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Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886)

Biography of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
India, with her wealth of spiritual tradition, has produced many spiritual giants. One of the greatest was Ramakrishna (1836-1886). His life was a testament to truth, universality, love and purity. Ramakrishna Parmahamsa is perhaps the best known saint of nineteenth century, India ever had. He was born in a poor Brahmin family in 1836, in a rural village called Kamarpukur near Calcutta, West Bengal.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa even as a boy naturally gravitated toward leading a spiritual life. This tendency only intensified as he grew older. He immersed himself in intense meditation and other spiritual practices. Ramakrishna was constantly absorbed in the thought of God. He would often go into high spiritual states, while meditating, where he would merge with the Infinite Reality. For him, the Vedantic teaching of unity of all existence was more than theory; He literally saw and knew that this to be true.
 
Whenever people asked "Sir, have you seen God?” Sri Ramakrishna replied clearly and calmly that “Yes, I see God as clearly as an apple over the palm
nay even more intensely.” 

At Dakshineswar Kali temple, Sri Ramakrishna used to perform experiments to obtain trance state of mind. Many of his disciples experienced trance state, superconscious state in Meditation Samadhi, just by a simple touch of Sri Ramakrishna.  In this state of trace many people experienced the destruction of I-ness, that is loss of consciousness, and cried out loudly. Then Sri Ramakrishna would simply say “let it then cease now” and as a result people used to come back to the normal state of consciousness. Sri Ramakrishna was found to be highly capable in obtaining trance state to those who were highly spiritual.

In his thirst for the divinity, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa followed different religious paths including various branches of Hinduism and many non-Hindu paths. He with great interest and open mind also learned and practiced Islam, Sikhism, enhanced his knowledge through the wonderful teachings of Buddha and later meditated deeply on Christ, experiencing however the same divine Reality through all religions. Thus, he came to the conclusion, based on his own direct experience of the universality of spiritual truth, that all religions lead to the same God.

Many famous world’s leaders and philosophers— Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Thomas Merton, Arnold Toynbee, Joseph Campbell—have been deeply impressed and influenced by this great saint Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

 

Ramakrishna’s Philosophy
  God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.

  God is both personal or impersonal. It is difficult to conceive an impersonal God, so, to begin with God has to be thought of as a person. Can anyone think of the white color without thinking of a white object? One can look at the morning sun, but not at the midday sun. Similarly, when God is manifest in a person we know what God is like, otherwise God is impersonal and beyond thought and speech.

  Brahman is the nameless formless Essence, the pure conscious Awareness permeating all worlds, objects and beings, which in and of Itself is neither matter, energy or mentation—point to its essence (the Brahman is not in the worlds but the worlds are in the Brahman).


                   The Four Key Concepts in Ramakrishna's Teachings:
                                 
the oneness of existence
                                 
the divinity of human beings
                                 
the unity of God
                                 
the harmony of religions


               Quotations of Ramakrishna:
         Different people call on [God] by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Siva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it 'jal', others at another place and call it 'pani', and still others at a third place and call it 'water'. The Hindus call it 'jal', the Christians 'water', and the Moslems 'pani'. But it is one and the same thing."
       
When God is realized, the world never appears empty. He who has attained Him
            sees that the Lord Himself has become all these—the universe and its creatures.

         As a lamp does not burn without oil, so a man cannot live without God.
        As a man thinks, so he becomes.
       
Knowledge leads to unity; Ignorance leads to disunity.
 

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Swami Vivekananda Biography (1863-1902)
[ Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna ]


About Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was born in a wealthy family in Culcatta, West Bengal, India on January 12, 1863. His pre-monastic name was Narendranath Dutta. Swami Vivekananda is regarded in India as a patriot and saint. Swami Vivekananda was a disciple of the great spiritual master Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, an 18th century saint. Swami Vivekananda came to the USA and England and taught, during 1893-1896 for 4 years the doctrine of non-Dualism, "the fact that we are all God, and that all we see is God, called Brahman."

