fears. If there is no trace of it at all, everything will be found to be Brahman. (17)

2) The concept 'I-am-the-body' is the primal ignorance. It is known as the firm knot of the heart (hrdayagranthi). It gives rise to the concepts of existence and non-existence. If there is no trace of it at all, everything will be found to be Brahman. (19)

3) Jiva is a concept, God, the world, the mind, desires, action, sorrow and all other things are all concepts. (25)

4) The mind is unreal. It is like a magic show. It is the son of a barren woman. It is absolutely non-existent. Since there is no mind there are no concepts, no Guru, no disciple, no world, no jiva. All concepts are really Brahman. (36)

5) The body, etc., are only concepts. Hearing, etc. (i.e. hearing, reasoning and contemplating) are concepts. Self-enquiry is a concept. All other things are also concepts. Concepts give rise to the world, the jivas and God. There is nothing whatever except concepts. Everything is in truth Brahman. (30)

6) Abiding without concepts is the undifferentiated state. It is inherence (in Brahman). It is wisdom. It is Liberation. It is the natural state (sahaja). It is Brahman. It is Siva. If there is no concept at all everything will be found to be Brahman. (26)

(as presented in The Mountain Path - Jayanti Issue 2000; the magazine of Sri Ramanasramam, [Arunachala] Tiruvannamalai)

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A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

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Practice is to remove the habit of practice. Then realize that freedom is already here. What is here right now needs no practice. Just see what the impediments are. What is the wall? The wall is imagining that you are not free. When you make an effort to be free, you accept the concept that you are not free, so you start from there. If you get rid of this concept that "I am not free," what will happen? This imagination is your own creation.

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Uncertainties, doubts and fears are natural to everyone until the Self is realised. They are inseparable from the ego, rather they are the ego~

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What do you know about yourself? You can only be what you are in reality; you can only appear what you are not. You have never moved away from perfection. All idea of self-improvement is conventional and verbal. As the sun knows not darkness, so does the self know not the non-self. It is the mind, which by knowing the other, becomes the other. Yet the mind is nothing else but the self. It is the self that becomes the other, the not-self, and yet remains the self. All else is an assumption. Just as a cloud obscures the sun without in any way affecting it, so does assumption obscure reality without destroying it. The very idea of destruction of reality is ridiculous; the destroyer is always more real than the destroyed. Reality is the ultimate destroyer. All separation, every kind of estrangement and alienation is false. All is one -- this is the ultimate solution of every conflict.

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В гармонии с Путем
Небо чисто и бездонно,
Земля плодородна и надежна,
Все сущее живет вместе,
Счастливо тем, как все есть,
В бесконечном обновлении,
В бесконечном повторе самих себя.

Когда человек нарушает канон Пути,
Небо загрязняется,
Земля истощается,
Равновесие рушится,
Все живое вымирает.

Мудрый смотрит на часть с состраданием,
Поскольку он понимает природу целого.
Он практикует смирение.
Он не сияет, как сокровище,
И позволяет Пути направлять его,
Оставаясь простым и бесхитростным, как камень.

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Мне на самом деле гораздо интереснее жить сейчас.
Я чувствую море энтузиазма жить. Не страх, а именно здоровое сильное желание жить, встречать жизнь, обрабатывать ее, попадешь – не попадешь, такая есть уверенность, доверие, что все в порядке. У меня был недавно какой-то такой этап, что меня «колбасило», заворачивало чувство вины, мысли о смерти, что жизнь прошла, а ничего особенного не произошло, ничего не светит, а сейчас как-то……..группы, медитации, правильные встречи, наблюдение за собой и вот сейчас я чувствую, что у меня море энергии. И вот это смелость быть счастливым, смелость просветлеть, прикоснуться к космосу. И при всем том, что я вижу, например, что моему сыну 35 лет и не все в его жизни гармонично, могу ли я при таком раскладе быть счастливым?
И я чувствую, что я не только МОГУ, а я ДОЛЖЕН быть счастливым! Потому что чем же я могу с ним поделиться, если я буду озабочен его несчастьем? Оно мало чем ему поможет.
Это не мешает мне быть счастливым человеком, наоборот, это меня обязывает быть счастливым.

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Однажды к умудрённому опытом Мастеру подошёл Ищущий и спросил:
— Мастер, ты мудр, дай мне совет. Иногда бывает так плохо, кажется, что все отвернулись от меня, в душе темнота и пустота, множество проблем захватывают с головой. Скажи, что мне делать в такие минуты?
— Постарайся не рассмеяться.
— ???!!!
— Испортишь всё представление.

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Один буддийский мастер прочёл ученикам прекрасный текст, который растрогал всех. Ученики сразу же спросили:
— Кто написал его?
— Если я скажу, что это Будда, вы будете благоговеть перед текстом, возлагать каждое утро на него цветы и отдавать поклоны. Если я скажу, что этот текст написал патриарх, вы будете испытывать большое почтение, но уже не будете преклоняться перед ним так, как перед текстом Будды. Если я скажу, что автором был монах, вы, пожалуй, растеряетесь. А если узнаете, что текст написал наш повар, вы просто посмеётесь, — ответил учитель.

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Only if one knows the truth of love, which is the real nature of Self, will the strong entangled knot of life be untied. Only if one attains the height of love will liberation be attained. Such is the heart of all religions. The experience of Self is only love, which is seeing only love, hearing only love, feeling only love, tasting only love and smelling only love, which is bliss

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Meditation should be practiced every day of one's life. Look, what is there in this world? Absolutely nothing that is lasting; therefore direct your longing towards the Eternal.

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If you identify with what comes and goes, you will be unhappy. If you identify with what is permanent and always there, you are happiness itself.

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С желанием надо покончить, отрекшись от себя раз и навсегда. Желание остается до тех пор, пока у тебя есть чувство, что ты - действующее лицо. Желание отречься от себя - это тоже проявление личности. Когда она исчезнет, воссияет чистое Я.
Оковами служат не действия как таковые, но именно чувство того, что действуешь ты, личность. Это чувство и порождаемые им желания причиняют возбуждение ума, и если этому чувству положить конец, воцарится покой. Поэтому говорится: "Пребывай в тишине и знай - Я есмь Бог". Эта тишина достигается полным и безостановочным самоотречением. Слово "знание" в данном изречении означает "бытие": это не то относительное знание, которое является членом триады "субъект - знание - объект"

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The seeing of Truth cannot be dualistic (a 'thing' seen).
It cannot be seen by a see-er, or via a see-er.
There can only be a seeing which itself is Truth.

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It is easy to imagine that
the Buddha, the awakened one, is something
or somewhere other than here or
that awakening to reality will happen
sometime other than now.

But as long as we continue to think in terms of time
we will deceive ourselves.

The "you" who is chasing enlightenment
will never become enlightened.

Instead of striving towards some distant goal that
you will never reach, I invite you to stop and ask:

How am I avoiding the enlightenment
that is already present in each moment?

How am I seeing separation where it doesn't exist?

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Q: As long as there are pain and pleasure, one is bound to be interested.

Maharaj: And as long as one is conscious, there will be pain and pleasure. You cannot fight pain and pleasure on the level of consciousness. To go beyond them you must go beyond consciousness, which is possible only when you look at consciousness as something that happens to you and not in you, as something external, alien, superimposed. Then, suddenly you are free of consciousness, really alone, with nothing to intrude. And that is your true state. Consciousness is an itching rash that makes you scratch. Of course, you cannot step out of consciousness for the very idea of stepping out is in consciousness. But if you learn to look at your consciousness as a sort of fever, personal and private, in which you are enclosed like a chick in its shell, out of this very attitude will come the crisis which will break the shell.

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36. Кем мир не беспокоится и чей покой
не нарушаем миром,
Свободный от ликования, нетерпения, страха,
волнения —
он Мне дорог.
Ð¥II : 15
37. Равный к почести и бесчестию, к другу и недругу
Отрекшийся от всех начинаний,
он именуется превзошедшим гуны.
XIV : 25
38. Для того, кто насыщается здесь и теперь
только Атманом,
Атманом удовлетворен
и только на Атмане сосредоточен,
нет обязанностей.
III : 17
39. Для него в этом мире нет цели
ни в деятельности, ни в ее оставлении;
Здесь нет существа, от которого он зависит.
III : 18
40. Удовлетворенный приношением случая,
превзошедший двойственность, от зависти
Уравновешенный в успехе и неудаче,
он не связан, хотя и действует. IV : 22.
Бхагават Гита Избранное Бхагаваном Раманой Махарши

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