You get involved in your actions, which bind you. When you worry about yourself, are you not worrying about the body? Whatever you may do as a body, that cannot give you peace. Truth is beyond imitation and you cannot pose as Truth. There are no Gods and Goddesses other than your own Consciousness. None of them can give you lasting peace, which can be yours by knowing the origin of Consciousness. Then, you can be in an ocean of peace. When you realize yourself to be without a body, your formless nature becomes clear. When there is freedom from emotions, there is the purity of the body-Sattva. That promotes Viveka (Discrimination), which helps one to be free of concepts.
Without disturbing the body-mind we have to study why we love to exist. Why should the ever-existent develop a love for this temporary manifestation from the un-manifested? We have to meditate on Consciousness, which promotes Viveka of various kinds. Stabilization in pure Consciousness helps proper understanding of all that you read or hear.
Nisargadatta Maharaj, Self Love edited by Mohan Gaitonde
All our thoughts originate when there is some action needed. You must think properly so that you become free of selfish motives. Such motives become a cause of your bondage. Everyone has a love for being, which is pure. You must chant the ‘Jaya Guru’ Mantra which can, initially, be audible to you. But when you are tired you should continue chanting in silence. This chanting helps us to wake us up from our long ignorance. Consciousness is Guru, and our attention to it is desirable. The Guru is not restricted to a body but is all-pervasive and He is in you as your Consciousness. Consciousness is normally active but becomes Nirguna (Un-manifested- attributeless) after Self-Realisation. It becomes pure and holy by Mantra, leading to the ultimate knowledge. During His lifetime, Krishna acted a lot, but always remained Nirguna. It is not necessary that all Jnanis should have the same experiences. It becomes difficult to accept that Nirguna can also be active.
The nature of the peaceful mind
The following are the attributes of the peaceful mind:
- Does not crave for fame and recognition
- Does not interfere with the world till needed or requested
- Does not attempt to create an environment of selfishness
- Does not idle
- Does not desire to work for more than what is needed
- Does not wander
- Does not become jealous
- Does not drive actions which can be regretted later
- Does not fail to be grateful
- Does not grieve over what cannot be changed
- Does not hold grudges
- Does not retain unpleasant memories
Neti, neti. Not so, not so.
सतसंगत्वे , निसंगत्वे ।
निसंगत्वे , निरमोहत्वे।।
निरमोहत्वे , निश्चलतत्वम ।
निश्चलतत्वे ,जिवनमुक्ति ।।
सत् के सगंत मे हो तो, बुराइयां आप का साथ छोड़ देगी।
बुराई का साथ छुटेगा तो,मोह माय़ा से मुक्त हो जाओगे ।।
मोह माया छुटने पर ,समभाव की भावना आती है ।
समभाव की भावना से, जिवन की मुक्ति होती है।।
The what-ifs and the should-haves will eat your brain.
-John O’ Callaghan
Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.Paramhansa Yogananda