Non-Dual Advaita Vedanta

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

REALIZATION OF THE SELF COMES THROUGH BOTH EFFORT AND GRACE

Q: You talk a lot about effort but rarely speak about grace. Don’t you attach much importance to grace?

AS: Grace is important. In fact, it is essential. It is even more important than effort. Realization of the Self comes through both effort and grace. When one makes a steady effort to abide in the Self one receives the guru's grace in abundance. The grace comes not only through the form of one's guru. When you meditate earnestly all the Jivanmuktas of the past and the present respond to your efforts by sending you blessings of light.

Q: Should one have a strong desire for realization? Is such a desire necessary if we want to do earnest sadhana? Or should we surrender even this desire and just get on with our meditation?

AS: Once, as Narada was going to Vaikunta, he met two sadhus who were doing tapas. They asked him where he was going and he replied, ‘Vaikunta’. They both wanted to know how their tapas was progressing so they asked Narada to ask Vishnu when they would attain liberation. Narada went to Vaikunta and returned with the information.

To the first sadhu he said, ‘You are very close. After four or five more births you will get liberation.’

The sadhu was rather annoyed by his prediction because he felt that he was almost enlightened.

‘I have been doing tapas since my birth,’ he said, ‘and I know that I have done tapas in previous births. Why do I have to wait for four or five births? This prediction cannot be correct.’

Narada said to the second sadhu: ‘You have been doing tapas under a tamarind tree. For you too liberation will eventually come, but first you will have to take as many more births as there are leaves on this tree.’
The second sadhu was very happy to hear this. ‘Moksha is certain for me!’ he exclaimed. ‘It will come one day. Vishnu Himself has guaranteed it!’

At that moment a big wind came and blew all the leaves off the tree. As the last leaf touched the ground he realized the Self.
The sadhu who was patient and contented showed that he had truly surrendered. The other sadhu showed his immaturity through his frustration and his impatience. If you have truly surrendered, you don’t demand realization from God. You are content with whatever He gives you.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI REALIZATION OF THE SELF COMES THROUGH BOTH EFFORT AND GRACE Q: You talk a lot about effort but rarely speak about grace. Don’t you attach much importance to grace? AS: Grace is important. In fact...

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Reinhard Jung"When one makes a steady effort to abide in the Self one receives the guru's grace in abundance. The grace comes not only through the form of one's guru. When you meditate earnestly all the Jivanmuktas of the past and the present respond to your efforts by sending you blessings of light." <3

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“For ages you have come and gone
courting this delusion.
For ages you have run from the pain
and forfeited the ecstasy.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Although you appear in earthly form
Your essence is pure Consciousness.
You are the fearless guardian
of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely,
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You descended from Adam, by the pure Word of God,
but you turned your sight
to the empty show of this world.
Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Why are you so enchanted by this world
when a mine of gold lies within you?
Open your eyes and come ---
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You were born from the rays of Gods Majesty
when the stars were in their perfect place.
How long will you suffer from the blows
of a nonexistent hand?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You are a ruby encased in granite.
How long will you decieve Us with this outer show?
O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes!
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

After one moment with that glorious Friend
you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic.
Your eyes were sweet and full of fire.
Come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern
has handed you an eternal cup,
And God in all His glory is pouring the wine.
So come! Drink!
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Soul of all souls, life of all life - you are That.
Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving - you are That.

The road that leads to the City is endless;
Go without head and feet
and youll already be there.
What else could you be? - you are That.”

                                   -Rumi



“For ages you have come and gone
courting this delusion.
For ages you have run from the pain
and forfeited the ecstasy.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Although you appear in earthly form
Your essence is pure Consciousness.
You are the fearless guardian
of Divine Light.
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely,
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You descended from Adam, by the pure Word of God,
but you turned your sight
to the empty show of this world.
Alas, how can you be satisfied with so little?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Why are you so enchanted by this world
when a mine of gold lies within you?
Open your eyes and come ---
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You were born from the rays of God's Majesty
when the stars were in their perfect place.
How long will you suffer from the blows
of a nonexistent hand?
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

You are a ruby encased in granite.
How long will you decieve Us with this outer show?
O friend, We can see the truth in your eyes!
So come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

After one moment with that glorious Friend
you became loving, radiant, and ecstatic.
Your eyes were sweet and full of fire.
Come, return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Shams-e Tabriz, the King of the Tavern
has handed you an eternal cup,
And God in all His glory is pouring the wine.
So come! Drink!
Return to the root of the root
of your own soul.

Soul of all souls, life of all life - you are That.
Seen and unseen, moving and unmoving - you are That.

The road that leads to the City is endless;
Go without head and feet
and you'll already be there.
What else could you be? - you are That.”

-Rumi


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Sai AnandiniAmazing and beautiful posting ~ thank you for sharing it.

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Shiva SomadevAh!! Beautiful <3

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NOTHING DIES Nothing dies. The body is just imagined. There is no such thing. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Your true being exists prior to the arising of any concept. Can you, as an object, understand something that existed prior to the arising of a concept? In the absence of consciousness is there any proof of the existence of anything? Consciousness itself is mind, is thought, is all phenomena, all manifestation. Apprehending this is being dead to I am the body while alive. This kind of knowledge comes only in a rare case, and is a very elusive kind of knowledge where no effort is necessary; in fact, effort itself is a hindrance. It is intuitive understanding.

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Your true being exists prior to the arising of any concept. Can you, as an object, understand something that existed prior to the arising of a concept? In the absence of consciousness is there any proof of the existence of anything? Consciousness itself is mind, is thought, is all phenomena, all manifestation. Apprehending this is being dead to "I am the body" while alive. This kind of knowledge comes only in a rare case, and is a very elusive kind of knowledge where no effort is necessary; in fact, effort itself is a hindrance. It is intuitive understanding.

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Patitpaban PanigrahiWhat it is can't be described ,,

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You are not the body, nor is the body yours, nor are you the doer of actions or the reaper of their consequences. You are eternally pure consciousness, the w...

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NO TIME AT ALL

Q: It seems that so much time is needed to realize the Self; many lifetimes in fact. For me, realization always seems to be an event in the distant future.

AS: You don’t need hundreds of lives to realize the Self. In fact, you don’t need any time at all. Your idea of time is one of the things that is holding you in bondage.

Time is one of the properties of the mind. Liberation does not come after a period of time because there is no time in the Self. Liberation comes when you fully understand and experience there is no one who needs liberation.

That understanding and that experience only arise when the mind and its inbuilt ideas of time cease to function. If you think about time and start to worry about how much longer it will be before you realize the Self, your attention will be on the mind and not on the Self. You can only make progress while the mind is on the Self.

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NO TIME AT ALL Q: It seems that so much time is needed to realize the Self; many lifetimes in fact. For me, realization always seems to be an event in the distant future. AS: You don’t need hundreds of lives to realize the Self. In fact, you don’t need any time at all. Your idea of time is on...

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Reinhard JungOnly thought activity brings about the sense of time. If we can discriminate and realize Being from thinking the words of Annamalai Swami are easy to follow. <3

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The illusion of bondage and liberation,
having lost its basic support (of ignorance), remains no longer.
O, the universe has emanated from me, but it is not within me.

Ashtavakra Gita

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The illusion of bondage and liberation,
having lost its basic support (of ignorance), remains no longer.
O, the universe has emanated from me, but it is not within me.

Ashtavakra Gita
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The illusion of bondage and liberation, having lost its basic support (of ignorance), remains no longer. O, the universe has emanated from me, but it is not within me. Ashtavakra Gita

N.MAHARAJ: " As life flows, go on doing what has to be done. However much you run around, without God's will there is nothing. Whether it is your dreams, or your visions, whatever you see is nothing but God's appearance. It is the Source, or Consciousness, which is appearing in so many forms. Everything is conceptual." ... See MoreSee Less

Maharshi:
Na nirodha na chotpattir
Nabaddho na cha sadhakaha
Na mumukshur na vai mukta
Ityesha paramarthata...
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This verse appears in the second chapter of Gaudapada’s Karika ...a commentary on the Mandukyopanishad . It means really that there is no creation and no dissolution. There is no bondage, no one doing spiritual practices, no one seeking spiritual liberation, and no one who is liberated. One who is established in the Self sees this by his knowledge of reality.
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Very interesting video .. so much to learn ..

