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Get rid of your arrogance.
Develop humility. Become humble.
By that I do not mean become a doormat for people to step on.
In humility there is strength. You understand the truth, therefore you do not get involved in pettiness, in nonsense. The truth shall always prevail regardless of appearences.

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WHY SAGES ARE NEEDED FOR FINAL LIBERATION (SEE END)
Everything is preordained, as long as you believe you are the body. Everything is karmic, as long as you identify with the world and believe you are the doer.

But as soon as you start to turn within, as soon as you begin to listen to the still small voice within you, as soon as you start practicing self-inquiry, your life begins to change drastically. You become happy. You no longer search for happiness, for you are beginning to realize you cannot find it externally.

You may appear to find it. In other words, you may get married and you believe “This is great, I found what I’ve always wanted." Then you may get divorced and you say “This is great, I finally got rid of that person." You won the lottery and you say “This is great, I'm rich." The IRS comes down on you, and you wind up in San Quentin, and you say “This is no good."

All of these different things take place in your life. The world is not your friend. The world is a phenomena that belongs to a dream. You've got to be mature enough to ask the question “To whom does this world belong? Who lives in the world? Where did the world come from?"
and your answer to all the questions begins with I. "I live in the world. I partake in the world. I see the world." And we're back to I again. You finally get the idea that the whole world is hanging on I. The I has to be transcended.

You begin early in the morning, when you first wake up. Before you become aware of I, you notice that you are in a state of peace, of joy, even if for only a few seconds. I was not present. You are not aware of the world. Catch yourself tomorrow morning. It only happens in a flash, in a few seconds. Yet all of a sudden the world becomes real for you. I has awakened. Where did the I come from?

If you investigate you will see that your spiritual heart center is on the right side of your chest, and the I has come out of your chest, out of your spiritual heart, out of the source, becoming more powerful as it emerges and goes into your brain. Then you become aware of your body and you say “I am alive." Once you become aware of your body and your mind, you become aware of the world, and then the universe.

Therefore the wise person catches the I before it goes any further. In other words as the I emerges from your chest, you abide in the I. To the extent that you can abide in the I, or focus on the I, something phenomenal will begin to happen. The I will reverse its course and begin to return to its source.

I will repeat this again. To the average person the I begins to become stronger and stronger when you wake up in the
morning. It emerges from your spiritual center and heads up your spine to your brain, where you become cognizant of the world. But for the spiritual aspirant who practices self-inquiry, you begin to watch the I doing this.
You abide in the I [stay with the "i"]
As you begin to abide in the I, it will reverse its course and head back to the center. When it heads back to the center, it will rest on the circumference of the center. That is as far as you can go by yourself. You will be in an effortless thought-free state. You will be in the void, as it tells you in Buddhism.

Yet most Buddhists think the void is self-realization. That’s a mistake. The void is when your I is resting on the circumference of your heart center. When that happens you've come a long way. You are a mature disciple. Yet the self has to pull the I inside the heart. Then you become liberated. This is very rarely done by the self or by yourself.
I'm speaking of the small self. Only in a very few, will the I go directly into the heart center and be extinguished.

That is why sages are necessary. That is why satsang is necessary. For the sage, who may be a 1000 miles away from you, as long as you have a direct line to the sage mentally, the sage is omnipresent, all-pervading. Therefore the sage, and the self, and the guru and God are one. So that even if you are away from the proximity of the sage, if you have a close association with that particular sage, or that sage is your guru, the self, which is really the sage, will pull the I into the heart, and you will be liberated.
That's how it appears to work. The rest is up to you.

~ The Collected Works of Robert Adams Volume 1
# Consciousness is the Only Power

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Life is very short in this body and all of the things
you're going through will soon come to an end.
If you have not made any spiritual headway
you will be under the delusion of karma.
And you will return again and again in a delusory body form
going through many experiences that appear real to you.

The only way for it to come to an end is to give it all up now.
Make up your mind that this is going to become the year for you
to totally become realized. To awaken totally.
And by following the three precepts as outlined,
this will happen to you faster than you can breath,
if you allow it to.

Do not allow the world to run your life.
Do not let the world fool you.
All this is an illusion.
Be yourself. Know yourself.
Realize that you are Brahman, the pure awareness.
Your nature is pure consciousness
and one day you will have to awaken.
So why not begin now. Why wait?

