A great verse on reincarnation comes at the beginning of the teachingsAccording to the Vedanta, the mind of man has four modes or functionsAdhyatma YogaAdhyatma Yoga is not a way of life, it is a way to lifeAdvaita – The World As UnrealAn element in karma-yoga is independence of the pairs of oppositesAspects of Adhyatma YogaAusterity has to be practised, in small things at firstBooks or talks stimulate an impulse to transcendence, and a feeling that it is possibleBrahman defies all proofs and therefore also defies definitionCognition of Reality takes place in the timeless transcendental regionCommentary on the first verse of the Rig VedaConcerning this PageConsciousness and Bliss are one and the sameDo good to all, harm none and grow yourself.Evenness in Success and No-successExercise of the memory is not a burdenFilling the mind with facts and figures is not at the expense of creativityGaudapada’s Karikas 3.41, 3.42 & 3.43God has not made man to perishGod will not do by miracles what we can do for ourselvesHe is all, the highest goal, he is in the centre, he divides, he is the cityHe is Brahman, glorious in the highest heavenHe is other than the sense-knowledge of this worldHow is the mind influenced in Yoga?How to explain the world from the standpoint of realityHow to know yourself as capable of passing strength and hope to others.If you take up a spiritual discipline, you have to study one traditionImmune am I from your fury.In Atman there is neither bondage nor deliveranceIn Shri Shankara’s philosophy in what sense is the world unreal?In sitting in meditation repetition is not the same as practice.In Yoga, faith is to be the basis for inquiryIndependence is only experienced by the enlightened manIs Ishvara Illusory? – Is God an illusion?Is the quest for God unnatural?It is great, a mass of splendour, all- pervading, the LordIt is only when the mind becomes waveless that Reality is seenKali Yuga has its advantages for achievement of spiritual illuminationKarma yoga slowly unknots the tangle of identificationsKnowledge-yoga leads to liberationLatent faculties beyond the mind unfold graduallyLet a man practise in the approved way the yogas of the Self, which make the mind steadyLiberation in life and the path to its attainmentLife proceeds forwards, slowly, by way of enquiry and discovery.Man should turn his back on sense-pleasures and apply himself to tranquillity and simplicity and purity.Man’s inner unquenchable hunger for freedomMany of us are upset if we have impure desiresMaya is revealed only when the error is negated under illuminationMaya is the desire fulfilling heavenly cow which yields milk in the form of dualityMaya is time and space and the law of cause and effectMaya simply explainedMaya —the power of the LordMeditation, self-discipline, enlightened action and worship are preparatory aids to the attainment of knowledge.Meditations slowly make the mind clear and steadyMysticism is the quest after TruthNearly everybody who practices meditation will have some unusual experienceNirguna Brahman and Saguna BrahmanOm is a symbol of the All-HighestOne of the three main elements of Karma Yoga is samadhi practiceOnly a brahmin would speak out so. I will take you as my pupilOur experiences and dreamless sleep (sushupti).Outline of the Commentary on the Chapter of the SelfPerforming an action without attachmentPleasure attained from an object soon loses its keennessPursuit of coarse pleasures, coarse food, drink makes the mind grossRama Tirtha, after his God-realization found he could no longer continue a home life in societyRare is the true Teacher and rarer still is the true pupilReason, Revelation & Self-Realization in the Naish – Karmya SiddhiReflected Sun in Shankara’s Bhagavad Gita commentary and in a Leonardo Da Vinci DrawingSacred texts which give instructions on how to leap out of individualitySee that which is hard to see and subtleShankara believed that the world is created by the Lord to provide a stage for men to work out their past and present karma actionsShri Shankara offers two ways of the realisation individual with absolute ConsciousnessShri Shankara on illusory appearances in pure consciousnessShri Shankara says that the ignorant man is guilty of killing Atman in two different waysShri Vasishtha and the seven stages of the yogic pathSome beginners in Yoga find their initial exaltation fadingSome people can learn vairagya through experience of disappointmentStudents in yoga sometimes get the idea that there is some such neat way of solving all their difficultiesSwami Satchitananda on Jivan MuktiTake up a spiritual discipline to bring living streams into the desert of your lifeTeachings of Swami SatchitanandaThe absolute of Shri Shankara is not