Bhavin Dave

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I enjoy life and my body. Please don’t bother me !

That is the attitude of 99.9999% on this earth. Maybe true on most other places where there is life What does Vasistha Maharaj say any that? He says that such a life is worthless. So what is to be done? Learn the truth from Someone who has experienced it. But the ego of most people …

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A poem

An ocean, a wave, a mirror The mirror became “alive” Charged with power Created the greatest illusion ever! I met my Guru, a sage beyond wisdom No up, no down No in or out, I lost my count Where was time? Where was space? Before the singularity Called the Big Bang! Time and space Quantum …

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Sign of an enlightened being

Quotations there have been, in superabundance. But what original commentary can you supply, from the uniqueness of your particular life? What holy text have you absorbed and made your own? In what ways have these timeless truths renovated your nature? Are you content to be a hollow victrola, mechanically repeating the words of other men? …

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Problem with destroying mind

Sanskar Latent impression from the past. From this life. Past lives. Very hard to overcome Requires very strong determination. But can be done.

Adverse times TITIKSHA

“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. It is liberty to be affected by nothing; do not merely endure, be unattached. Remember the story of the bull. A mosquito sat long on the horn of a certain bull. Then his conscience troubled him, and he said, “Mr. Bull, I have been sitting here a long …

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Misery and happiness

“After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains, one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither …

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This is what Ramana Maharshi says From ~~~ Who Am I ?. 8 : What is the nature of the mind? Baghavan.; What is called ‘mind’ is a wondrous power residing in the Self. It causes all thoughts to arise. Apart from thoughts, there is no such thing as mind. Therefore, thought is the nature …

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Ramana dialogue heart

THE HEART IN BHAGAVAN’S TEACHINGS The Heart or Hridayam appears in Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s teachings extensively. D: Sri Bhagavan speaks of the heart as the seat of Consciousness and as identical with the Self. What does the heart exactly signify? M: The question about the heart arises because you are interested in seeking the source …

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Ramana dialogue

THE HEART IN BHAGAVAN’S TEACHINGS The Heart or Hridayam appears in Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s teachings extensively. D: Sri Bhagavan speaks of the heart as the seat of Consciousness and as identical with the Self. What does the heart exactly signify? M: The question about the heart arises because you are interested in seeking the source …

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What is the true religion – according to Paramhansa Yogananda

DECEMBER 8 – SRF DIARY – SILENCE The true practice of religion is to sit still in meditation and talk to God, but you don’t get to that point of intensity, you do not concentrate enough, and that is why you remain in delusion. — Paramahansa Yogananda, “Man’s Eternal Quest” Talk to God – is …

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The power of Sanskrit. Lalita

I can’t reveal all of it In Germany there was a trial what they found people who listened to Sanskrit had better memory But this is one of the Best hymns – on Lalita. She is the highest. Multiple universes are here children. Even Ram krishna are her children. She is simultaneously both shakti personal …

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Easy way to destroy bad karma

Padam’s power One day when I [Narayana Iyer] was sitting by the side of Bhagavan I felt so miserable that I put the following question to him: “Is the ‘sankalpa’ (will or intention) of the jnani not capable of warding off the destinies of the devotees?” Bhagavan smiled and said:” Does the jnani have a …

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Only partly true

IT is the final steps he describes. It is important to know who he was talking with. If he was talking with a beginner he would be saying things differently For the beginner, understanding and scripture are needed. After that the goal becomes clear Once the goal is clear, then the how to reach there …

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How to live

A nice pearl from Yogananda Be alone within. Don’t lead the aimless life that so many persons follow. Meditate and read good books more…Once in a while it is al right to go to the movies and have a little social life, but mostly remain apart and live within yourself…Enjoy solitude; but when you want …

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About temptation and desire

Once God or inner self is found, the challenges will still remain but becomes easier to go back within. Even great saints were tempted till the last minute. Their challenges are harder. Why? Ordinary people often toil to get their desires fulfilled Higher saints have only to think about it and their desire is fulfilled …

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All questions about saints and God answered

