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Thoughts Within a Dream

 


The birthless and deathless Self (Atman) slept, and in his dream, he had a dream. What was the nature of this dream? 

The appearance of the world was a dream, and he imagined that he had become a person in this dream (Jiva). The Illusion just grew stronger after that. This worldly existence appears to be genuine, yet it is really a dream. 

God took on the role of a servant. The dream is to imagine all individuals as real, including mother, father, brother, and others, as well as the entire globe. 


This dream is enthralling all living things on the planet. 


It is extremely unusual and crucial for one of them to think very far ahead. It's an uncommon thing to have faith in a Saint. Such an aspirant is unselfish in his or her actions. 


An egotistical person would never throw a piece of bread to a dog. After doing a selfless altruistic act, the sensation of selflessness, or pure intellect, is common. 

Respect for the Saints is a wonderful thing. 

The fruit of our predecessors' blessings, the Saints who came before us, is magnificent. During this dream existence, discrimination (Viveka) between the Essence and the non-essential is uncommon. Wealth, like wine, is an intoxication. Because of the virtues of the previous incarnation, one is drawn to the Guru and is curious about him. 

This is a person who understands how to use prejudice to his or her advantage. Such a person approaches the Guru and considers what is necessary and what isn't, eventually realizing that "I Am Brahman." 

Only then can one comprehend that the world is an illusion and awaken from one's sleep. He realizes that the entire world is an illusion and that "The Supreme Self (Paramatman) is the sole Truth" after experiencing the pure Essence of the Teaching. 


Then, as "Truth, Consciousness, and Bliss (SatChitAnanda) Incarnate," one becomes One with Brahman. 


Who is this "I" who has gained experience when you understand the meaning and think about it and declare, "Now, I have the experience, and now, I am awake?" 

When you declare you've had an experience, the ego, or "I Am," comes into play (Aham). 


There is nothing that says "I" or "You." You claim to know, yet that is only vanity. In Illusion, it is delusion. For example, you may believe that "he" or "you" are the same old being known as Mr. Smith, yet "Mr. Smith" has now evolved into Brahman. 


Your delusion has not yet evaporated if you conclude that the previous Mr. Smith was simply an illusion and that "non-entity" has now become Reality. The Reality as it is is what is inherently your Being. 

Even in its most modest form, there is no "I" there. "I" is not gone as long as there is even the tiniest sense of needing to safeguard one's body. 

There should be a genuine sense, a real experience, that the entire cosmos is contained inside you. 


"All is He, and I Am He," this is the realization. 


The silk worm constructs its own home, a cocoon, in which it dies. 

You're tying yourself up in the same way. You think of yourself as a physical body. 

This is a form of enslavement in and of itself. Like a silk worm's cocoon, you've transformed yourself. The cocoon is soaked in lukewarm water, the worm is killed, and the silk is extracted. 

You are inherently Brahman if you hold on to the sensation that the entire cosmos, including the Wind and Space it is enclosed in, is your body. There is only one Brahman, and he is the only one. Brahman is someone who understands that there is nothing other. 


The one who has fully discovered Brahman is the one whose desire for sense objects has vanished, whose concept of "I" as separate from everything else has vanished, and whose pride has vanished.


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Siddhis - Spiritual Powers Inherent in the Self



The Eight Greater Spiritual Powers or Siddhis are naturally found in the Self (Atman). 

The fundamental essence of the Self stays veiled as long as an individual (Jiva) is ruled by Illusion (Maya). When spiritual qualities are undervalued, Siddhis become his servants naturally (when one is desireless). 


The Self's eight-fold nature is fundamentally the power's eight-fold nature. 

Pearls are given to those who do not demand them, while those who want things do not receive even the most basic necessities. All eight powers are given to the person who has lost all wishes. 

My Nature is identical to the eight powers. 

These abilities are given to everybody linked.

Desire, rage, greed, pride, envy, and hate are the six energy or passions. 

The human body is designed to experience hunger and thirst. To stay alive, you must consume food and water. The mind's ailments are happiness and sadness. 

If you receive what you desire, you are happy; if you do not, you are sad. 


What the mind perceives as positive is positive, and what it perceives as negative is negative. 


"I" is a notion that has neither a physical place nor a physical shape. 

The notion of "I am Shiva. I am Shiva" (Shivoham) is beneficial. 


There are six Siddhis, or powers, that are particular to the body:

  1. The first power is the ability to be unaware of hunger or thirst. 
  2. Knowing the meaning of Vedanta necessitates true clairaudience, or the ability to hear distant noises, which is the second power. 
  3. The third power is clairvoyance. 
  4. The fourth power is mental dominance. 
  5. The fifth power is the ability to travel anyplace. 
  6. The sixth power is the ability to take on any physical shape. 
  7. The seventh power is the ability to inhabit other people's bodies. It is the same ability to be able to leave one's body or to die according to one's wish. 
  8. The eighth power is the ability to perceive Gods. 
  9. The ninth power is to be successful according to one's wishes, while the tenth power is to have everyone accept your directions. 

All of these abilities are linked to the mind. 


A total of five lesser abilities exist. 

  1. The first step is to understand the past and future. 
  2. The second is to be unaffected by wind and rain. 
  3. The third power is to know what another person is thinking. 
  4. The fourth power is the ability to halt wind and fire, 
  5. While the fifth power is the ability to constantly triumph over others or not be vanquished.



