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The Secrets of Spiritual Life

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Do not think of Enlightenment just as an inner experience alone. In the beginning it is an inner experience. Then slowly bring it into your outer life. This is what I have been telling you every day. Remember whatever you experience in meditation sessions never think the work is over. The experience that happens in meditation has to be relived and present in your day – to – day affairs and life. Know this as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life!’

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he word Taoshobuddha comes from three words, ‘tao,’ ‘sho,’ and ‘Buddha’. The word Tao was coined by the Chinese master, Lau Tzu. It means that which is and cannot be put into words. It is unknown and unknowable. It can only be experienced and not expressed in words. Its magnanimity cannot be condensed into finiteness. The word Sho implies, that which is vast like the sky and deep like an ocean and carries within its womb a treasure. It also means one on whom the existence showers its blessings. And lastly the he word Buddha implies the Enlightened One; one who has arrived home. Thus, Taoshobuddha implies one who is existential, on whom the existence showers its blessings and one who has arrived home. The Enlightened One!

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The Secrets of Spiritual Life Talk of Taoshobuddha

© 2010, Taoshobuddha, Lars Jensen All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the original publisher TAOSHOBUDDHA MEDITATIONS. Printed and Published by by: TAOSHOBUDDHA MEDITATIONS Cover design and graphics: Anand Neelamber TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Contents I. II. III.

Preface Introduction Foreword 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

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Dissolution of Ego – Taste of oneness Love is my message Be ready to receive Take life easy Life the secret of a joke Three types of laughter Love yourself first before you love anybody else Be true to yourself Man is a possibility alone Awareness and ecstasy the ultimate oneness Protect roses against rocks On male female relations Freedom higher than love Love is meditation Jealousy Love seeks nowhereness Freedom What is innocence Witness and laughter Fear – love – orgasm and health

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Make life rich Transcendence of sex is love Consciousness not tradition, scripture or discipline Each moment is celebration Love and ordinary problems Love and passion Creativity Care more Be choice less yet awake Body is the door Beyond the finite You are always responsible Two ways of living Tune in and drop the rest Love and meditation Real love Can meditation be passionate Existence is guiltless Third dimension brings bliss Transform poison into nectar Love and friendliness Laugh and ego dissolves Inner cleaning Gratitude Inner healing The spine Love’s suffering is creative Unity of love You are the master of your being Let me feel the Secrets of Spiritual Life – Anil Sohoni

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In Memory of

Stig Jensen (1928 – Jan 4th 2010) May the seed that you sow blossom into a flower for His Wreaths!

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piritual Life is the outcome of a beautiful heart overflowing bliss and harmony. ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’ starts with inner beauty and manifests itself in form of thoughts, words and deeds that can transform baser into precious. How to live a Spiritual Life? There is only one thing to understand – how to remove the separation between “me” and “God”. This separation is the cause of duality and the primary obstruction in oneness. When you have completely surrendered yourself to God, no questions or doubts remain. Everything becomes serene, calm, and quiet and awareness springs forth. Then the flower of inner beauty blossoms and takes form of a Spiritual Life. The external Spiritual Life springs from inner beauty – there is no other way to realizing the truth and to live a true life. Only those who have inner beauty can say: “I know The Secrets of Spiritual Life” The one, who knows the secrets of the higher value of life and the secret value of life, is blessed from within with a rare right understanding of a specific signification. Totality of living TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa comes from inner beauty alone. The reflection from within is seen in your outward actions and understanding. If your actions do not have its root in inner beauty, they are all fake and void. Even if people adore you for your good deeds, in front of God they are all meaningless. Actions performed by pious egoist are worth nothing. Only the one who has removed the separation between “me” and “God” is blessed with inner beauty and the knowledge of the Spiritual Life. The Spiritual Life begins within your own heart and spreads throughout your whole being and finally takes the forms of actions and words. Just like the tree of wisdom flourishes with delicious fruits. This happens because of the nourishment it receives through the roots. Without the nourishment from the roots the tree will not and cannot bring forth fruits. There are numerous types of trees in this world. You will know a tree by its fruits. If the tree gives bitter fruits it is because the tree is of that kind, but if the tree give sweet fruits the tree is of another kind. Hot chili comes from a chili plant, and sweet mango comes from a mango tree, not otherwise. In the same way that you can know a tree by its fruits, you can also know a person by his words and actions. Inner beauty assumes the form of inspiring thoughts, words and deeds, whereas inner ugliness assumes the form of bitter thoughts, words and deeds. Even if beautiful words come from an unclean heart it has a bitter after taste, which spoils all the beauty in the words. Even a drop of sour lime, will spoil the whole glass of milk. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa If you speak with a true heart there will be radiation; it will have its effect on others. The words may be the same as used by others, but they will have different charge in them. Unless you live up to what you preach in your own practical living, words will have no effects on others. A gram of practice speaks louder than a ton of theory and empty words. A conscious person’s words are silent yet potent in actions, speaking through his life inspires many to yearn for ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Being around such a true soul your own consciousness will start to develop and the inner beauty start to grow within you? Spirituality is like an infection going from one heart to another heart and no power can undo with it. So by being in the company of such a true person (with inner beauty) you must get this injection of Spirituality. How can you come in contact with sandalwood without getting the smell? If you don’t get the smell, there are two reasons for it, first; it may not be the real sandalwood and the second, and you may not be receptive enough to recognize the smell as yet. This is the situation when your inward journey begins. In such a case your inner preparation will help along the way. Taoshobuddha is such a beautiful being whose inner beauty expresses as sweet words. His words have the power to transform the reader and to reveal ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ It was during such a coincident that my attention was caught by the charm of Taoshobuddha and his use of sweet words that can transform your being into awareness of the beautiful TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa moment of now. His words were not only sweet but also pregnant with meaning, which revealed the entire secret of how to live a Spiritual Life practically in your daily life. Everything you do in your daily life can be transformed into meditation. It all started in this way and it was in that way I learned to know Taoshobuddha. By a coincidence I had found one of his free scripts on the Internet. In this scripture there was mention of Lalaji, (Naqshbandi Sufi Ram Chandra RA, 1873-1931) a Sufi Master who lived in the beginning of the 20th century, who I did know and admire for his beautiful spiritual writings. I discovered that Taoshobuddha is from the lineage of Lalaji or comes from the same family. This caught my attention. I doubted before writing but decided at last to send Taoshobuddha a mail. In my spiritual quest my intention was to send a mail with a few questions and from his answer I would get an indication of his spiritual competency and his inner state, since you can know a person’s spiritual development through his words and understanding. I didn’t know at that moment what it would lead to in the future. I waited on his response. I had sent letters and mail to other spiritual persons before, but no one gave a reply in such a way as Taoshobuddha did. His words were so sweet and potent with meaning as if he had used magic words, which spellbound the receiver. The magic wizard makes wonder. By touch alone, by the TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa magic wand, his words turned into life and transformed me to another realm. He did, not only answer my questions but he also answered my being and inner quest. He sent the mail from Trinidad and Tobago and I opened the mail at the very same minute in Sweden. Physical distance is not an obstruction for heart to heart communication. Communication at level of heart transcends all the physical barriers and becomes ‘communion’. It speaks the language of Love and uses the words of silence. It is the silent communication between the words. He started his reply with these words: “A Master, or Sheikh, or buddha does not really answer the questions instead he responds the questioning mind. Because only when the questioning mind attains to silence inward journey gets impetus! In responding to your question a master always responds to the questioning mind and even the unasked question. The response of a master is a devise for transformation….” And then he answered all my questions from a different angle. And from that moment we established a regular contact. In the beginning I used to ask about spiritual matters and he gave his responses. After a while I started to put some questions even about daily life situations and his visions opened a new dimension about how to implement Spirituality into the ordinary daily life. How to transform each act in one’s daily life into meditation, thus, I learned! I asked question such as: TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa 1. What emotions is and how does the emotions arise in us, 2. How is a wish created in the mind and how to stop and cut this process at the root, and 3. What about relationships? Such is the confused nature of the mind that goes on answering question not knowing that sometimes the questions are somewhat repetitive. The outcome of these talks is the seed to this book. This knowledge of how to live a spiritual life is now put before you in this book. So read these pages carefully and with awareness because they contain the treasures of how to transform your daylily life into a Spiritual Life. One thing more all meditation talks are recorded and possibilities are explored to make these available for general audience. I had come in contact with many saints of different levels before, but Taoshobuddha was the very first one to teach me how to implement Spirituality into the daily living and how to transform any act into meditation. Only one saint that I met before Taoshobuddha charmed me and stole my heart as well. The Saint from Nag Kalan used to visit me in Sweden every summer from the year of 1992 until he left the body in 1995. Never had he worked as a master, but he served, as a servant should. He gave me the gift of same drops from his right understanding.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Taoshobuddha gave me some drop of his insights how to transform everything in your life into spirituality. They were both the flowers in the garden of saints. One is a rose flower and the other a jasmine flower. They both spread the fragrance and beauty of spirituality. They both gave it for free, as any other gift of God is free. As much as sunlight and air, other gifts of God are also free. In the garden of saints, just like a perfume shop, the fragrant smell is for free. I did always have the inner quest for God. Even so I lived in a spiritual dessert of West; my thoughts went to God from the very start of life. Since the beginning of time, man has always wondered about his Origin; who he is, from where he came and where he is going. And so did me, even from the early childhood. The struggle and yearning to know your true heritage is natural and innate in your soul, it is your Source from within your own heart calling you back home. This struggle and search for God stole my heart and my whole life and first the answers came as negations, neither here and nor there, until God finally send me to the garden of saints containing two beautiful flowers. The journey of spiritual awareness is unique and individual. It cannot be a social happening. It is full of events and diversions all along. All these seem to move us from one state of consciousness to another. You look here and there along the path not knowing exactly what is it that you are searching for. But you continue to hope that somewhere, somehow you will receive the help along the path. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Not this! Not that becomes your comparison. This makes your search even more intense. And then suddenly one day while looking for road signs, an incredible road map comes in your hands. A Guide to Human Consciousness! One who knows where the pearls of wisdom are. Or where diamonds of truth could be found? Such a master brings together all the fragrances released from times immemorial by numerous flowerings of human consciousness. Lau Tzu is a flower! So is Buddha! So is Jesus! So is Krishna! So is Mohammed! So is Kabir! So is Mira! But now you have to melt all such fragrances into one – cosmic or universal fragrance. Only then for the first time man will be (truely) religious. Yet not divided. All one! Full of grace! Full of beauty! Simply a silence! Know this as The Secrets of Spiritual Life. The Secrets of Spiritual Life and how to use it in your daily life is now for the very first time revealed in this book to whom so ever reads it. This book is a unique happening. There will never be a book like this again. The water in the river will only flow under the bridge once. Once it passes it will never passes again. God’s creation is a unique happening. This book is also unique as it expresses the spiritual path from two different levels of understanding. One who just entered the way and the other who has already entered the consciousness of the Unknown? This unique mixture between the two levels of understanding makes you recognize the vast difference between the two. Two persons look at the ocean of life from the opposite shores. Observe it and you may learn from it. I am amazed with the beauty of it. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa I am therefore tremendously blessed for this one and only opportunity to present this ‘Talks of Taoshobuddha’. I knew no joy when one day after the meditation session Taoshobuddha asked me to edit ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’. Being a Swedish Born I began with doubts in my capabilities as English is not my native language. However with trust in the master’s words I began the work and the result is in your hands, The Secrets of Spiritual Life as the expression of inner beauty and oneness. Trust the unknown and with trust the mysteries of the unknown will unfold itself. In this process you grow inwardly as well. To flow in harmony with life is The Secrets of Spiritual Life. When living according to those higher and secret values of life, then suddenly even the hidden value of life is revealed to you. Once the hidden value of life is revealed you know the entire secrets of the universe and you live in accordance to the Divine Will of God. It all starts within your own heart at the level of Soul. Since this knowledge is beyond the knowledge of intellect. This knowledge can only be found at the level of Soul. The Secrets of Spiritual Life starts from within with a transformation of your consciousness. In this process assistance came from many quarters. Some of these need to be acknowledged. No words can express my feelings for God through Taoshobuddha for this opportunity. All along the completion of this book I remained an instrument. Even now when the work is finished I am amazed TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa at the contents. Without Taoshobuddha this book would not have existed. His only source of knowledge is the Divine inspiration. Thus Divine inspiration and Taoshobuddha is therefore the true author of this book. I am thankful to Hemant Moghe, (Coauthor: Haripath – the Hidden Splendor) another beautiful being from Mumbai India who not only read the script in its initial stages, and nourished the text with his suggestion but has also written the Foreword for this book. All his suggestion has proved valuable assets for the book. I am also thankful to my co-meditators every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from different parts of the world and time zones to allow me to ask the questions during these sessions. In particular I am thankful to Prem Sutra and Dhyan Yatri from Trinidad, Rishi Bhatia from Boston, ArunPrem RajaSingh from Channai, India. Their patience at such live session with Taoshobuddha has helped me to seek responses from Taoshobuddha which are now in your hands as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’. I am thankful to Anand Neelamber who has made the cover design and graphics to this book. Indeed he is the secret wizard carrying the magic wand that makes dead pictures and sound becoming alive. This is what he do - video, sound and photo enhancements. He learned from own experience and is self-taught. But he transports you to a mystical world with the music blend together that create a ‘chaotic harmony’. If you listen to the Meditations talk by Taoshobuddha on YouTube.Com, the background music can be heard by the TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa touch of the magic wand of Anand. He is the Chief Editor of ‘Meditation Times’ a monthly E – Magazine. It would be proper to say that it is Anand who gave the present form to ‘Meditation Times’, an idea given by Taoshobuddha. Never have I forgotten my Father, Stig Jensen who is my first teacher of love with his humble nature and my mother who gave me birth so I could be here in human form and complete the spiritual journey. And finally I am thankful to my beloved wife and life companion Arasteh for her love and support during late night sessions after office and regular routine house work when I had to devote time for the work. Without any resentment she supported me throughout this project. At times I had to translate whatever I wrote for her in the native language of Sweden. It was indeed a joy of a different quality working on this project. As the work comes to an end there is a joy that the work is now in your hands. And I am sure as you stumble here and there along the pages of this book you will definitely find certain jewels as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’ just as I have discovered these for you as process of my eternal quest. At the same time I feel sad that this journey has come to end. However with my trust and sincerity in the Almighty I am sure more such opportunities will be bestowed my way.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa And finally I pray to Almighty for giving me this opportunity to serve Him through His creation. And I will feel even happier if through this message even a single person finds transformation in his life. I know Divine Will is supreme yet still….Such is my aspirations only. Love

Lars Jensen Stockholm, Sweden E mail: Jensen@gmx.at

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Introduction s<sar hE #k nidya suo duo dae iknare hE n jane kha< jaye hm bhte xare hE,

clte hu@ jIvn kI r)tar me< #k ly hE

#k rag me< #k sur me< s<sar kI hr zy hE.

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ife is a river! A river, of which happiness and sorrow are two shores! Between these two shores flows life, not knowing where it is heading for. Still there is a rhythm in the flow. Allow this flow. Certainly one day life will attain a meaning and blissfulness too. I am happy that the seed that was planted many years ago is now beginning to bear fruits. The bud in Lars Jensen is beginning to spread its beauty and fragrance. This comes to you in the form of a beautiful title ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’. This book contains fragmentary talks of TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Taoshobuddha during meditation sessions and during general correspondence with aspirants world over. There is so much more that all these fragments could not be put into one volume. Lars has presented these fragments in such a sequential order that this will help the reader in bringing a new shape and direction to his inner and outer life. In his eternal quest Lars journeyed to many places and shrines. His wife being a native of Persia, the land of Jalaluddin Rumi and Hafiz, along the journey he visited the shrine of Rumi. There he met Sheikh Nazim Adil of Naqshbandi Haquini order and many others. A 20th century Naqshbandi Sheikh Ram Chandra RA ( Lala ji) attracted his attention the most and he developed instant affinity. Being far away in a country that he calls a spiritual desert Lars grew like an Oasis of Spirituality. When Lars came to me he had inner preparation. Of this he was unaware. It was shadowed. The clouds needed to be removed for sun to shine. Still more work is needed to be done before the moments of Satori (in Zen Buddhism, a state of spiritual enlightenment that is a spiritual objective, a window to enlightenment) explode into Enlightenment. Lars is on path. With his sincerity, trust and aspiration certainly it will happen one day. His inward journey continues in many ways. Soon he will present the continuation of ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’ from a different plane of consciousness. In preparation of the TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa book I have allowed Lars to express his views and these are presented as notes. However at certain place I have brought my insights and these are expressed separately. I will continue to overflow in many ways so that new man is born out of you. The new man who is the blend of inner and outer! The new man who has reached the pinnacle of science and the depth of meditativeness! Thus he is the harmony and bliss. Thus will continue life and its essence! Only this much for now! Love

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Foreword Hemant Moghe Co-Author: Haripath-The Hidden Splendor

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nd God said; Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1-26)

God created man in his image, but man forgot his true nature – the Divinity within and with – out. We are so intoxicated that we have forgotten our true identity. We identify ourselves by the parameters such sex, man or woman, body, young or old, fat or lean, tall or short, by our profession, either a senior or a junior in rank, by the family, society, also by the state of mind, angry or agitated or calm etc,. These are the multi layered clothing we put on ourselves which are so skin fit that resultantly we falsely identify ourselves with the layer instead of our true self – “in the image of God”. We limit our Infinite consciousness by finite attributes. This false identity creates so much of confusion within and without that we are not at peace within. We are always agitated and TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa dissatisfied. We are dissatisfied either with ourselves or with the world. Peace seems to become distant reality. The inner turmoil colors our perception of external world. And so much battered and tired of maintaining our wrong identity, we set ourselves on the journey to seek peace which we have lost somewhere in the woods of confusion. This quest for the true identity is Sadhana (spiritual practice). The purpose of Sadhana is to regain Peace – realize Divinity in inner as well as in outer world – everywhere – always – all the time – at each finite moment. One of the prerequisites of the journey to true self is to drop all the excess baggage. Unless we drop the heavy luggage and become weightless, we cannot walk even one step forward. Weightlessness is the prerequisite for mountaineering even. This is precisely the reason that Taoshobuddha opens with his Secrets of Spiritual Life. But this search is not as easy as a journey to a known destination. We are so intoxicated by the wine of Maya – illusion that we cannot find the path; leave apart the goal. Even if we find the right path, we cannot know whether it is the path. We, then try to find out clues from philosophical books, biographies of illuminated beings and so on. But these, we find confusing. It seems to us, that, each one is trying to tell us something different (although in essence it is not). Since the mind is not mature enough to understand the essence – the ONENESS or advaita, we find that everything is contradicting every other thing.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa This is the stage, where one is anxiously looking for some help, some guidance, and some clue. Lars Jensen has very lucidly described his journey to quench his inner thirst. This is the process. This is the preparation. The inner preparation makes way for the Master. Master will arrive only when the DISCIPLE is ready. What does the master do? Master does not do anything. It is the grace of the master that does everything. It dissolves the duality, the mistaken identity. What would happen when duality vanishes – The realization of ONE NESS will come - The ONENESS of inner and outer worlds, the ONENESS of individual and the Cosmos and the Creator. Everything will merge into one Eternal, Omnipotent and Omniscient Existence of THAT IS - Aum Tat Sat! The realization will be that Ishavasyamidam Sarvam – Creator is all that there is! The realization of Sat-Chid-Ananda! (Sat is true living or true existence, Chit is knowledge and Ananda is the final stage of bliss). I consider myself very fortunate to have come in contact with Taoshobuddha. Taoshobuddha is blessed with the art of finding the inner beauty – the essence. He is such a beautiful person from within that his each expression manifests inner beauty. Words seem to flow like a torrential rain of blissful existence. Looking back I sometimes feel our acquaintance which blossomed into a beautiful friendship was a perfect gift to me from Masters. Our casual exchange of messages by email resulted ultimately into working on a mission HARIPATH – THE HIDDEN SPLENDOR. This is a work on 13th century saint Dnyandev of South Western India. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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This was an opportunity for me to know Taoshobuddha even more closely. Every communication we had expressed nothing but his inner Beauty, Harmony and Peace. His words carry the power to create an inner, melodious symphony – a symphony where the body and mind sing in unison the Song of the Soul. For me it was like soul recognizing the answering soul. Echoes of this continue to linger in my being like ecstasy. These I cherish close to my being. I would like to quote a line from the abhanga (a spiritual poem) of Sant Dnyaneshwar, a 13th century yogi, philosopher, saint and poet from Maharashtra, India, which sings: Santaanche Sangati Manomaarge Gati Aakalaavaa Shripati Yene Panthe – Seek the company of the auspicious. For, in the company of saints – the auspicious, mind is inclined to tread the path to God realization. Inner harmony happens spontaneously with such connection with the auspicious – the Master – the Buddha. Let us, therefore, in the company of Taoshobuddha seek the path to eternal bliss. Lars Jensen is a wonderful being. His purity of heart is reflected in his sincere words soaked with his feelings. He has wonderfully described his anxiety for search for a way within. He also beautifully describes the end of anxiety after meeting a TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa master. This is 'happening' - an event one aspires to happen in his life. The entire book is like a wonderful catechism between ‘two’ merged in ‘oneness’ to become one. I therefore wish to remain a honeybee silently enjoying its beauty and nectarine honey of this advait - the non - dual flower. I have purposefully not commented or elaborated the content so that the reader can enjoy the beauty with unprejudiced mind. The process thus begins. Bonne appétit! Love!

Hemant Moghe Author:

Haripath – The Hidden Splendor

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Dissolution of ego – taste of oneness

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hen I said Nanak disappeared in the river1 for three days and appeared in front of his beloved. Found the beloved in front of his eyes! One for whom he sang! One for whom he spent sleepless nights! One that existed within him like a deep thirst! Now found him in front of his eyes! Eyes are overflowing with joy. Insatiable quest is fulfilled now! His eternal beloved asked him now to return and share all that He has filled him with. JAPJI SAHIB (the first chapters in the Sikh Scriptures composed by Nanak) is the first offering of Nanak to humanity. After this communion with his beloved JAPJI IS THE FIRST WORDS THAT EVOLVED OUT OF NANAK! JAPJI IS THE ECSTASY OF NANAK! NOTHING IS MORE SUBLIME IN THE MESSAGE OF NANAK THAN JAPJI! JAPJI IS THE BEING OF NANAK! HIS FRAGRANCE!

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa This is a story. And I say this is a story. Try to understand its symbols. Until you disappear, there can be no Communion. This is a paradox! Until you disappear! And if I disappear then who will meet! Who will be in front of God! This is the paradox. This you need to understand. You are not what you ought to be. You are not one. You are divided. There is utter confusion and conflict within. You cannot see that a seed is a flower. All this happens because of the false centre – Ego. So when I say until you disappear it refers to the disappearance of ego. Ego has to dissolve. Only then your real face will appear. And remember this is the first criterion. How does this ego disappears it matters not. It is insignificant whether you disappear in the river, or mountains or forests. None of these really matter. What really matters is that you disappear. Where and how you disappear matters not. Your very presence is the obstruction. You are the china wall. This is the reason why the story says that Nanak disappeared in the river. So you too have to disappear. Your ego has to vanish. This takes minimum three days. This is the reason when someone dies Hindus celebrate ‘Teesara’ or the ‘Three day ceremony’. For the process of death to complete minimum it takes three days. That much time is needed. So too ego never dies instantaneously. Slowly and slowly it dissolves. And it takes three days. This is the reason there is a gap of three days. Nanak disappeared in the river for three days. Nanak remained in the TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa river for three days. Ego dissolved completely. Man exists as ego alone. Ego feels happy, sad, etc. All that you do is the outcome of ego. This happens until ego dissolves completely. Thereafter a new journey begins. Family, friends, and relatives can only see ego. If you are not operating as ego you do not have any existence. Sometimes you would have observed this happening to you as well. We do not have the eyes to see the soul. So it was considered that Nanak drowned or died. Whenever one begins the inward journey he becomes futile for the outer world. Now he is no more. He does not behave as you are. There is a discontinuity. Past is no more. New is now born. This is the reason that the story has the gap of three days. The symbol of three days! Three days after Nanak returned. On the inward path whoever begins the journey will certainly returns. But returns as refurbished, as new, as reborn! Certainly whoever moves on this path ultimately returns to the world of beings. Certainly he returns to share all that he has experienced through this commune. On his way he was thirsty. His quench is satiated now. He was a beggar while he was going. But he returns as an emperor. Emperor not of the outer but of the inner! He is now connected to an unfathomable ocean of bliss. This is the beginning of ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Notes: [God is in all of us, but all are not in Him. As long as you are affected by Ego you are not in God. God and ego cannot exist together. Either ego is in your heart or God is there. As long as you are, God is not! Therefore hide yourself and expose God. Sufi Lalaji expressed it in very beautifully words: ‘God has hidden himself inside your hearts and exposed you. Hide yourselves and expose God! This is the real spiritual practice.’ Ego is separated from the whole and thinks it has a separated existent. But God is One. He is not two or many. There is only one doer in the entire creation, which is God. Ego means that you think yourself as the doer and you have to bear the reactions (Karma). With the reactions misery is created. Serve as a servant should and be a messenger or Conscious Co-Worker of the Divine Plan and be free from the reactions (Karma). Ego will only go away when you see (by inner experiences) the God Power above all working - controlling the entire Universe and even controlling you in the body - then your ego will go. But that is an act of His grace towards you. It is His work, not yours. Your work is to sit at His door (leading to the inner worlds) as a beggar and wait for it to open by His grace. ] ... Lars Jensen You just need the eyes to see the door is always open. Bliss continues to shower. Only your pot is turned upside down. Therefore it cannot collect drops of grace. And you continue to lament for door to open. - Taoshobuddha 1. [Nanak was sitting on the bank of the river one night along with his disciple and all of a sudden Nanak took off his clothes and entered the

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa river. Nanak did not come out of the river. There was no trace of Nanak. People gathered. Entire village started crying. They searched the entire river. But found no trace of Nanak. Three days passed. It was accepted that Nanak died. There seemed to be no possibility of Nanak coming back. Three days after Nanak appeared from the river suddenly. Nanak was totally transformed, as if he was newborn. Ego dissolved into the river of consciousness.]