Swami Vivekananda was the first known Hindu Sage to come to the West in 1893, where he introduced Eastern thought at the World's Parliament of Religions in connection with the World’s Fair in Chicago. Here, his first lecture, which started with this line "Sisters and Brothers of America," made the audience clap for two minutes just to the address, for prior to this seminal speech. He mesmerized everyone with his speech. It was this speech that catapulted him to fame by his wide audiences in Chicago and then later everywhere else in America, including far-flung places such as Memphis, Boston, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

After the conference of World’s Parliament of Religions, the Swami Vivekananda traveled throughout the United States and England, for 4 years,  lecturing and giving the Western world his best teachings on Vedanta, teachings that seemed customized for the particular needs of the western mind. His first book on the yoga of meditation was assembled and published as Raja-Yoga. Later came out a collection of his talks on the intellectually demanding approach Jnana Yoga, and finally, talks on the yoga approaches that suit most people Karma and Bhakti Yoga. A series of private talks to his most serious students at Thousand Islands Park in New York was later published as “Inspired Talks.”

Swami Vivekananda came back to India in December of 1896 after spending 4 years in West. The news of the Swami's return had already reached India, and people everywhere throughout the country were afire with enthusiasm to receive him. Here he was able to put many of his ideas in practice such as service to the poor, education, hospitals, and relief in times of natural disaster.

A major day came in 1899 when the permanent headquarters of his brother monks, called the Ramakrishna Order and Mission of India, was consecrated.

This great saint and philosopher, Swami Vivekananda, passed away for his heavenly abode on July 4, 1902 at the age of 39 years.


Watch the Video of Swami Vivekananda Speech in Chicago (Sept 11, 1896)
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Sisters and Brothers of America,

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

My thanks, also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the Earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: "As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee."

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: "Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me." Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the Earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.



Swami Vivekananda and His Life
How Vedanta Vivekananda was inspired by His Mentor Sri Ramakrishna?
 

First Meeting: Vivekananda first met with Ramakrishna in 1881 when Ramakrishna traveled to Calcutta to visit one of his disciples who live in the same neighborhood as the Vivekananda. As the singers of the music band did not show up on that particular day, Vivekananda was invited to fill up the gap. Vivekananda with his talent of singing and playing musical instruments attracted Sri Ramakrishna. Ramakrishna impressed with Vivekananda and his talents and invited him to see him again in Dakshineswar Kali temple.

Vivekananda’a father suggested him to get married but Vivekananda refused to marry for he wanted to pursue the path of spiritual enlightenment.

Second Meeting: Vivekananda went to Dakshineswar Kali temple along with his friends with a plan in mind to visit Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna very curiously asked Vivekananda to sing a song. Vivekananda began to sing one of the most touching songs in Bengali. The song goes like this: “O my mind, come; let us go home; Why do you travel in the foreign land of the world in a foreigner’s garb?” Sri Ramakrishna was visibly moved by the sincerity and melody in the voice of Vivekananda. Tears welled up in the eyes of Sri Ramakrishna, and he thus lovingly got acquainted with Narendra. The affection of Sri Ramakrishna towards Vivekananda intensified. Sri Ramakrishna treated Vivekananda with utmost love and familiarity and escorted him to inner room and fed him sweets and other eatables with his own hands; Soon after this encounter, they became close friends. Vivekanada was greatly astonished to find Sri Ramakrishna with his very peculiar behavior and pure and devoted love towards God.  Vivekananda, who has been struggling with his skepticism and logical mind about recognizing the powers of spiritual master Sri Ramakrishna, started becoming a believer in divinity.

Sri Ramakrishna invited Vivekananda to visit Dakshineswar once again at his earliest convenience. Moreover Vivekananda's English teacher in his lecture had told the students to visit Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa at Dakshineswar if they wanted to know the exact meaning of the word 'TRANCE,' for Sri Ramakrishna often experienced that superconscious state of samadhi.

Vivekananda once again was attacked by his own skepticism and logical mind, and doubted that this poor Brahmin, Sri Ramakrishna, might be playing tricks with innocent people in the form of hypnotism or mesmerism and probably the trance and samadhi were thought to be the whims and play of mind rather than divine superconscious states. Vivekananda hesitated first for a month time but later made up his mind to visit Sri Ramakrishna again.

Third Meeting: Next month, Vivekananda tempted to go to Dakshineswar again to visit his mentor and would-be guru Sri Ramakrishna. As soon as he approached Sri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda asked with a great curiosity "Sir, have you seen God?” Sri Ramakrishna replied clearly and calmly that “Yes, I see God as clearly as an apple over the palm¾nay even more intensely.”  This answer turned Vivekananda to more perplexity and surprise because he asked the same question to many great religious scolars and gurus but never got a firm reply like this one. All those so-called Pundits of Brahmo Movement were reluctant and frightened to answer such a question with any authority or resoluteness. But that day he got the most emphatic and positive answer only from Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna was sitting all alone. He was very pleased to receive Vivekananda and called him near his tiny bedstead. Sri Ramakrishna went into a divine mood and touched Vivekananda with his right foot. Immediately Vivekananda had a wonderful experience, which is given in his own words as follows:

"I saw with my eyes open that all the things of the room together with the walls were rapidly whirling and receding into an unknown region, and my I-ness together with the whole universe was, as it were, going to vanish in an all devouring great void. I was then overwhelmed with terrible fear. I knew that the destruction of I-ness was death, so I thought that death was before me, very near at hand. Unable to control myself, I cried out loudly, saying, 'ah. What is it you have done to me? I have my parents waiting for me at home, you know."