This is very long. It is from God talks with Arjuna – a commentary on Gita by Yogananda But so beautiful. So perfect My take in the shloka is different and to me reveals the technique of finding God but that is a different topic God Talks With Arjuna — Bhagwad Gita, by Paramhans Yogananda …

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A common question especially in Indians

Q: Is there no benefit at all in doing japa with the mouth? Sri Ramana Maharshi : Who said there is no benefit? Such japa will be the means for chitta suddhi [purifying the mind]. As the japa is done repeatedly the effort ripens and sooner or later leads to the right path. Good or …

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Why everyone fails

You can’t stop your mine using your mind! I give a slightly different example You can’t stop the merry go round by sitting in the merry go round ! The mind is the merry go round. Constantly active. Thinking. Getting upset. Getting happy. Analyzing. Reading. Understanding. Drawing conclusions. None of those things will take you …

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Subtle but true

This refers to loss of prana Don’t joke all the time with each other. Be happy and cheerful inside. Why dissipate in useless talk the perceptions you have gained? Words are like bullets: when you spend their force in idle conversation, your supply of inner ammunition is wasted. Your consciousness is like a milk pail: …

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Don’t be proud / sad

The ultimate victor is time. It devours everything. Multiple saints and Gods have walked and are lost in the tide of time But more subtle is your achievements and losses When times are good you gain much. You become proud. And when times are bad everything goes awry. This is the course of time. No …

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योग वाशिष्ठ दर्शन। अध्याय 23 ज्ञानोदयका उत्तम प्रकार। पोस्ट 4 अंदर बाहर व्यापक है। जैसे दर्पण सभी चीजों के प्रतिबिंब का स्थान है,उसी तरह, मैं सभी प्राणियो के देह इंन्द्रिया आदि अनुभवों का स्थान हूं। चैतन्य रूप अंतरात्मा जिन वस्तुओं का संकल्प करता है वह चीजे तुरंत उत्पन्न होती है। आत्मा में स्थित यह कारण …

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Does diet matter?

YES Although Maharshi did not give an explanation, those who believe he was enlightened can take his word as gospel You can use all the logic you have, but until you know the origin of matter you cannot comprehend Maharshi said that very clearly when someone said plants have life. He said stones have life …

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The final secret

This is the ultimate secret But English being a weak language , there is a more secret meaning hidden This sentence is both the goal and method

Be intelligent

Most people will quickly imagine they are a witness. They are the people who have time to write big books, impress people and feel self important Those with a little bit of IQ – devotee their energy to getting something more profound and realize that this witness watches without the slightest concept of I Now …

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One if the greatest person to walk on earth He says The Universe is in you We struggle to even understand the length of a football field. Can you imagine what the self consciousness is with has the entire universe within it? Now some very intellectual people will escape this logic by thinking its an …

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A sign of progress or just the beginning

There is a stage where the pure I emerges. This pure I emerges when all thoughts, emotions and the ego of body is forgetten At that time the pure I ( And a few other things ) emerges. And that is the first step !

Classic Veda

The world. We see multiplicity. Although all is GOd That is the illusion. A rope looking like a snake

The key word

The saints have found that happiness lies in a constant mental state of unruffled peace during all the experiences of earthly dualities. A changeable mind perceives a changeable creation, and is easily disturbed; the unchangeable soul and the unruffled mind, on the other hand, behold, behind the masks of change, the Eternal Spirit. The man …

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Keep a diary of your spiritual life. I used to make a record of how long I had meditated daily and how deep I had gone. Seek solitude as much as possible. Do not spend your leisure time with other people for merely social purposes. God’s love is hard to find in company. Sri Sri …

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Two does not exist It is all one universal consciousness appearing as many – that fault of ours is ignorance You can say all is god. You can even believe it. But experience it ! Then you will know. Why would I lie?

