Man is the Supreme creature in the kingdom of the living because of the rational capacities of his discriminative intellect; One, who lives constantly asserting his full evolutionary status as man becomes free from the chains & bondages of all his past impressions.
But…If a man doesn’t read scriptures with the intense desire to know the TRUTH and renouncing all vanity, mere reading of scriptures will give rise to presumptions, egotism and excessive concern with minute details and rules etc.. which will be an encumbrance on his mind like so many knots! That is why, the knowledge from the scriptures have to be known from a proper teacher who not just talk the talk, but walk the talk!
The world is no more than an endless collection of pairs-of-opposites; attractions & allurements of the mind have their foundation in the pairs-of-opposites. Birds kept for long in cages lose all interest to fly away. So too, enmeshed in the thoughts of the fleeting objects, like the hub of a wheel, sunk deep into slush, the intelligence refuses to get released into the endless spiritual space. The aim of a spiritual practitioner is to keep this pairs-of-opposites away & focus on so(Ă)mething far above–the Self.
Identity crisis is reason for all our sufferings. Each one of us plays different roles in life, son, husband/wife father/mother etc. If we get confused in our role in a particular situation, it creates strife. Never lose sight of the gold while admiring the designs of the ornaments! We are all different shapes of the sĂme matter, of the sĂme energy or spirit. Just play the different roles wisely, as an actor plays his roles.
It is not necessary to leave the earth to find the Truth, it is not necessary to leave life to find one’s soul, it is not necessary to give up the world in order to enter into relation with the Divine. The Divine is everywhere, in everything, and if He is hidden…it is because we do not take the trouble to discover Him.
Teach yourself! Call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.
Don’t look forward to the things seen. Look backward to where the seeing begins. You are there before the seeing emerged. Things seen may be many, but the Seer is One.
God dwells in you,
and you don’t have to ‘do’ anything
to be God-realized or Self-realized,
it is already your true and natural state.
Just drop all seeking,
turn your attention inward,
and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating
in the Heart of your very being.
For this to be your own presently lived experience,
Self-Inquiry is the one direct and immediate way.”
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
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A certain man from Madurai asked:
How to know the Power of God?
Sri Ramana Maharshi :
You say ‘I AM’.
That is it.
What else can say I AM?
One’s own being is His Power.
The trouble arises only when one
says, “I am this or that, such and such.”
Do not do it – Be yourself.
That is all.
~ From Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi : 478
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The knowledge ‘I am’ within you is God.
Carry the conviction in yourself that
the knowledge ‘I am’ within you is God.
I am introducing you to your ‘I am’.
The first stage is to meditate on the ‘I am’ and stabilize in it.
To the One who meditates on the knowledge ‘I am’,
everything in the realm of consciousness becomes clear.
Go anywhere, but never forget that the knowledge ‘I am’ is God.
Day by day through constant meditation this conviction will grow.
Don’t bother about anything, just continue abiding in the ‘I am’,
a moment will come when it will be pleased and
reveal all the secrets.
The ‘I am’ is the only God to please and if pleased,
it will lead you to the source.
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
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ust try to be in that ‘I amness’
don’t try to put effort and concentration
When ‘you are’
it is ‘I amness’,
when ‘you are’
the beingness is automatically there.
Whatever ‘you are’
without doing any effort,
Don’t try to interpret ‘I amness’.
You are without the body sense,
when you identify with body-mind,
then the trouble begins
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‘You’ are above the waking and dreaming states,
because those are only expressions of your Beingness.
The waking and dreaming states
pertain only to your ‘I amness’.
We are only able to observe because of the ‘I amness’.
When the ‘I amness’ is not there
the tool to observe is also not there.
If you are deep inside everything is gone!
And there is no ‘I am’.
Then the ‘I am’ merges in the Absolute.
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I am talking about knowledge,
whatever knowledge the ‘I am’ is,
it’s the knowledge.
You are living to sustain that knowledge ‘I am’,
hence you struggle.
If that knowledge is gone,
what interest could you have?
You are like a doctor taking care,
the knowledge ‘you are’ is nourishing
and protecting the body.
Remember this, if you want to remember me,
remember the knowledge ‘I am’.
Ancestors told us to meditate on me, remember me,
but they also said that the knowledge ‘I am’ is me too.
10 Facts About Our Society That We Absurdly Accept As Normal
1. We prioritize money and the economy over basics like air, water, food quality, our environment and our communities.
2. We utilize an economic trading system that facilitates the death of millions of people each year.
3. We divide the worlds land into sections and then fight over who owns these sections.
4. We call some people “soldiers” which makes it OK for them to kill other people.
5. We torture and kill millions of animals everyday needlessly for food, clothing and experiments.
6. We send children to school for their entire childhood to memorize facts and skills that they will rarely use. More on education here.
7. We impose financial pressures on parents, forcing them to miss out on vital stages of their child’s development.
8. We have thousands of religions, each one believing that their God or god-story is the only true and unique version.
9. Love and compassion, which promotes life, are mocked as facile. Whereas war, which harms life, is seen as honorable.
10. Anyone with a really useful invention, can forcefully prevent others from using or modifying it.