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No tension, no intention, simply attention. No struggle between the in and the out, just stay relaxed and at ease.

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Only the Truth is and you are That! You are the unchanging Awareness in which all activity takes place. To deny this is to suffer, to know this is Freedom. It is not difficult to realize this because it is your True Nature. Simply inquire 'Who am I?' and watch carefully. Do not make effort and do not stir a thought. Look within, approach with all-devotion and stay as Heart. Keep vigilant and you will see that nothing will arise. This is the trick of how to keep the mind quiet and how to win Freedom. This doesn't take time because Freedom is always Here. You simply have to watch: where does mind arise from? Where does thought come from? What is the source of this thought? Then you will see that you have always been Free and that everything has been a dream.

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Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble.
Be kind to yourself.
Open to your Heart and simply Be.

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When you return to your Self, this is called awakening, liberation, freedom. Having known your Self you know everything.

In the awakening the whole universe is discovered to be within yourself. All universes are within you, and you are the universe.

This is ultimate understanding. Knowing this, you know everything. If you don't know this, you know nothing, regardless of how much information you collect.

Without this knowledge, you are ignorant. Having known the absolute, you are everything... without beginning, middle, end, without birth or death. Here, all fears end.

~ Sri H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji)

from the book "Wake Up and Roar"

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Just be quiet. This quiet does not involve talking or not talking. It does not involve any doing whatsoever. Just let the mind fall into silence. This is enough.

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Everyone who is alive is going to pass away. But that thing that I am talking about will stay. This thing that nobody knows will stay. It will will bring people from all over the world. It is happening now and it will continue to happen. Because that thing I am talking about is not going anywhere.

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Your real nature is meditation, remain thoughtless at all the time.

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Thoughts are impediments to seeing your deepest nature. Don't give rise to any thought, and discover who you are. That ocean of eternal peace is you. What is the difficulty that we suffer from? It is that we seek peace elsewhere and do not experience that we are peace incarnate itself.

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All that you are attached to, all that you love,
All that you know, someday will be gone.

Knowing this,
and that the world is your mind
Which you create, play in, and suffer from,
Is known as discrimination.

Discriminate between the Real and the Unreal,
The known is unreal and will come and go
So stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging, the Truth.

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Enlightenment is not about words and thoughts and concepts which can be doubted. Enlightenment is always here. By 'here' I don't mean this present space. Here is somewhere within where mind cannot reach. Presence is always here and you are always That. This here is not the opposite of 'there'. This here is nowhere, it is your Heart. When mind is still all comes back to the Heart. All the cosmos is but a speck in your Heart. Turn mind over into this 'here' and it is lost. Then only light, wisdom and love remain and This you are not different or apart from.

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The purpose of life is to be at Peace,
To love all Beings, and know who you are.
Know your Self and you know everything.
This immaculate knowledge alone is, Emptiness alone is.
How can you come out of emptiness
if there are no limits to it?
The appearance of a manifestation
is but lila of this Emptiness.
Know who you are, Here and Now,
by simply Being Quiet.

You are this moment, introduce yourself to This,
do not attach your mind to any direction.
No sadhana, no past, no future,
not even emptiness of your heart, not even space.
To be free forever introduce yourself to this Moment.
This Moment is always this Moment, It will not change.
It is Freedom, free from mind and concepts,
and is your fundamental birthright.
The best use of this Moment is to drown in It.
Keep Quiet, you are inside of the inside,
do not dwell anywhere and make no effort.
The concept of effort and practice is bondage.
Just keep Quiet, Wherever you are, Just keep Quiet.

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Look within, approach with all devotion, stay as Heart.

Only adore yourself, worship your Self, and seek your Self, and the rest will be taken care of.
Avoid useless activities and pleasures.
Simply keep quiet, this is Sahaja Bhav, the natural state.

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Don't keep the past in your mind. You have to love the Self, if you don't you are rejected by the Self. Self stands with extended arms waiting for you, but you look somewhere else! "Come my child, it is enough! Now come to me and I will give you rest". But you don't listen, you just look to something else. Whose fault is this? The Beloved is waiting for you, but you are looking toward the red lights.

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I would say to someone to see the Maharshi as their own Self. Then you will know who Maharshi is. He lives within your own Heart.

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Q: I see that I still have doubts that it can be so simple. I expect big experiences and bliss, and I expect it to be...

Papaji: Hard and difficult.

Q: Yes.

Papaji: So go the Himalayas and hang by your feet. [laughter] All kinds of trainings are still being done, because it is easier to do them than to sit quietly. You can stand on your head for an hour, or recite mantras and chant them for hours. All this is possible. The mind is deceiving you; the mind doesn't like to be quiet. The only way the mind can be beaten is not to give rise to a thought. Don't start a thought. So simple. This mind likes to engage in activities and exercises. When you are not active mentally, this is peace.

