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SRI BHAGAVAN

W e l l s p r i n g o f L o v e, G r a c e a n d W i s d o m
S R I B H A G A V A N – Wellspring of Love, Grace and Wisdom

Sat-Chit-Ananda Parabrahma
Purushottama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavati Sameta
Sri Bhagavate Namaha

The ultimate thing of the universe is what you call ‘Brahman’ which is
supposed to have three qualities, namely, ‘sat’, ‘chit’, and ‘ananda’. Its
sense of existence is what you call ‘sat’; its conscious intelligence is what
you call ‘chit’; and its nature is ananda which is bliss. That is why it is
normally qualified as ‘sat-chit-ananda Brahman’. God, or Ishvara, is immi-
nent in Brahman. God is power, compassion, and love. That is why we re-
fer to God as ‘sat-chit-ananda Parabrahma’.
God relates to humans as though God were a human; hence you call
God as the ‘Purushottama’. This God also manifests within the individual
as the Antyaramin or the higher sacred self. Since the Antyaramin is in
everyone it is called the ‘Paramatman’. The Paramatman manifests as
Bhagavati and Bhagavan, through Amma and myself.

Literal translation of the Moola Mantra


The Primordial Sound (exposing) Being-Consciousness-Bliss
(which is the Self-Nature of) The Absolute, (expressing Itself as the)
Incarnate Godhead (whose essence is the) Supreme Self,
(and which manifests as the) Divine Feminine in union
with (the) Divine Masculine – we bow to That.

Singing or chanting this mantra externally or within is a powerful invoca-


tion of the Supreme Being, that is, establishing a direct link and commun-
ion with the Divine Presence.
According to Sri Bhagavan, the Moola Mantra, meaning ‘root’ or ‘main
mantra’, expresses the whole evolution of the Divine from the One to the
many, from oneness to multitude. But not that it somehow lost its one-
ness along the way. It rather became and is constantly becoming All That
in the expansion of its own Being. This process of evolution eventually
results in God realizing Himself in human form, which in fact is the next
approaching step in our own evolution as human beings. Man as we
know him today is more of an experiment moving towards its completion
these days, and in the end he will joyfully return to his original state – to
oneness. As Sri Bhagavan brings it so clearly to the point, “Man has to
give way to the Divine".

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Table of Contents

Preface 4

Part I: Sri Bhagavan 5

On Transition into Golden Age 6


On Awakening into Oneness 9
A S A T O M A M A N T R A 17
On the Divine and God-Realization 18
T V A M E V A M A N T R A 27
On Suffering and Self-Acceptance 28
S H A N T I M A N T R A 33
On Relationships 34
S A R V E B H A V A N T U M A N T R A 40
On the Golden City 41
P O O R N A M A N T R A 44
On Various Subjects 45
Short & Profound 50

Part II: Treasury 60

The Vision 61
A Divine Phenomenon 64
Acharya Anandagiri: Wisdom of the Awakened One 66
The Oneness Temple 70
Sri Amma: Words of Strength and Courage 71
The Art of Prayer 75
Meaning of the Moola Mantra by Poornima Dasa 78

Sanskrit Glossary 80

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Preface

If we even were to summarize the few teachings of Sri Bhagavan and


condense it into three sentences, it would probably go like that:
Spirituality is living life to its fullest. But for you to really enjoy life, all per-
sonal suffering has to vanish which has its root cause in the sense of
separate existence, in the perception of the ‘me’ and the ‘not me’. One-
ness Blessing has the power to liberate you from this misperception, thus
allowing you to experience reality as it is.
You could actually stop here. Because this has to be experienced, it can-
not be described. Anything explained only clouds the mind more while it
is all about freedom from – and ultimately with – the mind itself. The
choice to read on is therefore left to you.
And again, what ‘living life to its fullest’ is going to look like is up to you to
discover. So all the best of grace, deepest blessings, and a happy explo-
ration!

WRITTEN BY US AS A DIVINE GIFT FOR US


SOMETIME BETWEEN THE PRESENT AND NOW

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Part I: Sri Bhagavan

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On Transition into Golden Age

The root cause of all suffering is the sense of separate existence. We


have a divisive consciousness that perceives things as the ‘me’ and the
‘not me’, the ‘mine’ and the ‘not mine’, as ‘my people and yours’, as ‘my
nation and yours’. Having divided all things we feel threatened by the
other. Fear in turn breeds war, conflict, and further forms of violence.
Are we then beyond redemption? Are we to remain a bunch of pessimis-
tic philosophers or apathetic onlookers bemoaning our collective doom?
Not necessarily.
We as a race are on the brink of a colossal transition from one of separa-
tion to that of oneness. We would awaken from darkness to light, from
untruth to truth. We would realize the oneness of all living things.
Though each of us may live different lives, located away from each other
in space and time, we are biologically, emotionally, and spiritually one.
There is only one body. What happens to the animals in the seas hap-
pens to us – men and women. What happens to the forests happens to
us in our bodies, since our bodies, like the trees, are made of the same
earth. Are not our bodies moving clay forms endowed with intelligence?
A conscientious effort at healing the earth would manifest as the ultimate
healing of our own bodies.
There is only one mind. This is the mind that has flowed through our fore
fathers, us, and would in turn continue to live through our children and
their progeny. The collective torment or fear suffered by our own breth-
ren in one part of the world would manifest as sleeping or waking night-
mares to someone elsewhere in the world. Our pleasures and pains are
interminably interlinked. We are one and cannot continue to live any fur-
ther in an illusion of separation.
There is only one consciousness. We live in a holographic universe. Every
individual awakening into oneness is automatically affecting a few thou-
sand people pushing them towards the only sane alternative way of ex-
periencing reality.
Our experience of reality having changed, we would go on to discovering
newer ways of living and loving. We would create a better planet for the
present and the future. This is our shared destiny.

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The dawn of this new civilization which we might call an ‘Age of Oneness’
is the single most explosive fact of our lifetime. We have a destiny to
create, a state of consciousness that is, ‘Oneness with All That Is’. As a
consequence of this inner state of man changes would occur in the outer
world which we would call the ‘Golden Age’. The Oneness Age and the
Golden Age are complementary to each other. The Oneness Age repre-
sents what is going to happen inside, and the Golden Age what is going
to happen outside.
The advent to the Golden Age would see a world where there are no na-
tional boundaries, where all mankind becomes one family. People would
not suffer from a sense of want; it is not prosperity for one country or the
other but for the whole globe. That is going to happen soon. This Golden
Age is for the whole of mankind. It is not capitalism, not communism or
socialism, or radical humanism. That will win the day for us.
What we will see is an entirely different world where there is no competi-
tion but only cooperation. It will be one humanity. And each one of us, let
us remember, has a role in creating this destiny for man, that is, for our-
selves.

Humanity is entering the most crucial phase of its existence. The coming
decade1 shall witness the most unprecedented and undreamt of changes
in the course of its long evolution. There is nothing much humanity could
do about it other than to understand the changes occurring around it,
and to flow with the changes that are overpowering it. Towards the end
humanity would enter a new age, the Golden Age.
The transition will be a painful process. Only those whose relationships
are in order will make it easily. The Oneness Movement has come into
existence to help humanity make this transition.

Humanity faces a quantum leap forward. It faces a deeper social up-


heaval and creative restructuring of all time. Without clearly recognizing
it we are engaged in building the world’s first Golden Age. In the near fu-
ture we will be the first generation to create a global Golden Age.
The passage of time, from June 2004 to June 2012, is humanity’s great-
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est opportunity to become awakened. A new civilization would come, and


along with it a new frame of consciousness. This new frame of con-
sciousness would mean an increased ability to see things from a higher
perspective. Our consciousness would continue to expand, and there
would be no returning to a tribal or a national life. Our energies would get
directed towards spiritual awakening and wholeness.
The world would be transformed, from one dominated by materialism to
one of balance and spirituality. The currently ruling world order would be
completely transformed to one of equality between all human beings.

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On Awakening into Oneness

There are various ways in which you could talk about awakening or one-
ness. If you are a neuroscientist you would say it is ‘the shutting down of
the parietal lobes’. If you are a psychologist you would say it is ‘the loss
of the sense of self’. If you are a philosopher you would say, “The sense
of separation is gone"; a mystic would say, “I am experiencing reality as it
is"; a spiritual person would say, “I have achieved unity consciousness".
There is not one single state that is common to all mankind. The experi-
ence is different for different people. For some people it is like a noisy
generator that suddenly comes to a halt. There is an immense silence, a
silence that is not the opposite of noise. Such a person would say, “I am
silence". Yet another would be a total witness, a witness to thought and
life at large. Others would land in a state of such compassion and one-
ness that there is no separation from the other whatsoever. Another per-
son would experience causeless love and limitless joy. Yet another would
experience cosmic consciousness, the state of ‘Aham Brahmasmi’.
Whatever the experience, the common denominator is the absence of
personal suffering. Problems could still be there but they would not affect
you anymore. Because there is no person, there cannot be personal suf-
fering. You would nevertheless sense the suffering of the world.
However, all this is talk which is not of much use. You have to get there
and I will get you there.

There are several degrees of oneness. Let us first look at oneness within
oneself. Right now you are not an individual, you are divided within. You
are a crowd inside – you who are the son or the daughter of so and so,
the father, the husband, or the friend of so and so, you who is the em-
ployee or the employer of so and so. There are so many beings within
who are all the time talking. Then again there is your conscious and your
unconscious self, your authentic and your inauthentic self, all having a
dialogue all the time. You are that dialogue. When the dialogue shuts
down you become all-one inside. Alone means all-one. There is no more
division.
At the next level you would find oneness with your fellow human beings.
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the water, the sky – you are one with nature. You discover you and the
universe are one. Ultimately you discover you and God are one; you
would discover you are God. I intend to take you step by step to the final
oneness.

Mukti could be defined in various ways. The general definition I give for
mukti is ‘the liberation of the senses’. Now, when you see you do not see
without the interference of the mind. If you can see without the mind in-
terfering that is mukti; if you can hear without the mind interfering that is
mukti. The same applies to smell, touch, and even thought. Thought also
can be observed without your getting involved in the thought. Now what
is happening is – when you are thinking, you think ‘you’ are thinking. But
it is actually possible to see thoughts flow as though they were inde-
pendent of you. This is a physical reality, actually you can see thoughts.
Any kind of thought would be flowing into you and going out of you, and
you can watch them.
So this is the state of mukti. That is, the complete liberation of the senses
from the control of the mind. It is only such a being which is actually liv-
ing. Wherever the mind is in control you are not living. When the mind is
not there then you are actually living. That is why when people ask me,
“What is the purpose of life?" my answer is, “If you are living you won’t
ask the question". The purpose of life is to live. What does that mean? It
means to live the life of the senses. The senses must be independent and
free of the mind.
Now, what is happening is, you are not at all experiencing reality. Reality
to you is what is flowing through the senses. Now all the time you are in-
terpreting all the data that is coming into you. You look at a tree, and you
say, “It is a big tree, a small tree, green tree, mango tree, this, that. All the
time comments are going on. When you sit down to eat food you are not
eating food. You start worrying about your office or your family, or this or
that, or a comment on the food itself. The food is not being experienced.
That is why I say, “If you experience reality as it is then you will just ex-
perience bliss". You will see that this whole creation is perfect, it is the
most beautiful thing, and that you are already in heaven. You have made
it into a hell.
It is possible to liberate the senses from the clutches of thought. Thought
is necessary when required. Otherwise, why should thought interfere?
There is no need for thought to interfere with your actual experience.
Now, when the senses become free of the control of thought or the mind
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love. Such is this joy that you will feel that you are connected with every-
body. You will discover true love. This true joy and this true love are not
separate things; they are all one and the same. And this is a natural oc-
currence, that is what you are designed to be. That is what a human be-
ing is supposed to experience all the time.
Since you do not experience that your lives have become miserable. And
to escape that misery you have created various escape routes through
which all the time you are escaping from your misery, which misery itself
is because you are not experiencing reality. That is why people take to
alcohol or to drugs or sex or whatever that is, because otherwise what is
there in your life? It becomes meaningless.
So the whole attempt of this movement is to help you experience reality
as it is. When that happens you will discover unconditional love and un-
conditional joy; you will feel connected with everything and everybody.
You do not feel that you are a separate individual. You do not live for
yourself alone anymore. Because ‘yourself’ has become 'everybody’. You
live for the sake of humanity. This is not a concept or some imaginary
thing. This is a day-to-day reality once you become awakened or you be-
come a mukta. And thousands of people have already got into these
states, and even right now there are a few people sitting here2 who are in
this state.

