December 31, 2015

Are you realized?

Once, I asked Chadwick, “Are you realized?” I have put this question to all of the old devotees like Muruganar, Cohen, Osborne, Sadhu Natanananda, Devaraja Mudaliar and others. None of them either said yes or no - all smiled. When I asked him whether he was realized, he did not say yes or no. 

Instead, he told me, “I will tell you what happened. After many years of my stay with Bhagavan - four or five years, I committed the mistake of trying to evaluate how much I have progressed spiritually. This is a thing any seeker should not do. I felt that I have not progressed. Many who saw me in Ramanasramam, looked at me like I was a sage or a saint saying, „Oh! He is so fortunate. He is so close to Bhagavan. He meditates so much. He is already in that state.‟ 

This created a contradiction in me as I personally felt that I was not progressing spiritually. However, having left the material life I could not go back to a worldly life either. I felt caught between the devil and the deep sea. I was sorrow stricken. I ran to Bhagavan‟s hall. He was alone. I told him, „Bhagavan, this is my plight. I am neither here nor there and this causes much sorrow in me.‟ Bhagavan looked at me compassionately and said, „Chadwick, who says all this?‟

Immediately, there was a current like shock in my body and I literally ran to my room, shut the doors and went into a neutral state. I was not bothered whether I was spiritually maturing or whether I would be able to stay in the world. I was in a neutral state of silence. A few days passed like that wherein I was neither happy nor worried.” 

The only luxury that Chadwick allowed himself was taking his bath in a bath tub which he had in the verandah of his cottage. One day, shortly after the above incident, something happened unexpectedly. As Chadwick told me later, “I was taking my bath and very honestly Ganesan, I was not in a spiritual state or in a prayerful mood when it suddenly dawned - the „I AM‟!” He experienced it - not just as words. He was so ecstatic that he did not even dry himself. He just wrapped a towel around his waist and ran to the Old Hall from where a few days back he had run away. 

Fortunately, this time too, Bhagavan was alone. In this spiritual ecstasy of experiencing the „I AM‟, where there was no Chadwick, just the „I AM‟, he asked Bhagavan, “Bhagavan, is THIS it?” Chadwick recounted, “Bhagavan gave me the most glorious smile, and then confirmed, „Yes, Chadwick, THIS is THAT!‟ I then asked him, „Bhagavan, is it so simple?‟ Bhagavan replied, „Yes it is that simple.‟ Since then, I‟ve never had any doubt.”

Ramana Periya Puranam


December 25, 2015

Negative Tendencies

Question – The negative tendencies of the humans, such as homicide, treason, theft, disappear when the Presence settles?

M. G. – Get rid of this questioner and you will find out. We love the theoretical aspect of this thing called Awakening. And then we keep speculating about what happens or what will happen.

I ask you, who asks me this question: where is this question arising? Is the nature of this questioner real?

Notice how much our mind speculates about this, uselessness. All this speculation is its attempt to remain attached to concepts, to some kind of belief, to some formula.  

Realize your Natural State and find out what remains, if remains. What we have always been saying is that your Real Nature is Love, is Peace, is Happiness.

The way this nature will be expressed in this mechanism, that is its own thing. But there are no formulas. There are no definitions. There are no patterns. 

Some, after settling in their Natural State, which here means to rest in their Essential Nature, begin to speak, begin to write, begin to share This in a way or another. Others never open their mouths again. There are no rules for this.


Love your Self in all


CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Love your Self in all

Q: You sometimes say that we should love all people equally; that we should give love to the whole world. For me, love is something that just happens. I cannot manufacture it and give it away. If I feel love for someone, the love flows towards them. If I don't, it doesn't happen and I cant make it happen. How do I learn to love people I hardly know? And when I have learned that, how do I learn to love all the millions of strangers I have never met and will never meet? 

AS: You can start with the people you know. Bhagavan taught by example that we should only see good in other people. Virtually all people are a mixture of good and bad. It is very rare to find someone who is wholly good or wholly bad. If you have to come into contact with a lot of people try to make yourself aware of their good points and don't dwell on their bad points. If you see good in people you radiate a harmonious, loving energy which uplifts those who are around you. If you can maintain this habit, this energy will soon turn into a steady flow of love. 

Try to be aware at all times that everything you see and perceive is the Self. If you see the Self in other people, your love automatically flows towards them. 

You gain nothing by thinking that someone is a bad person. If negative thoughts arise each time you see or think of a particular person, these thoughts will draw you away from the Self. Try to radiate your love equally to all people instead of just a few. Try to feel that the whole world is your Self, your God. Try to see the Self in all people. Spread your love in all directions as an act of worship and surrender, because everything in the world is a manifestation of God.

- LWB, p. 344

December 24, 2015

Self-enquiry


Q: What is the correct way to pursue self-enquiry?

