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SELF-REALIZATION

"The goal of every life is knowing the Supreme, that is, attaining liberation; there can be no second aim." - Beloved Baba

"Every enlightened person on this earth, everyone who has been liberated, has had these virtues, and you cannot be realized without them. The first one is Compassion, the second one is Humility, and the third one is Service." - Sri Robert Adams

"Love is the ceaseless flow of divine effulgence. Sages called this Atma, the indwelling Divinity." - Beloved Baba


NOTE: Kindly please read this page only if your interest permits. Not otherwise. In other words, there is absolutely no compulsion on my part, in whatsoever manner, that you should read this page. I always and fully value your own understanding/feelings on spiritual matters. Of course, if you are already in the know-how of all that I have written in this page (based on my own humble understanding of the words of Mahans, matters presented in Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, etc.), then you yourself obviously will skip reading this page. This aside, those of you who have landed in this page without knowing anything about me and if at all you wish to know all about me, please see the footer of this very page for full details. In short, I am a NOTHING entity (not even zero). God alone is everything. But, if you still see something of an entity in me, then please note well that I am very much a work-in-progress, with lots of faults still intact. I am striving my best, much like every other person who is not yet enlightened, to uproot my vasanas and perfect/purify myself 100%. That's all I am. God bless all.


Related pages: BABA.azhagi.com, M.T. Mind
The 7 books of Yoga Vāsiṣṭha - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book 7, Intro to the aforementioned 7 books

SATGURU
SatGuru Charanam. If you have your own SatGuru (God in human form) and your surrender is wholesome and 100% to your SatGuru, then you do not have any need for reading anything written in this page. Everything is taken care already. In fact, the opportunity to visit/read this page even would not have arisen, I believe. SatGuru Charanam.

GOD alone is true. Our entire universe is an illusion. God did not create it.
"The appearance of distinct countries, people, lands, sentient things, inert things, time, space and the entire lot is nothing but an illusion" - Yoga Vāsiṣṭha (YV, for short)

YV says that GOD (Consciousness, Atma, Brahman, ..., ..., ...) alone is TRUE. This entire physical universe^ is an out and out illusion#. Our universe* was not created by God. It was not created by anybody else too. At the same time, this utterly false, illusory and mirage-like universe cannot exist without God. Sarvam Brahma Mayam.

(^) with all its planets, living things, non-living things, stars, moons, galaxies, supergalaxies, etc. etc. etc., incl. time and space.

(#) just like that making an appearance, existing for some period of time, and then disappearing - only to reappear later after some period of time. And, this cycle of appearance/disappearance continues endlessly.

This universe is exactly like the dream you have (while sleeping), which has absolutely no reality, and which just like that comes and goes, on its own, without any creator. In other words, you did not create your dream! Yet, your dream could not have existed without you.

(*) Ours is not the only universe. There are zillions and zillions of other universes like ours. All of them too are illusions, nothing but illusions.

Another perfect example is a mirage. Our universe's nature is exactly that of a mirage. A mirage appears as though it is really existing but it was always non-existent. Since it never existed in the first place, there is no creator for it. Your own eyes see it for some time and its your own eyes which don't see it after some time. So, as such, the mirage neither had a creation nor a dissolution. So is the case with our universe! It never existed in the first place. It is not existing now also.

To sum it up, on the substratum of Consciousness (GOD), the universe just appears, as though it exists (just like a dream or mirage), for some period of time (cycles of yugas). Afterwards, it ceases to appear, for an equally long period of time. That is all to it. Hence, there is no question of a creator or dissolver for the universe!

"This universe, my friends, is an optical illusion", "The only time you will awaken, is when your mind is destroyed." - Sri Robert Adams

"A figure on the screen in the cinema show appears to watch the whole world. What is the reality behind the subject and the object in the same show? An illusory being watches an illusory world. ... .. . You and the world are as real as the cinema figure and the cinema world." - Sri Ramana Maharishi

"Self-knowledge reveals itself after the annihilation of the mind", "Love All Serve All", "Help Ever Hurt Never" - Sri Sathya Sai Baba

"To be free, shun the experiences of the senses like poison. Turn your attention to forgiveness, sincerity, kindness, simplicity, truth." - Ashtavakra Gita

