During the course of a day, a Sage has nothing to gain or lose. He has no comments to offer on whatever events that take place. There is life and death for everyone. Every living being tends to become what it considers itself to be. With every passing day, if you notice absence of ‘me’ and ‘mine’, there you will meet the Sage in you.~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“Although we may see 1,000 suns reflected in 1,000 pots of water, there is only one sun. When we see the consciousness within all of us as one, we will develop an outlook that considers the needs of others before our own desires for luxury.” ~Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (Amma)
Continuing to chant the Sacred, beautiful and beloved Hanuman Chalisa with a beautiful melody from @krishnadasmusic called "Good Ole Chalisa"from his album: Flow of Grace.
Verses in this video
16. Tuma upakaara Sugreevahin keenhaa
Raama milaaya raaja pada deenhaa
You did great service for Sugriva,
Presenting him to Ram, you gave him the kingship.
17. Tumharo mantra Bibheeshana maanaa
Lankeshwara bhaye saba jaga jaanaa
Vibhishana heeded your counsel
And became the Lord of Lanka, as the whole world knows.
18. Yuga sahasra yojana para bhaanu
Leelyo taahi madhura phala jaanu
Though the sun is thousands of miles away,
You swallowed it, thinking it to be a sweet fruit.
19. Prabhu mudrikaa meli mukha maaheen
Jaladhi laanghi gaye acharaja naaheen
Holding the Lord’s ring in your mouth
It’s no surprise that you leapt over the ocean.
20. Durgama kaaja jagata ke jete
Sugama anugraha tumhare tete
Every difficult task in this world
Becomes easy by your grace.
21. Raama duaare tuma rakhawaare
Hota na aagyaa binu paisaare
You are the guardian at Ram’s door,
No one enters without your leave.
22. Saba sukha lahai tumhaaree sharanaa
Tuma rakshaka kaahu ko daranaa
Those who take refuge in you find all happiness
and those who you protect know no fear.
"It is an insult to your Self to be born, live, and die without knowing the answer to the mystery of why you were sent here as a human being in the first place. To forget God is to miss the whole point of existence. Learn to feel God, and to enjoy Him." ~Paramahansa Yogananda
Questioner: What is the best way to know God?
Agnisattva: Worry not about how to know God, but instead focus on knowing who you are beyond your name and form, beyond your personal association and conditioning, beyond the stories that you tell yourself about yourself. In truly getting a glimpse of the greatest of your own Self devoid of all the layers we add to it with the mind, in that very instant God is known. ~Agnisattva
Vasudeva [Kṛṣṇa] is the ultimate goal of the Vedas, Vasudeva is the ultimate goal of ritual sacrifices, Vasudeva is the ultimate goal of yoga, Vasudeva is the ultimate goal of actions. Vasudeva is the ultimate goal of knowledge, Vasudeva is the ultimate goal of austerity (tapas), Vasudeva is the ultimate goal of dharma, Vasudeva is the ultimate goal. ~Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.28-29 (Tr. Edwin F. Bryant) (vāsudeva-parā vedā
Be still, and know that I am God. ~Psalm 46:10
The sense we all have within us of our own innate existence, that sense that was never taught to any of us, that sense that was not given to us by any one but of its own accord arose naturally within our hearts, that inner sense that allows us to recognize ourselves as existing, that very sense itself is the Divine Source. That very sense is God.
But it cannot be known intellectually, because intellectual knowledge will not help us. Just knowing isn’t enough. Knowing is in the way.
This is our problem that we do not want to be still. Even during meditation our minds continually run about. We contemplate. We try to work through koans and riddles and try to attain answers to questions yet,the inner voice is simply suggesting:
Be Still and Know, not know and be still but, be still first. Not a literal stillness where we spend all of our time in a lotus posture, but an ontological stillness. A stillness where we are no longer trying to get an answer to any particular question but we are simply still. Not seeking for God. Not not seeking for God. All this gets placed on hold. We just are still. In the midst of our lives we allow ourselves to be still. To not always be reactionary. Since 99% of all our actions our governed by a reaction to something. Someone said something, we get angry. Someone did something, we are happy. Solely reacting.
Yet, Be Still. Observing. Observing the world, observing ourselves observing the world. Simply watching that sense within us. Simply watching our “I Am.” Not an active watching, but a simple watching. Clouds form against the majestic sky, no need to actively watch them, simply Be. No need to force anything to happen, just Be Still.
And within these simple words, all is revealed. Because in these simple words you begin to stop seeking for that which is right in front of you. Nothing is being gained, because nothing is lost. Be Still and Know. What you are searching for is what is searching. How can you find this out?
and Know that…
God… … ~Agnisattva~
Chanting the Sacred, beautiful and beloved Hanuman Chalisa with a melody from @krishnadasmusic called "Good Ole Chalisa"from his album: Flow of Grace
Bhajelo Ji Hanuman!
Oh Friend! Remember Hanuman! (Invocation)
Shree Guru charana saroja raja nija manu mukuru sudhari
Baranaun Raghubara bimala jasu jo daayaku phala chaari
Having polished the mirror of my heart with the dust of my Guru’s lotus feet
I sing the pure fame of the best of Raghus, which bestows the four fruits of life.
Budhi heena tanu jaanike sumiraun pawana kumaara
Bala budhi vidyaa dehu mohin harahu kalesa bikaara
I know that this body of mine has no intelligence, so I recall you, Son of the Wind
Grant me strength, wit and wisdom and remove my sorrows and shortcomings. (Verses)
1. Jaya Hanumaan gyaana guna saagara
Jaya Kapeesha tihun loka ujaagara
Hail to Hanuman, the ocean of wisdom and virtue,
Hail Monkey Lord, illuminater of the three worlds.
When I first read the Gita years ago it had a profound impact on me...over the years it appears that I've managed to acquire a few copies....
(After this photo, I realized that I had 3 more...)
The bird looks up at me with eyes.. My god...I know those eyes... The same eyes I have... looking at him...
Which is which
Can no longer tell...
Is a bird looking at me... Or is it me looking at me?