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Neither reject nor cling to words,
Both are wrong; like a ball of fire,
Useful but dangerous.

~ Tung-shan Liang-chieh (Tozan)

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The secret of seeing things as they are
is to take off our colored spectacles.

That being-as-it-is,
with nothing extraordinary about it,
nothing wonderful,
is the great wonder.

The ability to see things normally
is no small thing;
to be really normal
is the unusual.

In that normality begins to bubble up inspiration.

~ Zen Master Sessan

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It is through the realization of the Truth that immortality is attained. This is the ultimate purpose of life.

~ Amma

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The rain has stopped,
the clouds have drifted away,
and the weather is clear again.
If your heart is pure,
then all things in your world are pure.
Abandon this fleeting world, abandon yourself,
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the way.

~ Ryokan

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From a begger, the Guru lifts you to the status of the Emperor of the Universe. From a mere receiver, he makes you a giver.

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The Yoga-Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening , and the direct experience of the Truth . This is certain . If this is what you want , you are welcome to Yoga-Vasistha .

~ Swami Venkatesananda

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One of the greatest books, the most wonderful according to me, ever written under the Sun, is Yoga-Vasistha, which nobody on the Earth can read without escaping God–Consciousness, and which nobody can read through without becoming one with The All.

~ Swami Rama Tirtha

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Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."

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Every day, priests minutely examine the law
and endlessly chant complicated sutras.
Before doing that, though, they should learn
how to read the love letters sent by the wind
and rain, the snow and moon.

~ Ikkyu

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He and I are one,
like the word and its meaning.

Behold union in separation,
like the eye and vision.

Not for a moment is He separate from me --
Behold us together everywhere,
like flower and fragrance.

~ Sarmad Kashani

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Long seeking it through others,
I was far from reaching it.

Now I go by myself;
I meet it everywhere.

It is just I myself,
And I am not itself.

Understanding this way,
I can be as I am.

~ Tung-Shan

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"Have good trust in yourself, not in the one that you think you should be, but in the One that you are."

~ Taizan Maezumi

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"Love the righteous. Have compassion for the distressed."—These constitute Zoroaster’s main ethical teachings.

Swami Sivananda

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I am verily Brahman, being equanimous, quiescent, and by nature absolute Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss. I am not the body which is non-existence itself. This is called true Knowledge by the wise.

~APAROKSHANUBHUTI

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Peaceful and troubled are only thinking.
Enlightenment has no likes or dislikes.
All opposites arise
From faulty views.

~ 'Xinxin Ming'¹

¹ a poem attributed to the Third Chinese Zen Patriarch Jianzhi Sengcan [Japanese: Kanchi Sosan])

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We cannot prove the existence of God through reason, because reason cannot reach there. Reason is limited, and we find a mighty barrier before reason, beyond which it cannot go. Reason works only on the sense-plane, on the conscious plane, and it cannot go to that super-conscious plane in which state alone we can realize the Truth,- the existence of God.

SWAMI VIRESHWARANANDA

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Two comes from One,
But do not cling even to this One.
When your mind is undisturbed
The ten thousand things are without fault.

~ from 'Xinxin Ming

a poem attributed to the Third Chinese Zen Patriarch Jianzhi Sengcan (Japanese: Kanchi Sosan)

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SILENCE


'In the ecstasy of devotion one may sing and one may dance, but it is mouna (silence) that bestows liberation.'

'Open your eyes! Know the light that shines through your eyes; shine in the Heart as the greatest of all lights, which transcends all thought.'

-Padamalai, pp. 195; 63 ( Disciple of Ramana Maharshi )

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Nowadays everybody wants to become a leader. No one wants to become a servant. In reality, the world is badly in need of servants, not leaders. A real servant is a real leader. A real leader is one who really serves the people without ego and egocentric desires. In fact, greatness is not in dress, and lordship is not in acquiring wealth. Real greatness lies in humility and simplicity.

~ Amma

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Strong is the person who is elastic like steel and does not break. Strong is the person who can live in harmony with many people and heed opinions differing from their own.

SWAMI TURIYANANDA

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AMMA


Mother herself declares:

“I am the servant of every one of you. I dwell in your heart.”

“Mother doesn’t want anything from her children except the burden of their sorrows and sufferings.”

“Mother’s aim is to unite people’s hearts with God and to make them one with Him.”

“Children, love is our real nature. We are of the nature of Divine Love.” (Qouted from Timothy Conway)

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Sing songs of Praise; meditate and remember the Creator Lord. Sing the Songs of Praise of my Fearless Lord.

SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB

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The devotee's heart is the parlour of God. He is One in experience; but many when approached intellectually.

SWAMI RAMAKRISHNANANDA

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Don't you know that happiness and misery of this world are synonymous terms? The variation is only in degree and not in kind. True happiness lies beyond the dualities. Take refuge in the Lord who is the fountainhead of happiness and joy absolute.

SWAMI VIRAJANANDA

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When food is placed on the plate, remember the Master, think that He Himself has given this food, and eat it. Then it will not have any injurious effect on the growth of devotion.

HOLY MOTHER SRI SARADA DEVI

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The intellect always cuts and divides like a pair of scissors. The heart sews things together and unites like a needle. The tailor uses both.

~ Amma

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