Bhavin Dave

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They all mean the same

So many words seem different but they mean the same Why do they appear different ? Ignorance. No experience Be still Love yourself Love God Know yourself Surrender Knowledge ( experience ) Bhakti Yoga Mediation But they can be known as the same only when you reach the final step. Before that – there are …

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A rare dialogue

Paramahansa Yogananda meets Sri Ramana Maharshi * Swami Yogananda with four others arrived at 8.45 a.m. (29th November, 1935) He looks big,but gentle and well-groomed. He has dark flowing hair, hanging over his shoulders. The group had lunch in the Asramam. Mr. C. R. Wright, his secretary, asked: How shall I realise God? Sri Ramana …

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Proper attitude

ENDURANCE; You need not drown in the river of life when you encounter the strong storms of trials. Learn to be an expert boatman and you can row across this tumultuous river to the safe shores of God. “He that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). As you work and plan, remember …

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Love

Love for someone else is inferior. And is binding. Love for yourself – here yourself refers to the higher pure consciousness which is the true self – is true self. However without mediation you will think and only know yourself as Ego. Loving that ego brings destruction. Why? You will not be able to find …

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This is very rare

A human life is rare? Human population is 7 billion Insect population – 10 quintillion Fish – 3.5 trillion Bacteria 5 million trillion trillion Human life is relatively rare. This brings the question of rebirth – some may agree. However, many will not be able to believe in rebirth as an animal The only way …

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How to meditate

Simple isn’t it? Just don’t think Try it!

Not sure about this

I suspect this was not translated properly. Here instead of work, use the word money. If your not destined to make money you simply won’t. However, you must make the effort If your destined to make money, you will make money at the right time. Meaning there is no need to steal, or do other …

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A hidden message

Now in this message there is a hidden trick given. However few can grasp it and fewer will know how to use it You have to learn it from someone

Stop your thoughts!

VICHARA IS NOT INTELLECTUAL, BUT INWARD AND SUBTLE D. If I go on rejecting thoughts can I call it vichara? M. It may be a stepping-stone. But really vichara begins when you cling to yourself and are already off the mental movement, the thought-waves. off the mental movement, the thought-waves. D. Then vichara is not …

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A yogic secret

“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.” Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha Guruji – Lake Chapala, Mexico 1929. Yogananda quoted this in the past The water is a secret yogic technique which creates life I …

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Love and faith

How do you create it? We keep reading books. We think we have love and faith. But the moment we get a speeding ticket, we get apprehensive or angry In difficult times our behavior changes. We wonder is our prayer reaching God. We have spent multiple life’s and will spend more life’s trying to figure …

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Belief and faith

“It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief. ~ Sri Yukteshwar …

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Effort and a riddle

Now when you read this, all written by Maharshi it seems like a riddle The method to dissolve the mind has to be slowly uncovered. Like a banyan tree leaves. The final peel and there is no mind ! What he says is – the final step is giving up the struggle to know. And …

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So difficult

How to do it? Satan is fear. Satan is doubt. Satan is ego. Satan is illusion Since it is part of our thinking how do we rid of it ?

A very good quote – true spiritually too

“Egotism is an anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” Spiritually we are extremely stupid. We think we have made progress when all we have done is made a tiny step. An example is – you read my blogs. And you think there is something gained. But what was gained is clarity. However most often, …

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Another representation of a not in its source

Do you think of past experiences? Oh that was a good time or bad time? Then you have more to work on! What is that source? What does it feel like? Oh its like water on a lotus petal

Your situation matters not

True partly. To keep the mind at its source is not easy. It constantly has its demand for food, pleasures. So it cannot go to its source That’s why meditation!

Are you a gyani? A person of knowledge / experience?

A simple test For those who do not have knowledge [of themself], [and] for those who have, the world is real. For those who have not known [themself], reality is [limited to] the extent of the world; for those who have known [themself], reality pervades devoid of form as the support for the world. This …

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A reminder of the greatness of Vivekananda and Yogananda. Esp vivekananda

Remember that when this happened in Chicago, Yogananda was not born. Vivekananda saved his life while Vivekananda was in India Vivekananda never mentioned what he did to anyone “Mr. Dickinson!” The next parcel contained a gift, which I had bought in a Calcutta bazaar. “Mr. Dickinson will like this”, – I had thought at the …

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Probably true

Vivekananda said Swami Vivekananda’s wisdom for daily inspiration. I will tell you a great lesson I have learnt in this life. It is this: “The higer is your ideal, the more miserable you are”.

