Wednesday, June 30, 2021

GANGAJI

 


Be still. It takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of Beingness with itself.

                                                         

  

SRI RAMAKRISHNA PARAMAHANSA


The truth established in the Vedas, the Puranas and the Tantras is but one Sat-cit-ānanda (Existence, Consciousness, and Bliss. Supreme reality). In the Vedas it is called Brahman, in the Puranas it is called Rama, and in the Tantras it is called Shiva. One Sat-cit-ānanda is called Brahman, Rama and Shiva 

                                                        

A PARA PHRASE FROM THE GITA


Know this Atman Know this Atman, unborn, undying. Never ceasing, never beginning. Deathless, birthless, unchanging forever. How can it die the death of the body? Worn out garments are shed by the body. Worn out bodies are shed by the Atma. New bodies are donned like garments. Not wounded by weapons nor burned by fire Not dried by the wind not wetted by water. Such is the Atman. He who dwells within all living bodies remains forever indestructible. Therefore never mourn for anyone. You must be free from the pairs of opposites. Poise you mind in tranquility. Be established in the consciousness of the Atman always. You must not desire for the fruits of your work. Perform every action with your heart fixed on the Supreme Lord. Be even tempered in success and failure. Unite the heart with Brahman, and then act. That is the secret of non attachment

                                                               

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI


To me, both the believer and the non-believer in God and immortality are wrong, because the mind cannot comprehend reality until it is completely free of all illusions. Then only can you affirm, not believe or deny, the reality of God and immortality. When the mind is utterly free from the many hindrances and limitations created through self-protectiveness, when it is open, wholly naked, vulnerable in the understanding of the cause of self-created illusion, only then all beliefs disappear, yielding place to reality…

                                                            

VAJRASATTVA

 


Vajrasattva (Tibetan: Dorje Sempa) is the archtype deity of ultimate purity persisting in Bodhisattva form. He is supplicated in the special yoga of repentance that employs his well-known hundred syllable mantra. The vajra held before his heart in his right hand and the bell in his left symbolize compassion and wisdom. He is shown here with his consort who hold a skull cup, symbolizing spiritual powers and a “driguk” knife which slices through the illusion of duality. This thangka depicts Vajrasattva with his consort, Vajratopa (Dorje Nyema) who is unclad.

                                               

ONENESS IS KNOWN AS AMIDA, DHARMAKAYA, KRISHNA, BRAHMAN AND DAO.


HOPING FOR A FUTURE REBIRTH IN THE PURE LAND MISSES THE POINT. WE’RE ALREADY THERE, WE JUST NEED TO REALISE IT! AND WE DO THAT BY LETTING GO OF THE NOTION OF SAMSARA.

This is about Oneness and non-duality.
Overcoming the illusion (Maya) that there is something that we need to do or achieve, or which we lack.
It is only through the beer-googles of Maya that we see Samsara as different from Nirvana. The Mahayana has always taught Samsara is Nirvana. Advaita has always taught Atman is Brahman.
And it is in the light of this illumination that we can truely say this Saha realm is also Sukhavati.
This Oneness is at the heart of all spiritual and mystical experience. It is the perennial philosophy that reappears time and time again throughout human history but expressed in different ways according to culture and language. Namely: That behind the multiplicity of our everyday experience there lies a unified reality, the so called Divine. And that unified reality includes us ourselves, we are not just surrounded by it but are part of it. So much so that the unified reality is in fact our true nature and real identity. Anything beyond that is just illusion. Our goal is to travel in the opposite direction, to go beyond illusion and return to the oneness.

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TILOPA



The darkness of a thousand aeons is powerless to dim the crystal clarity of the sun's heart; and likewise, aeons of samsara have no power to veil the clear light of the mind's essence.

                                                        

Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A guide to the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life.

 

REST IN THE PRESENT MOMENT

‘When we let go of our battles and open our heart to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment. This is the beginning and end of spiritual practice. Only in this moment can we discover that which is timeless. Only here can we find the love that we seek. Love in the past is simply memory, and love in the future is fantasy. Only in the reality of the present can we love, can we awaken, can we find peace and understanding and connection with ourselves and the world.’

