Sense the two-fold existence while in the flesh

"Sir, I am meditating," I shouted protestingly. "I know how you are meditating," my guru called out, "with your mind distributed like leaves in a storm! Come here to me." Snubbed and exposed, I made my way sadly to his side. "Poor boy, the mountains couldn't give what you wanted." Master spoke caressively, comfortingly. His … Continue reading Sense the two-fold existence while in the flesh

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What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 8(concluding)

Self-knowledge through direct perception comes only through meditation. The step leading to meditation is uninterrupted spiritual concentration of mind on the Self. Such concentration does not develop by itself. It has to be practiced consciously and regularly, and requires overcoming the drags of perverted habits, attachments, and desires. For this reason, meditation is a two-fold … Continue reading What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 8(concluding)

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 7

  Vedanta gives four tests of direct perception of Reality that harmonize faith and reason. First, direct perception is never negated or superseded by any subsequent experience. Second, it does not contradict reason. Third, it is always conducive to the welfare of all beings. Fourth, it transforms the seeker forever. His moments of mystical intuition, … Continue reading What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 7

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 6

In order to free the mind from the pitfalls of unquestioning faith, rationalization, and emotionalism, rigorous disciplines of self-mastery are prescribed so that the seeker may well be grounded in his sincerity of purpose, commitment to the goal, and absolute detachment from blind loyalty to his pet concepts, fanciful ideas, and various mental fixations. Direct … Continue reading What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 6

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 5

The only way to overcome the maladies of life is to establish contact with the Ultimate Reality, and the only way to make contact with It is through meditation. Meditation leads to direct perception of the Ultimate. Vedanta maintains that direct perception of the Ultimate Reality is the soul of spiritual quest. This perception is … Continue reading What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 5

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 4

Yoga and Vedanta ask us to face the problems of life through Knowledge of Reality. The ills of life are not created by God, or by the stars, or by luck, but by our own inability to live in the light of Reality. Good and evil move together; one cannot be separated from the other. … Continue reading What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 4

What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 3

The hopes of the believers in a golden age end in disappointment. The golden age never comes. Coping with the problems of life is easier said than done. There is a limit to coping, and beyond that limit, life becomes unbearable. The transcendentalists want to escape the problems of life by withdrawing into silence and … Continue reading What is this Life if… – Celebrated Hindu Guru explains – Part 3