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By the indiscriminate blending of the two – the Existence-Knowledge-aspect of the Self and the thought-wave of the intellect – there arises the notion of “I know”.

AtmaBodha, 25

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Depending upon the energy of vitality of Consciousness (Atma Chaitanya) the body, senses, mind and intellect engage themselves in their respective activities, just as men work depending upon the light of the Sun.

AtmaBodha, 20

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The moon appears to be running when the clouds move in the sky. Likewise to the non-discriminating person the Atman appears to be active when It is observed through the functions of the sense-organs.

AtmaBodha, 19

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The Universe was created out of joy
and this is why you find joy in the fleeting things of the world. Without joy, life is an ordeal.
You must try to attain to that great Joy
which has brought forth the world.

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True knowledge consists in seeing phenomena as void and knowing the one emptiness to the sole unity and real entity. The appearance of the world is only a perspective of the environment that is Divine Consciousness. It is contained in the small space of human consciousness within the soul.

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Unconscious beings bring locks and chains from the past birth. Conscious beings bring keys from the past birth. Once you achieve a Vedic mind, you don't need to maintain it. However, your body though it becomes a yogic body, as long as your carry it, you have to maintain it. I give you the key that I brought from the past birth - and that is: constantly being aligned to authenticity. Functioning towards this alignment to your authentic identity is what I call Advaitic activism. Each thought and action, find out if it is aligned with your declared identity. This one thing does everything - everything you ask for and don't ask for is showered on you. This is living enlightenment.

Bidadi, 5 June 2014

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After eons of coming and going in the world, our soul has become so covered with the pollution of worldly impressions that we cannot recognize it.

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The Benefits of Organic Cotton and Silk

The kind of clothes you wear can impact your physical and mental health and wellbeing. So it is important to look at what the weather is like today and what kind of clothing would be best for your health and wellbeing. But most people are not thinking of their wellbeing. You will see, for example, in a country like India, many people walk around in forty-degrees-centigrade weather wearing black jackets and ties! What you eat, what you wear and how you live are about your wellbeing. Unfortunately, so many people just wear whatever is being put on them without looking at what they should wear and why.

Why organic clothing matters is because there is a huge difference in the way your body functions when you wear synthetic clothing and when you wear organic clothing. You needn’t believe anything that anyone says. Try it out and see how it feels. Wear raw silk or cotton – even your inner garments – for a week and see how your body feels. Then wear something tight and synthetic and check. You will see a big difference in the level of comfort and ease at which your body functions because there is a certain aspect to what wraps the body.


Another thing is, how you can exude who you are is also enhanced or restricted by certain substances. Cotton and silk are best for your system. Particularly raw silk or cotton that is not treated in any way has a certain kind of impact. It is not that if you wear synthetic clothing you will fall dead. You can still meditate and be the same person even if you wear synthetic from top to bottom – but with a little struggle and effort.

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TO ABIDE IN AWARENESS !

Without a center, without an edge,
The luminous expanse of Awareness that encompasses all -
This vivid, bright vastness:
Natural, primordial presence.

Without an inside, without an outside,
Awareness arisen of itself, as wide as the sky,
Beyond size, beyond direction, beyond limits -
This utter, complete openness:
Space, inseparable from Awareness.
Within that birthless, wide-open expanse of space,
Phenomena appear - like rainbows, utterly transparent.
Pure and impure realms, Buddhas and sentient beings,
Are seen, brilliant and distinct.

As far as the sky pervades, so does Awareness.
As far as Awareness extends, so does absolute space.

Sky, Awareness, Absolute space,
Indistinguishably intermixed:
Immense, infinitely vast -
The ground of samsara,
The ground of Nirvana.
To remain, day and night, in this state -
To enter this state easily - this is joy.
Emaho!

~ Shabkar

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HOW THE MOMENT OF DEATH CAN LEAD TO LIBERATION ?

If all we know of mind is the aspect of mind that dissolves when we die, we will be left with no idea of what continues, no knowledge of the new dimension of the deeper reality of the nature of mind. So it is vital for us to familiarize ourselves with the nature of mind while we are still alive. Only then will we be prepared when it reveals itself spontaneously and powerfully at the moment of death; be able to recognize it "as naturally," the teachings say, "as a child running into its mother's lap"; and by remaining in that state, finally be Liberated.

~ Sogyal Rinpoche

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THE INNATE BEYOND SUBJECT AND OBJECT

Phenomena are the radiance of the innate Absolute;
Mind's nature is the Wisdom of the innate Absolute.
The ultimate teacher - phenomena and mind merged in one taste -
Dwells naturally within myself.
Ah ho! What a joy!

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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DOES ANY KIND OF SELF EXIST AFTER ENLIGHTENMENT ?

In order to have the continuity of something, you have to have somebody constantly watching this continuity happening. If you have ego continuing, you also have to have the observer observing that ego is continuing. This is because the whole thing is based on a mirage. If there's no watched, there's no mirage. If there's a watcher to acknowledge that the mirage exists, there will be a mirage. After Enlightenment, there's no watched anymore; therefore the watcher's object does not exist anymore.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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ULTIMATE WISDOM ALSO HAS TEMPORAL BENEFITS

The temporal benefits of cultivating Wisdom in the present life include many assets like skillful intellect, unshakable self-reliant knowledge about everything, the unleashing of your wisdom through effective communication. [These assets lead to] satisfaction, skillfulness, and setting an example for the whole world.