Laughing loudly at his words, Sri Ramakrishna touched Vivekananda's chest with his hand and said, "Let it then cease now.” It need not be done all at once. It will come to pass in course of time. Vivekananda was amazed to notice how that extraordinary experience vanished as quickly as it had come. He came to normal state and saw things inside and outside the room standing still as before. Vivekanada thus personally witnessed the truth and understood the true meaning of trance state with the help of the loving and caring Sri Ramakrishna. Vivekananda was sure that it was no hypnotism, for he thought himself endowed with solid will- power and self-confidence, and that his mind could not be affected by skepticism anymore.

Fourth Meeting: The next visit followed much earlier than the previous one’s as Vivekananda was very anxious about spiritual enlightenment. This time Sri Ramakrishna asked Vivekananda to accompany him to the nearby garden of Jadu Mallick. Here these two persons, Sri Ramakrishna and his would be disciple Vivekananda, were left all alone. Sri Ramakrishna went into ecstatic mood and elevated Vivekananda to such a state of consciousness where Vivekananda lost his body consciousness but could answer the questions put by Sri Ramakrishna. Vivekananda did not remember anything about this episode, but Sri Ramakrishna later told his devotees that on that day he put many intimate questions to Vivekananda and got answers to them all. He asked Vivekananda about the purpose of his descent on the Earth, the nature of his work in the future, his plans and mission in life and so on. On the basis of these questions Sri Ramakrishna came to know that Vivekananda would lead life of a monk and would leave his body when he comes to know his true nature. Sri Ramakrishna knew that Vivekananda was ever-perfected soul (nitya siddha) in meditation. With this experience, after realizing the Highest Truth, Vivekananda became the principal disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and devoted his full time in worshiping the God. Thus, between 1881 and 1886, for five years, Vivekananda was groomed to become a great yogi with unparalleled sharpness of intellect, reason, and spiritual knowledge. He visited many places in India and many visitors from all regions came to see him seeking the truth. No one could stand his incisive power of critical analysis based on scientific reason and rationality in the matters of Vedanta. Vevekananda thus became a famous saint and earned the title “Swami Vivekananda.”

This great saint and philosopher, Swami Vivekananda, passed away for his heavenly abode on July 4, 1902 at the age of 39 years.

 

Swami Vivekananda Was Emphatic on
the Role of Free Will and a Confident Believer in Reincarnation
 

QUOTE: "We have the power to be what we are, and whatever we wish to be, we have the power to make our lives ourselves. If what we are has been the result of our past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act carefully in the current lives."


 

Belief in Reincarnation Would Inspire You Believe in God!
Without God, Reincarnation Would Not Have Been Possible!

Before the Sun, the Moon, the Earth,
Before the Stars or Comets Free,
Before Even Time Had Had Its Birth,
I was, I am and I will be.

Swami Vivekananda

 

 

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Biography of Jiddu Krishnamurty (1895-1986)


 




 


 


  About Jiddu Krishnamurty  (1895-1986)

On May 12th 1895 in a place called Madanapalle, Chitoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India, during the British reign of Empress Victoria, a son was born to a Telugu-speaking Brahmin couple Jiddu Narayanaiah and Sanjivanamma. The child was named Krishnamurthy.

Jiddu Krishnamurti was a renowned spiritual teacher whose lectures and writings have inspired thousands. The core concept of the Krishnamurti’s teachings underline the fact that one has to find the truth through the understanding of the contents of his own mind through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. His subject matter included, but was not limited to, the purpose of meditation, human relationships, and how to enact positive change in global society.

Although born of East-Indian parentage, he stated repeatedly that he had no nationality and belonged to no particular culture of group of any ethnic background.

