Monday, 7 May 2018

The Fruit of Silence is Prayer

Attributed to Mother Teresa:

The fruit of silence is prayer;the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Phillys Krystal 1914 - 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Om Sri Sai Ram.

I regret to inform you that Mrs. Phyllis Krystal, an ardent devotee of
Bhagawan, merged with our beloved Lord on 10th December 2016, at the age of 102. She was in her home in Guildford, United Kingdom at the time of her passing. Phyllis has left behind her daughter Sheila, and two grandchildren. We celebrate her blessed life and loving services, done with indomitable energy in the name of Sai.
On behalf of the Sathya Sai International Organisation, with love andhumility, we pay tribute to Mrs. Phyllis Krystal, a shining exemplarof Swami's teachings who dedicated her life to spreading His message and love across the world. Her work has uplifted people in many countries and helped thousands connect with their innate divinity. Her own lifestyle reflected her values and her deep commitment to Swami.
Even as a centenarian, Phyllis lived alone in Switzerland, cooked herown meals, and responded to hundreds of phone calls, emails, and faxes from people seeking her help from all corners of the globe. Shetravelled around the world independently, and during her visits, sheworked from morning to night, giving workshops, talks, and helping people. She was a perfect example of an active, true instrument of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Phyllis Krystal was born in London, England on May 11, 1914, andcompleted her education and moved to California in 1937. She married Sydney Krystal, a lawyer, who was one of the first trustees of the Sathya Sai Society of America. Mrs. Krystal was a member of the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of the USA. A spiritual seeker all her life,Phyllis Krystal and her husband first visited Bhagawan over 40 years ago. During one of her early visits, Swami urged her to write a book and materialized a pen for her, saying that "the book was in the pen". Under divine guidance, she then wrote the book on "Ceiling on Desires", which is a practical study-guide for Sathya Sai devotees worldwide. Two other books worth mentioning which inspired many devotees are "Cutting the Ties that Bind" and "Sai Baba-The Ultimate Experience".
At Bhagawan's urging and under His supervision, Mrs. Krystal startedspeaking to the public and holding seminars to help them connect with their inner divinity. Swami told her on many occasions to speak to the youth. Since 1995, as part of the Young Adult National ExecutiveCommittee, USA, Phyllis Krystal advised, supported, and guided the young adult leaders, and helped to shape the young adult program. In 2007, on the occasion of the 3rd World Youth Conference in Prasanthi Nilayam, at the behest of Bhagawan, Phyllis addressed and inspired 6,000 youth assembled in the Sai Kulwant Hall.

Through her tireless work, strength and elegance, Phyllis Krystal hasshown us what is possible by tuning into the loving energy within and serving the world. Although her physical presence will be missed, her love and work will continue to live on through thousands of hearts she has touched throughout her life. May Swami give her soul permanent peace and bliss.
We offer our sincere sympathies to Mrs. Krystal's daughter Sheila and her two grandchildren in this time of immense loss.
Thank you.
Jai Sai Ram.
Lovingly in service of Sai,
Dr. Narendranath Reddy
Chairman, Prasanthi Council
Sathya Sai International Organisation

