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True Meditation Has No Direction, by Adyashanti

FaceBook  On Aug 21, 2013 MVRAO wrote:

 The passage is really excellent. It has described so clearly how ultimately one can achieve Awareness  returning to its non-state of absolute unmanifest potential, the silent abyss beyond all knowing. Each individual is unique, incomparable and indefinable. Also people have different levels of energy, capacity and inclinations and cannot be expected to practice the discipline in equal strength. In addition the degrees or levels and stages of spiritual insight and attainment also matters. The spiritual path has novices, beginners, newcomers and learners as well as those who have more experience and understanding – seasoned in their journey. There are also a number of diverse pathways to the Divine, indeed, each person’s path is unique. Hence the understanding and absorption of the passage also varies depending on the individuals. Generally people come to the meditative life and practices seeking solutions to so many different problems. Want a variety of things from meditation. Some come for peace others for self control, some for physical fitness, stress management, solutions to the emotional problems or the problems of the family and social relationships, to gain power, etc., only few will be interested in the highest aim of silence and stillness called “SAMADHI” for attaining transcendental realization – the truth - the knowledge of pure self.  ULTIMATE END – BRAHMAN - (SAT-CHIT-ANAND). As per the Raja Yoga there are three stages of meditation. The first is DHARANA - concentrating the mind upon the object…but the mind is wavering. When it has become strong and does not waver so much, It is called DHYANA (Meditation). And then there is a still higher state called SAMADHI (when the differentiation between the object and my-self is lost) or absorption. If the mind can be fixed on the object of their meditation for twelve seconds it is called DHARANA, twelve such Dharanas (ie.144 seconds) will be Dhyana, and t  See full.

 The passage is really excellent. It has described so clearly how ultimately one can achieve Awareness  returning to its non-state of absolute unmanifest potential, the silent abyss beyond all knowing. Each individual is unique, incomparable and indefinable. Also people have different levels of energy, capacity and inclinations and cannot be expected to practice the discipline in equal strength. In addition the degrees or levels and stages of spiritual insight and attainment also matters. The spiritual path has novices, beginners, newcomers and learners as well as those who have more experience and understanding – seasoned in their journey. There are also a number of diverse pathways to the Divine, indeed, each person’s path is unique. Hence the understanding and absorption of the passage also varies depending on the individuals.
Generally people come to the meditative life and practices seeking solutions to so many different problems. Want a variety of things from meditation. Some come for peace others for self control, some for physical fitness, stress management, solutions to the emotional problems or the problems of the family and social relationships, to gain power, etc., only few will be interested in the highest aim of silence and stillness called “SAMADHI” for attaining transcendental realization – the truth - the knowledge of pure self.
 ULTIMATE END – BRAHMAN - (SAT-CHIT-ANAND).
As per the Raja Yoga there are three stages of meditation. The first is DHARANA - concentrating the mind upon the object…but the mind is wavering. When it has become strong and does not waver so much, It is called DHYANA (Meditation). And then there is a still higher state called SAMADHI (when the differentiation between the object and my-self is lost) or absorption. If the mind can be fixed on the object of their meditation for twelve seconds it is called DHARANA, twelve such Dharanas (ie.144 seconds) will be Dhyana, and twelve such Dhyanas will be a ASAMPRAJANATA SAMADHI. To accomplish this takes many years of study and relentless practice.
 SUPREME REALITY: To us it is clear BRAHMAN means REALITY which grows, breaths or swells. "That from which these beings are born, that in which when born they live, that in to which they enter at their death - that is “BRAHMAN". – SAT(Pure existence) – CHIT (pure awareness/consciousness) - ANANDA (delight/ Bliss) - THE ULTIMATE END. The highest BRAHMAN which is ANANDA OR DELIGHT is just ATHMAN AS REALISED IN THE FOUTH STATE or the TURIYA state. There the object and subject are one (the knower, the known and the knowledge become one.) the SEER seeing eye and the object seen merge together in one whole. Here the philosophical quest ends or terminates-The suggestion being that there is nothing higher than ANANDA.

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Futility of Search, by Author Unknown

FaceBook  On Jul 17, 2013 mvrao wrote:

 For a beginner calming down the mind is a herculean task. He gets confused. Naturally he might feel frustrated and may conclude that the meditation and the search are futile. This is the stage where he should not lose faith. Scriptures say that having practiced austerities and asanas to purify mind and the body, it requires SADHANA (Practice) for several years. Even BUDDA had his enlightenment after seven years of stringent THAPAS. One has to go step by step. Concentration is having only one thought, while meditation is having no thoughts at all. It is in this state of stillness one can experience insightful rest and the consciousness move higher and higher and one becomes more and more intuitive and insight truth will be revealed. Thanks.