Everything is GOD only (Sarvam Brahma Mayam)
Eventhough, except Consciousness (GOD), the entire physical universe is an illusion, still, an alternate viewpoint is also put forward in Yoga Vāsiṣṭha by Sage Sri Vasishta. It is - "The entire universe is Supreme Brahman (GOD) only". That means, this universe comes into form because of a series of superimpositions on Brahman. The sequence of the superimpositions is as follows: the Unmanifested (Avyakta) results from a superimposition of Maya (nescience or ignorance) on Supreme Brahman. Intellectual Principle (Mahat) will result from a superimposition of Maya on the Unmanifested. The result of the next superimposition of Maya is I-consciousness (ahankara). Then follow the five elements (Pancha bhutaas) and finally the visible world, as a result of the five elements. In other words, whatever we experience everywhere and in every way is Supreme Consciousness. This is called as the “View of Superimpositions (Adhyaropa drishti).”

How this viewpoint stands in relation to the other viewpoint wherein apart from the ONE Consciousness (GOD), there is no separate physical universe and hence there is no entity anywhere and no experience whatsoever, is as follows - The five elements (Pancha Bhutaas) are the cause for all the visible physical objects. But compared to effect, cause is more real, as cause precedes the effect. Therefore, the visible world is unreal and the Pancha Bhutaas have to be real. This is Step One in our Process of Elimination. The purpose of the Process is to move gradually towards truth by elimination. Compared to the Pancha bhutaas, their causative principle viz. ‘Cosmic consciousness (Hiranyagarbha ahankara)’ is true. This is step Two. In the same way gradually, Intellectual Principle (Mahat) and the Unmanifested (Avyakta) are eliminated. At the end, the unchanging, Pure Supreme Brahman will be remaining. This is called the “View of Elimination (Apavada drishti).”

Either of the above two viewpoints can be adopted
Sage Vasishta finally says - “Whichever viewpoint is adopted, what is obtained finally is one. And that is the Supreme Brahman. That pervades everything. That is Perfect (paripurna). That is Real."

Yoga Vāsiṣṭha - the ultimate treasure house of the ultimate knowledge
If you can "diligently" read the abovementioned 7 books of Yoga Vāsiṣṭha - not 'here and there' but in order - then, in my personal humble opinion, there is nothing more## for you to read, in the field of spirituality, in terms of understanding spirituality 100%. You might think "Oh. Every spiritual seeker says so about some spiritual treatise or other.". Honestly, that is not the case with Yoga Vāsiṣṭha (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Vasistha).

Yoga Vāsiṣṭha is the ultimate treasure house of the 'Ultimate Knowledge'. I am saying this after years of study of soooooooooooooooooo much of spiritual stuff, since 1990. Yes, the divine (that ONE supreme Consciousness) made me plunge into spiritualtiy, in an unexpected moment (happy moment), in Dec 1989, when I was 22.

You will believe what I say about Yoga Vāsiṣṭha if only you can read all of the above 7 books, one after the other, where Sage Vasishta explains to the depths - all about Consciousness (God), Cosmology, Creation, Evolution, Life, etc. through various means - allegorically, medically, scientifically, mathematically and what not. The stories of the past narrated in YV (films like Matrix, Back to the future, Inception, etc. are mere copies of these YV stories) are a supremely fascinating read. Some of the matters provided are unheard of and mindboggling. Even if you finish reading upto the 3rd Book, you would have realised to a great extent, the truth of all that I have written so far about YV. You would have perfectly understood how this whole universe along with the zillions of other parallel universes are all nothing but mere illusions. In other words, this or any other universe was not created by God. These understandings will help you realise how you shall put as much efforts as you can to attain Self-Reaslisation (same as GOD-Realization, the ONE AND ONLY GOAL of life), get out of this (incredibly grand)illusion once for all and remain in Consciousness (i.e. Truth, the birthless, deathless, unchanging, eternal Reality - GOD), for ever, eternally.