NothingThe aim of an aspirant to Adhyatma Yoga is to overcome desireThe aim of life is to reveal this divine principleThe attributes of Atman are given in the Shvetashvatara UpanishadThe basis of morality in yoga is different from that of humanismThe Bhagavad Gita sets out the effects of the gunas on human personality and action.The body and the mind are instruments of the spiritThe Chandogya Upanishad speaks of the food we eat being divided threefoldThe commentary on the Chapter of the Self in the Apastamba Law-bookThe discovery of the ever-achievedThe doctrine of the Upanishads was revived and re-interpreted by the great philosopher-yogi ShankaraThe doshas which torment beingsThe ego seizes its opportunity and usurps the throne of AtmanThe first is step is control of the senses, and the last is absorption of the mind.The glory of the holy Veda is the truth of non-dualityThe goal of human life is EnlightenmentThe great dance of Shri KrishnaThe greatest obstacles are desire and aversionThe Hastamalaka StotraThe highest good which man ought to follow in lifeThe ignorance of the rope makes it appear as a snakeThe law of action and reaction holds on higher spiritual planes alsoThe Law-book of ApastambaThe main problem of man is how to free himself by having supreme experienceThe most important element in the human personality is consciousnessThe properties of the Object are not the properties of the Subject according to Shri ShankaraThe Pure Consciousness, which witnesses both being and becoming, is realThe purity and flexibility of mind-stuff have nothing to do with its attributes and acquirementsThe purpose of the existence of the mind is the growth of the spirit,The realisation of Brahman through love and knowledgeThe reflection theory of JivaThe relevance of the philosophy and teaching of Yoga to the present dayThe seer meditating, seeing everything in the Self, will not be deludedThe soul of man wants the full vision of realityThe threefold method of realisation is: Shruti, reasoning and contemplation.The trees themselves offered their contribution to the man of GodThe value of a human being is to be judged by what he creates.The yogas are freedom from anger and the othersThe yogi is not asked to give up anything realThere are three worlds—matter, mind and spiritThere are two states that the mind undergoes and notices all the timeThere is nothing higher than attainment of the SelfThose who practise realization of it, they are immortal.Those who take up spiritual Yoga have peace, poise and something to put against fear and adversityTo control attention is to control lifeTo know the Self, Atman, as the essence and substratum of the universeTruth is the eternal Brahman. Truth is Silence.Turn your mind from illusionVairagya is detachment from the objects of the worldVichara is a Sanskrit word having the sense of investigating, examining, and analysingViryam or VirilityWhat should be the guiding principle of my life?When the mind is active, it should rest on the personal GodWhen the mind is active, it should rest on the personal God, Saguna Brahman.Where then is that realization to be practisedWith clashing freedoms one of them is going to be over-ridden and frustratedWorldly capital and Spiritual capitalWorldly happiness is frail and illusoryYoga is a process aiming at a clear-cut realisation of realityYoga is awakening to our true natureYogic ideas in Shakespeare A man is what his faith is. As his faith is, so is he, undoubtedlyA single cough from a fully realized man alters the whole being of a real aspirantA study of the three Gunas -Sattwa, Rajas and TamasA taste for desirelessness does not come automatically.Action is the teaching of the karma yogaAfter God-realization new actions will normally not be initiated.Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 -One and ManyBhagavad Gita Chapter 18 is said by some commentators to be a summary of the teachingsBhagavad Gita Chapter Fifteen is a summary presentation of the Gita teachingsBhagavad Gita means “the Song of the Lord ”.Caste and Action in the Bhagavad GitaCausality underlying the causality of the worldCommentary on Bhagavad Gita verse II.22Dharmas, the right courses of conduct, can conflictDon’t use the priceless methods of spiritual training in order to gain some petty worldly advantageEven a little of this devotion delivers one from great fearEven a little of this Dharma relieves from anxietyEven Self-knowledge and realization can be clouded by desire and angerEvents leading to the Battle of KurukshetraExperimental religion is the method of Self-realization presented in the Bhagavad GītāFatalists twist the doctrine of karma to excuse themselves from making effortsFatalists twist the doctrine of karma to