Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sri Bhagavan's Teachings -

1. There is only one Mind - the Ancient Mind. It is conditioned by separation and duality.
2. Your mind is not your mind , but an extension of this Ancient Mind.
3. Similarly, your thoughts are not your own thoughts, but downloaded from the 'thoughtsphere' associated with this Ancient Mind.
4. The sense of a separate self is generated by the neurobiological structure of the human brain.
5. This 'self', in experiencing itself as separate, generates cravings, aversions, comparisons and judgments, which are the core of suffering.
6. When the self disappears, suffering ends. When cravings drop away, including the craving for enlightenment, you are enlightened.
7. When the 'deeksha' is given, a neurobiological process begins, which leads to the dissolution of the sense of a separate, or fixed, self.
8. When the fixed self disappears, you experience yourself as simply a dance of personalities continually arising and passing away.
9. Your body is not your body. When the self disappears, your sense of ownership of the body disappears, and you experience it as a vehicle for the divine dance of consciousness. Eventually, all creation becomes your body.
10. The mind, based in duality, cannot be enlightened.
11. The self, which is an illusion, cannot be enlightened. The self is only a concept.
Enlightenment is the realization that there is no self to become enlightened!
Written by Lavanya Venkatesan

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Contemplative Questions

Here is a set of questions that would provoke you and put you through some soul searching. They are not about religion nor about ethics. They are merely about you.

They are not meant to serve as solutions nor are they meant to lead you anywhere. These questions are meant to serve as tools to discovering yourself.

1) Do you perceive the Presence of a benevolent force guiding, protecting and shaping your life? What name do you give that Presence? When did you best feel this Presence?

2) What is your opinion of God? Is your opinion drawn from religion, books, parents and or your personal experience of life?

3) Do you pray? Do they get answered? How often?

4) Do you think it is possible to relate to the Divine? What relationship would you opt?

5) Here is a story for you - Two fierce enemies once did a penance to placate god and receive boons vying with each other. God appeared to the first man and asked what he wanted. He said "give me twice of whatever you give my enemy". Then God appeared to the second one. Even before God could say anything he asked, "God, would you please tell me what my enemy asked for? On knowing his prayer request, he said, "then God, blind me in one eye."
Now what would you wish for yourself, your best friend and your worst enemy if God gave you a chance?

6) Have you ever experienced a coincidence or chance that seems to have involved so many people and factors that you can't stop wondering if a mastermind was behind this operation? If yes, do you savour the experience often and have you shared it with someone close to you?