T.117: Three Precepts For Self Realization

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There is nothing to do. There is no place to go. There is nothing to become. You are That, just the way you are. Awaken to your true Self which is what you are right now

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Do not concern yourself whether you’re going to do anything wrong or right. You are just one of the many actors on the stage of life. Everybody has come here to play a role, so-to-speak. Some people have to be the good guys, some people have to be the bad guys. This is the reason we never judge anybody. This is the reason you should never call anybody evil or bad. It is really a role that they’re playing. And a person on the path of Jnana does not judge anybody or anything. They leave everything alone. They observe it, they watch it. Come to no conclusions. Good and bad is out of their vocabulary. Right and wrong has been transcended. This happens before you become fully enlightened.
There is absolutely nothing wrong in this whole universe least of all yourself. You no longer worry about yourself. For even though you still feel you are a piece of the body you understand that there is a grand bliss, a joy, an absolute reality that you can call God that takes care of you completely and totally when you surrender completely and totally to the source.
So you see you do not have to look after your life. You do not have to watch what you eat or watch where you go or watch what you do. For whatever you eat, wherever you go, whatever you do is the right thing for you at the moment. It is where you’re supposed to be. You are where you’re supposed to reap. Everything is in its right place. If you learn to have faith like this you will grow. But if you keep believing I am the doer and I have to make things happen, otherwise nothing will happen and I will fall apart, then you will be making things happen all of your life. There will always be something to make happen. It will never end. Yet this is also your role that you have to play here on this earth. This is the destiny that’s yours. To do what you’re doing right now.
So, the person who understands what I’m saying does not consider the question any more, “Is the world real or false?” Remember if you have to ask that question, then the world is real and you have to act accordingly.
In the same instance that person does not ask the question, “Is everything preordained?” For remember for whom are things preordained? Only for the ajnani, for the ignorant one.
The only freedom you’ve got is to turn within and not react to anything. This is your freedom, your total and complete freedom. And that is really a lot of freedom if you think about it. You can really see that you’re free, to that extent.
In other words whatever befalls you, you do not become upset, hurtable, angry, you merely observe it and watch it and you realize that is your stuff that you’ve got to get rid of. That is your stuff you have to go through. It makes no difference how deeply you’re suffering, if you’re suffering or how happy you are, if you’re happy. If you’re sick or healthy or you’re poor or rich. If you are married or single. If you are living in a hut or a mansion.
These things are irrelevant. For what is relevant is your reaction to these things.
The person who does not react grows spiritually and becomes Master of the world, so-to-speak.

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You've been hypnotized, mesmerized, to the grand illusion, the maya. Awaken to yourself. Awaken to the truth that you are free and you are nothing but freedom. Total absolute freedom from every conceivable thing you can imagine. Like boundless space you are totally free. Free of all so-called karmas, samskaras, samsaras, past mistakes, everything. You no longer have to suffer. You no longer have to be afraid of anything.

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All is well. All is well. Drop all the pretending. Drop all your hurts. Drop the self pity. Drop everything, let go. Awaken, be free. Freedom is your real nature. You have always been that, yet you are allowing the thoughts to cover up that freedom so-it-appears. You are allowing your thoughts to tell you something else. And you're caught up in the dreamworld believing it's the real world.

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When you have enough love inside, there are truly no problems. Problems arise when you are lacking love.

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Ponder this very well. Your sadhana, your spiritual practice does not begin when you've gone to many teachers, and you've read many books. It actually begins when you give up everything. That's when real sadhana begins, when you have surrendered everything, when you've emptied yourself of all knowledge, all desires for liberation. When you have become an empty shell, then your spiritual life begins. Until that time you're only playing games with yourself.

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The nothing I'm referring to is, you don't lose your individuality, your individuality expands and you become as omnipresence.

Now you may ask the question, "How can everybody's individuality expand the same way? Then there'll be trillions of individualities?" No! There's only one individuality and that one is the Self. And that one is you. You are the ultimate Reality.

But right now with your finite mind, it's difficult to comprehend that. This is why you have to understand that you are not your body-mind phenomena. As soon as you get rid of the body-mind concept, you become free.

Therefore you work on yourself. The spiritual sadhana that you do, is simply to awaken. To awaken to your Self, to the one Reality. In the one Reality, you can have a body or not have a body, it makes no difference. But even if you have a body, you really don't have a body. The body only appears to the Ajnani, the person who has not realized Truth. It appears as if the Jnani has a body. It appears as if the Jnani is doing something. But the Jnani does nothing. The Jnani is immersed in consciousness and has become the Self, the total Reality, pure intelligence, absolute awareness, sat-chit-ananda.

