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Silence solves the tough questions in life Jun 18, 2020
- Jul 15, 1964 (Age: 55)
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Sai Baba [Indian poorna avatar] is my sole beloved refuge
There is one religion, the religion of Love
There is one caste, the caste of Humaity
There is one language, the language of the Heart
There is one God, and He is Omnipresent
Bible: Mark 12:29
The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our
God is one Lord: And you shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with
all your strength: this is the first commandment. And the second
is like, namely this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is none other commandment greater than these
To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed,
He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He
intended] to test you in what He has given you; so advance to [all
that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will
[then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ.
It is He Who has revealed the Book to you. Some of its verses are
absolutely clear and lucid, and these are the core of the Book.5 Others
are ambiguous.6 Those in whose hearts there is perversity, always go
about the part which is ambiguous, seeking mischief and seeking to
arrive at its meaning arbitrarily, although none knows their true meaning
except Allah. On the contrary, those firmly rooted in knowledge say: 'We
believe in it; it is all from our Lord alone.'7 No one derives true
admonition from anything except the men of understanding.
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Best info ever:
Sai Baba on:
There are 2 ways to get enlightened:
a)"Cat-type" = Mother cat carries you around; Full Surrender
b)"Monkey-type" = Baby monkey needs to hold tight; Self Effort
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Best info ever:
Ramanah Maharishi on:
Question: What is unconditional surrender?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: If one surrenders oneself there will be no one to
ask questions or to be thought of. Either the thoughts are eliminated by
holding on to the root-thought ‘I’, or one surrenders oneself to the highest
power unconditionally. These are the only two ways for realization.
Question: Does not total or complete surrender require that one should
not have left even the desire for liberation or God?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: Complete surrender does require that you have
no desire of your own. You must be satisfied with whatever God gives
you and that means having no desires of your own.
Questioner: Now that I am satisfied on that point, I want to know
what the steps are by which I could achieve surrender.
Sri Ramana Maharshi: There are two ways. One is looking into the
source of ‘I’ and merging into that source. The other is feeling ‘I am
helpless by myself, God alone is all-powerful and except by throwing
myself completely on him, there is no other means of safety for me.’ By
this method one gradually develops the conviction that God alone exists
and that the ego does not count. Both methods lead to the same goal.
Complete surrender is another name for jnana or liberation.
Questioner: I find surrender is easier. I want to adopt that path.
Sri Ramana Maharshi: By whatever path you go, you will have to lose
yourself in the one. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage
'‘Thou art all’ and ‘Thy will be done’.
The state is not different from jnana. In soham (the affirmation of ‘I am
he’) there is dvaita (dualism). In surrender there is advaita (non-dualism)
In the reality there is neither dvaita nor advaita, but that which is
Surrender appears easy because people imagine that, once they say
with their lips '‘surrender'’ and put their burdens on their Lord, they can
be free and do what they like. But the fact is that you can have no likes
or dislikes after your surrender; your will should become completely
non-existent, the Lord’s will taking its place. The death of the ego in this
way brings about a state, which is not different from jnana. So by
whatever path you may go, you must come to jnana or oneness.
Question: What is the best way of killing the ego?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: To each person that way is the best which
appears easiest or appeals most. All the ways are equally good as they
lead to the same goal, which is the merging of the ego in the Self. What
the bhakta [devotee] calls surrender, the man who does vichara calls
jnana. Both are trying only to take the ego back to the source from which
it sprang and make it merge there.
Question: Cannot grace hasten such competence in a seeker?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: Leave it to God. Surrender unreservedly. One of
two things must be done. Either surrender because you admit your
inability and require a higher power to help you, or investigate the cause
of misery by going to the source and merging into the Self.
Either way you will be free from misery
God never forsakes one who has surrendered.
Silence solves the tough questions in life
SignatureSri Ramana Maharshi
If one surrenders oneself there will be no one to ask questions or to be thought of
Either the thoughts are eliminated by holding on to the root-thought ‘I’
Or one surrenders oneself unconditionally to the highest power
These are the only two ways for realization