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Renunciation and Desire

 


Is it better to give up one's family or not? 

Even though you go through the motions of daily living, the sum total of your existence is the same. 


What is the use of wearing garlands and applying sandalwood paste (performing spiritual rites) if you are not aware within? 

There must be an internal belief that the world is a deception. 


What good is it to become a renunciate (Sanyasi) if that goal isn't met? 

What is wrong with you if you are completely aware that this illusory reality is untrue and you function in it with detachment? 

That is the most wonderful thing. You can be anywhere, at any moment, and still be unaffected by the outside world. 


Is it true that you can only be a sage if you stay hidden in a chamber or in the woods, and if you leave, you can't be a sage? 

No, this isn't correct. You must be removed from yourself on the inside. Even for those who are willing to do so, illusion is a possibility. 

The five components must be treated with extreme caution, since they will entangle you. 


Do not believe the five elements are harmless. 

They will give you the impression of kindness, but don't be fooled by their appearance and place your faith in them. It's important to remember that they're merely pretending to be docile. 

Even though the field inhabited by the five components and the panorama given by them seem appealing, do not put your faith in it. 

These are deceiving sights. Always keep in mind that they're like ghosts in different disguises. The ghosts are nonetheless ghosts, regardless of their disguise. 


Unlike the ghosts, you are not a phantom. Illusion (Maya) uses many techniques to try to make you forget your True Nature. 

You must maintain vigilance at all times. You may be comfortable, but you are intellectually disengaged. In one's thinking, words, and deeds, one should maintain a condition of "Desirelessness." As a Brahman, live in Brahman. 

"Sir, I have seen you once," a man once stated to a Sage who had discovered Brahman. "Says the Sage," "You wouldn't have been able to see me. I am not who you think I am. I am not who you think I am; I am totally different." 


What would you gain if you quit the material life and withdraw into seclusion? 

It is not necessary for you to do so. Simply alter your mindset or attitude. Don't lose sight of the fact that you are a Brahman. When administering a vaccination, it makes no difference if the patient is tiny or large, skinny or obese; everyone should be immunized. 


It makes no difference how a person looks. 

Both the king and the poor are equal in profound slumber. This is referred to as equanimity. Being in the world is excruciating. 

When you realize that the world is an illusion, you will find joy and fulfillment, even in the midst of its appearance. You've always been and continue to be the "Highest Joy." 

A person who nurtures desire is only a laborer who is continually acting as an employee. The owner is the one who has no desire. Desire does not become desireless unless it is scorned. The Sage Shuka went to the forest only for the aim of reaching Desirelessness, but King Janaka did so while governing over a kingdom. 


I dare claim that if you sincerely want to learn, you can do it wherever. There is a simple solution. It makes no difference where you are. You can have a spiritual life whether you're in a house or in the woods. 

You are not required to flee. Even though he was continuously hounded, the Sage Pralhad could be in the condition of Brahman. 


Take it for granted that if you declare you can't undertake spiritual practice (Sadhana) while living in a family, you're not truly engaged in authentic spiritual practice. 

Whoever who want to be spiritual will do so regardless of where he is.



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Consciousness defined by Speech, Mind, and Action

 


"My Devotee" is someone who recognizes Brahman via speech, thought, and physical body. It is important to follow through on one's promises. Instead than thinking of the body as a body, consider it to be Brahman. 

One feels unified with one's Essential Being by having the sensation that the "All-Pervading God" is within everything, thereby making the mind one with Brahman. 

After that, one automatically obtains all spiritual abilities (Siddhis). There are eighteen abilities in all. There are eight major Siddhis and ten minor Siddhis. 

Eight of them have anything to do with who you are. 


The power of "Entering into the Consciousness of All" is the most subtle. 


In reality, you are already in everyone's hearts. To be invisible means to be unseen within your own Being and to let go of all mental and physical impulses. "The entire Earth is mine," King Bharat declared, "but when I die, I shall belong to the Earth." 

This signifies that one is once again bound by attachments. As a result, it is preferable to give up everything right away. The character of the next birth is determined by the thing in front of the mind at the time of death. 

After death, the desire determines the next step. Do not get engaged in the world, even if you have noble intentions to help others, since you will fall into the trap as soon as you diverge from your own Being. 


Don't lose sight of your actual self. 


Why should you be afraid of your own body's death now, when it will undoubtedly fall one day? The true Saint is one who is free of the world's servitude. Recognize that everything in the world is finite. Allow it to die today rather than tomorrow! It does not appeal to me! Don't be concerned about the five-element world. Only by living in this manner will the eight Siddhis be satisfied with you. 


The nature of your Being's capabilities is eightfold. 


The eight powers are,

(1) the ability to shrink to the size of an atom, 

(2) the ability to grow enormously, 

(3) the ability to be extremely light in weight, 

(4) the ability to obtain whatever is desired, 

(5) the ability to control animate and inanimate objects, 

(6) the ability to wield tremendous strength, 

(7) the ability to enjoy any sense pleasure as desired, and 

(8) the ability to make anyone do as you wish. 


Your current situation is quite trivial. If you remain in harmony with your Being, however, you will get everything as soon as the mind's will emerges. 

"True Devotees" are those who do not depart from their Being. 

As a result, keep your mind, body, and speech in that state.


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The Absolution of Oneness

 



Without duality, there is just "One." Only Oneness exists. There isn't anything else. So, what exactly is this thing we call the world? 