Superior or inferior

‘Become envious of anyone lower than you. You must become very small. In fact you must become nothing. Only a person who is nobody can abide in the Self. Bhagavan often spoke to us about the necessity of humility. On another occasion he told me, ‘No one should be our inferior. One who has learned …

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Ramana Maharshi

This was his first experience. He saw the body and he was outside it That was his initial experience at a very young age Later he had an higher experience. That was the end of all delusion


Not so easy to get rid of thoughts

64 Yogini

64 yōginiyōṁ have four major temples in India. Two in Odisha and three in Madhya Pradesh. In Orissa, near bhubaneshwar, near hirapur and bōlanagīra, in ranipur. In Madhya Pradesh, a morena is in the village panchayat mitāvalī in the police station. It is also known as ‘IKANTĒŚVARA MAHADEV TEMPLE’. The second temple is located in …

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A little misleading

The way to God is not through the intellect, but through intuition. Spirituality is measured by what you experience intuitively, from the communion of your soul with God. It is so simple if inside you are always talking to Him, ‘Lord, come to me!’ Why do you put up a barrier of doubt between yourself …

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A profound secret

Knowing this I remain free What did he know? Illusion Effort Neither exist or neither is needed Effortless Natural Peaceful Joyous Let there by mountains of challenges. What difference does it make? I said enough!

A nice statement

Not sure if it has from Charlie Chaplin for sure But love conquers. Power subdues

Is intelligence helpful in reaching the atman

Up to a point it is helpful Later it is your enemy. Since tie intellect can’t compare with the wisdom of God

How do I know who is going on the path?

Desires are your enemy

Think it over

How do I know I had an experience

Goes by many names Effortless Not choiceless But disinterested in anything that happens outside And many others

Pretty accurate

Mind active and outward – lost in the world Mind inactive and outward – deep slumber Mind active and not in this world – dreaming Mind inactive and turned within – atman or self. The highest


Very difficult to reach It requires mastery in Kriya yoga What is that mastery? Kevali !!!! There is no one in the 7 billion population right now who can teach that ! If they exist they are totally hidden. Not giving any lectures etc Here’s a long synopsis from Yogananda on it So long as …

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Four sons of a great Brahmin The names of those four sons were “Deewari”, “Priyamedha”, “Sanskrit” and “Suvrit”. Their constant penance to shiv was interrupted by an asura Asura attacked the Vedas, Dharma, and Dharmatmas, which is called “Doshana” on Ratnamal Mountain. That Asura even got Brahma. They then went to destroy the for Brahmin …

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Thus Advaita

However there are a few steps before the mind merges in self Similar for the intellect Similar for the ego. Not so easy to give up mind our ego


What is the truth? We say there is karma. And we reap the effects of our karma. In the course of action there is bound to be good and bad karma Bad karma – sin Doer of bad karma sinner The Bible emphasizes a lot of sin. And generally the churches remind everyone they are …

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Just a word of caution

O Father, when I was blind I found not a door that led to Thee. Thou hast healed my eyes; now I discover doors everywhere: the hearts of flowers, the voices of friendship, memories of lovely experiences. Each gust of my prayer opens a new entrance to the vast temple of Thy presence. Sri Sri …

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Here is Ramana maharshi definition of end of pain

Activity of mind is bandhan. Stop activity of the mind It occurs in several steps Fastest way is kriya yoga Everyone thinks they know kriya yoga But extremely few can do it perfectly.

Ouch ! But true

But it comes in stages. One of my all time favorite statement and so true, something that gave me strength and hope is from Vishnutirthji Maharaj He said not to worry! If you can go deep in mediation only for a few seconds, that is enough to keep your mind in mediation for the whole …

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Amazingly said

Bryan Dyson former CEO of Coca Cola We are constantly struggling in life with many different things But his words helps us realize we should give the right priorities in life Within our heart the priorities should be Spiritual Health Family Work Friends For display purposes though – for others to see Family Health Work …

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Wake up!

