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Before notions and creations you exist, so there are no words for That beyond words and language. Self doesn't need to understand Itself; Freedom is before the concept of freedom. You are what remains when the concept of "I," mind, and past disappear. Nothingness is no concept.

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When one abides as the Self, some divine power takes charge of one’s life. All actions then take place spontaneously, and are performed very efficiently, without any mental effort or activity.

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Who is journeying for freedom? The one who is already free. Just get rid of the concept, "I am the body, separate from the source." You return to what you always were.

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You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place.

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There is no process to become silent. To disturb your mind you need process, but to stay silent there is no process. Stay in satsang, stay quiet, always have love with your own Self. You are not to win it by any attempt or effort. Simply stay quiet. If any thought rises, simply find out where it came from.

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The Silence that I speak about is neither meditating nor sitting quiet. The Silence that I speak about has nothing to do with meditation or talking or not talking because then the mind is still running about here and there and everywhere. What I mean by Silence is that should be no thought rising from the mind. No thought rising from your mind is Silence.

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There is no process to become silent. To disturb your mind you need process, but to stay silent there is no process. Stay in satsang, stay quiet, always have love with your own Self. You are not to win it by any attempt or effort. Simply stay quiet. If any thought rises, simply find out where it came from.

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Everyone has Buddha-nature in him, so don’t think that you are not worthy or fit enough to win freedom. Everyone is Buddha himself, but you don’t recognize your Buddha-nature because you want something else. You don’t love and honor your own Self. Your Self is Buddha. Yet, you don’t believe this because you are deeply attached to something else which is temporary, impermanent and false. All your attention is focused on the unreal. The genuine desire for freedom cannot rise in someone who is firmly established in ignorance. When you are in ignorance, Reality is kept hidden from you. Something else is projected within the mind which you take to be real. All this is nothing but ignorance.

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To arrive into egolessness, to Self, to light, you have fastened yourself with a rope, with the ego, by making an effort. This rope, the ego, will pull you back.

Now, don't tie. No effort and no rope. Then enter into this effortlessness. It is already there! There is no entrance, and no exit either! Exit and entrance are the past and future. So I say, break the link with this past and future. And how will you come out? Everything is truth. Who will call you back?

There is no ego. Ego has been dumped on you by someone else. Your parents, society, the church. That's all. There is no ego. Egolessness, freedom, is your birthright. It is your inheritance of happiness. That is why you seek it. Everything that you do, you do for happiness, peace of mind, and love.

Where did you get this concept, first of all? You have tasted happiness once, and so you want it again. But you are searching in places where happiness is not: in objects, in sense pleasures.

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They call It peace. They call It happiness. They call It love. They call It beauty. Still, It is untouched. It is much more beyond this. Whosoever has gone here has merged into It. No communication. No mind. No intellect. No senses. And this is the happiness. When these things cease, then only will you see the face of happiness.

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The only relationship that cannot be broken is to fall in Love with your own Self

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[Student] What is the teaching of Poonjaji?
His only response was to start laughing. He laughed and laughed and laughed.
When the laughter finally subsided, again he was asked again “What is the teaching of Poonjaji?”[Poojaji] Laughing, laughing and dancing. When a person laughs, he has no mind, no thought, no problem, no suffering.

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Practice is to remove the habit of practice. Then realize that freedom is already here. What is here right now needs no practice. Just see what the impediments are. What is the wall? The wall is imagining that you are not free. When you make an effort to be free, you accept the concept that you are not free, so you start from there. If you get rid of this concept that "I am not free," what will happen? This imagination is your own creation.

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If you identify with what comes and goes, you will be unhappy. If you identify with what is permanent and always there, you are happiness itself.

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Consciousness alone is, and nothing ever exists beyond this consciousness. Once having known it, you become one with consciousness. There is not subject and no object. There is no experience, and none experienced. This is called freedom from everything.

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Mind can be the enemy and mind can also be the friend. It is the mind that binds and it is the mind that liberates. When the mind is attached to objects, which are transitory and impermanent, this is the mind that binds. This is the mind that is an enemy. But a mind that does not abide anywhere, on any object, is a mind that is your friend. This is the mind that liberates. It all depends on you, on what kind of company you keep in your mind.