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa

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eloved friends I love you. Love is my message. Love is my being. Love is the communion. Love is oneness. Love is harmony both within and without. Love is bliss. Let it be your message too. Love is my color and my climate. To me, love is the only religion. All else is just unnecessary and therefore can be discarded. All else is nothing but dreams. A mental game! Love is the only substantial thing in life! All else is illusion. Let love grow in you and then God in you will be growing on its own accord. If you miss love you will miss God and all. Then life will be misery and despair. There is no way to god without love. There is nothing more sublime than love. God can be forgotten but not love. If love is remembered, God will happen as a consequence. It happens as a consequence. God is the fragrance of love and nothing else. In fact there is no God but only godliness. There is no person like God anywhere. Drop all childish attitudes. Never go on searching for a Father. Divineness is God is no more.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa When I say divineness is, I mean whatsoever is, is full of God. The entire creation is full of godliness. Only you need eyes to see this. The green of the trees! And the red of the flowers and the golden glow of the rising sun all are divine. A crow crying and a bird on the wing, a child giggling, and a dog barking all is divine. Nothing else exists. The moment you ask ‘where is God?’ you have raised a wrong question. Because God cannot be indicated anywhere! He is not in any particular direction. He is not a particular thing either. He is not a particular being. God is universality. God is totality. God is hidden in the entire creation. Ask where God is not? Only then you have asked the right question. One of the Hindu scriptures Isa Upanishad begins with a beautiful sutra. To say that it is Hindu scripture is erroneous. Truth is not Hindu or Muslim instead it is cosmic. It begins: ‘The entire cosmos is permeated by ever expanding consciousness or Isa referring to God. It is your realization now. And once you have realized this you can enjoy the fruits of the entire cosmos. Then the entire cosmos belongs to you and you belong to the whole.’ Such is ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Therefore for that right question and understanding you will have to prepare the soil of your awareness. If you are not in love, then what can you know about God! Even you (the false identity) have no real existence. I was thinking what should I give to you today? Because this is the dawn of a new awakening! TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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I share with you my love, my awareness, and my understanding now and ever as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Notes: [The greatest thing in life is love. Love is like a magnet that has the capability to attract God. Without love you have nothing, even so you have all the other richness and all the other gifts of life in abundance. Because, Love is the only means and way to attract God! Love is the power that makes you merge in union with God. Love is the only way that can take you back Home. Love is the way, the means and the goal in itself. Paul says in the Bible (1 Corinthians, 13:1-3): “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”] ... Lars Jensen

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ife is a synergistic harmony. Each moment, each action, and everything unfolds into the other thus creating a chain link. Each moment something dissolves into the dark cave from one end. And the next moment from the other end evolves as something new and resurrected. This is life and its process. You are never in harmony with all that is or is happening. Misery is the outcome. To flow with life is The Secrets of Spiritual Life. The day you decide not to ask for things that you like but rather to like things that happen, that day you become mature. You can lifelong keep wanting and seeking what you like through various means – prayers and others. This is what is happening. All your prayers, rituals, are to fulfill your numerous desires. However these keep you always miserable. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Remember the life and the world does not run according to your likes and dislikes. There is no guarantee that what you want, life also wants that for you. And the gap between two is the measure of your misery and the state of inner growth. There is no guarantee. There is every possibility that life is destined toward something that you do not know anything about at all. Life takes you towards the unknown and unknowable. Life wants you to trust all that is unknown and unknowable. Life wants you to move from the dimension of the known to unknown. However, the mind seeks and hankers for all that is known. Everything in this world that really happens is guided by a certain principle. You can call it by any name. However, no name can encompass the magnanimity of it. And you are never in harmony with this. Sometimes when the thing you like does happen, you will still not feel very happy. This happens quite naturally. It is so because whatever we demand, we have already lived in fantasy of it. So it is already secondhand. If you say that you would like a certain person to be your lover, then in many dreams and in many fantasies you have already loved that person. And if it happens, then the real person is going to fall short of your fantasy. The person is going to be just a carbon copy, because reality is never as fantastic as fantasy. Then you will be frustrated. So is also the case with your dream house. All the while you have been dreaming this house. In fact you have lived in that TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa house through your fantasy. And when you really get the house it will fall short of your expectations. And you will remain miserable even after you get your dream house. But if you start liking and be in harmony with all that is happening moment to moment! If you do not impose your own will against that of the whole, if you simply are in harmony with all that happens, you simply say yes – then you can never be miserable. Because then no matter what happens, you are always in a positive attitude, ready to receive it and enjoy all that existence wants to bestow on you. Notes: [Maturity means accepting life, as it is, rather than complain why life is not going your way. God has no responsibility to fulfil your wishes. Complaining means you criticize God and are not in harmony. Instead welcome the hour of pain as a blessing, because both pain and pleasure comes from God. When it comes from God, why resent it? God knows what is best for your development. God is always with you and takes care of your true needs, but never bothers with the so – called needs and wishes of your mind. If pain is to your benefit, God sends you pain, if pleasure is to your benefit, He sends you pleasure. Both come to you through His Will. Then, why resent it?] ... Lars Jensen

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TAKE LIFE EASY

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se any opportunity, whatsoever it is? Trust the wisdom of the existence. You will be transformed. Know this as The Secrets of Spiritual Life. Money is not a problem! It can be used! However never allow it to manipulate you. If you have it, use it. On the contrary if you do not have it, then use the freedom that comes with not having the money. This is my approach. If you are rich, enjoy. Richness has a few things which no poor can enjoy. I have been both rich and poor. And I tell you honestly, there are a few things only rich people can enjoy. Enjoy when you are rich. I have been both rich and poor. And there are a few things which only poor people can enjoy. And there is no way to enjoy both together. So, whenever, whatsoever is happening, enjoy it. A poor person has a kind of freedom. Poverty has a kind of cleanness, a relaxedness, and contentedness. Mind is not very much worried; there is nothing to worry about. You can sleep perfectly well; insomnia is impossible for a poor man. So sleep TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa well and snore, and enjoy the freedom that comes from poverty. And sometimes when you find yourself rich, enjoy richness, because there are a few things only a rich person can enjoy. You can have the greatest paintings on your walls; a poor man cannot have that. You can have the best music in your house; the poor man cannot have that. You create a Zen garden around your house; the poor man cannot have that. You can read poetry, you can paint, you can play on the guitar, you can sing, you can dance, you can meditate – a thousand and one things that become available. Whatsoever is the case, just see what you can extract out of it. If it is poverty, become a Buddha, start wandering. Take a begging – bowl. And enjoy the beauty that only a beggar can have. He belongs nowhere. Today he is here, tomorrow he is gone. He is a flow; that clings nowhere, he has no home. He need not worry that the rains are coming and the roof has to be fixed. He need not worry that somebody may steal something from him – he has nothing, yet still love overflows. Enjoy poverty when you are poor, and enjoy richness as well when it comes? Then become a JANAKA, the emperor who in spite of being in the world was indeed free from the world. And enjoy all the beauties that become available through money. My approach is total. I do not teach you to choose. Whatsoever is the case, the intelligent one will make something beautiful out of it. The unintelligent one complains and suffers. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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If he has money then too he suffers because money brings worries. He does not enjoy the music that money can bring, the dance that money can bring, and the painting money can. If he has money, he does not have time go to the Himalayas for a rest. To meditate and to sing and shout in the valleys and to talk with the stars is significant. He worries. He loses his sleep, and his appetite. He chooses the wrong when he has money. And if somehow he becomes poor, by God’s grace then he suffers poverty. He is continuously worried about all that he does not have. You have POVERTY now! Enjoy it! But there are people who always chose the wrong in every situation. Such people will always choose the negative part of it, and they will suffer. And there are people, who are intelligent, and always choose the essential and meaningful along life’s journey. Wherever you are, try to enjoy it. Let me take a few anecdotes from the life of Rebel Mystic Osho in his own words. “It is one of many childhood anecdotes. It happened. Once, my father was very angry, so he locked me into the bathroom. I meditated! What is the point? After three, four hours, he became worried. He was at the shop, but he was restless. He became worried about what had happened to me, and no message had come from the home. Mother had not sent any message. No servant had come to say what had happened to me. Have I disappeared? Or what had happened? Or has somebody opened the bathroom? So he could not do his work properly and he had to come. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa He came close and he listened by placing his ear on bathroom door to hear if anything was going on. But there was silence. He knocked and I told him, ‘not to disturb me.’ That was the last time he punished me that way. It is pointless! He said, ‘I became so worried I could not do my work in the shop. I had to come. But he is not worried.’ I said. ‘This is nonsense! However I enjoyed it.’” Normally is such case the child will start crying, making pleas, or many such things. With this the parent feels that his technique is working. However in case with Osho he changed the gestalt. It did not affect him at all. Instead he used the opportunity for meditation. Another anecdote in Osho’s words! “In my school when I was small, second grade, my teacher was a very strict one and he used to punish by saying : ‘Go running seven times round the school, run!’ And he gave me this punishment. Go seven times -- I said, ‘Why not seventeen?’ He said, ‘Are you mad?’ I said, ‘This is such a good exercise and every morning I would like to do it.’ And I started doing it every morning. He would see me and he would beat his head. He would say this boy destroyed his punishment by making it an exercise. I USED it! Then he stopped giving me punishment.” In the hands of man of awakening every situation is the door to the beyond. And for awakening there is no time, age, education or any other condition. It can happen to you this TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa very moment. Lau Tzu saw a leaf fall from the tree. Tossing and turning it came down and settled on the ground. With this something settled in Lau Tzu and he became enlightened. Use any opportunity, whatsoever it is? And if you are alert you can find opportunities everywhere. Even if you are imprisoned you can use that as a great opportunity. First Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote letters to his daughter Indira from his prison cell. And these letters are beautiful pieces of poetic expression. And there are people who are under the sky, free, and not using that opportunity. Money or no money, house or no house, riches or poverty the question is not what you should have; instead the question is what you should do, with whatsoever you have. And if you have learned the art of using all that you have creatively and lovingly you will be transformed. Know this too as The Secrets of Spiritual Life.

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Life the secret of a Joke!

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he sudden unexpected turn, that is the secret of a joke – the revelation of life. Life always takes sudden unexpected turns. And you never learn from this. You are expecting something and this does not happen that way; what happens is so totally absurd and yet has logic of its own. It seems ridiculous and yet not illogical. That suddenly brings laughter in you. You see the ridiculousness of it and the logic of it too. It is unexpected. If it is expected, then it does not bring laughter to you. If you know the joke then it does not bring laughter to you, because now you know, everything is expected. Joke is sudden outburst of something that is ridiculous and yet still has its logic. This is life. Life is the secret of a cosmic or existential joke. Very meaningful if you can find meaning in its absurdity! TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa I have heard An English man was on his first trip to America. So he went to one of those ‘stands – up’ comic nightclubs for the first time. After he had had a couple of drinks, the lights dimmed and Henny Youngman stepped into the spotlight and greeted the crowd with his famous trademark gag: ‘Take my wife... please.’ The crowd roared into laughter. Only crowd of drunken ones can do this. The Englishman was impressed. ‘By Jove,’ he said to himself, ‘I must remember that and try it on the chaps back home.’ Now, when somebody says, ‘Take my wife,’ you are expecting he will say, ‘for example.’ ‘Take my wife, for example.’ Instead he is saying ‘Take my wife,’ and then the silence, the little pause... ‘please.’ That ‘please’ is unexpected. Some weeks later, back in London, he stepped to the microphone at a meeting of his club and, with great confidence, snapped out: ‘Consider my wife. Please.’ Now the whole effect is lost. Just a single word makes it a beauty. The secret of the joke is that it brings you to a point where you are expecting, expecting, and expecting that this is going to happen; and then suddenly you realize it never happens. And whatever happens is so sudden. You were expecting something. You were reaching to point of high tension. And then suddenly something else happens. It is this tension that TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa has come to such a climax that it explodes. You are all laughter. It is a tremendous release, it is great meditation. If you can laugh totally, it will give you the taste of moment of no – time, or no – mind. Human ‘Mind’ lives logically with expectations. Laughter is something that comes from the beyond. Mind is always guessing what is going to happen. Groping, but in darkness! And something happens which is absolutely contrary to all expectations. It simply stops for a moment. And that is the moment when the mind stops, when laughter comes from your belly, a belly laugh. Your whole body goes into a spasm. It is orgasmic. A good laugh is tremendously meditative. Life, is the secret of a Joke? Remember this as The Secrets of Spiritual Life. So many secrets I am giving you. Use any one if you cannot use all. Or try each one of these one by one. Life will become meaningful. If life is meaningful then roses will begin to blossom in the garden of life.

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Three types of laughter

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his has to be understood that why there are three types of laughter. Laughter is unique because it changes the gestalt. 1. The first is when you laugh at someone else. And this is the meanest, the lowest, the most ordinary and vulgar type when you laugh at the expense of somebody else. This is violent, aggressive, insulting type of laughter. Deep down this laughter there is always a feeling of revenge. 2. The second type of laughter comes when you laugh at yourself. This is worth achieving. This is cultured. And this man is valuable who can laugh at himself. He has risen above vulgarity. He has risen above lowly instincts of hatred, aggression, and violence. 3. And the third is the last. This is the highest type. This is not about anybody – neither the other nor oneself. The third is just Cosmic. You laugh at the whole situation as it is. The whole situation, as it is, is absurd. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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What is the purpose of the future? No beginning in the beginning! The whole situation of Existence is such that if you can see the Whole – such a great infinite vastness moving toward no fixed purpose, no goal – laughter will arise. So much is going on without leading anywhere. Nobody is there in the past to create it. Nobody is there in the end to finish it either. Such is whole Cosmos – moving so beautifully, so systematically, and so rationally as well. If you can see this whole Cosmos, laughter is inevitable. I have heard about three monks. They lived in China. No names are mentioned. They never disclosed their names to anybody. They never answered anything. In China, they are simply known as the three laughing monks. And the only thing they did was: they would enter a village, stand in the market place and start laughing. They would laugh with their whole being and suddenly people would become aware. Then others would also get the infection and a crowd would gather. Like a wild fire the whole crowd would start laughing just because of them. What was happening? The whole town would get involved. Then they would move to another town. For this gesture they were loved very much. This was their only sermon, or message ‘laugh’. And they would not teach; they would simply create a situation. Like a master they created the situation for your energies to become centered. And this centering takes you beyond the realm of the known. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa They became famous all over the country. Three laughing monks! All of China loved them. Nobody had ever preached in such a way that life must be just laughter and nothing else. They were not laughing at anyone in particular. They were simply laughing as if they had understood the ‘Cosmic Joke’. Thus they went around spreading so much joy all over China without using a single word. People would ask for their names, but they would simply laugh. So that became their name – ‘the three laughing monks’. Then they grew old. And while staying in one village one of the three monks died. The whole village became very much expectant because they thought that when one of them had died, the other two would surely weep. This must be worth seeing because no one had ever seen these people weeping. The whole village gathered. But the two monks were standing beside the corpse of the third and laughing – such a belly laugh. So the villagers asked them to explain this. So for the first time, the two monks spoke and said, ‘We are laughing because this man has won. We were always wondering as to who would die first and this man has defeated us. We are laughing at our defeat and his victory. Also he lived with us for many years and we laughed together and we enjoyed each other’s togetherness, and presence. There can be no better way of giving him the last send off. We can only laugh. But the whole village was sad. And when the dead monk’s body was put on the funeral pyre, then the village realized that TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa the remaining two monks were not the only ones who were joking, the third who was dead was also laughing. He had asked his companions not to change his clothes. It was conventional that when a man died they changed his dress and gave a bath to the body. So the third monk had asked, not to give him a bath because he has never been unclean. So much laughter has been in my life that no impurity can accumulate, or can come to me. I have not gathered any dust. Laughter is always young and fresh. So do not give me a bath or change my clothes. Just to respect his wishes, they did not change his clothes. And when the body was put to fire, suddenly they became aware that he had hidden some Chinese fire – works under his clothes and they had started cracking. This made the whole village laugh and the other two monks said: ‘you rascal, you are dead, but you have defeated us once again. Your laughter is the last.’ There is a ‘Cosmic Laughter’ which comes into being when the whole joke of this Cosmos is understood. That is of the highest degree. And only a Buddha can laugh like that. These three monks must have been three Buddhas. But if you can laugh the second type of laughter, that is also worth trying. Avoid the first completely. Never laugh at anyone’s expense. That is ugly and violent. If you want to laugh, then laugh at yourself.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa This is why Mulla Nasruddin, in all his jokes and stories, always proves himself the stupid one, never anybody else. He always laughs at himself and allows you to laugh at him. He never puts anybody else in the situation of being foolish. Sufis say that Mulla Nasrudin is the wise fool. Learn at least that much – the second laughter. This is the reason Mulla Nasruddin’s jokes are nothing but Sufi devices to bring about transformation. If you can learn the second, then the third will happen on its own accord. Soon you will reach the third. But leave the first type. That laughter is degrading. However, almost ninety – nine percent of your laughter is of the first type. Tremendous courage is needed to laugh at oneself. Much confidence is needed to laugh at oneself. This is the beginning of inward journey. For the spiritual seeker, even laughter should become a part of ‘Three way Sadhana’. 1. Remember to avoid the first type of laughter completely. 2. Remember to laugh the second type of laughter. 3. And remember to reach the third. Know this as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’

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Love yourself first before you love anybody else

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he secrets of love are that you have to learn the art of loving yourself first. Unless you respect and love yourself there are no ways that you can love or respect the other. Unless you love yourself you cannot love anybody. It is impossible, because a man who is not in love with himself cannot be in love with anybody. If you are in love with yourself, only then can you overflow. And such overflow of love reaches others. A man who has not loved himself will hate himself, and if you hate yourself, how can you love anybody? You will hate others also. You can only pretend. And when you cannot love yourself, how do you expect others to love you either? Everyone is condemned in his own eyes. The whole moralistic teaching gives you only one thing the techniques of self TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa condemnation. Through morality you learn how to condemn yourself. Christianity says that it is not a question of sinning once or twice or occasionally, you are born as a sinner. It is not a question of whether you do one sin or not. You are born as a sinner. Man is born in sin. Adam, the first man, committed the sin, and you are the descendants. The sin has been committed, nothing can be done. Now it cannot be undone, and you are born into Adam’s sin. If you are born in sin, there is no way for you to love yourself? If your very being is guilt, how can you love yourself? And if you cannot love yourself, you cannot love anybody else. The love must happen at home first. You are the home. This human body is your home. And only when love overflows can it reach to others. And when it overflows, it expresses through your actions, and thinking. Whether you paint or make shoes or do anything else, be in deep love with yourself. Then love begins to flow into everything you do. It flows even when you are not doing anything. It goes on overflowing, it becomes your very existence, and then nothing is boring. Quite often people ask me very sympathetically ‘The whole day you are sitting in one room, not even looking out of the window while doing your work. Do you ever get bored?’

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa What should I tell these people? I have learned the art of being in my own company. This is the best company that I could ever seek. I am with myself. Why should I get bored? They further enquire, ‘Just sitting alone, don’t you get bored? Quite often you do not talk to anyone.’ You will not be able to understand this from where you are standing. I am so ecstatic and overflowing that I need nothing for entertainment and no company. If I hate myself I will get bored. You cannot live with someone you hate. I do not hate myself. I do not condemn my actions. All actions are like dried leaves that are no more needed on the tree of consciousness. Just as during autumn dried leaves fall so too thoughts that are no more needed fall from the tree of consciousness as actions. By nature you cannot be alone. Even if you are alone for a few moments you get uncomfortable. Uneasiness comes into your being. You long to meet someone. You have not learned to live with yourself. Your own company is so boring. You cannot even look at your own face. Whenever someone asks such questions their asking is relevant to their own reference, because they will get bored if they are alone. Based on their own criterion they ask me, ‘Don’t you go out sometimes?’ There is no need for me to go out except when I have to go out for the work that is essential for the sake of my living. Also it is enquired, if I do not get bored with similar questions again and again. Whenever anyone is asking a question his being TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa and understanding is the criterion. All questions arise as the outcome of inner consciousness. And I do not answer any question. I answer the questioning mind instead. So for me it is not that the question is being repeated again and again. Each time when a question is asked it carries a different consciousness behind it. So the same question is always afresh. Not only this, everyone has the same problem. You are not original. Therefore you cannot even create any original problem. And when the problem is same then how can your question differ. Certain problems are related with love, with sex, with peace of mind, with confusion, or something else. Also there are certain psychological and pathological problems. Man can be easily divided into seven categories based on problems. Since there are seven categories of men then the same questions are bound to remain. So people go on asking the seven basic questions. How can I get bored with questions then? I never get bored, because each individual is unique to me. And because of the individuality, the problem he brings is never a repetition. Because, the context is different, and so is the individual. You come with your love problem; another comes with his love problem. Both look similar but they are not. Two individuals differ in their consciousness. It is this difference of consciousness that changes the quality of the problem. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Each individual is so unique that he cannot be put with anyone else. No category can be made. But then you have to have a very keen awareness to penetrate to the very root where the individual is unique. Otherwise, on the surface everyone is alike. Just on the surface everyone seems alike, with the same problems, but if you penetrate deep within the consciousness you will find the difference. If you are alert and ready to move with the person to the deeper core of his being, the deeper you go the more original, individual and unique phenomenon comes into being. If you can penetrate to the very center, you will realize that the person before you is unique and unrepeatable. He has never been before. And he will never be again. He is just unique. And the mystery then overfills you. It is the mystery of the uniqueness of the person. If you know how to penetrate the deepest core, and how to be loving and alert only then you will know a person’s uniqueness. Otherwise everything is repetitive. You are bored because you have a consciousness which creates boredom. Change the consciousness, and there will be no boredom. But you go on changing objects and persons and not the consciousness. Certainly this will not make any difference. Notes: [Even the priests cannot explain the Christian belief of that man is born into sin. In reality it has its root in the early Christian

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa belief in karma and incarnation. You are not born into sin, but you are born with your own actions from previous life, which is the cause for your coming and going into this world. The universal teaching of all religions is one, but due to some misunderstanding made by man these religions appear to be different. But we cannot blame the Masters of these religions, because they did never create this outer form of the religion. In fact they did not even write these Holy Scriptures. As for example the teaching of Christ was written about hundred years after the Christ left his body and the teaching of Buddha was written some four or five hundred years after Buddha left this world. And certainly we cannot blame the Holy Scriptures, if they were changed afterward. And indeed the Bible was changed many times. Among the first Christians most of them were probably believers in incarnation. Christian groups like Basilidans, Marcionits, Valentinens of Egypt, Simonians, Manichaeans, Gnostic and Samaneas believed in incarnation. Also many of the early Fathers of the Church like Origen (active around 230 AD) that even calls it a “general opinion”, Justin Martyr (140 AD), Clement of Alexandria (194 AD) and Tertullian of Carthage (202 AD). A big change of direction in the Christian Church was made at the Church Council in Nicea (325 AD) and in Constantinopel (381 AD), when incarnation was proclaimed as a heresy (false doctrine) and condemned it. All the Christian books containing hints of incarnation was burned or changed. The persecution of these Christian groups, believing in the incarnation, was so successfully that even today almost no one even heard about Jesus, included incarnation in his teaching.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa But even so, they tried to weed out all the teaching of incarnation from the Bible, we can still find many evidence for the belief of incarnation in the Bible. First of all even the Bible give the principle of “as you sow, so shall you reap” (Galatians 6:7) or to put it in other words” every action we do, will bring an equivalent reaction.” The very same teaching is called Karma in the east. If you could not reap the seed of all your actions in this very life, naturally you must return in another life to balance your accounts. So one thing leads to another, of you cannot reap your actions in this life, you must come back again, which is called incarnation. And in fact the Bible gives many evidences for the theory of incarnation even so the Church Council in Nicea tried to remove all such evidence. Here comes one of many examples from the Bible. In the Old Testament (Malachi 4:5) it was foretold that Elijah the prophet would return. Christ himself connect on that prophesy, when he said to his disciples: “Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of woman there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist....And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear let him hear.” (Matt 11:11-15) Maybe some of His disciples didn’t put attention to His words, because Christ repeated again: “But I say to you, that Elias is come already...” (Matt 17:12) Then the disciples understood that He spoke of John the Baptist. (Matt 17:13) So from this we can understand that Christ Himself told that Elias had incarnated as John the Baptist. It is so obvious and clearly written; still the priests do not understand it. But who can blame the Bible if it is changed afterward or if the priests do not understand what it says. ] ... Lars Jensen

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa

Be true to yourself

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here are several layers, or many planes of love!