 

Violence and Nonviolence, by The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan

FaceBook  On Jul 5, 2013 M.V.R ao wrote:

 The whole world is suffering because of violence. This may be political, individual or otherwise. Everyone has under the surface a streak of violence, a streak which makes him revolt, which makes him rabid, which makes him slay and murder. But you must try to come out of this beast in you. Instead we are encouraging films, TV programs, digital games etc. with lot of violence and crime which is effecting the youth and children as well. This has to be stopped. It is easy to stimulate the baser instincts of human nature. To develop the higher instincts requires some kind of exercise or discipline. Compassion and fellow feeling are the qualities we should develop. Individuals, such as terrorists, who commit violent atrocities in the name of GOD are the worst kind barbarians. How to solve this problem is a big question. In addition we also find daily news about domestic violence, violence on women, violence in colleges and schools in the name of ragging etc. if we go on narrating, there is no end to the list.   The whole universe is changing from moment to moment. Even we have brought huge change in our life style and many other aspects by using science and technology. But we continue to be selfish, jealous, ambitious, prejudiced, short sighted and suffering from disappointments, greed, lust, hatred, love, desires and anger as used to be even before the prehistoric days. We resist internal change. We need to make time to understand ourselves. But many of us have little or no idea who we are. We are under the impression that self knowledge should happen automatically or it should be for only retired people. Taking time to understand ourselves, enables us to develop internally. If we discipline ourselves - our mind and heart, if we get rid of the negative qualities mentioned above and nothing selfishness, and egoistic in us and when our hearts become purified with love and compassion and knowing the inter- connectedness of all beings, we are equal to God, and t  See full.

 The whole world is suffering because of violence. This may be political, individual or otherwise. Everyone has under the surface a streak of violence, a streak which makes him revolt, which makes him rabid, which makes him slay and murder. But you must try to come out of this beast in you. Instead we are encouraging films, TV programs, digital games etc. with lot of violence and crime which is effecting the youth and children as well. This has to be stopped. It is easy to stimulate the baser instincts of human nature. To develop the higher instincts requires some kind of exercise or discipline. Compassion and fellow feeling are the qualities we should develop. Individuals, such as terrorists, who commit violent atrocities in the name of GOD are the worst kind barbarians. How to solve this problem is a big question. In addition we also find daily news about domestic violence, violence on women, violence in colleges and schools in the name of ragging etc. if we go on narrating, there is no end to the list.
 
The whole universe is changing from moment to moment. Even we have brought huge change in our life style and many other aspects by using science and technology. But we continue to be selfish, jealous, ambitious, prejudiced, short sighted and suffering from disappointments, greed, lust, hatred, love, desires and anger as used to be even before the prehistoric days. We resist internal change. We need to make time to understand ourselves. But many of us have little or no idea who we are. We are under the impression that self knowledge should happen automatically or it should be for only retired people. Taking time to understand ourselves, enables us to develop internally. If we discipline ourselves - our mind and heart, if we get rid of the negative qualities mentioned above and nothing selfishness, and egoistic in us and when our hearts become purified with love and compassion and knowing the inter- connectedness of all beings, we are equal to God, and the whole world becomes heaven. Of course, it is very difficult to achieve! However I find there is lot of awareness in these days around the world, and let us hope at least to some extent some internal change in the human beings takes place - in tune with the universal change for a better society and in turn better world.-  Thanks.
 

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Beggarly, Friendly, and Kingly Giving, by Stephen Levine

FaceBook  On Jun 26, 2013 M.V..Rao wrote:

 Thank you. SHRADDHA: I don’t know the correct word in English. However it means “intention to learn with mindful awareness”.                          Further to my reflection earlier, I wish to add the following:  “Giving need not be material or is it about the cost; it can even be mentally a sincere thought. One can mentally pray for a person or send him blessings. As per scriptures, even these are acts of giving.” Thanks.

 

Beggarly, Friendly, and Kingly Giving, by Stephen Levine

FaceBook  On Jun 25, 2013 M.V.Rao wrote:

 Giving is nice. Somebody in need coming asking for something is to be considered as a big favor done to us. But giving unasked will have no value. At the same time knowing other persons need and helping him in time unasked will give lot of satisfaction for both. This has been experienced by me. Anything we give, we need to give to a deserving person. Apatra danam is considered as a bad karma. Gupta danam : as per the scriptures Charity should  not be revealed. Charity has no value if we give because of our attachment without examining whether one really needs it or not. Giving  for a higher cause is always better. If we give food, that time’s hunger is taken care of. If we give medicine, that day’s sickness is taken care of. But if we give knowledge, that takes care of him forever. Lord Krishna also says in Gita that this knowledge is a supreme and to be given only to a person who has interest, shraddha and bhakthi. One of the important principles of the universe is giving. In nature whatever does not flow will stagnate. Anything that stagnates will degenerate. Every time you get something there is some one behind it, who is the giver. when you get something someone else is giving something., So the total giving and receiving in this universe is nil. This is the law of nature.( Newton’s law:- matter can neither be created nor destroyed, it simply changes from one form to the another.).
 