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N.MAHARAJ: " While the knowledge is getting established, you will be in a sleep-like state- even witnessings won't be there. You will feel as if you are asleep, but it is not sleeping. It is called ' Udmani', which means 'above the level of the mind'. The yogis and sages are in that state above the mind. It is a state that transcends the mind. When I talk, I am talking from the ' Udmani' state - from Nothingness. It is a restful and relaxed state."
V: Is it a state of deep sleep?
M:" Although it feels similar to sleep, it is not sleeping, because there is Awareness or Consciousness deep inside. You will not have this experience unless you are stabilised in peace and stillness."
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If you want to know something, go elsewhere.
If you want to un-know everything, then sit and listen.

Adyashanti

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If you want to know something, go elsewhere.
If you want to un-know everything, then sit and listen.

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If you want to know something, go elsewhere. If you want to un-know everything, then sit and listen. Adyashanti

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N.MAHARAJ: V: When I am reading, sometimes there is an identity, and I see myself reading. Is that different from the state you compared it with?
M:"While dreaming, you observe the dream don't you? At that time, the whole dream world is in front of you. You simultaneously watch what is happening while also taking part in the dream world as one of the characters, one of the actors. But here, you are purely a Witness, whereas there you also participate in the dream.
Some Gurus give disciplines which only engage the mental aspect and activity. They get their disciples involved in the play of the mind by referring to the concepts that appeal to them. They concretize their preferred concepts in the form of activities for their disciples. Leave all that alone- there is no question of effort and no question of elevating oneself to a higher level. Where will this spark or flame go? Where will my vital breath or prana go? There is no question of going anywhere. You only have to be aware as the Witness and you will merge with the five elements."
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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Q: It is said that saints like Guru Nanak, Kabir and others were very much against idol worship. Bhagavan has explained that such worship is useful for some people at a certain stage of their sadhana.
I have read that a true jnani will never criticize anything. Does this mean that these saints were not jnanis? Or is it that their followers didn't understand their teachings correctly?

AS: There is no doubt that Guru Nanak and Kabir were jnanis.
If mumukshus [people who want Self-realization] who are striving hard for liberation hold onto a form of God, it often happens that their progress towards the truth is completely stopped. So, out of compassion for such beings, the saints criticized idol worship.

Realized persons do not make critical judgments about anything. If they seem, outwardly, to criticize anything, it is only for the good of others. Their own inner experience is that there is no 'good’ or 'bad’.

If one is still identified with the body, there is nothing wrong with doing idol worship. Those people who are centered in the body, who take this body to be 'I', are filled with thoughts of God when they do external worship. They become aware of some power which is greater than their little, limited selves One should not criticize any activity which turns the minds of ordinary people towards an awareness of God.

- LWB p.327
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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI Q: It is said that saints like Guru Nanak, Kabir and others were very much against idol worship. Bhagavan has explained that such worship is useful for some people at a certain stage of their sadhana. I have read that a true jnani will never criticize anything. D...

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Reinhard Jung"If one is still identified with the body, there is nothing wrong with doing idol worship. Those people who are centered in the body, who take this body to be 'I', are filled with thoughts of God when they do external worship. They become aware of some power which is greater than their little, limited selves One should not criticize any activity which turns the minds of ordinary people towards an awareness of God." <3

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Reinhard JungWhat actually counts is the effect any sadhana has on the mind. Sri Ramakrishna realized the Self in the end although he had practiced for many years only devotional sadhanas.

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Remove the massive load on the mind, of sin and guilt, pride and arrogance, hate and envy - and the human being becomes a sage.

- from SIN & GUILT, Monstrosity of Mind by Ramesh S. Balsekar,
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“You cannot commit a sin, nor a meritorious deed, of which the Lord takes note.  The light of the basic knowledge is covered by the darkness of the ego’s delusion, and thus the individual thinks in terms of sin and merit.” 

-BHAGAVAD-GITA

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"Remove the massive load on the mind, of sin and guilt, pride and arrogance, hate and envy - and the human being becomes a sage."

- from SIN & GUILT, Monstrosity of Mind by Ramesh S. Balsekar,
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“You cannot commit a sin, nor a meritorious deed, of which the Lord takes note. The light of the basic knowledge is covered by the darkness of the ego’s delusion, and thus the individual thinks in terms of sin and merit.”

-BHAGAVAD-GITA

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Julius Golshtein...o, Yes, becomes but only if all rest inside are already a pure...

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Whatever you look deeply into may lead you to confront the Mystery that lies at the root of everything. - Wayne

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"Whatever you look deeply into may lead you to confront the Mystery that lies at the root of everything." - Wayne

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UNDERSTANDING IS ALL

It is extremely difficult for any ordinary man to grasp the fact that nothing more than a deep understanding, an unshakable conviction, of ones true nature is all that is necessary for the transformation to take place. It has been mans conditioning from the earliest day of his life that it is only personal effort that can bring him anything in life:  even as a baby he had to cry before his hunger was satisfied.  And now he is told that understanding is all that is necessary and, what is more, that any effort by a me could well be counterproductive.  This seems incredible, quite unacceptable...

-Ramesh S. Balsekar, WHO CARES?!, p100
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UNDERSTANDING IS ALL

"It is extremely difficult for any ordinary man to grasp the fact that nothing more than a deep understanding, an unshakable conviction, of one's true nature is all that is necessary for the transformation to take place. It has been man's conditioning from the earliest day of his life that it is only personal effort that can bring him anything in life: even as a baby he had to cry before his hunger was satisfied. And now he is told that understanding is all that is necessary and, what is more, that any effort by a "me" could well be counterproductive. This seems incredible, quite unacceptable..."

-Ramesh S. Balsekar, WHO CARES?!, p100
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Wolfram SölterRight....and in case of a long behavior so difficult...but only quite a little shift...if understand...

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This Monday Night!  
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“In the most profound sense, when enlightenment happens, the whole notion of enlightenment becomes moot because there isn’t any one to know he’s enlightened.  There isn’t any actual thing as enlightenment, because the ultimate understanding is that every thing Is.  All is an incredible oneness made manifest in this life and living. That’s the understanding.”
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“In the most profound sense, when enlightenment happens, the whole notion of enlightenment becomes moot because there isn’t any one to know he’s enlightened. There isn’t any actual thing as enlightenment, because the ultimate understanding is that every thing Is. All is an incredible oneness made manifest in this life and living. That’s the understanding.”
- Wayne

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“If you have heard something here, fine. If not, fine. If some change is to occur as a consequence, let it take place. If the understanding at any level has any value, any worth, it must naturally work its own way out. No “one” can do it. “   -Ramesh S. Balsekar

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“If you have heard something here, fine. If not, fine. If some change is to occur as a consequence, let it take place. If the understanding at any level has any value, any worth, it must naturally work its own way out. No “one” can do it. “ -Ramesh S. Balsekar
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HOPE

The world is not an inherently dangerous place but it IS inherently changeable. Which is to say that security is fleeting. Security is the illusion that the comfort I have now won’t change. I am secure in my job means I won’t be fired. I am secure in my relationship means it is going to last forever. A deep part of us knows that such feelings are built on an insubstantial foundation. Our projections of the future are fantasies. We have been wrong before and we will likely be wrong again. Of course, we have been right a few times too…so there is always hope!”

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HOPE

"The world is not an inherently dangerous place but it IS inherently changeable. Which is to say that security is fleeting. Security is the illusion that the comfort I have now won’t change. I am secure in my job means I won’t be fired. I am secure in my relationship means it is going to last forever. A deep part of us knows that such feelings are built on an insubstantial foundation. Our projections of the future are fantasies. We have been wrong before and we will likely be wrong again. Of course, we have been right a few times too…so there is always hope!”

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And then of course the following question is, How did you get there?  Ill follow your path.  Well, I was an alcoholic and a drug addict for nineteen years. That was my path.  -Wayne

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And then of course the following question is, "How did you get there? I'll follow your path." Well, I was an alcoholic and a drug addict for nineteen years. That was my path. -Wayne

Wayne is back at home in Los Angeles!

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Bobby DeVitoIt's not a path I recommend, but I share that one with you, Wayne....

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David RiversAn Angel once asked of God Why did you create the universe? God replied I like to move it, move it

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MESSAGE FROM WAYNE
 

Hello my loves,

I am the wind that roars through the forest. I am the dream. I am the ten thousand songs. I am the cancer that destroys its host. I am all that is beautiful. I am all that is unspeakable. I am salvation. I am destiny. I am the ache. I am the jewel in Indras net. I am the One. I am the many.

