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Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati Quotes

Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati (1923 - 1999) was a philosopher, psychologist, author and poet. He was an exponent of Advaita Vedanta. Here is a collection of quotes of Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati.

We have three representative people in the Bhagavad Gita. Dhritarashtra, Arjuna and Krishna.

Dhritarashtra can be thought of as a state of blindness; being morally blind, spiritually blind, and intellectually blind.

Arjuna can be another aspect in us, the seeking mind, the searching mind, and the mind that likes to be disciplined. It is the mind that likes to be related to the source of wisdom.

And the third is Krishna, the one light which is present in all of us; the eternal, self-luminous awareness of the Supreme, by whatever name you call it.



If there is a spiritual teaching which is beneficial to people, it should be beneficial when one sits in a closed room where there is no one to offend him and it should be beneficial right in the marketplace where he is confronted by so many problems and people. All through he should be able to keep up his spiritual light as his eternal guide, under all circumstances, in all places, and in all kinds of social and nonsocial situations. Otherwise I do not see any value to that wisdom.

Buddhi, or the intellect, is the greatest friend to take us up to the door of realization. And then it becomes the greatest stumbling block. It won't leave you, it holds on to you, making demands for one more logical ramification. And thus you are caught by the very reason that was helping you to come that far. For this reason Shankara and Narayana Guru have called it the grandham; grandham is a grandhi which means that a book becomes a binding knot.

The scripture itself, which is meant to guide, finally becomes the bondage, you won't be able to get away from it. But if you cut across that limiting barrier of hidebound dogma and go to the other side and become illuminated, then you have to jump again to this side of the murky world and ask for your old friend and enemy, the intellect, to come back to you so that what you have now gained can be related to others.

Meditation does not necessarily mean sitting in lotus pose with the eyes rolled up. Anything can be a meditation. Playing music properly is a very good way to do it.

Nitya Chaitanya Yati Thoughts on How One See the Absolute

One contracts and brings all into to that one point in one’s center. There, one exists and nothing else. There is no other to fight with, to push away, to misunderstand.

Either one exists and nothing else, or everything exists and one exists as everything.

There is a throb, a pulsation, where at one moment one is one’s self and the next moment one is the universal. When the pulsation is going on, one says either, “Ayam atman Brahman, I am the supreme truth or, ‘Prajnanam Brahma, all that fills this world of consciousness, that is the Absolute. When one freely pulsates between these two aspects, one has learned the art of making the Self resonate with Self, and has become one’s own friend. (Source – From an article published in the Yoga Journal in July 1976)