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Even as fire finds peace
in its resting place without fuel,
when thoughts become silent,
the soul finds peace in its own source.

When the mind is silent,
then it can enter into a world
which is far beyond the mind.

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ANALYZING THOUGHT

A visitor said: Maharaj has often said that anyone wanting to be 'awakened' must eschew thought. And yet all thought cannot surely mean conceptualizing, which, one supposes, is what is to be avoided. For instance, Maharaj's answers to questions are generally so appropriate and yet so spontaneous that it might seem that there is no thought behind them, yet some thought must surely be the basis of those answers.

Maharaj said: There is indeed a great difference between thoughts and thoughts. Thoughts which form day-dreaming, or thoughts of regret about the events in the past, or thoughts of fear and worry and anticipation regarding the future are surely very much different from the thoughts which spring up spontaneously from the depth of one's psyche, what one might call thoughts that do not need any argument and interpretation by the mind.

The former are to be ignored and avoided; the latter are incapable of being ignored or avoided, because they are essentially spontaneous and immediate and basically non-conceptual.

Maharaj then continued: The very first thought 'I am' is surely a thought, but one that does not need any argument or confirmation from the mind. Indeed, as the basis of all further thought, it is the pre-conceptual thought — very source of the mind. Living according to indirect or mediate thought, in a divided, dualistic mind is what most people do because they have identified themselves with a pseudo-entity that considers itself as the subject of all action. But direct or absolute thought is the process by which the Absolute non-manifest manifests itself. Such thought is spontaneous and instantaneous and therefore, without the element of duration which is an aspect of the split mind. Whenever there is duration the thought must necessarily be an after-thought, interpreted phenomenally and dualistically.
No spontaneous, non-dual, intuitive thought can arise unless the storm of conceptual thinking has subsided and the mind rests in a 'fasting' state; and such thought obviously cannot know bondage. Instantaneous, pure thought results in pure action without any tinge of bondage, because no entity is involved.

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A lucky man who feels that the ambition
of getting ahead of others
is actually taking him on a downward path;

Will get, from that day onward,
a glimpse of the reverse direction shown by the Saints.

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There is a way for a person to awaken, and that way is to stop thinking. Stop thinking. He says that sounds good, but how do you do it? When the mind becomes quiescent, quiet, still, realization comes all by itself. There is absolutely nothing you have to do to bring it about.

As an example, the sun shines all by itself. Let's call the sun the Self, consciousness, pure awareness. Yet every once in a while, clouds form beneath the sun. And the sun doesn't seem to shine any longer.

Your thoughts are the clouds. Whatever you think, no matter what you think about, as long as you think, you're covering up the sun, which is the Self. It makes no difference what you're thinking, good thoughts, bad thoughts, or any kind of thoughts. All thoughts are clouds, all thoughts. And they cover up the sun. So it is your true nature, is the Self. You're really the Self, all-pervading, reality. It is your thoughts that cover up the Self. Whatever you allow what you think, you cover up the Self more and more and more. You're only covering up the Self.

The Self will shine all by itself when you stop thinking. Stop thinking, totally, unconditionally. Stop thinking.

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You cannot fight pain and pleasure on the level of consciousness....

To go beyond them you must go beyond consciousness, which is possible only when you look at consciousness as something that happens to you and not in you, as something external, alien, superimposed.

Then, suddenly you are free of consciousness, really alone, with nothing to intrude. And that is your true state.

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Keep quiet, undisturbed, and the wisdom and the power will come on their own. You need not hanker. Wait in silence of the heart and mind. It is very easy to be quiet, but willingness is rare. You people want to become supermen overnight. Stay without ambition, without the least desire, exposed, vulnerable, unprotected, uncertain and alone, completely open to and welcoming life as it happens, without the selfish conviction that all must yield you pleasure or profit, material or so-called spiritual.

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What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?

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Thich Nhat Hanh

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We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.

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See it as a bubble, see it as a mirage; one who regards the world this way the King of Death does not see. Come, look at this world all decked out like a royal chariot, where fools plunge in, while those who know don’t cling.

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Jnana without bhakta is dry knowledge.
You have to have Jnana with bhakta.
You have to feel passion.
You have to feel love.
You have to feel loving kindness.
This comes with bhakta.
Unless you become a bhakta, you cannot be a Jnani.
They both go together hand in hand.
It's like a man and a woman.
You can't have one without the other.

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Humility, metaphysically, implies the absence of any entity to be either 'proud' or 'humble'.

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If one knows how to learn and realize, the Master is revealed everywhere.

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The world is but the surface of the mind and the mind is infinite. What we call thoughts are just ripples in the mind. When the mind is quiet it reflects reality. When it is motionless through and through, it dissolves and only reality remains. This reality is so concrete, so actual, so much more tangible than mind and matter, that compared to it even diamond is soft like butter. This overwhelming actuality makes the world dreamlike, misty, irrelevant.

