What About the Real World

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C H A P T E R   3 What About the Real World?  Real World:Looking from the Belly  Looking from the Heart adds richness to experience and opens up whole new dimensions to daily life, and yet often there is resistance to truly resting in the Heart. It can seem impractical or too vulnerable to consistently view the world in such an expanded, open, uncensored way. So we often return to our old habit of looking through the mind and its false sense of being in control. The mind…

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ATTAINMENT (Arudha)

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CHAPTER IV ATTAINMENT (Arudha) 1.Arudha:What is the state of attainment of knowledge? It is firm and effortless abidance in the Self in which the mind which has become one with the Self does not subsequently emerge again at any time. That is, just as everyone usually and naturally has the idea, ‘I am not a goat nor a cow nor any other animal but a human’, when he thinks of his body, so also when he has the idea ‘I am not the principles (tattwas) beginning with the body and…

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EXPERIENCE (Anubhava)

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CHAPTER  III EXPERIENCE (Anubhava) Anubhava:1. What is the light of consciousness? It is the self-luminous existence-consciousness which reveals to the seer the world of names and forms both inside and outside. The existence of this existence-consciousness can be inferred by the objects illuminated by it. It does not become the object of consciousness. 2. What is knowledge (vijnana)? It is that tranquil state of existence-consciousness which is experienced by the aspirant and which is like the waveless ocean or the motionless ether. 3. Anubhava:What is bliss? It is the experience…

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PRACTICE (Abhyasa)

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CHAPTER  II PRACTICE (Abhyasa) Abhyasa:1. What is the method of practice? As the Self of a person who tries to attain Self-realization is not different from him and as there is nothing other than or superior to him to be attained by him, Self-realization being only the realization of one’s own nature, the seeker of liberation realizes, without doubts or misconceptions, his real nature by distinguishing the eternal from the transient, and never swerves from his natural state. This is known as the practice of knowledge. This is the enquiry…

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INSTRUCTION

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CHAPTER  I INSTRUCTION INSTRUCTION:(Upadesa) 1. What are the marks of a real teacher (Sadguru)? Steady abidance in the Self, looking at all with an equal eye, unshakeable courage at all times, in all places and circumstances, etc. 2. What are the marks of an earnest disciple (sadsishya)? An intense longing for the removal of sorrow and attainment of joy and an intense aversion for all kinds of mundane pleasure. 3. What are the characteristics of instruction (upadesa)? The word ‘upadesa’ means, ‘near the place or seat’ (upa – near, desa…

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RENUNCIATION

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CHAPTER  XI RENUNCIATION RENUNCIATION:In this chapter the entire effacement of thought is said to be the only true sannyasa (renunciation*). Sannyasa or renunciation is not the discarding of external things but of the ego. To such renouncers* (sannyasins) there exists no difference between solitude and active life. The Rishi Vasistha says: ‘Just as a man, whose mind is preoccupied, is not aware of what is in front of him, so also the Sage, though engaged in work, is not the doer thereof, because his mind is immersed in the Self…

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THE EIGHTFOLD PATH OF YOGA

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CHAPTER  IX THE  EIGHTFOLD  PATH  OF  YOGA EIGHTFOLD  PATH:In this chapter is described the path of yoga for obtaining Self-Realization, getting control of the mind through control of breath. For achieving devotion in the form of meditation described in the previous chapter, steps like yama and niyama (the first two stages in ashtanga or eightfold yoga, explained below) are prescribed. These have two forms, one of the nature of yoga and the other of jnana. Control over breath is yoga. Elimination of the mind is jnana. Which of these comes…

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LIBERATION

CHAPTER VIII   LIBERATION LIBERATION:This chapter teaches that Liberation can indeed be obtained by constant and prolonged meditation on the Self in the form of  ‘Sivoham’ (I am Siva) which means ‘I am Atman’.  The characteristics of  Jivanmukti (Liberation in this life) and Videhamukti (Liberation after death) are described. Because the individual self, which is nothing but the mind, has lost the knowledge of its identity with the real Self, and has enmeshed itself in bondage, its search for the Self, its own eternal primal nature, resembles that of the…

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WORSHIP OF GOD

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CHAPTER VII WORSHIP  OF  GOD worship:In this chapter it is said that perennial awareness of the Self is real worship and penance (tapas). The purpose of worshipping the Impersonal Supreme Being is the incessant remembrance of the truth that you are Brahman, because the meditation ‘I am Brahman’ comprises sacrifice, gifts, penance, ritual, prayer, yoga and worship. The only way to overcome obstructions to your meditation is to forbid the mind to dwell on them and to introvert it into the Self and there witness unconcernedly all that happens; there…

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KNOWLEDGE OF THE SUPREME SELF

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CHAPTER VI KNOWLEDGE  OF  THE  SUPREME  SELF SUPREME SELF:In this chapter is described the method of realizing the Self. When the mind in the form of the ego, which takes the body for the Self and strays outwards, is curbed within the Heart the sense of ‘I’ in the body relinquished, and enquiry made with a still mind as to who it is that dwells in the body, a subtle illumination will be experienced as ‘I-I’ which is no other than the Absolute, SUPREME SELF:the Self, seated in the lotus…

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THE SUPREME BEING

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CHAPTER  V THE  SUPREME  BEING SUPREME:In this chapter it is shown that the form of the Self is the form of God and He is in the form of ‘I-I’ The universal principle underlying the correspondence between the ideas ‘within’ and the objects ‘without’ is the true significance of the term ‘mind’. Therefore, SUPREME:the body and the world which appear as external to oneself are only mental reflections. SUPREME:It is only the Heart that manifests in all these forms. In the Core of the all-comprehensive Heart, that is, in the…

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THE EGO (JIVA)

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CHAPTER  IV THE  EGO (JIVA)  EGO:In this chapter the Self (Atma) itself is said to be the ego (Jiva) and the nature of the ego is explained. The mind is nothing else than the ‘I’-thought. The mind and the ego are one and the same. Intellect, will, ego, and individuality  are  collectively the same  mind.  It  is  like a man 26 Words of Grace being variously described according to his different activities. The individual is nothing else than the ego which, again is only the mind. Simultaneously with the rise…

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THE WORLD

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CHAPTER III THE  WORLD WORLD:In this chapter it is shown that the world has no reality of its own and does not exist apart from the Self. Creation: The main purpose of the scriptures is to expose the illusory nature of the world and to reveal the Supreme Spirit as the only Reality. They have built up the theory of creation with this sole end in view. They even go into details and entertain the lowest order of seekers with the narration of the 1 successive appearance of the Spirit,…

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THE MIND

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CHAPTER II THE  MIND MIND:In this chapter are described briefly the nature of the mind, its states and location According to the Hindu scriptures an entity known as the ‘mind’, is derived from the subtle essence of the food consumed; which flourishes as love, hatred, lust, anger, and so on; which is the totality of mentality, intellect, desire, and ego; which, although it has such diverse functions, bears the generic name ‘mind’, which is objectified as the insentient objects cognized by us; which, though itself insentient, appears to be sentient,…

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WHO AM I

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CHAPTER I WHO  AM  I ? enquiry:In this chapter is given clearly the path of enquiry into the Self, or ‘Who Am I?’ Is not the sense of ‘I’ natural to all beings, expressed in all their feelings as ‘I came’, ‘I went’, ‘I did’, or ‘I was’? On questioning what this is, we find that the body is identified with ‘I’ because movements and similar functions pertain to the body. Can the body then be this ‘I-consciousness’? It was not there 1 before birth, it is composed of the…

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