- Robert Adams Satsangs: The Collected Works, Ts 22

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After the death of this body, as in life, the Jnani remains where and what he eternally is, the first principle of all beings and things: formless nameless, unsoiled, timeless, dimensionless and utterly free. Death cannot touch him, cravings cannot torture him, sins do not stain him; he is free from all desire and suffering.

He sees the infinite Self in all, and all in the infinite Self, which is his being.
The Jnani confesses his experience thus:
I am infinite, imperishable, Self-luminous, Self-existent, I am without beginning or end, I am birthless, deathless, without change or decay. I permeate and interpenetrate all things.

In the myriad universes of thought and creation, I Alone Am.

~ Silence of the Heart

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I received a call from a lady in Santa Cruse the other day and she started to tell me about her marital problems, so I stopped her. I told her I didn't want to hear anything about any marital problems.

Does she know who she is? That's all I care about. If she knows who she is, then she goes beyond marital problems. She goes beyond concepts, longings, wants, desires. She'll be safe.

For once you lift yourself up nothing can touch you again. The world no longer has any power over you. The world only has power over you when you identify yourself as a body. If you identify yourself as a body, then the world becomes real, objects become real, situations become real, the universe becomes real, God becomes real, everything becomes real and you live in duality. So one day you're suffering, the next day you're happy. Happiness leads to suffering, suffering leads to happiness.

Of course, that's human happiness I'm talking about, human suffering. But as soon as you learn to go beyond that, and again that happens by living spontaneously, all suffering ceases. After all, for who is the suffering? For the one who identifies with the thoughts.

~ Collected Works, Transcript 20

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The Sage does not care where he or she is.
It's all the same.
A true Sage does not have to travel everywhere,
trying to pick up devotees, or disciples.
Couldn't care less if anybody heard of him or her.
Never looking for name or fame.
Not really interested in publishing books,
putting out tapes, making him or herself
well known all over the world, so people can come.
A true Sage just doesn't care about these things,
because there's no self left to care about these things.
The ego has been totally transcended.
There is no ego that needs to do anything.
That is why people like Ramana Maharshi
never left Tiruvannamalai, Arunachala.
There is nowhere to go. It's all the same.

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Reading is only for motivation. Be careful what you read. There are too many books. If you speak to those people who have really become enlightened, you will find that they hardly ever read at all. May be a couple of books but what they did, was the sadhana, the spiritual practices required. They worked on themselves consistently, constantly, 24 hours a day.

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This is something you must remember. When you are perfectly calm, time stops. When there is no time, karma stops, samskaras stop. Everything becomes null and void. For when you are calm you are one with the entire energy of the universe and everything will go well with you.

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CONVERSATION ABOUT RAMANA

SE: You were with Ramana for two years.
R: Yes.
SE: And how long was it after, before you really got what he was teaching you?

R: Well I didn't go there to be taught, I actually went there just to see him. I had everything before that, whatever it is. I was there two years before he died.

SD: Did you stay there for the whole two years?

R: No. I went back and forth because he was very sick, he could hardly walk. SD: And you couldn't stand to see that?

R: No. I was able to have an audience with him twice.

SD: How was it being in his presence.
R: Great!

SD: I mean, did you feel elevated, did you feel like you'd known him all your life, did you identify with him or were you in awe of him?

R: Well if you recall the story, I used to see him when I was a baby in my crib and then I saw his picture in a book and then I went to India.

SD: So you'd known him all your life?
R: Just about.
SK: Does he ever come to you taking on that same visible form? In dreaming or...
R: Lots of times.

SG: How old were you when you went to India?
R: Eighteen.
SG: A young age to be traveling in India.
R: I know. (

SL: Bet you were wild.) (laughter)
SK: And that was a wild time about nineteen forty what?
R: 1947

- Robert Adams, Collected Works, Ts 12

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Even as I talk to you, look at all these thoughts that are going through your mind. Why do you allow them to control you? Why? It only hurts you, nobody else. Only the thinker suffers.
Of course, it's difficult to stop thinking, but by asking the question, "To whom do these thoughts come?" your mind begins to slow down and finally merges in your heart, and then you are no longer controlled by the mind. You are no longer controlled by anything. Your individuality will merge into the infinite, and you will become free.