Friday, 29 July 2016

Bliss Consciousness

Ganga Nath (Friend of Vikram Oberoi) writes: During college, I read every book I could find on Eastern Wisdom. I learned about Hinduism, Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Then one day, while walking through my college campus, I saw a poster for a lecture on Transcendental Meditation (TM), as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I knew who Maharishi was because I’d seen a photo in Life Magazine of the four Beatles with him in India. I had already read a book by Hermann Hesse called “Magister Ludi - The Glass Bead Game”. It’s the story of a young boy, Joseph Knecht, who goes to study at an elite boarding school for boys where he eventually becomes the Master of the Glass Bead Game, a game that requires expertise in all fields of science, art, music, literature and history to win. When he first arrives at the school, the Music Master, who will become his spiritual mentor, tells him that, of all the things he will learn at the school, meditation is the most important. I already understood that meditation is the key that unlocks life's greatest treasures, so I attended the introductory lecture on Transcendental Meditation and a few weeks later I was initiated into TM. Right way, I began experiencing a deep state of inner peace combined with greater clarity of mind. The effects were so dramatic on my quality of life that I soon decided that I wanted to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. I had found my calling in life. 
In 1973, I attended a ten week Teacher Training course with Maharishi in La Antilla, Spain. There were a thousand of us from around the world in a small seaside town near the border of Portugal. We met with Maharishi in a huge blue tent on the beach. After completing the course, I returned to my hometown of Sea Cliff, Long Island and started a meditation center on the North Shore of Long Island. I taught TM full-time for the next 7 years. This was a boom time for TM. Maharishi would appear on the Merv Griffen show with meditating celebrities like Clint Eastwood and there were lines outside of TM centers with people waiting to be initiated. Meditation had become mainstream. Because of scientific research conducted at Harvard Medical School showing that TM lowered high blood pressure and improved health in many ways, doctors, lawyers, housewives and students were eager to learn to meditate. 
In 1978, something happened that changed my life forever. I attended a Six Month Advanced Training for TM teachers in St, Moritz, Switzerland. There were 100 of us men staying in a hotel high above the picturesque town of St. Moritz surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We had the entire historic Hotel Chantarelle to ourselves from April to October. It was a very intensive course. We meditated around 10 hours a day and periodically fasted. We also read daily from the ninth Mandala of the Rigveda, devoted to purifying Soma, the sacred potion of the Vedic religion. One morning I woke up and was flooded with bliss. Every cell in my body was vibrating with intense bliss. It was like a full body orgasm that doesn’t stop. But, not only was I flooded with bliss, everything I looked at was permeated with the same Pure Bliss Consciousness. The walls, the carpet, the trees outside, the mountains, the clouds, it was all Bliss Consciousness. In India, they call this Satchidananda, or Existence Consciousness Bliss. All my life, I’d been rather introverted and shy but that old personally dissolved in Bliss never to return again. Friends on the course were concerned. One said, “You’re not the person I’ve known for years. You are a different person. Maybe you should see a psychologist when you get home.” There was no going back. The old me died that day in St. Moritz. I knew my true nature to be Bliss and I was free.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Nisargadatta on Casuality

M: Once you create for yourself a world in time and space, governed by causality, you are bound to search for and find causes for everything. You put the question and impose an answer.
Q: My question is very simple: I see all kinds of things and I understand that each must have a cause, or a number of causes. You say they are uncaused -- from your point of view. But, to you nothing has being and, therefore, the question of causation does not arise. Yet you seem to admit the existence of things, but deny them causation. This is what I cannot grasp. Once you accept the existence of things, why reject their causes?
M: I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the picture on the cinema screen to be but light.
Q: Still, the movements of light have a cause. 
M: The light does not move at all. You know very well that the movement is illusory, a sequence of interceptions and colorings in the film. What moves is the film -- which is the mind.
Q: This does not make the picture causeless. The film is there, and the actors with the technicians, the director, the producer, the various manufacturers. The world is governed by causality. Everything is inter-linked.
M: Of course, everything is inter-linked. And therefore everything has numberless causes. The entire universe contributes to the least thing. A thing is as it is, because the world is as it is. 
You see, you deal in gold ornaments and I -- in gold. Between the different ornaments there is no causal relation. When you re-melt an ornament to make another, there is no causal relation between the two. The common factor is the gold. But you cannot say gold is the cause. It cannot be called a cause, for it causes nothing by itself. It is reflected in the mind as 'I am', as the ornament's particular name and shape. Yet all is only gold. 
In the same way Reality makes everything possible and yet nothing that makes a thing what it is, its name and form, comes from reality.
- I AM THAT Ch 14

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Writings of Jalaluddin Al-Rumi

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” 
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.”
“The moon stays bright when it doesn’t avoid the night.”
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
“Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
“Stop behaving small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
“Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.”
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?”
“Only with the heart can you touch the sky.”
“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First, to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without your feet.”
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”
“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”
“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”
“Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?”
“Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.”
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. 
Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”
“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.”
“All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”
“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.”
“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.”
“You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck!”
“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?”
“There is a fountain inside you. Don’t walk around with an empty bucket.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.”
Jalaluddin al-Rumi

See also, Jalaluddin Al-Rumi

Monday, 16 March 2015

Self Knowledge and Self Realization by Sri Nisargadatta Majaraj

By Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Edited by Jean Dunn 

The above is the only book written by Nisargadatta. Click the heading above to read the entire book and as well as this preface by Ed Muzika

As indicated by Jean in her editor's notes, it was published in 1963. There were 100 copies of this book printed by her. She gave 20 or so copies to friends and students and one to me. For some reason she decided not to give any more out. It has never been published in the West. Therefore, you are among the first to see it. Jean Dunn was never able to find anyone who claimed ownership of the copyrights.

