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AVADHUTA !!

THE AVADHUT

The Avadhut has no ideal,
neither strives after the attainment of an ideal.
Having lost his identity in the Self,
free from the limitations of the illusory world,
free also from the perfections of Yoga,
thus walks the Avadhut.
He argues with no one,
he is not concerned with any object or person.

Free from the snares of expectations and hopes, he has cast off the worn-out garments of purity, righteousness, and all ideals.

His path is free from any such consideration. It can only be said about him that he is purity absolute, and is far, far above the clouds of maya and ignorance.

He has no such thoughts as
“I am not in the body,” or
“I am not the body.”

He has no aversion, attachment or infatuation towards any object or person. Pure as space he walks, immersed in the immaculate bliss of his natural state.

The Avadhut may be compared to immeasurable space.
He is Eternity.
In him is neither purity nor impurity.
There is no variety nor unity in him;
no bondage nor absence of bondage.

Free from separation and union,
free from enjoyment or absence of enjoyment, he moves calm and unhurried through the world.

Having given up all activity of the mind, he is in his normal state of indescribable bliss.

– AVADHUTA GITA.
Chapter VI. Verses 25 -29.

What is GOD ??

What is God?

God is not a person. That is one of the greatest misunderstandings, and it has prevailed so long that it has become almost a fact. Even if a lie is repeated continuously for centuries it is bound to appear as if it is a truth.

God is a presence, not a person. Hence all worshipping is sheer stupidity. Prayerfulness is needed, not prayer. There is nobody to pray to; there is no possibility of any dialogue between you and God. Dialogue is possible only between two persons, and God is not a person but a presence – like beauty, like joy.

God simply means godliness. It is because of this fact that Buddha denied the existence of God. He wanted to emphasize that God is a quality, an experience – like love. You cannot talk to love, you can live it. You need not create temples of love, you need not make statues of love, and bowing down to those statues will be just nonsense. And that’s what has been happening in the churches, in the temples, in the mosques.

Man has lived under this impression of God as a person, and then two calamities have happened through it. One is the so-called religious man, who thinks God is somewhere above in the sky and you have to praise him to persuade him to confer favors on you, to help you to fulfill your desires, to make your ambitions succeed, to give you the wealth of this world and of the other world. And this is sheer wastage of time and energy.

And on the opposite pole the people who saw the stupidity of it all became atheists; they started denying the existence of God. They were right in a sense, but they were also wrong. They started denying not only the personality of God, they started to deny even the experience of God.

The theist is wrong, the atheist is wrong, and man needs a new vision so that he can be freed from both the prisons.

God is the ultimate experience of silence, of beauty, of bliss, a state of inner celebration. Once you start looking at God as godliness there will be a radical change in your approach. Then prayer is no more valid; meditation becomes valid.

Martin Buber says prayer is a dialogue; then between you and God there is an “I-thou” relationship – the duality persists. Buddha is far closer to the truth: you simply drop all chattering of the mind, you slip out of the mind like a snake slipping out of the old skin. You become profoundly silent. There is no question of any dialogue, no question of any monologue either. Words have disappeared from your consciousness. There is no desire for which favors have to be asked, no ambition to be fulfilled.

One is now and here. In that tranquility, in that calmness, you become aware of a luminous quality to existence. Then the trees and the mountains and the rivers and the people are all surrounded with a subtle aura. They are all radiating life, and it is one life in different forms. The flowering of one existence in millions of forms, in millions of flowers.

THIS experience is God. And it is everybody’s birthright, because whether you know it or not you are already part of it. The only possibility is you may not recognize it or you may recognize it. The difference between the enlightened person and the unenlightened person is not of quality – they both are absolutely alike. There is only one small difference: that the enlightened person is aware; he recognizes the ultimate pervading the whole, permeating the whole, vibrating, pulsating. He recognizes the heartbeat of the universe. He recognizes that the universe is not dead, it is alive.

This aliveness is God!

The unenlightened person is asleep, asleep and full of dreams. Those dreams function as a barrier; they don’t allow him to see the truth of his own reality. And, of course, when you are not even aware of your own reality, how can you be aware of the reality of others? The first experience has to happen within you. Once you have seen the light within you will be able to see it everywhere.

God has to be freed from all concepts of personality. Personality is a prison. God has to be freed from any particular form; only then he can have all the forms. He has to be freed from any particular name so that all the names become his.

Then a person lives in prayer – he does not pray, he does not go to the temple, to the church. Wherever he sits he is prayerful, whatsoever he is doing is prayerful, and in that prayerfulness he creates his temple. He is always moving with his temple surrounding him. Wherever he sits the place becomes sacred, whatsoever he touches becomes gold. If he is silent then his silence is golden; if he speaks then his song is golden. If he is alone his aloneness is divine; if he relates then his relating is divine.

The basic, the most fundamental thing is to be aware of your own innermost core, because that is the secret of the whole existence. That’s where the Upanishads are tremendously important. They don’t talk about a God, they talk about godliness. They don t bother about prayer. their whole emphasis is on meditation.

Meditation has two parts: the beginning and the end. The beginning is called dhyana and the end is called samadhi. Dhyana is the seed, samadhi is the flowering. Dhyana means becoming aware of all workings of your mind, all the layers of your mind – your memories, your desires, your thoughts, dreams – becoming aware of all that goes on inside you.

