Self is ever evident-Like fruit in your hand

Today I present one of the most Profound and my personal favourite text called ‘Hastamalaka Stotra‘. Hastamalaka(name given later by Adi Shankaracharya) was 8th Century CE disciple of Adi Shankara and the first Jagat Guru of Dwarka Petham.

When Shankara, the Guru of the world, was travelling in the western parts of India and overcoming in debate the expounders of the various schools of thought, he once came to a village known as Srivali. When a brahmin inhabitant of the village named Prabhakara heard about his arrival he went to him with his thirteen year old son. He prostrated before Sankara and made his son also prostrate. He then explained that the boy had been dumb from his childhood, that he had no likes and dislikes, nor a sense of honour and dishonour, and that he was completely inactive. The Guru then raised the boy up and asked him as follows in a cheerful tone:

1.   `Who are you? Whose child are you? Whither are you bound? What is your name? Whence have you come? Oh Child! I should like to hear your reply to these questions. Thus spoke Sri Shankaracharya to the boy, and Hastamalaka replied as follows.

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Siddhas say…

On Realizing Me, nothing remains to be gained and nothing to lose, nothing more to realize or know because I am beyond Knowledge & Ignorance, I am that Light which is beyond Lightness and Darkness – Bhagwat Gita

Siddhas say…

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. – 10:28: Matthew

Siddhas say…

He that is in man is the same as He that is in the Sun – Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi

Shivyog Mahashivratri 2013 announcement

Namah shivay. That Baba ji is Lord Shiva’s emissary is a widely known & realised fact. And so it follows from this that physically, if one were to be nearest to Shiva while being in someone’s company, the company has to be that of Avdhoot Baba Shivanand ji. Mahashivratri thus couldnt get better than this year with all sadhaks being offered the opportunity to be with one of Lord Shiva’s ambassadors. Baba ji is holding ‘Rhythm of the Universe’ shivir at Nagpur which will obviously delight the sadhaks of Nagpur. But the reason why every one else too should rejoice is that the shivir will be webcast live at  live.shivyog.com AND a recorded telecast of it will be aired on Aastha channel from 10:00pm IST ie on 11th March. Please pass this pleasing news to all. Namah shivay

Siddhas say…

That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like the universal space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman — that thou art.Sankaracharya

That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being– I am that.Amritbindu Upanishad

Siddhas say…

133. “As for the well-known example of the hallucination of a snake in a coil of rope the rope is real and the snake is unreal.

134-135. “Even after the true state of affairs is known and the hallucination of a snake dismissed, there is still the reality of the rope (which contains the potentiality of the recurrence of the same hallucination in the same person or in others). The danger is always there until the rope is recognised to be of and in the Self.
136. “Then objectivity totally ceases, and pure knowledge alone remains. There is thus a complete annihilation of duality.
137. “The sense of duality persists because there is the conviction of the purposefulness of the objective world. But such purposefulness and even durability is experienced even in dreams. – Tripura Rahasya