Lord Buddha and Shankaracharya – A talk by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Lord Buddha and Shankaracharya.

Maharishi on Guru Dev and the Holy Tradition of Vedic Masters

A beautiful Question about the Nature of Love towards Maharishi and Maharishi’s answer:
Guru Dev and our love for Maharishi
Rishikesh, 1968

Question: Something comes frequently to my mind, but I do not really dare to ask you that. But in the end I probably will ask you anyway.

MAHARISHI: Be bold. (laughter)

Question: It is very personal and it has to do with the Holy Tradition. I have more feelings and affection towards you than to Guru Dev. Guru Dev is more like a passed away grandfather to me, someone I do not really know.

MAHARISHI: A very scientific evaluation, it is very natural.

Question: It don’t feel uncomfortable to do the offerings to him, but I don’t know how to have feelings of an overflowing heart towards someone I don’t really know. Is it possible to kind of transfer the love towards you also to Guru Dev?

MAHARISHI: Yes. The greatness of the gardener is in the full bloom of the beautiful flower. And that is it – we enjoy the flower and hold high the gardener.(laughter) The gardener is not there, just from the flower we know he must have been good and great.

Love for me is very natural, it is just very natural. But what we are faced with here is the effect that the attitude of the initiators is going to produce in the preservation of the knowledge. The attitude of the initiators, generation after generation, in the preservation of the wisdom.

Reverence to me is alright, but what I intended from the beginning was that – personal I am just an individual, just out of nothing – but something that is coming on from times immemorial, this great Holy Tradition coming on from times immemorial and because it speaks of truth, it represents the truth, and that is why it is coming on.

And therefore this movement which has in view thousands of years of human population, should be tied down to something eternal. Fortunately for the world Guru Dev happened to be Shankaracharya. And therefore we got both the things – not only the knowledge, but the most valuable tradition has been attached to this knowledge.

When I started the movement I could have started a religion. So many religions have been coming up and coming up. But I thought another religion will be another river flowing towards the ocean. It won’t present to the world the source of all the rivers, which again ultimately is the ocean itself. All the clouds they come from the ocean and then the streams go back to the ocean.

Just for that thing with thousands of years ahead in view, I thought not the person but the photo of him, who has been the source of this wisdom for me, Guru Dev. Directly he is the source of wisdom for us, very directly. I know the reality of all this. It has only been due to the innocent surrender- innocent sense of service, just innocent sense of service.

And his personality was so great, it is all divine. And just as the midday sun, the blazing sun, is just…that great sun of the divine effulgence, it just held me gripped in his grandeur. And very naturally the transparency of all that he stood for. And all what he stood for was pure divinity, pure knowledge, eternity, absolute.

This imbibing of the knowledge of integration of life in totality, in completeness, is from that level of innocent surrender. It is now that I am able to analyse the whole thing and see the mechanics which have brought the whole wisdom in its completeness from both points, practical and theoretical.

During those days I was just living Guru Dev. I was living him in my life. That’ s innocent. And it was this that has grabbed the wisdom. It was a great fortune for all the future times that he was taken to be the Shankaracharya, installed as Shankaracharya. Therefore whatever wisdom came, it came in all the dignity and fullness, complete fullness of it.

And that is the reason why for us it is of immense value that we tie down our feelings and our emotions and our understanding, everything to him who really presents the last point of the tradition nearest to us. Very, very important. It is absolutely important.

And fine, it is no harm singing of the glory of the bulb that is there, but all the glory is transferred to the powerhouse. Actually electricity is generated there. (laughs) And therefore not an individual, but the most illumined star in the galaxy of stars. And to him we point our mind and heart and this. It is fabulous to have that thing…

Guru – The Connection between Time, Space & Mind / 7 Mantras for 2012 ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.
In 1982, Sri Sri entered a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, was born. With time, the Sudarshan Kriya became the center-piece of the Art of Living courses.

7 Mantras for 2012
1. Reflect on your life in relation to the Cosmos.This will drop the smallness in you & you will be able to live fully.

2. Remind yourself of the highest goal in Life. You are not here to grumble or complain. You are here for something bigger.