Once a disciple was very dejected and disappointed. He was narrating Sri Yogananda ji about his difficulties with sadness. Suddenly Yogananda ji started laughing boisterously ! “You really believe that all these difficulties are real. This is all a dream and God is playing a joke on you !!” The disciple stood there, confused by …

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Effort is needed

“For more than three decades I have waited for you here—waited for you to return to me!’ Babaji’s voice rang with celestial love. ‘You slipped away and vanished into the tumultuous waves of the life beyond death. The magic wand of your karma touched you, and you were gone! Though you lost sight of me, …

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An example of cryptic language

Nothing in the world is as divinely intoxicating as my beloved God. I drink unceasingly of that Nectar. “O aged Wine of my Soul, as I drink of Thee from the ocean within me, I find Thou art inexhaustible. Thou art a skyful of happiness that displays all the stars of the universe, ever throbbing …

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How should Live life?

Life has only one purpose ! Discovery of one self. It takes time and sincere dedication. No need to waste time – if a Guru is not readily there. Keep trying At some point the illusion. The ignorance. The error of seeing the dream as real will be lifted. And that is the life Goal. …

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Dear Ones, and my Dearest Guruji, THE PRINCIPLE OF REINCARNATION by Paramahansa Yogananda (Excerpts from Do Souls Reincarnate? / The Second Coming of Christ / The Bhagavad Gita) Page 2 of 2 How to Recognize Souls You Have Known Before There is a way that you also can recognize those whom you have known before. …

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Who should read my blogs

I have no interest in having anyone read my blogs. I want nothing from the reader. I don’t want anyone following me. So who should read it? Only those who want to have spiritual progress. It is not designed for those who want material things of the world Those who need comfort from the trials …

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Find solace in problems

If you think about the words carefully, you will want many difficulties in life. There is much hope in the words of Mother Of course, this is true for those on the spiritual path. For them alone. Those on spiritual path , want to endure the challenges without retaliation. Slowly learn not to get frustrated …

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We practice this unknowingly

  One book.  Bhagwad Gita.  Many great saints have commented on it.  Yogananda, Gyaneshwar, Shankaracharya.   Perhaps these are the most authentic commentary with each one taking a slightly different view.  All correct.   So in this verse, Shankaracharya Maharaj tells us to give ourselves up to God.  With an unwavering mind.   Then he …

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Knowledge and information

There is a huge difference between knowledge or gyana and information I like the traditional Indian words and don’t like the translation The word is gyana ( a lose English translation is knowledge) That gives your liberation What is the difference between gyana and information You are the divine consciousness. That is information Having the …

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This is progress

Daya Mata speaks about Guruji: Quote: The Master seldom made even the slightest preparation for his lectures; if he prepared anything at all, it might consist of a factual note or two, hastily jotted down. Very often, while riding in the car on the way to the temple, he would casually ask one of us: …

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Totally selfless

This is the reason why those at the highest come back My son asked me this question once For the masters the world remains a child’s play. Such masters rarely expose themselves fully when they have a body Many will follow them after they leave the body. But the benefit at that point I s …

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The steps

I have copied this from Saundarya Lahiri written by Vishnutirthji Maharaj An incredible book. Most people cannot understand it but the parts you can understand is worth reading It is a. Very clear explanation of the steps to perfection

Such a long process for a simple truth

Volumes and volumes have been written For those pure in heart all that is needed is a word from a Guru. Your the divine. However, that purity is rare. Ramkrishna achieved the highest in a few seconds from his Guru Totapuri. His guru wept. It took the Guru 40 years. Yet Ramkrishna paid full respect …

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How do I identify a Guru

The presence of a Guru. If he wishes it, your mind notices changes. But only if he wishes. Most of the time a Guru looks at it as invasion of your mind and will seldom affect it Without a Guru very difficult to have a steady mind. Takes years

This is tricky. How to meditate

The question is how do you meditate with heart? This is tricky. Meditate with heart But not an emotional weakness or desperation But firm. Secure. Steady love. That is the sign of a pure heart This works the best

The only need of God

In one of His aspects, a very touching aspect, the Lord may be said to be a beggar. He yearns for our attention. The Master of the Universe, at whose glance all stars, suns, moons, and planets quiver, is running after man and saying: “Won’t you give Me your affection? Don’t you love Me, the …

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Problem with English and translation

The real word is not cosmic mind but Chiti This is all her Lila. She is the ultimate creator and responsible for the creation. She is aware of all. Does all. Without any effort. To remain merged in her is part of the holy trinity – Virgin Mary. In Hinduism – she is mahakali. She …

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How can it be?

