SUMMARY OF OUR WORD
History shows that it does not matter who is in power... those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they did in the beginning.
Here is a quote from the book:
"When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary."
As a consequence of meditating on You, we increasingly behave in a polite, even-tempered, and self-controlled manner toward all; the lower consciousness is being purified and we are reawakening to our original Pure Awareness, beyond consciousness. As we reenter this state of awareness, we see that You are the Supreme Worth and Awareness at the foundation of all consciousness. You are the reason why all sentient beings have a natural right to an independent life of liberty, the pursuit of happiness, fulfillment and Eternal Peace.
Moreover, meditating on You is a consequence of being absorbed in thoughts of You. Because of this spiritual practice, our consciousness is being purified of the denseness of illusion, our natural self-control and discipline are coming more into play, we are gradually freed from all cravings, including the craving for liberation, and are experiencing ever more the Self as Awareness, within and above all levels of consciousness.
We realize the fact that we as Eternal Soul/Awareness, are always liberated. Our major responsibility is to work out our salvation with diligence and return to this Awareness.
We are obliged to always think of You, primarily, and to help those who sincerely want our help in attaoning You. Thus, by living in such a way that we, by always think of You, we leave the world better than we inherited it.
Everything is ultimately owned and controlled by You. Our primary duty is to always think of you while we engage on, and gradually transcend, the battlefield of life, the material world, Maya.
The more we meditate on You the more we behave in a state of complete transcendence of sense domination. Moreover, the more we meditate on You, our consciousness is purified of lust, anger, and greed.
As purification of consciousness happens, we are empowered to call out Your Name ever more, and all that we think, feel, will, say, and do, we do as submission to You.
Consequently, we come back into harmony with Your will, the way of Peace. Gradually, we transcend Your universal Law of Karma, all levels of consciousness, and rest in Your Wholeness and Holiness again. We call this State of Supreme Being, Pure Awareness, the Source of all consciousness, energy, intelligence, and creativity.
Gradually, as the consciousness is purified, we see that the quality of our life is a result of our thoughts. We know there is only Now. The life we live "Today" is a result of our thinking, feeling, willing and doing so-called "Yesterday". The life we will live "Tomorrow" is the product of our thinking "Today”.
Meditating on You, the Most Pure, purifies our thoughts and brings us back to the “Now.” This is, Pure Awareness; beyond consciousness, thinking, feelings, willings, and doing.
Meditating on You, the Highest and Most Pure Consciousness, and submitting all to You, is far beyond dialectical exchange between various schools of philosophers and religionists. It is definitely superior to accepting the fruits of our labors without first offering it to You.
All our labor has dignity and worth because we do it as an offering, as submission to You. No one outside of our self can deny us the opportunity to earn our living and living our life by submitting the results of our labor to You. This type of Karma Yoga helps us to keep You in constant remembrance.
We comprehend the various levels of presence and consciousness the more our consciousness is purified by remembering You. This leads to meditating on You. Gradually, we see the lower levels of self as consciousness/spirit and You as the all pervasive Divine, Cosmic, Awareness pervading and transcending all levels of consciousness in all Sentient Beings.
You pervade and transcend all things, forms and worlds, spiritual and material. Burgeoning spirituality is engendered by always meditating on You. In order for our meditation to be more effective, that we may experience results, we must change the way we have traditionally identified the self.
Instead of seeing the self as a body with a soul, we must see the soul as having a body and the self as the Soul/Awareness looking out through this body and all levelsof consciousness. This understanding and experience is the foundation of our thrifty, well ordered, and fulfilled life.
This Soul/Awareness has no designations. It is eternal. Additionally, we see this ever more as we see the self looking out, through the eyes, behind the eyes from the center of the head, the Pineal Gland.
This Pineal gland, often called the Third eye or the eye of discernment, is cleansed or decalcified by always thinking of You and becoming Your devotee. As this happens, we understand why none need be worshipped other than You.
Gradually, enlightenment blossoms, sheds ignorance, and our lower consciousness reawakens into our original union with You, the Over Self, Pure Awareness, beyond consciousness.
