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ANNAMALAI SWAMI REMEMBERED

Ashram Animals, part 8

Bhagavan's compassion towards animals did not extend to all the members of the insect kingdom, for he seemed quite happy to permit insects to be killed if they were causing a nuisance.

One morning, for example, shortly before lunch, Bhagavan noticed that a large number of black ants were entering the hall through the drainage hole.
Indian stone or cement floors are regularly washed with water. In such rooms, there will be a small drainage hole, about an inch in diameter, at the junction of one of the walls and the floor. Many floors are slightly tilted so that water naturally drains towards this hole.

Turning to me Bhagavan said, 'Find out where these ants are coming from. If there is a nest in there, block up the exit so that the ants cannot come into the hall. You must do this work quickly because all the devotees will be coming back at 3 p.m.'

I prized out the flagstone that the drainage hole was on. As I pulled the stone out of the wall (a few inches of it were embedded there) I saw a large colony of black ants living in a hole behind it. The ants reacted to their discovery by pouring out into the hall.

Some of them even started to swarm over Bhagavan's sofa. There were so many on the floor around my feet that I couldn't have taken a step without killing some of them. Bhagavan noticed that I had been immobilized by my fear of unnecessarily killing any ants.

'Why are you just standing there and looking at them?' asked
Bhagavan. 'You must clop ip the hole before the devotees come back. Tell me what you need to finish the job properly. Whatever you need—mud, water, bricks—tell me and I shall bring it for you.'

As I was much too worried about killing some of the ants to give Bhagavan an answer, Bhagavan repeated his offer: Tell me what you want and I shall go and fetch it for you. Shall I bring some broken bricks and a little cement?'

This time I managed to explain my inactivity.

'There are ants everywhere, Bhagavan. I cannot move or do any work without killing some of them.'

Bhagavan dismissed my excuse. 'What is sin?' he asked. 'Is it you who are doing this? You are doing something that is for the good of everyone. If you give up the idea "I am doing this," then you will not have any trouble. This is not something that you have decided to do yourself. You are only doing this because I am asking you to do it.'

Bhagavan could sense that I was still reluctant to tread on any of the ants so he tried a different approach.

'In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna asked Arjuna to kill his enemies. When Arjuna hesitated Krishna explained that he had already decided that these people were to die. Arjuna would be merely the tool which would carry out the divine will. Likewise, because I am telling you to do this work, no papam [the karmic consequences of performing immoral acts] will come to you.'

When Bhagavan had given me this assurance I filled in the hole with bricks and cement. Many ants died in the process.

I discovered later that Bhagavan generally discouraged devotees from killing insects unless they were causing, or about to cause, injury or suffering to people or animals. However, if they were causing a problem, he had no compunction about killing them. I once saw Bhagavan take unni [blood-sucking insects] off one of the ashram dogs and kill them by throwing them into the burning charcoal in his kumutti.

A devotee who was watching asked, 'Is it not a sin to kill insects like this?'
Ramaswami Pillai, who used to take insects off dogs and kill them in the same way, justified the activity by telling a story about Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
'It seems,' he said, 'that one of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa's devotees was wondering whether it was as a sin to kill bedbugs. He went to ask Sri Ramakrishna about this. When he got there he found Sri Ramakrishna killing the bedbugs in his own bed. The devotee's question was thus answered by a direct demonstration.'

Bhagavan did not answer the questioner himself, but when Ramaswami Pillai had completed his story he nodded his head and said 'Yes'.

On another occasion, when a visitor maintained that one should not kill any kind of insect life, Bhagavan replied, 'If you cook and cut vegetables, you cannot avoid killing a few insects. If you think that killing worms is a sin, then you cannot eat vegetables.'
If Bhagavan saw people deliberately killing harmless insects he would usually show some sign of disapproval. One day, for example a small brahmin boy came to the hall and began to catch and kill flies just to amuse himself. He would clap his hands together and squash the flies between his palms.

Bhagavan told him, 'Don't attack the flies like this. It is a sin.' Unperturbed, the boy replied with what he thought was a teIling counter-argument: 'You have killed a six-feet-long tiger and you are sitting on the skin. Is this not also a sin?'

Bhagavan laughed and let the matter drop.

Other people occasionally asked Bhagavan why he chose to sit on a tiger skin. Most of them felt that he was condoning the killing of tigers by sitting on their skins.