Krishnamurti evolved his unique teaching from his own being and living, for he had read no religious or philosophical literature. What he taught stemmed from his personal realization. His aim was to set people psychologically free so that they might be in harmony with themselves, with nature and with others. He taught that mankind has created the environment in which he lives and that nothing can ever put a stop to the violence and suffering that has been going on for thousands of years except a transformation in the human psyche. If only a dozen people are transformed, it would change the world.

His core teachings centered on freedom, self-knowledge, and choiceless awareness. Krishnamurti met several world leaders, and his influence has been acknowledged by many, including David Bohm, David Schainberg, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Henry Miller, and Deepak Chopra.

He published many books, the most important among them are “The Book of Life: Daily Meditations,
This Light in Oneself: True Meditation,
On Mind and Thought, On Nature and the Environment, On Relationship, On Living and Dying, On Love and Loneliness, Life Ahead, On Fear, On Freedom, The First and Last Freedom, The Only Revolution, Krishnamurti's Notebook, and many other books, and tapes on his speeches."


Krishnamurthy was Adopted by a Prominent Theosophist Annie Besant
In 1909, Krishnamurthy’s father Narayaniah was recently retired from Government service, and then wrote a letter to Annie Besant, the President of the Theosophical Society located in the town Adyar, near Madras city (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India, seeking employment at the 260 acres (1.1 km²) headquarters’ estate. Even though an observant orthodox Brahmin, Narianiah had been a member of the Theosophical Society since 1882, and based on this information he has been hired by the Society to work as an office clerk in exchange for free food and accommodation. He then moved his family there to Adyar in January, 1909.  When that was accomplished, Narayaniah enrolled his two sons (Krishnamurth and his younger brother Nitya) in Mylapore some distance away.

One day at Adyar, in April 1909, the prominent occultist, high-ranking theosophist and clairvoyant Charles Webster Leadbeater (C.W. Leadbeater), an Elder of the Theosophical Society at that time, discovered, while playing on a private beach, something unusual about the teenager Krishnamuthy¾an exceptional and the most wonderful aura he has ever seen, without a trace of selfishness in it.
Krishnamurti was believed to be the vessel for the indwelling of the coming "World Teacher" that many Theosophists were expecting. This new teacher would, in the pattern of Moses, Buddha, Zarathustra (Zoroaster), Christ, and Muhammad, divulge a new dispensation, a new religious teaching. Theosophists believed that the teacher was a spiritual being called Maitreya (the Buddha) who would dwell in the body vessel. C. W. Leadbeater believed at that time that he could read past lives, and did so on Krishnamurti who he said was really named Alcyone. Alcyone had 30 past lives ranged between 20,000 BC and 624 AD. Alcyone was a female 11 times among those 30 past lives.

Annie Besant, the president of the Theosophical Society at the time, endorsed C. W. Leadbeater’s observation, proclaimed Krishnamurthy as the next “World Teacher.”  Adopted by Annie Besant, Krishnamurthy was sent to England where he was subsequently raised and educated and prepared for his future role.  Krishnamurti always had problems with formal schooling and was not academically inclined. Krishnamurti tried to enter Oxford, but failed its entrance examination. He never got a college degree. He eventually gave up university education after several attempts at admission. He did take courses on foreign languages, eventually speaking several (French and Italian among them) with some fluency. In this period, he apparently enjoyed reading parts of the Old Testament, and was impressed by some of the Western classics. He had also, since childhood, considerable observational and mechanical skills, being able to correctly disassemble and reassemble complicated machinery without any training.

In 1911, an organization called “The Order of the Star in the East” was formed with young Krishnamurthy as its Head.
While under the auspices of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeter of the Theosophical Society, Krishnamurti, as Alcyone, published a book in which he channelled the teaching of a master.

 


Krishnamurthy Rejected and Left the Theosophical Society
However, in 1929, Krishnamurthy disbanded the huge organization the Theosophical Society that had been built around him, and declared that his intention was not to found new religions, but to set man absolutely free. This dramatic act of renunciation bewildered thousands of disciples of Krishnamurthy. It was at this time, in 1929, Krishnamurthy discovered from his own realization and publicly issued a statement that “Truth is pathless land.” He renounced his role as the Head and dissolved “The Order of the Star in the East.”   He then gave up all the money and property collected for his work through this Order.

From then on, this world teacher traveled ceaselessly all over the world, mostly in South Asia, Europe and the United States, for more than 60 years giving lectures and conducting seminars as a private person, not as a guru but as a lover of truth. What he taught stemmed from his personal realization. In all his lectures and seminars his message always was as follows: “
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or coerce people along any particular path. My only concern is to set man absolutely, unconditionally free.”  He urged his listeners to examine the workings of their own minds and asked them to find out answers through capturing the source of their enduring questions in their own actions caused by their own minds.