AS: Bhagavan has said: ‘When thoughts arise stop them from developing by enquiring, ‘’To whom is this thought coming?’’ as soon as the thought appears. What does it matter if many thoughts keep coming up? Enquire into their origin or find out who has the thoughts and sooner or later the flow of thoughts will stop’

This is how Self-enquiry should be practiced.

When Bhagavan spoke like this he sometimes used the analogy of a besieged fort. If one systematically closes off all the entrances to such a fort and then picks off the occupants one by one as they try to come out, sooner or later the fort will be empty. 

Bhagavan said that we should apply these same tactics to the mind. How to go about doing this? Seal off the entrances and exits to the mind by not reacting to rising thoughts or sense impressions. Don’t let new ideas, judgments, likes, dislikes, ect. 

Enter the mind, and don’t let rising thoughts flourish and escape your attention. When you have sealed off the mind in this way, challenge each emerging thought as it appears by asking, ‘where have you come from?’ or ‘who  is the person who is having this thought?’ 

If you can do this continuously, with full attention, new thoughts will appear momentarily and then disappear. If you can maintain the siege for long enough, a time will come when no more thoughts arise; or if they do, they will only be fleeting, undistracting images on the  periphery of consciousness. In that thought-free state you will begin to experience yourself as consciousness, not as mind or body.

However, if you relax your vigilance even for a few seconds and allow new thoughts to escape and develop unchallenged, the siege will be lifted and the mind will regain some or all of its former strength.

In a real fort the occupants need a continuous supply of food and water to hold out during a siege. When the supplies run out, the occupants must surrender or die. 

In the fort of the mind the occupants, which are thoughts, need a thinker to pay attention to them and indulge in them. If the thinker withholds his attention from rising thoughts or challenges them before they have a chance to develop, the thoughts will all die of starvation. 

You challenge them by repeatedly asking yourself ‘Who am I?’ Who is the person who is having these thoughts?’ If the challenge is to be effective you must make it before the rising thought has had a chance to develop into a stream of thoughts.

Mind is only a collection of thoughts and the thinker who thinks them. The thinker is the ‘I’-thought, the primal thought which rises from the Self before all others, which identifies with all other thoughts and says, ‘I am this body’. 

When you have eradicated all thoughts except for the thinker himself by ceaseless enquiry or by refusing to give them any attention, the ‘I’-thought sinks into the Heart and surrenders, leaving behind it only an awareness of consciousness. 

This surrender will only take place when the ‘I’thought has ceased to identify with rising thoughts. While there is still stray thoughts which attract or evade your attention, the ‘I’-thought will always be directing its attention outwards rather than inwards. 

The purpose of Self-enquiry is to make the ‘I’-thought move inwards, towards the Self. This will happen automatically as soon as you cease to be interested in any of your rising thoughts.

-Annamalai Swami

Trust in existence, express gratitude

Once, Narada, a great Indian sage, was on his way to see God. His meeting with God used to be very interesting as Narada was also a great traveller and full of information about what was happening around the world. In true sense, he was like the first mythological journalist, bringing peoples’ news to God and informing people about what God had to say on certain issues. So while playing God’s hymns on the veena, Narada came across an old saint sitting under a tree.

The old saint told Narada, “Please ask God one question on my behalf. I have made all the effort needed to last me three lifetimes, now how much more is needed? When is my liberation going to happen?” Narada assured him that the next time he meets God he will ask this question.

As he crossed another forest, he came across a young man dancing and playing on his musical instrument —ektara. Just to tease the young fellow, Narada asked him, “Do you have any question for God, would you like to know anything from him?”

The young man behaved as if he had not heard what Narada said. He was totally immersed in his song and dance.

Narada returned after a few days. He told the old saint, “I asked God about you. He said three more lifetimes.” Narada’s reply got the old saint into a rage. He threw away the beads and books saying, “It is absolutely unjust, three lives more. This is not what I expected from God.”

Narada laughed. He then went to see the young man who was still dancing, singing and playing on his ektara. Narada said, “Although you did not have any question for God, I asked him about you. But after seeing the angry reaction of the old saint, I’m scared to to tell you his answer.”

Again, the young man behaved as if he hadn’t heard Narada. He continued with his singing. Finally, gathering some courage, Narada said, “When I asked about you, God said ‘Tell the young man who is singing my prayers that he will have to be born as many times as there are leaves on the tree under which he is dancing.”

Listening to what Narada said, the young man started dancing and singing even more ecstatically. He said, “Don’t tell me, it’s unbelievable, so fast? There are so many trees in the world and so many leaves… only this tree and these many leaves? When you next go to God, give him my gratitude, my thanks.”

And it is mentioned in the epics that the young man became liberated that very moment. Liberation happened under the same tree in the presence of Narada. If totality of trust arises inside, time becomes meaningless. It is not needed. However, if there is no trust, even three-four lifetimes are not enough for liberation.

December 16, 2015

I AM has sent me to you

I don’t know for you, but for me, since childhood, the word God is a very sweet word to hear: God!