Concerning copyrights, I am still amazed bythe battles that have surrounded the writings/teachings of all the well-known spiritual teachers even while they were alive let alone after they were dead. Therefore, I have been scrupulous in only posting stuff on this site that I had long ago copyrighted, was written by me, was already in the public domain such as the Heart Sutra, or which is included by permission, such as the Ashtavakra Gita.

Jean told me it is hard to recognize the later Nisargadatta in this book as the style is so devotional and traditional Indian. True. But Maharaj is there. This book is copied exactly as printed with all the absent commas and spellings as found in the original.

Those accustomed to the bold pronouncements on the nature of reality found in his later talks might be surprised by the obvious bhaktic melody throughout this little book. It is also obvious that this is the autobiography of Maharaj’s awakening, not his early teaching. It is a love song both to himself and to his guru.

One might ask, “What happened to the Bhakta?”
I have no idea of what Maharaj was like before he met his teacher. Perhaps he was rude and acerbic then, had a brief period of bhaktic immersion, then reverted to his pre-awakening personality. So, is his later public persona a teaching style, also used by tons of Zen masters (priests, rabbis, sheiks, sifu, etc.), or did he just have a raggedy personality which returned? I don’t know. If I were to guess, I would lean towards the latter view. Everyone I know who has seen this book has a different theory; all are speculative. I wish I had had more time to talk to Jean about what he was like. In a larger sense, who cares? His personality is not important in a teaching sense, although this issue may be very important to someone who wants to understand the enlightenment process clinically.
For most of us, it is what his words do to us that is important. This little book speaks to many who have been closed out by the content and style of his later talks.

I want to make one thing absolutely clear. Nisargadatta was filled with devotion immediately after the attained. He was never a talking head. He had formal chanting five times a day until he died. The chanting libretto contained the teachings. he would repeat certain phrases over and over. The Bhakta is extremely important for most of us. Zen monks were incredibly fixated on their teachers, and lived the life of monks, who always chanted.
Robert [Robert Adams, Ed’s Teacher] too loved chanting, as did (Sri) Ranjit, Nisargadatta's spiritual brother ( I am always amazed why so few many of those who read Nisargadatta resist chanting. 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Kingdom of Heaven is Within and Other Guidance

"The kingdom of heaven is within"- Luke 17:20-21

"If you believe that heaven is in the sky, then the birds go in ahead of you"- Jesus (Gospel of Thomas)

"He who knows himself knows his Lord". -Muhammad

"What we are looking for is what is looking"- St. Francis of Asissi

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."-Albert Einstein

"Of all knowledge, the wise and good seek most to know themselves." - William Shakespeare

"Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?"~Rumi

"Be still and know that I am god"- Psalm 46:10

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”-Buddha

"Thou sleep’st: awake, and see thyself."- William Shakespeare

“Purity or impurity depends on oneself, No one can purify another.”-Buddha

“The Way is not in the sky; the Way is in the heart.” - Buddha

“Indeed he succeeds who purifies his own self” - Quaran

"When we seen men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves." -Confucious

"If you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty and you are poverty." - Saint Thomas

"Knowing thyself is the beginning of all Wisdom" -Aristotle

“No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself. No man is free who cannot command himself.” ―Pythagoras

“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”- Ramana Maharshi

'Know Thyself'- Plato

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."~ Rumi

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." - Carl Jung

"To be aware is to be awake. You are aware anyhow, you need not try to be. What you need is to be aware of being aware." - Nisargadatta

"Know thyself and thou wilt know the universe." ~ Pythagoras

"The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to reveal itself." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"Instead of searching for what you do not have, find out what it is that you have never lost." - Nisargadatta

"To know oneself is to know the everlasting reality that is consciousness, and to know it is to be it."-Kashani