Monday, September 28, 2020

Take a Stand






"There are three possibilities open to us at every moment: one, to stand as a separate self, which resists what is present and seeks what is not; two, to stand as the open, empty space of Awareness, in which all experience appears and with which it is known; and three, to stand as the light of pure Knowing, out of which all experience is made. Experience will appear in accordance with whichever stand is taken."

-Rupert Spira

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Self-Knowledge vs. Self-Realization





"If, from what has been unfolded so far, you know what awareness is but are not free, you are like the man who heard that there was a large reward for anyone who knew the four Vedas, so he said, 'I k now that there are four vedas. Please give me the money.' But this is not what is meant by the knowledge of awareness. It should be directly and fully known.'"

-Vidyaranya Swami, Panchadasi



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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Impediments





“The impediments to Self Realization are: 1/ binding attachment to the objects of the senses, 2/ dullness of the intellect, 3/ indulgence in improper and illogical arguments about the nature of enlightenment, 4/ the deep conviction that the Self is an agent and enjoyer.”

-Vidyaranya Swami, Panchadasi


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Monday, September 07, 2020

'You' are Not the Body





“You never identify yourself with the shadow cast by your body, or with its reflection, or with the body you see in a dream or in your imagination. Therefore you should not identify yourself with this living body, either.”

-Adi Shankaracharya



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Monday, August 31, 2020

Poorna - Fullness





“Can infinity have parts? What is meant by parts of infinity? If you reason it out, you will find that it is impossible. Infinity cannot be divided, it always remains infinite. If it could be divided, each part would be infinite. And there cannot be two infinites. Suppose there were, one would limit the other, and both would be finite. Infinity can only be one, undivided. Thus the conclusion will be reached that the infinite is one and not many, and that one Infinite Soul is reflecting itself through thousands and thousands of mirrors, appearing as so many different souls. It is the same Infinite Soul, which is the background of the universe, that we call God. The same Infinite Soul also is the background of the human mind which we call the human soul.”


― Swami Vivekananda, Practical Vedanta



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Monday, August 24, 2020

Impediments in Vedanta





"The impediments are (1) binding attachment to the objects of the senses, (2) an agitated and dull intellect, (3) indulgence in improper and illogical arguments about the nature of moksha and (4) the deep conviction that the self is an agent and an enjoyer."


-Vidyaranya Swami, Panchadasi, IX.43



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Monday, August 17, 2020

The "I" is the Light of Consciousness





"The light in the perception of sense objects is the changeless Atma, the One without a second which abides infilling all.

"To see It as It is, the objects must be separated from It or else they must be made to point towards It.

"The 'I' must be removed from body to Atma. Freedom from bondage, peace and happiness will flow from it."


-Atmananda Krishna Menon, Atma-Darshan



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