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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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There is nothing outside that is not within you.
This is something that should be remembered all of the time.
You should always be aware of this.
There is nothing out there that is not within here.
If you understand this totally where do you have to go?
Whom do you have to see?
What do you have to read?
What is there to do?
You can simply sit and be the universe and bask in glory and total love, total joy.

102 Awaken! - October 13, 1991

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One of the best ways to let go of your emotions is by practicing Self-Inquiry.

I know some of you have got tired of practicing this.
Some of you believe nothing is happening, but all the same make it a habit.

Think of the many habits you have now, destructive habits.
Habits that do not help you whatsoever in your unfoldment to the Self.
But yet you do these things without thinking, the destructive habits.
Develop a good habit, like practicing Self-Inquiry.

Do not look for results.
Do not look for anything to happen.
Just do it.

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You have to jump within yourself.
You have to learn to sit in the silence, to quiet the mind and it will come by itself.
You do not have to pray for it, or practice sadhanas, as I said before, do certain rituals, or read certain books.
You simply have to sit, quiet the mind, by observing it, inquire,
"To whom do the thoughts come?"
Be still and know that I am God.

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You have to awaken, now.
And let go of the dream world.
Many of you are so concerned with your future.
You're so worried about your past.
You have all sorts of plans in your mind.
You're conditioned to believe this, to believe that.
This is what is keeping you back from waking up.
You must let go, in it's entirety, of any hold the world has on you.
You have to stand naked before God.
In the last analyses you have to be your Self without the help of books, teachers, systems, governments, religions.
You have to step out of that rut of your conditioning.
Become totally unconditioned, as if you were just born.
Reading too many books simply adds to the confusion.

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When you practice Self-Inquiry and follow the thoughts back to its source, the whole secret is to realize, there is no source to your thoughts.
It is only the source that exist, but there is no source for your thoughts, for your body, for your mind.
That has no source.
For Brahman is self-contained absolute reality.
There are no thoughts in Brahman.
Brahman is not a source.
Brahman is something beyond words and thoughts.
Something that you alone can experience.
In other words Brahman can be experienced.
Not as anything you're aware of now, not as a person, place or thing but as life experiences itself.
Ponder these things deeply.

232 The Ground Upon Which I Stand Is Holy Ground - March 18, 1993

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A Sage does not belong to this world or to the universe.
Therefore a Sage does not become interested in healing or this would put a Sage on a plane of relativity.
We will not judge who is a Sage or who is not.
But the fact remains in Advaita Vedanta we do not try to heal people.
By your very presence healings may take place, just by being.
This is why it's so important to work on yourself, transcending your body and the world, going beyond health, sickness, wealth, poverty, good, bad, going beyond this duality.
And coming to the place where there is ultimate oneness.
Where you have become pure being.

130 Health, Sickness and Death – February 20, 1992

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