Yes, self-realization is Himalayanly tough^^, particularly with the attractions of this world, pains (due to physical challenges, diseases, injuries, old age, etc.) and vicissitudes of this life. But, even amidst all that, we (incl. me, of course) shall always try try try try try, to whatever extent we can. I have been thus trying since 1990. It is tough beyond words to still the mind, which is the sole requisite for self-realization, as per all Mahans. A 'Nothing Entity' like me definitely needed a SatGuru (God in human form) around me all the time - to guide my each and every step, so that I can still (in other words, extinguish and annihilate) my so-called mind. My sincere prayers for you to get your own SatGuru. My sincere prayers (from the very depths of my heart) for GOD-realization for AAAAAAAAAALLL......... in this very birth itself..... Sairam.....

(^^) An extract from Book 3 of Yoga Vasishta is as follows:
Sage Sri Vasishta: Lord Sri Rama! The illusionary appearance of the world is like cholera. It has been there for a long long time. It cannot go away that quickly. Self-inquiry is the only mantra to be out of it. 

(##) Only with respect to understanding spirituality to the hilt. Otherwise, one may need to keep reading one or other matter related to spirituality, in order to maintain focus. Reading/hearing/seeing spiritual matters alone can help us remain focussed since they serve as a great SATSANG when somebody does not have their own SatGuru yet. If you have your own SatGuru, then of course, His words are the only thing which matters primarily for you. You would not be perhaps reading this page even, in that case.

SatSang
Having written about SATSANG above, my humble opinion is that after reading Yoga Vasishta, you may opt to do this - Along with whatever you are reading so far for your Satsang needs, you may read the divine words of Mahans "Sri Shirdi Sai Baba, Beloved Baba, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsar, Sri Maha Periyavaa, Sri Gautama Buddha, Sri Ramana Maharishi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Sri Robert Adams, Sri Rumi, ..., ..," also, if at all you wish to and if at all you feel like. Their divine words, in great abundance, even as PDF files (for instance, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharishi), can be found very easily in the net in very many, very many sites. Books carrying their divine words are also available, if you are accustomed to reading books. For instance, Silence of the Heart is a book carrying the divine words of Sri Robert Adams. A 'MUST READ' in my opinion, perhaps as the very first book after reading Yoga Vasishta.

A note on the above-mentioned 7 books of Yoga Vāsiṣṭha
After my dearessssssssssssssst Amma reached the Lotus Feet of my Beloved Baba, I was finding it soooooooooooo tough. So, I was searching in the net on certain matters, including 'life after death'. I understood that there were millions who were going through the untellable ordeal of losing one's dearessssssssssssssssssst amma or appa or son or daughter or betterhalf. In relation to 'life after death', I saw Bhagawaan Sri Ramana Maharishi mentioning about the "Story of Leela" in YV, in answer to a particular related question. So, I searched on the net for a "comprehensive" YV (since I had already read 'YV Saaram' earlier many years back). I searched and searched and searched, looked at many translations/commentaries, downloaded some and finally zeroed in on the best commentary (on the 7 books of YV), for which only I have given the 7 links - right here - in this very page. For me, personally, in my own personal humble opinion or judgement, these were/are the best commentaries. It might differ for others. One more thing. I am not compelling anybody to read YV. If you have not read YV so far OR you are not interested to read YV even hereafter, so be it. Of course the inner desire exists in me (in the form of "யான் பெற்ற இன்பம் பெறுக இவ்வையகம்") that each and every individual in this world should read YV and benefit much the same way as I got benefited.

Note: If you are interested to read the full verse-by-verse translation of YV, then it is available in epub and mobi format at http://www.shivabalayogi.org/Books/Yoga_Vasistha.htm. It is the complete Yoga Vasishta full Mitra^^ translation (of 1891), updated in Modern English and annotated.

(^^) An extract from the aforesaid web page: Project Gutenburg made electronic versions of the complete 1891 translation of Yoga Vasistha Maharamayana by V. L. Mitra available to the public. Mitra’s translation is the only complete English translation of this work which is considered the finest exposition of Advaita (Non-Dual) philosophy. It is long since out of print.

Audio/Video commentaries on YV in YouTube
I found the following series of YouTube videos (Part-1, Part-2, Part-3, etc., etc.) carrying the commentaries on YV (in Tamil) by Sri Rama Sharma extremely beautiful, laced with natural humour too, here and there. In a nutshell, divinely supreme and spiritually brilliant. This is a life-time golden opportunity for all true seekers to listen to these commentaries and get benefited.



