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One reaches the Supreme state by renouncing all lesser desires. As long as you are pleased with the lesser, you cannot have the highest. Whatever pleases you keeps you back. Until you realize the unsatisfactoriness of everything, its transiency and limitation, and collect your energies in one great longing, ever the first step is not made. On the other hand, the integrity of the desire for the Supreme is by itself a call from the Supreme. Nothing, physical or mental, can give you freedom. You are free once you understand that your bondage is of your own making and cease forging the chains that bind you

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Q: I see that I still have doubts that it can be so simple. I expect big experiences and bliss, and I expect it to be...

Papaji: Hard and difficult.

Q: Yes.

Papaji: So go the Himalayas and hang by your feet. [laughter] All kinds of trainings are still being done, because it is easier to do them than to sit quietly. You can stand on your head for an hour, or recite mantras and chant them for hours. All this is possible. The mind is deceiving you; the mind doesn't like to be quiet. The only way the mind can be beaten is not to give rise to a thought. Don't start a thought. So simple. This mind likes to engage in activities and exercises. When you are not active mentally, this is peace.

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The world is but a show, glittering and empty.
It is, and yet it is not.
It is there as long as I want to see it and take part in it.
When I cease caring, it dissolves.
It has no cause and serves no purpose. It just happens when we are absent-minded.
It appears exactly as it looks, but there is no depth in it, nor meaning.

Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atma.

To the Self, the world is but a colourful show, which he enjoys as long as it lasts and forgets when it is over.

Whatever happens on the stage makes him shudder in terror or roll with laughter, yet all the time he is aware that it is but a show. Without desire or fear, he enjoys it, as it happens.

Robert Q shared a Sri Ramakrishna quote         SHARE URL

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Knowledge can go to the outer gate. But love and devotion can enter the palace. The pure soul is unattached.

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The Self is the source background in which the phenomena of thoughts, emotions, sounds, smells, etc. spring as foreground. When one rests in the background, one can taste the Self. One just has to offer oneself to it.

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This silence, this moment, every moment, if it's genuinely inside you, brings what you need. There's nothing to believe. Only when I stopped believing in myself did I come into this beauty. Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.

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DISCERNMENT

‘I am’ is ever fresh. You do need to remember in order to ‘be’ As a matter of fact, before you can experience anything, there must be the sense of being. At present your being is mixed up with experiencing. All you need to do is to unravel being from the tangle of experiences. Once you have known pure being, without being this or that, you will discern it among experiences, and you will no longer be misled by names and forms.

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BHAKTI AND JNANA

D: Sri Bhagavata outlines a way to find Krishna in
the heart by prostrating to all and looking on all
as the Lord Himself. Is this the right path leading
to Self-realization? Is it not easier thus to adore
Bhagavan in whatever meets the ‘mind’, than to
seek the supramental through the mental enquiry,
Who am I?

M: Yes, when you see God in all, do you think of God
or do you not? You must certainly think of God for
seeing God all round you. Keeping God in your
mind becomes dhyana and dhyana is the stage before
Realization. Realization can only be in and of the
Self. It can never be apart from the Self: and dhyana
must precede it. Whether you make dhyana on God
or on the Self, it is immaterial; for the goal is the
same. You cannot, by any means, escape the Self.
You want to see God in all, but not in yourself? If all
is God, are you not included in that all? Being God
yourself, is it a wonder that all is God? This is the
method advised in Sri Bhagavata, and elsewhere by
others. But even for this practice there must be the
seer or thinker. Who is he?

D: How to see God who is all-pervasive?

M: To see God is to be God. There is no ‘all’ apart from
God for Him to pervade. He alone is.

From Maharshi’s Gospel

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You hurt someone, you hurt yourself.
You love someone, you love yourself.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

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ON MEDITATION...ITS PURPOSE......

Questioner: All teachers advise to meditate. What is the purpose of meditation?

Maharaj: We know the outer world of sensations and actions, but of our inner world of thoughts and feelings we know very little. The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness.

Incidentally practice of meditation affects deeply our character. We are slaves to what we do not know; of what we know we are masters. Whatever vice or weakness in ourselves we discover and understand its causes and its workings, we overcome it by the very knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The dissolution of the unconscious releases energy; the mind feels adequate and become quiet.