excuse themselves from making effortsGita verses cited in Yoga Sutras introduction for the general readerGod does not thinkHearing the truth, reflecting continuously on the truth, and profound meditation and SamadhiHow to know exactly what the Bhagavad Gita text saysIn the Vedanta psychology, the mind is recognised to function on two planesIn Chapter 15 of the Gita, Shri Shankara describes multiple reflections in jars of waterIn chapters IX and X of the Bhagavad Gita, there is a flood of pictures for meditation and devotionIn the bhagavad Gita the secrets are made available to all.In the very beginning Arjuna does not recognize Krishna as a teacher or a godIn yoga practice there are small confirmations almost from the very beginning.Interpreting yogic experiences as merely psychological experiencesIs the world around us real ?It is not a question of simply repressing desires and fears for a time onlyKarma yoga defined by Śaṅkara has three elements: calm endurance of opposites, yogic action, samādhi practiceKnowledge can be of different degrees, and the lowest is false knowledgeKnowledge of the body, mind, also the deep causal layerKnowledge when it first rises may be disturbed by memories of past associationsKnowledge-Stance: Jnana-NisthaKrishna says that he has had many births, and so has Arjuna alsoLife becomes like walking over open countryside towards a clear objectiveMadhusudana Sarasvati’s introduction to the Bhagavad GitaMany famous people received a shock from this great cryMeditationMeditation on the Lord with attributesMeditations on God felt as within the bodyMorality and The GitaNature and the mind are moved by the one and same forceNon-dualism and conservation of energyOrdinary experience is based on a sort of illusionPleasures are impermanent, and if they become urgent impulses, they lead to painProficiency in yoga requires moral discipline, mental discipline, and meditation on OM.Qualities to be cultivated by a seeker of KnowledgeReflections on Chapter 18 of the Bhagavad GitaSages see Brahman everywhere and always are not upset by the changes of the worldSelf-deception bolsters itself with reasonsShankara established his standpoint by commenting on sacred texts such as Upanishads and the Bhagavad GitaShankara points out that reality cannot be defined in words which are based on illusionShankara’s presentation of the paths in theBhagavad GitaShankara’s text-frames and summarizing comments.Shri Shankara’s commentary on the Bhagavad GitaSpiritual inspirations and revelations can be put together and rearranged in a new patternSri Shankaracharya denies the existence of any real duality of matter and spiritSupreme Self is ever free, and has nothing to do with ideas of binding or freeingTechnical Appendices to Realization of the Supreme SelfThat offering I accept, lovingly made with pious willThe Bhagavad Gita is a book of practical mystical instruction.The Bhagavad Gītā several times refers to the four classes: Brahmin, warrior, businessman, and serverThe Bhagavad Gita states that actions must be performed in evenness of mindThe condition of the great realization of the highest life-value is a firm faithThe created universe has been taught as a projection from a divine intelligenceThe doctrine of the three guṇa-s or basic elements of the cosmos is presented in the Bhagavad Gita.The essential conditions of spiritual illumination.The Experimental Basis of YogaThe Field is body, mind, also the deep causal layer that holds them togetherThe first time that Karma Yoga is mentioned in the Gita is not till II.39The Five Sheaths are the limitations (upadhis) which are taken on itself by the jiva.The future is partly determined and partly undeterminedThe Gītā text mainly recommends actions based on traditional virtuesThe human weakness of trying to cover up failureThe Imperishable Asvattha TreeThe liberation of the soul can come only from knowledge proceeding from spiritual graceThe Lord describes himself as the essential quality in thingsThe merchant quoted the illustration of the sun in the water and said that he had used it to develop the Way of the Merchant.The method of teaching down is used extensively in the Bhagavad GītāThe moon in the water is a familiar illustration and it is also a yoga practiceThe mystical tradition and the intellectual traditionThe secret of Yoga is given in Chapter XV of the Bhagavad GitaThe setting of the Bhagavad Gita with Krishna, a warrior chief who is an incarnation of GodThe soul of man is not, and cannot be satisfied with what is called self-interestThe Spiritual Teacher in the Bhagavad GitaThe teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is wonderfully apposite to modern problemsThe teachings of dhyana-yoga or meditation: yoga of the GitaThe three main pillars of Yogic conduct are worship, gift and austerity, each practised without clutching after results of some kindThe uniqueness of the Bhagavad GitaThere are two courses of training in the Gita: Karma yoga and Jnana yogaThere are two paths of Yoga, as the Bhagavad Gita says again and againThere is a laughter and a radiance at the heart of every atom.There is an unspoken assumption that human nature is unchangeableTraditionally, the verses of the Bhagavad Gita are held to be divinely inspiredUnderstanding the meaning of the word OM, and sitting in a secluded placeVerses from Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad GitaVerses on independence of the opposites come in nearly every chapter of the Bhagavad GitaYajna denotes selfless or “ God- centred ” action, as opposed to self-centred action.Yoga training means to bring a living realisation of the Supreme Self onto the main track of life A part of the inner training of Budo is to overcome unconscious bondsBeing sincere versus being rightBuddha-nature, where is it?Buddhist monks are in general far more educated than most samurai.Bullying is a problem all over the world, but the amount of it varies in different countries and at different timesDr. Jigoro Kano and JudoDuties are not so much spoken about; rights are everywhereEverything changes; everything ends in Goodbye to all thatGhost Lodgers are ideas, notions, beliefs, which we have once invited into our minds for a few minutes, but which then come to live with us.I could laugh at my failures. I knew they would not be for ever.I have no strategy. I make kyojitsu, emptiness and fullness, my strategyIn life, most people judge what to do by looking at outside standards often they simply do what other people are doing.Kangeiko and ShochugeikoLet us shoot at each other. If you are the better archer, you will win’. The challenge was declined.NationalityOne of the most important things in life is gentle persistence.One of them was a jewelOnshi: Revered TeacherPrinciple of Highest EfficiencyPutting Life Into LifeShakespeareSocial ServiceSome of the Japanese masters of the sword were also highly skilled in other artsSparks from the flint of the heartStudy and find out for yourselves, not secondhandTeacher Out-of-date, Up-to-dateTechnical Training as a MeansThe British respect sincerity , but unless it brings something good we feel it is often wasted.The Budo spirit does not give us technique, but it gives us calm courageThe Closed Fist of the TeacherThe Four Keys to LearningThe future of Budo is something which must come from Japanese themselvesThe Japanese have so much theoretical knowledge that sometimes they cannot easily make a decisionThe Japanese Romaji is beautifully clearThe man who relies on certain tricks in life, may have success for a time, but it cannot last long.The outer calm, which so impresses visitors to Japan, is part of an external gloss.The Principle of FairnessThe principle of Ju, or Gentleness, or not using unnecessary force, was well-known in the Taoist texts of China.The second kind of pupilThe special point of Budo is that the inspiration has to manifest at high speedThe Spirit of BudoThe Unforgettable Friend I Met Only OnceThe Wide Range and the Short RangeThe Will to Make It HappenThere’s a traditional Japanese farce called Changing ZazenTips and icebergsTo learn something positive we need instruction, observation, inference and experienceToo much Man, Too little ManToo Much, Too LittleTraining the Inner SelfTrue Man of No RankTrue SportsmanshipTwo Zen StoriesWhat are Japanese people really like?With Faith in Fellow Human BeingsWorld Culture and BudoYin and Yang in BudoZen masters are fond of drawing a big circle, to represent the perfection of the universal Buddha-nature A man used to complain to his Teacher that he couldn’t meditateA normal man can never get satisfaction unless he attains spiritual convictionAbsorption Meditation – Laya DhyanaAfter a successful Advaita Vedanta experience the world is no longer what it wasAn old lady who every day used to take her little grandson to pray at a Buddhist altarBecome like a Buddha for a timeBefore we have got any definite results, we are not sure what we are trying forBehind the Mind is SpiritBy meditation, that which is hidden becomes manifestCease to make distinctions this is it, and this is itChebetken Buddhist MonasteryConcentration and MeditationConcentration on supernormal powers invites a recurrence of IgnoranceConcentration on the great spiritual sayings makes him stirConcentration, Meditation and ContemplationConstant remembrance effects transformation in the heartControl of prana is not the same as control of the breathDaily practice is the key to