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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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Remember, the Sage, the guru and God are yourself.
It's all the same.
What I mean by that is I don't want you to look at me as being a Sage, or being anything at all.
When you see me, as I mentioned in the beginning, I am a mirror.
You see yourself.
And when you see yourself as divinity you will also see everyone else here as divinity.
We're all one.
There's no difference.

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--- Just the reconciliation with the universe will free you ---

Even if you hate someone, if you hate someone or something with a passion, that's attachment.
You will come back to this earth, or to another planet similar to this earth, again, and again, and again, and you will meet this person that you hate so much under different circumstances again, and again, and again.
One time he may be your daughter, he may be your mother, he may be your husband, he may be your wife.
But that person that you despise so much will meet you again, and again, and do things to you in order to upset you.
And you will hate again, and again.
You will never be free until you understand.

The understanding is to turn within, to forget about the person, but to see your own reality, to trace the I-thought to the source.
After all it is the I-thought that hates and loves, that has attachment to person, place or thing.
When the I-thought is transcended, only the Self remains.
Then your karma is finished, your body is finished, your world is finished, your God is finished, and your home free.
But as long as you allow a person, place or thing, and it may be your own body that you're attached to, your own mind, that's person, place or thing also, as long as you feel deeply those things, you will never become free until you let it go.

You have to reconcile yourself with the whole universe, the mineral kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, the animal kingdom, the human kingdom.
When you have become friends with the entire universe, you will not have to do atma-vichara.
You will not have to trace the 'I', or worry about the 'I'.
Just the reconciliation with the universe will free you.
After all, when you love everything, unqualified, what else can you do? There's nothing else.
The total love of the whole universe kills the ego.
For it is the ego that plays the other games with you, that makes you love someone special or hate someone special, that makes you despise certain animals and eat them, that makes you think poison ivy is worse than a rose, that causes you to qualify life.
A Sage sees everything as equal.
No thing is worse or better than any other thing.
And just by hearing this, allowing it to go into your heart, feeling it, will lead you to an awakening.

Attachments - May 12, 1991

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Everything is a mental concept.
Anything that you can think about, anything that you can come up with your mind is a mental concept.
Whether it's God, whether it's the Self or whatever you're thinking about.
Therefore to get to these places you have to stop thinking totally and completely.
Use whatever method to stop the thoughts.
Whatever method that you have.
A method that you're used to.
Use whatever method that you like to stop the thoughts.
By ignoring them, by watching them, by asking,
"To whom do they come?
Who thinks?"
But by all means do something to keep the thoughts from attacking you, from telling you what to do and how to live.
(silence)

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The experiencer has to go.
The one who experiences samadhi, the one who experiences higher states of consciousness, has to go, has to be transcended, eliminated.
Therefore, as you practice "Who am I?"
whatever comes to you, you merely observe.
You realize back in your heart, that the observer has to go.
As long as there's somebody there to experience anything, you have not arrived anywhere.
So you continue to practice,
"Who am I?"
and you keep still.

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To be calm is the greatest asset in the world.
It's the greatest siddhi, the greatest power you can have.
If you can only learn to be calm you will solve every problem.
This is something you must remember.
When you are perfectly calm, time stops.
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.
To be calm means you are in control.
You're not worried about the situation, the outcome.
What is going to happen tomorrow.

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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 will always be.
Beyond birth, beyond death, beyond experiences,
beyond doubt, 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.

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Whenever some conditions arises, catch yourself, by asking yourself,
"To whom does it come?"
Even if you have to do this a thousand times a day.

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That which is beyond all phenomena is you, your Self.
You are that witness, the observer.
It is you, no-one else but you.
You must become fearless.
You must observe things, without observing.
How do you observe things without observing?
You look, you see, you touch, you feel, you smell, but there is no reaction.
Like watching a movie.
You observe the movie, you watch the movie, but something inside tells you are not the movie.
But you're still watching the movie, enjoying the movie, crying with the movie, laughing with the movie, but you're not the movie.
So it is with life.

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There is no difference between you and a tree or a mountain, a sky or the ocean.
The whole universe is composed of hydrogen atoms.
So you're nothing but a hydrogen atom.
How does it feel to be a hydrogen atom?
See how your mind begins to think?
It's difficult for most of you to stay silent.
You are not required to understand a thing I say.

I speak utter nonsense.

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