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h.w.l. poonja | freedom now | remembering | meeting ramana | who is aware of consciousness? | who are you? | words | no practice | final abode | lion's roar
eternal rest | peace is always everywhere | plunge into eternity | i am eternal self | summa iru | wisdom | here and now in lucknow | reject everything
ma anandamayi | words | old tcheng | sayings | siddharameshwar maharaj | beyond nothing | perfection of material science | master key | non-action | self
nisargadatta maharaj | words | a great maharashtrian jnani | self-knowledge and self-realisation | meet the sage | detachment | awareness | who am I?
life | "i am" | all is a dream | guru and disciple | ranjit maharaj | meeting siddharameshwar | everything is nothing | forget everything | death is not true
real and unreal | u.g. krishnamurti | natural state | words | remembering | no separation | nothing to understand | chief joseph | way of the warrior
advaita | vedanta | devikalottara | supreme wisdom | atma sakshatkar | direct awareness of the self | vichara mani mala | jewel garland of enquiry
avadhuta gita | ever-free | ashtavakra gita | purest expression of truth | ribhu gita | heart | wisdom | bhagavad gita | essence | the song celestial
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seng tsan | faith mind | gaudapada | mandukya karika | katha upanishad | death as teacher | yoga vasistha | dispassion | seeker's behaviour | essence
ramakant maharaj | reality has nothing to do with words | lama guendune rinpoché | free and easy | ellam ondre | all is one | william samuel | now



Let there be peace and love among all beings of the universe. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

" It is through the search after Truth that man can elevate himself.
This he should regard in the light of a duty.

LL  this, which is His creation, is under His dispensation, in His presence and is He. In whatever state He keeps anyone at any time it is all for the good, for verily everything is ordained by Him, is of Him.

2. For a Self-realised being, neither the world with its pairs of opposites exists, nor does the body. If there is no world, there can obviously be no body either.

3. Who says that the body exists? There is no question at all of name and form. To wonder whether a realised being sees anything outside of himself, is also beside the point. Who is there to whom he can say, "Give to my body"! Yet this state of wanting is precisely the reason for one's belief in the reality of the body. Therefore, since there is no world and no body, there can be no action either; this stands to reason. To make it quite clear: after Self-realisation there is no body, no world, and no action – not even the faintest possibility of these – nor is there such an idea as "there is not". To use words is exactly the same as not to speak; to keep silent or not, is identical. All is That alone.

4. Now you should understand that one who loves God is but out to destroy identification with the body. When this has come about, there is destruction of delusion, of bondage, in other words, of desire, of not-Self. Your dwelling place at present, is where the self manifests as not-Self; when that is destroyed, it is only destruction that is destroyed.

5. Ask yourself, "Why do I find pleasure in the fleeting things of this world?" If you crave for some outer thing or feel very attracted to a person, you should pause and say to yourself, "Look out, you are being fascinated by the glamour of this!" Is there a place where God is not?

6. You should try to arrive at the understanding that everything originates from Him. Whatever power, whatever skill you possess, from where does it all arise? And does it not all have for purpose the finding of Him, the destroying of the veil of ignorance?

7. Relative happiness, which is happiness depending on anything, must end in grief. It is man's duty to meditate on God, Who is peace itself. Without having recourse to that which aids the remembrance of God there can be no peace . Have you not seen what life in this world is? The one to be loved is God. In Him is everything and Him you must try to find.

8. To long for the cessation of want is your very nature, and to explore and penetrate to the root of whatever you perceive. When you buy clothes you choose durable material, which will not wear quickly; even this is an indication of your innate tendency to seek the Everlasting. It is your nature to crave the revelation of That which is, for the Eternal, for Truth, for limitless knowledge. This is why you do not feel satisfied with the evanescent, the untrue, with ignorance and limitation. your true nature is to yearn for the revelation of what you are.

9. Verily, abounding sorrow is the essential characteristic of life in this world. Fix your mind on God.

10. The sovereign and universal remedy is the contemplation of the One. To think only of Him and to serve Him at all times is essential for every human being.

At all times, endeavour to sustain the contemplation of God and the flow of His name. By virtue of His name all disease becomes ease.

What obstruct one on the spiritual path bears within itself seeds of future suffering. Yet the heartache, the anguish over the effect of these obstructions, are the beginning of an awakening to consciousness.

13. If anything is to be had – whatsoever, in whatever way – it must be had of Him alone.

Man must go out in search of That which is concealed behind the world. He should choose an abode that will make it easy for him to proceed to his true home.

