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The desire to know your own soul will end all other desires.
Even our desire to transcend our vasanas is a vasana. When we think ‘I must meditate’ or ‘I must make an effort’ we are just organizing a fight between two different vasanas.
You can only escape the habits of the mind by abiding in consciousness as consciousness. Be who you are. Be as you are. Just be still. Ignore all the vasanas that rise in the mind and instead fix your attention in the Self.
The world of dew
Is the world of dew
And yet, and yet…
Bhagavan told me once, “You must cover the vegetables when you cook them. Only then, will they retain their flavor and be fit enough to eat. It is the same with the mind. You must put a lid over the mind and let it simmer quietly. Only then, will a man become food fit enough for God to swallow.
Once, I requested Sankarammal to select some significant verses composed by Bhagavan to help me in my sadhana. Instantly, she sang two verses in Tamil from Bhagavan’s Marital Garland of Letters: (v.79) “Let me not like a ship without a captain flounder in the storm. Guard me with your grace, O Arunachala!” (v.81) “Don’t be a mirror held in front of a noseless person. Lift me up and embrace me, O Arunachala!”
Even before I could ask her about their significance, she explained, “Initially, seekers feel two deficiencies in themselves. One becomes conscious of the lack of perfection in oneself, and secondly, one doesn’t understand how to overcome the insurmountable obstacles one faces while doing sadhana. Both plunge the seeker into desperation. With these two verses, Bhagavan removes such
Total surrender to the higher power is the only panacea for all spiritual illnesses. If wisdom is compared to pure milk or nectar, surrender is the vessel which holds it, preserves it and makes it one’s own. Surrender helps one plunge into one’s inner being.
So long I have been on this stage to please thee.
My eyes are blinded by the light of thy play.
My ears are deafened by the rolling thunder of thy laughter.
My heart is turned to ashes by the flame of real sorrow.
My lord, to please thee I have made a fool of myself.
And now I am unable to stop the agony of the play.
My lord, drag me down from this stage.
Master, I have forgotten the way in and the way out.
A verse written by Maurice Frydman for Bhagavan
"Bhagavan was happy to read through the verses. He said that this was exactly what had been written by Appayya Dikshitar, a sage who lived several centuries ago. His verses in Sanskrit were written on palm leaves and many people were not aware of them. Bhagavan said that Appaya Dikshitar’s verses describe the situation of the court dancer performing in the presence of the king. She cannot stop dancing unless it pleases the king to tell her to stop. The dancer’s limbs may ache but she cannot stop of her own accord. She cries, “Oh lord, I am weary of the many births and deaths that I have endured. One glance from you, oh lord, is sufficient to put an end to this dance of birth and death and grant me release.”
~Ramana Periya Puraanam
"Going through life without God is like being an astronaut tumbling out of control in outer space. You grab on to this, but it breaks, and you tumble some more. Every time you lose something that you tried to hold on to— your marriage, your job, your mom— you start tumbling even faster. So you’ve got to stay close. You can’t cut your umbilical cord. But you don’t have to go to church. God is everywhere. God is that blade of grass trying to come up through the concrete. So many people go to church, and leave church, not even realizing that they are the church. You just need to make a determination in your mind that you want to find and believe in the truth."
There are many guidelines for going outside. There are doors and road maps to guide us. But for going within, there is no map and there is no guide.
Just as the Upanishads say: „The bird has no path; where the bird flies is the path. The fish has no path in water; wherever it swims is the path.‟
Similarly, you have to dive within and find your path. None of the
scriptures can help you; none of the theoretical knowledge that you have will help you. You can achieve it by having complete faith in yourself.
How beautifully the bird flies! Does it worry about the path? Does the fish hesitate? Then why do we hesitate? Plunge within! My master Ramana always said: „Dive within, plunge within and go inwards.‟ Dive within with full faith in Bhagavan and you are sure to find the inner guru waiting for you with open arms.
About a month ago we found a box with 5 abandoned kittens. They have been in our care since then and are about 2 months old at the moment.
In the photo, they are about 3 weeks and one kitten is hiding at the back of the kitty house.
Our mission at this time is to find the best home possible for these little guys!
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Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
R I P