Sense the two-fold existence while in the flesh

"Sir, I am meditating," I shouted protestingly. "I know how you are meditating," my guru called out, "with your mind distributed like leaves in a storm! Come here to me." Snubbed and exposed, I made my way sadly to his side. "Poor boy, the mountains couldn't give what you wanted." Master spoke caressively, comfortingly. His … Continue reading Sense the two-fold existence while in the flesh

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Ramana Maharishi and Free Will

Ramana and Free Will Finally, Ramaṇa’s views on free will vis-à-vis predetermination are so astounding that it behooves us to explore the issue. According to Ramaṇa, at the level of an ordinary person (ajñāni), individuals, from birth to death, will experience a series of preordained activities and experiences, all of which are the consequences of … Continue reading Ramana Maharishi and Free Will

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s Eight Aphorisms

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s Eight Aphorisms 1. God verily exists. He alone is the Truth. 2. It is possible to see Him, nay, even to talk with Him. 3. To see Him, to realise Him, is the goal of life. 4. By seeing him, by realizing him, everything is achieved, everything is gained. 5. For this, … Continue reading Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s Eight Aphorisms

Facets of the Prophet-Mystic

Facets of the Prophet-Mystic SATISH K KAPOOR Originally published as Chapter Nineteen in the book JOY OF SPIRITUALITY – In the Light of Sri Ramakrishna’s Life and Message, A Vedanta Kesari Presentation, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, 2012 pp.218-232 (Note: Retyped from the original book for spreading the word among interested friends and not with a … Continue reading Facets of the Prophet-Mystic

Elusive Happiness : Catch it and Keep

ELUSIVE HAPPINESS, CATCH IT AND KEEP Happiness consists in making the mightiest efforts to reduce your desires and needs, and in cultivating the ability to meet those needs at will, always trying to smile, both outwardly and inwardly, in spite of every predicament. Be silent and calm every night for at least ten minutes (longer … Continue reading Elusive Happiness : Catch it and Keep

Willpower – The Power of Enlightenment

“Agni, the all-seeing, who lies hidden in fire sticks, like a child well guarded in the womb, who is worshipped day by day by awakened souls, and by those who offer oblations in sacrificial fire–he is the immortal Self” (Katha Upanishad 2:1:8) According to the researches of Sri Aurobindo, in the Vedas and upanishad Agni … Continue reading Willpower – The Power of Enlightenment