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1) Why does one feel like showing off his spiritual progress despite subduing the mind in all other fields? Is this because of the inherent spirit of generosity in the human spirit (that drives one to share)? Or is it some subtle perverted desire (under the influence of maya) to receive credit for one's efforts and acquire name, fame and superiority? This can apply to material progress as well.  

2) Can yogic practice for self realisation commence about 10 or 15 minutes before 6 in the morning?

3) Say, I have a property that I want to sell. This property houses a wild, forest like garden. A lot of sparrows, crows, monitor lizards, chameleons etc. come to this place for food (bread and grains provided a few times a day) and water. Upon selling the premises, one cannot take the wild creatures with him like domestic dogs and tortoises, nor can provision of services persist. The new owner may also cut down the trees. What are the implications of this?

4) What is the reason for sadness and extreme compassion and love for animals?

1. The desire to show off is the tendency of the Ego, which, being powerless, having no independent existence of its own in reality, tries to make up for its inherent lack of strength, knowledge and bliss by jumping at any and every opportunity for self magnification. One should snub the Ego and keep it under the foot of Gnyana.

When one holds on to the self through unbroken and proper Sadhana, the result is an increase in  Vairagya (dispassion), for everything perceivable by the mind & the senses. The Ego gradually becomes weak, resulting in peace and tranquility, with no desire to prove or show off. One who is in the Atmic state is content in the self by the self, with no reaction internally, though displaying external emotions to the world. He does not get the mind to show off, for the truth is infinite & illuminating, all by itself.

2. Yes, the earlier, the better.

3. To the extent governed by 'Runa' (debt) that one has accrued towards various other Jiva-s in the Lord's Leela (play), those Jiva-s will be sent into one's life to settle that debt. One can neither stop what is to be given, nor give more than what is to be taken. The law of karma takes care of all these things automatically. Therefore, one need not worry about the future of any being, for all are taken care of by HIM. It is enough if one remains kind and considerate to the extent possible, wishing all well.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)  


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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