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I AM CALLING YOU BACK TO YOURSELF.....

Q: What benefit do I derive from listening to you?

M: I am calling you back to yourself. All I ask you is to look at yourself, towards yourself, into yourself.

Q: To what purpose?

M: You live, you feel, you think. By giving attention to your living, feeling and thinking, you free yourself from them and go beyond them. Your personality dissolves and only the witness remains. Then you go beyond the witness. Do not ask how it happens. Just search within yourself.

Q: What makes the difference between the person and the witness?

M: Both are modes of consciousness. In one you desire and fear, in the other you are unaffected by pleasure and pain and are not ruffled by events. You let them come and go.

Q: How does one get established in the higher state, the state of pure witnessing?

M: Consciousness does not shine by itself. It shines by a light beyond it. Having seen the dreamlike quality of consciousness, look for the light in which it appears, which gives it being. There is the content of consciousness as well as the awareness of it.

Q: I know and I know that I know.

M: Quite so, provided the second knowledge is unconditional and timeless. Forget the known, but remember that you are the knower. Don't be all the time immersed in your experiences. Remember that you are beyond the experience ever unborn and deathless. In remembering it, the quality of pure knowledge will emerge, the light of unconditional awareness...

Robert Q shared a Sri Sri Ravi Shankar quote         SHARE URL

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If there are ripples on the surface of a lake, we cannot see the depth. Similarly unless the mind is restful, we cannot experience the harmony and union within us.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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There are only two ways in which to conquer destiny or be independent of it. One is to enquire who undergoes this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by it and not the Self, and that the ego is non-existent. The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, by realising one’s helplessness and saying all the time: ‘Not I, but Thou, Oh, my Lord’, and giving up all sense of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you. Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True surrender is love of God for the sake of love and for nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation. In other words, complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self enquiry or through bhakti-marga.

Robert Q shared a Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet and Mystic quote         SHARE URL

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Shut your eyes so the heart may become your eye, and with that vision look upon another world

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Whenever I look at a thing, I am never located in that place. I am always at the source of every seeing. Perception of all things occurs to, and in, That which is beyond all locations.

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All that you are attached to, all that you love,
All that you know, someday will be gone.

Knowing this,
and that the world is your mind
Which you create, play in, and suffer from,
Is known as discrimination.

Discriminate between the Real and the Unreal,
The known is unreal and will come and go
So stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging, the Truth.

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For most people to be happy, there has to be a person, place, or thing involved in their happiness. In true happiness, there are no things involved. It’s a natural state. You will abide in that state forever.

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For the sprouting of any seed, water is necessary. Similarly for the sprouting of this knowledge 'I am', water and food are necessary. In the essence of the food the quality of 'I amness' is in a dormant state. As salt is in seawater, similarly, in the body, in combination with the vital breath, the consciousness appears. it is the consciousness that feels pain or pleasure not the body or the vital breath. Once you know that you are not the body, all the concepts about pain and pleasure will disappear by themselves.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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WESTERNERS

Question: Is it harder for Westerners to withdraw inwards?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: Yes, they are Rajasic (mentally overactive) and their energy goes outwards. We must be inwardly quiet, not forgetting the Self, and then externally we can go on with activity. Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts.
In the West it will be only those disgusted with material life who will earnestly turn to the path.

Conscious Immortality

Robert Q shared a Brahmajna Ma quote         SHARE URL

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MIND IS THE UNSTEADY STATE OF ATMA WHEN ENGAGED IN EXTERNAL CORPOREAL HAPPINESS


Deeply absorbed within that place which is
Ever-existing, in dhyana sit
And sing unto your own Self your own song:
In that essence of bliss remain immersed
Looking at all the tricks of your own Self.
Yourself search for your own Self and then be
Enamored of yourself, taking firm stand
Yourself upon your own legs all the while.
There's no one that exists except your Self,
This samsar's nothing but a magic show;
You are the ocean playing with its waves.
Calming these waves seek your own Self and then
Turn back again to look at your own Self.
Being entrapped within the magic coils
Of nature's meshes you forgetful are.
Now, be acquainted with your real Self.
In thought invariable, the Atma you,
Devoid of every change by nature worked.
Be, then your Self, your own!


Real Bhaktas are those who do not pay heed to anything but God and do not even cast a glance at the enjoyment of sense objects.

Those are not real Bhaktas who pray to God to keep their enjoyments intact; it is such people who argue about the merits of knowledge and devotion.

The steadier one becomes, the more one realizes.

When awakened the bodily cravings die out by one’s immersion in the Bliss of the Self; and when by the continuous, undivided ‘I’ feeling the idea of separateness vanishes, the ego disappears.

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When will man get peace and contentment?
Tell me what is the good of such a petty, narrow life?
Which never leaves room for feeling for the Universe?
The mind that feels for a small circle (i.e. relations) why does it not feel for the world at large? The mind, which takes a small circle as its own, why does it not consider the world as its own? The affection which is confined to a small circle, why does it not spread all over creation?
The sense of difference is the cause of all sorrows.

Self-knowledge will not down by mere study of books on religious science if one still remains in the darkness of
ignorance. Without Self-realization no one can ever be content. Self-realization is the only peace and contentment. Just think over and ascertain whether there is peace
and contentment in the state in which you now are or in what you are now doing.

You are a physician (the recipient of the letter), you treat others in their illness but have you treated yourself in your disease of birth and death? Engaged in the attempt of removing the insatiable desires of this small circle, what else are you doing? You are also gradually entering the jaws of death. There is no certainty when death will devour you. Even at this moment it may swallow you up.
I am surprised that you should be quite indifferent to this.

Think for once of the great illusion you are in. Instead of advancing sophistical arguments, argue with yourself and come to the right conclusion. By arguing with others no one can realize his own true nature, which is the Infinite.
Onlv after a fight with his desire for enjoyment and defeating it can a man realize his Self and shine as the Infinite.
You are living in a great illusion. Try to save yourself from the grip of the enchantress Expectation.

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

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Don't put your mind in front of you
to represent who you are.

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Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet and Mystic

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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...

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

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Meditation will help you to find your bonds, loosen them, untie them and cast your moorings. When you are no longer attached to anything, you have done your share. The rest will be done for you.

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To stand alone in true solitude is to stand in the recognition of the absolute completeness and unity of all manner of existence. And from that common ground, where nothing and no one is foreign to you, your love extends across the magnitude of time and embraces the greatest and smallest of things.

Robert Q shared a Annamalai Swami quote         SHARE URL

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Watch the thoughts come and go without identifying with them in any way. If you can resist the impulse to claim each and every thought as your own, you will come to a startling conclusion: you will discover that you are the consciousness in which the thoughts appear and disappear. You will discover that this thing called mind only exists when thoughts are allowed to run free.

Robert Q shared a Papaji quote         SHARE URL

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Enlightenment is not about words and thoughts and concepts which can be doubted. Enlightenment is always here. By 'here' I don't mean this present space. Here is somewhere within where mind cannot reach. Presence is always here and you are always That. This here is not the opposite of 'there'. This here is nowhere, it is your Heart. When mind is still all comes back to the Heart. All the cosmos is but a speck in your Heart. Turn mind over into this 'here' and it is lost. Then only light, wisdom and love remain and This you are not different or apart from.

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There are so many concepts.
There are so many teachings.
You will become a very intelligent idiot.

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Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

If you don't realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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Silence is the most potent form of work.

The guru is quiet and peace prevails in all. His silence is more vast and more emphatic than the scriptures put together. In fact the guru is always within you.
The guru's silence is the loudest teaching.
It is also grace in its highest form.

Silence is the true teaching.
It is the perfect teaching.

It is suited only for the most advanced seeker.

The others are unable to draw full inspiration from it. Therefore they require words to explain the truth. But truth is beyond words. It does not admit of explanations. All that is possible to do is to indicate it.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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SILENCE


'In the ecstasy of devotion one may sing and one may dance, but it is mouna (silence) that bestows liberation.'

'Open your eyes! Know the light that shines through your eyes; shine in the Heart as the greatest of all lights, which transcends all thought.'

-Padamalai, pp. 195; 63

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Even to say ‘ I must trust existence’ is mind.
The ‘I’ who must trust , must itself, be mistrusted.
It is a riddle.
Find out for whom!

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Right here and now, you are in the realized state. But you try to judge it through desires and mind concepts, hence your inability to apperceive it and abide in it.

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An uncomfortable feeling is like a compassionate alarm clock that says, "You're in the dream."
It's time to investigate, that's all. But if we don't honor the alarm clock, then we try to alter and manipulate the feeling by reaching into an apparent external world.

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You are Self here and now.

Leave the mind alone, stand aware and unconcerned and you will realize that to stand alert but detached, watching events come and go, is an aspect of your real nature.

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