Student: Robert, how is it that these little subtle thoughts have the power to obstruct?

Robert: They don't, because your thoughts do not exist. How can they have power? Only the real has power, and what is real is consciousness, absolute reality, total awareness. Thoughts have no power. They appear to have power. You have given them the power.

You yourself have given your thoughts power by believing in them, by worshiping them, by doing what they command.
Your thoughts tell you to go kill, you go kill. They say, “Go scream,” you go scream, “Go be belligerent,” you go and become belligerent. You are controlled by your thoughts.

But the wise person will stop, and think, and look within and ask, "To whom do these thoughts come? Where do they come from?" Find out and you will realize they never existed to begin with. It's all an optical illusion.

Just like the rope and the snake you've all heard about. You think a rope is a snake because it’s dark and you can’t see, but once you find out the truth, that it's only a rope, you will never be fooled again. You will never be afraid again. So the thought's like the rope and the snake. They have no power, but you fear your thoughts, therefore you give them power. Once you realize they are non-entities, they are nothing, then you become yourself, and you’re free.

~ The Collected Works of Robert Adams Volume 1

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There's something within you that knows what to do.
There is a power greater than you that knows how to take care of you without your help.
All you've got to do is to surrender to it.
Surrender your thoughts, your mind, your ego, to the current that knows the way.
It will take care of you.
It will take better care of you than you can ever imagine.

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The Center of the Hurricane is Peace

People ask me, when I see peace, what do I mean? I don’t have to see peace where it’s peaceful. I feel and see peace in every situation. Whatever there appears to be going on, there is peace. Just as in the center of a hurricane, there is a peaceful circle, total stillness at the center of a hurricane. The same is true in the center of a tornado, in the cyclone.

There is a Center of Peace. We are all that Center.

The true peace is YOU.

~ Silence of the Heart

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YOU ARE THE SILENCE. THE SILENCE OF THE HEART.

Always ask yourself, ‘Why am I here?’ It is always good to ask yourself this. I don’t mean, why are you in the universe? Why are you here in this room, in this class, at ‘satsang’?
What do you want? What are you looking for?

You Are Spirit

Remember, if you are looking for any-thing, you are here for the wrong reason. For there is nothing that I can give you really, that you haven’t already got. There is absolutely I can do for you for I am not the doer. Neither are you.

You are already fulfilled. Everything I have is yours. There is absolutely nothing lacking in you. You are Spirit. You are not the body that appears to be a body. You are Spirit. Something absolutely different than what you can ever imagine. Everything that you can ever imagine, that you want to be, YOU ALREADY ARE.

You are the Imperishable SELF that has always been, that you always will be. Beyond birth, beyond death, beyond experiences, beyond doubts, beyond opinions. Beyond whatever it is your body is going through, whatever thoughts your mind thinks. YOU are beyond that.

You are the Silence. The Silence of the Heart. Know your SELF. Whenever you think of yourself, think of your-self as the SELF. Not the I Thought. Not the personal self, but as the Supreme Energy. Sat Chit Ananda. Nirvana. You are That. If you really believed you are That, you would be in total peace. There would be no- thing in this world that can ever disturb you. You would have no doubts. You would have Unalloyed Happiness, total joy. It would make no difference what your body is going through, or what thoughts come into your mind. Or what people are doing, or are not doing, who is right, who is wrong, who is enlightened, who is not. You would never think of things like this.

When you think you are human, you have duality to contend with. Right and wrong, healthy or sick, rich or poor, happy or sad, and the rest of it. But, when you have transcended this, you see yourself in a completely different light.

YOU Are the Light That Shineth in the Darkness

You see your SELF as the light. The Light that Shineth in the darkness. The Eternal Glow that can never diminish. Omnipresence, All Pervading. YOU are that One. YOU have always been that One. You are not what you think you are when you are sad. When you are angry. When you are upset. This is a lie. There is something within you that knows the Truth. That is the Truth. You are That.

Source: 'Silence of the Heart'

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I have been to many teachers, many Saints, many Sages. I was with Nisargadatta, Ananda Mai Ma, Papa Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba and many others, but never did I meet anyone who exuded such compassion, such love, such bliss, as Ramana Maharshi.

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Never defile your Self, by hating yourself.
Never believe there is any mistake you've made that is going to rise up against you.
Everyone has made mistakes, forget it.
Begin to realize who you are, begin to love yourself dearly, have mercy on yourself, lift yourself up and become free.