A misunderstood quote

He [Sri Yukteswar] added humbly. ‘If ever you find me falling from a state of God-realisation, please promise to put my head on your lap and help to bring me back to the Cosmic Beloved we both worship’. ~ Paramhansa Yogananda -Autobiography of a Yogi Yukteshwar was asked by Yogananda parents and yukteshwar told them …

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Our error

Yoga Vasistha is one of the highest books ever. It has everything in it. Including details of life in other planets and universes. This statement is literally true. Few are lucky enough to experience immortality and nectar The book of course talks about those people!

Inspriring

How do you reach there? Non stop practice! Practice of? – not having thoughts! How do I stop thoughts? – proper meditation. Not the meditation that focuses on body or imagines things or imagines Chakra Help! I can’t stop thoughts – learn the trick. It is not in books. Universal problem. Takes time. Patience. How …

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How did Ramana behave?

From ~ A Sadhu’s Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi, P.22 Major Chadwick, a principal western disciple about Sri Ramana.; Bhagavan was a very beautiful person; he shone with a visible light or aura. He had the most delicate hands I have ever seen with which alone he could express himself, one might almost say talk. His …

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Faulty logic

So here is a logic used by Ramana Maharshi. He is accurate but that logic belongs to a higher realm. You cannot use his logic or discussion when trying to explain to someone only belonging to this world D.: If one is to withdraw oneself, why is there the world? M.: Where is the world …

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I have said this

I have said this before and also vaguely mentioned how to get rid of it Aurobindo wrote very well on it The only person who thought you can get rid of desire by satisfaction is Rajneesh. Osho. From what I understand – I could be wrong, my apologies – he said if you like sex …

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This is what I meant

Turn the mind within Read the statement! Applaud. Wow so great. So wonderful And everyone thinks they know how to turn the mind inside Some reactions I have seen Oh simple! Very simple – meditate. Its nothing – yoga!!!!! What is there to it? Sing and dance to the glory of God Surrender to God. …

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Tired of the blogs

So I tire of blogs And the spirtual talks Books and vedas Courses and yoga Have no scope Read the upanishad Read the Gita Read the Bible And the recitals They are like a tour book A charming promise Of things not seen To get there You need a passport A visa and a guide …

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Be divine

Voice Of Vivekananda: “Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one or more or all of these-and be free. (I.257)” What you should understand it s work is the …

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About the body

Doing something wrong from a moral or material standpoint is not the only meaning of temptation. Forgetting your soul by becoming too engrossed in the body and its comforts is temptation too. Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda The soul trapped in the body – when the body tempts you with worldly pleasure and falling in the …

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A grave error by all

My biggest trouble when I was young – any 15 / 16 is shown in the statement above Shankar Acharya says gyana or knowledge is brought about by vichara ( thought) At that age I had read all the scriptures in Hinduism. I constantly thought that vichara or thinking is needed for realization. My Guru …

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So simple

The last sentence says it all. If you knew the mind Hint : you don’t know the mind. You know the brain. The function of the brain which is thoughts imagination. But neither is the mind which Ramana referred to

I need help!

When you truly don’t want the glitter of the world, when sex does not allure you, food is a burden and you hate people saying your good and wonderful Then your ready to have an external Guru Until then within you get directions if only you will listen Be ready. Be prepared Be alert Be …

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Nicolai Notovitch

Nicolai was a Russian historian who believed and found documents that state Jesus was a Buddhist There is controversy if Jesus died on the cross or somehow survived. This would be convenient. Then you don’t have to believe in resurrection. This controversy is present even in christians. Some claim he lived his life in France. …

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Nicolai Notovitch

Nicolai was a Russian historian who believed and found documents that state Jesus was a Buddhist There is controversy if Jesus died on the cross or somehow survived. This would be convenient. Then you don’t have to believe in resurrection. This controversy is present even in christians. Some claim he lived his life in France. …

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A disciple of Yogananda

Stories of the Early Years With Paramahansa Yogananda Extracts from a letter written by Mr. Theodore Beck to Sri Sri Daya Mata on March 7, 1969 — published in the Yogoda Magazine, October-December 1970, pp. 23-30. …The following year the classes were held in Boston at Jordan Hall, where Swamiji also lectured on Sundays, and …

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Democrat versus republican or oil and water or BJP versus congress

So we read the headline news. All we see is bickering. Totally worthless bickering. Almost everything anyone says is weighed out based on what party you belong too Nothing worthwhile is achieved. No national or international gain is there by headline battles. Media likes sensationalism. The average reader is totally emotional and carried by emotions …

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A story to prove Socrates was liberated – the cave story

Plato writes the allegory as a conversation between his mentor , Socrates, and one of Socrates’ students, Glaucon. In it, Socrates describes a group of prisoners who have lived chained to the wall of a cave for their entire lives, unable to move their heads. Day in and day out, they watch shadows projected on …

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What do you like in life?

