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IN THE QUIETNESS IS YOUR STRENGTH

Most of you have come to listen to words, but I tell you the message is in-between the words. In the silence, where there is no talk going on. That's the message. That's where truth is, that's where reality is, when there are no sounds, no words. Words are only to motivate you to keep quiet. That's all words are good for. Chanting ,words, they're only to quieten the mind. Keep you still. In the stillness is your reality. In the quietness is your strength, not in the noise, not in the talk. Try to be quiet most of the time. Do not get involved in too many conversations.

People have been talking since the beginning of time. What did it accomplish them? Look at the world, the precarious position it's in. It's all done by talking, talk, talk, talk talk. And now you come here to listen to me talk to add to the confusion. But I say to you, "You have to give up the talking. You have to give up all the dogmas and confusions and nonsense. Drop it all and be still. Be still and know that I am God."

When you are still you will feel the presence of the power. You will feel the absolute reality of what you are. Only in quietness can you feel this...this peace. Not in noise, but in peace, in quietness. Only then will you feel a stillness and a harmony and joy.

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GET OUT OF THE DREAM BUSINESS

Stop thinking of yourself as a mortal being, once and for all. Stop it! Cut it out! Behave yourself! Wake Up! Know who you are. Change your mind. Lift it up from this nonsensical thinking, and allow the mind to think in the heart. The heart will open up as a rose does with its calyx to the sun. And you will begin to laugh in joy and ecstasy, that you are the one. The one that is beyond time and space The one that is beyond reality, beyond causation. You are that one. Awaken to it, now. Wake up! Don't just sit there like a lump of manure, wake up! Who do you think you are? You are the god, remember this always. The only god that exists! There is no other god but you.

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AM I THE BODY/MIND?

‘I’is the first pronoun. The second pronoun is ‘am.’
When you realize "I am", you become free.
This is called ‘Being’.
Not being this or being that. Just plain Being.
IAM.

It's quite a different situation than identification with the body.
The body will continue to have experiences, yet you will not.
You will be free from the whole ball of wax.
Yet to other people, to others, it will appear as if you 're doing whatever you 're doing.

It appears as if what you 're doing is a reality. Yet when you discover the truth about yourself and you awaken,
you will no longer be connected to your body.
At the same time you will appear to be a body to others, and they will see the games you are playing.
But you will be free from that. Yet your body will continue to play the games.

It's a paradox.
Your body appears as the water in the mirage, as the snake in the rope.
But yet, when you awaken, you are no longer the body.
And there is nobody.
But the body appears to others as being real.

This is why when a Jnani dies, or appears to be suffering, nothing is really happening to the Jnani.
But to the ajnani all kinds of things are happening.
They see suffering.
They identify with sorrow, or death, and with everything else.

Therefore, I say to you, do not disturb yourself by these things.
Inquire "to whom do they come?" and be free.

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Catch yourself. What are you thinking about? It’s those very thoughts that keep you from awakening. Always catch yourself thinking. And ask yourself: “To whom do these thoughts come?” even if they’re good thoughts. It makes no difference. 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 universe is a cosmic joke. It plays games with you.
It wants you to become attached to things.
You cannot possibly find yourself when you are engrossed in the world.
So you do not have to keep thinking about your affairs
and your body and the world most of the time.
You must begin to understand that you are the only one who can
dissolve the maya and awaken to the truth of your being.

You can tell where you're at by what you do all day long.
Just think about today, since you woke up this morning.
How often did you think about your higher Self.
How often did you practice self-inquiry.
How often did you surrender completely.
Not too much, you identified yourself with the worldly situation.
You identified with maya.
With things, with persons, with places and then you tell me
I want to awaken. I want to become self-realized.

Of course the truth is that you're already self-realized, you know that,
but those are just words.
What are you doing to prove it?