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KARMA
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Student:
When something good happens to a person, good or bad,
we say it's his or her karma.
But the fact of the matter is they're not individuals.
So it can be said it's karma,
but not it's his karma or her karma.
Is that correct?

Robert:
As long as you believe in karma,
then karma will always grab you,
and turn you in all directions.
But when you ask
“For whom is there karma?"
and realize it's only for the personal I,
then there is no longer any karma.

As long as you believe you are the body then karma exists for you also,
for karma only exists for the body.

Karma does not exist for the self.
Karma only exists for the body and the mind. And when the body and the mind has been totally transmuted,
where is there karma?
It's gone.
It never was.

~ The Collected Works of Robert Adams

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There are many spiritual people you know who think they have a mission. They have come to save the world. They can't even save themselves, and they're looking to save the world. The world will go on the way it's going on without your help, for or against. Leave the world alone.

There is a power and there is a presence which I like to call THE CURRENT THAT KNOWS THE WAY, that takes care of everything. It is all part of the grand illusion. And even in this illusion which appears in front of your eyes, there is a presence and a power that lifts you up. It will lift you up as high as you can allow it to. Until it lifts you up completely out of your body, out of your thoughts, out of the universe, to a completely new dimension.

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You're either
doing something or
you're doing nothing.

You're either working on your freedom or you're accepting your bondage.

This is the freedom you've got.

This is the free choice you've got,
to accept your freedom,
or to accept your bondage.

This is where karma and predestination does not interfere with you.

You have the freedom to make a choice,
to go deep within,
as most of you are doing,
or just be part of this world,
which is always changing,
changing,
changing.

~ The Collected Works of Robert Adams Volume 1

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Should I Take the World Seriously?
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October 6, 1991
You always believe you have to look about your interests, take care of your problems, your world. And you imagine all kinds of things will happen. There's some of you have been employed for so many years, and you are always worried about being unemployed.
You believe that's the worst thing in the world that can happen to you, and it's probably the best thing that could have happen to you, for it makes you move into a new venture, into new experiences.

The truth is you can never suffer. There is nothing in this universe that can make you suffer. If you're suffering it's your mind that is telling you things about someone, or about something, or about some place, or about some condition and this is why you suffer.

You have allowed yourself to think. You're believing your thoughts. Your thoughts control you thoroughly, completely, absolutely. Your thoughts are your worst enemy.

You learn therefore to grab a hold of your thoughts, by practicing self-inquiry, or by observing your thoughts, becoming the witness to your thoughts, watching yourself think.
As you continue practicing sadhana, you’re headed towards illumination. Yet the funny thing about this is that you are already there, and there’s nothing you have to do. You always believe you have to do something. You were brought up to believe that if you do nothing you’re a lazy bum. Yet you are nothing.
Nothingness is your true nature.

You are what you’re supposed to be. Everything is predetermined as far as your body is concerned, and you're going
through those experiences that are necessary for your fulfillment and your unfoldment.
As you become wise, and you begin to understand, you no longer react to your conditioning. Fear begins to melt.
There’s no longer anything to fight. You do not have to win any points. There’s really no one you have to overcome.
There’s no situation you have to heal.
You merely have to be yourself.
Be yourself.

How do you become yourself?
By understanding that there’s one self and you are that. There is only the one self. People call it by all kinds of names, nirvana, sat-chit-ananda, absolute reality.
It's called by all kinds of names, God. It makes no difference what you call it. You have to be it. You have to be that self that has always been and will always be. You have to lift yourself up to that place where there is no world, no universe, no body, no
mind.

It really makes no difference what sadhana you practice, whether you practice Zen, or Taoism, or mystical Christianity, or Cabala. What you practice makes no difference. But what are you doing with the practice? Are you really diving deep within yourself and finding your own reality? Or are you still reading many books, going to many
lectures, becoming totally confused?

Leave the world alone. Do not try to correct the world. When I say correct the
world, I mean correct people, places or things. Everything has a tendency to balance itself. There are certain laws in
this universe that take care of itself. There’s a power and a presence that knows the way, and you are told to surrender to this power, to this presence.
Complete surrender.
Not my will, but thine.
This is the highest teaching of any system.

When you give up your ego, totally surrender, and allow the powers that be to direct you, and guide you, and take care of you and unfold as you,
everything will work out.

~ The Collected Works of Robert Adams Volume 1

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