THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on THE DREAMER AND THE DREAM

Nonresistance is the key to the greatest power in the universe.

Through it, consciousness (spirit) is freed form its imprisonment in form.

Inner nonresistance to form – whatever is or happens – is a denial of
the absolute
reality of form.

Resistance makes the world and the things of the world appear more
real, more solid, and more lasting than they are, including your own
form identity, the ego.

It endows the world and the ego with a heaviness and an absolute
importance that makes you take yourself and the world very seriously.
The play of form is then misperceived as a struggle for survival, and
when that is your perception, it becomes your reality.

The many things that happen, the many forms that life takes on, are of
an ephemeral nature.

They are all fleeting. Things, bodies and egos, events, situations,
thoughts, emotions, desires, ambitions, fears, drama… they come,
pretend to be all important, and before you know it they are gone,
dissolved
into the nothingness out of which they came.

Where they ever real?

Were they ever more than a dream, the dream of form?

When we wake up in the morning, the night’s dream dissolves, and we
say, “Oh, it was only a dream. It wasn’t real.”

But something in the dream must have been real otherwise it could not be.

When death approaches, we may look back on our life and wonder if it
was just another dream.

Even now you may look back on last year’s vacation or yesterday’s
drama and see that it is very similar to last night’s dream.

There is the dream, and there is the dreamer of the dream.

The dream is a shortlived play of forms.

It is the world – relatively real but not absolutely real.

Then there is the dreamer, the absolute reality in which the forms come and go.

The dreamer is not the person. The person is part of the dream.

The dreamer is the substratum in which the dream appears, that which
makes the dream possible.

It is the absolute behind the relative, the timeless behind time, the
consciousness in and behind form.

The dreamer is consciousness itself – who you are.

To awaken within the dream is our purpose now.

When we are awake within the dream, the ego created earth drama comes
to an end and a more benign and wondrous dream arises.

This is the new earth.

– ECKHART TOLLE

STEPS TO CELIBACY

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on STEPS TO CELIBACY

There are four processes in the practice of brahmacarya (celibacy). First control the sex impulse and sex vasana (habit) through dama (control of senses) and pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), then practise conservation of sex-energy. Shut all holes through which energy leaks; then divert the conserved energy into the proper spiritual channels through japa (repetition of God’s name), kirtan (chanting), selfless service, pranayama (yoga breathing) and study, vigilance, self-analysis, introspection and vicara (enquiry). Then have conversion or sublimation of the sex-energy. Let it be converted into ojas (spiritual energy) or brahma-tejas (Brahmic radiance) through constant meditation (brahmacintana) and Lord’s grace.

A vedantin diverts his mind through asserting, “I am all-purity. I am sexless Atman (Self). Om. Om. Om.” A bhakta (devotee) diverts his mind through japa, kirtan, service of guru (preceptor), service in temple, study of Bhagavatam, Ramayana, etc. A karma (active) yogi diverts his mind. He is ever occupied in some kind of useful service or other. A hatha yogi converts the sex-energy through kriya yoga and dharana (concentration) and pratipaksa bhavana (meditation on the opposite) method.

In common parlance brahmacarya is single life. In yogic parlance it is restraint of not only sex-indriya (sense), but all senses. All senses contribute their own share to sexual excitement, sexual urge. The sight raises impure thoughts. Food strengthens the sex-indriya, as tongue and genitals are born from the same source. Hearing of love, talks, touch, smell – all excite passion. Therefore all senses must be controlled. Repression or suppression of sex-energy will not help much in the practice of brahmacarya. What is wanted is sublimation. Sex-energy must be entirely converted into ojas sakti or spiritual force. In transformation the gross form assumes a subtle form. The gross semen becomes a subtle force; this is also not enough. Sublimation only gives full protection.