15. Days glide on; already you have let so many go by; anchored in patience endeavour to pass the few remaining.

16. Every moment belongs to God. Endeavour to keep your mind dedicated to his feet. God, the Ocean of Mercy, who ever blesses the world, pours out His Grace at all times. It is incumbent on man to consider everything that happens to be for the best: "For the best" denoting what is most helpful towards the realisation of the Divine, the realisation of the fullness of bliss.

17. The ceaseless, never-ending current of divine mercy and compassion ever flows forth. In that current one should bathe.

18. Who are the truly wealthy? Those who are possessed of the Supreme Treasure, they alone are really rich and live in abundance. Poor and destitute must be called the man in whose heart the remembrance of God abides not. To depend solely on Him is man's one and only duty.

19. Let His name be ever with you; imperceptibly, relentlessly time is creeping away.

20. Without the repetition of the name and the remembrance of God, there is no hope of peace on earth. Let duty come first and foremost.

21. You must try to discover that state where problems are no longer settled in any particular way. In the course of your life you have after careful consideration come to a decision on many questions, have you not? But now you will have to realise that no solution is ever conclusive; in other words, you will have to go beyond the level where there is certainty and uncertainty. The resolution of a problem arrived at by the mind must of necessity be from a particular point of view; consequently there will he room for contradiction, since your solution represents but one aspect. What then have you actually solved? You will find a complete and final solution of each particular question from its own particular angle of emergence; and you will also find that there is a place where all problems, actual and possible, have but one universal solution, in which there is no longer any room left for contradiction. The question of solution or non-solution will then cease to arise: whether one says "yes" or "no", everything is That.

22. In Rama, who is the dispeller of all sorrow, there is rest and ease; where Rama is not, there is discomfort and disease.

23. It is possible to practice God's name under the most adverse circumstances. He causes everything to happen and is therefore ever near.

24. The obstinacy of the mind must be curbed with resoluteness. Whether the mind co-operates or not, you must be adamant in your determination to do a certain amount of practice without fail – simply because spiritual discipline is man's real work. For so long you have been accustomed to perform actions that fetter, therefore from sheer force of habit you feel the urge to bind yourself by activity again and again. But if you try hard for some time, you will be able to see for yourself how you are caught in your work, and that the more you engage in practice the quicker will be your advance.

25. By constantly endeavouring to live a life of self-dedication, self-surrender will come about one day. What does self-surrender mean, if not to surrender to one's very own Self!

26. When the mind centres on what gives peace and one's gaze dwells on what promotes it, when one's ears listen to what fills the heart with peace and at all times there is a response from Him Who is peace itself, then only can there be promise of peace.

27. It is desire that causes sorrow; but the will to realise God is itself felicity. Be certain that He will cleanse and comfort you and take you into His arms.

28. The world is in ceaseless movement, and obviously there can be no rest in movement. How could there be peace in perpetual coming and going? Peace reigns where no coming exists and no going, no melting and no burning. Reverse your course, advance within towards Him then there will be hope of peace.

29. By your japa [repetition of the Lord’s name] and meditation those who are close to you will also benefit through the helpful influence of your presence. In order to develop a taste for meditation you have to make a deliberate and sustained effort, just as children have to be made to sit and study, be it by persuasion or coercion. By taking medicine or having injections a patient may get well; even if you do not feel inclined to meditate, conquer your reluctance and make an attempt. The habit of countless lives is pulling you in the opposite direction and making it difficult for you – persevere in spite of it! By your tenacity you will gain strength and be moulded; that is to say, you will develop the capability to perform spiritual disciplines. Make up your mind that however arduous the task, it will have to be accomplished. Recognition and fame last for a short time only, they do not accompany you when you leave this world. If your thought does not naturally flow towards the Eternal, fix it there by an effort of will.

30. Sorrow comes in order to lead you to happiness. At all times hold him in remembrance.

31. Your body, which is part of and depending on this illusory world, is on the other hand the expression of a hidden inner process. You are yourself the many, appearing in various aspects, forms and modes. Each one of them exists in fact to fulfil a particular need. Yours is the give and take of the universe, yours the need, and yet you yourself are the fulfilment that hidden inner process is generated by you.

32. You are imperfect, something is lacking in you, this is why you feel the desire for fulfilment. "Body" [the Bengali word for "body" is "sharir" and the verb shora means to move on, to slip away] signifies "that which slips away, which is continually changing." If there is no want, no desire, then this kind of body that is ever in the process of perishing does not persist. Thus, after God-realisation one can no longer speak of such a body for the Self stands revealed.