This is a very deep mental exercise. Not sure if I should share it Einstein came up with all his theory of relativity – just with a thought exercise. No instruments. And he found the basis of gravity, time travel issues, speed of light etc Now this mental exercise if done properly would be bad. …

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Spirituality versus science

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/theory-knowledge/201910/there-are-two-hard-problems-consciousness-not-one This is the take on consciousness by psychology and science Spirtuality has a different take Which do you believe?

After you have a glimpse –

Let’s say for example – you hear someone lie to you. A total lie. And something that would hurt you. You immediately get angry. Why? It is a lie and you don’t like lies. That is aversion. There are many different kinds. Now you may say and think you know self pure consciousness but that …

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Secret revealed

This simple statement has several secretes revealed Since this is a public web page, I cannot reveal everything – the deeper meaning

A great statement

I read a magnificent statement a few days ago. Just a brief text ” true spirituality is very very rare ” I have said this many times. It was nice to hear this and get confirmation Right now, amongst all the public acclaimed figures there is none – at the level of Yogananda, Vivekananda. I …

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The triple bondage

To think that there is an object to be known, to act on it and to believe your body or thoughts or sensation is real – that is the state of a fallen person. That person is bound God being above it all – is free and ever at joy What do you want?

Quiet simple

If you can understand this The point between sentient and inert is infinite Just like the heart. Here infinite means endless. Not just in the sense of space or time Those who understand it are getting closer. This who think about it – need more clarity from someone who has it

More about the mind

Nice step sure sequence But there are many more steps in between Why are there me steps in between? We created it! If only you could experience your…

What should I read?

However you can’t do that! If you’re mind is restless, if you can’t endure the pains of life, then you are not ready. If you still seek pleasures, company, the need to text , talk, food then your not ready If your mind wonders about spiritual experience, or what is next, curious to know that …

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Amazing isn’t it?

You are the divine and you know it not You seek yourself – how foolish it is Trapped in a dream – you fumble and grumble Wake up from the deep slumber Not much to be done The awake shakes you And you say ‘ let me sleep more ” People choose to stay asleep …

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A poem by Rumi

Love Dogs ― by Rumi “One night a man was crying, Allah! Allah! His lips grew sweet with the praising, until a cynic said, “So! I have heard you calling out, but have you ever gotten any response?” The man had no answer to that. He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep. He …

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Katha upanishad

It us one of the most powerful upanishad. Even the story itself reveals many secrets. But teaching is unparalleled Only hinduism has been bold enough to say that reading scriptures is not of help

End of misery

Enquire – not just inquire but to truly know How do I end my misery? Know your divine self How do I help others? Know your divine self How can I know true love? Know your divine self How can I find peace? Know your divine self How can I find unending joy? Know your …

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Swetashwatara upanishad

Now everyone will like the above quotient given in the upanishad. How does one reach that state? By meditating What is the ideal place to meditate In chapter 2 verse 10 this is what it says In a clean level spot, free from pebbles, fire and gravel, Delightful by its sounds, its water and bowers,[42] …

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3 + 1

The soul stays in any one of the three states Jagrat -Awake Swapna -Sleeping with dreams Sushupti -Dreamless deep slumber In these three states you are not aware of yourself The fourth is Turiya. In that state you are only aware of your divine self The other three are an illusion. What is it like? …

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Life

Death is born So it seems And now the living chase A futile dream Money and leisure And sensual pleasure But alas, the chase ends With loss of health And peace The body frail All is lost Oh What a loss The chase was wrong A beautiful song Was never longed Death continues Its tragic …

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The problem is..😔

We talk about God. Debate. Fight. Argue. If only you saw and knew the light of God a the differences in all religions will vanish Although it is everywhere we can’t see it. Mind you I am not talking about the electric bulb light or the sun light or infra red, uv light – there …

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Am I close to God? Or how good is my mediation? Part 3

Here is simple line from Ramana Maharshi The second line – ability to focus within to a single entity ( Maharshi uses the word to a single thought) Well first one has to find something within where you can focus your attention ( requires a Guru ) – Then hold to it steadfast Finally one …

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Am I close to God? Or how good is my mediation? Part 2

Here is simple line from Ramana Maharshi This is nirvikalpa Samadhi. This is the final step when done while doing all activities This is a very high quality meditation. Almost all who read it should use this as a gauge to progress. Now if you think about it, this is peace isn’t it? Not a …

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Am I close to God? Or how good is my mediation?

