I have my own experiences of sufferings and miseries, and after pondering over them a good deal I have now come to the conclusion that suffering and disease are the boons of Nature in disguise which helps deliverance from the effects of samskaras (impressions, grossness). When one is cleared of their remnants, spiritual progress goes on unabated, provided one's mind is inwardly inclined towards it. None is required to give up the normal activities of life connected with his worldly living, but needs only to be busy along-side with it for the attainment of That which is finally to be attained.
Taken from the book "Complete Works of Ram Chandra Vol. 2", chapter "Afflictions", pg 33 - by Babuji
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We had several responses to the blog on 'Atha', and we thank all those who wrote in. Thomas has added one more meaning to 'now' – 'Now' means having tried everything else and failed, come to Yoga, I will help you. [Thank you Thomas for this contribution], I would like to respond to this.
The classical text, Brahmasūtra, also known as Vedānta, by Veda Vyāsa, starts with the word 'athātah'. 'Anta' means end or conclusion, so Vedānta, is the conclusion of 'Veda'.
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