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« Reply #1785 on: March 23, 2014, 08:50:09 AM »
Devotee: Is solitude helpful for practice?
Ramana Maharshi: What do you mean by solitude?
Devotee: To keep away from others.
Ramana Maharshi: Why should it be done? It is actuated only by fear. Even in solitude there is the fear of intrusion by others and of solitude being spoilt. Moreover, how are thoughts to be erased in solitude? Should it not be done in the present environment?
Devotee: But the mind is distracted now.
Ramana Maharshi: Why do you let go the mind? Solitude amounts to making the mind still. This can be done in a crowd too. Solitude cannot efface one's thoughts. Practice does it. The same practice can be made here too.


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« Reply #1786 on: May 22, 2014, 07:16:41 PM »
"In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself." [Jiddu Krishnamurti]

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« Reply #1787 on: May 22, 2014, 08:24:26 PM »
"There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, but to be without sores is more pleasurable still. Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires, but to be without desires is more pleasurable still." [Nagarjuna]

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Re: Fundamental question about Mind!
« Reply #1788 on: September 11, 2014, 12:40:13 AM »
Where Everything is Music

We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and if the whole world's harp
should burn up,
there will still be hidden instruments
playing, playing.

This singing art
is sea foam.
The graceful movements
come from a pearl
somewhere
on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like spindrift
and the edge of driftwood
along the beach
wanting, wanting.

They derive from a slow
and powerful root
that we cannot see.

Stop the words now.
Open the window
in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly
in and out!

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« Reply #1789 on: September 11, 2014, 01:14:53 AM »
All the World's a Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
[William Shakespeare]

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Re: Fundamental question about Mind!
« Reply #1790 on: September 11, 2014, 06:39:20 PM »
People often say me that tomorrow
will be day of greater sorrow.
That the life gets worse and worse,
out of anger I tell?em "Of course".
"The life is bad because you are empty
of Rama's Love which?s full and plenty.
Your hearts are dark and ugly, rotten,
from which the filth of your life has been begotten.
Your  mind is full of lifeless thoughts
which bring to life some spooky ghosts.
And then you want to cast them out,
and your ego start searching how without.
But the answer my lovely brothers is within,
the Majesty of Rama you must let come in.
The splendor of His Name will clean your dirt,
the Glory of the Atma of Which you have heard
He will show before your eyes
and you will see within the Paradise".

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« Reply #1791 on: September 13, 2014, 01:29:15 PM »
Devotee: Can a yogi know his past lives?
Sri Ramana: Do you know the present life that you wish to know the past? Find the present, then the rest will follow. Even with our present limited knowledge, you suffer so much. Why should you burden yourself with more knowledge? Is it to suffer more? When seen through the sight of the supreme space of Self, the illusion of taking birth in this mirage-like false world is found to be nothing but the egotistical ignorance of identifying a body as 'I'. Among those whose minds are possessed with forgetfulness of Self, those who are born will die and those who die will be born again. But know that those whose minds are dead, having known the glorious supreme reality, will remain only there in that elevated state of reality, devoid of both birth and death. Forgetting Self, mistaking the body for Self, taking innumerable births, and at last knowing Self and being Self is just like waking from a dream of wandering all over the world.
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Re: Fundamental question about Mind!
« Reply #1792 on: September 14, 2014, 10:10:27 AM »
Devotee: The present experiences are the result of past karma. If we know the mistakes committed before, we can rectify them.
Sri Ramana: If one mistake is rectified there yet remains the whole sanchita karma from former births which is going to give you innumerable births. So that is not the procedure. The more you prune a plant, the more vigorously it grows. The more you rectify your karma, the more it accumulates. Find the root of karma and cut it off.


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« Reply #1793 on: September 17, 2014, 05:39:04 PM »
If the world is a lie then even the Gurus are liers.
If the world is unreal then there is no place where we are devoid of deception.
If the world is so real then where is its material substance?
If the world is full of meaning then what is the meaning to be born and then die?
If the world is devoid of meaning then why it exists in the Mind of God?
If the world is so ugly and dark then why we delight the sunrise, the nature, poetry, songs, paintings and so on?
If the world is so beautiful and delightful then why everyone wants to be free from it?
The best answer to these questions is Silence.


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Re: Fundamental question about Mind!
« Reply #1794 on: September 18, 2014, 01:02:15 PM »
"Those who see all creatures in themselves and themselves in all creatures know no fear. Those who see all creatures in themselves and themselves in all creatures know no grief. How can multiplicity of life delude the one who sees its unity?" [Isha Upanishad]

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« Reply #1795 on: September 19, 2014, 11:05:20 AM »
"Before He gave any shape to the world, before He produced any form, He was alone, without form and without resemblance to anything else. Who then can comprehend how He was before the Creation? Hence it is forbidden to lend Him any form or similitude, or even to call Him by His sacred name, or to indicate Him by a single letter or a single point... But after He created the form of the Heavenly Man, He used him as a chariot wherein to descend, and He wishes to be called after His form, which is the sacred name YHWH" [Zohar]

"Any name of God which is found in the Bible can not be applied to the Deity prior to His self-manifestation in the Creation, because the letters of those names were produced only after the emanation. . . . Moreover, a name implies a limitation in its bearer; and this is impossible in connection with the "Ein Sof." [Judah Ḥayyaṭ]


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Re: Fundamental question about Mind!
« Reply #1796 on: September 23, 2014, 09:47:50 PM »

I would add also "The "Heart" without "art" is just "he"". The art is one of the languages of the Soul. :)
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« Reply #1797 on: September 27, 2014, 03:49:56 PM »
In the unity of the Consciousness there are two "parts" - "I am" and "this/that". "This/that" are innumerable objects. The "I" is one. So it is more easy to investigate the "I" than all these manifestations in the world. The other way is to investigate only one object - God/ideal - and surrender to Him/it. The "I" and "this/that/God" are ultimately not different. This is the final conclusion of Sri Ramana.
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« Reply #1798 on: September 28, 2014, 01:15:17 AM »
Interviewer: If you had to sum up your teaching in one or two sentences what would they be?
Papaji: No teaching, no teacher, no student.
Interviewer: Then what are we doing here today?
Papaji: To find out who you are.

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« Reply #1799 on: September 29, 2014, 05:59:39 PM »
"Hiding in this cage of visible matter is the invisible lifebird. Pay attention to her, she is singing your song." [Kabir]

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