Nothing is more valuable than gold. Our perceptions of many ornamentation or items are erroneous. It makes no difference what the names are. All of the names and forms are made up. There is only one Brahman in the world. 

"To see" refers to appearance, but Brahman pervades all that is seen as worldly objects. When you reach this level of consciousness, the concept of yourself as one entity and me as another vanishes. 

The distinction between "you" and "me" vanishes. 

Consider everyone to be Brahman without studying or differentiating them. Do not retain the belief that "I am a distinct being" when "All is one." 

The Sun shines so brightly that it doesn't require a wash. Do you bathe and sanitize the fire since it came from a "untouchable house? ".

The Self shines indefinitely. It is only pure Self if the sense of "I" does not enter it. The Self stays as wonderfully pure as ever as the notion of "me" fades away. Everyone has the same Consciousness. 

It is the Oneness that pervades everything. 

Although a drop of sea water is basically of the sea's nature, it does not remain distinct from it. The five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space have no death. 

Only desire and the delicate "I," with its traits of thoughts and emotions, are linked to death. 

Only this independent existence is relevant to living and dying. It is only the notion of that individual that isolates itself and calls itself by that label that has died when you claim that a given individual with a specific name is dead. 

The notion of "me" has come to an end in the stage of Realization. 

This stranger, who goes by the names Tom, Dick, or Harry, has mistakenly claimed ownership of the body. "You Are Brahman," then banish him. Carry the mark "I Am Brahman" (Aham brahmasmi) and proceed to the next grand gathering without hesitation. 

When there is just One, everything has worth. 

There is friction and tension as soon as there are two. 

As a result, exist in Oneness, as One, Alone. The true Sadguru's Son is one who entirely abandons the idea of "you" and "me" (Guruputra).


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To Listen, is To Receive



Shuka, Valmiki, and Narada, for example, all attained spiritual enlightenment through Self-Knowledge. Listening to spiritual teachings and meditating on it can help you achieve that high status. It is necessary to practice according to what has been heard. Self-Knowledge is only possible after that. 

Through listening and meditation, only those who are not drawn to the world's things may achieve Self-Knowledge. 

It is not possible to produce a sweet meal merely by explaining it orally. You must first prepare it before you can consume it. Then and only then does one receive the advantage. The goal of self-study is to maintain a state of (being in) union with oneself, or one's True Nature (Swaroopa). No one becomes a sage simply by donning the renunciate's crimson or saffron robes. What you listen to should be accepted by your mind. 

The mind must be receptive to what it hears. 

The mind's focus should be as smooth and consistent as a fine thin trickle of oil flowing from one pot to another. Because you cannot recall what is written, you must read it again and again. Because of this forgetting, you are unable to realize your union with the Self. 

Everyone relies on the wind to construct their homes. They construct castles in the sky. Everything happens in the world because of the "word." The notion of a tall building is first discussed in great detail, and then the structure is constructed. Only by words can someone who is ignorant become wise. 

How can you listen if you can't hear what's being said? 

It's like trying to educate a buffalo to drink water. The entire amount of water is squandered. This is due to the fact that your attention is fixed on items and does not drift away from them. If it frees itself, the work is over, and you have attained Brahman status. 

Your "Being" should be Brahman at all times. 

Each of the five ingredients is delicately blended with the others. 

They contain the Self (Atman), yet it is distant. Although all of the dwellings are made entirely of dirt, their form and owners differ. 

Similarly, despite the fact that humans are numerous, the Inner-Self in all (God) and the Wind are one. However, there is a force that claims to be "I." That element is untrue. It isn't required to be present. You will experience grief if you isolate yourself and grow proud of it. 

The mind is drawn to sense things and identifies with thoughts, thus listening becomes fruitless (subtle objects). 

Because our attention is drawn to sense-objects, gaining "Knowledge of Brahman" (Brahmavidya) is difficult. 

If you enjoy listening to spiritual teachings, it appears that something is lacking if you do not have the opportunity to do so. Consistently good company affects the mind's temperament. 

Day and night, one should be pondering and reflecting on the spiritual teachings they have received. 

Talk about it and listen to it, but putting the wonderful advice you've heard into practice is even more crucial. 

The act of just listening to the lecture is not very significant. It is necessary to have firsthand experience of what is being suggested and to feel connected to it. If one can achieve this, he will have attained all spiritual capabilities (Siddhis). 

What does it mean to be endowed with spiritual abilities? 

This implies that one naturally obtains all of life's pleasures and conveniences. This happens because he has no desire. Everyone insists on receiving something in exchange for whatever they provide. 

Don't be carried away by the yearning for wealth. You must retain desirelessness in order to be of the "Brahman Nature."


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Dissolution - When Knowledge Comes to an End



The existence of the person (Jiva) is determined by its faith. 

Your religion or conviction influences how you perceive things. Recognize that everything is a lie. The entire structure is built of clay. 

The city of Mumbai is entirely constructed of clay. It's all just soil, yet we refer to it as "Mumbai." It's only an idea, the product of someone's mind when they say "Mumbai." It's a chair if you say it's a chair. If you claim it's made of wood, it's made of wood. All of this is just theoretical. If there is a lady, she will have a large family. 

One individual refers to a lady as "wife," while another refers to her as "sister," and still another refers to her as "mother." 