Lustful gazing at women, talking on love matters and about women, gluttony, too much sleep, shaking of body and aimless wandering, a desire to be in the company of women, are all forms of lust. Abandon all these. Practise purity in thought, word and deed and get established in satchidananda svarupa (essential nature as existence-consciousness-bliss-absolute).  – Swami Sivananda

WHAT IS THIS WORLD?

September 11, 2013 Comments Off on WHAT IS THIS WORLD?

This world is a mass of energy or electrons,
This is the view of scientists.
This world is all sakti,
This is the view of the saktas.
The essence of the world is Brahman, the Absolute,
This is the view of vedantins:
Thus sayeth Sivananda.

IMPORTANCE OF MOUNA

September 11, 2013 Comments Off on IMPORTANCE OF MOUNA

The organ of speech is a very great distracter of the mind. Too much talking indicates that the man is rajasic (restless). Talking makes the mind outgoing. Mouna (vow of silence) is almost death for the worldly man. It is a great blessing for the spiritual aspirant.

A worldly man always wants company and talk. This is his nature. Energy is wasted in this idle gossiping. Conserve this energy by mouna and utilise it for the contemplation of the divine. If you observe mouna for two months you will realise its advantages. Then you yourself will not leave the practice. If the organ of speech is checked then the eyes and ears come under control quite easily.

Mouna develops will power. It checks the impulse of speech. It is a great help in the observance of truth and the control of anger. Emotions are also controlled and irritability vanishes. A mouni (one who observes mouna) uses measured words, and his speech is very impressive. A mouni first thinks whether his speech will wound the feelings of others, what sort of impression it will make on the minds of others, and so on. He is careful in his speech. He is thoughtful and considerate. He weighs each word before it comes out of his mouth. He can stay for a long time in seclusion. Practise. Feel the joy and peace of silence for yourself.

If you wish to observe mouna, you should keep yourself perfectly occupied in japa (repetition of God’s name), meditation and mantra-writing. Do not mix with others. Do not come out of your room frequently. The energy used for speech should be sublimated into spiritual energy. It should be utilised for meditation. Then only you will enjoy serenity, calmness, peace and inner spiritual strength.

During mouna, introspect. Watch the thoughts. Then you will come to understand the ways of the mind and its workings. You can notice how the mind runs from one object to another in a moment’s time. You will derive immense benefit from the practice of mouna. Real mouna is silence of the mind. Physical mouna eventually leads to silence of the mind.

Mouna of the mind is far superior to the mouna of speech. Mouna should come by itself. It must be natural. Forced mouna is only wrestling with the mind. It is an effort. If you live in truth, then mouna will come by itself, and there will be absolute peace.  – Swami Sivananda

FORGETFULNESS OF BEING

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on FORGETFULNESS OF BEING

Ego is always identification with form, seeking yourself and thereby
losing yourself in some form.

Forms are not just material objects and physical bodies.

More fundamental than the external forms – things and bodies – are the
thought forms that continuously arise in the field of consciousness.

They are energy formations, finer and less dense than physical matter,
but they are forms nonetheless.

What you may be aware of as a voice in your head that never stops
speaking is the stream of incessant and compulsive thinking.

When every thought absorbs your attention completely, when you are so
identified with the voice in your head and the motions that accompany
it that you lose yourself in every thought and every emotion, then you
are totally identified with form and therefore in the grip of ego.

Ego is a conglomeration of recurring thought forms and conditioned
mental emotional
patterns that are invested with a sense of I, a sense of self.

Ego arises when your sense of Beingness, of “I Am,” which is formless
consciousness, gets mixed up with form.

This is the meaning of identification. This is forgetfulness of Being,
the primary error, the illusion of absolute separateness that turns
reality into a nightmare.