changing the sanskara-s at the root of the mindDiscriminating between the unreal and the real in insentient objectsDo not think: “I must not be impatient”, but to meditate on patience as achievedEven a little of this yoga frees one from great fearFear of losing individuality is unjustifiedFind the Undying in the DyingFive minutes’ marginFocusing the MindFriendliness towards the happyFulfil the disciplinary antecedentGod is all, and things have only a nominal valueHe becomes aware of something like a lotus, made of lightHe who is the spleandour of the sunHis form of meditation was on the self as infinite shining spaceHis own nature is no-nature, such has transcended vain words.How to apply yoga to make a significant changeHow to get a hint of samadhiHow to hear great spiritual truths that are life-savingHow to practice interior silence and find the light withinHow you can keep the mind steadyI bow to Him who dwells beyond the darkness, Who shines as the sunI cannot control my mind. I drift away from YogaI had expected to receive personal instruction suited to my own temperamentIn meditation the mind is stretched free, relaxed and invigoratedIn meditation there are at the beginning three componentsIn Patanjali, Samadhi is based on the experienced fact of the reality of the worldIn samadhi, the ‘I am meditating’ vanishesIn the morning, usually your mind is like a blank paper. Deep sleep has stilled it, and rajas and tamas have fallen out of it.In the West we often think the basic nature is there and cannot be changedIt is spiritual living to think consciously and to direct the mind towards a particular goal.Knowledge of dream and of dreamless sleepLearn to bring the attention to the heart centreLearning to use new sensesMaking The Desert BloomMan is born to transcend his apparent natureMastery in Samadhi is when the mind can be steadiedMeditationMeditation in CrisisMeditation in Japanese Zen TemplesMeditation in the Zen TraditionMeditation instructions on the Yoga SutrasMeditation is the immediate precursor of KnowledgeMeditation on a mind free from passionMeditation on OMMeditation on the chosen formMeditation practiceMeditation: time, place, posture, methodOf all the ways, the path of devotion to the Lord is the easiestOne of the real secrets of meditation is the emptying of the mindPower and sex are not the essential nature of the human beingPractice makes perfect, but one has to be a perfect practiser, or at any rate on the right linesPranayama and Will PowerProlonged stillness in meditation brings about expansion of the mindRealizing the point of the sacred sound syllable AUMRemembrance of the Lord is necessaryRepetition of Om and meditation on the Supreme LordSamādhiSee Christ’s qualities arising slowly in your soulSelf Mastery -TapasSengai Willow pictureSit in the meditation hall of Moon in the WaterStill Water, Bright MirrorSwami Rama Tirtha made a list of samadhi-meditations on KnowledgeThat which is bright and is subtler than the subtleThe basis of meditationThe body reflects the mind, as the mind reflects levels deeper than itselfThe earth meditates , the ether meditates, the mountains meditate, the water meditates, all meditateThe four feelingsThe law governing life is unfoldmentThe Madhyama practiceThe meditation is then going into samadhiThe need for spiritual educationThe obstacles to meditationThe one soveriegn remedy of all spiritual illsThe Power of MeditationThe power of Om to express the Lord is something permanentThe Power of Zazen.The Self-terminating experiences in meditationThe sound which rises without a clashThe spiritual nature of man is divine.The supreme Reality cannot be described in the language of menThe Supreme Self called Paramatman, within each living being, is always in the peace and clarity of samadhiThe third gift is the gift of wisdomThe yogi rides his mind as a rider his horseThere is a third world, the world of pure light and pure peaceThose who embark upon a spiritual path always have criticisms levelled at themTo acquire a firm posture for meditation is a great advantageTo change the roots of the mind, namely the latent dynamic sanskara-impressions, needs sustained effortTwo paths to GodUnderstanding the meaning of the word OMUnexamined ideas and habits, will often raise objections to Yoga practiceUnfold the deep abiding divinity in your beingVikshepa veils the world of JoyWe should guard our lips as the gates of the palace of a king are guarded. We can never be too carefulWhat is the appeal of Yoga and meditation to man today?What is the meaning of meditation?When we meditate, we take an idea, and it has a two-fold benefitWithdrawal, Unity and Identity.Yoga Sutras 1.12 to 1.22Yoga Sutras 1.2 to1.6Yoga Sutras 1.23 to 1.26Yoga