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Deep and Simple Wisdom Spiritual Teachings of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati von Bhagavati, Ma Jaya Sati (eBook)

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Deep and Simple Wisdom

There are many knots in the heart that can be untied only by love. Allow these knots to be undone as you enter into the deep and simple wisdom in your heart of hearts.

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    Format: ePUB
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    Seitenzahl: 192
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9780983822868
    Verlag: Kashi Publishing
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Deep and Simple Wisdom

About Ma's Teachings "Love, serve, and don't judge." Five short words, no more than the sum of the thumb and fingers of either hand, but words that contain enough advice for a lifetime well lived. They are the essence of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati's spiritual teaching, and in the pages that follow you will come across them time and again. Sometimes the profoundest wisdom speaks in the simplest way. That also is the essence of Ma's teaching. She presents the age-old truths that form the core of every religion on earth, with special emphasis on the often difficult, hidden teachings of Shaiva-Shakta Tantra. Yet you would not know that you were listening to what great Hindu holy men and women have taught for thousands of years; this is because Ma speaks the language of ordinary life today. Sometimes she even speaks the language of the streets. It's all about reaching those most in need and bringing them the message that they matter, that their lives matter, and that it matters what they do with their lives. "Love yourself first," Ma also says. "If you do not love yourself, how can you love another? Love God, and love to love God." God for Ma, and for the whole of Hindu tradition behind her, is both Mother and Father-Shakti, the feminine creative power, and Shiva, the pure consciousness of one's own being. They are one and inseparable from each other, and from each one of us. "Know yourself, know the beauty that is in you." Another of Ma's often repeated teachings, this one is about the spiritual quest for Self-knowledge, for recognizing that each person, no matter how exalted or lowly, is one with that same divine Self that we call God. Everyone is divine, and the purpose of life is to discover that. For Ma and her students, that is not the end of the story, though. Life does not end with enlightenment, but a new life begins. Here Ma cautions her students that finding God in oneself is not enough. In India that would be like finding a stash of delicious mangoes and then eating them all in secret. We are not to be secret mango-eaters. For Ma the best way to enjoy God is not merely to sit in the quiet of meditation, but to emerge from that bliss and actively worship God through service to others-by feeding the hungry, caring for the ill, or going out to the homeless on the streets and recognizing that the same God who shines from our eyes shines from theirs as well. When every action becomes sanctified through selflessness, life becomes truly fulfilled. Spirituality is all about love. Not the self-centered, romantic love that finds us constantly clamoring for attention and creating expectations that set us up for the agony of disappointment. True love has no expectations. It is unconditional, because it mirrors the unconditional love of God. This love is the golden cord on which the pearls of Ma's wisdom are strung. At one end of the cord is love for God, which in the end is self-knowledge; at the other end is love for each other, which expresses itself in service. When the ends are joined and a garland is formed, we have the perfect unity of spiritual practice, which consists of jnana (knowledge), bhakti (devotion), and karma (action)-the classic Indian paths to Self-realization. How easily and naturally Ma integrates them into a single way of being for those who live by her words. As for not judging, this vital way of thinking is closely tied to Ma's interfaith practice. Ma, a Jew who has experienced Christ and honors the gods, goddesses, prophets, and saints of all religions, teaches an open-hearted-and open-minded-message of acceptance. Early on in Ma's spiritual awakening, Christ appeared to her and instructed, "Teach all ways, for all ways are mine." She has never forgotten that simple message. In Christ or Krishna, Allah or Yahweh, Ma sees one and the same God. Her broad spirit of acceptanc

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