Tag Archives: Dattatreya

The Source is one with the material and the movement

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The source and the manifestation-the progeny

and the material, the body

and the actions of the body-the kala,

are all one.

Shiv Sutra(1.3)

Acharya Prashant: The source and the manifestation-the progeny and the material, the body and the actions of the body-the kala, are all one.

The ‘source’ refers to the origin of it all. ‘Kala’ refers to activity or movement. ‘Sharir’ obviously refers to the body or the material. The source, the material and the movement all are one. They can be one only if you stop expecting that the source lies elsewhere. Please understand what is being said. If the source is one with the rock as well as the movement of the rock, then do you need to transform the rock into a temple? If the source is one with all this, then the source is just one with the fact of all this. Then you don’t need to have a creator God. Continue reading

Rishikesh of Shiva must stand for dissolution, not continuation in another name

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Acharya Prashant: (to the listeners) So, what does Rishikesh mean to you?

L: I wanted to come here since I was 15. I came here few years ago, I just feel at home here, it’s a place somehow very conducive for what we are discussing here. I just enjoy being here.

AP: Will it end when you go back?

L: Yes, I have Visa limitation, so…

AP: So, you will leave Rishikesh.

L: I will leave the external Rishikesh, Yes.

AP: The external may appear special and distinct at times, the Real may appear in an external form, but the external has done its work only if it opens up the internal. And once it has opened up the internal, the external is no more qualified, extraordinary or distinct. Continue reading

What is the Self and the non-self?

Slide1Question: All that exists in this world of forms is nothing but the self, and the self alone. How then shall the infinite worship itself. Shiva is one, undivided, whole. So, all that exists in this world of forms is nothing but the Self. Please explain these lines.

Acharya Prashant: These lines are not uttered by the common mind, the one we see all around us. Dattatreya is saying, “All that which exists is the Self.” The mind is programmed to see diversity. The mind is programmed to see differences. When you open your eyes, and look around, there is no oneness that you see. You open your eyes, and all that you see is different forms, different colours, names, things, and objects. The entire world in which things are known is only because they are different from each other. That’s why it is the world of duality. Continue reading