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 on: Today at 12:04 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
It has taken me years to realize what I consider real happiness, and even that glory belongs to God. Realizing my limits, flaws and mortality which is subject to birth and death and linear time, it is a practice to undo the superficial, habitual and deteriorating activities that have only brought additional suffering.  Gurunath has allowed us to experience his stillness, for a moment. It was peaceful. I believe you're right, we can temporarily subdue mind with meditation. The peace is so Lovely. As a house hold Yogi I am finding it difficult to balance. Moving past layers of material existence I become intoxicated by the almighty, immobilized or most always crying from divine influence. The Beloved is so Beautiful....

Then there is the responsibility for work, friends and family. I am not yet initiated but am reminded of the postman from AY who asked not to move to the second phase of Kriya yoga because of the difficulty he was having in performing his task whilst on Earth. Yes, now 30 years old I feel a responsibility while I am here experiencing this realm for myself and my family. To give them the Love they have graciously given me, the Love I continually seek- God. I will always steer back to the silence, a portable paradise as quoted here from Yogananda(Thank you for the daily inspiration button). In coming to terms with my responsibilities for my happiness, it is not so much an effort as it is a Joy, where Love is the teacher and guiding force. I imagine it will take even more years to undo the damage I have committed, absorbed and was even born into, it is my path and one that makes me happy.

I like the quote from Sri Ramana and the thoughts of I and it's origin and here we are, partial truths striving for the ultimate. More and more I am believing all paths lead to the one, how we get there is just fine. Here I am learning to live in the world and keep above it, continually forced to escape my attachments and reside in an even greater Love, to the best of my ability.

My friend often prays, "It is not mine to have but yours to keep" when thinking on his existence and the Lord. More thoughts for this thread but it's time to go... To let go.  Smiley

B, I have tried visiting your meditation room the digital portal but have not seen it up and running for sometime. Do you mind sharing what happened? I'd love to sign in if you ever decide to bring it back.

Thank you for the space, wishing the family here much Love and a Blessed day.

Yes I often have to remind myself that agitation is a choice we make in our mind. Happiness is another choice. The people around us who give happiness are yet another choice! I suppose the original thought of I was a choice as (.....) has been seemingly saying yet there is that thought of I. It is difficult to deny its existence! Even then there is the thought of denial. Only briefly have I experienced that which is beyond I. It may be important to recognize the thoughts that we entertain to create the idea and reality of ‘I’. Quite often the questions we ask are just as important or more important then the answers we appear to have.

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 on: Today at 06:40 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by ding dong
More and more I am believing all paths lead to the one, how we get there is just fine.

Where else could they lead? There's nowhere else to go!

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B, I have tried visiting your meditation room the digital portal but have not seen it up and running for sometime. Do you mind sharing what happened? I'd love to sign in if you ever decide to bring it back. 

That place has long been defunct. It was a fun experiment, but had some bugs, and not many people started using it. I must have missed making some money by not making it a smart-phone app, because now I meditate with a Buddhist group and they are always talking about some app they use which does the same thing. It is apparently popular. Maybe it existed before I even created my webpage, I'm not sure. And sorry, I don't know the name of that app.

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 on: Sep 19, 2018 10:31 pm 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by tides2dust
It has taken me years to realize what I consider real happiness, and even that glory belongs to God. Realizing my limits, flaws and mortality which is subject to birth and death and linear time, it is a practice to undo the superficial, habitual and deteriorating activities that have only brought additional suffering.  Gurunath has allowed us to experience his stillness, for a moment. It was peaceful. I believe you're right, we can temporarily subdue mind with meditation. The peace is so Lovely. As a house hold Yogi I am finding it difficult to balance. Moving past layers of material existence I become intoxicated by the almighty, immobilized or most always crying from divine influence. The Beloved is so Beautiful....

Then there is the responsibility for work, friends and family. I am not yet initiated but am reminded of the postman from AY who asked not to move to the second phase of Kriya yoga because of the difficulty he was having in performing his task whilst on Earth. Yes, now 30 years old I feel a responsibility while I am here experiencing this realm for myself and my family. To give them the Love they have graciously given me, the Love I continually seek- God. I will always steer back to the silence, a portable paradise as quoted here from Yogananda(Thank you for the daily inspiration button). In coming to terms with my responsibilities for my happiness, it is not so much an effort as it is a Joy, where Love is the teacher and guiding force. I imagine it will take even more years to undo the damage I have committed, absorbed and was even born into, it is my path and one that makes me happy.

I like the quote from Sri Ramana and the thoughts of I and it's origin and here we are, partial truths striving for the ultimate. More and more I am believing all paths lead to the one, how we get there is just fine. Here I am learning to live in the world and keep above it, continually forced to escape my attachments and reside in an even greater Love, to the best of my ability.

My friend often prays, "It is not mine to have but yours to keep" when thinking on his existence and the Lord. More thoughts for this thread but it's time to go... To let go.  Smiley

B, I have tried visiting your meditation room the digital portal but have not seen it up and running for sometime. Do you mind sharing what happened? I'd love to sign in if you ever decide to bring it back.

