You are PURE

“It is the God within your own self that is propelling you to seek for Him, to realise Him. After long searches here and there, in temples and in churches, in earths and in heavens, at last you come back, completing the circle from where you started, to your own soul and find that He for whom you have been seeking all over the world, for whom you have been weeping and praying in churches and temples, on whom you were looking as the mystery of all mysteries shrouded in the clouds, is nearest of the near, is your own Self, the reality of your life, body, and soul. That is your own nature. Assert it, manifest it. Not to become pure, you are pure already. You are not to be perfect, you are that already. Nature is like that screen which is hiding the reality beyond. Every good thought that you think or act upon is simply tearing the veil, as it were; and the purity, the Infinity, the God behind, manifests Itself more and more.”

~ Swami Vivekananda

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Nirvana defined in a poem

Nirvana Shatikam (also reffered to as Atma Shatakam) is a poem of six stanzas. It was written by Adi Shankara, an Indian Philosopher, who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta (non-dualistic philosophy). Shatikam means six and Nirvana means liberation. Thus, its a hymn of six verses on liberation, each of which resembles a jewel in the garland of Vedanta. The first three lines of each of the first five stanzas negate all that is not Atma/Consciousness, while the last line strongly affirms what Atma is.

Stanza 1:

Mano Buddhi Ahankara Chitta Ninaham

Nacha Shrotra Jihve Na Cha Ghrana Netre

Nacha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Tejo Na Vayu

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I am not mind, nor intellect, nor ego, nor the reflections of inner self.

I am not the five senses. I am beyond that.

I am not the ether, nor the earth, nor the fire, nor the wind.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 2:

Na Cha Prana Sangyo Na Vai Pancha Vayu

Na Vaa Sapta dhatur Na Vaa Pancha Koshah

Na Vak Pani Padam Na Chopastha Payu

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

Neither can I be termed as energy, nor five types of breath.

Neither the seven material essences, nor the five coverings.

Neither am I the five instruments of elimination, procreation, motion, grasping, or speaking.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 3:

Na Me Dvesha Ragau Na Me Lobha Mohau

Mado Naiva Me Naiva Maatsarya Bhavah

Na Dharmo Na Chartho Na Kamo Na Mokshah

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I have no hatred or dislike, nor affiliation or liking.

I have no greed, nor delusion, nor pride or haughtiness, nor feelings of envy or jealousy.

I have no duty, nor any money, nor any desire, nor even liberation.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 4:

Na Punyam Na Papam Na Saukhyam Na Dukham

Na Mantro Na Teertham Na Veda Na Yajnaha

Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhokta

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I have neither merit, nor demerit, I do not commit sins or good deeds, nor have happiness or sorrow, pain or pleasure.

I do not need mantras, holy places, scriptures, rituals or sacrifices.

I am none of the triad of the observer or one who experiences, the process of observing or experiencing, or any object being observed or experienced.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 5:

Na Mrityu Na Shanka Na Me Jati Bhedah

Pita Naiva Me Naiva Mata Na Janma

Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyah

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I do not have fear of death, as I do not have death, I have no separation from my true self, no doubt about my existence, nor have I discrimination on the basis of birth.

I have no father or mother, nor did I have a birth.

I am not the relative, nor the friend, nor the guru, nor the disciple.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

Stanza 6:

Aham NirvikaLpo Nirakara Roopo

Vibhut Vaakhya Sarvatra Sarvendriyanam

Sada Me Samatvam Na Mukthir Na Bandhah

Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Translation:

I am all pervasive, I am without any attributes, and without any form.

I have neither attachment to the world, nor to liberation.

I have no wishes for anything because I am everything, everywhere, every time, always in equilibrium.

I am indeed, That eternal knowing and bliss, Shiva, love and pure consciousness.

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What the f**k do we know?

Ever had those moments where you question your existence, the cause for your being? Ever asked yourself why you dream, why you get up every morning to the same routine? Ever wondered why you smile, why you cry, why you react in a certain way? I am quite sure a lot of you have but then how many actually inquire further. In this age we are either busy making money or paying bills.. isn’t it? Who has the time?

