““When you’re ready for the great realization adventure,
you look for a tradition and a guide
who knows the pristine peaks, the caves and the age-old roads.”...”
The transmission of Heart...
Ramana Maharshi (1879 - 1950)
Ramana: “Our real nature is Liberation, but we imagine that we are bound... All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us retrace our steps to our Original Source. All you have to do is remove the coverings that conceal it. The path of knowledge removes the illusion of ‘I’. The path of devotion removes the illusion of ‘Me’... Surrender is giving oneself up to the origin of one’s Being. In due course, we will know that our glory lies where we cease to exist.
Satsang means association (sanga) with sat or Reality. Satsanga (satsang) really means association with the unmanifest sat or Reality (Satya). But as very few can do that, they have to do the second best, which is association with the manifest Truth (sat) - that is, the Guru.
One who knows or has realized the Truth is also regarded as Truth. Satsanga will make the mind sink into the Heart. Such association is both mental and physical. The extremely visible being of the Guru pushes the mind inward. He is also in the Heart of the seeker and so he draws the latter’s inward-bent mind into the Heart. Therefore the Guru is both ‘external’ and ‘internal’. From the ‘exterior’ He gives a push to the mind to turn inward; from the ‘interior’ He pulls the mind towards the Self and helps in the quieting of the mind. So seek the association with holy men. Such association with sat or with one who knows sat is absolutely necessary for all. Shankara has said that in all the three worlds there is no boat like sat sang to carry one safely across the ocean of births and deaths...”
Selvarajan Yesudian (1916 - 1998)
Yesudian: “Man is a mysterious wonder...
The boundedness of his days demands that he wake from his dreamy slumber and get to know the power of his being and the unboundedness of his Self....
For thousands of years man has sought tirelessly to find the solution to the great secret, the mystery. Many have taken it upon themselves to unravel the secret of being a human being, yet few have succeeded in putting it into words. Their tireless striving, steely perseverance and yearning to grasp the truth bore fruit: their spirits were enlightened and the whole secret of Existence was revealed to them. They understood life, were able to penetrate to the final origin, and found and followed the way leading from suffering to freedom, happiness and blessedness. They knew that this state could be reached by everyone, and, so enlightened, began out of compassion to teach their fellows who languished in pain and sorrow, pointing the way to deliverance and liberation.
There are different ways to reach the top. Many will take the easiest way (the serpentine way with broad turnings).... Others will shorten the way by choosing a steeper (and narrower) path. And finally, a few will take the shortest way, climbing the steep cliffs...”
The transmission of Space...
Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897 - 1981)
Maharaj: “I find that somehow, by shifting the focus of attention, I become the very thing I look at, and experience the kind of consciousness it has; I become the inner witness of the thing. I call this capacity of entering other focal points of consciousness, love; you may give it any name you like. Love says “I am everything”. Wisdom says “I am nothing”. Between the two, my life flows. Since at any point of time and space I can be both the subject and the object of experience, I express it by saying that I am both, and neither, and beyond both... Theoretically you always have a chance for self-realization. In practice a situation must arise (satsang), when all the factors necessary for self-realization are present…
There is the body and there is the Self, between them is the mind, in which the Self is reflected as ‘I am’. Because of the imperfections of the mind, its crudity and restlessness, lack of discernment and insight, it takes itself to be the body and not the Self. All that is needed is to purify the mind so that it can realize its identity with the Self. When the mind merges in the Self, the body presents no problems. It remains what it is, an instrument of cognition and action, the tool and the expression of the creative fire within. Go back to that state of pure being, where the ‘I am’ is still in its purity before it gets contaminated with ‘this I am’ or ‘that I am’... The self-styled gurus talk of ripeness and effort, of merits and achievements, of destiny and grace; all these are mere mental formations, projections of an addicted mind. Instead of helping, they obstruct. It is not what you do, but what you stop doing that matters…Teachers there may be many, fearless disciples very few…”
Alexander Smit (1948 - 1998)
Alexander Smit: “In Jnana we say: the best one can do is to attend this kind of meetings (satsang), taking the best of it and become Self-realized as soon as possible. This (satsang) is creating a situation in which Self-realization is possible.”
Alexander Smit: “In India this sort of meeting is called satsang, which means ‘the encounter with the holy ones’. But the correct translation is: ‘the encounter with clarity, the pure’, the encounter with the friction-less. In the Advaita Vedanta tradition no room is given for worship, for the worship of persons, for guru-worship and such... Sat means the purest of the purest. Actually it is shuddhsatsang: encounter with the pure, with Consciousness itself, with yourself. Satsang is not being in a beautiful spiritual conversation, no, satsang is the encounter with the pure and then realizing that you are that. And then you let it go... Thus the ultimate satsang is the ultimate encounter with the essence, silence... You could almost say that the Jnana teachers, i.e. Advaita Vedanta, invite you to evaporate in it, to fall into it, to drown in it, to vanish in it...”
“Its the same Silence...
in the eye of the hurricane,
in the flight of the eagle,
in the blossoming of the flowers and
in the whispering of the wind in de treetops...”
Satsang . earth
De realisatietocht door de innerlijke Himalaya
De essentie van Advaita Vedanta, Dzogchen, Adi-Yoga, Zen...