You do not exist. That is the truth. That sense of ‘I and you’, the sense of
separateness is an illusion. It does not really exist. For example, as you
are listening to me you are seeing me but you are not hearing me, and
when you hear me you are not seeing me. But that is happening so fast
that you have this illusion that you are seeing and hearing. The two
senses have got coordinated like in a movie; unless you have those 24
shots moving per second you will not see the hand movement in the
movie theatre. If the projector is slowed down it becomes only like a slide.
Similarly, here the senses are coordinating at a particular speed whereby
you are feeling that you are seeing, touching as though all these things
are going on at the same time. It is this illusion that creates the sense of
‘me’ and ‘I’. If this is slowed down, you all just vanish! So now you are
there. If I were to slow down your senses, if you would give me permis-
sion you would just disappear. You will go back home minus yourself. But
you will still be very functional; you will in fact be very efficient.
The sense of separateness would completely be gone. What remains
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there is life or you may call it ‘pure consciousness’ – the stuff from which
this whole universe is made of. What is there ultimately is consciousness,
and that has only to be experienced. How can you see yourself? There is
no way to see consciousness because You Are That. Its true nature is
ananda and love. It is a causeless love.
What you call love is not truly love. You either beg for love, asking some-
body to give you love, or if you give love it is because somebody is big or
famous or great or wealthy or you have something to gain from that. You
love your wife or husband because he or she means something to you.
You possess somebody, you are attached to somebody. That is not the
love we are talking about. This love is a causeless love. It is just there.
This can happen only if the ‘I’ or ‘self’ disappears.
It is a very simple thing. The senses have to be slowed down a little bit,
and behold! You are not there! What is there is only life. You will feel you
are one with the universe, completely one. It is not a mystical experience.
A mystical experience comes when the kundalini rises to the chakras, but
when it comes down the experience is lost. We are not talking about that.
We are talking of a very robust state of 24 hours irreversible conscious-
ness. You are completely gone. To attain this state you must qualify. The
qualification is you must set right your relationships.
It takes only 7 minutes for me to give you that state in which you per-
ceive everything without the ‘me’ or the ‘I’. For example, when I look at
you people I don’t feel you are outside of me. It is as though all of you
are inside of my belly; I can never see anything as separate. It is a fact
and reality for me, and this is how all these people who have got the
state are experiencing. You can experience it. Somebody is not outside
of you. Strangely the boundaries of the body cease. You no more can
see it as your hand or your body. It’s gone. The whole thing has become
your body; it is a part of you. It is then that you have this true love be-
cause it is a part of you. There is no cause, and there is no question of
the mind slipping into the past or worrying about the past or projecting
into the future or thinking about the future. It lives in the moment. Every
moment it lives, and you start really living.
Right now what is happening is you are merely existing. You live because
you are afraid of dying. Otherwise you see no reason why you should
continue with your mediocre life. You get up in the morning, go to the
toilet, brush your teeth, have your breakfast, pack up your lunch, go to
office or do some business, come back, have a quarrel with your wife,
have a fight with your child, again come back to watch your TV. Day in
and day out, this routine, mediocre, meaningless, purposeless. You of
course create some meaning. You say, “I’m doing some social work, help-
ing man," and all kinds of things because you have to invent these things.
There is no meaning, because deep inside there is only sorrow inside you.
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cal trap created by the ‘self’, by the ‘me’. So you have built up various es-
cape systems, mechanisms, and you continue with this kind of life, and
the only reason you are not sick is because, I can probably say, you are
afraid of dying.
You have had no moments of ecstasy or bliss or joy. That is what life is
really all about. You have certainly missed out on all that. So sometimes I
marvel how people are able to live. It really baffles me. To me, giving
awakening is not a big problem at all. To me the problem is I wonder how
people continue to live, how many escape systems they can build! They
have TV systems, computers, sky diving, and what else? Somehow you
must manage your lives. You are managing your sorrow, you are escap-
ing from your sorrow, doing all these things, but fundamentally that pain
is there inside, that ache, “What is all this? What is the meaning of life?
Where are we going? We are getting older and seem to have achieved
nothing, and what is the purpose of all this?"
That is the meaning of the word ‘dukka’. There is no translation for it in
English. We use the word ‘suffering’ which is not the true meaning of the
word ‘dukka’. It is a very abstract and not clearly definable ache you have,
the ache which Buddha had. He had everything in life yet that pain was
there, that sense of, “What is this all about?" That is what we mean by the
word ‘dukka’.
So this has to go. That is the reason for the mukti yagna. But you must
first feel that pain. That is the first qualification. If you don’t feel the pain
and say, “Ok! I’m managing my suffering, and I’m happy with it," then I
have no business with you. I can help you only if it is going to really trou-
ble you.
The second thing is your relationships. That is very important. Then you
are ready for receiving my grace of mukti. Only then you will know what
true love is, what compassion is, what it is to share your life with others,
what all this talk of oneness is. All the scriptures will start revealing them-
selves to you. Nobody needs to teach you. You are your own guru and
you can see it for yourself.

The body lives its own life. But sadly, for an unawakened person the mind
interferes and does not allow the body to live its life. Awakening is the
liberation of the senses from the clutches of the mind. When one is liber-
ated from the clutches of the mind one begins to truly experience things
as they are.

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Without the interference of the mind any experience would give joy. It
could be the gutters or the garden, exalt or disparage, comfort or dis-
comfort, pain or pleasure – everything would give joy.

The ultimate understanding or the ultimate awakening is you realize


there is no purpose to life, just to live. If you watch a cricket match, if
somebody in India is scoring very well and hitting sixes then you jump up
and shout. Is there a purpose to your jumping up and your shouting? No,
but there is a cause to it that is joy. Because there is joy you are jumping
up and you are shouting but there is no purpose to your shouting. It is
just there.
So, this creation is there just because there is too much joy, because the
stuff of creation is love and joy. Therefore it is there – there is no pur-
pose to it. You just dance away because there is joy; what’s the purpose
to your dance? You can see lot of people dancing away for no reason.
If you are truly living you won’t ask the question, “What is the purpose of
life?" Because you are not living you want a purpose to life. And you
don’t understand how you could live without a purpose because you
don’t live. If you live as I said, just to breathe is ananda, just to be is an-
anda, just to walk is ananda, to drink, to eat, to talk, look at somebody
there is ananda. That is the stuff of life which is what we are trying to do
for you.

I cannot speak to you about any right way or right path. We are speaking
about a permanent transformation which would hold good wherever you
are. It does not matter whether you are in this atmosphere3 or you are in
the world outside.
The key thing here is you have to get into a state where ‘seeing’ is occur-
ring all the time. That is what we are trying to do in the courses here.
When seeing happens all suffering ceases because to see is to be free.
There is no effort involved, there is no time involved.
The example that we often give is, supposing there were to be a snake in
front of you, you would be very scared and shiver in fear. The moment
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you see it is not a snake but a rope, instantly the fear is gone. No time is
involved, no effort is involved. You see and you are free.
The same thing applies to what is going on within the mind. If you could
really see what is going on, whatever that might be, whether it be a lust-
ful thought or a murderous thought or any kind of thought, there is only
joy and freedom.
‘What is there’ is not important. The only thing is do you ‘see’ what is go-
ing on? Since it is only seeing, we do not call it ‘the path’ or ‘the right
path’. We don’t use such words. That is why we often say there is no path
here.

You have divided the world into the spiritual and the worldly. As far as I
am concerned they are not separate. To me there are no separate worlds,
the spiritual and the physical world or what you call ‘the world’. They are
one and the same only.
Cooking can be great joy for the fully awakened, and when they cook
that is meditation for them. They dance and they sing and they cook,
there is so much silence and they cook, some don’t even know that they
are cooking. So the simple act of cooking can be the most extraordinary
thing. So how can you separate the two?
Then – you are not awakened of course, you see the separation – but
once you are awakened there is no charge in the content. Well, every lit-
tle thing can be very spiritual. The act of doing a job can be very spiritual,
going to office can be spiritual, looking at the crow can be spiritual. Eve-
rything would be spiritual. There is no separation at all.
So the question does not arise once you are awakened. Until then of
course it is there, you have to strike a balance. So we must first know
what dharma we are talking about, the dharma of the unawakened or for
the awakened.

When you are not awakened, don’t behave like an awakened person. You
will be miserable. When you are not a Buddha do not behave like a Bud-
dha. The Buddha was free of craving because that was his natural state.
He had a profound insight that altered his consciousness. To Christ,
compassion was his most natural state of existence. None of these saints

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and sages practiced the insights and got into the state. They got there
through grace.
Well! The rest of humanity is seriously practicing compassion and love. Is
it ever possible? Can a horse ever become an elephant?

I always maintain that this is a neurobiological process. So when you go


into a state of gratitude, the brain itself functions as a much better in-
strument, which in turn proves very helpful in raising the states of con-
sciousness. If there is no gratitude, the brain as an organ becomes an in-
ferior organ, and it does not really help.
There are other reasons also, that when you are grateful those people
who have actually helped you they in some sense have received this
gratitude, and you get a blessing from them which in turns helps your
process. So in the actual experience we have found, people who have
the sense of gratitude move much faster than those who do not have the
sense of gratitude.

If you do anything to increase the love in you, you’ll never discover love.
If you would realize that there is nothing you could do about it that is the
beginning of love. In spirituality, the moment you realize there is nothing
you could do about it that is the moment it happens.
As long as you keep trying, you’ll never ever get there. That ‘trying’ is the
problem, that ‘trying’ takes you away from where you want to be. So you
have to realize the futility of all effort. All effort on the spiritual path is fu-
tile. If you could realize that it would hit you like a ton of bricks. Then all
effort ceases. The moment effort is gone, you are there.

Man cannot make it on his own. It has to be given to him. Oneness is not
a state to be achieved or practiced but a benediction to be received.

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Asato Ma Sat Gamaya


Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya

Lead me from the unreal to the Real.


Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from mortality to immortality.

Hari O M Tat Sat

God is Absolute Reality,


God is All That Is.

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On the Divine and God-Realization

Life can be compared to sleep.


You close your eyes and prefer to be in darkness,
thinking it to be a restful phase.
The dreams are nothing but your life events
which you seem so attached to.
Sunrise can be compared to death.
The light streams in, your eyes open,
the dream ends, and reality sets in.
The dreams now appears unreal to you.
When I say ‘death’ I mean
the death of your senses of desires.
This is the death of the ‘I’.
The ‘I’ separates you from me.
I have come to stop you from sleeping,
to expose the untrue nature of your dreams
right outside your window, so that these sun rays
stream on your face to force you
to open your eyes earlier.
It is only in this true light
that you will see M E.

God could be spoken of in three ways – the unmanifest, the manifest,


and the incarnation. God the unmanifest is the unknowable. By its very
definition, the unmanifest cannot be seen, felt, or heard. It is attributeless
and hence cannot be known. Remember, it is not the unknown but the
unknowable. What is unknown today could be known tomorrow. There is
no way for you to understand Reality or God. It will forever be the un-
knowable. As far as you are concerned, the unmanifest is as good as
non-existent. God is very much like the unmanifest electricity that is ex-
perienced only when it manifests as light, sound, or sensation. God’s
manifest form is All That Is.
The manifest God is also the Antaryamin. The still, small voice you hear
inside, or the form that you see within or without is the manifest. He can
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fests as a formless Presence that you could experience as love, aware-


ness, compassion, power, and several other sacred attributes.
The Presence manifests externally sometimes as a form. When the un-
knowable Reality limits Itself into a frame it is an Avatar. An Avatar is a
being who is born with a destiny to aid humanity into its next phase of
evolution.