Look into my eyes. Look deeper still. Here is the vast emptiness that you seek. Bribe me. Seduce me. Pull out your best trick...you know the one...its always worked for you before.

Do you recognize me yet? I am hope. I am delusion. I am the liver that fails. I am the smile that draws you in. I am the relentless truth that frightens you away.

Are you beginning to realize that nothing will come of you here? Good, you are finally catching on.

Now go away
And welcome to Love.

Wayne

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Hello my loves,

I am the wind that roars through the forest. I am the dream. I am the ten thousand songs. I am the cancer that destroys its host. I am all that is beautiful. I am all that is unspeakable. I am salvation. I am destiny. I am the ache. I am the jewel in Indra's net. I am the One. I am the many.

Look into my eyes. Look deeper still. Here is the vast emptiness that you seek. Bribe me. Seduce me. Pull out your best trick...you know the one...it's always worked for you before.

Do you recognize me yet? I am hope. I am delusion. I am the liver that fails. I am the smile that draws you in. I am the relentless truth that frightens you away.

Are you beginning to realize that nothing will come of you here? Good, you are finally catching on.

Now go away
And welcome to Love.

Wayne

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RAMESH BALSEKAR - Happy Birthday!  100 years of Ramesh!   May 25, 1917 - September 27, 2009

LETTER TO GOD

This is Ramesh’s letter to God, which was published in the book ‘The Ultimate Understanding’ (Publishers: Yogi Impressions).

 

Dear God,

This is my record of eternal gratitude to You.

You gave me birth in a most respected Hindu family, but not high enough in social status to make me proud.

You gave me a physical form well-admired for its perfection, but it was small enough to keep me humble.

You gave me education high enough to be most useful in life, but not high enough to make me proud.

You gave me success in sports high enough to be satisfied, but not proud.

You gave me a career in which You took me high enough to be admired, but not high enough to make me arrogant.

You gave me a wife and family for which I have always been eternally grateful, but You did not spare me some grief to remind me not to forget what life is all about, and to be always grateful for what I do have.

You did not forget to place an adequate number of temptations in my way so that I may not be too critical of others who have to face their own temptations.

I am now 84, and perhaps the only wish that remains is that the long life You have given me will not carry a burden at the end. But in that case, I know You will also give me the necessary courage to go with it.

You gave me a lot to show me how little is needed to be content and how much could be given away.

And, undoubtedly, the most important of all - as if the bounty You have showered on me were not enough - You crowned Your achievement by using this psychosomatic apparatus to convey to the world the most important message of Advaita. Truly I am blessed. Or, indeed, my Beloved, have You not blessed Yourself?!

Finally, it occurs to me, if You were to design for Yourself a life in phenomenality, could it have been much different from this one?

And, for this thought, no tears are enough to wash Your Noumenal feet.

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RAMESH BALSEKAR - Happy Birthday! 100 years of Ramesh! May 25, 1917 - September 27, 2009

LETTER TO GOD

This is Ramesh’s letter to God, which was published in the book ‘The Ultimate Understanding’ (Publishers: Yogi Impressions).



Dear God,

This is my record of eternal gratitude to You.

You gave me birth in a most respected Hindu family, but not high enough in social status to make me proud.

You gave me a physical form well-admired for its perfection, but it was small enough to keep me humble.

You gave me education high enough to be most useful in life, but not high enough to make me proud.

You gave me success in sports high enough to be satisfied, but not proud.

You gave me a career in which You took me high enough to be admired, but not high enough to make me arrogant.

You gave me a wife and family for which I have always been eternally grateful, but You did not spare me some grief to remind me not to forget what life is all about, and to be always grateful for what I do have.

You did not forget to place an adequate number of temptations in my way so that I may not be too critical of others who have to face their own temptations.

I am now 84, and perhaps the only wish that remains is that the long life You have given me will not carry a burden at the end. But in that case, I know You will also give me the necessary courage to go with it.

You gave me a lot to show me how little is needed to be content and how much could be given away.

And, undoubtedly, the most important of all - as if the bounty You have showered on me were not enough - You crowned Your achievement by using this psychosomatic apparatus to convey to the world the most important message of Advaita. Truly I am blessed. Or, indeed, my Beloved, have You not blessed Yourself?!

Finally, it occurs to me, if You were to design for Yourself a life in phenomenality, could it have been much different from this one?

And, for this thought, no tears are enough to wash Your Noumenal feet.

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Ibiza, Spain 
June 24-30th, 2017
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June 24-30th, 2017
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Anywhere your attention moves there is something to be discovered.  You need only lift your gaze from the demands of your self to realize the miracle that is life and living.
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"Anywhere your attention moves there is something to be discovered. You need only lift your gaze from the demands of your 'self' to realize the miracle that is life and living."
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“Everything that is collected during a lifetime is given up in the end, and we leave as we entered, unblemished by any thought.”   

 - Ramesh S. Balsekar

“Everything that is collected during a lifetime is given up in the end, and we leave as we entered, unblemished by any thought.”

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MESSAGE FROM WAYNE

 
Hello my loves,

The guru is the rocker of the boat.
He cuts through the complacency
And numbness
Repeated exposure to miracles
Inevitably brings.

Look here, he cries!
Right in front of you!
Wake up!
Open your eyes!
The great Miracle is everywhere,
Abiding in the ordinary.
You need only shift your gaze a fraction from your self
To uncover the Eternal.

With much love,

Wayne

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MESSAGE FROM WAYNE


Hello my loves,

The guru is the rocker of the boat.
He cuts through the complacency
And numbness
Repeated exposure to miracles
Inevitably brings.

Look here, he cries!
Right in front of you!
Wake up!
Open your eyes!
The great Miracle is everywhere,
Abiding in the ordinary.
You need only shift your gaze a fraction from your "self"
To uncover the Eternal.

With much love,

Wayne

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THE LIVING TEACHING

Wayne teaches ancient Advaita (non-duality) in a modern style that is uncompromisingly direct and intuitive. It is a teaching that connects you to BOTH your heart and mind. BOTH are essential for living. Come discover the wisdom of BOTH.

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THE LIVING TEACHING

Wayne teaches ancient Advaita (non-duality) in a modern style that is uncompromisingly direct and intuitive. It is a teaching that connects you to BOTH your heart and mind. BOTH are essential for living. Come discover the wisdom of BOTH.

Advaita Talks with Wayne Liquorman
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 7-9th, 2017

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Approaching the Dharma without devotion is like landing on an island of golden pebbles yet having no hands with which to gather them.

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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Approaching the Dharma without devotion is like landing on an island of golden pebbles yet having no hands with which to gather them.

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Cut the mind at its root and rest in naked awareness.

Tilopa

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White Tara with Amitayus and Uśnisavijaya (Dolkar, Tsepame, Namgyalma) three deities of longevity which grant blessing of long life to practice Dharma.
According to BENCHEN Sangyes Nyenpa Rinpoche if one practice for mundane long life to have fun etc. siddhi will not occur, however if one need to live long to practice Dharma or support Sangha then siddhi will definitely happen.

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White Tara with Amitayus and Uśnisavijaya (Dolkar, Tsepame, Namgyalma) three deities of longevity which grant blessing of long life to practice Dharma.
According to BENCHEN Sangyes Nyenpa Rinpoche if one practice for mundane long life to have fun etc. siddhi will not occur, however if one need to live long to practice Dharma or support Sangha then siddhi will definitely happen.
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If you can practice the Dharma with as much time and energy that you give to your worldly existence, Buddhahood will be within reach.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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If you can practice the Dharma with as much time and energy that you give to your worldly existence, Buddhahood will be within reach.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche
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NECESSITY OF SOME INTELLECTUAL BASIS
Whether we follow the scholastic or meditative approach really depends on our inclination, but regardless of how extensive or specialized our interest may be, some intellectual basis is certainly necessary. It is said that someone who tries to meditate without a conceptual understanding of what he or she is doing is like a blind person trying to find the way in the open country: such a person can only wander about, with no idea how to choose one direction over another.

Kalu Rinpoche

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NECESSITY OF SOME INTELLECTUAL BASIS
Whether we follow the scholastic or meditative approach really depends on our inclination, but regardless of how extensive or specialized our interest may be, some intellectual basis is certainly necessary. It is said that someone who tries to meditate without a conceptual understanding of what he or she is doing is like a blind person trying to find the way in the open country: such a person can only wander about, with no idea how to choose one direction over another.