At age 90, Krishnamurthy addressed the United Nations on the subject of peace and awareness, and was awarded the 1984 UN Peace Medal. His last public talk was held in Madras (now Chennai), India in January 1986.


Krishnamurthy Passed Away in 1986
Krishnamurthy passed away at home in Ojai, California, USA on February 17, 1986 at the age of 90 from pancreatic cancer. His remains were cremated and scattered by friends and former associates in the three countries, India, England and United States of America, where he had spent most of his life.

 

Krishnamurty Spiritual Enlightenment Process
As Described Below!


In August 1922, Krishnamurti went through a mysterious, rather an intense, "life-changing" experience. It has been simultaneously and invariably characterized as a spiritual awakening, the so-called Enlightenment process, a psychological transformation and a physical "conditioning." Krishnamurti and those around him, who personally witnessed his experience, referred to it as "the process of spiritual awakening or enlightenment" and it continued at very frequent intervals and varying forms of intensity until his death. Witnesses recounted that it actually started on the 17th of the month with extraordinary pain at the nape of Krishnamurti's neck, and a hard ball-like swelling. In the next couple of days, the symptoms worsened with increasing pain, extreme physical discomfort and sensitivity, total loss of appetite and occasional delirious ramblings.

During this process of enlightenment, Krishnamurty suffered excruciating headaches, visions and convulsions, shuddering and moaning, and semi-consciousness, much as a person possessed. These seizures and spiritual manifestations lasted for several years and formed the basis for Krishnamurti's later orientation. He called the ordeal "an inward cleansing." Then, he seemed to lapse into unconsciousness state; Actually, he recounted that he was very much aware of his surroundings and, while in that unconscious state, he had an experience of "mystical union." In the following day, the symptoms and the experience intensified, climaxing with a sense of "immense and joyous peace and reunion with God-force."
 
Krishnamurty stated: "I was supremely happy for what I had seen and experienced." Nothing could ever be the same. I have drunk the clear and pure waters at the fountain of the true Joy and Eternal Beauty. And my thirst was appeased as I was fully satisfied. I have seen the Eternal Light of great intensity. I have touched and felt the compassion which heals all sorrow and suffering I accumulated; It is not for myself, but for the world. In all its glory, Love has fully occupied my heart with a big hug and I was invariably blessed; My heart sensed blessings and can never be closed from this wonderful and unbelievable experience. The enlightened Krishnamurty summed up his experience and said:
“I am God-intoxicated.”
 
Similar incidents continued with short intermissions until October, and later eventually resumed regularly, always involving varying degrees of physical pain to mark the start of the "process" accompanied by what is variably described as "presence", "benediction", "immensity", and "sacredness", which was often reportedly "felt" by others present.
 
Several explanations have been proposed for the events of spiritual awakening process of 1922. Leadbeater and other theosophists, although they expected the "vehicle" to have certain paranormal experiences, were thrilled and mystified by the developments, and were at a loss to explain the whole thing. The inability of Leadbeater to explain this spiritual awakening process satisfactorily, if at all, had other consequences according to biographer R. Vernon.
 
The process at Ojai, California, USA, whatever its cause or validity, was a cataclysmic milestone for Krishnamurty. Up until this time his spiritual progress, chequered though it might have been, had been planned with solemn deliberation by Theosophy's grandees. Something new had now occurred for which Krishnamurty's training had not entirely prepared him. A burden was lifted from his conscience and he took his first step towards becoming an individual. In terms of his future role as a teacher, the process was his bedrock. It had come to him alone and had not been planted in him by his mentors. It provided Krishnamurty with the soil in which his newfound spirit of confidence and independence could take root.
 
The messianic status of Krishnamurti reached fever pitch as a visit to Sydney, Australia was planned. Leadbeater had been based there since 1914, and the movement was strong enough to own a local radio station 2GB. The Star Amphitheatre was built in 1923–24 at Balmoral Beach on Sydney Harbour, as a platform for the coming "world teacher". According to sensational media reportage, Krishnamurti was to make a triumphant arrival, walking on water through Sydney Heads. 

 

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Krishnamurty’s Philosophy:
Truth is a Pathless Land


Jiddu Krishnamurti was a guru who never wanted to be one.
What he taught stemmed from his personal realization: 

You are on this Earth to live fully, happily with your whole being, free of ambition, greed and fear. If you are greedy or ambitious, you cannot live fully, because greed and ambition dissipate your energy.
 

