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Just as by the power of thought you can change yourself to be whatever you want to be, so most importantly, you will be able to change your consciousness from that of a mortal to a divine being. The mortal man is he who thinks, “This is the way I live and this is the way I’ll be until I die.” ⠀

But the divine man says, “I dreamed I was a mortal, but now I am awake and know that I am a child of God, made in the image of the Father.” Though it takes time to realize this fully, it can be done. ⠀

If when the time comes for meditation at night you yield to the thought, “It is so late now to meditate; let me sleep and I will meditate tomorrow,” you will be sleeping into the grave. When the world has surrendered to the drug of slumber, you be awake in God. And throughout the day’s activities, think that it is God who is working through you. ⠀

Give the responsibility to Him. He who thinks of God all the time, can he do wrong? Even if he happens to err, God knows it was his wish to do right. Give everything to God, and you will change because then the human ego can no longer dictate to you.

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From the coming of the month of Ijar, eat barley; from the month of Sivan, eat wheat, the most perfect among all seed-bearing herbs. And let your daily bread be made of wheat, that the Lord may take care of your bodies. From Tammuz, eat the sour grape, that your body may diminish and Satan may depart from it. in the month of Elul, gather the grape that the juice may serve you as drink. In the month of Marchesvan, gather the sweet grape, dried and sweetened by the angel of sun, that your bodies may increase, for the angels of the Lord dwell in them. You should eat figs rich in juice in the months of Ab and Shebat, and what remain, let the angel of sun keep them for you; eat them with the meat of almonds in all the months when the trees bear no fruits. And the herbs which come after rain, these eat in the month of Thebet, that your blood may be cleansed of all your sins. And in the same month begin to eat also the milk of your beasts, because for this did the Lord give the herbs of the fields to all the beasts which render milk, that they might with their milk feed man. For I tell you truly, happy are they that eat only at the table of God, and eschew all the abominations of Satan. Eat not unclean foods brought from far countries, but eat always that which your trees bear. For your God knows well what is needful for you, and where and when. And he gives to all peoples of all kingdoms for food that which is best for each. Eat not as the heathen do, who stuff themselves in haste, defiling their bodies with all manner of abominations.

~ Book I

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Our life can be compared to a stay at a hotel. When we enter the hotel, we know that we will have to leave it soon. So, although we enjoy our stay, we are not unhappy when we check out. Our body is like a hotel; we should enter it happily, stay in it happily and, when we leave it, we should do so without grieving.

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Reading Many Books

It was in 1940 that one day one of the devotees sitting in the hall raised the topic regarding the utility of reading books on religion and philosophy.

In reply Sri Ramana Maharshi said,
"You wake up in the morning and look into the mirror and the mirror shows you that you have a growth and that you have to get rid of it. You may go on looking into any number of mirrors; every mirror will tell you the same thing, but no mirror can ever shave you. You have to shave yourself. Instead of wasting time looking into mirror after mirror it is best to start shaving after having looked into the first mirror and known the truth.

So also all books will tell you the same truth, perhaps in slightly different ways. Instead of wasting time reading book after book why not realize for yourself what was obvious from the very first book."

~ The Maharshi Newsletter, Sep/Oct 2002

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When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.

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Don't fight with anything in creation...nothing is wrong with emotion, only don't tie yourself to good or bad.

Don't cling to anything.

There is no commandment: 'Thou shalt not feel.'

Feelings belong to the totality, like everything else in manifestation, they have their place, leave them there.

Even if you could embrace the entire universe, it would not add up to your Self...Nothing does.

Be very clear about this...

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Right and wrong,
pleasure and pain,
exist in mind only.
They are not your concern.
You neither do nor enjoy.
You are free.

You are the solitary Witness
of All that is,
forever free.
Your only bondage is
not seeing This.

The thought, “I am the doer,”
is the bite of a poisonous snake.
To know, “I do nothing,”
is the wisdom of faith.
Be happy.

A single understanding,
"I am the One Awareness,"
consumes all suffering
in the fire of an instant.
Be happy.

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A society that keeps cures a secret so they can continue to sell medication for huge profits is not a real society but a huge mental asylum.

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Life is very short in this body and all of the things
you're going through will soon come to an end.
If you have not made any spiritual headway
you will be under the delusion of karma.
And you will return again and again in a delusory body form
going through many experiences that appear real to you.

The only way for it to come to an end is to give it all up now.
Make up your mind that this is going to become the year for you
to totally become realized. To awaken totally.
And by following the three precepts as outlined,
this will happen to you faster than you can breath,
if you allow it to.

Do not allow the world to run your life.
Do not let the world fool you.
All this is an illusion.
Be yourself. Know yourself.
Realize that you are Brahman, the pure awareness.
Your nature is pure consciousness
and one day you will have to awaken.
So why not begin now. Why wait?

