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' Hua Hu Ching '

9. He who desires the admiration of the world will do
well to amass a great fortune and then give it away.
The world will respond with admiration in proportion
to the size of his treasure.

Of course, this is meaningless.

Stop striving after admiration.
Place your esteem on the Tao.
Live in accord with it,
share with others the teachings that lead to it,
and you will be immersed in the blessings that flow
from it.

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8. I confess that there is nothing to teach: no religion, no
science, no body of information which will lead
your mind back to the Tao.
Today I speak in this fashion, tomorrow in another,
but always the Integral Way is beyond words and
beyond mind.

Simply be aware of the oneness of things.

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7. The teaching of the Integral Way will go on as long as
there is a Tao and someone who wishes to embody it;

What is painted in these scrolls today will appear in
different forms in many generations to come.

These things, however, will never change:
Those who wish to attain oneness must practice
undiscriminating virtue.
They must dissolve all ideas of duality: good and bad,
beautiful and ugly, high and low.
They will be obliged to abandon any mental bias born
of cultural or religious belief.
Indeed, they should hold their minds free of any
thought which interferes with their understanding
of the universe as a harmonious oneness.

The beginning of these practices is the beginning of
liberation.

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6. The Tao gives rise to all forms, yet it has no form of its
own.
If you attempt to fix a picture of it in your mind, you
will lose it.
This is like pinning a butterfly: the husk is captured,
but the flying is lost.

Why not be content with simply experiencing it?

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Namaskaram Sadhguru. You have said that you are in a hurry, and that you would like to work with people towards different possibilities. What can we do?

Sadhguru: The first and the foremost thing is iccha. Iccha means a strong aspiration or desire. If iccha is not strong enough, whenever a small difficulty comes your way, you will take the sideline. This will happen if you trek in the mountains. On our last trek to Kailash, we went through the Manang Valley to Thorong La, via the Thorong La Pass. It is about 18,000 feet, sixty degree slopes. When you start climbing, your mind says, “Manang Valley is beautiful enough! Do we really have to go through that pass? It looks desolate up there. Everything is rocky, not a spot of green. But here in the Manang Valley, it is nice and full of flowers.” In your life, this will always be the trick of the mind. Those who rise beyond this trick go places – others will have a snack and sleep. Whether it is spirituality, business, music, art – or whatever – this will come when you pitch beyond your limits. Your mind says, “Is it really necessary? It is nice here, where is the need to go up the mountain?”

The first thing is to create an aspiration. “I want to know, I want to know, I want to know.” It must bother you from within. If the aspiration does not bother you, seeking will not take you beyond limitations because every human being has them. “Will I cross these limitations or succumb to them?” That is the question. Instead, people are asking, “What is the point, what will I achieve?” It is not an achievement. There is a very beautiful video about how a plant grows – all that the roots do to find nourishment and throw out one flower or fruit. Somebody filmed it and it is played on fast forward so you can see what the roots do just to survive and flourish. This struggle and this wanting to be something more than what you are is not because of a teaching – this is the very nature of life. In every sphere of life, human beings have strived. It is only because of the striving of a few human beings that you are enjoying many things in terms of science, technology, geography and spirituality. Many died trying, few made it. It is because of those few people that many things have happened on the planet.


The spiritual process is the same thing – is it hard? It is not hard, but if you are a hard nut, it is hard. The hardness is not in the spiritual process; the hardness is within you. If the aspiration becomes a burning aspiration, leave the rest to me, I will tell you what to do step by step. But if the aspiration is wavering every day, how to work? If I wanted to just initiate people into a simple fifteen or twenty minute meditation process, we could have done that; that is very simple. But somebody with fire can be taken to the ultimate goal. My intent is not that everybody is happy, healthy and sleeping comfortably. I want them to burn with a different light! Whether you live for thirty, ninety or one hundred years is not important to me. What is important is, “Did you access the Divine in your life? Did you burn with a light beyond flesh and bone?” This must happen to you in your life, otherwise what is the point? In this flesh and bone, even if you live for one hundred years, you will still have the same issues, believe me. More painful issues, that is all!

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5. Do you imagine the universe is agitated?
Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars.
This practice should answer the question.

The superior person settles her mind as the universe
settles the stars in the sky.

