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Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Questioner: How shall I overcome my passions?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: Find their root and then it will be easy. (Later) What are the passions? Kama (lust), krodha (anger), etc. Why do they arise? Because of likes and dislikes towards the objects seen. How do the objects project themselves in your view? Because of your avidya, i.e., ignorance. Ignorance of what? Of the Self. Thus, if you find the Self and abide therein there will be no trouble owing to the passions.

(Later) Again, what is the cause of the passions? Desire to be happy or enjoy pleasure. Why does the desire for happiness arise? Because your nature is happiness itself and it is natural that you come into your own. This happiness is not found anywhere besides the Self. Do not look for it elsewhere. But seek the Self and abide therein. Still again, that happiness which is natural is simply re-discovered, so it cannot be lost. Whereas the happiness arising from other objects are external and thus liable to be lost. Therefore it cannot be permanent and so it is not worth seeking. Moreover craving for pleasures should not be encouraged. One cannot put out burning fire by pouring petrol over it. An attempt to satisfy your craving for the time being, so that the passion may later be suppressed, is simply foolish.

There are, no doubt, other methods for the suppression of passion. They are (1) regulated food, (2) fasting, (3) yoga practice, (4) medicines. But their effects are transitory. The passions reappear with greater force as soon as the check is removed. The only way to overcome them is to eradicate them. That is done by finding their source as stated above.

Robert Q shared a Annamalai Swami quote         SHARE URL

Annamalai Swami

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Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist throughout the day.

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LOVE, not physical attraction.
Not selfish desires.
Unconditional love where you put the other person in front of yourself.

This is a molecule of divine love.

Robert Q shared a Ram Dass quote         SHARE URL

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Our rational minds can never understand what has happened, but our hearts.., if we can keep them open to God, will find their own intuitive way.

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Adyashanti

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True Love is far greater than anything that could be called personal. True Love is a non-personal miracle. It is the nature of reality itself. It is the natural and spontaneous expression of the undivided Self.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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See to whom are the changing thoughts.
They will be found to arise after the 'I-thought'.
Hold the 'I-thought'.
They subside.
Trace back the source of the 'I-thought'.
The Self alone will remain.

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Remember you don't meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you won't find it. You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.

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When we understand that what we deeply long for can never be found in an object...substance...activity...relationship or state...our longing naturally and effortlessly loses its direction and dynamism and flows back to its source, and is revealed as the happiness for which we were in search...

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This thinking process, this burden, is a desire that we always carry with us. I am showing you how to drop this unwanted burden. When you ask the question, "Who is thinking?" you arrest the process of thinking and return back to your true nature, your inherent nature, your spontaneous nature, the pure source that is empty. This is your own nature, and this is what you are always. The mind does not enter there. Time does not enter. Death does not enter. Fear does not enter.

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When you get on a real spiritual path, everything comes up, at a fast rate of speed.

Things may seem very bad, terrible, to some people.
It doesn't happen to everybody.

It is because you are accelerating your karma. It's all coming out of you. It's all being totally dissolved.

And then if you hold on, become still and quiet and do not react to these things, all of a sudden you will start feeling a profound peace, a profound happiness, a profound joy. You will finally feel freedom.

Robert Q shared a Yogaswami quote         SHARE URL

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He who says he knows does not know. Nobody knows. Nobody has ever known.

Let your greater Self direct you.

Take no authority! Let It speak. Speak out what is in your heart to others.

I don't know. Why do you want to know? Just be as you are.

The earth is my mother. The sun is my father. I am the son.

There is only one God, but He has three aspects, Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra- creation, preservation, destruction. This is the whole world.

Take my message to the whole world-one God, one man, one caste!

There is nothing inside. God is nothing.

Don't believe anyone. People will talk, show 'siddhis' (supernatural powers). Don't believe. Stand on your own Self.

Take the 'I' by the 'I'.

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This moment is free of time, of mind, of any notions.
Introduce yourself to this moment.

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Adi Shankara

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When the force of the desire for the Truth blossoms, selfish desires wither away, just like darkness vanishes before the radiance of the light of dawn.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

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Death drowns the unsatisfied man, whose restless mind clutches for greater and greater pleasures.

Robert Q shared a Ashtavakra Gita quote         SHARE URL

Ashtavakra Gita

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The man who knows the truth

Is never unhappy in the world.

For he alone fills the universe.

He stays in his heart.

He is free indeed!

He is beyond all,

alone.

No “I,”

No “mine.”

He knows there is nothing.

Whatever he does,

He does nothing.

And for what he has become,

There is no name.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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The realized man has lost the capacity to identify himself with anything. He is without location, placeless, beyond space and time, beyond the world, beyond words and thoughts is he.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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To me nothing ever happens. There is something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness-bliss. I am never out of it. Nothing can take me out of it, no torture, no calamity.

Robert Q shared a Ashtavakra Gita quote         SHARE URL

Ashtavakra Gita

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Bondage is when the mind longs for something, grieves about
something, rejects something, holds on to something, is pleased
about something or displeased about something.

Robert Q shared a Swami Vivekananda quote         SHARE URL

Swami Vivekananda

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The Background, the Reality, of everyone is that same eternal, ever blessed, ever pure, and ever-perfect One. It is the Atman, the Soul, in the saint and the sinner, in the happy and the miserable, in the beautiful and the ugly, in men and in animals; it is the same throughout. It is the Shining One.

Robert Q shared a Amma - Mata Amritanandamayi Devi quote         SHARE URL

Amma - Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

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You don't have to go searching for God - God shines in everyone! There isn't more of God somewhere in India or in Heaven than in You.

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

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While the sense of duality persists in us,
let us turn our faces inwards
and bow down into the lap of the One
dwelling inside the hearts of every being.
Om Sri Gurudev.

Andrey K shared a Jiddu Krishnamurti quote         SHARE URL

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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It is love alone that leads to right action. What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.

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Ashtavakra Gita

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Existence, non-existence, change - this is the nature of things. Realizing this, stillness, serenity and bliss naturally follow. One who knows for certain that “Self creates All and is alone” becomes still, desireless, unattached. One who knows for certain that adversity and success come and go in obedience to destiny becomes content. He neither desires nor grieves. One who knows for certain that birth and death, happiness and misery, come and go in obedience to destiny sees nothing to accomplish. He engages in non-action, and in action remains unattached.

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Robert Adams

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Self-realization comes when you no longer think about it, when you no longer want it.
When you totally surrender to the Sage saying, not my will but thine be done.
Keeping the Sages form and face before you all the time.
The Sage realizes when you're ready, then grace comes, liberation comes, but do not think of these things.
Your job is to develop a tremendous humility.
When I speak of developing humility, I'm not speaking of you becoming a stepping stone for people.
Real humility is strength, power.
Real humility means nothing bothers you anymore.
Nothing has the power to disturb you, to upset your equilibrium.
You have a tremendous compassion.
You develop loving kindness for everything, for the mineral kingdom, for the vegetable kingdom, for the animal kingdom, for the human kingdom.
You're stepping out of your humanhood, taking a step forward in eternity.
Not comparing yourself with other people.
Not trying to do anything to anybody else.
You simply see the Sage in your heart all of the time and then you finally become the Sage yourself.

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You have to kill the ego.
You kill the ego by stopping the thoughts.
You have to stop thinking, stop thinking forever.
If you investigate yourself, you will see that your true Self does not have to think.
Your real Self, which is consciousness, just is.
It is not this or that.
It is pure being.
There's no interpretation for this.
It has nothing to do with you, and your affairs and your life.
It is the substratum of all existence.
It is the background of all of your ideas, your feelings, your emotions, your beliefs.

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