You, Supreme Awareness are our Source, our Eternal Bliss and Knowledge. You are our One, Eternally Omnipresent, Omniscient, Supreme Being, of all names and beyond all names.
Always thinking of You, the Source of Truth, Righteousness, Love, and Eternal Peace, is central and vital to our spiritual practice. Our Spiritual practice is fundamental to our individual and family unity. Without this basic order, centered in You, there is no question of social order, nor individual or group culture.
This spiritual practice concentrates the mind on You. Concentration of the mind on You is the beginning of meditation on You. This leads to gradually purifying our consciousness and realizing You as Pure Awareness.
Thus, our light within, You, shines with escalating luster as our Pineal gland, and hence, consciousness, is progressively purified by always thinking of You. Submission, offering, serving, surrendering to You, all that we think, feel, will, say, and do, is our method of fixing the mind on You so as to always think of You.
We meditate on You as the Radiance, the Spiritual Effulgence, the Eternal Light that bestows wisdom. As we increase our meditation on You, we continue to increase our self-purification, leading us to union, awakening to the Ever-Presence
This spiritual practice cleans our character of anger, lust, and greed. In so doing, illusion, madness, and envy also depart from our character. Thus, our word, or our promise, is our sacred bond, and we want for others that which we want for our self, knowing that our wanting You alone leads to You, our greatest wealth. Submitting all to You is our foremost sacrifice. This gives real meaning and purpose to our otherwise seemingly forsaken life.
As our consciousness is purified and rises by the purifying sacrifice of fixing our mind on You. In this way, we are liberated from selfishness and the illusions of psychiatrically disordered states of sub-consciousness.
Our rise, into our natural, higher, most free state of Awareness, does not depend on the circumstances or doings of someone else. It depends on always thinking of You and doing our paramount duty of submitting to You all we think, feel, will, say, and do.
You are the all knowing, eternally wise, all blissful, infinitely loving, most compassionate and grateful Supreme Being of all. The way out of suffering and the way into the best service, the thickest bliss and richest fulfillment is to fix our mind on You.
We fix our mind on You by calling out Your name and offering to You everything. You are within and beyond all names, and offerings.
There is nowhere where You are not. You are within everything and everything is within You. Nonetheless, No-thing, including nothing, can contain You.
We Meditate on You alone as the inner most and outermost Self within and without, the body, mind, intelligence, ego, and all levels of consciousness.
Gradually, the Pineal gland is purified, and we come into harmony with Your will, the way of Peace. Discrimination is thus awakened, practicality and usefulness are exceedingly enhanced, humility shines forth, creativity, inteligence, renunciation blossoms, and gradually we awaken to the Self as Awareness.
Burgeoning spirituality, engendered by always thinking of You gradually blossoms and awakens us into our original Pure State of Eternal Bliss and Knowledge.
Realization of You, the greatest intelligence, the Over Soul of the cosmos, is the ultimate value and the only thing worthy of striving for. There is nothing more priceless nor precious than You. You are the only One worthy of praise, adoration and meditation.
As a consequence of being absorbed in thoughts of You, we are gradually liberated from the train of suffering that follows materially contaminated consciousness and are gradually reestablished in the bliss and knowledge that comes as the illusory selves are shed.
Meditating, Seeking You, the Great Here and Nowness, The Greatest Truth is, to us, the highest virtue; the source of the greatest virtues i.e., Justice, Temperance, Wisdom, and Courage. Meditating on You as "This" gradually spiritually resuscitates us to Your Omnipresent, Supreme Being.
Within and beyond all worlds, We call You Love, the most merciful Source and Foundation of all being. Smaller than the infinite stillness of being which is smaller than any string or vibratory phenomina, You, the Supreme Awareness of the comings and goings of all cosmic manifestations, are the greatest of all.
You are lighter than the microscopic strings that float in the early morning sunrays, and You are the source of the sunlight that shines ever so bright. History proves that You, the creator, maintainer, and the annihilator always triumphs over all the worlds’ might.
