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The Ribhu Gita: An Exposition of Supreme Truth

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The Ribhu Gita: The Supreme Truth in a Nutshell

The Ribhu Gita (roughly translated as “Ribhu’s Song”) is integral to India’s legendary mystical text, Shiva Rahasya, and contains spiritual wisdom deep into Hindu philosophy. This revered scripture offers spiritual gems like no other. Particularly notable are teachings imparted directly by God Himself—through Lord Shiva—which were meant for Sage Ribhu to learn directly. Lord Shiva represents the ultimate reality within which everything exists eternally connected—making him especially powerful within Hindu philosophy!

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers of modern times. He held the Ribhu Gita in exceptionally high regard and often emphasized its unique value and significance during conversations with devotees and spiritual seekers alike. According to him, the Ribhu Gita provides an unsurpassed exposition of Supreme Truth, making it essential to read on any path toward self-realization and personal liberation. Ramana Maharshi highlighted its transformative power, suggesting its study could yield profound spiritual insights.

Ramana Maharshi prized Chapter 26 of the Ribhu Gita as particularly powerful. He said reading it with reverence could facilitate an effortless path into samadhi (natural self-realization). Advaita Vedanta’s philosophy holds this chapter true in its teaching that one’s soul (Atman) unifies with ultimate reality (Brahman).

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Psychedelic Guru and third eye chakra

Philosophical Insights into Reality

Ribhu Gita offers practical wisdom meant to be experienced rather than read about. It advises transcending illusions associated with our ego and realizing one’s true nature as pure consciousness. Furthermore, this text comprehensively guides seekers through various stages of spiritual practice while emphasizing discernment (viveka) and dispassion (vairagya) as means for transcending life’s distractions and attachments.

Ribhu Gita emphasizes the significance of devotion (bhakti) and surrendering oneself to the Divine by showing us its impactful effects on the mind, heart, soul, and divinity. Unwavering devotion towards Lord Shiva or any formless deity such as Brahman leads one to purify one’s mind and fully realize one’s inherent divinity. Furthermore, its verses offer many metaphysical insights and poetic expressions, making for a stimulating reading experience for anyone interested in exploring spiritual paths.

Philosophical Insights into Reality

Ribhu Gita provides more than spiritual teachings; it also presents a philosophical analysis of reality. By delving deep into concepts like Maya (illusion) and self-narration, this text offers seekers an in-depth guideline for understanding the ultimate truth beyond material phenomena in this lifetime. By internalizing its teachings, seekers may achieve peace, contentment, and liberation from cycles of birth and death.

A Timeless Spiritual Masterpiece

Ribhu Gita is an ancient text and an unforgettable spiritual masterpiece that continues to guide seekers toward self-realization. Endorsed by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, its timeless wisdom shines a beacon for seekers searching for their true selves and the ultimate reality; when practised sincerely, it can lead people toward profound states of spiritual awakening and inner peace.


