Psychology

September 16, 2017

Swamiji’s objection to psychology is that it is putting your attention on the mind, and that creates more mind. The real solution is disidentification and witnessing the mind.

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Swamiji

September 3, 2017

Kundalini Shakti is a very loving, generous, and patient mother. She is a spiritual director. She guides and helps us. She is our savior. She is in our inner voice, telling, “Are you listening to me?” We are to reply, “Here I am.” Then we can enjoy the power of now and the power of Higher Awareness. We follow her because we understand that only spiritual practice can make us happy.

You must keep your physical and prana system fit. Your life must be well managed and stable. Food, sex, rest, work must be done in Her way to support Her work because Her chakra system is correlated with the prana system, the hormone system, and brain function. Our behavior affects these functions. We have our own free will and discriminative intelligence. That is why we are responsible for our mistakes. When we cooperate with Her, then She can bring about great transformation and help us go back to the Source, because the individual soul is the Ultimate Reality. Otherwise, She cannot make the improvements She wants for us.

For the aspirant, there are always requirements and consequences. That’s the way it is. If you like it, She is happy. If you don’t, She waits. If you try to escape, She searches for you. Then life teaches you, and you must endure your karma. You might blame Her, and say spirituality is dangerous. But no, She is merciful and helpful. She knows everything that you are, and She is the expert spiritual guide. And when you are ready, She is there.

In process She works as Power Consciousness. But actually, She is Pure Consciousness in feminine name. Then She is called Brahmani. Nothing can be concealed from Her. No one can argue with Her because she is the Witness and Illuminator. She explains the consequences of your mistakes, not judging or punishing. She always forgives and gives more chances.


Vedanta

September 1, 2017

Feel, as you do your daily duties, that you are only a witness of all that goes on around you, of even your own actions. This is called Sakshi Bhav. You should inwardly realize that you are different from the active principle in you. This the method of Vedanta

~ Swami Sivananda


Freedom

August 15, 2017

Someplace inside of us, we believe enlightenment will set us free from our suffering. But what awakening actually does is to open a door to our suffering, while simultaneously redeeming it in a new idea of what freedom actually is.

The only surprise in awakening is that it was there all along.

Finally, we are free. But this freedom is not a freedom from, but rather a freedom with.

What we call “life” is the union of the faraway and the near. The faraway is the seemingly outer world. The near is ourselves. A nameless, characterless quality pervades and supports both.

– Jason Shulman


Eating Meat

July 13, 2017

– Sri M, The Little Guide to Greater Glory and a Happier Life


Restraint

July 5, 2017

Swami Yukteshwar says:

“Just as the purpose of eating is to satisfy hunger, not greed, so the sex instinct is designed for the propagation of the species according to natural law, never for the kindling of insatiable longings. Destroy wrong desires now; otherwise they will follow you after the astral body is torn from its physical casing. Even when the flesh is weak, the mind should be constantly resistant. If temptation assails you with cruel force, overcome it by impersonal analysis and indomitable will. Every natural passion can be mastered. Conserve your powers. Be like the capacious ocean, absorbing within all the tributary rivers of the senses. Small yearnings are openings in the reservoir of your inner peace, permitting healing waters to be wasted in the desert soil of materialism. The forceful activating impulse of wrong desire is the greatest enemy to the happiness of man. Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; see that the frogs of weakness don’t kick you around.”


Simplicity

June 25, 2017

Oliver Wendell Holmes famously said “For the simplicity that lies this side of complexity, I would not give a fig, but for the simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity, I would give my life.”