Spiritual Stories, Inner Teachings & Practical Techniques

Spiritual Stories, Inner Teachings & Practical Techniques

Stories, ideas and concepts of saints, sages, rishis, fakirs. As well as inner teachings and practical techniques that WORK if you apply them!
By Master Stephen Co(from words and teachings of GMCKS):

“As you go through life, if you are karmically entitled and you have the right ‘hardware’ then the ‘software’ is downloaded. You think it's your idea but it's not your idea! Because of your karma, because of your intelligence the beings give you the information.”

9/28/2021 11:00:05 AM
I have heard: Once it happened that Mulla Nasruddin was passing through a forest. He came upon a skull. Just curious, as he always was, he asked the skull, “What brought you here, sir?” And he was amazed because the skull said, “Talking brought me here, sir.” He couldn’t believe it, but he had heard it so he ran to the court of the king. He told there that “I have seen a miracle! A skull, a talking skull, lying just near our village in the forest.”

The king also couldn’t believe, but he was also curious. The whole court followed. They went into the forest. Nasruddin went near the skull and asked again the same question, “What brought you here, sir.” But the skull remained silent. He asked again and again and again, but the skull was dead silent.

The king said, “I knew it before, Nasruddin, that you are a liar. But now this is too much. You have played such a joke that you will have to suffer for it.” He ordered his guard to cut his head and throw the head near the skull for the ants to eat.

When everybody went — the king, his court — the skull started talking again. And she asked, “What brought you here, sir?” Nasruddin answered, “Talking brought me here, sir.”

And talking has brought man here — the situation that is today. A constant chattering mind does not allow any happiness, any possibility of happiness, because only a silent mind can look within, only a silent mind can hear the silence, the happiness, that is always bubbling there. But it is so subtle that with the noise of the mind you cannot hear it.

8/24/2021 11:00:07 AM

8/24/2021 10:59:01 AM
I have been quoting again and again Bodhidharma.

He went to China, and the emperor of China went to see him. And the emperor said, “My mind is very uneasy, very disturbed. You are a great sage, and I have been waiting for you. Tell me what I should do to put my mind at peace.”

Bodhidharma said, “You don’t do anything. First you bring your mind to me.” The emperor could not follow he said, “What do you mean?” He said, “Come in the morning at four o’clock when nobody is there. Come alone, and remember to bring your mind with you.”

The emperor couldn’t sleep the whole night. Many times he cancelled the whole idea: “This man seems to be mad. What does he mean, ‘Come with your mind; don’t forget?'” The man was so enchanting, so charismatic that he couldn’t cancel the appointment. As if a magnet was pulling him, at four o’clock he jumped out of the bed and said, “Whatsoever happens, I must go. This man may have something; his eyes say that he has something. Looks a little crazy, but still I must go and see what can happen.”
So he reached, and Bodhidharma was sitting with his big staff. He said, “So you have come? Where is your mind? Have you brought it or not?”

The emperor said, “You talk nonsense. When I am here my mind is here, and it is not something which I can forget somewhere. It is in me.” So Bodhidharma said, “Okay. So the first thing is decided — that the mind is within you.” The emperor said, “Okay, the mind is within me.” Bodhidharma said, “Now close your eyes and find out where it is. And if you can find out where it is, immediately indicate to me. I will put it at peace.”
So the emperor closed his eyes, tried and tried, looked and looked. The more he looked, the more he became aware there is no mind, mind is an activity. It is not something there so you can pinpoint it. But the moment he realized that it is not something, then the absurdity of his quest became exposed to himself. If it is not something, nothing can be done about it. If it is an activity, then don’t do the activity; that’s all. If it is like walking, don’t walk.

He opened his eyes. He bowed down to Bodhidharma and said, “There is no mind to be found.” Bodhidharma said, “Then I have put it at peace. And whenever you feel that you are uneasy, just look within, where that uneasiness is.” The very look is anti-mind, because look is not a thinking. And if you look intensely your whole energy becomes a look, and the same energy becomes movement and thinking.


