Showing posts with label Self Realization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self Realization. Show all posts

The Human Condition And The Human Predicament



How can those of us who contribute to the destruction of creation come to terms with humanity's predicament? 

We need to address it by harnessing greed for the greater good. 


I see us free, therefore, to return to some of the most sure and certain principles of religion and traditional virtue —

  • Avarice is a vice.
  • The extraction of usury is a misdemeanor, and the love of money is abhorrent.
  • Those who walk most faithfully in the path are those who are most true to themselves. 


We'll choose the good above the useful once again. 


We will honor those who can teach us how to virtuously and well pick the hour and the day, the pleasant individuals who are capable of enjoying direct pleasure in things, the lilies of the field who neither toil nor spin. 


However, use caution! I warned you, all of this isn't yet the right moment. 


  • We must lie to ourselves and everyone else for at least another hundred years that fair is foul and foul is fair, since foul is useful and fair is not. 
  • For a little while longer, avarice, usury, and prudence must be our gods. For only they can lead us out of the tunnel of economic necessity into daylight. And perhaps never. 


Market arrangements not only minimize the need for coercion as a means of social organization, they also reduce the need for compassion, patriotism, brotherly love, and cultural solidarity as motivating forces behind social improvement. 


“Behold the lilies of the field,” Jesus is said to have said (Matthew :), but this is not the same as “Look at those lilies!” “Behold” is a delicate term that implies that things have their own wonderful authenticity and integrity. 


  • To behold is to stand among things with a respect for life that does not wear an arrogant cap as it walks through the realm of the non-self. 
  • That's correct, a rhetorical acknowledgment of a basic ecological concept of man, whose father is God but whose brother is the whole of Creation. 


We need to call into question the idea that man is the center of the universe is so apart from the rest of God's creation that he may treat it with Olympian arrogance, as if it had no inherent selfhood. 

The newest expression of humanity's dilemma is the arrogation of the biospheric economy by a monetary system founded on self-interest. 


Religion as an evolving primitive proto-science can become more whole, relevant and worthy only with an increase in Truth born in Knowledge and the Human Understanding of it. 


  • Religions combat self-interested arrogance by fostering awe for life in all of its wonderful beauty and integrity. 
  • Religions may also help people deal with their problems. 
  • There are religious answers to the issue of society going down a road we don't want to go down—one that leads to the destruction of creation and the environment. 
  • These answers have the potential to mend the rifts that exist between science, ethics, and practice. 

To lead human civilization along the road of personal and biospheric purity. 

  • Scientists who are bold enough to describe things as they are; 
  • Journalists, writers, editors, and publishers who are bold enough to describe the human predicament as it is revealed in the present; 
  • Ethicists who are forthright enough to engage in pursuit of what ought to be; 
  • Builders, engineers, economists, designers, planners, and managers who are disciplined enough to confine their work within the limits of what ought to be the natural reality we strive for in creation.


In response to the cosmic demand made to us, 


  • By the way things are, 
  • By the nature of nature, 
  • And by God, a self governing omnipresent intelligence, who orders creation and holds all things together with integrity, religion in its entirety. 


When existence is known rather than merely perceived as the binding together of science, ethics, and praxis, can thus nurture the passion both to live right and to spread right living in response to the cosmic demand made to us by the way things are. 


Only when Religion and Science meet nearer their true entirety can we nurture the passion necessary to resolve the Human Predicament in this reality we inhabit.


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Sweet Shop Of The Spirit

 


The ability to inquire as to why? may be a beautiful feeling of liberation. 


It's like to letting a tiny child wild at a candy store, but there are clear consequences. 

Overindulgence at the sweet counter may make us feel really unwell, and being spoiled for spiritual options can have its own set of risks. 

The query "why?" may not yield the results you desire, so where do you go from there? 

You can be perplexed by competing moral or ethical norms. 

For example, numerous celebrities who profess to follow Buddhism are homosexuals; the Dalai Lama has said explicitly that homosexuality is incompatible with Buddhist practice. 


Many of these issues arise from the hundreds of mind, body, and spirit books now on the market that are solely focused on spiritual approaches. 


The seeker approaches the instructor with a working grasp of the language but little understanding of the truth of the faith they claim to be studying. 

Many people approach with a checklist that informs them how much dedication they can get away with. 

