Prediction – Inspirational Quotations

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A disciple of Yogananda once asked, “Will the Earth be destroyed?” “Definitely not,” he answered. Sri Yogananda also said, “I prophesize you will see a new world! a world of peace, harmony, and prosperity. The earth will know no wars for hundreds of years, so tired will they be of violence of all kinds.”

The earth, in this new Dwapra age, will see inconceivable progress, not only with great advancement — scientific and otherwise — on all levels of life, but there will even be travel to distant planets. Dwapar Yuga is a time when man will penetrate the illusion of space. If space is indeed an illusion, then the most distant galaxy must be no farther away, really, than our own feet! Perhaps man will then be able even to travel to galaxies that now seem impossibly distant from us.

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Prediction

The ancients have predicted there will be a time when all creatures of Earth will understand each other and know each other’s thoughts. And although we will still consume each other, the necessity of function and the assurance of our return will remove all trepidation. Fear of another will only occur when a threat is imminent. Suspicion and fear from unknown motivations will be eliminated. And because we will know each other’s thoughts, we will no longer waste any time with those who don’t appreciate and love us.

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We will understand the language of the weather and the seasons. We will know what to expect and cultivate accordingly. Sufficiency will be assured. Hunger will be optional. We will understand our place in the world and harmony will prevail. This prediction is the promised reward for the final maturing of our species.

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All species have a cycle of existence that resembles the cycle of an individual life. For example, tortoises are in advanced maturity in their cycle. They have achieve wisdom and serenity. Antelopes, on the other hand, are in the young adulthood of their cycle as a species. They enjoy the enthusiasm and energy of movement, courtship and the curiosity of new ideas.

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Humans are in the adolescent part of their cycle. This manifests in their insecurity and bluster, in their unfamiliarity with their bodies, in their desire to appear knowledgeable about all things, in their quarrelsomeness, in their easy embarrassment, and in their secret urge to improve themselves.

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All stages within these cycles are important and necessary. We wouldn’t want to go from youth to old age without the intervening transitions, even if we could. We might miss something exciting. So there is no negative judgement in finding our species in its adolescence. We should just enjoy it and look forward to what comes next. The prediction is coming true..

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~ Bill Martin from Lost Legends – 1995

“Unfolding” – Inspirational Quotations

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The great sages of India say:  The Self, which is Knowledge, is the only Reality. Knowledge of multiplicity is false knowledge. This false knowledge, which is really ignorance, cannot exist apart from the Self, which is Knowledge-Reality. The variety of gold ornaments is unreal, since none of them can exist without the gold of which they are all made. Here is a beautiful paragraph from William Segal on just this. The piece is called “Unfolding..”

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Watching quietly, anticipating nothing, I am open to what is here, now. I look at myself reading these words. I read slowly. I see the way I am sitting. I sense my body, the arising and the movement of thoughts, of feelings – the way my breath comes and goes. I am the witness and the witnessing, passively watching and actively being watched.

I see that there can be a further letting go, a beginning relationship to an unchanging inner stillness. Like a white sheet of paper that retains its nature, I remain receptive but unstained, quietly in touch with what is taking place, attention wholly, in the moment. Is there help in a stop? In an unfolding to a fresh time/space? Is there a way to be without doing?

Listening to the silence which is present in the stillness I become aware of a new web of relationships, of a unity bringing the body/mind structure to another threshold. I sense that there is another Reality that can be served. Again, a stop.

Will the fragility of my attention survive the experience of  turning this page?

From William Segal, The Structure Of Man. (Sunderland, Mass: Green River Press, 1987)

Glimpse Of Spirit – Science and Spirituality

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If consciousness is not simply an emergent property of life, as science assumes, but is instead the initial glimpse, we have of Spirit, we ought to stop wasting our time trying to explain how it derives from matter and turn our attention to consciousness itself.