Since birth we’ve been told what to do, whether it be religious boundaries or societal, we have been raised to follow restrictions, follow the rules. Conception of good & bad has evolved over the years. There is constant conditioning of the mind, an attraction towards the pleasant and an aversion towards unpleasant. Any reaction to an external stimuli comes after a reflection in the mirror of memory. So then one asks what is memory?

In simple words, memory is time, memory is experience, memory is what makes you YOU. And every memory is attached to a sense of happiness or sadness.. isn’t it? If you are exposed to an environment where you have had pleasant times, then you feel good don’t you. If you see a loved one after a long time, you feel happy because the memory attached is associated with happiness. Even just a thought of something brings about an emotion. So you have to understand the enormity of thought for it is the trigger to memory.

A Japanese doctor, Masaru Emoto, made an inquiry into the power of thought. He wanted to know if thoughts could have an effect outside the mind in the physical/material dimension. He chose water as the test subject since it is the most receptive of the five tattvas. He exposed water to different words, music and pictures. He then froze the water and examined the crystals formed with microscopic photography. They say a picture equals a thousand words.. well what if just a thought could paint a picture?? The results of Emoto’s experiment are mind boggling. Here’s a clip of his findings:

Amazing isn’t it? Yes, it sure is, but then the scary part is what do we really know about life, matter, universe. Our body is primarily composed of water and we have just seen the effects thoughts can have on it. So now do you understand why you are the way you are? It’s because you have conditioned your thoughts in such a way and every thing you see, listen, touch and feel adds on to your never ending memory.

Life is a journey of possibilities, but our memory assigns certain probabilities to these possibilities. Religion and society are trying to assign these probabilities in your mind. You have been brought up with these conditioning’s, it’s been hardwired into our genes for generations. But you have to understand that those possibilities STILL exist, it’s our mind assigning a very low probability to it that we don’t consider it anymore. Your mind is the greatest gift God has ever engineered. Don’t assign limitations to it, try to inquire, try to explore, try to learn and understand because honestly What the f**k do we know?

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Lord Ganesha

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Lord Ganesha

Idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesha

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Hindu Goddess Durga

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Workers arrange bottles of drinking water before an air-drop in flood-affected areas at Purniya air force station in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, September 3, 2008

Muslim women react to the camera at a makeshift flood relief camp in Araria district town in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, September 7, 2008

A Hindu woman has her hand painted with henna during the Teej festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad September 2, 2008. Hindu women fast and pray for the good health and long life of their husbands during the Teej festival

Forestry workers look on as a male Royal Bengal Tiger leaps off a boat into the water after being released back into the wild in The Chamta Forest District of The Sunderbans, in India

A mask is shown being put on the back of honey collector Madhusudhan Mondal's head, in Bali, a village in the Sundarbans, India, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008

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Hindu devotees, try to form a human pyramid to break an earthen pot filled with honey, milk and curd, as part of festivities to celebrate Janmashthmi, or the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008

Young Indian devotees of Hindu God Lord Krishna attempt to make a seven-tier human pyramid in the 'dahi-handi' (curd-pot) contest in Mumbai on August 24, 2008, as part of celebrations of "Janmashtami" which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krsna

Why do we make sex so important?

“So we are deprived of freedom outwardly and inwardly, for generations upon generations we have been told what to do. And the reaction to that: I’ll do what I want. Which is also limited, based on your pleasure, on your desire, on your capacity and so on, so on. So where there is no freedom all round, both outwardly and inwardly, and specially inwardly, then we have only one source which is called sex – is that right? Why do we give it importance? Do you give importance – equal importance, to being free from fear? No. Equal energy, vitality, thought to ending sorrow? No. Why don’t you? Why only this? Because that is the easiest thing to have. The other demands all your energy, which can only come when you are free. So naturally human beings throughout the world have given this thing such tremendous importance in life. And when you give something, which is a part of life, tremendous importance then you are destroying yourself. Life is whole, not just one part – right? If you give importance to everything then this becomes rather – more or less unimportant. And the monks and all those people have denied all this and turned their energy – at least they think they have turned their energy, to god. But the thing is boiling in them, you can’t suppress nature. But when you give that thing only, all importance, then you are corrupt! You understand?”

– J. Krishnamurti (July 1980)
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