Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quotes by Swami Tadrupanand

  1. Don't accept (select), don't reject, just neglect.
  2. To fulfill your personal demands you can approach gods and goddesses, but you should approach a saint only if you want to uproot your demands.
  3. Destruction of desires is nothing but liberation.
  4. Liberation cannot be created in time, in space with the help of human efforts.
  5. You do not need to find god, but you need to know god (or know yourself).
  6. Bhagawat Gita talks about the god (within you) which is present everywhere and not of the god which is present somewhere at a distance place (like heaven).
  7. Always be alert and aware of satva, rajas and tamas gunas. This is the true living.
  8. Maya is the material cause for the entire creation.
  9. Kosha means 'Aavaran' or the container which encloses the content. Just as the container hides the content and is an obstacle in viewing the content, all these five Koshas (i.e. annamayakosha, pranamayakosha, manomayakosha, vigyanmayakosha, anandmayakosha) hide the aatman.
  10. Just as a silk worm tries to hide itself for protection by wrapping the silk threads generated by himself, and as a result of this process, it dies duo to suffocation. This silk threads are responsible for his death. In the same way this panchkoshas (five bodies) entrap the jiva and forces the jiva into a vicious circle of death and rebirth .
  11. If the final destination is shunya avastha (zero state or state of non existence), then who is the knower of this zero state? Who is the one saying or describing this shunya avastha? (It is no one but atman or the self.)
  12. Lesser the number of dissatisfied desires, more is the peace within us.
  13. The Observer wants to become observed - From the discourse of Ashtaavakra Gita.
  14. Limited efforts cannot produce limitless Results.
  15. There are 2 types of Discourses one in which the audience is kept in the centre and other in which the Truth is kept in the centre. In the first type, care is being taken by the lecturer that his audience understands his discourse. In the Second type, it is left to the listener to understand. He/she, according to the caliber/qualification absorbs the teachings.
  16. Give an appointment to your self
  17. Sun (object of observation) is outside us, but the knowledge that this is the Sun is within us.
  18. Creator, Creation and Creature are one.
  19. Out of compassion a man helps the poor, but who is the motivating force which is triggers compassion within us?
  20. While worshiping an idol of God (dualistic approach), who is giving inspiration to worship the idol? Think. The same divine force is within us which is being worshiped inside any form of God.
  21. Guru never tries to make disciples. He always tries to make another Guru.
  22. Rivers loose their identity when they merge with the sea. Bhakta looses himself/herself in God, forgets his/her identity. (U-4B)
  23. If you call yourself as the devotee of God, then you accept that you and God are different. This is Duality and Duality is death.
  24. If you remove the attributes of God like all powerful, omnipresence, creator of universe, etc and if you remove the attributes of Jiva (incarnicated soul) like Dependent on nature, limited powers,, bound by space and time, ignorant of true nature etc, then what is left in both (God and Jiva) is nothing but pure consciousness, Atman. This is our true nature.
  25. People Go to temples, join hands and close their eyes to worship God (in any form). If you want to close your eyes, then what is the point of going to the temple? You can sit anywhere and close your eyes. The purpose of closing eyes is to try to understand (and later know and see) that the God inside the idol is also within you. It is there to convert an extrovert mind to introvert.
  26. Seed contains tree in unmanifested form. Can you find seed in the tree? Entire tree is the seed itself. Seed has itself transformed into tree. God himself has is transformed into the universe and so is present in every atom of universe.
  27. We are all temporary bhaktas who remember god only for a short period of time A Bhakta is the one who is not a ViBhaka i.e. he does not forget god even for a moment.
  28. In order to make noise, one has to make an effort, like to clap one need to move hands. But to remain still what kind of effort is needed?
  29. Mind has two attributes, one to select and other to reject. Meditation takes your mind into third dimension of awareness & stillness.
  30. Shastras teaches us to be Samadarshina and not samavartina i.e. one has to see god in everybody but does not need to behave in the same way in front of each and everybody.
  31. The purpose of karma Yog is Chhita Shuddhi, to develop Sattvik qualities within us.
  32. One question can have two correct answers, but they are correct for two different persons with different mindset.
  33. Vikshapa comes to Jnanis also but it cannot touch them.
  34. There is a difference between a devotee and a disciple. Any one can be a devotee, but only a (Self Realised) Guru selects his /her disciples. There can be thousands and lakhs of devotees but disciples can be counted on finger tips.
  35. Parents are there only for one life but a guru is with us for many lives.
  36. Nobody can give Jnana, Guru can only remove Ignorance
  37. What is our true nature cannot be renounced
  38. The qualities like peace, love, bliss and Sat-Chit-Anand cannot be renounced as it is our nature
  39. Tyaga of vasanas (desires) can calm down mind. Vairagya is the absence of desires (in mind). Absence of desires brings deep peace and bliss. It is long lasting and there is less of mental agitation.
  40. Upvasa (fasting) is also an ananda (Happiness / Bliss). When one is so engaged in the worship of God / Meditation, then one gets absorbed in peace and bliss. Unaware of time one stays in this state for as long as possible skipping lunch or dinner. Fasting in this way turns up into ananda.
  41. True surrender is to accept the prarabdha with a smiling face. True surrender is not to interfere with Gods divine plan.
  42. Ignorance + Ego = Action
  43. When one sees that everything is Brahman or if he knows that 'I am Brahman. I and only I exist', then one has realized his true nature.

UPDATED ON 15th August 2010


raji said...

Its been rally very nice...
glade to read it...

indianspirituality said...

Dear Raji,

Thanks you for reading my blog.
I am glad that my blog is of use to somebody. I would be more happy when somebody tries to apply spirituality in practical life.


Hiren Patel said...

superb knowledge by Swami Tadrupanand.
Each quote can be U-turn for remaining life, thanks for sharing Indian Spirituality.

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