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The image on a television screen provides an analogy for what we then find. The television lights up its screen, and the film in the video we are watching modifies that light so as to produce one of an infinite number of images. These images are like the perceptions, sensations, dreams, memories, thoughts, and feelings that we consciously experience – we might think of them as the contents of consciousness. The light itself, without which no images would be possible, corresponds to pure consciousness. We know that the images on the screen are composed of this light, but we are not usually aware of the light itself. Our attention is caught up in the images that appear and the stories they tell. In much the same way, we know we are conscious, but normally we are aware only of the many different experiences, thoughts, and feelings that consciousness presents us with. Consciousness proper-pure consciousness, consciousness with no images imposed upon it – is the common property of us all.

When (in introspection of meditation) we detect pure consciousness, we have every reason to think that what I experience is identical with what you experience in that same state.

And identical with what God too experiences, not in degree but in kind. For at that level, we are down to what consciousness is, namely infinite potential – receptive to any content that might be imposed on it. The infinitude of our consciousness is only potential whereas God’s consciousness is actual – God experiences every impossibility timelessly – but the point here is that our consciousness themselves, are in fact identical.

~ Huston Smith

Beautiful Blissful Mother – Children Of Light

Divine Personage of Anadamayi Ma – Life Summary

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Experience of Sublime Holiness

 

It was a cold evening in December 1924, when I was taken to Shahbag for darshan of the Mother by Rai Bahadur Pran Gopal Muhkerjee. We were taken straight to the room where Mother was sitting alone deeply absorbed in meditation. A dim lamp was burning in front of her and that was perhaps the only thing in the room. Mother’s face was completely hidden from our view, as in those days she used a veil exactly like a newly married village girl. After we had waited there for about half an hour, suddenly the veil loosened itself and Mother’s face became visible in all its brilliance and lustre. Hymns containing many veeja-mantras (sound symbols) began to be recited by the Mother in uncommon accents, producing wonderful resonance, which affected the whole surrounding. The stillness of the cold December night, the loneliness of the Shahbag gardens and, above all, the sublimity and serenity of the atmosphere in the Mother’s room – all combined to produce a sense of holiness which could be distinctly felt. As long as we were in the room we felt an indescribable elevation of the spirit, a silence and a depth not previously experienced, a peace that passeth all understanding. We came away from Shahbag late at night with the conviction that we had been in the presence of a superior being whom it is difficult to doubt or deny.

From the book: Mother as Seen by Her Devotees as told by Dr Nalini Kanta Brahma, Professor of Philosophy, Presidency College, Calcutta
“To believe in Him under any particular form is not enough. Accept Him in His numberless forms, shapes and modes of being, in everything that exists. Aim at the whole and all your actions will be whole.”

 

Anandamayi Ma, Cry Only For Him

 

In the summer of 1948, a lady from South India had come to Kishenpur with a party from Hrishikesh. Seemingly absentminded and obviously distressed, she told Ma: “First my husband passed away. I was upset but I could bear it, because I had my only daughter, a lovely talented child. When she was 12, she fell ill and died. Since then I cannot find peace of mind. She was all I had, so beautiful and promising. When she had hardly begun her life, she was torn away from me. Why did she leave me? I cannot understand. For some time I worked in an orphanage. I thought, if I have no child, let me at least serve motherless children. I got attached to these children and they to me. But my heart is still broken. My guru said: ‘Continue your sadhana’. But I cannot concentrate. All the time I am pining for my darling. Nothing appeals to me. I want my child back. What am I to do?”

Ma: “First of all, sorrow comes from the sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine’. You say: ‘My daughter died’, and so you grieve. But who are you? Find out who you are! She was the fruit of your body. As long as you are identified with the body, there must be pain. It is inevitable. So many boys and girls die, young and beautiful, yet it does not affect you deeply. You only think this one child was your own and you have lost her.”

“Then there is another thing to be learnt – all sorrow is due to the fact that one keeps apart from God. When you are with Him, all pain disappears. Let your thoughts dwell on Him. Remember that your daughter is now with Him. The more you think of God, the nearer you will be to her. If you must shed tears, cry for Him.”

“Just as some blossoms fall off without bearing fruit, so do some human beings die young. For a while God had entrusted the child to your care and then He took her back unto Himself. Now He Himself is looking after her. One day you will go there too. Until then keep your mind on God and you will also be with your child.”

