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Richard Bach, Illusions, quote 12

Of course I’m a fake! We’re all fakes on this whole world, we’re all pretending to be something that we’re not. We are not bodies walking around, we are not atoms and molecules, we are unkillable, undestroyable ideas of the Is, no matter how much we believe otherwise.

~ Richard Bach, Illusions

Richard Bach, Illusions

About being a Yogi and dispassion

Q: Guruji when I think about death, I feel dispassionate. How can one remain a karma yogi in that situation?


Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Look, whatever you do with dispassion (vairaagya) that has a lot of power. We work not for ourselves, but for others. Okay. When we work for others we get a certain type of satisfaction. If our mind is empty, and we are in bliss then both these begin to manifest in life effortlessly, what we have not been able to get/achieve, that comes and what we have, remains preserved. You will feel that you don’t have to put much effort from your side.

This is the sign of a Yogi. A Yogi does not have to make any effort to fulfil his desire but one has to perform his duties. You know all that you want, your desires, intentions are being fulfilled right, before the desire or intention arises.

So that is why Yogi gets the best of enjoyments because a Yogi’s state of consciousness is such that before the desire arises the fruit is already there. He doesn’t have to struggle too hard. That doesn’t mean you have to be lazy, you have to do your work, not to fulfill your own desires but because you have to do certain things. You should just do it.

Question Answer with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Hindi

प्रश्न : गुरुजी क्या अध्यात्म को विज्ञान के द्वारा समझाया जा सकता है ? कभी कभी मुझे इस सृष्टि पर आश्चर्य होता है जिसे अभी भी विज्ञान के द्वारा समझना शेष है | क्या वेद में इसका समाधान है ?


श्री श्री रवि शंकर: योग की शुरुआत आनंद से होती है, जब आप आनंदमय होते हैं  तो आप सत्य की खोज शुरू कर देते हैं और आपकी यात्रा की शुरुआत हो जाती है |

यह भी ठीक है ‘विस्मयो योग भूमिका |

आध्यात्म की शुरुआत आनंद से होती है और फिर वह हर समय मनोरंजन उद्यान मे रहने के सामान है | आप आश्चर्य चकित हो जाते हैं, ओह, यह ऐसा है ? यह संसार क्या है ? इसमें विभिन्न किस्म के वृक्ष पौधे, फूल, पत्तियां, सब्जियां, फूल  और लोग है फिर यह सब क्या है ? जब इस प्रकार का विचार आप मे आता है, तो ज्ञान का उदय होता है |

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)

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