Thursday, 20 September 2018

You Are Merely a Point in Space and Time - Nisargadatta

When you are bound by the illusion: 'I am this body', you are merely a point in space and a moment in time. When the self-identification with the body is no more, all space and time are in your mind, which is a mere ripple in consciousness, which is awareness reflected in nature. Awareness and matter are the active and the passive aspects of pure being, which is in both and beyond both. Space and time are the body and the mind of the universal existence. My feeling is that all that happens in space and time happens to me, that every experience is my experience every form is my form. What I take myself to be, becomes my body and all that happens to that body becomes my mind. But at the root of the universe there is pure awareness, beyond space and time, here and 
now. Know it to be your real being and act accordingly.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Nisargadatta on Consciousness

In the inner globe of consciousness or the astral globe, the outer vast world is packed. Although the world is inside, it appears outside. How can such a small space accommodate a huge world? Since it is not feasible, the world is false and only appears to exist. Only a false huge world can be created from the miniscule consciousness. Hence, the world is illusory and only Brahman is true.
The rising of the sun in the morning is the seed of the day. With the sun there is morning and also time. The sun means time, as its position in the sky indicates the time. Among millions, only a rare one can reach the root or the seed of Atman. He is unbeatable in any argument.
Have conviction as to what this consciousness is, and abide there firmly. This is meditation and what is expected of a true seeker. As long as one has any expectation of a personal gain, there cannot be any realisation of the Truth. The word Atman means ' I" or the bodiless consciousness. We feel our presence due to the combination of body, prana, and consciousness. Our consciousness, which is formless, is due to the body, which has a form. Your experience of pain and pleasure is the result of your believing yourself to be the body

Monday, 7 May 2018

The Fruit of Silence is Prayer

Attributed to Mother Teresa:

The fruit of silence is prayer;the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Phillys Krystal 1914 - 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Om Sri Sai Ram.

I regret to inform you that Mrs. Phyllis Krystal, an ardent devotee of
Bhagawan, merged with our beloved Lord on 10th December 2016, at the age of 102. She was in her home in Guildford, United Kingdom at the time of her passing. Phyllis has left behind her daughter Sheila, and two grandchildren. We celebrate her blessed life and loving services, done with indomitable energy in the name of Sai.
On behalf of the Sathya Sai International Organisation, with love andhumility, we pay tribute to Mrs. Phyllis Krystal, a shining exemplarof Swami's teachings who dedicated her life to spreading His message and love across the world. Her work has uplifted people in many countries and helped thousands connect with their innate divinity. Her own lifestyle reflected her values and her deep commitment to Swami.
Even as a centenarian, Phyllis lived alone in Switzerland, cooked herown meals, and responded to hundreds of phone calls, emails, and faxes from people seeking her help from all corners of the globe. Shetravelled around the world independently, and during her visits, sheworked from morning to night, giving workshops, talks, and helping people. She was a perfect example of an active, true instrument of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Phyllis Krystal was born in London, England on May 11, 1914, andcompleted her education and moved to California in 1937. She married Sydney Krystal, a lawyer, who was one of the first trustees of the Sathya Sai Society of America. Mrs. Krystal was a member of the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of the USA. A spiritual seeker all her life,Phyllis Krystal and her husband first visited Bhagawan over 40 years ago. During one of her early visits, Swami urged her to write a book and materialized a pen for her, saying that "the book was in the pen". Under divine guidance, she then wrote the book on "Ceiling on Desires", which is a practical study-guide for Sathya Sai devotees worldwide. Two other books worth mentioning which inspired many devotees are "Cutting the Ties that Bind" and "Sai Baba-The Ultimate Experience".
At Bhagawan's urging and under His supervision, Mrs. Krystal startedspeaking to the public and holding seminars to help them connect with their inner divinity. Swami told her on many occasions to speak to the youth. Since 1995, as part of the Young Adult National ExecutiveCommittee, USA, Phyllis Krystal advised, supported, and guided the young adult leaders, and helped to shape the young adult program. In 2007, on the occasion of the 3rd World Youth Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam, at the behest of Bhagawan, Phyllis addressed and inspired 6,000 youth assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall.