 

Micro Moments of Love, by Barbara Frederickson

FaceBook  On Jun 19, 2013 m.v.rao wrote:

 Love is our true reality and is infinite. It cannot be confined to only human to human. Our scriptures say: Love is GOD and GOD is Love. There is no GOD other than love. LOVE is our path and goal. Our very nature is reality. We can realize the reality (truth) only by cultivating pure selfless and divine love. Without love you cannot achieve anything in the world. Love is the source and substance of universe. Without love world becomes a vacuum. Love alone assumes a form. The truth is that there is no greater sadhana than love. Love without attachment is divine.  If you live in love, you will not find anger in others. There is no force in the world powerful than love. Man is associated with love. All relationships between people in this world are established and cultivated because of love. Again love becomes the cause for separation of two individuals  Love begins at home. We can make our own homes temples of love if we understand and practice it. Children learn from their fathers and mothers how to love one another. Love as attachment is bondage. Love as sacrifice is the doorway to peace. It is the Love inside which makes a man closer to God and not the rituals. Love grows more and more when one leaves the EGO. Wherever there is ‘I’, there cannot be love. A love which says “I love you only if certain conditions are fulfilled” is not love at all. True love is one which allows freedom to other person to be what he or she is with a sense of awareness. Love with no strings attached is friendliness. I read some where that, Lord Budda used to tell his disciples, ”when you pass by a tree, let your love energy flow towards the tree accepting the tree as it is when you approach a rock, let your love energy flow towards the rock, accepting it as it is. Let the unspoken articulation be I love you. I accept you as you are irrespective of whether the object is animate or inanimate”. That is why BUDDA is called ”The  See full.

 Love is our true reality and is infinite. It cannot be confined to only human to human. Our scriptures say: Love is GOD and GOD is Love. There is no GOD other than love. LOVE is our path and goal.
Our very nature is reality. We can realize the reality (truth) only by cultivating pure selfless and divine love. Without love you cannot achieve anything in the world. Love is the source and substance of universe. Without love world becomes a vacuum. Love alone assumes a form. The truth is that there is no greater sadhana than love. Love without attachment is divine.  If you live in love, you will not find anger in others. There is no force in the world powerful than love.
Man is associated with love. All relationships between people in this world are established and cultivated because of love. Again love becomes the cause for separation of two individuals
 Love begins at home. We can make our own homes temples of love if we understand and practice it. Children learn from their fathers and mothers how to love one another. Love as attachment is bondage. Love as sacrifice is the doorway to peace. It is the Love inside which makes a man closer to God and not the rituals. Love grows more and more when one leaves the EGO. Wherever there is ‘I’, there cannot be love. A love which says “I love you only if certain conditions are fulfilled” is not love at all. True love is one which allows freedom to other person to be what he or she is with a sense of awareness. Love with no strings attached is friendliness.
I read some where that, Lord Budda used to tell his disciples, ”when you pass by a tree, let your love energy flow towards the tree accepting the tree as it is when you approach a rock, let your love energy flow towards the rock, accepting it as it is. Let the unspoken articulation be I love you. I accept you as you are irrespective of whether the object is animate or inanimate”. That is why BUDDA is called ”The Compassionate one”
 LOVE has SIX characteristics as per the Sanskrit saying:-                             “It GIVES – ACCEPTS – REVEALS – SECRETS – ASKS – EXPERIENCES – AND PROVIDES EXPERIENCE TO OTHERS”.
If you really operate from love, you can say that I exist in you and you exist in me. like a wave in the ocean can say I exist in the ocean and the ocean exist in me.
“ATMANAM SARVA BHOOTASTHAM SARVA BHOOTHAMI CHA ATMANI IKSHATE””BHAGAVADGITHA”
He sees himself in all beings and all beings in himself.
“LET US NOT LOVE WITH WORDS ALONE. LET US LOVE
EACH OTHER TILL IT HURTS!”

Note: Instead of giving comments, I gave my thoughts on love. If you think appropriate you may consider for reading otherwise you may delete. Thanks. m.v.rao.
 

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