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Only in God Are You Safe From Delusion.
So don't be attached to the passing dreams of life. Live for God and God alone. This is the only way to have freedom and safety in this world. Outside of God there is no security,- no matter where you go, delusion can attack you. Be free right now. Be a son of God now; realize you are His child, so that you may be rid of this dream of delusion forever. Meditate deeply and faithfully, and one day you will wake up in ecstasy with God and see how foolish it is that people think they are suffering. You and I and they are all pure Spirit. Krishna said: "Of the unreal, there is no existence. Of the real, there is no nonexistence. The final truth of both of these is known by men of wisdom.

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Remove the sense of separateness, and there will be no conflicts.

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My most auspicious advice: Remain empty.
Leave all that personal mind-stuff aside.
Stay as impersonal Awareness alone.
This is the highest way and choice.
Accept and follow this advice with all your heart.

You will find it sufficient to win you freedom.

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You are the Fullness of Love in Love
and the Emptiness of Awareness.
You are Existence and the Peace beyond Peace.
You are that screen on which all is projected.
You are the Light of Knowledge,
the One who gave concept of creation to the creator.
Forget what can be forgotten and know yourself
to be that which can never be forgotten.
You are the substratum on which everything moves, let it move.
You are Now, You are Nowness:
what 'I' is there which can be out of this Now?
You are the Truth and only the Truth Is

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When anybody laughs he has no thought, there is no mind, and there is no suffering. It is the mind that suffers. Therefore laugh away your problems.

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There is no escape from Love, there is no east or west for Peace and Freedom. No matter where you go it is always within you.

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Annamalai Swami

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Q: No matter how quiet I get or how still my mind is, I never get to see the world as an indivisible whole. Even when my mind is completely still, if I open my eyes I still see a world of separate objects.
AS: When the one who sees vanishes, the world of multiplicity goes with it.
… You don’t see the unity and indivisibility, you are it. You can never see the Self or Brahman, you can only be it. …
The Guru may tell his disciples a thousand times, ‘You are the Self, you are not what you imagine yourself to be’, but none of them ever believes him. They all keep asking the Guru for methods and routes to reach the place where they already are.
Q: Why don’t we give up our false ideas as soon as we are told that they are false?
AS: We have identified with our false ideas for many previous lifetimes. The habit is very strong. But not so strong that it cannot be dissolved through constant meditation.
Q: The seeker has many ideas: ‘I am a jiva (personality), I am bound and have to do sadhana to attain liberation’. Should we forget all these ideas? …
AS: Yes, forget them all! ‘I am the Self, I am all’. Hold onto this awareness. All other paths are roundabouts.
Q: Bhagavan said that repeating, ‘I am the Self’ or ‘I am not this body’ is an aid to enquiry but does not constitute the enquiry itself.
AS: The meditation, ‘I am not the body or the mind, I am the immanent Self’ is a great aid for as long as one is not able to do self-enquiry properly or constantly.
Bhagavan said, ‘Keeping the mind in the Heart is self-enquiry’. If you cannot do this by asking ‘Who am I?’ or by taking the I-thought back to its source, then meditation on the awareness ‘I am the all-pervasive Self’ is a great aid.
Bhagavan often said that we should read and study the Ribhu Gita regularly.
In the Ribhu Gita it is said: ‘That bhavana (mental attitude) ‘I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am Brahman, I am everything,’ is to be repeated again and again until this becomes the natural state.’
Bhagavan sat with us every day while we chanted extracts from the Ribhu Gita which affirm the reality of the Self. It is true that he said that these repetitions are only an aid to self-enquiry, but they are a very powerful aid.
By practicing this way the mind becomes more and more attuned with the reality. When the mind has become purified by this practice, it is easier to take it back to its source and keep it there. When one is able to abide in the Self directly, one doesn’t need aids like this. But if this is not possible these practices can definitely help one.
- Living by the Words of Bhagavan, pp. 293, 294

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Engage yourself in the living present. The future will take care of itself.

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My most auspicious advice:
Be empty. Stay as awareness alone.
Accept this advice inside your heart and you will find it sufficient.

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The pure mind is free from latent tendencies, and therefore it attains self-knowledge. Since the entire universe is within the mind, the notions of bondage and liberation are also within it.

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To the extent to which one becomes indifferent to worldly pursuits will one progress towards real Bliss

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When the self, self-forgetfully, identifies itself with the objects seen and experienced and is thus impurified, there arises the poison of craving. This craving intensifies delusion.

Gods like Siva, etc., may be able to cope with the fires of cosmic dissolution; but it is impossible for anyone to deal with the consuming fire of craving.

Whatever terrible suffering and calamities there are in the world are all the fruits of craving, O Rama.

Remaining unseen and subtle, this craving is yet able to consume the very flesh, bone and blood of the body. In a moment it seems to subside, the next moment it is in an expanded state.

Afflicted by it, man becomes pitiable, weak, lustreless, mean, deluded, miserable and fallen. When this craving has ceased, one's life-force is pure and all divine qualities and virtues enter one's heart.

The river of craving flows only in the heart of the unwise person.
Even as an animal falls into a trap (a blind well) on account of its craving for food (the bait), a man following the trail of his craving falls into hell.

Even the worst blindness of senility is mild in comparison to the blinding delusion which craving brings about in one's heart in the twinkling of an eye.

Craving makes one cringe and become 'small': even lord Visnu becarne a dwarf when he decided to beg. Hence, this craving which is the source of all sorrows and which destroys the lives of all beings should be renounced from a great distance.

