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Vamadeva Shastri

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The central truth of the Upanishads, the essence of the Vedanta, the goal of all wisdom and all spiritual practices, the reality of all realities, the quintessence of truth is that the individual self, the embodied soul, the Jiva, is identical with the Supreme, the Absolute, the Brahman, and this is what is meant by the great utterance of Self-revelation of the Upanishads: 'Tat Tvam Asi', That thou art. The nature of the inner essence of yourself and the nature of Brahman is one and the same, free from all change, impersonal and all-pervasive, infinite consciousness.

Robert Q shared a Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi quote         SHARE URL

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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Is the Self the Witness?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: The idea of the Self being the Witness is in the mind. It may be useful for helping to still the mind's restlessness. But it is not the absolute Truth of the Self. Witnessing is relative to objects witnessed. Both the witness and his object are mental creations.

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The heart is the source of our entire being. All our different faculties are like different rays branching out from the central light of the heart which is like the Sun. All our energies are conduits of the energy of the heart, however far they may wander from it. In deep sleep we return to this inner light for peace and renewal, showing that we cannot remain apart from it even for a day.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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You are beyond space and time, uncaused, the very matrix of existence, the Supreme Absolute, the Noumenon- not unknowable, but unperceivable, un-objectival, inseparable- neither material nor mental, neither objective nor subjective- the Source of being, life, and consciousness.

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Sri Muruganar

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Don't meditate at intervals. Abide without a break of steady Self-awareness. Instead of plucking hair after itching hair of thought, better shave the whole scalp clean.

Robert Q shared a Annamalai Swami quote         SHARE URL

Annamalai Swami

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Self-inquiry must be done continuously. It doesn't work if you regard it as a part-time activity.

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Robert Adams

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Always remember, the highest teaching in the world is silence.
We learn to shut up, to keep still, to stop talking.
Remember when you talk, you spoil the truth from your heart that wants to express itself.

Robert Q shared a Jac O'Keeffe quote         SHARE URL

Jac O'Keeffe

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To want something leads to suffering because, at the outset, you think you are missing something. If and when you get it, it cannot last. Wanting is suffering. Not wanting is the natural state.

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Jac O'Keeffe

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There is no point in reading these words without taking the step to find out who/what is the ultimate seer deep within. If you glide over these words without taking an earnest look within, you are throwing away the most precious diamond that existence can give you. Your natural state is this emptiness and if there is direct experience of this, even the definitions of emptiness and nothingness fall short.

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Your mind can take you to form and the formless I AM. To go beyond the mind simply stop thinking, stop using the instrument that creates the concept of you that you hold onto so dearly. Let mind relax: thoughts will come and go. Do not let your attention cling to any thought in particular. Let go, relax. Without any effort at all, just settle. No doing, no effort

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On another occasion, on 4th October 1946, when a devotee named Professor D.S. Sarma asked Him whether there was ever any period of purgation or sadhana in His life,

Sri Bhagavan replied :-
“I know no such period. I never performed any pranayama or japa. I knew no mantras. I had no idea of meditation or contemplation. Even when I came to hear of such things later, I was never attracted by them. Even now my mind refuses to pay any attention to them. Sadhana implies an object to be gained and the means of gaining it. What is there to be gained which we do not already possess? In meditation, concentration and contemplation, what we have to do is only not to think of anything, but to be still! Then we shall be in our natural state. This natural state is given many names – moksha, jnana, atma, etc. There was a time when I used to remain with my eyes closed. That does not mean that I was practising any sadhana then. Even now I sometimes remain with my eyes closed. If people choose to say that I am doing some sadhana at the moment, let them say so. It makes no difference to me. People seem to think that by practising some elaborate sadhana the Self would some day descend upon them as something very big and with tremendous glory and they would then have what is called sakshatkaram (realization). The Self is sakshat (direct), all right, but there is no karam (doing) or kritam (done) about it. The word karam implies one’s doing something. But the Self is realized not by one’s doing something, but by one’s refraining from doing anything – by remaining still and being simply what one really is!”

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Jac O'Keeffe

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It is possible to unplug from all identification you hold about yourself. It requires a retraining in thinking. Develop the habit of retaining your awareness as the observer of your life. This will yield an enormous freedom, but you will not be able to retain your awareness there permanently, for there is more to be uncovered.

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Jac O'Keeffe

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When there is no idea of what silence is or is not, then there is silence. Yet this is not a happening: it simply is.

Robert Q shared a Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj quote         SHARE URL

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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The real is, behind and beyond words, incommunicable, directly experienced, explosive in its effect on the mind. It is easily had when nothing else is wanted.

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Ashtavakra Gita

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All things arise,
Suffer change,
And pass away.

This is their nature.

When you know this,
Nothing perturbs you,
Nothing hurts you.

You become still.

It is easy.

God made all things.
There is only God.

When you know this,
Desire melts away.

Clinging to nothing,
You become still.

Sooner or later,
Fortune or misfortune
May befall you.

When you know this,
You desire nothing,
You grieve for nothing.

Subduing the senses,
You are happy.

Whatever you do
Brings joy or sorrow,
Life or death.

When you know this,
You may act freely,
Without attachment.

For what is there to accomplish?

All sorrow comes from fear.
From nothing else.

When you know this,
You become free of it,
And desire melts away.

You become happy
And still.

“I am not the body,
Nor is the body mine.
I am awareness itself”

When you know this,
You have no thought
For what you have done
Or left undone.

You become one,
Perfect and indivisible.

“I am in all things,
From Brahma to a blade of grass.”

When you know this,
You have no thought
For success or failure
Or the mind’s inconstancy.

You are pure.
You are still.

The world with all its wonders
Is nothing.

When you know this,
Desire melts away.

For you are awareness itself.

When you know in your heart
That there is nothing,

You are still.

Robert Q shared a Adyashanti quote         SHARE URL

Adyashanti

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When you rest in quietness and your image of yourself fades, and your image of the world fades, and your ideas of others fade, what’s left? A brightness, a radiant emptiness that is simply what you are.

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Bruce Lee

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To accept defeat - to learn to die - is to be liberated from it. Once you accept, you are free to flow and to harmonize. Fluidity is the way to an empty mind. You must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.

Robert Q shared a Eckhart Tolle quote         SHARE URL

Eckhart Tolle

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The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you into even deeper sleep.

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William Blake

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He who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity’s sun rise.

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William Blake

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Without contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.

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Osho

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People say love is blind because they do not know what love is. I say unto you, only love has eyes; other than love, everything is blind.

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Terrance Mckenna

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We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it’s worth.

Robert Q shared a Kahlil Gibran quote         SHARE URL

Kahlil Gibran

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In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Robert Q shared a J.Krishnamurti quote         SHARE URL

J.Krishnamurti

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When there is an inner awareness of every activity of your mind and your body, when you are aware of your thoughts, of your feelings, both secret and open, conscious and unconscious, then out of this awareness there comes a clarity that is not induced, not put together by the mind. And without that clarity, you may do what you will, you may search the heavens, and the earth, and the deeps, but you will never find out what is true.

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Carl Sagan

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We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.

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Eckhart Tolle

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Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship.

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