The experience of emptiness and meditation with the whole body

The experience of emptiness ‘So in Emptiness there is neither form nor sensation, thinking, impulse nor consciousness; no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body nor mind; no form, sound, smell, taste, touch nor object of mind; no element of eye, nor any of the other elements, including that of mind-consciousness. ’ Meditation with the whole body …

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Transcendence

All these things, Shariputra, have the character of Emptiness, neither born nor dying, neither defiled nor pure, neither increased nor lesssened. ’ These phrases addressed to Shariputra teach the character of Emptiness. As Emptiness, it have no characteristic form. We may that even in Emptiness some form must remain, but there is no need for …

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The realisation of Brahman through love and knowledge

Knowledge in the sense in which Shri Shankara uses the term, means the highest knowledge, a supra-mental knowledge through a spontaneous experience of the Self as the highest good and intensest Reality. The ‘ otherness ’ of the absolute Reality passes away like a dream and the individual self (jiva) realises its essence in identity …

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How to know yourself as capable of passing strength and hope to others.

THE subject of this talk is how to become free—that is how to know yourself to be fearless, unassailable, completed— and capable of passing strength and hope to others. The talk is called : “ Renunciation—the Way to Freedom ” and I am told that this title reeks of restriction and asceticism and that it …

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Zen is a Japanese approximation to the Sanskrit dhyana

Zen is a Japanese approximation to the Sanskrit dhyana, which has in Yoga the technical meaning of stilling and focussing the mind. When after long practice all associations have dropped away and the mind is identified with the subtle constituents of the object, the state is called Samadhi of a particular kind. In that Samadhi …

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How to practice interior silence and find the light within

Someone has said that the mind is a machine for secreting thought, and this description corresponds to our experience of it. The secret of the practice of interior silence is that if the secretion of thought is stopped, not permanently, but for short periods, the mind secretes not thought, but something exceedingly pure, subtle and …

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Reason, Revelation & Self-Realization in the Naish – Karmya Siddhi

Shri Sureshvara tells us that his great work, Naish- karmya Siddhi, was written at the behest of his Teacher, Shri Shankara, in order to expound the secret doctrine hidden in the heart of the Upanishads which leads directly to the supreme goal of life. The doctrine is ‘secret’ in the sense that it can only …

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The relevance of the philosophy and teaching of Yoga to the present day

A great deal of nonsense is nowadays talked about Yoga and  Meditation and you will see it advocated in popular media as if it were a means to prolong youth or health or as a range of techniques to improve the powers of memory and concentration and ensure success in business. It is hardly necessary …

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How to hear great spiritual truths that are life-saving

Listening was the earliest means of teaching. Before writing was developed, the history of the races was told in stories. The bards sang songs of past events; story-tellers travelled from place to place recounting legends, myths and amongst them, many truths. Men learned long sagas by heart to tell them to their children. The great …

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Satan

Quite often in our lives we are going to meet Satan, either in other people or in ourselves. We don’t realize it because we often fail to recognise him. Here is an example from a time when smoking was just a social habit and not yet known to be a killer: A certain heavy smoker …

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God manifests Himself in love and through love

This is an extract from a long article by Swami Rama Tirtha (Punjab, India, 1873-1906) which appeared serially from 1900 onwards in his Urdu magazine Alif under the title “Peace or War? Waves of the Ganges.” The extract here presented was written shortly after the Swami’s retirement to the forest as a monk, and deals …

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In Shri Shankara’s philosophy in what sense is the world unreal?

Critics of the holy Shankara who have not taken pains to study his philosophy, often say that the practical world, with all its beauty and unity, is treated by holy Shankara as an illusion, as a mere appearance, having no stuff of reality in it. This is particularly the accusation of the adherents of Christian …

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