Excerpts from the Ribhu Gita

  1. I shall now expound on the method of inhering the All-inclusive and undifferentiated Reality. This teaching is secret and difficult to understand even with the help of the various Scriptures. Even celestial beings and practitioners of spiritual discipline who hold it dear acquire it only with great difficulty. Follow what I say and, inhering in Reality, be happy.
  2. My son! Realized sages say that absolute inherence, in Reality, means becoming one with the immutable, tranquil, non-dual Absolute Supreme Being which is Existence-Consciousness-Bliss and the Self of all, and making the wandering mind one with it like the proverbial milk and water, absolutely free from all concepts.
  3. When one scrutinizes this variety of manifestations, one realizes that it does not exist and that everything is the undifferentiated Absolute Supreme Being, which is not different from the Self and oneself. Let this knowledge become firm with you by constant practice. Then, discard everything, become one with the Supreme Absolute Reality, and remain happy.
  4. Abide as That which does not, when scrutinized, show any duality in the form of these various objects or the least trace of cause and effect, That in which, when the mind is absorbed in It, there is no fear of duality at all – and be always happy, unshakable and free the fear arising from duality.
  5. Abide as That in which there are neither thoughts nor fancies, neither peace nor self-control, neither the mind nor the intellect, neither confusion nor certainty, neither being nor non-being, and no perception of duality – and be always happy, unshakable and free from the fear arising from duality.
  6. Abide as That in which there is neither any defect nor good quality, neither pleasure nor pain, neither thought nor silence, neither misery nor austerities practised for getting rid of misery, no “I-am-the-body” idea, no objects of perception whatsoever – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  7. Abide as That in which there is no work, physical, mental, verbal or of any other kind, neither sin nor virtue, neither attachment nor its consequences – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  8. Abide as That in which there are neither thoughts nor a thinker, neither the arising nor the preservation nor the dissolution of the world, nothing whatsoever at any time – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  9. Abide as That in which there is neither the Self-limiting Power of Illusion nor its effects, neither knowledge nor ignorance, neither separate soul nor Lord of Creation, neither being nor non-being, neither world nor God – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  10. Abide as That in which there are no gods and their worship, none of the three Divine aspects of Creator, Preserver and Destroyer or meditation on them no Supreme Formless God nor meditation on Him – and be always happy, without the least trace of thought.
  11. Abide as That in which there is neither maturing bondage to the way of good works nor searching devotion to the Divine nor self-knowing wisdom, no fruit of action to be enjoyed, no supreme state separate from it, no means of attainment or object to be attained and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  12. Abide as That in which there is neither body nor senses nor vital forces, neither mind nor intellect nor fancy, neither ego nor ignorance, nor anyone who identifies himself with them, neither the macrocosm nor the microcosm and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  13. Abide as That in which there is neither desire nor anger, neither greed nor delusion, neither ill-will nor pride, no impurities of mind and no false notions of bondage and liberation – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  14. Abide as That in which there is no beginning or end, no top, bottom or middle, no holy place or god, no gifts or pious acts, no time or space, no objects of perception – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  15. Abide as That in which there is no discrimination between the real and the unreal, no absence of desire, no possession of virtues, no yearning for liberation, no competent Master or disciple, no steady knowledge, no realized stage, no liberation while alive or after death, nothing whatsoever at any time – and be always happy free from all traces of thought.
  16. Abide as That in which there are no Holy Scriptures or sacred books, no one who thinks, no objection or answer to it, no theory to be established, no theory to be rejected, nothing other than one Self – and be always happy, free from the least trace of thought.
  17. Abide as That in which there is no debate, no success or failure, no word or its meaning, no speech, no difference between the soul and the Supreme Being, none of the manifold causes and consequences – and be always happy, without the least trace of thought.
  18. Abide as That in which there is no need for listening, reflecting and practising, no meditation to be practised, no differences of sameness, otherness or internal contradictions, no words or their meanings – and be always happy, free from the least trace of thought.
  19. Abide as That in which there are no fears of hell, no joys of heaven, no worlds of the Creator God or the other Gods, or any object to be gained from them, no other world, no universe of any kind – and be always happy, without the least trace of thought.
  20. Abide as That in which there is nothing of the elements nor even an iota of their derivatives, no sense of “I” or “mind”, no fantasies of the mind, no blemish of attachment, no concept whatsoever – and be always happy, without the least trace of the thought.
  21. Abide as That in which there are none of the three kinds of bodies (gross physical, subtle internal, or formless and most subtle), dreaming and sleeping, none of the three kinds of souls (those who are fully prepared to advance spiritually, those who are fully prepared, and those who are not ready at all), none of the three kinds afflictions (those of the body, those caused by the elements, and those caused by subtle beings and powers), none of the five functional layers of being (gross physical, vital, emotional-psychic, mental, and that of formless bliss), no one to identify himself with them – and be always happy, without the least trace of thought.
  22. Abide as That in which there is no need for control of vital forces or the mind, no need for inquiry into the Self or worship of gods, no need for drawing in the senses, no need for repetition of holy names and mantras, no need for austerities or religious observances – and be always happy, without the least trace of thought.
  23. Abide as That in which there are no observances of caste, stage of life, style of living, and sectarian rules, no opinions on the authority of the Scriptures, no differences based on birth and conduct, none of the goals of human life, and nothing whatsoever – and be always happy, without the least trace of thought.