Q: What is the use of a quiet mind?

M: When the mind is quiet, we come to know ourselves as the pure witness. We withdraw from the experience and its experiencer and stand apart in pure awareness, which is between and beyond the two. The personality, based on self-identification, on imagining oneself to be something: 'I am this, I am that', continues, but only as a part of the objective world. Its identification with the witness snaps....

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If you make human company too important
you will not discover your true Self.
Relationships not based in truth
are never entirely reliable and are rarely enduring.
Taking time to discover yourself is the best use of time.
Prioritise this.

One should not excessively seek partners or friends,
one should seek to know and be oneself.
As you begin to awaken to the Truth,
you start noticing how well life flows by itself
and how well you are cared for.
Life supports the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the one who is open to self-discovery.
Trust opens your eyes to the recognition of this.
Surrender allows you to merge in your own eternal being.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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When the ‘I’ thought does not arise, and I unite [as pure being] with Him, He remains merged with me shining out as my very own fullness. However, the very moment
I raise my head [thinking ‘I’], to perceive his ancient [form] he sees my oddness, scorns me, and conceals himself from me.
Ramana Puranam, vs. 217-220

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Perfection is shy to show her beauty.
She reveals it only inside a mind made serene through parting company with the ego.

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The wave said to the sea: "Could I be like you?"
The sea replied: "It's easy... just settle down."

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I have learned
So much from God
That I can no longer
Call myself

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
a Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
Or even a pure Soul.

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely,
It has turned to ash
And freed me

Of every concept and image
my mind has ever known.

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The only way you will ever awaken is through 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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Be certain that in the religion of Love there are no believers and unbelievers.

Love embraces all.

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Do not pray for easy life, pray for strength to endure a difficult one.

Andrey K shared a Adyashanti quote         SHARE URL

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To be here, all you have to do is let go of who you think you are.
That's all!
And then you realize: "I'm here".
Here is where thoughts aren't believed.
Every time you come here, you are nothing.
Radiantly nothing.
Absolutely and eternally zero.
Emptiness that is awake.
Emptiness that is full.
Emptiness that is everything.

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I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.

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Be aware of the 'I' so intensely that no other thought can arise.

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Don't think you must run away from conditionings or you must run away from your job or you must leave your family or you must do anything like this.

Never concern yourself with the body. Mentally learn to let go, to think less. Cut down on your thinking and your thoughts. Some of you still believe that if you do not think about something, it will never happen. This is not true. As a matter of fact, it is reverse.

If you do not think, then the true nature of yourself will be revealed, and the true nature of the universe will be revealed.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

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Just turn away from all that occupies the mind; do whatever work you have to complete, but avoid new obligations; keep empty, keep available, resist not what comes uninvited. In the end you reach a state of non-grasping of joyful non-attachment, of inner ease and freedom indescribable, yet wonderfully real.

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Do you really want to erase all your deluded beliefs, memories, stories, tendencies and identities one by one, or would you prefer to find the factory where they are produced, and blow the whole thing up? I say this because right now, I don’t have time for all this tiny pruning.
You hold on to your little nail clipper, but I am giving you a great chainsaw to bring down this old tree of suffering.
This chainsaw is self-inquiry.
This is your good fortune.

Robert Q shared a Ashtavakra Gita quote         SHARE URL

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8 The Mind

The mind desires this,
And grieves for that.
It embraces one thing,
And spurns another.

Now it feels anger,
Now happiness.

In this way you are bound.

But when the mind desires nothing
And grieves for nothing,
When it is without joy or anger
And, grasping nothing,
Turns nothing away. . .

Then you are free.

When the mind is attracted
To anything it senses,
You are bound.

When there is no attraction,
You are free.

Where there is no I,
You are free.

Where there is I,
You are bound.

Consider this.

It is easy.

Embrace nothing,
Turn nothing away.

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Pure of heart,
He desires nothing,
Even in despair.

He is content
In the knowledge of the Self.

With whom may I compare him?

With clear and steady insight
He knows that whatever he sees
Is by its very nature nothing.

How can he prefer one thing to another?

He is beyond all duality.

Free from desire,
He has driven from his mind
All longing for the world.

Come what may,
Joy or sorrow,
Nothing moves him.

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