God has always been something very sweet. Christ has always been a word very sweet, and that is what I deal with. When God appeared to Moses on the mountain he said: “Go there and speak!”

Moses questioned: “How can I leave here and get there before the Pharaoh? What am I to say? Imagine, to face the Pharaoh… What am I to say to the Pharaoh?”  

Then God told him: “Moses, when you are in front of the Pharaoh say ‘I AM, has sent me to you. I AM has sent me to you’, say just that!


December 11, 2015

The Whole spreads like an explosion

You deny the Whole, which spreads like an explosion and you do not accept it. 

When you don’t accept, you conflict. When you conflict, you suffer. 

You are doing all this because “you are important”, “bigger than God”. 

The ego is the resistance to what is happening. 

The wind is blowing now, and that is like that, it doesn’t matter the amount of thoughts you have about it. This is the fact: the wind is blowing, and this is unthinkable, unsayable, indescribable. The fact that the wind is blowing is what it is.

We speak about the ego as some abstracted thing. 

The ego is just an invention, really – a social invention. 

The society has created the ego. The society is the ego created by the thought, this imagination of being more than God, of being more that what is presented, to demand more than what life is; pure arrogance...

December 9, 2015

Talk 596 - About God and Faith


A visitor asked: Sri Bhagavan said last night that God is guiding us. Then why should we make an effort to do anything?

M.: Who asks you to do so? If there was that faith in the guidance of God this question would not have arisen.

D.: The fact is that God guides us. Then what is the use of these instructions to people?

M.: They are for those who seek instructions. If you are firm in your belief in the guidance of God, stick to it, and do not concern yourself with what happens around you. Furthermore, there may be happiness or misery. Be equally indifferent to both and abide in the faith of God. That will be so only when one’s faith is strong that God looks after all of us.

Mr. Chopra asked: “How shall I secure that firm faith?”

M.: Exactly. It is for such as these who want instructions. There are persons who seek freedom from misery. They are told that God guides all and so there need not be any concern about what happens. If they are of the best type they at once believe it and firmly abide by faith in God. But there are others who are not so easily convinced of the truth of the bare statement. They ask: “Who is God? What is His nature? Where is He? How can He be realised?” and so on. In order to satisfy them intellectual discussion is found necessary. Statements are made, their pros and cons are argued, and the truth is thus made clear to the intellect. When the matter is understood intellectually the earnest seeker begins to apply it practically. He argues at every moment, “For whom are these thoughts? Who am I?” and so forth, until he is well-established in the conviction that a Higher Power guides us. That is firmness of faith. Then all his doubts are cleared and he needs no further instructions.

Talk 596

December 8, 2015

The power before a living Master

The experimenter appears one second after the experience. It is very quickly to claim the experience for itself and say, “it’s mine”, or “it happened to me”, it captures it and stays ruminating there. No experience is unreal in itself, but every experience is unreal for “someone”, for an experimenter.

The joy of being with me is because I bring you to this instant. I don’t put you in an experience to experience it. I put you in the heart of the experiment, but I don’t form an experimenter, I don’t feed or support an experimenter. 

It is wonderful to Be, to Be is Happiness. Here, in Satsang, you stop, you let hold of being “someone” demanding something from the world, then, the world disappears as well. The world disappears because you disappear, because you are the one who creates the world. This is the power of being before a living Master: He brings you to this space, that it’s yours, and you recognize yourself in IT, as pure Consciousness, leaving the theory to the practice, the concept to the fact.

The present out of time

When you encounter me, you encounter with the present, but not with the present in time, but with the present out of time. This is not the present between the future and the past, it is the present away from time. 
I am the Consciousness, and I am not different from what you ARE. However, you believe in things that I don’t believe. I don’t need to believe in anything to be what I AM. And you believe that you need to believe in something to be what you actually are not, to live, in fact, what it’s not real. There is no Truth in this.
Accept all the prejudice that the though wants to “tell” you, because it will say that you are going to loose this or that. It is just the thought defending itself, protecting itself, protecting an image, a belief, the belief of being “someone”.  It is just the thought saying that “someone” can suffer, and this “someone” is itself, because there is nobody out of it. So embrace, welcome this, that then, you stay free from the fear.

Who Am I ?

Once upon a time, a small wave in the ocean noticed that it was not like the other waves and said:

- How I suffer! I am small and I see bigger and more powerful waves than me! I am actually despicable and ugly, without strength and useless…  

Another wave in the ocean heard the little wave and said:

- You suffer because you are not aware that the forms are transitory, and don’t see your original nature. You seek egoistically for that which you are not, and dive into self-piety!

- But – replied the little wave – if I am not really a small wave, what am I? 

- To be a wave is temporary and relative. You are not the wave, you are the water!

- Water? And what is water?

- To use words to describe what you are won’t make you comprehend yourself. Contemplate the transience around you, have the courage to recognize this transience in yourself. Your essence is water, and when you finally experience this, you will stop suffering with your egoistic dissatisfaction.

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