It depends on the person. There are as many types of loves as there are people. Love carries a hierarchy. It begins from the lowest rung and reaches to the highest or from sex to super consciousness. There are many layers, or many planes of love. It all depends on you. If you are on the lowest rung, you will have a totally different idea of love than the person who is on the highest rung. Adolf Hitler will have one idea of love, Gautam Buddha another. And the two will be diametrically opposite. Because they represent two extremes! At the lowest, love is a kind of politics, power politics. Wherever love is contaminated by the idea of domination, it is politics. Whether you call it politics or not is not the question. It is political in nature. And millions of people never know anything about love except through politics – the politics that exists between husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. It is politics, the whole thing is political. One wants to dominate the other. Each enjoys the domination. And love is nothing but sugar – coated politics, a bitter pill. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa You talk about love but deep down there is a desire to exploit the other. And I am not saying that you are doing it deliberately or consciously. But it happens. And this is how it always happens. People are falling in love with horses, dogs, animals, machines, things. Why? Because to be in love with human beings has become hellish, a continuous conflict! There is continuous nagging. And both are always at each other’s throats. This is the lowest form of love. Nothing is wrong with it if you can use it as a stepping stone, or if you can use it as a meditation. If you can watch it, if you try to understand it, in that very understanding you will reach another rung. You will start moving upwards. Only at the highest peak, when love is not a relationship any more, when love becomes a state of your being, the lotus opens totally and great perfume is released. But this happens only at the highest peak. At its lowest, love is just a political relationship. At its highest, love is a spiritual state of consciousness. I love you, Buddha loves, Jesus loves, but their love demands nothing in return. Their love is given for the sheer joy of giving it. It is not a bargain. Hence the radiant beauty of it! Hence the transcendental beauty of it! It surpasses all the joys that you have ever known. When I talk about love, I am talking about love as a state. It is unaddressed. You do not love this person or that person, you simply love. You are love. Rather than saying that you love somebody, it will be better to say you are love. So whosoever is capable of participating can feel love. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Whosoever is capable of drinking out of your infinite sources of being can get drunk with this life elixir. You are available. You are available unconditionally. That is possible only if love becomes more and more meditative. `Medicine' and `meditation' come from the same root. Love as you know it is a kind of disease. It needs the medicine of meditation. If it passes through meditation, it is purified. And the more purified it is, the more ecstatic. Everybody has his or her own idea of love. In this process love has disappeared. When love is no more an idea but simply your being, then only will you know its freedom. Then love is God. Then love is the ultimate truth. Let your love move through the process of meditation. Watch it. Watch the cunning ways of your mind. Watch your power – politics. And nothing else except continuous watching and observing is going to help. When you say something to your woman or your man, look at it. What is the unconscious motive behind it? Why are you saying it? Is there some motive? Then what is it? Be conscious of that motive. Bring it to consciousness because this is ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’ and the keys for transforming your life. Anything that becomes conscious disappears. Your motives remain unconscious, that is why you remain in their grip. Make them conscious. Bring them to light, and they will disappear. It is as if you pull up a tree and bring the roots to the sunlight it will die. Roots can exist only in the darkness of the soil. Your TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa motives also exist only in the darkness of your unconsciousness. So the only way to transform your love is to bring all the motives from the unconscious into the conscious. Slowly and slowly, those motives will disappear naturally. And when love is unmotivated, then love is the greatest thing that can ever happen to anyone. Then love is something of the ultimate, of the beyond. That is the meaning when Jesus says, ‘God is love.’ Rephrase it now ‘Love is God’. God can be forgotten, but never forget love. It is the purification of love that will take you to God. If you forget about God completely, nothing is lost. But never forget love, because love is the bridge. Love is the process of alchemical change in your consciousness. Love bridges you with the unknown. This I call as ‘The Secrets of the Spiritual Life.’

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa

Man is a Possibility alone

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an is born only as a potential. If you do not develop your potential or if you do not grow spiritually, you are just like an ox. The body will go on becoming bigger and bigger, but that is not growth. Growing old is not growing up, growing physically is not growing spiritually. And unless you grow spiritually you are wasting a precious opportunity. Man is the only being on the earth that can attain to buddhahood. Elephants and lions and tigers can’t become buddhas. Only man can become a Buddha. Only man can become a thousand – petal lotus. Only man can release the fragrance called God. Don’t waste a single moment in anything else. Do the necessary things, the essential things, but pour more and more energy into watchfulness, or awareness. Wake up! Unless you become a buddha you have not lived at all, because you will not know the great poetry of life, the great music of existence. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa You will not know the celestial celebration that goes on and on. You will never know the dance of the stars. It is for you to become part of this celebration. This bliss is for you! All these flowers and all these songs and all these stars are for you. You are entitled to miracles — but grow up, wake up before it becomes yours! Always listen to your own feelings. There is no need to look around. And by looking at people, you cannot see exactly what is happening to them because their face is not real. Just as your face is not your reality, so too, their face is not their reality. There is no coherence between the outer and the inner. This is the situation with each one of us. That is the whole hypocrisy of society. No one shows the inner, the center, or the real face. Hide it. Show it only to someone who is very intimate and who will understand. But who is intimate? Even lovers never show their faces to each other. Because, nobody knows the real face! One moment somebody is a lover and the next moment maybe not because things have changed. So each becomes like an island, closed from each other and separated from the whole. Never look at others. Instead look at yourself. And allow all that is inside you come out, whatsoever be the risk. There is no greater risk than suppression. If you suppress, you will lose all zest for life. You will lose all life if you go on suppressing. Suppression is toxic and poisons the being.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Listen to the heart. And whatsoever is there, bring it out. Soon you will become efficient in bringing it out, and you will enjoy it. And once you know how to be true, it is so beautiful that you will never settle for being false. We go on deciding to be false because we have never tasted the real. From the very beginning of childhood the real was suppressed. Before a child becomes aware of what is real, he has been taught to suppress it. In unconscious and mechanical ways, he goes on suppressing without knowing what he is doing. Be true to yourself. There is no other responsibility. One has to be responsible toward one’s being. You are answerable to your own being. God is not going to ask you why you were not somebody else. There is a story that when the Hasid mystic Josiah was dying, somebody asked him why he wasn’t praying to God, and was he sure that Moses would be a witness to him. He replied, ‘Let me tell you one thing. God is not going to ask me why I am not a Moses. He will ask me why I am not a Josiah.’ This is the whole problem, how to be oneself. And if you can solve this, then every other problem becomes no problem. Then life is a beautiful mystery to be lived. It is no more a problem to be solved instead a mystery just to be lived and enjoyed. Life is nothing but spiritual hence, these ‘Secrets’! TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Notes: [You can fool everybody around you and you can even fool yourself, but you cannot fool God. A Spiritual life can only start when you are being honest to yourself. You are only honest when your thoughts, words and actions are one and the same. Then you live a true life. The Truth is the highest, but still higher is true living. So live according to the secrets of Spiritual Life. Be an example for other to follow. Others learn only by practical example, not by theories. Children only learn from your doings, and never from your sayings. Even higher is when you live a life in accordance to the highest truth, which is the Will of God. ] ... Lars Jensen

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Awareness and Ecstasy the Ultimate Oneness

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he easiest way to be aware is the moment when you are ecstatic. In depression, in agony, awareness becomes very difficult. When you are flowing with joy, and blissfulness, this is the moment to be aware. However people do exactly the opposite. When you are happy you do not care about awareness. And when you are in anguish, then certainly you start thinking it is time to be aware and get out of anguish. But nobody has ever been able to get out from anguish directly. First, one has to get out from ecstasy. If you can be aware of your joyful moments in the first place, then depression will not come. The door to get out is from ecstasy. Ecstasy is the door. So this is the simplest way: 1. Be happy and be aware. 2. Rejoice and be aware. 3. Love and be aware.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Never put awareness aside saying, that awareness is a kind of disturbance when I am in such a great ecstasy. Awareness appears to be like a disturbance. It is not. It may appear like this in the beginning, but soon you will see it will take your ecstasy to higher peaks. Ultimately awareness and ecstasy become one. Then those depressive moments, of pain and agony disappear. There is yet another way which is followed by only a few people. It is rather difficult one. This requires for you to become aware when you are suffering. And it is not only you; many people around the world throughout history have tried this technique. If there was no suffering, they created suffering just to be aware of it. They would fast, and thus created a suffering. They would live naked in the cold winters without clothes, and that created suffering. Man is very inventive. He will torture himself in many ways. Once in a while, a person has become aware from that experience as well. However it is unnecessarily inhuman. But almost all the religions have been preaching that. Whatever is difficult always appeals to the human mind, and whatever is obvious and simple, you tend to forget it. Notes: [Maulana Rumi says in the book Fihi Ma Fihi: “Jesus laughed a lot. John wept a lot. John said to Jesus: “You have become exceedingly carefree against all the subtle deceits that you laugh so much.” Jesus replied: “You have become exceedingly unmindful of the subtle, mysterious, wonderful graces and loving kindness of God, that you weep so much.” One of God’s saints was

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa present at this incident. He asked God: “Which of these two has the higher station?” God answered: “He who thinks better of Me.” In other words: “I come when you think of Me. Each person has an image and an idea of Me. Whatever picture he forms of Me, there I am. I fill that picture where God dwells. I care nothing for that point of view where God does not exist. Cleanse your thoughts, O human, for they are My abode and dwelling place. Now test yourself as to weeping and laughter, fasting and prayer, solitude and company, and the rest. Which of these is more profitable to you? Whichever brings you straight on the road and gains you the greatest advancement, choose that task. Take counsel from your heart, even though others may disagree. The truth is within you. Compare it with what others say. When they agree, and then follow that course.”] ... Lars Jensen

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Protect rose against rocks

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rotect the rose against the rocks that you have grown in the past.

Enlightenment, first as a glimpse, has to be protected from all your miserable habits, old patterns of behavior, and unconscious ways of doing things like a robot. This is what cultivation is. You are fighting against a very long past which has been like a dark night, without even a star. And suddenly you have got a glimpse of the dawn, and heard the songs of the birds, and smelled the fragrance of the opening flowers. In the first place, you cannot believe that this can be true. You think that perhaps you are dreaming. Your whole experience is like that of a dark night. You have never thought that this dark night was going to end at any time. It seems to become darker and darker. You have never understood the logic, that the darker the night becomes the closer is the dawn. But the dawn is unbelievable when it comes for the first time. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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And the dawn I am talking about, is not something outside you. All your patterns, old habits, are also inside. They will try to destroy the new inside that is growing, and is fragile, and your old habits are like stones, hard and heavy. The fight is between a rose and a stone. It is indeed difficult to protect the rose against all the rocks that you have grown in the past. To experience the first glimpse is not very difficult. The real difficulty begins after the glimpse. Then the problem comes how to save it? How to make it a reality, and so deeply rooted, too that nothing can destroy it any more. Also no doubt can ever arise about it. And the truth of enlightenment becomes self – evident by and by. You have to live it. That is the only way you can cultivate it. How have you cultivated your habits? Just by living them you have cultivated those rocks in you. If you have not lived a certain habit, you cannot see why somebody else cannot leave it. You laugh at chewing gum because you have not become habituated to it. You laugh about smoking because you have not become habituated to it. Each goes deeper in you. Each transforms your chemistry and biology, and in the process becomes a deep hunger in you. In spite of you, you have to drink alcohol. You do not want to, but what to do? When the time comes the urge is so strong, every cell of your body is asking for it. And you think, perhaps one time more will not harm. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa The life goes on for years like this singing ‘one time more.’ But the next time also, the same situation will arise. One needs to have courage to cut any habit with a sword, in a single blow. And whatever the withdrawal symptoms, it is better to suffer them for two or three weeks than to be defeated by your habits. A man who is not a master of his own habits cannot remain enlightened. Even if he is fortunate enough to have a glimpse, that glimpse will make him even more miserable, because now he knows what is possible. Now he knows where he can reach. Now he knows all his potential. But he has to live in the darkness of his old habits and he cannot get out of the pattern. Cultivation is the only way. Do not think of enlightenment just as an inner experience alone. In the beginning it is an inner experience. Then slowly bring it into your outer life. This is what I have been telling you every day. Remember whatever you experience never think the work is over. The experience that happens in meditation has to be relived and present in your day – to – day affairs and life. Whether you are a housewife cooking, or you are working in an office, or in a shop or any other kind of life you are living, you have to be alert in and through every activity so it becomes meditation. This is what cultivation is. The more you live it, the more it becomes a normal experience. The more you live it, the less is the possibility of it being taken away by old habits. They will come like floods, but you have to remember one thing that a small flame of a candle is enough to destroy the darkness of millions of years. The darkness cannot say to TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa the candle, you are too small, and do not be foolish. You cannot fight against millions of years old darkness. Nothing of that kind of dialogue ever happens. A small flame is lit and the darkness disappears, however old. The first experience of enlightenment is called ‘Satori’ according to Zen. It may be fragile, or it may be new and it may be difficult to protect it, but it has strength of its own. If you support it totally, it is going to take over your whole being. It is Satori that becomes Samadhi. Satori is the first glimpse of Samadhi, and Samadhi is when your whole being is afire. Then you do not have to remember, you are it. But this is possible only if you cultivate it in all your day – to – day affairs. Is this not ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life?’ Notes: [You are not the master of your own being. You do not even control own your habits, but rather they control you. Habits are the very strong and powerful tool used by the mind to control you and to take you under its domain. Even a single habit can create your own destiny. Lalaji (Naqshbandi Sufi Ramchandra) have explained these phenomena very beautifully: “Sow an act, you reap a habit; sow a habit, you reap a character; and sow a character, you reap a destiny” So by one act alone you create your future.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa What is the difference between a Saint and a thief? A thief has the habits of a thief and the Saint has the habits of a Saint. Replace your bad habits with good habits and become a Saint. While seeing a delicious cake, the fantasia makes it water in your mouth. You say to yourself, “Even so I need to go down in weight; I can take this cake today and start tomorrow with the diet.” Fooling yourself you lose this opportunity to change the habit and it will continue forever. The power of the habits always wins over your intellect. Only if you are fully aware and conscious you can win. Remember this; by one act aloe you can change your own future forever. Be a master of your own being by changing your habits and follow the Secrets of Spiritual Life. ] ... Lars Jensen

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On Male Female Relations

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ive into a relationship. Go deeper into it physically, emotionally and instinctually. There are several doors to go into relationship. However whatever door that you choose, be a witness to it. Witness in the situation will transform you. You can go on changing your husband or your wife a thousand and one times. But you will again find the same type of woman and the same misery repeated in different forms. And the same misery is repeated. It is almost the same. You can change your wife, but you are not changed. Now who is going to choose the other wife? You will choose. The choice will come out of your immaturity again. You will choose a similar type of woman again. The basic problem of love is to first become mature, and then you will find a mature partner. Then immature people will not attract you at all. It is just like that. If you are twenty – five TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa years of age, you do not fall in love with a baby two years old. Exactly like that. When you are a mature person psychologically, spiritually, you never fall in love with a baby. It does not happen that way. Also it cannot happen. You can see that it is going to be meaningless. In fact a mature person does not fall in love, he rises in love. The word ‘fall’ is incorrect. Only immature people fall. They stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. They cannot manage and they cannot stand. They find a woman or a man and they are gone. They were always ready to fall on the ground and creep. They do not have the backbone, the spine. They do not have that integrity to stand alone. A mature person has the integrity to be alone. And when a mature person gives love, he gives without any strings attached to it. He simply gives. This is his sharing. And when a mature person gives love, he feels grateful that you have accepted his love. And not vice versa is true. He does not expect you to be thankful for it at all. He does not even wait for your thanks. He thanks you for accepting his love instead. And when two mature persons are in love, one of the greatest paradoxes of life happens. Two mature persons in love is one of the most beautiful phenomena. They are together and yet tremendously alone. They are together so much so that they are almost one. But their oneness does not destroy their individuality, in fact, it enhances it. They become more individual. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Two mature persons in love help each other to become more and more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, and no effort to dominate. How can you dominate the person you love? Just think over it. Domination is a sort of hatred, anger, and enmity. How can you think of dominating a person you love? You would love to see the person totally free, independent. You will give him more individuality. This is the reason why I call the love between two mature persons the greatest paradox. They are together so much so that they are almost one. However still in that oneness they are individuals. Their individualities are not destroyed. They have become more enhanced or expanded. They have enriched each other as far as their freedom is concerned. When immature people fall in love they destroy each other’s freedom, by creating bondage, and a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free. They help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.

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Freedom higher than Love

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emember, freedom is of a higher value than love. In India, the ultimate freedom is called MOKSHA. MOKSHA implies freedom. Freedom is a higher value than love. So if love is destroying freedom, it is not of worth. Love can be dropped. Freedom has to be saved. Freedom is a higher value. And without freedom you can never be happy. That is not possible. Freedom is the intrinsic desire of each man, and each woman – utter freedom, absolute freedom. So anything that becomes destructive to freedom – one starts hating it. Don’t you hate the man you love? Never hate the woman you love? Your hate is a necessary evil. You have to tolerate it. Because you cannot be alone you have to manage to be with somebody, and you have to adjust to the other’s demands. You have to tolerate, you have to bear them. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Love, to be really love, has to be ‘being – love, or gift – love’. ‘Being – love’ means a state of love. When you have arrived home, when you have known who you are, then a love arises in your being. Then the fragrance spreads and you can give it to others. How can you give something which you do not have? For giving the first basic requirement is to have it. Notes: [What is MOKSHA? MOKSHA is freedom, but freedom from what? It is freedom from the negative tentacles of the mind, and not from the Divine Will of God. You can never be free, either you are the slave of your own mind and wishes, or else you have to surrender to the Will of God and flow with the Divine Will of God. The choice is yours. If you follow the Divine flow of Nature, life will be very easy and you will be in harmony with the entire Universe. However if you choose go against the stream of the Cosmic Laws, and follow your own wishes, you have to suffer, because you are fighting against the entire Universe, and you can never win over the Universe. You cannot change the law of the entire universe. So better to surrender to the Divine flow of Nature, and life will be very easy. Flow with the stream and do not fight against the natural flow of life that is supported by the Divine will of God. ] ... Lars Jensen

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Love is Meditation

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ove is the fragrance of your being. It is a way of communion with the unknown and unknowable. Love is the Ultimate way to Relate. Love is not a relationship. You cannot give it a name, form, shape or anything finite. Love is an unseen but realized truth. When it grips you are overwhelmed. It comes from the unknown and unknowable. And then gives you the taste of your being. And before you become aware it disappears. Love relates. Love is a way to relate to sentient and insentient beings. Love is awareness. Love is a way of life. Love is the understanding. Love is your being. Love is the way to manifest your being. Certainly love is not a relationship. A ‘relationship’ implies that something is finished. A relationship is a noun. The full stop has come. The honeymoon is over. Now there is no joy, no enthusiasm, now all is finished. Yet still you can carry it on the dead corpse. Life moves on just to keep your promises. You can carry it on because it is TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa comfortable, convenient, and cozy. You carry it on because there is nothing else to do. You carry it on because if you disrupt it, it is going to create much trouble for you. Relationship means something complete, finished, and closed. Love is never a relationship. Love opens its wings in the unknown and unknowable. And before it reaches the known realm it disappears. This is what you need to meditate upon. If you start seeking newness then you are moving to the realm of world of conflicts, duality and misery. Love is milestone. A little meditation on its nature changes the gestalt and directs your energy towards the inner realm. Love is relating. It is always like a river, flowing, unending. Love knows no full stop. Love’s honeymoon begins but never ends. It is not like a novel that starts at a certain point and ends at a certain point. It is an ongoing phenomenon. Lovers end, love continues. It is a continuum. It is a verb, not a noun. And why do you reduce the beauty of relating to relationship? Why are you in such a hurry? To relate is insecure, and relationship is a security. Relationship has a certainty. Relating is just a meeting of two strangers, maybe just an overnight stay and in the morning we say goodbye. Who knows what is going to happen tomorrow? And you are so afraid that you want to make it certain. You want to make it predictable. You would like tomorrow to be according to your ideas. Naturally you do not allow it freedom to have its own way. So we immediately reduce every verb to a noun. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa You are in love with a woman or a man and immediately you start thinking of getting married. Make it a legal contract. Why? How does the law come into love? The law comes into love because love is not there. It is only a fantasy, and you know the fantasy will disappear. Before it disappears settle down, before it disappears do something so it becomes impossible to separate. In the world with more meditativeness around, with a little more enlightenment spread over the earth, people will love, love immensely, but their love will remain a relating, not a relationship. This does not mean their love will be only momentary. There is every possibility their love may go deeper than your love. Love may have a higher quality of intimacy. Certainly there will be something more of poetry and more of God in it. And there is every possibility their love may last longer than your so-called relationship ever lasts. But it will not be guaranteed by the law. The guarantee will be inner. It will be a commitment from the heart. It will be a silent communion. If you enjoy being with somebody, you would like to enjoy it more and more. If you enjoy the intimacy, you would like to explore the intimacy more and more and through this intimacy you would like to reach the core of your being. And there are a few flowers of love which bloom only after long intimacies. There are seasonal flowers too. Within six weeks they are there in the sun, but within six weeks again TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa they wither away forever. There are flowers which take years to come. Still there are flowers which take many years to come. The longer it takes, the deeper it goes. But it has to be a commitment from one heart to another heart. It has not even to be verbalized, because to verbalize it is to profane it. It has to be a silent commitment; eye to eye, heart to heart, being to being. It has to be understood, not said. It is so ugly seeing people going to the church or the court to get married. It is so ugly, so inhuman. It simply shows they cannot trust themselves. Instead they trust the policeman more than they trust their own inner voice. It shows they cannot trust their love, they trust the law. Therefore forget relationships and learn how to relate. In a relationship you start taking each other for granted. That is what destroys all love affairs. The woman thinks she knows the man. And the man thinks he knows the woman. In reality nobody knows either. It is impossible to know the other. The other remains a mystery. And to take the other for granted is insulting and disrespectful too. To think that you know your wife is very ungrateful. How can you know the woman? How can you know the man? They are processes, they are not things. The woman that you knew yesterday is not there today. So much water has flowed down the river. She is somebody else, totally different. Relate again, start again. However never take it for granted.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa And the man that you slept with last night, now look at his face again in the morning. He is no more the same person, so much has changed. So much, has really changed. That is the difference between a thing and a person. The furniture in the room is the same, but the man and the woman can never remain the same. Explore again. Begin again a fresh. This is what is relating. Relating means you are always starting. You are continuously trying to become acquainted. Again and again, you are introducing yourself to each other. You are trying to see the many faces of the other. You are trying to penetrate deeper and deeper into his realm of inner feelings, into the deep recesses of his being. You are trying to unravel a mystery which cannot be unraveled. That is the joy of love. This is the exploration of consciousness. And if you relate, and never reduce it to a relationship, then the other will become a mirror to you. Exploring him, unaware you will be exploring yourself too. Getting deeper into the other, knowing his feelings, his thoughts, his deeper stirrings, you will be discovering your own deeper stirrings as well. Lovers become mirrors to each other, and then love becomes a meditation. This is another ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Notes: [God is not to be found outside you. God is to be found within this human body and not at any other place. So what is the use of going into the forest to become a yogi? Your inner condition will remain the same when you return. The problem is coming from

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa within, not from outside. It is the mind that is the problem and you can never run away from your mind. So what is the use of changing the outside environment, when the mind will still be with you? Our goal is to be free from the bondage of the mind and our wishes. But these yogis who went, took their mind and all their wishes with them into the forest. So what have they gained from going into the forest, when their inner condition remained the same? So those people who went as renounces, they were cut off from the world, years upon years. But from within they were thirsting to go back. If you are away from your house, you always think to come back. You can move everywhere in the world, but your attention comes back home again and again. So this is their condition. So the remembrance of the world was there with them. More they wanted to separate from the world, more it was there. They tried renounced the world, but could not. And when they renounced they took big ego in them ‘O I will become something’. Thus all these things become hindrance in their way. So Masters tell us never to follow such people, because they have no receptivity in themselves. Their mind is very active. They left the world but inside they took the world with them in their thoughts. Therefore never run away from the world, instead you have to learn to detach form it while living in it. You have to remain unattached in the world of attachment. The boat (your body) has to be in the water (this world), but no water has to enter into the boat. This is how you can cross the ocean of life and come to the other side. Farid says, ‘Why wander from jungle to jungle, trampling thorns under foot? God dwells in your heart: Why seek Him in forest?’] ... Lars Jensen

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Jealousy

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omeone wants to know what jealousy is.