By connecting her mind with the subtle origin, she calms it.

Once calmed, it naturally expands, and ultimately her
mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the
night sky.

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4. Every departure from the Tao contaminates one's
spirit.
Anger is a departure, resistance a departure, self-
absorption a departure.
Over many lifetimes the burden of contaminations can
become great.
There is only one way to cleanse oneself of these
contaminations, and that is to practice virtue.

What is meant by this ?
To practice virtue is to selflessly offer assistance to
others, giving without limitation one's time,
abilities, and possessions in service, whenever and
wherever needed, without prejudice concerning the
identity of those in need.

If your willingness to give blessings is limited, so also
is your ability to receive them.

This is the subtle operation of the Tao.

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3. Those who wish to embody the Tao should embrace all
things.
To embrace all things means first that one holds no
anger or resistance toward any idea or thing, living
or dead, formed or formless.
Acceptance is the very essence of the Tao.

To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself
of any concept of separation: male and female, self
and other, life and death.
Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao.

Foregoing antagonism and separation, one enters into
the harmonious oneness of all things.

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2. Men and Women who wish to be aware of the whole
truth should adopt the practices of the Integral Way.

These time-honored disciplines calm the mind and
bring one into harmony with all things.

The first practice is the practice of undiscriminating
virtue: take care of those who are deserving; also,
and equally, take care of those who are not.

When you extend your virtue in all directions without
discriminating, your feet are firmly planted on the
path that returns to the Tao.

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1. I teach the Integral Way of uniting with the great
and mysterious Tao.
My teachings are simple; if you try to make a religion
or science of them, they will elude you.
Profound yet plain, they contain the entire truth of the universe.

Those who wish to know the whole truth take joy in
doing the work and service that comes to them.
Having completed it, they take joy in cleansing and
feeding themselves.
Having cared for others and for themselves, they then
turn to the master for instruction.

This simple path leads to peace, virtue and abundance.

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If you look at the Earth from another part of the universe, we are celestial beings. It’s just a question of perspective.

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Only if intelligence, sensitivity, and perception become the most valued aspects of life, will there be gender equality.

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In Yoga, big experiences only serve a single purpose – to keep you on the path.

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The need for meaning is only of the mind. Life has no need for meaning. You are alive – that’s beautiful, and that’s it.

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My whole work is to empower people to go ahead, not follow me.

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A seeker does not aspire to meet the Divine but to become the Divine.

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When you build your mind on perishable you life will be logical,
when you build your mind on imperishable your life will be magical!

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Chapter 4

37. I am without contemplation and without the absence of contemplation. I am without anything upon which to contemplate. Such a one am I. I am fuller than the full. I am perfectly full. I am all fullness. Such a one am I.
38. I am of the nature of That which transcends all. I am the Supreme Brahman. Such a one am I. I have no objectivity or characteristics to perceive. I do not merge in anything. Such a one am I.
39. I am without a measurement and there is nothing that can measure me. There is nothing for me to measure. Such a one am I. I am the seer of the world. I am without eyes or any other means of perception.
40. I am the fully-developed. I am the awakened. I am the ever-present. I am the Supreme. I am bereft of all organs. I am amenable to all actions.
41. I am satisfied with all the Vedanta. I am ever easy of approach. I am joyous and joyless. I am the fruit of all silence.
42. I am ever of the nature of Consciousness alone. I am the real and the unreal and full of Consciousness. Of whatever I am devoid, nothing in the least has been grasped by me.

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Passion is like gasoline in the tank, but you also need a steering wheel to go where you want to go.

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"Listen, life is fight till you are enlightened but let your fight be in the field of creation, not constantly in the field of losing. Let your visualization be: ‘Will I become CEO or not?’ ‘Will I reach my peak or not?’‘Will I become a great Yogi or not?’ ‘Will I become a great Jnani or not?’ ‘Will I become a rich guy or not?’ ‘Will I become powerful or not?’ ‘Will I become a leader or not? ‘Will I become enlightened or not?’ Let the fight be in the direction of Kuru, creation. I tell you, if your fight is in the direction of Kuru, very easily you will win the game with very less stress, very less stress."

