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There is nothing to learn at all (laughter).
Who has to learn?
The person who has to learn doesn't even exist.
It is the ego that wants to learn.
The mind wants to learn.
The ego believes it has to know knowledge.
It has to acquire wisdom.
But you are wisdom.
Wisdom is your real nature.
When the ego is gone then you know because you are the universe.
But the one who wants to know is the ego.

123 Does Karma Really Exist? – January 26, 1992

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The first thing to understand is that everything that has transpired in your life has been necessary.
No matter how it looks, no matter what has happened, everything has been necessary.
The second thing to understand is, everything has been preordained.
In other words, everything was supposed to happen the way it happened.
There were no mistakes.
The third thing to understand is that the first two things are all a pack of lies, for these things do not even exist in Reality.

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The realized person has no name, for they are sat-chit-ananda. They are Brahman, emptiness, all-pervading, never born, always has been, always will be. Those words will not come to you, but the feeling of being will come to you. Pure being. Not being this or being that, but absolute reality, pure awareness. That is the final result.

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Be still.
Stop struggling.
Enter the holy shrine of your heart, and there find peace and joy.
You have always been perfect and you will always be perfect.
There's absolutely nothing you have to delete or add.

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If you practice Self-Inquiry you should do so continuously without stopping, night and day.
By inquiring,
"Who is this person going through this experience?
Who is having these feelings?
Who feels depressed?
Who feels negation?
Who feels that they have been dealt a bad hand in life?
Who feels they're going to die soon?
Who feels all these things?"
Ask your self, inquire within yourself.
The answer is within yourself.
And the answer will come,
"I feel this way.
'I' feel this way.
I feel troubled" Catch yourself saying this and scrutinize the 'I'.
"Where did the 'I' come from?
The 'I' that feels these things.
I've just admitted to myself that I feel this.
But am I, I?
I, I, I.
I, I, I, I, I.
Who is this 'I'?
Am I this 'I'?
I feels tired, I feels sick, I feels depression, I feels it's too good to be true, I feels all of these things", not you!
Not you but "I!"
Therefore the next question you ask yourself is,
"Where does I come from?
What is the source of this 'I'?
Where did it come from?
How did it get here?
Who am I?"
When you get to that point you keep totally quiet and still.

206 You Just Ain't There! - December 6, 1992

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When we talk about Advaita Vedanta we talk about the five elements, the three gunas, the food body.
All this talk is nonsense.
It is exactly what it is, spiritual talk.
Spiritual talk gets you nowhere.
Spiritual talk is for novices.
People who are still debating trying to win points.
Trying to come up with answers.
Asking all sorts of questions.
Debating spiritual points.
All this is nonsense.
So the wise person keeps silent.

148 Be "That" - April 23, 1992

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The guru, the Self are one. There is no difference. A better way to understand this is, the Sage is all-pervading, omnipresent. So in truth there is nothing but the Sage. The Jnani pervades the whole universe. That is how the Jnani or the Sage can pull you in. Because he or she is already within you. They're everywhere, they're everything. In other words there is no personal Sage who does anything. There is only the universal Self that is called the Sage, that is everything.

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This is why I tell you so many times, not to read too much.
Not to read too much because when you read too many books on Buddhism and Daoism, on Ramana's books, on Nisargadatta and everybody else in the world, total confusion sets in.
Isn't it better just to sit still at home in the silence and stop the mind from thinking?
That's the easiest way, it's the best way, it's the simplest way.
•~•~•
If you don't believe me, try it.
Try it for a week and see what happens.
For one week I would like you to experiment.
I don't want you to read any book.
Think you can do it?
Don't look at any spiritual literature.
Just sit by yourself as much as you can.
And watch your mind, watch your mind.
Do whatever you have to do to slow down your mind and then you're going to be amazed.
You will laugh at yourself.
For when the mind becomes quiescent, reality will rush in.
And you'll see it's so simple, it's so simple.
Why didn't I know this all the time?
I used to believe by reading volume after volume I'll become enlightened.
But it was so easy, I just had to quiet my mind.

019 Slow Down The Mind And Let Reality Rush In - October 28, 1990

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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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