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Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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The enemy hates the ego, which the seeker wants to kill; thus, like the anvil to the goldsmith, he is actually a friend.

Robert Q shared a Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quote         SHARE URL

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Life is nothing to be very serious about....
Life is a ball in your hands to play with....
There is no need to hold on to the ball....

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

Mooji

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Your life, as it is, is tailor-made for your
next step— awakening to your true nature
as the supreme reality.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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HOW AM I TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANY PROGRESS IN MY SPIRITUAL SEARCH?

One of the foreign visitors, who had been coming to Maharaj for quite some time, began quietly:

Perhaps I am speaking from a body-mind identity but there is a question, a problem, which has been troubling me for so long that I cannot keep it bottled up any longer. I have talked about it to some of the seekers here and I know that they too have the same problem. However, now I am not speaking for them but only for myself.

The problem is: How am I to know if there is any progress in my spiritual search? Occasionally, particularly during meditation, I do have a glimpse of what I am searching for, but only a glimpse and that too only on rare occasions. How am I to know if I am progressing?


Maharaj : The problem apparently is about 'progress'. Now, who is to make the progress, and progress towards what? I have said this repeatedly and untiringly that you are the Conscious Presence, the animating consciousness which gives sentience to phenomenal objects; that you are not a phenomenal object, which is merely an appearance in the consciousness of those who perceive it. How can an 'appearance' make any 'progress' towards any objective? Now, instead of letting this basic apperception impregnate your very being, what you do is to accept it merely as an ideological thesis and ask the question. How can a conceptual appearance know whether it is making any conceptual progress towards its conceptual liberation?

Maharaj took a match box in his hand and held it up. He asked: Is this you? Of course not. Does it need time to understand this? Apperception of this fact is immediate, is it not? Why then should it take time to apperceive that you are not the phenomenal object called the body-mind?
Remember, you are the animating consciousness that gives sentience to the phenomenal objects.

Please understand, said Maharaj, that apperception is prior to the arrival of consciousness which is the basis of intellect. Apperception is not a matter of gradual practice. It can only happen by itself instantaneously — there are no stages in which deliberate progress is made. There is no 'one' to make any progress.

Perhaps, one wonders, could it be that the surest sign of 'progress' — if one cannot give up the concept — is a total lack of concern about 'progress' and an utter absence of anxiety about anything like 'liberation', a sort of' 'hollowness' in one's being, a kind of looseness, an unvolitional surrender to whatever might happen?

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Go back to your essence being now!
No psychoanalysis here, just a pill-free freedom.
Nothing is a reading of what you are.
You are not this thing or that thing.
You are no-thing actually.
I wish to meet you, not your story.
It will be a beautiful meeting, a sweet union.
Come out of this fickle hiding place.
Don’t keep hiding inside this human form and its dramas.
I know who you are. You are a Buddha.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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The body and the mind are limited and therefore vulnerable; they need protection which gives rise to fear. As long as you identify yourself with them you are bound to suffer; realise your independence and remain happy. I tell you, this is the secret of happiness. To believe that you depend on things and people for happiness is due to ignorance of your true nature; to know that you need nothing to be happy, except self-knowledge, is wisdom.

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Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find it within yourself, you will then find it everywhere.

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Bruce Lee

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Understanding requires not just a moment of perception, but a continuous awareness, a continuous state of inquiry without conclusion.

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There is only one Self and we're all that. So whatever you do to anybody else, you're doing to yourself. To go further into this, if you see me as a human being, if you see me as a body, you're making a big mistake. I see you as the Self, as consciousness. There is only consciousness. When you abide in consciousness, you become free.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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Is there a mind in the first place? What you call mind is an illusion. It starts from the 'I'-thought.

Without the gross or subtle senses, you cannot be aware of the body or the mind. Still, it is possible for you to be without these senses. In such a state, you are either asleep or aware of the Self only. Awareness of Self is ever there. Remain what you truly are and this question will not arise.

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

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When you look into the eyes of the Beloved, you become absorbed into emptiness itself. You lose your duality, you become One beyond even the concept of oneness. One must find the truth of one's own Self and be That. Unless you know yourself, you will not know what true love is. Love and Truth are One.

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How mysterious are the ways of God! This journey to Rajkot is a wonder even to me. Why am I going, whither am I going? What for? I have thought nothing about these things. And if God guides me, what should I think, why should I think? Even thought may be an obstacle in the way of His guidance. The fact is, it takes no effort to stop thinking. The thoughts do not come. Indeed there is no vacuum - but I mean to say that there is no thought about the mission.

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The one who follows the thought is also a thought! The one who follows the thought IS in thought. When you know that both are thoughts, you are home. You are not at home, you ARE home. Then allow thoughts to arise and allow them to be followed. You remain as That unmoved and unconcerned Being. This is the highest understanding.

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When you get on the path correctly, after a while it becomes effortless. In the beginning there seems to be a little effort you have to take, because you’re breaking away from your old patterns, and as you continue it becomes effortless, easier and easier. It becomes a pleasure. It becomes a joy and you’re always doing it, effortlessly, so the effort is only the beginning stages. It’s not really effort, but when you break into a new habit, the old wants to still stay there and take over. So you still have to push it out as you inquire: “To whom does it come? Who feels miserable?

Robert Q shared a Saul Williams quote         SHARE URL

Saul Williams

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intelligence is intuitive
you needn’t learn to love
unless you’ve been taught
to fear and hate

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Robert Adams

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You have forgotten that this is a dream. You believe it’s real and because you believe it’s real you suffer accordingly.

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Eckhart Tolle

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If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace. If peace mattered to you more than anything else and if you truly knew yourself to be spirit rather than a little me, you would remain nonreactive and absolutely alert when confronted with challenging people or situations. You would immediately accept the situation and thus become one with it rather than separate yourself from it. Then out of your alertness would come a response.

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You are the knower of your body, senses and mind, but the knower can never be known, because you are it and there’s nobody to know it. It can never become an object of observation because it is your totality.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

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As salt dissolves in water so does everything dissolve in pure being. Wisdom is eternally negating the unreal, to see the unreal is wisdom. Beyond this lies the inexpressible.

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To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be. The compulsion arises because the past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.

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I have met many highly intelligent and educated people who were also completely unconscious, which is to say completely identified with their mind. In fact, if mental development and increased knowledge are not counterbalanced by a corresponding growth in consciousness, the potential for unhappiness and disaster is very great.

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

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Just quietly vanish inside yourself, disappear.
So beautiful.
Your form is still here, but inside: Nobody.
Inside: Cooked.
But don’t tell anybody that.
Just be the peace of this world,
the light and joy that shines from the indivisible Self.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

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Elimination and purification, renunciation of all that is foreign to your nature is enough. All else is vanity.

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