Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Desire for Self

'You claim everything that happens to you as 'my' because that is the way you have become accustomed to categorising the things that go on inside you. But the desire for the Self is not 'my' desire for the Self; it is the Self itself calling you, calling attention to itself within you. That only happens when your desire for other things and objects is absent. The pull towards the Self happens when you temporarily stop being interested in all the things that usually keep your attention away from the Self.

'People ask me, "Papaji, how can I increase my desire for the Self since you say that this desire is enough for liberation?"

'My answer to this is, "Stop having desires for other things". When this happens, the Self pulls you into itself and liberates you.'

Poonja alias Papaji


Monday, May 19, 2008

David Godman's Blog

Many people on the path of Non Duality are aware of David Godman and his books related to the teachings of Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi .David Godman has been maintaining his own web site for many years but recently he has started his own blog related to the teachings of Sri Ramana .The link for the blog is given below :

David Godman almost daily updates this blog and I relish reading the material everyday and find it very refreshing and inspirational .
I am sure others will also find the same .


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Power of a Jnani's Words

If a jnani says 'You are consciousness, you are the Self,' then there is a power in those words that comes from the experience and authority of the person who says them. If you hear those words with a quiet, still mind, then those words have the power to reveal their true meaning to you. An ajnani can say that to you and it will just be a piece of information that you store in your memory, but when a jnani says something like this, it has the power to silence the mind and reveal the true import of the words themselves.

For this to work two things are necessary: the words must come from an enlightened being, and they must be listened to with a silent mind that does not think about or analyse what has been said. Personally. I believe that the power of a jnani's words will remain even if they are read in a book after the jnani has passed away.

David Godman


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Learn to give love rather than seek it

Lord, grant that I may not so much seek to be loved as to love.
– Saint Francis of Assisi

Millions of people today suffer from loneliness. Here Saint Francis is saying, “I know the cause of the malady and I know the secret of its complete cure.” No matter what the relationship may be, when you look on another person as someone who can give you love, you are really faking love. That is the simplest word for it. If you are interested in making love, in making it grow without end, try looking on that person as someone you can give your love to – someone to whom you can go on giving always.

Learning to love is like swimming against the current of a powerful river; most of our past conditioning is pushing us in the other direction. So it is a question of developing your muscles: the more you use them, the stronger they get. When you put the other person’s welfare foremost every day, no matter how strong the opposing tide inside, you discover after a while that you can love a little more today than you did yesterday. Tomorrow you will be able to love a little more

Eknath Easwaran’s Thought for the Day


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi on Yoga

When Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi was in Skandashram , a learned Malayali gentlemen , who was also adept in yoga went there .He lectured for four hours .
Bhagawan listened patiently , but at the conclusion of his talk he remarked ,"You have said everything that you wanted to say .The goal of your yoga practice is to have some visions and hear some sounds .While these are happening , the mind will be dormant , but afterwards it will rise again .You must try to annihilate the mind .The annihilation of mind alone in Jnana ."