Here is simple line from Ramana Maharshi The second line – ability to focus within to a single entity ( Maharshi uses the word to a single thought) Well first one has to find something within where you can focus your attention ( requires a Guru ) – Then hold to it steadfast Finally one …

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Forgive me. I could not resist

Grace

Grace is always there! Grace is always there Then why is there suffering? Why is there disease? Many people believe in God ( Jesus, Ram, Krishna, Shiv, etc) But they still suffer. So is there really grace? You can convince yourself – maybe the suffering was grace. Maybe. But it sure does not feel Like …

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In Gita

A few things. Unwavering mind. A mind that has conquered mediation is the only mind that can be steadfast. That is rare. We may think we are steadfast but that steadfast creates an immense amount of love for God There is no expectation from the divine. Just intense amazement. Love. Merger. And that is samadhi. …

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Only an enlightened would know this

This is very powerful. Here not a single thought can arise. If a thought arises it that thought is materialized instantly in the world. Universes are created and destroyed by a single thought. Such people are very rare. However they do exist!

Mandokya Upanishad

Upanishad – a collection of spiritual books with nectar from the shastras Mandokya – he was a saint. His Upanishad hence mandokya What does mandokya mean? Very old Sanskrit. You will not find meaning on the internet. Or it will be distorted Mand – means giving pleasure Uksha- descent of Mand uksha – descent of …

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You got everything. Now what?

The mind is insatiable. This is the inner core or Property So the devil has free rein Make the mind impermeable to the devil How? Mediation. Discover the joy of self. Yogananda says “Even if life gave you at one time everything you wanted — wealth, power, friends — after a while you would again …

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How do I know the self or God in the body?

Short Answer : Meditation Method : There is oil is sesame seed. But you can’t see it, can you? But if you squeeze it with proper technique you can extract it Similarly the pure consciousness is in body. And everywhere. You can’t see it or experience it. You can imagine it. Understand it. You need …

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But I don’t have a true Guru…..

Two resounding things And your reading this blog. It takes a lot of good karma to come across this blog

Beautiful sign mind is silent

How do you approach a Guru?

This is from Vivekchudamani. Written by Shankaracharya Vivekchudamani means the jewel crown of discrimination What is discrimination? For the ignorant discrimination it is knowing a true Guru from a fake, knowing that the world can’t give you Joy but experience of self can. And that is the approach Why such strong words? Now that is …

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But how?

But how do you get rid of thought? Even I am trying to stop thinking is a thought I exist is a thought I don’t exist is a thought I stopped thinking is a thought I feel happiness is a thought I don’t feel happy is a thought I see the world is a thought …

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The real King

The real King and Ruler is a person with no wants or needs. We have wants – things like wearing a good meal, wanting to talk, dress well, some people have wants for socializing. Then there are needs – the body has needs – food, water, sex, air, and the need to be liked or …

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Ramana maharshi profound statement

What is the use of declaring: ‘The world is real’ or ‘The world is an unreal appearance’; ‘The world is sentient’ or ‘The world is not sentient’; ‘The world is happiness’ or ‘The world is not happiness’? (Bhagavan in ‘Uḷḷadu Nāṟpadu’: v. 3) Making statements like this without any experience is worthless. Imagining this state …

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Ashtavakragita

Here this verse gives the method to realize your Divine self !

An old repost

For teaching is not to be understood. It is to be experienced. Kabir TELL me, Brother, how can I renounce Maya? When I gave up the tying of ribbons, still I tied my garment about me: When I gave up tying my garment, still I covered my body in its folds. So, when I give …

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Very subtle what Maharshi said

All is said here. Few will grasp all the secrets revealed in one line

A paradox

To reach there meditation is only way. Why? The mind has to be silenced. What other activity silences the mind? However the meditation has to be the right way All true books on meditation that have been re written have not been written properly. Modern day authors have taken half baked knowledge given a logical …

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An old poem

Your face is neither infinite nor ephemeral. You can never see your own face, only a reflection, not the face itself. So you sigh in front of mirrors and cloud the surface. It’s better to keep your breath cold. Hold it, like a diver does in the ocean. One slight movement, the mirror-image goes. Don’t …

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Fast progress

Why. ? Because intellectual understanding is useless

Can this be true?

About Neem karoli Baba In 1962 an old woman came for darshan of Maharajji. When she saw him she exclaimed, “How can Neem Karoli Baba be alive? He must have died a long time ago! My father was a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba, and my father said he knew Baba for forty years before …

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Have I reached that stage?

