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Hari om Monique.Thank you for your question. I suggest you see an opthalmlogist immediately for your dry eye. Your healing can be enhanced also by chanting a mantra like Om Trayambakam...or om namah shivaya, in additional to medical intervention. Many Blessings!
You are always with Shiva - in your heart - nihitam guhayaam - in the cave of your heart. Everything is experienced only within. The putside location and stories are given just to turn your drishti inward! Seek within!
Hari Om. First of all the world they say 'looks like' a dreamworld. We really don't know frst hand what is the experience after realization. A relevant thought - so i hope after reading this you will be motivated to 'go' for realization!!!!:) All masters who have recorded their state of being have been living and in the body. So the only reason woudl be to live thereafter in a complete experience of being One with everything ( supported by the scripture Gita and Upanishad in various verses) - and in that state the motivation is love and service for the welfare of the world. So Bhagavad Gita 3:18 also points towards renunciation of any selfish motivation and only for selfless love towards the world. There can be no other reason - when you love someone you want to share your joy and support them! When you love ALL then you operate at the level of total identification with the Lord and for loka- hith (welfare of people).!
Hari Om. The entire teaching has been handed down by a guru shishya parampara tradition. Lord Krishna has Sri Sandeepany as His guru. Regarding others, of course they have had some guru to impart them the knowledge , though we know Buddha strived to attain enlightenment Himself. As there are so many hospitals and doctors around the world and yet illness is rampant, new diseases manifest and we have no cure yet for many serious diseases – we cannot write off the health professionals. In the same way, there are spiritual gurus around the world – and yet there is so much negativity in society. Two things – first it is true that today not all spiritual gurus are completely sincere and there is a culture of what a Buddhist teacher called ‘spiritual materialism’. Second, at least countless people are benefitting from diverse spiritual teachers and teachings – can we imagine how bad it would be if we did not have any spiritual gurus? Even today we see many people have evolved, there is a consciousness regarding spirituality and an effort to seek peace and happiness through spiritual pursuit. I do agree with you that there are many imbalances in society and that is why we have to work harder to bring more awareness so that the collective consciousness can change. Even if a few of us transform it can permeate the society! I am optimistic!
Hari Om. It is advised to stick to the mala for japa according to your ishta devata. You can continue to follow and have faith in Sankara Advaita - the ishta is the form you use to reach the formless Infinite. It will be appropriate to use tulsi mala. There is no conflict. Adi Sankara established the panchaayatna puja (worhsip of 5 deities) - His connection with both Shiva & Vishnu, is documented in his biography.
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