Jealousy is quite complicated. It is deep tooted in your psychology. Its roots are so deep in your upbringing that it will be almost impossible to remove it. I can share only my insights with you. And you will have to see how far your social values and your own psychology allows you to accept these insights. It has many ingredients in it. Had it been plain things, it would have been easy. Jealousy has many things embedded to it. Cowardice is one of them. Egoistic attitude is another. Monopolistic desire adds another dimension. It lacks the experience of love. Instead there is only possessiveness. Also there is a tendency to be competitive. This is further accentuated by a deep – rooted fear of being inferior. So many things are involved in jealousy.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa You love a person. At least you think you love a person. If you really love, then jealousy is impossible. Love and jealousy can never exist. Jealousy comes in indicating love never existed. If you find the person loving somebody else, you will be happy: you love the person, and he is happy with somebody else; and all that you want is to make him happy. You will not feel jealous. On the contrary you will feel grateful to the person who has made your lover happy. You will feel a great friendliness. But this is about true love. This is a rare kind. What exists in the name of love is just an idea. And this idea gives rise to jealousy. This is what you will see around. Your ‘love’ for a person means you possess the person. When you say that you ‘love’ a person means he cannot love anybody else. If he loves anybody else he is insulting you or cheating you, or is unfaithful to you. The person is proving that you are inferior. It indicates there are better people, more lovable than you are. It hurts the ego, it hurts your possessiveness, and it hurts your monopolistic idea as well. Such is your understanding of love. And basically it is cowardice. It is cowardice because you are not trying to face the facts about your love in a straight forward manner. It is not a question of your lover loving somebody else. The question is, do you love the person? And you are not brave enough to face that question. And that is the real question to be asked. If I love the person then nothing matters. Love allows freedom. Love allows that whatever he feels like doing, he can do. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Whatever he feels to be blissful, it is his choice. If you love the person, then you do not interfere in his privacy. You leave the privacy without any interference. You do not try to trespass his inner being. You do not want that he should say where he has been, why he is late in the night. That is not right at all. It is his life. Where he goes and whether he comes late or not you have loved the person as he is and this is the way he is. And you never try to interfere in his privacy. You do not open his mails or look into his pockets, or check his diary or note the phone numbers. You do not try to find out any clue. That is all ugly. You have to face it yourself. If you do not face it, this is cowardice. And to hide it, you make so much of a tantrum of jealousy that you completely forget that it is only your cowardice. What was needed was to be very clear whether it is only an idea in your mind that you love the man, or it is a reality. Reality has no problems. It is only ideas that bring trouble because they are just superficial. Underneath there is so much rubbish that those ideas cannot help you. Any small thing and immediately trouble starts. On the surface everything seems quite and normal. Deep down there is turmoil. A small situation and there is upheaval. I cannot conceive that if two persons really love one another they will ever have any fight for any reason. Also they will never try to impose any idea on the other for any reason. They will never try to inhibit the other person from any action. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa

Love’s basic requirement is: ‘I accept the other person as he is.’ And love never tries to change the person according to one’s own idea of them. You do not try to prune the person to your liking. However, this is being done everywhere all over the world. People who think they are lovers they are continually harassing each other, and trying to create the image that they want. They reduce the other as a puppet with the strings in their hands. And the other person is doing the same. He wants you to be a puppet, and the strings have to be in his hands. Now there is going to be continual conflict, misery, pain. This is considered as normal way of life. And one wonders why have poets been writing so many beautiful things about love? Nothing seems to happen like this! It is only in the poetry you conclude and not in the real life. The reality is that most of the poets have never loved. They are in love with the idea of love. So they compose beautiful poems, and beautiful novels. Hermann Hess composed a beautiful novel Siddhartha for which he won Noble Prize. And in reality his life was just opposite. Or perhaps they have loved, but failed so utterly that just to console themselves they create the polar opposite in their poetry. So either the poets have never loved and therefore never known, or have never known the agony of it. Or, if they have loved, they have known the agony of it and they wanted to know the ecstasy. So in their poetry you will find the ecstasy of TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa love. But the truth is that the whole world is tortured unnecessarily. Yes, it is cowardice that keeps you in torture. Just face the facts, whether you love a man or not. If you love, then there are no conditions attached to it. If you do not love, then who are you to put conditions? Either way it is clear. If you love then there is no question of conditions. You love the person as he or she is. If you do not love, then too there is no problem. In that case he is nobody to you. There is no question of putting conditions. He can do whatsoever he wants to do. But one has to face one’s feelings in a very sincere and honest way. And that straight forward encounter of one’s feelings immediately shows you the path. Life is not difficult. It is very simple and innocent. We are making it so difficult because we are cowards. We do not see a thing which we know is there. It is always simple to face reality. Reality makes you innocent. Then unnecessary complexities never arise. Otherwise you go on living in imagination that you loves that you can die for the other person. You cannot even see the other person being happy with someone for a minute and you think you can die for the other person! This is hypocrisy of your understanding that you call life.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Just try to see what your inner feelings actually are for the other person and jealousy will disappear. In most of the cases with jealousy, your love will also disappear. But it is good, because what is the point of having a love which is full of jealousy. This is not love? If jealousy disappears and love still remains, then you have something solid in your life which is worth having. This is a rare case. However this can happen only when understanding comes to you. In that case life will attain a new meaning.

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Love seeks ‘nowhereness’!

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f you love a person, you just love a person. What will happen tomorrow no one knows. Love seeks ‘nowhereness’ (now+here+ness). If it is really love, then it never thinks of the future. Then there is no problem of the future. Tomorrow does not exist for eternal love. Time does not exist for love eternal. If you love a person, you love a person. What will happen tomorrow— who cares? Today is enough. This moment is eternity. And all that happens in this moment is eternal. The past has disappeared in the womb. Tomorrow never comes. Past never comes back. But tomorrow comes. However whenever it comes it is as now.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Real love is of the phenomena of the present or ‘Nowhereness.’ Always remember anything real has to be part of awareness. It belongs to the present. This is part of meditation. Then there is no problem! And there is no question of attraction, and there is no question of fear either. Real love shares. It is not to exploit the other. It is not to possess the other. When you want to possess the other, then the problem arises. The other may possess you as well. Then things get even more complicated. And if the other is more powerful, and magnetic, naturally you will be a slave. If you want to become the master of the other, then the fear arises that ‘I may be reduced to a slave.’ If you do not want to possess the other, then the fear never arises that the other may possess you. Love never possesses. Also love can never be possessed either. True love leads you into freedom. Freedom is the highest peak, the ultimate value. And love is closest to freedom. Love unfolds into freedom. Love is not against freedom. Instead love is the stepping – stone toward freedom. That is what awareness will make clear to you. Love has to be used as a stepping – stone for freedom. If you love, you make the other free. And when you make the other free, you are made free by the other as well.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Love is a sharing, not an exploitation. And in fact love never thinks in terms of ugliness and beauty, either. You will be surprised love never thinks in terms of ugliness and beauty. Love only acts, reflects, and meditates. It never thinks at all. Yes, sometimes it happens that you fit with somebody and suddenly, everything falls in harmony. It is not a question of beauty or ugliness. It is a question of harmony, and rhythm. And ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’ is that Love seeks ‘Nowhereness.’ Notes: [True love beautifies the one who loves and the one who is loved. There is an old saying: “Open the door to the bird cage and let the bird enjoy its freedom. If the bird never comes back, it was not yours in the first place. If the bird returns by free will, it is yours forever.” Nobody real knows what true love is. What we ordinary people call love, is just attachment or lust. Wordily love in its purest form can only be seen in the love of a Mother who does everything for her child, without any expectations of return. But still higher is true spiritual love. That love is true love, where there is devotion and surrender. Where there is no devotion and surrender, there is no true love. By devotion and surrender you lose your ego. You become the Beloved. You become God. This is the highest of all. Kabir has said: “If you want to gamble, then play the games of love. If you win then the beloved is yours. If you lose you are the beloveds. So in both case you are the winner.”

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Contrary to the physical water, the more you take the water of love, the more you feel thirsty and more your lips get dry. A true devote of God have drunk the whole ocean of love and still his lips remain dry like a desert.] ... Lars Jensen

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Freedom

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reedom implies maturity. Freedom is responsibility. Freedom implies inner discipline, oneness and harmony. And without this freedom will only bring chaos. People go on talking about freedom, but they do not want freedom exactly, they want irresponsibility. They ask for freedom, but deep down, unconsciously, they seek irresponsibility, and a license. Freedom is maturity. License is very childish. Freedom is possible only when you are so integrated that you can take the responsibility of being free. The world is not free because people are not mature. Revolutionaries have been doing many things down through the centuries, but everything fails. Utopians have been continuously thinking of how to make man free, but nobody bothers because man cannot be free unless he is integrated and harmonized within.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Only a Buddha can be free, a Mahavira can be free, a Christ, a Mohammed can be free, a Zarathustra can be free. Freedom means the man now is aware. If you are not aware then the state is needed, the government is needed, the police is needed, and the court is needed. Then freedom has to be cut from everywhere. In that case freedom exists only in name. In fact it does not exist. How can freedom exist when governments exist? How can freedom exist when dictators exist? If governments disappear, there will simply be anarchy. Freedom will not come in if governments disappear, there will simply be anarchy. It will be a worse state than it is now. It will be shear madness. The police are needed because you are not alert. Otherwise, what is the point of having a policeman standing on the crossroad? If people are alert, the policeman can be removed. Yes indeed they will have to be removed, because it is unnecessary. But until people are conscious this cannot happen. So when I say ‘freedom’, I mean ‘be responsible’. The more responsible you are, the freer you become. Or, the free you become, the more responsibility comes on you. The two are correlated to one another in that way. Then you have to be very alert to what you are doing, what you are saying. Even about your small unconscious gestures you have to be very alert because there is nobody else to control you, it is only you. When I say to you that you are free, I mean that you are a God. It is not license, instead it is tremendous discipline. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Is this not the ‘Secrets’ that I am talking about? Notes: [Throughout history man has made innumerable political, social and economical revolutions. But all have failed. Why have they failed? They failed because the problems are not of this nature. The real problem is not political, social or economical. The real problem is of a spiritual nature. The problem is to be found within man himself, and not in the outer environment. So only a spiritual revolution can make a change. A spiritual revolution that starts from within your own heart and like an infection goes from one heart to another heart. Like a wild fire no power can undo with such a revolution. When the fire of love reaches your heart, you are a changed person forever. This Wild fire should continue until it reaches all the corners of the world. Only such a spiritual revolution can change the world into freedom. So only when man becomes free from the negative tentacles of the mind and ego, man is totally free. And remember it can only start within your own heart, as it is an internal happening. Know this as a Secret of a Spiritual Life. ] ... Lars Jensen

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What is Innocence?

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ou asked me to say something on innocence.

Innocence refers to the light of the being. When inner harmony manifests innocence is born. Disappearance of the ‘I’ is innocence. A child is also innocent. However his innocence is unconscious. Real innocence is when you are totally conscious of your inner harmony. In existence there is nobody who is superior and nobody who is inferior. The blade of grass and the great star are absolutely equal. Both pulsate with the same life principle. But man wants to be higher than others, he wants to conquer nature, hence he has to fight continuously. All complexity arises out of this fight. The innocent person is one who has renounced fighting. Who is no longer interested in being higher? Who is no longer interested in performing? Or, interested in proving that he is someone special! Instead the innocent one has become like a rose flower or like a dewdrop on the lotus leaf. Or, has become TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa part of this infinity! Who has dissolved and become one with the ocean and is just a wave. Or who has no idea of the ‘I’. The disappearance of the ‘I’ is innocence.

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Witness and Laughter

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atching is easiest while you are laughing!

Just watch people. Everybody is carrying a face which is a role. An inner dialogue floats on inner sky. Everyone is preparing himself to say something to the wife or the other. He is late.... and he knows perfectly well that not even once in his whole life has he been able to deceive her, but still he goes on doing the same stupidity. If the witness comes in, and suddenly you remember witnessing, you will start giggling at yourself that you are such a fool. You go on falling in the same hole every day, deciding every day never to fall again in the same ditch. But when the ditch comes close by, the attraction, the fascination, of falling in it is so much that you forget all your decisions. You console yourself, ‘Just once more. From tomorrow, I am going to keep my word, given to myself.’ But this has happened so many times. And you will go on repeating it your

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa whole life, unless you allow the witness to see the futility of all that you are doing. And there is certainly a deep relationship between witnessing and laughter. As you watch you will start giggling about why you unnecessarily have a serious face. In fact, nobody is even looking at you. You can relax. And even if they are looking at you, a serious face is not a beauty. Beauty is joy! Beauty is bliss! A joyous face, a face full of smile, radiant with some deep blissfulness, is beauty and worth having and watching too. If you are being an actor, then choose at least some good act, some good part to play! Everybody has chosen such ugly parts to play on life’s stage. Their faces are dull and sad. Their vibes are that of a corpse. Still they want everybody to love them. And respect them. And dogs do not bark at them, even they tolerate them. They just never look. ‘Let the person pass may be the understanding of the dog.’ Dogs do get tired, barking unnecessarily the whole day. They have their own fundamental ideology. They bark at people who wear uniforms. They bark on persons like policemen, postmen, and sanyasin (a monk who has renounced the world). Have you noticed dogs are absolutely against uniforms? It appears dogs are certainly very rebellious people. They do not want any organizations in the world. They feel everybody should be an individual.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa ‘What is this nonsense?’ The whole army, the whole brigade is going, and all the people are in the same uniform dogs cannot resist the temptation to protest. You pass by. Not even the dog will protest. But if you watch, you will laugh! You will laugh at yourself, ‘Why you are carrying such a face?’ You will certainly giggle at the dog. Also you will wonder why it is ignoring me. Try to be quite serious at the same time. You will be surprised, if you are really watching, that the dog is also giggling at you. You can try this with someone is serious. Just look at him with a giggling face, and he is bound to giggle. Although it may be against his nature but even he will laugh. And you will help him in being watchful too, because while you are laughing, watchfulness is easiest. Perhaps you have not noted that fact. Next time when you have a full - hearted laugh, try to see a very fundamental fact. Watching is easiest while you are laughing, because laughing is not a serious act, and laughing is natural. Deep down laughing creates in you an atmosphere of silence. If your laughter is really total, mind stops suddenly. In the moments of laughter your total energy moves from head to the heart. In the moments of laughter you can never remain serious. Laughter is the moments when you can bring in the witness consciousness very easily. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Fear - Love - Orgasm And Health

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eep sexual orgasm gives body at-homeness. A very, very deep health happens in the body because the body feels whole. Fear is darkness. It is absence of love. You cannot do anything about it, because it does not exist really. It appears to be. And the more you try to fight with it, the more you will become fearful because then the more you will find it impossible. The problem will become more and more complicated. If you fight with darkness you will be defeated. You cannot bring a sword and try to kill the darkness. You will only be exhausted. And, finally, the mind will think that darkness is very powerful. That is why I am defeated. This is where logic goes wrong. It is absolutely logical that if you have been struggling with darkness and you could not TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa defeat it, it is absolutely logical to come to the conclusion that darkness is very powerful. I am impotent before it. But the reality is just the opposite. You are not impotent, darkness is impotent. Darkness does not exist in reality. It is the absence of light. And darkness is very dense. You cannot penetrate through it. In fact darkness is not there. That is why you could not defeat it. How can you defeat something that does not exist? Never fight with the fear otherwise you will become more and more afraid. And a new fear will enter into your being. This is fear of fear, which is even more dangerous. In the first place fear is absence and in the second place, the fear of fear is the fear of the absence of absence. Then you go into madness. You have taken a wrong step. Fear is nothing but absence of love. Do something with love, and forget about fear. If you love well, fear disappears. If you love deeply, fear is not found. Whenever you have been in love with someone, even for a single moment, was there any fear? Fear has never been found in any relationship if even for a single moment two persons are in deep love and a meeting happens, they are tuned to each other, in that moment fear has never been found. Just as if the light is on and darkness has not been found. The secret key for fear implies ‘Love more’. If you feel there is fear in your being be more loving.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Be courageous in love, take courage. Be adventurous in love, love more, and love unconditionally, because the more you love the less will be the fear. And when I say love I mean all the four layers of love. Love’s journey begins from the gross or sex and reaches to ultimate fruition as Samadhi. Love deeply. If you love deeply in a sexual relationship much fear will disappear from the body. Normally at the physically layer fear brings trembling in your body. If your body trembles in fear, it is the fear of sex. It is an indication that you have not been in a deep sexual relationship. Your body trembles, your body is not at ease, at home. Love deeply. A sexual orgasm will dispel all fear out of the body. When I say it will dispel all fear I do not mean that you will become brave. Remember brave people are nothing but cowards upside down. When I say all fear will disappear I mean there will be no cowardice and no bravery. Those are two aspects of fear. I mean a state beyond both. Look at your brave people. You will find that deep inside they are afraid. They have created just armor around them. Bravery is not fearlessness. It is fear well – protected, well – defended, and armored. When fear disappears you become fearless. And a fearless person is one who never creates fear in anybody, and who never allows anybody to create fear in him either. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Deep sexual orgasm gives body ‘at – homeness’. A very, very deep health happens in the body because the body feels whole. Then the second step is love. Let your love be unconditional. If you have some conditions in the mind then you will never be able to love. And those conditions will become barriers. Love is fulfillment unto itself. Love is beneficial to you, so why bother about conditions? It is so beneficial. It brings such a deep well being. Love unconditionally. Never ask anything in return. If you can come to understand that just by loving people you grow in fearlessness, you will love! For the sheer joy of it! Remember this as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’

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Make Life Rich

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f you are simple, loving, open, and intimate, you create a paradise around you.

Nobody knows anything about the future. Future does not exist. Your heaven and your hell and your God are most probably all hypotheses, unproved. The only thing that is in your hands is your life make it as rich as possible. Be intimate. Let lovingness be your nature. Open yourself to many people, you become richer. And if you can live in deep love, in deep friendship, in deep intimacy, with many people, you have lived rightly. And wherever you happen to be, you have learned the art, and you will be living happily there, too. If you are simple, loving, open, intimate, you create a paradise around you. You begin to move in the realm of the unknown and unknowable. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa If you are closed, constantly on the defensive, and always worried that somebody may come to know your thoughts, your dreams, and your perversions too, you are living in hell. Hell is within you. And so is paradise. They are not geographical places as you consider. They are your spiritual spaces. Cleanse yourself. And there is nothing better than meditation for this purpose. Meditation helps in cleaning all the rubbish that has gathered in your mind. When the mind is silent and the heart is singing, you are ready. Free from any fear you are overflowing great joy. You are to be intimate. And without intimacy, you are alone here among strangers. With intimacy, you are surrounded by friends, by people who love you. Intimacy is a great experience. One should not miss it. Because Intimacy is a great experience I call this as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Understanding these minor secrets you can garnish your life and living.

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Transcendence of Sex is Love

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ex is very important because sex is the root of life. You are born out of sex.

Sex cannot be denied and any society that denies sex becomes suicidal. Then it is denying life itself. And this is the reason Sage Vatsayan has written a treatise as Kama Sutra. And he calls these as ‘Sutras’ (Sutras means holy text). So sex is very significant, very meaningful. But you can do two wrong things with sex. First, you can suppress. ‘Suppression’ brings perversions. In the West, Christianity has created a very perverted mind through too much of a ’no’ attitude toward sex. There is too much fear about sex. Too much suppression has created as a reaction. This suppression has led to a perverted mind. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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So I am not for suppression. Also I am not for ‘Indulgence’ either. Indulgence is again another reaction. Indulgence is the other extreme to suppression. That, too, is not good. I am for healthy sex that is neither indulgence nor suppression. For this to happen, Sex must first be accepted in its totality. Then the question of inside or outside of marriage is irrelevant because marriage is just a part of the social system. There is nothing natural about it. To me, to be really authentic in your sex life you have to go beyond the structure of marriage. Do not strain your mind with the thought that I am propagating sex outside marriage. I use the word ‘Beyond’ and you understood as ‘Outside’. You become inauthentic in a way. If you are in a sexual relationship with someone however love has evaporated, to me it is immoral to stay together. This is what marriage implies. Even if he or she is one’s husband or one’s wife does not matter. If there are no love ripples then it is immoral to be together. If love is the base, only then can you be honest, sincere and authentic. If love is not the base then marriage becomes, by and by, a superficial structure.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa

Consciousness not tradition, scripture or discipline Consciousness is needed for transformation not tradition, scripture or discipline.

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uddha’s message is ‘Be a light unto Yourself.’ When you are aflame you can light any unlit candle. A Buddha is capable of bringing light to entire humanity. Just two hundred enlightened people can transform the whole character of humanity. Vivekananda said 100 people can transform the destiny of India. I am speaking more globally. A Buddha is concerned with the whole. No tradition. No scripture. And no discipline is needed. These are all non – essentials. These can be meaningful if these can bring more consciousness in you. Consciousness is needed not tradition, scripture or discipline. My emphasis is on making TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa you more conscious. Consciousness is the key to transform the whole of humanity. Gurdjieff is right only two hundred people, who are aflame – enlightened, will make the whole world enlightened. Enlightenment is contagious. These two hundred torches can ignite fire in millions of people. Those people are also carrying torches, but without any fire. They have everything, just the fire is missing. And when fire passes from one torch to another, the first torch is not losing anything at all. The enlightened consciousness is an infinite reservoir. It can give to you and yet it remains the same. Its quantity does not decrease. Now it is not the question of quantity at all. Instead it is a question of quality. Qualities can be shared without losing anything. Qualities emanate from the being. You can love as many people as you want. That does not mean one day you will go bankrupt. And you will have to declare; ‘Now I have no love.’ You cannot go bankrupt as far as love is concerned. Yes, you can go bankrupt as far as money is concerned. Money is a commodity. And love is a quality. What to say of enlightened consciousness? It is the highest quality possible. There is nothing higher than that. Never be afraid, worried when a Buddha is gone. And where will a Buddha go. Someone has asked Buddha where you will go after you die. Buddha said ‘Thus came thus gone’. This is the meaning of ‘Tathagat’. Where the flame goes after it is put off. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa A Buddha sows the seeds in you. These seeds are not mine! They belong to no one. They are coming out of existence itself. I am simply a vehicle. You can become a vehicle too. Everybody is capable of becoming a vehicle. That is why I do not depend on old strategies. They have all failed. I am depending on living human beings. And this is the only way to save humanity without becoming a savior. You are not creating any greed for heaven and fear of hell. The only way to save humanity is to give them some taste of what it means to be enlightened. A little fragrance, so they can feel the invisible. That is all that is needed. And this is what I am giving you – the taste of the unknown. What Osho says is quite relevant. “And I am absolutely certain, utterly happy, that I have got the right people: people who are going to be my books, my temples, my synagogues. This is the reason I call this the first religion, because it depends on living human beings, not on dead Holy Scriptures, traditions, and beliefs. I am giving you the taste of my being, and preparing you to do the same, on your part, to others. It all depends on you, whether my words will remain living or will die. As far as I am concerned, either way is fine for me. While I am here, I am pouring myself into you. And I am grateful that you are allowing it to happen. Who bothers about the future? There is nobody in me who can care about the future. If existence can find me as a vehicle, I can remain assured that it can find thousands of people to be its vehicle. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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I am simply giving you a little opportunity to become vehicles of the whole.” Thank you my friend Osho for this. Notes: [The Holy Scripture speaks about God, but God is not to be found there. He is only to be found and realized within your own Self, at the level of Soul. Soul is made of the same essence as God. And only the like knows the like. Whether it is Christianity, Buddhism, Islam or Hinduism, they all have their own Holy Scriptures to follow. They are all fine records of the experiences of the Masters who come in the past, that they had with their Source and in knowing themselves, what things stood in the way, what were the helping factors. All these Masters are speaking to us through these Holy books and they have all given the same answers to these questions: Their experiences have to become our own experiences. If you live up to these criteria of how to know God, that is mention in these Holy Scriptures, you will receive a living contact with God. So if we only live up to these criteria, you do not need any Holy Scriptures or temples. Because God does not reside within the temples, churches or mosques made of bricks by human hand, instead within the temple of the human body, made by God. What a natural temple is this form with the earth under foot and the sky over head. You have to learn to feelthe hand of God all around. The true teaching is within you, not outside. You don’t need any Holy Books, since this human body is a two-paged Holy book. You only need to open it, by living up to these criteria, and you can read it. Whatever is to be found in the Holy Scriptures, you can find there. But whatever is to be find within the temple of this

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa body, is not to be found in the Holy Scriptures. So we should be bound with the Truth and not with books. Frankly speaking, where was the Bible at the time of Christ and where were the Holy Books of Buddha at the time of Buddha? They did not need it; neither do you need it, if you have that living contact with God. “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. Forasmuch to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone (like the 10 commandments of Moses), but in fleshy tables of the heart.” Bible, 2 Cor. 3:2-3 “Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” Bible, 2 Cor 3:6 What a beautiful words of Saint Paul. But ultimately what happens even to the follower of the teaching of Christ? They too become slaves to Holy Books and traditions.] ... Lars Jensen

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Each moment is a celebration

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round a buddha there is always an ocean of consciousness. This is the cause of celebration. Each dissolving into one consciousness – the oceanic one that has no ripples or waves and celebration thus begins. The whole existence starts rejoicing with you. It starts showering invisible flowers over you. At this moment you are the most blessed one on the earth, because others are concerned only with the trivia. You are working and searching for the essential. All are concerned with lies and consolations about God. You are working and trying with intensity to find the truth.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa The truth is that existence is enough unto itself. It needs no God. It certainly needs every living being to rise to such heights as Gautam Buddha. Collect all these flowers! And these fragrances too from the beyond! You have to bring them with you. And persuade Gautam Buddha. It is your birthright. It is your nature. Persuade him to come behind you. He will come first as a shadow, but the shadow will be very solid. It is like a foundation for enlightenment. It will have immense warmth surrounding you. It will be almost tangible. On the second step, the buddha comes in front of you and you become the shadow. Your shadow is just a shadow. And then it starts disappearing in the light and radiance of the buddha. This is followed by the third stage and the final stage where you become enlightened, and disappear. You have been just a shadow, and a mask. You disappear completely, only the buddha remains. This remaining consciousness is your essential being. It is your existential truth. It is your life. It is you the existential one. To know this, every moment becomes a celebration. I celebrate myself now and here. And I hope soon the day will come when you will be celebrating yourself too. Soon it will become contagious. With such festivity, laughter, sanity and TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Love and ordinary problems

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ove can only grow if the persons have grown beyond ordinary problems, and the ordinary conflict of love.

