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Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

~ Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, #10)

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The Self is ever-present (nityasiddha). Each one wants to know the Self. What kind of help does one require to know oneself? People want to see the Self as something new. But it is eternal and remains the same all along. They desire to see it as a blazing light, etc. How can it be so? It is not light, not darkness (na tejo, na tamah). It is only as it is. It cannot be defined. The best definition is `I am that I AM.' The Srutis speak of the Self as being the size of one's thumb, the tip of the hair, an electric spark, vast, subtler than the subtlest, etc. They have no foundation in fact. It is only Being, but different from the real and the unreal; it is Knowledge, but different from knowledge and ignorance. How can it be defined at all? It is simply Being.~ Sri Ramana Maharshi; from talk 122

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Lakshman Brahmachari of Sri Ramakrishna Mission asked: "Can one imagine oneself as witness of the thoughts?"

SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: It is not the natural state. It is only an idea (bhavana) - an aid to stilling the mind. The Self is ever the witness, whether so imagined or not. There is no need to so imagine except for that purpose. But it is best to remain as one's Self.

~Talk 137

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Space, time, causation are all delusions. It is your disease that you think you are bound and will be free. You are the Unchangeable. Talk not. Sit down and let all things melt away... they are but dreams. There is no differentiation, no distinction; it is all superstition. Therefore be silent and know what you are... You are the essence of Bliss.

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There are neither good nor bad qualities in the Self. The Self is free from all qualities. Qualities pertain to the mind only. It is beyond quality. If there is unity, there will also be duality. The numeral one gives rise to other numbers. The truth is neither one nor two. IT is as it is.

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi; from talk 146 26th January, 1936

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All creatures, from the highest to the lowest in the link of creation, are found eager to realize three things: Existence, Consciousness and Bliss.

~ Sri Yukteswar Giri (from "The Holy Science")

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Our life is perfect as it is. It only appears to be imperfect when lived through identification and belief in the ego-mind - the realm of conditioning. We are not the deluded mind. We are the ever-perfect Being. We are the space in which thoughts appear, play and dissolve, like clouds drifting in the infinite sky

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The green in every tree is you.
The beauty of every garden is you.
My wealth, my work, my master is you.
Solitude, purity, pretense is you.
There is no reality but you.

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If the 'I' is identified with the body and person then it becomes the person's responsibility to take care of the bodily life. But if the 'I' becomes identified as consciousness then it is the universe's responsibility to take care of the body and the body's life and it will do a better job then your mind can do.

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The essence of mind is only awareness or consciousness. When the ego, however, dominates it, it functions as the reasoning, thinking or sensing faculty. The cosmic mind being not limited by the ego, has nothing separate from itself and is therefore only aware. This is what the Bible means by "I am that I AM".

- Sri Ramana Maharshi (from talk 188; 13th March,1936)

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"When it is found, nothing else remains to be found; the sense of want will not awaken anymore, and the heart's torment be stilled for ever. Do not be satisfied with fragmentary happiness, which is invariably interrupted by shocks and blows of fate; but become complete, and having attained to perfection, be YOURSELF."

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Many feel the urge to create a new and better world. Rather than let your thoughts dwell on such matters, you should concentrate on That by the contemplatation of which there is hope of perfect peace. It is man's duty to become a seeker after God or Truth.

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Rabia was asked,
"Do you love God?"

She answered "Yes."

"Do you hate the devil?"

She answered, "No, my love of God
leaves me no time to hate the devil."

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[3:31] The Self devoid of life and lifelessness - shines forever. Devoid of seed and seedlessness - of liberation and bondage, it shines forever. I am the nectar of knowledge, homogeneous existence, like the sky.

[3:32] It shines forever, devoid of birth - mundane existence and death. I am the nectar of knowledge, homogeneous existence, like the sky.

[3:33] Thou hast no name and form - even to the extent of allusion, nor any substance - differentiated or undifferentiated. Why dost thou grieve, O Thou shameless mind? I am the nectar of knowledge, homogeneous existence, like the sky.

[3:34] Why weepest thou friend? Thou hast no misery of birth. Why weepest thou friend? There is no change for thee. I am the nectar of knowledge, homogeneous existence, like the sky

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Sometimes love wants to do us a great favor: turn us upside down and shake all the nonsense out!


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Devotee: "I have only one desire left. I really want to be with my Guru. All other desires have dropped. I am surrendered to him completely. I just want to sit with him. Is this okay?"

Papaji: "No!"

Devotee: "I knew you were going to say this!"

Papaji: "Did your previous Guru tell you no?"

Devotee: "No."

Papaji: "I say no because I say don't stay with or depend on any person who has name and form. On this basis I say no.

Stay with the Guru who has no name or form,
Stay with It, which is formless.

So if you still see my form don't stay with the form. Stay with my formlessness. The people who are staying Here are staying with Formlessness, not with form. For some it is taking time to reduce my form (laughs) but they will wait. Some people have immediately seen my Formlessness. Those who have not seen It are not ready to see it. When you are ready, Grace will bring you here and if it doesn't work then it is disgrace for you. (giggles) If it does work and you know the Formlessness then your work is over. Be Here, complete your desires, become desireless and this desirelessness is called Enlightenment."