Dhyana is awareness, and samadhi is when the awareness has become so deep, so profound, so total that it is like a fire and it consumes the whole mind and all its functionings. It consumes thoughts, desires, ambitions, hopes, dreams. It consumes the whole stuff the mind is full of.

Samadhi is the state when awareness is there, but there is nothing to be aware inside you; the witness is there, but there is nothing to be witnessed.

Begin with dhyana, with meditation, and end in samadhi, in ecstasy, and you will know what God is.

It is not a hypothesis, it is an experience. You have to live it – that is the only way to know it.

~ OSHO

Narayana !!

Narayan means what?

That energy which is present in all the nervous systems, in all of creation. Anything that sparkles in living beings is called Narayan.

The word ‘nervous system’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Nara’, which also means ‘human beings’.

Narayan means that which is housed in the beautiful and amazing nervous system. Just imagine a human being without a nervous system, he will not be alive. It is because of your nervous system that you are able to express yourself.

That energy which perceives and which expresses in the whole universe is Narayan.

OM NAMO NARAYANA !

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Enlightment of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa

This is the story of the enlightenment of the great Master, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa: “One day as I was meditating in the Kali temple in a vision the Divine Mother showed me the Light of Brahman, which surpassed the light of even millions of suns together. I then saw that a luminous form emerged from that Infinite Light and again merged back into its source. I experienced that the formless Brahman took a form and again became formless – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.” Ramakrishna was born on 18 February 1836 near Kolkata. From a young age he was fond of serving holy men and listening to their discourses. He was also very often found to be absorbed in spiritual moods. At the age of six he experienced his first Divine ecstasy while watching a flight of white cranes moving against the background of black clouds. Sadhguru tells the story of Ramakrishna’s enlightenment and his meeting with Totapuri, a great yogi. He explains that for Ramakrishna the Goddess Kali was not just a deity but a living reality. She danced in front of him, she ate from his own hands, she came when he called, and she left him dripping with ecstasy. He was actually feeding the goddess. Ramakrishna’s consciousness was so crystallized that whatever form he wished became a reality for him. Although Ramakrishna’s body, mind and emotions were dripping with ecstasy, his being was longing to go beyond this ecstasy. Somewhere there was an awareness that the ecstasy itself was a bondage. One day Ramakrishna was sitting on the banks of the Hoogli River when Totapuri, a very great and rare yogi came that way. Totapuri saw that Ramakrishna was a man of great intensity with the potential to go all the way and attain the final enlightenment. But the problem was, he was just stuck in his devotion. Ramakrishna was devoted to Kali and Kali was his only interest. When he was high on her, he would be bursting with ecstasy and dancing and singing. Totapuri came to Ramakrishna and tried to convince him by saying, “Why are you still so attached to your devotion? You have the potential to take the ultimate step.” But Ramakrishna said, “I want only Kali, that’s all.” He was like a child who wanted his mother. It is not possible to reason with that. When he would sometime lose contact with the goddess he would cry like a baby. This was the way he was. So whatever enlightenment Totapuri was talking about, he was not interested in that.

One day Totapuri told Ramakrishna, “This is very simple. Right now you are empowering your emotions, you are empowering your body, you are empowering the chemistry within you. You are not empowering your awareness. You have the necessary energy but you just have to empower your awareness.”

Ramakrishna agreed and said, “Okay, I will empower my awareness and sit.”
However the moment he has a vision of the Goddess Kali, he would again go into uncontrollable states of Love and ecstasy. No matter how many times he sat down, the moment he saw Kali, he would just go into that ecstatic state again.

So Totapuri said, “The next time Kali appears, you have to take a sword and cut her into pieces.” Ramakrishna asked, “Where do I get the sword from?” Totapuri replied, “From the same place you get Kali from. If you are able to create a whole Kali, why can’t you create a sword? You can do it. If you are able to create a goddess, why can’t you create a sword to cut her? Get ready.”

Ramakrishna sat. But the moment Kali came, he burst into ecstasy and forgot all about the sword and the awareness.
Then Totapuri told him, “You sit this time. The moment Kali comes…” and he picked up a piece of glass and said, “With this piece of glass, I am going to cut you where you are stuck. When I cut that place, you create the sword and cut Kali down.”

Again Ramakrishna sat and just when Ramakrishna was on the edge of ecstasy, when Kali appeared in his vision, Totapuri took the piece of glass and cut Ramakrishna really deep across his forehead.

At that moment, Ramakrishna created the sword and cut Kali down, becoming free from the Mother and the ecstasy of feeding off Her. That is when he truly became a Paramahamsa, when he became fully enlightened. Till then he was a lover, he was a devotee, he was a child to the Mother Goddess that he created. He remained in the state of nirvikalpa samadhi, the state of non-dual existence for six months without the least awareness of his own body. During this period Ramakrishna relived the entire range of spiritual experiences of more than three thousand years of the Hindu religion. On 16 August 1886 Ramakrishna gave up his physical body, uttering the name of the Divine Mother………

Space !!

There are three types of space.

One is called the Bhut Akash, the outer space, second is Chit Akash the space from where thoughts and emotions come, and third, Chid Akash, i.e., space of consciousness. Consciousness itself is another space deep within us.

All inventions come from these three types of space. All knowledge comes to Chit Akash from the Chid Akash, through thoughts and emotions. Songs come as emotions, science comes as thoughts and ideas and then they manifest.

~ Sri Sri