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Qualities of a Disciple

 



Shree Maa

Guru/Disciple

"These are the qualities of a disciple: humility, modesty, causing harm to none, patience, the purification of knowledge, worship of the teacher, purity, consistency, self control, constant equanimity of consciousness, unswerving devotion, distaste for the society of gossip, always residing in spiritual wisdom. All that is opposed is ignorance."





Tukaram

"He who utters the Name of God while walking
gets the merit of a sacrifice at every step
His body becomes a place of pilgrimage.
He who repeats God's Name while working
always finds perfect peace."

- Tukaram Extract from "Name of God"



Sri Aurobindo

"The last stage of perfection occurs when you are completely identified with the Divine Mother and feel yourself to be no longer another and separate instrument, servant, or worker but truly a child and eternal portion of her consciousness; it will be your constant, simple, and natural experience that all your thought and seeing and action, your very breathing or moving come from her and are hers."

- Sri Aurobindo

Peter Deunov

"Nothing else is demanded of you but to be in harmony with the entire Universe."

"Peacemakers are living in the Divine Fire.
Peacemaking is the Divine beam,
which comes from the depth of the human soul.
The peacemakers are the Sons of God.
Peacemaking is a Divine Light and it comes from the flame that has created it."

"The greater the sacrifice one makes, the bigger one becomes.
The more sacrifices one makes, the wiser one becomes,
the stronger one becomes, and the better one becomes.
Good people have sacrificed themselves, that is why they are strong."

"Open your hearts to the Divine and do not think about what will happen to you.
Open your minds to the sublime and bright thoughts and do not worry about tomorrow."

"Joy should accompany you. Your mind cannot grow without joy.
Your mind cannot be strong if you have no peace."

"Love is the only force that acts without any bias.
It opens your eyes instead of clouding them.
When you love, you can see clearly.
Only through love can you know people."

"Love is the basis, the foundation of everything,
for it is a virtue that is blind to human mistakes, and is never offended.
Even in in the worst mistakes it only sees something positive."

"I teach a great love, an active love, a love of kisses but also meaningful,
a love of feelings but also intense and noble, a love of power but of a light-giving power,
so that there may be love wherever we go!"

"Until now, man was living for himself. But from now on Mother Love,
as an impulse within the consciousness of humanity,
is urging an improvement for everyone without exception.
Therefore, all people must act together for the well-being and happiness of the whole of humanity".

"Unconditional Mother Love is the door through which man can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Christ also pointed out to us that Love is the only path for salvation of the human soul."

"Your Mother is coming."

- Peter Deunov

Ramprasad Sen (1718 - 1775),
the ecstatic poet-mystic of Bengal.

"O foolish mind, do not indulge in hatred for any sacred way if you wish to enter pure Reality. With desperate longing for truth alone, the singer of this song has plunged into the ocean of ancient Scriptures, discovering at last that my blissful Mother, her black hair falling free in ecstasy, is the living power within every religious symbol, the coherent core of every philosophy. She is the warrior spirit, Kali dancing, and she is Shiva, all-transcending. She is ineffable sweetness, Radha-Krishna, the love play that dissolves conventionality. She is Sita-Ram, compassionately wise, the complete evolution of humanity."

- Ramprasad

Teresa of Avila

"It is love alone that gives worth to all things."

"Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul."

"Do not dismayed, at the number of things which you have to consider
before setting out on this divine journey,
which is the royal road to heaven.
By taking this road we gain such precious treasures
that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one.
The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid
has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes."

"Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it.
We don't remember that we are creatures made in the image of God.
We don't understand the great secrets hidden inside of us."

"Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God."

- Teresa of Avila

Haidakhan Babaji

"Everything in this world is transient. It has no reality. True reality is to proceed on the path of truth, to keep the company of saintly people, and to render service to men."

"There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future."

"You all think devotion is fun. Some day you will have to jump without fear of life or death; then you will be able to make progress. When the time comes, you will have to walk through fire and water."

"You should become pioneers of this age and search for truth. You have to become adventurous and awaken truth within you. This is real yoga."

"Courage is the most important thing...Wake up yourselves and others. Control your mind and have firm determination... Be firm like a rock, deep and serious like the sea. Think of the earth as a mother. Have great courage and patience - and be not afraid of water, fire or great storms - face them bravely. Face the fire and it will turn to ice. This requires control of mind and a firm determination."

"Awake! Arise! And be exalted! Make your life a success!."

-Haidakhan Babaji

Meher Baba

"A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine."