Sutras 1.27 to 1.32Yoga Sutras 1.33 to 1.40Yoga Sutras 1.41 to 1.49Yoga Sutras 1.50 and 1.51Yogic meditation is enrichment of life through progressive unfoldment A GLIMPSE OF JAPANESE POETRYA poem by nazirAll things must pass, and soonDo not blame or argue with anyone; thou wilt hurt the poor man and gain nothing.Do not oppress those who are poor and helpless; know that the high, the low and the ignorant all belong to God.Do not wander into the orchard of the worldDo you want to be happy ?Eight short poems of the Zen Master Mu-NanEnjoy the delights of a balanced, equanimous mindForgive cheerfully the faults of others O Nirbhaya! Then thou also wilt be forgiven.Give up thy attachment to the world and become awake to thine own natureHe is one and the sameHow hard it is to love man!How rich is Thy world of natureHow strange a thing is what men call pleasureI am drenched in rain, save me, O HariI am the Existence which is never bornI am the self in the heart of each living beingI AM TRUTHI cannot say “I” without Thy consciousnessI have seen the manifestation of Thy gloryI melt into the soul of NatureI the gold, and thou the solventI will live as thou keepest meIbrahim ZauqIf any spark of consciousness remainIn inner silence watch the activities of thy mind; then experience forever the bliss of Self.In the mirror of existence Thou art both spectator and image.In thy form see the handiwork of the CreatorLet me stand alone in the wild SansaraLive as a witness, O Friend!Make a journey out of self into selfMy lamp has flickered outMy mind is fixed on the indifferent OneNon-attachment- Independently and quietly suffer whatever comes unmovedNothing, nobody abides long in the worldO my King, I am drunk with the beauty of ShyamaO my mind, who belongs to you and to whom do you belong?O Narasinha, my mind is changeableO Omnipotent One, What did I not receive from Thy Grace?O Rama, how shall I perform Thy ritual worship?Omar Khayyam: the true interpretation of Omar’s first rubaiiPoem by Swami Rama TirthaPoems by Shri Swami Nirbhayanandji SaraswatiPoems by Zen Master MamiyaPut a quick end to quarrels, lying, needless anxieties and bustleQuotations on Sleep and Dreams by mystics and poetsSilentiumSing all the days of the week the praises of the LordSpeech is a demon confined in the well of the mindThe boat of higher wisdomThe ceaseless search for wealth will lead thee astray; lust for gain will impoverish thy soulThe Cry of the SoulThe dance of Love of the Lord and the human soulThe fool thinks only of ‘I ‘and ‘My’The fruit is sweet but the tree is loftyThe great rhythm, by which our lives are orderedThe joy of the companionship of GodThe KingThe Moon in the WaterThe poetry of T. S. Eliot and the Bhagavad GitaThe real secret of devotion is not easy to fathomThe secret of independenceThe Song of Meditation by HakuinThe storm of love is ragingThe world is not real. Do not dive into this mirage; be not enslaved by attachment to any object.They have no real home In this fleeting dream of the worldThis pageant is passing, God, the Truth, is Eternal, Everlasting.This world is a snare; realise that everything is passing.Thou art the eternal Witness As the Veda has proclaimedThou didst cover my errors with Thy loveThou hast taken up Thy abodeThrow the burden of wealth and fame from off thy head and sleep soundlyUnless an object is seen No desire for it can ariseVerses from the prayer of the essence of knowledgeVerses of KhujandWANTED. Reformers, Not of others, But of themselves.What did I not receive from Thy GraceWhat is the heart of Religion?When the wick of pride is dryWhy be burned and shrivelled in my flame ?Why weary yourself with needless cares?Yesterday I saw my Lord clearYou are the crowning glory of creationYour greed will never go All are one Brahman, one consciousness. Let all names and forms be dissolvedAs in war, no one is defeated unless he acknowledges defeatDo not try to run away from the post your karma has assigned youDo you teach absolute renunciation?God, Love, Freedom, and much else cannot be defined in terms of logicHoly Teacher, is not faith enough to give us salvation?How can I cultivate this spiritual wealth?If death means absence of survival, then there is no such thing as death.In prayer the worshipper grows, and expands in consciousnessKabir had sent invitations to the local pundits and the MahatmasKarma is not the direct cause of liberation or NirvanaOur principles are those of other-worldlinessPeace does not mean sloth or inactivity and does not mean shirking the daily dutiesSpiritual help and protection will be given to one who makes sincere and persistent efforts.Suffering, in the spiritual philosophy, means a condition of growthWe must stop all personal criticism