33. Meditation should be practised every day of one's life. Look, what is there in this world? Absolutely nothing that is lasting; therefore direct your longing towards the Eternal. Pray that the work done through you, His instrument, may be pure. In every action remember Him. The purer your thinking, the finer will be your work. In this world you get a thing, and by tomorrow it may be gone. This is why your life should be spent in a spirit of service; feel that the Lord is accepting services from you in whatever you do. If you desire peace you must cherish the thought of Him.

34. In truth, all the various ways of thought spring from one common source – who then is to be blamed, who to be reviled or suppressed? All are equal in essence.

35. As you love your own body, so regard everyone as equal to your own body. When the Supreme experience supervenes, everyone's service is revealed as one's own service. Call it a bird, an insect, an animal or a man, call it by any name you please, one serves one's own Self in every one of them.

36. The sense of want arises spontaneously – it is the Divine that awakens it.

37. In the Reality, He who is as being all, without being too, it is He only. Therefore, the distinction of manifest-unmanifest is from the point of view of the individual only. He, who is manifest, it is He only who is unmanifest. Again, He, who is unmanifest, it is He only manifest.

38. Where the devotee, devotion and object of devotion is the same One, what else is devotion but a play?

38. That which is there in the unmanifest, the same, indeed, appears in the manifest. Verily, Reality is everywhere at all times.

39. To lose all is to gain all. The Reality is merciful and compassionate. Whatever He does at any moment is all-beneficent, though certainly painful at times. When He manifests himself as all-loss, there is hope that He may also manifest himself as all-gain. To pine for the One who helps towards the light of Truth is salutary, for it kindles the awareness of Truth.

40. Just as there is a definite timetable for work at school, office or the shop, so should we set apart for divine contemplation a few minutes out of the twenty-four hours of every day, preferably in the morning and evening. One must make a fixed resolve that this little time shall be dedicated to God throughout life. During this period no worldly activity should be allowed to encroach upon the contemplation of God. A fixed time for prayer or meditation must be allotted to all the members of the family including the servants. If this practice is continued for long, divine contemplation will become a part of your nature. Once the habit is established, the future course of your life will be made quite easy. You will feel the flow of the mysterious Divine Grace feeding all your thoughts and giving you new strength. You get a pension or bonus after years of hard work, so that you need no longer earn your livelihood. In the spiritual realm the reward for good, sincere and selfless work is even far greater and can be obtained more easily.

41. The endeavour to awaken to his real nature is man's duty as a human being.

42. It is the pure, undefiled flower that finds a place at the feet of the Lord and nowhere else. Take great care to spend your life in spotless purity, worthy to be dedicated in worship to the Lord. Speak about Him, meditate on his glory, try to see Him in everyone, Him who is the Self, the breath of life, the heart of hearts.

43. With earnestness, love and goodwill carry out life’s everyday duties and try to elevate yourself step by step. In all human activities let there be a live contact with the Divine and you will not have to leave off anything. Your work will then be done well and you will be on the right track to find the master. Just as a mother nourishes her child with all possible care and affection and makes him grow up into a healthy boy and a handsome youth, so you will find the subtle touches of the Divine Mother shaping your inner life and making you reach your full height and stature. Whatever work you have to do, do it with a singleness of purpose, with all the simplicity, contentment and joy you are capable of. Thus only will you be able to reap the best fruit of work. In fullness of time, the dry leaves of life will naturally drop off and new ones shoot forth.

44. In the field of His play even getting means losing. This is but the nature of its movement. Think of Him who cannot be lost. Meditate on Him alone, on Him, the fountain of goodness. Pray to Him; depend on Him. Try to give more time to japa and meditation. Surrender your mind at His feet. Endeavour to sustain japa and meditation without a break.

45. Human birth ordinarily implies the experiencing of desire, passion, grief, suffering, old age, disease, happiness, pain and so on. Yet it is man's duty to bear in mind that he exists for God alone – for His service and for the realisation of Him. Verily, all is within His Law. How can one who has been able to accept this be still so greatly troubled? It is but your duty to consider everything as His. Whatever He may do, try to let the thought of Him keep you at peace.

46. The sense of want, does it not arise because the desired object is not obtained? When one's desire remains unfulfilled, fruitless, to continue craving for the same thing and be disappointed time and again, surely it is futile. So long as there is desire, the experience of want and sorrow is – from the worldly point of view – but natural. Whatever you may desire that is of this ever-changing world will bring you sorrow, even though momentary happiness may be had at times. To seek Reality in which no sorrow is found, is man's sole duty.

47. Losing hope is losing all indeed. But has this loss of everything occurred? Is not the heart still bubbling over with desires and hopes? This is only natural – it is the innate tendency of the individual.

48. Perfect resignation gives the deepest joy of all. Accept it as your sole resource. Whatever God does at any time is wholly benign. If you can bear this in mind you will be at peace.

49. What you consider to be your duty, you will in any case try to carry out, in fact you are doing it. But man's special duty, which is the thought of God, the activity of the mind that awakens the desire to know what you really are, on this you should concentrate; and it is most important to make a special effort in this direction. Give your attention to your regular daily practice of devotion. If circumstances will not permit any other exercise, let it be only the remembrance of Him – the purpose of it all being the realisation of the One who is manifested in all forms and in all modes of being.

50. Worldly life is no doubt a battlefield. By becoming conscious of one's spiritual wealth one must strive to emerge triumphant from the battle.

51. Your earthly pension expires with your life, but the divine pension continues long, long after death. Those who amass money, store it up in a hidden chamber of their house, add to this store what they can save from time to time, and keep a constant watch over their treasure. So also reserve a little corner of your mind and heart for God and always steal an opportunity to add to your stock in the shape of the invocation of His name or some pious work or divine thought.

52. Lose yourself altogether when bowing down to God with a single-minded devotion and you will obtain joy and power in proportion. If you cannot do anything else, at least morning and evening at the appointed time, lay down your body, mind and life before Him in salutation and surrender, and think of Him just a little.

53. That in which there is no question of form or formlessness, of beyond form and attributes, of transcending even the beyond – That alone is worthy of human aspiration.

54. There are two kinds of pranamas: offering to Him your whole body and mind with all thoughts, desires, sense-impressions, love, affection, devotion, just like emptying the contents of a full pitcher to its last drop. The other way is like scattering face-powder through the minute holes of a powder box: the major portion of your thoughts and desires is kept back in a hidden chamber of your mind, and only a little dust is allowed to escape.

55. Man is really a being who is self-aware. Even if he has slipped and fallen, is it not his bounden duty to use as a lever the very earth to which he has tumbled, and raise himself up again? Besides, one does not fall so often. As a man, constant effort is his duty. If he does not awaken to the consciousness of his own Self, what has he achieved? He has but wasted his life. How many lives are frittered away age after age in endless coming and going. Find out who you are. Discover the significance of the round of births and deaths, its cause and where it leads. When man becomes a traveller on the path to his inner being, the distance that separates him from his goal [of Reality] gradually vanishes. You will most certainly have to undertake this pilgrimage to Immortality, trampling under foot hundreds and hundreds of obstacles and impediments.

56. Man may find himself in all kinds of surroundings, yet he must not allow himself to be driven hither and thither helplessly under their influence. It is his duty under all circumstances to preserve his individuality and strength of character intact. To drift with the current is easy enough, but to stand firm as a rock is difficult. He who is able to do this will keep his head without wavering even among a dozen people of different points of view and lines of approach. This surely is the attitude that befits a human being.

57. Try your utmost never to succumb to anyone's influence. In order to become firm, calm, deeply serious, full of courage, with one's personality wholly intact, pure and holy out of one's own strength, one has to be centred in God.

58. In order to pluck a rose, one has to put one's hand into the midst of thorns. But if the rose is a person's aim and he has a keen desire to pluck it, he will not refrain from doing so for fear of being pricked. Moreover, the Reality arranges whatever is necessary for each one. It certainly knows the real need of every individual. If one has at least this much faith, there is no reason at all to feel distressed.

59. Let "I cannot" be eradicated from your vocabulary. Time is gliding away swiftly.

60. To a human being the most noble, irreproachable line of conduct should alone be acceptable. It is a matter of great rejoicing if anyone strives to mould his life upon this pattern. In the case of a woman it means preserving her integrity and purity by being completely faithful to her husband. Not even to allow her glance to fall on any must be her endeavour. Only actions that kindle man's divine nature are worthy of the name of action, all the rest are non-actions and a waste of energy. Any line of behaviour that fails to quicken the Divine in man should be eschewed, no matter how enticing it might appear; but any that helps to awaken man's inherent Divinity must be resolutely adopted even though it be seemingly uninviting. Man's calling is to aspire to the realisation of Truth, to tread the excellent path that leads to Immortality. What appears delightful to the senses later develops into a hotbed of poison, generating inner turmoil and disaster, for it belongs to the realm of death.

61. Force of character is man's great strength. If he uses it in his dealings with the world he will indeed be victorious in most directions.

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