Kalu Rinpoche

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KALU RINPOCHE

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The basic problem is that one believes that everything is real, and thus everything is treated as such.
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THE CONCEPTION OF I ~ Nagarjuna

Just as it is known
That an image of ones face is seen
Depending on a mirror
But does not really exist as a face,
So the conception of I exists
Dependent on mind and body,
But like the image of a face
The I does not at all exist as its own reality.

– Nagarjuna

Ratnavali, 31-32

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THE CONCEPTION OF "I" ~ Nagarjuna

Just as it is known
That an image of one's face is seen
Depending on a mirror
But does not really exist as a face,
So the conception of "I" exists
Dependent on mind and body,
But like the image of a face
The "I" does not at all exist as its own reality.

– Nagarjuna

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The conception of "I" ~ Nagarjuna justdharma.com/s/1weic Just as it is known That an image of one's face is seen Depending on a mirror But does not really exist as a face, So the conception of "I" exists Dependent on mind and body, But like the image of a face The "I" does not at all exist ...

Tara Cittamani (Green) with 21 emanations

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Padmasambhava’s Stay in Tibet

Differing accounts exist regarding the length of time Master Padma remained in Tibet. One story narrates that he remained for one hundred and twenty years. Other sources state he was asked to leave due to the slander of evil-minded ministers after respectively six or three years, eighteen or three months.

As I mentioned already, an ordinary person cannot measure the deeds of the victorious ones; remember that also here....

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Padmasambhava’s Stay in Tibet

Differing accounts exist regarding the length of time Master Padma remained in Tibet. One story narrates that he remained for one hundred and twenty years. Other sources state he was asked to leave due to the slander of evil-minded ministers after respectively six or three years, eighteen or three months.

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Padmasambhava’s Stay in Tibet Differing accounts exist regarding the length of time Master Padma remained in Tibet. One story narrates that he remained for one hundred and twenty years. Other sources state he was asked to leave due to the slander of evil-minded ministers after respectively six or...

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL INDIAN FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD !  

Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood..... Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist... Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live....! 
Swami Vivekanada

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL INDIAN FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD ! "

"Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood..... Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist... Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live....!"
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ORIGIN OF MANTRA KARMAPA CHENNO
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The most important practice in Tibetan Buddhism is Guru Yoga, meditation and mantra on the spiritual head and teacher of the tradition, which is seen as living Buddha, embodiment of three kayas and 10 bhumi (extraordinary powers). In Kagyu tradition the head Lama is Gyalwa Karmapa and his mantra is Karmapa Chenno. It is believed sounds of this mantra are directly connected with the enlightened mind of HH Karmapa and carry its enlightened qualities and brings help when it is most necessary for the benefit of student.
Here I would like to share with you a story about the origins of Karmapa Chenno mantra. The Karmapa mantra has originated at the times of 8thKarmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554) in context of teaching about Calling the Lama from afar.
“Karmapa Chenno” can be roughly translated as Embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, turn attention to me. In Central Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, it is pronounced Karmapa Kyen-no or Karmapa khen-no. In East Tibet, it is pronounced Karmapa chenno.In western countries the most widespread pronunciation is Karmapa Chenno and it is considered correct.
One day, in 16th century, the head of a nomadic household in desolate, windswept northern Tibet passed away. In such a sparsely inhabited region it was rare to find monasteries and lamas to perform Buddhist funeral rites, so the family wondered what to do. Then they noticed a ragged individual travelling on foot who appeared as if he could be either an itinerant yogi or a beggar, so they went to inquire. The mendicant turned out to be, in fact, a lama. The grieving family requested his ministrations for the deceased, and he complied.
When he reached the mans deathbed and began his incantations, the family respectfully requested the lama to perform phowa (consciousness transference to higher realms). The lama, however, said: I am just a poor, uneducated practitioner of the Buddhas teachings; I have not mastered that esoteric practice. But I do have one positive quality, infinite faith in the living Buddha, named Lama Karmapa; he is like the great gate to Dewachen (a transcendent Pure Land from which evolution on the path of enlightenment is said to be more easily assured). His name is the magic password to that fabulous spiritual domain.
Then he began reciting again and again the powerful name-mantra, Karmapa Khyenno! Karmapa Khyenno, Karmapa Khyenno, he intoned loudly, again and again.
After each and every rosary of one hundred and eight fervent recitations, he would then hit the corpse with his mala, or prayer beads, commanding that, in the name of the Buddha Karmapa, the spirit of the deceased be reborn in Dewachen.
After some time, everyone noticed that the signs of successful consciousness transference began to appear. Hair fell from the top of the corpses head; there was a pleasant fragrance in the air, and a large bump appeared at the crown aperture where the subtle consciousness of the deceased departed for the other world.
Everyone present rejoiced, and gratefully thanked the mendicant lama. All began to faithfully practice the mantra of the Karmapa, praying to realize the great freedom and bliss of Dewachen in this very lifetime.
The travelling lama soon continued on his journey. One day he heard that the omniscient Karmapa was visiting south Tibet, so he determined to go and meet him and pay his respects.
Upon finally reaching his destination, the first thing the clairvoyant Karmapa said to him was: That was a difficult phowa we performed up there in the north, wasnt it? The Karmapa laughed, hitting the other lama with his mala.
Then the mendicant knew with unshakable certainty that the Karmapa is an omniscient living Buddha, who always keeps his disciples, wherever they are, in his heart and mind.
Since those days Karmapa Chenno is the most important mantra to invoke the enlightened qualities and powers of Karmapa in Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. With the name of Karmapa is understood not just some particular individual, but the enlightened qualities of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Karmapa is the one who embodies all three jewels of refuge, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha for his students.
This is the story on origin of Karmapa mantra I have heard.
source:

http://the17thkarmapa.blogspot.de/…/origin-of-mantra-karmap…

ORIGIN OF MANTRA KARMAPA CHENNO
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The most important practice in Tibetan Buddhism is Guru Yoga, meditation and mantra on the spiritual head and teacher of the tradition, which is seen as living Buddha, embodiment of three kayas and 10 bhumi (extraordinary powers). In Kagyu tradition the head Lama is Gyalwa Karmapa and his mantra is Karmapa Chenno. It is believed sounds of this mantra are directly connected with the enlightened mind of HH Karmapa and carry its enlightened qualities and brings help when it is most necessary for the benefit of student.
Here I would like to share with you a story about the origins of Karmapa Chenno mantra. The Karmapa mantra has originated at the times of 8thKarmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554) in context of teaching about "Calling the Lama from afar."
“Karmapa Chenno” can be roughly translated as "Embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas, turn attention to me." In Central Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan, it is pronounced Karmapa Kyen-no or Karmapa khen-no. In East Tibet, it is pronounced "Karmapa chenno."In western countries the most widespread pronunciation is Karmapa Chenno and it is considered correct.
One day, in 16th century, the head of a nomadic household in desolate, windswept northern Tibet passed away. In such a sparsely inhabited region it was rare to find monasteries and lamas to perform Buddhist funeral rites, so the family wondered what to do. Then they noticed a ragged individual travelling on foot who appeared as if he could be either an itinerant yogi or a beggar, so they went to inquire. The mendicant turned out to be, in fact, a lama. The grieving family requested his ministrations for the deceased, and he complied.
When he reached the man's deathbed and began his incantations, the family respectfully requested the lama to perform phowa (consciousness transference to higher realms). The lama, however, said: "I am just a poor, uneducated practitioner of the Buddha's teachings; I have not mastered that esoteric practice. But I do have one positive quality, infinite faith in the living Buddha, named Lama Karmapa; he is like the great gate to Dewachen (a transcendent Pure Land from which evolution on the path of enlightenment is said to be more easily assured). His name is the magic password to that fabulous spiritual domain."
Then he began reciting again and again the powerful name-mantra, "Karmapa Khyenno!" "Karmapa Khyenno, Karmapa Khyenno," he intoned loudly, again and again.
After each and every rosary of one hundred and eight fervent recitations, he would then hit the corpse with his mala, or prayer beads, commanding that, in the name of the Buddha Karmapa, the spirit of the deceased be reborn in Dewachen.
After some time, everyone noticed that the signs of successful consciousness transference began to appear. Hair fell from the top of the corpse's head; there was a pleasant fragrance in the air, and a large bump appeared at the crown aperture where the subtle consciousness of the deceased departed for the other world.
Everyone present rejoiced, and gratefully thanked the mendicant lama. All began to faithfully practice the mantra of the Karmapa, praying to realize the great freedom and bliss of Dewachen in this very lifetime.
The travelling lama soon continued on his journey. One day he heard that the omniscient Karmapa was visiting south Tibet, so he determined to go and meet him and pay his respects.
Upon finally reaching his destination, the first thing the clairvoyant Karmapa said to him was: "That was a difficult phowa we performed up there in the north, wasn't it?" The Karmapa laughed, hitting the other lama with his mala.
Then the mendicant knew with unshakable certainty that the Karmapa is an omniscient living Buddha, who always keeps his disciples, wherever they are, in his heart and mind.
Since those days Karmapa Chenno is the most important mantra to invoke the enlightened qualities and powers of Karmapa in Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. With the name of Karmapa is understood not just some particular individual, but the enlightened qualities of all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Karmapa is the one who embodies all three jewels of refuge, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha for his students.
This is the story on origin of Karmapa mantra I have heard.
source:

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I would like to wish all of my Indian brothers and sisters a very happy 71st Independence Day. With deep gratitude for all the kindness that the Indian people continue to show Tibetans, I hope your celebrations are filled with joy, happiness, and much hope for the future.
VANDE MATARAM

- The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Renate Ahluwalia shared Karmapa's photo to the group: Advaita-Vedanta अद्वैत वेदान्त.