What is the problem in love? The first problem is that the moment you are in love with someone you hate the same person as well. And the journey of hate begins the same time love breathes in. In the beginning love overshadows hate and as the journey continues hate surfaces and hides love. Love and hate comes always together. This is not something peculiar with a particular couple. However each couple thinks so. This is the first problem because whomsoever you love, side by side you hate the person as well. In the package of love hate also comes. And because of your unconsciousness you cannot see this. You feel this is only with your relationship. Love and hate are two sides of the same coin. Your love and hate stays TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa together unless your love transcends beyond the boundaries of love and hate. Why do you hate a person you love? Love is a need of a person. Along with love there is another need and that is of FREEDOM. The moment you love a person, you start feeling dependent. Your freedom is lost. And the person who is destroying your freedom is bound to be hated. And the person who is making you dependent will appear not only as an enemy instead the arch – enemy. He is destroying all your freedom, your liberty, and your individuality. But love is a need. So you fulfill love at the cost of freedom. Then hate is bound to come in. You love a person and you hate that person too. This is the irony of love. Then the second problem arises. The moment you are in love with someone, you are not in your senses. You are mad. Really, you are a lunatic then. You are not alert. You are not conscious. You are moving as if you are in sleep. And if the other person is also the same there is no difference. He has no higher consciousness than you. He is also moving in sleep. Two persons moving in sleep are bound to collide with one another. They will be in conflict, and continue to struggle. In India we have used another expression for love with a master. This is just to show the difference. It is called SHRADDHA or trust, a loving trust. If you fall in love with a master and you will fall then there is a difference. You are in sleep, but the master is not asleep. He is awake even in his sleep. And you are asleep even in your waking.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa You will try in every way to create a conflict, violence, and aggression but he can laugh at it or at the way you interact. He can be kind and he can arrange things so that there is no collision. He can arrange things so there is no violence and no hate. But with a psychoanalyst, you are meeting a person of the same state of mind. The quality of the mind is similar. Therefore in that case you both are bound to create problems for each other. In love, lovers create problems for each other continuously. Each goes on throwing the problems on the other. And if both are throwing their problems on each other, then there can be no growth. It cannot come to a healthy maturity. Impossible! Again it will end in failure. And the more you fail, the more you become experienced in failure. Then you know more how to fail. And with every love experience and relationship, if misery is created, by and by you will come to feel that love is a sort of disease. Oscar Wilde has said somewhere, that love is a fever, a feverish state. It is not health because whenever you are in love you are in a fever. You cannot sleep properly when you are in love. You cannot be at ease. You are uneasy. A constant turmoil goes on within, and fever grips you. The third problem is that whenever you are in love you try to possess the other. You try to become the master of the other or the possessor. And the same is true with the other. The other is also trying to possess you in every possible way. Then what does this possession mean? What is possession? Possession implies a process to reduce the person into a thing TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa so that you can manipulate him. Then the person has no freedom. And each lover is making an effort to destroy the other as a person. Only with a master this will not happen. With the master the disciple will try in every way to possess but you cannot possess a master. That is impossible, because you can possess a person only if he deeply cooperates with you. A master cannot be possessed, so your effort toward possession will fail. And he will not try to possess you. Rather, on the contrary, he is trying to make you more of a person more alive, free, conscious, and more alert. His whole effort is to make you more a person than a thing. However lovers are trying to reduce each other to a thing. A psychoanalyst is an ordinary person with some expertise but with no change of consciousness. Therefore he cannot assist you in transformation. At the most he can help you to adjust to the situation. A master on the other hand in his total wakefulness chisels out your unconsciousness. And this is the only way to transformation and ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’

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Love and Passion

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ou are always mistaken between these two words love and passion. You consider them as synonyms. Also you use another word romance for love. Love is beyond both romance and passion. You have become so accustomed to hot dogs of romance and passion that you never feel the freshness of love! Your love is like fast food that lacks real value. Passion is hot. Passion is fire, but passion is not love. And romance does not even know which side it should support. Romance is in limbo. Passion is an effort to use the other for your own biological and sexual needs. So through romance you try to connect. And the man who has renounced passion becomes ice cold, almost dead. Love is just in between these two extremes, hot dogs and coolness. These are the two extremes. Just between the two is the coolness of love. Love is neither cold nor hot. It is a cool breeze that is fresh too. It is an early morning breeze. When it comes to you, you feel TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa almost young and fresh again. It is as if suddenly you have taken a shower. Passion uses the other. That is why passion is a continual fight. Your so-called passionate lovers are both trying to use each other. Love does not use the other. It gives its own heart to the other. It is not a desire to get something, instead a longing to share something. One is overflowing peace and silence and joy. This he wants to share with those who are close. They may be friends. They may be husbands, wives, children, father, mother or anybody else. Love has an immense freshness about it. But rarely someone attains to the coolness of love. Either they are hot and passionate, or when they become tired and bored with this heat, they turn to the opposite – they become an ice – cold or frozen. Mind has a way of moving like a pendulum, from one extreme to the other. That is how the clock runs, by the pendulum moving from one extreme to the other. If the pendulum stops in the middle, it will be the coolness of love. And if the pendulum stops in the middle, the clock also stops. Let me put it in another way. In the moments of cool love, you feel time has stopped. There is no movement. Everything has ceased. It is so silent that there is not even a ripple on the lake of your consciousness. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa It is through this coolness of love we can give birth to a new man. And thus evolve a new humanity. A life without conflict, without wars, full of the peace which transcends all understanding! Passion burns you up. Love keeps you alive. And its coolness keeps you young and fresh. Man can have such a beautiful planet and such a beautiful humanity. Just a little understanding is needed, and I think that understanding is arising, slowly but constantly. If you can understand me, then everybody else in the world can also understand me. Maybe it will take a little more time for them, but there has never before been a time when understanding was needed so much. It is no small matter, because now understanding is equivalent to life.

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Creativity Your way of life, is prayer!

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reativity can never be indifferent. Creativity cares. Remember creativity is love. Creativity is the function of love and care. Creativity cannot be indifferent. If you are indifferent, by and by all your creativity will disappear. Creativity needs aliveness, AND energy. Creativity needs that you should remain a flow, an intense, passionate flow. Creativity is the quality of your being that you bring to the activity. If you look at a flower indifferently, the flower cannot be beautiful. Through indifference, everything becomes ordinary. Then one lives in a cold way. You have shrunken in you. This calamity has happened in the East, because religion took a wrong turn and people started thinking that you have to be indifferent to life.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Once, a Hindu sanyasin came to see Osho. Osho was working in the garden so he had to visit the garden. He looked around his garden, full of many flowers, and enquired, ‘Are you interested in the flowers and gardening?’ His face had the look of condemnation. He said, ‘But I thought you to be indifferent to all these things.’ A Buddha is not indifferent. Indifference is negative. It is suicidal. It is escapism. Of course, if you become indifferent many things will not bother you. You will live surrounded by your indifference. You will not be distracted. Also you will not be disturbed. However just not to be distracted is not the point. You will never be happy and overflowing. In the East, indifference is considered the way of religion. They move away from life. They become escapists. They have not created anything. They simply vegetate and they think they have attained something. They have not attained anything. Attainment is always positive and attainment is always creative. That is why we call God as creator. God is creativity. And creativity is your intrinsic nature. How can you reach God by being indifferent? God is not indifferent. He cares about even small blades of grass, he cares about them also. He takes as much care to paint a butterfly as he takes care to create a buddha. The whole universe loves. And if you want to become one with the whole, you have to love. Indifference is a slow suicide. It is regression – moving in reverse gear. And life moves in forward TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa gear. Be in deep love, so much so that you completely disappear in your love. And you become a pool of pure creative energy. Only then do you participate with God, hand in hand you move with him. To me creativity is prayer, creativity is meditation, and creativity is life. Never be afraid of life. Keep yourself open to indifference. Indifference will desensitize you. You will lose all sensitivity. Your body will become dull and your intelligence will become dull too. You will live in a dark Robinson Cruise cave, afraid of the light and the sun, the wind, the clouds and the sea. In fact you are afraid of everything. You will wrap a blanket of indifference all around you and you will start regressing till you reach the end of life. Move! Be dynamic! And whatsoever you do, do it so lovingly that the very act becomes creative and divine. I am not saying that you all should become painters, writer and poets. That is not possible. Also there is no need either. You may be a housewife your cooking can be creative and loving. This will bring meditativeness to you. You may be a shoemaker. But you can make shoemaking creative. Whatsoever you do, do it so totally, lovingly, and intimately. Get involved in it so your act is not something as the expression from outside.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa You move in your act. Your act will become a fulfillment. Then I call you religious. A religious person, or religious consciousness, is immensely creative.

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Care more Your way of life, is prayer!

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f you really want to grow, care more. Let care be your whole way of life. The way you mould your life it becomes your prayer. Care about each and every thing. In care never make any distinction between the great and the small. Even small things like cleaning the floor, washing your car can bring tremendous joy to you when you do it with deep care. Allow it to be your love affair. As if it is the body of your beloved, and suddenly you will see you are being born anew through your own creativity. Bring that intrinsic quality to that activity that you are engaged in. Life will attain new meaning. With each creative act you are reborn. And with each indifferent act you die, a slow death. Be overflowing. Never be misers. Never try to hold. Share your life, being and presence too!

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Let care be your very center of life. And then there is no need to go to the church, or to the temple. Then there is no need to kneel down before any god and pray. Your way of life, is prayer. Whatsoever you touch will become sacred. I say whatsoever, unconditionally. Love makes everything sacred. Carelessness makes everything ugly. You are here because this existence needs you as you are. Otherwise somebody else would have been here! The existence would not have helped you to be here. If existence had not loved you he would not have created you. You are fulfilling something very essential. You are creating something very fundamental, as you are. And your so – called religious preceptors go on forcing you, to become a Buddha, or a Christ, or a Krishna like. Nobody tells you just to be yourself. Why should you become a Buddha? If God wanted a Buddha he could have produced as many Buddhas as he wanted. He produced only one Buddha, and that was enough. And he was satisfied to his heart’s content. Since then he has not produced another Buddha or another Christ. He has created you instead. Just think of the respect that the universe has given to you. You have been chosen! Not Buddha, not Christ, not Krishna. You will be needed more, that is why you are created. You fit more now. Their work is over. They contributed their fragrance to existence. Now you have to contribute your fragrance.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa But the moralists, the puritans, the priests, all go on teaching you, and drive you crazy. They want the rose, to ‘Become a lotus.’ So too they enquire from the lotus, ‘What are you doing here? You have to become something else.’ If it be in their hands they drive the whole garden crazy. And everything will start dying. Remember nobody can be anybody else. That is not possible. The rose is a rose and the lotus is a lotus. And the lotus is good as a lotus. It can live only as a lotus. If it tries to be a rose it will die. And if the lotus really becomes a victim of the priests and starts trying to be a rose or the rose tries to be a lotus, what is going to happen? The lotus will become pseudo. And as a lotus it will start dying, and as a rose it will pretend. This is what has happened to humanity. Everybody is pretending. Authenticity is lost. Truth is no more. Everybody is trying to show that he is somebody else. Just look at yourself. You are pretending to be somebody else. And at the most you can be only yourself. There is no other way. There is no possibility that you can be anybody else. You will remain yourself. You can enjoy it and bloom, or you can wither away if you condemn it.

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BE CHOICELESS – YET AWAKE!

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am bringing you yet another secret for spiritual life. Remain choicelessly alert in your life, and become intelligent rather than changing circumstances. Change your psychology, become more intelligent. More intelligence is needed to be blissful! And then you can have aloneness together with relationship. Make your woman or your man also alert to the rhythm. People should be taught that nobody can love twenty – four hours a day; rest periods are needed. And nobody can love on order. Love is a spontaneous phenomenon. Whenever it happens, it happens, and whenever it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. Nothing can be done about it. If you do anything, you will create a pseudo phenomenon, or simply acting. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Real or intelligent lovers will make each other alert to the phenomenon: ‘When I want to be alone that does not mean that I am rejecting you. In fact, it is your love that has made it possible for me to be alone.’ And if the woman wants to be left alone for one night, or for a few days, you will not feel hurt. You will not say that you have been rejected. You will respect her decision to be alone for a few days. In fact, you will be happy! Her love was so much that she is feeling empty. Now she needs rest to become full again. This is intelligence. Ordinarily, you think you are rejected. You go to your woman, and if she is not willing to be with you, or not very loving to you, you feel great rejection. Ego is hurt. Ego is never a very intelligent thing. All egos are idiotic. Intelligence knows no ego. Intelligence transcends ego. Intelligence simply sees the phenomenon, and tries to understand why the woman does not want to be with you. Not that she is rejecting you. You know she has loved you so much, she loves you so much but this is a moment she wants to be alone. And if you love her, you will leave her alone. You will not torture her. You will not force her to make love to you. And if the man wants to be alone, the woman will not think, ‘He is no more interested in me. Maybe he has become interested in some other woman.’ An intelligent woman will leave the man alone, so he can again gather together his being. And this rhythm is like day and night, summer and winter. It goes on changing. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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And if two persons are really respectful then slowly and slowly you will understand each other more and more. Love is always respectful, it reveres the other. It is a prayerful state. And you will become aware of the other’s rhythm and your rhythm too. And soon you will find that out of love, and respect, your rhythm is coming closer and closer. When you feel loving, she feels loving too. This settles. This settles on its own. Know this as synchronicity. Have you ever watched? If you come across two real lovers, you will see many things similar in them. Real lovers become as if they are brothers and sisters. You will be surprised even brothers and sisters are not so alike. Their expression, way of walking, talking, and gestures all become alike. And yet these remain so different. This naturally starts happening. Just being together, slowly and slowly, they become attuned to one other. Real lovers need not say anything to the other. The other immediately understands intuitively. They are like two bodies and one soul. If the woman is sad, she may not have to say, but the man understands and leaves her alone. If the man is sad, the woman understands and leaves him alone too. Stupid people do just the opposite. They never leave each other alone. They are constantly with each other, tiring and boring each other. They never leave any space for the other to be or grow. Love gives freedom and also helps the other to be him or herself. Love is a paradoxical phenomenon. In one way it makes you one soul in two bodies. In another way it gives you TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa individuality, and uniqueness. It helps you to drop your small selves. At the same time it also helps you to attain to the supreme self. Then there is no problem. You come to realize that love and meditation are two wings, and they balance each other. And between the two you grow, between the two you reach to God.

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The Body is the Door

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hen I say human body is door yes indeed it is a door. Through body you can enter the outer dimension and the inner as well. The outer dimension belongs to science. This is one part because science is only a part of human existence. Human life is comprehensive. It has to be for creativity, art, and consciousness. Science is for the outer world. Consciousness is for the inner world. And art is the bridge between them. You will have to understand these three divisions, major divisions, not separated, instead for arbitrary purposes to be denominated as separate. The essential thing will be creating methods, techniques, and ways of raising human consciousness. And certainly, this consciousness cannot be against the body. This consciousness dwells in the body. They cannot be accepted as inimical to each other. In every way, they are supportive of one another. I TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa say something to you and my hand makes a gesture without my telling the hand. There is a deep synchronicity between me and my hand. You walk, eat, drink, and all these things indicate that you are body and consciousness interacts as an organic whole. You cannot torture your body and raise your consciousness. The body has to be loved. You have to be friendly to it. It is your home. You have to clean it of all junk and you have to remember that body is in your service continuously. The entire body and its systems engage in digesting, converting your food into blood, replacing the dead cells, and bringing fresh oxygen into the body even when you are fast asleep. It is doing everything for your survival. Yet still you are so ungrateful that you have never even thanked your body. On the contrary, your religions have been teaching you to torture it. I know that you are more than the body and there is no need to have any unnecessary attachment. But love is not an attachment, and so is compassion. Love and compassion are absolutely essential for your body and its nourishment. And the better body you have, the more possibility exists for consciousness to grow. It is an organic unity. For this to happen a totally new kind of education is needed where fundamentally everybody is introduced into silences of the heart or into meditations. Everybody has to be prepared to be compassionate to one’s own body. Unless you are compassionate to your own body, you cannot be compassionate to any other body. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Your body is the greatest mystery in the whole of existence. It is the miracle of the unknown. The harmony that body creates may one day become door to the unknown. Human body gives a definite indication that if a man learns the wisdom of the body and the mystery of it too; he will never bother about the priest or about the God. In that he will have found the most mysterious within himself. And within the mystery of the body is the very shrine of your consciousness. And once you have become aware of your consciousness, there is no God above you. Only such a person can be respectful to other human beings. Once a man has found the consciousness in himself, he has found the key to the ultimate. Any education that does not teach you to love your body, or teach you to be compassionate to your body, or does not teach you how to enter into its mysteries, will not be able to teach you how to enter into your own consciousness. The body is the door, the stepping – stone. Therefore any teaching that does not touch the subject of your body and consciousness is not only incomplete, instead harmful as well. It is only the flowering of consciousness within you that prevents you from destruction. Also it gives you a tremendous urge to create more beauty, and comfort in the world.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Art can create beauty, science can discover objective truth, and consciousness can discover subjective reality. Therefore these three together can make any system of education complete. All else is secondary. And maybe useful for mundane purposes but is not useful for spiritual growth. It cannot give you to the taste of joy, love, peace, and silence. And a man who has not experienced the inner ecstasy has lived in vain. According to me, a religious person is one who contributes to the world with beauty, joy, happiness, and celebration that was not there. But religion has never been defined this way. They have not helped humanity to rise to the heights of joy and beauty and love. Instead they have drowned the whole humanity in misery and suffering. They have not taught you freedom. On the contrary, they have enforced on you all kinds of slavery in the name of obedience. A small minority has been enslaving the whole humanity for centuries. It is only right education can transform this ugly and sick situation. Existence is ready to give you the paradise of bliss here - now. No discipline is needed to be love. Just somewhat alertness, wakefulness, and understanding are needed.

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Beyond the finite

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ater quenches not the thirst. Food never fills your hunger. No relationship can satisfy you. No tears relieve the agony. This cannot even be changed by many beautiful dreams and adventures? It is so, not only with you but with everybody who has a little intelligence. The stupid cannot detect this. However the intelligent person is bound to stumble upon the fact sooner or later. And the more intelligent you are, you will realize that no relationship can satisfy. Mind wonders why it is so. Each relationship only points towards the ultimate relationship. Relationship is a milestone. Remember a milestone cannot become goal. Each love affair is just an indication of a bigger love affair ahead. It is just a taste. But this little taste is not going to TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger. On the contrary, this will make you even thirstier, and hungrier. This is what happens in every relationship. Instead of giving you contentment, it creates tremendous discontentment in you. Each relationship fails in this world. And it is good in one way that it fails. It would have been a curse if it was not so. It is a blessing that it fails. When a relationship fails, you start searching for the ultimate relationship with God, or existence, or the cosmos. You see the futility again and again, that it is not going to be satisfied by any person. Each experience ends in tremendous frustration. It begins with great expectation and leaves you in great despair. It is always so. Each relationship comes with great romance and ends in a bitter taste. When it happens again and again, one has to learn something and conclude that each relationship is only a preparation for the ultimate relationship, or the ultimate love affair. This is the essence of all religions. Again and again mind wonders ‘What is this longing in me that no relationship can satisfy?’ The moment you pass through the process of birth (rebirth for soul’s journey to continue) the desk top memory of your mind is erased. You know nothing of the past experiences. And your countdown now begins. Everything from beginning to the end you will have to complete in this life span. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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In reality relationship is the longing for God. You may know it, you may not know it. You may not be able to articulate it as yet. Or know exactly, what is the nature. In the beginning it is very vague, and cloudy, surrounded by great mist. But it is the longing for God. It is the longing to merge with the whole, so the separation does not remain any longer. You cannot merge with a man or a woman forever, the separation is bound to happen. The merger can only be momentary. And after that moment is gone you will be left in darkness once again. After that flash, that lightning, is gone, the darkness is going to be even more intense than before. That is why millions of people decide not to go into any love relationship. At least you are accustomed to your darkness. One has not known anything else. There is a kind of satisfaction one knows that this is what life is. There is nothing more to it, so there is no discontent. Once you have tasted love, or you have experienced a few moments of joy, or that tremendous throbbing when two persons are no longer two although you fall again and again from that peak. However each time you fall the darkness is far darker than before, because now you know that light is. Now you know that there are peaks. Now you know that life has much more to offer to you. This mundane existence of going to the office every day and returning home and eating and sleeping is not at all real. This mundane existence is only like standing in the porch of the palace. You are standing in the porch thinking that you have seen the palace. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa If you have never been invited in and you have lived always in the porch, then you think this is what life is all about. You consider this as your home. Once a window opens and you can see inside the palace, the beauty, the grandeur, and the splendor of it, or once you are invited in for a moment and then thrown out again, then porch can never satisfy you. Now this porch is going to be a heavy burden on your heart. Now you are going to suffer, your agony is going to be great. This is my observation, that the people who are very uncreative are more satisfied than the people who are creative. The creative person is very much unsatisfied, because he knows much more is possible and it is not happening. Thus continues ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life!’ Notes: [Do you want to know the cause of your love and whom you real love? Sorry to say, it isn’t your wife or husband that you really love. Neither is it any other person that is the true object for your love. Well here is the true answer that you might never hear before. In the beginning, even before time started, our soul was in union with its Source. When this creation came into being our soul became separate from God. In fact the separation from God is the reason for our love, because being only a part, the Soul wants to bind itself with something in order to become whole and complete again. The quality of our Soul is therefore of love. The soul yearns to become whole and complete again and to rest in the Beloved. It wants to merge with the Lord, into oneness, unity and completeness.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa But being lost in this Creation, the attention of our soul has been caught by the outgoing faculties of the mind and directed into worldly objects and mortal beings. But worldly objects have no permanency. They are not forever. They are made of matter and matter is made of elements and elements are made of atoms. It is a composition of many things. And what is made of many things will naturally decompose sometime. So everything in this world is changing and temporary. And you cannot do anything about it. Whatever you love, in this world, will sooner or later leave you. And with the separation the pain will come and you get unhappy. This is why this world is called Maya or illusion, since it has no permanent existents. Therefore it is better to love something that is not changing and that is eternal. Both God and Soul is made of Consciousness, it is made of one substance alone. And what is made of one substance cannot decompose or disintegrate. So it is the immortal Source of Life that is not changing. God is eternal and everlasting and if you get Him, He will always be with you. Better to love the Creator than His creation, because He is eternal, while His creation is subject to changing. So don't be betrayed by the beauty and charm of a woman or a man, don't you know that the Creator have much more charm and beauty than His creation. A woman and a man are only like a flower in the garden. It will blossom for a while but soon it will fade away and begin to die, whereas the beauty of God remains forever. “This is pre – buddha stage of awareness. When the seed of buddhahood begins to blossom you realize the creator is hidden in his creation. Where else can the Creator be? The creator cannot be separate from his creation. The relationship is like

