the play of shadows

                  The screen is real, the pictures are mere shadows on it……… “The screen is always there; the pictures come and go, but do not affect the screen. What does the screen care whether the pictures appear or disappear? The pictures depend upon the screen. But what use are they to it? The man who looks only at the pictures on the screen and not the screen itself, is troubled by the pains and pleasures that occur in the story. But the man who views the screen, realises that the images are all shadows and not something apart and distinct from the screen. So also with the world. It is all a shadow play.”                                                                              Ramana Maharshi – Letters   All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances ;And one man in his time plays many parts……                                                                      William Shakespeare – As You Like It  

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I am that

  Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj said : ‘As long as you identify yourself with body and mind, you are bound to suffer; realize your independence and remain happy. I tell you, this is the secret of happiness. To believe that you depend on things and people for happiness is due to ignorance of your true nature; to know that you need nothing to be happy, except self-knowledge, is wisdom.’ Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Rumi

  This being human is a guest house by Rumi Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all ! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out but some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Rumi (13th Century Sufi Saint)

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swami vivekananda

The Power of the Mind – A True Story : The railway train was running at full speed from Calcutta to Delhi. In one compartment, two British passengers were talking in English. Pointing at one monk (sadhu), traveling in the same compartment, one British passenger was telling the other, “Look, what a deception! With such youthful age, healthy body, and full capacity to work, this man became monk to get free food and to loiter anywhere. There are thousands of such monks in this country and people feed them in blind faith.” Criticism of this sort went on for a long time, but the monk sitting on the opposite seat was pondering deeply with a calm posture. When the train arrived at one station and halted, the station master saw the monk, bowed down before him and asked in English, “What can I do in your service, sir?” The monk answered in English, “One glass of water will be enough. I want nothing else.” The two British passengers observed that the monk spoke in such pure English. They felt surprised. They never knew that the sanyasi was educated. They had abused the monk so much and still there was not… Read more »

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meditation - ramana

  To talk about tantra without mentioning meditation, is to misunderstand tantra completely Yet how many so-called tantric practitioners really practice meditation? Some people are naturally endowed with less busy minds than others, but all the great sages of the past achieved the states of higher peace through many many years of meditation. And it is thanks to their experiences which have often been described and recorded, that we can get a hint on what meditation truly is. Question:   What should one think of when meditating? Ramana Maharshi: What is meditation? It is the suspension of thoughts. You are perturbed by thoughts which rush one after another. Hold on to one thought so that others are expelled. Continuous practice gives the necessary strength of mind to engage in meditation. Meditation differs according to the degree of advancement of the seeker.  If one is fit for it one can hold directly to the thinker; and the thinker will automatically sink into his source, which is Pure Consciousness. If one cannot directly hold on to the thinker, one must meditate on God; and in due course the same individual will have become sufficiently pure to hold on to the thinker and… Read more »

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