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Traversing the path to enlightenment – Swami Rama

2983741910064013859S425x425Q85[1] The aspirant knows that everything in the external world is subject to change. On some level the objects of the world have value and are apparently real, but, in actuality they do not exist as they are. Their form changes, and, therefore their names change and their qualities also change. When an aspirant adjusts himself to this realization, he practices his sadhna by understanding the apparent reality and does not become attached to the phenomenal world or waste his time in acquiring more worldly objects than the bare neccessities.

To have only the bare necessities of life can become a means on the path of enlightenment.

~ Swami Rama

How can I quiet my mind?

how can i quiet my mind

“Your meditational method should be completely systematic, and you should discipline your body and breath and mind and it will become quiet. ...I am explaining why students cannot meditate.”

~ Swami Rama

Mahamrityunjai mantra, lyrics and video

Mahamritunjai mantra, Sanskrit text, Shiva

Meaning of Mahamritunjay mantra

I worship the three eyed (the third eye is synonymous with wisdom) lord Shiva, who is full of fragrance and who nourishes everybody with health and vitality. May Shiva liberate me from mortality, just as a cucumber fallls off the creeper when it is fully ripe, may I live a full life...and know my immortal self.

Uses of Mahamrityunjai mantra

Chanting of the Mahamrityunjai mantra is recommended for a healthy body and mind. It is said to ward off untimely death by accidents or illness. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh has recommended chanting the mantra on one's birthday for a minimum of 50,000 times. The video here helps recite the mantra correctly.

Mahamrityunjaya mantra comes from the Vedas. It is chanted to help fight physical or mental ailments. It brings peace and tranquility to the mind.

How to know whether the person is enlightened.

How to know whether a person is enlightened?

If you want an honest answer, I can tell one thing. You can never find logically. If somebody is enlightened, when you see him, simply something will happen inside your heart; beyond your intellect. Your whole heart will fall in tune with him. Simply you will not be able to forget him. You’ll be pulled, your whole being will be attracted. Your whole being will be automatically filled by him.

You will not know what is happening to you. You yourself will not be able to understand, analyze logically. You’ll just be waiting, ‘When can I see him next?’ Simply your heart will fall in love.

I can say, with masters you raise in love. With ordinary people you fall in love. With masters you raise in love. Simply something will happen in your space!

Beyond your control, beyond your logic, your heart knows, ‘He is enlightened.’ Simply, you can’t say no to him!

Be very clear, if that happens, that person is going to help you. That person is going to show you the light. That person is your master.

If that doesn’t happen, don’t bother; continue the search, you will meet the right person. Continue your search, you’ll meet the right person. Don’t bother who is enlightened, who is not enlightened; intellectually you cannot find out.

If somebody is going to help you, simply your heart will fall in tune with you. If it falls in tune with him, even if he is not enlightened, he will help you. You will be helped by him.

If your heart has not fallen in tune, even if he is enlightened, he is not for you. Forget about him.

So, you don’t have to use your head at all. Just relax. Your heart knows how to show you the right path. How to guide you in the right path, your heart is the judge which will guide you automatically at the right time, in the right moment towards the right person.

~ Swami Nithyananda

How to handle criticism

Sri Sri Ravishankar Q: How do I handle criticism?
A:When someone criticises you, they are taking a risk. Who wants to take the risk of making enemies! When they are doing that, you appreciate them. Stand up to criticism. Also have the courage to criticise for their improvement. But if someone is criticising you out of jealousy, you smile, it is their problem.

~ Sri Sri Ravishankar

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