What all helped me before reading Yoga Vāsiṣṭha
It so happened that I read many related stuff too (mentioned in our puranas, etc.) before starting to read the 7 YV books. Those related stuff were on the 5 Koshas, Kalpas, 4 Yugas, how nature of people and longevity differ in each Yuga, how many lakhs of years comprise each Yuga, when is Pralaya (not the same as Maha Pralaya), when is Maya Pralaya, what all exactly happen - the sequence of events - during Pralaya and Maha pralaya, what are the 7 upper astral Lokas, what are the 7 lower astral Lokas, what is the exact structure of our physical universe## (and those of such similar zillions of multiple universes), etc., etc., etc. All these helped in understanding the commentaries in the 7 YV books in a supreme manner. Sairam..... Thanks a ton to my Beloved Baba and my dearesssssssssssssssst Amma for making me read YV and showing my SatGuru soon thereafter.

Note-1: The web references I have given above on koshas, lokas, kalpas, etc. are not the only reference links. I suggest you explore on the net and read more on them.

Note-2: I read the 7 YV books in order, one after the other. And not here and there, in each book. In the personal humble opinion of this child, reading the books in order only will give the right understanding and will be of right help to a seeker.
(##) this large pictorial representation of our physical universe is a must-see. Please do not miss to see it. It is a large picture.

Who said what on Yoga Vāsiṣṭha?
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

  • Yoga Vasistha is a very big thing. Yoga Vasistha needs to be read again and again, reading it once won’t work. If you read it every two to three years, something altogether different will come up. Read and ponder on it. You will gain new understandings.”

    Source: https://www.artofliving.org/in-en/wisdom/theme/7-astonishing-truths-from-yoga-vasistha, wherein 'the very first astonishing truth that is stated' itself is: The universe does not exist in the first place

  • Indian freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar:

  • "All of a sudden I fell upon the Yoga Vashistha, and I found it of such absorbing interest that I have come to regard it ever since as the best work on the Vedanta Philosophy. The propositions were so logical, the verse is so beautiful, and the exposition is so thorough and penetrating that the soul loses itself in raptures over it. Such a fine combination of philosophy and poetry is a gift reserved only for Sanskrit poets"

    "When I used to be lost in the reading of the Yoga Vashistha, the coil of rope I was weaving dropped automatically from my hands; and, for hours on end I lost the sense of possessing the body and the senses associated with that body. My foot would not move and my hand was at a stand still. I felt the deeper yearning to surrender it all. All propaganda, all work seemed such a worthless task, a sheer waste of life. At last the mind and the matter asserted their sway over the body and swung it back to work again"

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_Vasistha

  • Sri ShivaBala Yogi:
  • Everything one would want to know, he said, is in Yoga Vasistha.

    Yoga Vasistha is the book that Shivabalayogi recommended for people to learn more about his own spiritual philosophy, yogis and avatars generally, and the nature of creation.

    According to Shivabalayogi, it is the only book that accurately preserves a yogi’s teachings. Other scriptures, he would say, have been altered over time.

    Sri Ramana Maharshi, another great yogi of the 20th Century, often cited Yoga Vasistha. He encouraged the practice of self inquiry and one who reads Yoga Vasistha will find it to be the quintessential treatise on the practice.

    Source: https://www.shivabalayogi-writer.org/Yoga_Vasistha/Yoga_Vasistha.htm

    For the purpose of brevity, I have given only a few quotes/extracts above. You can explore more in the net to read who else said what on YV.

    Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, the longest scripture, after Mahabaratha
    YV is the longest scripture (around 30K verses), after Mahabaratha. Mahabaratha had so many tales to tell but YV is just about one aspect only (Sarvam Brahma Mayam. Self-realization is the only purpose of Life. Self-enquiry is the way for it.) and yet the 2nd LONGEST. So, one can foresee the weight and depth of YV. Yoga Vasishta has sooooooooo much of ABSOLUTELY STUNNING stuff (stories, etc.) - all of them to explain CRYSTAL clearly, beyond any iota of doubt, to Lord Sri Rama (who asks question after question after question - 100s of such brilliant inquisitive questions) that this entire physical Universe is an illusion and nothing else but illusion.

