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Pandit in Hotel in Badrinath

Why do we forgot our past death and life and lessons?
The samskaras. The moment you are born you are covered with many sheaths, many black blankets of the Karma. You are born with the Karmas and so we are not pure. We have the chain of samskaras.. and we forget by the nature or rule that we must forget the past.. otherwise it would be Chaos in the world. The teachings are not to live in the past, live in the present. Then, make your future brighter by things in the present moment. It is a good thing that we forget. Philosophically, because of ignorance, Avidyā, we forget the past. What purpose would it serve if you were to know that you were a multimillionaire in past life.. so what.. or you were a King.. or any example.. so put yourself into that situation and think how will that serve. Or I was related to this person, or I was with you.. how does that serve this time, I do not know. But then again human beings are such that we are constantly justifying ourself to not feel guilty. That what we are doing is right or wrong because it is coming either the heart or mind and supported by either logic or feeling. One has to be very careful there I think… that is why we think we want to know.. to justify our actions in this lifetime.

Is it possible to believe that at one point we started with No Karma?
Probably.. that is a difficult to answer.. but yes I think when creation began we started with no Karma.. As the scriptures and the sages say - the creation, by the mind born, and the thought, and the being came into existence.. so possibly we started with no existence. That question is not easy to answer because if we started without Karma then.. where were we before? or how? and it is simply answered in many texts, this is the leela that just creates.. (leela - God's divine play.)

At the point when you burn through or have dealt with all your Karma then you are enlightened?
Yes you are enlightened or you are not bound by all the Karma. That is what enlightenment means. You are not any more in the principal of the Karma, you are free. Then you can choose to be reborn or choose not to be reborn. Free from Karma means you are no longer bound to be in the world you have emerged yourself with the Bhraman. But there again there is also a choice because the knower of Bhraman becomes Bhraman so then you have choice. If an enlightened soul comes back it only comes back for a pure reason, it comes back to help lead others out of their suffering. It is Absolutely the only reason they would come back, out of compassion of their heart to help others.

Is the true self emotionless?
Self is ever free, ever pure, ever wise, thats the simple answer. Ever free means it can not be deluded or affected by emotions or attachments or anger. Ever pure because it can not be affected by any Karma, it is never bound, so you can not ever put any stain on it or contaminate it. And Ever Wise, the Self knows the self. Its a complete knowledge and a complete realization. So self can not be emotionally attached.. emotions are from our emotional state of our being, which is before the self.. emotion can not affect the atman, you rise above all, one self realized is no longer thrown into the roller coaster of emotion. When ever the emotional state changes our feelings change and is not permanent but self never changes. It is the abode of Ananda so we are always feeling joy and bliss in the Self. That is why the Yoga texts suggests and advise going to the permeant. Once you reach there you will be forever sane because the waves of your mind never change.

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Posted By Pandit Dabral
b&w swami rama
Everyone is eager to know more about the path of spirituality. You long to know more, but there is actually a barrier that you create for yourselves, and that barrier is practice. You do not practice what you already know. You really do not need to know many things, but you definitely need to practice what you know.
~Swami Rama

Change as YOU can
When you understand that all your habits are formed by the simple process of repeating some action or thought again and again, then you can learn another process, that of undoing and changing your habits.
~Swami Rama

Samskaras are the "seed memories" of your previous actions, which you have stored in the reservoir within yourself. Sometimes a time comes in your life when you feel helpless and at the mercy of your samskaras because you do not work with yourself; you do not sincerely do your practice, you do not improve yourself, and you do not really want to change your personality. That is why this feeling of helplessness occurs.
~Swami Rama

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Posted By Pandit Dabral
swami veda 2010

Anger is an overflow of energy whose field has become warped. Unwarp, and you become a dweller of the soul’s serene world.

Anger is a pain that seeks to hurl itself on to the imagined ‘other’. Eliminate the ‘otherness’ and your non-dual self dives in the moonwaters of perennial unity of the One Who alone has become manifest as ‘many’, and includes this ‘other’. That ‘other’ is but you projected as an image in the world-mirror. You and the image will wrestle only till the ‘otherness’ is vanquished.

Anger is an infectious disease. Seek to sheath yourself in compassion lest you be infected and the infection then spread and become an epidemic of battles and wars and mass eliminations. Guard yourself with all the weaponry of love, make an ever-expanding fortress of love, lest an imagined other’s nightmare infect your own mind.

Anger is a poison potion. It generates in you wars of the neuronal clusters, releases into your internal streams the death-dealing hormones of aggression. These daily poison sips sucked in by the cells and organs render them warped, voiding their self-regenerative capacities. A cell becomes distorted, an organ quits, an illness ensues. Cease this daily intake of poison drug so your cells may smile, your organs be as musical instruments of well-conducted orchestra and you live as a symphony the world flocks to hear.


May yours be a fragrant mind.

May yours be a crystal heart.

May you meet the serene soul, your own, that has re-dis-covered its lunar calm.

But ….

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If you be angry

I will shape pitchers upon pitchers with the softest pure white petals of jasmines and lilies dripping with the early dawn’s dew. I will fill my fragrant flower vessels with the milk of the liquid light of love that nightly floods the gullies between the star clusters of the milky way. I will sweeten the light with all the honey of the honeycomb of the soon rising sun1 and will bathe your heart with this sun-sweetened delight from stars.

Then how will you be angry again?

If you yet remain angry

I will spray your whole prana and even your soul with the sweetest syllabic petals cooled in a chiming silver bowl filled with the most liquid vowels of the prayerful ancient charms and affection-wielding chants of celestial amity. Yes, I will spray you sprightly day and night, incessant especially in the moments between, with sippably softest serenades of these solace-scented sovereign psalms sung in the silent stillness on the sacred slender strings of my subtlest soul-ward-streaming sedate sushumna2 breath.

Then you will never be angry again.

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To train yourself to direct the mind into pacific channels:

relax your forehead

feel the flow and the touch of the breath in your nostrils

not permitting a pause between the breaths

Continue While feeling the breath, think in the mind the beeja-mantra of peace: Om Sham through the length of the breath.

Maintain the flow of mind, mantra and breath.

--Swami Veda Bharati, 8th Dec 2010.

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