I would like to wish all of my Indian brothers and sisters a very happy 71st Independence Day. With deep gratitude for all the kindness that the Indian people continue to show Tibetans, I hope your celebrations are filled with joy, happiness, and much hope for the future.
VANDE MATARAM

- The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
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I would like to wish all of my Indian brothers and sisters a very happy 71st Independence Day. With deep gratitude for all the kindness that the Indian people continue to show Tibetans, I hope your celebrations are filled with joy, happiness, and much hope for the future. VANDE MATARAM ...

Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, manifested many forms for inspiring and teaching others, and for taming destructive spirits and binding them under oath to become protectors of the Dharma. These paintings show eight of the main forms that he manifested.

Also to be found in these paintings are eighty-four mahasiddhas; some of the accomplished yogis of ancient India.

Renate Ahluwalia shared Chamtrul Rinpoche's post to the group: Advaita-Vedanta अद्वैत वेदान्त.

Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, manifested many forms for inspiring and teaching others, and for taming destructive spirits and binding them under oath to become protectors of the Dharma. These paintings show eight of the main forms that he manifested.

Also to be found in these paintings are eighty-four mahasiddhas; some of the accomplished yogis of ancient India.
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"BLESSING FROM H.H. Penor Rinpoche FOR WORLD PEACE." Lama Kenpo Pema Chopel Rinpoche chanting the "Medicine Buddha Healing Mantra" - CD
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Lama Kenpo Pema Chopel Rinpoche chanting the "Medicine Buddha Healing Mantra" - CD "Blessing from H.H. Penor Rinpoche For World Peace" //// The originator of...

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You keep going. That is the bodhisattva's way. As long as it benefits even one being you have to, without any sense of discouragement, go on.

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Chapter 8. KHADRO-LA & EARTQUAKES - continued text:

Once, when she was on a beach in Taiwan, there was about to be a typhoon. She did some prayers, nothing long at all, and the typhoon stopped. The students who were around her at the time actually saw this happen and they told me.

She is very powerful. The nagas and worldly protectors who cause violent weather—all those hail storms and winds and such things—react depending on what people do. If people do positive things the weather is subdued but violent weather is the result of people’s negative, violent minds, their violent thoughts.

I’m telling you this in case you are wondering whether it is possible for Khadro-la to go to a pure land. Maybe you believe it or maybe not, but I can tell you other things so you can understand what she can do.
THE POWER OF THE BODHISATTVAS

Of course, such powers as being able to influence the weather are as yet unknown by Western scientists. They attribute bad weather to other causes. They can see the physical conditions but they have yet to understand the most important thing, the inner cause, karma. Not even the most expert Western scientists have discovered this but it seems their thinking is getting more subtle and they are getting closer to the Buddhist views.

For example, they used to believe that there were no sentient beings on Mars but then—before I left America for India last year or the year before—it was announced that they had discovered the potential for life there.51 So, it is changing, and it will continue to change the deeper they check.

Karma has yet to be discovered by the scientists. But once it is discovered—how all suffering comes from negative karma and all happiness comes from positive karma—it will blow their minds! It will be such an unbelievable shock. This is what I think. At the moment, because it is not within the scope of scientific thought, people in the West don’t think about it. Some people might even think that concepts like karma and reincarnation are crazy, that they come from people’s imagination. Such people either don’t think about future lives or what death means or their thoughts are very vague.

One time, on an airplane, I was watching my fellow passengers put their luggage up before the flight. They were well-dressed, maybe in clothes worth a thousand dollars, and talking about nothing but this life, nothing else, about how they made ten million dollars and things like that. But they had no idea at all about the life after this. They had never heard that the result of negative karma is rebirth in the suffering lower realms—the hells, the hungry ghost realm or the animal realm—or that the result of positive karma is the happiness of the human and god realms. And this is without talking about what is beyond samsara, about nirvana, the total cessation of the oceans of samsaric suffering and the five paths that lead to liberation and enlightenment.

There are five paths to peerless happiness, buddhahood, the state of the omniscient mind, the elimination of all obscurations and the completion of all realizations—sang-gyä. Even before reaching that goal, simply progressing through the five paths and the ten bhumis brings unbelievable happiness and bliss.

Even on the first bhumi a bodhisattva is able to go to a hundred different buddha pure lands and receive teaching from the buddhas there at the same time and with a hundred different bodies do prostrations to the buddhas there. Then, when he achieves the second bodhisattva bhumi, he is able to go to a thousand different buddha pure lands and receive teachings and manifest in a thousand bodies and give teachings to sentient beings. With each succeeding bhumi the numbers increase and with the eighth, ninth and tenth bhumis the bodhisattva can go to billions and zillions of pure lands and receive teachings and do prostrations there and is able to manifest in billions and zillions and trillions of forms and give teachings, getting ever closer to enlightenment like that. He can manifest as a river, a bridge, a mountain, as all kinds of things to benefit sentient being. What a bodhisattva can do to benefit sentient beings is so amazing it doesn’t fit our ordinary, limited concepts. If this is what a bodhisattva can do, there is no question what a buddha can do...
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...If we compare that to the omniscience of the Buddha, then from a spiritual perspective the capacity of the Buddha is equal to space. There is not even a hair’s worth of anything that cannot and is not known. That is called being fully and completely omniscient.

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...If we compare that to the omniscience of the Buddha, then from a spiritual perspective the capacity of the Buddha is equal to space. There is not even a hair’s worth of anything that cannot and is not known. That is called being fully and completely omniscient.
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All those philosophers who are learned in western subjects such as science are able to identify that which is invisible to ordinary people. Nevertheless, although they see and extract that which is precious among the external four elements, have made medical discoveries that cure diseases, are able ...

24 Statue Of Padmasambhava In The Glass Case In The Cave At Rong Pu Monastery Between Rongbuk And Mount Everest North Face Base Camp In Tibet.

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Homage to Guru Rinpoche ( Padmasambhava )
Tibetan: པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས།,Mongolian ловон Бадмажунай, lovon Badmajunai, Chinese: 蓮花生大士 (pinyin: Liánhuāshēng), meaning the Lotus-Born, was a sage guru from Oddiyāna who is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet and neighboring countries in the 8th century.

In those lands he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (Precious Guru) or Lopon Rinpoche, or as Padum in Tibet, where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha.

He is further considered an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and traditionally even venerated as a second Buddha.He was born into a Brahmin family of Northwest India.

Alternative names:

Guru Rinpoche
Orgyen Guru
Loppon Rinpoche
Padum
Padmakara
Saroruha Vajra (in Bhutan)

Tashi Delek, credit: Upasaka Kameng

Homage to Guru Rinpoche ( Padmasambhava )
Tibetan: པདྨ་འབྱུང་གནས།,Mongolian ловон Бадмажунай, lovon Badmajunai, Chinese: 蓮花生大士 (pinyin: Liánhuāshēng), meaning "the Lotus-Born," was a sage guru from Oddiyāna who is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet and neighboring countries in the 8th century.

In those lands he is better known as Guru Rinpoche ("Precious Guru") or Lopon Rinpoche, or as Padum in Tibet, where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha.

He is further considered an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and traditionally even venerated as "a second Buddha".He was born into a Brahmin family of Northwest India.

Alternative names:

Guru Rinpoche
Orgyen Guru
Loppon Rinpoche
Padum
Padmakara
Saroruha Vajra (in Bhutan)

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Commitment to pure Dharma practice ~ Kalu Rinpoche

By understanding death and impermanence, the suffering of samsara and the karmic process, you spontaneously discover a commitment to pure Dharma practice.

– Kalu Rinpoche

from the book The Dharma: That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon

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Commitment to pure Dharma practice ~ Kalu Rinpoche

By understanding death and impermanence, the suffering of samsara and the karmic process, you spontaneously discover a commitment to pure Dharma practice.

– Kalu Rinpoche

from the book "The Dharma: That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon"
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Commitment to pure Dharma practice ~ Kalu Rinpoche justdharma.com/s/8g1fm By understanding death and impermanence, the suffering of samsara and the karmic process, you spontaneously discover a commitment to pure Dharma practice. – Kalu Rinpoche from the book "The Dharma: That Illuminates...

Be as careful as you can. Our minds are funny. Sometimes we are skeptical of things that are really worthwhile and completely accepting of things that we should avoid. Try to avoid extremes and follow the middle way, checking with wisdom wherever you go.
—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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"Be as careful as you can. Our minds are funny. Sometimes we are skeptical of things that are really worthwhile and completely accepting of things that we should avoid. Try to avoid extremes and follow the middle way, checking with wisdom wherever you go".
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The best practice of Dharma, the most perfect, the most substantial is certainly the practice of. I think it is absolutely essential for us to have an attitude of loving kindness to others. 

Loving kindness is the essence of the bodhicitta, the attitude of the bodhisattva. Its the most comfortable path, the most comfortable meditation. There can be no disagreement towards this or philosophical, psychological or scientific.

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The best practice of Dharma, the most perfect, the most substantial is certainly the practice of. I think it is absolutely essential for us to have an attitude of loving kindness to others.

Loving kindness is the essence of the bodhicitta, the attitude of the bodhisattva. It's the most comfortable path, the most comfortable meditation. There can be no disagreement towards this or philosophical, psychological or scientific.
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ESTA ES LA ULTIMA ENSEÑANZA QUE DIO LAMA YESHE ANTES DE MORIR EN 1983 La mejor practica del Dharma, la más perfecta, la más substancial es sin duda la practica de la Bodhichitta. Creo que es absolutamente esencial para nosotros tener una actitud de gentileza amorosa hacia los demás. La gentile...

OM I prostrate to Tara, exalted mother gone beyond,
Homage mother liberator TURE qualified mother,
Mother with TUTTARE dispelling all fears,
To SVAHA letters I extremely bow down.

Tara (Skt; Tib: Drolma)
A female meditational deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas; often referred to as the mother of the buddhas of the past, present and future. The Twenty-one Praises to Tara prayer is usually recited before debate sessions at Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

Teaching: Tara the Liberator
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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OM I prostrate to Tara, exalted mother gone beyond,
Homage mother liberator TURE qualified mother,
Mother with TUTTARE dispelling all fears,
To SVAHA letters I extremely bow down.

Tara (Skt; Tib: Drolma)
A female meditational deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas; often referred to as the mother of the buddhas of the past, present and future. The Twenty-one Praises to Tara prayer is usually recited before debate sessions at Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

Teaching: "Tara the Liberator"
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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“It may be appropriate if I tell you about a dream I had concerning Avalokiteshvara. Many years ago I was already living in Dharamsala and it was shortly before the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution. I dreamt I was in the Lhasa Jokhang, standing before an eleven-headed, thousand armed statue of Avalokiteshvara. He beckoned to me with his eyes and I stepped forward and embraced him. He told me not to be discouraged but to keep on working as well as I could. Shortly afterwards the Cultural Revolution broke out and this statue was one of those destroyed. Fragments of it, including some of the heads, made their way to me in Dharamsala and are now kept safely in the temple there.
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“It may be appropriate if I tell you about a dream I had concerning Avalokiteshvara. Many years ago I was already living in Dharamsala and it was shortly before the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution. I dreamt I was in the Lhasa Jokhang, standing before an eleven-headed, thousand armed statue of Avalokiteshvara. He beckoned to me with his eyes and I stepped forward and embraced him. He told me not to be discouraged but to keep on working as well as I could. Shortly afterwards the Cultural Revolution broke out and this statue was one of those destroyed. Fragments of it, including some of the heads, made their way to me in Dharamsala and are now kept safely in the temple there."
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OUR ACTUAL ENEMY ~ 17th Karmapa

Our anger is our actual enemy. It is an obstacle that cuts us off from the cause of higher states of rebirth and the definitive excellence that is liberation. If we do not tame it, then outer enemies will simply multiply. They will increase to the same extent that we try to overpower them. And they could present a danger to our lives and to our ability to keep any of the three sets of vows (individual liberation, bodhisattva, and tantric) we may have taken.

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OUR ACTUAL ENEMY ~ 17th Karmapa

Our anger is our actual enemy. It is an obstacle that cuts us off from the cause of higher states of rebirth and the definitive excellence that is liberation. If we do not tame it, then outer enemies will simply multiply. They will increase to the same extent that we try to overpower them. And they could present a danger to our lives and to our ability to keep any of the three sets of vows (individual liberation, bodhisattva, and tantric) we may have taken.
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Our Actual Enemy ~ 17th Karmapa justdharma.com/s/6ck7u Our anger is our actual enemy. It is an obstacle that cuts us off from the cause of higher states of rebirth and the definitive excellence that is liberation. If we do not tame it, then outer enemies will simply multiply. They will incre...

In Buddhism, when we hear about generating immeasurable love and compassion towards all beings, it literally means all beings without exception. It does not mean just my family, or my friends, or my people from my country, or even just human beings from my world.

It means expanding our love and compassion so that it becomes immeasurable, so that it embraces each and every sentient being throughout all of the planes of cyclic existence, no matter where they are, no matter what form that they have.

- Chamtrul Rinpoche

In Buddhism, when we hear about generating immeasurable love and compassion towards all beings, it literally means all beings without exception. It does not mean just my family, or my friends, or my people from my country, or even just human beings from my world.

It means expanding our love and compassion so that it becomes immeasurable, so that it embraces each and every sentient being throughout all of the planes of cyclic existence, no matter where they are, no matter what form that they have.

- Chamtrul Rinpoche
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THE WISE MASTER THEMSELVES - BUDDHA 

Irrigators channel waters;
fletchers straighten arrows;
carpenters shape wood;
the wise master themselves.

– Buddha

Dhammapada, verse 80

THE WISE MASTER THEMSELVES - BUDDHA

Irrigators channel waters;
fletchers straighten arrows;
carpenters shape wood;
the wise master themselves.

– Buddha

Dhammapada, verse 80
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Shree Krishna Karnamrutam
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August 14th Shree Krishna Janmaashtami.

We are celebrating Krishna Jayanti – celebration of the day the Lord’s descending onto the earth in an enchanting form as a child to Devaki-Vasudeva but grow up in a cowherd family as Nada and Yashoda kishora. Krishna himself reveals his divine incarnation status in Gita, the fourth Chapter and declares that He comes down to uplift the good and to punish the wicked, who obstruct the good from flourishing.

Paritraanaaya sadhuunaam vinashayaaca dRiShkRitaam,
dharma samthaapanaarthaaya sambhavaami yoge yuge|

and says He comes whenever whenever the dharma is getting strangled by adharma-

yadaa yadaa hi dharmasya glaanirbhavati bhaarata… ,

He comes down to restore dharma. Rama was not aware of his divine status and even when told, he considered himself to be a human, until when he was ready to leave this earth. Unlike Rama’s case, Krishna is fully aware of his divine status and declared himself that truth by demonstrating again and again by showing His viraat swaruupa; but in the end, He departed this earth like a human being, shot by an arrow of a hunter. Krishna declares:

bahuuni me vyatiitaani janmaani tava caarjuna|
staanyaham veda sarvaaNi na tvam vettha parantapa||

that is he is aware of all the births that He has taken before, while Arjuna does not remember; and thus declares he was the one who taught this science of Vedanta first to Vivasvavaan. Hence all the Leelas of Krishna have to be understood with the knowledge of who is playing these Leelas, the one who can kill Putana by sucking her life out, who could dive into Yamuna to punish the most poisonous snake, Kali and dance on its hood, and who could lift with his little finger the Govardhana mountain to protect all the innocent.