    Our universe is a HOLOGRAM - some modern scientists too think so
    After completing reading Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, one fine day, the thought "this universe is a hologram" flashed in my mind all of a sudden. And, this was/is the best way I could describe our universe, after reading Yoga Vasishta (yv). Actually, even prior to reading yv, I have read Mahans repeatedly saying that this universe is all Maya and nothing is real about it but I was not clear on how exactly it is an illusion. I was not able to visualise it or conceptualise it with 100% clarity. But, after reading yv, I had 100% clarity on that. And it was that clarity which made me conceptualise/visualise that "our universe is a hologram". Of course all the zillions of other universes are also holograms indeed. yv tells that indeed zillions of universes exist at any given point of time because of the fact that universes keep on getting created every microfraction of a second.

    Thereafter I searched the net on hologram and found out that Japanese have taken hologram to the next level by making you feel the hologram contents itself. i.e. you can touch and interact with the hologram. I also read how that is made possible.

         

    The knowledge of these things## strengthened my feeling that the best way to describe our universe is that "our universe is a hologram".
    (##) For instance, you can hear the narrator saying "hologram can be used to build an entire city or even the whole country" at 9:12, in the 2nd of the videos above.

    And, when I further explored in the net, I could see that some of the modern scientists too are thinking on the same lines. Some of the articles/videos which speak about this are:
    • bbc.com/earth/story/20160901-we-might-live-in-a-computer-program-but-it-may-not-matter

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bwLtlA9eDM (Is the Universe a Hologram?)



    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmDKlcaAWO0 (Why do some scientists believe that our universe is a hologram?)



    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auJJrHgG9Mc (The magic of AI neural TTS and holograms at Microsoft Inspire 2019)



    • An extract from the first link (from bbc.com) I have listed above is as follows:
      "Are you real?", "What about me?" - These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best guesses about how the world is, seem to leave the question hanging over science too.

      Several physicists, cosmologists and technologists are now happy to entertain the idea that we are all living inside a gigantic computer simulation, experiencing a Matrix-style virtual world that we mistakenly think is real.

      Our instincts rebel, of course. It all feels too real to be a simulation. The weight of the cup in my hand, the rich aroma of the coffee it contains, the sounds all around me – how can such richness of experience be faked?

      But then consider the extraordinary progress in computer and information technologies over the past few decades. Computers have given us games of uncanny realism – with autonomous characters responding to our choices – as well as virtual-reality simulators of tremendous persuasive power.

    • A divine quote from Siddha Gita is as follows:
        "Just as a mirror remaining unaffected presents within itself pictures owing to its clarity So also Chit (Consciousness) presents by its own power the objects illumined by itself within itself.".

        One needs to ponder over the above divine quote very well, in light of my (and few others of this universe's) feeling that our universe is a hologram. So, we can think of our universe as a sort of self-projecting hologram system, which is eternally powered to switch on/off any universe (one out of the zillions of universes) in cycles (ON[universe, lives begin] - OFF[after maha pralaya; no universe and life] - again ON[universe, lives begin]... .. .). During the ON/illumined cycle, the hologram system projects the universe inside itself, like a mirror. During the OFF/dark cycle, the hologram does not project anything. It is similar to a mirror which does not display anything in pitch darkness.

      The following divine verses from Sri Dakshinamurti Stotram also help to exemplify our thinking:
        1. This world is unreal like the image of a city in the mirror, it exists inside. Due to the power of Maya it looks as if it is manifested outside like in dream we see things outside ourselves. Salutations to Sri Shiva in the form of preceptor, who, at the time of self realization, makes one aware that Atma is without second (i.e. one)
        2. Like a tree inside a seed this world is not manifested initially. Later on it gets manifested due to Maya in space, time and various forms. Salutations to Sri Shiva in the form of preceptor who like a magician, through his yogic powers, transforms it by his own will.
        3. Who emanates from eyes and other sense organs like the light of a lamp kept in a vessel with multiple pores; by whose grace, I know that this light only illumines the entire world, salutations to Sri Shiva in the form of preceptor.
    As we can understand from the above, in a mirror, we do see the images in 3D, though they are appearing in a 2D flat surface only. Due to its inherent nature, the mirror which is a 2D only, is able to show the images in 3D. Likewise, the universe appears in 3D in Consciousness though it is not in 3D, in reality.