3. Serve! Engage yourself in community service to whatever extent you can.

4. Have faith & trust that the Divine loves you dearly & is taking care of you.

5. As we flip the calendar, we need to flip our mind too. Don’t fill future dates with past events. Learn & move on.

6. Smile more! True sign of prosperity is an unconditional smile on your face.

7. Nurture yourself with music, prayer & silence. Meditation,pranayam & yoga rejuvenate; give depth & stability.

The Symbolism of the Number Seven

“Seven is the number of realization of the space time”~Abellio

The number seven is known to be the number of creation, representing the live relationship between the human and the Divine.

The essential process of creation consists in the polarization of Light, and its refraction through a prismatic perspective, turning the original Light into different frequencies of rays, each with a different wavelength, including the seven visible colored rays.

The seven emanations are seen by tradition as the Seven Rays of Creation. These seven luminous vibrations correspond also to the seven sound vibration tones that originated the Creation:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (…) through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
~John 1, 3

The Original Vibration then multiplied and differentiated itself in form. These seven different vibratory planes of creation exist simultaneously and can be considered as successive emanations of the uncreated Source. In other words, the seven dimensions of our immediate Universe, from which our seven chakras are the psychophysical manifestation.

The number Seven has been used since time immemorial to describe the creations and ordinances of God and the subsequent patterns that appear in the natural world.

Our physical Chakras, referred to as “vortexes of power”, are the vehicles of manifestation of the pure cosmic energy; and, in its turn, designating seven different levels of manifestation of consciousness.

These seven stages of consciousness were symbolized in the Atlantean tradition, as transmitted by the Egyptians, by the seven veils of the Goddess Isis. In ancient times, sacred dancers performed the ritual of the seven veils as to reveal gradually the world beyond the immediate reality. Beneath these veils are concealed all the mysteries, ageless wisdom and learning of the past.

“I am all that has been, that is, that shall be, and none among mortals has yet dared to raise my veil.”

“The Egyptians were sublime philosophers who had dictated theology to the world. And in Chaldea arose the first astrologers who watched the heavenly bodies with curiosity as well as with awe, and who made divine discoveries, and who called themselves The Interpreters of God.

To each star they gave a name, and to each day in the year they gave a star.

And the Greeks and Romans, who were poets, wreathed these names into legends. Each name was a person, each person was a god.

From these stories of the stars originated the angels of the Jews, the genii of the Arabs, the heroes of the Greeks, and the saints of the Romish Church.

Now corruption grew upon corruption, and superstition flung a black and hideous veil over the doctrines of religion. A religion is lost as soon as it loses its simplicity: truth has no mysteries: it is deceit alone that lurks in obscurity.”[1]

Some examples of important Sevens are:

According to Ouspensky there are seven systems of Symbolism:

*Symbolism of numbers
*Symbolism of geometrical figures
*Symbolism of letters
*Symbolism of words
*Symbolism of magic
*Symbolism of alchemy
*Symbolism of astrology

There are seven stages of Alchemy: Calcination, Dissolution, Separation, Conjunction, Fermentation, Distillation, and Coagulation

The Bible is full of Sevens:

+There were seven days of Creation
+There are seven Seals in the Book of Revelations.
+The number seven is mentioned 77 times in the Old Testament
+The seven primary gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and the Fear of the Lord

There are Seven Sacraments in Christianity: Baptism, Penance, Marriage, Communion, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Last Rites.

Tradition also speaks of the Seven Virtues in Christianity: Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, and Temperance. Tradition also speaks of the Seven Vices: Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Avarice, Gluttony, and Lust.

The mystic Rudolph Steiner pointed out that the strongest prayer taught by Master Jesus to his disciples, the Paternoster, contains in itself seven distinct petitions.

Celestially, we are told that there is an influence, and that influence is connected to the seven “up there” and the seven “on your back”.

In ancient times the Pleiades were called “The Guardians of the Sky” and they had the mystical task to have the account of Time Keeping. The Egyptian texts allude to Pleiades’ archaic significance as Krittitas, judges of men, assigning them also to seven planetary spheres as the seven Hathors. The Pleiadean star system was the locus of our cosmic inheritance and the source of the mystical wisdom known by the High Initiates of the Mystery Schools of Isis.

[1] THE VEIL OF ISIS: W. WINWOOD READE. (1861)

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