When your dreaming the body is real. The pain is real But once you know the body and world is a dream- mind you , you may imagine you have reached the state of awakening – but knowing and understanding that this is a dream is not the same as being awake. The experience of …

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Arunachala

This is the place where Ramana maharshi meditated It is not just a mountain but a loving entity. It is said that Arunachal himself appeared to Ramana and guided him in the most difficult steps. However he did not reveal much out of respect for Arunachal

Old quote from Rumi

Bhakti definition : This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. Rumi. Same thing was said by Narada However, what is written is a secret message. Only the wise can decipher Rest …

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Short story

An educated Pundit went to an illiterate enlightened. The enlightened asked, any progress in teaching bitter almond how to be sweet? This short story has all Raj Yoga in it Bhavin

An old post of mine

Gossip : A man visited Socrates to talk about a disciple. Socrates asked, “Are you sure the information is truthful?” Ans. “No”. Socrates, “Is it good?”. Ans. “No” Socrates, “Is it helpful to anyone?” Ans. “No”. Socrates said, “why do you want to talk about something that may not be true, is not good and …

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You must help the world

Yogananda says Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world

Nunchi

According to Koreans it is a super power a super weapon Nothing extra ordinary but ww just don’t use it. Here is a brief article on it Nunchi is the subtle art of gauging other people’s thoughts, feelings and needs in order to improve your relationships through deeper trust, harmony and cooperation. Known as the …

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We are foolish

We are foolish. Words like ego is used. We think we know what ego is. But we only know things with in the limits of our body and intelligence Ego as Ramana maharshi used is different than what we understand

Ramana maharshi About samadhi

But you don’t know what the heart is It is NOT the beating heart It is NOT the emotional aspect It is NOT anahat chakra ( 12 petal in chest ) It could be the heart described in saundarya Lahiri by Vishnuturthji It could be the heart described by Abhinav Gupta. He was a fully …

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Nothing more needs to be said – from Yogananda

You see, this world is a world of maya, delusion, and man is kept hypnotized with that delusion. Our mind has convinced us of so many limitations. Someone says, “I must have my cof- fee.” Another says, “I must have my juicy piece of steak,” and so on. It is a crazy world. I see …

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In the Bible

Of course it takes more than the Veda, upanishada , Vedanta to understand it. The beauty of the Hindu Shastras it has a perfect description of the path to being still – without thought

Not entirely true

Ramana Maharshi made a statement. I don’t entirely agree. If you think About it your will agree with me too

Stories of Vivekananda

This is rather long but incredible. The greatness of Vivekananda Listen to the incident starting at 28 min 45 seconds

Truly the highest!

Simple statement – but misunderstood

What you think is wrong Purified mind – what is that? A mind that loves God? A mind that has no desires? Into the heart? – what is that heart? The physical heart in the left side of chest? An allegory for the emotions? The heart of God or shiv ? Do you think your …

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Just compare!

So there are many preachers. And you will find yourself in tune with someone. Someone so find jumping Around and chanting God name to be perfect. Others will find using a rosary the best way. Someone will say mediation and others will say Shakti is the way. Then there are those who say Gyana or …

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Difficult to do Bhakti

It is very difficult to do true Bhakti. True Bhakti = total surrender = not a thought of worry during adverse impossible times

Tratak

This is the yoga technique which shows power of meditation. It means focusing one eye at any given point. To meet god we focus it within – forehead For external results we focus outwards. A perfected person can get results in a split second. But Alas, ignorant people take years However, here is a fun …

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I died

An angel, her pen and a crumpled paper She played her flute The world danced to her tune. Living in a 7 floor mansion The world on floor first Her laugh echoed at 6. Her name was destiny My name on the crumpled paper. The 3 colored pen – a work of the past For …

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Strength!

In recent times one of the greatest representation of strength has been Vivekananda. He has always inspired me the most Judge for yourself! 🌞Voice OfVivekananda🌞✨Self Confidence✨ You must not say that you are weak. How do you know what possibilities lie behind that degradation on the surface? You know but little of that which is …

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Why did God create this world?

Well here is the Answer. From Yogananda. In God talks with Arjuna I still protest. Not fair. Not right. The Spirit or Sat – Chit- Ananda(ever existing , ever conscious, ever new Bliss ) is uncontaminated by the darkness of delusion ( Nature) , even as a serpent , the possessor of poison , itself …

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How to conquer the mind quickly – simple

A. Ok I lied. It is not that simple But the fastest way is mediation. Q. Got it ! Mediation. But where? A. Within Q. What is there within. And where within. This body is quite big ( I tend to over indulge ) A. The awareness / consciousness. Something that has erroneously caused itself …

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