“How do you know that your child is not much better off where she is now? How much trouble and distress life has brought you! Would you have desired a similar fate for her?”

“Then again, on the level where there is only one Self, there is no question of birth and death. Who is born? Who dies? All is one Self”

“The same mind that identifies itself with the body can be turned towards the Eternal and then the pain the body experiences will be a matter of indifference. Since the body is bound to get hurt at times, there must be suffering as long as one is identified with it. This world oscillates endlessly between pleasure and pain; there can be no security, no stability here. These are to be found in God alone. How can there be both, the world and the One? On the way there seem to be two, God and the world, but when the Goal has been reached, there is only One. What worldly life is you have seen. Who is yours? Only your Guru, your Ishta (chosen deity); in Him you will find everything and everyone. “I am your child”.

Several months later the same lady came to Varanasi for Ma’s darshan. She looked younger and happier. “I have gotten over my grief,” she said “I am now reconciled to my fate. When Ma said ‘I am your child’, her voice was my daughter’s voice. My hair stood on end and I had a wonderful feeling which I cannot describe in words. From that moment the wound in my heart began to heal. I have gained an inner conviction that my child is happy where she is. I am finding peace and am able to attend to my meditation. Now I am planning to go on a pilgrimage to Badri and Kedarnath. I only wish all bereaved mothers could be comforted as I have been”

~ Old Diary Leaves, Atmananda

Lessons From The Bhagavad Gita – Myth and Legend

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“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga.”
―Bhagavad Gita

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Shri Krishna said:
“The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone’s heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities, who are seated as on a machine, made of the material energy.”~Bhagavad gita as it is 18.61

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A small lesson on wisdom

 

A man renowned for his knowledge loved to converse with the wise men of his country . One day a boy was brought before him.

“This child has great learning,” he was told.

“And who has he studied with?” The man was informed that the source of the child’s wisdom was natural.

Immediately the man questioned the child. The boy’s answers were simple, elegant, beyond ordinary comprehension. Hungrily, the man continued his questioning. However, the child grew bored.

“Let’s play a game,” he said. “You hide and I will find you.”

The man laughed. “It is better if you hide first and I will find you. After all, I am knowledgeable in six kinds of magic.”

“No, You go first,” insisted the boy.

The man snapped his fingers, disappeared, and entered another world. the boy sighed, “It’s not fair. Come back. You’re not supposed to hide in the other world.”

The man reappeared. The boy vanished, leaping into the heart of the man.. The man looked everywhere. He couldn’t find the boy.

“Where are you?”

“I’m here.” The boy’s voice was near but muffled.

“I can’t find you.” So the boy reappeared saying, “I was in your heart. If you do not look in your own heart first, then you will not find wisdom.”

-Anon 


Sathya Sai Baba Story – Early Devotees

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I Only Wanted Swami To Talk To Me! – A Darshan Story

On one of my visits to Puttaparthi, I had a really great experience with Swami. (I think it was during 1999). I was feeling very down and out.
 I was feeling very small and insignificant and unworthy of even    talking to anyone.  I was just keeping to myself. then I prayed to Baba to talk to me  because that would make me feel better and worthy of being talked to by others also. With that thought, I went inside sai kulwant hall after having drawn  4th token (or something near to that no.) and I was  sitting in the second row in darshan on the men’s side.

Then the music started and Baba  came out from the Poornachandra Auditorium. He used to walk then. He shuffled forward taking letters, blessing trays. Finally he was opposite my row. He spoke to someone there.  Then He suddenly turned towards our side. There was a Russian sitting  in front of me.  Baba said something to him. Then suddenly He was looking at me and  saying something  in Telugu (I think because I heard something like “neevu” which is a Telugu word). My head was spinning. I couldn’t believe Baba was talking to me !! At the same time the thought passed thru my head “could Baba be mistaking me for some other guy, some Telugu guy”?? I dismissed that thought as soon as it came because i knew that  Baba knows everything. He doesnt make mistakes. Then Baba repeated what he must have said earlier, in English.  He said “Where have you come from ?” I was still too stunned to reply. Baba spoke a third time.  This time in Hindi. He said “Keedhar se aayaa?” meaning again  “where  had I come from.” I managed to say “SAI, Mumbai”. Then Baba threw up His hands in the air as if I had given the wrong answer and He said
“Oh!! Bombay!”