                                                                                  

MADHUDVISA DASA


Thus far, in line with the traditional West­ern approach, we have considered the conscious self and the mind to be synonymous and have distinguished between them and the body. Here we would like to briefly men­tion that in Bhagavad-gita a further dis­tinction is made between the conscious self and the mind. According to the Gita, the mind is composed of subtle material ele­ments that are capable of interacting with the brain. In this conception, the mind is really a part of the material body, and in­deed can be referred to loosely as the subtle body.
****The Bhagavad-gita explains that the conscious self is higher than both the mind and the body because it possesses an im­perishable, nonphysieal nature. When we say that the Supersoul is the link between the conscious self and the body, what we really mean is that the Supersoul is the link between the conscious self and both the subtle and gross material bodies. The inter­action between the Supersoul and the con­scious self is, undoubtedly, difficult to evaluate experimentally, but the two are so intimately connected there is full potential within each person for direct awareness of the Supersoul 

                                                             

**Mahendra Joshi **

 YOUR JOURNEY TOWARDS THE DIVINE(AKA SNAKE/DEER ANALOGY)


Birth after birth, life after life, the deer continues his bondage. There comes a day when deer starts thinking - Why am I bound by snake? Can I be free? What should I do so that I am free? Can I enjoy the bliss? He turns into a seeker. His searching mind opens a divine door for him.
Your journey toward the Bliss (God) starts when you realize the bondage. The journey continues as you seek the freedom. It progresses when you start looking at enjoyment provided by sense organs as a poison and nothing but poison. As you travel the path towards the Divine the grip of the snake around you starts loosening. The more you practice spirituality, the more you develop dis-passion (Vairagya or reduction in desires and attachments) As the dis-passion develops you start enjoying the bliss. Divine doors of knowledge start opening before you one by one.
It is always a long and painful journey...The divine is always with you as you travel towards him. There will be difficult times and there will be help too. You may fall many a times because you are trying to go back to the origin against the current and the journey against the current is never easy. One step at a time and you will still progress. As you move up the ladder of Divinity the snake leaves you completely...because it dosen't have anything it can tie around itself. Passions of your mind have reduced substantially.
So far you were seeking the God. Now, God is seeking you!
The Divine YOU: Here is an image of the Divine You. A deer without fear. A deer that is contented with itself and waiting for the Divine. Away from the heard, his eyes are fixed on the goal and he is peaceful. There is no fear in his eyes because he knows he is protected by the divine grace. The snakes of passion, attachment and emotions have left him long time back. The snake cannot catch him because he has developed Vairagya (non­-attachment) with the help of Viveka (discrimination & wisdom). His passions have gone down substantially. He still has a long wait before he attains the ultimate bliss. But he has attained freedom from the snake and he continues to enjoy the freedom as he awaits the Bliss

                                                        


Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Keep saying God’s name


Any name will do, they are all the names of God. Shiva, Brahma, Kali, Durga, Buddha, Amida, Krishna etc. And they are not just God’s name! They are your names too, the name of your true Self, real identity and original nature.

Chanting the name is a way of not only remembering God but also of being mindful of who you really are.


                                             

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

 “Man thus truly resembles God when, after transcending his own selfhood and recognizing that his very essence is somehow one with God, he realizes that existence itself is an awesome gift of love and kindness that he must share with others. For just as God is immanent in His creation and constantly bringing the world towards its ultimate perfection, man’s true purpose is to do the same. When he connects his will to God’s will, his potential for transforming the world into a heavenly Malkhut-YJmgdom is unlimited.” -


                           


       

-Meher Baba, from "You alone exist".

 Oh priceless treasure of Knowledge!

....You are the Sailor, the ship, and the wide Ocean;
You alone exist!
You are the storm's turbulence and the tranquil waters.
You are the pearl and You are the shell. You alone exist.
You are the shore, the Ferryman, and the sea also,
for You alone exist.
You are the Beggar, the giver, and the charity; You alone exist.
You are the slave and the Lord;
You are the Beyond God. You are God. You alone exist.
You are Mother and Father;
You are Master, brother, and friend.
You are family and relatives; You alone exist.
There is no one besides You!
Eternally You are, for You alone exist!
You are Pran and You are heart.
You are also the Beloved of the heart; You alone exist.
You are the Beloved and the Lover,
and You are the nectar of Love, as You alone exist!
You are breath and life itself.
Our minds are enthralled by Your beauty! For You alone exist!
...You are the house. You are the inhabitants
and the bricks and furnishings. You alone exist.
You are the Worshipper, his worship,
and the One worshipped, as You alone exist.
You are Consciousness and the Way to Consciousness!..


