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Give all your attention to the question: ‘What is it that makes me conscious?’, until your mind becomes the question itself and cannot think of anything else.

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Having crossed the river,
where will you go, O friend ?

There's no road to tread,
No traveler ahead,
Neither a beginning, nor an end.

There's no water, no boat, no boatman, no cord;
No earth is there, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford.

You have forgotten the Self within,
Your search in the void will be in vain;
In a moment the life will ebb
And in this body you won't remain.

Be ever conscious of this, O friend,
You've to immerse within your Self;

Kabir says, salvation you won't then need,
For what you are, you would be indeed.

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If someone we love dies, it causes grief to the one who continues living.
The way to get rid of grief is not to continue living.
Kill the griever, and who will then remain to grieve?
The ego must die.
That is the only way.
The two alternatives you suggest amount to the same.
When all are realised to be the one Self, who is there to love or hate?

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Distrust your mind and go beyond it.
Then you will realize the direct experience of Being, Knowing,
& Loving.

There are many starting points ~ they all lead to the same goal. You may begin with selfless work, abandoning the fruits of action.
You may then give up thinking and end in giving up all desires.

Or you may not bother about any thing you want,
or think,
or do,
& just stay in the thought & feeling "I am",
focusing, then establishing "I am" firmly in your mind.

All kinds of experience may come to you ~ remain unmoved,
in the moment,
in the knowledge that all that is perceivable is transient,
& that only the "I am" endures eternally.
That only "I am" is Real.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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6th November, 1935
Talk 86.

The Master gave the true significance of the Christian faith thus:

Christ is the ego. The Cross is the body.
When the ego is crucified, and it perishes,
what survives is the Absolute Being (God),
(cf. "I and my Father are one")
and this glorious survival
is called Resurrection.

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"You must fulfill the vow that I am
not the body but the indwelling principle
‘I am’ only."


In order to understand the true import of whatever
has been said so far you must have the certitude
that I am not the body but the knowledge ‘I am’
only. In order to have this certitude, you have to
meditate on the knowledge ‘I am’ for a reasonable
amount of time. Doing away with the awareness of
the body and getting completely engulfed by the
knowledge ‘I am’ is the first and the last thing to be
done, the only vow to be fulfilled. You can say it is
the practice of being in the ‘Turiya’ or the fourth
state at all times.

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Bliss comes to you by sweet grace, through the self-surrender you perform lovingly in the Heart.

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Let your mind be like a beautiful flower that may be offered to the Lord in worship.

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Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet and Mystic

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I desire you more than food or drink.
My body my senses my mind
hunger for your taste.
I can sense your presence in my heart
although you belong to all the world.
I wait with silent passion for one gesture
one glance from you.

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Love is not of the mind, it is not in the net of thought, it cannot be sought out, cultivated, cherished; it is there when the mind is silent and the heart is empty of the things of the mind.

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There is no greater affliction than desire, no greater curse than discontent, no greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself. Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.

When the Tao is present the horses haul manure. When the Tao is absent war horses are bred outside the city.

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The first wisdom: Taking refuge in the Self. You should do this all day long. When something goes wrong with your life, you shouldn't think of material ways to handle it. You should be trained enough to take refuge in the Self, first. Then the Self will move you to do the right things, so that you can go forward.

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A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface, and you will feel your true being within, separated from them, observing but not carried away.

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I am yours.
Don't give myself back to me.

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BHAGAVAN IN CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

Q: Can I realize the Self? It looks so difficult?

Bhagavan: You are already the Self. Therefore realization is for everyone.
It knows no difference in the aspirants. The every doubt if I can realize or the feeling I have not realized, are the obstacles. Be free from these also.

Q: Nevertheless unless I have the experience, how can I be free from these conflicting thoughts?

Bhagavan: These are also in the mind. The are there because you have identified yourself with the body. If this false identity drops away, ignorance will vanish and Truth be revealed.

Control of desire and meditation are interdependent. They must go on side by side… to check the mind being projected out (vairagya) and keep it turned inward (abyasa). There is the struggle between control and meditation going on constantly within. Meditation will in due course be successful.

Others have done so as well. Therefore believe it. They did so because they believed they could. It can be done by concentration on That which is free from vasanas and yet is their core. pp 59, 60

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The only way you will ever awaken is through the silence, not through analyzation of facts.
Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go.
Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts.
Letting go of these things daily.

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Soul, mind, ego are mere words.
They do not exist.
Consciousness is the only Truth.
It's nature is bliss (peace), there is no enjoyer to enjoy pleasure.