Devotee: "Where to find you?"

Papaji: "What a question! 'Where to find you?' Nobody can see and so what you see is not a fact. Therefore, search me somewhere where the eyes do not see. Look nowhere and you shall find me. Do you understand? Look nowhere and thou hast found Formlessness."

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Be Here, complete your desires, become desireless and this desirelessness is called Enlightenment."

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Few mortals know that the kingdom of God includes the kingdom of mundane fulfillments. The divine realm extends to the earthly, but the latter, being illusory, cannot include the essence of reality.

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SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: "Be still and know that I am God" [Psalm 46]. Here stillness is total surrender without a vestige of individuality. Stillness will prevail and there will be no agitation of mind. Agitation of mind is the cause of desire, the sense of doership and personality. If that is stopped there is quiet. There `Knowing' means `Being'. It is not the relative knowledge involving the triads, knowledge, subject and object.

QUESTIONER: Is the thought "I am God" or "I am the Supreme Being" helpful?

SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI: "I am that I am" [Exodus 3:14]. "I am" is God - not thinking, "I am God". Realise "I am" and do not think I am. "Know I am God" - it is said, and not "Think I am God."

~ from Talk 354

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Question: May one have more than one spiritual master?

Ramana Maharshi: Who is a master? He is the Self after all. According to the stages of development of the mind the Self manifests as the master externally. The famous ancient saint Dattatreya said that he had more than twenty-four masters. The master is one from whom one learns anything. The Guru may be sometimes inanimate also, as in the case of Dattatreya. God, Guru and the Self are identical. A spiritually-minded man thinks that God is all-pervading and takes God for his Guru. Later, God brings him in contact with a personal Guru and the man recognises him as all in all. Lastly the same man is made by the grace of the master to feel that his Self is the reality and nothing else. Thus he finds that the Self is the master

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Questioner: Am I right to believe that you are God?

SRI ANANDAMAYI MA: There is nothing save Him alone, everyone and everything are but forms of God. In your person, also He has come here now to give darshan.

Q: Then why are you in this world?

SRI MA: In this world? I am not anywhere. I am myself reposing within myself.

Q: What is your work?

SRI MA: I have no work. For whom can I work since there is only One?

Q: Why am I in the world?

SRI MA: He plays in infinite ways. It is His pleasure to play as He does.

Q: But I, why am I in the world?

SRI MA: That is what I have been telling you. All is He, He plays in countless forms and ways. However, in order to find out for yourself why you are in the world, to find out who you are in reality, there are various sadhanas. You study and you pass your exams, you earn money and enjoy spending it. But all this is within the realm of death, in which you continue for life after life, repeating the same thing again and again. But there is another path too, the path of Immortality; which leads to the knowledge of what you really are.

Q: Can anyone help me in this or must I find it out for myself?

SRI MA: The professor can teach you only if you have the capacity to learn. Of course he can give you help but you must be able to respond, you must have it in you to grasp what he teaches.

Q: Which is the best path to Self-knowledge?

SRI MA: All paths are good. It depends on a man's samskaras, his conditioning, the tendencies he has brought with him from previous births. Just as one can travel to the same place by plane, railway, car or cycle, so also different lines of approach suit different types of people. But the best path is the one that the Guru indicates.

Q: When there is only One, why are there so many different religions in the world?

SRI MA: Because He is infinite, there is an infinite variety of conceptions of Him and an endless variety of paths to Him. He is everything, every kind of belief and also the disbelief of the atheist. Your belief in non-belief is also a belief. When you speak of disbelief, it implies that you admit belief. He is in all forms and yet He is formless.


~ from: "Anandamayi, Her Life and Wisdom" by Richard Lannoy
http://www.anandamayi.org/books/lannoy1.htm

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When the veil which does not exist is lifted,
then you will have Bliss and Love.
The veil never is, it is only your desire
which hides your true nature

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Love is the song of the soul singing to God. It is the balanced rhythmic dance of planets - sun and moon lit.

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We tried reasoning
our way to Him:
it did not work;
but the moment we gave up,
no obstacle remained.

~ Hakim Sanai

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Questioner: Is there no dehatma buddhi (I-am-the-body idea) for the Jnani? If, for instance, Sri Bhagavan be bitten by an insect, is there no sensation?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: There is the sensation and there is also the dehatma buddhi. The latter is common to both Jnani and ajnani with this difference, that the ajnani thinks dehaiva Atma (only the body is myself), whereas the Jnani knows all is of the Self (Atmamayam sarvam), or (sarvam khalvidam Brahma) all this is Brahma. If there be pain let it be. It is also part of the Self. The Self is poorna (perfect).

~ from "Talk 383"; 5th April, 1937

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It has nothing to do with effort. Just turn away, look between the thoughts, rather than at the thoughts. When you happen to walk in a crowd, you do not fight every man you meet, you just find your way between. When you fight, you invite a fight. But when you do not resist, you meet no resistance. When you refuse to play the game, you are out of it

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