You need not search elsewhere for God. All you need to do is to look at
your own life and you would see Him. Throughout your life the hand of
the Divine has been continuously helping and guiding you. You are just
not aware of it. When you reminisce about your life you would discover
there is a higher intelligence, a higher energy which has been there with
you all the time. When you awaken to this truth you discover the Pres-
ence of God in your life.

We often use the word ‘God’, but God means different things to different
people. But actually we can define God as your higher sacred self, higher
intelligence, or higher consciousness.
Sometimes you might have seen hundreds of birds flying like one bird.
Have you seen this? So actually you can know that the whole group has
got a single consciousness, but the individual bird will follow the con-
sciousness of the whole pack. Sometimes you will find one or two birds
dropping out, and again they get back to the main flock. If we say that
the individual bird is you, then that full total bird consisting of all birds is
the Antaryamin. It can be called ‘God’ or ‘higher intelligence’ etc.
So when we say you have the Antaryamin or that the Antaryamin is
awakened, what it means is you the part are in touch with the whole. In
the flock of birds, if one bird drops out of the group two or three birds
come out and help that bird to go and join back. Only then the whole
thing can function. So as long as the small bird is following the big pack
you can say the small bird is following the will of the group or the pack.
So if you have the Antaryamin and can talk with him then ‘you’, the part is
following the will of the whole or the divine will. So it is not enough if you
are willing to follow the divine will, you must know what the divine will is,
what the will of the higher consciousness is, without which you are like a
bird fallen off the pack.
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You are in fact an orphan. The Antaryamin is the whole, and to have the
Antaryamin means you are in touch with the whole. The whole of human
consciousness put together is more than the individual’s consciousness.
It is not 1+1 = 2 but it is 1+1 = 4. That is what is called ‘synergetic emer-
gence’. Hydrogen and oxygen fuse to form water, whose properties are
totally and fundamentally different from hydrogen and oxygen. This
emerging consciousness is called ‘God’ or ‘cosmic consciousness’. And
this cosmic consciousness is the Antaryamin.
The Antaryamin is you inner guide and your supreme friend who can
guide you and protect you. Today many a time you are in conflict. What
is right and wrong? What is good and bad? You are unable to decide this.
Even when you decide many times you regret your decisions. But, when
the Antaryamin is awakened you will exactly know how to respond to
every situation of life. At every step you will have someone to guide you,
on whom you can trust and who accepts you exactly as you are. And
also when you have the Antaryamin awakening is very easy.
So until now we have seen what the Antaryamin is and why do you need
an Antaryamin. Now I will tell you how the awakening of the Antaryamin
actually happens. Basically in our society, in the kind of schooling, educa-
tion, and life style one has you are not allowed to experience and ex-
press your emotions. You are quite suppressed. That is why some have
difficulty in getting in touch with their Antaryamin. So once you have got
in touch with your suppressed emotions, and if you invite the Antaryamin
with your whole heart it will awaken in you in the way it chooses or in the
form you desire.
To have the Antaryamin is the natural state of man, it is your birthright. It
is just like breathing or digesting. In the ancient days everybody was in
touch with their Antaryamin. There were tribes in Africa a hundred years
ago who where in direct communion with their Antaryamin. They lived a
wonderful life. All that you must do is from your heart, with emotion, with
great feeling and with a bond, a liking, you must invite the Antaryamin,
and then it will awaken in you. It is not at all difficult. You think it is diffi-
cult and have all kinds of wrong perceptions. The Antaryamin is not both-
ered about what kind of a person you are. The Antaryamin is your friend,
and so doesn’t judge you or condemn you. All it wants is that you invite it
with a feeling and a bond.

Once awakened the Antaryamin acts like the internet. Just like the indi-
vidual PCs forming a network of communications to access information
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Antaryamin of the rest of humanity. A prayer done in your heart invokes a


response from any part of the globe, and what you then would witness
are miracles and amazing coincidences. This is the way of God.

As you grow the way the Antaryamin appears to you will also grow. It can
be outside you also, and can take any form – Buddha, Christ, etc. It is the
Antaryamin who does everything.
If you are waiting at the bus stop and want the bus to stop you can ask
your Antaryamin. The Antaryamin is also the bus driver! For Jesus or
Bhagavan to pick up your prayer you must have a bond with them, an
emotional connection; and clarity. Unless it is going to harm somebody
most prayers will be answered.

Miracles are natural occurrences in every life. They are part of a divine
scheme. Miracles are all the time happening in your life. Sometimes
sought but very often unsought.
A failure in recognizing grace and channelling it when required could very
often be traced in proper relationships. All problems in relationships are
basically to be traced to hurt. You either hurt or you get hurt. It is the
need to control or possess people like you would a piece of furniture that
leads from mutual pain. The result and discord in relationships manifests
itself in the external world as problems with health, finance, career, even
a lack of spiritual growth. This is because the external world is essentially
a reflection of the internal world. That is why each one of you comes
across custom made life situations meant especially for you.
When you discover love in relationships, forgive and seek forgiveness
from those you have hurt your heart flowers and you begin to experience
grace. The greater the love, the greater would be the power of God that
you would witness in your own life.

Any biologist, any world-class biologist is staring at the face of God when
he looks at the DNA. You could call Newton a scientist, you could call
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Einstein a scientist, they are firmly interested in God. But who the scien-
tist is interested in he doesn’t know.
See, all that you could do is, you could realize that you do not know, that
you cannot know. If you go deep into science reason and logic break
down. And what happens to science? Science breaks down. It’s just not
possible. You can never understand because you are the part. Supposed
you must have a good idea of this universe, you must get out of this uni-
verse. How do you get out of the universe? You are a part of the universe.
Can the cell understand the whole body? Is it possible? Your galaxy is
cosmic dust. And what are you? And how do you propose to understand?
That is why I say, “All science is sheer poetry". You have learned to talk
about nature in some way, he is talking about nature in some way. These
are poems. So Einstein is writing his poem, Newton is writing his poem,
all scientists are writing their poems. That’s all. There is no such thing
that they have discovered the truth for the simple reason – there is no
truth to be discovered.

To me the only reality is the heart. What the heart says that alone is truth.
The heart might say, “Help him" – that is perfect action. The heart might
say, “Do not help him," and you don’t help him – that is perfect action.
Why the heart tells in this case, “Dot it," why the heart then says, “Don’t
do it," you have no idea to understand. Because that is directly coming
from cosmic consciousness, from God Himself. So one can’t understand
why God says this and God says that. Listening to your heart means lis-
tening to God.
To me the part must obey the whole. You are the part; until of course
you have become God, you realize God so that you become one with
God. So, the whole manifests itself through the heart, and you have to
obey to the whole, that is, God or your heart. The heart says, “Do this,"
you do this. It says, “Don’t do," whatever that is, you should not do. That
is obeying the heart.
Human beings today do not obey the whole. They do not follow their
heart, they only follow their mind. That is why the world has become a
mess. If people become awakened, that is, their hearts would have flow-
ered then they would simply follow their heart, just following the divine
will. If everybody follows the divine will there will be no problems on earth.
If we do not follow the divine will we follow our own will that is an illusion.

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Truth is a many-storied structure. If you were to look at it from the


ground floor it would look different than if you would look at it from the
94th floor. Is there a free will as different from divine will? For the one
who is God-realized and is awakened what exists is only the Presence or
God. The decision is God, the decision making is God. Hence the ques-
tion of a free will does not arise at all.
The one in an ordinary state of consciousness experiences duality as the
‘me’ and the ‘not me’, as ‘man’ and ‘God’, and ‘free will’ and ‘divine will’.
Such a person would say, “Free will and divine will alternate in life. There
are moments where there is choice, where you can exercise control and
turn the direction of life according to your choice. There are also times
where you see life is beyond your control, and hence surrender to the
Divine with acceptance would be wisdom."

When we use the word surrender what we mean is that you should un-
derstand that this mind cannot really help you, and that you have to get
beyond the mind. If you let go of the mind, that letting go is what we call
‘surrender’. You must realize that the human mind is limited and there is
no use wasting your time with the mind. It is only going to create obsta-
cles for you.
If you can see that the mind would stop interfering. If that happens then
we say you have surrendered. That is all. It is not some kind of slavish
surrender; it is never used in that sense. God would not like you to sur-
render like a slave. He is after all your friend. So when we use the word
‘surrender’ it means putting aside the mind, knowing its limitations.
You discover surrender when you feel you are helpless. When you feel
you are totally helpless you will discover surrender. That is when grace
comes pouring. Imagine that you are struck on the railway line and the
train rushing at you, then you will certainly surrender! Many people have
surrendered to me like that. Most people surrender only in dire moments.
That is why miracles, too, happen only in those moments.

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I am helping you all the time. You do not know the any number of times
you have been saved. If you could somehow manage to see the hand of
grace you would immediately start loving me. Because isn’t it natural to
love anyone who helps you? The moment you start loving me I would
start giving you more and more grace. As below, so above. When you see
somebody loving you don’t you start loving him? Same thing here also.
Initially my grace flows into your life as strange coincidences. I use that
word because it is mild. The more you recognize grace in coincidences
your love would increase, and there will be a flood of grace leading to
miracles.
I love you much more than you love yourselves.

Each one of you should try and find out what suits you best. Some play
with me, some fight with me, some cajole me; and some play with me.
You should do whatever comes naturally to you. However, the key is to
have a strong bond with me. One other determining factor for grace is
the emotion you carry in your prayer. If there is emotion the response is
very fast.
There are some devotees who assume that I would look into all their
needs and go on living without any stress. To them I do even before they
ask.
The kind of prayer that would suit you depends on your upbringing, your
background, and your culture. The choice is therefore left to you.

When you visualize in your prayers there is a better communication be-


tween you and me. Visualization actually helps you to become clear
about the things you want. The clearer you are, the easier it is for me to
help you.
With regards to granting of the desire itself I would decide whether the
desire is good for you or not. If I feel it is not good for you I would not
answer your prayer.

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God does not test his devotees. What you consider to be tests from
God’s end are basically problems you have created for yourself.
I and Amma are basically trying to help you out. Sometimes it might ap-
pear that we are testing you but in reality we would prevent a greater
pain from coming to you. Let us say you prayed for a good job, and I did
not grant it to you, it will only be to save you from some immanent dan-
ger or to bless you with something greater.
I love you. I am here only because I love you so much. You are not sepa-
rate from me. To me it is not loving someone else but myself.

There are certain areas where God could straight away intervene, and
other areas where He cannot. Here He needs your cooperation.
Surrender and helplessness are not a defeatist attitude. It is to set aside
your defective belief systems and complex emotions, seeing that they
are a hindrance to grace. Even if you could do this for a short while God
would have His way.
What you must understand is that – while God is powerful, you, too, are
powerful. That is the whole problem. You are an aspect of God. You are a
powerful being who is full of defective thoughts, concepts, and mental
frameworks. So you are God who has gone wrong.
That is why it is not possible to transform the world in one blow. You, too,
have to cooperate with God in helping change the world.

The ultimate purpose of life is to become one with God. Your whole life is
so structured to push you in that direction. If every event in your life were
thoroughly understood and experienced as an action from God you
would move closer to God. Ultimately you become one with God.

Anybody can become one with God as long as you have a divine being
within oneself, and you have melted with that and it merges with your
Antaryamin. You yourself cannot become one with God.

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If you are talking about true surrender, man and God cannot coexist – ei-
ther there is man, or there is God. If you are there you don’t give a
chance for God. Where man ends, God begins.

As you go on progressing you will find that one minute you are God
yourself and the next minute you are not. What happens is after some-
time you will realize that actually you and God are the same. But some-
times you have the feeling of oneness, sometimes you have a feeling of
separation. It is then that you can be of very great help to people. This is
possible to be achieved in this lifetime, and there are people who have
achieved this. I am not talking of anything which at least a few people
have not achieved. That is why we are talking about oneness. You will ac-
tually discover that you are one with the Divine, that you are actually God.
This continues on a regular basis, the only thing is as you go along, the
time that you experience oneness with God will be more. You would ac-
tually become Amma Bhagavan or Light or God or whatever you want to
call it. It all depends upon you. When you still go deeper your physical
form can also be affected. There is no end to these things, these are
things which happen very naturally, very automatically.
I suggest that you read about Ramalinga Swami. It is a very beautiful ex-
ample of how somebody who was so very ordinary finally became one
with God. He lived in very recent times, and his life is very well recorded.
He lived in the city of Chennai. It will give you a good idea as to what the
possibilities are because I have not known anything equivalent of that in
any other literature of the world and so very modern also. That state
would become yours. In fact he tried to give that to others, but for some
reason he could not. He had to face opposition, and then he said, “Now
I’m going back. But, I will come back with my father whom you cannot
take for a ride."

