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Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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You gain freedom from desire and fear; which are entirely due to wrong uses of the mind. Mere mental knowledge is not enough. The known is accidental; the unknown is the home of the real. To live in the known is bondage; to live in the unknown is liberation.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Some people think that there are different stages in jnana. The Self is nitya aparoksha, i.e., ever-realised, knowingly or unknowingly.

Robert Q shared a Byron Katie quote         SHARE URL

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Nothing was ever born but a dream. Nothing ever dies but a dream.

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Alan Watts

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Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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The enquirer is the answer and there is no other answer,
What comes afresh cannot be true.
What always is, is true.

Robert Q shared a Zen Saying quote         SHARE URL

Zen Saying

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Consider the trees which allow the birds to perch and fly away without either inviting them to stay or desiring them never to depart. If your heart can be like this, you will be near to the Way.

Robert Q shared a Adyashanti quote         SHARE URL

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Our illusions—the beliefs we hold on to—are the very doorways to our freedom. We simply have to enter through them without grasping or pushing away. We must not believe them, but we must not run away from them either. We need to see each moment of apparent bondage as an invitation to freedom. Then it becomes an act of love, an act of compassion, to stop running away.

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It’s coming to grips with the fact that
the only person who can cause us to suffer,
who can cause us to misperceive illusion and separation,
who has this much power, is ourselves.

Nothing in the exterior environment causes us
to lose a sense of the awakened state.

Nobody we meet, no situation we deal with
has the power to cause us to fall out of awakening.

It is one of the most important realizations we can make.
It’s all an inside job.
It’s all something we do to ourselves—
mistakenly, unknowingly,
and often times unconsciously.

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Alan Watts

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Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of Nature, a unique action of the total Universe.

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The child as child doesn't know how to play the adult game, the power game. And so must be educated to learn what's what. But when he's mastered that game he realizes it has no rewards. That all those things are not worth having.

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Paramahansa Yogananda

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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing; for the devotee may feel vain and self-satisfied; ceasing to seek profundities of the Divine. Only he who is free from the sense of self-importance becomes more and more spiritual until he is one with God. A humble devotee is lacking in vanity and pettiness.

Robert Q shared a Ramesh Balsekar quote         SHARE URL

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Fighting the ego, the mind, is precisely what the ego wants. You cannot fight the mind. You cannot suppress the ego. Fighting, resisting, controlling is an impossible action. What is really needed is to yield, to see things as they are.

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To remain without thoughts in waking state is the greatest worship.

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All things happen in the inner world long before they happen outside. If you concentrate and watch silently, you can know what is going to happen to you in the future, but usually your mind remains busy in the material world. Everything happens in the subtle world long before it takes place externally.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

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Question: How does one get rid of fear?

Bhagavan: What is fear? It is only a thought.
If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear.
Who sees things separate from the Self?
First the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is nothing external.
For anything external to oneself implies the existence of the seer within.
Seeking it there will eliminate doubt and fear.
Not only fear, all other thoughts centred round the ego will disappear along with it.

Robert Q shared a Mooji quote         SHARE URL

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There is a stillness in you no heavenly or earthly being can remove. In front of it, the mind is performing and somehow attention goes there. Behind is pure Silence - your real Being. All this is your dynamic dance. As you stay rooted in impersonal seeing, the inner and outer are revealed as One. Knowing this, you will not suffer existence.

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The feeling "I work" is the hindrance. Enquire, "Who works?" Remember, "Who am I?" The work will not bind you. It will go on automatically. Make no effort either to work or to renounce work. Your effort is the bondage. What is bound to happen will happen. If you are destined to cease working, work cannot be had even if you hunt for it. If you are destined to work you cannot leave it; you will be forced to engage in it. So leave it to the Higher Power. You cannot renounce or hold as you choose.

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Happiness and peace are you, without any attachments.
Pure essence.
This essence is everywhere present.
It is all-pervading.
It is pure awareness.
It is in the trees, the flowers, the sky, and those things are within you.
It is you who are all-pervading, everywhere present at the same time.

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Do not be fooled any longer.
Do not believe what your eyes show you.
What your ears make you hear.
What your senses want you to believe.
Go beyond that.
It may take some effort, it may take some time.
Yet you must do whatever you must do to free yourself from the pull of the world.

96 Self-inquiry Precursor: A Disgust for the World - September 22, 1991

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

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You are not the body. You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness.

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Adyashanti

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To tell ourselves—to tell life—that it shouldn’t be the way that it is is a type of insanity. This insanity destabilizes us. It’s a bit like going up to a brick wall, telling it that it shouldn’t be there, and then continuing to walk into it. Every time you bump “your head on it, you judge the brick wall for being there, and then you walk into it again, again bumping your head. Then you say it shouldn’t be there, at which point you condemn yourself for the pain you have in your head. It’s a kind of insanity to be constantly arguing with what is and thinking it should be different. It’s a way that we keep bumping into life. When we collide with life in this way, we always feel interior friction, and we can never find the inner stability for which we yearn.

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One of the most important things in life is to be able to find a sense of “inner stability,” because it’s this foundation that allows us to look into the nature of our experience in a clear and objective way. Unless we can find this inner stability in our lives, we’ll always be pushed around by the next experience, by the next thing that happens to us, by the next person or situation that we encounter that is difficult or challenging. Yet, for many of us, a real inner stability—on an emotional and an intellectual level—is very hard to come by.
A helpful analogy for this stability is that it is like the ballast of a boat. Deep in the bottom of every boat is a ballast, which helps prevent the boat from tipping over in the face of the wind. It keeps the boat tracking straight. For a human being, this kind of ballast, or inner stability, comes from our capacity to be open to an interior silence. It’s through this inner silence—this inner stillness—that we find a certain stability, so that we’re not always pushed around by our minds, by the conditioning that[…]

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We are looking for freedom. What is freedom?

It is not in anything objective. It is neither the creation, nor the creator of this universe, nor the God who is looking after preservation, nor destruction. It is none of that. It is neither the sun, nor the moon, nor the stars, nor the wind. Those are not freedom. No object is freedom. Go on rejecting everything objective from the mind. Freedom is nothing that the mind can conceive or perceive or understand. Finally you will arrive at that which cannot be rejected. Go on rejecting everything that can be rejected, all objects. Get rid of all objectification.

Finally, when you see nothing more to be rejected, the mind will be quiet. Mind will be no-mind: That cannot be described. All description belongs to the objective world only and consciousness cannot be objectified. In the beginning when there was nothing there was consciousness - total consciousness - where no objects and no subjects existed. You are this consciousness.

Starting from the beginning, before the beginning, you are this consciousness. And this consciousness became all that you see. You are this consciousness itself. There are millions of kinds of manifestation existing in consciousness and you have become all this. You are the fountain of all this creation.

For this you do not have to exert or make effort, or search for any way or method or practice. Somehow you have to arrive here. How can you do it? Through adoration of the wisdom of the Self. That s consciousness. Adore your own consciousness with wisdom and you have achieved what you are aspiring for here and now.

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The scriptures speak of three Holy rivers Within.
These are Existence, Consciousness, and Bliss.
Being beyond thought or effort
they cannot be objectified or subjectified.
They are so dear, so near, behind the retina and before the breath.
You need not see This, you are it.

Robert Q shared a Tao Te Ching quote         SHARE URL

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The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnameable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

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