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“You should thank the one who draws attention to something in you,rather than being offended.
Actually that person is doing you a great favour and service by giving you some knowledge about yourself which you,by yourself,have been unable to obtain”
Brahmacharya is intended to develop self-restraint and purity.
The Grihastha is meant for the development of many virtues – charity, generosity etc., Amanitwam Adambhitwam(Gita Ch13-7 :(Humility, unpretentiousness, non-injury, forgiveness, uprightness, service of the teacher, purity, steadfastness, self-control).
Abhayam Sattvasamshuddhih ( Gita Ch 16-1 : (Fearlessness, purity of heart, steadfastness in knowledge and Yoga, almsgiving, control of senses,…
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PROGRAMME OF LIFE
O Lord! Let me have that wisdom where my mind will ever rest in peace in the innermost Atman; let me be ever established in the Absolute, Pure Consciousness or Satchidannda. Sanatkumara gave Narada instructions on Bhuma Vidya(Knowledge of Brahman), by which the unseen becomes seen, the unheard becomes heard, the unknown becomes known, and the unthought-of become thought-of. That is the science you must learn.
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THE QUINTESSENCE OF YOGA
Yoga is union with the Infinite through meditation and Samashi. A Yogi is frees from Karma or the law of cause and effect from births and deaths and from the trammels of mind and flesh. The Yogi practises discipline of body and mind. The Yogi has perfect control over his life-force, body and mind. He can dematerialise at will. He meditates on Om. Yoga illumines, renovates and helps the Yogi to attain the highest point of perfection.
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WHO IS A SAGE?
A Sage sees the supreme Atman in all beings. He beholds the imperishable amidst the perishable. A Sage has equal vision. He never think of nobility or lowness. He is above love or hate. He never has actions to do or not to do. A Jivanmukta or a realised sage is above rules. He may live as he likes. A moral behaviour is spontaneous in him. There is no external restraint for him. This does not mean that he can lead an immoral life.
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SAMADHI AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
Subject and object relationship disappears.
There is an experience of infinite void alone.
There is an experience of “Aham Asmi, I Exist”.
Later on comes the experience of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss Absolute.
Then there is only existence(Kevala Asti).
The soul merges in Brahman.
There is intense bliss in Nirvikalpa Samadhi(The superconscious state).
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SAMADHI AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
Detach the mind from the objects.
Plunge yourself in the depths of your heart and rest in Atman.
In Samadhi all name and forms vanish.
There is a boundless infinite conscious ocean of light.
The forms appear unreal, like shadows or pictures painted on canvas.
Time and space vanish, Ego disappears. All dualities vanish.
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In suppression of a desire there is force. There is tension. The desire remains hidden and manifests with redoubled force when an opportunity comes. In self-control the desire is eliminated by the power of discrimination. The desire dies a natural death. The desire is transmuted into will or spiritual energy.
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Quote of the Day for May 06, 2015
“You should thank the one who draws attention to something in you, rather than being offended. Actually that person is doing you a great favour and service by giving you some knowledge about yourself which you, by yourself, have been unable to obtain”
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Brahman or the Absolute is void as it transcends all relatively and is indescribable. It is void of the finite things of our ordinary experience. Behind the changing and finite world-appearance, there must be One Reality, infinite and eternal. Unless this being were consciousness, it would be a Self or Spirit(Atman). This Spirit being infinite and eternal, must be self-complete and therefore requires nothing beyond itself. It is therefore Bliss.
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THE NATURE OF ATMAN
The nature of Supreme Self or Atma is pure awareness.
Awareness always implies existence.
How can awareness be without being existing?
Awareness and existence are one and the same thing.
Non-dual unconditioned, unqualified awareness is also harmony and peace.
So it is also blissful.
Thus the real nature of Atman is awareness or absolute consciousness, existence and bliss.
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BRAHMAN ALONE IS REAL
Para Brahman is the Substratum for the world. He is the silent witness. The substratum for these names and forms alone is real. The substratum alone is Brahman. Names forms are Maya. The relation Brahman and the objects of the world is itself illusion, because there cannot be a real relation between a real and an illusory thing. The objects have no reality of their own. They appear on the real Brahman.
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