of those we know or those whom we do not know.What is man, and what is God?What is the world, and what is man’s mission here? A Friend in NeedA life which has been shaped and polished so that it’s true nature begins to appearA Prince ReprimandedA vigorous spiritual vitality is the spring that waters all the fieldsA Zen StoryAs Gladstone Did Not SayBird-man and Earth-manBristles of egoism and pride and self-satisfaction and conceit and ambitionCan mere silence can be a lie?CompetitionCreate instruments of your soul to create what is goodCured but not HealedDo not let your mind dictate to youDogen was the great patriarch he brought the Soto line of Zen from China to Japan in the 13th centuDoing Good as against Not Doing HarmEastern doctrines reject the absolute reality of the worldEmptyingFalling In LoveFirst order or last orderFree FallGift No GiftHave mercy on yourselfHe spent hours in devotion and prayer but there was never any responseHe was regarded as the embodiment of justiceHere is a battle unsought; completely unselfish, for a warrior that is an open door to heavenHis mind had not yet been loosened to recognise the cosmic planeIf you’re going to die, die quick!Ikkyu was a famous Zen priest and poet , who was sometimes overwhelmed by sexual desireIllumined teachers are animated instruments communicating the cosmic purposeIllusion has no RulesIn the mind when there is no control, two or three obstinate thought-feelings can become locked in a struggleIt is best not to be on the heights, but to be down below where you can have things and keep them.Knowing the FutureLast WordsLearning by HeartLife RageLimitations on the AvatarLions and TigersMany ideas are absorbed into the cosmic purposeMany of the so‑called honours in fact are falseMeditation itself will take over and then it will begin to shine forthMemory: exercise not burdenMoney and fameMovement, No MovementNote of HandNotesOld people have a significant role to play, and some of them find it.One Step, Twenty StepsOnly One WayOur life is a raw materialPaper BeliefPassing moods are to be treated like clothesPioneers and ScavengersPracticePrepare oneself to throw away gain and loss, life and deathReduce your mistakesRepeat OM slowly, meditating that it means the universal selfSamurai PoetrySaubhari and Samnada from the Vishnu PuranaSense experiences during meditationShare the beauty of your treasures and you will not regret them if they goSome scholars study texts in which they have no interest whatever in the real meaningSpeaking with no artificiality or insinceritySpiritual SchoolsTea ceremony in JapanThe aged dictator of Spain was dying in his presidential palaceThe Anti-Sermon of No WordsThe Blue ClothThe CaveThe central purpose of a directed lifeThe CureThe dangers of presenting doctrines of meditation and realisation in wordsThe eye races over the well-known phrases, and much is missedThe great Self takes on itself the illusion of the succession of bodiesThe Lord says, he thinks more of his beard than of MeThe MagistrateThe mind can be taken as the bucket of waterThe ordinary man holds the seed of divinityThe Power of FormlessnessThe Seller of PearsThe SwimmerThe Third Don’t KnowThe third stage of ingratitude is a couplet by the 13th century Persian poet Saadi of ShirazThe ultimate independence of Self-realizationThere is another kind of long lifeThere is no response from the True Face withinThey finally react to imaginary slights and so on.They neither criticise nor are they affected by criticismThey were outwitted through their mpulsive greed for the food.This world is a tinker’s shopThrust From The ClassicsTo have inner voices is regarded as a symptom of dysfunctionTruce and PeaceTwo HooksUnsteadinessWe are often impressed by things we don’t fully understandWhen we are young we often have a keen sense of right and wrongWhen you find that you are becoming respected and honoured, that’s the time to leave’Why has man fallen from his original, divine state?Wisdom for Kings from the Vishnu PuranaWords of Love Advice in the Extremity of NeedAnger need not have lasting effectAuspicious words by the famous calligrapher, Priest SengaiCompassion is catchingDon’t make ugly faces at the karma-mirrorDragon Head, Snake TailEnthusiastic students were told the story of KyogenFinal PenaltyFirst Principle was brushed by the great priest IngenFor a complete change, you have to change yourself tooGiving up a bad habit by making it difficultGod never seems to be at homeHelp, No HelpIf the flint of the heart can be struck skilfully, it may produce a flash of inspirationIn an expansion of some faculty, there is a sense of joyIn Sojiji temple there is a picture of Nansen killing a catIntensity of practice is nothing to do with