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Once Bhagavan was asked whether it was true that by the grace of the guru the highest state is reached in a moment. Bhagavan replied,
“Yes. If the disciple is in a ripe state, the ajnana (ignorance) will be removed only by the avalokana (look) of the guru.”
He added,
“The kripa (grace) flows towards one in proportion to one’s merit. If the vessel is small, the kripa received will be small; if the vessel is big, the kripa will be proportionately more.”
Once, going through an English daily as usual, Bhagavan read somewhat aloud a sensational report of a new invention and smiled. After a pause he gently remarked, “One may acquire any number of powers, but without realising the yathartha (truth) one cannot acquire mano shanti
(peace of mind).
When someone asked,
“What is yathartha?”
Bhagavan replied,
“That which exists always,”
and added after a pause,
“Peace is our swabhava (nature). Just as a person who keeps a number of things in a
room and complains that there is no space in the room, we say there is no peace. Is not the space obtained automatically when the things are removed?”

~ Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi Selected Excerpts from K.R.K. Murthi(140)

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The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.

Proverbs 15:3

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Every unfavourable circumstance can be converted into a favourable one. In this world, many people will throw mud at us in the form of their words and actions. Without falling into despair, a spiritual aspirant should be able to shake our minds free from this dirt and convert them into stepping stones.

There once was a spiritual aspirant living in a village. He was absorbed in his practices with an attitude of surrender. There was a person in the village who would always mock and criticize him.

Suddenly, one fine day, this critic passed away. A person came running to the aspirant and said, “I have good news: the person who always criticized you passed away.”

When the aspirant heard the news, he said with sadness, “So sad. I’ve lost such a good friend. He always helped me to keep my focus centered on my guru and to progress on the spiritual path.”

Like this, every unfavourable circumstance can be converted into a favourable one.

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Does Swami understand Jesus Christ to be a jnani like so many other jnanis, or was he something more than that?
AS: If the ego is destroyed, only non-dual consciousness remains.
There is no higher or lower in that state.
You cannot say that one jnani is in a different state from another. You cannot say that Jesus Christ is better than Bhagavan or vice versa. There is no higher state than that of the jnani and there is no jnani who is superior to any other jnani.
Although the inner state and experience of all jnanis is the same, their outer activities differ because each of them has a
different destiny to fulfill. Some will become teachers and some will not.
If there is water in a glass it will quench the thirst of one man; if there is water in a big pot it may quench the thirst of thirty or forty people; if there is water in a well it can quench the thirst of all the people in a village or a town.
Some spiritual aspirants have done tapas only for their own realization. After realization they may be able to help a few people. But some jnanis have done prolonged tapas not only for their own realization but also to help liberate others. The jnanis who have done this kind of tapas become world
famous masters and have many followers.

~ Living by the Words of Bhagavan

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We miss the real by lack of attention, and create the unreal by excess of imagination.

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Devotee: “It is said that the Mahatma looks upon all with the same kindness. Why then do they tenderly receive some, reply to some and not to others, when asked, shout at some and show indifference towards others?”
Bhagavan: “Yes. All the children are the same for the father. He wishes them all well. Hence he treats them with love and anger according to their propensities, and thus gives them training. Children who are gentle, remain aloof with fear and do not ask for anything; they should be cajoled with love and tenderness and given whatever they want. Those who are bold, ask for and take whatever they want. Those who are vagrant should be reprimanded and kept in their proper places. Those who are stupid should be neglected and left to fend for themselves. In the same manner Mahatmas have to be loving or harsh according to the merits of the devotees.”

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Happy he stands, happy he sits, happy he sleeps, and happy he comes and goes.
Happy he speaks and happy he eats. This is the life of a man at peace.

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It is more important
to know who you are
than to know
who God is.
you cannot know God
before knowing
your own self.
as you search for God,
you begin to discover
your own Self;
For your real Self
is not separate from God.
both the seeker
and the sought

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Our anger and annoyance are more detrimental to us than the things themselves which anger or annoy us.

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Q: In all the universe, is there one single thing of value?

M: Yes, the power of love.

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1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy - and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.
4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.
5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be people or plant.
7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.
8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.
9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.
10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.
11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.
12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.
14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.
15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self - all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.
16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.
17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others - especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.
18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.
19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.
20. Share your good fortune with others.

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Никакая пища не может утолить голод навсегда. Самая лучшая и самая питательная пища - это Атман. Съесть её однажды - достаточно, чтобы избавиться от голода навсегда. Вкус Атмана не сравним ни с чем. Вы должны попробовать его. Этот вкус невозможно описать.