Here the word used is sage. In reality it refers to a perfected individual , Guru. Someone Or a higher power fully capable of creating universes! Such higher powers do exist. They have been described profusely in Yoga Vasistha. Who knows we are one of the many people in a universe created by such a …

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Something higher

“In the pursuit of evil or of good, it is happiness you are always seeking. The former promises happiness and gives sorrow; the later may seem to offer sorrow by its requisite of discipline and will power, but will surely give lasting joy in the end. God is everlasting, ever new joy, and when you …

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Krishnadas first meeting with Neem Karoli Baba

Even though I have heard and read this story dozens and dozens of times, I heard again this morning… Krishna Das telling the story about the first time he met Neem Karoli Baba… “I had these apples, I was told that when you meet Maharaji you bring apples, so I bought these apples and I …

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A reminder of knowing who you are

So there are many many millions of fools who believe they have read the upanishad Gita veda and know that they are shiv or atman or infinite consciousness Why are they fools – they have no experience. What should the experience be like? How do I know I reached there? Here is the description above. …

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This is the ultimate secret

This is what a Guru observes. For him to deliver anyone, give “moksha” is less than a second. We are not ready. We cannot surrender fully to a Guru I have known people who find will do everything as a slave to a fake Guru or concept or belief but even when told about a …

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Why give up the world?

In the final chapter when you wake up – you say oh. It was just a dream


Shivohum tirthji said, when god favors you, you get slapped so hard by the world you never ever want it again And that is divine blessing

How do I know my prayers are reaching God?

Depends on the prayer. Foolish people in this world ask for material things. Every so often it gets granted. There you have an answer Spiritual people don’t ask for material things. They ask for progress in meditation. They only want God. So how do you know God heard that prayer. **You know that prayer was …

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The body

So many people. You see someone famous. Someone good looking. Your impressed But inspite of their fame. Money. Good looks. Dressing so well …… They all suffer from carnal desies. Food. Jealousy Something so unpleasant Why hold on to it. Let your eternal great self shine Above these issues

Amazingly stupid

So there is someone quite popular in India. He is teaching and using words that are illogical He talks about negative prana energy He talks about sleeping is close to death so avoid it He talks about death as inertia Many many people follow and believe him Few can grasp reality of pure consciousness There …

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Certain things at kept a secret Your bank Balance Bedroom Your experiences in meditation Your love for God This is what Yogananda said Let not anyone else know how deeply you feel for the Lord. The Master of the Universe knows of your love; don’t display it before others, or you may lose it. Sri …

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Worth looking at

The Impermanence of Outer Beauty Equally true for men also It is the sad reality. At a younger age we are obsessed looking at the mirror while the hour glass of death is about our head and we remain oblivious to it. At a later age we see death approaching but shocked Someone smart …

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Translation and understanding

I read the translation and explanation of Vigyana Bhairava Extraordinary book. Original written 1200 years ago by Abhinav Gupta. Translation is one matter. But to truly give an explanation you have to be a yogi with deep experiences Otherwise you will mislead and misguide people I am not at liberty to write the correct explanation.

Someone had a question when is a Yogi a Guru

My answer was First one must have a clear understanding of who is a yogi and definition of a Guru Right now , everyone has the misconception that they are a great yogi or Guru Sad is the plight of the world when people want to be a Yogi or Guru. Why do you care …

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Sanatana Dharma

That is what I follow. This is for those who label things For those who are curious, sanatana is not properly described in the web But feel free to look it up

How to pray

On the final step – pray without desire In the initial stages pray to get liberation, to find a Guru , to have perpetual deep experiences in meditation


The true devotee’s heart is always saying: “My Lord, my Lord, I do not want to become ensnared in the delusory drama of Thy creation. I want no part of it except to help in establishing Thy temple in the souls of men. My heart, my soul, my body and mind – everything belongs to …

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Why are there billions and billions stuck?