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Tvameva Mata Cha Pita Tvameva


Tvameva Bandu Cha Saka Tvameva
Tvameva Vidya Dravinam Tvameva
Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva

You are my Mother and Father.


You are my kith and kin and my beloved Friend.
You are all that I know and my only wealth.
You are everything for me, my God!

Mahadeeksha Amma Bhagavan

(I am willing to receive the) Great Blessing


(of my) Divine Mother (and) Father.

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On Suffering and Self-Acceptance

To be liberated from suffering you must first understand what suffering is.
Suffering is nothing but the continuous thought processing that happens
in the mind over an event or incident of the past. Suffering is nothing but
the 'carry over’ of the past events of our life.

Very often you try to explain away your suffering. You try to understand.
If on the other hand you stop doing these things experiencing automati-
cally happens.
Let us say you are married and your wife is shouting at you, and if you
have read a lot of books on psychology you would try to explain her be-
haviour or would be busy trying to understand her. If you do neither of
these then you actually begin to experience her nagging. That is when
something very strange and beautiful happens. It is only in the absence
of explanations and judgements that we could experience another.
That is why in the movement many have learnt to experience each other.
Hitherto they complained about the nagging of the husband or the wife,
today they are in ecstasy the moment the nagging begins. Hitherto they
would run away from their homes but now they don’t.
You could very well start with your intimate relationships.

All that you can do is you can see what is there. First of all you do not
know what is there because all the years you have been running away
from it.
See, everywhere you find only the self. So you come to know, now there
is an indirect way of knowing, but then to actually look at it is painful. To
look at your envious thoughts, your jealous thoughts, your fearful
thoughts, your anxious thoughts is not such a good experience, and so
all the time you are running away from it. That is the only problem which
man has got.

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So, because we are telling you, “Look, turn around, confront it, look at it,"
then maybe you will say, “Let me try". Initially it could be difficult but then
you will soon realize it is very tempting. It is very nice to see. As you see
your darker side, your negative side, strangely you will stop condemning,
you will know that it’s true, and along with that comes joy also, and with
that joy you will soon find that there is absence of conflict.
Not that your negative side has gone, not that you cease to be jealous,
cease to be angry, cease to be fearful, no, no, no, no. Not those things.
You are for the first time in your life able to say, “Yes, I am this. I am not
ashamed of it. That is the only truth, I am being truthful." That is when
you have taken the first step in spirituality that is also the last step.
Thereafter everything is automatic. No guru is required, no teaching is
required. It is all automatic.
You think there is something you can do to get there. There is nothing
you can do to get there. If you are a jealous person, you are not going to
become non-jealous. If you are fearful person, you are not going to be-
come courageous like the lion. If you are a depressed person, you are
not going to go into euphoria. You cannot change, try as you might, you
cannot change.
So what is the teaching here? The teaching says, “You cannot change,
and there is no need to change because you have been designed like
that. You are that." That is all; that is the only teaching. Therefore you ac-
cept, “Ah! I cannot change! What is there to do? Nothing to do. There is
nothing wrong like that, I have been designed like that."
You did not design yourself. God designed you like that. He has some
purpose in designing you. So there is complete acceptance. When you
accept what is there that is meditation, that is sadhana, that is all. So it is
very simple; please do it, I will help you.

Embracing yourself as you are is the first step and the last step. You
must be who you are. What you should be is not important. Whoever you
are, you are unique. The universe has made you like that, God has made
you like that. Why do you disturb his work? To surrender to God is to be
yourself.

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According to the natural principle there is nothing you could do about


negative thoughts, except to become more observant, to become more
aware that they are there. If you try to fight with them or to push them
out they will become powerful. All fights with negative thoughts must be
avoided. The more you fight, the stronger they become. The only way is
to realize that they are there, and then accept them. Just accept the
truth. Because the truth is that they are there. How could you deny that?
By accepting them they become weaker. As they become weaker they
have a chance that they would slowly fade out.
So please try to avoid all fight, all struggle with negative emotions. And as
you gradually go into it you will realize that they are not your negative
emotions but they are just there in the thought sphere, and it so happens
that your brain is picking them up. They are not your negative thoughts.
That is why we say, “They are just thoughts, like that building is there,
they are there". They are not your thoughts but humanity’s thoughts. And
you will soon become free of them.
Through the Oneness Blessings it becomes a very tangible experience to
you, and you no more identify with the thoughts as your thoughts. The
present negativity that is within you ceases thereafter.

For coming out of self-doubt you must understand the nature of the mind.
When we say the nature of the mind we are referring to the ancient hu-
man mind, not the individual mind. Since the mind is an illusion and has
no real existence one of its qualities is self-doubt.
Remember, it is not the quality of 'your mind’ but 'the mind’. Hence any
attempts to change the mind would be futile. Once you discover this
there is no more trouble at all. Self-doubt could go on within the mind
and you can watch it. There is nothing you could do about it because
that is its nature.

Suppose there is a dog, and let us call that dog ‘jealousy’. You want to
change the dog ‘jealousy’ to ‘non-jealousy’. You behind and the dog in
front, you keep chasing the dog trying to catch hold of it and transform it.
Then all of a sudden something strange happens. You disappear and the
dog alone remains. The chase comes to an end.

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There is no 'you’ to become free from jealousy. What exists is jealousy.


That is freedom. Here we do not speak about freedom from this or free-
dom from that. We only speak of freedom.

The first thing in the process of awakening is inner integrity. You have to
be completely honest about yourself to yourself. It does not matter who
you are or what you are. What is important is – can you confront yourself?
Can you face yourself? Can you be honest? Can you be authentic with
yourself?
Since most people have never been honest with themselves this is easier
said than done. You are frightened of yourselves. You don’t want to see
this about yourselves. You would like to put all the internal ugliness un-
der the carpet. That is not really going to help you.
The second thing you need to understand is that you have come down
here to play your whole life as a game. In cricket when the Indians and
Pakistanis confront each other it is more like war. They play as though
their life depends on it. But then they also know it is a game. Similarly
you have to live life seriously. Life has to be taken seriously, you have to
live it intensely, but you should know it is a game.
You can’t be too frivolous, you can’t be irresponsible, can’t be careless.
You have to be serious; at the same time know it is a game. If you could
develop this perception it would be of immense benefit in the process of
awakening.
So when you do become awakened you will see how beautiful, how per-
fect this world is, you will really start playing it like a game. You will start
living for the first time. As of now, you do not live. You sail on, birthday af-
ter birthday comes, and finally it is all over. You have hardly enjoyed any-
thing. This is what most human life is.
You should truly understand your purpose as to why you have come
down here. You have been sent here to have a good time! But you have
made a mess of the whole thing. Once you are awakened no matter what
your situation is, you will have a good time. That’s what life is all about.
That’s why we use the word ‘leela’ – just to play.
When I look at you I see the bag each one of you is carrying. Your bur-
den and pain keeps hitting me all the time. So I hope that a few days
later you will be rid of your baggage, and you would be all singing and
dancing and go out into the world to play your games.

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With this perception you could go into your meditation. Don’t try to medi-
tate. Just see, all that you have got to see here is, ‘To see, to realize you
cannot meditate!’ You do that, I will do the rest!
If you try to meditate, if you think you can meditate I cannot help you.
But, if you were to realize that you cannot meditate then meditation
would happen! I W I L L B E T H E R E. So, I think we could start now!

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Shanno Mitra Sham Varuna


Shanno Bhavatvaryama
Shanna Indro Brahaspati
Shanno Vishnu Rurukrama

Namo Brahmane Namaste Vayo


Tvameva Pratyaksham Brahmasi
Tvameva Pratyaksham Brahma Vadishyami
Ritam Vadishyami Satyam Vadishyami

Tanma Mavatu
Tat Vhaktara Mavatu
Avatu Mam
Avatu Vaktaram

May the Lord of day grant us peace.


May the Lord of night grant us peace.
May the Lord of sight grant us peace.
May the Lord might grant us peace.
May the Lord of speech grant us peace.
May the Lord of space grant us peace.

I bow down to Brahman, source of all power.


I will speak the truth and follow the law.

Guard me and my teacher against all harm.


Guard me and my teacher against all harm.

Anugrahi Tosmi

Blessed am I.

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On Relationships

What else is life if not relationships? Could you conceive of yourself


without any relationship whatsoever? You arise in relationship with your
father, mother, husband, wife, child, education, nation, gender, home. In
fact you are these relationships. Remove all these relationships, where
are you? Think about it and find out if you would exist or not.

The problem of mankind is that people do not feel connected with each
other. They neither feel connected to their spouses, their children, nor to
their parents. They are alienated from nature and God and the world
around them. Loneliness, meaninglessness, and hollowness are a result
of this state of affairs. To escape this misery you have created all kinds of
work, pleasure, and further forms of suffering. You are a stranger even
unto yourself.
As you awaken to yourself, you would awaken to the joys of relationship.
It is like a blind man awakening to the world of color. You would realize
that life in fact is relationships. Discovering love in relationships is the
greatest medicine for all ills and the solution for most problems.
If you attain to this oneness with your spouse you would attain the same
with God. Since loving God is no different from loving one’s spouse, child,
parent, or even oneself.

Next to the relationship with yourself is your relationship with your par-
ents. Your relationship with your parents forms the mould in which you
would experience all the other relationships in life, including God.
Let us say you are hurt with your father since you hate his domineering
attitude, you will certainly come across many such people who to you re-
flect your father. They could be your friend, your spouse, or your superior.
You would resent authority wherever you come across it, and hence
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sister to you, remember this hurt would be carried through life, coloring
every other relationship, making you feel unloved. A troubled relationship
with your mother would mean unnecessary health problems and obsta-
cles on your path of achievement, and with your father would mean fi-
nancial losses.
If you could somehow work out your relationship with them, get over
your hurts and seek their forgiveness a breakthrough is round the corner.
Seek the blessing of your parents with gratitude, and grace would flow
through them to you.

The setting right of relationships with your parents is of the utmost im-
portance. That has priority. Then comes the seva aspect. So technically
what happens is, all relationships reflect the relationship with your par-
ents. So they reflect exactly what has happened between you and your
parents.
Now, the relations you have with your family and friends and all at the
places of work, all that again depends on your relationship with your par-
ents. So once this is set right everything falls into place. And life is rela-
tionship. So what happens is, life also reflects these relationships.
That is why; if you have a terrible relationship with your father you most
likely have financial problems because life would reflect that. If it is a very
bad relationship with your mother then you have needless obstacles.
That is how life would reflect it because life is relationship.
How this actually happens is, when these relationships are set right
something happens to the heart, the heart in turn is connected to the
brain, from the brain some signals are sent out. Let us say somebody has
to give you money, and he is not giving the money to you. Now, once you
have set right your relationship the heart sends a signal to the brain, the
brain is an instrument which transmits energies, he would pick up these
energies, he would have a change of heart, and he would give back the
money to you.
So the technical aspects are not so important but empirically you can
verify, ‘You will do this, you will get that’ – try it and see. Anybody who is
having a terrible financial problem, set right your relationship with your
father and you see there is an immediate improvement. And if you are
having needless obstacles, set right the relationship with your mother
and you will see immediately improvement. This can be experimentally
verified. All that we are talking can actually be verified at the ground level.

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As you start relating to your parents with greater love and concern,
strangely you will find that they will start relating between themselves in
a better way. So children would bring about a better relationship among
the parents by improving their own relationship with the parents.
It is not given to you to judge them or condemn them. Not matter who or
what they are, if you love them and respect them you will find things
automatically working out for you. Parents want you to be their children –
you should not try to advice, argue, or dictate to them. If you experience
your father or mother dominating you without resisting it, it will give you
great joy. That itself would transform your parents. In course of time you
will see your own parents coming together.
This has happened any number of times among the youths.

