Everyone is the Self and indeed, is infinite. Yet each person mistakes his mind-body for his Self.
In order to know anything, illumination is necessary. This illumination is provided by Consciousness.
Consciousness is the Self of which everyone is aware. No one is ever away from his Self and therefore everyone is in fact Self-realized; So what is self-realization then?.
Realization consists only in getting rid of the false idea that one is not realized! It is not anything new to be acquired. It must already exist or it would not be eternal and only what is eternal is worth striving for.
Once the false notion ‘I am the mind-body’ or ‘I am not realized’ has been removed, Supreme Consciousness or the Self alone remains and in people’s present state of knowledge they call this realization. But the truth is that Realization is eternal and already exists, here and now.
The essence of the mind is only awareness or consciousness. However, when the ego clouds it, it functions as reasoning, thinking or perceiving.
The Universal Mind, not being limited by the ego, has nothing outside itself and is therefore only aware. This is what the Bible means by ‘I am that I am.’
Credit: By Sri Ramana Maharshi in Teachings in His own Words.
This remarkable video is narrated from the dog’s point of view. It shows us the way to value what really matters and let the superficial fall away. Just like a dog would do.
The first alien, “The dominant life forms on the earth planet have developed satellite-based nuclear weapons.”
The second alien asks, “Are they an emerging intelligence?”
The first alien responds, “I don’t think so, they have them aimed at themselves!”
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I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) over seventeen years ago. I was fortunate to discover hatha yoga soon after when my body demanded attention and was no longer one I could take for granted. I started to learn the virtues of taking control of a body that seemed to have its own agenda. Then in 2007 I had the unique opportunity to learn to be a yoga teacher in a program designed for accessibility that was newly developed by the Integral Yoga Institute. This program was specifically for a teacher who wanted to go through a 200-hour training but could not imagine doing this in the 30 day intensive that this program was usually offered. I was absorbed in the teachings of yoga for 9 months. Here I was given the gift of understanding the true meaning of yoga. I discovered that distractions, doubts, and fears are makings of the mind. Those won’t go away, but I can witness them and stay afloat. I uncovered what lies beneath the layers that I have spent a life covering over, my true self. Graduating from this first program and as a person with a chronic disability I naturally began by teaching others with disabilities. This led me to continue my training to better serve this community. Eventually this led me to completing the training necessary to be a yoga therapist.
I continue to teach to those who can also benefit from these teachings, physically and spiritually, who may feel uncomfortable in an average yoga class. Many of my students also have MS. I welcome them into this practice without promises of reversing or stopping the progression of their disease. It certainly has not done that for me. This past year I have witnessed increasing loss of ability, both mentally and physically. But yoga has taught me that I don’t have to be at war with my body or this disease. I can witness the changes with compassion and embrace those things I still can do well. And I keep yoga as a close companion, even as my practice becomes more and more subtle to the onlooker. My movements may be smaller, but the impact is still the same as I nudge my abilities to the surface. Maybe it is just feeling my feet grounded on the floor and a sense of lifting from the spine. I can still slow down my breathing and watch it move slowly through the body, subtly controlling it. I can sense the prana moving through the body and into areas that may not have much sensory awareness. And when I am too fatigued for movement I can guide my mind through the hatha practice, slowly and deliberately, so my body feels it from inside. I continue to let go of the attachment of my body performing as it should and just witness where it is without judgment.
Many hundreds of years ago in a small Italian town, a merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the moneylender. The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the merchant’s beautiful daughter so he proposed a bargain. He said he would forgo the merchant’s debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.
The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag.If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s wife and her father’s debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her father’s debt would still be forgiven. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.
They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the merchant’s garden. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag. He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.
What would you have done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you have told her?