Bhagavan would usually reply that the skins had come to the ashram us unsolicited gifts and that he had not asked that any tigers be killed on his behalf.

Bhagavan strongly opposed the killing of all the higher lifeforms. He gave orders that even snakes and scorpions should not be killed in the ashram. The general rule seemed to be: insects could be killed if they were causing pain or were potentially harmful, but all higher forms of life, including dangerous and poisonous animals, were sacrosanct.

— Living by the words of Bhagavan, p. 93 ff.

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Your very nature has the infinite capacity to enjoy. It is full of zest and affection. It sheds its radiance on all that comes within its focus of awareness and nothing is excluded. It does not know evil nor ugliness, it hopes, it trusts, it loves.

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THE UNIVERSE EXISTS WITHIN THE SELF

Q: What is existence?

M: It is subject to birth and decay in order to remind us that it is not our true state.
The universe exists within the Self. Therefore it is real, but only because it obtains its reality from the Self. We call it unreal, however, to indicate its changing appearance and transient form, whereas we call the Self real because it is changeless.
After realization, the body and all else does not appear different from the Self.

— Conscious Immortality

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A hundred years of education is nothing compared to one moment spent with God.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Q: Is the relationship between the Guru and the disciple a real relationship or a maya relationship? If it is a maya relationship, how can it help us to transcend maya?
AS: Bhagavan used to give, as an example, the story of an elephant which dreamed that it was being attacked by a lion. The shock of seeing the lion in the dream was sufficient to wake the elephant up.

The Guru, according to Bhagavan, is the roaring lion who appears in our maya dream and shocks us so much that we wake up into jnana. While the dream is in progress the lion is very real for us, but when we wake up there is no lion and no dream.
In the state of jnana, we become aware that there was no Guru and no disciple; there is only the Self.

But we should not have that attitude prior to realization. While we are still trapped by maya we must accept the Guru-disciple relationship as being real because this relationship provides the only way of transcending all the wrong ideas we have about ourselves.

Even though we may know intellectually that all is one, we should revere the form of the Guru because it is only through his grace that our ignorance can be dissolved. We should respect the Guru and his teachings at all times. We cannot do this if we start treating him as an ordinary person who is no different from any other manifestation of the Self.

Respect for the Guru and faith in his teachings are essential for all those who want to make progress.

— Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 359

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The company you keep is important. If you leave your coat in a room where people are smoking, pretty soon it will smell of smoke. If you leave it outside in the garden, later on, when you bring it indoors, it will carry with it the fragrance of fresh air and flowers.

Such is the case with the mind. Your garment of thoughts absorbs the vibrations of those with whom you mix. If you mingle with pessimists, in time you will become a pessimist. And if you mingle with cheerful, happy people, you yourself will develop a cheerful, happy nature.

Environment is stronger than will power. To mix with worldly people without absorbing at least some of their worldliness requires great spiritual strength.

Beginners on the spiritual path, especially, should be very careful in the company they keep. They should mix with other devotees, and try not to mingle with ego-saturated, worldly people. They should especially avoid people who are negative, even if those people are devotees.

Whether one becomes a saint or a sinner is to a great extent determined by the company he keeps.

— The Essence of Self-Realization

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FAITH

There is something else that is very important for you to understand in order to become self-realized, and that is faith.

You have to have faith in something that you yet do not understand. Faith is a powerful tool you use to climb the ladder to self-realization.

You have to have faith in yourself,
faith in the teaching,
faith in the teacher,
faith that something wonderful is about to happen to you.

Yet I meet so many people that are so dogmatic, opinionated in their views. They have doubts, suspicions, all kinds of negative symptoms going through them, and they want to become self-realized. It is true you can go a long way with all of your bad habits. But I say to you, you can never awaken fully until you give them up, and faith helps you to give them up.

There's a story about Makunda, one of the rishis, sages, of old. For some reason he decided to get married. He wanted to have a child. But no matter how he tried, his wife couldn't conceive. Two years passed, and he said “I'm going to pray to Shiva," one of the Gods.

He prayed to Shiva and he said
“Lord, your will is my will.
I don't really know what's good for me, or what I really want. But you know what I want in my heart, and if it's right for me it will happen. If it isn't, it won't. But I have total faith in you that whatever happens is your will and it's good."

He prayed like this for many years.


