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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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There is a state beyond our efforts or effortlessness. Until it is realised effort is necessary. After tasting such Bliss, even once, one will repeatedly try to regain it. It is as difficult for a jnani to engage in thoughts as it is for an ajnani to be free from thoughts.

Turn your vision inwards and the whole world will be full of the Supreme Spirit. The world is said to be illusion. Illusion is really Truth. Even the material sciences trace the origin of the universe to some primordial matter... subtle, exceedingly subtle.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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When all distinctions and reactions are no more, what remains is reality, simple and solid.

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Adyashanti

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Meditation has no direction, goals, or method. All methods aim at achieving a certain state of mind. All states are limited, impermanent and conditioned. Fascination with states leads only to bondage and dependency. True meditation is abidance as primordial consciousness.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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If you want to remember this visit, if you have love for me,
remember this ‘I am’ principle and without the command or
direction of this principle, do nothing.

Robert Q shared a Sri Samartha Siddharameshwar Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Samartha Siddharameshwar Maharaj

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Everything happens in the grand scheme of things, but the individual says, 'I have done everything.' Although he is the Self, he says that he is the body, and bears the burden of merit and sins. This is the disease of the body identification called the ego.

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Papaji

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A man who has no concept in the mind is the sure winner of Enlightenment.

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Bulleh Shah

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You have learnt so much
And read a thousand books.
Have you ever read your Self?
You have gone to mosque and temple.
Have you ever visited your soul?
You are busy fighting Satan.
Have you ever fought your
Ill intentions?
You have reached into the skies,
But have you reached
What's in your heart?

Robert Q shared a Sri Samartha Siddharameshwar Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Samartha Siddharameshwar Maharaj

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Relinquish all of the things that the 'I' desires,
and then the mind is automatically slain.

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The Upanishads

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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.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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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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Robert Adams

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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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Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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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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Rousseau

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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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The Dhammapada

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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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Robert Adams

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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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Wei Wu Wei

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

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Osho

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

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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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.

Robert Q shared a Adi Shankara quote         SHARE URL

Adi Shankara

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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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Sri Anandamayi Ma

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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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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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

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