Then He proceeded to make vibhuti right in front of me and gave some to a Telugu farmer sitting next to me. Others nearby  stretched out their hands and Baba kept giving vibhuti to all. Finally  I also picked up the courage to stretch my hands out for vibhuti. But  Baba just turned away. When i was praying to Baba earlier in the  day, I had told him that “I dont want vibhuti or anything else,  Baba,  please just talk to me.” By turning away Baba displayed His omniscience. He proved to me that He knew my thoughts.  What a proof !! I sat there with tears flowing down my cheeks and couldn’t stop crying long after darshan. People would just look at me and I was not able to say anything. They just nodded
 knowingly and said “Ananda” meaning bliss !! Baba does hear and answer  our prayers. He knows everything.

-from a friend

– Bhagavad Gita VIII:6 – Inspirational Quotations

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☀ Happy Guru Purnima ☀

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I’ve always found the Upanishads to be the supreme Scripture, and I have often felt that the Johannine (Bible) texts are best read with a copy of the Upanishads by one’s elbow. But it must be remembered that the two Scriptures were written for different purposes. The Upanishads were written for Yogis & Brahmin Priests – the spiritual elite and those who had already barjed upon the Path – while the Bible Gospels were originally written for the common or uneducated people. A reason why I lean heavily on the Bhagavad Gita for this blog instead of using chapters from the Bible.

O Son of Kunti (Arjuna), that thought with which a dying man leaves the body determines — through his long persistence in it — his next state of being. – Bhagavad Gita VIII:6

The entirety of a human life is a preparation for the final examination at death…. The paramount habit of thought and feeling during a man’s years on earth is thus the most important factor on “the day of judgement.” The final thought, inexorably produced by the tenor of a lifetime, is indeed the karmic judge that at the sound of “Gabriel’s trumpet” anounces a man’s next destination.

– Paramahansa Yogananda


just a little note to say every once in a while I will be closing the blog down or putting it on private, to allow me time to read through the posts and delete those no longer read. Might also add, this blog is hard graft, lots of work and sometimes I grow tired.. Thank you for understanding…

We Are All Connected, Sai Baba ~ Inspirational Quotations

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Charming old photo of Baba with young school children

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The Earth is like a one-room schoolhouse in which students of different grade levels are assembled together: first graders co-exist with college seniors, remedial students with the gifted.. Its courses are taught in every language and cover every subject. Students of all nationalities and all races attend this school – all of humankind does. All are on the path toward a spiritual graduation. The lessons in this school are difficult because here we have bodies so we experience illness, death, loss, pain, separation, and so many other states of suffering. Yet, the earth also has such powerful redeeming virtues, like incredible beauty, physical love, unconditional love, soul mates, pleasure for all our senses, kind and compassionate people, and the opportunity for accelerated spiritual growth. Eventually, over the course of many lifetimes, we will learn all these lessons. Our education will be complete, and we will not need to come to Earth again any more.

(Like Baba always said, we are like light-bulbs, all of a different size and shape, each alive with a different wattage. From one hundred wattage power to one thousand wattage power. This is the “current” that runs through us all, and is found in all creatures, from the macrocosm to the microcosm.)

On the astral planes, we discover the advanced dimension that exists beyond our human awareness, and we begin to look into the many mysteries. There we can see and feel the sublime manifestations of what on Earth appears to be solid and material, and we acquire an understanding of these absolute energies at their most elevated vibration. There, we explore the nuances and levels of loving-kindness; compared to Earth and its physical form, it is learning at a higher octave. Even though these lessons are the graduate-level-courses, they are still part of our soul’s curriculum. Our knowledge is always expanding.

From page 19  Chapter 1: We Are All Connected, Miracles Happen, Dr. Brian Weiss and Amy E. Weiss. 

Inspired by Miracles Happen, Dr. Brian Weiss