Finally Shiva appeared to him and said “My son, never have I seen such faith. You forgot all about yourself, about your family, and you just wanted me. So I have appeared to you. Your desire will come to pass. You will have a child, but you must make a choice. You may have a child who is a half idiot and will live a long life, or a child with a fine intellect who will live a short life. You have to choose."

Makunda said "I will choose the latter, the one with the sharp intellect.” And Shiva said “He will live to be sixteen years old. Then he will drop his body.” Makunda accepted and the time came to have the baby, they did.

And at a very young age the intellect of the child was astounding. He was able to memorize all the Vedas when he was five years old. He was able to speak five languages. He was an astounding poet, writer. As he grew older his father became sadder and sadder. Finally he asked his father “Father, what's wrong? Why do you become so sad every time I have a birthday?" And Makunda explained to him the deal he made with Shiva.

"You've only to live to be sixteen, and then you must go.
The youth said “Shiva listened to you. Perhaps he'll listen to me," and he started to pray to Shiva every day. "Lord, I am yours, and do with me what you want. I have no desire. I know only that you brought me here, and when you're ready you will take me back. Do with me as you will. Your will, not mine, be done. I am yours." And again he said that prayer every day for a year.
Finally Shiva appeared to him also and said “My son, you have the faith of your father. When someone prays to me thus, I have no option but to help him. So because of your faith, when you reach the age of sixteen, you will stay at that age forever."

Now the moral of that story is the faith. Remember, Makunda was very advanced spiritually, and yet he had faith in a power, a presence, that he didn't see or feel. He surrendered to that power and that presence. That's what it takes for us to awaken.

This is why people like Ramana Maharshi always said that devotion, faith and self-inquiry are the same thing. You can't just have dry self-inquiry. You have to feel love. You have to feel devotion. You have to put God first. Unless you put God first you're going to just have dry words, and the words will give you a sharp intellect. You will be able to recite all sorts of things, memorize books, hear lectures and remember them, yet you will never really awaken.

This is why sometimes Advaita Vedanta can be dangerous to some people. Yet if they really read the books on Advaita Vedanta, they'll understand that they have to develop a tremendous faith.

Think of some of the teachers that you know or heard about. Nisargadatta, he always prayed. He realized that he was consciousness. He was self-realized, but at the same time he chanted, he prayed, he had devotion. It sounds like a contradiction. For you may say “If someone is self-realized and he knows himself or herself to be all there is, to whom do they pray?" Try to remember that all spiritual life is a contradiction. It's a contradiction because words cannot explain it.

Even when you are the self, you can pray to the self, which is you.

Ramana Maharshi always had chanting at the ashram, prayers, devotional hymns. These things are very important.

Many westerners, who profess to be atheists, come to listen to lectures on Advaita Vedanta, and yet nothing ever happens in their lives. As long as you do not have devotion, faith, love, discrimination, dispassion, it will be very difficult to awaken.

Therefore those of you who become bored with practicing self-inquiry may become very devotional. Surrender everything. Give up your body, your thoughts, all the things that bind you, whatever problems you may believe you have. Surrender them to your favorite deity. You are emptying yourself out as you do this. Do a lot of it. Become humble. Have a tremendous humility. If you can just do that you will become a favorite of God and you’ll not have to search any longer.

But of course the choice is always yours. What are you chasing in life?

What are you going after?

What are the things that interest you?

Whatever you put first in your life, that's where your heart is. All of the things that have transpired in your life up to now, forget them. Be aware all of the time that there are no mistakes. There is nothing from the past that can interfere with your life if you become devotional and have faith in God. You'll be automatically protected from anything. And if you have enough faith, you can totally remove all karmic aspects of your life. You can transcend all of karma.
You can make life easier for yourself, if you have faith.

— The Collected Works of Robert Adams Volume 1

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The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.

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A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.

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Verily, nothing else in this world is as sanctifying as wisdom. In due course of time, the devotee who is successful in Yoga will spontaneously realize this within his self.

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Man is created by his belief. As he believes, so he becomes.