"Love is essentially self-communicative: those who do not have it catch it from those who have it.... No amount of rites, rituals, ceremonies, worship, meditation, penance and remembrance can produce love in themselves. None of these is necessarily a sign of love. On the contrary, those who sigh loudly and weep and wail have yet to experience love. Love sets on fire the one who finds it. At the same time it seals his lips so that no smoke comes out.

"Love can attain what the intellect cannot fathom."

"Don't worry. Be happy."

-Meher Baba

Ramana Maharshi

"Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside."

"Nearly all mankind is more or less unhappy because nearly all do not know the true Self. Real happiness abides in Self-knowledge alone. All else is fleeting. To know one's Self is to be blissful always."

" Bliss is not something to be got. On the other hand you are always Bliss. This desire [for Bliss] is born of the sense of incompleteness. To whom is this sense of incompleteness? Enquire. In deep sleep you were blissful. Now you are not so. What has interposed between that Bliss and this non-bliss? It is the ego. Seek its source and find you are Bliss."

"Nobody doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required."

"That inner Self, as the primeval Spirit, Eternal, ever effulgent, full and infinite Bliss, Single, indivisible, whole and living, Shines in everyone as the witnessing awareness. That self in its splendour, shining in the cavity of the heart This self is neither born nor dies, Neither grows nor decays, Nor does it suffer any change. When a pot is broken, the space within it is not, And similarly, when the body dies the Self in it remains eternal."

"Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity. Because the ego is no entity it will automatically vanish and reality will shine forth by itself."

"God dwells in you, as you, and you don't have to 'do' anything to be God-realized or Self-realized, it is already your true and natural state." Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your own presently lived experience, Self-Inquiry is the one direct and immediate way."

"Heart" is merely another name for the Supreme Spirit, because He is in all hearts. The entire Universe is condensed in the body, and the entire body in the Heart. Thus the Heart is the nucleus of the whole Universe."

"Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. "

- Ramana Maharshi
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Meditate on Om

 




Swami Rama Tirtha on OM

"Sit still, chant ‘Om' and then think Who is within you. All the Vedanta, nay all the philosophy of the Hindus is simply an exposition of this syllable ‘Om.' ‘Om' has a charm about it, an efficiency, a virtue in it which directly brings all feelings and all thoughts into a state of harmony, brings peace and rest to the soul and puts the mind in a state where it is one with God. Science may not be able to explain this, but this is a fact which can be verified by experiment. Woe unto science if it goes against the truth connected with the efficiency of the sacred syllable ‘Om.' The real Self which is knowledge absolute and power absolute is the only stern Reality, before which the apparent reality of the world melts away! ‘Om' is the name of this Reality.

Realize it [Om] and sing it in the language of feeling, sing it with your acts, sing it through every power of your body. Let it course through your veins, let it pulsate in your bosom, let every part of your body and every drop of your blood tingle with the truth that you are…the true Self! A man who sings ‘Om' in all these ways, chants it with his lips, feels it with his heart and sings it through action, makes his life a continuous song. But if you cannot chant it with feeling nor chant it with your acts, do not give up, go on chanting it with your lips. Even that is not without use. But chanting it through feelings and actions would naturally follow if you commence humming it with the mouth.

Commenting on the depiction of Krishna playing a flute, Swami Rama Tirtha wrote: “One should bring out from the flute of the mind the sacred syllable ‘Om,' which removes all evils.

Before falling asleep, and after waking, firmly resolve to follow the Vedantic discipline. Keep chanting ‘Om.'

The literal meaning of Vedanta is the end of knowledge, the end of speech, a point where all speech, all thought stops and for the Hindus the whole of Vedanta is represented by Om.

Chant Om, Om. If you do that for a few moments, your whole being from head to foot becomes Light. Why pray for Light when Light is your own Self? You become Light immediately.” “It is this ‘I Am' that is represented by Om. The pure ‘I am,' ‘I am He,' is represented by Om.” “How to make the mind rise higher into the celestial regions–to make the soul soar away up to the throne of God! When the benign light of the rising or setting sun is falling upon the translucent lids of half-closed eyes, we begin humming the syllable Om, we sing it in the language of feeling.

There is but one reality,' this name Om, which is the Holy of Holies, this name Om possessing the highest powers of Divinity or God, should be chanted.

If [you are] distracted by worldly desires, you are not singing Om.

This Atman, this true ocean of Reality, this controlling and governing Self is to be realized, to be felt, to be seen and known in order to be one with the Infinite. This true Self or Atman is called the ‘ I am .' This true Self, the perfect ‘ I ' is beyond cause, time and space. This perfect true Self is represented by Om. Om means ‘ I am ;' and while chanting Om you have not to address yourself to somebody else. While chanting Om, think not of someone outside yourself whom you are calling. While chanting Om, you must feel your self to be one with this true ‘ I am .' By this strong feeling, the mind is merged in the Reality. By this strong belief, by this living knowledge of the mind, the mind becomes, as it were, a bubble which bursts into the mighty ocean of Reality. This is the way to Realization; this strong feeling, this living knowledge on the part of the mind laying hold of you, and dehypnotizing your false self, is the way to gain Truth, to free yourself.