–ECKHART TOLLE

with
Thanks and best regards
J.Suresh

SUPREME PEACE IS YOUR GOAL

June 10, 2013 Comments Off on SUPREME PEACE IS YOUR GOAL

 

Every man in the world is restless and is striving after something. What it is he does not know. In the accomplishment of ambitious projects he seeks the rest that he feels he is in need of but he finds that worldly greatness, when secured, is a snare and a delusion. He does not find any real happiness or peace in it. He gets degrees, titles, honours, power, name, and fame. He marries, he begets children, he gets all he had supposed would give him happiness. But he finds no rest. Pious men, saints, sages declare that this restlessness of every man, this state of discontent, dissatisfaction and uncomfortableness, of being ill at ease with himself and his surroundings, is solely due to the loss of the companionship of the partner of his soul, God.

Peace is absolute serenity and tranquillity, wherein all the mental modifications, thoughts, imagination, whims, fancies, moods, impulses and emotions, instincts etc., cease entirely and the individual soul rests in his own native, pristine glory, in an unruffled state. It is not, of course, the temporary condition of mental quietude which worldly people speak of in common parlance, when they retire for a short time to a solitary bungalow in a forest for a short rest. Peace is the fourth state of super-consciousness. It is the realm of supreme bliss, eternal life and eternal sunshine, where cares, worries, anxieties and fears which torment the soul here, dare not enter; where all distinctions of caste, creed and colour vanish altogether in the one embrace of the divine love and where desires and cravings find their full satiety.

Peace is within. Search for it in the chambers of your heart through one pointed concentration and meditation. If you do not find peace there, you will not find it anywhere else. Remember, dear friends, that the goal of life is attainment of peace and not the achievement of power, fame and wealth.

Desire is the greatest enemy of peace. There is no peace for him who has no concentration. There can be no happiness for the unpeaceful. In that supreme peace all pains, all sorrows, miseries, tribulations vanish forever.

The peace of the eternal lies near those who know themselves, who are disjoined from desire and passion, subdued in nature and of subdued thoughts. The man who is endowed with supreme faith and who has mastery over his senses, quickly gets supreme peace. – Swami Sivananda

STEPS TO CELIBACY

June 10, 2013 Comments Off on STEPS TO CELIBACY

 

There are four processes in the practice of brahmacarya (celibacy). First control the sex impulse and sex vasana (habit) through dama (control of senses) and pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), then practise conservation of sex energy. Shut all holes through which energy leaks; then divert the conserved energy into the proper spiritual channels through japa (repetition of God’s name), kirtan (chanting), selfless service, pranayama (yoga breathing) and study, vigilance, self-analysis, introspection and vicara (enquiry). Then have conversion or sublimation of the sex energy. Let it be converted into ojas (spiritual energy) or brahma tejas (Brahmic radiance) through constant meditation (brahmacintana) and Lord’s grace.

A vedantin diverts his mind through asserting, “I am all purity. I am sexless Atman (Self). Om. Om. Om.” A bhakta (devotee) diverts his mind through japa, kirtan, service of guru (preceptor), service in temple, study of Bhagavatam, Ramayana, etc. A karma (active) yogi diverts his mind. He is ever occupied in some kind of useful service or other. A hatha yogi converts the sex energy through kriya yoga and dharana (concentration) and pratipaksa bhavana (meditation on the opposite) method.

In common parlance brahmacarya is single life. In yogic parlance it is restraint of not only sex indriya (sense), but all senses. All senses contribute their own share to sexual excitement, sexual urge. The sight raises impure thoughts. Food strengthens the sex-indriya, as tongue and genitals are born from the same source. Hearing of love, talks, touch, smell – all excite passion. Therefore all senses must be controlled. Repression or suppression of sex energy will not help much in the practice of brahmacarya. What is wanted is sublimation. Sex energy must be entirely converted into ojas sakti or spiritual force. In transformation the gross form assumes a subtle form. The gross semen becomes a subtle force; this is also not enough. Sublimation only gives full protection.

Lustful gazing at women, talking on love matters and about women, gluttony, too much sleep, shaking of body and aimless wandering, a desire to be in the company of women, are all forms of lust. Abandon all these. Practise purity in thought, word and deed and get established in satchidananda svarupa (essential nature as existence-consciousness-bliss-absolute). – Swami Sivananda

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