Contemplation on The Crest Jewel of Discrimination by Shankara (686-718 AD)

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One of my favorite and most helpful texts in my spiritual path was the reading (many times over) of the Classic Vendanta text "THE CREST JEWEL OF DISCRIMINATION" regarding the path to God through knowledge.

This is an incredible book of only 139 pages Written by the Saint Shankara somewhere between 686-718AD (his lifetime).

I will quote from page 88:

In parenthesis are my reinterpretations of some words which I used in the verses that I wrote.

When a Man knows the Atman (the Absolute Consciousness), and sees it inwardly and outwardly as the ground of all things animate and inanimate (the field of Consciousness), he has indeed reached liberation. He rejects all appearances as unreal (separate objects and people) and is established in the vision of the Atman (The Field of Consciousness and the Void of Consciousness), which is the Absolute Infinite Being.

To see that one Atman as the ground of all appearances (The Field of Consciousness) is the way to deliverance from bondage (ignorance of what is really true and right under your nose). There is no higher knowledge than to know that the Atman is one, and everywhere (principle of non-duality, everything is connected, everything is one in The Field of Consciousness ). A man realizes that the Atman is everywhere and in all things if he rejects appearances and devotes himself steadfastly to the Atman (steady and constant meditation on the Absolute), the Eternal being.

But how can a man reject the appearances if he lives identified with the body, if his mind is attached to sense-objects, and if he pursues the fulfillment of his cravings? Only by strenuous effort can this rejection be accomplished (meditation every day at least twice a day). Practice spiritual discrimination, (focused and refined perception, mental exercises such as my verse), and be passionately devoted to the ATMAN (love the formless above all the objects in the field of consciousness, i.e. looking at men and women´s bodies and feeling lust, money, cars, houses, careers, status, etc, all of which are illusions to tempt us away from perceiving the ATMAN). Renounce those selfish rewards which are obtained through the performance of actions and duties (looking for recognition for your actions, a promotion, a raise, praise from your wife or husband or friends). Give up seeking pleasure in sense objects (sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, chocolate, radical sports, video games, TV programs and movies, surfing the Internet, workaholism, falling in love, etc and the list is almost eternal). DESIRE NOTHING BUT POSSESSION OF UNDYING BLISS (MEDITATE MORE AND MORE AND MORE UNTIL THIS BLISS IS REVEALED TO YOU).

In the scriptures, it is said: "When a man, who has heard the truth of Brahman from the lips of his teacher, becomes calm, self-controlled, satisfied, patient and deeply absorbed in contemplation, he realizes that ATMAN, within his own heart and sees the ATMAN as all."

For such a seeker the above passage prescribes deep contemplation of the Atman in order that the Atman in all things may be realized (because the Atman has always been and will alway be in all things, we just have to shift our cognitive focus to see it and feel it in all things).

THE MOST DIRECT WAY TO PERCEIVE THE ATMAN IS MEDITATE WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED REPEATING A MANTRA CONTAINING THE WORD OM, SUCH AS OM NAMAH SHIVAYA ("I OFFER REVERENCE TO THE INNER SELF"), OR OM BY ITSELF, AS FREQUENTLY AS POSSIBLE FOR THE LONGEST PERIODS POSSIBLE THAT YOU CAN SET ASIDE IN YOUR ROUTINE. YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOU ARE OM AND OM IS YOU.

A BASIC RECOMMENDATION IS TWICE A DAY, IN THE MORNING AND IN THE EVENING. WHEN YOUR EYES ARE OPEN AND YOU ARE INTERACTING IN THE WORLD, PRACTICE REAL DISCRIMINATION USING MENTAL TOOLS SUCH AS THE ONE I WROTE.

EACH ONE OF THE WORDS IN THE VERSE I WROTE IS AN ASPECT OF OM. THIS IS WHY YOU FEEL THE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY. AND AT THE END OF THE VERSE YOUR MIND RESTS ON WHAT YOU TRULY ARE = OM.

OM - SHANTI - OM

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True path of knowledge

This is a true path of knowledge. Nowadays, many confuse this path with knowledge through the mind, through reasoning and logic which leads to the opposite direction. The OM, the reciting makes sure that the knowledge will come from a pure source beyond the mind, from the heart center, if we may call it this way.

enlight | Sat, 01/03/2009 - 12:55
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What sort of knowledge are you seeking?