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Rare in the world is the one on whom experiences do not leave any impressions, and who does not hanker after any experiences still to be enjoyed.

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Mooji

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Every thought, every emotion is only a tourist... and I am not a Hotel. Let them come and go.

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Talk 365

As Sri Bhagavan was continuing in the same strain, a visitor asked how to overcome the identity of the Self with the body.

Maharshi: What about sleep?

Devotee: There is ignorance prevailing.

Maharshi: How do you know your ignorance in sleep? Did you exist in sleep, or not?

Devotee: I do not know.

Maharshi: Do you deny your existence in sleep?

Devotee: I must admit it by my reasoning.

Maharshi: How do you infer your existence?

Devotee: By reasoning and experience.

Maharshi: Is reasoning necessary for experience? (Laughter)

Devotee: Is meditation analytical or synthetic?

Maharshi: Analysis or synthesis are in the region of intellect. The Self transcends the intellect.

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Remember, the Sage, the guru and God are yourself.
It's all the same.
What I mean by that is I don't want you to look at me as being a Sage, or being anything at all.
When you see me, as I mentioned in the beginning, I am a mirror.
You see yourself.
And when you see yourself as divinity you will also see everyone else here as divinity.
We're all one.
There's no difference.

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Though the dance of creation changes around me,
in the hall of eternity, I shall be the same.

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D.: What is mahat?

M.: The projected light from Absolute Consciousness. Just as a seed swells up before sprouting and then sprouts and grows, so also the Absolute Consciousness projects light, manifests as the ego and grows up as the body and the universe.

Maj. Chadwick: Is it the same as cosmic consciousness?

M.: Yes, it is so before the birth of the ego and the universe. It comprises them all. Just as all the pictures thrown on the screen are visible by the light projected from a spot, so also the body and the other objects are all visible in that reflected consciousness. It is, therefore, also cosmic consciousness. Again, (in the microcosm) the body and all other objects are all contained in the brain. The light is projected on the brain. The impressions in the brain become manifest as the body and the worlds. Because the ego identifies itself with limitations, the body is considered separate and the world separate. Lying down on your bed in a closed room with eyes closed you dream of London, the crowds there and you among them. A certain body is identified as yourself in the dream. London and the rest could not have entered into the room and into your brain; however, such wide space and duration of time were all perceptible to you. They must have been projected from the brain. Although the world is so big and the brain so small, is it not a matter of wonder that such a big creation is contained in such small compass as one's brain? Though the screen is limited, still all the pictures of the cinema pass on it and are visible there. You do not wonder how such a long procession of events could be manifest on such a small screen. Similarly with the objects and the brain.

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--- Just the reconciliation with the universe will free you ---

Even if you hate someone, if you hate someone or something with a passion, that's attachment.
You will come back to this earth, or to another planet similar to this earth, again, and again, and again, and you will meet this person that you hate so much under different circumstances again, and again, and again.
One time he may be your daughter, he may be your mother, he may be your husband, he may be your wife.
But that person that you despise so much will meet you again, and again, and do things to you in order to upset you.
And you will hate again, and again.
You will never be free until you understand.

The understanding is to turn within, to forget about the person, but to see your own reality, to trace the I-thought to the source.
After all it is the I-thought that hates and loves, that has attachment to person, place or thing.
When the I-thought is transcended, only the Self remains.
Then your karma is finished, your body is finished, your world is finished, your God is finished, and your home free.
But as long as you allow a person, place or thing, and it may be your own body that you're attached to, your own mind, that's person, place or thing also, as long as you feel deeply those things, you will never become free until you let it go.

You have to reconcile yourself with the whole universe, the mineral kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, the animal kingdom, the human kingdom.
When you have become friends with the entire universe, you will not have to do atma-vichara.
You will not have to trace the 'I', or worry about the 'I'.
Just the reconciliation with the universe will free you.
After all, when you love everything, unqualified, what else can you do? There's nothing else.
The total love of the whole universe kills the ego.
For it is the ego that plays the other games with you, that makes you love someone special or hate someone special, that makes you despise certain animals and eat them, that makes you think poison ivy is worse than a rose, that causes you to qualify life.
A Sage sees everything as equal.
No thing is worse or better than any other thing.
And just by hearing this, allowing it to go into your heart, feeling it, will lead you to an awakening.

Attachments - May 12, 1991

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I am not from the past. I am not from the future. I am not from the now. I am timelessly here as what is - unborn Awareness.

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