She is, in fact, nothing more than a collection of flesh and bones. What are your thoughts on this? Because one's perception of something influences one's experience of it. According to his imagination and religion, the individual possesses certain attributes. Ravana refers to the pride of being "Me." Everything is, in fact, Brahman. Those who own this abode known as the body should relinquish control. 

There are a lot of emotionally tied body owners. 

They must leave the body-consciousness behind, and only He (Brahman) shall remain. The sense items themselves are the demons. You have become devils because you idolize them. The actual monarch is not Ravana (the realm of the senses). He has only become a king in his thoughts. He seemed to have become king after accepting the information of the outside world as truth. 

If you wish to free yourself from his enslavement, you must abandon the illusory priority of object knowledge. Recognize that all conceptual understanding is erroneous. Ravana, the ego, can only be slain via human birth. Any other species will not be able to kill him. Hundreds of thousands of reincarnations will not be enough for him to survive. 

The fourteen domains where Ravana dominates are made up of the five sense organs and five action organs, as well as the four inner principles of mind (manas), intellect (buddhi), thinking (chitta), and the sense of "I am" or the ego (aham). The demons are sent to the netherworld once gods' dominion is established on Earth (where the objects of the world are forgotten). 

The gods go into hiding for spiritual exercise while demons dominate the Earth (they remain as they are, but seem to be hidden). 

Death vanishes automatically when one is convinced that all that appears is fake. Adopt the mindset that "I'm not one of them. This individual does not exist. Nobody exists." When a person with Brahman Knowledge sits down to eat, everything associated with the meal is Brahman. Brahman is the seat, Brahman is the meal, Brahman is the diner, and Brahman is the one who serves the meal. If he sleeps, he will remember that the bed and even the crib are both Brahman. 

The principle of "All is Brahman" should be practiced. 

Then "knowing," or coming into contact with objects, comes to an end, and the "Kingdom of God" reigns supreme. Everything that is seen is merely Brahman. It's not as if one item is Brahman and another isn't. Everything is Brahman. It's similar to ice, which is water, and water, which is ice: as ice melts, its original shape vanishes, but it's still just water. 

You're getting a better knowledge, yet you're still looking for physical pleasures. Except for this need for sensual pleasures, you have a complete comprehension of everything. You feel you are an individual because you are proud of your body (identify with it) (Jiva). 

You're a Brahman if you're not a Brahman. 

There is one One, who we name God, who is both "manifest" and "formless." You are genuinely just Brahman if you do not make any changes to the form. You become Brahman when you fully comprehend this notion. The Kingdom of God arrives at that point, and the reign of devils ends. The devils vanish. All living and non-living objects are part of the same "Unity." 

The Illusion only survives due of emotional ideas. 

When that illusion vanishes, everything is revealed to be Brahman. Even if he eats, one who eats with the belief that it is Brahman has maintained a fast. Whatever a person like this says is Vedic Truth. It is Brahman while he walks and talks, and it is Samadhi when he sleeps. He's a pure Brahman. 

A king may go wherever he wants and yet be a king. It has no bearing on his authority if he issues commands while suffering from a stomachache. 

He still reigns supreme. Chaitanya, Brahman is the Life-Force. Although he may be in any condition, a "Realized-One," the Jnani, is only Brahman. The one who has realized his True Nature is constantly in the domain of Paramatman, the Supreme Self. The body is nothing more than a spit mill. You can put any nice stuff in there, and it will just turn to shit. 

As a result, the body is nothing more than a shitmaking machine. The amazing marvel is that the same body may be used as an instrument for realizing Brahman. 

The gods received nectar (immortality) from Vishnu, who is the "Inner-Principle," or Consciousness, whereas the devils received wine (the sensuous world). 

We have the ability to drink nectar and become gods, and we also have the ability to drink wine. What should the wise do in this situation? 

They should maintain their gaze fixed on "Godliness," or observe everything and everyone through the lens of Brahman. Water the seedling until it has grown into a large tree. 

When the tree is sturdy and completely developed, there is no need to go through the difficulty of caring for it.


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Spirituality and Objectivity



Be uninterested in things that are objective. 

We are the worst enemies of ourselves. We are the ones that sabotage our own pleasure. You are the originator of your own intellectual understanding. Whatever you undertake will only be accomplished inside the confines of this "World Illusion." 

Desire is a form of slavery, while the lack of desire is a form of Brahman. 

To break free from attachment, meditate on the Self. When we stay in touch with our True Nature, our desire for Illusion items fades. Paramatman, the Supreme Self, has no need for anything. He doesn't need to be kicked. It is your body that is deserving of such treatment. 

This is something you should keep in mind. 

It is necessary to learn to distinguish between the Self (Atman; the seer) and the non-Self (transient appearances). 

You are naturally disinterested in chasing objective things if you are aware that your essence is bliss and that all items are also happiness. After that, your mind says, "I don't want anything." 

You feel embarrassed to want anything from this world, just like a lady will not want a moustache. 

"I am constantly shapeless and exist outside of the three attributes (Gunas). What do I have to do with the world's objects?" 

If you keep this mentality, you will lose your affection for items, just as a priest will not like a prostitute. This is how you should feel about your "True Nature" (Swaroopa).


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Battle of Rama and Ravana





Rama is the Self in the Hindu epic narrative Ramayana (Atman). The story's demon king's name, "Ravana," means "ten mouths," which represents the ten sense organs (5 organs of knowledge; eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin, and the 5 organs of action; hands, feet, mouth, genitals, and anus), and all of the world's objects are demons who make up the demon king's army. 