Being a parent is one of the most difficult roles to play. Much of humanity
is a victim to the lovelessness of their own parents. Since it is very diffi-
cult to show love if one has not received it, you as parents do not know
what it is to love your child.
Being possessive and trying to fulfill your own unfulfilled needs through
your child is not love. Love is not merely fulfilling their requirements. A
child needs much more than care. It needs to experience your attention,
friendship, and an acceptance that is unconditional. You need to be
awake to the changes occurring in your child, and cope with it through
understanding.
No child is damaged through the firmness of his parents if it is cushioned
by love. The best way to relate to your child is sometimes to become a
child yourself. One who is experiencing love in his or her childhood natu-
rally grows into a loving partner or friend, an understanding parent, and
very often a successful individual.
A happy human being is also a spiritual human being.

The best gift a teacher could give to his students is, his heart must have
flowered. Somebody whose heart has not flowered should not be a
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teacher. All that the child needs is the true unconditional love. If a
teacher could give that to a child then immediately the inferiorities dis-
solve, the four baskets4 dissolve, there will be a complete transformation
in the child.
Now, we have run a school, we had to close it down for various reasons.
We did have teachers whose heart has flowered, and the children were
remarkable children. Some of these children are sitting in front of you
right here who at a young age have renounced everything and joined the
movement. It was because they received this unconditional love. And
they were also academically very brilliant – all because the teacher could
give them this love. So my gift to the teacher would be this unconditional
love which he or she in turn could share with his or her students.

The basic problem in the relationship with one’s spouse is the constant
endeavor to understand the other. All the time you are analyzing your
partner. Innumerable factors, in fact the whole universe is acting upon
your partner, creating him/her from moment to moment. When some-
body is changing all the time, how could you possibly understand? Any
effort to understand is futile. By the time you understand they would
have changed.
You have tried so many ways to change your spouse – by remaining si-
lent, by fighting back, by advising, by showing love and care, by staying
away. But sadly the expected change very often does not happen. By try-
ing to change your spouse you are unconsciously implying that he or she
is not good enough to be loved. Trying to change your spouse is like go-
ing to the same movie for 365 days, expecting that the climax would
change some day.
If the key to your happiness lies in others change then you have a very
difficult, if not an impossible price to pay for your happiness. The door to
happiness that you are trying to open through the transformation of your
spouse is like a mirage.
To change another is impossible. All transformation is a happening. Life
or grace has to do it to you. When you accept and experience your
spouse as she or he is, that is the birth of love.

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If you were to feel connected with your wife or your husband, and if you
know the art of experiencing your spouse then there will be no need to
separate. That is what should happen to you in your life. Otherwise fami-
lies are going to break up, and it is going to lead to the death of the civi-
lisation.
So separating and breaking apart is not the solution. We have to make
families survive which means people should learn to experience each
other and derive joy out of that relationship. That is the only hope for
mankind.
The families dissolve and disappear, civilisation, too, would dissolve and
disappear. Unless the family is held intact the individual would go to
pieces. If the individual should go to pieces, the civilisation, too, would
get fragmented and ultimately disappear.
He would go to pieces because he would be missing his mother’s love,
his father’s attention, if the care and concern which he derives from his
parents would not be there he would begin to feel very lonely, he would
lose his identity, and he would have to take recourse to various ways of
protecting himself from his loneliness. When loneliness is inside you, you
escape through various forms of entertainment, drugs, alcohol, sex, crime,
and what not. All these would ultimately lead to his breakup as an indi-
vidual. And such a being would ultimately lead to the fragmentation of
society and civilisation itself.
The society or civilisation is nothing but its individuals.

I cannot tell you what love is. I can tell you what love is not. Crush is not
love, emotion is not love, attachment is not love, possession is not love.
You go on saying, l will be saying no, no, no. The love we are talking
about cannot be described. It has to be experienced.
There is no use talking about it. Because all that you know is conditional.
This is totally unconditional. There is no reason for that, there is no cause
for that. It is just there. We would like you to get there. You would then
be a fulfilled human being. You would have realized your full potential as
a human being. Otherwise you are not a human being at all because the
moment you discover this love you also discover connectedness. You
feel connected with your parents, with your brothers, friends, and every-
body in the world.
Right now you do not have this connectedness. That is why I say, “Every-
body is an orphan". You do not feel connected even to your parents, to
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lead an unconnected life. When this love is there you feel connected.
First you feel connected with your near and dear ones, then with your
friends, then with the world at large, plants and animals, and finally with
God. You become one with God. That is the oneness we are talking
about.
So if you do not have this connectedness life is just not worth living. Love
has to be discovered. It has to happen. You just can’t do anything about
it. I can give it. I am not saying that I am the only one who can give it.
When you give Oneness Blessing you will also be able to give it.

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Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu


Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Poornam Bhavatu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu

Sarve Bhavantu Sukinaha


Sarve Santu Niramaya
Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu
Ma Kaschid-Dukka-Bhag-Bhavet

May auspiciousness be unto all.


May peace be unto all.
May fullness be unto all.
May prosperity be unto all.

May all be happy.


May all be free from disabilities.
May all behold what is auspicious.
May none suffer from sorrow.

Lokah Samasta
Sukino Bhavantu

May all beings in all worlds be happy and free.


May all our thoughts and actions contribute
to that happiness and to freedom for all.

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On the Golden City

There are certain energy lines flowing on the earth called ‘grid lines’.
These are like latitudes and longitudes. These grid lines can be measured
by a special instrument known as the ‘Laker antenna’. We have done a
lot of work on this, and have found out that if your chakras rotate at 33
times per second then you become awakened. We have also discovered
that by making the grid lines vibrate we can make the chakras rotate at
that particular speed.
After scanning a number of places we have discovered this place, the
Golden City, and some of the major grid lines are surfacing from this
place. It is here that we are building the temple. This structure can hold
8,000 people. When 8,000 people will start meditating continuously in
turn, the grid lines will start vibrating not just in Golden City but across
the globe as the energies will rise due to the power generated by medita-
tion. These grid lines will in turn affect the chakras taking you into differ-
ent states.
And also the Golden City, otherwise called as ‘Global City’, is constructed
totally according to the vastu that was revealed by me. This would enable
me to hold the auspicious energies and negate the negative energies so
that it becomes easy for me to increase my grace thousand folds as the
energy level of a place is very essential for grace to come.
So let us say you are in Beijing and the vibrations are set in motion here,
in Beijing you will start getting experiences and then whatever should
happen will start happening. Then, whether you like it or not you will be-
come awakened.
So to make this happen we are building the Golden City. I want all of you
to come and meditate there once it is completed.

This temple that we are building has a special kind of structure, built on a
very special place. That is after 64,000 people are awakened thousands
of them will come there, sit there, and meditate.
So when that happens, let us say out of the 64,000 who have made it, six
or seven thousand people will be meditating in those halls and the re-
maining would be giving Oneness Blessing in the world. So their Oneness
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Then after sometime this group would go out and newer group would
come in.
It is like the power generator, with so many highly awakened people, all
in the same hall. That is why it is a pillar less hall with a very special de-
sign. So as you keep meditating, it is like power supply which goes into
the people who are giving Oneness Blessing outside and helps mankind
to become awakened very fast. This temple is being specially built for the
specific purpose of awakening mankind.

The Oneness Temple is a very unique temple. As we walk through the


various passages of the temple our chakras would start opening up,
starting with the mooladhara to the sahasrara. As we come near the
dome of the temple our frontal lobes would be activated. When the fron-
tal lobes are activated we would be able to see the God we worship. If
one is a Christian he would see Christ, a Hindu would see his Hindu God,
a Muslim would have his experience of God. People from all faiths and
religions from anywhere in the world could come and pray to their God in
their own way. They will see their God.
This is a temple for the whole of humanity.

We are helping people to discover the truths embodied by their faiths. As


far as we are concerned we are not trying to produce any synchristic
faith by putting them all together. We are trying to keep each faith as
pure as possible, as it originally was. Because all faiths are experience
based. That is how faiths start. But soon the existing powers take over
and make use of it for other purposes. That is how they go corrupt, they
become organised and finally they become a nuisance to mankind.
We want to go back to that pristine purity. That is why at the oneness
meditation hall which is more of a powerhouse you could worship any
God in any form you like. There will be a throne there, a very special kind
of a throne where many can actually see the God they worship. The
throne would be empty but you could see the God that you worship.
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Here we say, “You can worship any God you like". You could follow any
teaching you like. All we are telling is, “If you are a Christian we will help
you to discover the truth of the Bible and Christ. If you are a Muslim we
will help you to discover the truth of Allah and of Islam and of the Quran.
If you are a Hindu you discover the truth of Lord Krishna and the Geeta,
or if you are a Rama bhakta you discover the truth about Rama. If you
are a Buddhist you discover the truth of Lord Buddha and nirvana."
We belong to all faiths. We are not an exclusive faith. It is not that you
must worship Amma Bhagavan, not at all. You can worship any God you
like and of your choice. And what should be your moral values? You cre-
ate your moral values. We will support it; that is all. We are not a new
community, we are not a new movement. That is why right now in this
campus we are also having programs for Christians, we are having pro-
grams for Muslims. For example, when the Muslims and the Christians
come there will be no Amma Bhagavan srimurti; only the Bible would be
used, only the Quran would be used.
So for everyone their faith. This is not a new faith. We only tell, “Look,
every faith is equally important. If it suits you, you take it. Whatever suits
you, you take it." We will help you with that, with your God. Supposed the
Buddha says, “You have to become free of the self," we are prepared to
make you being free of the self. Supposed Christianity says, “You must
love everybody," we are here to help you discover love for everybody. If
you are a Muslim and you say, “I must submit to the will of God," we will
help you by doing that. So whatever you want, we are prepared to help
you with that.

The Oneness University can be considered as a university for universities.


It exists to make you into a true human being. Every human being has to
be awakened, every human being has to be God-realized. This university
exists to help you become awakened, to help you become God-realized.
The function of the university is not only to give you an understanding of
the human mind, human consciousness, and life itself but also to bestow
the state of awakening or oneness to you. Seekers are not only given the
state but are also empowered to transfer this state to others. One is fully
empowered to help others become awakened. The effort is to create a
new humanity which would have discovered oneness.

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Poornamadam Poornamidam
Poornaat Poorna Mudachate
Poornasya Poornamaadaaya
Poornameva Vashishyate

All this is full. All that is full.


From fullness, fullness comes.
When fullness is taken from fullness,
fullness still remains.

O M Shanti Shanti Shanti

Peace (be for all beings in all worlds).


Peace (be all around me).
Peace (be within me).

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On Various Subjects

There are four factors which are essential for the success of an individual.
First and foremost you need a clear vision. A life without a vision is like a
journey without a destination. Every one of you has an option – either to
drift along like a dry leaf carried hither and thither by the winds or fly like
an arrow towards his goal, and the universe would help you reach where
you want. The universe is like Aladdin’s magic lamp; it will give you what-
ever you seek.
Secondly, you need to have a focused mind, a mind that is capable of at-
tention, that is capable of hard thinking. Thirdly, you ought to have excel-
lent relationships within the family. A strong civilization stands on the
foundation of a strong family. In a world of accelerated change it requires
a very loving relationship between children and parents, to keep our-
selves sane. If your relationship with your parents is set right, all prob-
lems, whether with you academics or your career, would dissolve miracu-
lously.
Ultimately, you need to live in a state free of conflict, a state of existence
where you feel connectedness and love.

Prosperity and poverty are dependent on the mindset of the individual. If


your thinking is defective, it would reflect itself as failure and disorder.
People who worship poverty and have a wrong understanding of de-
tachment ruin their lives.
A spiritual person is often supposed to be otherworldly and is expected
to express contempt for money and material prosperity. However let me
tell you, to create wealth and to succeed by itself is a spiritual sadhana,
given that it needs a focussed mind, creativity, and hard work, all of
which are also required in one’s pursuit of awakening.
If people would realize that creating wealth and sharing it with others is
an extraordinary spiritual activity they would certainly become happy and
would be responsible in creating a better world.

