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  1. As is the case with almost all spiritual terminology, there seems to be levels and levels of meaning for the word ‘awakening.’ It is important to first recognize that we are not necessarily using a common language. When we see what the word ‘awakening’ is being used to point at, from the plethora of spiritual teachers that exists today, it is evident that it is being used to denote many different things. And it is not just the spiritual teachers who use ‘awakening’ with different meanings; you can find references from the Enlightened Masters as well. What seems to me to be more worthy of such a moniker as ‘awakening.’ is when one realizes oneself to be out of the mind’s conditioning. Here one is being out of the mind and is able to see the mind clearly as an object of perception. It is not that the mind has disappeared, but one is not living within the mind. The mind is still present but one is not captive to its many grips. But it is important at this stage to allow witnessing its full force through meditation.
  2. Yoga means union, the science of union. Meditation is the most supreme phenomenon as far as union with reality is concerned. Meditation is the god of yoga. But yoga has fallen into wrong hands, and not only recently – for centuries it has been in the wrong hands. The original fault must be with the founder, Patanjali himself. Patanjali has divided yoga into eight parts. His division is clear-cut, very scientific, but he was not really aware of human stupidity. He started with the body – and that's the right way to start. The first part of yoga must be physiological because man lives on the circumference, in the body, so the work has to start there, only then can it reach the mind. And when one has gone beyond the body and beyond the mind, then the third, meditation, happens. So according to Patanjali the first part belongs to the body. But he was not clearly aware that millions of people would remain entangled with the first part. Hence yoga has become synonymous with yoga postures: people standing on their heads and doing all sorts of contortions. That has become synonymous with yoga. It is not a true yoga, it is just the preface, the introductory part; and the person who thinks the introduction is the whole book is idiotic. But Patanjali did not warn people. If he had warned people it would have been better. People like Patanjali believe in others' intelligence – which is not there! They trust. Their trust is immense, their trust is as immense as people's stupidity is! They respect people's intelligence. So he did not warn people, but the warning was absolutely necessary: 'Don't get entangled in the physiological part.' A few people, only very few – if a hundred people become interested in yoga then only one person will get out of the physiological entanglement. And that one person will become entangled in the psychological. If a hundred persons are entangled in the psychological then only one person gets out of it...and only when you get out of the mind does the real yoga begin. The physiological part of yoga will give you great physiological powers; it can make you live a really long, healthy life. But what are you going to do with a long life? If you are idiotic, instead of being idiotic for seventy years you will be idiotic for two hundred years. It is not going to help anybody; it will be a calamity. Yoga can make a person live long, but what will you do? That physiological part should not be paid so much attention. Yes, a little bit is good to keep physically fit, but just a little bit; otherwise it is a vast jungle. One can be lost in its subtleties, in its complexities. The second part is even vaster than the physiological. If you get into it you can have many psychic powers, you can read people's thoughts. But what is the point? Your own rubbish is so much, what is the point of reading somebody else's rubbish? He is tortured by his rubbish and you are reading his thoughts – and you think you are doing something great! The physiological part is ordinary, the psychological part is ordinary. Both can give power, but power is not the goal of meditation. Power is politics, all kinds of power is politics. And power corrupts – all kinds of power – it corrupts unconditionally and absolutely. It always corrupts. The only essential thing, the real core of all yoga, of all methods of search, is meditation. One should put aside everything non-essential. You can use things as stepping stones, but not more than that – just like jumping boards. You need not bother too much about them. Your whole concern should be one-pointed; you should move like an arrow towards meditation.
  3. In India we have seen meditators since hundreds of years, throughout our long history. If you don't deceive yourself, meditation transforms you. Meditation is not a child’s play. It is a deep transformation.
  4. @Edogowa Conan Meditation is the greatest source of creativity. It releases tremendous energy, because tensions are less, anxieties are less, so the energy that was involved in tension and anxiety is no more involved there. It is available. Einstein was frustrated. In October 1954, he wrote a letter to the editor of The Reporter. "If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances." Following this, Plumbers and Steamfitters Union greeted the letter graciously and promised Einstein an honorary union membership. Shortly after that, Einstein received working card and membership in Chicago Local 130, Plumbers Union.
  5. Jesus became enlightened only at the last moment on the cross. Jesus shouted against the sky 'My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me? The seed has to trust that the tree will be born. It is a leap into faith. And that leap happened to Jesus: he relaxed on the cross and he said 'Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.' If you can relax in deep acceptance, trust, if you can surrender without any resistance. That's what Jesus did. That moment Jesus disappears, Christ is born. The Son became Father in that moment; all distinction disappeared. The last barrier dissolved, Jesus had come home. Christianity depends on the miracle of the resurrection; it had been prophesied that the coming Christ would be crucified and then resurrected. Just take a few things out of the life of Jesus and Christianity disappears. If he is not crucified can there be a Christianity?
  6. It is absolutely inevitable that a Buddha will always be misunderstood.
  7. Renouncing riches is easier, to renounce poverty is not so easy. A drastic change in your lifestyle helps you to become enlightened. It doesn’t matter whether from the palace you move to the streets, or from the streets you move to the palace. The people who became beggars became a burden on the society. Because if you have renounced the world, then you don’t have any right to ask for food from that same world; you don’t have any right to ask for clothes, for shelter, from that same world. Becoming a monk and beg for food is not very difficult. Drop your ego, mind and knowledge, it is very arduous.
  8. If you are really want to become peaceful, meditative, then be in the marketplace , there is the real test of your peace, meditation.
  9. A dogma has to be consistent, a creed has to be consistent. Leo is not trying to convert you to a certain belief; a belief has to be consistent. He is trying to give you a vision, not a belief. For some people Yoga is very useful. For some people Yoga is harmful. Today you may not be fit for Yoga, in future Yoga may become beneficial for you. Nobody can show you a path, find the way to become more alive, more blissful, more peaceful."Be a light unto yourself".
  10. Whenever you come across a contradiction, watch very carefully. There is bound to be something of great significance. Life is contradictory!
  11. @kieranperez Swami Rama of the Himalayas 1925 - November 13, 1996 http://www.swamij.com/swami-rama.htm https://sites.google.com/site/swamiramateachings/