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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    Indeed the differences between the teachings of Buddha and Shankara (Advaita Vedanta) are only in vocabulary :D

    Buddha says there is no Atma, by which he meant there is no individuality ... and...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Dear Sriram ji,
    Namasthe!

    Thats ok... Language has its limitations. As long as we understand its fine. Though you did not explicitly mention it, i was not clear whether you are saying...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Dear SriRam ji,
    Namasthe! We may not be disagreeing. We may be on the same page ... was just not sure from your previous post if we agree to it that "Recognition" is not as "This" ... since...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Dear Sriram ji,
    Namasthe! :)

    Ajnana Nivritti is itself Realization. There is nothing else like "Recognition". Pratyabijnya , shankara uses with reference to remembrance that "I WAS" in...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Dear Sriram ji,
    Namasthe!

    :) you are correct on that. The cognition is there, but misinterpreted to be "something else" ! :)
    So shastra only serves to negate that... and even when it...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Dear Sriram ji,
    Namasthe!

    We changed the world "Reveal" to "Recognize" ... how do I recognize and what ?

    Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi tells of the story of a person who looked into a well...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Dear SriRam ji,
    Namasthe!

    Shastras are pramana - when we say this, we do not mean they reveal the Self. Self is "Self Evident" ... Ever Revealed.
    Self cannot be revealed by any...
  8. Re: can't seem to motivate myself to practice

    Dear shays860 ji,
    :) Namasthe!

    Your living has to become your practice. Every moment.

    CASE 1:

    If you really have some time but are choosing some other activity in place of...
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    Re: Anger and Puja

    Namasthe!

    If you feel that you are impure because of anger ... that is when you need purity and therefore you should reach out to god at the earliest.

    I am not sure where you picked up this...
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    Re: "Sri Gayatri Mantra" for Meditation.

    Dear Charles ji,
    :) One should "Relax" during meditation ... and naturally resolve into Silence .... one should not be trying too hard.

    Do you see the difference between concentration and...
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    Re: Meditation: why loss of memory

    Dear charles ji,
    Memory loss or gain are properties of brain [physical] and have nothing to do with your meditation.

    The constant doubt that "I may be forgetting" may have adverse effect....
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    Re: Issues with japa as of late

    Dear c.smith ji,
    :) To chant a specific number of times itself can be a goal you have set... instead of enjoying to chant the mantra ... enjoying the mantra itself here and now ... "may be" you...
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    Re: Issues with japa as of late

    Dear c.smith ji,
    you are "trying hard" for something ... if we fix an expectation and try to "reach" it, japa will also become very burdensome.

    Spiritual Sadhana should not become goal...
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    Re: Books

    http://hinduonline.co/DigitalLibrary/SmallBooks/introductiontovedantaswamidayanandaEng.pdf

    ---> Swami Dayananda Saraswati's introduction to Vedanta.

    Ashtavakra Gita:...
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    Re: Shirdi Sai Baba

    Dear markandeya 108 dasa ji,
    :) Avadhuta Gita is an exceptional vedantic text. Thanks for the link to its song, ill listen a little later. And yes Shiridi Sai Baba is a great saint [please do...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear Anirudh,
    :) Does the knowledge that earth is not flat but spherical (approximately) change your experience when you walk on it ? Do you start to wobble about rather than walk?

    If...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear Anirudh,
    :)



    If you know how to recognize God there ! :)
    Experiences are all mithya ... like a snake imagined on a rope ...

    the Rope is God! Wherever you see the snake that...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear saswathy ji,
    :)

    Both Anubhuti and Anubhavam point to the same "Self Abidance", following Sravana-Manana.
    Neither refer to experience.

    God is beyond intellect implies he need not...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear saswathy ji,
    :) Anubhuti or anubhavam does not mean experience. That is an inaccurate translation -- just like sraddha is translated as faith!

    anu = prefix that says "Following",...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear markandeya 108 dasa & saswathy,
    :) All Experiences are hallucinatory - unreal.
    There is no specific experience called the "Experience of God"

    In fact , if "Isavasyam idam sarvam"...
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    Re: Most Effective Meditation Length?

    Dear Ciel_Fleur,
    :) If you understand Self Inquiry properly, your living becomes meditation.

    You are perpetually living in meditation 24 7.

    if not understood, it can become one of...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear MaxPsycho & Friends,
    :)

    I really like this argument.

    Vedanta argues on exactly same lines ... it says "Experiences" cannot be differentiated from "Hallucinations". Entire Mandukya...
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    Re: Paraa Puuja (परापूजा)

    Experience is as good as our interpretation of it. That is why when two people face a tough situation, they react differently, the difference is in their outlook. Suppose I am faced with a calamity...
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    Re: Best Gita version

    Dear kamaferro ji,
    :) Please do not just glance through. Study with your heart and soul in it.

    Love!
    Silence
  25. Re: I am not sure if any one could answer my question. However let me try.

    Dear Anirudh ji,
    :)

    I too had a similar series of dreams of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa which transformed my view permanently. I understand how they can take effect on our personality.
    ...
  26. Re: I am not sure if any one could answer my question. However let me try.

    Dear Anirudh ji,
    :) Namasthe!

