So childish. 😦
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So childish. 😦
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|Shri Adi Shankara ( 788 – 820 CE) also known as Sankara Bhagavatpādācārya (“the teacher at the feet of God”) was the first philosopher to consolidate the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta, a sub-school of Vedanta. His teachings are based on the unity of the soul and, in which Brahman is viewed as without attributes. In the Smārta tradition, Adi Shankara is regarded as an incarnation of Shiva.|
|Shri Adi Shankara toured India with the purpose of propagating his teachings through discourses and debates with other philosophers. He founded four mathas (“monasteries”) which played a key role in the historical development, revival and spread of post-Buddhist Hinduism and Advaita Vedanta|
|His works in Sanskrit, all of which are extant today, concern themselves with establishing the doctrine of Advaita (Sanskrit: “Non-dualism“). Adi Shankara quotes extensively from the Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures in forming his teachings. He also includes arguments against opposing schools of thought like Samkhya and Buddhism in his works.|
|Fresh and glowing as it was in the days of the Great Sage, Śankarâchârya, The Crest-Jewel bears the ancient glory that is Wisdom into our own time. In its precise and beautiful language, and in that of the other writings of the Sage, which are included in this volume, is presented his brilliant synthesis of all that is best in the Upanishads–the reality of Spirit.|
|Please enjoy the words of Shri Adi Shankara:|
|2. For all beings a human birth is difficult to obtain, more so is a male body; rarer than that is Brahmanahood; rarer still is the attachment to the path of Vedic religion; higher than this is erudition in the scriptures; discrimination between the Self and not-Self, Realisation, and continuing in a state of identity with Brahman – these come next in order. (This kind of) Mukti (Liberation) is not to be attained except through the well-earned merits of a hundred crore of births.|
|3. These are three things which are rare indeed and are due to the grace of God – namely, a human birth, the longing for Liberation, and the protecting care of a perfected sage.|
|4. The man who, having by some means obtained a human birth, with a male body and mastery of the Vedas to boot, is foolish enough not to exert himself for self-liberation, verily commits suicide, for he kills himself by clinging to things unreal.|
|5. What greater fool is there than the man who having obtained a rare human body, and a masculine body too, neglects to achieve the real end of this life ?|
|6. Let people quote the Scriptures and sacrifice to the gods, let them perform rituals and worship the deities, but there is no Liberation without the Realization of one’s identity with the Atman, no, not even in the lifetime of a hundred Brahmas put together.|
Interesting story about the White Buffalo Calf Woman.
I heard about the White Buffalo Calf Woman from Shri Mataji at Sydney, Australia. I can’t recall the exact date or venue, but I believe it was one of the two “main times” I saw Her.
By “main time” I mean those times when we also attended a Weekend Camp of 2-3 days with Shri Mataji. However i still clearly remember the day when Shri Mataji talked about the ‘White Buffalo Calf Woman’! It was during a Talk when Shri Mataji touched on many topics, as is Her wont to do.
She started to talk about this ‘White Buffalo Calf Woman’ which I believe was being reported about on the news, that it was of significance to the indigenous people of America. The ears of the Sahaja Yogis of course ‘perked up’.Most of us had never heard of any prophecy related to a White Buffalo Calf Woman before!Shri Mataji talked for about 15-20 minutes, recounting lovingly how this ‘White Buffalo Calf Woman’ had come to the Native People and given them cleansing rituals for purification, and that the use of smoke, was one of these cleansing rituals. Shri Mataji recounted how this Woman taught them the sacred dances, which if done to the Great White Spirit would ‘rain down on them’ the love, joy, protection and blessing of the Almighty, the Great White Spirit. Shri Mataji stated that this Woman sorted out some ‘specific relationship issue’ between men and women which would allow relationships to continue in a dharmic way within the whole group or nation. Shri Mataji talked about this Woman introducing the Peace Pipe Ceremony, which was to ‘make peace’ among themselves and other neighbouring indigenous nations. i believe that Shri Mataji mentioned that this Woman gave the indigenous people seven sacred ceremonies in all, but i am not sure if my memory recall is exactly right on that count of ‘7’.
However, Shri Mataji said that this ‘White Buffalo Calf Woman’ had promised the indigenous people, that She would return some day, and She had left them a pouch with sacred things in it, among them, the Peace Pipe!
As already stated, Shri Mataji recounted all this in a very loving manner. We had no idea as to what Shri Mataji was ‘leading up to’.
Then, in a very relaxed loving manner with radiating joy on Her Face,
Shri Mataji said: “I was the White Buffalo Calf Woman!”
I think we Sahaja Yogis were all shocked and stunned into Silence!
Most had not even heard about any ‘White Buffalo Calf Woman’ before, although as already mentioned, I believe it had started to come out in the news, that this special white buffalo calf had been born.
However, we did not know that the birth of a ‘white buffalo calf’ was going to be connected to a prophecy relating to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, our spiritual Mother!!!