Now Rama shall tell you the method which the sages of India adopted to acquire God-vision. [In] the Hindu Scriptures, it is stated that all the Vedas are like a tree which sprang from the seed known as Om. This is called the seed from which the tree of the Vedas sprang.… Those people who want to get a higher inspiration, those people who want to acquire that God-vision, who want to rise above the egoistic, personal, little, limited, local consciousness of self, they get the inspiration and light through the chant of Om! Om! Om!

Now it is not the mere chant by the throat, it is something else also. While the lips and the throat chant physically, the mind chants it intellectually, and the heart chants it in a language of higher emotions. Thus the threefold chant of this sacred syllable Om brings you to that unison and oneness with the All, the Light. This was the method they adopted.

The life in your breath is Om. The sound which is the soul of your breath is Om. This is then the most natural name for the Heaven within, the God, Supreme Spirit, that enlightens all spirits and all souls; the Soul of all souls, the Life of all lives is Om.

So Rama says that intonation is connected with the chant of Om and experience has proved that it has a marvellous effect in bringing your soul at one with the soul of the ALL. It has a marvellous effect. If Science cannot prove it today, let it grow, and a little later it will be able to explain it. In the meantime the fact will remain a fact. So on the basis of this experience of the sages, Rama means personal experiences, Rama lays before you this, the treasure of the Vedic philosophy. Thus it is that the Hindus reached the higher vision of clairvoyance, of the inner, spiritual light.

In India there is a beautiful story in the Puranas. It speaks of Krishna jumping into the river Yamuna while his father, mother, friends and relatives stood by struck dumb with amazement. In their very presence he jumped into the torrent. They thought that he was gone, that he would never rise again. The story says that he went to the bottom of the river and there was a thousand-headed dragon. Krishna began to blow his flute, he began to play the mantram OM, he began to kick down the heads of the dragon, he began to crush down the heads of the dragon one by one, but as he crushed the many heads of the dragon one by one, other heads sprang up and thus it was very hard for him. Krishna went on jumping and dancing upon the crested head of the dragon; he went on playing the mantram on his flute, he went on chanting his mantram and still jumping and crushing down the heads of the dragon. In half an hour the dragon was dead; what with the charming note of the flute and what with the crushing of the dragon by his heels, the dragon was dead. The waters of the river were turned into blood and the blood of the dragon mixed with the water of the river. All the wives of the dragon came up to pay homage to Krishna, they wanted to drink of the nectar of his sweet presence. Krishna came up from the river, the amazed relatives and friends were beside themselves, their joy knew no bounds, so happy were they to find their beloved Krishna, their beloved one in their midst again. This story has a double meaning. It is an object lesson, so to say, for those who want to gain an insight of Reality, into their own Divinity.

That lake or river represents the mind or rather the lake of the mind, and whoever wants to become Krishna (the word Krishna means or stands for Deity, God), whoever wants to regain the paradise lost, he has to enter deep into the lake of his own mind, to dive deep into himself, he has to plunge deep into his own nature. Reaching the bottom he has to fight the venomous dragon, the poisonous snake of passion, desire, the venomous dragon of the worldly mind. He has to crush it down, he has to destroy its crests, he has to kick down its many heads, he has to charm and destroy it. He must make clear the lake of his mind, he must clear his mind this way. The process is the same as that followed by Krishna. He is to take up his flute and play the mantram OM through it. He has to sing that divine, that blessed song through it. In this state of mind, in this peace of heart, with such a pure soul begin to chant the mantram OM, begin to sing the sacred syllable OM. This is putting the breath of music into the flute. Make your whole life a flute. Make your whole body a flute. Empty it of selfishness and fill it with the divine breath. Chant OM and while doing it, begin that search within the lake of your mind. Search out the poisonous snake with its many tongues. These heads, tongues and fangs of the poisonous snake are the innumerable wants, the worldly tendencies and the selfish propensities. Crush them one by one, trample them under your feet, single them out, overcome them and destroy them while singing the syllable OM.