T.117: Three Precepts For Self Realization

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Gyana, karma and meditation are closely connected. The difference is only about sattva (quality of purity, harmony), rajas (quality of activity, passion, anxiety) and tamas (quality of inertness, stuggishness, ignorance, darkness, perishable nature).

The prevalence of gyana is the prevalence of sattva, the prevalence of karma is the prevalence of rajas, and the prevalence of meditation is the prevalence of tamas. This is a terminology.

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There is neither creation nor destruction, neither destiny nor free will, neither path nor achievement. This is the final truth.

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I don’t know what kundalini is.

Sri Ramana Maharshi :

Kundalini is one name
given by the yogic people for
what may be called the atma sakti inside the body.

The vichara school calls the same power jnana.

The bhakta calls it love or bhakti.

The yogic school says that
this power is dormant in muladhara
at the base of the spinal cord and
that it must be
roused and taken through the various chakras
on to sahasrara at the top,
in the brain,
to attain moksha.

The jnanis think this power is centred in the heart, and so on.

~ Day by day with Bhagavan, 11-11-45

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Yoga Väsiştha Săra Sangraha

एवमुक्तो वसिष्ठेन रामो दाशरथिस्तदा।
सर्वैषणा-विनिर्मुक्तो विनयादिदमब्रवीत् ॥

Thus instructed by Vasistha-ji, Rāma, the son of Dasaratha, who was freed from all desires, replied with humility.

Śri Rāma awoke from his samādhi and listened with attention to Vasiştha-ji.

sarvaişaņā-vinirmuktaḥ - Free from all desires,

A person has innumerable desires. These are categorized into three.

a) vittaişaņā -- the desire for wealth, possessions, security and comfort.

b) putraişaņā -- the desire for progeny, relations, pleasure.

c) lokaişaņā -- the desire for name, fame, status, recognition, power and heaven.

One or the other of these dominates our lives. A seeker of Truth may overcome the desire for wealth and progeny but the desire for name and recognition may still remain deep-rooted. Śri Rāma was free from all the three types of desires.

*vinayād idam abravīt* -- He spoke with humility. For the ignorant people a few university degrees and the knowledge of some information bring pride. They feel superior to others and look down upon those with a little less knowledge.

However, only true knowledge brings humility (vidyā dadāti vinayam).

Srī Rāma was already humble by nature and with Self-knowledge he became totally egoless.

Jai Shree Ram

Ref. -
Yoga Vashishtha Saar Sangraha, Chapter 7, Verse 12
Swami Tejomayananda Ji

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The unconditioned mind intuits truth.

Truth comes when your mind and heart are purged of all sense of striving and you are no longer trying to become somebody; it is there when the mind is very quiet, listening timelessly to everything.

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There is noble virtue in unshakable endurance of whatever comes, but there is also dignity in refusal of meaningless torture and humiliation.

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The mind is here to test you,
to try and create doubt in you,
to challenge your strength.
You must transcend every doubt
concerning who you are.
Doubts about other things you can afford,
but doubts about yourself,
you must clarify until delusions end.
You are the immutable awareness,
not the psychological mind.
As soon as you are clear about this,
mind begins to merge with you
as the single Being.

White Fire ~ Second Edition

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Настоящий друг — это человек, который выскажет тебе в глаза все, что о тебе думает, а всем скажет, что ты — замечательный человек.

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Если бы кто-нибудь в битве тысячекратно победил тысячу людей, а другой победил бы себя одного, то именно этот другой — величайший победитель в битве.

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Четко сформулированная, озарённая мысль может быть видима как искра света.

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Никогда не вмешивайся в чужое страдание. Человек должен устать от самого себя и испить положенную ему чашу яда.
Не будь самоуверен и не надейся, что ты сможешь кому-то помочь.
Помочь можно только тому, кто готов к помощи. Страдающий человек видит мир через свою боль, а значит он глух и слеп. Каждый тащит за собой свой жизненный опыт, не видя, что это мёртвый груз, который лежит на его плечах. Если ты попытаешься вмешаться в чужое страдание, то оно затянет тебя кармическим вихрем в чужую игру. Человек заразен своим страданием - помни это.
Иди своим Путём и не оборачивайся на людскую боль. Только если ты найдёшь свой Путь, ты сможешь помочь людям превзойти себя.

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Either you remain forever hungry and thirsty, longing, searching, grabbing, holding, ever losing and sorrowing, or go out whole-heartedly in search of the state of timeless perfection to which nothing can be added, from which nothing -- taken away. In it all desires and fears are absent, not because they were given up, but because they have lost their meaning.

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You say you try to slow down the mind enough so you can stay in the Self, but there is no need to ‘slow down the mind’ for this. The mind has never been able to stay in the Self by effort. This is all due to much misunderstanding. Please listen:
to stay in something is an effort. It requires a dedication and a skill.