Yes, You are the Truth, the greatest benefit, at the source of all existence; from You we come, and unto You we return, from where we never really left.
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Robert Brown If you found Kanye West incoherent and unintelligible, perhaps your ability to comprehend is just not up to par because everything he said was totally coherent to me. For example: Bringing back manufacturing jobs and industry to the inner city ✔ Implementing different and creative means of educating our children ✔ Disenfranchisement of black ppl via the history of slavery, Jim Crow, and institutional racism ✔ The abolishment of non penal slavery via the 13th amendment and that clause needing to be abolished (or amended if you wish) because it only created a "trap door" to mass incarceration and further civil disenfranchisement of significantly and profoundly African American DOS ✔ The implication of racism being used by media AND black ppl as a trigger and debilitating mental crutch, which thereby keeps many of our minds enslaved to the idea that we can't succeed and placing sole blame upon such, as well as causing us to respond emotionally instead of intellectually ✔ The lack of reparations playing a significant part in our struggle as a ppl as well ✔ Stop & frisk NOT being the type of policy needing to be implemented in the city of Chicago (as well as "urban" neighborhoods period) ✔ The issue of black on black violence being an issue that NEEDS to be concentrated upon with efforts JUST AS MUCH AS, if not primarily more than police on black violence, by the BLACK community in particular ✔ The needing to come to the table with not only ppl of like minds, but also with those who you may in fact traditionally have antithetical sentiment towards in order to not only confront and conquer our traditionally engrained differences, but to also come up with and implement strategies that break the cycle for further generations ✔ The needing to #FreeLarryHoover, as well as other political prisoners whom have exhibited and can inflict positive changes in these urban areas ✔ The need for government and policy to have representatives and authors who look like the ppl they are meant to serve and effect ✔ The need for fresh, new, and innovative minds to rethink and restructure concerned parts of our societal structure ✔ The NEED for BLACK ppl in particular, and Americans as a whole, to begin to challenge themselves to think outside of their own social and mental box that their environments and societal constructs have traditionally placed them in order to keep them one track minded and unable to understand the point, let alone plight of others ✔... and I could go further, but if you didn't catch these overt and obvious points he brought forth, I don't think delving into the abstract points he raised would be worth my time.
ELEVEN VOWS AS A BASIS OF THE ASHRAM LIFE
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- Truth (Satya)
- Non-violence (Ahimsa)
- Chastity (Brahmacharya)
- Control of Palate
- Equality of Religions
- Swadeshi (use of home produced goods)
- Removal of untouchability
PRINCIPLES OF SARVODAYA (WELFARE FOR ALL)
- The good of the individual is contained in the good of all.
- All have the same right of serving their livelihood from their work.
- Life of labour of the soil and the handicraftism is the life worth living.
THE MAD RUSH
The people who are in the mad rush today, increasing their wants senselessly suppose that they are enhancing their importance and real knowledge. A day will come when they will exclaim, “What have we been doing?”
One after another, many civilizations have risen, flourished, declined and disappeared and in spite of their big boast of human progress, I am inclined to ask; To what end all this? What’s the purpose? Darwin’s contemporary Wallace has said that despite the various discoveries and inventions during the past fifty years, the moral height of man hasn’t increased even an inch. Tolstoy has said the same thing. Jesus, Buddha, Prophet Mohammed all have said the same things.
BAPU’S DAILY ROUTINE AT SEVAGRAM ASHRAM
- 4.00 Get up from bed
- 4.20 Morning community prayers, Writing work or rest.
- 7.00 Breakfast, Morning walk, Help in kitchen, latrine & Utensils cleaning, Vegetables cutting, grinding, etc.
- 8.30 Visitors, writing or reading work.
- 9.30 Oil massage in the sunlight and tub-bath.
- 11.00 In Lunch, not to take more than five items.
- 1.00 Correspondence, visitors.
- 4.30 Spinning.
- 5.00 Evening meals
- 6.00 Evening prayers (Prayers speech)
- 6.30 Evening walk for some time
- 9.00 Go to bed (after finishing )
(He used to complete his pending work on Mondays by keeping silence.) / 7:55