To live fully is to live without fear, without sorrow, without asking a thing of the Gods, because you would be a light onto yourself. When you live fully¾a light onto yourself¾you will not follow anybody, you will have no nationality, or belong to any religious or political group.  You are the world, the neighbor, the friend, the so-called enemy. If you would understand, you must first understand yourself, for in you is the root of all understanding. In you is the beginning and the end.  

The core of Krishnamurti's teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929:
TRUTH IS A PATHLESS LAND, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect, and I adhere to that statement absolutely and unconditionally. One has to find the Truth through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others.

There is no path to truth, it must come to you. Truth can come to you only when your mind and heart are simple, clear, and there is love in your heart; not if your heart is filled with the things of the mind. When there is love in your heart, you do not talk about organizing for brotherhood; you do not talk about belief, you do not talk about division or the powers that create division, you need not seek reconciliation. Then you are a simply human being without a label, without a country. This means that you must strip yourself of all those things and allow truth to come into being; and it can come only when the mind is empty, when the mind ceases to create. Then it will come without your invitation. Then it will come as swiftly as the wind and unbeknown. It comes obscurely, not when you are watching, wanting. It is there as sudden as sunlight, as pure as the night; but in order to receive it, the heart must be full and the mind must be empty. Now in this world you have the mind full of problems, hate and greed and your heart is empty so you don't see the truth; Your mind must be empty and your heart must be filled with pure love in order to see and feel the blissful truth.
 

   Man has built in himself images as a fence of security¾religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas and beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man's thinking, his relationships and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.

   Krishnamurthy’s bookOn God” contemplates our search for the sacred. "Sometimes you think life is mechanical, and at other times when there is sorrow and confusion, you revert to faith, looking to a supreme being for guidance and help." Krishnamurti explores the futility (uselessness) of seeking knowledge of the "unknowable" and shows that it is only when we have ceased seeking with our intellects that we may be "radically free" to experience reality, truth, and bliss. He presents "the religious mind" as one that directly perceives the sacred rather than adhering top religious dogma.

 

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Dr Deepak Chopra Biography


Dr Deepak
Chopra
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He has authored over forty-two books and one hundred audio, video, and CD-ROM titles, which have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold over twenty million copies worldwide. He is a highly sought-after workshop presenter and inspirational speaker, and has achieved nearly guru status with many of his admirers. In 1995, he established The Chopra Center for Well Being in California, and is among the founding directors of the Alliance for the New Humanity. Chopra is the recipient of the Einstein Award through Albert Einstein College of Medicine in collaboration with the American Journal of Psychotherapy. Time magazine hailed Dr. Chopra one of the top one hundred heroes and icons of the twentieth century, and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”


Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Quotes:
 
Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.
 
There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
 
Whatever relationships you have attracted in your life at this moment, are precisely the ones you need in your life at this moment. There is a hidden meaning behind all events, and this hidden meaning is serving your own evolution.
 
The secret of attraction is to love yourself. Attractive people judge neither themselves nor others. They are open to gestures of love. They think about love, and express their love in every action. They know that love is not a mere sentiment, but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe.
 
The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God.
 
If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It's very important to be aware of them every time they come up.
 
If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.
 
The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.

 

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Dr Wayne Dyer Biography


Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was born in Michigan State, USA on May 10, 1940 and lives in Maui, Hawaii. Although his childhood years were difficult, spending time in orphanages and foster homes, his personal struggle to overcome these obstacles and make his own dreams come true has inspired thousands of fans who refer to him as the "father of motivation." When he's not traveling the globe delivering his uplifting message, Wayne Dyer is writing from his home in Maui.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He has written numerous bestselling books and has created a number of audios and videos. He has appeared on thousands of television and radio programs, including The Today Show and Oprah.

A psychotherapist, Wayne Dyer received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John's University in New York.

Dr. Dyer has written 30 books, recorded numerous audio programs, has appeared on over 5,200 television and radio programs including Oprah, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show, and has been interviewed in dozens of popular magazines. In 1985 he was selected as one of six prominent Americans, and his "A Letter to the Next Generation" appeared in Time magazine.

Dr Wayne Dyer Quotes:
  You're the creator of your thought, which means that in some metaphysical way, you're the creator of your life.
 
What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.
 
Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.
 
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.
 
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
 
It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them, and so why worry about things you cannot control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.

 

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