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When you go to a theater you see pictures projected on a screen. Some are of mountains and rivers, some of romance, and some are people being attacked by robbers. When the movie is over the screen has no wetness from the river, nor smell from the romance, nor bullet holes from the robbers guns. The screen is immaculately clean. This manifestation is all a projection of your desires which fall across your mind and cause you to identify yourself as the projected watcher of the picture. You are not these projections, you are the screen. If you identify yourself with the immaculate, unchanging, eternal screen itself, which is the same before, during, and after the show, you will not change and so you will not suffer the changes but enjoy them.

All Beings are this one immaculate screen. There is no need for practice to clean the dust off it because it is beyond everything. The teachers who want you to do lifetimes of practice can clean this dust off their own minds.

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Sit quiet and do not move. Do not move the mind, do not activate the mind nor the intellect. Then observe the observer itself and this will be your true nature, from where everything else comes. This is your own nature.

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When I left him physically in 1947 he told me, ‘I am with you wherever you are’. Thatwas his promise and that is my experience. There is no one called Poonja left anymore.There is only an emptiness where he used to be. And in that emptiness there shines the ‘I’, the ‘I’ that is my reality, the ‘I’ that is my Master, the ‘I’ that he promised would bewith me wherever I am. Whenever I speak, it is not someone called Poonja who isspeaking, it is the ‘I’ that is the Maharshi who speaks, the ‘I’ which is the Self in theHeart of all beings

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A man who has no concept in the mind is the sure winner of Enlightenment.

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The purpose of life is to be at Peace,
To love all Beings, and know who you are.
Know your Self and you know everything.
This immaculate knowledge alone is, Emptiness alone is.
How can you come out of emptiness
if there are no limits to it?
The appearance of a manifestation
is but lila of this Emptiness.
Know who you are, Here and Now,
by simply Being Quiet.

You are this moment, introduce yourself to This,
do not attach your mind to any direction.
No sadhana, no past, no future,
not even emptiness of your heart, not even space.
To be free forever introduce yourself to this Moment.
This Moment is always this Moment, It will not change.
It is Freedom, free from mind and concepts,
and is your fundamental birthright.
The best use of this Moment is to drown in It.
Keep Quiet, you are inside of the inside,
do not dwell anywhere and make no effort.
The concept of effort and practice is bondage.
Just keep Quiet, Wherever you are, Just keep Quiet.

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'Some people say
that in Emptiness there is no Love and no Beauty.
These traditions and teachers say
that Emptiness is empty of everything.
This is not my experience.

Love is the Fathomless-ness of Emptiness,
the very Heart of Emptiness.
Arriving at the depths of Emptiness
there is Love and Beauty!
It is very Beautiful.

In Love YOU ARE LOVE,
Who will speak to Whom?
When there are no attachments to anything,
there is only Love
Loving Itself.'

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If there is peace in your mind you will find peace with everybody. If your mind is agitated you will find agitation everywhere. So first find peace within and you will see this inner peace reflected everywhere else. You are this peace! You are happiness, find out. Where else will you find peace if not within you?

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Surrender to the Source.
Surrender to Awareness,
this is the only place of protection.
Surrender your heart and you will know all.
Surrender to Consciousness and Bliss.

Surrender means to surrender your bondage
and simply Be Freedom.
Surrender is the ego bowing down to its Source.
No more demands or commands,
but just putting all in the hands of the Source.
Surrender is to submit your stupidness, your
wickedness, to the will of Existence, to
Consciousness and Bliss and being happy.
That's all.

Surrender.
Let Silence have you.


...from the book "This: Prose and Poetry of Dancing Emptiness

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No object of desire is real, no object of desire is worth your Peace.
If your house is full of desires, burn it down.

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Be quiet, don't think, don't make effort.
To be bound takes effort, to be Free takes no effort.
Peace is beyond thought and effort.
Do not think and do not make effort because
This only obscures That, and will never reveal That.
This is why keeping Quiet is the key
To the storehouse of love and peace.

This Quietness is no-mind, this no-thought is Freedom.
Identify yourself as this Nothingness, as this Quietness,
And be careful not to make it an experience
Because this is mind tricking you out of it
With the trap of duality; the trap of witness and witnessed.
Being is Being, there is no witness and no witnessed.
Experiencing it is to say "I am Free,"
Which is exactly the same trap as saying "I am bound."
After letting go of object
Do not hold onto the subject either.
Let go, Be Quiet.

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