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Baba Bulleh Shah

The Life of Bulleh Shâh

Bulleh Shâh is generally regarded to be one of the greatest Sufi poet/saints from the Punjab area of India. Born in 1680 in Pandoke Village, a few miles from Lahore, his original name was Abdullah Shâh. The child was born with an innate mystical temperament and a poetic soul. As a young boy in school, the teacher taught Bulleh Shâh the letter Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. […]

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Recalling Ramana Maharshi

An interview with Lucia Osborne Lucia Osborne came to India in 1942 and settled at Sri Ramanasramam soon after. Sher preceded her husband, Arthur Osborne, who was to follow but was placed in an internment camp for for several years before the end of World War II.  They built a cottage at the foot of the sacred mountain, Arunachala, where they spent the latter part of their life with Sri

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Enlightenment Is Not Something You Achieve

My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life. She may worry if she doesn’t get her breakfast, but she doesn’t sit around worrying about whether she will get fulfilled or liberated or enlightened. As long as she gets some food and a little affection, her life is fine. But we human beings are not like dogs. We have self-centered minds which get us into plenty of trouble. If we

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The Same Truth Is Behind All

Bhagavan once told me that thought comes in flashes, no thought was continuous. It was like the cycle of an alternating current but was so rapid that it seemed continuous as does the light given off by an electric bulb. If one could only concentrate on the intervals between thoughts rather than on the thoughts themselves that would be Self-realization. He always taught that mind and thought were exactly the

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Being with Nisargadatta Maharaj

The following excerpt from an interview between Jean Dunn and The Inner Directions Journal. It’s followed by a selection from the personal (unpublished) journal she kept of additional dialogues during the period of 1977-1981. Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897-1981) was born in the city of Bombay, as Maruti Shivrampant Kampli. As a child, Maruti displayed an introspective, independent and resourceful nature which eventually led him to open several shops in Bombay, selling

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Insights On The Short Path

Intuition knows earthly truth without the intervention of reasoning, while insight knows divine truth in the same direct way. (20-4-151) When the mystery of it all is solved, not merely intellectually but in experience, not only in the person himself but in transcending it, not only in the depth of meditation but in the world of activity; when this answer is richly felt as Presence and God, clearly known as

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