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'The space of possibility does not come after you logically analyze
your ability and probability. Please listen. The space of possibility comes
from the strength of your Completion, power of your Completion,
not after analyzing ability and probabilities.
Ability and probability is the experience of logic.'

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“It’s sort of like you’re an alcoholic and you stop drinking, but you live the rest of your life in a bar. You’re in the bar, but you don’t really fit in because you’re not drinking anymore. (laughs) Awakening is a bit like that, like sobering up but spending the rest of your life in a bar where everybody’s drinking, and rather drunk, loaded, and acting weird because of it and wondering why you’re not partaking. And thinking you’re a bit strange, you know?"

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People are lazy because they do not know how to rest. If you are restful, you are ready for activity.

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" CULTIVATING THE PRIMORDIAL STATE OF PURE AND TOTAL PRESENCE "

Individual beings have been born, are being born, and will be born in various forms of life, and thus have come under the power of the stream of birth.
Through not understanding what the grasping of experience through thought ultimately is, one is deceived by this grasping. The stream of thought continues, and so there is no (opportunity) to turn away from deluded thought later on.
The illusory beings who are deceived by illusions such as an illusory elephant, by those who are skilled in the art of illusion, also lose their dreamlike happiness, just as when one is deceived by a dream (into thinking it is real). Since those who have come under the power of dreams
Reject this path and look to other paths that are extreme, and teach (that) as what they call the "unerring path," they are fit for a compassionate (response). They are like those who say stone is gold. The compassion of the compassionate ones (is spontaneous), their minds being conditioned by commiseration.
These sentient beings who suffer because of the temporal circumstances and do not exercise (discernment) during these last 500 years of teaching,
Have difficulty understanding the pure teaching, and going by mere words, do not (understand it) properly.
The various points of view (that result) are confirmed according to each one's own capacity, etc. One is stirred up by this river of misunderstanding and separated from the yogic ambrosia that is the vital essence of the teaching.


Therefore, although this noble hidden dimension of primordial experiencing, the excellent path taught by the Victorious Ones,
Is the extra-ordinary sphere of operation of the primordial experience of all the Victorious Ones,

I have validated (it for myself) by virtue of (long) experience and noncontradictory valid means of knowledge.
By composing this (work) on the excellent path of nonduality for the sake of sentient beings,

May, in a single moment, in all the places of birth of sentient beings,
Obstacles decrease and this primordial experience of all the Victorious Ones spread.

[The End.]

Verses 142-157

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" CULTIVATING THE PRIMORDIAL STATE OF PURE AND TOTAL PRESENCE "

Therefore, although this noble hidden dimension of primordial experiencing, the excellent path taught by the Victorious Ones,
Is the extra-ordinary sphere of operation of the primordial experience of all the Victorious Ones,

I have validated (it for myself) by virtue of (long) experience and noncontradictory valid means of knowledge.
By composing this (work) on the excellent path of nonduality for the sake of sentient beings,

May, in a single moment, in all the places of birth of sentient beings,
Obstacles decrease and this primordial experience of all the Victorious Ones spread.

[The End.]

Verses 152-157

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" CULTIVATING THE PRIMORDIAL STATE OF PURE AND TOTAL PRESENCE "

Individual beings have been born, are being born, and will be born in various forms of life, and thus have come under the power of the stream of birth.
Through not understanding what the grasping of experience through thought ultimately is, one is deceived by this grasping. The stream of thought continues, and so there is no (opportunity) to turn away from deluded thought later on.
The illusory beings who are deceived by illusions such as an illusory elephant, by those who are skilled in the art of illusion, also lose their dreamlike happiness, just as when one is deceived by a dream (into thinking it is real). Since those who have come under the power of dreams
Reject this path and look to other paths that are extreme, and teach (that) as what they call the "unerring path," they are fit for a compassionate (response). They are like those who say stone is gold. The compassion of the compassionate ones (is spontaneous), their minds being conditioned by commiseration.
These sentient beings who suffer because of the temporal circumstances and do not exercise (discernment) during these last 500 years of teaching,
Have difficulty understanding the pure teaching, and going by mere words, do not (understand it) properly.
The various points of view (that result) are confirmed according to each one's own capacity, etc. One is stirred up by this river of misunderstanding and separated from the yogic ambrosia that is the vital essence of the teaching.

Verses 142-151

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