The Beloved is indeed the goal, the lover is the veil,

The Beloved is indeed immortal, the lover's life must fail. - Rumi

A yogic understanding of the

Sermon on the Mount. To invoke

Divine Presence and to sanctify the

mind. The goal of prayer is the

harmonization between heaven

and the earth, which means one

develops intuitive vision where one

sees the world as an expression of

the Divine Self.

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A devotees tears catch the heart

of her Lord Sri Krishna.

In response the Lord physically

directs her to her long sought

for Guru in a most

miraculous way!

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This guided meditation,

using the traditional method

of watching the breath,

also includes the practice of

linking the movement of the

breath with the sacred

mantra OM.

"Things you Tend to Overlook"

Thanissaro Bhikkhu, one of the

foremost Buddhist teachers,

speaks on the "natural" process

of ageing, illness and death.

And the Buddha's teaching on how

to prepare for and rise above

them in advance.

"Gentle Hatha Yoga"

A unique 1 hour session of

hatha yoga, guided by one

of the foremost instructors

in the Hawaiian Islands.

A most valuable talk, given to

devotees at Sri Ramana Ashram,

on practical suggestions from the

Saints on how to develop a

concentrated mind full of

light and peace.

"An Antidote for Sorrow"

Swami Shantananda discusses

how to train the mind to

experience a measure of peace

within meditation, free from

unwanted thoughts.

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Remove the Rust from your Heart

from Lalla to Nuruddin by Jaishree K. Odin

Nuruddin says that a person to whom the divine knowledge is revealed, he continuously remembers God. He renounces love for the body and the ego and believes he is nobody has no name. The focus here is not on adopting divine attributes: it is rather on renouncing human traits, which opens the individual to the Divine attributes. Thus he says:

Remove the rust from your heart as if from a mirror.

That is how you will be acquainted with Him.

So youthful is your face and body.

Die before your death -

that is knowledge. (v. 64)

To the extent that the traveller on the path diminishes his own egocentric self, the base human traits associated with him also diminish in intensity. He thus opens the way for the manifestation of divine traits as he approaches closer to God. The aim of spiritual practice is to eventually experience the non-existence of one's own essence, as the state of existence is a borrowed affair from God. This idea is expressed in the following verse:

If you realise the One, the self will disappear.

So much brilliance emanates from the One.

Intellect and anxiety have no place there.

Who could drink from that river, my dear? (v.42)

Lalla was born in Kashmir sometime in the early 1300s.  Her aphoristic verses have been an integral part of Kashmir culture for centuries. Her verses, originally uttered in the old Kashmiri, are filled with vivid images that capture thoughts and experiences of her life. Some verses deal with the beginning of her quest as she struggles to discipline her body and mind. As Lalla begins her quest, she describes the worldly life in terms of a river, which she needs to cross in order to reach the other shore. She burns the "impurities of the heart" and kills her "desires" as she surrenders completely.

She "suffers the fire of love" as she awakens the Beloved within her.