This is one of the reasons why many neo-pagan faiths appeal to spiritual nomads: there seems to be few regulations in the public realm to clog up the process. 


When people are not taught what they want to hear, or when reality does not match the newest New Age book, they will seek for something more approachable. 


For example, you may buy a dozen books about tantric sex with the most vivid graphics, but few (if any) would explain why comprehending what is perhaps India's oldest religion is so important. 

Neopaganism is more closely related to Christianity and the 1960s flower child movement than it is to the indigenous traditions from which it claims descent. 

Mel, an esoteric guru, says, "People will always tell you what they anticipate from a spiritual path." 

After reading a few books and deciding this is what they want, many are taken aback when they discover entrance isn't handed to them on a silver platter. 


Before becoming a chief in most real esoteric systems, you must study for three to seven years. 

After all, you wouldn't expect to convert to the Jewish faith without much study, so why do people believe that any other road or tradition will be any easier?'


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The Holistic Truth



Everyone notable is espousing the merits of a newly chosen holistic approach to life, health, and beauty that promotes inner and outward harmony. 


Most, one assumes, are simply hopping on the PR bandwagon in order to appear more fascinating, "spiritual," and wealthy! 

As previously said, nothing prevents anybody from incorporating the insights or practices of other traditions as long as they are done in a way that does not diminish the spiritual worth or compromise religious/spiritual purity. 


However, whenever substantial expenses are associated with spiritual activity, we must maintain a significant degree of skepticism. Is it possible for such actions to make individuals more spiritual?


In a nutshell, the answer is no. 

To begin, we must recognize that studying these techniques is not immoral, but that they are just self-centered physical exercises. 

They aren't spiritual or religious in any way. Most are offshoots of many Eastern forms of mysticism, and if they lead to a healthier, calmer outlook, they should not be dismissed. 


However, no matter how many Qabalah parties we attend, we will not be able to develop the spiritual half of our nature unless we engage in long-term mental training and discipline. 


We know how to do a simple chakra exercise, meditation, aromatherapy, and relaxation methods, but they are just a small portion of the discipline necessary to discover our spiritual nature. 

We could even realize that we have a special skill for one of them, which motivates us to help others, but without the private, inner discipline and dedication, we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking it's part of our spiritual search. 


Be truthful to yourself and write down your responses in your journal: 


What do you hope to get out of any changes? 

What do you believe the outcome of your adventure will be? 

Why do you feel compelled to make a change? 

When did you make the decision to change things? 

What strategy will you use to complete your mission? 


Our holistic approach to assisting you on your path ensures that you do not seek to construct a spiritual illusion on shaky ground. 

You'll be wallpapering over the cracks until you know why you need to look into different options in the first place. 

All of the questions we've asked and the answers you've given should have provided a clear picture of the underlying issues that are causing your discontent with your current situation. It's time to start distinguishing between spiritual hunger and religious commitment.


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The Goats From The Sheep? Mammal...



Although spiritual counseling or teaching from a friendly priest or mentor may be extremely valuable, it is an unavoidable truth that all faiths have bad priests. 

If you and your priest are at odds because you or a member of your family have broken the rules, you must honestly assess whether the fault lies with the priest or with yourself. 

It doesn't make him a terrible or terrible priest just because he won't give in to your begs or pleadings. If, on the other hand, he dismisses your request without explanation or discussion, you are free to take your ‘custom' elsewhere. 

After all, the clergy is just human, and the ego may inflate a person's feeling of self-importance to absurd levels. 

A local wedding was on the verge of being canceled when the female vicar objected to the bride's desire that the words "to obey" remain in the wedding ritual. 

After several weeks of heated fighting, the vicar eventually conceded defeat and went about his business. Bullying and blackmail are frequently associated with the fabric. 

In other words, refusing to accept theology without explanation is considered a sin, and the sinner faces expulsion from the church. 

The worst documented incidents frequently stem from monotheistic fundamentalists who oppose any sort of democracy, religious tolerance, free speech, or separation of church and state. 

Fundamentalism, on the other hand, is not limited to the ‘big three' (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam); it may even be found in the more passive Eastern faiths of Buddhism and Hinduism. 

Members of the group are barred from mixing with ‘outsiders,' whom they see as inferior and/or dirty. In this case, anyone seeking to quit the group will be more afraid of the priesthood than of God's wrath.


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The Soul's Mirror



A priest serves as a communal conscience. 