They want to be stuck! Their choices are messed up because of that! We think our desires of the body will go away once we have a Guru or we have spiritual awakening or we know ourselves Truth is you have to make a constant protracted perpetual effort of giving up physical desires before a …

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Yoga. Shastras. Upanishads. My blogs

The goal is there. Described in detail. But written in secret code Few know about them, fewer understand and even less practice it properly, hardly any finishes the journey

Fibonacci sequence

Here is an interesting ratio Watch it. Entertaining To a yogi this is duh. Obviously It will be true This ratio is part of progress spiritually. It is Shakti in action. It is his it is. The only one person who talked about it was Abhinav Gupta in the 9th century He was one of …

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I am not into any religion. It would be unfair of God if he said only those who believe in Christ gets salvation That’s means all those who were born before Christ are lost. And anyone who has not heard of him is lost Sadly there are many foolish people like that. Such dogma is …

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I can’t find God. What is my next option

Find and associate with a self realized person ! He is verily God. Don’t worship idols or icons in temples, etc. Well I don’t know anyone like that – then find a true person on the path I don’t know anyone like that – then go to some living samadhi in India I don’t know …

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How to pray

Prayer in which your very soul is burning with desire for God is the only effectual prayer. You have prayed like that at some time, no doubt; perhaps when you wanted something very badly, or urgently needed money – then you burned up the ether with your desire. That is how you must feel for …

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So is there God? Just the divine self? Who casts the grace? There is God when you don’t know yourself This puny ego which you call your self needs that Grace. Why disgrace yourself? Why get stuck in that ego? What a fool! John 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, …

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So is there God? Just the divine self? Who casts the grace? There is God when you don’t know yourself This puny ego which you call your self needs that Grace. Why disgrace yourself? Why get stuck in that ego? What a fool! Know ye not that your

Why do 99.999 % don’t make progress?

Because they have ego The biggest ego is thinking they know and understand Even these blogs – there is a sentence from day Ramana maharshi. Or Yogananda What do I do ? I write an understanding / explanation / expound on what they say or meant. Worse still is when we try to correct what …

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A good reminder

The Searcher of Hearts wants only your sincere love. He is like a little child: someone may offer Him his whole wealth and He doesn’t want it; and another cries to Him, “O Lord, I love you!” and into that devotee’s heart He comes running. Don’t seek God with any ulterior motive, but pray to …

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Top 3 books by Yogananda

Someone assured this question My reply was Depends on what level you are at and what you seek Smoothest book – the divine Romance Wow book – how to talk with God Sheer Yoga – God talks with Arjuna Intellectual book – science of religion Talking about books there is a nice book by Donald …

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This is what Yogananda said Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because if you angrily strike back you misrepresent your own divine soul nature — you are no better than your offender. But if you manifest spiritual strength you are blessed, and the power of your righteous behavior will also help the other person to overcome his …

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Hypnosis – life regression

You CANNOT regress to learn about past life with hypnosis This has been kept hidden and will remain hidden till your sufficiently advanced Those who claim hypnosis as a tool to past life are liars In fact regression even into childhood memories is inadmissible in court of law since it has been almost always a …

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The ultimate secret

Kriyā Yoga is an instrument through which human evolution can be accelerated. The ancient yogis discovered that the secret of cosmic consciousness is intimately linked to the domain of breathing. This is an immortal and incomparable contribution that india offers to the flow of human knowledge. Vital Energy, which is generally absorbed in the maintenance …

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Must read for the skeptics ?

You’re Still ‘Alive’ After Death Say Researchers, Who’re Studying the Conscious Mind For the latest US and political news download The Epoch Times app now! Having said that – epoch times is not a very reliable source Neither is Dr Oz What do a do?

I know he is great!

Someone asked me about Deepak Chopra. He has been on multiple national TV shows, has multiple books. Surely he is great My answer to this question was Being famous , popular, liked or rich does not mean there is anything of substance Very similar to many politicians, singers, religious leaders, doctors – famous but no …

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