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Old people generally regret not having used their youth properly. It was a time of absolute possibilities, infinite possibilities. Now when you talk of possibility, there is a possibility of going up, there is a possibility of going down. Whenever one possibility exists, the other must exist – because where there is an up, there is a down. Where there is a left, there is a right. This is logic. If you have one possibility, automatically the other comes into being. Have you chosen rightly?

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Learning cannot shine before Self-realization

From Chapter 27 of Shri Sai Satcharita: gssxSSS

| Most devotees spoke and argued with Baba off and on, but only three, viz. Khaparde, Noolkar and Booty kept always silent. They were meek, modest, humble and goodnatured. Dadasaheb, who was able to expound Panchadashi (A well-known Sanskrit treatise on the Adwaita Philosophy by the famous Vidyaranya) to others, said nothing or uttered no word when he came to the Masjid before Baba. Really a man, however learned he may be even in Vedas, fades away before one, who was realised Brahman and become one with it. Learning cannot shine before Self-reaisation.

We see a similar a++itude in Chapter 27 (!) of the Gospel: gssxGospel

| MASTER: "In Keshab's organization there was a young man with four university degrees. He laughed when he saw people arguing with me. He said: 'To argue with him! How silly!'"

https://sites.google.com/site/shastrix/shirdi-sai-baba/shri-sai-satcharita-grid
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Reduce the mound of ego[t]ism to the ground with tears of devotion

Why do you keep reading The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna?

The short answer: It makes me cry.

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really liked this from a pravachan earlier this month (5th August):

| The water we bring in a jug from the flowing river must taste like the water from the river, because the two are identical; if it tastes different, we can confidently surmise that the jug must have been unclean.

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The Banshee vs. The Canshee

It's good that Sindhu has opened up her name for Rio2016.

Sindhu V PUSARLA
is the correct format (name middle surname), but

V Sindhu PUSARLA
is the same, wrt Numbo Jumbo.

Her numbers, with her DoB of Wednesday 5th July 1995:

D# = 5
C# = 5 + 7 + 1+9+9+5 = 36 = 9
N# = 54

Like so:
```
Sindhu V PUSARLA
315456 6 8631231 = 24 + 6 + 24 = 54
```

Note the 6s in each part of her name!

So she's a D5C9N54, all good solid numbers.

Her semifinal was y'day, which was a D9C8; the 9 (Mars) and 8 (Saturn) are generally friendly.

The final today is a D1C9, which should favor her yet again.

Let's see.

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How to type the true ellipsis (…) on a Chromebook!

There is no easy way—rather, you have to use the full-on Unicode escape sequence.

Type ctrl+shift+u. A small u will appear. Now type the unicode UTF-8 code for the ellipsis which is 2026 (ten years from now) and press enter.

But this technique is in the mode of teaching a guy to fish… ;-)

Might be useful for other fishy characters 😉
It's not difficult to type accents on the computer after you have set a couple of settings. Macintosh computers have been able to type accents without any configuration changes since the very first version of the OS in 1984. On Windows it's not hard to type them once you make the change below.
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Swami, The Elegant Clarifier

Apart from His munificence, Swami has made a couple of phenomenal clarifications that have helped me tremendously.

Neti, Neti :-)

Though this is generally interpreted as Not This, Not This, Swami had said that it actually means:

Not Only This

This opened up totally new vistas and gels with the observation of the Master in the Gospel:
https://sites.google.com/site/shastrix/sri-ramakrishna-1/the-gospel-of-sri-ramakrishna

| "The jnani gives up his identification with worldly things, discriminating, 'Not this, not this'. Only then can he realize Brahman. It is like reaching the roof of a house by leaving the steps behind, one by one. But the vijnani, who is more intimately acquainted with Brahman, realizes something more. He realizes that the steps are made of the same materials as the roof: bricks, lime, and brick-dust. That which is realized intuitively as Brahman, through the eliminating process of 'Not this, not this', is then found to have become the universe and all its living beings. The vijnani sees that the Reality which is nirguna, without attributes, is also saguna, with attributes.

Refuse the fruit

Though the common interpretation of the generally-quoted verse in the Bhagavad Gita (especially in Obits) says that one has no right to the fruit of action, Swami makes one more wonderful exposition: []
| When one has the right to engage in action, one also has the right over the fruits of that action; no one can deny or refuse this. But the doer can, out of one's own free will and determination, refuse to be affected by the result, whether favourable or unfavourable. The Lord has said in the Geeta, 'refuse the fruit' (maa phaleshu), which means, the deed does yield results, but the doer should not do it with the results in view. If Krishna's intention was to say that the doer has no right over the fruits of action, He would have said, 'It is fruitless' or 'na phaleshu,' (na, meaning no). To engage oneself in karma, knowing well that the result will follow, and yet being unattached to it or being unconcerned with it, is the sign of purity.—Geeta Vahini, Ch 5

More on this in Timshel and the Bhagavad Gita:
http://shastrix.blogspot.in/2011/12/timshel-and-bhagavad-gita.html

Omnipresent

This one hit me as soon as i opened the Sanatana Sarathi for this month (August, 2016), above the CONTENTS:

| You have mountainous hopes for the future. But future is not certain. Then why do you bother about those things? Live in the present. It is not ordinary present; it is omnipresent. Past results are in the present. Future results are also in the present.