If one is required. They remind us that if our contracts with our deities are to be honored and preserved, we have specific duties as individuals and as a collective of whatever size. 

Should we wander too far from recognizing that our souls are assessed by our finest achievements rather than the depths to which we may go in our specific tradition? 

A priest might remind us that it is the purpose for an action – not the deed itself – that our souls are evaluated against. 

A "good" action, for example, might be carried out for the wrong motives - selfishness, manipulation, and so on. 

A priest or priestess is essentially a servant of the god to whom they are sworn. This implies that what is communicated to members of that faith or tradition may not always be popular — we all resent constraints, especially if they serve as a reminder that we are not up to par. 

We should try to listen to the message rather than shooting the messenger merely because we don't agree with what they're saying. 

If we are unwilling to listen to a religious priest, it may be a good idea to consider why we are shutting our ears and thoughts to them; perhaps our own hubris tells us that we know more about our lives than they do. 

However, like a mirror, they may be able to see something that we cannot. We don't smash a mirror just because it reveals our grey hairs! We either learn to live with them, color them, or remove them - in other words, we deal with the problem, good or bad. 

The priesthood is also the servant of people for whom they assume responsibility - whether it be a parish, a coven, a grove, or a hearth. 

They are, however, simply servants of that organization as long as it keeps its end of the contract with the deity it purports to worship. 

This isn't something that can be negotiated. 


Why should the priest reject their God's desires in order to pander to the contract defaulter if the god has indicated a preference for a specific form of behavior and that wish is continuously and purposefully ignored? 

So, what is the priesthood's function? 


In short, a priest serves as a mirror to the soul, as a facilitator and conductor of particular rites of passage, and as a piton in climbing, ensuring that any fall is limited to the distance between the piton and the ground. arating as a rib prod to remind us to speak out and ask for an explanation, or a tap on the skull to remind us to think for ourselves. 

While we are concerned with physical and material issues, as a mentor and (in the Celtic language, anam chara), a soul-friend. Or, to put it another way, a help-meet. We all need a sounding board now and then, but none more so than when we're going through a spiritual crisis. 


Is there somebody you can talk to about spiritual matters? 

Is it tough for you to talk about your spirituality? 

Do you feel vulnerable and alone due to a lack of personal support? 


Doubts and periodic lapses of faith are more widespread than the priests would like to acknowledge, as we've already covered. 

For fear of the doubts spreading to the rest of the flock, the wandering lamb is frequently sent out, and the 'doubting Thomas' is made to feel as if they've performed some terrible act of faith. 

In actuality, Thomas was the sole disciple who wanted proof rather than accepting Jesus' return on the basis of faith.


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Soul Studies And Guides




People have come to assume that the priesthood is nothing more than a self-proclaimed channel via which they are supposed to speak with deity through time. 

It's also true that several priests from numerous global faiths and traditions have advocated for this position. They've done very little to dispel myths and even less to inspire people to explore their spirituality inside the faith. 

At the absolute least, a ‘good' priest or priestess - one who is skilled in their duty – is a sheet of paper on which we sketch down how we wish to approach our deity. 

This isn't to say that the priesthood makes decisions for us or tells us what we can and can't do. Rather, they provide a mirror or sounding board for us to view our own mental processes and behavior via their talents and questions. We know what we're attempting to express as people, yet what we say may not be what others hear. 

A priest should be a "debating or study companion," or if you choose, a "co-counsellor." 

They and we are both studying and investigating the subject of'soul studies,' and though they may express their knowledge of the issue at that time (based on their own and second-hand knowledge of other people's experiences), it is not within their capacity to provide an answer. 


There isn't always a single, constant response to a question. 

We can only give each other "an" answer at most, which may be enough till we can go deeper into the spiritual worlds. A skilled priest will not avoid difficult questions with clichés like "It's God's will," "You don't need to question, just believe," or any of the other evasions. 

If they do, it shows that they are spiritually immature. 

A good priest will acknowledge to their own ignorance, doubts, and even loss of faith — as well as how they re-found it. 

Failures, not achievements, the tools we used to find our path, the mistakes we made, and what we gained from them are the most significant gifts we can give to each other.


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The Start Of Anything New



Do you recall how, as a youngster, you used to drive your parents crazy by constantly asking why? 