All of these items are attempting to defeat Rama, the Self. Hanuman, the monkey, represents the mind. Rama's army is "right ideas," while "Peace," or Sita, is his loyal wife. Ravana has kidnapped Sita and is holding her against her will. When the awareness of sense things fades, then the army of Ravana dies and one receives Peace, or Sita. 

All of the numerous sense objects make up the army of Ravana. Ravana wanted to conduct a battle with the power of his army and destroy Rama. 

Rama's brother, Laxman, is the leader of the army of Rama. "Laksh" implies attentiveness, while "mana" implies thought. Meditation should be done with complete concentration of the mind. Laxman is Indrajit's (the ego's) father-in-law, while Lakshaman was Ravana's aide in his previous life. Ravana had granted Indrajit an unique favor, ensuring that he would die solely at the hands of his in-law and not in any other way. Indrajit is the ego's "I." 

The ego, Indrajit, dies when your intellect wishes to obtain "Knowledge of Brahman." When the mind is fixed on Brahman, the ego dies; when the mind is fixed on sense things, one stays a servant of the senses, or Ravana. Ravana has no fear of death. Shiva had given him the ability to die only if he so desired. 

When his whole army was decimated, he pondered to himself, "What is Sita's purpose in being imprisoned here? I shall be set free if I die at Rama's hands. 

I have not imprisoned Sita to save my life; rather, I have imprisoned her in order to achieve liberation. By just yielding to Rama, I shall not be able to govern over my empire. I have no choice except to die." "I aim my arrow at you in order to taunt and irritate you," Ravana stated to Rama. He did so, and he perished as a result. Pride, by example, is Ravana, who will only die of his own volition. 

This is the Jiva, the person. Individuals grow ready to die by listening to Vedanta (non-dual spiritual doctrine). The sensation of "I Am," which is subtle pride, obscures the true essence of the Self. This pride is like Rahu, who has eclipsed everything (Rahu eclipses the Sun in Vedic astrology). In this case, the Sun represents the Self). 

When pride declares, "I am Brahman," it is just referring to the physical body, which has a name. 

The eclipse of the "True Self" is what it's termed. While the body with a name is born, the individual believes that he, the jiva, is the one who is born. You would die when your body died if you were merely your body. You are the observer of the body, not the body itself. The body passes away. You don't have it. With the aid of Hanuman's army, Laxman defeated Ravana's army. 

The mind comes to comprehend that what appears to be true is not genuine through accurate thinking. 

Laxman (properly focusing the mind's attention) realized this, and Ravana's army was decimated. Satya-nash is a Sanskrit term that meaning "to destroy." This means that it does not exist, despite the fact that it looks to be genuine. Thoughts that are correct are like monkeys. The army of Ravana was defeated by Hanuman's (the mind's) monkey army of "good ideas" (the sense objects). 

The "Kingdom of Rama" became conceivable once Ravana perished. 

Sita, the embodiment of peace, returned home. Continue to battle by brandishing the sword of wisdom (spiritual teaching) and reciting Rama's name (meditation). Because of Ravana's dread, all of the gods had fled. Ravana was able to wield absolute power as a result of this. 

The epic Ramayana was composed with the intention of passing on "Spiritual Knowledge." 

In the Kingdom of Rama, there is no wrath or desire; only serenity and pleasure exist. The Kingdom of Rama is the Self. Everything becomes Rama if you grasp it right. If Rama wins, the gods shower him with flowers; if Ravana wins, all the demons begin dancing. The demons are the objects in the world, and the "Self who is God," or Atmaram, is the condition of thought in which there are no objects.


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Renunciation in its True Sense.


Bondage is the attachment to pleasure. All troubles disappear when you say, "I don't need anything." Whoever says, "I want," will not receive anything. "I don't want," he says, and he gets everything. 

The lion is enslaved by its connection to food, and the elephant is enslaved by its devotion to food. This is a deception (Maya). This is referred to as bondage. Because of his devotion to a woman, a guy becomes pitiable. 

He's caught in the web of attraction because he's been yearning for pleasure for days, and it's turned into a need. 

He becomes a slave, as if he is bound, as his infatuation with his attachment grows. Only because desire grows does one become tethered, as if shackled. The relationship is destroyed if that desire is replaced with "Desirelessness." 

This was the nature of Lord Krishna's teaching to Hisdisciple Uddhava. Uddhava then inquired of Krishna as to how one may be absolutely devoid of desire. 

He desired "Pure Desirelessness" to emerge from the Sattva characteristic. 

This detachment is known as "TamasicDesirelessness," and it occurs when someone feels desirous after hearing about the negative impacts of attachment from others. If anything is surrendered in order to achieve Self-Knowledge, the condition of detachment is known as "Rajasic Desirelessness," which is a Rajas characteristic. "Sattvic Desirelessness" occurs when the mind is convinced that all objects are illusory. With genuine " SattvicDesirelessness," the notion of abandoning anything makes one chuckle. 

Where was there ever any bondage to be released from? 

You've rigged yourself up with non-existent ropes. You may claim to have freed yourself from the chains, yet you were just clinging to something that was not even yours. 

What was it that you ever had? What have you thrown away? 