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This desire to be free has arisen in a very few people. Free in this life. This year. This month. Now. This desire will decide. Like a moth who falls in love with the flame and rushes toward it without any delay. No holding on or holding back along the way. How much time to become flame itself? Going toward the flame is the decision to be free -- going toward the Atman.

The Atman consumes you, giving you eternal existence, eternal consciousness, and eternal bliss. And nobody knows it. Everyone is searching outside through the senses. Whatever you see, wherever you see name and form, it is not true. These names and forms will never give you peace or love. Whatever you see, feel, or experience through pleasurable sense objects ultimately will leave you hungry.

So this is the decision and the discernment. With this discernment, this discrimination, a few will decide "I want to be free." They will find a teacher. The teacher is within you. The satguru is within you. Your desire for freedom is going toward that satguru, that Brahman

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It is not difficult to be free. Freedom is within you. Love is within you and you are searching at the supermarket. This samsara is a supermarket dealing in commodities. Turn your back on it and you are free. Return home.

The sun is so big, much bigger than the earth, yet a single cloud can hide the sun. Clouds are thoughts. Likewise, the I-thought is hiding the Self. The I-thought is hiding peace, beauty, and love. How to remove the cloud? Inquire, and it will vanish when you inquire, because it is not real.

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As you think, so it will become. This is the beauty of consciousness.

It is consciousness; it does not need to borrow material from anywhere else. "Let there be manifestation," and manifestation is there. Whatever you think is instantly there, within consciousness. Consciousness desiring for whatever it is within consciousness.

Nothing has ever happened. Nothing is ever going to happen. This is ultimate truth. Everything else is trouble of the mind.

When mind arises, trouble arises. You have to check at the arising point of the mind itself. You just stay there, where the mind is arising. Mind is a thought. 'I' arises, everything arises. Before 'I', people report that they don' t see anything, which is peace, beauty, love.

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This desire to be free has arisen in a very few people. Free in this life. This year. This month. Now. This desire will decide. Like a moth who falls in love with the flame and rushes toward it without any delay. No holding on or holding back along the way. How much time to become flame itself? Going toward the flame is the decision to be free -- going toward the Atman.

The Atman consumes you, giving you eternal existence, eternal consciousness, and eternal bliss. And nobody knows it. Everyone is searching outside through the senses. Whatever you see, wherever you see name and form, it is not true. These names and forms will never give you peace or love. Whatever you see, feel, or experience through pleasurable sense objects ultimately will leave you hungry.

So this is the decision and the discernment. With this discernment, this discrimination, a few will decide "I want to be free." They will find a teacher. The teacher is within you. The satguru is within you. Your desire for freedom is going toward that satguru, that Brahman.

~* Papaji *~ -WAKE UP AND ROAR coll.ed. p.250

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The veil between you and God
is only doubt.
If you are innocent, have no doubt,
God is everywhere.

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What passes away is not eternal. Every form that is born has to pass away, but the underlying essence has no form and never passes away. If you attach yourself to a form, you make a big mistake. Even attaching yourself to the form of the Guru is a mistake. It is not the form of the person that can give you light; it is something else that is deep within your own Heart. That is your Guru. That Guru abides in the Heart of all beings, not only human beings but also animals, birds, trees and plants. When you see your own essence, when you have that direct experience, you will see that every plant and animal is your own Self. They will all start to speak to you. This is the formless Self in the Heart of all beings.

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Questioner: Why is the earth referred to as Mother Earth?

Papaji: The earth is the Mother because without her nobody is born. Because she is the Mother she must be worshipped. When you sit for penance you sit on her chest, so you must salute her no matter what you are doing. When you wake up in the morning you must salute her. She is the Mother. ~pg.300

Questioner: In this play of maya what is the role of the human?

Papaji: Human birth is so rare because it is only in this birth that you can know that all is illusion. ... ~pg. 337

From The Truth Is by Sri H.W.L. Poonja (lovingly known as Papaji)

Worship means to Love and Adore exceedingly ~Merriam-Webster dictionary

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‎" Happiness is permanent...It is always there...what comes and goes is unhappiness...if you identify with what comes and goes, you will be unhappy... if you identify with what is permanent and always there...you are happiness 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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Whatever comes, let it come,
what stays let stay,
what goes
let go

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