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#1514 - Tuesday, August 5, 2003 - Editor: Jerry  


from What to know before you die  

what is the most important thing        

for you to ever know    

a lifetime seems to have been lived  

yet the essence has been overlooked    

you can know about so many things  

yet relative knowledge brings no peace      

it's a crying shame to live a life      

without knowing who is living it      

who can know yourself by you  

dare to give yourself the precious gift      

of uncovering your real identity  

the boundless freedom of self realization  

this will blow the mind you think you have        

you and god, the same and one          

bright vast exactly here        

no eyes to see a difference  


What to Know Before You Die, by Cee - This is a rarity. A hardback hand-bound book of instruction for enlightenment from Cee with wisdom from the Advaita Vedanta tradition, written in a lyrical style. This book is a little bigger than 4" x 5", 60 pages, printed on a high quality paper. It combines original spiritual literature and the artistry of a handmade book.  

Question: What are the steps of practical training?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: It depends on the qualifications and nature of
the seeker.

Questioner: I worship an idol.

Sri Ramana Maharshi: Go on doing so. It leads to concentration of
mind. Get one-pointed. All will come right in the end. People think
that liberation (moksha) is somewhere outside them to be sought for.
They are wrong. It is only knowing the Self in you. Concentrate and
you will realize it. It is your mind that is the cycle of births and
deaths (samsara).  

Daily Dharma  

"It is nonsense to insist
that we cannot achieve
enlightenment without
learned and pious teachers.
Because wisdom is innate,
we can all enlighten ourselves."


From the website, "Daily Zen,"  

Dear All,  

a new German Ramana-group has been founded - in German language with the name: Bhagavan_Sri_Ramana   So for those who are German speaking more or less (or want to freshen up the rosty German...) this is also a good possiblity.  

to join:  via web (link no longer active.)

Hopefully the German speaking devotees will find together this way a little bit more. There will be quotes of German translations. Some of a new German translation of Nan Yar (Who am I) will be quoted, but also Lucy Ma (Lucy Cornellson) who wrote the second German Ramana-biography (after Heinrich Zimmer, who wrote the first) and made some translations of Bhagavan's work from Tamil into German. The "Talks" are also here in German translation, likewise Annamalai Swami's Reminiscences and Osbornes biography and teaching - both out of stock since long, Mouni Sadhu likewise. So there is some here to share. The group is meant also for exchange of sadhana, most of all atma-vichara, but also other methods, and may be devotional as well. So let's see.   The description of the group is as follows:   Diese Gruppe ist für alle gedacht, die sich für Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi interessieren, und ist vorwiegend, aber nicht ausschließlich, seiner Lehre und Person gewidmet. Sie soll im Besonderen ein Austauschforum für die deutschsprachigen Devotees sein, die sich in der von Sri Ramana gelehrten Praxis der Selbstergründung üben und in ihm ihren Sat-Guru gefunden haben.

Informationen zu englischsprachigen Ramana-Gruppen finden sich im Link unter dieser Hauptseite.

Möge Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi diese Gruppe segnen!


Movie Review. Prayers are answered with Mel Gibson's soul-stirring 'Passion' As one who has seen virtually every modern biblical epic -- from Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" to the two-part "Jesus" miniseries on CBS three years ago -- I can say "The Passion" is the most beautiful, profound, accurate, disturbing, realistic and bloody depiction of this well-known story that has ever been filmed.

Gutenberg Bible Now Online at University of Texas Ransom Center. The University of Texas Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center web site now features a scanned version of their Gutenberg Bible. The Gutenberg Bible, the first book printed with movable type, is one of the greatest treasures in the Ransom Center's collections. It was printed at Johann Gutenberg's shop in Mainz, Germany and completed in 1454 or 1455. The Center's Bible was acquired in 1978 and is one of only five complete examples in the United States.

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