    Confirmation from my SatGuru
    Based on my above conclusions arrived at by me (intellectually, after reading 'Yoga Vāsiṣṭha') that this universe is a self-projecting hologram (like in a mirror), I did ask about this to my SatGuru (whose advent in my life was in December 2019 - an extremely monumental moment indeed, after 12 years of intense prayers of mine to my beloved Baba, to arrive as SatGuru) and he readily confirmed - in December 2019 - that this universe is indeed like a hologram (where the objects are hollow and unreal) and it is indeed like the reflection in a mirror (where depth is seen but everything is in 2D actually and unreal). Sairam.....

    Well, mine is only an intellectual understanding and confirmation of the same from my SatGuru. But, how exactly (like a hologram or mirror) it feels in the state of self-realization, SatGuru alone knows. As all say, the state of self-realization is ineffable, as such. Mortals like me are just trying to understand it via different words, until we attain self-realization ourselves. That's all.

    The following words are of my My SatGuru's:
    "To THINK", is not at all our nature, basically. Enough said? There is no need to have thoughts at all. There is no need for emotions/feelings even, which are the base for the thoughts. There is no necessity for the "I" attitude/disposition to stand as a governing, separate living entity. This entire lot of falsehood and fantasy, all together, originating from ourselves, extends to our body, our home, our country, our sky, our five elements, and finally upto the end of our cosmos. Enough said?

    2D to 3D (vs) 3D to 2D
    Some people never can see the 3D image hidden in a 2D stereogram. For example, look at this stereogram here. I hope you are able to see our Lord Sri Ganesha in it, as much as I am able to see, with lots of details and levels of depth. It is sooooooooooooo easy yet for some people it is soooooooooooo tough to have that slight shift in viewing/focus so that the 3D image is visible, in all its beauty. Self-realization - I personally perceive it as something similar to the stereogram matter. In Self-realization, one's vision turns inwards, with a steady inward gaze/focus, so that this whole 3D projection of the cosmos becomes a 2D self-projection (a self-projected hologram, as discussed earlier in this same page). This eternal inward gaze is soooooooooooo easy as per Gnanis and yet it has eluded and continues to elude the majority (including me) till this date (Feb 2020). ஐயே, ஆன்ம வித்தை அதி சுலபம் (Heyyy!, the science of self-realization is extreeeeeeeemely easy) - Sri Ramana Maharishi. Its my sincere wish that people who know to read Tamil do read the verses of Sri Ramana Maharishi here. Praying (from the very depths of my heart) for GOD-realisation for ALL, in this very birth itself......... Sairam.....

    Like can only create like. God is spirit. It is impossible for spirit to create material. Therefore material creation is an illusion.
    Consciousness is not material and it is implausible to think that God is material. God is spirit.

    Like can only create like. “The essence of consciousness is not material so it cannot be the cause of a material thing.” (VIB.55.2). It is impossible for spirit to create material. Therefore material creation is an illusion. It exists only in consciousness.

    Source for above: The book "Yoga Vasishta by Valmiki" [The original Sanskrit attributed to Sage Valmiki translated to English by Vihari Lala Mitra (1891) edited by Thomas L. Palotas (2013)]

    What is TRUTH, after all?
    You can see me using the word illusion (in contrast to TRUTH) very many times above. So, a question might arise as to what is TRUTH after all? I mean, if Consciousness is the only TRUTH and this entire physical universe is false, what exactly is TRUTH then? Well, the definition of TRUTH by mahans is as follows (put in my own words, based on what I have assimilated from their words):
    TRUTH is that which always exists (i.e. it is eternal - no birth, no death), is immutable (i.e. it does not undergo change in any manner whatsoever at any point of time) and is self-existent (i.e. it is not dependent on any other thing to exist).

    Apply the above definition to anything in this universe, including yourself. One can easily see that everything, including you and this universe itself (along with time and space), is false. Absolutely 1000000000000000% false.

    Well, to understand the above further more, please visit this page and muse over what is being put forth in these following succinct words of Sri Ramana Maharishi - "That alone is Real which exists by itself, which reveals itself by itself and which is eternal and unchanging".

