Non-Duality—Preparation and Achievement

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The greatest achievements are usually hard-won. The achievement that surpasses all others is the awakening to the higher self-knowledge. This is to realise, as a matter of direct experience, that one’s innermost Self is not different from the Reality which underlies the whole cosmos. Through sustained efforts and an ever-deepening interest in the goal, we…

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Endeavour to be a Sant

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Whose bodies, minds and words overflow with goodness; Whose chief delight and satisfaction is benevolence to all beings; Who swell the merits of others to mountains when they are like atoms, And are ever fully pleased by the inner vision— Such sants are indeed rare. Bhartrihari A Sant* is not distinguished by any external signs.…

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The Secret of Action

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Action is held to be one of the traditional paths which lead to freedom, as are also meditation and knowledge, but you may need greater courage to start on either of the inner paths than you will to embark on the outer path of action. Action seems all too easy at first, especially to those…

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Dance Away Your Limitations

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The Skanda Purana is one of the great epic poems in the Vedic tradition. It includes the following story about the asura (demon) Bhasma, and hints at how to lead the mind from limitations to eternal freedom. This version formed part of a presentation given by the Warden of Shanti Sadan. The mind’s powers of…

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The Perceptual World of the Individual

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In one of Bishop Berkeley’s dialogues, two philosophers are looking at a distant castle, only a tiny speck on the horizon. They agree that they can both see it, but are unable to make out its doors, windows and battlements. From where they are, it looks like a small round tower pointing upwards on the…

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Our Inner Philosopher

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Reflections on The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius Boethius was a scholarly and respected Roman citizen who lived from about 475 to 525 AD. At that time, the Roman Empire was in decline, no longer able to control its far-flung provinces, and vulnerable to attacks from Gothic or Hun tribes, either combining forces or pursuing…

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What is Truth?

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The question which Pilate asked Jesus is a perennial question. It had been asked before him, and it continues to be asked today, and the future also will see the question being asked over and over again. When Pilate asked the question, it was a question of appeal, and what he really meant was that…

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The Infinite Power of Love

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One of the fundamental facts of our human existence is the urge to love and be loved. This is the basis of family life, and of true friendship and fellow-feeling. Love makes us feel better. It makes us feel special and really valued. We think: ‘Ah, here is someone who appreciates me and who knows…

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Entering the Street of the Friend

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I have found entry into the street of the Friend; Indeed I now have something to live for and to die for. An Urdu Verse The play of a fountain of water is beautiful to those that watch it. It splashes; its drops reach further and further, and birds may come and bathe in it.…

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Four Qualifications for the Path to the Goal of Liberation

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Goal-setting is a widely-recommended strategy for effective working and achieving success and happiness. Having a goal means: being clear about what one wants; not being put off by distractions and set-backs; developing relevant skills and personal qualities; keeping it in mind as the top priority. Goal-setting is no doubt an effective way of getting things…

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