His leelas, therefore, have to be understood as divine plays with deep inner meaning for those who revel and bhakti for those who are enchanted by those.

Leelasuka in his enchanting work – Sri Krishna KarnaamRitam – introduces himself –

Shaivaa vayam na khalu tatra vicaaraNiiyam
pancaaksharii japaparaa nitaraam tathaapi|
ceto madiiya matasiikusumaavabhaasam
smerananam smarati gopavadhuu kishoram||

He says we are Shaviates. By using we, the implication is the whole family that he comes from that tradition where Shiva bhakti is practiced from his childhood. The question then is – was he involved in daily Vishnu aaraadhana? He says no – he does pancaaksharii japa paaraayanam nitaaraam – thus constantly does Shiva naama japa. However, he says there is no need to be concerned about these either – na khalu tatra vicaaraNiiyam. Even though he is doing all the time panchaaksharii japa, his mind is always dwelling on little Krishna all the time. madiiya cetaH gopavadhuu kishoram smarati – His mind is constantly locked in the vision of Lord Krishna that too in the form of a child of gopavadhuu – a gopica stree – yasoda. He does not say even son of Nandabaaba. – He is son of an innocent cowherd lady whose whole life is spent in rendering the cows, their milk, butter, etc., since that is all their wealth. Hence even though I come from a family of Shiva bhaktas, my mind is constantly dwelling on the Lord in the form of a little Krishna running around his mother, Yasoda, holding her duppata. He describes Krishna as atasee pusha avabhaasam – atasee (do not know what is equivalent English name) is supposed to be the dark blue flower and it is said that even when it dry and the tree is shaken it makes the sound of bells.

Leelasuka imagines Krishna as beautiful little flower like atasee flower, with full of brilliance – avabhaasam – The light of consciousness because of everything shines after – tasya bhaasa sarvam idam vibhaati. Yet it is manifesting in the form of small child who is drinking the milk of Yasoda and growing slowly by that. Here is the Lord who himself has no birth –
ajo nityaH – has no parents – causeless yet cause for all –the one who is beyond the six modifications – asti, jaayate, vardhate, etc, now longing to drink the milk of mother yasoda while growing in her lap like any other baby – yet constantly aware of His true nature. Even the gods are envious of Yasoda and Nadabaaba as Lord is seen playing in the dust of gokula.

Leelasuka also is aware of the whole scenario and therefore says – madeeya ceto smeraananam nitaraam smarati – constantly dwelling on the enchanting face of the yashodaa kishora that is always smiling with innocent sweet smile.

Krishna karanaamRitam has to be understood imagining the mind of Leelasuka as the platform on which the divine leelas are taking place, as he describes with intense experience. We will explore some of these leelas of the Lord as visualized by Leelasuka.

Hari Om!
Sadananda
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What we live and offer here is called Jnana Yoga or Yoga of Knowledge.
It is not the kind of knowledge which you get through science but some mysterious inner knowledge.
The knowledge about presence.
The knowledge about eternity.

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A pledge of Life itself. 
Gurudev gave us a pledge that every seeker needs to follow for his evolution. 
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We stand as one family bound to each other with love and respect
We serve as army courageous and disciplined ever ready to fight against all our low tendencies and false values
We stand as one family, bound to each other with love and respect.
We serve as an army courageous and disciplined, ever ready to fight against all low tendencies and false values, within and without us.
We live honestly the noble life of sacrifice and service, producing more than what we consume, and giving more than what we take.
We seek the Lord’s Grace to keep us on the path of virtue, courage, and wisdom.
May Thy grace and blessings flow through us to the world around us!
We believe that the service of our country is the service of the Lord of Lords, and devotion to the people is the devotion to the Supreme Self.
We know our responsibilities; give us the ability and courage to fulfill them.
Om Tat Sat 
Gurudev used to tell us the story of singing parrots.  There were lots of parrots in the forest.  A sage saw that a hunter was planning to come and capture them. To save them from the hunter, he taught the parrots – 
Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot, a hunter will come, one day will come. 
He will spread the seeds, and he will spread the seeds. Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot!
 Do not go after the seeds, Do not go after the seeds. Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot
You will get trapped, you will get trapped. 
Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot. 
The sage taught all the parrots the song and they were singing again and again. The whole forest was reverberating with the singing parrots. The hunter eventually came and also heard the song and was disappointed. Anyway, he spread the seed and decided he might as well take a nap. To his surprise, all the parrots came and got trapped. He was very happy. He packed them in his net and was carrying them. When the parrots saw the Swamiji Ashram, they all started singing the song – Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot. 
After telling the story, Gurudev said – do not be like a parrot – repeating the pledge like a parrot. We need to understand and follow. 
Here is a statement from Chanukya to think about. 
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A pledge of Life itself.
Gurudev gave us a pledge that every seeker needs to follow for his evolution.
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We stand as one family bound to each other with love and respect
We serve as army courageous and disciplined ever ready to fight against all our low tendencies and false values
We stand as one family, bound to each other with love and respect.
We serve as an army courageous and disciplined, ever ready to fight against all low tendencies and false values, within and without us.
We live honestly the noble life of sacrifice and service, producing more than what we consume, and giving more than what we take.
We seek the Lord’s Grace to keep us on the path of virtue, courage, and wisdom.
May Thy grace and blessings flow through us to the world around us!
We believe that the service of our country is the service of the Lord of Lords, and devotion to the people is the devotion to the Supreme Self.
We know our responsibilities; give us the ability and courage to fulfill them.
Om Tat Sat
Gurudev used to tell us the story of singing parrots. There were lots of parrots in the forest. A sage saw that a hunter was planning to come and capture them. To save them from the hunter, he taught the parrots –
Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot, a hunter will come, one day will come.
He will spread the seeds, and he will spread the seeds. Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot!
Do not go after the seeds, Do not go after the seeds. Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot
You will get trapped, you will get trapped.
Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot.
The sage taught all the parrots the song and they were singing again and again. The whole forest was reverberating with the singing parrots. The hunter eventually came and also heard the song and was disappointed. Anyway, he spread the seed and decided he might as well take a nap. To his surprise, all the parrots came and got trapped. He was very happy. He packed them in his net and was carrying them. When the parrots saw the Swamiji Ashram, they all started singing the song – Oh! Parrot, Oh! Parrot.
After telling the story, Gurudev said – do not be like a parrot – repeating the pledge like a parrot. We need to understand and follow.
Here is a statement from Chanukya to think about.
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Shree Krishna Karnaamrutam – 2

Having introduced himself as Shaiva upaasaka while his mind ever locked in the vision of Krishna to the extent that Leelasuka says that he sees only Krishna everywhere – that is his mind is Krishna mayam.

Once it so happened that the Lord appeared in the form of Rama at his door steps. When we do puja, we invite a chosen god to come into the form and pray as asmin bimbe - mahaganapatim or mahaa vishnum or any other god that we want to pray- aavaahayaami, requesting the God - please come down into this form – a transcendental form is invoked into transactional form, for the sake of puja. In essence, we provide the bimba, the form for the Lord to come; and once He is invited we do all the puja that involves sixteen steps starting from giving Him water to wash, etc. After the puja is finished we also request Him to leave, and is called visargana. After visargana the bimba that was used for the Lord to come in is appropriately disposed – like the way we appropriately dispose of the national flag when it becomes no more useful.

In the case of Leelasuka, once Lord himself walks in without any invitation, but in the form of Rama. After seeing the Lord, Leelasuka says with all the due reverence, please wait, before you enter, can you kindly remove that bow and arrow that you are carrying and instead carry in your hands this beautiful adorable flute, and by the by can you remove the crown of yours symbolizing as the prince of Ayodyha, but instead can you please put on this peacock’s feather on your head? After doing both you can comein and I can put my namaskarams to you. Another poet asks the other way - requesting the Lord please come as Rama and without forgetting your bow and arrow to destroy the fourteen thousand Rakshas that are disturbing my mind. Leelasuka, instead wants to listen to the divine music in his mind not the frightening sounds of a bow.

vihaaya kodanDa sharou muhuurtam

gRihaaNa paaNou maNi caaru veNum|

mayuura barham ca nijottamange

seetaapate! tvaam praNamaami paschaat||

Hay! Seetaapate! – Rama himself says, ‘people will know me as Seetaapati’, while Krishna is called as yashodaa or nanda baala (Radha was later invention). muhuurtham – please, for few moments, kodanDa sharou vihaaya – removing that frightening bow and arrow, paanou maNi caaru veNum gRihaaNa – please take this beautiful star studded flute in your hands. And by the by, can you also put on this peacock’s feather on your head (instead of that crown) – mayuura barham ca nija uttamange? After you have done that I will put namaskaaram to you and invite you into my mind – paschaat tvaam praNamaami.


