The model of adoration offered by Shri Shankaracharya himself

There is a short classic of Shri Shankaracharya called “Aparokshanubhuti”: “The Direct Experience”. Of what? Of nothing – just direct experience. If it is experience of anything it is not experience of God, because He is not anything; he is something, He is everything, but ultimately He is nothing you can conceive of adequately. Therefore, …

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The life of human society depends on the response it makes to moral challenges.

In the Vedas, where the theory of Genesis is explained in that beautiful hymn called the hymn of creation in the Rigveda, it is hinted that anything which is in a state of disorder does not last long, and that nature (which is another way of saying the ‘will of the Lord’) delights in restoring …

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To abide in the witness consciousness is a useful practice

Adhyatma Yoga cannot be taken as a hypothesis. The mind which is accustomed to working through the senses does not like to reflect, but if it is convinced of the importance and necessity of philosophical reflection, it adopts it easily. When the mind is thus fitted, learn to withdraw it from sense objects for a …

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The object of prayer is to lift man’s heart from the realm of finite objects to the realm of infinity

Man prays. He admires beauty. He is lifted up by grandeur. When he reads in history the magnificent achievements of a Hannibal or a Charlemagne or a Caesar, he begins to admire them, and sometimes he wants to see their pictures, and sometimes he visits the places of their birth. All this shows that by …

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The enlightened are at one with the cosmic will, which works in and through them

One of the sure signs of a Jnani, although it is detectable only by those who have eyes to see, is that he has no resistance to the cosmic will. The enlightened are at one with the cosmic will, which works in and through them. By contrast, the Ajnani is continually setting up his own …

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The basis of man’s real happiness is self-forgetfulness

The basis of man’s real happiness is self-forgetfulness. The more a man is aware of himself or is egocentric, the more liable is he to misery, sadness, and suffering. In the state of neurosis, minor phases of which are depression and melancholia, a man becomes more and more aware of himself. In any condition, such …

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The world is a manifestation of the power and splendour of the All-pervasive

The world is a manifestation of the power and splendour of the All-pervasive, the Infinite, and there is no room in it for doubt, anger, greed and that greatest of thorns in our spiritual flesh, conceit or egoity. It is a want of understanding of His nature, His ways, His love that creates in us …

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Action should be calm, well-directed to a right objective, and efficient

‘Act, but do not re-act’, Dr. Shastri used to tell his pupils. He taught that action should be calm, well-directed to a right objective, and efficient. But it was not to be accompanied by reactions. Sometimes, in the very midst of an action, we find ourselves reacting to the situation: How am I doing?  Is …

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Christ, or Rama or Krishna were never ignorant of their divine descent

To understand the doctrine of the Bhagavad Gita, it is necessary to understand the doctrine of incarnation. Not re-incarnation, but incarnation, and when we have understood the doctrine of incarnation we shall also understand the true meaning of Christianity, Judaism and other great religions. On several occasions Shri Krishna mentions his incarnation. At one place …

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The cosmic mind helps the individual mind when the individual mind can establish a channel

The cosmic mind helps the individual mind when the individual mind can establish a channel with the cosmic mind. The cosmic mind is like a glacier and individual minds are like the small streams that flow from the glacier. If by concentration and discipline the mind can remember that its main source is the glacier …

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The doctrine of karma teaches that all voluntary actions produce an effect on the doer in this or future lives

The teacher in his sermon was explaining the doctrine of karma, which teaches that all voluntary actions produce an effect on the doer in this or future lives. ‘If you want to know what you have done in the past he said, ‘look at your present circumstances, which are the result of what you did; …

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Arjuna does not immmediately recognize Krishna as a teacher

In typical traditional pictures of the Gītā scene, Arjuna is shown with palms joined in reverence, looking at Kṛṣṇa in an attitude of devotion and faith. But this is not what is described by the Gītā itself, in which Arjuna shows from the very beginning that he does not really recognize Kṛṣṇa as a teacher …

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A Yogi’s field of action is prayer, meditation, study and the blessing of all

The world is a fable to the contemplative. As St. Thomas Aquinas has said: “The life of action should be something added to the life of prayer, not something taken away from it.” The pragmatic contention that the end of thought is action is not a spiritual axiom. Rama Tirtha in his last days came …

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Nothing except consciousness really exists

The Jivanmukta is neither self-conscious in the psychological sense nor super-conscious; but consciousness itself — no more, no less. Nothing except consciousness really exists. Existence (Sat) and consciousness (Chit) are the names of the same reality, which is all, in which the world exists as a ring in the coiled serpent. It is absurd to …

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The progress and order of the states of mind of the meditation Yoga

The progress and order of the states of mind of the meditation Yoga is as follows: 1 Agitation. The mind is moved by desires, by objective influences. Money, rest, sex-pleasures, name, lassitude, etc., enter the soul like the scorpions entering a cave. By prayer, by service of the Guru, by vigilance, by study, these influences …

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What is the scope of logical reasoning according to Shri Shankara

The only proof of the existence of Brahman is the Shruti. Then what is the scope of logical reasoning according to Shri Shankara? Do a little research work – “Brahma Sutra” Book 2, section 1, Sutra 11. In the commentary Shri Shankara comments on this problem Also Book 2, section 1, Sutra 6 and Book …

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This Maya is a cloud, and from this cloud falls the rain of sansara says Shri Vidyaranya

‘Mayamegho jagan niram varshatvesha yatha tatha Chidaskashasya no hanir na va labha iti sthitih’ (“Panchadashi” 8.75.) Shri Vidyaranya says: “This Maya is a cloud, and from this cloud falls the rain of sansara. It may rain slow or fast or in gales or in drizzles, Chit, just like the blue sky, has no gain and …

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Atman cannot be achieved by hearing, talking, or the intellect

The Shruti says: “Nayam Atma pravachanena labhyo, na medhaya, na bahuna shrutena. This Atman cannot be achieved by hearing nor by talking much about it, nor by exercise of the intellect.” (“Katha Upanishad” 1.2.23. “Mundaka Upanishad” 3.2.3.) Yet we are asked to do shravana and it appears like a contradiction that in one place the …

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Continuous remembrance of God is the highest use of memory

Learning how to use the memory creatively is one of the most valuable techniques of Yoga. Memory plays a large part in our lives. When we carry on a conversation, we remember the language that is being spoken, the companion with whom we are conversing, and a host of past associations which render intelligible the …

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The jnani is subject to the fruit of karma willingly, while the ignorant is so unwillingly

In the real sense, meditation means to withdraw the mind from the objects of the five senses and also from the internal commotion of ambitions, pride, egoity, etc., and to focus it on itself. The words are said to have a great force, but the meaning has a greater force even than the words. Words …

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