timeIt is not a crime to be spiritually only two or three years old. But we are expected to grow upIt takes a long time before Life forgives us for our own imitationsLeaves and MossLife poisoned by envy of something imaginedLove must not be confused with exclusivenessMist and RainMoney has nothing to do with the TruthMost spiritual training schools stress the importance of a sangha or communityMy general rule has been to declare frankly my own self interest and then be prepared to negotiateNo-name bridgeOn the in-breath breathe in freedom and with the out-breath throw away worldly concerns.One Dharma A Thousand WordsPersonal success is swallowed up by the gradually revealed greatness of what they are practisingPractising Yoga yourself to meet a real needPut yourself vividly in the presence of the spiritual figure you are worshipping and hold yourself there.Rational thinking cannot easily overturn unconscious attitudesReasons for quoting a verse in Sanskrit first, and then giving the English translation.Sake Wine and SamadhiSatanSeeing The UnseenShaku Soyen gives Suzuki hidden help with the koanShould they do their first training with the sword or with the spear?StoriesThe Blotch made by Zen Master Shido BunanThe business of the world is carried on by things which are unreal but which have a prestige given to themThe Ethical BazaarThe yogic methods do not seek to confront illusions, they dissolve themThere are no ghosts except those that haunt the human mindThere is something, not a sin, which often can’t be forgivenThey are indeed praying for him – to die.They do not have the support to stand on and enjoy the last laughTwo Yogic IllustrationsWhen individuality is transcended there is a cosmic effectWhy had the teacher hesitated for so long? A man can gauge the extent of his spiritual awakeningA real Guru must be a teacher of the holy ShrutiAn intellect set on sattva (light) is essentialBoth jiva and Ishvara indicate pure consciousness, Brahman, and nothing moreBrahman controls the soul and there is nothing arbitrary in its functionsBrahman is infinite bliss in its own nature.Brahman is omniscience, omnipotence and the supreme Lord of the universeDiscipline and meditation, and devotion to the Lord, are essentialFrankness is an essential element of studentshipFrom the highest point of view, liberation is liberation and there are no stages in itIt is a grievous mistake to think that the body is the SelfLife has to be studied on a very long-term viewMan has to understand what is his own real SelfMan is not born to be the food of grief and woeMan loves reality, and that reality is the Supreme SelfMy mind had moved elsewhere but now is stillNo motion or action can he attributed to the real SelfOur whole life and happiness depend on what we think ourselves to beOver and above all man seeks liberation from limitationsOver-fondness for speculative knowledge is considered a cause of bondageQualities of being directly known and being indirectly knownShri Shankara does not endorse the doctrine of prarabdha karmaShri Shankara Acharya describes some aspects of the AbsoluteSincerity, gentleness and real spirit of enquiryThat which changes is perishable because it exists and functions in time and spaceThe attributes of time and place have to be excludedThe cardinal truth of the Advaita philosophyThe cause of suffering of any kind, whether physical or mental or psychic, is nescienceThe direct cognition of the splendour of the Self, or God, withinThe final knot of nescience is cut by the grace of the Lord.The first thing that a man has to realize is that he is not the mindThe highest ideal of life is the realization of GodThe identity of jiva and BrahmanThe jiva has to be awakened to the spiritual wisdomThe light of the Self shines through and floods the whole mental consciousnessThe meaning of words must be understood before the meaning of the whole sentence becomes clearThe nature of consciousness is infinity and blissThe Self being an entity beyond time and space cannot be the body, senses, mind or ego.The Self is not a combination of the mind and the sensesThe Self is not an objectThe Self of man is the same as the consciousness absoluteThe Self, which reveals, the mind and the body, is not the mind and the body but is different from themThe subject is ever different from the objectThe Yogi meditates on the identity of his Self with the divine SelfThe Yogi must meditate on Brahman as the infiniteThere are two phases of consciousness in manThey often confound Self with mind and attribute changes of the mind to the SelfThings which exist and function in the realm of time-space are perishableWhen Brahman is known, nothing knowable remains unknownWhy do we love the objects of the world?