Thank you for the space, wishing the family here much Love and a Blessed day.

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 on: Sep 19, 2018 11:21 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by ding dong
You say you can steer your ship as its rightful captain. It is the thief, the pirate, who says so. Sri Ramana Maharshi explains in "Who am I?" that the root of the mind is the "I" thought.

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[Our]  mind  is  only  [a  multitude  of]  thoughts.  Of
all [the countless thoughts that are formed in our
mind], the thought ‘I’ alone is the root [base, foun
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dation or origin]. [Therefore] what is called ‘mind’
is [in essence just this root thought] ‘I’.
What  rises  in  this  body  as  ‘I’,  that  alone  is  [our]
mind. ... Of all the thoughts that appear [or arise]
in  [our]  mind,  the  thought  ‘I’  alone  is  the  first
thought.
Only  after  this  rises  do  other  thoughts
rise. Only after the first person appears do the sec
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ond  and  third  persons  appear;  without  the  first
person the second and third persons do not exist.

And from "Reality in forty verses":

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If that first person [our mind], [which experiences
itself] as ‘I am [this] body’, exists, the second and
third  persons  will  [also  seem  to]  exist.  If,  by  our
investigating the truth of the first person, the first
person  ceases  to  exist,  the  second  and  third  per
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sons will [also] come to an end, [and the reality of]
the first person, which [always] shines as one [the
one non-dual absolute reality, which alone remains
after the dissolution of these three false persons],
will  be  [then  discovered  to  be]  our  [true]  state,
[our real] self.
Since the thought ‘this body composed of flesh is
I’ is the one string on which [all our] various thoughts
are  attached,  if  [we]  go  within  [ourself  scrutinis-
ing] ‘who am I? what is the place [the source from
which this fundamental thought ‘I am this body’
rises]?’,  [all]  thoughts  will  disappear,  and  within
the  cave  [the  core  of  our  being]  self-knowledge
will shine spontaneously as ‘I [am] I’. This alone is
silence [the silent or motionless state of mere be
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ing], the one [non-dual] space [of infinite conscious
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ness],  the  sole  abode  of  [true  unlimited]  happi
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ness.

I was just having a little fun with the idea of "quiet mind", but there is a genuine point to be made here. That is that the mind can never truly be quiet so long as it manifests as such - and the root of its manifestation is the I-thought.

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 on: Sep 19, 2018 09:34 am 
Started by Surrender Kitty - Last post by Steve Hydonus
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Br0Mb-f2qaQ

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 on: Sep 19, 2018 09:12 am 
Started by Surrender Kitty - Last post by Surrender Kitty
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 on: Sep 19, 2018 07:59 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by tides2dust
While I have the mind I like to think I can steer this ship as its rightful captain. That is to say, through scrutiny and discipline, cast out unwelcomed thoughts and lay anchor to the velvety silence as often as possible. This does not mean being closed minded. When the forces of the world pull on me, and they will, I will work to keep the perspective geared towards my Ideal until finally arriving to my destination. To completely surrender to the almighty may mean physical death and lifetimes of renunciation. We are limited after all. Understanding what makes me truly happy and doing whatever I can to reside there has its moments of growth and selfless service- a greater Joy than I could have imagined, so this dense life of struggle and discovery isn't all that bad. Miracles are happening in every moment. Often these beliefs are kept safe guarded, to be practiced without interference. Perhaps we let the thief rob us of our liberty when forgetting we're born in a dualistic reality. Maybe the thief is actually a great teacher in disguise?

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 on: Sep 19, 2018 07:24 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by tides2dust
Self peace for world peace. You're both describing the same goal. Thank you for the enlightening thoughts. Good night Brothers!


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 on: Sep 19, 2018 05:46 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by ding dong
What interests me about this concept is that we all create realities for others just as God has created this reality for us. We are responsible for the reality we create for those around us, it may be conducive to spiritual awakening or it may be an illusion we construct that leads others down dark roads. We often have to think: is this realty I am forming helping others find happiness or is it smoke and mirrors that create further suffering in other people’s lives driven by ego mania and self glorification and pleasure?

Why burden yourself with such thoughts? It is a hallmark of the ego-mind to attribute everything back to itself. It is like the man who waves his spoon with great passion and fury, conducting a pre-recorded ochestra *. In point of fact, all acts performed by the ego-mind which thinks, "I am doing this", have no ability to help the jiva realize its true nature. Even the acts that ego-mind deems to be good turn out, after all, to be useless for igniting the fire of awakenness is sleeping jivas. That's why it is said that it is much better to wake up yourself, rather than worrying about managing things (and characters) within your dream.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL3s_uh6UdY

 20 
 on: Sep 19, 2018 03:43 am 
Started by Steve Hydonus - Last post by Steve Hydonus
America will never be destroyed from outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves! ~ Abraham Lincoln

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