Osho – Yoga, Alpha and the Omega
8/17/2021 11:00:04 AM

8/17/2021 10:59:01 AM
Guru Bhagwan remained a witness to Lokenath’s process, allowing and guiding it until the disciple exhausted the seeds of karma through his own efforts. One need not feel that the young girl was abandoned by Lokenath after their karma together was burned. Just as Lokenath had to work out his karma, the girl also had to realize that any relationship with a renounced monk was against the norm of their society. It would only have led to more unhappiness in her life. She received Lokenath’s company and friendship as long as the debts on both sides were being paid. In Hindu society of the Eighteenth Century, widows had to lead a life of renunciation, following a vegetarian diet, and strictly observing celibacy. Love and devotion to God were their only comfort. The company of Lokenath ultimately inspired the God-seed in her. Lokenath moved ahead on the path of truth as a wandering mendicant. The woman, transformed by the touch of a sannyasin, offered her life to the Divine to reach the state of desirelessness.

Chapter 4: A Lesson in Maya
The Incredible Life of a Himalayan Yogi: The Times, Teachings and Life of Living Shiva: Baba Lokenath Brahmachari" by Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari.
8/10/2021 11:00:04 AM
Giving up attachment

Baba Lokenath

Baba said, “It was my fate that my Guru brought me to a place where a young widow lived. Guru would often go away from the place where we lived. That gave me the chance to spend time with that young girl and have a lot of fun. This went on for a period of almost three years. Gradually, my urge in that area of life began to diminish. Suddenly I had the deep thought ‘What am I doing? Have I renounced my parents and home and come with this Holy Master for all these trifles?’I felt a deep sense of frustration. I started requesting of my Guru that we move to another place without further delay. For quite a few days, he paid a deaf ear to my requests. Later, he intentionally delayed the move by saying, ‘We will go tomorrow.’My deep urge to leave the place increased. When I became adamant and strong in my decision, Gurudev pretended to be sick. 

“One day I felt an uncontrollable urge to leave. In a harsh manner, I said, ‘I cannot stay here for another moment.’Guru said, ‘I am feeling very sick, we will stay here for two more days.’Blind with anger, I took a big stick in my hand and ran towards my Guru saying, ‘Whenever you move in the village, or beg alms, or even cook for us, you don’t feel sick. But the moment I say, ‘Let us move from this place,’you start feeling ill. Today I will kill you and kill myself too.’My old Master ran away, but soon returned and said, ‘Let’s go, now it has happened.’”

When we started moving out of the village, I asked Gurudev, ‘All these days you did not care what I said. Why did you listen to me today?’My Guru said, ‘You never said it the way you did it today, my child. You had given up pleasures but the pleasures and the attachments did not give you up. Today it has happened.’”This important statement by Guru Bhagwan needs deep contemplation. It is extremely common for all human beings to realize that our attachments lead to unhappiness in our lives. People at all levels of sadhana struggle to give up myriad habits, which they know cause pain for themselves and others, and which obstruct the internal peace which is the foundation of real spiritual progress. Most often , even though the habit is given up , it returns — sometimes more vigorously. In spite of the firmest resolutions, even yogis in a high state of achievement fall. Until one is fully and naturally established in the state of egolessness and desirelessness, many possibilities to fall are open. That is why the Upanishads (the Vedas) liken the path of spirituality to one of walking on a razor’s edge. The Bhagavad Gita tells us that this illusive Maya is insurmountable without the Grace of God and Guru.

Guru Bhagwan’s wisdom in allowing Lokenath the time to fully release his karma reminds us that it is not enough to just give up anything that appears to cause us pain and unhappiness. The tendencies that manifest in the mind are rooted in the seeds of karma that the soul carried to this body. As circumstances and situations become more and more provocative, the inner, dormant tendencies of desire awaken. They stretch out their tentacles to draw the object of pleasure within reach until the desire is fulfilled. As the desires are again and again quenched the thirst increases, beginning the cycle again.