Paramahansa Yogananda Autobiography of a Yogi

 Kriya, controlling the mind directly through the life force, is the easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue of approach to the Infinite. In contrast to the slow, uncertain “bullock cart” theological path to God, Kriya Yoga may justly be called the “airplane” route.



Ramana Maharshi ♡

 Take refuge in silence. You can be here or there or anywhere. Fixed in silence, established in the inner 'I', you can be as you are. The world will never perturb you if you are well founded upon the tranquility within. Gather your thoughts within. Find out the thought centre and discover your Self-equipoise. In storm and turmoil be calm and silent. Watch the events around as a witness. The world is a drama. Be a witness, inturned and introspective.



Ribhu Gita 2.!

 


J. KRISHNAMURTI

 


“Nature is not imaginary: it is actual;
and what is happening to you now is actual.
From the actual you must begin—
with what is happening now—
and the now is timeless.”

                                   

TANTRA THE GOSPEL OF RAMAKRISHNA

 


According to the Tantra, the Ultimate Reality is Chit, or Consciousness, which is identical with Sat, or Being, and with Ānanda, or Bliss. This Ultimate Reality, Satchidānanda, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, is identical with the Reality preached in the Vedas. And man is identical with this Reality; but under the influence of Māyā, or illusion, he has forgotten his true nature. He takes to be real a merely apparent world of subject and object, and this error is the cause of his bondage and suffering. The goal of spiritual discipline is the rediscovery of his true identity with the divine Reality.

                                                        



Clare Dakin

 The repression of the feminine has led to a planet on the edge of collapse. The re-emergence is going to be a dance to behold.


                                                                     



Yoga Vashistha

 This being exists in the world in an undivided state as infinite self-illuminating conscience, from Brahma creator to the most humble leaf of grass. It's unique, without beginning or end, but it exists in everything there is as the inner experience of all the animated and inanimate beings.


                                                   



The Ashtavakra Gita

 As a wave, rushing and foaming - is only water. So all creation, streaming out of the self - is only the self. I see the infinite self! ~ 


                                                                 


Swami Rama

 ''Beneath all diversities lies only one unity, in which the lover and the beloved both lose their individuality, and only love exists.''


                                                                            

Human body & About ATMA

 


SHIVA LINGAM WITH LORD SHIVA’S HAND

 

MAHALINGESWARAR TEMPLE, THIRUVIDAIMARUDUR, TAMIL NADU
When Adi Shankara wanted to prove that Advaitam is the truth, Lord Shiva’s hand came out of the linga with an ashirvad saying that Satyam Advaitam.

                                                       

ANAM THUBTEN:

 


"The highest truth where we are nobody and we have nothing is actually a state of our consciousness that is unconditioned. It is our basic ground; it is the primordial mind. It is the state of reality in which we become nobody and we remain as we are, which is deathless awareness. This is who we are. This is actually our primordial face. The time before we become somebody is called “primordial time” in the Buddhist tantras. Primordial time means the eternal time of primordial purity, which is not actually time in terms of past, present, or future. It is eternal time; it is everlasting time. In that everlasting time we were, as well as we are, and we will be intrinsically luminous awareness. We were, we are, and we will be an inexhaustible treasure of joy and grace, which is who we really are."

                                                                

Shakti Gawain

 When we give up our old way of doing things,

we create space for a new energy to come through.


                                                           

Shankara


I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory, I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes, I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind, I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva… I am not the breath, nor the five elements, I am not matter, nor the 5 sheaths of consciousness Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet, I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva… There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion, I know not pride or jealousy, I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation, I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva… No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain, I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals, I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself, I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva… I have no fear of death, no caste or creed, I have no father, no mother, for I was never born, I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student, I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva… I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness, I exist everywhere, pervading all senses, I am neither attached, neither free nor captive, I am the form of consciousness and bliss, I am the eternal Shiva