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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
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
"It is nonsense to insist
that we cannot achieve
learned and pious teachers.
Because wisdom is innate,
we can all enlighten ourselves."
From the website, "Daily Zen,"
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to join: http://groups.yahoo.com/Bhagavan_Sri_Ramana via web (link no longer active.)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
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. http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Aug/08062003/commenta/81562.asp
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. http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenberg/
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