The ingrained seeds of karma work themselves out through a natural process and, eventually, the thirst for the pleasure diminishes. As the seeker passes through stages of cause and effect, experiencing the inner and outer consequences of attachment, the need to awaken to higher truths asserts itself. The longing gradually becomes paramount for deeper peace and harmony than is available through material desire and its fulfillment. Through the Grace of God and Guru, the seeker’s determination to give up the unwanted desires becomes resolute. Her/ his efforts become more powerful and single-pointed. They draw the Guru’s grace to be able to rise above the karma. This is exactly what happened in Lokenath’s case.
8/10/2021 11:00:03 AM
By Master Stephen Co, from words and teachings of GMCKS:

“The stories are not important. What is important is the essence that you extract out of them. Who cares if Zeus has 30 wives and how many children from any part of nature. It doesn't really matter. Those are stories. The key to remember is that he is a representation of the use of Will. Otherwise you get lost in stories.”

8/3/2021 11:00:07 AM
By Master Stephen Co(from words and teachings of GMCKS):

"The Higher Soul pours a portion of its energy into the lower worlds. This is called the lower soul or the way my teacher explained it, it’s the incarnated soul; it’s the part of the Soul that took on a form. It’s interesting, in Spanish you call it ‘carne’… meat or flesh. So the Soul, just imagine you are pure energy and pure light, it now has to contain itself, drop in vibration, incarnate, wrap flesh around it so it can now function in the lower dimensions."

7/27/2021 11:00:06 AM
By Master Stephen Co(from words and teachings of GMCSK):

“When the prophets have the information that a place is going to have flood, that means that there is certain negative karma that is about to manifest. In other words the reason we have this problem is because we did something that karmically entitled us to this. Since there is Divine Mercy we have to generate more good karma. So we repent! What does repent mean? Because of the Divine Mercy, we deleted it, to use computer language, we start new, so we should not do it again!”

7/20/2021 11:00:09 AM
Sometimes, when a person goes through an emotional crisis, it is actually what helps them, in the big picture, to do their meditation, because as they realize that emotionally there's no calmness, there's no solution, then the mind will say ‘ok, if I continue having this, my life will keep getting worse’. If you sit down and think ‘ok, what is causing the emotional problem, anyway? How do I fix it?’ then the mind starts to function and it's able to, in the big picture, force the emotional body to calm down. As the mind calms down, the spirit can come in and give you inner peace.”

7/13/2021 11:01:01 AM
By Master Stephen Co(from words and teachings of GMCSK):

“On Spiritual Laziness: One of the reasons why a person does not do their spiritual practice and meditation, is because that person is being controlled by the body, the emotions and the thoughts, specifically the emotional body and the mental body. So, when the emotional body is going through a lot of ups and downs and go through emotional turmoil it resists the soul trying to make it meditate. The way to do it is as simple as the lower principle, the emotional body has to calm down before the upper principle can work. So, if the emotional body is very very-very chaotic, the person doesn't have clarity and doesn't want to do spiritual practice. So the way to do it is to make the mind strong in order to understand why it has to meditate.
7/13/2021 11:00:05 AM
By Master Stephen Co(from words and teachings of GMCKS):

"The condition of your chakras affect your behavior. Your behavior also affects your chakras.”

6/29/2021 11:00:02 AM
By Master Stephen Co(from words and teachings of GMCKS):

“Enlightened Sages teach us that the Physical World we see, feel and touch is simply a reflection of what has already transpired in the Inner Worlds.”

6/22/2021 11:00:07 AM
By Master Stephen Co(from words and teachings of GMCKS):

“When you eat dirty food the worst it could happen is your body to get dirty, maybe your body will get sick. When you open your mouth and criticize, say fool words, say hurtful, demining words and sentences, not only do you dirty the other person’s soul because you project all this massive amount of dirty energy, you also dirty your soul; the incarnated soul, not the Higher Soul but the incarnated soul.”

6/15/2021 11:00:02 AM

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