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You have to dive deep, deep, deep within yourself, deeper than you can ever imagine.
And the only way you can do this is by giving up the external world, mentally, not physically.
In other words, by not reacting to things.
To observe things, watch the world go by, leave it alone.
It’s neither good nor bad.
It has nothing to offer you.
Yet at the same time you’ll be doing what you have to do, what you came here to do.
If you’re supposed to work, you will work.
If you’re not supposed to work, you’ll not work.
If you’re supposed to be married, you’ll be married.
If you’re supposed not to be married, you’ll not be married.
Everything will happen by itself.
Yet you will know within yourself, that this is not you.
The situation is not you.
It has absolutely nothing to do with you.
You are beyond conditioning, beyond situations, beyond experience, beyond everything.
Yet you are everything also.

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There is only one Self and we're all that. So whatever you do to anybody else, you're doing to yourself. To go further into this, if you see me as a human being, if you see me as a body, you're making a big mistake. I see you as the Self, as consciousness. There is only consciousness. When you abide in consciousness, you become free.

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When you get on the path correctly, after a while it becomes effortless. In the beginning there seems to be a little effort you have to take, because you’re breaking away from your old patterns, and as you continue it becomes effortless, easier and easier. It becomes a pleasure. It becomes a joy and you’re always doing it, effortlessly, so the effort is only the beginning stages. It’s not really effort, but when you break into a new habit, the old wants to still stay there and take over. So you still have to push it out as you inquire: “To whom does it come? Who feels miserable?

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You have forgotten that this is a dream. You believe it’s real and because you believe it’s real you suffer accordingly.

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Never mind what you read.
There are all kinds of stories about all kinds of things.
Keep your mind on yourself.
Abide in the 'I'.
You are unique in your own individual way.
Do not compare with anyone, be yourself.
You can read ten different books and they will give you ten different ways of doing things.
Dive within yourself, go deeper and deeper everyday and I can assure you something will give and you will eventually become free.

70 Jnana, Siddhis and Spiritual Healings - June 16, 1991

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This world of maya is yours to play with as you wish.
You can take control of it or it can take control of you.
It's your choice.
If you do not wish this maya world to take control of you, then you have to get out of it as fast as you can.
Again you get out of it by not reacting to conditions to people to places to things and inquiring,
"To whom do these things come?
Who is feeling this?
Who is...to whom does this come?
To me.
Who is me?
Who is 'I'?
Where did 'I' come from?"
You keep doing this without looking to time and space and anything else.
Just keep doing it.
Try and make yourself happy everyday, laugh at yourself.

226 Whatever You See Is The Self - February 25, 1993

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When you begin to realize that your mind does not really exist, then the life you've been following becomes invalid.
It just dissipates, as if you awoke from a dream.

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Do not believe that if you're watching TV or watching a movie you cannot meditate or practice Self-Inquiry.
You will be amazed that as you're watching the movie you can keep inquiring,
"To whom does this come?
Who am I?"
Or you can become aware that you are like the screen in the movie.
You cannot see the screen, you see the images on the screen.
Yet the images are not real.
If you try to grab them, you grab the screen.
Just contemplating this helps.
And then you realize that you are like the screen, that is your real nature, and all the images in the universe are superimposed upon you, just as the images of the movie are superimposed on the screen.

99 Sadhana, Satsang and Transcripts - October 3, 1991

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The nothingness I speak of is eternity, omnipresence. When you do not identify with anything, everything unfolds as it should, and you become very happy. When you look into the future, trying to become something, or attain something, or improve something, you always worry, you have fears. And even if you attain it, it’s not what you thought it was. When you identify with emptiness, your true nature, this is Brahman, absolute reality. Another name for pure awareness is nothing. Absolute reality is nothing. Pure intelligence is no thing. Your real nature is no thing. It is no thing that you can describe. It is pure emptiness.

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Happiness and peace are you, without any attachments.
Pure essence.
This essence is everywhere present.
It is all-pervading.
It is pure awareness.
It is in the trees, the flowers, the sky, and those things are within you.
It is you who are all-pervading, everywhere present at the same time.

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Do not be fooled any longer.
Do not believe what your eyes show you.
What your ears make you hear.
What your senses want you to believe.
Go beyond that.
It may take some effort, it may take some time.
Yet you must do whatever you must do to free yourself from the pull of the world.