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TRUST IN THE POWER THAT KNOWS THE WAY
You see, you live in a universe which is self-existent, self-abiding, self-sufficient. This means that all of your needs are met from within. ALL OF YOUR NEEDS ARE MET FROM WITHIN. But this will only happen when you accept it this way. If you think that your needs have to come from a person, place or thing, you’ve always get a fight on your hands because you’re hoping to get a better job or get some money in the bank or that someone will come along and help you with some problem. These are all erroneous thoughts. If you could only learn to rely on the Self, miracles would take place in your life!
If you can only learn to rely on the Self. How do you learn to rely on the Self? By trusting life. Trusting life just the way it is. I’m not saying to trust certain people, or to trust certain conditions, certain situations. I’m saying just to trust life. To trust life you go beyond people, places and things. You trust the substratum of all existence. You trust Consciousness. In other words, you feel and believe in your heart that there is a power that knows the way. You came out of it. So you’re That also. For you are It. You are that power yourself. And you feel good about it. This is what I mean when I say, trust the power that knows the way.


There’s nothing to fix in your life. Nothing to change. Nothing to accomplish. Nothing to do. Except to abide in the power that knows the way. Ifs so simple yet it’s so hard for some of us. And it’s hard because we allow the thoughts to come to us and spoil everything. You have to control your thoughts, control your thinking. When you are free from thinking, you will always abide in Consciousness, which is the power that knows the way.

And soon you’ll find yourself becoming happier and happier every day.
Peaceful. Harmonious.

What can really disturb you and make you sad, make you afraid? Only something that you think may happen to you. But if you’re living in the eternal now, if you exist this moment, and you do, in this moment is there a problem? There’s no problem in this moment. It’s only when you begin to think of tomorrow or the next week or the next week that you think of problems. But if you learn to stay centered in the moment where nothing is happening, this moment will become the next moment. And the next will become the next hour, the next day, the next week, and the next year.

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When there is a hurricane, at the centre of it there is a peaceful spot.
The centre is peace.
There is nothing happening in that centre. When there is disharmony going on, anger, frustration, fear. At the centre of the anger there is peace.
At the centre of the fear there is peace.
If you can only dive in there long enough and dive past the external condition and dive into the peace.
Then you will become one with the peace and the anger will dissipate, it will be gone, it will disappear.

Due to the fact in reality the anger never existed. The fear never existed. Only the Self exists, consciousness, pure awareness. And that is at the centre of yourself and the condition.

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For most people to be happy, there has to be a person, place, or thing involved in their happiness. In true happiness, there are no things involved. It’s a natural state. You will abide in that state forever.

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There are so many concepts.
There are so many teachings.
You will become a very intelligent idiot.

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The only thing that is holding you back are your thoughts.
Get rid of your thoughts and you'll be home free.
Quiet your mind.
Keep yourself still and leave the world alone.
When I say leave the world alone it becomes confusing somewhat.
I mean mentally.

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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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You don't have to feel that some place there is a real 'I'.
For what you're doing is you're making it sound as if there is you and the real 'I'.
There can never be you and the real 'I'.
There is only the real 'I', but because you don't really understand this fully the practice the Self-Inquiry has been given to you to get rid of the false 'I'.

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You're going to your destination.
Your destination is awakening, liberation.
You do not have to carry the load.
The load is desire.
You want it very bad, and the more you want it, the more you're pushing it away, because a strong want, a strong desire, is a strong ego.
It's not desire you want to develop, it's love, compassion, understanding.
Let everything happen as it may.
When the smoke clears, you will still be who you are, and you'll be totally free.

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You hurt someone, you hurt yourself.
You love someone, you love yourself.

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The only way you will ever awaken is through silence, not through analyzation of facts. Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go. Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts. Letting go of these things daily.

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Don't think you must run away from conditionings or you must run away from your job or you must leave your family or you must do anything like this.

Never concern yourself with the body. Mentally learn to let go, to think less. Cut down on your thinking and your thoughts. Some of you still believe that if you do not think about something, it will never happen. This is not true. As a matter of fact, it is reverse.

If you do not think, then the true nature of yourself will be revealed, and the true nature of the universe will be revealed.

