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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.

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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.

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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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Swami Chidananda

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The word “Samadhi” is used to mean trance as a practice, as a technique, being one of the eight Angas of the Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali. It is a Sadhana; it is something that is practised. But, quite often, the same word “Samadhi” is also used in the sense of the culmination of Yoga or the ultimate objective or goal of Yoga; then it denotes a state of superconsciousness, a state transcending all mind-activity. Therefore, it will not be wrong to say that in the Yoga Shastra the term as such is used to mean both a practice as well as a state of superconsciousness. As a practice or a technique, it is referred to by various names as Asmita Samadhi, Savitarka Samadhi, Savichara Samadhi and so on. In English sometimes, writers have been in the practice of alluding to these as the lower Samadhis. When the Arurukshu Yogi—a Yogi who has already climbed sufficiently well up on the ladder of Yoga and has reached a very high state—goes on practising Samadhi, diligently and with great exertion, without giving up, without tiring, with sustained zeal, with Vairagya and great regularity, with great tenacity of purpose, for months and years, then he ascends into higher and higher states of Samadhi. The Samadhi in such a high state is referred to as Nirbija Samadhi or Nirvikalpa Samadhi or Asamprajnata Samadhi. When the word “Samadhi” is used in this way to refer to the Nirbija Samadhi or Asamprajnata Samadhi, then it means the superconscious state. They even go so far as to say that it is a state of non-dual consciousness. That is a matter of opinion. When the term “Samadhi” is used to indicate the Savitarka Samadhi or the Savikalpa Samadhi or other lower Samadhis, then it means trance which is a technique and a practice. When one reaches the level of the Asamprajnata Samadhi or the Nirvikalpa or Nirbija Samadhi, sometimes the Yogi goes on practising such a state until he becomes so much established in that state of consciousness that even when he comes back into the waking state, down from the deep inward state, where he is not aware of the body or the time or the surroundings, even when he comes back into the normal state, his awareness continues to be qualified by the same state of non-duality. In other words, he is so much established in that state of spiritual consciousness or awareness that even while he is moving and acting, he still remains in that state of inner awareness, and they call this the state of Sahaja Samadhi. Sahaja means natural. So, in Sahaja Samadhi, the state of non-dual consciousness becomes to the Yogi his natural state, and not a state which he tries hard to reach and then reaches only to come back to the waking state after a while. Rather, the state of non-dual consciousness becomes normal to him. The Yogi thus gets established in Sahaja Avastha. But, the Sahaja Avastha is a rare phenomenon and is itself the fruit of intense practice of the other stages and gradations of Samadhi. It is only after intense practice of Savitarka Samadhi, Savichara Samadhi and Asmita Samadhi and the continued practice of being in a state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi that the Nirvikalpa Samadhi becomes natural to the Yogi, that it becomes continued and unbroken in all the three states, namely, waking, dream and deep sleep. Thus, in the Sahaja Avastha, even in the waking state, even in the midst of activity, the Yogi rests in non-dual consciousness.

Source: THE PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF YOGA, Chapter 16

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Sahaja samadhi encompasses the other samadhis— savikalpa and nirvikalpa—and it goes beyond, beyond. Samadhi is like a big building with many floors. When one is in sahaja samadhi, he is the owner of the whole building. He has the height of nirvikalpa, and the heights far above that, and at the same time he has achieved the perfection, wealth and capacity of all the other floors. On the one hand he has encompassed within himself all the Doors, and on the other hand he is above them. Nirvikalpa is like one height, say the thirtieth floor; it is very high, but it has only its own limited capacity. It cannot bring any of its capacity to the basement. If one has nirvikalpa, he is afraid to go down into the basement, because he may not be able to go back up again. But sahaja consciousness is above the thirtieth floor and, at the same time, it can be in the basement also. Sahaja samadhi will not be satisfied with thirtieth floor; it will be satisfied only when it touches the basement, the first floor, the second floor, all the floors. The power of sahaja samadhi is such that it can take one to any floor.

Source: The Summits of God-Life: Samadhi and Siddhi

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Question : Is nirvikalpa samadhi absolutely necessary before the attainment of sahaja?
Ramana Maharshi : Abiding permanently in any of these samadhis, either savikalpa or nirvikatpa, is sahaja [the natural state]. What is body-consciousness? It is the insentient body plus consciousness. Both of these must lie in another consciousness which is absolute and unaffected and which remains as it always is, with or without the body-consciousness. What does it then matter whether the body-consciousness is lost or retained, provided one is holding on to that pure consciousness? Total absence of body-consciousness has the advantage of making the samadhi more intense, although it makes no difference to the knowledge of the supreme.

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Robert Adams

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Never mind what you read.
There are all kinds of stories about all kinds of things.
Keep your mind on yourself.
Abide in the 'I'.
You are unique in your own individual way.
Do not compare with anyone, be yourself.
You can read ten different books and they will give you ten different ways of doing things.
Dive within yourself, go deeper and deeper everyday and I can assure you something will give and you will eventually become free.