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Вам следует задаться вопросом: «Кто я?» Мирская жизнь – она как мельница – может крутиться и крутиться, а вы, тем не менее, остаетесь на месте. Пожалуйста, не живите такой мирской жизнью, просто ожидая смерти. Не позволяйте жизни быть смертной. Жизнь для того, чтобы быть Бессмертным. Не проводите жизнь лишь для того, чтобы вас сожгли, как кучу травы. В индуистской мифологии царица-мать Майнавати дает наставление своему сыну Гопичанду о том, что его тело, которое сейчас такое красивое, будет сожжено, так что он должен жить мудро, чтобы за время своей жизни достичь бессмертия. Это можно сделать, если хорошо попытаться. Если крестьянин жестоко бьет быка, сдирая кожу на его спине, тому бывает очень больно. Если бы в бытность свою человеком он прожил жизнь мудро, то не получил бы побоев. Не тратьте попусту короткое время жизни. Достигнете состояния Всемогущего Бога, Нараяны. Телесная плоть ни на что не годна, используйте это тело для духовного радения.

У буйвола, по крайней мере, кишки используются для изготовления струн музыкальных инструментов. Звук, который издает такая струна, - «туи, туи», что значит «только ты велик, о Боже, только ты велик».

А вы что говорите? «Май, май» или «я, я»! Не живите так, чтобы просто однажды умереть. Живите для того, чтобы в жизненной энергии существовать вечно. Вы заняты тяжелым трудом, вымучиваете свою жизнь и однажды умрете. Вам следует думать из состояния Знания Себя. Кто мы? Являемся ли мы только человеческими существами? Жрецы (брахманы) должны выполнять только функции своей касты. Им следует вести себя в соответствии с «Божественной Мудростью», которая является «Знанием Брахмана». Жрец не станет тачать башмаки. Он не станет делать какую-то другую обычную работу, хотя он может быть бедняком. Сначала мы должны определиться с качествами, с помощью которых мы сможем достичь Знания Себя. Потом наше поведение должно быть поставлено в соответствие с установленным принципом. И нам не следует забывать, что нам нужно. Тогда мы легко придем к знанию, что являемся Высшей Самостью, Параматманом.

Бог - это древний преданный, который соединился с Богом. С мифологических времен Бог был преданным, а этот преданный
был Богом. Богу следует поклоняться, становясь Богом (Шивой). Когда вы становитесь человеческим существом, вы ощущаете себя поклоняющимся. Люди поклоняются идолу Богини-матери и говорят: «О Богиня! Пожалуйста, снизойди, чтобы защитить моих жену и детей. Я измучен. Пожалуйста, помоги мне». Святой ни днем ни ночью не тревожится по поводу чего-то или кого-то. Если вы становитесь Шивой, вы будете подобны Шиве. Я уже царь, кто же сделает меня царем? Только подлинный царь действительно является царем.

Называй себя Брахманом. Если раскрасишь себя как тигра, придется вести себя как тигр.
Точно так же с помощью своего усилия вам нужно достичь состояния Шивы. Все заканчивается, когда встречаешь безупречно чистого Садгуру. Иначе можно бесконечно повторять имя Бога на протяжении 8 400 ООО рождений, и ничего не случится, ничто не будет достигнуто. Одно лишь повторение мантры не даст вам возможности достичь состояния Бога (Шивы). Только став Шивой, ты можешь достичь состояния Шивы. Тогда «То состояние» снизойдет само и повесит гирлянду тебе на шею.