To adopt a Joblike mentality, we must quietly take all that life (or our gods) throws at us. 


Instead of asking God the "grail inquiry," 

"What does this mean?" 


Job sat mute and dumb, learning nothing until even Jehovah lost his cool and gave up. 

In Arthurian tales, the equivalent is apparent when the dumb knight fails to ask the why? inquiry. 


The actual meaning of sangraal, or the hunt for the grail, is the pursuit of knowledge. 


Those who embark on this trip are each searching for their own personal "holy grail," which will lead them to their spiritual destiny. 


Whatever road we take, we must have some type of guidance, which commonly comes in the shape of a priest/ess or guru on a spiritual level. 


Some people will believe they can handle it all on their own and that they don't need somebody to arbitrate between them and God. 

Of course, you don't need anyone – but how can anybody investigate a religious path or tradition if they aren't sure what it comprises or how long it will take? 


This is the kind of knowledge that cannot be discovered in books, particularly those that praise the benefits of dealing with angels and nature spirits. 

One student grew more irritated as he sensed a lack of tolerance for New Ageism, especially in the publishing industry. As he correctly pointed out, there is an exotic, watered-down, popularist version of every new "fad" that appears, bombarding the novice with a high proportion of shallow and erroneous information. 

Many of the books do include suggested reading lists and bibliographies that a serious reader may delve into further to have a better grasp of the subject, but in fact, few people care to do so. 


The result is that people with only a rudimentary grasp of esoteric tactics form groups, publish magazines, create books that are plagiarized from others on the shelves, and generally attract media attention. 

Because everyone was pursuing the same objective, our student believed that there should be a balance and harmony between traditionalists and New Agers. 

He can't wrap his brain around the idea that many traditionalists studied for at least seven years to achieve their positions, but many New Age adherents have simply read a professionally produced book. 


Consider how much time and effort you're willing to put into your quest: would you prefer to study entirely through books? 

Would you consider a priest's or a priestess' involvement to constitute interfering? Do you prefer one-on-one instruction? 



Since we grow familiar with the "jargon," sound book learning is always a good foundation on which to build, but it seldom substitutes for the genuine cut and thrust of an active spiritual journey.

In esoteric circles, there's an ancient proverb that says we'll find our next teacher when we're ready to absorb the wisdom they're prepared to give us. 


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Freedom Of Mind And Spirit.



An individual must strike a balance between ethics and morality. 


Morals are the expectations we have for each other as a social community. 

Ethics refers to what we tolerate in ourselves and/or each other as persons. 

There might be a significant difference in either way, since one person's ethics may be more strict than the morals of that community - or vice versa. 

Many faiths, both ancient and modern, have been used to control large groups of people, particularly when communication and access to outside influences are restricted. 


People in most societies are now considerably more willing (and legally competent) to change their religion, just like they would their car's transmission if it broke down. 


As a result, several religious organizations have had to reconsider how they communicate with and interact to their followers. 

They can no longer impose one set of ideas on a whole society without provoking negative reactions. 

If individuals cannot find the peace that their souls, minds, and bodies yearn for inside their own ‘family' religion, they will, no matter how painfully, abandon their faith and seek it elsewhere. 

People will seek for faiths, sects, and cults that pretend to accept them as they are now for that "feel good religiosity." 

They will frequently seek faiths that do not evaluate them as persons, but rather as humans with issues. 


The focus has shifted from: 


'I am a sinner seeking to achieve perfection' – implication: 'I'll never get there – it's impossible' 

to: 

'I am a perfect soul plagued by sin' – implication: 'I was there – I am now "fallen" – I can return'. 



Those who have been banned or banned from religious community will undoubtedly find this new method appealing. 

Those on a spiritual path should now be able to look at these difficulties through the lens of mental and spiritual liberation. 

Because we are no longer cognitively constrained by dogma, we can see that the priesthood does not need to offer a hotline to our chosen deity. 



Do you feel at odds with your own faith's teachings at this point in your spiritual journey? 

Interested in something less dogmatic and more personal?

That you'd want to learn more about inside your own religion? 



Exploring Spirituality isn't about switching to anything new. 


It's about reconnecting with the old whenever feasible and learning more about the mysterious forces that make you rethink whatever you think isn't meeting your spiritual needs. 

No one should judge you if you desire to pursue your faith on a deeper intellectual or spiritual level than the weekly service provides.


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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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