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I am other than the body & the mind
I am free from sorrow, attachment, malice & fear
I am changeless, without form & the source of all

I am eternal, devoid of conditions & stainless
I am imperishable, limitless & free from nescience
I am indivisible, unattached & non-dual
I am infinite, without attributes & pure

I am beyond all conceptions, beliefs & thought
I am Knowledge, the known & the Knower
I am Oneness
I am the Absolute Consciousness of the Self

I am full of Supreme Bliss
I am the Supreme Self (Parama Atma)
I alone am the Supreme Reality Alone

Verily,
I am that Supreme Brahman

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It is only natural that ever more bliss should be experienced while practising yoga. So long as the One has not been revealed, distractions will come. But the Guru alone can point out whether one is proceeding in exactly the right manner. Transformation means that worldly interests have lost their hold. To the extent to which one becomes indifferent to worldly pursuits will one progress towards real Bliss.

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Meditation makes you realize that the kingdom of God is within.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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"I AM" IS THE LAST OUTPOST OF ILLUSION..GET RID OF IT...

I want to take you to that ‘I am’ concept which is the last outpost
of illusion and get rid of it. Understand the quality of these
concepts.

There are various types of charity, but the greatest charity is the
renunciation of the knowledge ‘I am’. When you give that up you
escape birth and death. Waking state represents activity; deep sleep represents peace, quiet. When these two are present it means ‘I am’ is there, but you the Absolute are neither the waking state, deep sleep nor the ‘I amness’.

What else is there except the touch of ‘I am’? Why do you worry
about discovering Maya and Brahma and all that? Understand what
this principle ‘I am’ is and you are finished. That ‘I am’ is in
bondage because of concepts

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'I am Brahman' (Aham Brahmasmi )is only a thought.
Who says it?
Brahman himself does not say so.

What need is there for him to say it?
Nor can the real 'I' say so.
For 'I' always abides as Brahman. So it is only a thought.
Whose thought is it?
All thoughts come from the unreal 'I', that is the 'I-thought'.
Remain without thinking.
So long as there is thought, there will be fear.

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We are believing so many things...I don't think any other creature on the planet speak as much stupidness as human beings...it is true!!...first of all we don't know what we are!!...you think you are flesh and blood and thought...and you don't realize that flesh and blood and thought and movement and All of these things, are just manifestations occurring in You...you are the perceiver of them and therefore if you can perceive or observe something, you cannot be that thing!!...exclusively you cannot be this thing!!...it is a phenomenon appearing in You!!...who are you who witness it...this is the question I am asking...this is a more alive question...but this is a direct and immediate question...
You are there!!...you're seeing everything...all the languages all the ideas...projection...time...past...present...future...relationship...imagination...
philosophy...religion...belief...disbelief...all of these things are in front of You...you know them because you are prior to them...you existed before they came...you are the knower of knowledge and the knower also of ignorance...Who could you be?...reflect on this!!...that which sees everything.
I've been saying...even some thoughts, some sensations are so subtle, they cannot be labelled...they have no concepts to carry them...Still they are in front of You...You perceive them...Who can you be???...

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Changing bad to good, wanting positive expe- riences, it's all nonsense. The reason you don't want a positive experience is because you've never had a negative experience. There is no birth. What gave anything birth? Where did it come from? Do you know what anything is? You have no idea what anything at all is, you just give it a name. For instance, a cat, what is a cat? You have no idea. It was here when you came into existence and we called it a cat. Why don’t we call it a tree? We call it a cat. We give everything a name. That's the first mistake because no thing is, what it appears to be. Therefore the first rule of the true spiritual path is called divine ignorance. Divine ignorance.

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What we use here sometimes which is a very good beginning is the I-am meditation. You relax your body and you inhale and you say, "I," and you exhale and you say, "am, I-am." You can do this while you're waking, while you're walking, while you're wash- ing dishes, while you're resting. What it does is it makes your mind one pointed, so it'll stop thinking. In other words, you use whatever method you have to, to still your mind. The whole secret is to quiet your mind. To keep it from thinking. To keep it from being active. Your mind is a bunch of waves. You want to stop the waves and you want your mind to become still and the fastest way to do that is by self-inquiry or by observing your thoughts, watching your thoughts, becoming the witness to your thoughts.

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If you truly want to repent, just sit in silent meditation and see the perfect reality within, for all manners of error merely arise in erroneous thought, and like the morning due before the rising sun, can perfectly be eliminated through the benevolent light and wisdom.

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Suffice it to say, that you as you exist now are complete emptiness. You are pure intelligence, pure awareness, absolute reality, nirvana, just the way you are, right now! Do not think about it. If you think about it you spoil it, just the way you are this moment. You are pure intelligence, absolute reality, you are the unborn, but every time a thought comes into your mind you spoil it.

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REPEATING THE HIGHEST MANTRA

If you find the vichara marga [the path of self-enquiry] too hard, you can go on repeating 'I', 'I', and that will lead you to same goal. There is no harm in using 'I' as a mantra. It is the first name of God. (Day by Day with Bhagavan, 8th May 1946)

A housewife who complained that self-enquiry was too hard and that she had no time for meditation received a similar answer:

If you can do nothing more, at least continue saying 'I', 'I' to yourself all the time, as advised in Who Am I?, whatever you may be doing, and whether you are sitting, standing or walking, 'I' is the name of God. It is the first and greatest of all mantras. (Day by Day with Bhagavan, 28th June 1946)

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Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things. Do not be concerned with loss or gain. Love the world as your own Self; then you can truly care for all things.

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