This is what the term "Pure Sattvic Renunciation" refers to. What is there to let go of if there was nothing to let go of in the first place? A rat can boast that he has abandoned the item of food in front of a cat, but his bragging is pointless since the instant he tries to take the food, he will perish. 

Nonetheless, he claims that it is renounced. Attempting to consume it resulted in death. He is still alive because he did not give up. Renunciation is also about not being proud of what you've given up. 

What sacrifice have you made if you perform in accordance with your natural state? 

Who was this "I," and how did this "I" come to be associated with "whom"? 

Who was "my," and what was "my" in the first place? 

It was all a trick of the light. A story is related about a man who once heard that feeding a thousand priests (Brahmins) supper would be a great honor, but he didn't have the money to do it. 

So, in order to get virtue, he offered only one Brahmin 10 rupees and did not organize a banquet for a thousand people. With those ten rupees, he was able to satisfy only one Brahmin. So, since he didn't make the thousand-dinner offering, what kind of sacrifice was this? 

Keep in mind that people who make public pronouncements about their renunciation are only hypocrites. 

Once upon a time, there was a monarch named Bhartruhari who believed he had given up everything. Instead of focusing his thoughts on God, he began to focus on having completed the act of renunciation. True sacrifice does not include such an act of self-sacrifice. 

There should be no pride left in you now that you've given up your pride. A person who claims to have renounced is not a true renunciate.


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Eternal Devotion

 



We know that the Pure Knowledge, manifested in the form of Paramatman, penetrates all forms. After cognitively comprehending the Self, the greatest approach to study and fully realize it is to endeavor to make everyone happy. It is only through this practice that the Self is recognized to pervade everything.

The entire universe is merely "Knowledge." Because everything is the Self, keeping everyone happy makes the Self joyful.

The Truth of the Vedas will be demonstrated and experienced in this manner, and Self-Knowledge will become firmly entrenched.

Worship of Paramatman with Form (Saguna) is evident worship. Brahmananda (Brahman's Bliss) appears in all forms, such as an insect, ant, dog, or pig. Everything is pervaded by the "Supreme Self," Paramatman alone.

The formless, attributeless, and unmanifest Paramatman has manifested with characteristics in the form of the Universe. He is present in things that are inanimate, yet he is definitely felt in all moving beings. Instead of worshipping dead coarse objects such as stone and metal idols, it is preferable to worship the moving, walking, talking God who plainly demonstrates the characteristic of "Knowledge."

 
This is Saguna worship, or visible God worship. What characteristics should a stone idol have?

 

 None of the three attributes, Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas, can be found in inanimate lifeless idols constructed of stone or metal. However, one or more of these attributes can be seen in God's moving manifestations.

As a result, all beings are manifestations of God. When we pray genuinely to the Saints or a decent man who is full of Sattva Guna (Knowledge and a propensity toward spiritual awareness), he is delighted and gives us our wants. However, if we criticise his Tamo Guna, he smacks us across the face and gives us a jolt.


As a result, worship the God who is both walking and talking. A stone is useless for learning knowledge.

 

This warning was sent by Saint Kabir in no uncertain terms. He recommended everyone to worship only a walking, talking God. When the term "worship" is used, images of sandalwood paste, incense, flowers, kumkum, and other things of worship flash through one's head.

However, really worshipping God entails pleasing and making every being happy.

Although Paramatman is "One" and exists everywhere, devotees' techniques of devotion vary depending on their training and how they see Him. A donkey has God in it as well, yet folding your hands in reverence before it would be like a prank or prank done on Paramatman. Is it satisfied if you fold your hands in front of him?

If not, then, according to what has been written above regarding worship, worship that is pleasant to another form of God would not be the donkey's acceptable worship. It would be suitable worship to God in the shape of the donkey if it were given green grass and clean water to drink.

Worshiping the God who has taken on human form, on the other hand, entails pleasing him in a way that is pleasant to him. This is how Paramatman should be worshipped.

 

Giving someone anything he wants makes his heart happy, and he feels blessed.


The snake and scorpion are also manifestations of God (Narayana), but worshipping them entails bowing to them from afar. That is, people should be left alone to live their own lives. Instead, if you begin hugging them out of devotion, the serpent God will sting you and show you that hugging him is not worshipping him.

Someone may express skepticism in this situation "Allowing the snake and scorpion to leave alive may imply that you adore them. Those beings are evil and must be eliminated." I would tell them that snakes and scorpions do not bite unless they are handled or harmed. Man, on the other hand, is always ready to kill them, even if they are a long distance away. Isn't man's nature more evil than that of a serpent or a scorpion?

Yes, since man has the impulse to murder them unnecessarily.

Allow the thought "The snake and scorpion are of my own nature" to take hold, and then witness the miracle that occurs. A snake's or scorpion's "Self" is not made of stone.

When you have a strong awareness that your Self is the same as the Self in a snake or a scorpion, you will recognize that the Self of the snake is actually one with your own Self, and the snake or scorpion will have no desire to bite you.

If a snake is seen as a serpent, an embodied man is seen as an adversary. In the mirror, you will see the same look that you have on your face. Is it the fault of the mirror if you detect a nasty expression in your reflection?


You do not need to command the mirror to produce a smiling face if you make a smiling face and glance in the mirror.


Why did the criminal break into our home? It's because we have a constant drive to plunder people in many ways and fill our homes. As we cultivate the emotion of full renunciation, it will be mirrored in whatever comes before us. Even if you refuse to ask for anything, others are willing to give you everything they have. The person who begs for it, on the other hand, does not receive it.