Through her tireless work, strength and elegance, Phyllis Krystal hasshown us what is possible by tuning into the loving energy within and serving the world. Although her physical presence will be missed, her love and work will continue to live on through thousands of hearts she has touched throughout her life. May Swami give her soul permanent peace and bliss.
We offer our sincere sympathies to Mrs. Krystal's daughter Sheila and her two grandchildren in this time of immense loss.
Thank you.
Jai Sai Ram.
Lovingly in service of Sai,
Dr. Narendranath Reddy
Chairman, Prasanthi Council
Sathya Sai International Organisation

Friday, 29 July 2016

Bliss Consciousness

Ganga Nath (Friend of Vikram Oberoi) writes: During college, I read every book I could find on Eastern Wisdom. I learned about Hinduism, Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Then one day, while walking through my college campus, I saw a poster for a lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM), as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I knew who Maharishi was because I’d seen a photo in Life Magazine of the four Beatles with him in India. I had already read a book by Hermann Hesse called “Magister Ludi - The Glass Bead Game”. It’s the story of a young boy, Joseph Knecht, who goes to study at an elite boarding school for boys where he eventually becomes the Master of the Glass Bead Game, a game that requires expertise in all fields of science, art, music, literature and history to win. When he first arrives at the school, the Music Master, who will become his spiritual mentor, tells him that, of all the things he will learn at the school, meditation is the most important. I already understood that meditation is the key that unlocks life's greatest treasures, so I attended the introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation and a few weeks later I was initiated into TM. Right way, I began experiencing a deep state of inner peace combined with greater clarity of mind. The effects were so dramatic on my quality of life that I soon decided that I wanted to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. I had found my calling in life. 
In 1973, I attended a ten week Teacher Training course with Maharishi in La Antilla, Spain. There were a thousand of us from around the world in a small seaside town near the border of Portugal. We met with Maharishi in a huge blue tent on the beach. After completing the course, I returned to my hometown of Sea Cliff, Long Island and started a meditation center on the North Shore of Long Island. I taught TM full-time for the next 7 years. This was a boom time for TM. Maharishi would appear on the Merv Griffen show with meditating celebrities like Clint Eastwood and there were lines outside of TM centers with people waiting to be initiated. Meditation had become mainstream. Because of scientific research conducted at Harvard Medical School showing that TM lowered high blood pressure and improved health in many ways, doctors, lawyers, housewives and students were eager to learn to meditate. 
In 1978, something happened that changed my life forever. I attended a Six Month Advanced Training for TM teachers in St, Moritz, Switzerland. There were 100 of us men staying in a hotel high above the picturesque town of St. Moritz surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We had the entire historic Hotel Chantarelle to ourselves from April to October. It was a very intensive course. We meditated around 10 hours a day and periodically fasted. We also read daily from the ninth Mandala of the Rigveda, devoted to purifying Soma, the sacred potion of the Vedic religion. One morning I woke up and was flooded with bliss. Every cell in my body was vibrating with intense bliss. It was like a full body orgasm that doesn’t stop. But, not only was I flooded with bliss, everything I looked at was permeated with the same Pure Bliss Consciousness. The walls, the carpet, the trees outside, the mountains, the clouds, it was all Bliss Consciousness. In India, they call this Satchidananda, or Existence Consciousness Bliss. All my life, I’d been rather introverted and shy but that old personally dissolved in Bliss never to return again. Friends on the course were concerned. One said, “You’re not the person I’ve known for years. You are a different person. Maybe you should see a psychologist when you get home.” There was no going back. The old me died that day in St. Moritz. I knew my true nature to be Bliss and I was free.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Nisargadatta on Casuality

M: Once you create for yourself a world in time and space, governed by causality, you are bound to search for and find causes for everything. You put the question and impose an answer.
Q: My question is very simple: I see all kinds of things and I understand that each must have a cause, or a number of causes. You say they are uncaused -- from your point of view. But, to you nothing has being and, therefore, the question of causation does not arise. Yet you seem to admit the existence of things, but deny them causation. This is what I cannot grasp. Once you accept the existence of things, why reject their causes?
M: I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the picture on the cinema screen to be but light.
Q: Still, the movements of light have a cause. 
M: The light does not move at all. You know very well that the movement is illusory, a sequence of interceptions and colorings in the film. What moves is the film -- which is the mind.
Q: This does not make the picture causeless. The film is there, and the actors with the technicians, the director, the producer, the various manufacturers. The world is governed by causality. Everything is inter-linked.
M: Of course, everything is inter-linked. And therefore everything has numberless causes. The entire universe contributes to the least thing. A thing is as it is, because the world is as it is. 
You see, you deal in gold ornaments and I -- in gold. Between the different ornaments there is no causal relation. When you re-melt an ornament to make another, there is no causal relation between the two. The common factor is the gold. But you cannot say gold is the cause. It cannot be called a cause, for it causes nothing by itself. It is reflected in the mind as 'I am', as the ornament's particular name and shape. Yet all is only gold. 
In the same way Reality makes everything possible and yet nothing that makes a thing what it is, its name and form, comes from reality.
- I AM THAT Ch 14

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Writings of Jalaluddin Al-Rumi

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” 
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
“The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.”
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
“Stop behaving small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
“Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?”
“Only with the heart can you touch the sky.”
“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First, to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without your feet.”
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
“Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?”
“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.”
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. 
Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”
“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”
“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”
“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”
“You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck!”
“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?”
“There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.”
Jalaluddin al-Rumi

See also, Jalaluddin Al-Rumi