All Offered Up

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As regards Sannyasa, let us consider what Sri Krishna says in the Gita on this subject. He speaks of two paths that lead to Him. One is Karma-Sannyasa and the other Karma-Yoga.

Karma-Sannyasa is renunciation of all worldly activity and environment, in order that one may engage oneself exclusively in special Sadhanas for realising God.

Karma-Yoga is renunciation of the fruits of our actions. Worldly activity and environment need not be abandoned, and the Karmas one performs in the situation in which one is placed are offered up to the Divine, realising oneself only as an instrument in divine hands. The first step is to dedicate the fruits of actions to the Lord, next the actions themselves, and lastly a total and complete surrender of oneself – action, fruit, individuality and all.

Of the two paths, Sri Krishna points out, Karma-Yoga is the better path. In both cases the object is to free the mind from its desires and attachments. So the answer to your question resolves itself into this. It is not necessary to have recourse to Karma-Sannyasa for spiritual progress.

Swami Ramdas,
from Letters of Swami Ramdas,Volume 1, p.113.

Όσον αφορά στην Σανυάσα (Αποκήρυξη), ας δούμε τί αναφέρεται στην Μπαγκαβάτ Γκίτα επί του θέματος. Ο Υπέρτατος Κύριος Κρίσνα μιλάει για δύο δρόμους που οδηγούν σε Αυτόν. Ο ένας είναι η Κάρμα-Σανυάσα (Πράξεων Αποκήρυξη) και ο άλλος η Κάρμα-Γιόγκα (Πράξεων Έν-Ωση, ώθηση προς το Εν, προσφορά τους στο Εν).

Η Κάρμα-Σανυάσα είναι η αποκήρυξη όλων των εγκόσμιων δραστηριοτήτων και περιβαλλόντων, προκειμένου ο άνθρωπος να μπορεί να αφοσιωθεί αποκλειστικά σε πνευματικές ασκήσεις που θα οδηγήσουν στην αφύπνισή του στο Θείον.

Η Κάρμα-Γιόγκα είναι η αποκήρυξη των καρπών των πράξεών μας, κατά την οποία δεν χρειάζεται να εγκαταλείψουμε τα περιβάλλοντά μας και τις εγκόσμιες δραστηριότητές μας. Τις πράξεις στις οποίες προβαίνουμε εν μέσω οποιωνδήποτε κατάστασεων, τις υψώνουμε ως προσφορά προς το Θείον, βιώνοντας τον εαυτό μας ως απλώς ένα εργαλείο σε θεία χέρια. Το πρώτο βήμα λοιπόν είναι η αφιέρωση των καρπών των όποιων πράξεών μας στον Κύριο, στη συνέχεια η εξ αρχής συνειδητή αφιέρωση των πράξεών μας, και τελικώς η πλήρης και απόλυτη παράδοση ολόκληρου του εαυτού μας: πράξεων, καρπών, ατομικότητας… η παράδοση των πάντων στο Θείον.

Από τους δύο δρόμους, επισημαίνει ο Υπέρτατος Κύριος Κρίσνα, αυτός της Κάρμα-Γιόγκα είναι ο προτιμότερος και αποτελεσματικότερος. Αμφότεροι αποσκοπούν στην αποδέσμευση του ανθρώπινου νου από όλες τις επιθυμίες του και τις προσκολλήσεις του. Η απάντηση λοιπόν στο ερώτημά σου καταλήγει ξεκάθαρα σε αυτό. Δεν είναι απαραίτητο να καταφύγεις στην Κάρμα-Σανυάσα για πνευματική πρόοδο.

Σουάμι Ράμντας, από το βιβλίο
Επιστολές του Σουάμι Ράμντας, Ά Τόμος,
σελ. 113, απόσπασμα σε απόδοση ενός ιερού λέοντος.

The Two Birds

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Some time ago, I saw a picture depicting a parable from the Bhagavad Gita. It showed two birds in a tree, and one of them was building a nest. This one is flying off collecting things, arranging the twigs – it’s active, doing many things.

Above this bird, on another branch, is a second bird. It looks identical to the first bird, but it’s not building anything. It is just observing. It’s not building a self-image out of its perceiving, and it’s not deeply interested in any aspect of what it sees. Its perceiving is happening quite spontaneously without effort or judgment. There’s a silence there, that feeling of Being without thought. Just looking.

This is a beautiful portrait of who we are.

These two birds are connected. The first bird represents our dynamic being, the self that is engaged in the world, in future and past, in growing. It is the aspect that is living life with the sense of my family, my children, my work, and so on. The second bird represents that conscious witnessing within us. It is the ability to observe life taking place and activities unfolding, but it is not actually doing anything. It is still within the same body, but it is not manipulating. It is not saying, “I hope this, and I fear that.” No, it is very still. It is simply there, and its seeing is panoramic. It sees not only the first bird, but also the wind in the trees, the sky – everything is observed with a kind of neutrality.

