Can an animal attain Self-Realization?

Birth as a Human

Bhagavan Ramana generally went along with the Hindu orthodox traditions and rarely contradicted them. But there were several notable exceptions.

One exception involved his own mother who lived with him despite the fact that Bhagavan was a Sadhu, a renunciate.

The second exception involved animals around him whom Bhagavan gave equality with human beings.

Once Bhagavan said, “It is not true that birth as a man is necessarily the highest, and that one must attain realisation only from being a man. Even an animal can attain Self-realisation”. (‘Day by Day with Bhagavan’ 2-9-46)

Day 2: KRISHNA’S COUNSEL – PLEASE NOMINATE ME ON KINDLE SCOUT!!!

Mira Prabhu’s book KRISHNA’S COUNSEL. This is Mira Prabu’s second novel. Please nominate!

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kc-nomination-flatThis is Day 2 of a 30-day viewing of Krishna’s Counsel (my second novel in the Moksha Trilogy (moksha = freedom in Sanskrit) on Kindle Scout! (Kindle Scout is a portal into publication by Kindle Press.) Should you nominate Krishna’s Counsel , and if Kindle Scout takes it on, you will not only get a free version but you will also warm the cockles of my heart. So, if you have an Amazon.com account, please click on this link belowand if you like what you see, be kind enough to nominate me: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/11AA1JA16VAV5.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 2:

As Pia watched her father’s youngest brother Seb pour himself a generous shot of feni and toss the potent cashew liquor down his throat, memories of her last encounter with Uncle Hari came rushing back. She’d been sitting with the old man beside the lotus pool in his…

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Analysis Of The Mind Or Transcendence? By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

Analysis Of The Mind Or Transcendence?

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Bhagavan Ramana’s teaching of self-inquiry is fundamentally different than the schools of thought which focus on self-improvement through a variety of motivational approaches. Sri Ramana used to say that when you are going to throw out the trash, you need not spend time analyzing its contents. He was referring to the mind.

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ARUNACHALA, NOT ABRACADABRA

Mira Prabhu sharing and sending her greetings from Arunachala.❤

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dfa1c558daeba093bd582958cc97f9a1“Why don’t you teach an analytical meditation at my learning center?” a woman asked me. It was a bright morning in Rishikesh, and while I loved my new apartment with its spectacular view of the Himalayas, my heart was heavy with confusion about the future. I did not like the commercialization of this ancient city, nor the sharks I encountered, mostly wealthy urban businessmen who had bought up all the apartments in my enclave for ‘investment’ purposes and appeared to have few ethics.

“All right,” I agreed, albeit reluctantly; perhaps it would do me good to teach the Seven Flavors of Samsara, an analytical meditation on the nature of relative reality that I had learned from a powerful guru, and which I occasionally shared with those perplexed about the nature of reality—particularly those  who agonized over why bad things happened to good people and vice versa.

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Ahimsa Is The Highest Virtue

Ahimsa Is The Highest Virtue

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No teaching higher than Self Realization

Ahimsa (nonviolence) is the primary ideal and the virtue to be cultivated on the yogic path to Self-Realization. This is a subtle, deep, and fundamental psychological and spiritual truth.

Why such an emphasis on Ahimsa by the sages?

It is because the perfect and calm state of relaxed awareness is only possible in a mind that is free of all violence.

It is in this state that Grace takes over and allows the pure devotee to surrender fully to God who sits in the Heart, as the Universal Heart, and recognize it to be the Self, one’s very own Self.

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In the Jaws of the Beloved Tiger: By Dr. Evan Keith

By Evan Keith, a brother in Bhagavan Ramana

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I do not know when I first learned of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. I know that at most he was little more than a name to me before my eighteenth birthday and only in the last year has he become of central importance to me. In fact, now I think of Bhagavan as my Guru. Bhagavan never did formal initiation of anyone as a devotee and never even referred to anyone as being or not being his devotee. Nevertheless, he sometimes mentioned that most people needed a guru to overcome their ancient tendencies and “realize” the Self. Sometimes Bhagavan would allude to the Self, itself, or in particular the mountain Arunachala as having been his Guru. In this respect, Bhagavan Ramana is my Sadguru and I am His devotee.

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