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa that of the dancer and the dance. The dance and dancer cannot be separated. So too Creator and the creation cannot be separated. Creator is the field for creation to grow. The creator is creation. And in creation everything is heading towards being godly – the ultimate destiny.” - Taoshobuddha In the famous love story of the east it is told: Majnun had showered all his love on Laila, a mortal being. But after Laila's death, Majnun realized the truth; ‘Give your heart to the Being who is eternal. Why attach yourself to one who is subject to death and decay?’] ... Lars Jensen

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You are always responsible

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ife has the potential to become a song of bliss. A song of bliss that is the outcome of harmony and oneness but there is every possibility of missing it too. There is no certainty that you can sing this song. Also there is no inevitability about it. It depends on you. You can make it, or destroy it. In ninety – nine point nine percent cases people destroy their song of bliss. Then their life remains nothing but a cry. A scream of pain, agony and despair! But they have chosen it that way. Therefore no one else can ever be responsible. This is the first truth that you have to learn in life. You are always responsible and nobody else. This brings great freedom. Because then infinite alternatives open. If you think that somebody else is responsible then you are a slave. And nothing is open. Then you have to be what you are. If your life TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa is a tragedy then it has to remain tragedy. Remember others are responsible for their own life as well just like you. Life goes on like this. And you think unless they change, nothing can be done about it. You do not have any freedom in that case. And this is the reason that millions of people live in misery. They go on thinking that others are creating their misery. Nobody is creating your misery. Nobody can create your misery. Also nobody can create your bliss either. It is a totally individual phenomenon. It is just your work upon yourself. And the strange thing is that to create misery is more difficult than creating bliss is. But people always choose the difficult thing, because the difficult always satisfies their ego. The ego is not interested in easy things; the ego is interested only in difficult things. The more impossible a thing looks, the more attractive it feels for the ego. Ego feels a challenge, and only through challenge ego can really conquer. Only through challenges ego can prove to the world that ‘I am somebody special.’ Misery gives you challenge. Bliss is very simple. Bliss does not challenge you. Trees are blissful, and birds are blissful. It needs no special talent to be blissful. On the contrary to be miserable needs talents. One has to be really very clever to be miserable. Bliss is innocent. You can be blissful even without any education. But you cannot be miserable without any education! It is almost impossible. You need degrees, universities degrees indeed to be miserable. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa So the first thing that has to sink deep in the heart is: ‘I am always responsible for whatsoever I am. Bliss or misery, this is my choice. If I have chosen to be miserable, then there is no need to be sad about it. This is my choice. And I am happy with my choice.’ Feel happy that you have succeeded in being miserable! If this is not your choice, then drop it immediately. Not only that, drop all those patterns that create misery. And then start creating new patterns. This will open new doors from where bliss starts flowing in. Let me take an example. The person who wants to be miserable has to think in terms of fighting with life. That is his gestalt. He is always fighting with this one or that. Most of the time, he is fighting for no virtual reason. The person who wants to be blissful has to be a non – fighter in the first place. Also he has to surrender to life. This is a kind of let – go. The person who wants to be miserable has to create great ideals. He has to make impossible demands upon himself. Only then you can be miserable. Otherwise you will not be miserable. You have to be this, you have to be that, and when you cannot be, frustration settles in. The man who wants to be blissful has no ideals at all. He is a not – idealist. Instead he is a realist. The miserable person is always an idealist and perfectionist. The blissful person is a realist. He lives moment to moment without any ideal. You cannot frustrate him because he has no expectations. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa The miserable person always condemns himself because he is not raising high enough to fulfill the demands that he has imposed on him. He is a constant condemner. He always lives in self – condemnation. The blissful person is very accepting of himself. He demands nothing. He is totally relaxed and at ease with himself. He loves himself as he is and accepts as well. So you have to watch, all that creates misery, drop; and that which brings bliss like a flood, create that space in you. And my whole effort here is to make each one of you a song of bliss. Making your life as song and a dance no long faces, but celebration! So let your life become a celebration. And it is up to you! It is your choice. I call this as one of the few ‘Secrets of Spiritual Life.’

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Two Ways of Living

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ne is the way of the buffalo. This is living horizontally, in a single straight line. The other way is of a buddha. He lives vertically, in height and in depth. Then each moment can become the moment of eternity. And unless you learn the art of transforming each moment into an eternity, you have not been with a Buddha. The world may end. Or may not end, that is not my concern. But I will go on insisting that it is going to end for a simple reason: to wake you up. And do not waste your time in trivia. Instead live, sing, dance, and love as totally and over flowingly as you are capable of. Do not allow fears to interfere, and you will not be worried what will happen tomorrow. Today is enough unto itself. Life that is lived, so full that it leaves no space to think about anything else. Unlived, worries come, fears come.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa It is not only me who is emphasizing the fact that the world is coming to an end. It is just a coincidence that alongside my insistence on it, the world situation is very supportive of what I am saying. But Jesus Christ, two thousand years ago, was saying the same thing, Gautam Buddha, twenty-five centuries ago, was saying the same thing. It is an old device to wake you up. Unless you know that your house is on fire, you are not going to run out of it. And Jesus and Gautam Buddha were using it as a device, without any corresponding reality. You just live, love, and make each moment a deep ecstasy. All fears may disappear. And if the whole humanity lives like this, perhaps the world may not end, perhaps we may continue. Singing and dancing you may reach the inner core of your being. The old man may die and a totally new man with fresh values and insights may arise to replace him. Notes: [Everybody talks of going forward, but rarely anybody reaches the destination. Why? The night was wasted in sleeping and the day in eating. Thus life, valuable as a diamond, was wasted for nothing. The good days are over. Now it is too late. It is the ending coming. And it is of no use crying over spilt milk. It will not help you. You say that you will engage yourselves in spirituality tomorrow. When tomorrow comes you postpone it for the next day. This way by postponing it day after day you lose the opportunity. Kabir says: ‘Do today what you would do tomorrow, do just now what you would do today. Nothing can be done hereafter when death stand over thy

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa head.’ Why talk of tomorrow when you are not sure of even one fourth of a second. Nothing in this world is predictable. Everything can change within a twinkling of an eye. The only thing that is for certain, here in this world, is that we all have to leave this world sooner or later. Why bother about the destruction of the world when the destruction of your own physical body is approaching.It is only NOW you can change your life. We don't know what happens later. So the motto is “Now or never”. Today is our own -- tomorrow may never come. Otherwise your life will pass, as if the water is passing through the canal, when once it passed, it will never come back to this place again. ] ... Lars Jensen

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Tune in and drop the Rest

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ithin the energy field of the master past lives becomes an everyday experience. And you learn to live it consciously. And in the process you go beyond this. Therefore when the energy is at work and past life experiences surface it appears as if life is losing its ground. As you are there has never been any ground in life for you that you can lose. So you are absolutely safe. And even if you have to lose your mind you are losing the only barrier that creates division between you and the existence. The moment mind is no more, you suddenly find yourself in tune and in harmony with the whole. Then you are not losing the mind. Instead you are going beyond mind. That is what is happening to you. While dancing, singing, and flowing within the energy field of the master you are becoming TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa more and more aware of the songs of the birds, the dance of the peacocks, and the flight of the eagles. And you are experiencing all oneness. Charles Darwin was only partially right when he said man has come from the monkeys. However Charles has stumbled upon a fragment of truth. In fact man contains in himself the fragments of all animals, all the trees and all the birds. Therefore when he dances, the peacock dances in him. When he sings, it is the nightingale that sings through him. And when he runs, it is a deer that runs through him. When he is struck with the beauty of a sunrise, he enjoys sunshine like a tree. When he dances in the rain, he knows something that goes on happening in the deepest souls of all the trees. When he becomes full of light, all the stars that have been hidden in him have become manifest. Man is not only the species of animals. Instead man is an immense synthesis of all that is living – and alive, dancing, singing, and joyful. Mind, on the other hand is rubbish. The sooner you lose it, the better. This losing of the mind involves going beyond the mind. Then nothing can prevent you from talking to the trees, dancing in the wind, or having a dialogue with the far reaching stars. Of course, the world and its custodians will find you as mad. At least I am surrounding you. And to me you have arrived home then. You have become sane. You continue the song and dance TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa irrespective of what the custodians say. Let this be ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’

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Love and Meditation

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here did you get the idea that love and meditation are different polarities?

Love and meditation are two wings of the being. It simply means you neither know what love is, nor do you know what meditation is. And without knowing you are disturbed by the question. To you, love and meditation seem to be opposite polarities. I wonder where you got that idea? If love and meditation are opposite polarities, then nothing in this world can be close to any other thing. But I know all the old religions have also been under the same misconception. The meditators have been escaping to the mountains to avoid love. And the lovers never bothered about meditation because they knew that if they meditated their love life would be finished. It has been one of the oldest fallacies humanity has lived with.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Love is an overflowing silence, a joy, a peace, and blissfulness between two persons. But because there are two persons, sometimes they never match. Meditation is the same experience of silence and peace and bliss but alone. Even if two meditators are in love, then things come to the highest peak. If one meditator can reach to a certain peak in his blissfulness, or silence, two meditators who love one another can become an immense support to each other’s transcendence into the unknown. Their love can become nourishment to their meditation, and vice – versa. Categorically I differ from all the religions of the past. They have made love and meditation polarities, parallel lines which meet nowhere. To me a man of meditation is bound to immensely love. All his anger is gone. Hate is gone. There is no more possessiveness. If he cannot love then who else can love? And a man of love can go deepest in meditation because love is our highest quality, our purest self, our perfect song. If two singing hearts cannot meet in deep meditation then no other meeting is possible. In fact, the people who have escaped to the mountains to meditate think only of women in their meditation. They hallucinate. Their hallucinations can become so real that they start talking to those women. And in the whole world, people without meditation love each other. But their love does not bring bliss into their life. On the contrary, it creates hell. They TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa are known as intimate enemies. Intimate enemies who have decided to live together. My own understanding is that as long as love and meditation are almost two sides of the same coin, we cannot create the new man, the new humanity, the new world. Last night I told you the story of Jesus on the cross telling Peter, ‘Peter, from my height I can see, far away, my house.’ From my height of consciousness I can also see the faraway house where love and meditation will dwell together. We have to create that house. Never say love and meditation are opposite polarities. This is a lie propagated by the priests down the ages. It has reduced lovers into miserable lives and meditators into juiceless deserts. I want your life to be a garden full of flowers, fruits, and juice. There is no question of how to create a loving, meditative relationship. People who gather around living buddha are already living. At least they are making an effort for the first time in the whole history of man to bring love and meditation as two sides of the same experience. Why should love disturb your meditation? Love gives you the right atmosphere, and the right soil to meditate. And meditation gives you the right fragrance for love to become a treasure, a glory, and a benediction.

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Real Love

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eal love is of now. Real love happens in the moment of awakening. If this is the case then who can bother about future! And remember future is infertile. It can create nothing because future is not reality. Love is unseen but realized truth. Real love has something of the beyond. This is the reason it never thinks of the future. And then there can be no problem with the future. Tomorrow does not exist for real love. Time does not exist for real love because tomorrow is the function of time. Real love is the outcome of the realm beyond time and space. If you love a person, your love is an expression of your realization within. And realization does not happen through the mind. However mind is the only faculty that you trust. Remember all realization happens within – the deep recess of your being now and here. You never say that this you will realize in future. What will happen tomorrow— who cares? Today is so much and enough. This moment is eternity. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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What will happen tomorrow, we will see when tomorrow comes? And tomorrow never comes. Real love is of the present. To say real love seems incorrect but I have to use the word for you as love has been defiled. This is just to distinguish your understanding of love. Always remember anything real has to be part of awareness. Awareness is of the present. Awareness is part of meditation. Then there is no problem! And there is no question of attraction, or of fear. Real love shares. It is not to exploit the other. It is not to possess the other. When you want to possess the other, then the problem arises. The other may possess you as well. And if the other is more powerful, and magnetic, naturally you will be a slave. If you want to become the master of the other, then the fear arises that I may be reduced to a slave. If you do not want to possess the other, then the fear never arises that the other may possess you. Love never possesses. Love never possesses and love can never be possessed. True love leads you into freedom – the highest peak, the ultimate value. And love is closest to freedom; the next step after love is freedom. Love is not against freedom. Love is a stepping – stone toward freedom. Awareness makes this clear to you. Love, definitely has to be used as a stepping – stone for freedom. If you love, TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa you make the other free. And when you make the other free, you are made free by the other as well. Love is a sharing. Love is not exploitation. And in fact love never thinks in terms of ugliness and beauty, either. You will be surprised. Love never thinks in terms of ugliness and beauty. Love only acts, reflects, and meditates. It never thinks at all. Yes, sometimes it happens that you fit with somebody and then suddenly, everything falls in harmony. It is not a question of beauty or ugliness. It is a question of harmony, a rhythm. This is soul’s recognition of the answering soul.

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Can Meditation be Passionate?

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es, that is the only way for meditation to exist. Passion is energy, passion is fire, and passion is life.

You have to understand this word passion. Passion means fervor, ardor, obsession, infatuation, excitement, enthusiasm, zeal, craze, and delight. If you look at each word in its dictionary or its colloquial use everything will begin to bark at you. When I say something you interpret according to your understanding. But there is a vast difference between your understanding and mine. It is like someone who has reached to the very core of his being or explored the jewels deep within and is now returning from there and the other is now preparing for the journey. And somehow the two meet at one point. The state of awareness of the two is not same. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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If you are doing meditation just so – so, without any passion, without intensity, without fire, nothing will happen. If you are praying just as a formality and it is not love that has arisen in your heart, it is meaningless, and absurd. When your digestive system does not work without this fire that is compressed in the word passion, then how can your meditation attain to its fruition without this fire or zeal, or fervor, or intensity? Each word can be used either positively or negatively. The essence of meditation requires that you need to go to its very core. If you are praying to God without passion there will be no connection between you and God. Only passion can become the bridge, the thirst, the hunger. The thirstier you are, the more is the possibility. If you are utterly thirsty, if you have become just a thirst, your whole being is consumed by your passion, then only something happens - in that intensity, in that moment of hundred – degree passion. Do not be lukewarm. People live a lukewarm life. They are neither this nor that, hence they remain mediocre. If you want to get beyond mediocrity, create a life of great passion. Whatsoever you do, do it passionately. If you sing, then sing with passion. If you love, then love with passion. If you paint, then paint with all your passion. If you talk, listen, or do anything else then do it passionately. Infuse your totality into it. This is what I mean when I say, if you meditate, then meditate passionately. And from everywhere you will start having contact with God wherever passion is. If you are painting with utter passion, TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa your painting is meditation. There is no need for any other meditation. If you are dancing with absolute passion so that the dancer disappears and only the dance remains, it is meditation, no other need, nowhere to go, no yoga postures. This is the yoga postures: the dancer has disappeared and the dance is there. It is pure energy - energy vibrating. In that state you contact. Why in that state do you contact? Because when the passion is great, the ego dies. The ego can exist only in mediocre minds; only mediocre people are egoistic. The really great are not egoistic, they cannot be. But their life has a totally different direction, a different dimension or the dimension of passion. Have you observed these two words passion and compassion? Passion becomes transformed into compassion. There is a quantum leap from passion into compassion. However the quantum leap happens only when you are boiling at one hundred degrees. Then the water becomes vapor. It is the same energy that exists as passion and one day becomes compassion. Compassion is not antagonistic to passion. Instead it is passion bloomed. It is the spring season for passion. I am all for passion. Do whatsoever you do but be lost into it, abandon you into it, dissolve yourself into it. And dissolution will become salvation.

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Existence is guiltless

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xistence is guiltless, flawless and immaculate. Nothing happens without a reason. Life is the effect of the cause of your consciousness. There are certain actions which do not need your involvement. Be aware of these first. You can walk and you can go on thinking. You can eat and you can go on thinking. Replace your thinking by awareness. Continue eating, but remain aware that you are eating. While walking replace your thinking by awareness. You continue walking but your walking will be somewhat slower and more graceful. But awareness is possible even with these small acts. And as you become more and more articulate, use more complicated activities. A day comes when there will be no activity in the world in which you cannot remain aware and at the same time, act with totality. You say, whenever you decide to be aware in work, you forget about awareness. Awareness cannot be your decision as it TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa cannot be forced. Awareness comes spontaneously from beyond. However you have to work for it so that it becomes your discipline. First a certain disciple has to come. This will be followed by awareness. And whenever awareness comes it is always spontaneously. You do not have to call or force it. It is quite natural still stupid that when you become aware of your ‘not awareness’, you feel guilty. When you become aware that you were not aware, instead feel happy that at least now you are aware. Instead of guilt, feel happy that awareness is coming in fragments. Guilt is cancer of the soul. Up to now all the religions have used guilt to destroy your dignity, your pride, and to make you slaves. There is no need to feel guilty, since what is happening to you is natural. Awareness is such that even if you can be aware for few seconds, rejoice. Never pay attention to those moments when you forgot. Pay attention to those moments and recollect when you suddenly remember, your ‘not awareness’. Feel fortunate that at least after few hours, awareness has returned. Never make it repentance, guilt, or sadness because by being guilty and sad, you are not going to be helped. You will feel, deep down, a failure. And once a feeling of failure settles in you, awareness will become even more difficult. Change your whole focus. It is great that you became aware that you had forgotten to be aware. Now do not forget, for as TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa long as possible. Again you will forget and again you will remember. But each time, the gap of forgetfulness will become smaller and smaller. If you can avoid guilt, your gaps of unawareness will become shorter. And then one day they will simply disappear. Awareness will become just like breathing or heartbeat, or the blood circulation in you. So be watchful that guilty does not come in. There is nothing to feel guilty about. It is immensely significant that the trees never listen to your priests. Otherwise, they will make the roses feel guilty that they have thorns? And the rose, dancing in the wind, in the rain, in the sun, will suddenly become sad. The dance will disappear, the joy will disappear, and the fragrance will disappear. Rose bushes is not so foolish that it will listen to any priest of any religion, roses go on dancing, and with the roses, thorns also go on dancing. The whole existence is guiltless. However man in his present state is not part of the existence. However, the moment man becomes guiltless; he becomes part of the whole or universal flow of life. To be part of the cosmic flow is enlightenment. Enlightenment is a guiltless consciousness that rejoices in everything that life makes available. Both light and darkness are beautiful.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa When you cannot find anything to be guilty about, only then you have become religious. However for your so – called religions, unless you are guilty you are not religious. It is the extent of your guilt that determines the extent of your so – called religiousness. People go on torturing themselves as punishment, or as penance in many different ways. People fast or beat their chests with their fists till blood oozes from their chests. These are considered as religious. Such people can only be psychopaths than being truly religious. This is what their so – called religions have taught them that for any bad deed, it is better to punish yourself than be punished by God on Judgment Day. Therefore to escape from the punishment to be thrown into the abysmal darkness of hell for eternity it is better to punish yourself. The whole humanity has been made guilty in some extent or other. It has taken away the glow from your eyes, the beauty from your face, and the grace of your being. The proverb, says ‘To err is human,’ and, ‘To forgive is divine.’ The second part is incorrect. ‘To err is human and to forgive is also human.’ And to forgive is one of the greatest virtues. If you cannot forgive yourself, you cannot forgive anybody else in the world. It is impossible. You are so full of wounds of guilt then how can you forgive anybody else?

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Your so – called saints go on saying that you will be thrown into hell. The reality is they are living in hell! Therefore they cannot allow even God to forgive you. In one of the Rubaiyat Sufi poet, Omar Khayyam, has written: ‘I am going to drink, to dance, to love. I am going to commit every kind of sin because I trust God is compassionate - he will forgive. My sins are very small; his forgiveness is immense.’ When the priests discovered that he was writing such sacrilegious things, that he was saying, ‘Do not be worried, go on doing anything you want because God is nothing but pure compassion and love. How much sin can you commit in seventy years of life? In comparison to his forgiveness, it is nothing.’ He was a famous mathematician too, renowned in his country. The priests approached him and said, ‘What kind of things are you writing? You will destroy people’s religiousness! Create fear in people instead. Tell people that God is very just if you have committed a sin, you will be punished. There will be no compassion.’ Omar Khayyam’s book was burned during his days. Whenever a copy was found, it was burned by the priests, because this man was teaching such a dangerous idea that will make priest loose his control over people. If it spreads among human beings and everybody starts rejoicing in life, what will happen to the priests? What happen to the saints? What will happen to their mythologies of hell and heaven and god? All will disappear in thin air. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Omar Khayyam is one of the few enlightened Sufi mystics, and all that he is saying has immense truth in it. He does not mean that you should commit sin. Instead he means that you should not feel guilty. Whatever you do if it is not right, never repeat it again. If you feel it hurts somebody, never do it again. But there is no need to feel guilty, or be repentant, or there is no need to penance and torture you. Change your gestalt completely. Instead of counting how many times you forgot to remember to be aware, count those few small moments when you were crystal clear and aware. Those few moments are enough to save you or cure you, or heal you. And if you pay attention to them, they will go on growing and spreading in your consciousness. Slowly, slowly the whole darkness of unawareness will disappear. In the beginning you will find many times that perhaps it is not possible to be working and to be aware together. But continue it is not only possible; instead it is very easily possible. Just begin in the right way. Instead of starting from XYZ, start from ABC. In life, we go on missing many things because of wrong starts. Everything should be started from the very beginning. Our minds are impatient. We want to do everything quickly. We want to reach the highest point without passing through every rung of the ladder.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa But that means an absolute failure. And once you fail in something like awareness it is not a small failure. And perhaps you will not try it again. The failure hurts. Remember awareness because it can open all the doors of the mysteries of existence. It can bring you to the very temple of God. You should start very carefully and from the very beginning. And move very slowly. Just a little patience and you will certainly reach. Notes: [Once the arrow has left the bow, there is no return. The arrow has to take its predestinated course. In the same way, once your thought has been materialized into action, there is too late to regret it. It has already happened and belongs to the past. The only thing to be learned is do not do it again. Baba Jaimal Singh says: “When one recalls his past deeds and regrets then, he says to himself: ‘had I known, I’d have done like this.’ This is wrong attitude, because each event takes the predestined course only. There is no use regretting now. Similarly, the time spend in gossiping about people’s joy and sorrows or talking ill or well of them, all goes to waste. You gain neither spiritual nor material.” Never regret your doings and never speak of others doings, because it belongs to the past, and you lose the opportunity of living in the present of now. Nor does it benefit you in any way. ] ... Lars Jensen

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Third dimension brings bliss

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very rich man once wanted to become happy. He had tried all kinds of ways but everything had failed. He went to many saints. But nobody could help him. Then somebody suggested: ‘You go to Mulla Nasruddin. He lives in a certain town - he is the only man who can be of some help to you.’ The man went with a bag full of diamonds, and he showed the bag to Mulla Nasruddin who was sitting underneath a tree outside the town, resting under the sun. And he said: 'I am a very miserable man – I want happiness. I am ready to give anything for it, but I have not tasted even once what happiness is - and death is coming closer. Can you help me? How can I be happy? I have all kinds of things that the world can give to me, yet I am unhappy. Why?'