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We do not speak of your karma or her karma. There is no individual


karma at all. There is only human karma.
Now, Ramana Maharshi5 had cancer. So did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa6.
Others had other problems. You cannot become free of karma totally
because it is not ‘your’ karma, and moreover there is no ‘you’ at all in the
first place. I told you the ‘self’ is only an illusion; it can just disappear. So
how could there be ‘your’ karma?
Now, often you find that you are being distracted by various thoughts.
Just like we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide we
breathe in thoughts and we breathe out thoughts. There is the thought
sphere which contains all the thoughts of people who have lived from the
last eleven thousand years. All their experiences, ideas, views etc. are
stored here. This is called ‘human karma’. This human karma is flowing
through you. Like for example, you are living in the city of Chennai that is
polluted, you have to breathe in that polluted air. You cannot escape it or
be free of it. So it is this man’s karma that is influencing you all the time.
But then, can man be free of all the present karma accumulated in all
these thousands of years? Yes, it is possible! Now, where do you think
the thought sphere is stored? These thoughts are stored in the earth’s
magnetic field. Whatever has happened the last eleven thousand years is
stored here. I told you about the Schumann’s Resonance7 which used to
be 7.8 cycles per second and has now8 become 11 cycles per second.
And if you work mathematically, in the year 2012 it is going to be 13 cy-
cles per second, and when this happens the earth’s magnetic field would
vanish or become very, very weak for about three days.
Now, we have the earth’s core which is rotating, and that is responsible
for the magnetic field. The earth itself is passing through what is called
the ‘photon belt’ which is what is slowing it down. So it will slow down
and probably come to zero when the earth’s resonance is 13 cycles per
second, and then it would start rotating again but in the opposite direc-
tion.
Has this happened before? Yes, we have plenty of fossil evidence to
show that this has happened almost every eleven thousand years. And
more so, almost all the ancient scriptures of the world, from India to Tibet,
China to South America to Central America, all speak of this phenome-
non.
Now, suppose you are programming a computer and there is a power
failure, the entire program is deleted. That is why you have the uninter-
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Saint from the 20th century who lived in Southern India
6
Saint from the 19th century who lived in Northern India
7
Could be defined as ‘earth’s heartbeat’
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rupted power supply, the U.P.S. Just the same way, when the earth’s
resonance reaches 13 cycles per second there is some kind of power
failure, and the magnetic field vanishes. And when the magnetic field
vanishes, the thoughts stored there also would vanish. With all that, all
the records of eleven thousand years go away.
When this happens man will become free of karma. This has happened
many times and there are scriptures that speak about this. But now, even
if you are awakened you are not going to be free of karma. Even Ramana
or you must breathe the same air. The only difference is Ramana doesn’t
suffer psychologically as his self has dissolved.
But, for the karma to dissolve completely and not come back a minimum
of 64,000 people must have become awakened by 2012. It is only then
that a new world would emerge.
That is why all of you have to prepare yourselves for mukti as quickly as
possible. It is very important.

Normally after you die you hang around for 3 days. You can see every-
one around you still. The person may not know he is dead for 3 days, al-
though once people start weeping they begin to suspect. Doing a proper
ritual can help them make a transition.
Normally the journey begins after 3 days. It is a very beautiful journey.
You meet people along the way that you knew. In ten days you meet the
Light. By your clock it will take ten days. It is not as fast as in NDE’s.
There is a life review. You constantly go into the bodies of those you
have interacted with. You judge yourself according to the same stan-
dards you use for others, and decide where you want to go. If you think
you deserve to go to hell then you can do so. There is a Christian hell, a
Buddhist hell, an Islamic jehenna, etc., not much different from each o-
ther. On the other hand, if you haven’t judged people you will not judge
yourself.
If you ask for liberation9, the beauty is that no matter what has happened
in your life the Light cannot say ‘no’!

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Basically and fundamentally there is not much of a difference between


science and spirituality. Both are in search of the truth, the truth about
oneself and the truth about the nature of this universe. The methodology
that they employ is different but the issue is the same. Science employs
observation and experimentation through the medium of the external
world whereas spirituality does it through the inner world.
For example, in order to know the anatomy of the body one has to dis-
sect the body and observe it. But the same anatomy can also be known
mystically by doing dhyana on the vishuddhi chakra. Similarly, one can
study dhyana on the agneya chakra which otherwise you would need in-
struments to know.
According to quantum physics everything in this universe is a particle,
which appears as a wave, and if you go still further it is a field. Spirituality
also arrives at the same discovery that everything at the core is con-
sciousness, and consciousness manifests as the universe.
In the contemporary world the scientists and spiritualists are working to-
gether. Today they have even invented an instrument that can show a
spirit as it is leaving a person’s body.
So ultimately we can conclude that science and spirituality are just two
sides of the same coin.

A religion by definition has a founder, a sacred scripture, and has its ori-
gins in space and time. Hinduism has none of these. It does not have one
but many founders. Each acharya founded his own school of thought. It is
a conglomeration of several minor religions. Hence it does not have one
book or a single way of looking at things. It is more a way of life. Its ap-
proach to life is inclusive. It does not segregate life as the good from the
bad, the sacred from the profane. This is epitomized very clearly in its
temple architecture.
To the Hindu, life is a dream in the cosmic mind of God. Hence the ease
with which he accepts life. All things being illusory and magical, he does
not take them too seriously. He enjoys and celebrates every event of life.

The word religion means ‘to reunite’ – to reunite with God, with nature,
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the course of time became religions. Hinduisms founders being many,


each teacher has his own experience of God, and hence is comfortable
with every view. The one who says, “There is no God," is a Hindu as much
as the one who says, “I am God". This ancient religion does not squirm
when you say, “There is only one God," or that there are as many gods as
there are people. That is the freedom which Hinduism affords.
However, the problem a seeker confronts in delving into Hinduism in
search of the Ultimate is that many of its truths are shrouded in myths
and mysticism. This truth is communicated to the seeker in the form of
the seemingly incongruous images of deities. It is only through a direct
personal revelation that one gets beyond the symbol to the Eternal.

The greatest contribution of India is that the experiencer, the experi-


enced, and the experiencing are one and the same. It is an illusion to see
the division of the experiencer as separate from the object being experi-
enced and the act of experiencing.
Once you are awakened you will see that it is the mind which is creating
this strife, you will see that the observer, the observed, and the process
of observing is one and the same. There is no one observing the tree,
what is there is merely the experience of the tree. There is nobody look-
ing at the tree, you are inseparable from the experience of the tree. That
is why we say, “You are That".
However, that does not belong to the realm of the mind, that has to be
experienced.

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Short & Profound

Life is relationship and the best form of relationship is friendship.

Your very identity comes from your relationships.

Your existence is relative to the existence of the other.

Life is primarily governed by two needs, the need to love and the need to
be loved.

Genuine affection is to be affected.

In the absence of the heart, love and hate are but two sides of the same
coin.

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In relationships, planning is death.

The moment frameworks emerge in relationships the unconscious is at


work.

The destructive tendencies of the unconscious are silenced with the


blessings of your parents.

Your children inherit not only what you earn but also what you are.

A family that plays together, prays together, and dines together stays to-
gether.

Judgement and evaluatory processes cause suffering in relationships.

Trying to pin point blame is like peeling an onion; you land up nowhere.

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There is only one mind. This mind is identical in everybody.

Do not try to understand anybody because there is nobody to be under-


stood.

Love thyself to love thy neighbor.

The journey begins and ends with the awareness of where you truly are.

When the impossibility of change strikes you, you are awakened.

Awakening is not a psychological process but a neurobiological trans-


formation.

When effort ends, the miracle begins.

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When you embrace your incapacities, strangely the opposite emerges.

Content is never important but to experience it is.

Suffering is not in the fact but in the perception of the fact.

Fear is only in the anticipation, never in the actual.

Suffering is the incapacity to experience things as they are.

Life is to be experienced; anything when experienced completely is bliss.

Life is not a puzzle to be solved but a mystery to be experienced.

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To be awakened is to relate to reality and not to your interpretation of


reality.

While belief is binding, experience is liberating.

Seeing is believing, seeing is experiencing.

Truth when it is not yours still remains untruth.

All teachings are useless; all that they can do is that they can make you
into a seeker.

Assumption is a lie.

Prosperity and poverty begins with thought.

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All resistance to truth is because of failure of intelligence.

Tampering with the flow is the birth of suffering.

90 % of your suffering is self-created.

The external world is merely a reflection of your inner world.

If the inner changes, the external changes.

As you feel so shall it be.

The four essential keys for transformation are self-acceptance, relation-


ships, prayer, and Oneness Blessing.

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Life is what you make of it – a school, a battlefield, or a playground.

Consciousness is the playground where the higher and lower conscious


are at play.

Your choice aligns you to the higher or the lower conscious.

A breakdown state creates a breakdown reality while a breakthrough


state creates a breakthrough reality.

Do not let the situation determine your state; let your state determine
the situation.

A happy person creates a happy world around him.

When you are focussed all things fall into place.

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We are the architects of our life.

Intent + effort + divine grace = growth & success.

Silence gives birth to creativity.

You co-create your destiny with God.

God is where all contradictions coexist.

You create your God. You create your life. You create your religion.

God is what you want Him or Her to be.

Your life is shaped and guided by God.

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You have come here to discover love and a communion with God.

If you discover love you will know exactly how to live.

Oneness Blessing is the Divine reaching out to man.

The Presence flows into you through Oneness Blessing.

Formless as I am, I awaken formless in you as the Antaryamin or in the


form you desire or in the form I choose.

There are no other prerequisites to experience grace other than a per-


sonal relationship with the Divine.

Miracles are signs to awaken faith and to reveal a world beyond the five
senses.

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Prayer is like an itch you send up the body of God.

The best form of prayer is gratitude.

The Moola Mantra is like a direct telephone link to M E.

Remember you are very dear to M E.

I am active in the collective and work for the transformation of the col-
lective, even as I work for the transformation of the individual.

Sense of separate existence is the root cause of all suffering.

All existence is bliss when you are one with the Divine.

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Part II: Treasury

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The Vision

‘To set man free’ is the sole passion of Sri Amma Bhagavan. This vision
runs as the nerve current through every activity of the Oneness Move-
ment. The origins of this passion are to be traced back to the time when
Sri Bhagavan was three years old. In his experience the whole universe
was an extension of himself. His consciousness had always been so. As
Sri Bhagavan began to experience people he became cognizant of the
fact that people were not experiencing the world the way he was experi-
encing it. He saw they felt separate from the rest of the world. This sense
of separate existence, he discovered, was the edifice on which stood
human suffering. This was the very first awakening that Sri Bhagavan had
of the human predicament that shaped his future work. Sri Bhagavan felt
that the human consciousness was capable of a much vaster and richer
experience of reality than it is experiencing today. To restore man to the
magnificence and splendor of his natural state of being became Sri Bha-
gavan’s passion.
Thus the vision took its birth.
The nature of existence is bliss. It is qualified by auspicious qualities like
love, compassion, connectedness, and silence. Man’s consciousness is
fettered by concepts, ideas, conditionings, and mental constructions. Sri
Bhagavan observes, ‘When consciousness is purged of all its contamina-
tion what remains is life, pure consciousness, or God’. Hence Sri Bhaga-
van defines awakening or oneness as 'liberation of life itself’.
This ‘total and unconditional freedom’ Sri Bhagavan speaks about is elu-
cidated in the following verse on awakening:

Awakening
Is
Liberation of Life
Is
Liberation of the Senses
Is
Liberation from the Self
Is
Liberation from the Mind
Is
Liberation from Knowledge
Is
Liberation from Conditioning

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Is
Liberation from Society
Is
Liberation from Work
This is truth.

