Saturday, February 22, 2020

By K.Nagori

The only truth is that God alone is real and all else is unreal. Men, universe, a shelter, rearing children—all these are magic composed by the Supreme magician.

The magician strikes his wand and says: “Come delusion! Come confusion!” Then he says to the audience, See past the illusion and let your wings take wind. But the magician alone is real and his magic unreal. The unreal exists for a second and then vanishes.

Shiva was seated on Kailas. His companion Nandi was near Him. Suddenly a terrific noise arose. “Revered sir,” asked Nandi “what does that mean?” Shiva said: “Ravana is born. That is the meaning!” A few moments later another terrific noise roared. “Now what is this noise?” Nandi asked. Shiva said with a smile, “Ravana is dead.”

Birth and death are an illusion. You see the magic for a second and then it disappears.

God alone is real and all else unreal. Water alone is real; its bubbles appear and disappear. They disappear into the very water from which they rise.



The Aitareya Upanishad


The Aitareya Upanishad is a short one, delivered in prose. Three themes are being discussed here, that turn around the nature of Atman. Adi Shankara commented this Upanishad, saying: “Atman exists, I am consciousness, and that self-realization of one’s Atman, its Oneness with Universal Soul is the path to liberation and freedom. Know yourself. Worship yourself.”


Albert Einstein

“A human being is part of the 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.”






-- Agam Prasad Mathur,

Spiritual consciousness is to explore the knowledge of the spirit and its origin or reservoir through intuitive realization. The proper course of attaining higher levels of spiritual consciousness for a sincere lover of the Supreme Being, according to Huzur Maharaj -- the second Master of the Radhasoami Faith -- is "to acquire knowledge of the secrets and the order of creation and the means of traversing the distance between his dwelling in the body (the pupil of the eye [Third Eye Center accessed during meditation]) and the Abode of the Supreme Being, the prime source of everything; and to start on his journey with fervor and perseverance with the avowed object of reaching the presence of the Most High and Beloved Supreme Father." 
 
Love and devotion are the basic driving forces to attain success in life, whether temporal or spiritual. As a scientist, unless driven by a passionate zeal to find the truth, finds it difficult to surmount the hurdles in his path, so does a spiritual seeker, devoid of love and devotion, fail to attain any tangible results in his spiritual pursuit. Love and devotion are therefore the cardinal values in any endeavor to succeed. The medieval Bhakti traditions ushered by saints laid great emphasis on love and devotion for the master and Supreme Being. The Radhasoami Faith, which is the culmination of the saint traditions, lays great emphasis on love and devotion for the master and the Supreme Being. Hazur Maharaj says that "a heart devoid of love or affection is as hard as stone and does not form a suitable receptacle for the Light of Heavenly Grace and Compassion... The Supreme Being loves and takes special care of those who love Him with all their heart and soul and gradually draws them towards Himself -- the Center of Pure Light and Attraction."
 
-- Agam Prasad Mathur, at the beginning of the chapter, Spiritual Consciousness -- An Explanation, in the book, Spiritual Consciousness




God’s Humble Abode is within


Everything that is created is in God. You are a divine expression of life and are not separate from the power that created this Universe. If you know that all creations are the choice of God then you can’t make the choice to get out of the choice in order to worship the choice.

We need not worship anybody because we are THAT itself. We must go beyond the veil of manmade concepts and realize that true worship is found in spontaneous love and adoration of Self.

Anything else called worship is just an idea of worship coming from the heads of religions in order to give you fear. If you don’t worship you will go to hell. So worship and fear go together. You can’t worship if you don’t have any fear. But why fear?

God resides inside you. And you are living inside God.

Make the decision with right discrimination.

Sit quietly for ten minutes before sleep and after waking up, and give the rest of the time to the world, helping those who need your help.

By K. Nagori 



Friday, February 21, 2020

SUTTARIVU

Bhagavan: Though the Atma-swarupa* is one’s true nature, the reason why it appears difficult to attain is because of the powerful illusion wrought through suttarivu.

That which exists is only the one consciousness. The many conceptualized varieties of objectified consciousness are only an imaginary notion in that which is.

It is foolishness to suffer by desiring and struggling to know the Self in the same way that sense objects are known by suttarivu.

It is not possible to see the eye with the eye. [In the same way] it is not possible to see the Self with suttarivu.

The experience of the bliss of blemishless, true jnana Samadhi will abide in a heart in which the suttarivu has perished.

Knowledge of the reality of the knower terminates mind-consciousness, the suttarivu that knows the non-Self.

Confusion, the whirling of the mind that is suttarivu, will not cease except by internal renunciation.

The cavorting mind, suttarivu, will not die except by awareness of the truth of the real nature of the thinker.

[Padamalai, pp 148-150] 


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Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

THE ESSENCE OF RIBHU GITA
Benedictory verses
To Siva

1. Salutations to the Supreme Lord Siva, the pure Awareness
in the sky of consciousness in the Heart, by meditation on whom,
Ganesa, Guha, Mother-Sakti who is the embodiment of Siva’s
Grace, and myriads of Devas, saints and devotees have attained
their cherished goals. (Chapter 1, Verse 1).
To Nataraja
2. From the sky of consciousness of the Heart springs
forth the dancer Nataraja with his blissful consort Freedom,
to the delectation of his devotees who are thus liberated forever.
Unto that Ananda Natesa do we render our devout salutations.
(Ch.1, v.2)
To Ardhanareeswara
3. Unto that Form whose left half is the Mother of all
manifestation and whose right half is the Father of the same,
the jingle of the gems enclosed within the hollow golden anklet
of whose foot is the source of all scriptures, and whose three
eyes (Fire, Sun and Moon) are the illuminants of the universe,
to that Form be our devout salutations. May that divine Form
ever be our protection. (Ch.1, v.3)

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Kena-Upanishad 1.5-9

5. 'That which is not expressed by speech and by which speech is expressed, that alone know as Brahman, not that which people here adore.
6. 'That which does not think by mind, and by which, they say, mind is thought, that alone know as Brahman, not that which people here adore.

7. 'That which does not see by the eye, and by which one sees (the work of) the eyes, that alone know as Brahman, not that which people here adore.

8. 'That which does not hear by the ear, and by which the ear is heard, that alone know as Brahman, not that which people here adore.

9. 'That which does not breathe by breath, and by which breath is drawn, that alone know as Brahman, not that which people here adore.'

In this passage, the gods that the unenlightened person worships are contrasted unfavorably with Brahman. Unlike the anthropomorhpic gods, Brahman does not think, see, hear or breathe. Brahman must be conceived as different from all the multiplicity of things; he is not expressible by speech. Yet Brahman is the source of all things, expressed poetically as that by which speech is possible, that which mind thinks, that which the eyes and ears function and that which enables breathing. The further point seems to be that what is "behind" or "before" all perception and cognition (and apparently breathing) is consciousness; without any object, perceptual or mental, consciousness is pure, aware of itself as being aware. Brahman is that pure consciousness.


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– Albert Einstein

“A human being is part of the 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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G. I. Gurdjieff

The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness, and ‘consciousness’ cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and 'will’ cannot evolve involuntarily.


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