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Mulla looked at the man, and it happened so fast that the rich man could not understand what was happening. Mulla just jumped on the man like lightening, took away the bag, and ran. Of course the man followed, crying, and shouting: ‘I have been cheated, robbed!’ Mulla knew all the streets of the town, so he was going zigzag. And the rich man had never run in his life, and he was crying and tears were flowing down, and he said: ‘I have been robbed absolutely - that was my whole life’s earnings. Save me, people! Help me!’ And a crowd followed. And by the time they reached Mulla, the Mulla had come back to the place where the rich man had found him. The rich man’s horse was still standing there, Mulla was sitting under the tree. The rich man was crying, breathing hard. And Mulla gave the bag back to him. The rich man said: ‘Thank God!’ And tears of joy, and peace flowed. Mulla said: ‘Look, I have made you happy. Now you know what happiness is? This bag has been with you for years and you were unhappy. It had to be taken away from you.’ Happiness is part of unhappiness. That is why happiness should not be the goal of your life, because if you want happiness you will have to remain unhappy. The unhappier you are, and then only a few moments, few and far between, will be those of happiness. The goal is not happiness, the goal is bliss. Do not ask me: ‘What is happiness?’ because that shows you are searching for TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa happiness. If you have come here in search of happiness, you have come to the wrong place. Go to Mulla Nasruddin. My effort here is to create bliss, not happiness. Happiness is just the beginning. However it is worthless because it depends on unhappiness. Bliss is transcendence. One moves beyond the duality of happiness and unhappiness. Be a witness to both happiness comes, watch it without being identified with it. You do not say: ‘I am happy. Peace - it is wonderful.’ One simply watches, one says: ‘Yes, a white cloud passing.’ And then comes unhappiness, and one does not become unhappy either. One says: ‘A black cloud passing - I am the witness, the watcher.’ This is what meditation is all about - just becoming a witness? Failure comes, success comes, you are praised, you are condemned, you are respected, you are insulted - all kinds of things come, they are all dualities. And you go on watching. Watching the duality, a third force arises in you. A third dimension arises in you. The duality implies two dimensions happiness, and unhappiness. Watching both, a depth arises in you - and out of that evolves the Third Dimension. This is dimension of Witnessing, or SAKSHI. And that third dimension brings bliss. Bliss is without any opposite to it. It is serene, tranquil, and cool. It is ecstasy without any excitement.

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Transform poisons into Nectar

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o the first step is: be ‘herenow’. Future and past bring thinking. Thinking destroys feeling. And a person too much obsessed with thinking, by and by completely forgets that he has a heart too. A man who is too much into thinking, by and by starts moving in such a way, and starts living in such a way, where feeling has no way. Not listening to the feeling, by and by feeling starts disappearing from him. There are millions of people in this state, who do not know what heart means. They think heart is just a pump that has biological function. Their whole concentration is in the head. Head is an extremity. It is needed. It is a good instrument. But it has to be used as a slave. It should not be the master. Once the head becomes the master and the heart is left behind, you TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa will live, you will die, but you will not know what God is because you will not know what love is. The second step towards love and divine melody is: how to transform your poisons into honey. Because many people love, but then their love is indeed contaminated by poisons like hate, jealousy, anger, with possessiveness. In fact a thousand and one poisons surround your love. Love is a delicate thing. Just think of anger, hatred, possession, jealousy. How can love survive amidst these? First, people move into the head and forget the heart – such persons are in the majority. Then there is a minority that lives somewhat in the heart. However this minority does another wrong. The small light of love is surrounded by jealousy, hatred, anger, and a thousand and one poisons. This makes the entire journey bitter. Remember love is the ladder between heaven and hell. But the ladder is always a two – way you can go up, and also you can come down. If love is surrounded by poisons, the ladder will bring you down and you will be entering into hell. And instead of attaining to a melody, your life will become a nauseous noise of many conflicts, with no harmony. So the second thing to remember is: how to transform your poisons into honey. Meditation is just the beginning of this process of transforming poisons into nectar. This is a long process. What is most significant is to begin the process. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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Love and Friendliness

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ove can reach to its ultimate peak only when it becomes friendliness. There are three possibilities for love.

1. One is lust. This is biological and there is nothing wrong about it but it is the lowest form of energy. All the animals have it. So there is nothing special about it if man has it. Lust connects humanity with the animal kingdom. Lust is a reproductive force. It is nature’s way to continue the species. However to remain confined to lust implies missing the real point. And for this one should go a little higher. This is the second stage of love. 2. Psychological love: This is the second stage somewhat higher than the first. Accordingly love is not biological; instead it is psychological and is a higher dimension. It is not reproductive, it is creative. The moment two persons are in deep love all their creativity TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa explodes they may start things they had never done before. They may start painting or music or dancing, things they had never dreamt of suddenly start arising in their being. Love brings a new climate and new flowers start growing but very few people attain to love. Ninety - nine point nine per cent of people remain confined to the animal world, lust. Love is freedom from being an animal. It is the birth of the human being. There is still a higher peak than love because love although it is far more beautiful than lust tremendously pregnant with creativity has still some hangover of lust remaining with it. It has come out of lust. Still something of lust follows it like a shadow. It becomes a shadow but it is there and it goes on affecting. That is why love is possessive, jealous, and envious. These are ugly traits, that remain as hangovers of the past and these destroy the beauty of love and as love starts settling these things start raising their heads. Love is beautiful only when the honeymoon is on but it does not last long. It comes and goes so quickly that when it goes then only you know it was there. 3. Friendliness: And then there is still something which is not love but the shadow starts possessing you. One can rise a little more when love becomes just friendliness. I am not even calling it friendship because that may give you the idea of relationship. I call it ‘friendliness’ when love becomes just a friendliness no possessiveness, no jealousy no desire to dominate.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa When love starts giving freedom to the other - total freedom, unconditional freedom then it becomes ‘friendliness’. And that is the highest human consciousness can reach. Very few people have known ‘friendliness’. Their names can be counted on the fingers. It is a sad thing that such a vast humanity goes on missing their intrinsic potential. Meditators have to transform lust into love. And then love into friendliness. The moment you have reached to the state of friendliness you have arrived home.

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Laugh and ego dissolves

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eople usually take themselves and others seriously. Seriousness has become the way of life. Seriousness has become very important thing for spirituality. And there is no room for sincerity. Seriousness creates the way for ego. Seriousness nourishes and nurtures ego. That is the way for ego to exist. Start being somewhat playful and you will see ego evaporating. Take life non - seriously, as a joke - indeed as a cosmic joke. Laugh a little more. Laughter is far more significant than prayer. Prayer may not destroy your ego. On the contrary, it may make ego more holy, and pious. But laughter certainly destroys your ego. When you are really in a state of laughter, have you observed? The ego disappears for a moment. You are again a childlike, giggling. Again you have

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa forgotten that you are special. You are no longer serious. For a moment you have removed your fixation. That is why Sufi sheikhs love jokes. It is Sufis who have created the character of Mulla Nasruddin. They are antidotes for your ego! You would like me to talk about serious things like astral planes and how many bodies men have, seven or nine, and how many chakras. And every day there are questions dealing with esoteric, and occult. These are the serious people who have fallen in a wrong company! I am not serious at all. I do not laugh with you because that is technique of telling a joke. The person who tells the joke has to be very serious, he cannot laugh with you. All my laughter I have to do alone. Let your approach towards life be utterly non - serious, and playful. This is how the ego disappears. Watch when you laugh and you will not find ego? Suddenly you have melted, you are fluid like. You are no more solid, instead flowing. This is ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’

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Inner Cleaning

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he entire cosmos is permeated by bliss. ‘Peace and serenity dwells not only in any particular place instead Bliss is the very texture of this cosmos. However this is the experience of my life that if one can keep his inner instrument attuned only then one can feel the feeblest of vibration anywhere in the world beyond time and space.’ This sentence narrates the methodology of a master. You may take one life or many matters not. Maybe I maybe around or maybe not to witness this happening but certainly one day you will attain. This is my certitude. This is my trust. Remember you cannot attain without inner purification. No ritual bath, worship, visit to holy places can really purify your inner being. No, it can never happen until your ego vanishes. Water can clean the outer dirt. However if your consciousness is full of such sins misunderstandings and misdemeanours then it can only be washed with love for ‘Awareness’ the name of God. Love alone can sanctify your inner being. Love alone can transform you. There is no greater energy than love that TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa can give you a real birth. Allow it to enchant your being. And then a new birth takes out of you.

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Gratitude

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anak says if the feeling has arisen to pay regards! Heart is ready to pay regards then do this to that oneness. Sometimes a gesture is more than enough to express your gratitude. Your understanding becomes your gratitude. Each word of Nanak is soaked with a deep understanding. These are not ordinary words. You can get the literal or philosophical meaning. You can give many interpretations. However the mystical meaning is difficult from your level of consciousness. Nanak is one with God. Nanak is enlightened. He is illiterate in the sense that he does not have university degrees. He is simple. To speak on Japji needs inner preparation. Only an enlightened one can relive Nanak. This present work in not really a commentary on Nanak’s Japji instead it is an effort to relive and present the message of Japji for the future humanity. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa My eyes are glittering with unshed tears. This you cannot see. But I am sure you can definitely feel such ripples arising in your being and from being to the surface. This is the moment when I have to express my feelings of gratitude towards the entire existence. In particular for you and all those who have been instrumental in making this overflow available to you? I can go on but my feelings for you will not exhaust. It is for you I dived deep within the ocean of divinity to bring the jewel of awareness. Many friends are knocking the doors of my being. First is the Ultimate Being: the more I overflow the more I feel nothing has been said. Heart never feels contented that enough has been overflowed. Yet still I continue in many ways.

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Inner Healing

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editation the Ultimate in Healing’1 of Taoshobuddha is an investigation how healing can happen. Taoshobuddha begins, ‘I begin this investigation with a passage from Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri. The fathomless zero occupied the cosmos and your world of finiteness. It is out of this fathomless zero first evolved ether or sky. Then came air. Followed by fire, the remaining elements the water and the earth and thus life evolved! The Soul! The Mind! And the Physical Body! Your Physical Body is mere showcase of all that happens at other planes or bodies. Then the question comes from where healing can really happen. Since physical body is mere showcase definitely it cannot be the beginning. Can you start at bio-plasmic level? Or you still have to go a step beyond. There are so many unresolved issues in each one of you that need to be addressed before the healing can really begin. All TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa these issues are stored in the fathomless zero that occupied the world. The journey of healing has to begin from this point. Through these meditations I am creating inner balance between body and the mind. Only then you can attain to meditativeness. This process will continue until new man, one who is beyond body, mind, and intellect, is born out of you. I maybe or may not be here but this process of transformation will continue erelong. This is my promise to you. This is just the beginning.’2 You are, from the very beginning, a Buddha. To the very core of your being you are a Buddha. It is your nature. It is like water and ice. Without water there can be no ice. So too outside a living being, there is no Buddha! Buddha is to born out of you. Not knowing that it is near, you seek the Buddha afar. What a pity! It is like one in the water who cries out for thirst! Also it is like the child of a rich house who has strayed away among the poor. The cause of your circling through the six worlds is that you are on the dark paths of ignorance. Dark path upon dark path treading! When shall you escape from cycle of birth-and-death? Mind seeks the answer. The Zen meditation of the Mahayana explains this. Giving and morality and the other perfections, taking of the name, repentance, discipline, and the many other right actions, form the practice of meditation. And then with this inner preparation one single sitting in meditation is TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa enough to dissolve innumerable accumulated sins. How should there be wrong paths for such a person then? If you keep somebody else hungry for many days, that will be violence, but if you keep yourself hungry and call it, fasting, then this becomes something religious. It is not. It is the same game, and even more dangerous, because when you keep somebody else in a state of torture he at least can defend, but when you start torturing your own innocent body, the body cannot defend. No defense is possible. Your own body is utterly helpless. A meditative person cannot be angry; that is impossible. As awareness grows anger, violence etc. slowly and slowly dissolve. And when someone attains to total awareness or annihilation or enlightenment then he becomes totally innocent. This why Sufis have chosen wool or the animal as their symbol! This is why Buddha looks so innocent and feminine. Meditation means you are so conscious of whatsoever you are doing; in that very consciousness the quality of doing changes. You need not have ideals. Ideals are simply postponing the revolution, the mutation, the change. All intellectuals go on hiding their stupidity behind words, knowledge, and information. If a stupid person tries to be intelligent, how can he become intelligent? In the first place, he will be doing everything out of his stupidity. And when something is evolving out of your stupidity your stupidity will be strengthened. But he can do one thing now. He can now gather information. He can gather knowledge. He can start having an illusion of knowing through knowledge. This is how TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa people become pundits, scholars, and learned professors. This is how it happens, but the stupidity remains there lurking from behind. Then what to do? How to get out of stupidity? The only way is, watch your stupidity. If you are violent with others the law can defend, the police can defend, but if you are violent with yourself there is no law against it. In fact even the magistrate and the lawyer and the policeman will come and worship you: you are doing something beautiful. Man has remained in darkness because of such stupid ideas. The first thing to be remembered is: the violent man cannot become non-violent by any effort. Non-violence is a happening. It is the outcome of meditation. Then is there no possibility? Yes, there is a possibility. However it is does not happen through effort, or will, or through practicing being other than you are. The possibility exists only by becoming aware. Instead of trying to be non-violent, become aware of your violence. See the roots of violence. Go deep into it. Be aware how it arises, how it permeates your being and your activities. Watch violence, and in that very watching, becoming aware of it, you will be surprised: it starts dissolving. And then one day when you are totally aware you will realize it is no more. Nobody can be consciously violent. This is a fundamental law, the secret. Nobody can be consciously violent; so all that is needed is to bring consciousness. To become more conscious, TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa to be more meditative! Nobody can be meditatively angry; that is impossible. At the most, you can act. This is what Jesus did when he took a whip and went into the temple and threw out the money-changers, started beating those money-changers, and turned their tables. This is what Sufis do. Their anger is an act for transformation. Go into its working, its mechanism. Go into how you act. Watchfully enter into it. See it, how it is there, how it affects your behavior. Watch it in its multidimensionality and in that very watching you will become intelligent. Watching is intelligence. Intelligence is a function of awareness. And if you become really alert about your stupidity, the one who has become alert is no longer stupid. Stupidity is left out. You have become awareness. You have become a witness. And out of this witnessing another kind of life arises which has beauty, which has benediction. It has a grace of its own. But it is arduous to be watchful. It is easier to have ideals. Drop all ideals. Do not try to become somebody that you are not. On the contrary, just watch whatsoever you are. Watch the fact; do not create a fiction about it. Otherwise you will always be divided. You will remain the fact and you will start believing in the fiction. This is hypocrisy. Your reality goes on persisting in the same way, and just on the surface you have a painted mask. That is not going to help at all. That has not helped humanity up to now. And certainly will not. The new man is possible only if we drop all kinds of idealisms. Hindu, Christian, Mohammedan, Communist, Gandhian etc., TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa have to be dropped. All these are ideals. The moment you drop all kinds of idealism, suddenly you have dropped your schizophrenia. Then you are not divided, instead you are one. You are simply whatsoever you are. Then you have the innocence of a tree, or the innocence of an animal, or the innocence of a bird, and something more. You are the consciousness of a human being. And the meeting of the innocence of a bird and the consciousness of a human being creates the Buddha. Buddhahood is nothing but innocence plus consciousness. But the man who carries great ideals can never be simple and innocent. It is impossible. He is always cunning, trying to be somebody, trying to reach somewhere. All that he can do is pretend then. And when I am saying this, I am saying it to you and you alone. To be with me means you have to drop all kinds of idealisms. This is my meaning of initiation or bayat. You have to forget both past and the future. You have to forget what should be. Only watch that which is. And that can be done right now. You need not postpone it. At any moment you can watch what you are. Never condemn. Remember if you condemn then you cannot watch. Do not judge either. To judge means you have already taken a prejudice. Do not be in a hurry to conclude. Life never comes to a conclusion. Life never concludes because there is no death. It goes on and on. It is an eternal process that never comes to a conclusion. Only stupidity comes to conclusions. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa The intelligent person goes on moving, flowing, growing. There is no end to it; even the sky is not the limit. The intelligent person goes on learning. He is a learner and a learner forever. He never becomes knowledgeable. This story is beautiful. 1.

Meditation the Ultimate in Healing – Taoshobuddha

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Preface Meditation the Ultimate in Healing - Taoshobuddha

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The spine

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he spine is our back bone both physiologically psychologically as well. It is what keeps us together literally. When we sit in ‘sunrise posture’ or ‘Buddha posture’ or ‘meditation posture’ as I call the posture with back straight, we also take optimum care for our organs. Not only that we take care of our inner psycho centers as well. When all your psycho centers are in straight line and horizontally you conserve optimum energy. Internal organs are members of a team and their well being and alignment with each other is of utmost importance for physical health. When the internal organs are working together in harmony with the spine this is the true meaning of being organized. The relation between the spine and internal organs is one of intimacy. The messages from the brain to the organs pass along the nerve highways via the spine. When we have true alignment within the posture all of the messages are received by the organs clearly, and vice versa. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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When there is a misalignment within the spine it will irritate the spinal nerves and this can produce suffering within the internal organs. When the internal organs are stressed through defeated posture, they take on disease and the spinal nerves become irritated, producing a distortion within the spinal column. The spine and internal organs are like an orchestra and the brain is at control of the entire sound system. When all players are in synchronicity with each other delight is produced. In that inner harmony you celebrate each and every moment thus creating moments of bliss. The spine is our foundation. It is the base of our life’s energy. In fact we are all bio electrical trees. The spine, our trunk, is forever supporting us with roots going deep into the earth. Then only our trunk and branches can develop strong. Human beings are like trees with the ability to move around. Living in ‘sunrise posture’ or ‘Buddha posture’, we can blossom and then flowering will happen. That is why it is important that the children learn a creative posture as this is their firm foundation in life. It is the beginning of a new and inward journey. To turn your attention within you will discover the energy beings that you are. Therefore as human beings we are essentially responsible for the energy of our environment. Human beings need trees to live; trees transform carbon dioxide into oxygen which we breathe. Humans, who have no TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa ‘sunrise posture’, are like trees without a firm foundation at present. To put the trees back into the earth and to put the children back onto their sit bones is exactly the same thing, the same project! This is the only creative possibility for our future. As this is essential for the birth of a new man!

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Love’s suffering is creative.

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ransformation is painful. Love is the anvil and in its eternal fire the baser is transformed, hence this pain and

fear.

To purify the gold it has to pass through fire. Fire purifies the baser and removed the impurities. Love is painful because it creates the way for bliss. Love is painful because it transforms. Love is mutation. Love is the fire emanating from the being. In its sanctity all impurities dissolve. Each transformation is going to be painful because the old man has to make way for the new man. The old is familiar, secure, safe, and the new is absolutely unknown. You will be TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa moving in an uncharted region. You cannot use your mind with the new. With the old, the mind is skillful. The mind can function only with the old. With the new, the mind is utterly useless and finds difficult to interact. Mind has no mechanism to process the new. New cannot be processed through old techniques. For this you need new techniques. And those techniques come through awareness not memory. Hence, fear and pain arises, while leaving the old, comfortable, safe world, the world of convenience. It is the same pain that the child feels when he comes out of the womb of the mother. It is the same pain that the bird feels when he comes out of the egg. It is the same pain that the bird will feel when he will try for the first time to be on the wing. The fear of the unknown, and the security of the known, the insecurity of the unknown, the unpredictability of the unknown, makes one very much frightened. And because the transformation is going to be from the self towards a state of no-self, agony is very deep. But you cannot have ecstasy without going through agony. If the gold wants to be purified, it has to pass through fire. Love is fire. It is because of the pain of love, millions of people live a loveless life. They too suffer, and their suffering is futile. To suffer in love is not to suffer in vain. To suffer in love is creative. It takes you to higher levels of consciousness. To suffer without love is utterly a waste. It leads you nowhere; it keeps you moving in the same vicious circle. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa The man who is without love is narcissistic. He is closed. He knows only himself. And how much can he know himself if he has not known the other, because only the other can function as a mirror? You will never know yourself without knowing the other. Love is very fundamental for self-knowledge too. The person who has not known the other in deep love, in intense passion, in utter ecstasy, will not be able to know who he is, because he will not have the mirror to see his own reflection. Relationship is a mirror, and the purer the love is, the higher the love is, the better the mirror, the cleaner the mirror. But the higher love needs that you should be open. The higher love needs you to be vulnerable. You have to drop all your armor. That is painful. You have not to be constantly on guard. You have to drop the calculating mind. You have to risk. You have to live dangerously. The other can hurt you. That is the fear in being vulnerable. The other can reject you. That is the fear in being in love. The reflection that you will find in the other of your own self may be ugly. That is the anxiety. Avoid the mirror remains as the safe strategy. But by avoiding the mirror you are not going to beautify your being. By avoiding the situation you are not going to grow either. The challenge has to be taken. You have to go into love. That is the first step towards God, and it cannot be bypassed. Those who try to bypass the step of love will never reach God. That is absolutely necessary because you become aware of your totality only when you are provoked by the presence of the other. When your presence is TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa sanctified by the presence of the other, when you are brought out of your narcissistic, closed world under the open sky you encounter the vastness of love and its serenity too. Love is an open sky. To be in love is to be on the wing. But certainly, the unbounded sky creates fear. And to drop the ego is very painful because we have been taught to cultivate the ego in numerous ways. We think the ego is our only treasure. We have been protecting it. We have been decorating it. We have been continuously polishing it, and when love knocks on the door, all that is needed to fall in love is to put aside the ego. Certainly it is painful. It is your whole life’s work. It is all that you have created. This ugly ego, and this idea that ‘I am separate from existence’ is your only treasure. This idea is ugly because it is untrue. This idea is illusory, but our society exists on this illusion alone. This is based on this idea that each person is a person, not a presence. The truth is that there is no person at all in the world. There is only presence. You cease to exist as an ego, separate from the whole. You are part of the whole. The whole penetrates you. The whole breathes in you, and pulsates in you. The whole is your life. Love gives you the first experience of being in tune with something that is not your ego. Love gives you the first lesson that you can fall into harmony with someone who has never been part of your ego. If you can be in harmony with a woman, TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa if you can be in harmony with a friend, with a man, if you can be in harmony with your child or with your mother, why cannot you be in harmony with all human beings? And if to be in harmony with a single person gives such joy, what will be the outcome if you are in harmony with all human beings? And if you can be in harmony with all human beings, why can’t you be in harmony with animals and birds and trees? Then one step leads to another. And the final step arrives as Samadhi. This is all the teaching of a Buddha and nothing more. You have arrived home. This is all for now and ever….

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Unity of Love

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irst, love gives you unity in your innermost core. Then you are no more a body, no more a mind, no more a soul. You are simply one. Unnamed, undefined, unclassified! No more determinate, definable, no more comprehensible. A mystery, a joy, a surprise, jubilation, and a great celebration! First, love gives you an inner unity. This is fana as Sufis call this happening. And when the inner unity has happened the second happens on its own! You are not to do anything for it. Then you start falling in unity with the whole beyond you. Then the drop disappears in the ocean and the ocean disappears into the drop. That moment, that moment of orgasm between you and the whole, is where you become a Buddha. That moment is the moment Buddha hood is imparted to you. This is ENLIGHTENMENT.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Love is the way of preparing the soil of your heart. If you are full of love, the world is full of God. They go parallel. They are part of one symphony. God is the echo from the universe. When you are in love, the echo is there. When you are not in love, how can there be an echo? God is an echo that lingers in your heart like the dissolving note of a melody that you have once heard in the wilderness. It is only you who are reflected again and again in millions of ways. It is you who are thrown back to yourself again and again. If you are in love, God is. I was thinking what should I give to you today as my gift for the birthday of a Buddha? Then I remembered a saying of Buddha:

‘The gift of truth excels all other gifts.’ And my truth is love. Truth is solitary. Truth is love.

AND THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO DISCOVER DEEP WITHIN.

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You are the master of your being!

