From The Divine Sports of Krishna

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Note: The three extracts below are from the Divine Sports of Krishna. Yashoda was Krishna’s adoptive mother in the village where he grew up. Mohan, Shyam and Gopal are among the names by which his devotees know him. Shesh is a traditional image of divinity, associated with great jewels. Says Yashoda: People lecture me, But…

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From Direct Experience of Reality: Verses 8 to 12

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Devoted trust (bhakti) in the words of the holy scriptures and the teacher is called faith (shraddha); one pointedness of the mind on the one real goal of life is called concentration (samadhana). [8] Commentary: The scriptures are above logic, though their truth can be established by right reasoning. Unless a pupil has faith in…

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The Crest Jewel of Wisdom verses 18-20

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From The Crest Jewel of Wisdom [18] The wise speak of four items of discipline. Only if these are present can a person become permanently established in reality, otherwise not. [19] The first qualification is discrimination of the permanent from the impermanent, then an attitude of detachment towards the enjoyment of all rewards in this…

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From the Ashtavakra Gita

From the Ashtavakra Gita Chapter Ten 1. Give up the chief enemy, desire for pleasure and for worldly prosperity, both being fraught with evil, as well as enslavement to dharma (good deeds) from which they spring. Note: The three objects of the worldly-minded are kāma (pleasure), artha (prosperity) and dharma (good deeds); but release from…

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On the Affirmations Underlying Yoga

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The spiritual affirmations which underlie this Yoga are tremendous and startling. If they awaken immediate antagonism in you, or shock you, this Yoga is very probably not for you at present. But if they arouse a feeling of awe, or even of curiosity, prepare to make the spiritual experiments which will prove their truth to…

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What Meditation Is

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To meditate means, in the preliminary and lower stages, to apply thought-force consciously; to produce harmony, both within and without; to obtain control over the mind and the emotions; and to open up the faculty of intuition or buddhi. Our individual minds, conditioned by our bodies, are but small fractions of the divine or cosmic…

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Teachings by Shri Dada: How to See More

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The holy man was walking in the garden. There was a rhythm in all he did and he was pacing unhurriedly as was his wont beside a bed of flowering plants freshly arranged by the gardener. The grass at the base of the bed was cut into the form of an ‘Om’, the flowers displayed…

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The Identity of Self and the Supreme

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Let us consider the question: ‘What am I?’ In the collection of Shankara’s writings called The Thousand Teachings, we find the answer to this question presented in direct and uncompromising terms. For example: I am the Lord, ever one and the same in all beings, beyond the destructible and indestructible principles, hence the supreme Spirit.…

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The Origin of the Cosmos According to Vedanta

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It is held by the sages of the Vedanta that the cosmos, both in its subtle and its gross phenomenal aspect, is an appearance only; that when analysed to its root, it has no substance but is made perceivable and conceivable by an ever-present power—divine in origin—the power of Maya. The words ‘divine in origin’…

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