  24. Abide as That in which there is neither universe nor its cause, neither the soul nor the Supreme Being, neither thought nor name, neither the individual self nor the outer world, nothing whatsoever at any time – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  25. Abide as That in which there is neither bondage nor liberation, neither activity nor inactivity, neither the unattached and liberated state nor the liberated soul, neither the world nor God, nothing whatsoever at any time – and be always happy, free from the least trace of thought.
  1. Abide as That in which there is neither the knower nor the known nor the process of learning, neither the seer nor the seen nor the process of seeing, neither the experiencer nor the experienced nor the process of experiencing – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  2. Abide as That in which there is neither reality nor appearance, neither the present nor the past nor the future, neither space nor time nor the objects that occupy them, neither the gross, the subtle, nor the causal bodies – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  3. Abide as That in which there is neither good nor evil, neither pleasure nor pain, neither knowledge nor ignorance, neither action nor inaction, neither birth nor death – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  4. Abide as That in which there is neither the gross body, nor the subtle body, nor the causal body, neither the waking state nor the dream state nor the deep sleep state, neither the individual soul nor the Supreme Self, neither the universe nor its cause – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  5. Abide as That in which there is no conception of the self as the body, no idea of the body as something real, no perception of the body as an object, neither the sense of “I” nor the sense of “mine” to the body – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  6. Abide in which there is neither attachment nor detachment, joy nor sorrow, craving nor aversion, desire nor the absence of desire, liberation nor bondage – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  7. Abide as That in which there is neither the triad of knower, knowledge, and known, nor the triad of seer, sight, and seen, nor the triad of experience, experience, and experience, nor the triad of doer, doing, and done – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  8. Abide as That in which there is neither thought nor non-thought, neither knowledge nor ignorance, neither wisdom nor lack of understanding, neither the real nor the unreal, neither the existence nor non-existence – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  9. Abide as That in which there is neither the mind nor its modifications, neither the intellect nor its functions, neither the senses nor their activities, neither the ego nor its identifications, neither the world nor its appearances – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  10. Abide as That in which there is neither the meditator nor the meditation nor the object of meditation, neither the practitioner nor the practice nor the goal of the practice, neither the seeker nor the seeking nor the sought, neither the path nor the journey nor the destination – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  11. Abide as That in which there is neither the creation nor the dissolution, neither the preservation nor the destruction, neither the birth nor the death, neither the manifestation nor the unmanifestation, neither the beginning nor the end – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  12. Abide as That in which there is neither duality nor non-duality, neither reality nor unreality, neither ignorance nor knowledge, neither bondage nor liberation, neither the samsara nor the nirvana – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  13. Abide as That in which there is neither the subject nor the object nor the relationship between them, neither the perceiver nor the perceived nor the perception, neither the actor nor the action nor the act, neither the thinker nor the thought nor the thinking – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
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    A time traveller with 3rd eye opened.
  14. Abide as That in which there is neither the doer nor the deed nor the doing, neither the enjoyer nor the enjoyment nor the enjoyed, neither the observer nor the observation nor the observed, neither the knower nor the knowledge nor the known – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  15. Abide as That in which there is neither the existence nor the non-existence, neither the being nor the non-being, neither the presence nor the absence, neither the light nor the darkness, neither the form nor the formless – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  16. Abide as That in which there is neither the gross world nor the subtle world nor the causal world, neither the waking state nor the dream state nor the deep sleep state, neither the individual soul nor the Supreme Self, neither the creation nor the dissolution – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  17. Abide as That in which there is neither the seeker nor the sought nor the seeking, neither the aspirant nor the aspiration nor the object of aspiration, neither the practitioner nor the practice nor the goal of practice – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  18. Abide as That in which there is neither time nor timelessness, neither space nor spacelessness, neither cause nor causelessness, neither effect nor the effectlessness, neither the sequence nor the non-sequence – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  19. Abide as That in which there is neither the matter nor the mind nor the spirit, neither substance nor essence, neither form nor formlessness, neither reality nor unreality, neither appearance nor disappearance – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  20. Abide as That in which there is neither multiplicity nor unity, neither the many nor the one, neither diversity nor uniformity, neither separation nor integration, neither fragmentation nor wholeness – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  21. Abide as That in which there is neither ignorance nor knowledge, neither wisdom nor folly, neither delusion nor clarity, neither obscuration nor illumination, neither concealment nor revelation – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  22. Abide as That in which there is neither attachment nor detachment, neither attraction nor aversion, neither desire nor renunciation, neither craving nor indifference, neither passion nor dispassion – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  23. Abide as That in which there is neither bondage nor freedom, neither confinement nor liberation, neither enslavement nor emancipation, neither restriction nor liberation, neither captivity nor release – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  24. Abide as That in which there is neither suffering nor bliss, neither pain nor pleasure, neither sorrow nor joy, neither misery nor ecstasy, neither affliction nor contentment – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.
  25. Abide as That in which there is neither duality nor non-duality, neither diversity nor unity, neither separation nor oneness, neither diversity nor sameness, neither differentiation nor integration – and be always happy, free from all traces of thought.

By contemplating and meditating on these teachings, one is guided towards realising the ultimate truth, transcending the illusions of duality and experiencing the bliss of pure consciousness. The Ribhu Gita thus serves as a timeless spiritual guide, offering profound wisdom for those on the path of self-realization and liberation.

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Easter and significance

Easter and significance

Easter is a memorable holiday observed by Christians worldwide as a time of renewal, the commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection, and spiritual rebirth. While Easter primarily refers to religious themes, its connection to astrology is also significant. Let’s look at how these two holidays intertwine symbolism and significance.

 

History of Easter

Easter is the oldest and most significant Christian festival, commemorating Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, as the Bible recounts. According to Mark’s Gospel, Jesus was crucified on his day of preparation before being buried in a tomb.

On the third day after his burial, Jesus rose from the dead, fulfilling his prophecy before his crucifixion. This event is commemorated as Easter Sunday – commemorated as the resurrection and celebrated on Easter Sunday, which falls on the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

“Easter” derives from the Old English “Eastre,” a festival commemorating spring’s arrival. In the 8th century, Christians adopted this same celebration to mark Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which occurred during the same time of year as its pagan counterpart.

 

Astrology: Its Importance

Astrology studies celestial bodies such as the sun, moon and planets and their effect on human affairs and natural phenomena. Practised for thousands of years around the world, astrology has had a significant role in many cultures throughout recorded history.

Astrology believes the sun, moon and planets are archetypal forces that shape human behaviour and the natural world. Each celestial body carries certain qualities and characteristics associated with it; their motions and positions are believed to significantly impact our lives.

 

The connection between Astrology and Easter

Astrology and Easter have a deep-seated connection, as evidenced by the holiday’s date and symbolism. Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox according to Gregorian calendar rules that consider the movements of the Earth, Sun, and Moon.

The vernal equinox ushers in springtime, a time of renewal and new beginnings. As days grow longer and sunlight returns to Earth, it symbolises the sun’s rebirth and cosmic cycles. The full moon that follows immediately afterwards serves as a symbol of this renewed energy flow.

Easter’s symbolism is closely connected to Aries, the zodiac sign associated with new beginnings, rebirth and resurrection. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and its energy is marked by enthusiasm, courage and vitality. Aries is ruled by Mars – associated with action, passion strength.

The Easter story itself is filled with astrological allegory. Jesus Christ rising after three days symbolises the cycles of the sun, moon and planets; furthermore, three is an auspicious number in astrology as it signifies three stages of transformation: initiation, change and illumination.

Jesus Christ’s resurrection symbolises life’s victory over death and the promise of new beginnings. This message is also echoed in the cycles of nature, where death is followed by rebirth, and endings usher in new beginnings.

 

Cultural Roots of Easter

Easter has cultural roots that date back thousands of years, with celebrations and traditions that have evolved throughout history. For instance, Easter eggs originated as a pagan symbol representing fertility and new life – they were used by ancient Persians, Egyptians, and Greeks during springtime festivals. Christians then adopted this practice to symbolise Jesus’ resurrection.

An iconic cultural tradition associated with Easter is the Easter bunny, which originated in German folklore. Legend has it that this magical creature would lay colorful eggs inside nests made by children and has since spread worldwide as a famous symbol of Easter celebrations.

Connections to Pagan Origins

Easter has roots in pagan traditions, such as celebrating the arrival of spring. The ancient pagan festival Eostre, held in honour of a goddess by that name, is believed to be the origin of modern-day Easter festivities. This festival marked the start of spring by feasting, dancing and lighting bonfires.

Easter celebrations often incorporate eggs as symbols of fertility and new life, making them appropriate for spring. In some cultures, eggs were painted or dyed bright colours to symbolise the return of light and warmth after long winters.

 

Conclusion

Easter is a worldwide religious celebration commemorating Jesus Christ’s resurrection. While it primarily follows religious customs, Easter also has deep-seated connections to astrology; its date and significance are determined by celestial bodies such as the sun, moon, and planets’ movements and positions.

Astrology and Easter are intrinsically linked, reminding us of the interconnectedness of all things in the universe. It reminds us how natural cycles reflect in our lives, offering hope and new beginnings no matter how dark or challenging the circumstances.

Finally, the connection between astrology and Easter invites us to reflect on its more profound significance, connecting our mundane lives with our spiritual and mystical dimensions. It encourages us to look beyond surface-level things and ponder greater mysteries within the universe.

Astrology can offer us a valuable framework for comprehending the cycles of the universe and our place within them. It helps us navigate life’s ups and downs, finding meaning and purpose in our experiences.

In conclusion, the connection between astrology and Easter is a powerful reminder of the vast mysteries of our universe and our place within it. By delving into its symbolism and significance, we can gain greater insight into cycles such as life, death, and rebirth and connect with the spiritual dimensions of our lives.

Easter, whether seen from a religious or astrological perspective, is an opportunity to celebrate the promise of new beginnings and all of life’s infinite possibilities.

About Dadhichi Toth, the Author

Dadhichi Toth Vedic Astrologer
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