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ou are the master of your being. Your mastery begins when whatsoever happens outside does not change you at

This is ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’. Whether somebody hates you or loves you should not make any difference in you. This is all outside. If you are, (implying that you have experienced your inner being or explored your inner serenity), then you remain the same. If you are not, then you are immediately changed and affected. If you are not, then anybody can pull you, or push you. Then anybody can push your remote buttons and change your channels. And you start displaying different moods like the channels changing on your TV screen. Then you are a slave. Then you are not a master. Your mastery begins when TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa whatsoever happens outside does not change you and your inner climate remains the same. I have heard. A psychoanalyst was attending a convention. At one of the lectures one ugly woman sitting next to him began to pinch him. Annoyed, he was about to give her an angry look and retort, when his mind changed: ‘Why should I get angry,’ he decided. ‘After all, it is her problem.’ Whether someone loves you or hates you, it is his or her problem. If you are, and you have understood your being, you remain in tune with yourself. Nobody can disturb your inner harmony. If somebody loves it is good. If somebody hates again it is good. Both remain somewhere outside you. This is what we call mastery. This is what Gurdjieff calls crystallization - becoming free of impressions, and influences. This is what Buddha calls as Mindfulness. You ask me, ‘What to do when somebody hates you?’ Let me explain this in the first person. What can I do? It is that person’s problem. It has nothing to do with me. If I was not here he would have hated somebody else. He would have hated still. Hate has to come out of him. If the hate remained inside, it would have created problem for him. At least I have allowed the catharsis. And he can be somewhat relaxed. Definitely he will not be transformed because this is happening unconsciously. If there was nobody and he was alone, he would have hated himself. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Hatred is his problem. It has nothing to do with me, not in the least. Basically it does not even refer to me or even addressed to me. I am just an excuse. Somebody else would have functioned as an excuse for him as well. Have you not watched it? When you are angry, you are simply angry. It is not that your anger is addressed to somebody. That ‘somebody’ is nothing but an excuse. You return home from the office full of anger. You jump on your wife for no reason or for very trivial matter. Angry, you leave from your home and your anger can be released in the office with the peon, or the clerk, or with this and that. If you analyze your states of mind, you will realize that these belong to you. You live in your own world, but you go on projecting it on others. When you are angry, you are angry not at me. It is your nature. It is your very layer covering your being. When you are full of hate, it is the same thing. Or when you are full of love, there is no difference. Once you understand it, you remain like a lotus leaf in the lake unaffected. You remain in the water but the water does not moisten you. You are in fire but fire burns you not. It touches you not. You remain in the world and yet aloof, not part of it. Then nobody can disturb your silence, and nobody can distract you either. Your compassion goes on flowing. If you love me, you receive my compassion. If you hate me, you will not receive my compassion, not because I will not give to you. I will be continuously overflowing, as much as I give to those who love me, but you will be closed and you will not receive it. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Once being is attained, there is compassion, and unconditionally compassion overflows. Not that in some moments he becomes compassionate and some other moments he is not compassionate. Compassion then is his natural climate. Compassion is his permanent mood if I have to use your language. Compassion is his integrated being. Compassion is his very essence. Then whatsoever you do, his compassion goes on showering on you. But you will receive it, when you are open, and there are moments when you will not receive it because you are closed. So in hate you will not receive compassion that overflows from the being of a person. In love you will receive that. And you may even feel the difference, because one who loves me will start growing, while the one who hates me will start shrinking. Both will become so totally different that you may start thinking that I must be giving more to the one I Love, or one who loves me, and I am not giving to one who hates me or is angry at me. The fact is different. The one who is growing has his windows and doors open for my awareness, energy – field to come in like the fresh breeze. The other who is shrinking is closed towards me. But I am not doing that. The clouds are there and they are showering. If your pot is not broken or is not turned upside it will be filled. Hate is a state of upside – downness. Then rains can go on showering but you will remain empty, because there is no opening.

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Once you are turned right side – up, that is what love is. Love is nothing but an opening, receptivity, a welcome, an invitation that ‘I am ready! Come, in please. You are welcome.’ Only this much for now! Notes: [Live up to the secret values of life given in this book and become a master of your own being. Now when this book has come to an end, if you ever doubt about anything and cannot find any relevant sayings from the Masters of the past, know that you have the answer within your own self. Be a master of your own being. At the same place from where your question arises, there also the answer is to be found. So when the question arises inside you, the answer is also to be found inside you however at the level of soul. If you put me a question and suppose I give you the wrong answer, then you will never accept it or agree with me, because you have the answer within your own self. Even the dog knows what is right and what is wrong. If you give food to a dog he will take it and he will wag his tail, which indicates that he is happy. But if the dog steals the food without permission he will hide himself and his tail is down. So even the dog knows what is right and what is wrong, so how can you as a human being say you don’t know what is right and what is wrong. You are the source of both the question and the answer. Seek the answer within your own self and be a master of your own being.] ... Lars Jensen

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Anil Sohoni It is when you feel the secrets of spiritual life that you can enjoy and live by Eternal Truth. It is my sincere efforts to appreciate the beautiful work by The Sufi master ‘Taoshobuddha’ and the Scholars and devotees ‘Lars Jensen’ & ‘Hemant Moghe’ The divine work must be adored by words of the ‘Divine Soul’ only; I am taking support of Lord-Krishna. His Saying is real appreciation of YOUR WORK. AND SO ‘Idam Na Mama’ - to say nothing belongs to me. ALL IS BUT HE !!!!! AMEN!!!!!!

AivanaaiXa tu tiWiw yaona sava-imadM ttma\ gaIta A. 2 Slaaok 17 Geeta Chapter 1-17

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Know ‘That’, to be Indestructible by which all this cosmos is pervaded. None can cause the destruction of ‘That’ - the Imperishable. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ ‘If your actions do not have its root in inner beauty, they are all fake and void. Even if people adore you for your good deeds, in front of God they are all meaningless. Actions done by pious egoist is worth nothing. Only the one who has removed the separation between “me” and “God” is blessed with inner beauty and the knowledge of the Spiritual Life….’ Lars Jensen, I just say, “Hats off to ‘Lars’. Yes, all deeds (Actions) are meaningless without realizing that HE HAS ENSHROUDED THIS & THAT---- EVERYTHING AND BEING. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’  One of the prerequisites of the journey to true self is to drop all the excess baggage. Unless we drop the heavy luggage and become light, we cannot walk even one step forward. This is precisely the reason that Taoshobuddha opens with his Secrets of Spiritual Life. Dissolution of Ego Taste of Oneness

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inama-maao inarhMkar: sa XaaintmaiQagacCit gaIta A. 2 Slaaok 71 Geeta Chapter 2-71

That man attains peace that, abandoning all desires, moves about without longing, without the sense of 'l-ness' and 'myness (the Ego). KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ I would like to quote a line from the abhanga (a spiritual poem) of Sant Dyaneshwar, a 13th century yogi, philosopher, saint and poet from Maharashtra, India, which says, “Santaanche Sangati Manomaarge Gati Aakalaavaa Shripati Yene Panthe” Seek the company of the auspicious. For, in the company of saints – the auspicious, mind is inclined to tread the path to God realization. ….. ‘Hemant Moghe’.

tiWiw p`iNapatona p`irp`Snaona saovayaa ]pdoxaint to &anaM &ainanast<vadiXa-na:

gaIta A. 4 Slaaok 34 Geeta Chapter 4-34 Know that by long prostration, by question, and service, the ‘wise’ and auspicious minded persons who have realized the Truth will instruct you in (that) Knowledge. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’  TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa JAPJI IS THE ECSTASY OF NANAK! NOTHING IS MORE SUBLIME IN THE MESSAGE OF NANAK THAN JAPJI! JAPJI IS THE BEING OF NANAK! HIS FRAGRANCE! Ego has to dissolve. Only then your real face will appear. And remember this is the first criterion. This is the beginning of ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Hide yourselves and expose God! This is the real spiritual practice."

BaUimarapao|nalaao vaayau: KM manaao bauiwrovaca AhMkar [ityaM mao iBannaa p`kRitrYTQaa gaIta A. 7 Slaaok 4 Geeta Chapter 7-4 Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect, egoism --- these are My eight-fold PRAKRITI – materials.(Know ‘Ego’ is just a matter as other matters like Earth, water, fire, air and ether) KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’

Love is my Message Ask where God is not? Only then you have asked the right question. One of the Hindu scriptures Isa Upanishad begins with a beautiful sutra. To say that it is Hindu scripture is erroneous. Truth is not Hindu or Muslim instead it is cosmic. It begins:

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa ‘The entire cosmos is permeated by ever expanding consciousness or Isa referring to God. It is your realization now. And once you have realized this you can enjoy the fruits of the entire cosmos. Then the entire cosmos belongs to you and you belong to the whole.’ Such is ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Therefore for that right

yat: p`vaRi<aBaU-tanaaM yaona sava-imadM ttma\ svakma-Naa tmaByacya-M isaiwM ivandit maanava: gaIta A. 18 Slaaok 46 Geeta Chapter 18-46 From ‘Whom’, is the evolution of all beings, by ‘Whom’, all this is pervaded, worshipping Him with one's own duty, man attains Perfection. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Paul says in the Bible (1 Corinthians, 13:1-3): “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I live my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profited me nothing.”

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa To flow with life is The Secrets of Spiritual Life. The day you decide not to ask for things that you like but rather to like things that happen, that day you become mature. Maturity means accepting life, as it is, rather than complaining why life is not going your way. God has no responsibility to fulfill your wishes. Complaining means you criticize God and are not in harmony….Lars Jensen

Avya>M vyai>mapnnaM manyato maamabauwya: prM Baavamajaanantao mamaavyayamanau<amama\ gaIta A. 7 Slaaok 24 Geeta Chapter 7-24 The foolish think of ‘Me’, the ‘Un-manifest’, as having come to manifestation, without knowing ‘My’, higher, immutable and peerless nature.

naahM p`kaXa: sava-sya yaaogamaayaasamaavaRt: maUZao|yaM naaiBajaanaait laaokao maamajamavyayama\ gaIta A. 7 Slaaok 25 Geeta Chapter 7-25 I am not manifest to all (in My Real Nature) veiled by Divine'MAYA’. This deluded world knows not ‘Me’, the Unborn, the Imperishable.

Avajaanaint maaM maUZa maanauYaIM tnaumaaiEatma\ prM Baavamajaanantao mama BaUtmahoSvarma\ TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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gaIta A. 9 Slaaok 11 Geeta Chapter 9-11 Fools disregard Me when I dwell in human form; they know not My Higher being as the Great Lord of all beings. Very important point to note is, striking the bell, offering the flowers, burning the candles and sticks are outfits; they are essential and right at their own place; but to realize the God as principal and is our OWN ESSENTIAL NATURE. AND MORE EMPATHY THAN CHARITY IF WE CAN HAVE THEN THAT IS ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Instead welcome the hour of pain as a blessing, because both pain and pleasure comes from God. When it comes from God, why resent it? God knows what is best for your development. God is always with you and takes care of your true needs, but never bothers with the so – called needs and wishes of your mind. If pain is to your benefit, God sends you pain, if pleasure is to your benefit, He sends you pleasure. Both come to you through His Will. Then, why resent it? ... Lars Jensen

maa~aspXaa-stu kaOtoya XaItaoYNasauKdu:Kda: Aagamaapaiyanaao|ina%yaastaMistitxasva Baart gaIta A. 2 Slaaok 14 Geeta Chapter 2-14 TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa

The contacts of senses with objects, O son of Kunti, which cause heat and cold, pleasure and pain, have a beginning and an end; they are impermanent; endure them bravely, O descendant of Bharata. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Enjoy poverty when you are poor, and enjoy richness as well when it comes? Then become a JANAKA, the emperor who in spite of being in the world was indeed free from the world. And enjoy all the beauties that become available through money.

bauiwyau>ao jahatIh ]Bao saukRtduYkRto tsmaaVaogaaya yaujyasva yaaoga: kma-sau kaOXalama\ gaIta A. 2 Slaaok 50 Geeta Chapter 2-50 Endowed with the Wisdom of evenness-of-mind, one casts off in this life both good deeds and evil deeds; therefore, devote yourself to YOGA, Skill in action is YOGA. One should do all actions in such a skillful way that he will not entangled into shackles of re-actions. This skill of ‘Karma-Yoga had been adapted by the king ‘Janaka’. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ And the third (type of laughter) is the last. This is the highest type. This is not about anybody – neither the other nor oneself. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa The third is just Cosmic. You laugh at the whole situation as it is. The whole situation, as it is, is absurd. What is the purpose of the future? No beginning in the beginning! The whole situation of Existence is such that if you can see the Whole – such a great infinite vastness moving toward no fixed purpose, no goal – laughter will arise. So much is going on without leading anywhere. Nobody is there in the past to create it. Nobody is there in the end to finish it either. Such is whole Cosmos – moving so beautifully, so systematically, and so rationally as well. If you can see this whole Cosmos, laughter is inevitable.

maaScaya-pScait kiScadona AaScaya-vaWvadit tqaOva caanya: AaScaya-vaccaOmanya: EauNaaoit Eau%vaaPyaonaM vaod na caOva kiScat\ gaIta A. 2 Slaaok 29 Geeta Chapter 2-29 One sees ‘This’, as a wonder; another speaks of ‘This’, as a wonder; another hears of ‘This’, as a wonder; yet, having heard none understands ‘This’, at all! CREATION OF GOD IS JUST WONDERFUL. ONE CAN NOT EXPRESS ONE’S WONDER BUT EXCLAMATION LIKE ‘HOW THIS IS’. WE JUST SAY, OH!! AH!!! OOOF!!!! MY-MY!!!!! OH GOD!!!!! THIS SMILE IS JUST BEYOND TO SAY ‘SAY CHEE-SE’. THIS IS THIRD DEGREE LAUGHTER - LAUGH WITH ‘HIM’ THE BISSSFUL!!!!!! KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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That is the meaning when Jesus says, ‘God is love.’ Rephrase it now ‘Love is God’. God can be forgotten, but never forget love. It is the purification of love that will take you to God. If you forget about God completely, nothing is lost. But never forget love, because love is the bridge. Love is the process of alchemical change in your consciousness. Love bridges you with the unknown. This I call as ‘The Secrets of the Spiritual Life.’ There are said to be five characters in all existence nama, rupa, asti, Bhakti and priya. Nama and rupa are name and form. Asti, bhati and priya mean existence, illumination and the character of pleasurable-ness. ‘Name’ and ‘Form’ are characteristics of this world of thing and beings. Asti - means Existence is first essential nature of The Supreme. Bhakti - means it illuminates is another nature of HIM; it means that HE is not dump HE is LIFE. Lastly ‘Priya’, means ‘Lovable’, is HIS nature. For He is just ‘LOVE’. And revering to GOD is to LOVE HIM ALONE. The great devotee of ‘NARAYANA’, declare in his text book on ‘Bhakti’, Love to God, that-

saa %vaismana\ prmapo`ma$pa naardBai> saU~ A.1.1.2 Narad Bhakti Sutra Chapter 1.1.2 TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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That ‘Reverence’ is really ’LOVE’ to God. In Sanskrit the word ‘Prem’ evolves from root-verb ‘Pree’ (p`I) means complete satisfaction. Rather where our mind becomes quiet and all desires are dissolved and that time we feel fully content. This state of ‘Thoughtlessness’ (Samadhee) is GODHOOD. So love is real bridge to The Supreme Reality. The Master ‘Taoshobuddha’ in further chapters on ‘Worldly Love’ have nicely and modestly explain how to convert Love into GOD-HOOD. One should read those pages with at most care. To understand GOD is Love and LOVE is GOD one must be clear in basic fundamentals. To know what Love is, one must peep into heart of ‘Lord Zeus’ and ‘Lord Krisna’. Besides this --------

Qamaa-iva$wao BaUtoYau kamaao|isma BartYa-Ba gaIta A. 7 Slaaok 11 Geeta Chapter 7-11 I am the desire --- unopposed to ‘DHARMA’, O best among the Bharatas. The Lord says, "I AM DESIRE IN BEINGS, UNOPPOSED TO DHARMA”. The term ‘Dharma’, means the 'LAW OF BEING.' The essential factor in man is the Divine Consciousness. All actions, thoughts and ideas entertained by him which are not opposed to his essential Divine Nature constitute his Dharma. TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa All actions and thoughts that hasten the evolution of man to rediscover his essential Divine Nature are considered righteous action (Dharma), while all activities of the mind and intellect that take him away from his true Divine Nature and make him behave like an animal and degrade him in his evolutionary status, are called unrighteous behavior (Adharma). With this understanding of the term Dharma, the second line of the stanza becomes very clear. ‘ALL DESIRES THAT ARE NOT UNRIGHTEOUS FOR THE BEINGS,’ therefore means the glorious urge in the evolvers to meet their own inner weaknesses courageously and bring out a complete consummation of their evolutionary urge to seek and to discover the goal of Self-perfection. This is the subtle power that is indicated here. The Lord says: ‘I am not the ‘Sadhaka’, but I am the burning aspiration in him, to discover and become one with the Immutable Self.’ KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Nothing of that kind of dialogue ever happens. The small flame is lit and the darkness disappears, however old. [THE SECRETS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE Human Transformation Series Page 64]

Experience of enlightenment is called ‘Satori’, according to Zen. It may be fragile, or it may be new and it may be difficult to protect it, but it has strength of its own. If you support it totally, it is going to take over your whole being. It is Satori that becomes Samadhi. ‘Satori’, is the first glimpse of Samadhi, TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa and Samadhi is when your whole being is afire. Then you do not have to remember, you are it. But this is possible only if you cultivate it in all your day – to – day affairs. Is this not ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life?’ Whatever Taoshobuddha says about ‘Samadhi’ is absolutely true and beyond any verbal discussion and critic. For more reading one should refer following texts. I am unable to talk about this subject. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Gita Chapter Six Dyaneswari Chapter Six. Especially about ‘Kundalini’ Patanjali Yog-Sutra. Yog Vashitha Mandukya Upanishad and Karika by Gaudpadacharya Raman Maharishi

KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’ You move in your act. Your act will become a fulfillment. Then I call you religious. A religious person, or religious consciousness, is immensely creative.

yat: p`vaRi<aBaU-tanaaM yaona sava-imadM ttma\ svakma-Naa tmaByacya-M isaiwM ivandit maanava: gaIta A. 18 Slaaok 46 Geeta Chapter 18-46

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa From ‘Whom’, is the evolution of all beings, by ‘Whom’, all this is pervaded, worshipping Him with one's own duty, man attains Perfection. To work is worship. Taoshobuddha, correctly explains, ‘You move in your act. Your act will become a fulfillment.’ Every action performed which is our duty is worship to the God. And thus one should be dynamically silent. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ This is what meditation is all about - just becoming a witness? Failure comes, success comes, you are praised, you are condemned, you are respected, you are insulted - all kinds of things come, they are all dualities. And you go on watching. Watching the duality, a third force arises in you. A third dimension arises in you. The duality implies two dimensions happiness, and unhappiness. Watching both, a depth arises in you - and out of that evolves the Third Dimension. This is dimension of Witnessing, or SAKSHI. And that third dimension brings bliss.

gaitBa-ta- p`Bau: saaxaI inavaasa: XarNaM sau)t\ p`Bava: p`laya: sqaanaM inaQaanaM baIjamavyayama\ gaIta A. 9 Slaaok 18 Geeta Chapter 9-18

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa I am the Goal, the Supporter, the Lord, and the Witness, the Abode, the Shelter, the Friend, the Origin, the Dissolution, the Foundation, the Treasure-house and the Seed Imperishable.

to WnWmaaohinamau->a Bajanto maaM dRZva`t: gaIta A. 7 Slaaok 28 Geeta Chapter 7-28 Who are freed from the delusion of the pairs-of-opposites and steadfast in vows, worship ‘Me’. Such ‘Sakshi’ remains in ‘Bliss’ ever. KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ I was thinking what should I give to you today as my gift for the birthday of a Buddha? Then I remembered a saying of Buddha: ‘The gift of truth excels all other gifts.’ And my truth is love. Truth is solitary. Truth is love. AND THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO DISCOVER DEEP WITHIN. Is TRUTH, SATYAM, HOLY, SHIVAM, BEAUTIFUL and SUNDARAM KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ I Take This Opportunity to Thanks (Though It Looks Formal but is Essential) the Sufi Master Taoshobuddha Mr. Lars TTrraannssffoorrm maattiioonn SSeerriieess

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TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee –– TTaallkkss ooff TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa Jensen and Mr. Hemant Moghe For Giving me chance To Do This Inner Pilgrimage Om Tad Sad KNOW THIS as ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life.’ Anil Sohoni E-mail: asohoni@gmail.com

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SSoo II ssaayy:: M Myy bbeelloovveedd oonneess,, II lloovvee yyoouu.. AAnndd II w woouulldd lliikkee yyoouu ttoo ffiilll tthhee w whhoollee w woorrlldd w wiitthh lloovvee.. LLeett tthhaatt bbee oouurr rreelliiggiioonn.. LLoovvee iiss ssiim p l y l o v e . I n l o v e y o u c a n b e a C h r i s t . I n l o v e y o u mply love. In love you can be a Christ. In love you ccaann bbee aa BBuuddddhhaa.. BBuutt tthheerree iiss nnoo BBuuddddhhiisstt lloovvee oorr CChhrriissttiiaann lloovvee aanndd tthheerree iiss nnoo HHiinndduu oorr M Muusslliim m LLoovvee..IInnlloovveeyyoouu ddiissaappppeeaarr,, yyoouurrm i n d d i s a p p e a r s . I n l o v e y o u c o m e t o a n u t t e r r e l a x a t mind disappears. In love you come to an utter relaxatiioonn.. II ccaalll yyoouu aa BBuuddddhhaa.. YYeess iinnddeeeedd yyoouu aarree tthhaatt.. AAnndd II ssppeeaakk ttoo yyoouu ooff BBuuddddhhaass.. BBeeccaauussee tthheeyy hhaavvee ccoom mee ttoo kknnoow w aa ddiiffffeerreenntt ssppaaccee w wiitthhiinn tthheem msseellvveess!! AA ssppaaccee w whhiicchh ccaannnnoott bbee ccoonnffiinneedd bbyytthheem miinndd!! whhiicchhccaannnnoottbbee ddeeffiinneeddaass ppaarrtt oofftthhee ffuunnccttiioonniinngg ooff tthheem miinndd aanndd w TThhaatt ssiilleenntt ssppaaccee w moorree!! NNoo rriipppplleess aarriissee!! TThhiiss iiss tthhee bbeeggiinnnniinngg ooff tthhee whheenn tthhoouugghhttss aarree nnoo m ppssyycchhoollooggyy ooff tthhee BBuuddddhhaass.. TThhiiss iiss tthhee rreeaallm waanntt ttoo m II w maasstteerr bbeelloonngg.. TToo tthhiiss rreeaallm whhiicchh m m ttoo w ttaakkeeyyoouuttoo..TThhiissiissjjuusstt tthheebbeeggiinnnniinngg.. KKnnoow w tthhiissaass ‘‘TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaallLLiiffee’’ TThhiiss iiss m myy m meessssaaggee aass m myy ggiifftt ttoo yyoouu.. TThhee cceelleebbrraattiioonn ooff ‘‘EEnnlliigghhtteennm meenntt’’ aass tthhee ‘‘UUllttiim maattee FFlloow e r i n g o f Y o u r B e i n g ’ N O W A N D E V E R A N D A N O N ! A s ‘ T h e S e c r e t s o f S p i r i t u a l L i f e wering of Your Being’ NOW AND EVER AND ANON! As ‘The Secrets of Spiritual Life’’ DDoo nnoott tthhiinnkk ooff EEnnlliigghhtteennm meenntt jjuusstt aass aann iinnnneerr eexxppeerriieennccee aalloonnee.. IInn tthhee bbeeggiinnnniinngg iitt iiss aann iinnnneerr eexxppeerriieennccee.. TThheenn sslloow wllyy bbrriinngg iitt iinnttoo yyoouurr oouutteerr lliiffee.. TThhiiss iiss w whhaatt II hhaavvee bbeeeenn tteellliinngg yyoouu eevveerryy ddaayy.. RReem e m b e r w h a t e v e r y o u e x p e r i e n c e i n m e d i t a t i o n s member whatever you experience in meditation seessssiioonnss nneevveerr tthhiinnkk tthhee w woorrkk iiss oovveerr.. TThhee eexxppeerriieennccee tthhaatt hhaappppeennss iinn m meeddiittaattiioonn hhaass ttoo bbee rreelliivveedd aanndd pprreesseenntt iinn yyoouurr ddaayy –– ttoo –– ddaayy aaffffaaiirrss aanndd lliiffee.. KKnnoow w tthhiiss aass ‘‘TThhee SSeeccrreettss ooff SSppiirriittuuaall LLiiffee..’’ … …TTAAO OSSH HO OBBUUD DD DH HAA

The entire book is like a wonderful catechism between ‘two’ merged in ‘oneness’ to become one, I therefore wish to remain a honeybee silently enjoying its beauty and nectarine honey of this advait flower. I have purposefully not commented or elaborated the content so that the reader can enjoy the beauty with unprejudiced mind. The process thus begins. LLaarrss JJeennsseenn

H Heem maanntt M Moogghhee AAuutthhoorr H Haarriippaatthh –– TThhee AAddw waaiitt D Dhhyyaann SSaaddhhaannaa

LLAARRSS JJEENNSSEENN iiss bboorrnn iinn SSw eeddeenn.. PPrrooffeessssiioonnaalllyy hhee w aannaaggeem woorrkkss w wiitthh pprroojjeecctt m meenntt iinn am rm aiittttaiailoloononffSSSw eew rreeiidedeesesnn.. HHee hhaass M PEEananggggieienne2e2em 2rr6 T an,n, ststhfhfo SSttoocckkhhT oorlrlm eo i6 e rccam appa Sw Maasstteerr ooff SScciieennccee iinn P e2 inngg,, ffrroom m tthhee RRooyyaall IInnssttiittuuttee ooff TTeecchhnnoollooggyy iinn SSttoocckkhhoollm m.. AAtt lleevveell ooff hheeaarrtt hhee iiss aa ssppiirriittuuaall sseeeekkeerr aafftteerr GGoodd aanndd aass ssuucchh hhee ccaam mee iinn ccoonnttaacctt w wiitthh TTaaoosshhoobbuuddddhhaa.. TThhiiss bbooookk iiss aann oouuttccoom mee oofftthhiiss m meeeettiinngg..

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THE SECRETS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE  

THE SECRETS OF SPIRITUAL LIFE This book is extracted from the meditation talks of Taoshobuddha by Lars Jensen

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