70 Jnana, Siddhis and Spiritual Healings - June 16, 1991

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Just drop all that is bothering you. If you are not free today, you can never be free anytime. Don't expect freedom to come to you. "Today, I am free! Everything is going to happen the way it is going to happen."

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Don’t be so quick to believe in the mind’s projections. You are not the mind. Don’t come under its spell. The mind is a great magician. It has hypnotised 7 billion human beings. In the realm of personhood, it is full of tricks and has the power to make a lot of mischief, confusion, distortion and delusion. But yours is a greater power. It is the power of the pure Self. The power to observe with detachment, to recognise that all phenomena are transient appearances and that oneself is the formless witness—timeless and ever-perfect.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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If you are examining deeply the real nature of your being behind the idea of "I am", your spiritual progress is central and inevitable. On this path of realization of the absolute state of being, it is ignorant to become emotionally disturbed about your rate of progress or whether the great realization will happen
quickly or slowly, in the present body or some future body.

The seed of spiritual life grows in secret silence and darkness until its appointed hour of activation on the divine plane of existence beyond consciousness, mind and body. It is enough for
consciousness to be ever looking into its own center of "I am" with increasing detachment and right order of external life without adding to the troubles and problems that come with useless desires and fears.

To be ever fretfully exercising mental imagination and physical
exertions toward the ultimate state of being is a misunderstanding in consciousness of going away from central awareness of being to try to get the result of it from outside in the mind and body. You are not your mind or body, so why do you look so hard to your mind or body to give you the self-realization you need? Conscious
attention must look within the very core of itself and go through the ultimate gateway of "I am"...

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Ramesh Balsekar

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God..... give me that state of mind in which I shall not want anything from anybody and not even from You.

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Papaji

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Be quiet, don’t think, don’t make effort.
To be bound takes effort, to be Free takes no effort.
Peace is beyond thought and effort.
Do not think and do not make effort because
This only obscures That, and will never reveal That.
This is why keeping Quiet is the key
To the storehouse of love and peace.

This Quietness is no-mind, this no-thought is Freedom.
Identify yourself as this Nothingness, as this Quietness,
And be careful not to make it an experience
Because this is mind tricking you out of it
With the trap of duality; the trap of witness and witnessed.
Being is Being, there is no witness and no witnessed.
Experiencing it is to say “I am Free,”
Which is exactly the same trap as saying “I am bound.”
After letting go of object
Do not hold onto the subject either.
Let go, Be Quiet.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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By its very nature it [the world] is painful and transient. See it as it is and divest yourself of all desire and fear. When the world does not hold and bind you, it becomes an abode of joy and beauty. You can be happy in the world only when you are free of it.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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If you ask, “What is the benefit of sacrificing the innumerable sensual pleasures and retaining mere Consciousness?”, [we reply that] the fruit of Jnana is the
eternal and unbroken experience of the Bliss of Self.

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Sri Ramakrishna

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Through spiritual practices, one must make oneself fit to receive God's grace. All else He does out of His own mercy. Through constant thought of Him and meditation on Him, the mind and heart become purified; and to that pure mind a divine revelation occurs spontaneously and God's grace is realized.

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The jnana-path-finder has offered his Jivatma (individual soul) as a camphor in the Fire of the Absolute.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Total loss of pride in individuality is my nirvana.

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Robert Adams

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This world of maya is yours to play with as you wish.
You can take control of it or it can take control of you.
It's your choice.
If you do not wish this maya world to take control of you, then you have to get out of it as fast as you can.
Again you get out of it by not reacting to conditions to people to places to things and inquiring,
"To whom do these things come?
Who is feeling this?
Who is...to whom does this come?
To me.
Who is me?
Who is 'I'?
Where did 'I' come from?"
You keep doing this without looking to time and space and anything else.
Just keep doing it.
Try and make yourself happy everyday, laugh at yourself.

226 Whatever You See Is The Self - February 25, 1993

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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When you acquire self-knowledge, then you feel that your birth and your actions are both Divine. This understanding comes to you. Not a single bad word comes out from your mouth. There is no hate or ill feelings in your heart towards anyone. It just cannot happen because everyone feels part of you; like your very own. This is the pinnacle of Love.

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Give up worldly matters completely. Talk of nothing else but God. When you come across worldly people, leave quietly. You have lived a worldly life for so long. You have seen that it is all hollow within, that the Lord is the only substance. Everything else is non-substance. The Lord is the only Reality, all else is ephemeral.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

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Let us love in such a way that the person we love feels free.

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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In the kitchen he was the Master Cook, aiming at perfection in taste and appearance. One would think that he liked good food and enjoyed a hearty meal. Not at all. At dinner time he would mix up the little food he would allow to be put on his leaf - the sweet, the sour and the savory, everything together- and gulp it down carelessly as if he had no taste in his mouth. When we would tell him that it was not right to mix such nicely made up dishes, he would say:

"Enough of multiplicity. Let us have some unity."

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Thich Nhat Hanh

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To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.

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