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Digest #4726
SAMA  DARSANAM by swamypvap
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
Quotable Quote by p_gopi_krishna
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna


Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:15 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Maanava Sareeram is like a bus
Manasu(mind) is like a driver.
Buddi(intelligence) is like a conductor,
Dharma Margam is the prescribed route and the Gamyam(destination) is Eswara.
Maanava Jivitam(life) is like a bus journey.
Dharmam,Artham,Kamam and Moksham are the four land marks of the route
Sat Buddi like a conductor blows a whistle i.e Nethi (Not This) when Manasu/driver tries to change the prescribed root.

Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:15 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Sama Darsanam nullifies the effect of Maya(illusion) and accordingly a person who possesses Sama Darsanam(equal mindedness) realizes Eswara/Atma.
In order to develop Sama Darsanam one should never aim at others property and should be contended with what one possesses. This mental attitude enables a person to treat gold and mud alike.
Secondly he/she should start looking at other woman as his/her mother.This mental empowerment enlightens a person to realize Eswara Jhnana Swarupni/Eswari in Prakruti(Nature) as Prajhnanam/Prakruti Jhnanam(Absolute knowledge).
Due to the above enrichment of mind due to the earning of Parama Artham, the concerned person sees Eswara as Atma in all Bhutamulu(beings)

Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:32 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Standing Like A Rock, No Matter What Comes
by Sri Swami Chidananda

The great sages of the past discovered the Supreme Reality. It is the one Being that is eternally present. It is That which is beyond sense perceptions, and which is the depth of your own consciousness. They did not give It any particular name; they only said that it is "That" or Tat. That alone exists; That alone is. It is eternal existence. They said that you are no different from That. The quote in Sanskrit is Tat twam asi, or "Thou art That."
However, the sum totality of the knowledge concerning all things in this material physical universe is comprehended only through the senses. These phenomena, like the flitting shadows upon a cinema screen, come and go, but they are made possible because of the presence of the screen. Without the substratum of the screen, it would be impossible to project any pictures. The screen was there even before the projection of the movie started, it is present throughout the showing, and it remains when the show is over. It alone persists even when the shadow play is finished. But no one ever thinks of that silent screen in the cinema theatre; everyone is interested only in the shadow play. However, that screen is the true Reality, while the pictures are only a play of shadows. The great sages said that the Reality is not the same as this passing show and that it is none of what you have known up till now through the senses.

What is the basis of human experiences? Do these experiences really exist outside of you? Have they got an independent existence apart from you? Now let us make it more concrete. Your joys and your sorrows—do these things exist in this world outside of you? Who makes you happy, and who makes you weep? Can you point the finger at someone or something and say, "This is the cause of my happiness, and this is the cause of my sorrow?" This finger pointing is what we all do. We all think we are all wonderful and innocent people, but it is this world outside that puts us through the mill. We are always bothered by this unjust world that gives us such an unfair deal, and we try to find the causes of our unhappiness in the outer things.

Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:35 am (PDT) . Posted by:


"We do not want sorrow and pain; we want happiness and joy. That is what everyone is seeking. All your experiences are created by yourself. You can unmake your own misery; you can make your own happiness. This is the truth. Ponder this truth again and again. If you refuse to allow anything in this world to affect you, then already you have guaranteed what will happen to you and what will not happen to you." - Swami Chidananda

Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:40 am (PDT) . Posted by:


Act it till you achieve it

When we practice bhakti-yoga, we sometimes feel bored, apathetic, unconnected. We may wonder, "Am I being hypocritical by practicing devotion when I don't feel devotional?"

No, we aren't being hypocritical – our condition is just natural. Why natural? Because how we feel doesn't always reflect what we value. Our feelings swing with our moods, which arise from the modes of material nature. During our bad moods, our feelings betray us – they make the important seem burdensome and the insignificant seem indispensable.

The Bhagavad-gita (14.22) urges us to become detached observers of our feelings. To detach ourselves from our feelings, we need to redirect our consciousness elsewhere. For such redirection, bhakti-yoga empowers us with its operational principle: act it till you achieve it. If we determinedly engage in devotional actions, we will eventually achieve devotional emotions.

Let's analyze how this works. Our consciousness gets inputs from both mental recollection and sensory perception. When unwanted feelings arise in our mind, we can shift our consciousness away from them by getting involved in some physical activities that are integral to bhakti-yoga. Bhakti practices are done best with conscious desire to connect with our Lord, Krishna. Nonetheless, even when we don't feel any attraction for him, if we still keep doing bhakti practices resolutely, then they connect us with him at least at the physical level. And by the omnipotence of all-pure Krishna, that physical connection purges our mind and gradually pervades our entire consciousness.

Suppose we don't feel like studying the Gita. If we still read it, connect with those who relish the Gita and speak the points we appreciate with others, those actions connect us with all-pure Krishna's words, thereby purifying us and helping us relish the Gita.

Thus, by determined practice, the actions of devotion raise us to the achievement of devotional attraction and absorption in Krishna.

Think it over:

If we don't feel devotional while practicing devotion, are we being hypocritical?

Act it till you achieve it – how does this help us become detached observers of our emotions?

How do the actions of devotion elevate us to the achievement of devotion?

Read more https://www.gitadaily.com/act-it-till-you-achieve-it/ https://www.gitadaily.com/act-it-till-you-achieve-it/

Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:14 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


Atma vidya (science of the Self) alone can fix the mind in Dharma. The students here will be given a glimpse of that Atma vidya; they will develop a keen desire to know about it. It is that knowledge and desire that will stand them in good stead when they encounter the problems of life. Prahlada told his father, "the father who leads his son to God is the only father who deserves the reverence due to that role." Fathers who lead their sons into the vortex of sense pleasure, the volcanoes of physical passion, the boggy marsh of pride and pomp are unaware of their duties and responsibilities. So too, an educational system that keeps children away from God - the only refuge, the only kinsman, the only guide and guard - is really a system where the blind are engaged in blinding those who depend on them.

Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:05 pm (PDT) . Posted by:


While giving Haarati to Eswara in a temple, a priest keeps ringing a small bell(Ghantam) continuously with his left hand and keeps moving a lamp around Eswara Lingam with his right hand continuously besides uttering a Mantram. Initially he wont be able to do all the tasks simultaneously. But over a period of time, he would achieve success in synchronizing all the processes due to regular practice.
Exactly on the same lines a person intending do meditation(Dhyanam) on Eswara should keep uttering Eswara Namam/Siva Sabdam continuously and should keep either seeing Eswara Lingam/Rupam with the eyes of mind or keep recalling Eswara Tatvam to mind simultaneously. Over a period of time a Dhyanee achieves success in concentration and meditation due to regular practice.
On the same lines as described above, a Dhyanee can achieve success easily in concentration and meditation by keep uttering Taaraka Mantram(Rama Namam) and either by keep seeing the Pumasaam Mohana Rupam of Prabhu Rama with Mano Lochanamulu (mind) or by recollecting the Mahaneeya Gunamulu/sixteen virtues of Prabhu Rama simultaneously on regular basis.
It is a mathematical fact that two lines always meet at a point which is nothing but the point of intersection. Even the parallel lines meet at infinity. This point of intersection is nothing but the point of concentration. Precisely this point refers to the Agni Netram/Jhnana Netram(third eye) of Eswara on forehead. The upward journey from that point to Eswara/Atma as Gamyam(destination) is Dhyanam (meditation)
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