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Пападжи: Однажды жил один мужчина-прачка. В древние времена вещи для стирки со всей деревни укладывали на спину осла и доставляли на берег реки для стирки. Однажды к тому месту, где мужчина-прачка занимался стиркой, пришла львица, чтобы попить воды, как вдруг какой-то браконьер выстрелил в нее и убил. Умирая, львица родила детеныша. Браконьер подошел к ней и снял шкуру, не тронув, однако, львенка. Тогда мужчина-прачка подобрал его, отнес в своей корзине домой и стал выкармливать его молоком. А теперь слушай внимательно, что произошло с этим львом.
Этот львенок не знал своей матери, хозяин кормил его и ежедневно брал с собой к реке. Постепенно лев подрос, и мужчина-прачка начал грузить все белье для стирки на этого «осла». Этот «осел» начал есть траву вместе с остальными ослами, ибо с кем поведешься, от того и наберешься -
если ребенок живет с курящими, то и сам начинает курить. Так формируются привычки.
Однажды, когда этот «осел» щипал травку вместе с другими ослами, его увидел Лев и подумал: «Ничего не понимаю. Как этот лев может есть траву с ослами? Ослы должны быть его пищей, а он ест с ними траву! Подойду-ка я поближе и посмотрю». Когда он приблизился к ослам, те тут же в ужасе разбежались, включая этого «осла». Но Лев был очень большой и быстро бегал. Догнав «осла», он схватил его за шею и сказал: «В чем дело? Ты Лев, а бегаешь с ослами и боишься меня! Мы принадлежим одной семье».
«Нет, сэр, не нужно меня дурачить, я осел, - ответил молодой лев, дрожа в зубах мудрого старого Льва. - Я осел. Пожалуйста, не ешьте меня. Мои братья и сестры ждут меня. Пожалуйста, отпустите меня. Не шутите так со мной, я знаю, что я осел».
«Ты - Лев, не будь таким глупцом, не считай себя ослом!» - воскликнул Лев.
«Как я могу поверить в то, что я Лев? Я - осел!»
Тогда мудрый Лев отвел его к реке и сказал: «Взгляни на свое отражение на поверхности прозрачной воды. Разве твое лицо не похоже на мое?»
Молодой Лев воскликнул: «Да, сэр, мое лицо действительно схоже с вашим!».
«А теперь открой рот и зарычи, как я».
Тот Лев не умел рычать. Он издавал ослиные крики вместе с другими ослами и разучился рычать, так как никто ему об этом ничего не говорил. Но рычание было заключено в его природе, поэтому он открыл свою пасть и зарычал! И в то же мгновение он стал Львом. Этот рев устранил все сомнения относительно того, кто он есть на самом деле. И тогда этот Лев отправился вслед за ослами, чтобы пообедать ими. (Посмеивается).
Возникает вопрос: как этот «осел» стал Львом? За одно мгновение он превратился во Льва. Что сделало этого «осла» львом? Он издал рычание! До этого он все время кричал как осел.
Итак, тебе нужен Сатгуру, который отвел бы тебя к реке и показал тебе твое собственное лицо. Ты - не осел, но живешь в обществе ослов, то есть, связанных телом людей, и говоришь: «Я - осел». Все, кто говорят: «Я связан, я страдаю, я умираю», являются ослами. Гуру же говорит тебе, что ты не связана. Зарычи: «Я Свободна». И тогда все изменится.
Но ты все это время лишь блеяла, ибо так принято в обществе, в котором ты живешь. Попадая в дурную компанию, львы становятся ослами.
Когда ты придешь сюда, я силой раздвину твои .челюсти и заставлю тебя зарычать. Ты была рождена у родителей, которые являются ослами, и это сделало тебя такой. Но осел не может долго находиться в присутствии Льва.
Хватит тебе топтаться в собственном навозе, который ты извергала в течение множества жизней - будь Львом. Это зависит от тебя. Ты можешь терпеливо ждать, взрослеть, страдать и делать все то, что делают ослы. На тебя навьючат грязное белье и тебя будут понукать прачки. Нет! Однажды какой-нибудь Лев взглянет на тебя, и ты станешь Львом, ибо ты всегда была Львом. Ни один осел не может стать Львом.
Лишь глупое злое общество превращает тебя в осла.
Твои чувства - вот кто осел, ты же в действительности - Лев:
Вечное Нерожденное Сознание.
Сатгуру-Лев приводит тебя к Озеру Сознания,
чтоб показать тебе твое лицо.
И ты уже есть То,
И это все, что Учитель должен сказать.
Любой, кто считает себя индивидуумом, - овца,
и он обладает большим надменным эго.
Львы не имеют ни «я», ни эго, ни индивидуальности.
Овец ведут на бойню, чтобы убить,
но сами мясники - лишь пища для Львов.
Мой дорогой друг, ты - Свободный человек. Кто сказал тебе, что ты связана? Подумай над этим, никто не связывал тебе руки, никто не заковывал твои ноги в цепи. Ты просто думаешь, что ты связана, и поэтому ты связана. Если ты считаешь себя Свободной, то ты Свободна. Это все зависит от тебя!
Я Свободен, и ты Свободна. Это всего лишь мысль. Когда ты не размышляешь - ты реализованный человек.

Вопрос: Спасибо вам за то, что вы привели меня к реке. До этого я только зевала и никогда не рычала.