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The highest path of Jnana is no thinker left to think at all.
Nobody is home.
There is a total blank.
There is no one around to do any thinking or preparing anything or trying to solve a problem or trying to do anything.
At that stage you're totally free.
When you devote yourself to the Self, when you become a devotee of the Self, this means that you surrender all of your fears, your frustrations, your goals, your needs, your lacks, your limitations, everything is totally surrendered to the Self.
This is devotion.

143 Jnana-Marga, Bhakti-Marga and Karma-Marga - April 5, 1992

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Compare yourself with no one.
Be true to yourself.
Learn to love yourself, to be yourself.

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All of the things that you are interested in, all of your fears, all of your frustrations, goods and bads, all of your happy and sads, it’s all a dream. And the more you get attached to it, the more human you become. It’s like getting attached to a dream and never waking up and you keep living the dream.

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Who suffers?
I know some will say the ego suffers.
But that is not true.
What is the ego?
The ego is the I-thought.
This 'I' is only a thought.
The 'I' does not exist.
Therefore the ego does not exist.
So who suffers?

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There is a way for a person to awaken, and that way is to stop thinking. Stop thinking. He says that sounds good, but how do you do it? When the mind becomes quiescent, quiet, still, realization comes all by itself. There is absolutely nothing you have to do to bring it about.

As an example, the sun shines all by itself. Let's call the sun the Self, consciousness, pure awareness. Yet every once in a while, clouds form beneath the sun. And the sun doesn't seem to shine any longer.

Your thoughts are the clouds. Whatever you think, no matter what you think about, as long as you think, you're covering up the sun, which is the Self. It makes no difference what you're thinking, good thoughts, bad thoughts, or any kind of thoughts. All thoughts are clouds, all thoughts. And they cover up the sun. So it is your true nature, is the Self. You're really the Self, all-pervading, reality. It is your thoughts that cover up the Self. Whatever you allow what you think, you cover up the Self more and more and more. You're only covering up the Self.

The Self will shine all by itself when you stop thinking. Stop thinking, totally, unconditionally. Stop thinking.

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Jnana without bhakta is dry knowledge.
You have to have Jnana with bhakta.
You have to feel passion.
You have to feel love.
You have to feel loving kindness.
This comes with bhakta.
Unless you become a bhakta, you cannot be a Jnani.
They both go together hand in hand.
It's like a man and a woman.
You can't have one without the other.

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Changing bad to good, wanting positive expe- riences, it's all nonsense. The reason you don't want a positive experience is because you've never had a negative experience. There is no birth. What gave anything birth? Where did it come from? Do you know what anything is? You have no idea what anything at all is, you just give it a name. For instance, a cat, what is a cat? You have no idea. It was here when you came into existence and we called it a cat. Why don’t we call it a tree? We call it a cat. We give everything a name. That's the first mistake because no thing is, what it appears to be. Therefore the first rule of the true spiritual path is called divine ignorance. Divine ignorance.

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What we use here sometimes which is a very good beginning is the I-am meditation. You relax your body and you inhale and you say, "I," and you exhale and you say, "am, I-am." You can do this while you're waking, while you're walking, while you're wash- ing dishes, while you're resting. What it does is it makes your mind one pointed, so it'll stop thinking. In other words, you use whatever method you have to, to still your mind. The whole secret is to quiet your mind. To keep it from thinking. To keep it from being active. Your mind is a bunch of waves. You want to stop the waves and you want your mind to become still and the fastest way to do that is by self-inquiry or by observing your thoughts, watching your thoughts, becoming the witness to your thoughts.

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If you truly want to repent, just sit in silent meditation and see the perfect reality within, for all manners of error merely arise in erroneous thought, and like the morning due before the rising sun, can perfectly be eliminated through the benevolent light and wisdom.

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Suffice it to say, that you as you exist now are complete emptiness. You are pure intelligence, pure awareness, absolute reality, nirvana, just the way you are, right now! Do not think about it. If you think about it you spoil it, just the way you are this moment. You are pure intelligence, absolute reality, you are the unborn, but every time a thought comes into your mind you spoil it.

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