"Сознание - сама Любовь"

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Uneducated though the Master is, his conversation is enlightened to an extraordinary degree. Though born and brought up in poverty, he is the richest of the rich, for he has the limitless wealth of perennial knowledge, compared to which the most fabulous treasures are mere tinsel. He is warm-hearted and tender, shrewdly humorous, absolutely fearless and absolutely true —inspiring, guiding and supporting all who come to him.


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О чем бы ни думало появившееся индивидуальное сознание, оно скоро приобретает именно эту сущность. Кто привержен богам, достигают состояния бога, кто поклоняется полу-богам, достигает их. Те, кто размышляют об абсолютном Брахмане, становятся Брахманом. Потому не стоит поклоняться ограниченному, обусловленному или конечному.

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It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

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Mr. Cohen. Vivekachudamani speaks of the ‘I’-‘I’ Consciousness as eternally shining in the Heart, but no one is aware of it.

Bhagavan. Yes, all men without exception have it, in whatever state they may be – the waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep,
– and whether they are conscious of it or not.

C. In the Talks section of Sat-Darshana-Bhashya, the ‘I’-‘I’ is referred to as the Absolute Consciousness, yet Bhagavan once told me that any realisation before Sahaja Nirvikalpa is intellectual.

Bh. Yes, the ‘I’-‘I’ Consciousness is the Absolute. Though it comes before Sahaja, there is in it as in Sahaja itself the subtle
intellect; the difference being that in the latter the sense of forms disappears, which is not the case in the former.

C. Bhagavan, you said yesterday that there exists in the human body a hole as small as a pinpoint, from which consciousness
always bubbles out to the body. Is it open or shut?

Bh. It is always shut, being the knot of ignorance which ties the body to consciousness. When the mind drops in the temporary Kevala Nirvikalpa it opens but shuts again.
In Sahaja it remains always open.

C. How is it during the experience of ‘I’-‘I’ Consciousness?

Bh. This Consciousness is the key which opens it permanently.

- GURU RAMANA. Chapter: Meditation.

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Maharaj: The principle which can know itself is in the organism. In a worm crawling, it is there, because the worm knows itself instinctively.

By listening to my talks you will be transformed back to your original state, prior to your birth.
Right now, in spite of your present life, it will happen. My present talk is quite different now, at a higher level; therefore I do not invite anybody to listen to my present talks. I recommend that nobody should come and listen because they will develop a dispassion for their family or daily life.

Language energy and vital breath energy should merge and stabilize. Otherwise, if you allow them to go outward, they will be dissipated.

If you want peace, stabilize at that point where you started to be, stay put there. Om is the unstruck sound, the unpronounced word.

You don't respond to my talks, you have not been able to perceive the nature of your
consciousness. Consciousness is something like the drama of a play, play-acting. You are unsupported, you have no support at all. The birth, the parents, all this is illusion. Taking the body as oneself is the accident. If you don't cling to the body as your identity, everything is all right.

When beingness forgets itself, that state is Parabrahman. This knowingness is not your true state, it is the outcome of the food essence body, and you, the Absolute, are not that.

- Consciousness and the Absolute. The final Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Egolessness is the nature of a mahatma. A person’s ego cannot affect a mahatma, as there is nothing for it to hold on to. Egolessness is nothingness filled with love and compassion; it is nothingness filled with the presence of divinity.

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Everything is preordained, as long as you believe you are the body. Everything is karmic, as long as you identify with the world and believe you are the doer.

But as soon as you start to turn within, as soon as you begin to listen to the still small voice within you, as soon as you start practicing self-inquiry, your life begins to change drastically. You become happy. You no longer search for happiness, for you are beginning to realize you cannot find it externally.

You may appear to find it. In other words, you may get married and you believe “This is great, I found what I’ve always wanted." Then you may get divorced and you say “This is great, I finally got rid of that person." You won the lottery and you say “This is great, I'm rich." The IRS comes down on you, and you wind up in San Quentin, and you say “This is no good."

All of these different things take place in your life. The world is not your friend. The world is a phenomena that belongs to a dream. You've got to be mature enough to ask the question “To whom does this world belong? Who lives in the world? Where did the world come from?"
and your answer to all the questions begins with I. "I live in the world. I partake in the world. I see the world." And we're back to I again. You finally get the idea that the whole world is hanging on I. The I has to be transcended.