Yet, it is on account of craving that the sun shines on earth, the wind blows, the mountains stand and the earth upholds living beings; all the three worlds exist only on account of craving.

All the beings in the three worlds are bound by the rope of craving.
It is possible to break even the strongest rope in this world, but the rope of craving is hard to break.

Therefore, O Rama, give up craving by giving up thinking or conceptualisation. The mind cannot exist without thinking or conceptualisation.

First, let the images of 'I', 'you' and 'this' not arise in the mind, for it is because of these images that hopes and expectations come into being.

If you can thus refrain from building these images, you will also be counted as a man of wisdom.

Craving is non-different from the ego-sense. Ego-sense is the source of all sins.

Cut at the very root of this ego-sense with the sword of wisdom of the non-ego. Be free from fear.

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The tree of meditation casts a cool shade in which all desires and cravings come to an end. Meditation expands the shade of self-control, which promotes steadiness of the mind

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To come to know that nothing is good, nothing is bad, is a turning point; it is a conversion. You start looking in; the outside reality loses meaning. The social reality is a fiction, a beautiful drama; you can participate in it, but then you don’t take it seriously. It is just a role to be played; play it as beautifully, as efficiently, as possible. But don’t take it seriously, it has nothing of the ultimate in it.

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Though you may not believe all that is said of God, believe at least " there is God ". This seed is very potent in its growth. It has such great might that in due course you will not see anything but God - you will not see even yourself.
Truly, God is all.

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Nothingness, What Is, Emptiness, pure Consciousness, Self, natural Mind
- all these terms are synonymous, they point to the one true Self.
Nothingness does not remove anything at all.
It neither attains nor transcends anything.
Nothingness is not affected or intimidated by anything.
It does not depend on anything.
It simply Is.
Being complete, it lacks nothing.
Therefore, nothing is required for Nothing to be.
Discovering oneself to be Nothing, this is Freedom.

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Third Eye

Shiva has always been referred to as Triambaka because he has a third
eye. The third eye does not mean someone’s forehead cracked and
something came out! It simply means another dimension of perception
has opened up. The two eyes can see only that which is physical. If I just
cover them with my hand, they cannot look beyond that. That is how
limited they are. If the third eye opens, it means another dimension
of perception, which is inward-looking and looks at life completely
differently, has opened up and everything that can be perceived is
perceived.
If your perception has to evolve and enhance itself, the most important
thing is that your energy has to evolve and enhance itself. The whole
process of yoga is to evolve and refine your energies in such a way
that your perception is enhanced and the third eye opens. The third
eye is the eye of vision. The two physical eyes are just sensory organs.
They feed the mind with all kinds of nonsense, because what you
see is not the truth. You see this person or that person and you think
something about him, but you are not able to see the Shiva in him. You
see things the way it is necessary for your survival. Another creature
sees it another way, as is necessary for its survival. This is why we say
this world is maya. Maya means it is illusory. We are not saying that existence is illusory. We are only saying the way you are perceiving
it is illusory. So another eye, an eye of deeper penetration, has to be
opened up. The third eye means your perception has gone beyond the
dualities of life. You are able to see life just the way it is, not just the
way that is necessary for your survival.

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Never be without remembrance of Him, for His remembrance gives strength and wings to the bird of the Spirit. If that objective of yours is fully realized, that is "Light upon Light." But at the very least, by practicing God's remembrance your inner being will be illuminated little by little and you will achieve some measure of detachment from the world.

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Loyalty to a spiritual custom without sincerity and conviction is hypocrisy. Loyalty to the spirit of a custom even without clinging to a form is wisdom. But loyalty neither to spiritual custom, nor principle, nor teacher is spiritual degeneration. Stand by God and His servant, and you will see His hand working through all things.

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If ignorance was bliss, by now the whole world should be blissed out.

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Don't advertise all your secrets in your desire to be honest. If you tell about your weaknesses to unscrupulous persons, they will have great times poking fun at you if on some future occasion they wish to hurt you. Why should you supply the "ammunition"? Speak and act in a way that will bring lasting happiness to yourself and others.

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Economic development without spiritual evolution of humanity means we will have everything yet we will have nothing.

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' Compassion '

COMPASSION BEGINS WITH YOURSELF

[This means] that you are very rich, resourceful, and that there is a working basis in you... That you don't have to reform yourself or abandon yourself, but work with yourself. That your passion, aggression, ignorance, and everything is workable, part of the path.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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FEELING COMPASSION IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH

Of all sentient beings limitless as space, there is not one who does not wish to achieve happiness and avoid suffering. Yet, not recognizing that happiness comes from practicing the perfectly pure Dharma, they go in a direction opposite to their well being. Not aware of the cause of suffering, they wander helplessly and endlessly in samsara. Seeing that sentient beings are like lost blind people, we should feel great compassion for them. However, this is not enough. We need to find the means to actually free them from their constant torment. It is only through the virtuous practice of Dharma that we can help.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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WE MUST PUT OTHERS FIRST

Above all, we must put others before us and keep others in our mind constantly: the self must be places last. All our doings and thinkings must be motivated by compassion for others.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenths Dalai Lama

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REALIZING OTHERS' SUFFERING LEADS TO COMPASSION

We have to understand the incredible suffering that exists in the world. If we do not understand suffering, we are not really relating to the situation. Most of us do not relate to the suffering; we ignore the basic nature of what is going on. When we contemplate the pain that there is, we do relate to it. We understand the incredible depths of the sorrow and misery that sentient beings are going through, tormented and tormenting themselves endlessly. We realize that this does not need to happen, ad we find a tremendous compassion arising within us.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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