Leelasuka visualizes the Lord Krishna coming in his full glory and beauty as sees Him as:

kastuuri tilakam lalaata phalake, vakshastale koustubham,

naasaagre navamouktikam, karatale venum, kare kankaNam,

sarvaange harichandanam ca kalayan, kanTheca muktaavaLim,

Gopastree pariveShTito vijayate gopaala cuuDaamanNiH||

This is a famous sloka that many people know but may not know that it is the composition from Sri Krishna karnaamritam.


lalaata phalake kastuuri tilakam – On His wide forehead He has red tilakam madeup fragrant kastuuri, vakshasthale koustubham, on His chest He is wearing Koustubham mani which is the seat of mahaalakshmi, On the nose new jewel, holding the flute in his hand which is decorated with bracelet, while the whole body is decorated with sandal-wood paste, and with necklace made of gems, He is coming surrounded by Gopies who have essentially surrendered themselves completely to Him. Seeing that Lord Coming with all glory – Leelasuka surrenders himself completely taking shelter at His feet – sharaNaagati.


Someone said – koustubham is his ID and without that, we cannot recognize the Lord even if He shows up. He has to show His ID before we let Him in. It is His ID since He carries Lakshmi there. Without Lakshmi one cannot recognize the Lord; or only via Lakshmi one can recognize the Lord. Lakshmi is prakRiti that includes even this body, mind and intellect (BMI). We have to use our BMI to recognize the Lord within or the pure all-pervading consciousness or that enlivens the BMI to make it active or alive. Hence Scripture defines the Lord as – Lakshmi-pati or husband of Lakshmi in the purusha sukam. In Shree Vaishnavism, it is said only via Shree one can approach Vishnu, who pervades everything – vyaapakatvat vishnuH.

The next sloka is little surprising. It also occurs in Mukundamaala authored by Kulasekhara Alwar.


hay gopaalaka! hay kRipaajalanidhe! hay sindhukanyapate!

hay kamsaantaka! hay gajendra karuNaa paariiNa! hay maadhava!

hay ramaanuja! hay jagatraya gurO! hay punDareekaasha! Maam

hay gopeejananaatha! paalaya param jaanaami na tvaam vinaa||

One can only surrender to the higher and that too only if one has reverential attitude, and recognizes that that there is no other means available for one’s salvation. Hence Leelasuka recognizing the Lord is kRipaajalanidhe – the ocean of compassion, and has in fact has saved in the past many jiivas like gajendra, who have surrendered themselves completely once realized that there is none who can save them. Hence Leelasukas says - na param jaanaami tvaam vina, there is nothing else that I know which is higher than you – Hence maam paalaya – please take complete control of me. Thus he completely surrenders to the Lord of his vision. Once surrendered it becomes Lord responsibility to take care of his disciple – that is the promise made by Lord Krishna in Geeta.

ananyaaschintayanto mam Ye janaaH paryupaasaate|

teshaam nityaabhiyuktaanaam yoga kshemam vahaamyaham||



Hari Om!

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Sri Krishna Karnamrutam -4

The supreme Lord, born to Devaki-Vasudeva is growing as a child, as a cowherd boy in the house of Nandabaaba and Yasoda mayyaa. Yasoda mayyaa and the whole of Gokul are enjoying the pranks of the Lord as a child without knowing that it is the supreme Lord that is now in the form of a little child. One day Yasoda mayyaa is trying put Krishna to sleep and like any child, Krishna asked – mayyaa! Can you tell me a story so that I can sleep? In India, mothers always used to tell all Pouraanic stories for the children, inculcating bhakti in their minds that there is always Lord to protect them when they are in trouble. When I was a child, my grandmother used to take me to a temple where daily puraanas were being told. There was one great pandit by name Puttaparti Sreenivasa Charlu, who was very popular in town, in telling the pouranic stories, since he used to interject many short stories in between to add spices to the main story. My mother had Devi –group, where she used to read Telugu bhagavatam and Ramayan daily and explain to all the ladies. I also used to listen until the ladies expelled me from their group. The son of Puttaparti Sreenivasa charlu was the well-known Telugu poet in Andhra– Puttaparti Narayanacharlu, who earned the title of ‘Saraswati Putra’.

Well coming back to the main story, little Krishna wanted Yasoda mayyaa to tell him the story so that he can sleep. Yasoda mayyaa was telling Ramayan story to little Krishna. This is the scene imagined by Leelasuka and this incident he described in a poetic form.

raamonaama babhuuva, hum, tadabalaa seeteti, hum, tam pitu
dvaacaa pancavaTeetaTe viharatas tasyaaharad raavaNaH|
nidraartham jananee kathaam iti harer humkaarataH shRiNvataH
soumitre! kva dhanu rdhanu rdhanu riti vyagraagiraH paantu naH||
nidraartham jananee kathaam iti –

for the inducing sleep to the child Krishna, the mother Yasoda was telling this story. Raamonaama babhuuva –once upon a time there was a prince by name Rama. Leelasuka says –child Krishna while listening to this story or should we say his own story of his past life, says – hum – as though he was keenly listening to some new story. Hum- sounds are interjected in the sloka as the response of the child Krishna. Yasoda continues with the story. She says – tat abalaa seeta iti – The name of his wife was Seeta – hum. tam pitudvaacaa pancavaTeetaTe viharataH, tasya tam aharat raavanaH – He abiding in his father’s words went to the forest and moving around in the Pancavati, when his wife was kidnapped by Ravana – when yasodamaaya said this, instead of regular –hum- Krishna jumped out of the bed and shouted angrily – Lakshmaanaa! Where is my dhanus, my dhanus, my dhanus – thus shouted in an anger filled with urgency? One can imagine the how Yasoda mayya might have responded to her child’s outburst without knowing who Krishna really is. Leelasuka says that Krishna who is ever on the guard to protect dharma - paantu naH – may he protect us all.

Here the author is pointing to us two things- The love of Rama to Seeta, even though that incarnation is over, his love is so intense that he in the form of little Krishna could not stand someone kidnaping his beloved Seeta when he was Rama. Generations must have passed by then. Still after hearing that his beloved was kidnapped was still intolerable. Second is his love for Lakshmana who served him like his shadow. Lakshmana is so involved in the service of Rama to the extent that Rama depended on him for everything. Rama did not know where the bow and arrows were unless Lakshmana was there to give. It is said that Rama will not return back to his abode as long as Lakshmana was there. Hence a situation was created to separate Lakshmana from Rama by sending Durvasa to see Rama when he was having private discussions with a yama, who came in disguise. Lakshmana had to leave and once Lakshmana left Rama had no more desire to remain there.

Mother Yasoda must have got frightened by the Child’s act of suddenly jumping from the bed and calling for Lakshmana to bring his bow and arrows. It was said that Shree Kulashekara Alwar was also so involved in the story of Ramayan, while listening to the part that Rama was on the way to Lanka to fight with Ravana, immediately got up from his chair and asked his commander in army to get ready to go to Lanka to help Rama to fight Ravana.

In another poem, Leelasuka tells that while Yasoda mayyaa was putting little Krishna to sleep, Gods above wanted to visit him, at least in his dream. Lord Shiva comes first, and Krishna says Oh! Shabho! Please come and have a seat. Then pitamaha Brahma comes who is invited to sit on his left side. Indra comes – Krishna says – Oh! Indra! Long time no see! Must not be getting into any troubles now as days! Like that Krishna is inviting each God that is visiting. Yasoda who was admiring her sleeping son with a smile on his face suddenly hears – Oh! Shambo! Oh! Brahma! Oh! Indra! etc., while the child is still sleeping. Thinking that the child has some bad dreams, she holds her Krishna tight and as concerned mother shouts– what happened my child – what happened my child - and then does - – thuu- thuu – as raksha for the child to protect the child from bad dreams.

shambhO! svaagata maasyataam ita, ito vaamena padmaasana!
krouncaare! kushalam? sukham? surapate! Vittesha! nodRusyase!
ittham svapna gatasya kaiTabhajitaH shRitvaa yasodaa giraH
kim kim baalaka! Jalpaseeti rachitam, thuu! thuu!, kRitam paatu naH|

That playful Krishna may he protect us.

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