Initially the first bird is very identified with building the nest. It may not even be aware of the second bird. But as soon as it is able to be quiet, it becomes aware of the second bird, which is actually itself at a deeper inner level. When the first bird’s mind is synchronized with the second bird, the activities become much more gracious. There is a sense of a unity, a oneness. In that harmony, the work may still happen but without obsession, without fear, without the sense of needing to control things. It is simply happening because life compels this activity to happen. It is as though another power is helping the actions to take place.

The second bird represents the change of perspective from the mode of the person to the state of presence. When we are involved in the activities of life so deeply that it seems that the daily routine is all there is, then we are like this first bird, the nest builder, oblivious to our second bird position.

Come to the second bird position, to the one who is observing, and you will discover that the one who is busy building a life, will slowly become more transparent, leaving only the functioning itself. The activities are happening anyway, beautifully, but the sense of doer-ship –which is the ego sense– will fade away. Activities are just happening; our self-image as a person is just happening, but our true Self is not a happening. In fact, the true Self is a third position, which is not a bird, but the space within which both birds are arising and seen.

If you come to see and accept what I am pointing to, and if you can slow down just a bit, your witnessing will become very serene, and you will notice that the activities of life are just happening by themselves.

The wind doesn’t say, “I’m going to blow this tree!” So it is that your thoughts and the sense that “I must do this or that” are just happening. But because there is still identity with this sense of “I am the doer”, that singular mistake begets and then feeds a hundred other mistakes.

You can discover the Truth of who you are, and you can do it now. What gets in your way? Your loyalty to the old regime of thinking, to the habit and idea of continuing on as who you were yesterday and who you were last month. It may also seem like a big risk to accept something that might be too transformative. You may feel, “I can only handle so much”. And this thought seems to be deeply held.

You want so much but offer so little of yourself in return. Thirsty, you want to drink deeply, but you come to the fountain with a teaspoon in your hand.

You may ask, “Are you telling me that I don’t have to do anything in particular, and that I am already That?”

Yes,” I reply.

You say, “But how can I be That, when my mind is full of nonsense and screaming?”

Let it scream,” I respond.

But I’m sure the Buddha didn’t have a screaming mind,” you object.

I say, “How do you know that the Buddha didn’t have a screaming mind, but simply ignored it?”

Please understand that ignoring thoughts does not mean trying to stop or suppress thoughts. Simply turn away from them. Some thoughts, however, keep showing up no matter where you turn. They seem to have a season pass for your attention. This is when I tell you: what you cannot ignore, simply observe.

Excerpted from Mooji’s book
Vaster Than Sky, Greater Than Space: What You Are Before You Became

Buddha screaming mind

Allotted karma

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If one completes his allotted karma for that life, he will die; just like that; without disease, without accident, without any injury. When one dies simply, like that, that person may find another body within hours. This is why in this tradition always they said, if one completes his life and dies peacefully, it’s the best way to die, because he need not hang around; immediately it goes on.

Now, when you walk the spiritual path, the ultimate goal for every spiritual seeker is, he wants to break this whole process. Or otherwise, to use an analogy, we can say what you call as my soul right now is like a bubble. The outer periphery of the bubble is your karmic structure. Inside, there is air. Suppose you blow the bubble, you burst the bubble… Where is the air? Where is your air? There is no such thing as your air; it’s become part of everything.

So what you call as soul, is fictitious, because there is no such thing as your soul and my soul and somebody else’s soul. Right now, this unboundedness is contained in the limited karmic structure, so it makes you believe as if this is a separate entity. If you take away the keys which hold the karmic structure, then it just collapses. So this afterlife, next birth… don’t believe all this nonsense, but right now if you sit here and just close your eyes, you can clearly see, more than this body you are, isn’t it?

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Confession: Infidelity in the spirit

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My wife’s beloved eyes

overshadowed
by shock and pain

How could I ever
How could I

No one who has committed infidelity just stumbled into it – it is not a hole in the road. Infidelity happens by giving in a little wiggle room at a time, a few too many glances, a few too many shared moments, a few too many encounters, even if only through the digital world. It often starts innocently and unintentionally by seeking out pure spiritual connections and you end up making excuses for yourself for formerly unthinkable courses of action.

The consequences are painful and utterly humbling. I am so deeply sorry. A valuable lesson has been learned. God have mercy for my humanity. Angels keep us enfolded.

Leon

Be still, my soul

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Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on;
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone.
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side.
Be still, be still, my soul.

Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος

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Ἅγιος, ἅγιος, ἅγιος Κύριος Σαβαώθ.
Πλήρης ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ τῆς δόξης σου.
Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις.
Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.
Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις.

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt cæli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Θεός επί γης, άνθρωπος εν Ουρανώ / God on earth, man in Heaven

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Από την αρχή της Δημιουργίας είναι φανερό πως ο Θεός ήθελε τον άνθρωπο να ενεργεί με ελεύθερη θέληση, να ‘ναι ελεύθερη ύπαρξη. Στην ελευθερία, στην ελεύθερη απόφαση του ανθρώπου έγκειται όλο το μεγαλείο της ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης. Χωρίς ελευθερία ο άνθρωπος θα ήταν μόνο ένα μηχανικό δημιούργημα του Θεού, ενεργούμενό Του, που θα λειτουργούσε μόνο με τη θέληση και τη δύναμή Του. Υπάρχουν πολλά τέτοια πλάσματα του Θεού στη φύση. Για τον άνθρωπο όμως προόρισε μια ξεχωριστή θέση, ήταν ελεύθερος να πιστεύει στο Θεό ή να στραφεί εναντίον Του, να ζήσει ή να πεθάνει. Ήταν μια πολύ τιμητική θέση, αλλά ταυτόχρονα και πολύ επικίνδυνη…

… Ένα πράγμα είναι πιο σαφές απ’ οτιδήποτε άλλο. Πως δεν υπάρχει σωτηρία στον κόσμο αν ο Θεός δεν έρθει σ’ αυτόν, δεν ενανθρωπήσει. Πως δεν υπάρχει λύτρωση και σωτηρία για μας τους ανθρώπους αν ο Θεός δεν είναι μαζί μας όχι σαν ιδέα ή ένα όμορφο όνειρο, αλλά όπως είμαστε, με ψυχή, με σώμα, φτωχοί και ταλαιπωρημένοι και τελικά, σ’ αυτό που διαφέρουμε όλοι από το Θεό, θνητοί, υποκείμενοι στο θάνατο. Γι’ αυτό και κάθε πίστη που διδάσκει πως ο Θεός δε σαρκώθηκε ή πως δεν μπορεί να σαρκωθεί, είναι ψεύτικη…

Νικόλαος Βελιμίροβιτς, από την παρουσίαση στο οπισθόφυλλο αυτού του βιβλίου.
From the beginning of Creation it is obvious that God wanted man to act with free will, to be a free being. In freedom, in the free decision of man lies all the greatness of human existence. Without freedom man would be just a mechanical creation of God, a puppet working only by His will and power. There are many such creatures of God in nature. For man, however, he intended a special place, he was free to believe in God or to turn against Him, to live or to die. It was a position of immense honour, but at the same time very dangerous…

… One thing is clearer than anything else. That there is no salvation in the world if God does not come to it, does not incarnate. That there is no redemption and salvation for us humans if God is not with us, not as an idea or a beautiful dream, but as we are, with soul, with body, poor and afflicted, and finally, in what we all differ from God, mortals, subject to death. That is why every belief that teaches that God did not incarnate or that He cannot incarnate, is false…

Nikolaj Velimirović, translated from this book’s back cover.

Godly Love

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“How can I thank you for smiling at me like this? Got it! I will energize Eesho who is seated in your own heart!”
*SMACK*
How can we thank you for expanding such love, dearest Krishna?
*SMACK*

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Blessings came to me in the form of a baby smile and kiss
I was going for an evening walk today
As I walked through the neighborhood, I saw this little one held by his grandma
I waved him “Hi” and smiled at him
His grandma was feeding him from a sippy cup
Seeing me smiling, he finished the sippy cup fast
He showed me how little birdie open its mouth
He greeted me “Eesho” with praying hands
I felt baby Jesus giving me greetings
Before I waved him Bye,
He hugged my face and gave a kiss on my cheek
It was a sweet, unexpected, angelic kiss

Thank you baby,
May Jesus bless you and family in abundance 😊❤

**Eesho – Jesus in Malayalam – A form of greetings used in prayers.

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Seeing radiance

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Love's Beginning

Look at the constellation of characters all around you in the drama you are experiencing. This drama is a means to return you Home, so consider it a journey. On this journey, you will recognize that you value separate aspects of each character. You will learn to stop requesting or relying upon what you think of as the “good points” of each character, thereby freeing them up to show up for you in any way at all. When you free them, you free yourself. When you don’t rely upon specific gifts coming from specific characters, you open up the conduits for all gifts to flow to all. That includes you.

Notice what you think you want to get from other characters–love, approval, attention, material abundance. There seem to be specific good things that you seem to need to acquire or keep. Look under the surface of the struggle of this…

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