    Sri Adi shankararcharya discusses about Karma model at various places in his Bhasyam (commentaries) [ex Bhagavad Gita Bhasyam , Chandogya Upanishad Bhasyam]...
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    Re: Thich Nhat Hanh Is In Hospital

    http://plumvillage.org/news/an-update-on-thays-health-22nd-november/

    The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment...
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    Re: Paraa Puuja (परापूजा)

    Vedanta: Seeker and the Sought Are One:

    What we seek , therefore , is total contentment, and this is what vedanta says is our own true nature.

    The first verse says anande-sat-cit-anande ... to...
  29. Re: I am not sure if any one could answer my question. However let me try.

    Dear Anirudh ji,
    :) Namasthe!

    Karma theory provides a model for explanation. It can neither be proven nor disproved. Its value is only in the explanation it provides. What is the karma...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Friends,
    "What does the word God mean"?
    Long before I can prove or disprove God... we have to define what the word means.

    Otherwise it would be like the question: Can you prove the...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear Believer,
    :)

    Even my asking for apology is a candid expression alone. Thank you. I respect the openness and maturity.

    Youngsters have to be exposed to the teaching ... not to a...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Dear Believer,
    :)
    Shankara gave elaborate logic and presents the Truth with absolute clarity ! And we give our children half baked beliefs ! ??
    Is this not the reason for their...
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    Re: Paraa Puuja (परापूजा)

    Moksha (Continued):

    Moksha, is freedom from bondage, as we have already seen. The very fact that we "seek" means there is something that is "not-ok" and we are looking for ways to circumvent...
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    Re: Paraa Puuja (परापूजा)

    Dear Anirudh ji,
    :) Namasthe!

    I will elaborately explain each verse as I proceed with the text. My usual practice is to make notes as I study a text. Right now I am studying Paraa puuja. So...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Can you prove existence or non - existence of "Dwindigole" ?

    You will naturally ask me : what does the word mean ?

    Long before I prove the existence or non-existence of "God", what does the...
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    Re: Paraa Puuja (परापूजा)

    Friends,
    :) Let us try to appreciate the overall context in which these simple verses should be meditated upon. When the context and the meaning is appreciated, these simple verses become...
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    Re: Paraa Puuja (परापूजा)

    Dear Anirudh ji,
    :) Namasthe! Glad to see your read this post.

    Total Contentment : is another word for bliss or inner fulfillment.

    Displeased person : a lacking individual: any sense of...
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    Paraa Puuja (परापूजा)

    Paraapuja is a beautiful prayer supposedly written by Sri Adi Shankaracharya.

    The word puja is defined as : purnat jyayate iti puja, that which is born out of inner fulfillment, is puja.

    The...
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    Re: Best Gita version

    Dear Anirudh ji,
    :) I may not like being addressed as handle or being criticized but I have enough maturity to maintain total equanimity in all circumstances. So please go ahead and address me...
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    Re: Why is daily sadhana important?

    Dear Viraja ji,
    :) I did not say any of that. How did you come to such a conclusion ?
    Where did I ever say "You are God" ?

    Love!
    Silence
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    Re: Why is daily sadhana important?

    Dear Seeker ji,
    :) Namasthe!



    This is not what our scriptures are saying.
    Their claim is : you are Purna, Complete. Full.
    Not that you have to become complete. You are already...
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    Re: Best Gita version

    Dear Devotee ji,
    :) Namsthe!



    A person is neither right nor wrong. An idea is either right , or wrong, otherwise its not well formed!!



    Muktha abhimani muktho hi ... says...
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    Re: Thich Nhat Hanh Is In Hospital

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoVuPTqj7gk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMoRtJhVoxc

    some samples :)
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    Re: Thich Nhat Hanh Is In Hospital

    http://plumvillage.org/news/an-update-on-thays-health-16th-november/

    We are aware and grateful for the love and practice that people are offering from all around the world to support Thầy’s...
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    Re: Best Gita version

    Dear Anirudh ji,
    :) Namasthe!




    I did not want you to judge or verify. Its merely a statement of fact.... only i can know whether or not its true :)
  46. Re: Meditation to reach enlightenment, how?

    Friends,
    :)

    Concentrating mind is an aid ... not liberation.
    Liberation is to realize that you are not the mind !

    Concentration may calm the mind ... and then i say i am calm.
    Then...
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    Re: great (profound) questions...

    Dear Yajvan ji,
    :)

    Can this also be interpreted as : the moment between waking and sleep ?
    waking : Jaagrat.
    Sleep : Sushupti
    Jaagrat Sushupti : The wakeful Deep Sleep State... Ramana...
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    Re: Best Gita version

    Dear Believer,
    :) Namasthe!

    That verse is from Ashtavakra Gita (chapter 18):

    व्यवहारे (in Vyavahara or day to day activities) अपि (too, even) शान्त (calm) धीः (Intellect) (The one with...
  49. Re: Meditation to reach enlightenment, how?

    Dear Mountain Spirit,
    :) Namasthe!

    Mantra means mananat trayate iti mantrah... upon contemplation it releases you from bondage.

    note : upon contemplation, not upon repetition.

    To...
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    Re: Control of Senses & Material Elements

    Dear IcyCosmic,
    :) Namasthe!

    Very good question.



    "I love everything" is a thought you are holding onto ... a mental climate. And mental climate is always changing, so this will...
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