Moksho Nama Jeevasya Vimuktihi Etasmat


Indreeyanaam Vimuktihi Etasmat
Ahamkarat Vimuktihi Etasmat
Manaso Vimuktihi Etasmat
Gnyanasya Bandhat Vimuktihi Etasmat
Samskrte Bandhat Vimuktihi Etasmat
Samajasya Bandhat Vimuktihi Etasmat
Karmano Bandhat Vimuktihi
Iti Satyam Satyameva Satyam
Iti Satyam Satyameva Satyam
Iti Satyam Satyameva Satyam

Liberation of Life
Awakening at a very fundamental level is to 'live life’. The scriptures de-
fine an awakened man as someone who is able to hold his senses under
control. According to Sri Bhagavan, awakening on the other hand is lib-
eration 'of’ the senses or freeing the senses from the clutches of the
mind. The mind with its judgments and commentaries interferes with
every sensory perception, making it stale and lifeless. If not for this inter-
ference of the mind, the human nervous system is capable of generating
bliss through every sensory experience – be it seeing, hearing, smelling,
tasting or touch, irrespective of the object of the experience. Thus one
whose senses are liberated transcends the life of the mind and experi-
ences the life of the senses.

Liberation from the Self


Self is the sense of separate existence. Whenever there is the 'me’ and
the 'other’ the result is fear – fear of what the other would do to me. Out
of fear, struggle for survival, comparison, jealousy, hatred, all the rest are
born. Sri Bhagavan says, “Self is only a concept". A concept by definition
is something that does not exist in reality. It is an illusion.

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Liberation from the Mind


The popular notion about freedom from the mind is either cessation of
the mind where you enter a state of 'thoughtlessness’, or transformation
of the mind where the mind experiences greater freedom and peace
within itself. The liberation Sri Bhagavan speaks about is neither of these.
It is the cessation of the effort to stop or change the mind. Then you are
free 'with’ the mind. The mind with its contents exists independently only
to aid you with practical issues of life but does not interfere with the ex-
perience of life itself.

Liberation from Knowledge


When Sri Bhagavan speaks about liberation from knowledge it is libera-
tion from the bondage of knowledge and not knowledge itself. When
knowledge is not translated into an experience it becomes a hindrance
to the very experience that you have set out to achieve. Knowledge that
is an obstacle to the experience of life is a burden and bondage. Hence
has to drop.

Liberation from Conditioning


The ideas of communism, capitalism, equality, nationality, religion, etc.,
have been developed by man over millennia. These ideas and concepts
have a life of their own. They are making use of your life for their survival.
They enter you as a 'thought bug’ and color every experience of life. Lib-
eration from conditioning is not to be devoid of any idea or concept but
to be free to choose them in functional matters of life.

Liberation from Society


Ultimately man is bound by the concept of 'freedom’ itself. He thinks
freedom is achieved by going against the existing system and the norms
of the society. 'Freedom’ is essentially an internal state of existence
where you no more arise from fear. Hence there is no suffocation or re-
sistance against any structure, law, or value that 'society’ stands for.
Freedom is not a revolt against something. It is a state of consciousness
that has no opposites.

Liberation from Work


Sri Bhagavan differentiates activity from action. Activity is an escape
from inner void or pain of existence. It is done as a means to an end. You
work, drive, cook, clean, pray because you have a psychological need
behind all these that you want to fulfill. Action is where the destination or
the purpose exists in a physical sense but not in a psychological sense.
The experience is an end in itself. It arises from an inner state of joy and
freedom. While the awakened man also works he is free from the tyranny
of work.

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A Divine Phenomenon

People visit places of power, people


of power. Oneness Blessing is a
phenomenon of power. Man has
been endeavouring to reach the
Transcendental.
Sri Bhagavan says, “Thought cannot
end thought, effort cannot end
effort, the self cannot end itself".
Every pursuit strengthens the pursuer. When you know that the effort is
counter productive a new form of effort arises – the effort to stop all ef-
fort. Effort multiplies in an exponential ratio, effort, effort 2, effort 3. Thus
numerous seekers fighting their battles with the mind have lost hope. A
spiritual awakening calls for the outbreak of a massive phenomenon, and
'Oneness Blessing’ is the response to that call.
It is 'God’ or 'The Divine’, now punching a hole on the wall of mind for
man to cross over.
Oneness Blessing is based on an ancient principle that says, 'Anything
could be transferred, be they states of consciousness, wisdom, or en-
ergy’. In the Vedic lineage there is a story of a master who enraged at his
disciple demanded that he return the wisdom imparted to him. The obe-
dient disciple coughs out a 'golden ball of insights’ bestowed by the mas-
ter. The 'Pentecost’ phenomenon where the apostles laid their hands and
people had a plethora of experiences also testifies to the principle of
transfer. In many eastern traditions 'mantras’ were used by the masters
to transfer spiritual experiences and wisdom.
Oneness Blessing is shared by touch and through intent.
Oneness Blessing thus given affects a neurobiological change. There are
16 centres in the brain responsible for definitive experiences like sensory
perception, emotions of jealousy, hatred, fear, compassion, love, joy,
separation, connectedness, creativity, learning, etc. Oneness Blessing re-
sults in the activation of certain centers and the deactivation of certain
centers bringing about a shift in the perception and experience of life.
The process finally lands the seeker in a permanent, incredible state of
consciousness.
A unique feature about this phenomenon is, 'A Blessing given is also a
Blessing received’. When you receive Oneness Blessing you are a bene-
ficiary. That is well known – but when you give Oneness Blessing your
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helmsman who himself crosses the river rowing others ashore. Millions
across the globe are partaking divine grace in the form of Oneness
Blessing.
It is the convergence of man’s passion and God’s compassion.

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Acharya Anandagiri: Wisdom of the Awakened One

The way we experience what


surrounds us, the way we relate to
ourselves, to the people around us,
to the things around us, the way we
respond to situations, all depends
on how our brain is functioning. As
the balance of brain activity
changes, the sense of separation
begins to slowly disappear. You
begin to feel more and more
connected to people, closer to people, connected to everything around
you. You really feel one with everything. You feel more and more joy,
more and more love. The way you relate your everyday experiences, the
simple things of everyday life, is affected.
So it should be possible to start mapping the changes in the brain and
then studying the change in the behavior of the person. And I would ex-
pect that that they correlate perfectly. If all of this is governed by the
state of the brain what does it matter which teaching you subscribe to, or
which faith you follow? It is totally immaterial.

We gain nothing talking about the truth, about our true nature, about the
unity consciousness. We only flood our mind with more concepts. We are
about living life, if we can really live life?
I was speaking to you about this young singer from Mexico. He came to
the Oneness University several times. The first time he came, he came
with a very profound question, “What is the purpose of my life?" May be if
I spoke about that you will probably feel more at home because these
are the questions that you expect spiritual people to talk about. This man
came with this question. And every few hours he would ask this question
to me, “What is the purpose of my life?" I would say, “I don’t know, Noel".
His name is Noel. He kept asking this for ten days. I had an explanation
but that explanation is not the answer because these questions don’t
have an answer. The question itself must disappear because the question
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of a lack, lacking a purpose. I offer no explanation because that would


not be the real answer.
However, on the tenth day approximately we were all meditating in the
night, a group of 70 people. The room was dark, just a candle light. At
around 1 or 2 in the night we heard a man screaming in the room, and
we all knew it was this person because by then he had become popular
in the group because of his persistent question, “What is the purpose of
my life?" And what did he scream, “Master! All I want to do is drink a
glass of water and eat a banana". What a profound question, “What is the
purpose of my life?" The ultimate existential question for which every phi-
losopher would die to give an explanation, and what an answer he found!
He said, “All I want to do is drink a glass of water and eat a banana".
This is life. If we can truly drink a glass of water and eat a banana the
question does not exist because the purpose of life is living itself. Be-
cause we cannot experience life this way we try to create a meaning for
our life and search for that meaning. This is life. If you are doing what you
are doing, when the simple experiences of your day to day existence like
drinking a glass of water, like driving your car, like working, like dancing,
like watching a movie, like playing a sport, when they are transformed
into enjoyable experience that is living, that is spirituality.

Any kind of spiritual practise, however profound it is – in its meaning, in


its purpose – if it is not a practise you enjoy it serves you no purpose. It
is more an obstacle than help; be it celibacy, be it meditation, be it fast-
ing, be it anything. You progress if you enjoy. You progress if you are true
to yourself.
What is needed is an inner integrity. And what does this mean? You have
no love in your heart and you try to look like a person full of love. When
you know that there is no love in your heart that is inner integrity.

All of us are constantly striving to become beautiful people. We want to


change ourselves, transform ourselves, become perfect in every way. We
don’t want to be angry, we don’t want to be judgmental, we don’t want to
be jealous, we don’t want to compare, we don’t want to be dishonest. We
want to become this beautiful person.

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And all of us carry within us the image of this beautiful person, the image
painted to us by our religion, by our scriptures, by our spiritual tradition,
by our society, by our parents. What is this image? The image of the per-
son who is never angry, who is never anxious, who is never afraid, who is
sweet, full of love, generous, non-judgmental, non-jealous, etc., and con-
stantly you are trying to become this person. You read a book and see
you can become this person. You go to a temple, mosque, church, a
synagogue and see if you can become this person or you attend lectures
like this, seminars like this, hoping you would become this person.
There is constantly a war, a battle of conflict happening within, a conflict
between what you are and what you should be like, your present state
and the beautiful person you should be, and that is why we constantly
find ourselves evaluating everything into two. Evaluating our thoughts,
our speech, our actions, like a referee, saying, “This is good, this is bad,
this should be there, this should not be there". You feel guilty, and then
you do all things trying to feel better. We waste so much of our time, our
energy, and our life, just trying not to feel guilty. And you hope that one
day you would become this beautiful person.

We are always trying to change others and the world around, we blame
the other. But it is impossible to change the other. You can only become
aware of the pain that is there. The awareness then turns inwards and
you ask yourself how you can become free of the pain inside.
You have to realize that ‘suffering is not in the fact but in the perception
of the fact’. Only then transformation can happen. Just see how the habit
is overpowering you, and then ask for divine support.
Everything fully experienced transforms into joy.

Individual transformation is global transformation.

Whenever the inner experience has an external manifestation – God is


an inner experience – and when it has an outward manifestation which is
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like internet for example, it is a sign that humankind will take its next big
leap.
And we see it happening already. Internet has in a way brought the world
together, where we know each other, we can connect with each other,
and that is why there are so many in the world who are transcending na-
tionality and religion, more and more people are becoming global, world
citizens, less and less national. We are beginning to be connected. We
are already connected, it’s just that we are beginning to experience it,
even externally.
So it looks like technology, science, internet is God’s plan for the Golden
Age. At least part of God’s plan, otherwise we wouldn’t be here today,
sharing with each other, connecting with each other.
The world is changing.

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The Oneness Temple

The Oneness Temple is a colossal structure that spans an area of 40


acres. This mammoth three storied temple, an architecture in marble, is
105 feet10 high. Built according to the ancient principles of vastu, the
Oneness Temple, also called the ‘Shakti Stala’ which means ‘edifice of
divine power’, is positioned at a point where the earth’s grid lines or en-
ergy lines meet. A very rare phenomenon that creates heightened energy
levels and is conducive for a spiritual awakening in people who meditate
inside the hall.
People across the globe have seen visions and revelations about this
great temple over the years and the role it would play in the divine
scheme of things. 8,000 people will meditate here at all times in different
shifts, creating a powerful spiritual energy that will transform humanity,
taking it into a higher plane of consciousness. Even before its completion
it is a spiritual destination attracting vast local and global tourists. Mysti-
cal visions and divine experiences descent upon people even as they set
foot on the sacred land.
Countless people from across the globe eagerly await the completion of
the sacred shrine11. It doesn’t belong to the people of any one faith or re-
ligion. It stands as a symbol of the oneness of humanity and oneness be-
tween man and God.

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Sri Amma: Words of Strength and Courage

There is always a special place in my heart for those who are dedicated
to the cause of liberation of humanity. Remember, your thoughts are
known to you alone. Your words are known to you and the listener which
nonetheless are forgotten with the passage of time. While the service
you render alone shall stay for eternity. It will benefit all life.

The highest of states is the state of seva. The spirit of seva is inbuilt into
every insight, realization, mystical experience, and mukti. It is this spirit
that drives you to share with the world what has been given to you.