You begin early in the morning, when you first wake up. Before you become aware of I, you notice that you are in a state of peace, of joy, even if for only a few seconds. I was not present. You are not aware of the world. Catch yourself tomorrow morning. It only happens in a flash, in a few seconds. Yet all of a sudden the world becomes real for you. I has awakened. Where did the I come from?

If you investigate you will see that your spiritual heart center is on the right side of your chest, and the I has come out of your chest, out of your spiritual heart, out of the source, becoming more powerful as it emerges and goes into your brain. Then you become aware of your body and you say “I am alive." Once you become aware of your body and your mind, you become aware of the world, and then the universe.

Therefore the wise person catches the I before it goes any further. In other words as the I emerges from your chest, you abide in the I. To the extent that you can abide in the I, or focus on the I, something phenomenal will begin to happen. The I will reverse its course and begin to return to its source.

I will repeat this again. To the average person the I begins to become stronger and stronger when you wake up in the
morning. It emerges from your spiritual center and heads up your spine to your brain, where you become cognizant of the world. But for the spiritual aspirant who practices self-inquiry, you begin to watch the I doing this.
You abide in the I [stay with the "i"]
As you begin to abide in the I, it will reverse its course and head back to the center. When it heads back to the center, it will rest on the circumference of the center. That is as far as you can go by yourself. You will be in an effortless thought-free state. You will be in the void, as it tells you in Buddhism.

Yet most Buddhists think the void is self-realization. That’s a mistake. The void is when your I is resting on the circumference of your heart center. When that happens you've come a long way. You are a mature disciple. Yet the self has to pull the I inside the heart. Then you become liberated. This is very rarely done by the self or by yourself.
I'm speaking of the small self. Only in a very few, will the I go directly into the heart center and be extinguished.

That is why sages are necessary. That is why satsang is necessary. For the sage, who may be a 1000 miles away from you, as long as you have a direct line to the sage mentally, the sage is omnipresent, all-pervading. Therefore the sage, and the self, and the guru and God are one. So that even if you are away from the proximity of the sage, if you have a close association with that particular sage, or that sage is your guru, the self, which is really the sage, will pull the I into the heart, and you will be liberated.
That's how it appears to work. The rest is up to you.

~ The Collected Works of Robert Adams Volume 1
# Consciousness is the Only Power

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Dive deeper and deeper into the ever-expanding spheres of Being.

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In Chapter II, verses 16 to 28, Sri Krishna graciously describes the Immortal Atma and gives a soothing message to all those who grieve at death of the body.

The following are the verses:

16. The unreal has no being, the Real no non-being. These two facts the Truth-seers perceive.
17. Know That which pervades all this to be Indestructible. That Immutable none can destroy.
18. These bodies of the embodied Self, which is eternal, indestructible and immeasurable, are said to have an end. Therefore, fight, O Arjuna!
19. He who takes the Self to be the slayer and he who thinks He is slain, neither of them knows; He slays not nor is He slain.
20. That is not born, nor does It ever die; nor, having been, does It ever cease to be. That unborn, eternal, abiding, primeval being is not slain when the body is slain.
21. Whosoever knows Him to be indestructible, eternal, unborn and inexhaustible, how can That man slay, O Arjuna, or cause to be slain?
22. Just as a man casts off worn-out clothes and puts on new ones, so also the embodied Self casts off worn-out bodies and enters others that are new.
23. Weapons cut It not, fire burns It not, water wets It not, wind dries It not.
24. Invulnerable He is, not to be burnt, not to be drenched or dried. He is eternal, all-pervading, changeless, motionless, enduring.
25. This [Self] is said to be unmanifested, unthinkable and unchangeable. Therefore, knowing This to be such, thou shouldst not grieve.
26. But, even if thou thinkest of It as being constantly born and dying, even then, O mighty-armed, thou shouldst not grieve!
27. For to him who is born death is indeed certain, and to him who dies birth is certain. Therefore you should not grieve for the inevitable.
28. Beings are unmanifested in their beginning, manifested in their middle state, O Arjuna, and unmanifested again in their end! What is there to grieve about?
In verse 30, Sri Krishna tells Arjuna:
This, the Indweller in the body of everyone, is always Indestructible, O Arjuna! Therefore, thou shouldst not grieve for any creature.

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Whatever work you have undertaken-complete it. Do not take up new tasks, unless it is called for by a concrete situation of suffering and relief from suffering. Find yourself first, and endless blessings will follow. Nothing profits the world as much as the abandoning of profits.

I AM THAT p.145

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