Phroggy | Sat, 01/03/2009 - 19:39
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Phroggy, On april 1st, 2005

Phroggy,

On April 1st, 2005 I had an experience in meditation of merging with the blue pearl and being transported to a "SIDDHALOKA" or world of of the Siddhas as defined by Baba Muktananda.

In this LOKA I met Jesus Christ face to face, in person. (Read my profile, I wrote about this event)

I want to merge back with it again and hopefully come back with much better understanding of these LOKAS (WORLDS).

I also want to have the total experience of SAT-CHIT-ANANDA, Being-Consciousness-Bliss.

I have experiences regularly of SAT-CHIT but not yet of ANANDA, where we drink the nectar of ecstasy of absorption on the inner self.

I know it´s a lot to ask for but that is it.

OM - SHANTI - OM

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omkarblue | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 09:00
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Enlight, I totally agree.

Enlight, I totally agree. Thanks for confirming this.

I HAVE GREAT NEWS TO SHARE. GURUMAYI CHIDVALASANANDA OF SIDDHA YOGA ANNOUNCED THE 2009 MESSAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR AND IT IS SIMPLY "OM".

She has launched a daily contemplations program totally focused on "OM". We will receive 365 contemplations and are invited to use a daily worksheet to practice the contemplation, reflect and write about our experiences.

IT IS UNPRECEDENTED - 365 CONTEMPLATION ON OM WITH THE SUPPORT OF REALIZED LIVING MASTER - INCREDIBLE.

IT ONLY COSTS $12,00 FOR THE WHOLE YEAR ($1,00 A MONTH!)

Please go to http://www.siddhayoga.org/attributes/index.html

To find out more. I invite you all to join and we can share the contemplations.

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omkarblue | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 08:36
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Good book

It's a good book/text (one of the first introductions here to nondual spirituality). But...

"YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOU ARE OM AND OM IS YOU."

Om is just a word. When chanting it, Om is a sound. Are you a word or sound? That's just silly. Of course, mantrams can be helpful to meditation.

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Omkaradatta | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 03:33
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Omkardatta, I used to think

Omkardatta,

I used to think that too that it was just a word, but my understanding has deepened.

From Gurumayi contemplations on OM which just started this month on the first, from day 2:

The entire universe emerges out of this sound.

If the entire universe emerges out of this sound and non-duality is real, than I am a part of this entirety, hence I am OM as OM has manifest me into this universe.

THEREFORE OM AM I, AND I AM OM.

Try repeating is like this and see the effect it has your state. I spent most of the day doing this and entered into a very heightened state.

OM AM I AS I AM OM.

OM IS ALL AS ALL IS OM.

OM AM I AS I AM OM.

OM IS ALL AS ALL IS OM.

Repeat this softly to your self alternating for about 10 minutes and see what happens to your state. IT´S AMAZING. THE PHRASES start repeating in your mind by themselves, flowing like a river and you have a sudden expansion of awareness.

To have access to the daily attributes of OM go to Please go to http://www.siddhayoga.org/attributes/index.html

IT COSTS ONLY $12.00 FOR THE WHOLE YEAR , $1.00 A MONTH.

INCREDIBLE AS THE KNOWLEDGE IS PRICELESS AND COMING WITH THE GRACE OF A REALIZED LIVING MASTER.

OM - SHANTI - OM

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omkarblue | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 08:51
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Thanks

Thanks, Omkar... I used to chant OM 'back in the day' (between 1998 and 2003, when I was seeking), and found it helpful. Very much as you noted -- it became like a river that wiped out other thoughts and cleared the mind.

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Omkaradatta | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 17:03
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Your Info Page

Omkaradatta,

I really liked your info page, http://www.omkaradatta.info/.

Thanks so much for sharing this. I will also visit the site of NISARGADATTA and read about his path. I love seeing the parallelism of the knowledge presented by each guru. It all helps us to reach the goal of attaining enlightened state, hopefully in a shortened time.

Your interpretation of enlightened is great, LOAD DROPPED, EGO-MOMENTUM FINISHED. I like how you used the word momentum, that is so fitting as it does seem to have a residual energy of its own that must be worn away until there is complete rest. That is really Great!! I loved reading this! right on!

Just curious what do OMKARDATTA and NISARGADATTA mean?

Have you had any marking BLUE PEARL EXPERIENCES that you would be willing to share? I´m totally fascinated by the Nila Bundu.

May I Add you as soul mate?

OM - SHANTI - OM

Omkar Blue
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omkarblue | Sun, 01/04/2009 - 14:29