96 Self-inquiry Precursor: A Disgust for the World - September 22, 1991

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I want to let you in on a little secret. There are no problems. There are no problems. There never were any problems, there are no problems today, and there will never be any problems. Problems just mean that the world isn't turning the way you want it to. But in truth, there are no problems. Everything is unfolding as it should. Everything is right. You have to forget about yourself and expand your consciousness until you become the whole universe. The reality in back of the universe is pure awareness. It has no problems. And you are that.

If you identify with your body, then there's a problem, because your body always gets into trouble of some kind. But if you learn to forget about your body and your mind, where is there a problem? In other words, leave your body alone. Take just enough care of it. Exercise it a little, feed it right foods, but don't think about it too much. Keep your mind on reality. Merge your mind with reality, and you will experience reality. You will live in a world without problems. The world may appear to have problems to others, but not to you. You will see things differently, from a higher point of view.

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When I say leave everything alone, leave the world alone, leave people alone, I'm speaking of mentally.
Do not sit at home or sit at the office and think about all the people who have hurt you, of all the things that are wrong someplace, drop it.
Keep the mind quiet.
When the mind starts to fight you.
When the mind starts to think about other things, you can say,
""All is Well"."
This will remind the mind that everything is okay just the way it is.
(silence)

132 Love, Compassion and Humility - February 27, 1992

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Just make the statement "drop it!"
and forget about everything.
Do not think what you are thinking.
Do not allow yourself to have those thoughts.
When the thoughts come, when you feel futile say,
"Drop it!"
If you make the statement as an exclamation, just say,
"Drop it!"
Something will happen to you, you will feel a peace, you will feel radiance.
You will feel free.
•~•~•
But don't do like a mimsy-wimsy and say,
"Drop it".
(laughter) Say,
"Drop It!"
That means everything can go to hell.
The whole world, the whole universe, everything.
All my problems.
All my fears.
You have dropped it, it's finished, it's gone.
It's like what I did one Thursday night I said,
"Wake up!"
Same thing.
You are dropping all your theories, all of your knowledge, everything.
You drop it and let it go.
But do not analyze it.
Do not think about it.
Do not put it in certain category.

The Ego Keeps You in Bondage

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You must always remember that silence is the greatest teacher.
Quietness, silence, total stillness, it is the greatest teacher.
Reality shines through where there is silence.
If you want to experience reality just keep quiet.
That is all you have to do.
Shut up.
Stop talking.
Stop thinking.
Stop imagining.
Leave it all alone.

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No matter how many times I tell you this, you're still thinking, thinking, judging, judging, coming to conclusions, trying to work out your life.
You have to let go, totally, absolutely, completely.
You have to let go so completely, that you will feel no body, no mind, no pain, nothing.
That is the only time you will make progress.
Do not think about this.
The thoughts cannot help you.
There are no thoughts that can help you realize the self.
It is only a total completely letting go, giving up.

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The worst thing you can do is to put yourself down.
That's blasphemy because you're putting God down.
Think of yourself as a higher person, love yourself, worship yourself, bow to yourself.
You are greater than you think.

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What I'm getting at is this:
Whatever you put first in your life that's what you ultimately become.
If you think your work is number one because that's what supports you, you're looking at this thing the wrong way. What supports you is the Self. Work is only one of the channels of the Self. If you know the Self you will always be taken care of because the Self is self-contained harmony and bliss. Therefore I should think your first obligation should be toward finding your Self or finding out who you really are.

What about vacations, holidays? Wherever you go you've got to take yourself with you. If you are a miserable person you're going to take your misery wherever you go. The first day or so may seem as though you were taking a break from your everyday experiences. But soon you will find fault with the hotel you're staying in, with the restaurant, with the food, with everybody because that is what you do when you are here.

It seems to me that if a person really wants to awaken they will put the teaching first. Now it makes no difference to me. I'm not saying this because I want to see you here all the time. As you know you've got the freedom to do what you like. I'd be the last one to tell you where to go or what to do. Sometimes I'd like to tell certain people where to go. But you're free to do what you like.

You have to come to the conclusion of what I'm talking about by yourself. Something within you has to be so strong, you've always got spiritual life on your mind. Why do have to go anywhere? You are the universe. There is no place for you to go. After all you remember that the whole universe is an emanation of your own mind. You are creating the universe. Where do you have to go?

If you're looking for happiness and peace, it's right within you. If you're looking for a change of environment, it's right within you. Whatever you need is within you. There is no where you have to go for anything.

