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Mother Divine: The Supreme Goddess

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Happy Navratri!

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When I was very young, my meditations made me soar so high that I was afraid of falling and felt anxious. In those moments the most gentle and angelic female presence firmly held me from behind and guided my flights over celestial regions like a mother showing a child how to ride a bicycle. It happened often.

This angel was always behind me at my back holding my shoulders in the most reassuring manner. Gliding over the heavenly realms of light with this divine companion was pure joy.  But I could never see her face and wondered who she was.

Who was this motherly angel who manifested in my meditations to protect me from fears? Who was this being that embraced me with such tenderness and silently guided and navigated the path?

This went on for many years. She was my guardian angel. Where she came from, I don’t know.

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The Emergence of Dr. Yitang Zhang: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

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Yitang Zhang received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1991 in Math and could not find a teaching position. For many years, Dr. Zhang worked for Subway restaurant in an assistant role.

In 1999, 8 years after he had finished his Ph.D., Dr. Zhang found a teaching position as a lecturer in University of New Hampshire. Last year, this unknown mathematician stunned the academic world by proving “a landmark theorem in the distribution of prime numbers”, that had perplexed mathematicians for centuries.

This week (on September 17, 2014), Dr. Zhang was awarded $625,000 as part of the 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows class.

Although Professor Zhang faced many hardships after getting his doctorate, he showed remarkable perseverance in remaining in the field of mathematics. Even as he worked in the Subway sandwich shops, he continued to dream that he would eventually find a job teaching mathematics.

Such extraordinary persistence that Dr. Zhang showed is only possible when one truly loves his or her field of study.

Congratulations to Professor Zhang! His example is an inspiration for students and professors in every field of study.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/prime-numbers-scholar-wins-2014-macarthur-genius-grant/

Satsang with Robert Adams: By Kheyala

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One of the first stops after leaving Colorado that my best friend and I took in our new home-on-wheels (“Lakshmi”) was in Sedona, AZ to go to satsang with Robert Adams. Many of you may know that Robert Adams (whose body died a few years ago) sat before Ramana for years in Tiruvannamalai.

We knew that Robert Adams was aging and that a special opportunity awaited us. Now, keep in mind that my conscious spiritual journey was rather new and I had previously immersed myself in the Satsang Mecca called Boulder.

I had really gotten a feeling for what satsang was “supposed to” look like and went to Robert Adams’ place fully armed with my finest “spiritual” clothing, “spiritual” face, “spiritual” voice, and “spiritual” sitting posture.

When we arrived, spiritually carrying our zaphus behind our hips in silence, heads held humbly down, we were quite surprised to find a room…

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Ahimsa and Self-Realization: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

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In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Ahimsa (nonviolence) is considered the first principle of the spiritual life.

Ramana Maharshi, the great sage of Arunachala has clearly stated, “Ahimsa Param Dharma”. Translated this means that nonviolence is the supreme religion.

Perfect Self-Awareness is Ahimsa. Practice of nonviolence with awareness that the same life resides everywhere purifies the mind and allows for the deepest relaxation at the mental, physical, and spiritual level.

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Comment on a verse in Ashtavakra Gita: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

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The nature of the Self is absolute, immutable, taintless. It is not distant, nor is it subject to attainment (being ever attained). This is the Truth. ——-Ashtavakra Gita

Here is my comment on this verse in six sentences.  This is the natural approach to stilling consciousness by being simply aware of awareness with one’s awareness.

To see that, which is obvious, look.

Do not look for anything, and do not look at anything.

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