The full impact of that OMNI prefix is yet to hit me, but was in a different realm when i did the puja late this morning.

samasta lOka sukhinO bhavantu

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From a post on the Holy Trio Google Group:
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| This is by Gayatri Chakrovorty Spivak, a scholar, professor and translator, born in a Ramakrishna-Sarada family, as the great grand father was Dr. Pratap chandra Majumder the doctor of Thakur, her father received mantra from Sri Ma, and her mother also received mantra from Mahapurush Maharaj (Swami Sivananda). And she calls herself a non-devotee.

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MASTER (to the devotees): "The paramahamsa is like a five-year-old child. He sees everything filled with Consciousness. At one time I was staying at Kamarpukur when Shivaram (a nephew of the Master) was four or five years old. One day he was trying to catch grasshoppers near the pond. The leaves were moving. To stop their rustling he said to the leaves: 'Hush! Hush! I want to catch a grasshopper.' Another day it was stormy. It rained hard. Shivaram was with me inside the house. There were flashes of lightning. He wanted to open the door and go out. I scolded him and stopped him, but still he peeped out now and then. When he saw the lightning he exclaimed, 'There, uncle! They are striking matches again!'"

From Chapter 25 of the Gospel


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A great piece of advice from Ramana Sadguru:

Using your mind as your mouth

From the reminiscences of 48. NR Krishnamurthy Aiyer in Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi:
https://flic.kr/p/7hXbT8

| After the evening meal was over, I followed Bhagavan on his
short stroll and asked, “Bhagavan, I am doing Rama mantra japa. Is not
Arunachala mantra japa superior to this?” “No! No!” said Bhagavan vehemently, “Both are identical. ‘Ra’ means ‘that is’ and ‘ma’ means ‘thou’.
‘A’ in Arunachala means ‘that’, ‘ru’ means ‘thou’ and ‘na’ means ‘art’.”Then he added, “Using your mind as your mouth, let the name Rama
revolve continuously like the Vishnu chakra (discus) within your mind.
Let no other know that you are doing japa.”
An exquisite book. Here's the PDF. Used in: * Guru Tvam * Shaving the Man in the Mirror. Some excerpts: ~~~~~ 2. Sadhu Ekarasa (Dr. G.H. Mees, M.A., LL.D.) was a Dutch scholar who came to the Maharshi in 1936. For him it was a case of deep devotion from the very first meeting. … Extracts from his poem: *Heart’s Homage to Sri Ramana* | If future generations will ask what was The special note of Ramana the Sage, I shall reply: If any, it is ce...
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This parley between a truculent devotee and Ramana Sadguru reminded me of a startling story from True Stories of Great Escapes (bought with my first salary in 1987), in which a person escaping Hungary, impersonating another, plays the chess game of his life for the ultimate stake.

NR Krishnamurti Aiyer writes in Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi: (pp 135-136)
~~~~~
In 1923, at the end of the first year of my teaching career, I again visited my sister in Tiruvannamalai and went to the Ashram. At that time I was very sympathetic towards people like Ganapati Muni [No. 91], who were working for the political uplift of India. I also felt anger towards people like Bhagavan who were not lifting a finger for the country's liberation. I was then an agnostic. I said nature could take care of itself. Where is the need for a creator?

At that time, there were no buildings in the Ashram except for a shed covering the mother's samadhi. I saw Bhagavan seated on a bench under a tree, stroking a dog near him. Among us Brahmins, the dog is an animal which will defile purity. A good part of my respect for the Maharshi was gone. I asked him, Sir, you are sitting like this, what is your next sthiti (move)?

My idea was to elicit from him the reply that there is a soul that survives the dissolution of the body, which later gets unified with God. I wanted to have a verbal fight with him so that I could prove that this was not so. Minutes passed but no reply was forthcoming. I said to myself, “Is this man taking shelter under his dumb-indifferent silence from answering an inconvenient question?” Just then Bhagavan’s ringing voice exploded, “Sthiti, what do you mean by sthiti?”

I was not prepared for the question. I said to myself, “Oho, this man is very dangerous, he is dangerously alive. I have to answer with proper care.” I began to think: If I ask him about the body, it is a useless question; the body will be buried or burnt. Now, if I say that the question is about the state of mind, he will naturally ask me to define mind, for which no answer was forthcoming within me. I landed in a void, and was like a helpless mute. There was a fierce glow in Bhagavan’s eyes that held my own eyes in a tight grip. I lost awareness of both the body and the world. I do not know how long it continued. When I came to myself, I was terribly afraid of the Maharshi. In spite of myself, I prostrated and made a headlong flight.
~~~~~

http://shastrix.blogspot.in/2006/08/davai-magyar.html

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bsxEleC Apart from His munificence, Swami has made a couple of phenomenal clarifications that have helped me tremendously. Neti, Neti :-) Though this is generally interpreted as Not This, Not This , Swami had said that it actually means: Not Only This This ...
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