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Everything is changing – Swami Rama

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 necessities.

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

~ Swami Rama

Yoga is for everyone – Patanjali

Yoga is for everyone - BKS Iyengar, Light on Life

Yoga is not meant to be a religion or dogma for any one culture. While yoga sprang from the soil of India, it is meant as a universal path, a way open to all regardless of their birth and background.

Patanjali used the expression sarvabhauma - universal, some 2500 years ago. we are all human beings, but we have been taught to think of ourselves as Westerners or Easterners.

~ BKS Iyengar (Light on Life)

The Living Liberated Man

 

Not through matted locks, not through fiery lectures and erudition, not through exhibition of miracles does one attain perfection or Knowledge of the Self.

He, in whom the two currents of Raga-dvesha, ignorance of all kinds, egoism, lust and anger are destroyed in toto, is ever happy and he is Brahman, or the liberated Sage or Jivanmukta.

~Swami Sivananda

The Path Of Surrender Is The Path Of Love

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Krishna tells Arjuna, "You are very dear to me."

Then Krishna tells Arjuna he must surrender. Surrender begins with an assumption. First you must assume. You assume you are the most beloved of the Divine, and then surrender happens.

Surrender is not an action; it is an assumption. Non-surrender is ignorance. Non-surrender is an illusion. So surrender is an assumption. Surrender has to begin as an assumption and then it reveals itself as a  reality. Finally, it reveals itself as an illusion. An illusion because there is no two, no duality. There is no independent existence of anyone. An individual has no independent existence. That is it!

Question: Do you have to go through surrender to realize it is an illusion?

Answer: Yes, absolutely.

Question: Where is choice then?

Answer: Choice is your destiny.

Krishna doesn't tell Arjuna in the beginning that he must surrender. First he says, "You are so dear to me." And then he tells him, " There is no other choice for you, you must surrender. Either you do it now, or you do it later."

This is the path of love.

~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The Influence and Aura of a Developed Mind

Mark the influence of a highly developed mind over a less developed mind! It is not possible to describe what it is like to be in the presence of a Master or a developed adept. To sit in his presence, though he hardly speaks a word, is to feel a thrilling sensation so much as to feel new inspirations touching one mentally. Mind has got aura (mental aura or psychic aura). Aura is tejas, brilliance or halo that emanates from the mind. The aura of those who have developed their minds is extremely effulgent. It can travel long distance and affect in a beneficial manner a large number of persons who come under its influence. The spiritual aura is more powerful than either the psychic or pranic aura.

Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda

We shouldn’t deny ourselves our birth right

We have been given the right to divinity by the very fact of our human status. But if we do not claim this birth right, we cannot expect someone else to claim it for us. No one denies it to you. You deny it to yourself.

- Swami Chidananda

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