Live your life without hurting anyone. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj in “I Am That”
Sri Ramana used to say that what we give to others, we give to our self. That is the basic truth of the spiritual path.
Awareness quietly aware of itself is the subtlest spiritual practice.
Its power can be understood fully when the mind is free from agitation.
The ancient sages knew that to make the mind calm and peaceful we must reflect on the interconnectedness of life and treat all life as precious and sacred.
Sri Ramana used to say that what we give to others, we give to our self.
That is the basic truth of the spiritual path.
May all beings be free from sorrow.
From the sacred journey of Mira Prabhu now residing at the holy mountain of Arunachala in India.
Last night something happened that disturbed my mind. Unable to sleep, I stayed awake until the wee hours, reading an illuminating book a friend had given me containing the reminiscences of those fortunate enough to have had personal contact with Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.
I woke up feeling bedraggled—but the sun was shining through many windows, and doggies and humans would soon be calling for my attention, so I rose. I did my morning practice of diving into the Self and was able to dispassionately view the antics of my mind—as if I was a wise old grandfather indulgently watching his rambunctious grandson mess up the living room. Simply being watched with love stopped my mind from spinning into even more chaos—and then bliss arose in a strong wave.
As Gautama Buddha said so beautifully over two thousand years ago, sometimes the mind is like a drunken wild elephant in rut. Somehow we must…
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Giving to others is really giving to oneself. ~ Sri Ramana
Bhagavan says, “Giving to others is really giving to oneself.” Bhagavan continues, “If one knows this truth, would one ever remain without giving?” (See Chapter XIII “Gems from Bhagavan.” Bhagavan here states the fundamental truth of reality at every level.
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Ahimsa (Nonviolence) is listed as the highest principle among all others in the ancient Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanajali.
Indeed, it is the universal declaration of sages in all spiritual traditions that one should not harm other living beings as the same life energy permeates everyone.
All beings love life, want to be happy, and thrive. According to the law of karma, what one gives to others, one gets as well. Therefore, the secret to happiness is simply to support others in finding their joy.
The practice of yoga is usually followed by a change in eating habits. When your body and inner-self start feeling good, you tend to pay closer attention to what you put into your body. Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind. Continue reading
A few months ago, a friend of mine suggested I see an animated movie called Sita Sings The Blues — he even went so far as to bring a Netflix DVD over and leave it in the temple where I live. “Just send it back once you’ve seen it,” he told me.
To be honest, I didn’t feel very attracted to watch the movie. My friend had mumbled something about, “It’s really great, it’s the Ramayana with 1920s blues songs… and all the characters from the epic tale are there..!” and somehow the description sounded lame, over all, so I passed on it.
I think we sent the DVD back to Netflix, unseen.