You have to ask yourself, how badly do I wish to awaken? And this will determine what you do.

When some of us are experiencing good karma, so-to-speak and we have the pleasures of life in this world, sometimes we go further away from spiritual life because we assume we're happy. Since we have the so called good things of life. We have forgotten that everything is subject to change. Your fortune can end tomorrow. And even if it doesn't you still become earth bound. So the next time around you will probably be a homeless person.

The universe is a cosmic joke. It plays games with you. It wants you to become attached to things. Your mind appears to be very strong. It will tell you all sorts of things to keep you attached. There are very few people who break out of it. In the Bhagavad-Gita it tells you, out of a thousand people, one searches for God. Out of a thousand who search one finds him. They are referring to the Self.

You cannot possibly find yourself when you are engrossed in the world. I'm not advocating that you become a hermit or a recluse. I'm simply saying, first things first. Focus your attention on the Self, your body will take care of itself. Something will take care of your so called body. It will not starve. This something can take care of your body better than you can ever hope to. 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?

When you worry you're moving away from self-realization. Even though you may believe that you've got something to worry about. It may appear very important to you, but from a higher standpoint there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Absolutely nothing to worry about. No matter how it may appear to you, at least realize that it is an appearance and that is how you see it from your viewpoint. Rise above it by asking, "To whom does it come? Who is experiencing this?"

When you have fear. Fear of any kind, you are pushing yourself away from liberation. What can you possibly fear, consciousness is all there is, consciousness is bliss. There is nothing else. The mind has invented the rest and causes you to fear. Hate, revenge, all these traits and even the good things, they're two sides of the same coin.

I want to remind you that you are not trying to change bad human hood into good human hood. What you are trying to do is to transcend both. Everything will be all right if you stick to your sadhana. If you take time out to practice self-inquiry, or surrender, or just to sit in the silence. You can do these things while you are working. You really do not have to meditate formally.

How Bad Do You Want To Awaken? - May 23, 1991

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Do not take anything too seriously.
Just observe the world going by and yet do not react to it.
Watch everything, be alert, but leave it alone.
Do not try to own anything and do not try to give up anything.
"Just be yourself".
Have no feeling that I am the doer.
Let your body go about its business, but you stay with the 'I' and all will go well with you.

Dealing With Problems - November 22, 1990

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S: Can you give an example of a right self-surrender attitude?
R: When you surrender you're surrendering the ego.
The way this is done, is by looking at the world with humility.
Looking at the world with love and peace.
Saying to yourself,
"Not my will but thine".
Feeling that you have no will of your own any longer.
You have no questions, you have no wants, you have no desires, you let them all melt in your heart.
You leave it alone.
You stop worrying, you stop fretting.
You stop trying to accomplish things or to change things.
By realizing there is a power greater than you.
It's available to you right now.
As you do this you're surrendering all of your wants, all of your needs, all of your fears, all of your stuff that you've been carrying on with all these years.
You're surrendering it all.
Everything must go, everything.

Robert Are You Really A Jnani? - January 31, 1993

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Never forget that life is a blessing. A rare opportunity. When the illusion seems real, look up at the sun and remember who you are. Remember what is within you. And in this, be joyful.

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When you realize that the whole universe is a manifestation of your mind, you become omnipresence. And in the omnipresence is contained all of your needs, and all of your needs are met from within.

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When one starts to go into the self deeper and deeper within and finally reaches an awakening, that one becomes the whole universe.
This is what awakening is.
Awakening is not selfish.
There are some people who believe you awaken to a greater and bigger personality.
Some people actually believe that you awaken to gigantic ego.
Where you're able to do all kinds of miracles and perform all kinds of feats.
Again let me remind you that there has to be someone left to do those things.
When you awaken, the personal self has been destroyed.
There is no-one to have siddhis, no-one to perform miracles, no-one to be clairvoyant, no-one to tell fortunes.
All that has been completely annihilated and only the substratum remains.

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In other words when you come into a predicament in your life, before you get involved in it, say to yourself,
"Now what would God do in a case like this?"
And since God doesn't exist, there's nothing to do.
So why are we discussing the subject?
Because you want to hear me talk.

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The first wisdom: Taking refuge in the Self. You should do this all day long. When something goes wrong with your life, you shouldn't think of material ways to handle it. You should be trained enough to take refuge in the Self, first. Then the Self will move you to do the right things, so that you can go forward.

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The only way you will ever awaken is through the 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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