Пападжи: Зевание происходит перед сном. Рев же означает, что ты Пробудилась. Когда Лев рычит, это значит, что он не спит, и все лесные звери, такие как олени и кролики, разбегаются -ведь он проснулся. Но когда Лев зевает, все говорят: «Лев засыпает, пойдем же поищем себе еды». Услышав же рев, все возвращаются в свои норы.
Поэтому, когда ты зарычишь, все тенденции твоего ума, твоя лень, а также все похитители Покоя, не дававшие тебе возможности найти свое Я, разбегутся; их больше не будет! И ты пробудишься. А рев такой: «Я Свободна!».
Смотреть на что-нибудь только для того, чтобы давать пищу своему телу или своему уму или просто своим глазам - значит зевать. Поэтому ты должна издать рычание: «Я СВОБОДНА!». Куда идти? Эго спит, так что сейчас как раз идеальное время для того, чтобы посетить Сатсанг. Те люди, которые спят, еще не слышали рева своего Я, и, значит, они все это время спали и будут продолжать спать. Нет никакой возможности привести их на Сатсанг, поскольку для этих людей время еще не наступило. Пусть они спят, а ты продолжай бодрствовать, приходи на Сатсанг и рычи, подобно Льву.

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The self is universal and its aims are universal. There is nothing personal about the self. Live an orderly life, but don’t make it a goal by itself. It should be the starting point for high adventure.

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He who is everywhere non attached, neither joyously excited by encountering good nor disturbed by evil, has an established wisdom.

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Anger creates confusion. Illusion disturbs the intellect. When the intellect is disturbed, then logic is destroyed. When logic is destroyed, then the person falls.

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Weapons cannot cut the soul, nor can fire burn it, water cannot wet it and wind cannot dry it.

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That Yogi who is gladly absorbed in truth and self realization is said to be indissolubly united to spirit. Unchangeable, conqueror of senses, he looks with an equal eye an earth, stone and gold.

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Those who seek deliverance from decay and death by clinging to Me know Brahman (the absolute), the all-inclusiveness of Adhyatma (the soul as repository of Spirit), and all secrets of Karma.

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By diligently following his path, the Yogi, perfected by the path, perfected by the efforts of many births is purged of sin (Karmic taint) and finally enters the supreme beatitude.

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Happiness is neither in this world nor anywhere else for a person who is always doubting.

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People call me Maharshi and treat me like this.
But I do not see myself as a Maharshi.
On the other hand, everyone is a Maharshi for me.
— Talks 258

"To the ordinary man, even Buddha is ordinary.
But to a Buddha, everyone is a Buddha."
— The 6th Zen Patriarch Hui Neng

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When you understand yourself as the One dwelling in the hearts of all, you are the one who walks, you are the one who eats food, speaks, etc. Your experience is that you are that Power, and you have that "Authority".

Realize that you are the Self, the Life-Force in all. You and the sun, moon, and the stars are One. Your Life-Energy gives life to all. All move because of Your Power of Movement, they walk because of Your Life-Energy. You must be sure of this Power.

— Master of Self-Realization - Discourse 25

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In order to really grow inside,
you must first be challenged from all directions.
Things cannot just go your way.
You cannot command life or
expect it to fulfill your projections.
If things were always easy,
you would go to sleep inside your being.
As you become more sensitive,
more alert, intuitive, open and silent,
then fear, resistance and lethargy subside
and are replaced with a deep calm
and a faith in the unseen.
Though no outer company may be seen alongside you,
the one who walks with God is never alone.
The hosts of the heavens walk with them.

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The more we control thought, activity and food, the more we will be able to control sleep. But moderation ought to be the rule for the sadhak (aspirant), as explained in the Gita.

As explained in the Gita, sleep is the first obstacle for all sadhakas.
The second obstacle is said to be vikshepa, or the sense objects of the world which divert one’s attention.
The third is said to be kashaya or thoughts about previous experiences with sense
objects.
The fourth, ananda (bliss),
is also called an obstacle,
because in that state a feeling of separation from the source of ananda,
enabling the enjoyer to say,
‘I am enjoying ananda,’ is present.

Even this has to be surmounted, and the final stage of samadhana or samadhi has to be reached, where one becomes ananda, or One with the Reality, and the duality of enjoyer and enjoyment ceases
in the ocean of Satchidananda
(Existence-Consciousness-Bliss)
or the Self.

— The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharishi summarized by A. DEVARAJA MUDALIAR as a book: GEMS FROM BHAGAVAN.
Chapter VIII. SELF-REALIZATIO

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Don't be all the time immersed in your experiences. Remember that you are beyond the experiencer, ever unborn and deathless.

In remembering it, the quality of pure knowledge will emerge, the light of unconditional awareness.

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