Build up a character, make firm resolutions, make strong determinations and take solemn vows so that when you come out of the lake or river of the mind, you may not find the waters poisoned; so that the waters will not poison those who drink from them. Come out of the lake having purified it altogether. Let people differ from you, let them subject you to all sorts of difficulties, let them revile you, but despite their favors and frowns, their threats and promises, from the lake of your mind there should flow nothing but divine, infinitely pure, fresh water. Nectar should flow out of you so that it may become as impossible for you to think evil as for the pure fresh spring to poison those who drink from it. Purify the heart, sing the syllable OM, pick out all points of weakness and eradicate them. Come out victorious having formed a beautiful character. When the dragon of passion is destroyed, you will find the objects of desire worshipping you just as the wives of the dragon under the river paid homage unto Krishna after he had killed the snake.

This sacred syllable OM is the end of knowledge in all the world. It is all the Vedas, all the Kingdom of Heaven. In order to come by the Treasures within or in order that the Kingdom of Heaven may be unlocked, OM is the key to be used. This is the seed of all knowledge. OM is the reality which runs through your breath. It is present in all breath of the world, it is the most natural name of the Power which is at the back of all differences, all divisions, all separateness, the most natural name for the Reality. All Vedanta, nay, all the philosophy of the Hindus is simply an exposition of this syllable OM. OM covers the whole universe. There is not a law, not a force in the whole world, not an object in all the world which is not comprised by the syllable OM. One by one you will see that all the planes of being, all the worlds, all phases of existence are covered by this syllable A-U-M–OM. OM has a charm about it, an efficacy, a virtue in it which directly brings the mind of one who chants it under control, which directly brings all feeling and all thought in a state of harmony; brings peace and rest to the soul and puts the mind in a state where it is one with God. Science may not be able to explain this, but this is a fact which can be verified by experiment.

Meditate on Om and be a giver of peace to mankind and not an expectant seeker."

- Swami Rama Tirtha


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Sri Trilinga Swami

Sri Trilinga Swami of Benares, born in Andhra Desa, lived some fifty years ago. He lived for 280 years. He made his Tapas in Manasarovar, Tibet. Once Ramakrishna Paramahamsa also saw him at Benares.
 

From "Kundalini Yoga" by Sri Swami Sivananda

Trailinga Swami was a great devotee.

He closed his door and sat inside for three days.

One of his devotees was standing outside the door and wondered, "What's going on here ?"

He went and knocked on the door.

Trailinga Swami asked , "Who's there?"

He replied , "I am , Guruji, I am."

Trailinga Swami did not make any move at all. He sat silently in his room.

The disciple was thinking, "What happened to my Guru ? He is sitting inside. Before he was always happy to see me, and now he is not replying at all."

He sat outside and began to think, "What happened to the Guru?"

The next day he came again and knocked on the door.

Trailinga Swami said ,"Who is there?"

The disciple once again replied, "I am, Guruji."

Trailinga Swami kept silent.

All the day and all the night, the Guru did not open the door, and the disciple sat outside. The disciple sat through the whole night wondering why the Guru didn't open the door.

On the third day he went and knocked on the door. Guruji asked, "Who's there?"

The disciple replied,"You are."

And the Guru opened the door.



Pilot Baba

"Drop everything that has come from outside. Throw it out.
Suddenly you will find your mind is giving way into no-mind.
You have only to drop the rubbish. Your body is only a temple.
Your subjectivity - is a silent , peaceful, just an empty space - is the very source you have come from and is the very goal - are going towards.
When the source and the goal meet, you are enlightened . The whole circle , the whole piligrimage is complete."

"One birth is given by your parents. Another birth you have to manage by yourself.
The first birth is going to end up in death. The second birth is the beginning of ETERNITY -
no death - no end - no beginning."

"Remember that only individuals have ever become enlightened.

Others have become a part of a crowd as a Hindu, as a Christian, as a Muslim.
Crowds never become enlightened. Only individuals.
Only those people who have guts and courage to be alone - are capable of stopping the movement of the mind  and can settle into their inner innocence.

The deeper you go within yourself the purer the sources of consciousness that you will find.
When you reach to the very centre of your being,  you have reached to the center of the Universe.
 
Then blossoms wisdom, you become a sage - a Realised one ."

"Truth of life cannot be " NO ", neither can it be the ultimatel goal.
Because creation does not exist in "NO" but exists in "YES."
Because the flow of the life is in "YES."
To live with "YES" (Sanyasa) means that one is ready to dissolve into the existence, that the dew drop is ready to drop into the ocean.
But the moment the dew drop drops into the ocean, it also becomes the ocean.
Go beyond "NO" try to reach to the ultimate "YES."
Knowledge is quantity. Wisdom is not quantity - it is quality.
Knowledge is intellectual Wisdom is intelligence. Knowledge can be quantified - you can measure it - B.A, M.A, Ist Div, II Div. etc.
But Wisdom cannot be quantified - there is no way to measure it, it is eternal."

- Pilot Baba

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