~ Sakya Pandita Rinpoche

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SIGNS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT

There are signs of accomplishment, such as having good health and long life or becoming famous and influential, but these belong to the superficial type of accomplishment. The true, unmistaken signs of accomplishment as established by the Masters of the lineage are to possess compassion, devotion, and an acute sense of impermanence. Combined with this, thoughts grow less and less and the genuine awakened state lasts for increasingly longer periods.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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THE ABSOLUTE EXPERIENCE OF DUALITY IS NONDUAL

The real world is that in which we experience pleasure and pain, good and bad. There is some act of intelligence that provides the criteria of things as they are, a basic dualistic notion. But if we are completely in touch with these dualistic feelings, that Absolute experience of duality is itself the experience of nonduality.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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REALIZATION AND COMPASSION

For those who have achieved Realization of fundamental reality, to see that those who have not are subject to suffering naturally gives rise to compassion.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso

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IN AWARENESS, WHO WATCHES ?

Nobody is being aware of anything, but itself. The razor blade cuts itself. The sun shines by itself. Fire burns by itself. Water flows by itself. Nobody watches.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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REALIZATION IS ABIDING BEYOND DISTRACTION

Maintaining constant mindfulness in the practices of tranquility and insight, you will eventually be able to sustain the recognition of Wisdom even in the midst of ordinary activities and distractions... The practice of Dharma should bring you to the point where you can maintain the same constant Awareness whether in or out of practice sessions. This is the quintessential point of all spiritual instructions.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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BEYOND ALL THOUGHT

One need not ask when one has seen the actuality,
The mind beyond all thought, ineffable, unveiled;
This Yoga, immaculate and self-arisen, in itself is free.
Through the Guru's Grace highest Realization has been won,
One's own and others' interests fulfilled. Thus it is.

~ Naropa

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BEYOND ALL THOUGHT

One need not ask when one has seen the actuality,
The mind beyond all thought, ineffable, unveiled;
This Yoga, immaculate and self-arisen, in itself is free.
Through the Guru's Grace highest Realization has been won,
One's own and others' interests fulfilled. Thus it is.

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WHAT IS SAMSARA ? WHAT IS NIRVANA ?

When the nature of the mind is recognized, that is called Nirvana; when it is obscured by delusion, that is called samsara. Yet neither samsara nor Nirvana has ever parted from the continuum of the Absolute.

~ His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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APPEARANCES ARE NOT MISTAKEN

Appearances are not mistaken, error comes through grasping;
Knowing the grasping thought as mind, it is self-liberated.

~ Guru Rinpoche/Padmasabhava

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APPEARANCES ARE NOT MISTAKEN

Appearances are not mistaken, error comes through grasping;
Knowing the grasping thought as mind, it is self-liberated.

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THE THREE STAGES OF REALIZATION

Realization occurs in three stages: Understanding, Experience, and True Realization.

'Theoretical Understanding' - The first is theoretical understanding and comes from studying the teachings. It is necessary, of course, but it is not very stable. It is like a patch sewn on a cloth, which will eventually come off. Theoretical understanding is not strong enough to weather the good and bad things that happen to you in life. If difficulties arise, no theoretical understanding will allow you to overcome them.

'Experience in meditation' - As for experience in meditation, they are, like mist, bound to fade away. If you concentrate on your practice in a secluded place, you are sure to have various experiences. But such experiences are very unreliable, and it is said: "Meditators who run after experiences, like a child running after a beautiful rainbow, will be misled." When you practice intensely, you may have flashes of clairvoyance and various signs of accomplishment, but all they o is foster expectations and pride - they are just devilish tricks and the source of obstacles.

'True Realization' - But someone with true realization is like a mighty mountain that cannot be shaken by any wind, or like the unchanging blue sky. Good or adverse circumstances, even in their thousands, will provoke no attachment or aversion, no expectation of doubt at all. It is said in the scriptures that such a person will be no more pleased at having someone on one side of him waving a sandalwood fan than fearful of someone on the other side ready to strike him with an axe. For such a person, all deluded perceptions are exhausted. The result is that all circumstances, whether adverse or favorable, will further his progress on the path.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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TO EXPERIENCE THE VERY SOURCE OF BUDDHAHOOD

At present, the natural clarity of your mind is obscured by delusions. But as the obstruction clear, you will begin to uncover the radiance of Awareness, until you reach a point where, just as a line is traced on water disappears the moment it s made, your thoughts are liberated the moment they arise. To experience mind in this way is to encounter the very source of Buddhahood.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS POSSIBLE

Enlightenment is possible when a qualified Master meets a worthy, receptive disciple who possesses the highest capacity and [the Master] transmits, or points out, the unmistaken essence of mind so that it is recognized. It can indeed be pointed out; it can indeed be recognized; and it can indeed be trained in.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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