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Taco van der Veen. Living in Holland. Happily Never Married.
Sai Baba [Indian poorna avatar] is my sole beloved refuge

Sai Baba:
There is one religion, the religion of Love
There is one caste, the caste of Humanity
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

Koran: 4:88
Why should you divide yourselves into two groups regarding hypocrites (among you)? GOD is the one who condemned them because of their own behavior. Do you want to guide those who are sent astray by GOD? Whomever GOD sends astray, you can never find a way to guide them.

Koran: 5:48
Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD's revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you.. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny—all of you—then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

Koran: 5:51
O you who believe,
do not take certain Jews and Christians as allies;
these are allies of one another.
Those among you who ally themselves with these belong with them.
GOD does not guide the transgressors.

Koran 3:7
He sent down to you this scripture, containing straightforward verses which constitute the essence of the scripture, as well as multiple-meaning or allegorical verses. Those who harbor doubts in their hearts will pursue the multiple-meaning verses to create confusion, and to extricate a certain meaning. None knows the true meaning thereof except GOD and those well founded in knowledge. They say, "We believe in this—all of it comes from our Lord." Only those who possess intelligence will take heed.

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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?

:heartpulse:Sri Ramana Maharshi:heartpulse:
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

:greenheart:These are the only two ways for realization:greenheart:

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.

:greenheart:Silence solves the tough questions in life:greenheart:
Sanathana Dharma [The Eternal Religion]


:heart: IF you claim "God created all" THEN belittling others equals belittling God equals absurdity :heart: