#4085 - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #4085 - Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - Editor: Jerry Katz
The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlightsSwami Abhayananda writes:Greetings to my friends and to all those who have requested my free ebooks:I am happy to inform you of the publication and availability of my latest book, Body And Soul: An Integral Perspective. This book reaffirms the perennial values of the mystics and sages of both ancient and modern times in a manner consistent with the latest findings of empirical science. It examines the perspective of the Biblical, Platonist, Vedantist, Buddhist, and scientific worldviews regarding the soul, and provides a unique mystical perspective on the origin of both body and soul. Whether you are an empiricist or a religious, a Christian or a Hindu, an atheist or an agnostic, I believe you will find that this book challenges many of your fundamental assumptions and most cherished opinions, while opening up to you an unexpectedly revealing and joyfully satisfying perspective on the Divine reality and the nature of your own body and soul. Really! Check it out.You may sample this book or read it in its entirety online simply by visiting my website at: www.themysticsvision.com; or you may purchase it as a paperback book at: www.amazon.com by typing in the title, Body And Soul by Swami Abhayananda.I wish you all Gods blessings.Yours sincerely,Swami AbhayanandaExcerpt from Body and Soul, by Swami Abhayananda:There have been, over the centuries, many well-known and unknown souls who have experienced union with God; and it may be useful to look to some of the best known seers who have described this experience, in order to piece together a consolidated description of what has been seen:From the Upanishads [10th to 4th century B.C.E.]:He cannot be seen by the eye, and words cannot reveal Him. He cannot be realized by the senses, or by austerity or the performance of rituals. By the grace of wisdom and purity of mind, He can be seen in the silence of contemplation.
When a wise man has withdrawn his mind from all things without, and when his spirit has peacefully left all inner sensations, let him rest in peace, free from the movement of will and desire. ... For it has been said: There is something beyond our mind, which abides in silence within our mind. It is the supreme mystery beyond thought. Let one's mind and subtle spirit rest upon that and nothing else.
... When the mind is silent, beyond weakness and distraction, then it can enter into a world, which is far beyond the mind: the supreme Destination. ... Then one knows the joy of Eternity. ... Words cannot describe the joy of the soul whose impurities are washed away in the depths of contemplation, who is one with the Atman, his own Self. Only those who experience this joy know what it is. ... As water becomes one with water, fire with fire, and air with air, so the mind becomes one with the infinite Mind and thus attains Freedom.
When in inner union he is beyond the world of the body, then the third world, the world of the Spirit, is found, where man possesses allfor he is one with the ONE.
From the Bhagavad Gita [5th century B.C.E.]:When the mind of the yogi is in peace, focused on the Self within, and beyond all restless desires, then he experiences Unity. His mind becomes still, like the flame of a lamp sheltered from the winds. When the mind rests in the prayerful stillness of yoga, by the grace of the One, he knows the One, and attains fulfillment. Then he knows the joy of Eternity; he sees beyond the intellect and the senses. He becomes the Unmoving, the Eternal.... In this experience of Unity, the yogi is liberated, delivered from all suffering forever. ... The yogi whose heart is still, whose passions are dissolved, and who is pure of sin, experiences this supreme bliss and knows his oneness with Brahman.
Maximus of Tyre [2nd century C.E.]:The eye cannot see God, words cannot name Him, flesh and blood cannot touch Him, the ear cannot hear Him; but within the soul That which is most fair, most pure, most intelligible, most ethereal, most honorable, can contemplate Him because it is like Him, can hear Him because of their kinship.
... The soul holds herself erect and strong, she gazes at the pure light [of the Godhead]; she wavers not, nor turns her glance to earth, but closes her ears and directs her eyes and all other senses within. She forgets the troubles and sorrows of earth, its joys and honors, its glory and its shame; and submits to the guidance of pure reason and strong love. For reason points out the road that must be followed, and love drives the soul forward, making the rough places smooth by its charm and constancy. And as we approach heaven and leave earth behind, the goal becomes clear and luminousthat is a foretaste of God's very self. On the road we learn His nature better; but when we reach the end, we see Him.Read the entire book at http://themysticsvision.com