A reader may become perplexed as a result of this conversation and say, "Maharaj, your method of thinking does not appear to be correct. We can never let a serpent alone after seeing it, or accept as God the one who pickpockets a bag of money and do nothing." Yes, indeed! I would agree a hundred times over! Oh, aspirant, this is not conceivable because to the propensity of having many, many babies. This kind of adoration cannot be done all at once.

However, a start may be made in tiny ways, such as with little bugs in the house rather than scorpions and snakes. One should learn the "Oneness of All" from small actions such as not killing the bugs in the house. Discover the "Oneness of the Self" in everything and everyone, and see what a magnificent experience you will have.


You will eventually develop a sense of Oneness in all creatures, even those who are more annoying than bugs, and your "Self-Confidence" and "Self-Experience" will grow. 


This indicates that one should not act on the emotion "Bugs should not be destroyed; they should be left alone," but rather, "They are of my own nature, and they are my own forms."

My pleasure is dependent on their pleasure." A woman feels satisfaction by delighting her infant when it suckles at her breast. With the same mentality, one should feel satisfied by letting the bugs to drain the blood from one's own body. This concept may be difficult to accept, yet it is the starting point, or first lesson, in experiencing Oneness with all beings. 

Gradually and consistently learning this, the earth will be free of enemies, and you will be brave. You will be fearless as a result of this. When a seeker is rid of all doubts and attains "The Knowledge of the Self," he is liberated. Despite this, he is unable to enjoy the "Full Glory of Real Liberation."

For example, acquiring riches is one thing, but enjoying the status that comes with it is quite another. Similarly, until the Jnani experiences "The Oneness with All," his Self-Knowledge does not develop or spread. He is parsimonious with his money, and he cannot obtain the "Complete Bliss of Liberation" while he is still alive. 

Even if one obtains Self-Knowledge, fearlessness will not come his way till he feels a sense of "Oneness with All." Fearlessness is "Complete Bliss." 

Fear is a symptom of dualism. Fear is a significant hindrance to the Bliss that arises through Liberation. 

After obtaining Self-Knowledge, the aspirant should worship Paramatman with absolute and doubtless devotion.


Dry Self-Knowledge will be wet with Devotion in this way.


Much as a jalebi, a type of sweet that has been fried in ghee, becomes juicy and delicious only after it has been cooked and then placed in syrup.

Similarly, the Jnani obtains "Fullness of Life" by "Devotion after Self-Knowledge." In the game "Surfati," a player slides from the lower to the upper house and then carries whatever he acquires from the other houses back home.

The game is only over when it happens. By receiving knowledge all the way from the Gross to the Great-Causal Body, the gift of SelfKnowledge must be returned to the lower body in the same way. 


The factual experience of "the world being nothing but Knowledge" is Knowledge becoming the "Final Reality" (Vijnana).


We wander around night and day with the sensation that there is someone else in the world who is not "I," and that we should safeguard our woman, our fortune, and our stuff from the grasp of someone else. As a result of our possessiveness and ownership, we transform into a "Gasti" or watchman.

However, when one achieves a sense of "Oneness with Everyone," and the sense that "I am present everywhere, I pervade everything," On that day, the "Gasti" is transformed into "Agasti," the sage who swallowed the ocean in one gulp. 

This ocean, which represents the five components that comprise the entire cosmos, may not even be large enough for a single sip. This is how a devotee who understands the Self becomes fearless in the body and enjoys the "Full Celebration" of what is known as "Liberation."


 

The culmination of all Knowledge of the Great-Causal Body takes fruit in viewing the entire world as oneself.

 

Despite this, Saint Ramdas still refers to Knowledge of the Great-Causal Body as unstable Brahman as contrasted to Paramatman. Paramatman is consistent. It is not the same as the "Manifest Brahman" (Saguna Brahman) or the "Invisible Brahman" (Nirguna Brahman) linked with the four bodies, and hence it is "No-Knowledge."

Finally, the Vedas said, "Neti, Neti," which means "not this, not this." "Not this" denotes that it is neither Knowledge nor Ignorance. The "Only Truth," the "Essence," is unmoving Paramatman. Nothing else is correct. In Dasbodh, Saint Samartha Ramdas elaborates on this point quite well. What is causing this Knowledge to be shaky? Because it has a variety of names and qualities associated with the masculine, feminine, and neuter genders.

It is known as Satchitananda, Ishwara, Omkara, Shesha, Narayana, the Primordial Being, and Shiva, among other names. These are some examples of male names. Some of the feminine names include Shakti, Prakriti, Shruti, Shambhavi, Chitkakla, Narayani, and so on. It is known as Nija Rupam (one's own nature), the Great-Causal Body, Pure Knowledge, Brahman, the Empire of Bliss (Anandayatnam), and other neuter gender titles.

This "Self-Knowledge" has come to be recognised as these neuter gender names. The Steady, the Immovable, the Essence, the "Real Brahman," is the One who is not any of these.

The tremendous quality of the Knowledge of the Great-Causal Body is considerably greater in comparison to the Knowledge of the Gross Body, and it may be gathered via the process of elimination, and after being inferred, it may be blended with it once again (as it is all-permeating).

However, it cannot be construed that the aspirant has reached the Parabrahman stage by mastering the process of elimination and deliberately pervading all. Parabrahman is "That," from which no one may ever return.

