Samsara is Nirvana, the passions are enlightenment

The final word of Mahayana Buddhism, as expressed in the Garland Sutra of China, is that Samsara, this world of suffering, is Nirvana, and the passions are enlightenment, bodhi. It is only illusion that causes us to see differences between them. ‘Samsara is Nirvana, the passions are enlightenment.’ This formula has sometimes been taken as …

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Sri Shankaracharya denies the existence of any real duality of matter and spirit

In the Vedantic philosophy, the whole creation is regarded as an experience. There is no question of any object existing without a subjective consciousness to perceive it. This fundamental duality of experience is expressed in the Sankhyan 1 conception of the eternally existing Purusha and Prakriti—the conscious but actionless Spirit and the unconscious but moving …

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If thou art a true lover, then know Him in all events

Every atom of our being is pervaded by two active principles: immortality and delight. Our desires and urges are only manifestations of these two fundamental principles. Rati, the desire for delight through intimate union with the object of devotion, is inherent in man. In one sense, immortality is secured in progeny, an outcome of devoted …

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Experience and Nature are the two great teachers of Goethe

The scholar, Faust, despairs of satisfaction, having failed to find it in philosophy, science, law, literature or theology. He despairs of it, and now seeks some means of making his dissatisfaction endurable. Faust descends to the level of the earth, and invokes this gross means in order to find a narcotic, which may help him …

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That offering I accept, lovingly made with pious will

“ Whoso shall offer Me, in faith and love, a leaf, a flower, a fruit, water poured forth, that offering I accept, lovingly made with pious will.” Song Celestial, Chapter 9, Verse 26 Throughout the long history of religious thought, stress has been laid on the importance of making offerings to the object of devotion. …

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Those who embark upon a spiritual path always have criticisms levelled at them

Those who embark upon a spiritual path always have the criticisms levelled at them that they do not practise what they preach. Buddha had this, and so had Christ and Shankara. Most opposition comes from near relations, friends and dear ones. Why? Because they felt that they owned you and do not like to have …

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The unknown Christ of Hinduism – a review by a Vedantin

“Hinduism is the starting point of a religion that culminates in Christianity.” This is the theme of Dr. Panikkar’s book, and he sets out to show how the conception of Christ as the Living Word, which ever was, and will be, is the same concept as Ishvara within the Vedantic framework; though he claims that …

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Create instruments of your soul to create what is good

“Be good,” said holy Shri Dada to a wealthy youth who suddenly inherited wealth and had received no education and believed that pleasure, sense-pleasure, ever-renewed sex- pleasure, was the chief good in life. “I am good, Dadaji. Don’t you see I harm nobody? I do not pretend; I do not deceive. What more do you …

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The tailors were complete experts in thieving and perfidy

A certain story-teller was engaged in relating stories about certain Turkish tailors. These tailors were complete experts in thieving and perfidy. All their thefts were committed in secret. In the audience was a Turk who said to the storyteller: “Who is the greatest expert in this city, of this kind of deceit and fraud?” The …

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What is called evolution really is a process of unfoldment

A law governing life is unfoldment. What is called evolution really is a process of unfoldment. The divine spirit is hidden within every being, every atom, and under the care of the grace of the Lord it is unfolding itself slowly but surely. What Darwin has called the transformation of the species is nothing but …

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