    Let us now apply the above to our ENTIRE COSMOS (ENTIRE means, you, earth, planets, stars, galaxies, time and space - the ENTIRE LOT).
    - Is it eternal? NO. During MahaPralaya, it vanishes completely. And then, reappears anew. Some know this already.
    - Is it unchanging? NO. It keeps on changing every microsecond. It is in constant flux. You know this already.
    - Is it existing by itself? NO. It is dependent on Consciousness (as substratum) for its existence. In other words, it is not self-dependent. If the words "Consciousness (as substratum)" is not clear to anyone, then just think of your dream/thought. Where did your dream/thought happen? It did not happen inside your brain. It is IMPOSSIBLE. Your brain is so small to hold such huge things which you see in your dream/thought. You can imagine the entire Cosmos in your dream/thought. You know this already. So, your dream/thought is not happening inside your brain. It is happening somewhere, in some indescribable entity, which has no attributes. That 'somewhere', that 'indescribable entity' is Consciousness.

    My Quora answers on spirituality
    What follows are my answers in Quora, to questions related to spirituality. I do not know anything by myself. Obviously. So, whatever answers I have given are completely based on my humble understanding of what Mahans have prescribed us. You may read my answers, "if at all" you wish to. Actually, as said at the very start of this page, there is no need to read any of my answers below (most having been given before I read Yoga Vasishta) unless otherwise you feel that they will help in the form of SatSang.
    God
    1. Where does God live?
      https://www.quora.com/Where-does-God-live/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    2. How can I meet God?
      https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-meet-God/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Enlightenment
    1. What does enlightenment mean?
      https://www.quora.com/What-does-enlightenment-mean-1/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    2. What is enlightenment and how it can be achieved?
      https://www.quora.com/What-is-enlightenment-and-how-it-can-be-achieved/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    3. What is the purpose of spiritual enlightenment?
      https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-purpose-of-spiritual-enlightenment/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    4. Is enlightenment the end of the road for a seeker? Does an enlightened person not gain any further knowledge or experience?
      https://www.quora.com/Is-enlightenment-the-end-of-the-road-for-a-seeker-Does-an-enlightened-person-not-gain-any-further-knowledge-or-experience/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    5. Can you be spiritually enlightened, then lose it?
      https://www.quora.com/Can-you-be-spiritually-enlightened-then-lose-it/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    6. Do spiritually enlightened people have different kinds of brain activity?
      https://www.quora.com/Do-spiritually-enlightened-people-have-different-kinds-of-brain-activity/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Kundalini
    1. Which texts do you read for your kundalini awakening?
      https://www.quora.com/Which-texts-do-you-read-for-your-kundalini-awakening/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Goal of Life
    1. What do you want in life?
      https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-want-in-life/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Surrender
    1. What is meant by surrender in spirituality?
      https://www.quora.com/What-is-meant-by-surrender-in-spirituality/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Namasmarana
    1. Why is Namasmarana (remembering the name of Lord) given a lot of importance in Kalyuga?
      https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Namasmarana-remembering-the-name-of-Lord-given-a-lot-of-importance-in-Kalyuga/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Meditation
    1. What is Meditation? Is it an emptying of the Mind? Can one really do that?
      https://www.quora.com/What-is-Meditation-Is-it-an-emptying-of-the-Mind-Can-one-really-do-that/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    2. Is the emptiness of the mind the destination of meditation?
      https://www.quora.com/Is-the-emptiness-of-the-mind-the-destination-of-meditation/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Virtues - Gratitude, Forgiveness, etc.
    1. What do you think is your most important human virtue?
      https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-is-your-most-important-human-virtue/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    2. Is forgiveness a sign of cowardice?
      https://www.quora.com/Is-forgiveness-a-sign-of-cowardice/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Spiritual Quotes
    1. What are your top 5 favorite spiritual quotes and why?
      https://www.quora.com/What-are-your-top-5-favorite-spiritual-quotes-and-why/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    2. What are some best quotes regarding Spiritual enlightenment?
      https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-best-quotes-regarding-Spiritual-enlightenment/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    3. What's your favorite spiritual ocean quote or metaphor?
      https://www.quora.com/Whats-your-favorite-spiritual-ocean-quote-or-metaphor/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Spiritual Stories
    1. What is your favorite spiritual anecdote?
      https://www.quora.com/What-is-your-favorite-spiritual-anecdote/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Spiritual Books
    1. What are some good books for spiritual enlightenment?
      https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-good-books-for-spiritual-enlightenment/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    2. What are some books to read for self-realisation?
      https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-books-to-read-for-self-realisation/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Science vs Spiritualtiy
    1. Do spirituality and science go hand in hand?
      https://www.quora.com/Do-spirituality-and-science-go-hand-in-hand/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    2. ஆன்மீகத்திற்கும் கல்விக்கும் தொடர்பு உண்டா?
      https://ta.quora.com/ஆன்மீகத்திற்கும்-1/answers/124346574
    Rebirth
    1. Does rebirth really happen?
      https://www.quora.com/Does-rebirth-really-happen/answers/98817928