Although knowledge has been branded as "Knowledge," Brahman has no name. There is a combination of activity or changes in the form of the world in the Knowledge of "I Am." Knowledge undergoes transformation as the mind, known as "chitta," experiences this transformation. Changes (modifications) are a state or stage. All adjustments do not apply to Parabrahman.


As a result, there is as much difference between "Self-Knowledge" or "I Am" (Jnana) and the Absolute (Vijnana; Parabrahman) as there is between darkness and light. "Where the stable and the unstable collide, the mind becomes confused," says Shri Samartha Ramdas.


The last misunderstanding, according to this assertion, occurs here. (Contact between the steady and the unstable implies the presence of a subtle dualism that is still there.)

"Forgetfulness" is misinterpreted as Knowledge before the Knowledge ("I Am") dawns. Similarly, when Jnana, or Knowledge, is underdeveloped, it is misinterpreted as Vijnana, which is the last step of Parabrahman's "absence of modifications."

When an aspirant confuses Self-Knowledge, or "I Am" (Jnana), with Vijnana, his progress is halted.

Samartha Ramdas likened this form of immature Jnani to a man who wakes up in a dream and believes he is awake. Despite this, he continues to snore! "You think this is awake, yet your illusion has not vanished," Shri Samartha warns this sort of Jnani.

In Vijnana, the Great-Causal Body, or Turya stage, in which the Gross and Subtle Bodies are like dreams, is itself a dream.


Ignorance is a bind, and Knowledge is a freedom, but how can bondage or freedom exist if both Ignorance and Knowledge are absent?


The Vedas and texts go on and on about the Great-Causal Body. It is the basic premise, or the hypothesis, till then.

Beyond the Great-Causal Body, in the sphere of Knowledge, is the verified ultimate conclusion, or Siddhanta, and the cancellation of all that has been put down.

When all manifestations have been eliminated or obliterated, all is left is your "Real Nature." It's tough to put into words. You will witness for yourself how you reach that maximum point when "the knowledge of words" proves to be Ignorance, Consciousness becomes non-Consciousness, and all treatments advised by the scriptures prove to be hindrances.

The Guru led you to the threshold and pushed you inside, but he cannot show you the beauty or the view within. You must capture the wealth, the trophy, on your own. After all of this has been stated, there is nothing further that can be said in words. Words were employed to convey whatever needed to be said. What cannot be expressed in words has now been committed to you.

We can only encourage you to be an aspirant; you must become a Siddha on your own. 


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Reality Stops when the Perceiver Ceases to be



It is to sense that "All is Brahman" when one sees with insight. You've already heard it, but it's not meant to be just heard. It's supposed to be experienced. 


All entities are fundamentally of Brahman's essence. 


If you start studying others, you will become one of the analyzed, a different creature, and you will be bound. Because you are thinking about a thief when you think of another person as a thief, the content of your thoughts is "thief." When you talk about worldly things, you treat everything as if it were real, and you act and react appropriately. 

When you listen to or understand spiritual lessons, however, you seldom hold them in your mind as genuine. Maintain the mindset that,


"All is Brahman," and behave in accordance with that belief. Simply stating, "I've heard that," will not keep it dormant in your life. 


Try it out in your life to see whether it's true! If you consider everything to be only paramatman, you will become God (Shiva), but if you consider everything to be simply the phenomenal mundane world, you will remain a person (Jiva). The world looks in many ways depending on how you look at it. If you consider it in terms of Brahman in numerous forms, you will find just Brahman. If you do this, the "me" fever, or ego pride, will dissipate. 


  • For instance, if there is a wife, there is a husband; but, if there is no wife, who can be the husband?
  • There is a seer because there is the seen. How can the seer exist if there is nothing visible to see? 
  • There is only Brahman if you dismiss the visible, and what can the mind conceive about if all of your possessions are destroyed? 


Only Brahman remains when the notion of "I" is submerged or drowned. Pure Brahman is characterised by the absence of "Me" or "I" in that stage. Everything is merely Brahman. Mr. "So-and-so" is not Brahman, but what you see objectively as a person by some name or label. 


  • What good is it to go to hallowed pilgrimage sites like Varanasi or somewhere else if you haven't discovered who you are? 
  • What good is it to talk about Brahman like a parrot if there isn't an internal awakening to one's spiritual nature? 

Get rid of the poison that has been affecting your thoughts. What you do continuously over and over again gives you greater experience. 


  1. Everyone has a tendency of talking about their senses. Drop the habit and talk about Brahman's insight instead. You become Brahman in this way by thinking on "That" all the time. 
  2. Spend your time talking about Spiritual Knowledge. When you converse about sensory items repeatedly, you become more worldly. 

Self-Realization aspirants should surround themselves with family and friends who are interested in these topics. 

Do not squander your time conversing with people. Having devoted relatives is an unusual occurrence. 


What good are all worldly activities if you don't know who you are? 


Because the guidance offered by Saints, who are our "actual family," is a discourse in Oneness, it is immediately applicable to daily life.

 Our genuine relative is the Master who gives us "The Path of Liberation." Like tightening the strings of a Veena, one should tune oneself (an Indian musical instrument). 


The sound of the instrument will be resonant if it is properly tuned. 

That is the type of relationship you should have with the Master. The person who helps himself is genuinely fortunate.


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