Fundamental Facts about the Mantra #42
Before one receives the sacred mantra from a spiritual preceptor, and begins to use it in daily spiritual practice, a whole host of profound facts must be studied and understood. The inclusion of this oft neglected element in the practice of japa invests the mantra with its full power, and renders it effective, and fast acting. Mantra can then perform its duty of purifying the mind of karmas, false superimpositions, and samskaras (latent mental impressions).
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The Five Forms of Liberation & The Five Divine Moods
This set of fine twin teachings from the sacred Vaishnava tradition emphasizes the many boons of bhakti yoga and devotion — an incomparable devotion which Narada calls bhakti yoga’s own precious fruit. God with form, or Ishvara, is the focus here, but of note and interest is the presence of the attainment of nonduality in the form of Sayujya — immersion into Divine Reality.
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The Four Types of Love #131
The most underestimated and most misunderstood divine quality in existence is probably authentic Love. There are many masqueraders and pretenders of this incomparable attribute, and they all cast shades of imperfection over the genuine article. In this chart, as the Great Master has explained it in the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, the matter of what is pure and what is impure in the realm of Love is clarified nicely, revealing that it is not a simple matter to comprehend the essence and movements of true Love. What is most evident is that romantic love cannot reach the pinnacle of Divine Love, which is, as has been described, a matter of an unconditioned quality.
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The Immanent & Transcendent Reality #52
Though living beings often doubt the existence of God in form (Ishvara), it is also true that many refuse to believe in the Formless Reality (Brahman) as well. God with form, sporting its many aspects, is the stepping stone to Transcendent Awareness, providing both fulfillment and protection to transmigrating souls moving through relativity.
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The Meaning of the Gayatri #9
Chanted daily by many millions of living beings, the inwardly subtle yet powerful Gayatri mantra instructs us to meditate constantly on the Divine Mother of the Universe. But we cannot call on and propitiate Her effectively if we do not know the word for word meaning of Her sacred mantra. In this dharma teaching chart these pregnant meanings are given, based upon the authority of the Upanisads — the nondual scriptures of Mother India.
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The Three Modes of Purity #135
Purity of mind is one of the most coveted spiritual possessions of the wise. Every great soul, from Lord Buddha to Sri Ramakrishna, has told of its special glories and deep reaching attributes. To attain this most blessed state the practitioner will work sincerely to purify his or her location, acts, and ego. All successive levels of worship and their respective practices will come into play as they do. A special attention will be placed upon food and how one ingests it as well. This basic beginning will open up comprehension that food is taken on inner levels as well, for as has been said by another master, “Man does not live by bread alone.”
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