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Thayumanavar (1705 - 1744) - a Shaivite philosopher from Tamil Nadu, India

You can control a mad elephant;
You can shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
You can ride a lion;
You can play with the cobra;
By alchemy you can eke out your livelihood;

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Abhinavagupta ( 950 to  1020 C.E) Kashmir. India.

'' In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Gitarthasangraha, Abhinavagupta emphatically declared that freedom from all miseries can be obtained by seeing Him (Paramshiva) in everything and everywhe

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Written most likely in the 6th century BC.

The Taittiriya Upanishad includes verses that are partly prayers and benedictions, partly instruction on phonetics and praxis, partly advice on ethics and morals given to graduating students from ancient Ve

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The Heart Of Siva

When the Heart is free of stains and a light occurs which illuminates the Supreme plane, by immersion in this shining light, one obtains identity with the Supreme Siva, that is, with consciousness...

~ Abhinivagupta

Some lines from Abhinavagupta's

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Tattwas ~ the Elements




Tattwa is a Sanskrit word composed of two syllables - Tat, which means ‘that’ and Twa, which means ‘ness’. So, taken together the two syllables mean ‘that-ness’. More concretely, the word means ‘Element’.

Tantra claims that all matter

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Vasana ~ Conditioned Inclinations

Vasana are the seeds of desires and inclinations, the vibrations in our being even before thought.

They are the automatic tendencies that condition our behaviour and personality. They generate the habits that become stronger with repetition, and tha

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The Koshas

The Koshas

#yoga #yogi #yogapose #acroyoga #ashtanga #meditation #namaste

KOSHA is a Sanskrit word meaning ''sheath'' or ''dimension''

The concept of the Five (Pancha) Koshas comes from Vedanta. Vedanta is a system of knowledge based on the Upanishads - those writings which came after, and often interpreted, t

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1 Reply · Reply by Moon Oct 15, 2015

Time in the Puranas

A poetic way of appreciating the vastness of time....

The Shiva Puranas were first written down in 4-6th century, but are said to have been orally transmitted since ancient times. (There are some references in older Upanishads from 5 th century BC to

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Extracts from Vasistha's Yoga

''The world-appearance is a confusion: even the blueness of the sky is an optical illusion.

I think it is better not to let the mind dwell on it, but to ignore it.''

~ Vasistha's Yoga

The above verse is said to be the central teaching of Vasistha's

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Isa Upanishad

Behold the Universe in the Glory of God: and all that lives and moves on earth.

Leaving the transient find joy in the Eternal : set not your heart on another's possession.

Working thus, a man may wish for a life of  hundred years.

Only actions don

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1 Reply · Reply by Moon Jun 30, 2015

Burt Harding's Page

I like this brief video from Burt in his dressing gown. Aside from a strange little meandering detour into Hitler (? What the heck, Burt? :D ), this video is really good about the two aspects of us ..Human and Being...

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I am Shiva - Adi Shankara

Adi Shankara, of the eighth century, summarized the entirety of Advaita Vedanta in six stanzas. When a young boy of eight, while wandering in the Himalayas, seeking to find his guru, he encountered a sage who asked him, "Who are you?" The boy answere

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Who Am I ? ~ Ramana Maharshi

Source ~ Translation of 1923 booklet ~



From Introduction ~ 

''The mind consists of thoughts. The ‘I’ thought is the first to arise in the mind. When the enquiry ‘

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Mandukya Upanishad


OM. This eternal word is all: what was, what is, and what shall be, and what beyond is in eternity. All is OM.

Brahman is all and Atman is Brahman.

Atman, the Self, has four conditions.

The first condition is the waking life of outward-movin

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Kena Upanishad ~ Part 4

cosmic storm

And the gods Agni, Vayu and Indra excelled the other gods, for they were the first that came near Brahman and they first knew he was the Supreme Spirit.

And thus Indra, the god of Thunder, excelled all other gods, for he came nearest to Brahman and

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Kena Upanishad ~ Part 3

All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind. ~ George Berkeley

Once upon a time, Brahman, the Spirit Supreme, won a victory for the gods. And the gods thought in their pride: ''We alone attained this victory, ours alone is the glory.''

Brahman saw it and appeared to them, but they knew him not. ''Who is that b

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Kena Upanishad ~ Part 2


Master  ~  If you think ''I know well'', little truth you know. You only perceive that appearance of Brahman that lies in the senses and is in you. Pursue your meditation.

Disciple ~ I mean to know. I do not imagine ''I know him well'' and yet I c

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