The Divine is like the body and humans the cells. Whenever these cells
turn cancerous the body desperately tries to heal itself. Body is infinitely

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more powerful than any individual cell. But the individual cell, too, has
power which it acquires from the body. It uses this power to either coop-
erate or defy the body. So it is with man and God. Man, too being power-
ful, is defying the Divine.
It is not possible to transform the world without his cooperation. However,
the present state of affairs cannot go on for long. Ultimately it is the will
of the Divine that will come to pass.

Transforming the world is not just the responsibility of a few sages and
seers. To create a better world is the responsibility of every one of you. In
this struggle for survival, innocence, love, and values are being lost. It is
you who have to uphold these values.
Do not consider yourself to be ordinary beings. Each one of you has the
infinite powers of the Divine within you. You have the power to see God
in the heart of every human being, and once you begin to see the Divine
in every man you will be able to love every living being, every individual.
Through you God’s power would flow into the world.
Do not get habituated to lovelessness through your words, through your
loving actions, and through your service. You could awaken every human
being from his stooper of sufferings, self-created misery, and ignorance.
It is because of you the whole world could be awakened. Your taking up
this responsibility is the beginning of the Golden Age.

There are thousands whose lives need to be affected by you. It is my will


that this work shall happen through you. No matter how many may
emerge, fulfill your part yourself.

When the time for transition arrives the Presence would engulf humanity
like a tidal wave and alter its consciousness. Be not perturbed. Do what is
expected of you. Share your wisdom and the power of Oneness Blessing
with others. The rest will be taken care.

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Get going with your work and help your fellow humans. All things will fall
into place. No matter what your thoughts are, I will liberate you.

The nature of mind is to find fault with others, judge, blame, and label
others due to preconditioned perception. If the perception is negative
then the mind keeps on commenting, ‘He is bad, she nags, he does not
understand me, she is too suspicious, they do not love me, I have no re-
spect in the family, everybody uses me’, and so on. Everything would be
colored, hence you would continue to blame others and hence we de-
velop dislike. Dislike slowly turns into hatred which spoils relationship.
Because of this broken relationship, however good the others are we are
not able to ‘see’ the truth.
Mind generates logic due to fear but heart emanates truth. Fear is mani-
festing as hatred, jealousy, anger, and violence in families and society.
Stress comes not because of physical work but from negative approach.
We can see truth only when we love others. Logic destroys love. It is not
possible to love after you have judged. Hence we suffer.
Unless we learn the art of ‘seeing’ with internal integrity, we will not be
able to see the truth and discover love. If we can love only then we can
forgive and seek forgiveness. One should develop extreme patience to
maintain love and peace in the relationship.
God’s grace flows naturally to those whose relations are set right, par-
ticularly with the parents.

Awaken to your destiny. That is what you are here for.

It is the nature of creation to hold future a mystery. However, what you


should do in your future is up to you to decide. Surrender does not imply

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laziness. You have the power and the ability to make your choices. Make
use of all the opportunities that come your way. I will help you reach your
desired goal.

For a glorious future to be, desire must flower into passion and manifest
as action. Your attention must be focused on your goal. Giving up to the
Divine does not mean non-action. This is karma bhoomi, the plane of ac-
tion. Hence effort in the external world is inevitable.
My grace will go along with you in your efforts.

Whatever be your nature since you have asked me, you will have an ex-
perience of my power. Go home and chant the Moola Mantra. You will
see my grace for yourself.

Security is possible only when it is shifted to God.

Faith or no faith, I am in you and with you at all times.

“How long?" is the wrong question. Pray until grace floods.

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The Art of Prayer

Prayer is a form of communication with the Divine, with the whole. One
may pray to any form of the Divine one chooses and relates to best.
There is an ancient verse in the Vedas which says:

Aakashat Patitam Toyam


Yata Gachati Sagaram
Sarvadeva Namaskaram
Keshavam Prati Gachati

“As the water that falls down in rain from anywhere in the sky finally
reaches the ocean, the worship of any divine aspect ultimately reaches
the Supreme Being."

1. Invoke the Presence


Invoke the Presence of the Divine before you start the prayer. One way
to invoke the Presence is chanting the Moola Mantra. You may chant the
Moola Mantra 3, 21, 49, 108, or 51 times for physical healing and invite
the Presence to fill you or take over you completely. And request the Di-
vine to fulfill your prayer even if there are flaws in your prayer or possible
errors in your belief system.

2. Emotional Bond
The first and most important thing in a prayer is the personal bond or re-
lation you establish with God. Consider the Divine as your child, father,
mother, friend, or master. Bhagavan usually says that he and Amma are
happiest if the relation you choose is that of a friend. But then, look at
yourself and ascertain that you, too, are a true friend who responds to
the request of your friends immediately. The response of the Divine will
be similar to your response to the request of your friends.

3. Surrender and Helplessness


The prayer should always be prompted by a feeling of surrender and
helplessness. If you feel that you can manage even without divine grace
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genuine prayer. Surrender to the divine will that you are prepared to ac-
cept whatever the outcome may be. And that you are absolutely helpless.
Whatever effort you put in is just as an instrument of the Divine and not
as per your own volition.

4. Pray from the Heart, not from the Head


Prayer should come from the heart, not from the head. It is the feeling
that is important, not the thought. When the feeling is intense it creates
waves of a higher frequency that get connected with the cosmic energy
easily and make the fulfillment easily possible. The passion that you feel
for God is very significant in raising the emotional intensity.

5. Clarity and Completeness


Next, your request should be clear and complete in all respects. It is like
a sort of communication with cosmic energy, and so what you communi-
cate is very important. If you communicate something different or in-
complete, the response, too, may be what you do not expect. Hence be-
fore you pray, consider all aspects of your request and make it a perfect
one.

6. Speak internally
As already mentioned, prayer is a communication. You have to speak in-
ternally to God. You can say it aloud also. But it is better to speak inter-
nally as it will not distract others. The involvement increases as you go on
talking to God, and there will come a time when you shall feel God with
you everywhere, as an inseparable Presence.

7. One Request at a time


You should see that you request for only one thing at a time. It is much
similar to cooking a delicious dish. You should not mix two recipes at the
same time. Because what we finally get will not be either of the two but a
third distortion of both. Hence stick to the principle of ‘one at a time’.

8. Visualization
As you pray to God, visualize the expected result of your prayer, that is,
what you want to achieve in great detail. That means visualize yourself in
a state of having fulfilled your prayer, and then enjoy the happiness and
joy. Accept that the situation has changed as you have been blessed.

9. Pray with full Faith


Such an acceptance comes from full faith in God. As you know it is very
important to have faith without which nothing can ever happen. Have full
confidence in the efficacy of prayer and the benevolence of the Divine.

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10. Enjoy the Feeling of Grace


Enjoy the blessing and flow of grace into you. And request the Divine to
fulfill your prayer even if there are flaws in your prayer or possible errors
in your belief system.

11. Thank the Divine for the Blessing received


Naturally you shall be filled with immense gratitude for the Divine. Ex-
press it freely and sincerely to the Divine from the depth of your heart.
Prostrate at the feet of the Divine in deep gratitude and surrender.

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Meaning of the Moola Mantra by Poornima Dasa

Sat-Chit-Ananda Parabrahma
Purushottama Paramatma
Sri Bhagavati Sameta
Sri Bhagavate Namaha

O M is the primordial sound of which the whole universe is made of.


Sat-Chit-Ananda Parabrahma refers to the Divine which is formless
and without attributes. If we think about our body for example, it is not
only matter, there is an intelligence and a consciousness there that
guides all the activities in our body. How do you think your heart is beat-
ing or your cells reproduce in such an exact way? So ‘sat-chit-ananda
Parabrahma’ refers to this intelligence, this consciousness which is guid-
ing and controlling the universe. It guides the deer to escape from the
hunters. It guides ants to find food. It guides each creature on this planet.
This intelligence that guides your body is to be found in each cell, and it’s
the same intelligence that guides the whole universe. In the leaf, the tree,
the ocean. Everything is permeated with this Presence. And this Pres-
ence goes beyond our understanding.
Purushottama refers to the highest supreme qualities. From time to time
this formless Presence incarnates on the planet, and it flows through a
human body with all the auspicious qualities – wisdom, compassion, joy,
intelligence. Though it is a human body it is the consciousness of the Di-
vine that flows through. These beings are called Avatars. Avatars come to
earth with a divine destiny, to take mankind to the following phase of
their evolution. This is the goal and purpose of an Avatar.
When this form without form which is everywhere takes form within you
we call it Paramatma. This is the Indweller, inner Presence, or Antarya-
min. The Paramatma is the one who is totally dependent on you and who
loves you completely. The one who responds to your prayers and takes
care of your well-being and your security. It is this God in your heart that
operates miracles and the one who solves your problems, the one who is
concerned about your suffering and wants to liberate you. It is this God
who is so willing to be one with you and that you dissolve in Him.

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This cosmic consciousness that we call ‘sat-chit-ananda Parabrahma’ is


also your Divine Mother and Father. From them you were born. That is
why the mantra says, Sri Bhagavati Sameta Sri Bhagavate Namaha –
I bow to my Divine Parents.
The sages of the past, when they realized that cosmic reality was O N E
they perceived it in many ways. There are a million infinite ways to per-
ceive the Presence. If there are six billion people on this planet the Pres-
ence will be experienced in six billion different ways. Though it is one, it is
many. Though it is the same, it is different in each one of us. Though it is
so personal, so intimate like a lover or a mother, it cannot be understood
with our minds. It can only be experienced, it cannot be understood. And
it can only be experienced in the way it reveals Itself to you.
Maybe in this very moment it manifests like a deep silence. In another
moment it manifests like vast expanded consciousness, or an intense
awareness of what you are doing. Other times it will manifest like an in-
tense feeling of love, devotion, or surrender. Sometimes it may be com-
plete void or emptiness.
Everything is the P R E S E N C E. Just be whatever is going on.

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Sanskrit Glossary

Acharya: philosopher teacher


Agneya/Ajnya: third eye chakra located in the middle of the eye brows
Aham Brahmasmi: “I am Absolute Reality, I am That"
Ananda: joy, bliss
Antaryamin: “indweller", the Divine Presence in one’s heart
Avatar: incarnation of the Divine, embodied Divine Consciousness
Bhakta: lover and devotee of the Divine
Brahman: Absolute Reality
Chakra: “wheel", energy centre in the subtle body
Dasa: “one who serves", spiritual guide
Dharma: way, destiny; social commitment
Dhyana: meditation
Dukka: existential or spiritual suffering
Guru: “expeller of darkness", spiritual teacher or master
Gnyana/Jnana: insight, knowledge, wisdom
Karma: “action", law of cause and effect or the results of past actions
Kundalini: divine life force running from the base of the spine up to the
crown of the head
Mantra: “projection of the mind", sacred syllable or aphorism; words
containing spiritual power being repeated internally or chanted externally
to tune into Reality
Maya: “illusion", delusive force of creation
Mooladhara: root or base chakra located at the perineum
Moola Mantra: “root" or “main mantra", a powerful mantra being
chanted around Golden City and often played in oneness events
Mukta: one who is completely liberated in this very lifetime
Mukti: liberation, inner freedom
Mukti yagna: course for attaining inner freedom
Nirvana: “to cease blowing"; nothingness, the Absolute

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O M: primordial sound out of which the whole universe, this ‘one song’,
emerged and is constantly emerging, itself being this sound and its vibra-
tion
Sadhana: spiritual practise
Sahasrara: crown chakra located at the vertex of the head
Satsang: “communion in truth", spiritual gathering or discourse
Seva: selfless service offered to the Divine
Shanti: “peace", complete inner and outer calm and peace
Srimurti: image of a divine being or spiritual master; photograph of Sri
Amma and Sri Bhagavan being impregnated with their consciousness
Vastu: sacred architecture, geometry, etc. as revealed by the Vedas
Veda: “knowledge", ancient scriptures of India being revealed many
thousands of years ago by the ancient rishis or ‘seers’
Vishuddhi: throat chakra located at the larynx

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