    2. Reincarnation: Can humans ever be born again?
      https://www.quora.com/Reincarnation-Can-humans-ever-be-born-again/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    3. நான் ஏன் மீண்டும் பிறக்காமல் இருக்கவேண்டும்?
      https://ta.quora.com/நான்-ஏன்-மீண்டும்/answers/175423352
    Previous Life
    1. Is it possible to know about the previous life by any yoga? How?
      https://www.quora.com/Is-it-possible-to-know-about-the-previous-life-by-any-yoga-How

    2. How can I know who I was in my past life?
      https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-know-who-I-was-in-my-past-life/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan

    3. Why does some place that I visit the first time seem extremely familiar? Is it just coincidence or could it be spiritual?
      https://www.quora.com/Why-does-some-place-that-I-visit-the-first-time-seem-extremely-familiar-Is-it-just-coincidence-or-could-it-be-spiritual/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Mantras
    1. What would be some prayers/mantras in Hinduism or Buddhism for wishing good health on someone else?
      https://www.quora.com/What-would-be-some-prayers-mantras-in-Hinduism-or-Buddhism-for-wishing-good-health-on-someone-else/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    General
    1. What are some of the greatest examples of presence of mind?
      https://www.quora.com/Humor-What-are-some-of-the-greatest-examples-of-presence-of-mind/answer/விஸ்வநாதன்-Viswanathan
    Transcendental Questions
      In spirituality, there are 100s of questions (e.g. Why was this Universe created?, When did Karma begin?, Why is there evil in this world?, etc., etc.) for which answers do not exist. They are called transcendental questions and Mahans have instructed that one shall not strive to dwell upon these sort of metaphysical questions but instead devote all the time spent in musing (for answers to these questions) to know oneself - i.e. to realise who one is, in reality - i.e. to attain self-realization. Mahans have told that you will not find answers to these questions even if you rack your brain for millions of years. Please read answers to the questions numbered 78, 81, 120, 23 in the free book (May I Answer? - Swami Sri Sivananda.pdf) you can download from here - http://www.dlshq.org/faq.htm - where it is made crystal clear why we should never ever dwell upon transcendental questions. For those curious, question no. 78 goes like is: "I would like to know why we are all created and put to this miserable and pitiable plight. You would argue that we are never created and never would die. Then why should not we all be in that all-pure, omnipotent state without being entangled by Samskaras and Maya?"
    The Clock to Self-Realization
      I love the 'Clock Analogy' given here - Should-it-be-Bhakti-Jnana-or-Karma-for-me - and strive to act as per it, as much as possible. i.e. keep ticking on with your work - tick tick tick tick tick tick (like the second hand of a clock which is usually hardly noticed and not given much importance) - so that the minute hand (Bakthi) moves after a while, which results after quite a long while in the movement of the hour hand (Atma Viswaasam - Self-Confidence), and thus ultimately leading to SELF-REALIZATION, the one and only goal of human life, as stated innumerable times by the Mahans.
    The Train to Self-Realization
      The 'Train Analogy' given here - http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Vol_08/01FEB10/01-conversations.htm - illustrates the 3 paths so so so beautifully. I have realised that the 'Clock Analogy' referred by me in the previous section shows the way to adopt for NOTHING entities like me, until self-realization dawns.


      Thanks a ton to RadioSai.org for the above image.

    Azhagi - God's Own App
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