It would require full time commitment, devotion, determination, single-mindedness. Even the Buddha could not do it. People have spent many years naked in caves trying to convert or merge the mind inside the heart, and have failed. They may have achieved something they did not have before, like peace or concentration or even joy, but they retain their identity as a seeker or practitioner—an entity who attains something. They may become a peaceful person, but there is a duality there. They must Be the peace itself. The Self cannot be reached or owned by anyone. It can only be discovered and recognised as the effortless and natural source of all which Is and appears.

How do you ask something as fickle as the mind to stay in something as absolute as the Self?

Isn’t it all a little ridiculous?

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Mantras are the purest form of universal vibrations, or shakti, the profundity of which was experienced by the Rishis in deep meditation. Mantra is the power of the universe in seed form. That is why they are known as bijaksharas (seed letters). Having gone through that experience, they offered these pure sounds to humanity. However, verbally encapsulating an experience, particularly the most profound of all experiences, is not so easy. So, the mantras we have are the closest sounds to the universal sound that the compassionate Rishis could verbally create for the benefit of the world. However, the fact still remains that the fullness of a mantra can only be experienced when your. mind attains perfect purity.

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It is reported that Sri Ramana appeared to some devotees in the form of God or light. His mother once saw Ramana as Shiva, with a garland of snakes, then again she saw him in the form of light. Ganapati Muni and others had different visions of him too. When Roda McIver met Maharshi for the first time, he appeared to her as a splendid light. She reports, “Bhagavan had gone up the hill when I arrived, and I was told to wait on the footpath for His return. I did not see Him coming, but suddenly I saw a brilliant light before me, like the sun rising. I lifted my head and saw Bhagavan standing before me. He looked at me, nodded and smiled. At that moment I felt something happening in me which I had never experienced before in my life! The Sun that He was, He revealed at that moment that He was the Light, the Fire of Knowledge!”

It is also reported that people were healed in the presence of the Maharshi. As, for example, a little boy, whose name was also Ramana and who had been bitten by some kind of poisonous animal. When the parents brought the boy to the Maharshi he was already unconscious and had almost stopped breathing. Sri Ramana passed his hands over the boy’s body saying, “It is nothing. He will be all right.” And indeed, little Ramana soon recovered.

M.A. Piggot reports a similar occurrence. Someone had brought a man into the Hall who had been bitten by a snake and lay him down before Sri Ramana. “We all watched, fear gripping our hearts. Not so he, who sat looking into the far distance while the victim writhed in pain. Calm and compassion was in that look, and infinite peace. After what seemed like hours, the twitching ceased and the man appeared to sleep. Then the one who had brought in the sufferer gently touched him. The man rose, prostrated himself before the Maharshi and went out cured.”

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Q: In order to have realized the Self, jnanis must have done a lot of punyas (merit) and tapas (practice) in their previous lives. If jnanis experience the fruits of all their previous punyas in their last life, they all ought to have very enjoyable last lives. This does not appear to be the case. Many of them get very sick. They often have to put up with a lot of body problems.

AS: There are several reasons for this. Sometimes Self-realization makes the body very weak. Bhagavan's body used to shake a lot. When he was asked about this he would sometimes say, 'If an elephant enters a weak hut, what will happen to the hut?' The elephant was Self-realization and the weak hut was his body.

Some jnanis take on the karma of some of their disciples and experience it themselves in the form of sickness. In such cases, the sickness cannot be attributed to anything that happened in the jnanis previous lives.

Most jnanis have got rid of most of their karma, both good and bad before they even start on their last life. They have all done tapas in their previous lives. By the time their last life starts they often have very little karma left. Only a few, like Vidyaranya Swami, have a lot of punya as left to enjoy.
Vidyaranya Swami lived several centuries ago. In one lifetime, when he was very poor and hungry, one of his gurus initiated him and told him to do upasana [meditation] on the Goddess Lakshmi [the goddess of wealth]. He did that upasana for years, hoping to get rich, but no wealth came to him in that lifetime.

In one of his subsequent births, he received initiation from a
jnani, did a lot of meditation and finally realized the Self. After realization, he was established in a state of total desirelessness. It was only after his realization that his previous upasana on Lakshmi started to bear fruit.
Sometime after his realization, gold started to fall from the sky into the city where he was living. Vidyaranya Swami realized that this was happening because of his previous meditations, but because he no longer had any desires, he no longer had any interest in accumulating money or gold. He told the king that the golden rain was falling on account of his previous tapas. He also made it clear that he didn't want any of gold for himself. The king announced that the people in the city could keep any gold which had fallen on their own property. He reserved the gold which had fallen on public property for his own use. The king later used his own share of the gold to build new temples and tanks.

The king took the gold which had fallen on the streets and made gold bricks out of it. In order to test whether Vidyaranya Swami was really desireless, the king put some of these bricks outside Vidyaranya Swami's house. Then he and his wife secretly watched to see what he would do with them. Vidyaranya Swami eventually came out of his house, saw the bricks and squatted on while he defecated. Because he no longer had any interest in money, that was the only useful thing he could do with them.

- Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 276

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